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classic but unusual boys names ... help

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whoseshoes Tue 11-Dec-12 23:43:42

Bump has been nn Horatio, but not sure about it as it's quite a mouthful with no sensible shortenings. However we are now struggling to come up with something similar as we

A - don't agree on anything
B - have a very common surname so are hoping to avoid anything in the top 10 at least

I like Arthur, Dorian, Edward - (we cant use this one), you get the idea

I really like Nimrod but everyone is a bit hmm as am I, but I still like it!

Alternatives gratefully considered or any suggestions for nn/shortenings for Horatio

COCKadoodledooo Sat 15-Dec-12 23:41:25

I have 2 in your close family names list, and dh is also there. We are traditional kinda people!

Bump names have been Pugh, Barney and Cuthbert.

RillaBlythe Sat 15-Dec-12 19:25:40

Love Horatio. Shortening is Horry, obviously!

Ambrose, Amos, Bartholomew (Tolly), Solomon.

KoalaKube Sat 15-Dec-12 19:21:04

I've always liked Atticus - but it really depends on your surname. (Cos of the to kill a mockingbird character).

shoobidoo Sat 15-Dec-12 19:08:39

I'd say Hor-ay-sho. I think it is a great name - cool, classic, easy to say/spell and not overused (yet?). Go for it!

HelpOneAnother Fri 14-Dec-12 22:12:28

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RightUpMyRue Fri 14-Dec-12 18:15:21

Another vote for Lawrence nn Laurie. I love it but DP isn't keen sad

MoelFammau Fri 14-Dec-12 17:26:48

Isn't Horatio pronounced Hor-ray-shee-o? Finding the T and Tio nicknames a bit odd to my ears.

WhiteHairReally Thu 13-Dec-12 22:36:35


I'll join Bluestocking's campaign to revive John!

shoobidoo Thu 13-Dec-12 21:10:47

I don't think I'd shorten Horatio at all. It sounds great and isn't too long imo.

NamingOfParts Thu 13-Dec-12 20:27:32

Hi Bluestocking, in my family it is pronounced as spelt - Red-vers

afterdinnerkiss Thu 13-Dec-12 20:15:58


i love Horatio too though.

Bluestocking Thu 13-Dec-12 19:51:27

Hi Naming, how do you pronounce Redvers? We went to Carisbrooke Castle in the summer, which belonged to the Redvers family, and the guide pronounced it Red-vair. Would you pronounce it like that?

Bluestocking Thu 13-Dec-12 19:47:57

Hi whoseshoes - I would have loved to call our DS John but DP vetoed it on the grounds that it was "too boring". I'm on a campaign to revive the name!
How about Geoffrey, Nicholas, Peter, Edmund, Christopher, Benedict, Frederick, Martin, Roderick?

NamingOfParts Thu 13-Dec-12 19:24:24


whoseshoes Thu 13-Dec-12 19:15:43

Lots of great suggestions thanks.

I'm not sure if i like any of the shortenings for Horatio - except possibly Harry which is too common with our surname and also a bit of a stretch

Boys names are sooo much more difficult than girls!

Bluestocking I like John, but we already have a close relative called that!

Close family names are also Anthony, Albert, Barnaby, Daniel, Edward, Frederick, George,Hugh, James, Joseph, Peter, Rupert, Theo, etc.. obviusly we haven't considered all of these but it's quite difficult!

coribells Wed 12-Dec-12 22:31:13

Nathaniel - means 'gift from god' and can be shortened to a cool Nat or Nate

comeonbishbosh Wed 12-Dec-12 22:27:44


(I only know this name because DH is an Iris Murdoch fan!)

shoobidoo Wed 12-Dec-12 22:07:17

Seeker, yes I had noticed that Stella's kitten is called Horatio. What I referred to was the nickname Ray, which imo is a great alternative to Harry as a shortening for Horatio.

BikeRunSki Wed 12-Dec-12 21:09:03


Rhubarbgarden Wed 12-Dec-12 19:39:02

Horatio is a great name. Do it.

WillYuleDoTheFandango Wed 12-Dec-12 19:09:38

Miles? My mum had twin uncles- Horatio and Miles

<outs self completely>

lljkk Wed 12-Dec-12 19:05:39


lljkk Wed 12-Dec-12 19:05:19

Horatio makes me cringe.
Emerson always makes me think of Miss Emerson.
There are lots of nice names in Gwennan's long list.

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf Wed 12-Dec-12 18:57:02

I was thinking Orlando, as have a few others! Would you use horatio as a middle name?

seeker Wed 12-Dec-12 18:53:57

Shoo idol- you did notice that the person named Horatio shortened to Ray was a kitten , didn't you?

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