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Sylva Thu 07-Jan-16 19:23:13

Would it be wrong to name my son Albus? I can't decide if it is too odd to name a child after an mad elderly fictional wizard. I liked the Harry Potter books and just like the sound of the name. We would probably call him Albie for short. What do you think?

RhuBarbarella Thu 07-Jan-16 19:27:24

I would think the Dumbledore link is just too strong. It's a nice enough name but I would feel a bit sorry for the kid. But you know, in 10, 15 years it may just be fine.

Etihad Thu 07-Jan-16 19:29:39

Probably not the most helpful comment, but I saw this in active threads and wondered why you wanted to name a child AIBUs! Haven't read Harry Potter, so can't add anything helpful about that either, but it does sound like a cute retro name.

MummySparkle Thu 07-Jan-16 19:32:01

I think it's okay. We met and Albie at toddler group - was very sweet

mercifulTehlu Thu 07-Jan-16 19:33:28

Awesome! Yes, do it! Albus Severus perhaps...

FoxesSitOnBoxes Thu 07-Jan-16 19:33:34

Just dumbledore, sorry! Can you use albie instead of Albert?

Roobix04 Thu 07-Jan-16 19:33:44

Love it. He'd be named after one of Hogwarts greatest headmaster's. Different is good. Disclaimer* I have a deathly hallows tattoo on my wrist and am wearing Harry Potter pj's.

Stollenlover Fri 08-Jan-16 15:21:37

Love Albus - cool, classic and not overused. By the time he goes to school, the Harry Potter books won't be that 'currrent' anymore.

Stollenlover Fri 08-Jan-16 15:22:19

However, I'm less less keen on Albie/Alfie/Archie type names, think they will soon sound very dated.

LittleFishBigOcean Fri 08-Jan-16 15:22:53

The first thing I thought was oil.......

I do like Albie though.

AuntieStella Fri 08-Jan-16 15:25:19

I've known two Albies in RL and both were short for Albert (one is around 70 now, the other KS1)

Albus just wasn't around before HP, and yes it will scream Dumbledore. Only you can decide if that's liveable with for your DS.

Stollenlover Fri 08-Jan-16 15:29:23

Actually Albus is an old Roman name, derived from Albinus and means light, white.

Provencalroseparadox Fri 08-Jan-16 15:34:00

I really like it. And the nn too

SweetieDrops Fri 08-Jan-16 16:06:58

I wouldn't. Albus Dumbledore was a dick.

xmasseason Fri 08-Jan-16 16:12:49

I like the sound of Albus, but if you're not sure about the Dumbledore link, how about Alban with nickname Albie?

vestandknickers Fri 08-Jan-16 16:15:27

Sorry, too Dumbledore!

Roobix04 Fri 08-Jan-16 22:47:14

Nobody ever says Atticus is too Finch or that Alice is too Wonderland. You're allowed to name kids after modern books as well as "classics"

TenTinyTadpoles Fri 08-Jan-16 22:48:35

No, I read it as Aibu !

Shallishanti Fri 08-Jan-16 22:51:53

actually I think Atticus IS too Finch

Needaninsight Fri 08-Jan-16 22:52:40


Er. no.

thegiddylimit Fri 08-Jan-16 22:56:26

Roobix or Wendy is too Peter Pan or Fiona is too Ossian or Lorna too Doone.

Actually if you have a DD then Fiona has the same meaning as Albus!

xmasseason Fri 08-Jan-16 22:59:20

Atticus is too attic-y

Mrsw28 Fri 08-Jan-16 23:02:52

My first thought was: cute! A baby called Albus.

It's a good adult name too and Albie is a great nickname too.

VagueIdeas Fri 08-Jan-16 23:05:50

Now I loved Harry Potter, but it's a bit too fangirl to call your baby Albus in my opinion. Not only that, but I think it's a really unattractive name. It looks ugly written down. Fine for an amazing fictional wizard, but not great for a baby/child/teen/grown man.

xmasseason Fri 08-Jan-16 23:07:01

Albus reminds me of the word bulbous.

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