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Thoughts on boy's names please - Arnold or Wilfred?

(73 Posts)
RookieMama Tue 23-May-17 21:53:34

Hi all, our second son is due in a month and we are still struggling with names - I found people's thoughts on here really helpful last time around so thought I'd try again. So, what do you think about Arnold (Arnie to his friends) or Wilfred (Wilf)? Both would have middle name James. I suspect they are both a bit marmite but I'd welcome your honest reactions! We're after something old English and not too well-used but also not so obscure that we feel silly shouting it across the park! Thanks in advance smile

LittleBoyBlue91 Tue 23-May-17 22:04:55

I'm early/mid 20's and there used to be a popular cartoon on TV as a kid called Hey Arnold. Not really for me to pass judgement either way but it might be helpful to know where they've appeared in popular culture

tinhead Tue 23-May-17 22:06:25

Arnold - no way

Wilf is cute

Spadequeen Tue 23-May-17 22:07:25

Wilf is a great name

nameohnameohname Tue 23-May-17 22:09:27


buttercup54321 Tue 23-May-17 22:10:16

Wilfred is alright but prefer William. Arnold NNOOOOOOO!!!!

sonlypuppyfat Tue 23-May-17 22:12:34

Oh for the love of everything good pick a nice name Wilfred and arnold are truly awful. Could you imagine Brad Pitt being called Wilfred

RedastheRose Tue 23-May-17 22:13:27

Both awful in mho!

Sophronia Tue 23-May-17 22:14:24


GeillisTheWitch Tue 23-May-17 22:15:22

Neither, sorry.

EmmaC78 Tue 23-May-17 22:16:16

I don't like either - sorry!

TheMysteriousJackelope Tue 23-May-17 22:18:54

Unfortunately I do not care for either and especially Wilfred, although being named after Wilfred of Ivanhoe should have something going for it.

How about Arne? (pronounced Arnie).

ButTheBearSnoredOn Tue 23-May-17 22:20:40

I really dislike both I'm afraid.
How about Arthur?

applecatchers36 Tue 23-May-17 22:22:13

Wilfred.. Wilf is great

Chocolatecake12 Tue 23-May-17 22:27:03

What's your first sons name? It might help us to suggest other names that might go well with his name.
I'm really sorry to say that I don't like either of your choices.
How about Herbie / Bertie (Herbert)

saladsmoothie Tue 23-May-17 22:27:32

Wilfred is a fabulous name. I know a 10 yr old Wilfred. He's such a cool kid and his name suits him. He's Wilfie to his Mum and Granny, Wilf on his sports teams.

saladsmoothie Tue 23-May-17 22:28:42

I like Arnold too though.

JoWithABow Tue 23-May-17 22:29:15

Whoa, what's with the harsh comments??! Not everyone has to like the same names do they, otherwise we'd all be called them same thing.

Out of the two I'd pick Wilf/Wilfred - can imagine it on a cute baby/toddler & also as a grown up too.
Arnold/Arnie might make people think of Arnold Schwartzenegger or however you spell it

SmilingButClueless Tue 23-May-17 22:32:16

Wilfred. I just can't get past the Red Dwarf association with Arnold...

SuperBeagle Tue 23-May-17 22:44:32

Wilfred by a million miles.

Arnold will always be Hey Arnold! to me, and I think it's a really awful name anyway.

DramaAlpaca Tue 23-May-17 23:12:16

Of the two, Wilfred. But I don't like either, sorry.

Jooni Wed 24-May-17 06:56:12

Wilfred. Love Wilf.

Arnie just makes me think of Schwarzenegger.

Thatextrainch Wed 24-May-17 08:13:26

I think Arnold is German rather than old English. I like Arnold, it's quite rare these days, 23 born in 2014. Wilfred had 310 registered in 2015 (see Dark Greener site).

MollyHuaCha Wed 24-May-17 08:25:20


Joinourclub Wed 24-May-17 08:28:16

Wilfred is a million times better. Quite popular though, I do know 2 pre school Wilfs.

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