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Joseph, Adam or Dominic? Which would you choose?

(50 Posts)
SizzlesSit Mon 17-Mar-14 09:06:44

Context: we live in France (DH is French). We want a name that is spelt the same in both languages. None of the names are top 50 in France. This is DS2.

Joseph - my dream name since I was a little girl. But I'm afraid it might be because I was heavily influenced by my parents, who would have chosen this name if they had had a boy (it's my Grandad's name). DH really likes it but worries that it's a bit serious (from a French point of view).

Adam - love the name, but really don't like how it's pronounced in French ('Ah-Dom') which makes me hesitate as I'll always hear it in French except when it's me saying it!

Dominic - nice strong name and goes really well with our surname. My only hesitation is that I don't like 'Dom' or 'Nick' as a diminuitive. DS1 also has a 3 syllable name and I always call him by the diminuitive, I can't see myself using the full name all the time.

EyelinerQueen Mon 17-Mar-14 09:09:25

Joseph is my favourite. The family connections makes it even better - I'm a big one for names with meaning.

I don't think of it as a serious name at all - just solid and equally great on a little boy, a teenager and a grown man.

Dominic is nice but I don't like the nn's either.

Not keen on Adam.

StrawberryGashes Mon 17-Mar-14 09:12:29


Poughle Mon 17-Mar-14 09:15:10

I picked Joseph before reading your whole post. With the context, I like it even more.

Not too serious, he can be Joey or Joe

MummaKay Mon 17-Mar-14 09:30:42

Adam or Joseph are my faves can be shortened to Ads and Joe for its not so harsh sounding.

slartybartfast Mon 17-Mar-14 09:32:04

go for joseph.

UriGeller Mon 17-Mar-14 09:34:52

Joseph is my all time favourite boys name. Joe is just such a good all rounder. Classic but not common, strong but not sharp. Love it.

RhinestoneCowgirl Mon 17-Mar-14 09:35:51

DS is Dominic, he is 7yrs old. Until fairly recently he was insistent that he was Dominic rather than a diminutive, but I have noticed him being Dom at school more recently. I don't have strong feelings about nn tho...

picnicbasketcase Mon 17-Mar-14 09:37:34

Joseph is a lovely name

Bowlersarm Mon 17-Mar-14 09:37:53

Joseph because I love joe.

Adam is fine.

Not keen on Dominic.

ItsSoooFluffy Mon 17-Mar-14 09:40:28

Joseph- I'm a bit biased though as ds1 is called Joseph smile

KeemaNaanAndCurryOn Mon 17-Mar-14 09:43:32

Another vote for Joseph.

I like Adam too, but my views on Dominic are clouded by the fact that the two doms I know are arses.

Footle Mon 17-Mar-14 09:48:21

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Pregnantberry Mon 17-Mar-14 09:50:41

In order:


MrsMarigold Mon 17-Mar-14 09:51:38

I dislike Joseph but prefer Adam and Dominic.

RiverTam Mon 17-Mar-14 09:52:38


but I hate Dom and Joe.

PunkAssMoFo Mon 17-Mar-14 09:54:36

Really like Joseph & Dominic.

Adam does nothing for me.

SizzlesSit Mon 17-Mar-14 09:59:38

Lol I know a Dom who was an arse too!

I do really really like Joseph (well he'd be Joe to me) but was afraid it was family influence. Fortunately DH was in the park yesterday with DS1 and met a little Joseph so he's coming round to the idea.

My other fear is that all through my first pregnancy I really wanted one name, but at the last minute (just before giving birth!) chose DH's fave name instead...and have never regretted it. In fact We don't like the name at all anymore and it didnt even get onto the short list this time!

MoominsYonisAreScary Mon 17-Mar-14 10:00:49

Joseph is ds5s name so id say go with that grin hes 13 months and although noone shortens his name yet dn cant say it and calls him jovis, as do two of his older brothers now !

Ham69 Mon 17-Mar-14 10:02:15

I really like Dominic. Really underused IMO and was sound good in a French accent! I quite like Dom but if you don't then maybe not a good idea.

Joseph is so popular. I know loads between the ages of 4 and 10.

Not keen on Adam.

MoominsYonisAreScary Mon 17-Mar-14 10:02:57

Oh and he has the same name as dps uncle, not intentionally! Although ds3 is name after his paternal grandad who died just before he was born.

kilmuir Mon 17-Mar-14 10:04:42

Dominic is great. not keen on Joseph

ToffeeJungle Mon 17-Mar-14 10:52:26

Joseph and Dominic were both on our short list. However, we ruled them out because we decided we didn't like Joe / Joey or Dom enough.
Adam is nice too though if the pronunciation is going to bother you then I'd rule it out.

Maybe Joseph is the one for you.

bluebelle2662 Mon 17-Mar-14 11:19:37

Joseph. And it is beautiful in French.

stinkingbishop Mon 17-Mar-14 11:23:26

ExH was half French so we needed a name, like you, that was bilingual, and plumped for Joseph (other runner was Benjamin, but that has connotations of 'Mummy's boy' apparently in French!!)

No one ever seemed to think it was too serious. We had some French/Italian relatives who called him Beppo for short which was cute! I think it's Guiseppe in Italian.

The other thing that was hyper sweet was he couldn't say his own name for ages, so called himself 'Zofess' grin.

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