Jump to content

Boys names - ARRRRGGGGHH!
thoughts on Alfred?


  • Please log in to reply
35 replies to this topic

#1 Jaffacakes

Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:04 PM

Hi all,

Interested in hearing thoughts on the name Alfred, with nickname Alfie

DH quite likes it (it is a family name on his side), and while I adore the nickname Alfie (love the Shirley Hughes books), Alfred just seems a bit much to me....

Siblings are Lydia Catherine and William Stewart

Other possibilities (classic type names):

Miles
Henry (not sure with a William already)
James
Julian (probably no longer a real contender)

Middle names (not keen on these as first names as they are the names of family members who are still alive):

Alexander (preferred) or Joseph or Patrick

Help me please oh wise EBers!!!!


#2 kerilyntaryn

Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:11 PM

Interested in hearing thoughts on the name Alfred, with nickname Alfie - I'm not fussed on Alfred/Alfie

Henry - I think Henry Alexander would be nice
James Alexander/Patrick- would be my 2nd choice






#3 IamAuntyA

Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:14 PM

I think Alfie is cute for a baby and little boy not so much for a teenager and Middle aged man.
I really don't like Alfred.  


Out of the names you listed  I think I would go with;
Miles Patrick or  
James Alexander
actually Patrick goes well with both original.gif original.gif

Edited by imatrying, 22 January 2013 - 11:18 PM.


#4 4kidlets

Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:29 PM

Alfred does not appeal to me at all and neither does Alfie, either as a nn or a stand alone name.
I don't think I would do Henry with William, although its not as obvious as William and Harry (yes, I know Prince Harry's name is actually Henry)
I vote for James with Alexander or Patrick as mn.
Lydia, William and James makes good sibset.


#5 la di dah

Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:37 PM

I love Miles. I love Henry, but agree probably not best with William.

I like Al fine, not sure about Alfred. Definitely wouldn't use Alfie alone. My sister recently was in my ear making an impassioned case for Alfred (it is a family name for us too) and I was more than happy to let her dibs it. Same woman threw herself into battle defending the honour of the name George, fwiw.

#6 mini mac

Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:46 PM

For me Alfie doesn't translate to an adults name. Don't like Alfred at all.
Not a fan of Miles either. Sorry.

James Alexander or James Patrick sound nice with your other kids names.





#7 José

Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:38 AM

Alfie doesnt work beyond early childhood imo. Alfred makes me  think of alf from home and away.  Usually with tv show characters ppl say no onr will remember them when the child is school age but stone thr flaming crows alf has been there since the beginning abd he'll be there til the end!
From ur list I like miles

#8 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:45 AM

To me Alfred/Alfie are names that just do not work any more (like Cecil and Victor). My vote would be for James Patrick.

#9 Gudrun

Posted 23 January 2013 - 01:03 AM

I am a big fan of Alfred with NN Alf.  Fred is a good NN too.


Alfred is also perfect with the sibset IMO and I don't think any of the other options are.

You could use any of those MNs with Alfred.

#10 wishing wish

Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:06 AM

I love the name Miles

Could you do Miles Alfred??

#11 vanessa71

Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:13 AM

It's not something I would use, but I think Alfred would be fine. Unlike PPs, I can see Alfie working for an adult, I don't see it as a NN reseved for little kids only. I think all your other names are fine too.


#12 Le-a

Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:13 AM

I agree with Gudrun.

What about Jude? Sorry, I know you haven't asked for suggestions..

#13 emlis22

Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:37 AM

Alfie just reminds me of that 13yo boy that fathered a child (or something like that).

But I really like Albert. Albie and Bertie are awesome nicknames

#14 elle-M

Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:18 PM

I LOVE Alfred, such a strong, traditional name. Love it! I also like Alfie and ADORE Fred (if we have a boy next he'll be Fred/Frederick).

Old names are cool  cool.gif

#15 mini mac

Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:26 PM

QUOTE (emlis22 @ 23/01/2013, 08:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
But I really like Albert. Albie and Bertie are awesome nicknames


Ha. Met a guy travelling years ago and decided if I ever had a boy his name would be Alby as I loved this name. Then I married one instead! biggrin.gif Funnily, his family have always called him Albert. Me and my family and his friends all call him Alby.

#16 FiveAus

Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:11 PM

Not at all keen on Alfred, but I'm not keen on old man names in general. A lot of them aren't "classic" or timeless, because you'd be hard pressed to find anyone aged 20, 30, 40, 50 named Alfred (or Frederick).
They re just old fashioned.

I much prefer the timeless names like Andrew, Christopher, James, John etc.

