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Momdeguerre Fri 23-Oct-09 22:03:39

We like William but have two close relations with the name, we already have a Charles, known as Charlie.

Expecting DC 2 in April and very stuck for boys names - Wilbur is the only one we are close to agreeing on - perhaps to be shortened to Wil or Bertie.

We have a VERY common and plain surname!

What do you think?

Cadelaide Fri 23-Oct-09 22:21:53

OK, but prefer Wilfred.

doubleexpresso Sat 24-Oct-09 14:27:21

If your surname is Smith, (which it probably isn't) then wasn't the pig from Animal Farm called Wilbur Smith ? Or am I getting muddled ? Anyway, like Wilbur - may get shortened to Willie ...

reikizen Sat 24-Oct-09 14:33:59

no, and not wilfred either. Seriously, think about this.

micromarple Sat 24-Oct-09 14:52:21

I don't think he'll thank you for it.

titfertat Sat 24-Oct-09 14:55:04

I love Wilbur and Wilfred. Really friendly sounding names, and Will (or Wilf) good abbreviations.

Ponymum Sat 24-Oct-09 14:56:39

It might get shortened to Willy.

*double espresso* Yes you are a bit confused. Wilbur Smith is an author of thrillers from the 70s.grin

PoisonToadstool Sat 24-Oct-09 14:57:32

Wilbur is lovely, very sweet I think.

halfcut Sat 24-Oct-09 14:58:46

awful ...don't do it to him

Frrrightattendant Sat 24-Oct-09 14:59:56

Really nice.

sophiesmummie Sat 24-Oct-09 16:03:33

Wilbur makes a welcome change from the many Williams around these days. I like it.

I think William and Wilbur are both equally likely to be shortened to Will or Willy. Depends on which nickname you prefer.

glastocat Sat 24-Oct-09 16:31:33

My cat is called Wilbur, and we shorten it to Wally. grin I really wouldn't if I were you.

woowa Sat 24-Oct-09 16:35:39

Wilbur was the pig in Charlotte's web, if that's the pig you're thinking of!

DorotheaPlentighoul Sat 24-Oct-09 16:45:48

Wilbur is the name of the soft toy pig DS has. We named him after Charlotte's Web but I later learned he is also "officially" sold as Wilbur the pig by the toy manufacturer. I think lots of people do associate the name Wilbur with pigs ... can't really think of a non-porcine Wilbur of any fame to counterbalance this ....

Frrrightattendant Sat 24-Oct-09 18:13:33

Ok I will admit we have one. Earlier there was this thread and just beneath it another one which had MY name in the title, is the cosmos trying to tell me something??! grin

We shorten it to Bill

It is an old English name, not American
I know a few people with cats called it

and he was one of the Wright brothers. And a pig, and Elmer's friend (patchwork elephant) and several other Good Things smile

What's not to like?

doubleexpresso Sat 24-Oct-09 18:24:38

Thanks to Woowa and Ponymum! Knew Wilbur Smith rang a pig bell! wink

LeonieBooCreepy Sat 24-Oct-09 19:07:34

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Tortington Sat 24-Oct-09 19:08:28

i like it

hippipotamiHasLost72lbs Sat 24-Oct-09 19:09:33

I absolutely love it - it is a brilliant name, traditional, strong, and just all round great.
Huge thumbs up from me.

<waves to Fright> smile

sherby Sat 24-Oct-09 19:11:19

Wilbur Smith is african adventure story man isn't he?

merleoberon Sat 24-Oct-09 19:14:51

yes. Wilbur smith is a S African writer. Not a bad one too!!

Frrrightattendant Sat 24-Oct-09 20:17:54

<waves back at Hippi> grin

Momdeguerre Sat 24-Oct-09 20:28:02

Fright - glad to know there are other Wilur's about!

Thanks all for the thoughts - my surname is not Smith! Almost as common!

I don't mind the abbrevition Will - I know lots of williams but none who are abbreviated to Willie so am not too bothere about that.

Love Bill as an abbreviation also like Bertie but never liked Al which is why we have avoided Albert.

I do know it was the pig from Charlottes Web but not put off by that either - most names have some connection to something else - I don't find that one too hideous - he was a very cute little pig too!!


Momdeguerre Sat 24-Oct-09 20:29:09

Hiipi and others - thanks for your vote of confidence too -looks like it is going to be a love or hate name!!

slimeoncrazydemon Sat 24-Oct-09 20:37:08

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