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Straw Poll: Albert when DS1 is Alfred

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YokoUhOh Thu 28-Apr-16 15:41:33

So DS1 is Freddie, Alfred on birth certificate. We liked Freddie/Fred for a little boy but thought he could be Alf/ie later on if he fancied it.

I really like Bertie for DS2. But one of DS's Middle names is Robert, and I'm worried that Albert is too similar (even though they'd be Freddie and Bertie).

Thoughts? Or alternative suggestions? Archie, Casper, Oscar, Joe also on list.

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Thu 28-Apr-16 15:43:55

I like Bertie but I think Alfred and Albert is a no.

Luckily there are plenty of names Bertie can be short for including Bertrand. I've never heard of it being short for Robert though.

YokoUhOh Thu 28-Apr-16 15:48:24

But in theory it could be short for Robert?? <clutches at straws>

YokoUhOh Thu 28-Apr-16 15:49:01

What about just 'Bertie' on the BC?

MarshaMallow84 Thu 28-Apr-16 15:49:56

No sorry you can't have an Alfred and an Albert, just no. Such a shame though because I agree that Freddie and Bertie are both lovely names!

Xmasbaby11 Thu 28-Apr-16 15:53:29

Definitely not. Too similar, even the nicknames, both ending in 'ee'

SilverGiraffe7 Thu 28-Apr-16 15:58:36

If you like it, just have Bertie on the birth certificate: Freddie and Bertie together is lovely. Suggestions for birth certificate names tho:

YokoUhOh Thu 28-Apr-16 16:04:03

Thanks everyone, food for thought!

LaContessaDiPlump Thu 28-Apr-16 16:05:51

Far too similar, I'm afraid. However I do know siblings Alfred and Harold - those go together very well I think!

merrymouse Thu 28-Apr-16 16:07:49

Choose another Bert name. Alfred and Albert are too similar and people would mix them up.

I like Bertram.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Thu 28-Apr-16 16:10:47

No,you can't.

They may be Al and Al to their friends/wives.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Thu 28-Apr-16 16:17:11

No. They're far too alike, and as pp says. What if they want go by Al

Sophronia Thu 28-Apr-16 17:45:14

I actually think it's fine, but Gilbert could be an alternative?

Sophronia Thu 28-Apr-16 17:49:10

Or Colbert, Herbert, Hubert, Aubert, Osbert, Wilbert, Bertram, Bertrand?

disappoint15 Thu 28-Apr-16 18:36:13

Not forgetting Cuthbert and Norbert.

Flopsyhopsy Thu 28-Apr-16 18:50:10

I do find Albert and Alfred a little too similar.

I also wouldn't have two boys with names ending in -ee (Freddie & Bertie). I much prefer Caspar from your list.

LadyAntonella Thu 28-Apr-16 20:08:22

I probably wouldn't choose two such similar names tbh.

However, I know adult sisters with really similar names (and the exact same shortened version), and it works fine for them. It's kind of become a talking point as they look quite similar and are always together! It's quite nice that they have similar names too. Might not work out that way though I guess.

BlueChampagne Thu 28-Apr-16 21:49:27

Agree too similar, but of course Bertie can be short for Robert.

TooManyJars Sun 01-May-16 20:24:55

Herbert - Herbie/Bertie

MiddleClassProblem Sun 01-May-16 20:28:05

I'd just go with Bertie if I were you. A few of my friends just went with the shortened version for their kids, pretty normal these days.

YokoUhOh Mon 02-May-16 07:26:26

I'm swaying that way, tbh. I've just taught so many 'Joes' and 'Georges', and I wanted something a bit less popular.

The problem with Herbert is, nice as Herbie and Bertie are, a Herbert is another word for a plonker, isn't it?

Thanks everyone, I'll wait and see what he looks like but lots if helpful suggestions!

Mouseinahole Mon 02-May-16 08:53:35

Gilbert is lovely and both Bertie and Gil are acceptable shortenings. In parts of the U.K. 'a right Herbert' is the equivalent of a Wally or fool so maybe not so good though Herbie is cute.

YokoUhOh Mon 02-May-16 13:56:50

There's a character called Sweaty Gil from The Simpson so unfortunately Gilbert is out too sad

bigkidsdidit Mon 02-May-16 14:00:06

Do Robert nn Bertie.

jellybeansprout Mon 02-May-16 14:41:42

No, just no.

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