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lovelycats Sun 18-Dec-16 20:41:17

We are loving Edward as a name for our soon to be DS. In fact we're currently using a related nn to refer to bump! However, I don't like all of the nn available. How much control do I actually have over what people call him...?

BakeOffBiscuits Sun 18-Dec-16 20:47:25

You may have a bit of control for the first few months years but once they go to school you have no chance. Dd has a three syllable name and I love that name and non of the nns so insisted she was called her "proper" name. People just ignored us really and I did grow to love the shortened versions too.

Dd also decided several times that she is be known as nn1, nn2 etc (spelt in various ways) from about the age of 10-13. She's 25 now and settled on onegrin

lovelycats Sun 18-Dec-16 20:53:17

I'd be delighted if everyone just called him Edward but I know that's probably not going to happen... Its perhaps a little old fashioned? I really love it though. Can cope with Ed or Ted, but not keen on Teddy (very cute for a small child but I can't imagine it on an adult).

beela Sun 18-Dec-16 20:56:31

I know a 20 year old Edward who is usually Ed, and a 5 year old who is always Edward.

I think it's a lovely name, would have been on our boys list if dh wasn't closely related to one of the above!

TheHiphopopotamus Sun 18-Dec-16 21:02:39

I LOVE Edward. If I'd had another boy, he would have been Edward with the nickname Ned. It's one of my favourite boys name.

BakeOffBiscuits Sun 18-Dec-16 21:02:51

I think if you like Ed you should be ok. I agree Teddy is too cutsie for a teenager/adult. I too love Edward but DH didn't, we had 2dds- thankfully.

Inkspot Sun 18-Dec-16 21:06:06

I've got an Eddie. His proper name is Edward and actually he prefers that - so you may not have that much control over which form of his name is used. That said no one has ever called him Ted.

CaptainBraandPants Sun 18-Dec-16 21:10:20

You won't be able to control what nicknames he is called.
We have an Edward, I would like to call him Ed, in fact it often slips out, but he insists that everyone call him Edward. grin

Sandsnake Sun 18-Dec-16 21:23:46

I love the name Edward. Some dear friends of ours have an Edward - they were planning on him being Eddie, but somehow he's ended up as just Edward. It really suits him and feels natural. I'd say go for it!

Jojay Sun 18-Dec-16 21:44:13

I have an Edward, known as Ed or Eddie. No one has ever called him Ted / Ned/ Teddy/Woody or snub of the other trillions of Edward nicknames.

I think a shortening of a name is quite hard to avoid, ( Ed being the first syllable of Edward) but Ted / Ned etc are quite different names and require a conscious effort for them to be used. IMHO grin

lovelycats Sun 18-Dec-16 22:23:51

Thank you! Sounds promising. I shall just have to master the gritted teeth "it's Edward..." envy until he's old enough to decide what he wants to be called then I will continue to call him Edward anyway.

donajimena Sun 18-Dec-16 22:26:51

I have an Edward. Obviously I love the name. No one calls him Eddie, Ted or Ned.
Sometimes he's Ed but mostly he's Edward

Bertieboo1 Sun 18-Dec-16 22:36:05

We have an Edward smile He is Teddy at the moment (1 year old) but thinking of moving to,Ted/Ned/Ed/Edward when older.

DanyellasDonkey Sun 18-Dec-16 22:40:02

Edward is a lovely name - but keep it as Edward.

Why, oh why, does every child on MN have to have a NN?

Maybe it's a cultural thing, but where I live, there isn't a compulsion to have a NN. Kids have a name and they're usually known by it.

Stick to Edward - I really like it. smile

SorenaJ Mon 19-Dec-16 08:04:37

Edward is gorgeous. No one is going to call a grown man Teddy, don't worry. My mate is Edward and is always just called Edward.

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 19-Dec-16 10:54:01

I know a little Edward who is known as Ned.

cherrycrumblecustard Mon 19-Dec-16 10:55:01

I think Teddy is one of those forced nicknames to be honest. I don't like Teddy or Eddy but Ed is pretty much inevitable.

dingalong Mon 19-Dec-16 11:02:06

My Dh has a popular name and is known by full name (family and friends he's met after college)
One version school friends and another version college friends

My ds 2 has Edward as a middle name. I think it's lovely - (had a wee crush on a guy called Ned many years ago which was a nice nickname)

lovelycats Mon 19-Dec-16 11:07:12

Ed is fine by me. Ned could be problematic - we are in Scotland grin I feel that children would definitely tease him about that here.

cherrycrumblecustard Mon 19-Dec-16 11:12:59

Ned is awful but I have never heard it as an Edward substitute!

MrsHathaway Mon 19-Dec-16 11:20:10

I have a 3yo Edward who is always Edward or <totally unrelated nickname>. He's never been Ned/Ted/Ed/Eddie from anyone and that includes FIL who comes up with the most awful nonsense given half a chance hmm

However, once he's born it's his name, not yours. If at school - and particularly secondary school - he decides he'd rather be an Ed than an Eddie (say) then that's totally up to him.

FWIW this is why we rejected Christopher (who would have been Kit) because we hated Chris.

BayaGoji Mon 19-Dec-16 11:23:08

You have control over what you call him, and that generally rubs off on the rest of your family. That's easily the most important thing.

And it doesn't really matter what his friends at school call him does it? How often are you going to be speaking to his little 6 year old friends about him such that they need to regularly use his name? Almost never!

My friends and colleagues all call me by a shortened version of my name, and my whole family always use and always have used the full version. It would sound super weird if they used the short version. It's fine. They usually only talk about me to each other anyway, rather than to my friends and colleagues.

bluechameleon Mon 19-Dec-16 19:53:27

I have a two year old Edward who so far is only Edward. I expect his friends will shorten it when he is older but for now that is his name.

Daisiesandgerberas Mon 19-Dec-16 20:42:20

I also know a new little baby named Edward with the nn of Ned.

ViewBasket Mon 19-Dec-16 22:49:06

The most natural, non-stilted nickname is Ed, and you don't mind it, so I wouldn't worry about the others. They're far less likely to occur.

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