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Thoughts on these boys names please

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jammydonut Wed 22-Jul-09 08:12:19


MamaLazarou Wed 22-Jul-09 08:17:31

Rafe is nice, but frightfully posh - too posh for me.

Rolf just makes me think of Rolf Harris, sorry.

Wilf makes me think of 'dirty old man' Wilfrid Bramble from Steptoe and Son.


claraquack Wed 22-Jul-09 08:18:41

All quite "posh". Any others?

rubyslippers Wed 22-Jul-09 08:19:31

none are my cup of tea

bodiddly Wed 22-Jul-09 08:22:11

I like Rafe the best of the 3 but would probably spell it Raef.

MrsBadger Wed 22-Jul-09 08:43:11

Wilf is awful and not a name - it's short for Wilfred

Rafe is posh but passable if you are posh

Rolf is unusual but I can't immediately think of any downsides

Wolfgang, to be known as Wolf?


abitclueless Wed 22-Jul-09 08:46:02

Much prefer Ralph/Ralf to Rolf, Wilf is ok, Rafe just reminds me of that idiot off the apprentice

MaybeAfterBreakfast Wed 22-Jul-09 08:51:26

Like Wilf

Don't like Rafe/Raef - screams 'nice but dim' to me

Fruityjuice Wed 22-Jul-09 08:53:58

What about Raffy (sp?) short for Raphael?

jammydonut Wed 22-Jul-09 08:58:46

My husband mentioned the guy off The Apprentice as being a problem...

Posh names aren't an issue but Rolf Harris might be, especially as my husband's an Aussie.

I don't see how Wilf is 'not a name'

Is Tom also not a name because it's often short for Thomas?

MrsBadger Wed 22-Jul-09 09:00:11

yes re Tom/Thomas blush

I don't do nicknames as given names - had a big row with DH re Alex vs Alexander

jammydonut Wed 22-Jul-09 09:10:12

But it's not a nickname if it's the given name!

MrsBadger Wed 22-Jul-09 09:11:14

but I won't use them as given names

tis a personal opinion, which is what the OP asked for, non?

Cleanitlikebanksysmaid Wed 22-Jul-09 09:12:48

None get my vote, sorry. All a bit pretentious for me I'm afraid.

MrsBadger Wed 22-Jul-09 09:14:01


piscesmoon Wed 22-Jul-09 09:23:06

No, no and no.

magbags Wed 22-Jul-09 09:43:47

I think Wilf is ok but I personally much prefer Will. I think Hermione Norris (actress from Cold Feet) has a son called Wilf?

Rafe, I immediately think of the knob from The Apprentice and Rolf I think of Rolf Harris (would especially avoid given dh Australian).

Cleanitlikebanksysmaid Wed 22-Jul-09 09:53:51

Yes I love Will, Wilf sounds like Milf......

MadameCastafiore Wed 22-Jul-09 09:56:15

No, No and Noooooooooooooooooooooo!

Glynne Wed 22-Jul-09 10:00:01

Wilf is great, I'd use Wilfred on birth cert though as 'official' name.

Rafe is nice, is that the right spelling though?

Not Rolf, particuarly if you're an Aussie. I also strangely find it hard to say.

Will is also great, cool and classic and Bruce is great too.

How about Bruno or Kit (short for Christopher?).

notagrannyyet Wed 22-Jul-09 10:27:47

Depends a lot on the 'type' of people you are.
Rafe (I'd spell it Ralph) is OK. It's a bit like Sebastian I like it but couldn't choose it for my own DS because it's a bit too posh for the local do have to think of these things.

Rolf, Wilfred, Albert, Ernest, Herbert etc. Maybe ok for middle names but not the one called out every morning for the school register.

maniacbug Wed 22-Jul-09 15:03:56

Love Wilf. Know a very cheeky almost-3-year-old (full name Wilfred but no one ever uses it, though at least he has that option in future) + it really suits him. Also makes him stand out from the legions of Wills we seem to know...

teddygirl23 Wed 22-Jul-09 16:46:11

i think wilf is nicest then rolf ,really dont like rafe. but choose what you love.

crokky Wed 22-Jul-09 17:11:03

I don't like them (sorry!). If you like the names, you could use one as a middle name and pick a different first name.

maggievirgo Wed 22-Jul-09 17:56:50

What about just Raph (Raff), not Ralph (Rafe).

Rolf is horrible.

Wilf is OK. Sounds incomplete though. Not really grabbing me.

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