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Oliver or Joshua

(25 Posts)
Mumoftheark Wed 26-Apr-17 07:35:36

Current two favourite boys names, are Oliver and Joshua, I don't mind that they are popular, where I live they don't seem to be anyway.

Which do you prefer?

PotteringAlong Wed 26-Apr-17 07:35:56


Mumoftheark Wed 26-Apr-17 07:36:07

Ps I'm happy with Ollie and Josh as Ann

Sophronia Wed 26-Apr-17 07:42:56


Susiethetortoiseshellcat Wed 26-Apr-17 07:47:14

Joshua. Really don't like Ollie.

marmitecrumpets Wed 26-Apr-17 07:49:30


Bouncealot Wed 26-Apr-17 07:51:36

As a visitor to several nurseries/primaries a week, I can tell you there is one of each in every class, if that makes a difference.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Wed 26-Apr-17 08:03:54

I like them both, but I'd go for Joshua.

Kalina1 Wed 26-Apr-17 09:45:41

I prefer the full name Oliver but do not like the short version Ollie at all.

Chasingsquirrels Wed 26-Apr-17 09:47:37

I have a Joshua who has been Josh from a few weeks old.
I also like Oliver, but I don't like Ollie, Olly or Ol.

FeedTheSharkAndItWIllBite Wed 26-Apr-17 09:54:23

Joshua seems less popular to me, personally.

But I do prefer Oliver...

YouBloodyWhat Wed 26-Apr-17 10:49:01

I think Joshua is great.

I don't understand Oliver's popularity at all. Not my kind of name.

Mumoftheark Wed 26-Apr-17 12:04:45

Thank you.
I imagine the shorter versions will be used more even if not by me?
I love both names, although husband isn't keen on either so we shall see 🙄

SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius Wed 26-Apr-17 12:14:08

I like them both - sorry, that's not very helpful. I like the shortenings of both too. If I had to choose, I think I would go for Oliver.

Is there one of them that goes slightly better with your surname?

pipilangstrumpf Wed 26-Apr-17 14:03:46

Your husband isn't keen on either!?

How about finding a name you BOTH love?

Personally I don't like either name but it shouldn't really matter what we think.

leanandgreen Thu 27-Apr-17 19:42:48

Those are the exact two names we currently have and ATM Oliver is winning.

Rockaby Thu 27-Apr-17 19:50:29

Oh it's a really close call as I like them both about the same!

Think I very slightly prefer Joshua.

Loulou2kent Thu 27-Apr-17 20:00:29

I've got a Joshua & he's the only one in his year. He gets called Josh/Joshy too. I also loved the name Oliver. But I love his name smile obviously!

Dontrocktheboat Thu 27-Apr-17 22:08:57


Don't know any little Joshuas but lots of Oliver's. Find Oliver a bit wet and uninspired.

TheExuberant1 Fri 28-Apr-17 22:20:39

I love Oliver but there are just too many around at the moment. You will be turning your head every two minutes when in a theme park!

mum2be2boys Fri 28-Apr-17 22:30:11

Love both names, they were both on our short list for both of our boys!

I'd pick Joshua :-)

Mumoftheark Fri 28-Apr-17 23:42:19

@pipilangstrumpf if only we could lol.
This is dc3 we've learnt the first 2 times we will never find a name we both love - completely different tastes in that area.

Both go well with our surname. Our DS1 was very nearly Joshua but he just didn't look like one.
We don't seem to have any Oliver's where we live, which is odd seeing as how popular it is. Think there's a few Joshua's in my sons school but they are year 5/6 I think.

17caterpillars1mouse Sat 29-Apr-17 08:00:10

If going by full name I much prefer Joshua but like Oliver too

But I really dislike Josh where as I find Olly nice enough

thethoughtfox Sat 29-Apr-17 08:24:12

They are both really common.

PodgeBod Sun 30-Apr-17 02:04:24


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