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Ryan or Bradley?

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user1472934164 Sat 03-Sep-16 21:37:11

Expecting a baby boy in 6 weeks. DH is very dismissive of most suggestions, but seems fixated on either Ryan or Bradley. I quite like both but I'm not totally convinced and can't make my mind up which I prefer! He will be a brother to DD Carla (2.5), and middle name likely to either be the one we don't use or Benjamin.

Others on my shortlist were Guy, Oakley, Scott, Todd, Rufus, Blake, Jake, Ralph and Rafa. DH not keen! Open to any other suggestions along these lines.

Thanks in advance for your input!

MrsGsnow18 Sat 03-Sep-16 22:51:36

I prefer Ryan and would go with Benjamin as middle name. Or even Benjamin Ryan.

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Sat 03-Sep-16 22:54:36

Ryan is the best of the two options definitely.

I do prefer Blake or Jake from your list though!

ClockMakerSue Sat 03-Sep-16 23:30:54

Benjamin Ryan sounds great.

FrancisCrawford Sat 03-Sep-16 23:37:12

Another vote for Ryan.

buttercup54321 Sat 03-Sep-16 23:54:40

Riley? A mixture of Ryan and Bradley. Then Benjamin as a middle name. Or Scott as middle name from your list.

CakeRattleandRoll Sun 04-Sep-16 02:26:01

Another vote for Ryan.

MargotLovedTom Sun 04-Sep-16 02:28:43

Ryan and Bradley seem very 90s names to me.

Hulafox Sun 04-Sep-16 07:39:16

Thanks for the comments - feeling better about Ryan already!

Yes they are a bit 90's but that's probably our fault. We aren't massively keen on the trend for old names (Arthur, Archie, Alfie, Wilfred etc) and we also don't want something too popular so anything in the top 25 (Oscar, Freddie, Jack etc) we have also ruled out. We want it to be recognisable, easy to spell and easy to pronounce but not too popular or over-used. Which I think means most of our names sound quite out of fashion!

Please do keep the opinions coming - it's really helpful!

Nanasueathome Sun 04-Sep-16 07:41:11

But then I am biased

GoldPlatedBacon Sun 04-Sep-16 08:27:06

I really like Ryan (but prefer Guy from your list grin)

Marmighty Sun 04-Sep-16 08:31:01

Going against the grain to say I don't like ryan much but do like Bradley -it's quite unusual these says, and is a nice solid name. Not that it matters but Bradley means a clearing in the woods, Ryan means little king

NapQueen Sun 04-Sep-16 08:36:41

I'm not a fan of Ryan at all - I have a few teacher friends who say all the Ryan's they've met (whilst no doubt funny and overall nice) are the "naughty" kids in the class. Put me off.

Bradley isn't too bad but the shortening to Brad would put me off.

Carla is such a lovely lovely name. What about Toby or Benjamin (and maybe have Benjamin Bradley Surname)

Hulafox Sun 04-Sep-16 08:39:48

DH's cousin is Benjamin with the same surname, so we can't really use it as a first name - which is a shame as we both love it! I also like Toby. DH is a teacher though and has taught lots of them so that has put him off that.

Just to throw it out there, we talked about Owen or Rufus this morning and they seemed to be mutually agreeable! Our surname is quite Welsh though (even though we aren't).... Is Owen too Welsh, or do you not really think of that?

We also liked Ralph until I heard it means to be sick in the US!

As always thanks for all the input - it is really helping!

Nospringflower Sun 04-Sep-16 08:40:34

I like Ryan but also like Brad (ley)

NapQueen Sun 04-Sep-16 08:41:29

Owen is perfect!

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sun 04-Sep-16 09:06:57

Ryan. From your list, I like Guy.
All the best OP.

MargotLovedTom Sun 04-Sep-16 10:16:00

Owen is far better than Ryan or Bradley imo!! smile

NavyandWhite Sun 04-Sep-16 10:24:47

Ryan and Bradley are dated imo.

Like Rufus off your list and Benjamin as a first name.

MrsGsnow18 Sun 04-Sep-16 10:27:04

Owen is lovely!

BendydickCuminsnatch Sun 04-Sep-16 10:32:44

Bradley Ryan because I think Brad is an ace name. Fave from your list is definitely Blake though!

ClockMakerSue Sun 04-Sep-16 10:42:56

Owen Benjamin is really nice. That's my new favourite from your list!

eachtigertires Sun 04-Sep-16 12:58:15

Out of those two, I prefer Ryan. I like Bradley too but dislike Brad. Owen is nice too.

KoalaDownUnder Sun 04-Sep-16 15:30:29

Ryan. Or, better, Owen.

Bradley is too dated and

BuntyFigglesworthSpiffington Sun 04-Sep-16 15:53:38


Nothing appealing about Bradley.

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