Help: DISO tips for making a final name decision when *totally* indecisive

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ruthietoothie Thu 06-Dec-18 19:16:10

I'm having a nightmare. Got a lovely newborn boy (well he's almost two weeks now) and just can't seem to settle on a name for him.

Got a shortlist (which keeps changing) and which includes:


But just can't seem to decide which one he suits / which one to go with.

has anyone been in a similar position? Got any tips for how you make your mind up?

In fog of sleep deprivation can't imagine ever making our minds up!!

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BendingSpoons Thu 06-Dec-18 19:22:04

Pick a name out a hat. If either of you are disappointed then it's not the one!

Awwlookatmybabyspider Thu 06-Dec-18 19:25:54

Awwwww 6 days old.
I bet hes almost as cute as my Baby Spider. grin
Would you mind putting a picture of him so we can see what name he looks like, or Someone might suggest a name you haven't thought of.

MrsLettuce Thu 06-Dec-18 19:33:46

Has he got any brothers or sisters?

CallMeRachel Thu 06-Dec-18 19:33:53

We share the same taste in names @ruthietoothie

What are his siblings called?

Are they old enough to help choose?

My order of preference is;


Others I like are Matthew and Joshua

Sidandbump Thu 06-Dec-18 19:38:44

You obviously like them all. Get everyone important- parents, siblings, grandparents etc to pick one and write it down. Most votes win. If its a draw repeat it with only the two names as options.

ruthietoothie Thu 06-Dec-18 19:59:52

Great tips @bendingspoons & @sidandbump - starting to get cross with myself at not being able to make a decision,

He does have siblings @mrslettuce & @callmerachel - they are Katie, Liam and Nina, and his surname will be Bell

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Polkasq Thu 06-Dec-18 20:08:38

I like Joseph best but think Owen goes best with the sibling names.

GreatDuckCookery6211 Thu 06-Dec-18 20:32:34


Congratulations smile

Conventicle Thu 06-Dec-18 20:39:04

Owen, by loads.

OlennasWimple Thu 06-Dec-18 20:44:54

Liam and Callum are too similar, so you can take that off the list smile

Jamie "fits" with the others, are they are all diminutives. It's a lovely name (and whn you have another you have to give them a name beginning with M so you can have an alphabetical "flush" going J-K-L-M-N grin )

OlennasWimple Thu 06-Dec-18 20:47:13

Oh hang on, scrap that! You can't call him Jamie Bell, sorry (famous actor)

AliCanTea Thu 06-Dec-18 21:26:40

Yes strike off Jamie sadly, due to the actor. Might Callum get shortened to Cal do you think? Cal Bell sounds like cowbell when said aloud. And Cam Bell like a cam belt...? Maybe clutching at straws to help here. Owen and Joseph are lovely, and sound great with the surname too.

barleyreed Thu 06-Dec-18 21:31:52

We practised yelling up our stairs things like 'xxx hurry up dinner's ready', come on 'xxx get your shoes on'! Sounds mad but I think it helped. Now said DC is 3 and I say those things a lot! We also wrote our favourite names on separate post it notes on their bedroom door and walking past them each time helped! Good luck and enjoy your gorgeous newborn, precious days Xxx

DramaAlpaca Thu 06-Dec-18 22:39:25

I like all the names on your list but would rule out, as others have said, Jamie because of the actor & Callum because it's similar to Liam.

I think I'd pick Owen. It's another short, neat name & I think it goes really well.

Sophronia Thu 06-Dec-18 23:05:58

Owen goes well

GoodHeavensNoImAChicken Thu 06-Dec-18 23:08:43

Joseph is lovely and flows beautifully with your other names

PennyMordauntsLadyBrain Thu 06-Dec-18 23:12:16

Owen if he has hair.

Joseph if he’s bald.


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Shadow1234 Fri 07-Dec-18 00:32:30

I think Owen Or Cameron are the nicest on your list.
Dont like Joe as shortening for Joseph
Callum - is ok, but dont like 'Cal' and is similar to Liam.

Jacob or Jake as an alternative suggestion.

ruthietoothie Fri 07-Dec-18 07:59:05

Here he is! I just can't decide. Might try calling him Owen today and see how we get on as @barleyreed suggests.

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ruthietoothie Fri 07-Dec-18 08:01:40

p.s. @PennyMordauntsLadyBrain on your reading he should be an Owen!!

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ladycarlotta Fri 07-Dec-18 08:57:46

sweet little guy! Personally I think Jamie is lovely - I take on board the fact he'd share a name with an actor, but it's not like your surname is Pitt and you've decided to call him Brad. I reckon it's a name that's still totally OK to use.

Any of your options are great and fit well with the siblings. I think trying a new name out on him every day and seeing which sticks is probably a good approach - it worked on my sister.

ReginaPhalange89 Fri 07-Dec-18 11:40:16

Aww he's beautiful congratulations!

All lovely names, you have very similar taste to me. They all actually go really nicely with siblings names . I think my favourite is Cameron

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