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Opinions of Séamus?

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ChrisTheSheep Mon 28-Oct-13 14:25:47

We've just found out that DC2 is, in fact, DS2, and I'm a bit thrown because I'm dreadful about picking out boys' names...

DH is Irish, I am English/Scottish (my Mum is from the Western Isles), and we had always said we'd give our children Irish or Gaelic names. The problem is, the only one we seem to be able to compromise on for a boy is Séamus, and I'm getting distinct "I don't like it" vibes from my mother.

I just wondered what other people think of the name?

We live in the UK, not Ireland, but we do have a very Irish surname. Other family connections are that there are lots of Jameses and Séamuses (sp?) on DH's side, and FIL was friends with Séamus Heaney, so I suppose it would be a nice tribute. DS1 is Eoin Pádraig, and DS2's middle name will be Peter after my dad. My mum says, "why don't you just use James instead?" but I think that's a bit odd considering DS1 has a very Irish name: we'd like the two to be similarly Celtic, if that makes sense.

Opinions, comments and virtual slaps all gladly received!

foofooyeah Mon 28-Oct-13 14:27:03

Love it.

Mrspebble Mon 28-Oct-13 14:27:27

Absolutely love it.. It is one of my favourite names.

Clargo55 Mon 28-Oct-13 14:29:56

I think it's lovely and goes great with his brother name. I don't think James sits with it so well, you could keep James for a middle name if you have any more wink

GwendolineMaryLacey Mon 28-Oct-13 14:31:34

Love it and goes with Eoin much better than James does.

EmpireBiscuit Mon 28-Oct-13 14:33:02

LOVE it!

TwentiethCenturyGirl Mon 28-Oct-13 14:33:47

I love it. It's on my list of names.

I think it goes perfectly with your DS's name too.

TheGirlOnTheLanding Mon 28-Oct-13 14:34:25

Love it, was on our short list (but we had DDs in the end) and goes really well with his brother's name too.

TheNunsOfGavarone Mon 28-Oct-13 14:37:22

It's lovely and it's not your mum's decision grin

ChrisTheSheep Mon 28-Oct-13 14:38:58

Thank goodness people like it!

We had a dilemma the first time round as DH wanted to call DS1 Paddy, but I felt that was a bit of a "make or break" name outside of Ireland: you'd have to be able to carry it off. With our surname, it would have been the equivalent of calling a Scottish child Jock MacSporran! I was worried that people might think Séamus would be the same. DS1 is Eoinín for short, and we thought Séamie/Séamí went quite well with that too.

ChrisTheSheep Mon 28-Oct-13 14:40:10

I have to admit to being a teeny bit disappointed we don't get to use our choice for a girl: I really loved it. It was what my mum wanted to call me, but she backed out because of the aforementioned fear of Gaelic spellings...

Guitargirl Mon 28-Oct-13 14:41:17

I never post on baby names threads but I had to come on here and say I love that name - one of my favourite boys names. If we ever had another boy (not likely) that would be at the top of my list.

Does your mum not like it because she feels as though you already have lots of Irish names?

Beautiful name - please don't pick James over it!

scarevola Mon 28-Oct-13 14:45:11

I like it - perhaps because I was at school with a rather dashing one!

ChrisTheSheep Mon 28-Oct-13 14:46:21

My mum has a bit of a troubled relationship to her Gaelic background: grew up a Gaelic speaker but then went to an English-speaking school, was picked on for not speaking the language, and promptly forgot it all in self-defence. Then, when she was older, she was compelled to take the Native Speakers Gaelic Higher exams by the school, even though she didn't want to (she wanted to do French!) and she really wasn't a native speaker by that point. I think it's always been a bit of a sore point and she finds it hard to embrace.

ChrisTheSheep Mon 28-Oct-13 14:46:54

Sorry: that was in response to Guitargirl...

BrianTheMole Mon 28-Oct-13 14:49:32

I love that name.

bludgerwitch Mon 28-Oct-13 14:50:41

I love Seamus too, it's a fab name.

galwaygirl Mon 28-Oct-13 14:53:19

My DS very nearly had this name but I didn't think I could handle the mispronunciation here in Sweden. I don't think you'd have that problem.
Love Séamí as a nickname, so cute.
What was your girls name you couldn't use? X

Weegiemum Mon 28-Oct-13 14:54:07

I'm in Scotland, and my dc are bilingual English/Gaelic. Ds's best friend is Seamus and there are several others in their (Gaelic medium) school.
I still think some of the older generation have an anti Gaelic/Irish attitude as it was literally beaten out of some of them. Use what you like - but Seamus is a great name.

YDdraigGoch Mon 28-Oct-13 14:56:39

Great name, as you have Irish connections. But my DH, who is of Irish extraction and has Irish names (and surname) gets fed up of people saying "Are yo Irish?). He considers himself English!

Littlecherublegs Mon 28-Oct-13 14:57:27

I like it, love the nn Shay!

ChrisTheSheep Mon 28-Oct-13 15:28:04

GalwayGirl, the girl's name was Eilidh. My mum always tells me how much she loved it and how she didn't use it for fear of people mispronouncing or misspelling it. She gave me a nice, sensible English name (though it's very popular in Scotland) which nobody could spell either! I figure you may as well embrace the Gaelic and/or Irish grin

DramaAlpaca Mon 28-Oct-13 15:31:06

It's a great name & goes very well with DS1's name. Go for it!

ChrisTheSheep Mon 28-Oct-13 15:31:50

Cherub, DH was saying he really like Shay/Sé as a nickname, and I think Séamí is sweet too.

DdraigGoch, there's no danger of DH considering himself English! wink

neunundneunzigluftballons Mon 28-Oct-13 15:32:16

Love it. Shay is my favourite shortened version.

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