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Tobias or Jacob?

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MiniMilk0610 Thu 08-Oct-09 11:50:40

Hi everyone, help needed please!

Currently only 28 weeks so quite a while to argue decide about it yet but our top 2 at the moment are:

Tobias nn Toby
Jacob (I don't like nn Jake but DP does)

I personally prefer Tobias/Toby as really don't like Jake, but DP has "gone off" hmm the name Tobias and now only likes Jacob/Jake...sure he's only doing it to annoy me!! wink

So any opionions please? Or any other suggestions as whilst I like Tobias/Toby I still don't really "love" it...ideally a name that shortens to 2 syllables/is 2 syllables or more already & doesn't easily shorten any further as DP has an annoying habit of shortening everything immediately!! angry grin

Thank you

Thissideofchannel Thu 08-Oct-09 12:05:08

I like Tobias too. Don't really like Jacob/Jake at all I'm afraid.

Other 2 syllable names that I love and that don't shorten that easily:


shootfromthehip Thu 08-Oct-09 12:07:38

My DS would have been a Tobias if I had had my way... unfortunately DH didn't like it because of Toby Jugs (who under 60 would have thought of that apart from him?!!!). Anyway, Toby is lovely, Tobias is utterly fabulous imo.

iwouldgoouttonight Thu 08-Oct-09 12:18:26

If DD had been a boy she would have been called Toby - I think its a lovely name. Other names I can think of along similiar lines to Jacob are Issac and Jonah?

iwouldgoouttonight Thu 08-Oct-09 12:19:11

I meant Isaac!

MiniMilk0610 Thu 08-Oct-09 12:24:32

Thanks everyone no idea who Toby Jugs is, lol, but going to try to resist looking it up if it might be off-putting!!

Will keep working on DP to use the name Tobias, hopefully he'll get worn down in the end grin he's not saying that he hates the name, infact he says he quite likes it, but just doesn't see his child being called it hmm

Had already suggested Isaac as well but he doesn't like that...he's so difficult!! wink

LunarSea Thu 08-Oct-09 12:26:07

We've got a Tobias - although in practice he's always Toby.

iwouldgoouttonight Thu 08-Oct-09 12:34:38


Your DP has similar taste to my DP! - I suggested Jacob, Isaac and Noah and he didn't like any! (Although he liked Graham, and while I mean no offence to any Grahams, it shows my DP has crap different taste in names!)

greenday Thu 08-Oct-09 12:37:48

Toby is a lovely name.

shootfromthehip Thu 08-Oct-09 12:48:55

Jonah is lovely iykwim... wink

mrswoolf Thu 08-Oct-09 14:19:57

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FimboFortunaFeet Thu 08-Oct-09 14:22:54

Tobias sounds poncy imho, really don't like Toby, similarily Jacob is nice, Jake horrible (I apologies profusely to the 100 million mn'rs out there who I have just annoyed).


jellybeans Thu 08-Oct-09 15:56:44

I like Jacob/Jake although hear of it being shortened to Jay and said 'jay-cub'. Toby is OK, don't like Tobias.

What about


bess23 Thu 08-Oct-09 17:10:29

I like Jacob but not tobias or Toby

MiniMilk0610 Thu 08-Oct-09 18:30:03

I like Adam, Nathan, Thomas & Matthew...but DP said no to all of them!! DP likes Dylan & Kieran but I'm not difficult finding a name we both agree on!

My slight worry about Tobias is it might sound a bit poncy to some, but then in reality he will probably always be called Toby from the start which I do really like

Thanks everyone for suggestions so far, hoping we'll come across a name that we both love...preferably in the next 12ish weeks! grin

wheresclaire Thu 08-Oct-09 20:34:57

I have a Jacob, and I'm always correcting people who insist on calling him Jake! Thankfully at school they use the full name. Ironically, I always call him a "little toby" when he's playing up. BUT it could be worse, my dad insists on calling him Jakey, which I have since learned is what Scottish people call tramps? Sorry, homeless people. But it is fun to say "Arh Jakers" in an Irish accent to him!

CocoK Fri 09-Oct-09 09:05:14

You could always try Tobias with a different pronounciation (as in northern Europe) - i.e. Tob'ee'as. Maybe DH will like it better that way (or not!).

Tortington Fri 09-Oct-09 09:08:15

i have a jacob - he was always a jacob when younger but as a teen and at school it got shortened - which allowed him his iwn identity i feel.

i like toby as a name. tobias is a bit pretentious imo

jacks1972 Fri 09-Oct-09 21:05:58

I too have Jacob and Isaac on my shortlist - Jacob has already been vetoed by DH, Have not played the Isaac card yet - may have to wait til after the baby is born, maybe I'll get my say then...!

Tortington Fri 09-Oct-09 21:07:05

i like isaac too - im a sucker for old testament names

i like ezekiel blush shortened to zeke

thisisyesterday Fri 09-Oct-09 21:08:57

i LOVE Tobias

also like:
Nico or Nicholas

Squiglet Fri 09-Oct-09 21:09:11

I heard a little one called Josiah the other day. Really like it.

OP - Prefer Tobias.

Squiglet Fri 09-Oct-09 21:09:42

x posts with thisisyesterday grin

Tortington Fri 09-Oct-09 21:10:37

seriously like mervyn!

i have a joseph - joe is such a cool adult name i think

Squiglet Fri 09-Oct-09 21:12:16

josiah can be jo wink

I have Samuel and Thomas and Sam and Tom are nice names too for when older. THomas is becoming a Tom more often.

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