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Reuben or Edgar?

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Lovage Wed 01-Oct-08 13:24:30

Pro Reuben:
I like it lots!
Meaning - 'behold a boy!' apt for various reasons
Like 'Rube' as shortening
Our (godly) families will like it because biblical (we're not godly)

Anti Reuben:
He'd have to spell it quite often, which is an issue as already have surname he'll have to spell every time.
A bit posh? Surname is double barrelled, although each name only single syllable

Pro Edgar:
Seems practical and useful sort of name, easy to spell
Like 'Ed' as shortening
Nicely classless, go-anywhere-name (to my ear, although DP doesn't agree, he thinks it sounds similar to Reuben in class terms - upper middle ish)

Anti Edgar:
No particular reason for choosing it, apart from we like it and it might be better than Reuben
A bit macho? Important to us both not to have very traditional masculine name, would rather have neutral or slightly feminine name (which could describe Reuben as).

Any opinions? On class / macho-ness especially welcome.

BabyBaby123 Wed 01-Oct-08 13:25:19

Reuben definately - Edgar horrible imo

MoreTeaAnyone Wed 01-Oct-08 13:25:58

Reuben for me too.

elliott Wed 01-Oct-08 13:25:59

Reuben - love it.
Edgar - sorry, no.

belgo Wed 01-Oct-08 13:26:21

I like Edgar, and Ed is lovely. Rueben will be hard for anyone who can't roll their 'r's.

Ceolas Wed 01-Oct-08 13:26:33

Reuben. I prefer it to Edgar anyway, but Edgar sounds posher to me!

elliott Wed 01-Oct-08 13:27:17

On your specific points - Reuben, yes a bit posh, but not overly so. Edgar much more so to my mind. I've never come across one but know of two Reubens (and there is one in Child of Our Time)

BabyBaby123 Wed 01-Oct-08 13:28:02

i don't think Edgar is classless at all! I would just think he was an upper class twit with a name like that (sorry!)

LynetteScavo Wed 01-Oct-08 13:28:52


I imagine he would be well built adn handsome, with a great smile and good sence of houmour.

I think it could be the new Oscar.

TheFallenMadonna Wed 01-Oct-08 13:29:21

I like Edmund.

Which I know isn't on your list but is much better than Edgar.

TheWoodWithinTheWall Wed 01-Oct-08 13:29:24

Edgar is definitely posher than Reuben - which I find the opposite of posh to be frank!

I like Edgar.

HuwEdwards Wed 01-Oct-08 13:29:59


pooter Wed 01-Oct-08 13:31:01

Reuben for me! Both slightly posh IMO. Ed is a great nickname but Edgar is an ugly sound (to my ears), but Reuben could have the choice of Rube or Ben.

What about Reuben Edgar Surname?

pooter Wed 01-Oct-08 13:31:42

OOh Edmund i LOVE!

TheFallenMadonna Wed 01-Oct-08 13:31:58

I met a baby called John a while back. And I thought "how unusual" grin

Lovage Wed 01-Oct-08 13:37:34

Really useful- thanks!

I really like Edmund too, but DP vetos it, says it's too Lion Witch and Wardrobe.

Middle name already settled.

We did seriously consider John! But doesn't go with surname(s). Also 'Evan' as celtic version of John but put off by film 'Evan almighty'!

frazzledoldbag34 Wed 01-Oct-08 14:23:29

I know a new born baby John! I also thought 'how unusual'! Actually I think Jonathan is lovely, Johnny for short.

Not keen on Edgar or Reuben to be honest.
Edward is nicer IMO. Or even Edmund. Edgar just has a harsh edge to it.

dinkymum Fri 03-Oct-08 21:14:21

Definitely Reuben and IMO Edgar is quite posh sounding, more so than Reuben!

dinkymum Fri 03-Oct-08 21:14:56

Definitely Reuben and IMO Edgar is quite posh sounding, more so than Reuben!

eviz Fri 03-Oct-08 21:17:16

Love Reuben. Fab.

cheesesarnie Fri 03-Oct-08 21:18:43

i like reuben.not to posh at all!
how about robin if spelling is worry?

luckylady74 Fri 03-Oct-08 21:22:17

I'm not sure he will have to spell Reuben - it's very popular at the moment. I like both - Edgar took me aback for a moment, but I like it now I've thought about it - my initial reaction was dusty old authors - but the child will make their name their own.

NotAnOtter Fri 03-Oct-08 21:24:45

Reuben beautiful but a bit too now

Edgar ( much posher) and i really like it

What's wrong with a bit of class wink

scotagm Fri 03-Oct-08 21:35:08

Rueben and Edgar,

Both Awful

MrsMattie Fri 03-Oct-08 21:35:44

Edgar is a horrible name.

Reuben is nice.

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