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Frédéric or Frederick, do they sound old?

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mamijo Wed 27-Apr-16 20:13:37

My husband and I are expecting our first child together in August, it's a boy and the first name we both chose was Frederick. Hubby likes it more than I do, however when I told my mum and sisters they found it funny and said it sounds like an old man's name. I like the meaning, but now I'm not too sure. One of them said "You carry your child for 9 months just to name him Frederick?" Which I find quite hurtful. I would like suggestions on names that are respectable, but trendy at the same time. I don't want to hear nasty comments from family members, it's making me feel a little insecure. confused

CutYourHairAndGetAJob Wed 27-Apr-16 20:22:32

OK firstly, don't tell your family any more of your name choices!

Old man names are popular at the moment although I guess they probably sound funny / old fashioned to our parents' generation, because they were their parents' names. Our grandchildren will be called things like Trevor and Nigel which will sound funny to us (apologies to any trevors and Nigels out there!).

I like it by the way. Names which sound similar to me:


QueenOfHumboldtCounty Wed 27-Apr-16 20:25:22

It's a brilliant name!! Freddie is cute for when he's little too. Go for it! They'll get used to it.

DerelictMyBalls Wed 27-Apr-16 20:26:17

Maybe they don't know many babies. Freddie is a very fashionable name at the moment!

dementedma Wed 27-Apr-16 20:28:28

My nephew is Frederick because it works well in both French and English. English family call him Freddie. He's 13.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Apr-16 20:31:58

I have a Freddie and he is nearly 17, must have been a trend setter in its revival!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Apr-16 20:33:21

Albert ( Bertie) was on our list too

Love Arthur and Archie, Stanley is not uncommon, my DD had one in her class at school, she is 19

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 27-Apr-16 20:35:06



Wilf and Lawrie, I likey!

DerelictMyBalls Wed 27-Apr-16 20:36:01

You must have been, piste - It has gone from 272nd to 20th most popular name since 1999!

Sophronia Wed 27-Apr-16 21:27:58

Frederick is a great name!

Yika Wed 27-Apr-16 21:35:12

I love the name Frederic(k).
A true classic.
Can shorten to Fred, Freddy, Rick, Ricky.

SoftSheen Wed 27-Apr-16 21:37:21

Frederick is a great name, and at present, quite a popular one!

summerbun Thu 28-Apr-16 03:47:58

DS is Frederick, nickname Freddie/Fred and everyone loves it. The older generation were a bit bemused at first but they have come around :-)

mrsschu Thu 28-Apr-16 08:34:14

Frederick is nice! Yes it's more of an "old fashioned" name but those names have all made a come back now. DS has a name which is considered very old fashioned/grandad-esque in Germany but is pretty cool in the UK. My German in laws were all slightly taken aback at first but they've all gotten used to it now and I'm sure your families will too. Plus Freddie is a cute nn. I come across plenty of them in London so wouldn't think it was unusual at all.

Kettricken Thu 28-Apr-16 08:40:12

My grandad was Frederick and it's my DS middle name. I would have loved it as his first name but was overruled by DH. It's a lovely name!

HumphreyCobblers Thu 28-Apr-16 08:42:57

I have one, obviously I love it. There are lots of them about, your family are out of touch!

Never tell family a name in advance, they would not be so rude when confronted with an actual baby of that name.

QueenOfThorns Thu 28-Apr-16 08:45:30

Don't listen to them! Frederick is a bit of a mouthful for a little boy, but calling him Freddie for short is lovely.

LuckySantangelo1 Thu 28-Apr-16 08:49:38

Fab name. Love it. Don't tell your name choices to anyone in RL! Not their child, they don't get to choose!

Frazzled2207 Thu 28-Apr-16 09:00:55

It was one of our choices, after my grandfather.
My mother hated it though, didn't believe me that it was popular once again.
I know quite a few small Freddies.

calibee Thu 28-Apr-16 09:32:47

Freddie is supercool. Love it. My ds middle name is Frederick smile after my Dad.

Joinourclub Thu 28-Apr-16 15:01:33

It's a fab name. I'd use it if I was having a second boy.

Scholtzy Thu 28-Apr-16 15:04:44

Fans over here! My DH is Frederik after his father but called Freddie and it's our DS's middle name too, choose what you want not what everyone else wants xx

sonlypuppyfat Thu 28-Apr-16 15:08:12

Sorry to go against the grain, but it's awful. Fred, it's just not a nice sound. I think it went out of fashion for a reason

LadyAntonella Thu 28-Apr-16 15:09:26

I really like it! I've had to close my ears to comments on baby names from family. We ended up with quite a simple name for DD which I thought was inoffensive, but my nan said she doesn't like it as it's too plain! Can't win. smile

YokoUhOh Thu 28-Apr-16 15:11:35

DS is Alfred nn Fred/Freddie, if that's preferable?

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