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How awful an idea is Jack?

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owlborn Wed 17-Jun-15 16:38:40

I know it's a super popular name, but has anyone used it? How many boys would be 'Jack' in nursery school? Is it a bad idea going for a really common name?

DH has decided he really likes it.

grabaspoon Wed 17-Jun-15 16:39:37

All jacks I've known have been little mobsters

MerryMarigold Wed 17-Jun-15 16:42:47

Totally depends where you live. I don't actually know any Jacks! (I have 3 children). Hard to believe...well, maybe one who is my mum's friend's son and he's about 13. We live in a very mixed area so there's a massive mix of names where we are. I have an Oliver and I love it. It really suits him. There's none in his school, 1 in the infant school below him, so there will be 2 in the whole school next year (3 classes per year).

MabelSideswipe Wed 17-Jun-15 16:44:04

Is it a really popular name at the moment though? I work with new parents and I am yet to come across a Jack in 4 years....or a Jake which I really like.

The ones that come up all the time are Oliver, George, Alfred, William, Harry, Joshua.

BabyOnBoob Wed 17-Jun-15 16:48:12

I really like Jack. My baby would have been Jack if we had a boy.
I wouldn't worry if it's popular, I think my dd's name is popular but I don't mind.

VT82 Wed 17-Jun-15 16:53:44

I think its popularity is waning, like Alfie (thankfully), and it's not a faddy name like Alfie, so I'd feel happier using it now than five years ago.

MitzyLeFrouf Wed 17-Jun-15 16:56:17

Still very popular but has been popular for at least 20 years now so doesn't feel like a fad name to me.

badg3r Wed 17-Jun-15 17:05:09

Of you like it, use it. I don't know any Jacks. Is Jacob as common? Maybe you could use that, nn Jack?

Sophronia Wed 17-Jun-15 19:34:46

I love it.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Wed 17-Jun-15 19:37:33

I love Jack.

Unfortunately it wasn't great with our surname, but I think it's a fantastic first name, especially if he'll have an unusual last name. Maybe not Jack Smith, as jacks have been so popular for 18+ years, there are a lot around.

PallasCat Wed 17-Jun-15 21:03:15

If you like it, use it - don't worry about popularity! Whether or not it's currently in (and I think less so than say, 10 years ago) it's a classic, not a fad, so really won't date.

PostmanPatPat Wed 17-Jun-15 21:17:00

I know a couple under 4, they are both lovely and I really like the name smile

Dfg15 Wed 17-Jun-15 21:23:30

If u like it use it

FoylesForBooks Wed 17-Jun-15 21:27:35

I love it. None at my kids' nurseries.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Thu 18-Jun-15 22:33:11

I personally can't stand the name. It became too over used too quickly. 20 yearS ago you'd have been forgiven for thinking it was the only boys name on the planet, but it's dying out now and to be fair. All the Jacks I've known have been lovely.
So yes go for it

GlitzAndGigglesx Thu 18-Jun-15 22:43:03

I know one whose brother happens to be called Daniel grin

BonnieNoClyde Thu 18-Jun-15 22:47:25

I prefer Johnnie or John.

Jack is just so, so over used.

mrsspooky Thu 18-Jun-15 22:49:43

I have a Jack and he is super well behaved and really really king and loving - not a mobster at all! Hes the only one Ive met so far (although named after my grandpa) but have seen a few on tv. I think its a lovely name and it really suits him.

mrsspooky Thu 18-Jun-15 22:50:17

(sorry should say kind)

squoosh Thu 18-Jun-15 22:56:35

The mobster comment makes me think of Jacks being dressed as tiny little Bugsy Malones. grin

Your Jack sounds lovely mrsspooky.

SanityClause Thu 18-Jun-15 22:59:46

It's okay. It's just a bit dull.

(Apologies to those whose DS is a Jack. This is my opinion, and yours is equally valid.)

Ficidy Fri 19-Jun-15 08:42:38

I live in Ireland and it's been the Number 1 name here for the last 10 years or so. I know lots of them. I find it frustrating when I hear of another baby being called Jack. Do their parents have no imagination? Their child will be in a class with about 7 other Jacks. Nice one!

Jacksonyellow Fri 19-Jun-15 08:46:27

I know two under two. I know lots of teenagers with this name. I'm not overly keen, it's boring to my ears.

Lottiedoubtie Fri 19-Jun-15 08:49:36

I really like it. Sure there's a lot if them- but does that really matter?

fassbender Fri 19-Jun-15 08:54:35

I love it �� It is my son's middle name - he is 7 and has one Jack in his class. My daughter is 5 and has one Jack in her class too. I think it is a non-faddy name that is lovely for both children and adults.

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