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Harris for a boy?

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harverina Thu 25-Jul-13 11:06:53

Hello grin

I am 25 weeks pregnant so plenty of time to decide about names. Don't know the sex of the baby either but dh is a nightmare to pin down about names so I need to start early!

I previously put a thread on asking opinions on Archie. It had mixed opinions, though pretty positive. The more I say Archie the more undecided I am about it!

So dh had suggested Harris. I like Harry but we wanted a name with some Scottish link as we are Scottish. Dd is called Eilidh.

So, what do you guys think about Harris?

Is it really a surname?

Thanks on advance grin

JollyHolidayGiant Sat 27-Jul-13 07:26:23

Harris is an island off the West coast of Scotland smile

Weegiemum Sat 27-Jul-13 07:34:42

Harris is an island in the Outer Hebrides where I lived for 8.5 years, it's the lower part of the island which has Lewis at the top. It's a beautiful place, we're going back next week, actually!

Other good scottish names not mentioned here:

jnl0612 Sat 27-Jul-13 07:35:46

I have a friend with a ds called Harris its a lovely name grin

Dillydollydaydream Sat 27-Jul-13 07:42:58

I like Harris.

How about


Layl77 Sat 27-Jul-13 07:51:33

I like it smile

Queazy Sat 27-Jul-13 08:54:40

I love the name Harrison and you could shorten it to Harris too x

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Sat 27-Jul-13 09:12:55

It's one of 'those' names down here, South Coast.

weebarra Sat 27-Jul-13 09:27:59

"Those names"? hmm

MoreThanWords Sat 27-Jul-13 09:33:07

My Harrison doesn't get Harry!

JogOnKitty Sat 27-Jul-13 13:52:50

Ooo what do you mean 'one of those names' ? hmm

ProphetOfDoom Sat 27-Jul-13 13:55:58

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JogOnKitty Sat 27-Jul-13 13:59:53

We're from Yorkshire and it always ends up getting pronounced as 'Arris. I didnt realise it was rhyming slang for arse! Ds would find that very funny.

harverina Sat 27-Jul-13 16:44:36

Oh lots of positive opinions yay! grin Thanks very much.

Really like Brodie weegiemum, not sure it goes well with my surname which also starts with B (famous baker in Glasgow). I will suggest it to my dh.

What does one of "those" names mean?!

Thanks again smile

Knitella Sat 27-Jul-13 16:57:31

I'm Scottish and think it's a lovely name. Not surnamey or nicknamey to my ears. Goes well with your daughter's name too smile

harverina Sun 28-Jul-13 22:52:58

Thanks smile Is it a trendy name or traditional? Don't think that dh and I could pull off a trendy name!

soontobeslendergirl Sun 28-Jul-13 23:04:18

In Scotland I would say it's neither tbh. I know 2 Harris' , one is quite posh and has a brother called D uncan and the other is "normal" and has a brother L ogan. So I would see it as a name that would fit in anywhere as a lot of Scottish name are.

harverina Sun 28-Jul-13 23:48:48

Ok that's helpful - it's not on the popular names list, and although this is positive, it makes me worry that it is too strange and that people will think wtf?!

soontobeslendergirl Mon 29-Jul-13 00:06:55

Nope, it's not strange. It's easy to spell, sounds they way it's spelled, is the other half of Lewis. I'd view it as slightly off the beaten track but normal and easy to live with. It's not in the Farquar/Montgomery league, but then it's not Kyle or Jordan either.

I'd put it in the same bracket as Fraser, Blair, Craig, Kerr, Innes etc if that helps. I wouldn't be surprised by a Lawyer, Plumber or Sportsman called Harris. That may just be me though grin

JollyHolidayGiant Mon 29-Jul-13 07:40:17

Harverina... It IS on the popular names list. It was 29th in Scotland in 2012. In fact it was the biggest climber up the list in 2012.

Link to the Scottish registry office 2012 tables:

soontobeslendergirl Mon 29-Jul-13 08:18:46

Gregor is lovely too and would go nicely with Eilidh.

harverina Mon 29-Jul-13 10:36:47

Thanks jolly, just noticed that this morning - that actually reassures me a bit! I was just looking at the uk list initially.

I think it's a definitely maybe, along with Brodie and Archie gringringrin

makingdoo Mon 29-Jul-13 16:36:43

Can I ask how you pronounce your DDs name OP?

I like Harris. Just added it to my fictional baby name list!

outragedofsuburbia Mon 29-Jul-13 16:39:00

Its ok as long as he doesn't move to London. It really is used a lot to mean bum.

nj13 Mon 29-Jul-13 20:41:03

I like Harris! I live in Scotland too so does not sound strange to me plus my son is called Lennox! I get lots of compliments on it but then again it isn't to everyone's taste! and as you know you cant please everyone smile
good luck x

harverina Mon 29-Jul-13 22:18:47

Outrage it is pronounced ailay (does that make sense?!)


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