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Boy name help - Beau, Jacques or Miles

89 replies

afrenchmum · 11/06/2023 18:35

Hi all,

Due in September and struggling on a boys name. It’s between Beau, Miles and Jacques. What do we think of each name and which is your favourite. Thanks in advance for the help!

OP posts:
grass321 · 11/06/2023 19:54

Sorry yes to Miles or Jack.

RichPetunia · 11/06/2023 20:01

None

SummerInSun · 11/06/2023 20:01

Beaux is terrible in English because it's an old fashioned word for boyfriend.

NameChange30 · 11/06/2023 20:08

AgentProvocateur · 11/06/2023 19:19

Is Jacques pronounced Jacks? One of my colleagues in France is called Jacques but I’ve been calling him “Jack” (with a soft J). Oops.

No, it isn't.
The s is silent.
Anyone who speaks decent French should know that.

LysHastighed · 11/06/2023 20:11

Miles

KirstenBlest · 11/06/2023 20:12

Beau - dreadful. Is it a name in France?
Jacques - will be said as Jakes in the UK
Miles - great

ReeseWitherfork · 11/06/2023 20:16

afrenchmum · 11/06/2023 19:21

@NameChange30 I get Jacques has a soft j but I’m reality I assume most people in England would just pronounce is Jacks as would we too.

Yes I spoke French a lot when I was young and went across to visit relatives often and vice versa. The name list is just preference over it being about French heritage. They’re just names we have agreed on and like.

Other names we have toyed with are Jude, Jack, and Rafe.

Much prefer Jude, Jack and Rafe. Raphael was on the list that PP sent?

FWIW I can’t speak any French and I’d pronounce it Jack with a soft J, no S.

Scirocco · 11/06/2023 20:20

This has to be a wind-up. Surely no sane person who knows any French would want to pronounce their child's name as 'Jacks'.

drpet49 · 11/06/2023 20:20

greglet · 11/06/2023 19:35

If you had a child named Jacques and pronounced it Jacks I would think you were thick as two short planks, frankly. Or should that be planques?

I agree with this.

Beau is awful. Miles is okay.

catsnhats11 · 11/06/2023 20:27

I have no French links whatsoever, and know Jacques has a soft J and a silent S, surely no-one would pronounce it Jacks.. I don't get the idea of having a foreign name of you have no strong link to that country? Not just the OP, I mean this trend in general.

MargotBamborough · 11/06/2023 20:31

KirstenBlest · 11/06/2023 20:12

Beau - dreadful. Is it a name in France?
Jacques - will be said as Jakes in the UK
Miles - great

It's not a name in France, no.

The same number of baby boys were named Beau in France last year as the number of baby boys named Handsome in England: zero.

Not only is it not a name in France, it's a name which will make it impossible for you to travel to France without being the butt of a joke everywhere you go.

Lifeinlists · 11/06/2023 20:38

greglet · 11/06/2023 19:35

If you had a child named Jacques and pronounced it Jacks I would think you were thick as two short planks, frankly. Or should that be planques?

Gales of laughter in our house when I just read that out. Brilliant!

OP just call him Jack. Jacks is a non starter.

Workawayxx · 11/06/2023 20:43

Miles is the best one in my opinion.

headcheffer · 11/06/2023 20:50

Beau is so awful 🤢 sorry OP. Best one from your list is Miles.

NameChange30 · 11/06/2023 20:52

greglet · 11/06/2023 19:35

If you had a child named Jacques and pronounced it Jacks I would think you were thick as two short planks, frankly. Or should that be planques?

🤣🤣🤣

NameChange30 · 11/06/2023 20:54

MargotBamborough · 11/06/2023 20:31

It's not a name in France, no.

The same number of baby boys were named Beau in France last year as the number of baby boys named Handsome in England: zero.

Not only is it not a name in France, it's a name which will make it impossible for you to travel to France without being the butt of a joke everywhere you go.

Yup

PickledScrump · 11/06/2023 20:55

Jack is great, Jacques is fine but for goodness sake pronounce it correctly. Saying it as Jacks is just butchering it. Beau is not great. Miles is the best from your list.

Cas112 · 11/06/2023 20:58

Miles

afrenchmum · 11/06/2023 21:05

Gosh this has caused a stir! Maeva and James from Made in Chelsea have named their son Beau and she is French - with French parents and born/ raised in France. Seems they would be okay taking Beau to France, so I’m interested if any people blasting taking Beau to France have any true idea or are just making assumptions. There are some very interesting perspectives nonetheless.

I do love Jude but worry it is the next Teddy/ Theo etc (both great names but wildly popular where we are).

OP posts:
grass321 · 11/06/2023 21:09

I have a bit of a secret soft spot for Maeva. Although imagine her feisty genes in a toddler.. (Now I'm seeing where Miles came from).

GoodVibesHere · 11/06/2023 21:20

Sheesh OP. I suggest you forget attempting a French name! I mean surely you can't name him Jacques and pronounce it as 'Jacks', that is ridiculous.

Crimblecrumble1990 · 11/06/2023 21:25

I have a Beau and luckily he is beautiful but wouldn't matter if he wasn't. The same as a girl being called Belle really.

Who knows if he is ever going to visit France or get into enough conversations with French people for them to judge his name. People hate it here too (as shown on this thread) so not worried about people in another country hating it as well.

kafkascastle · 11/06/2023 21:26

None of them, I’m sorry to say. They sound like cat’s names, except Miles which is just awful.

wordsthreerandom · 11/06/2023 21:28

Miles

dartsofcupid · 11/06/2023 21:32

Miles and Jacques sound quite aspirational without being hugely interesting. I really like Rafe, it’s dashing, though I would have a worry about piss-taking when he gets older, we know a Rafe and he people do sometimes scrawl over the F with a P on lists etc. Sadly teenage boys can be devastatingly obvious in their slaggings and it feels like an open goal. The scattergun cruelty of adolescents would also deter me from calling a child Beau (or Jolie) just in case they don’t strike their classmates as deserving of the name.

Jules, as suggested by a PP, has style, and, just a thought, Andre?

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