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A few boys name questions

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Cordial Thu 21-Mar-13 21:54:59

So if I say the name Fred what name do you think it is short for or is it a boys name in its own right?

Second question we are fond of the name Horace. Does anybody know any???

KD0706 Thu 21-Mar-13 22:17:29

If I was asked I'd think Fred was short for Alfred. But can definitely be used on its own.

Sorry don't know anybody called Horace.

wedontplaywithelectrics Thu 21-Mar-13 22:17:57

Fred, I would presume short for Frederick,possibly Alfred.
Never met a Horace but love it!

mayanna123 Thu 21-Mar-13 22:32:02

Fred - nickname for Frederick.

Horace is a great name - underused classic, much more interesting than Fred imo!

mayanna123 Thu 21-Mar-13 22:32:36

All the Alfreds tend to be know as Alfie round here.

Cordial Thu 21-Mar-13 22:45:28

I had thought Frederick and then a friend pointed out the Alfred connection but I wasn't sure how commonly used that was. I only meet Alfies!

Interesting to see some love for Horace , I love it but worry that it is a bit out there / is a name that gets you teased? The few real life people I've mentioned it to look at me like I'm insane! Maybe I'm worried about being teasedwink

olivertheoctopus Thu 21-Mar-13 22:46:19

Frederick or maybe Alfred at a push. Horace is very cool!

anonymosity Thu 21-Mar-13 23:27:45

i know a 5 yr old boy called Freddie. Very cute, cherub.
I know no children named Horace only the Latin writer (he was Latin, wasn't he?)

PurpleStorm Fri 22-Mar-13 00:05:48

Fred - Frederick. I wouldn't think Alfred - they tend to be Alfie for short.

Never met any Horaces. (and yes, Horace was a Roman poet)

raisah Fri 22-Mar-13 02:01:34

short for Alfred & Frederick
Put the full version on bc & call him Fred everyday.

Hedwig3 Fri 22-Mar-13 17:01:14

Love Horace
I had a great uncle called Horace.

I was quite a few years old when I realised his name wasn't Orris! [Blush]

Cordial Fri 22-Mar-13 18:34:45

So where are all the Horace haters I meet in real life smile

Oh Horace is lovely.

I like Fred as nn for Wilfred or Frederick but I hate Freddie.

You might like Hector / Howard / Terence too.

KD0706 Fri 22-Mar-13 19:38:40

I don't personally like Horace. I didn't mention that fact earlier as you didn't ask for opinion on whether it was a nice name, just asked if anybody knew a Horace smile

But honestly if you like the name then go for it. Now I think of it I know a baby Hariss (not sure if I've spelled that correctly it looks odd written down). Harris maybe... That's kind of similar.

alemci Fri 22-Mar-13 19:55:06

remember Diary of Horace wimp. Not keen on Horace. Think there was a cartoon strip about a Horace too in Jackie magazine or that may have been Leonard. (really showing my age).

Cordial Fri 22-Mar-13 23:00:03

KD how restrained of you most un- mnet like! Thanks for the feedback. We have got Hector on the list.

So given we like


Anybody got any other suggestions or opinions?

Froblawd Fri 22-Mar-13 23:02:22

I teach a Fred and a Freddie, both short for Alfred. I also teach a Horace, a lovely young man. Brilliant names.

Froblawd Fri 22-Mar-13 23:03:49

Herbie? Short for Herbert?

KD0706 Fri 22-Mar-13 23:26:11

I know! I'm not convinced I really belong here. Not nearly blunt enough. grin

I like hector a lot.
Fred / Frederick I like well enough too, but hector us definitely my favourite.

Do you already have any DCs - maybe worth thinking how the name will fit with the others if so?

simplesusan Fri 22-Mar-13 23:33:02

I would say Frederick.
Done know any Horaces.

JollyYellowGiant Fri 22-Mar-13 23:36:03

Isn't there a Horace in the Broons?

Sadly Fred reminds me of Fred West.

sjupes Sat 23-Mar-13 00:06:28

Fredrick was my first thought.

My mum names all spiders freddie. Put me off the name sad

Don't know any horaces but hungry horace is a frequently used saying where i live.

PurpleStorm Sat 23-Mar-13 10:00:53

Well, I said earlier that I didn't know any Horaces.

I popped into the corner shop yesterday, and a mum in there was shouting for her little boy (looked about 4 or 5) called Horace. He didn't want to go away from the sweetie shelves.

Only Horace I've come across though.

I don't like Hector because of the meaning of it as a word.

Lionsntigersnbears Sat 23-Mar-13 12:03:15

You could have Wilfred,nn Fred ...?

WormCanner Sat 23-Mar-13 12:56:05

The problem with Horace is that it starts like horrible and horrid.

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