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Reuben, Arthur, Monty, Daniel or Luke

(28 Posts)
RTchoke Fri 23-Nov-12 13:05:51

How would you rank:
Reuben (a family name),
Arthur (love it but US relatives hate it),
Monty (love it but would want a full name on birth cert and Montgomery sounds ccomedy to me),
Daniel (nice but maybe too dull),
Luke (ditto comment on Daniel)?

ConfusedandBemused Fri 23-Nov-12 13:08:43

Monty Monty it, then possibly Arthur but don't like the rest

Gwennan Fri 23-Nov-12 13:17:42

I think Monty is fine as a full name but if you don't want to use it and don't like Montgomery, how about Montague?

I love all of your choices so I'm afraid I can't be of much help!

PandaG Fri 23-Nov-12 13:19:18

Like all of them. Favourite Reuben I think. Arthur as a MN?

gymboywalton Fri 23-Nov-12 13:20:47

in order of preference

1. daniel-beautiful name

i think monty and arthur are horrid sorry

sonniebonnie Fri 23-Nov-12 13:21:54

I like Reuben and Montgomery/Monty the best. And I really dislike Luke and find Daniel a little dull, sorry.

SurreyWithAFringeOnTop Fri 23-Nov-12 13:23:15

Love Monty and Arthur - not sure which one first, possibly Monty - would use Montague as full name.

Reuben is ok, Daniel and Luke both terribly dull, sorry.

LaTrucha Fri 23-Nov-12 13:23:27

I like all of them except Monty. I think Reuben will date the most.

Jojoba1986 Fri 23-Nov-12 13:25:00


I might consider Arthur but I wouldn't go for Monty. Sounds like a pet's name to me, sorry!

artifarti Fri 23-Nov-12 13:35:21

Arthur is a fab name smile

Also like Daniel and Monty is great but I wouldn't have the guts to use it. Not so keen on Luke or Reuben but they are okay names.

RosannaBanana Fri 23-Nov-12 13:48:52

Like them all actually. Maybe just try and get to a final two ( mine would be Arthur and Luke) and see what he looks like? Keeping the longlist up your sleeve too!

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 23-Nov-12 16:57:43

Arthur! Love Arthur!

Don't like Monty as a standalone name.

Clargo55 Fri 23-Nov-12 17:10:57

Reuben Arthur is our top boys name atm (both family names).

I think Daniel is also lovely and would probably date better than Reuben.

Monty is nice and a good choice if you want to avoid names that are common/overly popular.

IHeartKingThistle Fri 23-Nov-12 17:11:35


LouMacca Fri 23-Nov-12 17:15:20


Not keen on the last 3. Daniel is by far the nicest and Luke is ok.

YoullScreamAboutItOneDay Fri 23-Nov-12 17:34:21

I like Monty (Montgomery or Montague) or Arthur. Reuben is ok.

Luke and Daniel aren't for me but only because I had boys called this in my class (at least one per year) so for me it's very associated with particular people and seems really popular. It's probably not amongst babies born now. They're all Luca and Lucas aren't they?

lakeofshiningwaters Fri 23-Nov-12 17:34:53


Like Daniel better, but Reuben wins because of the family connection.

AlexanderS Fri 23-Nov-12 18:44:57

Hmm..Reuben is the oldest name on that list - can a classic Old Testament name like that be said to date? Those names come and out of fashion but never go away.

There were three Daniels in my class at school, it is a bit boring and unimaginative, sorry.

Luke is ok but quite popular (number 41 boys name in 2011).

Reuben, Arthur and Monty are all nice and would be my top 3 from that list. I would say Reuben is the "safest" option (least likely to raise eyebrows), followed by Arthur then Monty.

The positions of those on the 2011 name chart are:

Reuben - 74th
Arthur - 68th
Monty - 371st (Montgomery - 464th, Montague - 1342nd).

Daniel was number 14.

MolotovCocktail Fri 23-Nov-12 18:51:22

Reuben for me, all the way smile

VolumeOfACone Fri 23-Nov-12 18:55:00

I like Reuben and Monty best.

BonfireBaby Fri 23-Nov-12 19:07:03

Every other little boy at Centre Parcs recently was called Reuben though it is a lovely name. Monty is cute and I like Daniel.

AlwaysHoldingOnToStarbug Fri 23-Nov-12 22:11:26

I live Reuben, which I should do as I have one! I also live Monty and Arthur.

I do like Daniel, but it's so very popular.

I'm not keen on Luke, only because most of the ones I've met have been annoying, so it reminds me of them. I do know a couple of nice Lukes, the other ones seem to over ride it!

RTchoke Sat 24-Nov-12 07:27:59

I'm really interested in the view that Reuben is "of the moment" and will date. I had no idea that it was particularly popular right now as I've never met a little Reuben (this is DC3 so I know quite a few young kids). The Reuben in DH's family was his great uncle who recently died aged 90ish so I see it as a bit of an old man's name. Food for thought.

Last night DH suggested Edgar nn Ned which I quite like as well.

mirpuppet Sat 24-Nov-12 07:32:05


I know one whose birth certificate name is Mercer.

TidyDancer Sat 24-Nov-12 18:00:58

Monty is the only one on your list I think is really awful. The rest are quite nice.

Agree with the view that Reuben is becoming more popular, though there are a few different spellings I've seen.

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