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Classic/boring vs unusual/weird - help us choose!

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Bubbinsmakesthree Wed 08-Mar-17 15:07:27

DH and I have very different ideas on boys names.

I prefer popular classic names with clear diminutives - top of my list are Alexander and Thomas. DH is not a fan, he thinks they are boring and too common.

DH likes more unusual, strong names - his suggestions include Adair and Conrad. I think they are too 'hard' sounding and I don't like names that don't have potential for a diminutive/nickname (unless they are softer sounding short names - I quite like Leo).

Any ideas for names that DH and I might agree on? We're probably looking for vintagey/classic but a bit unusual with option for a nickname/diminutive. I have got literally nothing that meets these criteria!

meettherussians Wed 08-Mar-17 15:11:49

OP some suggestions to meet in middle:

Laurence
Piers
Miles
Spencer
Rex
Jude
Evan
Ethan
Jasper
Caspar
Elliot
Finn

jolene900 Wed 08-Mar-17 15:25:41

Leon?

Gummibears Wed 08-Mar-17 15:36:11

I'm with your husband. Whilst classic, Alex and Tom are so so common that they'll need to add a surname initial to their name. I too find them a little dull.

I love both Conrad and Adair - both cool, classic and not as overused. How about Dominic, Reuben, Quentin or Marcus?

Nousernameforme Wed 08-Mar-17 15:37:42

How about bringing back Arthur

Bubbinsmakesthree Wed 08-Mar-17 15:49:08

I actually like Adair and Conrad in principle but I can't actually imagine calling my own child by those names - cooing it to a baby or shouting it a across a playground.

meettherussians

Of your list I like Evan and Ethan and Finn. Jude and Jasper I like too but already have a DS with a J name so a bit too matchy.

Laurence maybe? Piers, Spencer and Miles I hate!

Bubbinsmakesthree Wed 08-Mar-17 15:57:46

Leon - maybe!
Arthur - nah!

I think problem is DH has a classic but v common name and has always had classmates/friends/workmates with the same name and finds it a bit dull. I have a more unusual name that I've never really liked and I can't even shorten it to something less awkward.

Neolara Wed 08-Mar-17 16:02:58

I knew a lovely baby Conrad.

Pallisers Wed 08-Mar-17 16:08:57

The only Adair I ever met was a woman.

How about Galen, Emmett, Jonah, Theo, Julian, Everett?

I really like Alexander and Thomas.

Sistafromanuthamista Wed 08-Mar-17 16:12:09

Leonard
Isaac
Rafferty
Jonathan

WallisFrizz Wed 08-Mar-17 16:12:12

There has got to be middle ground between Adair and Tom. Your dh may like unusual names and so may your dc in the future, or he may resent going through life with the results.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Wed 08-Mar-17 16:32:14

❤️ Conrad (Rad).
How about ;
Edgar
Wilbur
Luther
Hudson
Willis
Austin
Benedict (Ned).

OneSecondAfter Wed 08-Mar-17 16:36:20

Felix
Leo
Hector
Vincent
Victor

OrlandoTheCat Wed 08-Mar-17 16:42:04

Julian....shortened to Jules?

Possibly not 'hard' enough for your DH

OrlandoTheCat Wed 08-Mar-17 16:43:20

Ludovic...shortened to Ludo?

OrlandoTheCat Wed 08-Mar-17 16:43:46

Arlo
Milo

ToastVacuum Wed 08-Mar-17 17:05:23

Caspar
Sebastian
Alistair
Samuel
Lucas
Christopher
Gregory
Austin
Niall
Leonard
Clement
Victor
Curtis
Gabriel
Saul
Edwin
Anthony
Levi
Dominic
Maxwell
Tristan
Frederick
Benedict
Nathaniel
Alaric
Nicholas

witsender Wed 08-Mar-17 19:22:42

I'm biased as we have an Alex, sometimes known as Xander. Someone once called him Sandy which was a diminutive too apparently. I haven't met another little ones recently.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Wed 08-Mar-17 20:39:12

Dashiel (Dash).

Bubbinsmakesthree Wed 08-Mar-17 21:10:21

witsender Xander and Sandy are part of the reason I really like Alexander - but there's also the safe option of Alex and I like the full name too.

I like Edwin from the recent suggestions and will try some of the others out on DH.

OneSecondAfter Wed 08-Mar-17 21:17:59

Ivo

MadameJosephine Wed 08-Mar-17 21:32:46

Franklin
Edison
Vincent
Sidney
Stanley

MelinaMercury Wed 08-Mar-17 21:49:10

Conrad/Konrad is very popular around here (largely amongst the Polish community), as is Finn and Leon. Very much depends on where you live with respect to popularity though i guess!

Ruairi and Evan were both top of our list for a boy second time around.

How about Thorvin, Blake, Sebastian, Issac, Corey, Callan, Ethan, Luca, Luke, Derren, Jacob, Ellis, Hayden, Harris?

SchnitzelVonCrumb Wed 08-Mar-17 21:49:32

You are getting so many great suggestions!

Leo
Casper/Caspar
Archie

Joinourclub Wed 08-Mar-17 21:53:48

Dominic
Cameron
Callum
Nathanial
Lachlan

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