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What do you think of these boys names?

(36 Posts)
Figuregettingbigger Mon 27-Jul-15 09:55:32

I am 31 weeks pregnant with DS1. We are finding it really hard to decide for definite on a name. We have finally whittled it down to three options, but would be happy to hear any other suggestions.


Teawaster Mon 27-Jul-15 09:58:20

I like Christopher . Def no to Shay. Tom is ok,depends on surname. Not good if surname is short. Always a Tommy risk which I don't like

SaulGood Mon 27-Jul-15 10:05:01

They're a strange collection. They don't have a lot in common with each other iyswim. Can you explain why you chose them and if they have any particular meaning for you?

Christopher is a classic, slightly out of fashion, very well established name with lots of nicknames available.

Shay, I'm not sure what it is as a name. Google seems confused too. Could be Celtic, maybe Hebrew (but that would be Shai I think), might be a boys name or a girls name maybe, perhaps unisex. Maybe it's short for Seamus? Google thinks it might also be a nickname for Shaelyn, Shaelee or Sheavon. Oh dear. Compared to Christopher, it's a very different sort of name.

Tom is a nickname. It's fine if you want to use it on its own but I don't think of it as a full name. Thomas is lovely and similar in feel to Christopher but nicer and consequently, more popular.

SaulGood Mon 27-Jul-15 10:05:46

I'd suggest others but I can't work out what sort of names you like from your selection. grin

elQuintoConyo Mon 27-Jul-15 10:11:06

Christopher. And don't shorten it. Tom is dull. Shay is a girl's name.

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squoosh Mon 27-Jul-15 10:17:21

I love Shay when short for Séamus. Doesn't sound girlie to me, it reminds me of a big meaty man swinging a hurley.

MamaLazarou Mon 27-Jul-15 10:32:18

Thomas is a lovely name. I don't like Shay at all.

BertrandRussell Mon 27-Jul-15 10:35:34

Christopher and Thomas are both fab. Classics- with good shortenings.

Shay is only good as a shortening for Seamus- and I really do think you have to be Irish for Seamus.

wigglesrock Mon 27-Jul-15 10:45:58

I like Tom, but not Thomas or Tommy. Christopher is nice, you don't hear it as much any more. I don't think I know any under 25, but I really dislike Chris. My kids go school with a couple of Shea's (just Shea, it's not shortened), I like it- I always think of Shea as being very handsome, sort of like Joe or Jack.

FishCanFly Mon 27-Jul-15 10:47:30

Shay. More interesting and there won't be 5 of them on every corner.

ButterDish Mon 27-Jul-15 10:52:40

Séamus is great - Shay, however, for me, is Shay Healey in his naffest 'What's Another Year?' phase. It's definitely not a girl's name, though - what an odd idea.

Sophronia Mon 27-Jul-15 10:53:28

Christopher, maybe with nn Kit.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Mon 27-Jul-15 10:56:12

Hate Shay.

I like Tom as nn for Thomas.

RabidFairy Mon 27-Jul-15 10:57:20


Random fact: apparently Kit Harrington didn't know his name was actually Christopher until he was 11.

Figuregettingbigger Mon 27-Jul-15 11:01:06

Thanks for the feedback! I think as pp have noted, the names are sort of unrelated and don't follow a particular type of name which is probably why I'm finding it so hard to choose a name.
Shay would be chosen after my dad, (Seamas). I'm Irish so it's pretty common over here.
Christopher and Tom I just like the sound of. Athough I'm worried about them morphing into Christy/ Tommy...

Figuregettingbigger Mon 27-Jul-15 11:04:09

*Seamus! you'd think I could spell my dad's namesmile smile

ButterDish Mon 27-Jul-15 11:18:33

Why not Seamus in full, though, Figure?

cece Mon 27-Jul-15 11:44:41


BothEndsBurning Mon 27-Jul-15 11:45:23

In that case, Seamus would definitely be my choice.

Then Christopher, then Thomas (not Tom).

squoosh Mon 27-Jul-15 11:52:38

I didn't know Shay Healey wrote 'What's Another Year'! How shameful for him.

I used to have a part time job in a shop when I was in college and he was always a lovely customer.....I cannot lie, this has sullied my memory of him ButterDish!


PrimalLass Mon 27-Jul-15 11:56:29

My DS is called Thomas. He was meant to be Tom but it just wouldn't come out of my mouth once he was born grin He definitely needs his full name.

ButterDish Mon 27-Jul-15 11:57:10

I met him too, Squoosh - a million years ago somewhere in Connemara, I don't know what I was doing there, far less him - and he was enormously nice. But (despite the fact that he's done insane amounts of things, like write novels and musics and material for Billy Connolly, and present Nighthawks etc etc), the name 'Shay' for some reason puts me into full Johnny Logan 'What's another year, for someone's who's LOST EVERYTHING THAT HE OWNS????' mode.

theconstantvacuumer Mon 27-Jul-15 12:00:48

Definitely not Shay!

Tom is a great, timeless name.

squoosh Mon 27-Jul-15 12:20:50

Poor Shay Healey, what a burden to carry through life.

But at least he didn't write Hold Me Now, Wikipedia tells me that's entirely Johnny's doing.

Saltedcaramel2014 Mon 27-Jul-15 12:21:57

I love the name Shay. Especially given the link to your father. I would have chosen it myself but don't have a strong enough Irish link to justify it (and thought people would assume Che as in Che Guevara instead). Go with your gut but I really like that one

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