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Boys Names - Help!

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Dozyoldtwonk Fri 30-Dec-16 00:18:56

DH half Italian. DS due in a few short weeks, can't agree on a name but we jointly quite like:

Emilio (shortened to Emmy)
Jacques (soft J)
Ludovico (shortened to Ludo)
Yves (pronounced Eve)

There are more we've thrown around & DH mainly rejected will come back when I think of them.

Yes yes I know there's a mix of Italian / French / Other origins - we're not fussed about heritage, just having a unique name that's not too out there. Any thoughts or other suggestions welcome…

PaperdollCartoon Fri 30-Dec-16 00:21:19

I like Otto, though definitely not Italian! Also Ludo is lovely.

Have you considered Nico?

Stalingrad Fri 30-Dec-16 00:22:12

Do you live in the uK? If so if avoid called a boy Eve or Emmy. Eve is a ubiquitous girls' name in every playground at the mo. What about Emilio shortened to Milo?

I love Ludo and quite like Otto. Jacques is nice but hard to know quite how to say it.

AndNoneForGretchenWieners Fri 30-Dec-16 00:22:20

I like Angelo best out of your list with Emilio and Ludovico second and third.

Astro55 Fri 30-Dec-16 00:25:42

Love Emilio and Otto

What about Orry a Manx King?

(Please don't call him Eve)

Awwlookatmybabyspider Fri 30-Dec-16 00:29:27

I like Angelo. Isn't that what Adele called her baby.
Other suggestions.
Giuseppe (J-Sep-ee)

Dozyoldtwonk Fri 30-Dec-16 00:30:35

Ah yes, Nico was another thrown around - thanks for the reminder, Paperdoll

Stalin that's DH's concern with Yves in particular - can't get past the girl connotations he has a point unless you see it written down

Also on the list:

Romeo / Romy

Dozyoldtwonk Fri 30-Dec-16 00:33:14

I actually feel quite comforted seeing the dislike for Yves for a boy - validates DH concerns I suppose I won't be showing him this thread, his 'I told you so' chimes will last for days

Awwlookatmybabyspider Fri 30-Dec-16 00:33:35


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1horatio Fri 30-Dec-16 11:44:02

ohh, Italian names!

Emilio (shortened to Emmy): love it. The shortening is, quite obviously, not particularly Italian but it's very cute.
Angelo: I really don't like it.
Mauricio: I'm not sure if people in the U.K. could pronounce that.
Jacques (soft J): how does the soft J fare in the U.K.? I personally don't know.
Otto: that's a perfectly fine name. Not participating Italian, but there wouldn't be any pronunciation issues.
Hunter: love it.
Ludovico (shortened to Ludo): my great grandfather's name. I personally love it and also like Ludovicus.
Yves (pronounced Eve): that's too girly in the UK.

What about Basil? Peregrine? Isaac? Roberto? Rupert? Milo? Lucian/Lucien?

Sophronia Fri 30-Dec-16 12:26:06

I like Angelo best

Sugarpiehoneyeye Fri 30-Dec-16 15:39:16

I like Rocco and my Renato.
Love Lorenzo.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Fri 30-Dec-16 15:40:46

Should say, Rocco, and my favourite name Renato ! 🙄

SausageSoda Fri 30-Dec-16 16:38:05

I like Emilio and Otto from your list in that order. Also like Nico as a PP suggested.

Dozyoldtwonk Fri 30-Dec-16 21:45:30

Thank you everyone…I think our shortlist for now has been whittled down to

Emilio (shortened to Emmy)
Ludo (but full name Ludovico)
Jacques (pronounced Jack, soft J)

Does Nico have a 'full' version or is it a name in itself?

I think Angelo & Yves may be struck off the list…first because I'll end up yelling out Ange day to day grin & Yves because of the girl thing DH may have had a point all along

1horatio Fri 30-Dec-16 21:49:37

I think Nico stands for Nicola? But I might be wrong.

Love Emilio nn Emmy and Ludo (full name Ludovico)

1horatio Fri 30-Dec-16 21:49:52


PaperdollCartoon Sat 31-Dec-16 15:52:58

Nico is a full name in its own right. But I'm sure it can also be short for something.

ScarletSienna Sat 31-Dec-16 16:53:54

Emilio is nice but Emmy is a girl's name to me (knowing a girl called Emmy!)

Ludovico and Otto are my favourites-I particularly like Otto! Hunter is a thing not a name iyswim.

Melstarrynight Sat 31-Dec-16 17:17:11

Really like Otto. I also like ludo as it reminds me of the nice monster in labyrinth grin

fueledbybacon Sat 31-Dec-16 17:22:50

Domenico is also a full name for Nico nickname.


Dozyoldtwonk Mon 02-Jan-17 20:35:21

Thanks everyone for your suggestions! Any alternatives to Emmy as an easy 'natural' nickname for Emilio (thinking about it, I hardly ever call my daughter by her full name - three syllables)? I love the name, but it's a mouthful to say over & over again!

One of my current faves is Paolo…but again the shortening problem…also quite liking Renato (thanks to the poster who suggested), but Reny? confused

QuandryQueen Mon 02-Jan-17 20:36:43

Ludo for me ("I play" is the translation as I understand?)

Stalingrad Mon 02-Jan-17 20:50:24

Milo (provinces My-low) for Emilio?

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