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jumpingfrog0 Wed 05-Dec-12 21:32:32

We just can't decide between two boys names and would like your help. The names are Benjamin and Jasper. Both are a similar style to me - classic and timeless - but obviously Jasper is a bit more unusual although it does seem to be rising up the charts.

Which is your fav and why? We really need your help now as we like them both equally. Thanks

sunny177 Wed 05-Dec-12 21:34:10

Ooh I love jasper! Nice to have something bit unusual and Benjamin is very common. Jasper has a nice contemporary feel to it whilst still being traditional X x

WonkyWilly Wed 05-Dec-12 21:46:56

Love Jasper, Benjamin is ok but a bit boring and overdone!

GoldPlatedNineDoors Wed 05-Dec-12 21:47:26

Benjamin. But Id have just Ben.

EdithWeston Wed 05-Dec-12 21:52:00

Difficult choice; both lovely.

I'd go for Jasper: bit racier ('Oh Sir!').

Both really nice, I can't choose between them.

BikeRunSki Wed 05-Dec-12 21:53:24

Jasper is slang for wasp.

Ruprekt Wed 05-Dec-12 21:53:58


Toooooooooooooooooooo many Bens!!

MustafaCake Wed 05-Dec-12 22:05:00

I like Ben but it's a very very common name. Would you be OK with your Ben being one of several in school? Only mentioning it as some parents don't want that!

If you like Ben but want something a bit different how about Benedict?

I like Jasper too and would probably chose that one cos it's quite unusual.

QuickLookBusy Wed 05-Dec-12 22:09:20

Have you had the baby yet?

If you like the names equally, I would wait until he was born and decide which name suits him best.

HoratiaLovesBabyJesus Wed 05-Dec-12 22:11:53

I prefer Jasper - I know a lot of Bens and don't particularly like Benjamin although I can't put my finger on why.

I know a small Jasper and he's lovely. That helps!

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Wed 05-Dec-12 22:16:01


I love Benjamin but really dislike Ben.

NK493efc93X1277dd3d6d4 Wed 05-Dec-12 22:20:05

For me Jasper will always sound like a dog's name.

Jasper. Although it is a name for wasps where I grew up.

Mono1 Wed 05-Dec-12 22:27:01

Sorry- I don't like Jasper at all. It's not a name for a grown up you'd want to be friends with. Cute until about the age of 5, but as a grown up it immediately makes me think I wouldn't like him. If however you are v posh and Jasper is likely to go to Eton, then fine. Otherwise stick with Ben.

scrumpkin Wed 05-Dec-12 22:28:24

Absolutely love Jasper!

FlojoHoHoHo Wed 05-Dec-12 22:29:37

Ben yes, Benjamin no. Jasper no, I just think of carrot.

imdreamingofaskyebluechristmas Wed 05-Dec-12 22:31:54

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rachel234 Wed 05-Dec-12 22:39:23

Jasper! There are so many Bens/Benjamins around that it is a little dull, sorry.

poppy283 Wed 05-Dec-12 22:47:52

I have a 4mo Jasper - love his name.

Can't bear Ben.

Jasper! No contest for me, much better than boringBen!

TremoloGreen Thu 06-Dec-12 11:52:14

I quite like Jasper. Definitely more interesting than Ben, although you could always use that as a middle name. It was going to be my name if I was a boy (Jasper Henry). Sorry Mono, guess we can't be friends grin

LemonBreeland Thu 06-Dec-12 11:54:25

I have always loved Jasper. Benjamin is a bit wet to me, and Ben is boring.

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Thu 06-Dec-12 11:55:26

Benjamin is boring and there are loads of Bens.
Jasper is fab, really like it.

(I also like Tobias, just to go off track. )

fedupwithdeployment Thu 06-Dec-12 12:06:34

I really like Jasper - DH wanted one of the DSs to be called Jasper...but I knew a lovely black labrador, also called Jasper.

But you, presumably don't! I'd go for Jasper...although I do like Ben too.

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