Tom or Tommy?

(34 Posts)
Unsureonwhat Sat 11-Jun-16 18:08:20

I do not want him to be Thomas, so please don't suggest that - even if you prefer it.

Should we use Tom or Tommy, on the BC? We will call him both, whichever one we put on the BC. However, I prefer Tommy.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sat 11-Jun-16 18:10:14

Tom

MitzyLeFrouf Sat 11-Jun-16 19:36:38

Tom.

You can depend on a man called Tom.

daisydalrymple Sat 11-Jun-16 19:37:57

Tom

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Sat 11-Jun-16 20:41:20

Tom. They always seem to be gentlemanly and very handsome.

AStreetcarNamedBob Sat 11-Jun-16 20:44:16

Tom on the BC sounds better.

LadyAntonella Sat 11-Jun-16 20:45:11

Tom is lovely (I prefer it to Thomas). Tommy is a lovely nn but you never know with names like that if your DS might find it babyish as he gets older. Some boys / men wouldn't mind and would pull it off but I imagine some wouldn't like it. I knew an adult Ricky and a Jamie who both loved their names though.

SuburbanRhonda Sat 11-Jun-16 20:48:00

Ok, so you've rejected Thomas but can I ask why? Just it might ne nice for him to have a choice if he hates having a really short name that you can't do anything with.

SuburbanRhonda Sat 11-Jun-16 20:49:38

Tommy is very popular in the travelling community (we have a lot of travellers in our school).

sonlypuppyfat Sat 11-Jun-16 20:50:32

Thomas is a lovely name at least you'll be giving him a choice

CrowyMcCrowFace Sat 11-Jun-16 20:52:14

Could you live with Tomas?

I have a colleague called Jo who gets irritated constantly confirming that she is not Joanna, Joanne or josephine.

Tom is so widely understood to be a diminutive that I suspect he'd spend a boring amount of time correcting assumptions that he is 'officially' Thomas.

FizzyFeet Sat 11-Jun-16 20:55:04

Another vote for Tom on the BC.

Portobelly Sat 11-Jun-16 20:56:22

Tom is a name in its own right, not a shortening of Thomas.
www.thejc.com/judaism/jewish-words/tam
Meaning Whole and Unblemished.

DramaAlpaca Sat 11-Jun-16 20:58:09

Tom.

I know two Toms who are just Tom, not Thomas on their birth certs, and it hasn't done either of them any harm.

LotsofDots Sat 11-Jun-16 20:58:46

Tom. I always wanted a Tom, but it is precluded by surname.

Portobelly Sat 11-Jun-16 21:02:45

We named our son Tom, based on its Hebrew meaning.
biblehub.com/hebrew/8537.htm
Completeness and integrity.

It has a different root to Thomas, which is Greek

NapQueen Sat 11-Jun-16 21:04:09

Tom.

I've a daughter with a shortened version as her full name and only twice in nearly five years has anyone ever called her the potential look her version.

sonlypuppyfat Sat 11-Jun-16 21:07:59

It's my cats name grin

EllenDegenerate Sat 11-Jun-16 21:10:16

Tom is solid, considered, reliable, impeccably mannered.

Tommy is handsome, rebellious, intelligent, non conformist.

Who do you want your son to be?

DontKillMyVibe Sat 11-Jun-16 21:17:33

Tom

Men drinking Buckfast with their tops off are called Tommy. Well they are near me anyway.

MitzyLeFrouf Sat 11-Jun-16 21:25:08

I had an uncle called Tommy and he was the gentlest, shyest man in the world and teetotal too! grin

I still prefer Tom though.

Ellie06 Sat 11-Jun-16 21:34:00

If you want him to be different to other kids I'd go for Tommy, I'm a teacher and we have loads of Tom's in school, but no Tommys

skankingpiglet Sat 11-Jun-16 21:42:26

Out of those two I'd pick Tom. Tommy doesn't work for me as an adult name, but makes sense as a child's NN which he could carry through to grownup life if he wanted.

Sophronia Sat 11-Jun-16 22:33:01

Tom and you could use Tommy as a nn

user1463864877 Sat 11-Jun-16 23:38:07

Tom. Just as the last two posters said Tommy works as a nickname if you fancy then.

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