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Seamus James? Is that silly?

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goomum Tue 16-Jun-09 12:09:56

Opinions wanted on Seamus.

1) James was our chosen middle name but Seamus is the Irish equivalent of James. So would it be silly to go for Seamus James?

2) Our surname is Irish and my husband has Irish roots on both sides although several generations back. I have Scottish and Welsh grandparents. Is it a bit pretentious to give such a gaelic Irish name to a little lad who will grow up in England?

3) My DH is sold on Seamus but to me it reads SEE MUS rather than SHAY MUS. What do MNetters think about an Anglicised spelling? Sheamus or Shaymus?

orangina Tue 16-Jun-09 12:13:02

1) yes, I think so (ssorry, you did ask...)
2) no, i think that's fine
3) NO to anglicised spelling. Not Nice At All.

How about a different irish first name and sticking with james in the middle?

Aimsmum Tue 16-Jun-09 12:13:04

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Merrylegs Tue 16-Jun-09 12:14:37

1) Yes, it is a bit silly. Sorry. One or t'other. Not both.

2) No, not pretentious to give a gaelic name to a kid growing up in England.

3) Think it should be spelt as it should be spelt - ie. Seamus, BUT if you go for it, be prepared for a lifetime of him having to spell it out, or correct its pronunciation.
He may not thank you for that...

belgo Tue 16-Jun-09 12:15:42

1.Yes Seamus James would be silly.
2. No problem.
3. Seamus is the correct spelling, stick with that. What about Sean James?

thedolly Tue 16-Jun-09 12:15:55

The 'Sh' sound is the same in Sean and people seem to be able to cope with that. Seamus is a bit more unusual than Sean but people will get used to it. Don't Anglicise it - uck!

thedolly Tue 16-Jun-09 12:17:42

x posts with you belgo

I was also thinking Sean James would be a better alternative smile

kormachameleon Tue 16-Jun-09 12:17:44

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belgo Tue 16-Jun-09 12:20:20

Yes Sean James is lovely. So is Seamus John or Joseph as another alternative. But Seamus James would just make me think that you had chosen an irsih name without any idea that it was simply the irish version of James..

kormachameleon Tue 16-Jun-09 12:22:15

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Bathsheba Tue 16-Jun-09 13:38:49

I'm in Scotland and I do think a high proportion of people here would know Seamus is the Irish version of James, and many many people would try and be "helpful" in commenting on it...

tummytickler Tue 16-Jun-09 14:01:19

Hi, i think people will pronounce Seamus correctly, so please dont Anglicise the spelling as it looks like you dont know how to spell it!
I think you should use a different mn, after all if it is to honour somebody then you are doing that in using Seamus and i think to use the same name twice is a bit silly tbh.

I think Seamus Gregory sounds good!

sleeplessinstretford Tue 16-Jun-09 14:02:35

most people do know that seamus is gaelic for James.
It's a ridiculous idea- people might think you had pretentiously given your child a gaelic name without realising it was actually James if you call your child James James.
Seamus is how it is spelt- please don't start to tinker with spellings of names...

Sycamoretreeisvile Tue 16-Jun-09 14:03:04

It's a nice name. Please don't change the spelling, that would be too awful.

Tinker Tue 16-Jun-09 14:43:28

1) Yes, it's silly
2) Irish name is fine
3) NO to Anglicised spelling

MaggieBee Tue 16-Jun-09 16:21:20

Seamus was even in Ireland ludicrously outdated until about 4 yrs ago. Now it is emerging as a 'cool' choice. I know of a couple. Wouldn't say it was common yet! FAR from it. But it's quite a daring but at the same time sensible choice. I absolutely LOVE it.

EyeballshasManBoobs Tue 16-Jun-09 16:24:26

Seamus is lovely, a bit silly to call him Seamus James. Sean is a lovely name and I'm earmarking that for any future ds.

And if you use Seamus and alter the spelling in any way I'll come round and kick your arse!

MaggieBee Tue 16-Jun-09 16:24:29

Hang on though. Seamus James!!!! That's like Sean Jean. Or Elizabeth Isabel.

Think of another middle name!! Seamus Patrick, or if that's too Irish, Seamus Frederick or Seamus Edward or SEamus Jacob or SEamus Jonathan.

Spell is Seamus. The Shaymuss version looks so crappy, honestly. I may be Irish, but I lived in the UK for a long time, and SEamus seems dignified and cool .. shaymuss looks crappy and chavvy. I'd better run for cover nwo.

MaggieBee Tue 16-Jun-09 16:26:00

Korma, everybody on this thread seemed to know! I should have read everybody else's responses before I chimed in.

JoPie Tue 16-Jun-09 18:25:18

Nooooo to the anglicised spelling, awful awful awful.

Firawla Tue 16-Jun-09 18:30:07

Even though its the same name in different forms if you really like both i think its okay, it does sound nice..
or put something like Seamus Jacob, Seamus Joseph?
I am sure most people can pronounce seamus so no need for the shaymus spelling really. if they get it wrong you can always correct them and they should get it right after that?

MaggieBee Tue 16-Jun-09 18:55:10

Isn't the grandfather on Jakers called seamus wink so people who already have a small child might be familiar with it!

goomum Tue 16-Jun-09 19:34:28

Wow nice to have unianimous response on MN! With an aye for Seamus but a nay for James and changing the spelling. That really helps!

Stuck for a middle name now.... family names are John, Samuel, Cyril and Augustus. I think the last two are hideous and the first two are a bit boring!

Any preferences or ideas?

MaggieBee Tue 16-Jun-09 19:43:40

I love Augustus!! but not with Seamus. Too much USSSS.

Seamus John probably works the best. Seamus Samuel is too much S

And Seamus Cyril, well, I think Cyril is a few years behind Seamus on the fashion curve. People with young children realise that SEamus is coming back into fashion (whether or not they like it themselves) but if you say to your parents' generation, the name is,,,,,, seamus Cyril... that will sound like Debbie Mandy Lisa to them. Do you see what I mean.

Seamus Augustine?

EyeballsandherSunburntNorks Tue 16-Jun-09 20:53:27

Seamus John. An eye catching first name and a follow up middle name. Perfect

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