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Leo, Toby or Stephen?

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indigenoustothesofa Sat 01-Mar-14 01:29:46

Ds is 3 weeks old, and we gave him one of the names in the thread title; however, I am now freaking out about it a bit and wondering if we have made a mistake. I don't know if I actually feel bad about the name or if this is how all my having-a-newborn-baby anxiety is manifesting, but it is really starting to bother me. The other names are shortlisted ones that I would most likely use if we decided to change it. Could you please let me know what you think of each of the names, and which you like most/least? I'm not going to base my decision entirely on the MN verdict, obviously, but it would really help.

Thanks smile

DaleyBump Sat 01-Mar-14 01:40:12

I have a Tobias - nn Toby. Love it smile

crimsonwitch Sat 01-Mar-14 01:46:11

I have a Leo and he couldn't be anything else. It wasn't my favourite name at the time, but when he was born it just fit. I like the other names too, but I'm massively biased on Leo. grin

Chloerose75 Sat 01-Mar-14 01:47:29

My favourite is Toby but I think they are all fine

indigenoustothesofa Sat 01-Mar-14 02:30:44

Thanks for the responses so far! Keep them coming, please. This is now bothering me to the point that, having woken up at about half 1 to feed ds, I now can't stop thinking about it and it's keeping me awake (despite being completely shattered). Arrrghh confused

BurdenedWithGloriousPurpose Sat 01-Mar-14 02:34:56

Toby is my favourite from that list.

AdoraBell Sat 01-Mar-14 02:42:04

I'm biased towards Stephen for personal reasons. I love the name Toby though.

fruitpastille Sat 01-Mar-14 02:45:03

Toby and Leo are great. Stephen a bit dated but ok.

catsofa Sat 01-Mar-14 02:52:17

Did you only give him one of the names? Could you bung the others in as middle names in case you or he prefer one of the others later?

I think they're all great names, you won't have gone far wrong whichever one you've picked!

CalmTheFarm Sat 01-Mar-14 03:18:51

Toby is a great name, Leo is ok and Stephen seems very 70s/80s

squoosh Sat 01-Mar-14 04:09:14

I don't really like Stephen, grew up with loads of them so it seems very plain and dated to me.

Toby is nice although I think I prefer Leo best as it seems the more grown up name of the two.

Thiscarisreversing Sat 01-Mar-14 06:26:29

Tobias or Toby. Lovely. Well behaved nice child. Good grades.

Leo. Bit naughty at school with lower grades. Loveable rogue. Great snappy name.

Stephen. Retro 60's 70's name. Not quite cool though. Ross or gus are cooler.

DrankSangriaInThePark Sat 01-Mar-14 06:45:08

Stephen is classy and due a comeback. Will be the only one in his class.

Leo will be Leo A, B, or C as there are loads.

Toby is probably what Jake Brockman would really have been called. ie, he's a teenager with professional parents living in North London.

I really hope it's Stephen.

CPtart Sat 01-Mar-14 06:47:47


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tammytoby Sat 01-Mar-14 06:54:45

Another vote for Stephen. Classic and not overused these days.

Both Toby and Leo are much trendy and will sound 'dated' like Stephen when our kids are adults.

BikeRunSki Sat 01-Mar-14 06:58:06

Stephen, definitely due a comeback!
Good sturdy name. There are small Tobys and Leos all over the place.

Sparklysilversequins Sat 01-Mar-14 07:00:46

Leo is my favourite - don't agree that it's dated at all. It's an ancient name. I think it's just become more accessible. When I was growing up it was a "posh" name.

Tobias - love it.

Stephen - I like it but not as much as the others.

Bowlersarm Sat 01-Mar-14 07:01:32

I don't agree with tammy. I know/know of Toby's from children to sixties and all ages in between. It means it won't date.

wigglesrock Sat 01-Mar-14 07:13:28

I like them all, I really like Leo, although where I am, it's an older man's name - I know quite a lot of 70 year olds called Leo.

S is my husband's name so I quite like it smile , it's never shortened - no nickname, I know a 4 year old Stephen & it's really nice when you hear his mum call it.

I like Toby as well, probably not as much as the other two but probably because I don't hear it very often.

atthestrokeoftwelve Sat 01-Mar-14 07:14:25

I think they are all good names. You can't go wrong with any of them.

SelectAUserName Sat 01-Mar-14 07:19:29

I like all of them. Toby and Leo probably just edge ahead of Stephen as I'm not such a fan of "Steve" as a nickname.

TamerB Sat 01-Mar-14 07:22:46

I like Stephen and really think it is due for a comeback. You can't really go wrong with any of them.

Shockers Sat 01-Mar-14 07:28:46

I work in a primary school; we have no boys called Toby, Tobias or Leo, but we do have a Steven ( not Stephen).
There is one Toby that I know of in DS's year at high school.

TamerB Sat 01-Mar-14 07:33:48

I bet OP has called her baby Stephen- just a hunch because it is unusual at the moment. I really like it and I like Stephanie too.

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