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Christopher or Peter? And help with middle name please.

(32 Posts)
ByThePowerOfRa Tue 14-Nov-17 20:51:22

Or neither?

My only reservation about these names is that I think they could seem dated on a baby born soonish, (I’m due in January). Dh seems to like names he’s familiar with (so a bit dated) but which aren’t too popular in this generation or in our generation (80s babies). These are the only two I like.

Due to potential datedness, I am thinking of giving the baby a more current middle name, in case he hates his first name and wants to use his middle name. Any ideas for that much appreciated.

NotAPenguin Tue 14-Nov-17 20:54:30

I quite like Peter, not so keen on Christopher, mostly because I think Pete sounds sweet but Chris sounds really dated to me.

ByThePowerOfRa Tue 14-Nov-17 20:57:06

Yes, I’m not at all keen on Chris. I love Kit as a shortening, but obviously can’t insist on that... or can I...? Maybe just till he is old enough to decide for himself.

I like Pete. Knew a beautiful Pete when we were teenagers.

Brokencrayonsstillcolour Tue 14-Nov-17 21:01:49

You can totally impose Kit rather than Chris! When he’s older he obviously may choose to go by Chris but if he’s been Kit his whole life it’s less likely IMO.

OlennasWimple Tue 14-Nov-17 21:02:26

Both names are classic names, so won't be dated now or in 50 years.

Christopher can be a bit of a mouthful depending on your surname. I like Kit as a NN too

Peter I like, Pete not so much.

But kids are funny anyway, they don't always go for the obvious NNs. Say your surname is Jones, he is as likely to be known as PJ as Pete. Or Tiny (if he is tall), or Jonesy, or Smidge (or something equally nonsensical)

WinkyisbackontheButterBeer Tue 14-Nov-17 21:07:46

I love Christopher nn Kit.
Middle name needs to be short. Maybe something like James, Luke, Ray. 1 syllable I think.

ByThePowerOfRa Tue 14-Nov-17 21:08:02

I actually wonder if most Christophers born today will end up being Kit anyway. I can’t imagine a baby Chris!

Surname is two syllables and quite common. Similar to Jackson.

- Christopher Jackson
- Peter Jackson.... oh wait! Isn’t that the guy who directed LOTR? Anyway, you get the idea!

BuzzKillington Tue 14-Nov-17 21:10:49

Both very 70s names. Christopher is probably the less bad but I can't imagine a baby Chris either.

Jenijena Tue 14-Nov-17 21:13:55

I like Christopher, I’d probably have it with a short middle name. John or James or something.

ByThePowerOfRa Tue 14-Nov-17 21:16:31

Do you think I can insist on Kit, but put Christopher on the bc without looking like a twit and / or causing confusion for the baby?

NotAPenguin Tue 14-Nov-17 21:22:12

Yes, you can absolutely insist on Kit. Don't ever tell friends he's called anything else. When he starts school tell them it's his preferred name etc. Really like Kit

ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 14-Nov-17 21:25:09

Of course you can insist on Kit. Most people won't know him as anything other than just Kit. My dc are all known by shortened versions of their full names and on official forms asking for full name such as for school I would write something like Edward Arthur Smith known as Teddy.

ChocolateCrunch Wed 15-Nov-17 07:37:05

Not keen on Peter, sorry. Love Kit and think it's fine to put Christopher on the bc, but call him Kit from Day 1.

BuzzKillington Wed 15-Nov-17 12:55:17

My nephew is Christopher, known as Kit since day one.

My reservation with Kit is that every other baby boy seems to have this name at the moment.

17caterpillars1mouse Wed 15-Nov-17 12:57:50

I prefer Christopher and with the rise of the popularity of Kit I don't think it seems particularly dated. Chris seems dated.

I also like Peter but not a fan of Pete myself so wouldn't use it

Have you considered Christian. Similar to Christopher but maybe a bit more current. Could also still use Kit

ByThePowerOfRa Wed 15-Nov-17 12:59:48

Dh says he won’t call him Kit. <Bangs head against wall>. He likes Peter though and so do I, BUT I don’t love it. I really wanted a name I love this time as Dh chose dc1’s name.

Yes, I do think Kit is having a moment. Possibly due to lovely Kit Harrington and less lovely Wayne Rooney!

ByThePowerOfRa Wed 15-Nov-17 13:01:25

Anything ending in an n sounds funny with ‘Jackson’. So I don’t think we’d use Christian.

Laniakea Wed 15-Nov-17 13:11:50

No useful suggestions for middle names but I really like both Christopher & Peter (& Christian). I have an inkling that names of that era will be the next thing. Nicholas is similar I think.

user1459464195 Wed 15-Nov-17 14:05:48

I really like both Christopher and Peter. Part of the appeal for me is that neither is particularly popular right now. I really like Kit or Kip as nicknames for Christopher.

In terms of more modern/currently popular middle names, can I suggest:

Christopher Aidan Jackson
Christopher Isaac Jackson
Christopher Lucas Jackson
Christopher Elijah Jackson
Christopher Jacob Jackson
Peter Caleb Jackson
Peter Austin Jackson
Peter Finley Jackson

nameshelpplease Wed 15-Nov-17 14:26:45

I had a thread on here yesterday about the name Peter and we've named our new baby boy Peter James. Obviously I think it's a lovely name! We think it works well on both a child and an adult and is a classic name but not one which is that popular, and that's why we ended up choosing it.

DorothyHarris Wed 15-Nov-17 14:32:57

I've got a little boy called Christopher. Yy to the nn Kit. I will not be calling him Chris. Mine is Christopher William.

NamesNamesAndMoreNames Wed 15-Nov-17 14:36:34

Both names are on our list, but I don't think we'll end up choosing them, purely because we have ones we favour slightly more at the moment.

I love Christopher/Kit but agree Kit is becoming increasingly popular and I'd argue it's a little faddy. I am not keen on Chris, but I think you'd have to be ok(ish) with it as he may choose it himself at some point.

I feel similarly about Peter, it's a lovely name. I'm slightly less keen on Pete but it's not bad as nicknames go.

There are lots of other similar boys names that might be better?

Johnathan? James? Michael? Richard (nn Richie)

MollyHuaCha Wed 15-Nov-17 14:40:05

Both nice.

DiegoMadonna Wed 15-Nov-17 14:53:56

I like Christopher and Chris. Strong no-nonsense name.

Peter is a bit weak/bleugh to me. Not a fan.

Intercom Wed 15-Nov-17 15:14:16

I like both. I’d go for Chris rather than Kit, which sounds twee.

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