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Oliver or James

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user1471523301 Tue 20-Sep-16 19:38:58

I am 6 months pregnant and struggling to think of boys names! The only two DH and I agree on are Oliver and James, but they are both really popular. Any preferences between the two? Any more suggestions of names we might like?

It has to be a fairly classic name as we have quite a long, unusual surname.

BikeRunSki Tue 20-Sep-16 19:39:44

I much prefer James.

Annoyinglyhappyperson Tue 20-Sep-16 19:40:42

Team james but that's my son's name so slightly biased.

Nospringflower Tue 20-Sep-16 19:41:50

Much prefer James. Don't like Oliver.

SoftBlocks Tue 20-Sep-16 19:43:09

James. Not keen on Oliver.

Mybeardeddragonjustdied2016 Tue 20-Sep-16 19:44:26

Maybe think which nn you prefer for the future when his name isn't enough for his mates?!

melibu84 Tue 20-Sep-16 19:44:27

I'd say Oliver because I think it is a bit less popular smile

pinocchiosnose Tue 20-Sep-16 19:46:16

I'm not a fan of Oliver . Go with James , it's a great name.

doceodocere Tue 20-Sep-16 19:46:50

They are both strong, classic names and safe choices. They're enduringly popular rather than fashionable so won't date.

user1471523301 Tue 20-Sep-16 19:49:20

James winning so far! Not keen on Jimmy which is my main concern.

somefarawaydream Tue 20-Sep-16 19:51:21

I have an Oliver James
Good choices OP smile

PunkrockerGirl Tue 20-Sep-16 19:51:32

I like them both

DoYouRememberJustinBobby Tue 20-Sep-16 19:52:26

James, if not shortened to Jay.

gladyoucame Tue 20-Sep-16 19:53:07

I also have an Oliver Jamessmile. Not many Olivers in our primary school.

DartmoorDoughnut Tue 20-Sep-16 19:58:36

James for DS1 and Oliver top of the list for DS2 at the mo. Also joined by Benjamin, Thomas and Felix.

Oliver prob won't happen due to it being number 1 at the mo tbh!

CPtart Tue 20-Sep-16 19:59:11

I have an Adam James, so James.
How about Luke, William, Edward, Marcus, Evan, Andrew,

eatingtomuch Tue 20-Sep-16 20:02:27

My ds is called James. He is never called Jimmy by his friends.
We have always called him James and he has always introduced himself as James.

Natsku Tue 20-Sep-16 20:05:02

Oliver. But that's because my best friend throughout primary school was an Oliver so I'm a bit biased. Never met a bad Oliver.

MrsHathaway Tue 20-Sep-16 20:07:42

Oliver is more popular and more trendy.

I think James is far more likely to be Jamie or maybe Jay than Jimmy nowadays.

I have used both grin so here are some others we used and nearly used.

Charles (Charlie)
Robert (Robin)

MrsHathaway Tue 20-Sep-16 20:09:12

Incidentally I don't know an Oliver who has escaped being Ollie somewhere. That's my sole regret for using it (and I never call mine Ollie although DH and DC1 among others do).

FoxesSitOnBoxes Tue 20-Sep-16 20:09:50

Both good names. Oliver my favourite

Ankleswingers Tue 20-Sep-16 20:15:53

I prefer James, although Oliver is lovely too.

To you, they'll be the only Oliver or James, so don't worry about them being popular.

Good luck OP smile

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LastGirlOnTheLeft Tue 20-Sep-16 20:19:27

I love James - DS2 is James and never Jim, Jamie, Jimmy, Jimbo or anything else!! Just James.

MotherDuckSaid Tue 20-Sep-16 20:25:05

i have a real soft spot for oliver on toddlers and boys, but i think James suits all ages nicely best, IMO smile

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