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Magnus, Marcus, Frederick or Ranulf?

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Sunnysummer Fri 25-Jan-13 13:13:01

Have been a longtime lurker here, as DH and I have been locking horns about boys names for so long! We have now decided to go with family names. Most of our family are from overseas, but names that we think also work in England are:

Magnus - we both like, but on mumsnet it seems very trendy right now?
Marcus - he says strong, I think weedy
Frederick - Freddie is so popular right now, would he be one of 10 at school?
Ranulf / Ranulph - the actual family names here are Randolf and Adolph, but we thought that these were too cruel! I like these names, but are they a bit too odd?

Also... My secret favourite is my great grandad's name, Leonhard (pronounced a bit like Lay-on-hart) but I don't know how an actual child would get on with this at school! My friends say that the alternative Leonard is weedy and Leo/Leon are getting too common in both senses of the word! So maybe it's out of the running...

I would be so grateful for your advice! We are living overseas now but will be back in London within a few years and don't want DS to get horribly bullied, or be one of 15 same names in the class! Any other suggestions also welcome, we like names that are traditional but not toooo common, DH likes 'strong' (whatever that means! But things like Caspian and Rafferty are way out), and nothing ending with -a/-er/-or as our surname ends with an -er and rhyming sounds terrible :-) Thank you!

meditrina Fri 25-Jan-13 13:17:51

I think your list is wonderful, and I'd go for either Marcus or Ranulf.

I think Leonhard would be awkward to live with - not only woul it be mispronounced frequently (or perhaps that doesn't bother you?) but it might lead to penis jokes (especially if there's a Leon too). Perhaps as middle name? Leonard is ok, but does include a 'nerd'.

JiltedJohnsJulie Fri 25-Jan-13 13:17:55

Leonard isn't weedy and I think he will be known as Lenny, which is fine and usual.

From your list I'd go for Magnus. Haven't heard of another around here. Frederick is also lovely and our DC don't have any in there classes.

Only know one Marcus and he is a total twat so I maybe slightly biased on that one. Would you mind it being shortened to Mark or insist on Marcus?

Only know one Randolph, he's known as Randy and he is one of the coolest people I know smile

Pasiphae Fri 25-Jan-13 13:20:19

Love Magnus and Ranulf.

I find Leonard rather endearing, nothing weedy. I would say it is becoming a trendy nerdy name, thanks to The Bing Band Theory. Reading you, I can see that this is not the "strong" your DH is after.

Magnus is only trendy on sites, hardly heard of in Real Life.
Ranulf has a lovely medieval feel to it.
Those 2 are great and "strong" and would be my choices.

Sunnysummer Fri 25-Jan-13 13:44:25

Thank you for your replies! It's great to hear that all the names have at least one admirer, and DH will be very pleased about Ranulf, as he loves it but thought it might sound too odd in London - i'm still tempted to fight for Magnus though. Will report back if/when we choose...

Narked Fri 25-Jan-13 16:15:04

Magnus - I know 3 under 4. It depends where you'll be.
Ranulph is good.

usualsuspect Fri 25-Jan-13 16:16:39

Marcus, don't like any of the others.

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meditrina Fri 25-Jan-13 17:25:27

Nothing, but nothing, sounds odd in London!

I'd try to swerve Randy as nn though.

Beatrixpotty Fri 25-Jan-13 18:18:00

I like the sound of Leonhard but the spelling might invite teasing.
I know it doesn't have the same sentimental meaning for you but what about Leonardo?I know a v cool 3 yr old called this.
Otherwise Marcus Ranulf & Frederick

Meringue33 Fri 25-Jan-13 18:43:07

Magnus is an awesome name
I like Ranulf too = Fiennes, arctic explorer
And Marcus = a very sexy posh boy I had a huge crush on when younger. He was very successful with women.

Sasparillo Fri 25-Jan-13 18:46:57

I like Marcus out of all of your choices x

Astley Fri 25-Jan-13 20:50:38


forgetmenots Fri 25-Jan-13 21:26:06

Magnus, by a mile.

SnowGruff Fri 25-Jan-13 21:36:29

Magnus or Ranulph are great... but Randolf is fantastic!

Linus is also lovely, and I like Espen too.

Can you get any stronger than Magnus really though? grin

Startail Fri 25-Jan-13 21:39:57

I know a nice Marcus, Magnus is nice too. Ranulf is ok.
I like Leo and anything it becomes a NN for would probably be OK.

Freddie is to twee, it was also DSIS gold fish, which long out lived mine envy

NowPlayingZone Fri 25-Jan-13 22:38:47

Leonard or Marcus for me, but all are good.


Yika Fri 25-Jan-13 22:46:13

All nice names, Frederick maybe the least interesting. I love Leonard and I like the sound of Leonhard too, esp if it has meaning for you. I love Randolf.

Sunnysummer Sat 26-Jan-13 11:12:21

So interesting to see the votes for Randolf, we thought that 'Randy' would make it a dealbreaker! DH is now considering it too though I am a little unsure about that one.

DH has also asked me to ask you all whether it is better to be Ranulf (traditional, for us) or Ranulph (like the explorer, maybe more recognisable nowadays)... Should I be offended that he trusts your opinion more than mine? grin

meditrina Sat 26-Jan-13 11:16:09

To minimise the chances of Randy, use Ran as nn so there isn't a nn 'gap' to be filled by someone else. That doesn't guarantee it won't happen at all though.

I think Ranulf looks better, but either spelling would be fine.

CarriMarie Sat 26-Jan-13 11:33:37

I like Marcus best from your list, also Leon and Leo as short forms of Leonard (or Leonhard).

Yika Sat 26-Jan-13 11:55:40

I prefer Ranulf. I think it's a wonderful name!

Narked Sun 27-Jan-13 13:16:40

Ranulf if that's traditional for you.

TheWave Sun 27-Jan-13 13:44:38

Like Marcus, Leon. Not keen on Ranulf, bit wolf-like. What about Marius or Ferdinand?

Sunnysummer Sun 27-Jan-13 14:18:38

Agree about the wolf-like - suspect that might be why DH likes it! Marius is also nice and Ferdinand is great, maybe a bit less usual than Frederick and makes me think of the very sweet bull (and as I will remind DH, also a very great explorer wink)

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