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marmitecheesetoast Wed 19-Apr-17 08:34:14

DH and I have really struggled with boys shortlist. I'm now a week overdue and have too much thinking time!

We don't 'love' any boys name as much as our girls shortlist.

However, my favourite is Fraser
DHs favourite is Alexander

I do like Alexander as well. The full name is lovely but very long for a little person. I know there are lots of nns but the only one I really like is Sandy. Realistically outside of family I imagine they could easily be an Alex which I'm a bit meh about.

My question is how the name Fraser is perceived. I went to school (in Scotland) with a few Frasers so to me it's quite a normal name. We live in England now though and I wonder how it comes across as a name? Does it sound to you like a made-up type name?

thisismadness77 Wed 19-Apr-17 08:35:01

I like it. I've heard of one I think, aged about 5.

SymphonyofShadows Wed 19-Apr-17 08:39:22

I have one, he is 11. The only other one I know outside Scotland is about 30, so I think it's still fairly unusual.

RockyBird Wed 19-Apr-17 08:39:34

I like both names.

A friend comes from a family with generations of Alexanders and the each have different nicknames.


RockyBird Wed 19-Apr-17 08:40:14

*they each have

VivienneWestwoodsKnickers Wed 19-Apr-17 08:41:59

It's my surname, but I went to school in Scotland with several Frasers (first name).

Be prepared for every spelling variation - Fraiser, Frazer, Fraizer, Frasor, Fraisor, Fraisir etc. Took me three years to get the bank to comply!

BaggyCheeks Wed 19-Apr-17 08:48:12

Is Sandy a common nn for Alexander outside of Scotland? I think you would be more likely to have people call him Alex if you went with Alexander.

Fraser is a good name, I'd go for it.

RockyBird Wed 19-Apr-17 08:51:28

Even in Scotland I think of Sandy as an older man's name.

The only Alexander I know at my kids' school gets Alexander in full, no short versions.

Jooni Wed 19-Apr-17 08:52:17

I like both, but agree that Alexander is likely to end up as Alex so if you don't want that I'd avoid.

I think Fraser is a good, solid, cool, not overused name. I've only ever met two little ones, one spelt Frazer (but I prefer it your way).

marmitecheesetoast Wed 19-Apr-17 09:26:19

I take your point about Sandy not being an overly common nn for Alexander outside of Scotland. It's probably not. To be fair I do like Alexander as a full name a lot, but at least when they are a baby I can't imagine calling them by the full name!

Good to hear responses so far on Fraser!

Sugarpiehoneyeye Wed 19-Apr-17 09:42:13

Fraser is a lovely, strong name, I really like it.
I much prefer it to Alexander, but do think Sandy is a nice nick name.
I'd definitely go with Fraser.

Destinysdaughter Wed 19-Apr-17 09:45:24

Only if he has a brother called Niles! grin

FamilySpartan Wed 19-Apr-17 09:50:21

I like the name Fraser. I knew a lovely English Fraser who was born in the mid-80's. He's the only one I've ever met.

MrsMoastyToasty Wed 19-Apr-17 09:53:33

I have a Frazer and we live in England (although DH is Scottish ). He is the only one in his school, but it's not too unusual.
The only problems we have is people spelling it wrong and pronouncing it like the TV series Fraiser.

AndNoneForGretchenWieners Wed 19-Apr-17 09:56:03

I went to school with a Fraser. It's a good name, recognisable too. Alexander is also a great name but more popular - I heard Sacha as a diminutive the other day which I quite liked.

marmitecheesetoast Wed 19-Apr-17 10:01:08

The only problems we have is people spelling it wrong and pronouncing it like the TV series Fraiser yeah that would really put me off! The TV series bit at least, I'm already used to people spelling my name wrong anyway!

I heard Sacha as a diminutive the other day which I quite liked I also like Sacha but not sure if this would come across a bit poncey?!! Maybe as a little pet name for me only heheh

Obviously Fraser is traditionally a Scottish surname which has become popular as a first name. It has been used as a first name for a long time now though, which to me sets it apart from other more recent 'surnames as first names' .... am I right or is that wishful thinking?

ChangedUsername123 Wed 19-Apr-17 10:04:22

DH is a Fraser grin he suits it! I think it's a lovely name, it got shortened to 'Fraz' in his teenage years and it often get mispronounced as 'Fray-sher'

DEMum101 Wed 19-Apr-17 10:05:27

I know an adult Frazer. He gets fed up with everyone spelling it Fraser (so that wouldn't be a problem for you) but the other thing is the number of people who spell and pronounce it Frasier as a PP has mentioned. He really hates that.

Mind you, if you are naming a child now, by the time he is an adult that might be less of an issue as Frasier may not be so well known any more.

SleepFreeZone Wed 19-Apr-17 10:07:32

We liked Alexander but not Alex which I knew he would immediately have it shortened to. I like Fraser, I have a name they I often have to spell and it doesn't bother me. I tend to say my name and then immediately spell it. It's no big deal to say Fraser and that's f r a s e r.

thisismadness77 Wed 19-Apr-17 11:28:09

It's definitely not part of the surnames as first names trend. (Which I quite like)
It's a first name 'first' to me. smile

AmysTiara Wed 19-Apr-17 11:30:00

I like it too. I know one age 11

Arsenalfan06 Wed 19-Apr-17 11:32:02

Love the name fraser.
I have and 9 year old one 😁

gingercat02 Wed 19-Apr-17 13:31:05

I have a nearly 9yo Fraser too! He gets really annoyed with misspellings (Frazer and Frasier) but his friends call him Fray and Fras which he likes confused hmm

CakeRattleandRoll Wed 19-Apr-17 16:21:06

Really like Fraser.

DaisyFranceLynch Wed 19-Apr-17 16:25:41

I love Fraser.

Not generally keen on surnames as first names but for some reason I like the Scottish ones - maybe because they've been used as first names for a long time?

Love Alexander too though.

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