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please help me to convince DH on my name choices!!

(26 Posts)
melissa75 Thu 02-Jul-09 12:49:41

Right, DH and I had a mild disagreement last night over baby names!! The problem is, I am a primary school teacher, and I associate names with children I have taught! Unfortunately all the names he likes, I hate, and vice versa! SO...I am bringing the names to you. Here are my choices, please give me some good reasons for them so I can stand in good stead and force convince DH to see the good things about my choices!


Ja mie

melissa75 Thu 02-Jul-09 12:50:46

Jamie, not Ja mie! Not trying to set a new trend wink

melissa75 Thu 02-Jul-09 12:54:12

forgot Adrian in the boys list as well!

MamaLazarou Thu 02-Jul-09 12:59:06

Get him to read/watch Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier - he will love it.

I can tell you from experience that being called Rebecca is very pleasant indeed. It's not enormously common, but everyone has heard of it. It is classy without being pretentious.

I can't help you with Jens and Kaj, though. Did you just make them up?

melissa75 Thu 02-Jul-09 13:05:04

thanks mama...Rebecca is my middle name, and I love it...hated it as a kid, but it has grown on me! Unfortunately DH is not a reader though! I should read that book though...not heard of it!

Jens and Kaj are of Danish/Scandinavian background!

melissa75 Thu 02-Jul-09 13:05:45

thanks mama...Rebecca is my middle name, and I love it...hated it as a kid, but it has grown on me! Unfortunately DH is not a reader though! I should read that book though...not heard of it!

Jens and Kaj are of Danish/Scandinavian background!

AfricanExport Thu 02-Jul-09 13:12:54


My dd's name is Jaime and it's a beautiful name but then that's my opinion.

The only boys names on that list I would consider would be Jamie and perhaps Quinn (that would be with a lot of arm twisting). Your DH may be looking for more manly names for his son.

Remember that although some names might sound nice for a little boy - these boys grow up to be men and sometimes the name no longer fits. Try thinking of your little boy as a grown man before you settle on a name wink

sophiesmummie Thu 02-Jul-09 13:47:04

My favourites from your list are



Jens and Kai are very 'Germanic/Nordic' sounding names - is that your heritage?

mrsradders Thu 02-Jul-09 14:04:16

Jaime - nice but not pretty enough
Rebecca - nice although not so keen on beccy
Maya - nice and pretty
Diana - like but don't like Di as shortened
Victoria/vicky- lovely and traditional
Rachael - ok
Avril - lovely and a little different
Hazel - really pretty for little girl and grownup

Trystan - not so keen
Jamie - not really a mans name
Hugh - lovely
Jens - not sure
Kaj - not keen (reminds me of faj!!!)
Glyn - ok
Quinn - lovely
Gavin - not keen
Adrian - lovely

hope that helps and i haven't offended anyone!!

melissa75 Thu 02-Jul-09 15:24:13

thanks for responses...sophiesmummie, Jens and Kaj are of Danish heritage, which is my background as well. Jens is pronounced with the J as a Y sound, so it is pronounced
Y-ens and Kaj is pronounced K-iiiii

I primarily want a name that cannot be shortened...I do not mind nicknames, but I do not, as you said mrsradders, to have something like becky for rebecca.

DH is more wanting traditional/biblical --way too common-- names like Catherine, Sarah, Matthew and John

mrsradders Thu 02-Jul-09 15:36:48

oh melissa75 i have the same thing DH wants english traditional...although florence is in the running at the moment as my favourite hermione is too greek hmm

i think hazel is maybe i nice compromise cannot be shortened and is traditional sounding without being boring or common!! (in the used very much sense not chavy sense) lol

MamaLazarou Thu 02-Jul-09 15:51:23

You're right - 'Becky' is just plain horrible, and it does take some effort to stop people using it (they don't even ask first!).

missmem Thu 02-Jul-09 16:17:14

I hear this all the time about a name making you think of someone else. The fact is when you name your child everytime you hear that name you only ever think of your child not the person you hated. I know some horrible people with my son's name but everytime someone mentions that persons name I immediately start to think about my little darling!

MadameCastafiore Thu 02-Jul-09 16:18:51

Oooohhh don't like yours or his so can't really say!

KleineMaus Thu 02-Jul-09 18:52:33

I know a lovely little girl called Hazel, so I would say that's my favourite. Of the rest only really like Rebecca. As for the boys, I like Jamie best and I don't think it's just a little boy's name.

floaty Thu 02-Jul-09 19:00:42

What about Guy for a boy or Fleur for a girl ,both single syllable and difficult to shorten

melissa75 Thu 02-Jul-09 21:03:04

thanks all for verdicts! DH home shortly...will see what he has to say about it! wish me luck wink

pointydog Thu 02-Jul-09 21:07:05

rebecca's dead common round my way

pointydog Thu 02-Jul-09 21:09:10

Hazel's ok but a lot of those girls anmes have a distinctly 60s feel to them.

As fior the boys, Gavin's ok. Retro as well

MaybeAfterBreakfast Thu 02-Jul-09 21:16:40

Like Rebecca (can't think of any under 30 here), Victoria, Hugh.

Not keen on the others. Loathe Gavin - am biased, used to work with one who was a real tosser and had awful BO!

alarkaspree Thu 02-Jul-09 21:21:22

Sarah is not common! How many have you taught? I bet none. John is not very common either.

Sorry, but if your dh doesn't like your name suggestions you will have to think of new ones, and so will he, until you find one you both like. It is very frustrating I know, when your partner can't see when you have suggested the perfect name.

I don't dislike Jens and Kaj but most British people will mispronounce them - go for something people will be able to say.

pointydog Thu 02-Jul-09 21:23:23

I'd go for Catherine and John out of those lists

melissa75 Thu 02-Jul-09 21:28:09

alarkaspree...I actually have two Sarahs this year, and in the past five have had three! I do not mind Jonathon...but then it would be shortned to Jon most likely as an adult...and Jon I do not like! so makes it difficult!

We need to narrow it down, but we also need to know if it is a boy or girl!

ThePhantomPlopper Thu 02-Jul-09 21:33:52

Jaime - No.
Rebecca - OK
Maya - Not keen.
Diana - Not keen.
Victoria - OK.
Rachael - Not keen.
Avril - Not keen.
Hazel - Not keen.

Trystan - Not keen.
Ja mie - Not keen.
Hugh - OK.
Jens - Not keen.
Kaj - Not keen.
Glyn - Not keen.
Quinn - Not keen.
Gavin - Not keen.

alarkaspree Thu 02-Jul-09 21:40:30

Really? I stand corrected then. I have never come across one under the age of 20.

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