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What do you think of the name Jasper?

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Amzka Mon 29-Jun-20 10:17:59

We are expecting a second boy in November and considering names. I quite like the name Jasper but am not sure.

I associate it with being a name people often call their pets - anyone else agree?

Also, I think the gemstone association might be tough for a boy. Do you think people would associate the name primarily with the gemstone or as the English version of Caspar / Gaspar etc?

Husband says it sounds posh - do you agree?

I prefer Jasper to other versions of the name, eg Caspar, possibly because the -ar ending sounds a bit awkward in English to my ear.

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ineedaholidayy Mon 29-Jun-20 10:30:06

I like Jasper and had it on our list. I also thought it may have been quite smart sounding but now it's booming in popularity and I don't think it sounds it anymore.

It's a lovely name but that has put me off. If you don't mind the popularity then I'd have no issues with the jem association.

BuffaloCauliflower Mon 29-Jun-20 10:30:56

I really like it. Probably is a bit posh but most of the names I like are so not a problem for me.

Onekidnoclue Mon 29-Jun-20 10:31:17

I love it. On my list if we have a DS2

Amzka Mon 29-Jun-20 10:36:25

Thanks for these responses. I didn't realise it was a popular name, but that's not a big problem for me.

Seems I'm the only one who thinks this is an animal name, maybe because I had a cat called Jasper when I was a kid!

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LilacSloth Mon 29-Jun-20 10:36:42

Nice name but to answer your questions:
1. My Aunt's dog is called Jasper
2. Didn't know about the gemstone
3. I think it does sound posh
4. Jasper is definitely much better than Casper (the friendly ghost).

Isthisfinallyit Mon 29-Jun-20 10:38:36

I love the name Jasper and it was on my list (but am expecting a girl now). I didn't make the connection with the gemstone.

abigailwendover Mon 29-Jun-20 10:40:01

I really like it ☺️

ZoyaTheDestroyer Mon 29-Jun-20 10:48:33

I absolutely love it. I know a very lovely Jasper.

It is a slang term for a wasp in some parts of England but I think this is pretty localised.

StormTreader Mon 29-Jun-20 10:50:22

I know a Jasper, I think its a lovely name smile

HunkyPunk Mon 29-Jun-20 10:51:21

I really like the name, and wouldn't even have thought of the gemstone till reading this thread, but can't get beyond ndn's dog being called Jasper. If you didn't already know of a pet with that name, though, I don't think there would be an obvious association, like Rover, or Spot! Lots of people call their pets 'human' names.

Amzka Mon 29-Jun-20 10:52:23

LilacSloth

Nice name but to answer your questions:
1. My Aunt's dog is called Jasper
2. Didn't know about the gemstone
3. I think it does sound posh
4. Jasper is definitely much better than Casper (the friendly ghost).

Thanks smile Seems like it is a fairly popular name for a pet but not like calling the poor boy Fido!! Yes, we're not keen on the friendly ghost association.

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Rafflesway Mon 29-Jun-20 10:52:59

Really nice!

I too had a fabulous cat named Jasper many years ago. 😁

Frazzled2207 Mon 29-Jun-20 10:54:09

Know a 2 yr old Jasper seems to go by Jazz. Lovely family, not at all posh (northern). Cute.

Amzka Mon 29-Jun-20 10:54:42

HunkyPunk

I really like the name, and wouldn't even have thought of the gemstone till reading this thread, but can't get beyond ndn's dog being called Jasper. If you didn't already know of a pet with that name, though, I don't think there would be an obvious association, like Rover, or Spot! Lots of people call their pets 'human' names.

Another dog called Jasper! Seems I am not imagining the animal name association. I wonder why it is a popular name for pets.

Interesting that not many people associate it with the gemstone. I have a gemstone name (Amber) that I'm not massively fond of so maybe this is more of an issue for me.

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ILoveStickers Mon 29-Jun-20 10:57:45

It's not a name I would use, but I like it, iyswim. Seems like a normal name to me - cute on a baby (or indeed a cat) but can definitely imagine meeting an adult Jasper too.

I quite like the gemstone association. Nicer on a boy than a girl, somehow!

Buryit Mon 29-Jun-20 10:58:42

I liked it but we had to cross it off due to DH not being able to get over the wasp connection.

ChanklyBore Mon 29-Jun-20 10:59:42

It brings to mind the word exasperated for me.

I don’t know what that says about me, but there you go.

WhoWouldHaveThoughtThat Mon 29-Jun-20 10:59:57

I think of carrots.
grin

weepingwillow22 Mon 29-Jun-20 11:00:16

It reminds me more of Jasper Carrott than a pet. Probably my age.

FelicityPike Mon 29-Jun-20 11:01:31

Love it, but it’s become as common as muck.

20viona Mon 29-Jun-20 11:01:35

It's a dogs name to
Me sorry.

Anotherdayhere Mon 29-Jun-20 11:04:08

We have a jasper and I was worried about the animal association...and then when the first nurse came round after birth and we told her the name the first thing she said was “oh my dog is called jasper” 🤣🤣
That said we’ve had a lot of compliments on it since and no one has mentioned the animal connection once since!! I find it hard to abbreviate it though that’s the only thing.

DeliaOwens Mon 29-Jun-20 11:06:20

I like the name. Maybe it is posh (thinking of Jasper Conran)...but I think of the Twilight books and the character Jasper Hale.

Iwalkinmyclothing Mon 29-Jun-20 11:12:03

It sounds rather posh to me. If you want me to be very specific, it makes me think of middle aged hippies who have given up the rat race and started a commune in rural Wales and are living off selling strange hand made jewellery to tourists, which they charge a fucking fortune for whilst claiming to be so anti materialistic maaaaan.

That said, I do like it smile

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