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Name to fall in love with for DS

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moonjumping Sun 30-Mar-14 22:00:26

Im 24 weeks and trying to find a name to fall in love with for DS. We are both British but DP's surname is Spanishy sounding starts with S and three syllables ending in on. So want something that sounds good with that, and is also a strong English name, but not too popular. I got tired of being one of three in my class at school!

Current shortlist is

Oscar (like the sound and sounds good with surname but don't want anything too trendy. how many Oscars do you know?)


Joseph (love the sound but don't really like nn Joe)

Saul (can't decide if this sounds good or bad with surname)

Have also considered Felix, Gabriel, Jasper.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

Arnold and Augustus are family names on DP's side but don't really like Arnie or Gus as likely nns! Michael is another family name and possible middle name.

MerryMarigold Sun 30-Mar-14 22:05:00



Out of your names, I like Isaac and Joseph. Not so much Saul (but he was not a nice King!).

Oscar is a bit trendy, but I only know one and he's 9.

shoobidoo Sun 30-Mar-14 23:08:10

Isaac is nice as is the suggestion of Matthias. We have a Quentin which isn't too trendy or how about Reuben or Dominic?

TeamEdward Sun 30-Mar-14 23:11:14

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Chloerose75 Sun 30-Mar-14 23:33:00

Don't like Saul but the rest are all very nice. I would use Joseph as the middle name if you're not keen on Joe. Oscar Joseph or Isaac Joseph are lovely.

Some more suggestions

Miles or milo

ThisFenceIsComfy Sun 30-Mar-14 23:36:18

I love Joseph and Jasper. You can just call him Joseph. My son's name has a NN that I don't like as well. I just call him by his full name and others can do as they please.

BlueChampagne Mon 31-Mar-14 12:37:55

Quite likely to be more than one Joseph in class. How about Conrad?

Emubaby Mon 31-Mar-14 14:26:59

I know 5 Oscars all under 3.

Really like jasper and Isaac from your list

Really dislike Saul.

I really like Isaac Joseph S..

DiamondsAndRust Mon 31-Mar-14 16:08:27

Oscar - like it, but it's incredibly trendy - lots of Oscars beginning to come through the schools I teach in. In the top 20 at the moment I think (?) but suspect it will become dated fairly quickly.

Isaac - also fairly common, but more classic than Oscar. Like the NN Ike.

Joseph - again, very popular (personally I know three under three, and have taught LOADS) and all the ones I know seem to end up being called Jo-Jo, which I'm not a huge fan of! Nice, solid name though - possibly good as a MN?

Saul - dislike this; it sounds 'hard' and soap opera-ry to me

Felix is OK, but I love both Jasper and Gabriel, both of which are familiar but not excessively common.

MerryMarigold Mon 31-Mar-14 17:32:15

Any thoughts op??

Nataleejah Mon 31-Mar-14 17:51:21

My ds3 is Heath David.

moonjumping Mon 31-Mar-14 21:04:58

Thank you everyone… this has really given us food for thought… just been reading your comments to DP! We are veering off Oscar I think. Funnily enough I really liked Noah when we were expecting DD but have since gone off it!

Still keen on Isaac, Joseph and Gabriel is back up there (thank you Diamonds). I also like Jasper but it makes me think of Jasper Conran so not yet sure…

We both love the name Reuben but it doesn't go with our surname as that ends in -on too. Similar for Quentin.. Elliott is lovely but DS will have a five year old cousin who is Elliott so that is out.

Would love any more thoughts or suggestions. If you have a longish surname (3 syllables) does it sound better to have a shorter first name i.e. 2 rather than 3 syllables?

What do you think of Elijah and Jacob…? two others on our long list...


Artandco Mon 31-Mar-14 21:08:46

Zakariah/ Zak

nkf Mon 31-Mar-14 21:09:34

Are you deliberately looking at Hebrew/Jewish/biblical names? I like them all and they all seem of the same type. Not Quentin obviously.

nkf Mon 31-Mar-14 21:09:55

Or Oscar.

Nataleejah Mon 31-Mar-14 22:05:15

Isaac or Isaiah

hippoherostandinghere Mon 31-Mar-14 22:11:38

I have a long 3 syllable surname starting with s and ending in on and we have a Jacob. I think it goes really well together.

I like Isaac and Joseph from your lisy and also Jonah.

Bowlersarm Mon 31-Mar-14 22:16:38

Don't have a Joseph if you don't like Joe. Best friend has a DS Joseph and has not been able to control stopping Joe. She hates it, and seethes on a daily basis.

Not keen on jasper.

Quite like Isaac and Jacob.

peppinagiro Mon 31-Mar-14 22:44:03

I love your list! Particularly like Jacob, Elliot, Elijah and Isaac. I don't like Jake though, which puts me off Jacob personally. All the names on your list are popularish, except Gabriel and Elijah, but it shouldn't put you off. The distribution is very broad - so even the number 1 name only equates to like 1% of boys that year or something (I'm sure a name geek will come and correct that stat!).

Anyway, as your shortlist is very very similar to ours for DD had she been a boy, here's our list for comparison:

Edward (Teddy)

peppinagiro Mon 31-Mar-14 22:44:30

Oh I also like William, but we cant use it...

moonjumping Mon 31-Mar-14 22:49:57

No, not deliberately, those just seem to be names we like as well as some different ones e.g. Quentin, Jasper. Less keen on the more traditional classic names e.g. John, Edward, David.

thegreylady Tue 01-Apr-14 09:12:29

I have a new baby relation named Zeke who is adorable smile

thegreylady Tue 01-Apr-14 09:14:59

Just realised he is not so new he is 14 months old! He was 8 weeks early and last weekend toddled most of a mile on a sponsored walk for cystic fibrosis ( he doesn't have it but his little friend does).

rachel234 Tue 01-Apr-14 09:17:01

I really like Elliot and Isaac.

We have a Quentin so love that too.

JimbosJetSet Tue 01-Apr-14 09:21:44

How about Louis - does that flow nicely with your surname at all?

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