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BraveLilBear Wed 01-May-13 14:59:32

Just that really... DP and I have finally managed something of a shortlist for our soon to be DC, and two of the names on there are surname names (ie taken from a renowned surname), and one is also an American place name.

I used to be quite 'anti' them, but really like at least one of these and think it would work well. But what's the consensus?

I'm thinking distinguished names along the lines of 'Newton' (from Isaac) rather than 'Smith'...

<braces self for onslaught...>

BraveLilBear Fri 03-May-13 12:42:36

Thanks everyone - some cracking ideas there, especially Cromwell and Raleigh.

Faraday is probably off the list as we may have named a hamster that already blush and I agree about Washington... we are neither North-Eastern nor American and there is zero chance of our DC resembling the great Denzel!

Plenty to think about here, so thanks smile

squoosh Fri 03-May-13 12:46:17


In Ireland that name would be quite the conversation starter.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Fri 03-May-13 12:53:36

How about Cooper or Archer if you want old English occupations?

borisjohnsonshair Fri 03-May-13 12:54:44

What about Brunel?

pickledginger Fri 03-May-13 12:56:40

Cromwell is not a good choice.

MorrisZapp Fri 03-May-13 12:56:58

Standard practice here in Scotchland. My wee boy has a surname name, as do at least half of his friends. All cute, and all suitable for adults too.

The names discussed on here are cute but I wouldn't use most of them as they are so obviously American and we have no American heritage, much as we love the place.

Faraday, Edison etc sound more like pets names to me if I'm honest. In fact if we ever get a dog I want to call him Fenway, after the baseball park smile

pickledginger Fri 03-May-13 12:57:24

Raleigh make bikes.

MonkeyingAroundTown Fri 03-May-13 13:51:46

I am adding Irving and Archer to my list of boys names for when we decide to have our next. They are so cute

BraveLilBear Fri 03-May-13 14:37:58

I really like Archer. And Harper (damn the Beckhams). Another one that is very cool and nice for a girl is Piper - unfortunately, we can't use that as it's the name of our favourite night club...

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Fri 03-May-13 18:43:21

Yay! For the first time ever I have suggested a good name! grin Now, nobody use Archer before me!

pygmy Fri 03-May-13 18:48:19

I quite like Sullivan nn Sully, Harper, Willoughby, Rafferty and Montgomery for boys.

TeWiSavesTheDay Fri 03-May-13 18:48:57

Oi, I said Archer first Saggy - admittedly for my possibly not even a boy foetus. But still, my prize!

TeWiSavesTheDay Fri 03-May-13 19:21:40

DH is now voting for Franklin though, so props to whoever said that!

MsJupiterJones Fri 03-May-13 20:45:44

I really like surname names. Lawrence, Cameron, Harrison, Mitchell, Austin. One of those is my DS's name.

Love the idea of Edison, Darwin or Newton.

Thurlow Fri 03-May-13 20:48:37

I know a Edison. I think it is gorgeous. He can always use Eddie if he wants to when he's older.

Thurlow Fri 03-May-13 20:48:55

an blush

AlmondFrangipani Fri 03-May-13 21:01:58

Hi Brave grin

We are thinking along very similar lines if we have a DS! Our fav hasn't cropped up here yet but I love Archer and Edison!! X

Catlike Fri 03-May-13 21:05:36

DH is now voting for Franklin though, so props to whoever said that!


SlinkyB Fri 03-May-13 21:18:18

I know of a Statham, and a Kingsley; both surname guessing they're not your cup of tea though op?

ShadowStorm Fri 03-May-13 23:40:31

I like Edison, Darwin, and Harper.

I'd avoid Cromwell - it brings Oliver Cromwell strongly to mind, and personally I think opinions on him are too divisive to want to name a child after him. Bit like calling a child Thatcher.

ItsYonliMe Sat 04-May-13 01:19:36

If you say Archer out loud, it's actually quite difficult to say and hear. I don't think people will pronounce it properly - there are too many rs in it and English people can't pronounce rs.

The Scots, Irish and Welsh can use Archer cause they'd pronounce it correctly smile.

(I don't like it, however it's pronounced - sounds like one of Robin Hood's merry men)

squoosh Sat 04-May-13 03:07:13

That's funny, as soon as Archer was mentioned I thought 'Robin Hood' too! grin

TeWiSavesTheDay Sat 04-May-13 08:01:41

grin I am from NZ actually, so it doesn't sound weird to me. Maybe I need to ask lots of randomers in the street how they say it!

TeWiSavesTheDay Sat 04-May-13 08:02:58

DH is pretty set on Franklin now anyway.

ShadowStorm Sat 04-May-13 08:27:23

I thought schnapps when Archer was mentioned...

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