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We've narrowed it down to two choices

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monkeyfeathers Wed 10-Jun-09 12:45:02

I have managed to tone down my other half's atrocious taste in names (Ace... Slevin... any name that sounds truly awful with his surname). So now we're kind of agreed on Callum and Luke (we're having a boy obviously).

He isn't so sure about Callum, but I really like it. For some bizarre reason he seems to think it's unusual. He also thinks it might be some weird Scottish name (I'm Scottish, he's not). I sort of like Luke, but I have some issues with it. Firstly, I find it difficult not to imagine it said in Alec Guinness's voice (although I guess that would pass). Secondly, I think it can sound pretty awful in the accent where we currently live (we hope to move at some point, but still). And, thirdly, the other half's surname is a noun (and common one at that), and Luke <Noun> sounds like an instruction (with an implied exclamation mark).

Any thoughts?

blametheparents Wed 10-Jun-09 12:47:51

I really like both names, maybe a slight preference for Callum, but Luke is lovely too

BlackEyedDogstar Wed 10-Jun-09 12:49:31

Cool Hand Luke

I love it

slushy06 Wed 10-Jun-09 12:52:25

I like both but, I like Callum best.

sweetheart Wed 10-Jun-09 12:58:02

if you like Luke but it doesn't fit why don't you lengthen it to Lucas?smile

monkeyfeathers Wed 10-Jun-09 13:03:08

He'd still be Luke, even if it said Lucas on his birth certificate, so the problem wouldn't go away. Also, I don't think Lucas sounds at all good with the surname.

Fimbo Wed 10-Jun-09 13:05:07

Luke is a name I absolutely loathe, for no particular reason (sorry to all mums/dads of Lukes out there)

My nephew is Calum (without the second L)

Hassled Wed 10-Jun-09 13:05:29

Callum. Especially with the accent issues. And the Alec Guinness issues. Callum is a nicer name anyway, IMO.

mopsyflopsy Wed 10-Jun-09 13:14:52

Callum by far!!

Don't like Luke at all.

jellybeans Wed 10-Jun-09 14:09:03

Love Luke. Not keen on Callum, they get Cal and, weirdly, I am not keen on names with 'um' in them!!

Fimbo Wed 10-Jun-09 14:12:24

Not all Callum's get Cal, my nephew doesn't and he is nearly 16. His mates have plays on their surnames instead hmm

Thandeka Wed 10-Jun-09 14:13:00

Callums are always naughty boys at school (am a teacher and take against certain names just because of which ones I remember as naughty kids!)

Luke is nice but if the accent issue is because you live in stoke I agree- don't call him it- oooh Look at luke (pronouced oooh loook at loook!

Castiel Wed 10-Jun-09 14:14:39

Like Fimbo I dislike Luke intensely with no real reason.

Callum's a bit meh. It's just not remarkable at all. Callum's probably very nice and makes a good cup of tea but he's not setting the world alight.

gladders Wed 10-Jun-09 16:52:15

not keen on Luke - bad memories.... like lucas though...

Callum is ok.

SassyBo Wed 10-Jun-09 17:12:47

Not keen on Luke, and it doesn't sound like you are either! If your not 100% which you can't be with all the issues, then take it off the list! No point trying to convince yourself on a name that you are only trying to like!!! Callum is lovely, much nicer anyway. As for your husbands opinion, i think they usually come round to your way of thinking, especially when they see all the hard work you go through to pop the baby out!!

janeite Wed 10-Jun-09 17:17:07

Luke is lovely and so is Lucas. To me, Callum sounds a bit 'hard' on the tongue, although the two Callums I have ever known have both been lovely.

wolfear Wed 10-Jun-09 21:02:25

I like Luke or Lucas. Callum makes me think of a naughty boy.

sophiesmummie Wed 10-Jun-09 21:44:01

Don't like Luke at all. Lucas is ok.

Callum is very nice, though!

simplesusan Wed 10-Jun-09 23:37:25

I prefer Luke but don't use if your surname is Sharp

susyh Thu 11-Jun-09 09:17:54

We also have narrowed a choice down to two but my mum says we will most likely pick something completely different when the baby arrives so don't get too hung up on choosing one before your bundle of joy gets here

SilentBob Thu 11-Jun-09 09:34:19

Luke would be a worry with the surname Down/e/s. Vernon Kay on Radio 1 speaks to a teacher called Luke Downes on his show and, in a North West accent, it does sound like a command. It made me giggle the first time I heard it. Similarly, a surname such as Sharp or W/Right would put me off Luke as a name, sorry.

Am not overly keen on Callum either, but that is just personal taste.

loobylu3 Thu 11-Jun-09 12:18:21

I prefer Luke or Lucas (slight bias as I have a v gorgeous Lucas)!
Callum is fine too though!

sonniboo Thu 11-Jun-09 12:31:16

Really don't like Luke - don't know why, though...

Callum is quite nice imo.

Ineedsomesleep Thu 11-Jun-09 14:12:04

In Stoke they pronouce Look as Luke. Could be very confusing if he ended up there.

Fimbo Thu 11-Jun-09 14:13:35

I am Scottish and say Look, how are you supposed to say it?

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