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Hamish - would you??

(27 Posts)
Mclaren37 Sat 29-Apr-17 06:14:15

I've loved he name Hamish for ages, but now I have the chance to use it I'm having second thoughts. DH and I are both half Scottish and have some very Scottish names in our families. But day to day no one will know our son's family history and I'm worried that Hamish might be a bit OTT, or even a bit pretentious, on a little English boy in the south east... What do you think? Is it really a usable name? Would you use it?
(Back up names at this stage are Ralph, Gil, Hugo or good old Jack - but have loved Hamish the longest!).

Scribblegirl Sat 29-Apr-17 06:19:08

I know a Hamish, it really suits him. I think the dad might be from Scotland but we live in England and mum is definitely English (work colleague hence my not being so sure about dads heritage).

I vote go for it - I really like it!

SuperBeagle Sat 29-Apr-17 06:26:52

It's an acceptable name here in Australia. I know several. Obviously none are Scottish (whether their heritage is or not is a different question).

But I wouldn't, because it's too hammy looking and our family friend's nickname is Ham. blush Not very nice. I think he gets Hay too.

Pinkandwhiteblossoms Sat 29-Apr-17 06:31:52

I LOVE Hamish but I'd probably opt for Hugo, to be honest. I think very Scottish / Welsh /Irish names can look a little try-hard in England.

Jooni Sat 29-Apr-17 06:48:58

I don't like it at all but I absolutely think you can use it, especially with your Scottish roots. Not pretentious, I just don't like the sound!

Luckystar1 Sat 29-Apr-17 06:51:07

I love it. And I personally don't think it's in any way try hard!!

GenerationYmember Sat 29-Apr-17 07:27:45

I love it, and I really wanted it for DS, however DH vetoed.

yikesanotherbooboo Sat 29-Apr-17 07:30:03

I like it, not try hard at all , DS will be half Scottish and name is easy to pronounce and spell....

Reow Sat 29-Apr-17 07:30:50

My hamster was named Hamish smile

Makinglists Sat 29-Apr-17 07:31:07

I love it but then I am biased as I have one!. Neither of us is scots but there scots ancestry on the dads side. Mine has a distant relative in Australia who has the same name and I have met another Hamish locally. We live in southern England.

Muddlingalongalone Sat 29-Apr-17 07:36:22

I love it - I think I would assume Scottish heritage fwiw.
Personally - and names are so personal aren't they - I would instantly find Ralph, Gil or Hugo more pretentious but once you meet the babies it doesn't matter because it's all about the baby not the name.

notarehearsal Sat 29-Apr-17 07:42:15

fabulous name. It was one of my choices but not agreed by ex

17caterpillars1mouse Sat 29-Apr-17 07:55:23

I love it. Go for it. I don't think you need to be Scottish to use it.

From your other suggestions I like Back best but also have a sort spot for Ralph. Gil looks unfinished to me

oleoleoleole Sat 29-Apr-17 07:58:13

Love it, use it, who knows where life will take you and him.

SaveFerris1 Sat 29-Apr-17 08:01:16

I know a lot of Hamishs, but do live in the north of Scotland. It's a very cute name and my second son was very nearly a Hamish.

dancemom Sat 29-Apr-17 08:02:33

Love Hamish but also like Seamus?

namechange20050 Sat 29-Apr-17 08:02:50

I love it. Was on my short list for my son.

orkneyfudge Sat 29-Apr-17 08:06:19

I love it but am Scottish and live in Scotland so know a few.

Also love love love Angus, Ruariadh, Sorely, Ramsay, Struan, Innes

lilydaisyrose Sat 29-Apr-17 08:06:36


mistermagpie Sat 29-Apr-17 08:40:55

My DS is a Hamish so I'm biased obviously, but I love the name! He gets lots of 'ham' nicknames which you might not like (Hamster being one!) and gets Mish sometimes too.

I'm not Scottish (DH is) but we live in Scotland so my Hamish is Scottish and will have a Scottish accent when he can talk. To be fair, I may not have used the name if we didn't, it's not pretentious to use it though.

MiniMaxi Sat 29-Apr-17 08:43:34

Go for it! If you have Scottish links then it's not in the least bit pretentious - regardless of what your neighbours think!

hippoesque Sat 29-Apr-17 08:45:26

We used Angus, not Scottish but DH's family is Irish. Live in the SE, its never been a problem. We actually get a lot of comments on how nice it is as it's not cmon around here. Do it! You won't regret it if you really love it.

dementedma Sat 29-Apr-17 08:46:00

I'm in Scotland and Ds has friends called Hamish and Angus. My Scottish nephew is Ralph. All great names. I also know a Lachlan which I think is lovely.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sat 29-Apr-17 10:00:41

Good strong name, use it OP. 😄
Otherwise call him Jack.

CaipirinhasAllRound Sat 29-Apr-17 10:15:26

Love it

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