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Avery - Finn or Finlay

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justSarah Tue 23-Jun-09 20:06:47


I'm new to this site, and find it particularly helpful because, although DH and I live in Montreal, Canada, he is from Yorkshire... so it's interesting to get an idea of naming trends across the pond, particularly to get a sense of how his family might react to our choices. We're expecting our first baby at the end of September.

My favourite name for a girl at the moment is Avery. What do you think of it?

We really like Finn or possibly Finlay for a boy. They don't seem to be very popular over here, but from what I can see, quite popular over there.

Any feedback you have to share would be much appreciated!


thisisyesterday Tue 23-Jun-09 20:10:36

i lkike avery, although it makes me think of aviary,

love Finn (ds1 was nearly Finn). prefer Finlay spelled the traditional way- Finley

kitsmummy Tue 23-Jun-09 20:11:09

Avery - never heard of that one before but I like it, quite elegant?

Finn, Finlay - you're right, v popular here but nice enough

thisisyesterday Tue 23-Jun-09 20:12:06

actally, i've got that wrong haven't i? i'll blame the champagne i'm drinking lol

Finlay is the right way to spell it isn't it?
and I know someone with a Finley and it annoys me.


NorthernLurker Tue 23-Jun-09 20:14:13

Avery is Not Good imo. Your dh's family will all be saying it followed by 'well of course justsarah is Canadian' Ava is nice though.

Finn and Finlay - both are nice.

boodleboot Tue 23-Jun-09 20:14:42

i thought Avery was a boys name - my sis posited it for her DS {thankfully she went with Jed} i really do not like it for either sex due to the birdhouse and poop connection....

How about Ava or Avaline?

Finley is a bit meh as seems to be very popular here at the minute. Fenton is similar but a bit different?

NorthernLurker Tue 23-Jun-09 20:19:02

Dear Lord NO! Not Fenton!

Have you never heard of fenton's procedure?

Ondine Tue 23-Jun-09 20:19:19

I like Finn a lot, marred by getting too popular over here but that doesn’t sound a problem in Canada. Think I prefer the traditional Gaelic spelling Fionn but both are nice.

Avery I don’t like at all, just makes me think of poor birds in cages.

ilovegreenbeans Tue 23-Jun-09 20:19:32

I am cdn living in england.

I love the name Finlay.

Avery is very north american to me. I have known boys and girls called it. Feel a bit meh about it.

Hope this helps!

LittleMissBliss Tue 23-Jun-09 20:22:28

Love Finn and Finlay.

justSarah Tue 23-Jun-09 20:34:50

wow, you folks are quick to reply. Thanks for sharing your opinions. I'm sure the inlaws already use that "well, justsarah is canadian" - good point, though. And I hadn't thought of Avery sounding like aviary - rather a smelly connotation indeed.

Hmmm food for thought.

boodleboot Tue 23-Jun-09 20:48:34

jeepers creepers northernlurker i am now absolutely terrified of the name Fenton and wil never ever ever suggest that name for a child ever again....youch.


pranma Tue 23-Jun-09 21:37:08

Finn is super[dgs name]
not sure about Avery though doesnt sound like a real name at all.

happyjules Tue 23-Jun-09 23:16:33

Love it. I do believe it is actually of English origin (can't find the name book that it is in though).
It would have been our choice for #3 if it had been a girl (unfortunately mmc in march) But heres to hoping and trying again.

Scorpette Wed 24-Jun-09 00:49:05

I love the name Avery. It's on my long-list for any future DSs. It is a unisex name, but is generally a boy's name in the UK. It's an ancient British name meaning 'Elf Ruler'.

nooka Wed 24-Jun-09 04:18:06

I think Avery is just about OK for a boy, but not for a girl. Makes me think of the older brother in Charlotte's Web, so I think of it as very American.

I live in BC at the moment, and surnames seem very common in children - I know a Cooper, Dalton, Tanner as well as tons of Braden/Brennans. I don't know if that's a BC thing though, or Canadian.

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