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Benedict or Benjamin?

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Tapster · 12/02/2008 12:06

Wondering which one I prefer - definitely will be Ben if its a boy but I prefer Dominic but DH hates it so Ben is all we can agree on.

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SnappyLaGore · 12/02/2008 12:49

oh i like Reuben shortened to Ben... bravo. that goes on the advanced shortlist for next time round, ta v much!

Tortington · 12/02/2008 12:50

benjamin is soooooooooo1990's

Lio · 12/02/2008 12:55

Benedict - chose it for ds's middle name because (get ready with your bucket) he was indeed a blessing

Love Dominic too, btw. Benjamin has been hovering in and around the top ten for years, so if you do go for that then just be aware that there are likely to be loads of them at school etc.

bundle · 12/02/2008 12:56


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JingleyJen · 12/02/2008 12:58

We have a Benjamin, a few people have tried to shorten it but we correct them and say that we aren't shortening it.
Totally aware that by the time he is going to the pub with his mates he will probably be Ben.

However - my first boyfriend was Dominic and he was Dom the whole way through school..

Mum1369 · 12/02/2008 13:07


I just had a Ben ! Ben was also the only name we could agree on. Don't see the point in a longer name if you are just going to shorten it anyway - so he's just Ben.
Having said that my older son calls hi Benson or 'the Benster' !!!
Poor lad- it will probably stick...

meemar · 12/02/2008 13:12

Agree there is nothing wrong with just Ben if that's what he'll be called anyway.

HonoriaGlossop · 12/02/2008 13:49

Benedict is much more distinguished and stylish.

I also like Dominic. If that's your favourite of all SURELY you get the casting vote? I may be sexist and un-pc and all but I did the carrying and the DAYS of AGONY in labour so I bloomin well was going to have the final say

EllbellTheBluestocking · 12/02/2008 13:54

I like both Benjamin and Benedict, and I particularly like Reuben (which would have been dd2's name, if she'd been a ds).

I also know a pair of brothers called Dominic and Benedict, but for me that'd be taking the monk thing a bit too far.

MaeWest · 12/02/2008 15:47

I got the casting vote by breathlessly gibbering 'he's Dominic isn't he' about 5 mins after I'd given birth. DH didn't stand a chance...

paros · 12/02/2008 15:56

Every time I hear the name Benedict I think of the word eggs , Sorry LOL

McDreamy · 12/02/2008 16:07

This is the conversation DH and I had 3 years ago!!! He wanted Benedict and I wanted Benjamin....ended up with Ben as we both agreed that would be what he would be known as anyway!

GooseyLoosey · 12/02/2008 16:12

Benedict for me, but must confess I have never consider the use children might make of some of the syllables so perhaps might have to reconsider.

IdrisTheDragon · 12/02/2008 16:16

I like hearing the positive things about Benjamin as that's DS's name .

He is still a Benjamin (he's 4.2) and I think might stay one. Although I do call him Benjabob sometimes and have been calling him Bob a bit recently.....need to reign myself in a bit I think .

MaeWest · 12/02/2008 16:18

I have a cousin called Benedick, yep, that's right, the Shakespearean spelling... He is known as Ben

Tapster · 12/02/2008 17:12

I am right off Benedict now. Still Benjamin as a possibility. Problem with Dominic is I hate the shortening to Dom. If it is a he, he will be baptised a catholic (school ) so I need a full name not just Ben there isn't a saint Ben.

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MrsMattie · 12/02/2008 17:13

You don't have to give your child a 'Catholic' first name - you can give him a biblical middle name, or even choose a 'Baptism' name, I think.

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FJLA · 12/02/2008 19:29

Definitely Benedict. I know someone with one and he's nicknamed Ned, which is cool (if you don't live in Scotland).
Another way to get Ben is Reuben.

MaryAnnSingleton · 12/02/2008 19:30


McDreamylove · 12/02/2008 19:31

We are catholic and my Ben was baptised Ben with no problem.

LaDiDaDi · 12/02/2008 19:35

I prefer Benedict.

ILiveinhope · 12/02/2008 19:37


DS was to be either Dominic or Benjamin or Christopher. He is a Christopher. Although I almost regret it coz I don' really like the shortening to Chris. Although aged 6 he is still called Christopher by everyone.

The other name you could consider christening him is Bernard, my dad is Bernard and it is shortened to Ben. Out of all the names though I like Dominic best - and as someone else said - you are doing all the work - so just wait til he is born, and whilst your husband is at the elated stage, announce that he looks like a Dominic.

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