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Final two girl/boy names! What do you think of Alice/Anna and Gregory/Jonathan?

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Selenium Mon 22-Oct-12 19:43:59

We already have an Emily and I'm 34 weeks pregnant with number two. We don't know the sex.

Dh and I are very indecisive but I'm pleased to say that after a LOT of discussion, we have narrowed it down to:



Please could you let me have your opinions or comments? I'm particularly unsure about the boys' names as neither is very popular at the mo and I'm not sure why as I love them! Would be great to know what others think of these names.

Also, any suggestions for middle names would be lovely as we're now struggling with that...

Sirzy Mon 22-Oct-12 19:45:29

I like them all

(sorry not much help I know)

wigglesrock Mon 22-Oct-12 19:56:21

I have an Anna and out of my 3 daughters, its the name that I get the loveliest comments about. Alice is nice as well, my husband really liked it.

Gregory is lovely, I don't know any at all, not overly fussed on Greg. Jonathan - I'd go for John, I went to school with a few Jonathans and I think it may have clouded the name for me grin

We always use grannys/great grannys names as middle names, mind you my grannys name is the same as your daughters grin.

Selenium Mon 22-Oct-12 20:06:56

Thank you for your helpful comments! Nice to know that you like all the names, Sirzy - useful information in itself! And good to know that Anna gets positive feedback from people, Wigglesrock. It is a really pretty, classic name imo and quite underused at the moment.

I guess my only reservation about Jonathan is that it will just be shortened to John anyway. Or he'll be Johnnie (and maybe get teased for that?)

We already used a Granny name for Emily (Grace), which we love, but the other Granny names in our family are all rather long and cumbersome!

eBook Mon 22-Oct-12 20:28:56

Jonathan and Anna

Allalonenow Mon 22-Oct-12 20:34:14

Jonathan and Anna

Allalonenow Mon 22-Oct-12 20:40:29

Re nicknames, the Jonathan I know was, as a child, often called J or sometimes Jonty but never Jon or Jonnie.

Selenium Mon 22-Oct-12 21:20:35

Thanks for your votes! I never thought of the nickname Jonty but quite like that.

Roseformeplease Mon 22-Oct-12 21:24:03

I have a Jonathan and it is never shortened. I find, unless you do it yourselves, then no one tends to. My daughter's name, we shortened, regrettably, and now everyone does. Love all your names - especially Jomathan, of course.

DinosaursOnASpaceship Mon 22-Oct-12 21:24:09

I have a Jonathan. He is older now and prefers to be called Jon by his friends but is always Jonathan to me (or Donfan to ds3). He's never been teased about his name (Johnnie etc) and is know occassionally as Jonath.

derekthehamster Mon 22-Oct-12 21:27:49

I have a Jonathan, He's only gone by that name, some people have tried to used the nn Jonny, but it's never stuck. (but he's only 12 so that might change grin)

Selenium Mon 22-Oct-12 21:28:06

I don't know any Jonathans so it's interesting to know what people use as nicknames (or not as the case may be). What middle name do you have for your Jonathan, if you don't mind me asking? I thought of James but the initials don't really work with our surname!

derekthehamster Mon 22-Oct-12 21:29:22

All the Jonathan's I now (of my age) are called Jon by friends.

derekthehamster Mon 22-Oct-12 21:29:52


mybootsaremuddy Mon 22-Oct-12 21:36:06

I have a 2.6 yr old Jonathan. He is known as Jonty or Jonny although ds1(11yrs) calls him Jo-jo. We always get lovely comments ablut his name.

I like both your girls names but if I had to choose then Anna would poss just squeeze in front (I also love Annie)

mybootsaremuddy Mon 22-Oct-12 21:43:34

Our Jonathans middle names are Matiu Ash. Matiu is a Maori name (im 1/2 maori) and Ash was because he was born prem during the Ash cloud (whole story to go with it but takes too long).
His 2nd MN was going to be Alisdair.

TodaysAGoodDay Mon 22-Oct-12 21:48:16

I love them all except Jonathan. I knew one when I was a child, put me right off.

Roseformeplease Mon 22-Oct-12 21:51:50

Mine is Jonathan Andrew

Anonymumous Mon 22-Oct-12 23:03:32

I consider myself to be an expert on your boys' names, as I am married to a Jonathan and have a brother called Gregory. From my extensive and life-long experience, I can categorically tell you that people called Gregory are scummy, aggressive bastards who will make your life a misery. Whereas people called Jonathan are delightful, kind, considerate and warm human beings who will enhance your life and make you happy forever. I hope that helps!

(Unfortunately I have no similar wisdom to impart regarding Alice and Anna. Sorry!)

BigBroomstickBIWI Mon 22-Oct-12 23:08:18

I have a Jonathan! We chose it because it was a less popular name, yet nothing outlandish or faddy. It's also a family name, although this was more of a coincidence.

Middle name is Stewart.

jellycat Mon 22-Oct-12 23:13:02

Jonathan is my favorite boys' name grin. It goes well with Matthew as a middle name IMO.

Of the girls' names I prefer Anna.

Anonymumous Mon 22-Oct-12 23:16:28

You can't have Jonathan Matthew - it would mean 'Gift from God Gift from God'! Jonathan David is much better - it means 'Beloved gift from God'. Awww...

Bibblebobbleparsnip Mon 22-Oct-12 23:25:54

I too am married to a Jonathan, and is lovely grin He is generally known as Jon, but Jonathan to his family (which he used to insist on as a boy) he is never Jonnie or Jonty. His middle name is Paul. Anna and Alice are lovely and were both high on our list of names for our last baby. But didn't want Alice as too close to Alison (MIL and didn't want her thinking baby was named after her!)

LonelyCloud Mon 22-Oct-12 23:38:38

I like both Alice and Anna.

I love Gregory, but DH refused to even contemplate naming DS Gregory. Apparently it "sounds gay" hmm Although I have since found out that one of BIL's sons from his first marriage is called Gregory, so maybe it's just as well that DH vetoed it. Despite my objection to his reasoning.

Jonathan is also a nice name. All of the Jonathan's I know are either Jonathan or Jon.

Dramajustfollowsme Mon 22-Oct-12 23:45:45

Our boy name was Gregor - the Scottish equivalent.
And Anna was on our short list. If we have another girl at some point she may be an Anna.
I like easy to sound out and spell names for when they start to write their own names.

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