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qazxc Thu 02-Jan-14 15:37:58

Any thoughts? I am trying to come up with shortlists.
Is it too common/popular? Do you immediately think of Callum Best when you hear it?
You can be brutally honest i need the good and the bad.

thehairybabysmum Fri 03-Jan-14 21:30:27

I have one so am biased but I love it. I only heard that it is meant to be chavvy after but don't think that my Callum is (of course!). He's also not overly naughty either and defo isn't at school! I also only know one other throughout whole of nursery time and school so far.

I think if you like a name then just use it, don't worry about if it might be used a lot or what others might think of it.

soontobeslendergirl Fri 03-Jan-14 21:24:17

ha ha - it was just someone on another thread said it was chavvy so I wondered.

Skrifa Fri 03-Jan-14 21:20:04

No soon (althoigh I quite like Brandon).

MrsBungle Fri 03-Jan-14 21:13:22

I like it.

soontobeslendergirl Fri 03-Jan-14 21:10:34

Skrifa Is it Brandon? smile

Skrifa Fri 03-Jan-14 20:59:07

Actually, after a recent thread, DS2's name is supposed to be chavvy too confused so taking advice from me might be a bad idea...grin

Wishfulmakeupping Fri 03-Jan-14 04:00:08

I think its ok my friend has had a baby Callan recently I love that its so weird that the 'n' at the end would make such a difference

Skrifa Fri 03-Jan-14 03:41:00

My DS1 and 3 are called Connor and Callum! They are anything but naughty and are both performing very well, and my eldest is setting his sights on Oxbridge. DS2 has a name most people on MN seem to love confused

I love Callum! I've met more Calums though. It sounds quite peaceful and soft, in my mind.

sleepingbeautiful Thu 02-Jan-14 23:32:57

I like the name a lot. I have only good connotations to it. Makes me think of a strapping, handsome Northern or Scottish man, not a naughty little boy smile It was in our top 10 boys names, and would likely have used it if we'd ended up with twins boys instead of one of each. I don't think the spelling matters too much as I've come across fairly equal amounts of both.

Harrin Thu 02-Jan-14 23:07:20

I have teenage brothers called Connor and Callum. I can confirm they are naughty

soontobeslendergirl Thu 02-Jan-14 21:07:42

I'm scottish and like Callum, but my sister used it first. Cormac is also nice .

qazxc Thu 02-Jan-14 19:53:52

Yes if i where to call baby that it would be Calum as it does seem to be the more common spelling, save him spelling out his name all the time.

Frontdoorstep Thu 02-Jan-14 19:47:17

I really like it, but would just spell it Calum. I know a few but am in Scotland where I'm sure it is more popular.

Theonlyoneiknow Thu 02-Jan-14 17:48:32

I love it. Both boys I know are spelt Calum

DigOfTheChristmasTreeStump Thu 02-Jan-14 17:43:30

Calum with one L is my spelling of choice, and one of my best friends in childhood.

squoosh Thu 02-Jan-14 17:43:24

I've never met an Irish Callum so it certainly won't be too popular there. In Ireland Conor is just a boys name, used by all sorts of people, it doesn't carry any of the 'naughty' connotations it seems to have been lumbered with in the UK.

DramaAlpaca Thu 02-Jan-14 17:21:29

My friend is a native Dutch speaker with an Irish surname & has a Colm (pronounced Collum). Not sure if that would work for a French speaker.

Agree Callum Michael is nice.

I think Michael and Callum = nice together.

stleger Thu 02-Jan-14 17:15:41

In cork - know a nice Callum, know a few nice Colms, and recently read about a wonderfully named Kahlum.I don't know if that is from another culture, or just an interesting variation!

qazxc Thu 02-Jan-14 17:11:21

Well the name would have to go with Michael (family name passed on Dp's side), the surname is Irish (O'B....). and have to be pronounceable by french speakers.

I'm an inner city secondary teacher, and have only known nice ones!

RhondaJean Thu 02-Jan-14 17:10:04

I really don't like it. Scottish so it's quite common here but I don't know anyone with the name who is nice.

DramaAlpaca Thu 02-Jan-14 17:08:11

In Ireland I haven't come across any "naughty boy" associations with Callum or Connor at all. It's usually Conor here, rather than Connor and it's very popular.

jenwa Thu 02-Jan-14 17:00:24

Callum is nice I think. We have Caleb as wanted something different and I only know one person who has a child with this name.
I think it depends what your surname is and how it sounds all together. To be honest once your baby is born they become that name and no one will then say "urgh I don't like his name" we never told anyone the name as you get people questioning it and telling you about someone they knew with that name who was horrible etc. We have 2 DDs and 1 DS. We knew with DD2 and DS what we were having so did choose names but kept them quiet.

Caip Thu 02-Jan-14 16:54:51

Curlew - my mum was a teacher and Callum and Connor are the 2 names she has banned me from using! Not my cup of tea anyway

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