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honest opinions please! (boys names)

(29 Posts)
ally2104 Fri 10-Oct-08 17:38:10

Am currently pregnant with first dc, (due beg. Jan). Don't know what we're having, but have already settled on girls name we both love, (Holly). Cannot, however, pick a boys name. Current thinking goes as follows:

Byron (my choice)
Dexter (DH's choice)
Marcus (DH hates this one, and has already vetoed it sadly)
Freddie (we both like this one, but our surname also starts with FRE- so would sound a bit odd)

DH thinks Byron is 'too poncey', and will be misheard/mis-spelt as Bryan.

I think Dexter will just lead people to think of psychopathic serial killers.

All views welcome, (even negative)

RubySlippers Fri 10-Oct-08 17:40:07

Love luca

Byron - a lot to live up to

Marcus - nice (what about Mark or Michael)

Anna8888 Fri 10-Oct-08 17:42:18

Freddie (if shortened from Frederick) is a lovely name but I quite agree that it doesn't sound good with a surname beginning with Fre-.

Luca is too Italian. Lucas is better.

thesockmonsterofdoom Fri 10-Oct-08 17:43:24

Luca, and Marcus are the only ones of those that I like, if we had a ds hewould have been lucas.

seeker Fri 10-Oct-08 17:43:54

Byron - don't care for last names as first names
Dexter - serial killer
Nate - short for Nathan. Really good.
Marcus - OK - a bit "nothing-y"
Freddie - OK so long as it's a short for Frederick.

I love Nathan shortened to Nate. Not massively keen on any of the others. But what do I know?!

seeker Fri 10-Oct-08 17:45:18

Oh sorry - Luca. I'm not sure about using boy's names ending in -a in Britain. I think they sound like girl's names.

kayzisexpecting Fri 10-Oct-08 17:48:12

Love Freddie but I am biased. But with a surname starting FRE it might sound strange really.

Like Nate and Marcus.

Dexter again makes me think of serial killer, which is a shame as its a nice name.

Hassled Fri 10-Oct-08 17:50:54

Luca. Agree on your DH's thoughts re Byron (wasn't he nuts and quite unpleasant, anyway?), and yours re Dexter. I do like Marcus. And Nate doesn't sound like a proper name.

ally2104 Fri 10-Oct-08 17:54:49

Wow! Thanks for all your fast responses! Looks like neither of our faves is too popular then!!! RubySlipper- thanks for your suggestions; DH is actually Michael & doesn't want to name baby after himself, so that one's out. I like Mark, but is my BF's hubby and think she might find it weird!! Seeker- good point about Luca, it does sound a bit feminine now you mention it. Glad you like Nate, (I used to be a huge fan of Six Feet Under, which is where I got that one from).

ally2104 Fri 10-Oct-08 17:58:17

Cross-posted Kayz and Hassled, thanks for your views. I didn't know that about Byron I must admit (ignoramus)!! Glad you agree with me about Dexter!!

ByTheSea Fri 10-Oct-08 18:00:39

I love Marcus and my DH had vetoed it too. Alas, we had girls anyway.

chandellina Fri 10-Oct-08 18:02:27

i like Dexter and Freddie. I love alliteration so Freddie Frexxx sounds really fab to me.

re: dexter - who cares about some stupid tv programme that no one will remember in a few years.

agree with your dh that Byron will be misheard.

ally2104 Fri 10-Oct-08 18:04:06

ByTheSea - Marcus seems a bit unpopular with chaps doesn't it? Most of my female friends like it, but not the guys. One even screwed up his face and muttered something about "public schoolboy name, yuk"!!

berolina Fri 10-Oct-08 18:05:04

Marcus is my favourite. I like Luca (is incredibly popular here in Germany just now) and think I like Byron. Freddie is quite nice but would not be my choice and definitely not good with a 'Fre-' surname. Nate as an abbreviation is nice but not as a stand-alone name. Dexter - resounding no from me, I'm afraid.

Overmydeadbody Fri 10-Oct-08 18:06:54

I think Dexter is fine. We all may think ;serial killer', but your DS's generation won't.

I agree with seeker RE Luca, although it is a lovely name.

If you like Marcus, how about Marco?

Freddie's nice, although Freddie and Frederick are two a penny arond here, that doesn't necessarily matter but might be something to consider.

ally2104 Fri 10-Oct-08 18:08:46

Chandellina- that's just what my DH said about Dexter! He also pointed out that even if it were still on, it's unlikely to be popular viewing with primary school kids. I like alliteration in names too, I probably just worry too much about teasing, (I have an unusual name, and spent years being teased/having to spell it/tell people how to pronounce it etc). Thanks for your views!

ally2104 Fri 10-Oct-08 18:50:07

Berolina and Overmydeadbody- thank you. You're right about Freddie, very common around here too! Am going to tell DH how popular Marcus is and try to win him round! Failing that, am pleased that Nate/Nathan popular as was my (very close) second choice. Cheers everyone. x

pointygravedogger Fri 10-Oct-08 19:02:54

Not keen on any. I like Mark.

nooka Fri 10-Oct-08 20:46:37

I like Nate as short for Nathaniel, as Nathan is a bit "plain" for me). Byron is fantastically poncy grin I actually quite like it. Dexter makes me think of Dexter's Laboratory (we also have a server called Dexter), so no particular negatives for me. Luca is a little bit effeminate. Freddie is fine as a shortening (Alfred/Frederick), but I don't like diminutives as given names, and the alliteration might be a bit twee. Not much point in commenting on Marcus

BabyBaby123 Fri 10-Oct-08 20:53:07

not overly keen on any of them sorry - I also like Nathaniel though, which you could shorten to Nate

Sesi Fri 10-Oct-08 22:32:06

Definitly Byron or Luca. Prefer Luca, I think it's a fab name. I actually think it's a very cool, masculine sounding name.
Dexter - I do think of a sociopath lol.
Marcus - awful imo!
Nate is a bit American sounding but ok.
Freddie is cute but too popular and probably not with an F surname.

marmaspook Fri 10-Oct-08 22:34:27

Luca is really nice.

Dexter makes me think of Dex Dexter from Dynasty grin

surprise Sat 11-Oct-08 00:08:10

Byron - a bit poncey
Dexter - very American, not nice
Nate - WTF?
Luca - my fave of the bunch
Marcus - OK
Freddie - a bit ordinary

notsoteenagemum Sat 11-Oct-08 00:16:48

Byron- nope either extreme ponce or extreme chav.
Dexter- no sounds like a surname.
Nate- love Nate/Nathan wanted for mine but no-wayed by dh boo!
Luca- no poncey prefer Luke.
Marcus-no poncey.
Freddie- love but not with F surname.

Quattrocento Sat 11-Oct-08 00:19:03

Byron NO
Dexter NO
Nate NO
Luca NO
Marcus Okay but a bit patrician
Freddie NO

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