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Wilfred- wilf or Freddie ??

(23 Posts)
Kitty2002 Mon 20-Nov-17 09:31:51

We have just had our second son and thinking of calling him Wilfred as we love the names will, wilf and Freddie so gives him options when older. Neither my husband or I are mad on Wilfred in full and trying to decide between wilf or Freddie for everyday. Surname will be whitehead. Any thoughts?

Brokencrayonsstillcolour Mon 20-Nov-17 09:47:37

Wilf, Freddie is very popular atm

AnyaMoondial Mon 20-Nov-17 10:57:17

Wilf. It's a fantastic nn.

TatianaLarina Mon 20-Nov-17 10:57:45

Wilfred is awful, just call him Will/William.

deptfordgirl Mon 20-Nov-17 11:36:03

I prefer Freddie but, yes, it does seem to be very popular and people might presume he's a Frederick.

deptfordgirl Mon 20-Nov-17 11:36:47

Then again Wilf Whitehead is pretty cool.

glitterbiscuits Mon 20-Nov-17 11:39:00

If you don’t like the name Wilfred don’t use it.
Just pick the shortened version to start with.

glitterbiscuits Mon 20-Nov-17 11:39:34

How about Willem?

IVflytrap Mon 20-Nov-17 12:19:54

Will or Freddie. I don't like Wilf, it makes me think of a dog barking.

If you're not that keen on the name Wilfred but like the nicknames, how about Alfred or Frederick/Frederic to get the nn Freddie?

WhatKatyDidNotDo Mon 20-Nov-17 12:48:24

Love Wilf.

Although, he may get called Fred when at school.

stonygreysoil Mon 20-Nov-17 15:09:03

hi OP, Wilfred + Whitehead sounds like a teammate of Sir Alf Matthews... you may like this of course smile

Freddie is more modern sounding though.

Also good from names above:


or Edward (Eddie)

pipilangstrumpf Mon 20-Nov-17 20:45:03

You don’t like Wilfred, so why name your son Wilfred confused?

Personally I prefer Fred or Freddie over Will or Willy, but perhaps find a name you both love?

Nicknames evolve naturally and often have little correlation to the full name.

therealreason Mon 20-Nov-17 20:51:16

Love Wilf smile

QueenNovo Mon 20-Nov-17 21:24:46

Love Freddie, don't like Wilf.

CrossFreelancer Wed 22-Nov-17 09:44:24

Wilfred is lovely. Very cute but a grown ups name. It will see him through life.
I like both Wild or Freddie and think both are suitable nicknames for Wilfred.

I'm trying to get DH to agree to it myself. But he thinks it will be shortened to Will/Willy by others. We both don't like those.

FergalBurgal Wed 22-Nov-17 09:45:54


ByeByePrivacy Wed 22-Nov-17 09:46:47

Don't use Wilfred if you don't like it or love it just for the nick names!

Erica891 Wed 22-Nov-17 10:15:16

I think "Fredie Will" is way better. smile

raviolidreaming Thu 23-Nov-17 20:33:53

Don't use Wilfred if you don't like it or love it just for the nick names!

Agreed. That's madness

Your son in years to come: I don't like my name.
You: yeah, your dad and I were never that keen on it either.

Nonameyet1 Fri 24-Nov-17 12:37:19

Wilf is gorgeous.

daisypond Fri 24-Nov-17 13:12:44

Don't call him Wilfred if you don't like it - that's madness! Why not call him William Frederick Surname? Then he could be Will, or Wilf (with the F from Frederick), or Freddie, as nicknames/short forms?

pipilangstrumpf Fri 24-Nov-17 18:03:52

Definitely don't name your son Wilfred if you don't like it. I'm not keen either.

AnyaMoondial Fri 24-Nov-17 18:09:14

I have a friend called William who goes by wilf as nn. It's fine.

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