Henry or Theo?

(24 Posts)
Thomas17 Thu 30-Jul-20 13:33:56

What do people prefer out of these two boys names?

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PaulinePetrovaPosey Thu 30-Jul-20 13:35:28

Henry. I know dozens of baby Theos.

Hortensien Thu 30-Jul-20 13:36:01

Both very popular, but if I had to choose, then Theodore.

MikeUniformMike Thu 30-Jul-20 13:36:12

I'm not mad keen on either but Henry is a classic, whereas Theos seem to be everywhere. I dislike Theodore.
Leo is nicer.

Grufallosfeiends Thu 30-Jul-20 13:38:20

Neither as both very popular. But probably Theo if I must choose.

Scoobyscoobedydoo Thu 30-Jul-20 13:39:11


JacquelineLadyBugg Thu 30-Jul-20 14:08:06


I have never heard Theo pronounced in a nice way ever. I don't know why, but where I live, it's always being bellowed across a park or shop. I'm near London, so it's a barky "FEE-OH!!!".

If you live on the West coast of Ireland or in Edinburgh, or somewhere with similarly soft accents, then disregard this^^.

sweetnosugar Thu 30-Jul-20 15:35:12

Theo, definitely.
I think it’s lovely, I don’t know anyone with the name Theo.
However Henry is my brothers name, as well as three other Henry’s on my husbands side, the name of my neighbours little boy, and a few more at my eldest school. It’s a lovely name, granted. But in my social circle it’s very popular.

PlantPotting Thu 30-Jul-20 15:42:50

I really like both! Sorry not much help but they're both good so you can't go wrong

BinkyBoinky Thu 30-Jul-20 15:44:21


Goyle Thu 30-Jul-20 15:45:50

Henry. Theo is pretentious.

howfarwevecome Thu 30-Jul-20 15:50:15

They're both quite popular around here, especially Theo.

Thad (Thaddeus) is similar but not as common if you're not sure about the popularity of the other two names.

17caterpillars1mouse Thu 30-Jul-20 16:26:52

Definitely Henry. Theodore / Theo is very overdone in my area

Amanda87 Thu 30-Jul-20 19:30:45

Theo for sure!

Starbuggy Thu 30-Jul-20 22:33:11

Definitely Henry

Theo is mangled as Fee-oh in too many places which sounds horrible

Oly4 Thu 30-Jul-20 22:36:19

Henry, a beautiful name.
I hate Theo.
Neither name is popular where I live!

BeMorePacific Thu 30-Jul-20 22:41:51

Henry 😍♥️

123Dancewithme Fri 31-Jul-20 00:16:06

Henry. Theo is going to date badly.

DramaAlpaca Fri 31-Jul-20 00:17:36


TheVanguardSix Fri 31-Jul-20 00:26:07

They were both on my shortlist, 19 years ago.
My son is Theo. Henry is a wonderful name. You can't go wrong, either way. But I think Theodore is very, very, very popular now, going by the MN baby name threads.

ZoyaTheDestroyer Fri 31-Jul-20 08:59:09

Both lovely names so it really depends what matters to you. They are both very popular. Henry has been more consistently popular, whereas Theo has spiked more recently and might be more likely to date. Theo will feel more popular than its statistics suggest as you need to combine it with all of the Theodores.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Fri 31-Jul-20 09:01:44

Theo. I really dislike Henry.

Cbeebiesrehab Fri 31-Jul-20 09:53:27

Theo/Theodore is easily the most popular boys name around here (also Teddy-usually a diminutive of Theodore!) although that might not be an issue for you. I think Henry, although popular, is more of a classic.

GanderousGoose Thu 06-Aug-20 21:18:25

My DS13 is Theo. There were hardly any then! I think it's a lovely name and not at all pretentious. Henry isn't a name I particularly like but it's a good, strong name that will stand the test of time.

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