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James (Jimmy) or Patrick (Paddy)

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iffyshortlist Fri 27-Sep-13 08:31:16

We're struggling with names and have been for the past 8 months! James and Patrick (but Patrick would definitely be shortened to Paddy) are our current favourites. We're not overly bothered about popularity but do want a name that will suit all stages of life. Any thoughts...?

MrsLovebucket Fri 27-Sep-13 08:36:11

Of those two I prefer James. It's a lovely name.

MartinPlattRGN Fri 27-Sep-13 08:40:03

Both lovely and were on our shortlist. I would go with Patrick as you don't meet as many, and save Jimmy in case you have another DS. They are both names that suit from babe to maiden to crone imo!

James is mega popular but it's evergreen and if he's going to be known as Jimmy that will help with knowing him apart from other Jameses.

I love Jimmy but don't know any under 60 smile all the Jameses I know are just James, with one Jim and one Jamie.

We liked Eddie (Edward) and Alexander (Alex) as well if you are open to more suggestions!

lovetoski Fri 27-Sep-13 08:41:22

I have a James obviously love it. It's popular but in his whole school year
He is the only James out of 130 children.

iffyshortlist Fri 27-Sep-13 10:05:58

We clearly have the same taste in names Martinp as Eddie and Alex were also on the shortlist but had to go due to family/ surname issues!

LoreleisSecret Fri 27-Sep-13 10:20:49

Patrick but do not shorten it!
It's a lovely name as it stands!

UriGeller Fri 27-Sep-13 10:23:37

Neither, sorry. But I love Eddie (or Ted) and Alexander.

BunnyLebowski Fri 27-Sep-13 10:26:22

Absolutely bloody love both.

I'm Irish and to me they're just proper solid unpretentious boy's names. Great for both childhood and adulthood.

I might prefer Patrick by a hair as that was my granda's name smile

James and Patrick are much nicer than Edward and Alexander. Too posh.

maillotjaune Fri 27-Sep-13 10:27:28

I love them both, and like any of the nicknames so i'd say they're perfect for all stages of life. Shorter versions can be used / dropped in different situations. Slight preference for Paddy as I wanted a Patrick but DH didn't!

lilstar Fri 27-Sep-13 10:37:30

Deffo Patrick in my opinion...easy winner.

bebopanddoowop Fri 27-Sep-13 10:38:09

I love both! If you're not Irish I wouldn't go with Paddy though.

tywysogesgymraeg Fri 27-Sep-13 10:42:07

Not Paddy unless your Irish.
I love James/Jim/Jimmy.

I don't think you can decree what a DCs nn will be though. You can't control what people call your kids outside of the house and family. Be prepared for Pat and Jaimie.

gininteacupsandleavesonthelawn Fri 27-Sep-13 10:47:31

I love James and Patrick, hate Jimmy as a nn though Jamie is much nicer.

squoosh Fri 27-Sep-13 10:57:27

Definitely Patrick/Paddy for me. Nothing wrong with James but it's a bit pedestrian.

Jimmy is a far better shortening of James than Jamie though. I hate Jamie.

I think in this instance if the child is going to be called Paddy/Jimmy from the get go you can be pretty certain that that's what the world at large will call them, it's unlikely that someone would call a Paddy Pat or likewise call a Jimmy Jamie.

iffyshortlist Fri 27-Sep-13 21:18:33

Thanks for thoughts, still no.closer to making a choice though! Im not Irish, hadn't cconsidered that would be an issue for Patrick?

squoosh Fri 27-Sep-13 21:20:54

I don't think you need to be Irish to call your child Patrick! It's associated with Ireland but it isn't an Irish name.

Zoe6789 Fri 27-Sep-13 21:22:00


Zoe6789 Fri 27-Sep-13 21:24:21

By the way, there are georges, andrews and davids in ireland. Their parenrs would laugh if u said "are you English/scottish/welsh"?

squoosh Fri 27-Sep-13 21:25:29

True, though to be honest I've never met an Irish George.

Minty82 Fri 27-Sep-13 21:26:36

Love both - I know many more little Jameses than Patricks so would probably have a slightly more enthusiastic reaction to news of a little Patrick as it's that bit less used (in England). But both great names. Sorry, totally unhelpful!

I think the comment on needing to be Irish referred to Paddy as a nickname rather than Patrick itself - but I have two or three adult English friends who've always been known as Paddy; don't see it as an issue at all.

LoopThePoop Fri 27-Sep-13 21:28:46

Pádraig would be an Irish name.
Paddy/Patrick is lovely OP, not overly irish at all IMO.

I know loads of Irish Georges'

Zoe6789 Fri 27-Sep-13 21:29:09

I know a few under six.

YouHaveAGoodPoint Fri 27-Sep-13 21:30:19

I love James and Patrick but am not keen on jimmy and Paddy.
I love Pat as a NN though

squoosh Fri 27-Sep-13 21:32:19

Do you? I'm struggling to remember ever meeting an Irish George.

squoosh Fri 27-Sep-13 21:33:01

Oh! I've just thought of George Lee and George Hook.

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