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justcantdecidewhattocallhim Sat 25-Nov-17 19:50:10

We have DS1 who is called Arthur. Looking for a name that goes well with Arthur and fits in with the classic, traditional style.

DS2 is here and we just aren't sure what to call him. What do people think of this list?

William - both love it, but it is perhaps a bit popular?
James - Again, possibly a bit popular (though I don't know of any!)
Louis - I like it a lot, pronounced Louie.
Benjamin - perhaps my least favourite.
Robert - I like that this is less common.

Misspilly88 Sat 25-Nov-17 19:50:50

William. Love it

Hillbillyhotel Sat 25-Nov-17 19:52:17

I love William. FWIW,I immediately thought of Edward. Congratulations!xx

Polarbearpaddle Sat 25-Nov-17 19:54:37

William ia a great name as is Robert, and Will and Rob aren't awful nicknames either

GodIsDead Sat 25-Nov-17 19:55:35

You could always go with Liam which is Irish for William and classic but less popular.

FrayedHem Sat 25-Nov-17 20:02:22

My favourites are William and Benjamin. Although his career is hanging by a thread James Arthur was an X-Factor singer I don't much care for and that would put me off using James. Only for that reason it's a lovely name too.

PhuntSox Sat 25-Nov-17 20:32:53

Like both William and Robert.

Also, Edward, Hector, Laurence, Michael and of course Lancelot!

ChocolateCrunch Sat 25-Nov-17 20:45:09

James or Benjamin - don't know any babies/toddlers with either of these names, but know quite a few named William or Louis. Not a fan of Robert, sorry.

Elmo303 Sat 25-Nov-17 21:17:28

I have an Arthur and a Max, love their names together smile

NataliaOsipova Sat 25-Nov-17 21:21:53

James is my favourite. But I like William and Robert (bit more unusual) as well.

ladybirdsaredotty Sat 25-Nov-17 21:59:58

Louis and Benjamin were both on our very short list. Went with one of them smile

Codlet Sat 25-Nov-17 22:13:42

William is my favourite

pipilangstrumpf Sat 25-Nov-17 22:30:35

I don't like the Willi part of William.

Robert is a great underused classic!

BlueChampagne Sat 25-Nov-17 23:35:38


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Iwanttousethatname Sun 26-Nov-17 06:07:41

All good names, go with whichever u love the most smile or whichever u feel suits him the best
(I only know one little William and frequent a lot of baby groups etc there isn't one in my DC's school either)

MrsGB2225 Sun 26-Nov-17 06:22:41


17caterpillars1mouse Sun 26-Nov-17 08:06:51

If you love William go with William smile

For what it's worth I know 5 Arthur's who are under 3 and only one William

CakeRattleandRoll Sun 26-Nov-17 13:20:41

Robert is great.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 26-Nov-17 13:26:42

William is lovely, and Will is a great shortening.

I like Louis as well.

pipilangstrumpf Sun 26-Nov-17 21:22:09

Doesn't will sound lovely me a verb, as in will you? And isn't it so close to willy blush? Maybe it's just me.

pipilangstrumpf Sun 26-Nov-17 21:22:37

Sorry, like a verb (silly auto correct)

NameChange30 Sun 26-Nov-17 21:29:31

James is my favourite, lovely name and works for all ages. Also, it's a king's name like Arthur.

William goes well too - I could be displaying my ignorance here but I can't think of any famous kings called William, although there's obviously Prince William and William the Conqueror, so it's definitely royal/historical!

I really like Benjamin (Art and Ben) but it's more biblical than regal.

NameChange30 Sun 26-Nov-17 21:31:54

PS I don't like Louis, partly because of the potential for spelling/pronunciation confusion.

SilverUnicorn Sun 26-Nov-17 21:32:52

I like William. I know of some toddlers who refer to themselves as Will-I-Am, so cute. I wouldn’t worry about its popularity if you love it. I love Louis too.

Other names I love are Joseph, Albert, Charles, Chester and Jacob.

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