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Choosing between two names for a boy

(36 Posts)
user1497101008 Sat 10-Jun-17 14:25:16

We have many reasons for loving both of these names, but don't want to affect your reactions! Any thoughts, preferences, or side-effects/coincidences we haven't thought of, for a boy:


Obvs they'll often be Alex or Max, which are fine. Thanks for any help!

Sophronia Sat 10-Jun-17 14:27:43


MikeUniformMike Sat 10-Jun-17 14:28:26

I like both but Alexander is too popular. I like Max, Maxim and Maximilian. I thought Xander was a nice short form for Alexander but I've heard of a few Zanders and the novelty has worn off.
A friend has a DGS called Max (Maximilian) so it gets a big thumbs up from me.
Alex to me is a girl's name.

chinlop Sat 10-Jun-17 14:28:48

I like Alexander more than Maximilian. But I like Max more than Alex, so since that's what they'll be called by most people, I'd go with that.

WithCheesePlease Sat 10-Jun-17 14:29:44

I think both are nice as short names, maybe slightly prefer Alex. However for the full versions, I think Alexander is a million times better, sorry just don't like Maximilian at all- hope I'm not offending you by that

ImADingleDangleScarecrow Sat 10-Jun-17 14:32:41

Max(imilian) is my preference.

Teddy6767 Sat 10-Jun-17 14:32:42


grufallosfriend Sat 10-Jun-17 14:36:49

Both Alex and Max are very popular. If that doesn't bother you, I'd choose Alex.

leghoul Sat 10-Jun-17 14:38:26


wobblywonderwoman Sat 10-Jun-17 14:49:05

I like Alex and Max but not so keen on Maximilian though I know one and it suits him.

DramaAlpaca Sat 10-Jun-17 14:50:11

I much prefer Alexander.

Allthebestnamesareused Sat 10-Jun-17 14:51:41

My oldest is Alex (Alexander) and my youngest is Max (but just Max, not short for anything) so I'm no bloody use to you at all!

squoosh Sat 10-Jun-17 14:52:33

I like both Alex and Max so I'm afraid I cannot assist you with this one 😀

harderandharder2breathe Sat 10-Jun-17 14:54:31

Alexander hands down for me

whatajobbeingsamumis30 Sat 10-Jun-17 14:59:41

My husband is Maxime - so I prefer Max but not personally a fan of Maximilian but you know what, my opinion doesn't matter - wait till baby is born, you will know what is right! Good luck!

whatajobbeingsamumis30 Sat 10-Jun-17 15:00:21

Edit: good to have a couple up your sleeve in case!

29Palms Sat 10-Jun-17 15:09:04

Alex to me is a girl's name

Another shortening of Alexander is Alec, which is less commonly heard than Alex, and is (almost) always a boy's name.

MikeUniformMike Sat 10-Jun-17 15:12:37

I love Alec, but people will usually say Alex (done it myself)

IWillCrushYouLikeABug Sat 10-Jun-17 15:15:00

I like them both, I'd use them both

Shortened version first name
Long name middle name.

EllaHen Sat 10-Jun-17 15:16:57

I love both Alex and Max.

Prefer Alexander to Maximilian.

Oh, and in Scotland lots of Alex's routinely get Alec.

MurrayMoo Sat 10-Jun-17 15:59:04

Maximilian every time!

Jooni Sat 10-Jun-17 16:15:02

Ooh, Maximilian!

NotYoda Sat 10-Jun-17 16:19:29


Sugarpiehoneyeye Sat 10-Jun-17 16:43:23


celtiethree Sat 10-Jun-17 16:44:56

Maximilian is great, love Alexander with nn Sandy not Alex

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