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Short go-anywhere boys' names. Adam? Simon?

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MrsBadger Sun 27-Sep-09 14:43:48

we have tight criteria and are low on ideas.

Must be one or two syllables, not too easy to shorten and not an abbreviation of a longer classic (so not Tom, Ben, Joe).

Erring slightly on the side of poncey rather than ch modern or unique.

So far ideas include
Adam
Simon
John (tentative as is an uncle)
Alex (tentative due to Alex / Alexander rows)

wish we could use James but is already bagged.

middle name will be Henry, surname is one long syllable (think Stone or Rowe).

bring it on, oh wise MNers...

BeffyBoop Sun 27-Sep-09 14:46:25

Adam is a great name, really nice. All the Adams I know are lovely!

MrsBadger Sun 27-Sep-09 14:48:51

well I think so too, but DH is less keen...

janeite Sun 27-Sep-09 14:49:30

I like Adam and all the Adams I have ever taught have been nice - generally sort of a bit quirky but cute!

Edward is lovely, or Edmund - though may get shortened.

Philip
Luke
Jacob - although may get Jake
Mark

Cortina Sun 27-Sep-09 14:49:44

Simon is almost unusual now it seems. Other ideas:

Guy
James
Matthew
Ian
Nathan
Paul
Peter
Hugh
Neil

janeite Sun 27-Sep-09 14:50:57

Please, please not Guy - it is one of the worst names ever imho. I like Matthew.

Disenchanted3 Sun 27-Sep-09 14:53:30

George?

Frank?

Disenchanted3 Sun 27-Sep-09 14:54:14

Francis

Henry

Joel

pointydoug Sun 27-Sep-09 14:57:14

I like John.

I second Mark - very underused these days and a good strong manly sound.

I like Neil. As above.

Peter also.

I like Alex. If that is his name (rather than Alexander) I don't think you'd get any trouble.

Aidan, but maybe straying too far into Irish territory for you.

MovingOutOfBlighty Sun 27-Sep-09 14:58:19

Luke.
Hugh.

pointydoug Sun 27-Sep-09 15:01:12

There are names like

Greg or Gregor
Grant
Craig
Euan

Not my favourites but you might like that sort of thing

cyteen Sun 27-Sep-09 15:02:43

Simon is such a lovely, underrated name I would have used it for DS in a heartbeat if it hadn't been my late brother's name (is DS's middle name instead).

MrsBadger Mon 28-Sep-09 10:43:34

some good stuff here - Matthew is a runner, and Mark is looking very good, although we know at least 3 of our age which means he will inevitably be 'Baby Mark' for ages.

Joel entranced us for a brief second till we put it with the surname - the vowel sounds are just too similar.

Grant and Craig are heading off in slightly the wrong direction, as for some reason is Luke - sounds insufficiently floppy-haired, if you see what I mean.

any more for any more?

StrictlyAvadaKedavra Mon 28-Sep-09 10:45:04

Peter is lovely and long overdue a revival I think

rubyslippers Mon 28-Sep-09 10:46:18

Matthew is a great name
John is hugely underused and a fab name
have just seen Hector somewhere on here which i am warming to

Miles (this is my fave i think)
Otis?

OtterInaSkoda Mon 28-Sep-09 10:57:54

My choices, from those stated already and thinking about the parents children I particularly like:
Miles
Robin
Simon
Adam

rubyslippers Mon 28-Sep-09 10:59:12

Charles

OtterInaSkoda Mon 28-Sep-09 10:59:23

Oh, and John

gladders Mon 28-Sep-09 12:22:02

Marcus?
Lucas?
Nathan?

BlueChampagne Mon 28-Sep-09 13:46:48

Agree Marcus might be a good solution. Otherwise:

Justin
Ross
Alasdair
Jonathan
Niall

NellyNoNorks Mon 28-Sep-09 13:51:16

I wouldn't have thought any of those was in the slightest bit poncey, MrsBadger (and I am an expert on so-called poncey names, as my children and I have plenty of them). They all sound very straightforward and solid to me. John is nice; so is Charles. George is also nice and straightfoward. If I had another DS, I'd campaign very hard for him to be Humphrey.

MrsBadger Mon 28-Sep-09 14:29:47

no no, Grant, Craig and Luke were not poncey enough

I want a little bit of ponce, or at least the possibility of ponce, in case he gets a schol and ends up a chorister with Sebastian and Christopher

bellissima Mon 28-Sep-09 14:34:44

Hamish.

Okay possibly a bit Scottish - but in fact I know a wonderful Northumbrian Hamish. And you just smile saying it.

GrapefruitMoon Mon 28-Sep-09 14:37:41

Sorry but all the Marks I know were "naughty" boys so couldn't bear to use it myself!

How about

David
Andrew
Michael
Peter
Edward

for something classic that is not currently over-used (but they can all be shortened...)

I've heard of a Hector recently which I like... is that sufficiently poncy? grin

brimfull Mon 28-Sep-09 14:38:02

Piers

Jude

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