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Partner and I can't agree from the list below!

36 replies

glasshalffull0 · 12/11/2023 18:33

We don't know the gender yet but every time I suggest a name my partner either says flat out "no" or "hmm that's ok I suppose". He doesn't seem to love any! The names below are the ones I like. What are your opinions on them and do you have any similar alternatives?

I've listed them and next to them put my partners opinion

Erin - ok
Grace - ok
Molly - dogs name
Evelyn - hates it
Emilia - hates it with an E
Mia - ok
Isla - ok
Sophia - ok
Rosie - no

Oliver - no
George - no
James - ok
Jack - no
Louis - ok

I feel like we're never going to name our baby at this rate!

OP posts:
Mumofgirls2017 · 13/11/2023 05:55

I’d pick Erin or James from the ones your partner thinks are acceptable! Other ideas

holly
mila
ava
sadie
eva
elsie
eliza
orla
alice
isabel
maeve
lilah

henry
edward
william
leo
arthur
charlie
oscar
max
rory
liam
alexander

user1492757084 · 13/11/2023 06:21

So you have some lovely names to use .. .
James
Louis
Sophia
Isla
Erin
Grace
Mia
Amelie

Also make a list of any family names that you wish to use. Some first names will be eliminated as the family names will not go with them.
Eliminate some initials if they don't work with your surname.

KirstenBlest · 13/11/2023 09:03

Erin - not keen, nothingy and a bit harsh sounding
Grace - a lot to live up to, not keen on the sound
Molly - like it but a bit twee
Evelyn - DH hates it -me too
Emilia - too close to Amelia, which I don't like -A-ME-lia
Mia - overused and looks prettier than it sounds - ME-uh
Isla - overused
Sophia - overused
Rosie - like it but a bit twee
Amelie - looks prettier than it sounds, too close to Emily

Oliver - like
George - ok
James - love
Jack - ok but I know several
Louis - a bit twee

It looks like you've only looked at the names that are currently popular and most are overused.
Your child will be Firstname Surname most of the time, so you need a name that flows with the surname.

I'd look at names that are less popular and try to establish why/what makes you like the name.
Consider things like:

  • whether the name is likely to cause spelling or pronunciation issues

(Amelia/Emilia, Amelie/Emily, Mia/Mya/Maya/Maia, Louis/Louie)
  • if name will get shortened, (Amelia/Milly, Oliver/Olly, James/Jamie/Jim)
  • and if the name will run into the surname (Jack Hughes/Jaccuse, Mia Nelson/Me an' Elson)
  • avoid anything that sounds a bit silly. (Isla White, Erin Perrin)


You both need to like the name, and the baby (child, adult) will need to liv with it.
Elmeux · 13/11/2023 09:07

My DH and I couldn't agree on names either, but I felt he was deliberately obtuse about it. I just kept working out a list of names that I liked and then after DD was born I gave him my final list to choose from and in the end he said didn't really mind so I named her my favourite.

user1492757084 · 16/11/2023 08:36

Other suggestions ..
Amal Jamima - Amal Clooney is very smart.
Jock Alexander

Samzzz · 16/11/2023 18:04

Amelie is lovely. What about
Ottilie
Aurelia
Summer
Sienna
Orla
Eden
Frances
Annie
Harper

I like James, it’s underused as a first name. How about:
Jude
Joshua
Harry
Finley
Oscar
Otis
Hayden
Henry

peaceinourtime · 20/11/2023 14:24

Names from your list: Mia, Isla and Sophia have been done to death.

peaceinourtime · 20/11/2023 14:24

Names from your list: Mia, Isla and Sophia have been done to death.

marshmallowfinder · 20/11/2023 14:31

user1492757084 · 16/11/2023 08:36

Other suggestions ..
Amal Jamima - Amal Clooney is very smart.
Jock Alexander

Amal is too close to Anal.

timoteigirl · 20/11/2023 15:10

All the names in your lists seem bog standard names. Usually women want more usual and men more ordinary. What has he suggested instead?

Mia = missing in action

KirstenBlest · 20/11/2023 15:27

@marshmallowfinder and Jamima too close to Shamima.
Both names look Arabic or Middle Eastern and OP's list is run-of-the-mill UK names.

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