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WhatTheDickensian Fri 19-Aug-16 19:50:48

We want a name that means peace as DH's dad who recently died Dedicated his life to conflict resolution.

Wilfred means "peaceful ruler". There meaning is perfect.

We would probably use the nickname Freddie but would consider Wilf or Wilfie.

What do people think?

Blueberry234 Fri 19-Aug-16 19:51:16

I love it

UncleHerbie Fri 19-Aug-16 19:51:21

Love it

MoonHare Fri 19-Aug-16 20:00:48

Not keen on the name but your reasons for choosing it are sound.

PotatoBread Fri 19-Aug-16 20:02:06

I like it. Prefer Wilf or Wilfie as a nn rather than Freddie

EssentialHummus Fri 19-Aug-16 20:02:43

Not keen on the name but your reasons for choosing it are sound.

Same! It makes me think of Wilfred Owen. Obviously he was very talented but my associations to the name aren't positive.

buckingfrolicks Fri 19-Aug-16 20:03:26

i know a small Wilf and he's adorable the the name is great

tralaaa Fri 19-Aug-16 20:04:01

Lovely name just lovely little Wilfred

altik Fri 19-Aug-16 20:04:02

I teach a Wilfred and my daughter goes to school with a Wilf. I like it - a great name!

Zhabr Fri 19-Aug-16 20:04:14

I love it and also know a 6yo Wilf.

altik Fri 19-Aug-16 20:04:53

Taught even!

Mouthfulofquiz Fri 19-Aug-16 20:06:10

Gorgeous name, love the way it sounds.

MrsHathaway Fri 19-Aug-16 20:23:27

DC3's best friend is Wilfred known as Wilf actually DC3 calls him Wolf.

I think it's lovely and will be unremarkable among other Edwardian names like Ted, Alfie, Frankie, Ruby, Eva, etc.

My first association is with Wilf, Donna Noble's grandad tardis

MrsGsnow18 Fri 19-Aug-16 20:28:35

I like Wilfred and love your reason for choosing.
When considering wilf as a NN it might be useful to know that a lot of schools nowadays use WILF ( What I'm looking for) alongside WALT ( we are learning to) for shared learning intentions/success criteria.

WhatTheDickensian Fri 19-Aug-16 21:03:50

Thank you for all the positivity. I thought it would be more of a controversial name.

I need to find out more about Wilfred Owen as several people have mentioned him. I know he was an anti war poet but I don't know why there are negative connotations as alluded to my hummus.

mistletoe1 Fri 19-Aug-16 22:27:46

Wilfred is on our two name shortlist for our son due in a few months. I love the versatility (nns will, Wilf, Fred, Freddie) and the meaning is lovely.

EssentialHummus Fri 19-Aug-16 22:42:13

For me it's not so much negative connotations of him as a person, WhatThe, more than Wilfred Owen was a very talented, evocative poet (killed very near the end of WW1), and some of his (quite rightly) dark poems like "Anthem for Doomed Youth" and "Dulce Et Decorum Est" are not what I want to associate with a young child.

usual Fri 19-Aug-16 22:46:44

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BikeRunSki Fri 19-Aug-16 22:46:57

I love your reasoning behind it. It is quite a popular name amongst my dc's peers. I know a Wilfred/Freddie who is about 3 months old who is a proper cutie.

Blahia Sat 20-Aug-16 09:35:25

GREAT name! I love it. Lively meaning behind it too. Go for it. I love Fred / Freddie as a nickname, but I think nicknames tend to come to you naturally, so you don't necessarily have to 'decide' which nickname(s) you are going to use -it just happens!

Blahia Sat 20-Aug-16 09:36:22

*lovely, not lively!

olympicsrock Sat 20-Aug-16 09:38:12

I know someone who actually called her ds s Wilf and Walt!

sonlypuppyfat Sat 20-Aug-16 19:46:52

Sorry it's beyond awful, I don't understand the whole old man names at all. And the cutsie nicknames that go with them Wilfie, what 19 yr old would want to be called Wilfie

user1459464195 Sat 20-Aug-16 20:43:27

I think it's a lovely name and your reasons for choosing it are really touching.

MummaGiles Sat 20-Aug-16 20:46:53

Your reasons are lovely. Makes me think of Wilfred the 'dog' from the tv show of the same name, though.

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