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What do you think of Mercer as a brother for Tobin?

(15 Posts)
LJBB1 Tue 16-Dec-14 16:50:52

And if you don't like it, alternatives?

AugustaGloop Tue 16-Dec-14 16:53:51

I do not know any Mercers but do know some girls called Mercy, and do wonder if people will "mishear" as Mercy (but maybe Mercy is not a common enough name for that)


FluffyMcnuffy Tue 16-Dec-14 16:57:43

Sounds a bit like murder confused

UnrelatedToElephants Tue 16-Dec-14 17:06:18

Reminds me of mercenary - it does sound a bit harsh and viscous sounding. Tobin however is adorable.

squoosh Tue 16-Dec-14 18:01:58

Wasn't a mercer a textiles merchant? I just don't think it has a very nice sound, murder and mercenary spring to mind here too.

Other 'occupation' surnames I can think of are


LordJabuJabu Tue 16-Dec-14 18:05:11

Mercer Frey (game character), not a fan but can't offer any alternatives!

Dumbledoresgirl Tue 16-Dec-14 18:11:12

It makes me think of merchants/traders, so a bit dull and ordinary.

At best, as I have connections with City of London livery companies, it makes me think of the Worshipful Company of Mercers, but that, in itself, is also rather dull and boring (for me).

I would give you full marks though for originality. And if it happens to be your maiden name, I would say go for it as I love the tradition of giving 2nd born sons the mother's maiden name (I did something similar for my 2nd born son). I like Tobin too.

Alternatives? I've no idea. Of Squoosh's list, Fletcher is cool.

BananaToast Tue 16-Dec-14 19:41:32

I thought mercenary straight away.

HearMyRoar Tue 16-Dec-14 19:51:09

I would be quite impressed if you named your son Mercer, but I am a bit geeky and would assume your were into SF with a particular fondness for Philip K Dick grin

QuietTinselTardis Tue 16-Dec-14 19:52:38

I know someone with the surname mercer so on that basis no. Don't like sorry.

CruCru Tue 16-Dec-14 20:27:28

It's the name of my old company. Mercer employ about 30,000 people worldwide.

Bowlersarm Tue 16-Dec-14 20:30:45

Oh don't like it, pleading for mercy, not good connotation.

I offer:


Greencurtain Tue 16-Dec-14 20:35:29

It's a surname, a company and a place in America. It isn't a baby name IMO.

Wotsitsareafterme Tue 16-Dec-14 20:41:37

Reminded me of johhny mercer the songwriter. I quite like it but it's surely a surname but then so is Tobin in my experience.

LJBB1 Wed 17-Dec-14 01:26:32

Thanks for the feedback, everyone. You know when you're pondering a name, and lose all perspective? Think that's what's happened here. Strike Mercer from the list and thank you for the suggestions.

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