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#1 Emmaleee

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:21 PM

Struggling to pick a boys name for baby #1 due early March.

Amongst the favourites are:
Billy
Harry (these are the only two hubby really likes)

Louis
Ari
Micah

Thoughts or suggestions? Not worried about middle name at this stage, will probably be a family name or something. Hubby has fairly plain taste and it takes a long time to convince him or some of the more unusual names I like.

Surname is  N-----son so any names ending with SON or a hard n sound are out- example Jackson, Harrison, Gideon, Finn

#2 la di dah

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:25 PM

I love Ari and Micah. Billy is short for William to me.

Nothing wrong with it as a nickname for William, either, but it doesn't really stand alone. William doesn't seem too fussy or prim even for a man with plain tastes, its pretty classic and strong?

#3 laridae

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:31 PM

I don't like Billy just as Billy, prefer as a nickname to William.
I don't think Billy ages well.

Harry is ok.

How about:
Ben
Tom
Tim
Mike
etc if your DH like simple names

You could then go all out with either more unusual longer versions of the name for the actual name, and use his plain & simple name as the nickname
So, Tom could really be Tomas, Tim be Mortimer, Ben could be Benedict, Billy could be Wilhelm, Mike could be Micah etc
Or use more unusual names as the middle name.

#4 No girls here

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:37 PM

Micah is definitely my favourite and I don't mind Ari. As PP said Billy is too much of a nickname and I don't think suits an adult that well.

#5 tick

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:37 PM

I think Billy is a great name, but I'd probably go for William or even perhaps Bill on the birth certificate (and never actually call him anything but Billy).

#6 veematt1976

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:38 PM

I love Billy and Harry. I like boys names that are not too fussy... I have a James, an Adam and a Ryan :-)

#7 B.feral3

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:41 PM

Billy has very negative feelings for me due to a very nasty one I once knew. (Billy was his birth name.)

I like your other names though OP.

#8 4kidlets

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:51 PM

Im not a fan of giveing a child a name that you never actually use - ie William but always calling him Billy.


On the other hand  I do agree that Billy is a bit nicknamish for a stand alone name.



Harry is fine as a stand alone name so I would choose that.

#9 Gudrun

Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:01 PM

My favourite is Louis.  It would go in the 'adore' box for me.  You seem to like the 'ee' ending which could point you to a range of options eg Remy, Rory...

Ari I like a lot.

Harry I like too.

Micah is OK.

I wouldn't choose Billy as a stand-alone. But it would work as NN not only to William but also by relation to Willis, Wilfred, Willem, Wilhelm, Gwylim, Wilkie, Liam...




#10 ~Peaches~

Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:09 PM

I LOVE Ari, that is my top pick from your list wub.gif

I really like Billy. I know 3 Billy's and that is their full name, 2 are babies, and one is 26, I've never thought it odd at all that their name is Billy on it's own and not William. Really like Harry as well original.gif

#11 dogsneaker

Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:13 PM

I really like Harry.

I am a fan of old fashioned names for boys. Billy as a nm for William. Not keen on the rest.

#12 la di dah

Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:22 PM

post made no sense so I deleted it.

Edited by la di dah, 16 November 2012 - 09:28 PM.


#13 JaneLane

Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:24 PM

My fav is Micah, then Ari.  Billy is OK but most would assume it is a NN for William - although I have never really understood how.  Harry is also alright, NMS but I think of Prince Harry who is a bit of alright  wink.gif

#14 Bomber girl

Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:26 PM

I know two just Billys and I don't mind it. It can always get shortened to Bill later on

#15 la di dah

Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:32 PM

QUOTE (blue4me @ 16/11/2012, 10:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My fav is Micah, then Ari.  Billy is OK but most would assume it is a NN for William - although I have never really understood how.  Harry is also alright, NMS but I think of Prince Harry who is a bit of alright  wink.gif


Prince Harry, really? sick.gif

(And while we're talking nicknames, he's a Henry, but aaanyway)

Bill is short for William by way of Will? A lot of the old English nicknames rhyme as in Patty/Mattie and Polly/Molly and Bob/Rob. Helped distinguish when you had a bunch of living relatives with the same names instead of the current trend of not using a name unless you don't know another soul with it.

#16 kerilyntaryn

Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:33 PM

Billy - ok,  prefer William as the full name though
Harry - ok,  prefer Henry

Louis - ok
Ari - ok
Micah - nice

Thomas
Thaddeus
Patrick
Angus
Malachi
Levi
Eli
Elijah
Isaiah
Josiah
Jonah
Lucas
Luca
Marcus


#17 feralangel

Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:40 PM

Love the name Billy.

My brother, William, has always been known as Billy and prefers it that way.

Billy is a great name that hasn't become too popular(a good thing).

I'm not keen on Harry (too popular).





#18 Bellefin

Posted 17 November 2012 - 12:28 AM

Friends of mine have a little boy, William is on the birth certificate but they have called him Billy from birth and everyone got used to it. He is only 2 though so I don't know what will happen as he gets older. Can't see them calling him William though.

#19 mini mac

Posted 17 November 2012 - 12:40 AM

Ari, Micah, Harry I'm impartial to.
I really like Billy and Louis. Were both and still are on our shortlist.

#20 FiveAus

Posted 17 November 2012 - 04:02 AM

I love the name Billy. I prefer to give the child the name they'll be known as, so I'd be very partial to using Billy as the real name rather than William.

Harry is too old-mannish for me, whereas Billy suits from baby to retiree. Great name!

#21 Ingrid the Swan

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:28 AM

I would definitely use William NN Billy over Billy as a full name. It makes the name more complete and more suitable for every stage of life.

The only other name I like on your list is Micah.

#22 Iris37

Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:35 AM

I really like Billy sounds better to me than William  original.gif .

#23 Emmaleee

Posted 18 November 2012 - 02:40 PM

Thanks for all your suggestions lovely EBers!

The trouble with a husband who likes simple names is that they're pretty much all already taken by other family members!

Amongst those which are 'unavaliable' are

Michael
Jonathan
Thomas
Matt
James
Rory
Remi
Archie
Daniel
Levi
Elijah
Jack
Andrew

i guess in the end we would be confortable naming baby any of the ones on our list, the rest of the world will have to 'lump it'!


#24 mummmi79

Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:35 AM

Ari is my fave from your list.. I do like Billy also, just not as much biggrin.gif

#25 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:28 PM

I like Harry.




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