I like Gabriel - DH likes it but convinced child will be teased at school and called a 'Gaylord' or something Not something that ever occurred to me and I went to school with a few boys with this name.
I also like Jacob but have now been made aware that it is really common, in the top ten baby names, then again my daughter's name is as well. Neither DH or I like Jake as the shortened form.
The other contender (which I am not so sure about as I am a bit boring and it feels a bit 'trendy') is Jude. DH loves it. Doesn't go with chosen middle name which is Harold in memory of both our Grandads.
It's getting a bit depressing. Can we just call him 'Boy'?
Any opinions? Can't ask family as I know they will hate all of them.
Love Jacob and Jude ... Gabriel is also a lovely name but I think it does depend where you live. Where I grew up that would have been fine; where I live now it would probably be seen as a bit pretentious.
If you like the 'J' sound then how about Joseph or Joshua or George? Or something slightly more unusual like Jackson, Dajngo ...
Thingiebob, I feel your pain! In fact, these are some of my favourite names and they've been rejected or similar reasons. Others I like that you can knick if you want:
Tommy (although Thomas is a bit too popular) Joe Sam (doesn't go with our surname) Rufus (dh has gone off this now) Victor (I have, although is DH's current fave) Linus (was supposed to be ds1's name but I got cold feet at the last minute!)
Do you know it would be so novel to hear for once "I told my Mum/sister/family we were calling our baby (name) and they loved it, we were thrilled".
I naively thought, "We are thinking of such + such" not "Oh please slag it off and rubbish our taste!" would show whoever asked about our choices that we liked it and were keen on it!
We had this negative reaction from my parents over a girl's name we considered for DC1, really put us off, turned out we had a boy first. Had been so discouraged we didn't use it when DD came along later.