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Ivan.... hippy type middle name?

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Pebbles0934 Thu 03-Nov-16 07:35:18

I really liked Van as a name but not had positive comments! (See other thread)...
So... I'm looking at Ivan? Any advice, comments on this?
If it's a name I did go for then I would be looking for a nice, soft, hippyish name as a middle name.... I think!
Struggling to find anything that goes with Ivan to be honest. Just having a quick glance I was thinking baby Ivan Valentine or Ivan Rohan... any better suggestions? Not animals or colours really as if we shorten to Van then Van Fox or Van Blue will not be good 😂

Couflan Thu 03-Nov-16 07:42:52

I have an Ivan. We thoughy get it was a bit of a risk at the time and not at all popular and I worried a bit would he get mistaken for a Croatian football player (seriously, look up their team) but I am glad we took the risk and Ivan loves his name. He has never met another one. The only ivans I know are 30 and up.
It's a strong, easily remembered, unique name and he's unlikely to have another in his class.

For a middle name, he has a surname (which is also occasionally a firstname). I know what you mean though, a underused name would go nicely.

icantgetnosleep5 Thu 03-Nov-16 07:44:34

Just sounds really Really foreign to me

Pluto30 Thu 03-Nov-16 07:50:03

Immediately makes me think of Ivan Milat... or Ivan the Terrible. Neither of which are great associations.

Sorry. sad

gratesnakes Thu 03-Nov-16 07:50:25

Ivan Dylan
Ivan Roland
Ivan Francis
Ivan Vincent

I actually love Ivan Valentine.

lizzieoak Thu 03-Nov-16 07:52:35

What about Jonah? I think that's a lovely name, and underused. Goes well w Ivan.

I also think Van is great, but then I am very big on Van Morrison. Call him Ivan officially & Van for short?

Sugarpiehoneyeye Thu 03-Nov-16 08:22:35

Ivan Gilbert
Ivan Rodney
Ivan Storm
Ivan River
Ivan Stewart
Ivan Paul

Chillyegg Thu 03-Nov-16 08:27:30

Ivan winter
Ivan fox
Ivan mccauly
Ivan deniz ( deniz) means ocean in turkish

Sophronia Thu 03-Nov-16 09:12:17

Ivan Gabriel
Ivan August
Ivan Jasper
Ivan Elliot
Ivan Asher
Ivan Lucas
Ivan Joshua
Ivan Alexis
Ivan Jude
Ivan Felix
Ivan Oliver
Ivan Seth
Ivan Joseph
Ivan Blaise
Ivan Heath
Ivan Jesse
Ivan Winter
Ivan Brodie
Ivan Rafferty
Ivan Archer
Ivan Elijah
Ivan Finlay
Ivan Laurence
Ivan Louis
Ivan Rupert
Ivan Wilfred
Ivan Everett
Ivan Robin
Ivan Emmett
Ivan Aubrey
Ivan Ambrose
Ivan Emery
Ivan Jonah

MavisCrouton Thu 03-Nov-16 09:18:38

You won't want a middle name to begin with a vowel, or it will sound like I've an...

Really great name. Unusual but funky.

gratesnakes Thu 03-Nov-16 14:57:55

Good point by Mavis. Hope your surname does not start with a vowel smile

TheLegendOfBeans Thu 03-Nov-16 15:03:34

I like Ivan. I know one (yes he's in his thirties) and he's a top bloke!

I digress...

How about Ivan Magnus? Sounds strong and awesome.

Ivan Bertram? Sounds cool and intellectual.

Ivan Alexander? Kinda old-world classical, sounds like a conqueror of continents.

Finally, I think Ivan Valentine is nice actually but don't use it if your surname starts with an F.

MoonHare Thu 03-Nov-16 19:30:46

LOVE the name Ivan, great choice.
My thought was Ivan Rafferty someone else has also suggested it in a big long list. So that's two votes.

Mottled Thu 03-Nov-16 19:37:44

Like it, sounds universal.

PaperdollCartoon Thu 03-Nov-16 19:40:23

I like Ivan, and Van. Van can be a nn for Ivan for sure. Have you considered Vaughn? Very similar but perhaps more 'proper name' for some. (Sorry if it was mentioned in your other thread, haven't read it)

user1472334322 Thu 03-Nov-16 19:54:28

My grandfather was Ivan Walter which I think goes well. Good luck choosing!

PigPigTrotters Thu 03-Nov-16 19:56:46

I have an Ivan, we've only ever had positive comments about it (apart from my mother who was tipsy when I mentioned the name and said it was an accountant's name hmm)

BikeRunSki Thu 03-Nov-16 19:59:07

Ivan Amos

I know a 40ish year old Ivan, who is just called Ivan. No silly nicknames.

Joinourclub Thu 03-Nov-16 20:11:14

Ivan Dashiel
Ivan Rowan
Ivan Theo

JudgeJudySheidlin Fri 04-Nov-16 00:44:05

I prefer your original choice if

I just said on another thread that it doesn't matter what a bunch of strangers think of YOUR choice of name. If you love it, choose it!

Shoesarethebaneofmylife Fri 04-Nov-16 00:57:35

My dd would have been Ivan Patrick had she been a boy.

Lucked Fri 04-Nov-16 01:27:28

It's a name I would have dismissed it from a list but just thinking about it for this thread I realise it's a great name.

When you said hippy I bought about authors or artists so Kipling, Beckett, Dante, Dylan, Homer or something along those lines.

Pebbles0934 Fri 04-Nov-16 09:53:02

Thanks! I really like Van on its own but I'm not sure if I'm brave enough!

SpunkyMummy Fri 04-Nov-16 17:32:24

I really like Ivan. But really dislike the name Van...

Hippie like... what?

River? Snow? Birch? Rowan?

Or Erik, Hector, Atlas, Thor, Milo, Janos, Floris, Archimedes, Achilles....?

WankersHacksandThieves Fri 04-Nov-16 18:16:09

You could also have Evan which is a bit softer.

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