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Wheresthattoo Fri 15-Jan-16 15:06:12

So, I have an issue! We have a while to go, but Dsis has just had a Rex and that was the only boys name we'd agreed on and now it's completely out. Luckily we hadn't discussed names (agreed not too just in case of this scenario), but I'm now in a bit of a panic.

Current alternatives are:
Arlo (my second favourite, DH hates)
Leo (DH's favourite, I like, but sounds stupid with our surname)
Theo (I like, DH thinks it's too posh)

Can you lovely ladies please suggest something that we might be able to agree on, please?

MamaLazarou Fri 15-Jan-16 15:06:48

How annoying! How about Roy or Ray?

YakTriangle Fri 15-Jan-16 15:08:10

How is Leo fine but Theo too posh? They're practically the same name! And Leo is much posher anyway grin
Theo is my favourite from those choices. Really not keen on Arlo.

Lebkuchenlover Fri 15-Jan-16 15:10:53

Oh that is annoying for you.

I like Arlo, or how about Quinn or Zeb?

Interesting about perceptions of poshness, as I find Arlo much nicer and posher than either Theo or Leo.

YakTriangle Fri 15-Jan-16 15:10:59

Forgot to add possible other names


Wheresthattoo Fri 15-Jan-16 15:30:00

I know, Theo and Leo are practically the same - but not according to DH. If Leo went with our surname I think we'd go for it, but we can't agree on anything else.

From the suggestions so far my favourite is Ray (shouldn't complain about DH now as I like Ray, but not Roy and that's only 1 letter different), but can't imagine DH going for it.

I should have also said he doesn't tend to like old man names and I don't really like traditional classic names. I think we're difficult...................

Sophronia Fri 15-Jan-16 15:31:18


Wheresthattoo Fri 15-Jan-16 15:32:28

Love Jago, but another that's too posh apparently grin

crumb04 Fri 15-Jan-16 16:06:02


Wheresthattoo Fri 15-Jan-16 16:07:37

hmmmm, not sure I'll have a think about Ezra, but DH probably won't like it anyway angry

GoldPlatedBacon Fri 15-Jan-16 16:08:17


(love Rex!)

AnotherEmma Fri 15-Jan-16 16:09:24

Leo is my favourite. Love it.

Do you like any of these?

PennyHasNoSurname Fri 15-Jan-16 16:11:17

We used Rex for the cat as we got them years before kids and I felt if we "saved" it, we would jinx ourselves.

I was sad when I found out dc2 was a boy as I couldnt then use it. DS has Leo as his middle name but we chose Travis as his first name.

Also.on the list was Lawrence but DH didnt really like this.

AnotherEmma Fri 15-Jan-16 16:11:30

Finn (Finley/Finlay)

Wheresthattoo Fri 15-Jan-16 16:15:44

We both like Max, but there's already one in the close family. We can't use Lawrence either, but I'm not actually that keen anyway.

I like Dexter, DH thinks it's indicative of a certain social class (which we may belong too anyway), so that's out.

I like Finn so will suggest that and will have a think about Louis.

Thanks for the suggestions so far, not sure if we've got 'the one' yet.

AnotherEmma Fri 15-Jan-16 16:19:34

Hmmm sounds like your DH is vetoing too many names. I can understand not wanting anything horrendously posh, but it sounds like his posh-dar is too sensitive! If you're middle class you might as well own it.

AnotherEmma Fri 15-Jan-16 16:21:43

And if DH vetoed all my faves I'd have a strop and make him come up with a new list!

Or, you know, just get childish and start suggesting chav names wink

IHeartKingThistle Fri 15-Jan-16 16:23:16


Wheresthattoo Fri 15-Jan-16 16:32:04

AnotherEmma the problem is that he only likes 'chav' names!

Wheresthattoo Fri 15-Jan-16 16:32:43

Thanks Iheart, I don't think I'm sold on Rufus

PennyHasNoSurname Fri 15-Jan-16 16:35:43


Wheresthattoo Fri 15-Jan-16 16:36:29

One of my best friends is pregnant with a Rory.

Quodlibet Fri 15-Jan-16 16:39:14

Does Leon work any better than Leo?

I really like Leon but can't use it with our surname.

AnotherEmma Fri 15-Jan-16 16:40:53

"the problem is that he only likes 'chav' names!"

LTB grin

AnotherEmma Fri 15-Jan-16 16:43:37

Do you hate ALL the classic names? What about James? It's one of the few classic names that I like, for some reason. The classic names are less likely to have strong class connotations, I think, because of their popularity across the board.

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