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Help me decide between two names

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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

OkayHazel Thu 06-Dec-12 15:07:18

I love the name Ben, but he is an ex boyfriend who punched me. So I just can't.

Mono1 Thu 06-Dec-12 14:36:30

Jasper IS cute for a little boy but I just can't imagine liking it for an adult. It makes me think of posho accountants or maybe a City trader. Is there perhaps a reason why so many mums on here seem to like it but don't know any grown up Jaspers- there are a few Labradors tho.... Ben might be a bit boring but also reliable and fun.

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.

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. )

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

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

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

MaggieMaggieMaggieMcGill Wed 05-Dec-12 22:50:29

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

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

I have a 4mo Jasper - love his name.

Can't bear Ben.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Absolutely love Jasper!

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.

UnnamedFemaleProtagonist Wed 05-Dec-12 22:22:48

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

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

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

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


I love Benjamin but really dislike Ben.

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!

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.

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.

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


Toooooooooooooooooooo many Bens!!

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

Jasper is slang for wasp.

DinosaursOnAnAdventCalender Wed 05-Dec-12 21:53:23

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

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

Difficult choice; both lovely.

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

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

Benjamin. But Id have just Ben.

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

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

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