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AlbusPercival Tue 27-Sep-16 08:30:59

I'd really like to name my baby due in 4 weeks Baxter.

I had an old friend who passed away a few years ago, and was like a grandad to me. Sadly he never had any grandchildren and would have loved them. I would like to have him remembered in this way.

The gentleman in question's surname was Baxter. He was a very cool man who had dragged himself up from poor East End beginnings to become very senior in his profession but would patiently sit and watch us little girls sing a new song or do a dance grin

Can't use his first name, as a) he hated it as it was misspelled by his dad when registering him, and b) it doesnt work at all with our surname.

However I know most people meeting our little boy wouldnt know all of this and would just know him as Baxter. Is it too unusual?

HateSummer Tue 27-Sep-16 08:31:56

First thought: soup.

Sorry can't be any more helpful.

EasternDailyStress Tue 27-Sep-16 08:32:53

Nice sentiment but not a nice first name. Middle name maybe?

cookielove Tue 27-Sep-16 08:34:59

I love it grin

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Tue 27-Sep-16 08:35:17

Yes, I agree, it's a lovely thing to do, but sounds much better as a middle name to honour your friend by. smile

Loyly Tue 27-Sep-16 08:35:46

I love the reason for your choice - I think Baxter works as a middle name not first. I think of soup and I don't personally like surnames used as first names.

SuburbanRhonda Tue 27-Sep-16 08:38:11

Yes, as a middle name it would be great as that's the usual way to include a name which has personal significance but isn't suitable as a first name.

Baxter, for example grin

AlbusPercival Tue 27-Sep-16 08:42:25

hmm, I initially thought of it as a middle name, but DH thought it might sound a bit like we were using my maiden name as a middle name (though that sounds nothing like Baxter)

Other names we are considering as first names:
Theodore Baxter
Teddy Baxter
Edward Baxter
Henry Baxter
Max Baxter (Max Factor???? definitely doesn't work!)

DH would also like a middle name of Jackson.

LolaStarr Tue 27-Sep-16 08:43:59

It just makes me think of the dog on Anchorman confused It'd be nice as a middle name

lalaloopyhead Tue 27-Sep-16 08:49:13

I think as a middle name it would be a lovely tribute, but yes as a first name it makes me think stuffing/soup/dog I'm afraid.

GinIsIn Tue 27-Sep-16 08:50:48

Dog here too. It's a lovely name for a dog though! (Helpful)

SuburbanRhonda Tue 27-Sep-16 08:51:32

So if your DH likes Jackson, clearly surnames as first names are what you like, so I'd just go for it.

I wouldn't but what does that matter?

Littleballerina Tue 27-Sep-16 09:02:30

Dog's name.

AlbusPercival Tue 27-Sep-16 09:23:09

yeah i think we dont have an issue with surnames as first names.

Our surname is a very common first name for a girl, to the extent that when asked for my surname, when I give it I am often asked "yes, and your surname" hmm

DH and I also have very common first names for when we were born almost but not quite Jack and Chloe and spent a lot of time being Chloe 1 and Chloe 2 etc, so hoping for something slightly more unusual.

regularbutpanickingabit Tue 27-Sep-16 09:26:50

Jackson Baxter sounds pretty cool!
I think it is a lovely reason to pick a name but I marginally prefer Jackson as a first name. All the other names you have listed work really well with Baxter as a middle name.

Our kids have 2 middle names - could you go with that?

2014newme Tue 27-Sep-16 09:28:58

Dog or soup.
Middle name works better

Is your husband a sons of anarchy fan?

Jackson and Baxter don't go together well but Jack Baxter sounds good

It makes me think of a beagle. I don't know if I've ever met a beagle called Baxter, but that's the association grin

Paddingtonthebear Tue 27-Sep-16 09:30:47

It's a surname or a dogs name. Sorry

NavyandWhite Tue 27-Sep-16 09:31:28

I know a lovely Golden Retriever called Baxter.

HateSummer Tue 27-Sep-16 09:34:06

What about Cambell?

HandmaidsTail Tue 27-Sep-16 09:35:47

I really like it smile

Chocolateteabag Tue 27-Sep-16 09:35:55

Baxter is too much a dogs name to be a first name IMO - it would get shortened to Bax/Baxy?

However Jack Baxter XXX sounds v cool - you could always put Jackson on his birth certificate and shorten it.

AlbusPercival Tue 27-Sep-16 10:49:52

Cheers HateSummer, super helpful hmm

Honeybee79 Tue 27-Sep-16 10:52:53

I also thought of soup as soon as I read the name, sorry. It is a really lovely idea though OP and agree with others that it would be fab to use it as a middle name.

GrumpusLumpus Tue 27-Sep-16 10:59:49

Baxter is one of the largest Pharma/medical goods companies in the world. All I can see are easy open applicators when I think of the name.!

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