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Otto vs. Milo

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chinlo Wed 14-Sep-16 12:24:38

Milo flows so nicely off my tongue, it's much less harsh than Otto, but it's difficult to imagine an adult Milo in my opinion. Plus everyone online says it reminds them of dogs and chocolate milk, even though I've never seen/heard of Milo powder or met any dogs called Milo (not worried about the Tweenies since I think that association is dying out and will continue to do so in the near future).

Otto, on the other hand, seems like a very cool name. On paper, I prefer it! It's different, and I love that it's palindromic too. It's a strong name. But it doesn't feel as nice to say as Milo does, and I don't know if I can imagine calling my son it.

So, a name I think is cool and manly but hard to imagine on a baby, vs. name I think sounds really lovely and is cute for a little boy but perhaps not great on a grown man?

Thisisnotworking Wed 14-Sep-16 12:45:43

Milo is a very popular chocolatey drink in Australia. I like Otto

Caldini22 Wed 14-Sep-16 12:48:06

I really like Milo. Not so keen on Otto.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Wed 14-Sep-16 13:10:09

I like them both, Milo would be my choice though.
Chinlo, dogs are called every name under the sun, these days, Don't concern yourself 💐

MrsCaecilius Wed 14-Sep-16 13:17:01

Both great names. Strong and contemporary.

I do know Milo as a drink (South Africa in my case) but that wouldn't put me off it.

chinlo Wed 14-Sep-16 13:19:07

Thanks Sugarpie! I actually googled some top dogs names lists and you're right grin Toby, Max, Jack, etc. are all more common for dogs than Milo, but nobody says that those are dogs names!!

For me it's more of a toss-up between what instinctively sounds sweet to say (which I obviously desire when thinking of a name for my child) and what is a cool, strong name, but doesn't feel as natural to say. Its tough!

trevortrevorslatterfry Wed 14-Sep-16 13:24:01

Milo sounds cool for a man IMO.

Otto sounds like a pug, or an old old Austrian man wearing lederhosen

trevortrevorslatterfry Wed 14-Sep-16 13:24:43

OOh sorry. I did not mean to be so rude by the way! Just my instinctive mental picture for Otto.

ElspethFlashman Wed 14-Sep-16 13:25:31

Otto sounds like a 19th century German Chancellor.

Milo is very trendy now so he won't lack company in it.

Meeep Wed 14-Sep-16 13:31:36

I know soooo many Milos. Like, 84 of them. I'd go Otto.

villainousbroodmare Wed 14-Sep-16 13:31:52

I know a bloke whose mother is German. He's keen on his German heritage and called his son Otto. His extended German family were amazed, as in Germany it is regarded as the fustiest, most grandfatherish name possible.
Although I was one of the people who said that Milo reminds me of chocolate milk and vigorous Labrador retrievers, I still prefer it to Otto.

Foxtato Wed 14-Sep-16 13:40:40

I love the name Otto.. know a little boy called the name and he's so sweet. I think it's a cool name to grow up with.

I don't like Milo at all, I think it's not cool or sweet. Just a dull name to me and it makes me think of the Tweenies.

heron98 Wed 14-Sep-16 14:13:39

Wasn't there some big Nazi called Otto? Sounds like there should have been anyway.

Pipilangstrumpf Wed 14-Sep-16 14:23:58

I prefer Milo.

Don't like Otto, it's a very unfashionable name in Germany at the moment.

BendydickCuminsnatch Wed 14-Sep-16 14:27:53

I LOVE Otto but not sure I could bring myself to use it after asking my Italian friend about it. He said its from back in the day when people just name their kids after where they were in the birth order, and it would be really weird if an Italian called their kid Otto now. But I'd be delighted to be told that's a ridiculous reason grin

I was a youtuber and as well as an Otto she has Evan, Felix, Rufus and Henry (and Pearl), if any of those take your fancy?

I like the name Milo but again can't do it, every riding school I ever went to had a yappy Jack Russell called Milo.

BendydickCuminsnatch Wed 14-Sep-16 14:28:25

*i watch a YouTuber

hels18 Wed 14-Sep-16 16:15:46

I love the name Otto, although husband is not keen for a boy unfortunately. We are currently referring to bump as Otto until birth as it suits a surprise baby (girls name will be Ottilie).

nennyrainbow Wed 14-Sep-16 16:34:49

If you haven't got German or Austrian connections, I think you'll get a lot of people asking why he's got a foreign name if you call him Otto.

MortifiedinAsda Wed 14-Sep-16 16:49:58

I have a Milo, its a lovely name and will suit him as a man too i think.

MitzyLeFrouf Wed 14-Sep-16 16:50:48

Oh I don't know-o.

RiverTam Wed 14-Sep-16 16:51:00

Otto. Not keen on Milo at all.

SusannahD Wed 14-Sep-16 16:53:42

I think Milo is cool.

chinlo Wed 14-Sep-16 17:19:13

Oh I don't know-o.

Me either-o sad

bloomburger Wed 14-Sep-16 17:24:14

Love Otto. I only know one but I know several Milos.

Jooni Wed 14-Sep-16 19:30:08

I actually know more Ottos than Milos. It's definitely on the way up.

I really like both, but as Otto still feels a little bit quirkier and I do know a couple of canine Milos, I'll vote Otto. Great names.

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