We are expecting our DC of unknown sex in January. We have one DS already called Max, full name Maximilian. He never gets called Maximilian in person but everyone knows that's his full title and it is on official forms etc. Day to day now though, he is Max.
We have agreed on three top names for a boy, agree on the third being 3rd but can't agree on the top two position. My DP has William as number 1 and I do love it but I have put it as second because I think Maximilian and William sounds a bit silly. They would be known as Max and William, but would feel a bit silly if I ever said them together and I do like Max's full title and would still like to use it occasionally.
It's fine- William will inevitably get shorted to Will or something when he gets to school. So it'll be, "Will's brother, Max" or vice versa.
Think of how rarely you call your Max by the long version. Now try and imagine what possible scenario would occur that you would have to refer to your boys as "Maximilian and William". If you really like William then go for it, unless those two, three times you'd need to use both longer versions puts you off.
Thanks all, interesting to see the responses as I thought most would say no! I would use William in full myself even though I wouldnt be against people calling him Will. But to me it'd be Max and William.
Trisarah its more William that im set on but now you mention it, I love Wilfred with Wilf as a nn, although npt sure dp would go for it, will ask...