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Henry or Ethan?

(41 Posts)
sheeplikessleep Wed 07-Aug-13 09:17:19

We have two DSs - Oliver (Oli) and Benjamin (Ben).

We had sort of decided on Henry up to this point (I'm 37 weeks tomorrow), but DH is having concerns that it is too "posh" for us. I'm having different doubts that Henry is too similar to Ben and the 'ee' ending of Oli too.

There are no other names we particularly like. However, Ethan is one I've always liked and DH is quite open to it.

I just wondered which of the two would you go for in our situation, or any others you think we would like?

Any help appreciated - both DS1 and DS2 were born at 37 weeks, so I'm expecting things to kick off ASAP!!


Ruby1080 Thu 08-Aug-13 17:09:14

I prefer Henry, and I think it goes really well with your other boys' names. If I heard Oliver, Ben and Ethan, I'd think Ethan had got the shitty end of the stick tbh.

formicadinosaur Thu 08-Aug-13 17:02:28

Ethan makes me think of methane and for that reason I'm not keen.

Henry is as posh as Ben and Oscar. The horrid Henry would make me a little reserved.

DramaAlpaca Thu 08-Aug-13 12:16:47

I like Henry & think it goes well with your other names.

How about Rory?

driftwoodsands Thu 08-Aug-13 11:52:05

Henry. Great name, don't be put off by Horrid Henry. Nobody will give it a 2nd thought. Have you considered Seth, Edward or Arthur as they all seem to go with your other names?

sheeplikessleep Wed 07-Aug-13 19:25:15

Thanks all for posting.

TBH, there is only one other (8 year old) Henry I know here or even aware of, so maybe it is less common here? The whole common thing doesn't overly bother me either.

The Horrid Henry association is a concern though, hmmm.

Alexander - we know two last babies called Alexander!
Harry - quite like, but my feeling was that this would be more popular than Henry? (There are far more Harrys around here)
Toby - OK, but not overwowed by it
Matthew - already in the family

OrangeJuiceSandwich Wed 07-Aug-13 16:05:22

Not Henry. It's just too common and I wouldn't want DS to be one of 4 or 5 in his class.

Ethan sounds better with the other 2 names I think.

Keztrel Wed 07-Aug-13 15:32:45

Henry. Don't like Ethan. You can always call him Harry, which sounds a bit less posh I think!

siluria Wed 07-Aug-13 15:06:02

Henry, definitely. It's a classic so it isn't posh, IMO, and it's nothing like Ben at all x

CPtart Wed 07-Aug-13 14:44:26

I know one born only yesterday.

peacypops Wed 07-Aug-13 13:59:20

I'm thinking of Henry too for DS3 due in a few weeks although when I mentioned it to five year old DD she said 'like Horrid Henry?' so I'm a bit concerned that it may get that kind of reaction from others (especially children). Not really a fan of Ethan and it's very popular where we live. Think it is quite a different type of name to Oliver and Benjamin too (which are both fab names!)

Razzdazz Wed 07-Aug-13 13:35:01

Henry was on our list if dc4 was a boy. Our other boys are James and Samuel. Also loved Hugo.

RonaldMcDonald Wed 07-Aug-13 12:22:09

Always Henry

toobreathless Wed 07-Aug-13 12:19:33

Henry, lovely & classic.

Saffyz Wed 07-Aug-13 12:14:57

Ethan is a classic Biblical name. It means "strong and optimistic, solid and enduring, permanent".

Henry is great but Ethan is more interesting.

lastnightidreamt Wed 07-Aug-13 11:25:33

I love Henry and think it goes well with your other names. Really not keen on Ethan, and I don't think it is the same 'sort' of name as your other two.

What about Alexander, Harry, Toby, Matthew?

Onyabike Wed 07-Aug-13 11:22:19

I definitely prefer Henry to Ethan, but I'm very much a fan of traditional boys names. Either is fine, so just go with the one you prefer and don't over think it! smile

Ruththetooth Wed 07-Aug-13 10:49:43

I prefer Henry with Oliver and Benjamin.

Lighthousekeeping Wed 07-Aug-13 10:44:17

I wouldn't go near Henry. Lovely name but it is so common. It's not a posh name anymore. Every third baby I see is called Henry. I see a lot.

I don't mind Ethan but prefer Nathan or Elliot?

squoosh Wed 07-Aug-13 10:36:47

Of the two I definitely prefer Ethan.

sheeplikessleep Wed 07-Aug-13 10:36:35

Thanks all for posting your thoughts grin

sheeplikessleep Wed 07-Aug-13 10:36:06

George and Daniel I'm not keen on.
Joseph we have friends with sons called.
Nathan DH isn't keen on, as a first name anyway.
Sam is DS2s middle name.

sheeplikessleep Wed 07-Aug-13 10:34:47

I hate deciding on a name, is there anyone who enjoys picking a name?

I am such a worrier though.

hatsybatsy Wed 07-Aug-13 10:21:25

love henry - not sure it is very posh these days?

Other Oli's and Ben's near here have brothers called:-


sheeplikessleep Wed 07-Aug-13 10:21:16

Rogue - because our surname begins with 'L', so probably not.

We have sort of decided on Nathaniel for a middle name if we go with Henry.

roguepixie Wed 07-Aug-13 10:18:14

Love Henry (one of my DDad's middle names) - it is timeless and classic. What about Ethan as a middle name?

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