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ladybirdsaredotty Fri 03-Nov-17 00:34:53

Ok, I need some perspective. We have decided to call 2 week old DS Louis. It has been my front runner overall throughout pregnancy but wasn't sure DP was going to go for it. But now he has, and we've announced his name (with a classic middle name), I'm not sure. We haven't officially registered him yet.

I think i feel like the name is a bit...bland? Lovely as i obviously think the name is. He is DC3, his sisters also have French names but they don't feel bland to me, i still love their names (first and middle combined). I just don't want to give him a name that i already maybe feel a bit disappointed by. But on the other hand, it's a nice, 'safe' name, and importantly one that me and DP can agree on. It does go well with the girls' names. I haven't raised this with DP as I'm not really sure of my feelings or what other name I'd rather go for.

We had quite a long list up until pretty recently. This included Caspian, Raphael/Rafferty (Raffy), Reuben, Benjamin and Teddy. I also love Jude and Toby but DP doesn't.

I don't really know why I'm posting. I just can't decide if this is just sleep deprivation/having a newborn and feeling a bit vulnerable, or if i will actually come to regret his name. Anyone else feel similar?

Thanks for reading the essay smile

buttercup54321 Fri 03-Nov-17 00:41:28

I like Louis. Also like Lewis. But I prefer Reuben out of your list.

BewareOfTheToddler Fri 03-Nov-17 00:42:47

It's a beautiful name. I know two (aged 2 and 6), and really like it, although both children are special to me, which probably adds to my liking it! It's a very recognisable name and has a lovely sound to it. I think it's a great choice.

We really dithered over DS's name. We got it down to three and I tried out one on him each day. Turned out my favourite of the three just didn't suit him at all, even though I love the name - it just wasn't his name. In some ways, the name we chose for him was my least favourite of the three - but it suited him best and we both agreed on it. It took me a while to love it, but I do now (he's two).

Finding a name you both like, and agree on, is half the battle! In time, I think you'll love it because it's his name, iyswim.

Some of the other names you've picked are more unusual - are you thinking you should go for something more uncommon? We considered this (we used a top 30 name) but we were concerned that the name in question might lead to teasing.

ladybirdsarelovely33 Fri 03-Nov-17 00:43:11

Caspian a name I love

BewareOfTheToddler Fri 03-Nov-17 00:44:53

Louis is actually my favourite of your list! (Along with Jude)

Timefor2 Fri 03-Nov-17 00:47:52

Louis is my favourite from your list too, a lovely name. Congratulations on your new baby

ladybirdsaredotty Fri 03-Nov-17 00:55:52

Thank you all smile

BewareOfTheToddler thanks, great reply. We tried out names on the girls like you did with your son, we didn't really do that this time. Maybe that's part of the problem! Totally know what you mean, DD2 has a name we'd taken off the list weeks beforehand but it just really suited her!

And yes, the girls' names are somewhere between 150th and 250th on the ONS lists, and part of it probably is that Louis is top 100, although strangely i don't know any...

ladybirdsaredotty Fri 03-Nov-17 00:57:31

(I think part of me felt pressured into choosing his name, and even though he was 12 days old when we chose it, my family hadn't long gone home having been staying with us, so we didn't have that long alone before we chose.)

SatansLittleHelper2 Fri 03-Nov-17 01:15:46

Alexander Louis ??

I like Louis btw but if you arent sure then there's no rush.

twinone Fri 03-Nov-17 01:53:17

The only thing I would say about Louis is that pronunciation seems to be a thing with it.
I work in a boys school. I would pronounce it Loo ee. But many of the boys with that spelling pronounce it Lewis....which leaves me confused every time!

I like Louis, I am less fond of Lewis.

SuperBeagle Fri 03-Nov-17 02:30:09

Louis is a lovely name, and not bland at all, IMO.

I like all of the names on your list, though, with the exception of Teddy. If DD2 had been a boy, she would've been a Reuben, so I'm particularly fond of that one.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Fri 03-Nov-17 08:27:25

I adore Louis, and would choose if over your other names, although I do like Raffy.
However, if you wish to change it, now is the time !
Many congratulations.💐

Butterfly1975 Fri 03-Nov-17 11:27:29

I like Louis.

Am seeing lots of the 'Louie' spelling recently and Lewis too.

What about Leo or Laurie/Lawrie - less popular but similar?


HaHaHmm Fri 03-Nov-17 11:57:40

Agree with pp that the loo-is pronunciation is becoming very widespread. I teach a lot of Louises and frequently have to check their preferred pronunciation.

Appuskidu Fri 03-Nov-17 12:02:40

I like the name Louis but have taught loads of them in the last 5-10 years and half seem to pronounce it Louie and half Lewis! If that constant correction of people wouldn't annoy you though, then it's not a problem.

I have to say, of your name choices-I absolutely love Teddy! I have never taught one either!

pipilangstrumpf Fri 03-Nov-17 12:07:20

But outside of France, Louis is generally pronounced Lou-is.

I much prefer Caspian and Reuben personally.

Good luck with your decision.

whatkatydidnext1 Fri 03-Nov-17 14:53:48

My son is a Louis. He's in his twenties now. I'm so glad we choose that name as it has suited him through all ages. Cute baby/cool teenager wink glad I clicked on the thread to see a lot of posters like the name.

ladybirdsaredotty Fri 03-Nov-17 16:39:27

Hello, thanks so much everyone. You've honestly really helped me to get my thoughts in order. We have been out and about today and i have got so much more used to him being a Louis, I love it! I think it's just such a funny old, sleep deprived time that i can't think straight sometimes.

So anyway, Louis he is! smile

And whatkatiedidnext, thank you for your insight! And what great taste in names you have 😉

ladybirdsaredotty Fri 03-Nov-17 16:41:40

(Ps we are pronouncing it 'Loo-ee,' for anyone interested! I'm sure he'll get called Lewis on occasion as mentioned by PPs, but on balance it's the name i want him to have smile)

whatkatydidnext1 Fri 03-Nov-17 16:46:40

Your welcome smile welcome to the world little Louis bear x

ladybirdsaredotty Fri 03-Nov-17 16:47:21

😊 thank you!

KeiraC Fri 03-Nov-17 18:04:47

My Louis is Loo-ee and I never had to correct anyone.

Team Louis all the way here 💃🏻

TatianaLarina Fri 03-Nov-17 18:25:30

Is lovely, one of my favs.

ladybirdsaredotty Fri 03-Nov-17 18:37:45

Ha Keira! Fab you've never had to correct anyone. Me neither, although he is only 2 weeks old 😂

Thank you Tatiana 😊

ladybirdsarelovely33 Fri 03-Nov-17 18:39:45

I just realised op that your username is similar to mine! I obviously inspired you grin

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