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Frank or Leo? Is Frank a full name in its own right? Baby due in a few days!

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preggiemeggie Mon 02-Nov-09 10:34:50

Hi all,

Baby is nearly here and we're down to two boy's names - Frank and Leo.
Frank would probably be Frankie when he's little. It wouldn't be Francis (as I would like) as DH hates it. But do you think Frank is now largely regarded as a 'proper name'?

Any thoughts/opinions most welcome!

LowLevelWhingeing Mon 02-Nov-09 10:39:41

Yep, I know a couple of baby Franks and I have a Francis (middle name), so watch what you say you lot!

stakethroughtheheartofgold Mon 02-Nov-09 10:40:49

your dh is wrong, francis is a great name :P

peanutbutterkid Mon 02-Nov-09 10:41:16

Personally, I prefer full names with NNs, so Franklin/Francis with Frank as NN makes sense to me. Or Leo as NN for Leon/Leonard.

I quite like Frank, Leo is ok.

TheDevilEatsBabies Mon 02-Nov-09 10:47:09

ditto stake: Francis is a great name.

but you can do Frank if you want (i personally would always do the long/full name though because it gives him a bit more choice when he grows up)

Jux Mon 02-Nov-09 10:53:27

ditto TheDevil.

preggiemeggie Mon 02-Nov-09 11:05:39

Thanks all - I think Francis is lovely too!But DH is not going to change his mind, alas. I also much prefer 'proper' names with nicknames. Although in the case of Leo it is definitely a classic full name in its own right. We have another option - Michael - but don't like the nicknames! Do you think you can insist on people the full name (rather than Mickey, Mike etc)? It seems a bit controlling!

diddl Mon 02-Nov-09 11:11:35

´Like Leo and Michael.

And Ithink it´s fine not to shorten-and to ask others not to!

stakethroughtheheartofgold Mon 02-Nov-09 11:28:09

if there's a possible shortening it will get shortened and there's very little you can do about it especially when they reach school age.

Annabelsmummie Mon 02-Nov-09 11:54:43

Frank is lovely and is definately a name in its own right imo.

I'm not keen on Leo..

gladders Mon 02-Nov-09 12:43:03

wow - this is exactly same dilemma my friend had - baby was Leo for two days and has been frankie ever since - is frank in his birth certificate.

FWIW I think Frank is a great name - frankie is perfect for a little boy - go for it!

jellybeans Mon 02-Nov-09 13:34:03

Much prefer Leo but Frank is OK in it's own right.

Baconsarnie Mon 02-Nov-09 13:40:48

Frank is totally fine in its own right, IMHO. Like Leo, but love Frank!

megonthemoon Mon 02-Nov-09 13:44:54

I have a Leo so I love that (and peanutbutterkid - it is a name in its own right, not just a nickname name - there were many popes called Leo!). But I also love Francis - would have it if my DH didn't like it.

Would DH consent to Francis as middle name? Then he could be Leo Francis and if it ends up that you all prefer to call him Frank then he already has both names? Best of all worlds!

MrsWoolf Mon 02-Nov-09 23:20:43

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LilyBolero Mon 02-Nov-09 23:24:31

I have a Michael, and although generally I'm not keen on nicknames, I do find myself calling him Mikey, which is quite cute! Not keen on Mickey or Mike, but Mikey is sweet.

MadBadandDangerousToKnow Mon 02-Nov-09 23:58:50

I like Francis as a name, with Frank as an abbreviation.

I always prefer the full version of names (at least for the birth certificate and to give the child more choice in the matter when older). Maybe people around here are particularly precious about names, but all the children seem to be known by the full versions of their names (Joseph and Abigail, not Joe and Abi) so I think if you introduced your son as Michael he would remain a Michael. Which is a fine name.

Brightfield Tue 03-Nov-09 00:00:15

Francis NN Frank would be my choice. Leo doesn't do much for me.

liliputlady Tue 03-Nov-09 08:52:05

Actually I like all three of your choices and none of them are overused. I never thought of Frank as not being a name in it's own right.

I think Michael would inevitably get shortened. I chose very simple names for my DDs that I thought were unshortenable, but their friends still manage it and actually, I don't mind now anyway!

Your three names all have a really different feel to them, so may be you just need to see which one suits baby when he arrives. Good luck!

lucyy123 Tue 03-Nov-09 15:34:47

Leo much better than Frank

Bubbaluv Tue 03-Nov-09 15:49:28

With Frank I just think of Frank Spencer, so that would be out for me.

Disenchanted3 Tue 03-Nov-09 15:51:36

Frank is a name in its own Right, My Grandad was Frank

Great name

Squishabelle Tue 03-Nov-09 15:59:16

Oh I sooooo like Frank but think it might end up being overused like Archie.

whereareyou Wed 04-Nov-09 23:33:31

Late posting but love Frank in its own right not as an abbreviation.
Leo lovely as well but Frank is a great name.

bibbitybobbityhat Wed 04-Nov-09 23:36:07

You MUST have Frank. It is brill.

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