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Brandon or Connor?

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EmFlat Fri 03-Jan-14 15:15:25


Hubby's top-two names would be Connor or Ciaran (yep, Irish family history), but mine would be Brandon or Connor... you'd think we should pick Connor because at least we both like it.


I've an Uncle Connor on my Mum's side of the family, and I can't help but link that name with him. And my late Grandad, who was actually Cornelius but always called Con.

Neither hubby nor I want to name our DS (due mid-March, by the way) for any family member, living or deceased... we'd prefer DS to have a name unique to him, so that no-one gets 'misty-eyed' every time they speak to him.


How to solve this? Hubby is so lovely that - of course - he'd say 'Let's choose Brandon if you prefer it', but then I'll have perma-guilt that I got my way (as you know it'll feel like that no matter how nice hubby is) and we didn't pick a name he'd put in his top two. Should we come up with another name altogether? Oh lord, I'm sounding so stupid about this...


DrivingForce2014 Wed 22-Jan-14 23:18:12


mylittlesunshine Wed 22-Jan-14 20:41:35

Don't like Brandon, my little boy has 3 Connor's in his class so it's popular not sure if you would want that or not.

IamGluezilla Wed 22-Jan-14 20:39:01

Just RTFT and math anxiety's list has fab names.

Yama Wed 22-Jan-14 19:59:55

I love Shay.

Clawdy Wed 22-Jan-14 19:44:54

Have known some very naughty Connors....

1974rach Wed 22-Jan-14 18:47:00

I had an Uncle Cornelius, such a great name - he was known as Neil or Con

Definitely not Brandon, Conor is better.

Arudonto Mon 20-Jan-14 21:12:34

Conor should be spelt with one N not two.two ends tends to be for the surname version.
it means lover of hounds in its original form by the way if that makes a difference. conchobhar pronounced roughly con co var(must double check spelling) is the old irish name for conor.

EmFlat Mon 20-Jan-14 20:14:00

Ah, Hedgehog ... hubby's name is Rowan! grin bit confusing.

And Captain, you makes I laaaaf wink (true Bristolian saying, there)... fair enough with your reasoning, though. Association is hard, always makes you think of people you'd prefer to forget wink xxx.

pygmy Sun 12-Jan-14 11:15:25

Connor is much much nicer. I prefer the Conor spelling though; looks more authentic.

ReluctantBeing Sun 12-Jan-14 11:04:01

Brandon is a naughty name. Go for Connor.

CaptainCorellisVentolin Sun 12-Jan-14 11:03:54

And it seems I have a stoopid phone too hmm

CaptainCorellisVentolin Sun 12-Jan-14 11:03:19

I hate Brandon.....That was actually a full sentence since it is exFW's name and yes, he is indeed Americansmile

Love Connor though! It was number one on my list for DS but was vetoed by that stoopid American confused

CaptainCorellisVentolin Sun 12-Jan-14 11:02:45

I hate Brandon.....That was actually a full sentence since it is exFW's name and yes, he is indeed Americansmile

Love Connor though! It was number one on my list for DS but was vetoed by that stoopid American confused

HoneyandRum Sun 12-Jan-14 10:37:23

I have friends called Cathal and Tadgh born in the UK, Birmingham and London respectively. They both told me the difficulties that almost anyone without an Irish background has in pronouncing their names or even knowing how to attempt to pronounce them. They both chose names for their children (boys and girls) which were familiar and easily pronounceable because of their own frustrations. I love Irish names but unfortunately you can expect a lot of confusion if you step too far away from Liam, Conor etc.

Oh and a friend Enda from N. Ireland is always being called Edna even though he is about 6' 3'' and extremely male.

Edenviolet Sat 11-Jan-14 23:50:24


mathanxiety Sat 11-Jan-14 23:49:34

Oisin is USH-een. There's no fada on the O, though, just on the second I.

Ossian I have no idea..

That sounds like a good rule of thumb, HoneyandRum. The surnames Connor, Connors and O'Connor all have two Ns.

HoneyandRum Sat 11-Jan-14 23:44:52

An Irish friend named Conor told me it is one 'n' for a first name and two in a surname. Don't know how accurate that is.....

Theonlyoneiknow Sat 11-Jan-14 23:05:52

How is Oisin/Ossian pronounced?

wiltingfast Sat 11-Jan-14 22:51:58

Oh also

Oisin (usheen fadas on O and second i)
Odhran (orun)

Probably too difficult for life in the uk though.

wiltingfast Sat 11-Jan-14 22:49:28

I love Connor but I see you seem to have moved on from that! Such a simple strong name, I really like it.

Pol (fada on o)

YoungBritishPissArtist Sat 11-Jan-14 22:14:04

I know a Brandon, really sweet 19 year old boy - he often complains that people call him Brendan smile

soontobeslendergirl Sat 11-Jan-14 22:07:14

Dylan, Rory, Max & Cormac
Dylan, Rory, Max & Conrad
Dylan, Rory, Max & Austin
Dylan, Rory, Max & Crispin
Dylan, Rory, Max & Fergus

EmFlat Mon 06-Jan-14 20:04:05

Heheh, my Dad suggested Finbar! But the abbr. of 'Finn Flaherty' might not work...

Sooo many good ideas! Thank God we've at least 9 weeks to go back and forth between them grin Thank you all again xxx.

mathanxiety Sun 05-Jan-14 08:03:11

And Seamus - often overlooked but a great name imo.

mathanxiety Sun 05-Jan-14 08:00:38

I hate Brandon. It screams 90210.

Brendan is a far nicer name.

Lots of great names mentioned. I love Cormac, Colm and Cillian. You could spell Cillian with a K -- Killian and avoid the soft C conundrum.

or Colmán
Eoin (equivalent of John)
Eoghan (equivalent of Eugene)

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