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Is Oliver.... boring??

110 replies

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:
Beautifulsunflowers · 12/01/2023 22:31

Well op I think we have similar taste in names. I have an Oliver - it had just reached No.10 in. Popularity the year he was born. He went to 2 primary schools and one secondary and was the only Oliver in any of his year groups or classes.
I have various groups of friends/colleagues of different ages with children and know of no other Olivers!!
I also have an Isaac so if you’re not sure of Oliver would your dh agree to that? I know of another Isaac so could say that in my circles it’s more popular!!

On another note, you now have the word ‘boring’ associated with a lovely name which you have to overcome if you do decide to use it. Labelling names as ‘boring’ ‘cutesy’ etc is such a typical Mumsnet thing and annoys me intensely - rant over.

names I also considered were Joseph, Benjamin, Edward or Jacob.

Fabfam · 12/01/2023 22:35

Laurence / Laurie…solid name and not very common.

piscosours · 12/01/2023 22:35

I know an oliver, Isaac and Finlay sibset so I think they're common names to agree on (the parents struggled to agree in this case too).

I think it's a bit of a shame though to go for a name only because it's agreeable. If you actively like it then go for it despite its popularity but wouldn't Oliver always feel a bit overshadowed by his brothers cooler name?

Fwiw I really like Alfred and really dislike Isaac (too biblical). Finlay is ok but again quite popular.

Any others you REALLY like your DH could be persuaded on?

garlictwist · 12/01/2023 22:37

TwigTheWonderKid · 12/01/2023 21:21

It's bland, yes

Agree George is much better. Or what about something like Magnus?

Please no, not George. It's such an insipid name.

Aloezebra · 12/01/2023 22:37

I like Isaac! Not a fan of that spelling of Finley, much prefer Finlay

Purplemagnolias · 12/01/2023 22:40

It is classic and will not ever go out of fashion

Oliver will definitely start to fall out of fashion and sound dated.

RosesAndHellebores · 12/01/2023 22:48

Isaac
Magnus
Edmund
Silas
John
Humphrey

ladygindiva · 12/01/2023 22:50

Isaac and Finley are both better. I love Isaac especially

Jomummy1013 · 12/01/2023 22:50

Purplemagnolias · 12/01/2023 22:40

It is classic and will not ever go out of fashion

Oliver will definitely start to fall out of fashion and sound dated.

You're probably right. But I don't think it will ever become one of those names like Gary, or Kevin, or Nigel, which you can't imagine ever being used again, by anyone :) Smile
I think an Oliver could be a lawyer and he could also be a bin man. It's pretty timeless, despite being hugely popular. Like the OP said, popularity of a name has not ever put me off. At the time my kids were born, I have two daughters and one son, their names were all in the top 10 for that year. And two of them (including my Oliver's) names are still in the top 10 now. Not that that matters. If you like a name, use it <3 Xx

sausageragu · 12/01/2023 22:51

It's funny how people say as long as you don't mind him being one of many in the class. My son is an Oliver, the only one in his year group (he's 4). His class alone have 3 Leo's. My dd is 9 and there's not a single Oliver in her year group either.

Copperoliverbear · 12/01/2023 22:55

I like Oliver. X

Whatistheanswer2023 · 12/01/2023 22:56

Not Oliver please. All the Oliver’s I know are a bit ‘wet’.

RosesAndHellebores · 12/01/2023 23:17

DD's 24. She has a classic name which in 1998 was relatively uncommon. It then seemed to boom.

When she went to school there were 12 girls and 18 boys. Of the 12 girls, 3 were called Alice and 3 were called Imogen.

maddy68 · 12/01/2023 23:24

It's one of my favourite names. It's a classic go for it

ZoyaTheDestroyer · 12/01/2023 23:32

There is nothing objectively wrong with Oliver but if you really love Alfred’s name then I think you owe it to DS2 to continue the search. It sounds like it’s DH’s turn to suggest some names, however!

Sebastian?

Slimjimtobe · 12/01/2023 23:38

Alfred and Issac are great

do you like the names:
Reuben
Jacob
Frances

AllThingsServeTheBeam · 13/01/2023 00:22

Whatistheanswer2023 · 12/01/2023 22:56

Not Oliver please. All the Oliver’s I know are a bit ‘wet’.

What a really stupid comment.

Loachworks · 13/01/2023 00:26

My Ollie is almost thirty. I still love the name There was never another in his class or year even.

WhatAmIDoingWrong123 · 13/01/2023 00:28

TwigTheWonderKid · 12/01/2023 21:21

It's bland, yes

Agree George is much better. Or what about something like Magnus?

How on earth have you made the jump from Oliver to Magnus?

LolaSmiles · 13/01/2023 00:31

It's a nice name, but if you feel like you're both settling then don't settle.

Isaac is also nice.
Samuel or Arthur are nice options too.

mrwalkensir · 13/01/2023 00:32

How about a proper Finn rather than Finley? When our eldest was at at Warwick uni, he said it was assumed that everybody was called Oli. But he's heading for 30. It might be slightly less popular now. Maybe a Fergus?

Purplemagnolias · 13/01/2023 06:52

I think an Oliver could be a lawyer and he could also be a bin man. It's pretty timeless, despite being hugely popular.

What job a person does says nothing about how timeless their name is. A bin man can be named any name btw Confused

Most names that were very fashionable or popular for a period of time tend to fall out of fashion and start to sound dated. Think Andy, Steve, Mike etc. I know sooo many men of my generation with those names. They're dated to the 1970s

totallyhadenoughofthisbs · 13/01/2023 06:57

Every other kid at DS school is called Oliver. It's nice but very boring!

Thepossibility · 13/01/2023 06:59

If you call your first DS Alfie then I think Jeremiah could be cute. Alfie and Jerry.

EarlyYearsMe · 13/01/2023 07:00

Yes it’s very dull

If you like Isaac, how do you feel about
Gabriel/ Gabe
Nathaniel/ Nate
Zachary/Zac

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