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Patrick or Gabriel?

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JohnSnowsTie Fri 22-Nov-13 11:13:24

Final choices for DC due v soon - preferences please? Thanos!

mummy1973 Sat 23-Nov-13 21:00:06

Patrick gets my vote.

curlew Sun 24-Nov-13 08:05:31

My Patrick is always Patrick, or an unrelated baby nickname, at home. Don't into why- it just never got shortened. He goes by a load of shortenings in other contexts from PJ to Pat to Paddy to Pa'h (we live in the Thames Estuary area!).

Never regretted it. Lovely name. And I love the fact that to his Irish great aunts and uncles he is still "little Pat"- because "big Pat" is still his much loved grandda- even though he's been dead for 9 years!

HoneyandRum Sun 24-Nov-13 10:30:29

They are both beautiful names with long histories. The Irish kept Gabriel alive in the English speaking world in previous decades because it is well used by Catholics due to the Archangel Gabriel announcing the incarnation to Mary.

BunnyLebowski Sun 24-Nov-13 12:51:14

Love that curlew smile

My grandas were Paddy (Patrick) and Frank.

I'm (just) pregnant with DC2 and if we have a boy he'll probably either be Patrick or Frank.

DD is named after my great aunt (effectively my granny) who died just before I got pregnant.

Apparently baby naming makes me uncharacteristically family oriented grin

marjolaine Sun 24-Nov-13 17:30:51

Oh, Gabriel, I love that name! Considered it for DS2 but some random relative named their son it just before he was born and it would have been weird. Plus I've only ever known two Patricks and both were awful (sorry nice Patricks!).

mimbleandlittlemy Mon 25-Nov-13 17:04:14

I'd love anyone to stand up to my 5' 9" (at the age of 11), rugby playing Gabriel and call him wet to his face... grin

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