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Brandon or Connor?

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EmFlat Fri 03-Jan-14 15:15:25


Hubby's top-two names would be Connor or Ciaran (yep, Irish family history), but mine would be Brandon or Connor... you'd think we should pick Connor because at least we both like it.


I've an Uncle Connor on my Mum's side of the family, and I can't help but link that name with him. And my late Grandad, who was actually Cornelius but always called Con.

Neither hubby nor I want to name our DS (due mid-March, by the way) for any family member, living or deceased... we'd prefer DS to have a name unique to him, so that no-one gets 'misty-eyed' every time they speak to him.


How to solve this? Hubby is so lovely that - of course - he'd say 'Let's choose Brandon if you prefer it', but then I'll have perma-guilt that I got my way (as you know it'll feel like that no matter how nice hubby is) and we didn't pick a name he'd put in his top two. Should we come up with another name altogether? Oh lord, I'm sounding so stupid about this...


UriGeller Fri 03-Jan-14 15:16:58

Yes, good idea, come up with another name altogether!

bridgetsmum Fri 03-Jan-14 15:17:09

I don't really like either of those confused sorry, Connor is v popular and Brandon is just a bit American or something!!
If you want an Irish name, how about Declan?

BunnyLebowski Fri 03-Jan-14 15:19:15

Conor is lovely but not with the two n's.

With your associations it sounds like it definitely wouldn't be a blank canvas name for you.

Game of Thrones has made me like Brandon. Especially Bran as a nn.

If you like Irish names that begin with C:


EmFlat Fri 03-Jan-14 15:30:34

Don't apologise, bridgetsmum! smile I also think Connor's being used a LOT these days, and do worry about people's association of Brandon with a USA-type name...

wink BunnyLebowski me too! GoT is a firm fave with both hubby & I, but I also think of Colonel Brandon from Sense & Sensibility... mmm, Alan Rickman. Hubby likes Cillian and Cian, but I'm concerned about English peeps pronouncing it with a soft 'C'... like Cilla Black.

Yep, can't help but make associations with every name I hear. Dammit, the poor child is going to be called 'Hurricane' at this rate wink that's his current nickname, anyway grin

bridgetsmum Fri 03-Jan-14 15:30:55

Yes Cillian, that's a good name took
My ds has a pal called Cillian and he's lovely

bridgetsmum Fri 03-Jan-14 15:33:57

We live in Ireland so trying to think of more of my kids friends names:

PennySillin Fri 03-Jan-14 15:34:13

I like Connor, not keen on Brandon prefer Brendan, doesn't sound so american. I like Declan & Cian.

bridgetsmum Fri 03-Jan-14 15:35:04


EmFlat Fri 03-Jan-14 15:36:23

I LOVE Patrick! But it's already vetoed because of our surname and potential nicknames... 'Paddy Flaherty' wink oh yes.

Theonlyoneiknow Fri 03-Jan-14 18:03:24

What about Callan, or Coll ?

I know à sibset called Cooper and Brandon

MrsMaryCooper Fri 03-Jan-14 18:11:21


KenDoddsDadsDog Fri 03-Jan-14 19:06:16

Conor with one n or Brendan instead of Brandon. Both fab with your surname!

squoosh Fri 03-Jan-14 19:26:16

Conor with one N, it gets a lot of grief on here and I feel a bit defensive for the poor name.

Brandon is a bit Irish-American but it's also the name of a lovely Irish speaking village in Kerry.

I do laugh a bit when people suggest Declan, I always think it's the Irish Gary or Wayne. SO 80's!

soontobeslendergirl Fri 03-Jan-14 19:26:47

I prefer Connor to Brandon but prefer Ciaran to them both smile Ciaran was my OH's pick for our younger son, I wanted Keir. Ciaran means little dark one, the -an bit meaning little. We didn't thnk he would be little, so we compromised on Ciar grin

I also like Cormac, Colm, Callum and I also have a Craig.

NoComet Fri 03-Jan-14 19:30:36

Sorry the others are Chevy to me

Brendan is better and their are some nice Irish suggestions above

I love Callum and Caleb (but that's Welsh I think?

squoosh Fri 03-Jan-14 19:33:16

Caleb is Hebrew in origin.

Nataleejah Fri 03-Jan-14 19:35:36

Connor or Conner

notadoctor Fri 03-Jan-14 20:03:13

I love Connor but can see where you are coming from with your concerns about associations...

I like Bran for Brandon too.

How about Conrad? Has a similar feel, I think.

Skrifa Fri 03-Jan-14 20:32:12

I love Connor (I have one!)-


EmFlat Fri 03-Jan-14 23:55:40

Oh, bless you all for such fab advice and feedback! Gotta love MNers smile

Had a chat with hubby about Conor, and he understands it's a bit risky as my family's bound to link the name to Grandad... too much potential for a weepy-eyed Grandma! My Mum, that is wink. Took UriGeller's advice and have put some new names on the list of potentials, though I do still like some of your suggestions! Ciaran keeps popping up smile

Although, the way DS keeps kicking me at the moment, he risks being called very rude names instead... hmm

soontobeslendergirl Sat 04-Jan-14 00:11:27

Ciaran is lovely still prefer Ciar though obviously grin

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