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Thoughts on my list for a baby boy, please!

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soundsystem Tue 03-Jan-17 16:58:46

Baby boy due imminently. We have some names we like, but nothing we love, and nothing new has been added to the list in a while. Just feeling a bit uninspired! Would welcome any suggestions based on this, and thoughts on the list so far. A couple have been all but ruled out, but leaving them in here in case they spark suggestions for alternatives.

Elijah (probably Eli day-to-day)
Zeb (but Zebedee on the birth certificate we're not sure about)

Other info that may be relevant:

Surname is double barrelled: part Scottish, part Ashkenazi Jewish, generally assumed at first glance to be German. Almost always has to be spelled out. When we had DD the midwife asked if she was having my surname, and when I said yes said, "poor child".

Middle name will be James.

We're in London.

1horatio Tue 03-Jan-17 17:33:14

We're also in London smile
Elijah (probably Eli day-to-day): it's nice, nothing spectacle but a perfectly fine name.
Zeb (but Zebedee on the birth certificate we're not sure about): ultra religious imo.
Caspar: I love that name smile! My favourite of your list.
Otto: nice
Ludo: I prefer Ludovicus/co nn Ludo. But Ludo is really fabulous. My 2nd favourite.
Dylan: I don't like it.
Ivo: it's probably really nice but I don't like it. I'm not sure why...
Caspian: it's ok.
Torin: I'd think of a dwarf? But the name is lovely. Probably my 3rd favourite your list ;) Do you like Torquil?

DH's and DD's surname is awful as well. Double barreled and the pronunciation is weird. And DH simply refused to give up one of his names... but I got exclusive baby naming rights instead. So, it's fine imo. But my surname is now a mess.

SausageSoda Tue 03-Jan-17 17:57:25

I like Otto & Torin from your list.

Gus, Grayson, Flynn, Edison as suggestions?

I met a baby called Lorcan yesterday - not to my taste but others like it.

MiniMaxi Tue 03-Jan-17 18:04:42

We have similar taste! My faves from your list are Caspar, Ludo and Dylan. I also like Zeb but we too thought Zebedee was a bit much..

Some random suggestions smile

MarmiteDoesYouGood Tue 03-Jan-17 18:26:07

We have really similar taste!

Elijah - Was in our top 10, but ultimately it's becoming a liiiittle too popular for us. I still love the name though.
Zeb/Zebedee - Okay here's one we differ on, not a fan I'm afraid.
Caspar - LOVE this and will be the name of our next DC if he/she is a he.
Otto - Love it (that's why we chose it for our DS1!)
Ludo - Not a big fan, just because the shortened version would be Lu/Loo :-/
Dylan - Was high on my list, but OH vetoed it.
Ivo - Really high on our list, but didn't quite make the final cut. I think it's super cool, not unheard of but nice and unusual still.
Caspian - It's okay, but it's basically an inferior version of Caspar.
Torin - Don't like.

So ones I love: Otto, Caspar and Ivo
Ones I really really like: Dylan and Elijah

Glitterous Tue 03-Jan-17 18:34:16

I love Otto.

Zebedee is a bit hard to pull off. If you like Zeb what about Sebastian (Seb)?

Allalonenow Tue 03-Jan-17 18:44:52

My favourites from your list are Caspar (really like this very much) and Ludo.

Elijah is now the new Noah.

Not at all keen on Dylan or Ivo or Zeb/Zebedee. Two names from The Magic Roundabout on a short list? smile

Random suggestions, Balthazar Basil Rolo Jasper

Sugarpiehoneyeye Tue 03-Jan-17 19:06:51

From your list, I like Ludo and Dylan.
Suggestions ;

Difficultyear2015 Tue 03-Jan-17 19:38:30

I like all apart from Ludo

ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 03-Jan-17 19:46:35

I like Zeb. Lots of Sebs around though so might cause confusion.

Dylan and Otto are good.

Loyly Tue 03-Jan-17 19:48:38

Elijah is fine.
I love Caspar, Otto and Ivo.
I really dislike Zebedee.

CarrotCakeMuffins Tue 03-Jan-17 19:53:48

I like Caspar and Torin. Neither are too popular either.

ThoraGruntwhistle Tue 03-Jan-17 19:55:55

I like Elijah and Dylan. Torin is okay ish. Don't like the others.

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MollyHuaCha Tue 03-Jan-17 20:54:11

From your list I like Zebedee (Zeb) and Otto. Enjoy choosing!

MikeUniformMike Tue 03-Jan-17 21:07:45

Zeb is great. Newsreader Zeb Soanes is a Zebedee and I love his voice. Zebediah is ok too.
How about Edgar?

Pluto30 Tue 03-Jan-17 21:15:32

Caspar James.

Lovely name. smile

I don't like Zebedee at all. It'll sound made up to anyone who isn't super religious.

BackforGood Tue 03-Jan-17 21:15:46

I don't in any way have the same taste in names as you - personal taste and all that - but I would give serious consideration to giving him a fairly common, easily recognisable name for a first name, if he's going to have to go through life spelling his surname at every turn.
Is there a reason 'James' can't be the first name?

oldlaundbooth Tue 03-Jan-17 21:17:54


oldlaundbooth Tue 03-Jan-17 21:18:15

Caspar obv

soundsystem Tue 03-Jan-17 21:24:27

Thanks all! Think we've ruled out Zebedee, much as we like Zeb.

Minimax we definitely do have similar taste! I suggested Isambard already but DH thought it was a bit much!

Allalonenow Haha I didn't even think of the two Magic Roundabout names! Jasper was on the list originally and was the name for a while, until we thought of Caspar instead. Balthazar (and Melchior!) have also been removed from the list by DH!

soundsystem Tue 03-Jan-17 21:29:18

Backforgood James as the first name hasn't been completely ruled out, but I don't like Jamie (or Jim, or Jay) and it would annoy me if it got shortened.

Agree that an easy-to-spell first name is desirable, that's definitely a consideration. That said ,my own first name is one that always has to be spelled out, and even with the monster of a surname I still prefer my name to a more common one...

FiaMarrow Tue 03-Jan-17 21:35:42

Eli is not just short for Elijah - it's a name in its own right. So I'd go for that smile

AtiaoftheJulii Tue 03-Jan-17 21:38:12

You have my ds and my dog on your list grin Love Ludo. Others I liked were Cosmo, Bruno, Milo, Ezra.

happynewyearchum Tue 03-Jan-17 21:43:42

I know an adult Elijah so I think it's tried and tested, goes with James too.

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