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Long or short version of name?!

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Newbiehome Tue 16-Feb-16 11:59:25

Baby boy due imminently. Torn between Theo Max Arthur [surname] or Theodore Max Arthur [surname]. Would be called Theo for short anyway but Theodore perhaps gives more options (Teddy etc?) and nice to have a longer version of the name? Just not sure whether I like it as much/ does anyone think chipmunks still?!
Middle names are set as family names.
Other option was Lucas for first name but not a fan of Luke which it would inevitably get shortened to.

Thoughts welcome!!

Wait4nothing Tue 16-Feb-16 12:01:47

I like Theo as a name in itself - goes very nice with your choice of middle names.

Wafflenose Tue 16-Feb-16 12:03:53

Theo on its own is fine. I know a couple, and think it's a great name.

DD aged 10 has a boy in her class called Lucas, and he is always called the full Lucas, never Luke.

thebiscuitindustry Tue 16-Feb-16 12:21:22

I'd go for Theodore with Theo as nickname. Personally I'd probably use a longer version of Max too.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 16-Feb-16 12:25:23

Theodore as Max is also a shortened name

manicinsomniac Tue 16-Feb-16 12:27:18

I would use Theo on its own, I think but would use a longer form of Max for rhythm/balance.

Theo Maximillian Arthur sounds better than Theodore Max Arthur, imo.

Sophronia Tue 16-Feb-16 12:34:28

Theodore Max Arthur. I prefer Lucas though.

Newbiehome Tue 16-Feb-16 12:38:44

Thanks for thoughts so far. Maximillian is a non starter!

thebiscuitindustry Tue 16-Feb-16 12:44:57

I'd go for Maxwell rather than Maximillian, but Max is fine on its own. I think either two shorter names or two longer versions go well, so either Theo Max Arthur or Theodore Maxwell Arthur.

ChessieFL Tue 16-Feb-16 12:46:03

I know a Lucas and it has never been shortened to Luke.

LadyPriggsbottom Tue 16-Feb-16 13:22:51

Theodore Max Arthur for me! I think it's nicer for DC to have options for when they grow up says the woman who has a name with lots of shorter NN options but uses none of them.

toffeeboffin Tue 16-Feb-16 13:24:45

I personally still think Theodore = chipmunks.

But I like Theo. But you can't shorten Theo to Teddy <muses>

Ruthiesj Tue 16-Feb-16 13:28:34

Like PP, I know a 12yo Lucas and his name has never been shortened either (in case that is your only reason for choosing Theo over Lucas).

I prefer Theo to Theodore though.

CityFox Tue 16-Feb-16 14:34:51

Theodore Maxwell Arthur.

It does remind me a little bit of the chipmunks but they are sweet so it's not necessarily a bad thing!

Newbiehome Tue 16-Feb-16 15:48:38

Sticking with Max (rather than longer version as it's a family name as it is) and think Theo/ Theodore has pipped Lucas to the post (but only just!) So just need to decide between:

Theodore Max Arthur; or
Theo Max Arthur.

Am erring towards the latter...

squoosh Tue 16-Feb-16 15:58:09

I'd go with Theo Maxwell.

I just do not like the name Theodore and I can't imagine Theo being such a burden that he'll need 'options' later.

squoosh Tue 16-Feb-16 16:01:11

Oh I see Max is a definite. Theo Max Arthur in that case. It doesn't flow brilliantly but I really don't think that matters.

Wait4nothing Tue 16-Feb-16 16:06:19

Theo Arthur Max rolls better off my tongue

DramaAlpaca Tue 16-Feb-16 16:40:55

Theo Max Arthur sounds best, I think.

Quercus3 Tue 16-Feb-16 19:13:40

Theo Max Arthur

Lottie2611 Tue 16-Feb-16 19:22:13

Go for the longer. Your child will be able to choose then

CorneliusCrow Tue 16-Feb-16 19:28:42

I love these names, but then I would as Dc are Lucas, Max and Theo! They are as they appear on the their birth certificates and Lucas has never had Luke.

Ham69 Tue 16-Feb-16 20:19:09

I love Theo Max Arthur. I don't think "Theo" needs options. My gorgeous Theo often goes by Bob so who knows what NNs will materialise later! (He loves his name though)

Izzieee Tue 16-Feb-16 20:50:54

Theo Max Arthur - lovely smile

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