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Help meeeeee - boy's names.

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beela Sat 15-Mar-14 22:42:28

I've posted here before, but we are no closer for coming up with a boy's name. DC2 is due in a month and we don't know whether it is a boy or a girl.

We have a shortlist for a boy, but they all seem to have a slight problem with them:
Arthur (but this is the name of DS's best friend - I know this won't be for ever but don't want to confuse DS)
Thomas (but this is the name of DS's teddy bear!)
William (but would this get shortened to Willy?)
Edward (but this is DH's nephew's name so we can't use that)
Archie (but don't like Archibald)
Idris (possibly too Welsh for someone who doesn't actually live in Wales?)
Emlyn (ditto)

I also quite like James or Benedict, but DH doesn't.

I thought it was looking quite royal, so thought about other royal names, but not keen on George or Charles, and Harry/Henry is very popular.

So - any thoughts on our shortlist? or any contenders to add to it?

PunkAssMoFo Sat 15-Mar-14 22:57:05

Edward is my favourite, but see why you can't use it.

I also like
& Byron

BaldHedgehog Sat 15-Mar-14 22:59:29


Looks like you prefer traditional names, have a look at baby2see names in 1890 ( sorry, can't link on the phone)

TiramiLu Sat 15-Mar-14 23:02:57

Thomas, Edward and William are my favourites. I wouldn't let the teddy bear thing put you off Thomas, it might help your DS feel instinctively warm and protective to his new sibling if he associates him with his bear! I also don't think the Willy thing should preclude William. Edward on the other hand, probably not.

tammytoby Sun 16-Mar-14 06:22:19

Idris is lovely!

ben5 Sun 16-Mar-14 06:27:05

Benjamin, mark, James , Edward , Zachary , Isaiah

AFishCalledBarry Sun 16-Mar-14 06:27:22

Archie doesn't need to be in the least bit related to Archibald and there are enough Williams in the world that don't get shortened to Willy. DD's got a gorgeous friend called Bill if you like that as an alternative.

Monkeyandanimal Sun 16-Mar-14 06:31:41

Laurence, Patrick, Frances (frank), peter? But i really love idris and emlyn and i am not remotely welsh or anywhere near wales. Archie and Arthur seem quite popular at the moment, which would put me off.

BikeRunSki Sun 16-Mar-14 06:48:03

William far more likely to be shortened to Will ime

Kantha Sun 16-Mar-14 07:25:48

I wouldn't let 'Willy' stop you using William

Andrew - an obvious royal option and not very popular at the moment

Bowlersarm Sun 16-Mar-14 07:31:52

William won't get called Willy so don't worry about that.

I wouldn't let the teddy bear name put me off either.

Charlie for Charles?

Or Toby, Alexander, Sebastian, Freddie, Benjamin.

guineapig2014 Sun 16-Mar-14 08:47:06

I'd go with William if I were you. I don't think it would get shortened to Willy. Probably to will instead! Hope this helpssmile

MuffTheMagicDragonButter Sun 16-Mar-14 08:53:58

Of your list I love Idris and Arthur, the rest aren't very interesting IMO.


eatyourveg Sun 16-Mar-14 09:01:18

Idris William - No contest!

If you are looking for Kings though instead of giants, what about Alfred nn Freddie?

sonlypuppyfat Sun 16-Mar-14 09:03:24

My kids have very Welsh names and we live in England.

MamaDoGood Sun 16-Mar-14 09:36:47

Francis !

RiverTam Sun 16-Mar-14 09:42:45

Idris (don't think Idris Elba is Welsh, and that's how a lot of people will know this name, plus it's a lovely name, we had it on our list)


Archie (just name him Archie, don't both with Archibald)

William (NN will be Will or Billy, I would think)

RiverTam Sun 16-Mar-14 09:43:05

bother, not both

GimmeDaBoobehz Sun 16-Mar-14 18:21:29

William normally gets shortened to Will or Billy, not Willy. Although perhaps a friend might wind them up jokingly with it from time to time, but I can't see it really being an issue.

IRT Archie can't he just be Archie, not Archibald? My partners dog is called Archie and I actually think it's a fab name now. Also my sisters dog is Toby/Tobias and I love that name too.

GimmeDaBoobehz Sun 16-Mar-14 18:25:22

Oh and Thomas is a lovely name too I agree with pp it might make DS feel warm towards his little brother.

Charlie for Charles is also another contender too and it's what everyone calls my Dad.


cece Sun 16-Mar-14 18:27:14

Why not just use Tom instead of Thomas.

cece Sun 16-Mar-14 18:29:44


cece Sun 16-Mar-14 18:30:53


NoDiggity Sun 16-Mar-14 18:37:42

I second Charlie and also Tom.

Other ideas:


soontobeslendergirl Sun 16-Mar-14 20:19:36

Albert instead of Arthur?
Edgar instead of Edward?
William shortened to Billy? If you start it then it is unlikely to morph into Willie
Bartholomew (Barty)

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