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Please no more Toby and Theos!

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cecilelliott Mon 30-Nov-15 22:35:24

Every other child I meet at toddler groups is called one of these two names! Why the sudden surge in popularity?

Perfectly ok names, but suddenly so tired-sounding!

If you're thinking of one of these, go foe Marmaduke/Huckleberry or Zebedee instead and the register will sound much more interesting!

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Mon 30-Nov-15 23:33:58

You forgot to mention no more
Harrys
Charlies
Alfies
Noahs
And ......Ruebens.

BeStrongAndCourageous Mon 30-Nov-15 23:37:34

It's all Hugos and Freddies round here.

JassyRadlett Mon 30-Nov-15 23:48:02

Felixes and Maxes round these parts. Only one Toby at nursery but what seems like dozens of Maxes.

VocationalGoat Mon 30-Nov-15 23:53:01

Such a bummer. When I named my 13 year old Theo(dore), it was an unusual name. I wish it weren't so popular. I still love it though, of course.

But Reuben, God help us. If I come across Reuben again... I mean, it's a deli sandwich. I'm American so Reuben just gets to me. I think of pastrami on rye every time I see that name.

Sophronia Tue 01-Dec-15 00:11:47

Yes, so many Tobys, Theos and Reubens everywhere!

hobitty Tue 01-Dec-15 08:41:45

And also no more
Harry, Archie, Ollie, Sam....!

There are SO many lovely classic names outside the top100...!!

hobitty Tue 01-Dec-15 08:49:02

There's actually a Zebedee, nickname Zeb, in my ds's class and I love it!

MiaowTheCat Tue 01-Dec-15 16:01:46

It's Alfie around here.

fluffypenguinbelly Tue 01-Dec-15 16:09:21

It's funny isn't it. I have been teaching for 8 years and have never taught a Noah or a Theo. I have taught one Toby. In our current school of over 500 children there is one Noah and I know of one outside of school. Clearly not a popular name around here!

ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 01-Dec-15 16:12:17

Really? I've got a 17 year old one of those, so no idea what names are popular at nurseries. We called him it because it was uncomplicated, no stereotypes, and a splattering across all age groups but not popular in any one group. If that's changed then....bugger grin

All baby name threads seem to be about Noah and I agree, Reuben.

wonkylegs Tue 01-Dec-15 16:15:31

DSs class has multiple Harrison's, Liam's, Mason's and Dylan's
In his much more middle class previous school it was Oliver, Benjamin, Joseph & Louis

Whoknewitcouldbeso Tue 01-Dec-15 16:17:12

Lots of Joshuas, Ruebens, Harrys, Freddys, Archies, Maxs and Zachs. Every girl I meet is called Lily.

derektheladyhamster Tue 01-Dec-15 16:17:44

I have a 13 yr old with one of those names. Has it really become so popular? He was the only one in his year with that name (120 kids)

DiorSausage Tue 01-Dec-15 16:18:13

Reubens and Noahs here. Every single boy under 4 is one or the other (apart from my DS).

And they're both so.....wet confused

katienana Tue 01-Dec-15 16:20:34

Henry is very popular at one activity we go to. There were 3 in a class of 12 at one point. I really like Toby and Theo and haven't met any.

JennyOnAPlate Tue 01-Dec-15 16:35:39

Every boy in my dc's infants school is Harry, Alfie, Archie or Jack. Maybe we need some Reubens to mix things up a bit??

Blackpoollassy Tue 01-Dec-15 21:12:06

My ex bf was a Theo. He was a bastard. That's all I think when I hear that name which is unfortunate for the lovely little ones I've come across at baby groups
Shame they're everywhere now

Ijustworkhere Tue 01-Dec-15 21:15:44

there are two Zeb's in my daughter's yr1 class. I have to say I've never met a Marmaduke though

LavenderRain Tue 01-Dec-15 21:39:46

I work in a maternity hospital and every other boy is called Noah or Freddie at the moment hmm

JassyRadlett Tue 01-Dec-15 23:45:28

Maybe we need some Reubens to mix things up a bit??

I think the Reubens are mostly under 5s - the ones I've met, anyway.

For girls, lots of Lilys, Sophies Hollys and Evies..

Twistedheartache Tue 01-Dec-15 23:50:05

Alex's - hordes & hordes of them
It's my 30+ year old brother's name so I don't dislike it, just so many of them!

Rachel234561 Wed 02-Dec-15 10:51:03

I am a primary school teacher and have taught in 5 schools I haven't met any other Reuben's. I also go to lots of toddler groups with my 2 year old and never met a Reuben. Don't know what you mean?!

Rachel234561 Wed 02-Dec-15 10:52:54

Yeah I would agree Oliver, Jack and Harry are popular names but not Reuben... Sorry!

ExplodingCarrots Wed 02-Dec-15 10:54:18

Oliver's and Oscars here. Loads of friends and nearly all their boys got one of these names ..plus loads at playgroup. Not saying they're horrible names at all but so popular at the moment

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