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suitsyou Fri 07-Aug-15 16:29:28

Order them from favorite to least if you please, I've gone through the top 200 for every decade since 1800 and these names consistently appear but (to me) never get super popular.

Otto- we have a German connection.

All very different to each other!

Thank you

ShadowStar Fri 07-Aug-15 16:38:53

I like Arthur best and Jobe least.

I think Arthur has been getting a lot more popular recently though? You might want to check that if you're concerned about a name being too popular.

NoArmaniNoPunani Fri 07-Aug-15 16:42:00

I like Otto.

suitsyou Fri 07-Aug-15 17:35:40

Thank you! Yes, I'm after the elusive popular but not name!

marinacortina Fri 07-Aug-15 17:53:24

Jobe and Mack, top 200, really? I've never heard of either. I've known a few people nicknamed Mac, but that's all.

Arthur is probably on the rise, but I like it.
Otto is OK, I do know someone with a little Otto.

TravellingToad Fri 07-Aug-15 17:54:41

John? Not sure where it rates but it's really far down.

YeOldeTrout Fri 07-Aug-15 17:55:57

Okay, full marks for obsessiveness. You win.
Arthur is nice & underused.
There's a reason why those others haven't made top 10.
Jobe is just a misspelling of Jove, no??

ShadowStar Fri 07-Aug-15 18:06:58

Jobe might be a phonetic version of Job (from the Bible) perhaps?

ThroughThickAndThin01 Fri 07-Aug-15 18:15:32

The only one I like is Otto. I know two teenage Ottos funnily enough, it's a nice name.

TempsPerdu Fri 07-Aug-15 18:27:37

Otto - like this a lot. Suspect it may rise in popularity soon though (has a similar feel other trendy choices like Arlo, Felix and Rufus)
Arthur - also like, but it's currently quite trendy - I know of three baby Arthurs here in N. London
Mack - OK as a shortening, not convinced by it as a full name
Jobe - not keen. Is it meant to be pronounced the same as Job, or Jo-bee?

suitsyou Fri 07-Aug-15 18:40:55

Thanks again for your replies. I'm definitely more on the Otto/Arthur bandwagon. My brother has a friend called Jobe, I'm pretty sure it's biblical.

morepleasegromit Fri 07-Aug-15 18:49:30

Mack (return of the)

TeacupDrama Fri 07-Aug-15 20:01:11

Job is a biblical name Jobs is not, that's where the expression" rt he patience of Job " comes from
Dislike Mack,

My order favourite first is Arthur, Otto, Job, and way down Mack

TeacupDrama Fri 07-Aug-15 20:02:35

I meant Jobe is not

Fishwives Fri 07-Aug-15 21:32:25

Look up the Biblical Job for God's sake, before naming your child that.

Sophronia Fri 07-Aug-15 22:16:19

I like Arthur and Otto.

CrystalMcPistol Fri 07-Aug-15 22:33:08

Arthur - good name. Popular at the moment

Otto- von Bismarck. Reminds me of bewhiskered German men. But nice nod to your German heritage.

Jobe - In the bible it's Job (pronounce Jobe). I'm not an expert on biblical matters but I think Job had a shitstorm of bad luck rain down upon him.

Mack - American private detective nickname.

Not sure what you mean by consistent, most names are consistent in that they've been used for decades/centuries with various peaks and troughs of popularity.

suitsyou Fri 07-Aug-15 22:35:06

Fish- Thanks for clearing up the biblical part, regardless the name Jobe still stands as shortlisted- it wasn't chosen for its potential godliness!

suitsyou Fri 07-Aug-15 22:38:26

Thanks Crystal- consistent as in always there and roughly in the same area of the list. For example 'Lorraine' may have been massively popular in the 60's and never made a comeback whereas 'Jane' although never too 10 has always been around.

Really appreciate everyone's honesty smile

suitsyou Fri 07-Aug-15 22:39:11


CrystalMcPistol Fri 07-Aug-15 22:41:11

Okay I see what you mean. But I'm surprised Mack qualifies as a consistent name. The only Macks I've ever met have been men with a McSomething surname.

Are you just looking at names from your family tree?

lunalovegood84 Fri 07-Aug-15 22:44:38

Don't ever move to Scotland if you have a Jobe. It could easily be mispronounced jobby and here that means poo.

Twinkie1 Fri 07-Aug-15 22:45:16

I love Otto. It was on our list for DS who ended up as Max.

Allalonenow Fri 07-Aug-15 22:46:43

I like Arthur and Otto a lot, would probably use Otto as less popular than Arthur which is on the rise.

I don't like Mack or Jobe at all, and Mack sounds like a nn for a fifty year old with MacTavish as his surname.

suitsyou Fri 07-Aug-15 22:48:42

Haha luna that's very handy to know!

Okay so it seems a definite two horse race on MN. I agree entirely!

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