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(27 Posts)
Rachel234561 Mon 23-Nov-15 22:56:54

What do you think of this name with Ben as a nickname. Thanks. Due in three weeks and it's the name we both agree on. Thanks.Xxx grin

Bishboshbash Mon 23-Nov-15 23:04:55

Lovely (I have one!) but not keen on Ben as a nickname, too plain!

Hero1callylost Mon 23-Nov-15 23:05:36

I like it, it makes me smile at the thought of Cathy Davey's song 'Reuben' smile

Paddletonio Mon 23-Nov-15 23:06:03

Reuben and Ben both great

lifeinslowmotion Mon 23-Nov-15 23:06:34

Reuben is a lovely name but Ben as a nn is quite dull in comparison.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Mon 23-Nov-15 23:18:46

Can't stand it sorry. Ruebens are everywhere. But then its popular for a reason.
But if you're thinking of calling him Ben as a nn. Which is loveley Why not just put Ben on his BC.--I know its mnetty thing to have full names on BC, but it really isn't the law.--
Or how about Benjamin or Benedict. There was a little boy who was in my DDS primary school named Benedict (Ben). He was a lovely little boy, very very polite and we'll behaved

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Mon 23-Nov-15 23:18:59

Oooh strike out fail. Oh well

DramaAlpaca Tue 24-Nov-15 00:51:13

I don't see why not. If you like it, go for it. I know a Ben whose birth cert name is Bernard which is awful IMO and Reuben is much nicer.

FWIW I wouldn't be able to resist using Roo as a nickname. One of my boys gets called Roo, but he isn't a Reuben or anything like it grin

SushiAndTheBanshees Tue 24-Nov-15 01:01:06

It's a nice name, I like it. If you're not Jewish be prepared for the lifelong assumption that he is.

Didactylos Tue 24-Nov-15 01:01:16

brother to Seth?

Bishboshbash Tue 24-Nov-15 09:43:46

I think it depends where you live, I've never met another Reuben or had anyone suggest he is Jewish. I'm in Scotland though so maybe that makes a difference.

ThisPasadenaHomemaker Tue 24-Nov-15 09:46:05

It's completely irrational and unjustified but I really hate it.

Plus they are everywhere here in W Yorks. Seems like I missed the memo saying all boys born in the last 4 years must be called Reuben or Noah.

LumelaMme Tue 24-Nov-15 09:50:38

Love it.
We have a Roo round the corner.

CordeliaFrost Tue 24-Nov-15 12:35:25

I love it, it's my dad's name, so how could I not? It's also DS's middle name.

We are a Jewish family, and for a long time I only ever knew Jewish boys/men named Reuben (or Reuven, the original Hebrew spelling), but these days I know/know of a handful of non-Jewish boys named Reuben. Plus my friend's fiancé is a Reuben, and he's not Jewish, so I would no longer assume a Reuben is Jewish (as I did back when all the ones I knew were).

Oh and I wouldn't use a nn for it, I think Reuben is handsome enough on its own, but the only nn I like for it is Roo. For some reason I like Ben from Benjamin, but for Reuben, I don't. Work that one out if you can!

MrsCaecilius Tue 24-Nov-15 14:45:33

Very Jewish to me too. Not that that's an issue of course...

hobitty Wed 25-Nov-15 14:12:35

Reuben is a great name! But please don't use Ben as a nickname - it is so dull and overused..... Why not use Reuben as it is?

alltouchedout Wed 25-Nov-15 14:16:23

I love the name. I wanted to use it but my husband doesn't like it sad. It's gorgeous.

NationMcKinley Wed 25-Nov-15 14:17:57

Love it. We have one. We use Rudy as nn even though it's not technically an abbreviation wink

hobitty Wed 25-Nov-15 14:21:47

If you have to shorten Reuben, then I'd chosse Roo or Rooby, but I wouldn't shorten it at all.

BalaRua Wed 25-Nov-15 14:22:39

Love it! My ds is named Ruairí and gets Ru for short and it's very cute, Reuben shortened to Ru would be nice too. I wouldn't think to shorten it to Ben though if he was introduced as Reuben, my mind just wouldn't make the connection.

hobitty Wed 25-Nov-15 15:12:08

Also, you don't pronounce it as Reu-BEN, the emphasis is on the ROO.

NoArmaniNoPunani Wed 25-Nov-15 17:14:05

It's a sandwich

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Wed 25-Nov-15 19:52:49

Loads of Ruebens here, but if you live in an area where it's not so popular you might feel better.

The one I know best is aways called Roo. There are three in his Year 4 class.

SellFridges Wed 25-Nov-15 19:56:50

We have a Reuben. Doesn't get shortened. We've been asked once if we're Jewish. Which we're not. It's definitely becoming more popular though. If we did shorten, it would be to Ben.

ingenvillvetavardukoptdintroja Sat 28-Nov-15 08:57:33

We did exactly that after 5 days of negotiating over boys names.... My oh hated roo as a shortening and he looked like a Ben, very wise!
I've forgotten his name is Reuben tbh. People don't really get it as a nickname for Reuben, the sound is more like bun. I'm just relieved as I honestly felt he wasgoing to be nameless for life.....

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