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Drunkenmonkey Tue 23-Feb-21 17:33:13

Gabriel. And I don't mean ask your 4 year old grin
I'm interested in what older boys (like 8 plus) think of the name as my DH thnks it will invite bullying and also sounds too feminine for a boy and that our future DS (if he is a DS) won't thank us for it.
I disagree but I'd like some opinions. I know it's very popular on here generally as I've done some searching and seen other threads.

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Snowymcsnowsony Tue 23-Feb-21 17:37:28

My Gabriel is 20. Very popular. Very happy with his name.. Preferred Gabriel until he was about 18. Few close friends call him Gabs /Gab.

Drunkenmonkey Tue 23-Feb-21 17:40:11

@Snowymcsnowsony thank you! Exactly what I was hoping to hear. I think it's strong but also elegant and cool, I love it.
I also like Gabe, Gabs, Gabes etc.

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EvilEdna1 Tue 23-Feb-21 17:43:05

My nephew who is a Gabriel. Would say he gets mistaken for Gabrielle when people read it out all the time so people expect a girl. Also he gets a lot of gay 'jokes'.

Snowymcsnowsony Tue 23-Feb-21 17:44:01

Interestingly my mil hated it... Despite her being a strict Catholic!!
Never had any negative comments tbh.

Moonface123 Tue 23-Feb-21 17:44:35

I know a young teenager of that name, and he did used to get called names. Such as Gay. I like the name, but would be wary.

Vallmo47 Tue 23-Feb-21 17:46:33

My 13 year old DS says it’s okay. I think it’s lovely. Kids always find something to tease others about. I honestly wouldn’t think anything of it, other than that it’s a lovely name.

Snowymcsnowsony Tue 23-Feb-21 17:46:57

My Gabriel actually is gay. Still popular. Never been bullied..

kowari Tue 23-Feb-21 17:48:14

Drunkenmonkey

Gabriel. And I don't mean ask your 4 year old grin
I'm interested in what older boys (like 8 plus) think of the name as my DH thnks it will invite bullying and also sounds too feminine for a boy and that our future DS (if he is a DS) won't thank us for it.
I disagree but I'd like some opinions. I know it's very popular on here generally as I've done some searching and seen other threads.

DS 14 yo says 'it's fine'. Will they be bullied 'no'. He has a friend called Gabriel.

Obviouslynotallthere Tue 23-Feb-21 17:48:24

My NDN is called Gabriel but he's from Spain and the a is pronounced as in apple.

HurricaneBitch Tue 23-Feb-21 17:48:42

I wanted it for DS who is 19, DH vetoed it, DS wishes he hadn't as he likes it.

SummaLuvin Tue 23-Feb-21 17:48:44

You'll find plenty of people to disagree with your husbands opinion, I do, it's one of my favourite names. But I'm not the father of the child, it doesn't matter if the Mumsnet jury vote for it, I don't think you should try and convince your husband to name their child something he doesn't like.

GinaJaffacake Tue 23-Feb-21 17:51:20

It’s a great name! It’s alliterative with our surname or I would seriously have considered it. I know two; one is 15 and the other in his 40s. Both known as Gabe. The 15yr old is a friend of my daughter’s since primary school and I don’t ever remember hearing of any bullying but I’ll ask DD. It’s doesn’t at all sound feminine to me.

CeibaTree Tue 23-Feb-21 17:55:32

The only person I know who is called Gabriel changed his name to Gavin when he was 13 because of bullying - this was in the 90s and I hear kids are even meaner to each other these days! How about Raphael instead?

BewareTheBeardedDragon Tue 23-Feb-21 17:57:20

There's a Gabriel in my ds (age 9) year - I've never heard from ds that it's an issue, they are friends.

beela Tue 23-Feb-21 17:59:53

My 10yo ds says it's a good name.

takingmytimeonmyride Tue 23-Feb-21 18:01:43

My 16 yo knows a Gabriel. Never had a problem with the name, never thought it was anything but a normal boys name.

SprogletsMum Tue 23-Feb-21 18:01:47

I have a friend with a son called Gabriel, he doesn't get bullied.

Bl0ndi3 Tue 23-Feb-21 18:03:32

I asked my 8 year old and he likes it and said he would call him gabe as a nickname if it was his friend smile

ThatIsNotMyUsername Tue 23-Feb-21 18:03:43

Ds was at school with 2 Gabriels and a Gabrielle. None bullied.

SplendidSuns1000 Tue 23-Feb-21 18:14:25

My nephew (12) says he knows 2 gabriels, niece (7) asked if gabriel is a type of cake. I think that's a good thing. My very best friend is called Gabriel, most know him as Gabe and he is gay but never bullied for his name.

Snowymcsnowsony Tue 23-Feb-21 18:15:26

Ds did feel a bit miffed as a primary school boy. Nativity plays he always had the same part....
His younger dbro was as miffed to always be a sheep!! No reason why - his name had no sheep connections!!

Drunkenmonkey Tue 23-Feb-21 18:22:38

These are great responses.
@SummaLuvin he doesn't dislike the name as such, he is just concerned. There are plenty of other names he has vetoed that I like.

He also chose our other DS name and I've never been 100% sold on it so he's willing to be more flexible this time, especially as he doesn't really think about names as much as me.

I do think times have changed a lot and the insult 'gay' is gradually disappearing (as it should) I'm hoping in 10 years time it will be even less acceptable to use those kind of slurs.

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StillGoingToWork Tue 23-Feb-21 18:24:09

My daughter knew a Gabriel. He was horrendous. Entitled bully.

Not saying every Gabriel is a d*ck, but this one, definitely was.

ItWorriesMeThisKindofThing Tue 23-Feb-21 18:25:17

Not been any issues for the teen Gabriel I know

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