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Matthew or Finlay??

(54 Posts)
chubbychipmonk Fri 18-Jan-13 23:53:19

Already have a DS with quite a traditional name. Am 32 weeks pregnant with DC2 and we can't agree on a boys name! I like Finlay, DH likes Matthew. Opinions please?

Yellowchair Sun 20-Jan-13 07:25:02


Pocket1 Sun 20-Jan-13 08:19:31

Matthew - my brother is a Matthew and he's one of the loveliest men I know. Good name, good person smile

thehairybabysmum Sun 20-Jan-13 13:32:33

Occasionally, but not enough to annoy.

Abigail9580 Sun 20-Jan-13 13:39:37

Finley. But I'm bias as my 5m old is a Fin. And his dad is a Matthew!! Think both are good. Why don't you make one his middle name, then if you decide you like the middle one better then just swop them.

Blanketsandpillows Sun 20-Jan-13 14:32:53

Matthew for me

forgetmenots Sun 20-Jan-13 15:17:47

Both names are lovely and I think both are classic, but Finlay is having a real spike in popularity. If that doesn't bother you go for it!

Finlay Matthew or Matthew Finlay are lovely names.

bigbluebump Sun 20-Jan-13 15:26:52

Matthew is more timeless and will age better than Finley/Finlay/Finn - it feels quite 'faddy' to my ears, probably because it has been a little overused.

CiderwithBuda Sun 20-Jan-13 15:40:16

Matthew. Although be warned it will eventually be shortened to Matt so bear that in mind. We liked either but to me Matt was an older boy kicking a football about rather than a baby. DSis Matt now at school to all his friends and some of the teachers and he likes it.

And Finlay may well get shortened to Finn.

MrsJohnDeere Sun 20-Jan-13 15:45:39


Two in my family, both adults, have never been shortened to Matt by themselves or others.

chubbychipmonk Sun 20-Jan-13 17:43:51

I quite like Matthew shortened to Matt (when he's older) but less keen on Finlay being shortened to Finn. Am really stuck now!

Ragwort Sun 20-Jan-13 17:45:21

Matthew (Matt), lovely name.

WowOoo Sun 20-Jan-13 17:47:02

Another Matthew fan.

Reaa Sun 20-Jan-13 17:49:17


Bakingtins Sun 20-Jan-13 19:50:58

Matthew - biased because I have one, and pleased to hear the MN jury agree. It's a classic name, and there are not many little ones about.
I have had people ask me how to spell it though confused

Lovely meaning too "gift of God"

Blottedcopybook Sun 20-Jan-13 20:12:15

My DS is a Findlay and it was very unusual when he was born in 2001 - the only other Findlay I'd heard of was the son of Sharron Davies. It has become much more popular in recent years though, lots of 6-7 year old Findlay's running around. I like to think it's because so many people met my lovely boy as a delightful toddler that they wanted to name their child after mine wink

Somewhat bemused that Findlay is considered faddy & trendy, it's a very traditional Irish/Scots moniker.

forgetmenots Sun 20-Jan-13 23:54:45

Me too blotted, I'm in Scotland and think of it as a very traditional name, particularly when spelled with a D, and Irish names like Fionn too.

goinglone Mon 21-Jan-13 10:44:39

Finlay. Strong classic old Scots name.

chubbychipmonk Mon 21-Jan-13 21:11:10

Which do you all prefer. . Findlay or Finlay?

ilovecolinfirth Mon 21-Jan-13 21:13:15


forgetmenots Mon 21-Jan-13 21:19:40

I prefer Findlay but the spellings without a D are more common at the moment (I like traditional!)

bigkidsdidit Mon 21-Jan-13 21:36:27


MidnightMasquerader Tue 22-Jan-13 00:47:57

Finlay will date, but if that doesn't bother you, then not a problem.

Matthew is by far the better choice. Matt is a great shortening when he's older. Matt/Matthews always seem to be lovely.

Yfronts Tue 22-Jan-13 13:34:27

Matthew is lovely

Chaoscarriesonagain Tue 22-Jan-13 13:36:28

Findlay with a d!

Locketjuice Tue 22-Jan-13 13:41:08

I'm biased I have a finnley, and yes always spelt wrong!

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