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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?

monica77798 Thu 24-Jan-13 14:52:19

I actually prefer Finlay over Matthew, even if it is very "trendy".

blindworm Thu 24-Jan-13 14:14:55

I have a nephew called Finlay, and even his nursery spells it Finley, so maybe the spelling is an issue. Prefer it Finlay to Finley or Findlay though.

chubbychipmonk Tue 22-Jan-13 20:36:15

I get what you mean Blotted, I've been writing it down with all different spellings but think I prefer it now spelt 'Findlay'.

Blottedcopybook Tue 22-Jan-13 17:09:09

Chubby - I prefer it with the D and that's certainly how my DS spells his name, but really I would go with what you prefer. I found that once written down, Findlay looked more like how I imagined his name to look than if I'd spelled it Finlay/Finley/Phynnleigh. I know that sounds a bit airy-fairy but it worked for me!

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

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

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

Findlay with a d!

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

Matthew is lovely

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.

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


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!)

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


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

Which do you all prefer. . Findlay or Finlay?

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

Finlay. Strong classic old Scots name.

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.

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.

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"

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


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

Another Matthew fan.

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

Matthew (Matt), lovely name.

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!

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


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

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.

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.

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.

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

Matthew for me

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