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Help me name my babe in arms!

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BunnyLebowski Sat 16-Aug-14 17:35:37

I'm sat here feeding my insanely gorgeous 3 day old DS and trying to decide on his name.

It's between Frank and Callan.

Surname is an Irish McC name.

DD is Cassie, named after my great Aunt/surrogate granny (Catherine) who she never got to meet. I lean towards name with familial relevance and my taste is very retro as is DP's.

Frank was my Granda's name. He was a wonderful man who died not long after retiring to spend more time enjoying his grandkids sad . I know my Mum would be incredibly happy and moved if we name DS in his honour.

I love Frank. It's straightforward and old-fashioned and to me is really quite cool.

Callan is the curve ball. We both really like it but I have a few reservations

Mumof3xox Sat 16-Aug-14 17:37:03

Cassie and frank sounds better to me

Although I prefer callan to frank even though I've never heard of callan before!

burgatroyd Sat 16-Aug-14 17:37:41

Frank vote here!

BunnyLebowski Sat 16-Aug-14 17:39:18

Posted too soon.


It'll get misheard as Callum. I hate Callum.

Its too matchy matchy with Cassie?

It's a bit less of a 'proper' name.

I like Cal as a NN.

DS is dark haired and will no doubt grow up to be devilishly handsome and charming if that helps grin grin .

Any opinions?

Oh and please don't post to say neither. It's going to be one or the other so not helpful smile .

Frank Patrick or Callan Francis.

Bowlersarm Sat 16-Aug-14 17:40:04

I hate Frank. I think it's old fashioned yes, but grey and dreary, and old man mac-ish.

But he's your child. If it reminds you of your lovely grandpa, then it'll have different connotations to you.

Callan is fine.

Sophronia Sat 16-Aug-14 17:41:30

Definitely Frank. Callan is too close to the trendy Callum.

BunnyLebowski Sat 16-Aug-14 17:41:37

Yeah I hate roughly 99% of MN approved names Bowlers so it's swings and roundabouts really grin .

Sophronia Sat 16-Aug-14 17:42:20

How about Francis with Frank as a nickname?

GingerRodgers Sat 16-Aug-14 17:43:35

I love Frank! grin

BunnyLebowski Sat 16-Aug-14 17:43:40

It would be just Frank as DD is just Cassie.

Would feel weird to give one a 'what if they become a High Court Judge' name and not the other.

picnicbasketcase Sat 16-Aug-14 17:44:53

Francis nn Frank is better than just Frank. I prefer Callan though.

Sophronia Sat 16-Aug-14 17:45:13

True, then I still think Frank is the best. It's a cool name grin

ApplebyMennym Sat 16-Aug-14 17:46:51

Callan Francis

scottishmummy Sat 16-Aug-14 17:49:01

I like callan,to my mind it's not like Callum but I get what you mean

Babiesbabieseverywhere Sat 16-Aug-14 17:53:03

Francis Callan nn Frank or Frankie

Main thing against Callan as a first name is I think it's too matchy IMO.

Frank is cute!

BunnyLebowski Sat 16-Aug-14 17:55:51

It's not so much that they're alike scottishmummy just that the untrained ear will hear Callum instead of Callan.

Cassie still gets misheard as Cathy quite a lot confused .

petitdonkey Sat 16-Aug-14 17:58:39

Frank is great. I so nearly use it but, unlike you, I always felt I had to give the 'Sunday name' too and wasn't sure about Francis. Regretted not using it. (It was also my Irish Grandad's name - my Uncle, as a junior version, was always Frankie Boy!!)

Callan is lovely but, if you are in the UK, you will forever be spelling it or correcting people. (I love the name Callum but they will definitely be confused).

Cassie and Frank - how perfectly lovely.

MaryWestmacott Sat 16-Aug-14 17:58:48

I like Frank more. Callan will spend his life saying that he didn't get that e-mail because it was sent to Callum and he's Callan. On the phone to call centres changing database entries to Callan. Saying "no, with an 'A' N' at the end." (I have a name with the less common in England - but traditional Irish - spelling - this is just from my experience).

Frank is just always F R A N K.

And Frank is a cool name, plus I think it passes the "high court judge" test on it's own - if you were going for "Frankie" I'd tell you to rethink, but Frank works for a little boy, a 20-something chatting up a pretty girl in a bar, for the broad shouldered man leading out the national rugby team, a builder you'd trust to build you a kitchen extension that wouldn't sink and a barriaster to get you off a murder charge you didn't commit - basically, you've got all bases covered!


scottishmummy Sat 16-Aug-14 18:00:14

I agree!i should have been clearer I don't think alike but yes might be mispronounced
Depends how much that annoy yiu

petitdonkey Sat 16-Aug-14 18:00:16

Also, keep trying out the names when talking to him - one will feel more 'right'. My friend and her husband named their daughter but she kept inadvertently calling her something different so they changed it.

Also meant to say 'congratulations'!!! flowers

HygieneFreak Sat 16-Aug-14 18:01:39

Im not a lover of frank, but i quite like frankie

I ve met a callan once and always liked it

BunnyLebowski Sat 16-Aug-14 18:01:43

Aw thank you petit smile .

I'm pretty sure he's a Frank Patrick (Patrick was my other granda). I think this thread will just confirm that grin .

We're going to open a bottle of fizz with dinner and DP and I are going to do a wee toast and officially name him. I expect tears grin . We have been completely tight lipped about names up to now.

scottishmummy Sat 16-Aug-14 18:02:24

Lovely choice

BunnyLebowski Sat 16-Aug-14 18:03:42

Mary you think exactly like me!

I wouldn't use Frankie. It's a bit twee.

Frank is just Frank. And that's why I love it smile .

5madthings Sat 16-Aug-14 18:04:29

Frank, my grandad is also called Frank, it's a good name smile

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