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WillSingForCake Sat 08-Feb-14 21:40:41

I know it's a bit old-fashioned, but I really like the name Ian. Short, nice sounding, simple. Is it too old-man though?

cece Sat 08-Feb-14 22:09:33

I like it. We considered it for DS2.

scottishmummy Sat 08-Feb-14 22:11:50

Iain is scottish I like it

NinjaKangaroo Sat 08-Feb-14 22:12:07

Sounds too dated, imo.

WillSingForCake Sat 08-Feb-14 22:12:35

Roughly on a par with Norbert

This made me laugh out loud!

Well, back to the drawing-board I think. I just told DH that it's not very well-liked on here, and he replied 'maybe it's because it reminds people of Ian Huntley or Ian Brady!'. And I thought the connection to Ian Beale was bad!!!

GRW Sat 08-Feb-14 22:15:59

If you want something similar but not so dated how about Cian?

florascotia Sat 08-Feb-14 22:27:52

Actor Iain Glen = a more dashing counter-image to 40-year old IT weasel, perhaps?

Iain = Gaelic for 'John'. There are several more international versions of 'John', such as Jan, Yann, Ivan, Evan, Eoin, Ifan, Jens, Jonas, Johan etc etc...

Wishfulmakeupping Sat 08-Feb-14 22:29:45

*Will he be born a 40 year old IT consultant?

No, then*
Best comment on name thread ever smile

Yama Sat 08-Feb-14 22:31:18

I know a dog called Ian.

BoyMeetsWorld Sat 08-Feb-14 22:34:03

I knew a fantastic Ian nn Yan. Super cool, very popular. A million miles away from geeky IT tech. In wales, perfectly acceptable name

tunnocksteacake Sat 08-Feb-14 22:34:04

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scottishmummy Sat 08-Feb-14 22:37:25

I think flora or george are good dog names

Mogz Sat 08-Feb-14 22:39:37

My BIL is Ian and he is very sweet, quiet and kind.

ravenAK Sat 08-Feb-14 22:47:46

My dd2 insisted her two best friends when she started nursery were Ian & Caroline.

For several weeks, we were convinced she'd either fallen through a wormhole & we were sending her to nursery in 1973, or she'd muddled them with a couple we're friendly with who ARE called Caroline & Ian, but nursery-Caroline was real. Nursery-Ian turned out to be Ifan, though...

Friend-Ian is indeed a 40yo IT consultant, but he's lovely! wink.

I quite like it as a name. Down-to-earth & no-nonsense. Slightly prefer Iain spelling.

TiggyOBE Sat 08-Feb-14 22:55:13

The larger Krankie is called Ian.

ZenNudist Sat 08-Feb-14 23:35:59

Iain sort of ok if you're Scottish
Hate Ian
Kian maybe ok
Prefer ciaran, that's a nice name

SadFreak Sat 08-Feb-14 23:39:15

Not keen but it is unusual for babys these days so I can kind of see the attraction. All the Ians I know are 40 or above. I doubt there would be many othe rIans at school with him,.

Its not an offensive name by any means. Its not going to jaw drops and pearl clutching so if you like it go for it.

shootingstar1234 Sat 08-Feb-14 23:48:38

I have nothing against the name however I just can't imagine a baby/child/teen called Ian. Which is strange really as the adult Ian's weren't born adults!

WaxyDaisy Sat 08-Feb-14 23:52:07

Really not, it's vile. Norbert is better.

BigfootFiles Sat 08-Feb-14 23:54:34

Ian Somerhalder.

If you ladies are eschewing him due to his name, I'll happily take him home...

Marcipex Sat 08-Feb-14 23:56:20

Iain is nicer spelling.

hoppinghare Sat 08-Feb-14 23:56:48

I love it.

Hiphopopotamus Sat 08-Feb-14 23:58:31

This peep show clip sums it up for me grin


intheround Sat 08-Feb-14 23:59:28

I'd spell it Iain too.

NadiaWadia Sun 09-Feb-14 00:44:30

It's fine. Certainly better than Arthur and Wilf, etc.

HopeS01 Sun 09-Feb-14 08:30:49

Sorry, I really don't like it.
Definitely not "old man" in either a cutesy or traditional way.
It immediately makes me think of someone very boring

I'm sorry again

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