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Is Oliver.... boring??

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blueberry23 · 12/01/2023 21:11

It is literally the ONLY name that DH and I remotely agree on for DS2.

Neither of us love it.

We have an Alfred which we love love loved.

I feel like we are settling for Oliver as we have nothing else rather than because we love it which makes me sad.

I do like it... just don't love it 😫😫

OP posts:
WLAH · 12/01/2023 21:28

What bout Oscar?

blueberry23 · 12/01/2023 21:33

Thanks all!

The only other name we like is Isaac... or Finley?

Popularity doesn't bother me tbh!

I feel it does need to be classic to match Alfred.

My DH is so fussy. I love Noah, Leo, George... he says no to everything!

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cluedo41 · 12/01/2023 21:34

@WLAH reminds me of pistorios 🙈

Rosalindisafuckingnightmare · 12/01/2023 21:34

It’s popular because it’s nice! It has been at number one on the charts for aaaages but I actually only know a few. I think I know more Georges and Jameses. And loads of Osians so you just don’t know. You could pick Zebediah and still end up with two in the class!

Oliver will find his name on all personalised products in store, Alfred probably won’t (although he might find Alfie). Less of an issue now you can get anything online but will be a discrepancy.

I feel a bit the same. LOVE DS1 name, top 200. Like DS2 name but more popular and it does slightly bother me (just left the top 50).

But then for people my age I always think how many friends do I have called Sarah/Emma/Rebecca? They’re nice names and it doesn’t seem to be a huge issue for them!

Thepossibility · 12/01/2023 21:34

It hasn't got the charm of Alfred.

Laurakiaora · 12/01/2023 21:34


I also can't get past is being 'liver' with a O in front.

Usergjdksndjsn · 12/01/2023 21:37

I think find a name you love
Alfred feels a bit more classic than Oliver too


cluedo41 · 12/01/2023 21:37

@Laurakiaora yeah I think this too.

I really like Olly though - much prefer to Oliver but we would name him officially Oliver.

I think we may keep hunting but feel we've exhausted the 'classics'

Kanaloa · 12/01/2023 21:39

I think it’s a nice name. It’s well used, but that’s because it’s generally nice. Honestly, it’s not super exciting, but does a name need to be? I’d rather have a ‘boring’ name that’s solid and serves me well in life, than an ‘exciting’ one which necessitates constant spellings and explanations.

QuimReaper · 12/01/2023 21:40

Name change fail @cluedo41?

If it's Olly you like, how about Alistair nn Ali / Ally?

liveforsummer · 12/01/2023 21:45

Perfectly nice, and actually I only know 2 dc who are 7 and 14 - and I work in a school as well as having 2 dc of my own so am exposed to a lot of children names so doesn't appear that common either

letitb · 12/01/2023 21:50

I have an Oliver and he's anything but boring! It's also not that common, he doesn't have another in his class or year despite it being number 1 the year he was born.

DurdleSnore · 12/01/2023 22:02

Yes, I know so many Olivers. It’s fine, but if you don’t ‘love’ the name you need to keep looking. Don’t just settle as it will really bug you later down the line.

Purplemagnolias · 12/01/2023 22:05

Oliver is soooo overused and boring!

Purplemagnolias · 12/01/2023 22:06

he's anything but boring

Obviously the name, not your son Hmm

Hurdling · 12/01/2023 22:10

Incredibly boring yes

PrimarilyParented · 12/01/2023 22:11

As others have said it’s a nice name. I’m a secondary school teacher and have 3 in one class alone. it’s a very popular name if you’re outside of the more multicultural areas of England and in the kind of place where most names are in the top 20. I have 5 George’s in another class, for instance.

But, that being said, it’s still one of the names I like and if it wasn’t popular I would use it myself. It’s like Alex in that I like it despite its popularity.

Keha · 12/01/2023 22:14

Really like Issac and it's got a nice meaning..." He who laughs" or "laughter".

SallyWD · 12/01/2023 22:14

I love it!

Largethighsbadeyes · 12/01/2023 22:17

Bit boring and also a bit of a "naughty boy's" name these days, although that could just be around me, along with all the Freddie, Charlie, Alfie's.

I prefer Samuel and Benjamin to the Bove, also classic and less used

QuizteamAguillera · 12/01/2023 22:18

Henry is better and far less common.

There will be 5 Oliver’s in the class

Gandalfsdaughter · 12/01/2023 22:23

Love Oliver - yes, it’s a well known name, but I don’t know that many in my dcs primary school . I know screw Ollie’s who are now late teens/twenties.
Also like Isaac btw

GhostsJulianforPrimeMinister · 12/01/2023 22:23

It's a nice name BUT I think it's been popular for a good 10 years or so now so it's well saturated, as long as you don't mind them being 1 of 4 Oliver's in a class etc

Undertheoldlindentree · 12/01/2023 22:23

How about Felix, Rufus, Tobias or Barnaby ?

Jomummy1013 · 12/01/2023 22:31

My 9 year old is called Oliver. I love the name, it's lovely. He is also an Oli.
I also have to say it was the only name that his father and I could agree on. My son is anything but boring, he's a pain in the arse!! And in his class, he is one of two Olivers. Not sure how many there are in the actual school but it is an incredibly popular (and lovely!) boy's name. It is classic and will not ever go out of fashion. I also work with an Oliver who is 50! Great name. But if you want something uncommon, not the name you should choose. :) x

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