If your surname was...

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moochooser2 Sun 21-Nov-21 12:08:58


What would you call your baby boy? We're really struggling to find a name for this little one, due in 6 weeks. Big brother is Oscar.

Any help gratefully received.

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thewhatsit Sun 21-Nov-21 12:12:55


I think you need a first name with quite a soft sound because Chipp is quite short and hard sounding, so something with a hard consonant doesn’t sound right eg Luke Chipp, Jacob Chipp.

Luredbyapomegranate Sun 21-Nov-21 12:38:51

That’s a sweet surname!

Something simple but softer sounding than Chipp - James, Gabe (Gabriel), Nate (Nathaniel), Luke, Jude, George

Or something with similar Olde England character - Seth, Silas, Jerome, Jethro, Barnabas, Rufus, Francis

The soft sound is what you need, either way

Innatenvi Sun 21-Nov-21 12:40:45

Not Biff or Kipper ! Sorry that doesn't help. I'd avoid a hard Ch or P sound, so anything goes really.

imnotacelebritygetmeoutofhere Sun 21-Nov-21 13:26:15

In the story, Goodbye Mr Chips, his name was Arthur (Arthur Chipping). I agree it needs a soft sounding name, with more than one syllable. One syllable first and surnames together sounds harsh - beware also of longer names that will likely shorten to one syllable, "Tim Chipp".


WhatonEarth1 Sun 21-Nov-21 15:12:27


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VenusClapTrap Sun 21-Nov-21 16:07:47


moochooser2 Sun 21-Nov-21 21:59:24

This is the list I've made so far...


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VenusClapTrap Sun 21-Nov-21 22:04:28

No to Charlie. It sounds far too comedic with Chipp. Any of the others are fine. Samuel is my favourite.

Luredbyapomegranate Sun 21-Nov-21 22:19:05

Maxwell - no too odd
Samuel - Sam Chip is too short
Benedict - Ben Chip ditto
Joseph - Joe Chip ditto
Elliot - OK
Milo - OK
Daniel - Dan chip is too short
Charlie - this is just silly
Louis - OK
Thomas - Tom chip is too short

The names with obvious one syllable diminutives are going to end up that way, so pick something longer -

TheOpen Sun 21-Nov-21 22:45:55

Love Lewis/Louis with your surname

emmathedilemma Mon 22-Nov-21 09:07:45

I think you need something with at least a couple of syllables that isn't likely to get shorted to a one syllable nn. Tom, Ben, Sam all sound too abrupt.

MrsFoxyplease Mon 22-Nov-21 09:13:25

Maxwell or Thomas although they are likely to become Max or Tom.
Maybe a long name that has no obvious shortening. ( I'm struggling to think of oneconfused)

hellcatspangle Mon 22-Nov-21 09:15:07

Oliver is a good shout, as it gets shortened to Oli which isn't too short sounding. I agree with PPs that names like Thomas and Samuel sound fine until they're shortened. Elliott doesn't tend to get shortened so that could work too.

mads2750 Mon 22-Nov-21 09:42:10


Oliver is a good shout, as it gets shortened to Oli which isn't too short sounding. I agree with PPs that names like Thomas and Samuel sound fine until they're shortened. Elliott doesn't tend to get shortened so that could work too.

Oliver Chipp - oi'll 'ave a chip! Yum

thewhatsit Mon 22-Nov-21 11:45:44

I don’t think Charlie Chipp works, agree with PP that it sounds comical.

Benedict is also an issue I think with the “ict” hard sound at the end preceding Chipp. Benedict Chipp is actually quite hard to say, no ideal.

moochooser2 Mon 22-Nov-21 13:24:56

Any further suggestions would be wonderful. It's really hard with boy's names I think, plus with a difficult surname like this.

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BFFfffff Mon 22-Nov-21 20:03:12

I think Tobias would be lovely with your surname

VaguelyInteresting Mon 22-Nov-21 20:16:20

Benedict Chipp is splendidly Dickensian, and gets my vote

See also:

Silas Chipp
Josiah Chipp
Lawrence Chipp (I love this too)
Solomon Chipp
Edmund Chipp

Etc etc

I think it’s a lovely surname.

I have a little boy whose father has an old fashioned sort of surname, and DS’ given names are after two older male family members (both born early 1920s). So Ds’ name is brilliantly old fashioned when it’s seen all together- he sounds like a character from a book too, which I personally love- though appreciate not to all tastes!

IamnotwhouthinkIam Mon 22-Nov-21 21:35:39

Agree with the pp who think a longer name sounds better with Chipp. Many of your choices are gorgeous but Sam, Tom, Ben/Ned, Max, Dan, Joe etc don't sound as good with the surname to me and they are very common/obvious shortenings.

Something longer which if it's shortened is generally to two syllables like Alexander (Alex/Xander) would be nice or Elias (Eli), Tobias (Toby), etc. Or perhaps something that's already at 2 syllables that isn't very often shortened like Henry, Caleb, Rufus, Jasper, Dylan etc.

StartupRepair Mon 22-Nov-21 21:38:03

Henry or Michael

Chunkymenrock Mon 22-Nov-21 21:43:29

Not Elliott as the 't' is hard to say before the 'ch'. I like Adam or Joshua.

Fl0w3ry Tue 23-Nov-21 19:05:07

Benedict or Louis sound best with your surname to me. Both good names.

Fl0w3ry Tue 23-Nov-21 19:07:33

Sebastian, Alexander and Tristan also I think sound good

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