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Boys Names - arrrggghhh!

(23 Posts)
JessieEssex Tue 30-Oct-12 13:55:30

I'm 18wks pregnant with DC2 and although birth is a long way off, it will be here before we know it and I have no boy's names that I like (we aren't going to find out the sex). I have a couple of girl's names decided on, and a short list of boy's names, but none I love - any more suggestions/thoughts? DH isn't keen on anything too 'out there'...

Joseph / Joe

There are lots of others such as Henry / William / Edward that we like but have already been commandeered by close relatives so they're out. Bah.

JessieEssex Tue 30-Oct-12 13:56:05

ps DD is Imogen, if DC2 is a girl, we love Penelope or Meredith...

JessieEssex Tue 30-Oct-12 22:23:01


baskingseals Tue 30-Oct-12 22:29:36

i really like all your boys' names. my favourites are Joel, Patrick and Toby.

what about







Penelope and Meredith are not really my cup of tea. what about








hope this helps a bit grin

Ohsiena Tue 30-Oct-12 22:29:43

Patrick, Francis and Toby are all lovely.

Particularly Francis, as I've always loved this name yet never met a little boy called this. It's the holy grail of an unused classic!!!

I don't like the way It feels to say Joel. Not sure if that makes sense but I find it an awkward sound.

Joseph is very nice but lots and lots of them abut 10 years ago, had its day for a bit I think.

How about:




Christopher (Kit as a nick name LOVE this)



baskingseals Tue 30-Oct-12 22:30:46

oh sorry blush - you didn't want girls' names suggestions, please ignore

Ohsiena Tue 30-Oct-12 22:31:07

Ohhh similar thinking to baskingseals!!

JessieEssex Tue 30-Oct-12 22:50:52

Similar suggestions - thanks both! Looking at the list, I do actually really like Patrick - do you think it's too Irish? I don't mean that in any way anti-Irish, just that we don't have any Irish connections and it might seem strange to pick a typically Irish name. Also like Gregory, thanks (both!) for the suggestion.
basking don't worry about the girl's names - it all helps!

Ohsiena Tue 30-Oct-12 22:57:42

Patrick is fine for non Irish usage. It's quite generic now. It is a lovey name.

Another suggestion:

Jeremy with Jem as a nickname??

JessieEssex Wed 31-Oct-12 08:34:05

Thanks ohsiena I really like Patrick. Jeremy is lovely too, but I find it hard to disassociate it from a few not so nice Jeremys that I have known!

Ohsiena Wed 31-Oct-12 09:04:27

Yes I think I'm a bit out of kilter with liking Jeremy.

I think maybe Jeremey Clarkson and Paxman need to 'move on' before Jeremy has its day again. Shame as I think Jem is very cool.

You need to consider nicknames if gong for's a name which will get shortened and/or adapted.

GoldPlatedNineDoors Wed 31-Oct-12 09:07:09

I really like Patrick, but not much else on your list sorry.

What about Oliver, George, Samuel

Back2Two Wed 31-Oct-12 09:08:51


Love your girls names.

Ohsiena Wed 31-Oct-12 09:10:02

How about Ethan?

I suggest this as I know a Joel and Ethan so thought it may be to your taste.

It's not my favourite but I do know two gorgeous little Ethans.

WineOhWhy Wed 31-Oct-12 09:12:47

If you like Joseph and Joel, what about Jonah/Jonas? Can also be shortened to Joe

StarsGhostTail Wed 31-Oct-12 09:23:31

I have trouble with Patrick.

In full it's lovely, but not being Irish, Pat is short for Patricia.

I was totally thrown, by Pat the male dog in my "Janet and John@ reading books.
Pat was my friends Mum. It was years and years later it dawned on me the stupid dog was obviously called Patrick. (I guess it could also be a pun, on patting the dog. But they are such awful books I doubt it).

Love your other choices and Meradith is lovely (Penny is nice too).

Francis is lovely, but I'm biased. I know two, one first name and one second and both are lovely.

JessieEssex Wed 31-Oct-12 09:24:26

Ohsiena that's one problem with Patrick - it's either Pat or Paddy...

gold I really like all three of those, but have close friends who have used all those names! I suppose at some point, you have to start duplicating...

Back not sure about Ethan or Vincent but I do like Matthew (although the same problem as above applies!)

wine Jonah doesn't work with our surname (starts with an A) but quite like Jonas.

Thanks all!

eatyourveg Wed 31-Oct-12 09:27:15

Patrick Jonah sounds good to me or Toby Francis

JessieEssex Wed 31-Oct-12 09:32:36

stars - cross post - exactly my point about Patrick!

Does Francis always end up as Frank?

honeytea Wed 31-Oct-12 09:47:17

I really like Toby, I like the full name Tobias.

Other boys names I like are


(we can't use any of those for various reasons but I love them)

Ohsiena Wed 31-Oct-12 10:12:17

Yes I love Patrick but not keen on Pat or Paddy.

I had this problem with Elizabeth, love it, but hate Liz, and you can't control how it will be used by others in the future.

Back2Two Wed 31-Oct-12 11:59:15

I've got a Patrick so I'm biased abut that one. I adore the name (amd boy of course)

StarsGhostTail Wed 31-Oct-12 14:17:55

Never heard the Francis at school called anything other than Francis.

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