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William - surname issues

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xhannahx Thu 26-Oct-17 08:55:06

Both dh and I love William for our boy due in april.

Would you think it strange for a child to be called William, with a greek surname?

Obviously I can't give the actually surname as it would be a bit outing! But think along the lines of papadopoulos.

Not sure if I'm just over thinking it as DD has an English name.

Chaffinch4 Thu 26-Oct-17 09:10:13

I'd say you were over thinking. William goes withere pretty much anything except Williams!

Chaffinch4 Thu 26-Oct-17 09:10:31


MonkeyJumping Thu 26-Oct-17 09:11:30

I wouldn't find that strange at all, don't worry about it.

NataliaOsipova Thu 26-Oct-17 09:20:00

William goes withere pretty much anything except Williams!


Opheliasgoldenwine Thu 26-Oct-17 09:39:54

I thought you’d say your surname was Williams grin

xhannahx Thu 26-Oct-17 09:55:16

Lol no not William Williams...that would definitely be a no go!

PandorasXbox Thu 26-Oct-17 09:56:54

William is a lovely name. I think it’s fine with a Greek surname.

BernardBlacksHangover Thu 26-Oct-17 09:57:02

I know a family full of William McWiliams's! That actually is correct though, as McWilliams means son of Williams (I think). Still a bit boring though.

William Greek Surname is totally fine imo.

xhannahx Thu 26-Oct-17 09:58:56

William McWilliams reminds me of boaty mcboatface 😂

BernardBlacksHangover Thu 26-Oct-17 10:03:51

grin yes!!! Not great. Wonder if they'll kill of the tradition next generation...

Caulk Thu 26-Oct-17 10:06:11

I know a Tom Thomas so you could probably get away with William Williams if you need to.

I think you’ll be fine with a Greek surname.

Candlesonthetable Thu 26-Oct-17 10:11:14

I know a William with a Greek surname. He's now in his teens and no one has found it strange so far!

Sugarpiehoneyeye Thu 26-Oct-17 10:40:40

Go for it, it's absolutely fine !

allegretto Thu 26-Oct-17 10:42:40

William goes withere pretty much anything except Williams!

I disagree! I love names like William Williams, Richard Richardson etc.

Hoppinggreen Thu 26-Oct-17 10:44:18

We have friends with a Greek surname and 2 boys with very English names, sound fine

SpecialAgentDaleCooper Thu 26-Oct-17 10:47:34

DS has a Greek friend with Greek surname.
The friend has a very Greek first name but the sister has a very English name. Both work well.

bridgetreilly Thu 26-Oct-17 11:31:00

William Williams is a very traditional name.

William Greek-surname isn't, but I honestly don't think it's a problem. People will just assume that you have both English and Greek heritage.

mikeyssister Thu 26-Oct-17 11:48:29

William Papadopoulos sounds wonderful.

William Athanasopoulos sounds more a mouthful.

You just need to try William with the surname. Try it fast and slow and see how it runs off your tongue.

I always recommend people do it, and it's absolutely amazing how many people don't (I remember a child who had to be called by their middle name when the Christian name was tried for the first time with the surname)

Battleax Thu 26-Oct-17 11:51:49

People often have cross-cultural name combinations now. It wouldn't raise my eyebrow at all.

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