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Laurie or Toby?

(35 Posts)
twiglet2 Tue 14-Feb-17 14:37:50

Expecting baby 2 in 6 weeks and really struggling with boys names. We also struggled with my daughter and named her Juno Emily, which really suits her. Having looked online everyone seems to think Laurie (our first choice) is a girls name. Any help would be appreciated!

MouseMan17 Tue 14-Feb-17 14:39:19


Loyly Tue 14-Feb-17 14:39:50


AnnetteKertan Tue 14-Feb-17 14:40:46

Toby is much favourite. Laurie is fine if used as a diminutive of Laurence

CakeRattleandRoll Tue 14-Feb-17 14:42:17

I prefer Toby.

marmiteloversunite Tue 14-Feb-17 14:42:52

I immediately thought of a boy as Laurie. He was a character in my favourite book "Little Women". I love the name and would definitely use it. I like Toby too.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 14-Feb-17 14:43:31


AllTheLight Tue 14-Feb-17 14:45:11


yikesanotherbooboo Tue 14-Feb-17 14:45:36

Love Laurie, makes me think of Little Women

marmitecheesetoast Tue 14-Feb-17 14:52:39

I like Laurie, and wouldn't have thought of it as a girls name rather than boys.

twiglet2 Tue 14-Feb-17 14:58:01

I think maybe Laurie is considered more of a girls name in America? My first thought was of Laurie Lee, who was definitely male. That's the only thing that's making me doubt it. My mum is desperate to call the baby Toby, but we used to have (an admittedly very cool) guinea pig called Toby!

Lindy2 Tue 14-Feb-17 15:16:29

Laurie short for Laurence. I have a Lauren that I call Laurie too. I think it works equally well as a nn for a boy or girl.
I like Toby too but prefer Laurie.

indigo13 Tue 14-Feb-17 15:27:01

I know a little boy called Laurie, I like it. Toby is meh

CaipirinhasAllRound Tue 14-Feb-17 16:33:50

Laurie short for Lawrence, was on our list for our son

Laquila Tue 14-Feb-17 16:35:57

Both lovely names. I know a little Laurie and AFAIK no-one expects him to be a girl.

Actually it would have been on my boys list but we have a very close relative called Lauren nn Laurie so it wouldn't really have worked.

Sophronia Tue 14-Feb-17 17:17:38

Definitely Laurie! Not keen on Toby

littlepooch Tue 14-Feb-17 17:19:20

I actually like both but think Toby just edges it for me.

Chocolatecake12 Tue 14-Feb-17 17:22:43

I think it goes really well with Juno

septembersunshine Tue 14-Feb-17 17:52:43

Laurie is next door to laura for me. Toby!

KlingybunFistelvase Tue 14-Feb-17 18:01:12

If it's between Laurie on its own and toby, I'd go for Toby, but if Laurie is short for Lawrence I'd go for that.

I love Laurie as a shortening of Lawrence / Laurence, but on its own I would probably think it was a girl's name if I read it on a list of names or something, but that doesn't make it bad. The reason I don't like it on its own is because it sounds a bit nicknamey to me. I don't know why I don't feel the same way about Toby though confused.

Yika Tue 14-Feb-17 18:03:21

Laurie does sound like a girl's name to me. Toby is nicer.

Jooni Tue 14-Feb-17 18:18:46

Laurie is much more interesting. I like both, but I know several Tobys and no Lauries so I think it sits better alongside Juno. We have a Juno too, btw - great choice! wink

Itsnothingoriginal Tue 14-Feb-17 20:52:32

I have a ds called Laurie!

It's still quite unusual although I have met several (all male!) Although it is unisex its more commonly used for boys in the UK.

He's in his teens now and loves his name smile

Mclaren37 Wed 15-Feb-17 05:37:30

Laurie. Full name Laurence. Toby is a bit wet and reminds me of Toby jugs! I don't understand its new found popularity.

BridgetDarcy Wed 15-Feb-17 07:30:17


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