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Would 'Reuben' get shortened to 'Ben'?

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Lovage Wed 24-Sep-08 10:15:58

My favourite boy's name is 'Reuben', but for reasons of family history I have really bad associations with the name 'Ben'. Do you think a child called Reuben would get abbreviated to 'Ben' once he's in school? At home we could call him 'Rube' for short but I know, from teacher friends, that once they get into school they often get nicknamed to the more obvious shortening.

If he was likely to end up being called 'Ben' I would rather not name him Reuben, that's how much I hate the associations of that name (apols to all parents of Bens - nothing against the name itself, just the person it makes me think of)

TheUNITUBER Wed 24-Sep-08 10:19:51

I think Rube is the more obvious shortening.

nappyaddict Wed 24-Sep-08 10:20:45

My friend's ds is Reuben and he gets called Ru.

MissMarpleTastic Wed 24-Sep-08 10:22:11

I'd never even thought of calling a Reuben, Ben.
I'd shorten it to Ru if it was someone I knew.

missblythe Wed 24-Sep-08 10:26:59

Rube or Rubes seem more likely.

funnypeculiar Wed 24-Sep-08 10:32:58

I know a Reuben - has always been Ru, Ruby and Rubes. Had never thought of Ben - don't personally think it's an obvious shortening.

BUT I agree that once they hit school, shortenings can be a bit out of your control ....

FioFio Wed 24-Sep-08 10:33:55

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Lemontart Wed 24-Sep-08 10:35:55

"Ruuuuuuube" shouted across the playground unless they are trying to tease the lad and then he will get "Ruuuuuuby" with a big smirk
Been in many playgrounds with quite a few Reubens over the years and never heard any of them shortened to Ben

Lilliput Wed 24-Sep-08 10:36:58

I have a Reuben and he used to get called Ruby, Roo, or Rubes as a baby. Now he insists that he is only called Reuben (or Luke Skywalker, or The Doctor depending on the game!!).

Lovage Wed 24-Sep-08 10:37:30

Oh, this is very reassuring, thank you. Anyone disagree and think he would be quite likely to get called Ben?

Bucharest Wed 24-Sep-08 10:39:16

My friend's little boy is always Ru.

hughjarssss Wed 24-Sep-08 10:41:12

I know Reuben and it never gets shortened to Ben

lemonlady Wed 24-Sep-08 10:44:29

I just love the name, its fab!!!
don't think he would get shortened to Ben, more Ru or Rube

OrmIrian Wed 24-Sep-08 10:54:26

Rube usually. Friend has a 19yr old son called Reuben. Shortened to Rube and his gf is Ruby also shortened to Rube hmm

moyasmum Wed 24-Sep-08 11:08:35

Not normally,you would have to lead the way and have people say"way didnt you call him Benjamin,then"?

GirlWithTheMouseyHair Wed 24-Sep-08 13:16:25

i know someone who has shortened Rueben to Ben - but I thought for ages it was short for Benjamin, think it's just he prefers Ben to Ru or similar - he's chosen how to introduce himself

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