Advanced search

Think you've decided on a name? Check out where it ranks on the official list of the most popular baby names first.

Thoughts on Santiago, Leonardo, Rafael, Nicholas and Oliver

(62 Posts)
Lucia2013 Wed 20-Feb-13 11:07:19

What are your thoughts on those names???

Thanks x

Lucia2013 Thu 21-Feb-13 21:45:03

Me too... I love that Name and nn... My husband has told me he REALLY likes the name now :-))

eachtigertires Thu 21-Feb-13 15:30:03

Love Santiago with Santi for a nn.

Lucia2013 Thu 21-Feb-13 13:57:31

Great thank you! So far it takes number one followed by Raphael or Rafael and then Leonardo. I think we are going for it! My husband told me he doesn't want very common names for him... Just wish he told me that before! Anyway we are here now :-). Thanks for everyone that helped !!

LeoniPoni Thu 21-Feb-13 12:25:53

Santiago is indeed "badass"! It's going to take big personality to pull it off. Santi is cute and Tiago is nice too. Go for it! And encourage little Santiago to have the attitude to match!

PurplePidjin Thu 21-Feb-13 12:22:46

You said two syllables <shrug>

Lucia2013 Thu 21-Feb-13 12:22:43

Regadless I meant :-)

Lucia2013 Thu 21-Feb-13 12:20:34

I think two long names regarding of themes is a bit tacky! We will stick to a short one thanks ;-)

PurplePidjin Thu 21-Feb-13 12:15:50

Raphael Michael, to keep the angel theme?

Lucia2013 Thu 21-Feb-13 10:58:46

Thank you again so much for the feedback! We have decided that we both like the three names, but specially Raphael or Rafael and Santiago. Now I need a two sillable English name that will go with the names and the surnames Bennett Rivera :-)

3monkeys3 Thu 21-Feb-13 10:54:38

Raphael is not foreign, it is Hebrew and therefore perfectly accessible to British people. It is my ds's middle name. I do concede that Rafael is the Spanish spelling though.

I like your first 3 choices very much. I like Nicholas too, with the nickname Nico - gorgeous! Oliver is a bit dull, but nice enough.

Bluebell99 Thu 21-Feb-13 10:51:34

My Spanish friend has typical Spanish looks, dark brown hair, not sure of eye colour but her son is the spit of his English father, fair skin, mousy hair. Her dd however is like my Spanish friend though, dark hair and olive skin. So certainly in her case, he doesn't look Spanish. She chose names that she said would work well in both countries, but I don't really like her son's name, it isn't very well used in England and it doesnt sound at all Spanish to me!

Lucia2013 Thu 21-Feb-13 10:01:16

to be honest im not bothered about the turtle ninjas. Right now I like Raphael and Santiago now for ds3! I'm excited to finally have two possible names and so is my husband I think after months and months of not getting anywhere. So much easier with girls . If it was a girl she woul ve Been named Sophia :-) ... I just love Italian or Spanish names!

Bluebell99 Thu 21-Feb-13 09:41:05

The problem is two of the names in the title list are names of ninja turtles, so people aren't being stupid to say it in this thread. It was my first thought. But presumably you aren't going to use two turtle names together so it won't look so turtle if you only use one of the names. But seriously better to see people find the idea of Leonardo Raphael funny before you use it on your child. And ninja mutant turtles are making a comeback so maybe will open your child up for teasing at school.

kelda Thu 21-Feb-13 08:14:45

Much prefer Tiago to Santiago.

PurplePidjin Thu 21-Feb-13 08:13:59

People will find something like that to associate with a name, often a song. Which they think they're the first person to sing to you hmm

There'd be a lot more "yooneek" name spellings if parents could be bothered to avoid all pop culture references!

I might have to name ds's hypothetical future brother Santiago now...

Lucia2013 Thu 21-Feb-13 07:31:48

Oops... Chipmunks to him! Arghh! I like longer names and as we don't like the same English names it just makes sense. What do you guys think I should go for middle names? Thanks :-)

Lucia2013 Thu 21-Feb-13 07:30:21

Those ninja turtle comments! People Are so stupid sometimes! When my husband liked Theodore right at the beginning they were singing the song of alvin and the chi

CitizenOscar Wed 20-Feb-13 23:07:22

Santiago reminds me of the Goal films (he's a south American footballer if I remember correctly). It's set mostly in Newcastle so I just hear "Santi! Santi!" in a Geordie accent when I think of it.

DH & I quite seriously considered Santiago but felt we couldn't pull it off so went for Rafael grin nn Raf, Rafi or Raffles at the mo. Other people do sometimes call him Rafa, but we don't.

I also really like Leonardo but not sure I could have a Rafael AND a Leonardo. We've got mixed heritage but no Spanish/Italian really so think we would get Ninja turtle comments ;)

Lovely names anyway!

Lucia2013 Wed 20-Feb-13 22:44:08

Oh really?? My husband and I like it a lot! In fact he likes the three names. Now that we have our short list and I am much happier I guess it comes to the surnames

Santiago Bennett Rivera
Leonardo Bennett Rivera
Raphael Bennett Rivera

And middle names? Maybe a short English one?


MrsGP Wed 20-Feb-13 22:11:18

If you knew my Santiago you'd definatley choose it. Leonardo might get Leo or Leon, both getting popular in my area.
I do like Raphael (checked spelling twice!!)

Lucia2013 Wed 20-Feb-13 21:13:36

So... now I have three names:

Rafael or Raphael

NO Oliver or NIcholas :-)

And my husband likes them!!! :-)

PurplePidjin Wed 20-Feb-13 20:12:35

Twas a tad daft, yes, considering the phonetic nature of the name. Mind you, I've seen Rachel/Rachael spelled Racheal confused admittedly not often though!

Lucia2013 Wed 20-Feb-13 19:53:27

Did they spell it Rapheal???? What a bunch of idiots!!!!!!

PurplePidjin Wed 20-Feb-13 18:36:13

I have a 3mo Raphael, nn Rafa. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, beyond the "what a nice name" standard reply. He's mixed white British and Jamaican, and named for his great grandfather

Imo it works well in England - easily pronounced and spelled apart from the twit in hospital who spelled it RaphEAl

Lucia2013 Wed 20-Feb-13 18:34:45

Yes I am foreign, I am Peruvian and a Spanish descendant.. I have olive skin and dark brown eyes and hair and my husband has light brown hair and blue eyes so I think the baby will have dark hair and brown eyes...It will be obvious he has a latin side or at least a foreign side... Thanks for all the posts here... it has really helped me a lot!!! Carry on with the comments, the more the merrier :-)

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: