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James/Jimmy or Theodore/Teddy?

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DoubleMintGum Fri 13-Jan-17 16:37:26

Would be Jimmy/Teddy, day-to-day and James/Theodore, on BC. Please don't say you prefer Jamie/Theo, etc. as we have chosen the NNs we like, but he can pick when he wants to, but while he can't, we have decided on Jimmy/Teddy. Can people also not start with the "I don't get the picking NNs thing, I think that's odd, etc." grin thank you!

Which would you pick???

mistermagpie Fri 13-Jan-17 16:41:37

James/Jimmy for me. I don't really like Jimmy but there are so many little Teddy's running about at the moment that it's become boring. It's also a silly name for a grown man (which your son will become) if you ask me, but at least you are going for sensible full names.

DoubleMintGum Fri 13-Jan-17 16:44:07

If he doesn't like Teddy, he can pick Theo/Theodore smile

thisagain Fri 13-Jan-17 16:45:07

I like both equally. I my experience Theodore is more unusual and I'd be drawn to that I think. My 22 year old DD says that when she eventually has a baby, her chosen boys name would be Theodore/Teddy. -personally I do prefer Theo though-

girlelephant Fri 13-Jan-17 16:45:27

I think Theodore is the nicer name and as an added benefit it has the nicest NNs too.

Dilligufdarling Fri 13-Jan-17 16:47:59

I'd go with Theodore... but as a mum of a Theo am massively biased grin

Sophronia Fri 13-Jan-17 16:49:16

I prefer James as it's more classic and Theodore is very 'now' and quite newly popular.

MikeUniformMike Fri 13-Jan-17 16:49:27

James. Theodore is a trendy name and will date, ditto Teddy and Theo. James is a classic name that is always popular. I prefer Jamie to Jim/Jimmy but you don't and it's your baby. Jimmy is fine though.

NavyandWhite Fri 13-Jan-17 16:58:49

I love James but really don't like Jim/Jimmy.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Fri 13-Jan-17 16:59:28


Love James, Jimmy, and Jim.

SummerScoop Fri 13-Jan-17 17:01:52


flissfloss65 Fri 13-Jan-17 17:16:06

Love Theodore.

EmmaWoodlouse Fri 13-Jan-17 17:28:54

This is a tough one for me as I like James better than Theodore, but Teddy better than Jimmy. So I'm going to go for Theodore/Teddy but would you consider using both names, Theodore James, so he has all the options when he's older?

CakeRattleandRoll Sat 14-Jan-17 03:37:38


habibihabibi Sat 14-Jan-17 04:02:55

Teddy much cuter
Jimmy makes me think of the creepy Jimmy Saville.

Pluto30 Sat 14-Jan-17 04:05:45


Love it.

Can't stand Theodore/Theo/Ted/Teddy. Very "now". Teddy is vapid.

RaeSkywalker Sat 14-Jan-17 04:08:56

Theodore (I prefer nn Theo though).

Jooni Sat 14-Jan-17 05:56:25


Agree that Theodore has seen a resurgence in popularity lately, but it's a very long-established name and I don't think it will date badly at all. You can't really win with "now" names because popular names feel trendy and unusual names are also a big trend at the moment. The safe option I suppose is to go for a perennial classic like James but I do find it quite uninspiring and I'm not keen on Jimmy.

JournosAreLazy Sat 14-Jan-17 14:54:23

Don't like James but really like Theodore and all the associated nicknames are great too imo.

DramaAlpaca Sat 14-Jan-17 18:57:40

James nn Jimmy would be my choice.

shaggedthruahedgebackwards Sat 14-Jan-17 19:00:11

I prefer James/Jimmy

Theodore/Teddy is a bit 'of the moment' where as James/Jimmy is timeless

Notsure1234 Sat 14-Jan-17 20:23:39

Love Teddy but really don't like Theodore. Seems a bit 'wet' to me, I don't know why!

James and Jimmy are okay so I'd go for that as I like both the long and short version

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sun 15-Jan-17 09:47:08


Ham69 Sun 15-Jan-17 10:08:44

Totally agree with Jooni

Breezy1985 Sun 15-Jan-17 20:41:30

James - but I'm biased smile

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