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Espen or Leif? We can't make up our minds!

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PumpkinStar Mon 13-Feb-17 20:09:51

Hello,

Our baby boy doesn't have a proper name yet. We have practiced a few.

Our favourites are Espen and Leif.

Which would you go for? smile

Thank you!

Coldhandscoldheart Mon 13-Feb-17 20:11:38

Ooh. I think they're both lovely. Only flaw I could see with Espen if you're in the uk is having people think it is Aspen which is more familiar.
But I can't see anything wrong with either.

SuperBeagle Mon 13-Feb-17 20:14:51

Espen sounds like a Kiwi saying Aspen, IMO.

But I like it more than Leif.

ChristmasSeacow Mon 13-Feb-17 20:30:16

I think both are quite nice - are they Danish names? I'd say it depends which goes better with your surname really. They are both pretty phonetic so I would think either will be okay in the uk (though like many unusual or foreign names there will be a lot of spelling required. I have an unusual name and haven't really minded that too much).

PumpkinStar Mon 13-Feb-17 20:34:55

We are originally from Norway smile

Caprianna Mon 13-Feb-17 20:36:41

These are Scandinavian names and I think it would depend where you live. If you live in the UK I would try to find names which are not as foreign sounding if I am honest. Espen is ok. I associate Leif with an old man/my dads generation.

PovertyJetset Mon 13-Feb-17 20:39:42

Espen sounds like someone saying Aspen incorrectly so your son may find himself correcting people all the time.

I like Leif- how Would you say it?

Coldhandscoldheart Mon 13-Feb-17 20:40:57

Oh isn't that funny, I see Leif as a little boy, but a little boy from a maybe 1940s book, so who would be an old man now! grin

liquidrevolution Mon 13-Feb-17 20:44:23

Leif. Espen is nice but i know a very lovely Leif grin. I think its more adaptable to the english language both for pronouncing and it is more recognisable.

SavoyCabbage Mon 13-Feb-17 20:47:45

Espen is like ESPN, the sports channel. I like Leif much more. And so does my spell checker who changed Espen to especially three times.

StillaChocoholic Mon 13-Feb-17 20:48:28

I like Leif, it was on my list for this baby but we've gone with something different. Still like Leif though.

Thewolfsjustapuppy Mon 13-Feb-17 20:51:34

I love the name Leif. I have met a male and female with the name under different spellings recently. And think it works well in the U.K.

GTS Mon 13-Feb-17 20:52:23

Espen for sure. Unless you want people spelling your childs name as Leaf for all eternity.
Espen is a lovely name.

Jooni Mon 13-Feb-17 20:54:06

Like both, but especially Leif. Congrats OP! flowers

BikeRunSki Mon 13-Feb-17 20:55:26

Do you live in the U.K.? Anyone with children who have read Roald Dahl's "The Witches" will be familiar with Leif.

PhilODox Mon 13-Feb-17 20:57:33

Espen. It's the name of my secret, never to be born third DC!

Trollspoopglitter Mon 13-Feb-17 21:00:43

Holy baby names, batman! ESPN as an actual name?!

TwigTheWonderKid Mon 13-Feb-17 21:29:01

I have a Norwegian friend called Espen and really wish I'd known him before I named my 2 DSs. It's a great name.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Mon 13-Feb-17 21:31:27

Espen, very nice, not heard it before.

Purplebluebird Mon 13-Feb-17 21:32:58

I'm Norwegian, and both these names are very common. Leif is common for men in their 60s+, whereas Espen would be men in their early 30s.

Go for Espen, 100%

Purplebluebird Mon 13-Feb-17 21:33:46

Also, in Norwegian at least, Leif = "Laihf"

TheOnlyColditz Mon 13-Feb-17 21:34:10

Leif

Purplebluebird Mon 13-Feb-17 21:34:32

Sorry for spam, I missed that you're Norwegian grin.

I'd still go with Espen.

tygr Mon 13-Feb-17 21:37:32

I'm 40 and I knew a Leif when I was in my early teens - he would be a few years younger than me (and that was in the UK). I love it.

PumpkinStar Mon 13-Feb-17 21:39:21

Yes, we are now living in Chelsea.

Thanks for all the comments.

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