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Last name post before I birth this baby

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AlbertVictoriaPlum · 12/04/2023 20:46

Girl name is set.
Boy name please help me and DP to settle on either Francis or Franklin
I prefer the classic Francis but DP put off by ‘wet’ comments. DP prefers Franklin but I think it is very surnamey.
We want the nn Frank/ie so it will be one of these names but please help us

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DarlingG · 12/04/2023 20:47

I love Frankie as a name.. so I’d probably say Franklin on the birth certificate. Francis I’m not as keen on but if you have your heart set on one ignore any comments on here and go for it

Believeinmarmite · 12/04/2023 20:48

Personally I agree Francis is much better. All the Frankies I know are Francesca buy am guessing you have considered this

BevMarsh · 12/04/2023 20:49

Prefer Franklin.
I'm sorry but Francis sounds feminine to me.

Luredbyapomegranate · 12/04/2023 20:50

Francis nn Frank/ie gives you the best of all words

Franklin is nice enough but slightly faddy

Hedjwitch · 12/04/2023 20:50

Just go with Frank

OMGitsnotgood · 12/04/2023 20:51

Hedjwitch · 12/04/2023 20:50

Just go with Frank

Or Frankie, with Frank when older if he prefers it

StopFeckingFaffing · 12/04/2023 20:53

I prefer Francis

Franklin sounds more 'trendy' and I tend to prefer classic/traditional rather than more modern/American sounding names

Rebelmcstreettuff · 12/04/2023 20:56

Just go with Frank and call him Frankie while he is still little.

Teacupjunkie · 12/04/2023 20:59


Animalsoffartingwood · 12/04/2023 21:13

Francis. DP needs to get comfortable with 'wet' comments, regardless of name. Not all boys come out date devil and boisterous. Some come out cautious, thoughtful and kind. Thank Christ. Having these qualities does not make a boy lesser.

Awwlookatmybabyspider · 12/04/2023 21:24

There's nothing "wet" about Francis its a very good strong solid name. I'm not too keen on Franklin.

IfYouLikePinaCoIadas · 12/04/2023 21:25


Sausagerolex · 12/04/2023 21:26

Frank and just call him Frankie

Im not at all keen on Francis or Franklin tbh but if I had to decide I’d say Francis.

SylvanianFrenemies · 12/04/2023 21:46

Francis by a mile.

ChildrenOfTheQuorn · 12/04/2023 22:23


Ophelia55 · 12/04/2023 23:19

Francis is so handsome! I simply don’t agree that this is a “wet” name, whatever that means?! It’s classic, ages well, and has great historical namesakes. Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552), a missionary to East Asia, philosopher and scientist Francis Bacon (1561-1626), and the explorer and admiral Sir Francis Drake (1540-1595) are wonderful bearers of the name and exemplify intelligence, adventure, bravery, and humanity. Anything but wet!

Frankie is so sweet for a young child, while Frank is a strong sounding name if that is more desirable. Overall, Francis is a fabulous name with great pedigree and lots of good choices.

As an aside, Franklin does remind me (and my kids!) a lot of the children’s books and cartoon (Franklin is a turtle), but we spent some time living in North America where it was very popular so might not be a concern for you!

SpringIntoChaos · 12/04/2023 23:27

Francis by a country mile! Franklin is odd-sounding to me as a first name. Like you said OP, it is a surname.

fairycupcakes · 12/04/2023 23:37

Francis is a great name! If it’s not working for DP though and you both agree on Frank and Frankie why don’t you go with Frank on BC and that will naturally give way to the nickname of Frankie. Wishing you the best x

MiniEggsAllYear · 12/04/2023 23:50

If you want Frank, just use Frank! It's a standalone name.

Mammyloveswine · 13/04/2023 00:54

I think Francis is a beautiful name! Especially love nn Frankie!

Mammyloveswine · 13/04/2023 00:57

Also op im a big fan of having the "proper" name on the birth certificate rather than the nickname.

Backfired a bit with youngest as he never gets his full name and can never remember it Grin. However, his nickname is VERY popular where we live so he may well end up using his given name to distinguish himself! (Most others that share his name have the nickname as their given name).

LimitMyScreenTime · 13/04/2023 01:31

Francis is a shocker of a name

mathanxiety · 13/04/2023 02:40


Your H needs to sit himself down and examine his ideas around masculinity.

teenagersandatoddler · 13/04/2023 02:45

Francis to be Fran.

jakephi · 13/04/2023 03:27

Frank is old fashioned but Frankie is lovely and modern . So you can't go wrong with that name. Francis is not the same and i represent the name Frank over Francis any day

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