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Paul - views please

(47 Posts)
Playdough Sat 27-Sep-08 17:57:26

Six weeks to go until due date and DH and I really struggling for a boy's name. Our short list is all over the place but one that I keep coming back to is Paul. But is it too 60s/70s? Or is it due for a revival, perhaps? We like short, classic names as we have an unusual and quite difficult to spell surname. So what do MNetters think?

anorak Sat 27-Sep-08 18:12:53

I think it's lovely and high time it was used again.

MaryAnnSingleton Sat 27-Sep-08 18:13:35

yes, actually is v nice

Cappuccino Sat 27-Sep-08 18:14:06

oh I love Paul

I had a lovely friend called Paul

LadyOfWaffle Sat 27-Sep-08 18:14:38

DS2s midle name, I like it

singersgirl Sat 27-Sep-08 18:14:43

I think it's lovely too and I was seriously considering it for DS2. I think it's due for a revival. There were loads of them at primary school in the 70s, but I only know of one child Paul now.

MaryAnnSingleton Sat 27-Sep-08 18:14:44

yes, actually is v nice - like it lengthened to Pauly which sounds like Goodfellas grin

MaryAnnSingleton Sat 27-Sep-08 18:14:44

yes, actually is v nice - like it lengthened to Pauly which sounds like Goodfellas grin

JuneBugJen Sat 27-Sep-08 18:15:00

Its great in a retro fabulous way. A bit like calling your dd Anne or Mary. I like it and it bizarrely will be unusual compared to all the 'unusual' names!

belgo Sat 27-Sep-08 18:15:13

It's lovely.

DarrellRivers Sat 27-Sep-08 18:15:24

Don't use it, I don't want it to become popular again as I want it stay all for my use
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TheBlonde Sat 27-Sep-08 18:16:07

I like it

JuneBugJen Sat 27-Sep-08 18:16:08

Is that you darrell...from Malory Towers? Is Alicia doing well?

belgo Sat 27-Sep-08 18:16:24

grin at DarrellRivers - that's why I never suggest the names we have picked out for dc3 (due in two weeks!)

DarrellRivers Sat 27-Sep-08 18:19:17


donnie Sat 27-Sep-08 18:32:26

I love the name Paul. It was on my list of names if we'd had boys!

WhereTheWildThingsWere Sat 27-Sep-08 18:36:17

Oooooh I went out with two lovely Pauls many moons ago, use it.

KnickersOnMaHead Sat 27-Sep-08 18:46:12

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jellybeans Sat 27-Sep-08 18:51:30

I really don't like it. Too 20 years ago.

CapricaSix Sat 27-Sep-08 18:58:12

I don't like the name Paul itself but there have been 2 absolutely wonderful Pauls in my life, plus a 3rd mate Paul who's a good laugh, I was thinking if i ever have a boy I'd give him Paul as a middle name! Wouldn't use it for a first though.

elliepants Sat 27-Sep-08 19:00:37

I'd go with your gut instinct and if you like Paul and you keep coming back to it then it's probably right for your little one.

Califrau Sat 27-Sep-08 19:18:04

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Playdough Sat 27-Sep-08 19:18:28

Wow, thanks so much for the responses. The name fits well with my other two children's names and so, newly confident smile with MN approval, I think we'll definitely use it as either the little one's first or middle name, perhaps with a more contemporary alternative name so he can use that if he prefers.

Jellybeans, how about Gary then wink? Actually, our other children have quite '20 -- or even 30 or 40 -- years ago' names too! I think they really suit them now, alhough I had wobbles about both names in the months/years following birth. I do find choosing names difficult.

Thanks again everyone.

jellybeans Sat 27-Sep-08 19:26:02

I actually really like Gary! I hope I didn't offend you about disliking Paul, it isn't an awful name and at least it is normal and traditional. It's purely individual choice, after all otherwise all our kids would have the same names!

loobylu3 Sat 27-Sep-08 21:01:21

Paul is a lovely, classic name. It is my father's name (born 1940s) and it is also my son's middle name after his g/father. I think it may come back into fashion. There is actually a little boy at my son's pre school called Paul.

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