#17 Clarial

Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:16 PM

I like Henry. I wouldn't worry about the William and Henry combination, go with it if you like it - its not as though you're considering a Venus and Serena sibset ;-)

#18 B.feral3

Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:19 PM

I'm not a fan of Alfred and I really dislike Alfie.

#19 blenheim

Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:26 PM

I like it - I'm a bigger fan of Albert though - Bertie and Albie - cool original.gif

#20 fifi-trixibelle

Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:35 PM

I'm really not a fan of Alfred/Alfie.

Miles- very nice
Henry- lovely, and I'd use it with William
James- lovely
Julian- I love this, but I find it sounds  a bit too similar to William

I love both Alexander and Patrick of the middle names.

Henry Patrick or James Alexander would be my choice.

#21 Plaxy

Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:12 PM

I don't mind Alfred and think Fred is a great NN. Alfie is ok. I think it goes really well with your other kid's names. So does Henry - not sure why you wouldn't use this with William?

#22 tres-chic

Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:16 PM

I just can't abide Alfie, but love Alfred with a NN Freddie, or Albie/Alby at a stretch. Anything but Alfie  wink.gif

I love all of your other suggestions, especially Henry, James, Joseph and Patrick.

#23 Ingrid the Swan

Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:25 PM

I prefer all of your other options to Alfred.

#24 4kidlets

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:22 PM

QUOTE (Susiebelle @ 23/01/2013, 06:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So does Henry - not sure why you wouldn't use this with William?



I am assuming the other posters who thought William and Henry wouldnt be great together were also thinking of Prince William and Prince Harry (Henry) and thought it was a tad royal copycat looking to have both princes names for brothers.

#25 Jaffacakes

Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:15 PM

Thanks guys - looks like it is pretty evenly split.

I'm thinking my faves are (in order):

Miles
Henry
James
Alfred/Alfie (I had forgotten about Alf from Home and Away - and even though I never watch the show I think most people know of him)

So at least we may have a shortlist to take to hospital biggrin.gif YAY!!

At least our girls name is pretty much sorted biggrin.gif






1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

How I learnt to relax about routines

After many routine-led, tough years, we've realised that being parenting isn't about being perfect. It isn't about following a schedule to a T.

Should you have a third child or not?

I thought our family had been complete with our two boys. I had no idea how much I needed my daughter until she was here.

Helping a toddler embrace an adopted sibling

A single parent by choice, I am preparing to adopt a second baby from Morocco. And I face a special challenge.

When pregnancy messes with your self-esteem

Pregnancy doesn't make all women feel beautiful. It certainly doesn't raise every woman's self-esteem.

Join us in The BIG nappy change

Introducing the new Coles Little Explorer Nappies! You can confidently rely on Coles Little Explorer nappies at each stage of your child's growth, so take the Big Nappy Change and try new Coles Little Explorer nappies for yourself!

Robbie Williams live tweets wife's labour

And the award for most patient woman in labour goes to ... Robbie Williams' wife, Ayda Field.

Vaccine ignorance is deadly and contagious

In the absence of credible, strong political leadership, paranoia about disease can go viral.

Parenting differently based on birth order

All children have unique personalities, but keeping birth order in mind could help when parenting.

How to get rid of the mum guilt

Motherhood and guilt seem to go hand in hand, but there are ways to focus

Paid parental leave scheme grinds to a halt

The future of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme appears to be up in the air, despite the fact it is due to begin in less than nine months.

The devastation of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders

No one's sure how many Australians are affected by foetal alcohol spectrum disorders, but the consequences for those who are can be devastating.

The pros and cons of finding out the sex of your unborn baby

It’s often one of the biggest choices parents make during the course of their pregnancy; to find out, or not to find out, the sex of their baby before it’s born.

Toddler's awesome dress up month

Two-year-old Willow and her photographer mum, Gina Lee, made October "Dress Up Willow Month". She posted photos of Willow's costumes on her Instagram account, and her creative takes on popular culture are simply adorable.

Childhood around the world

It can be easy to assume our ideas around childhood are universal, but they are particular to where we live, as these practices show.

Best picks for baby and toddler shoes

Here's a great selection of footwear from pre-walker to walker ensuring comfort and style for growing feet.

I lost my wife and daughters to Ebola - then it came for my son

Sunday, September 21, is a day I will never forget.

The 'yucky' illness that took over my life

I have a chronic illness nobody likes to discuss. It involves toilet talk, and probably caused my miscarriage. But it needs to be talked about.

Prenatal testing: the facts

Prenatal testing is done to check if a baby has certain medical conditions before birth. Here is some important information about what the tests are for and the risks involved.

5 things to do with your baby?s old clothes

Did you think your only option for your baby?s old clothes was to pack them away or give them to the Salvos? Think again.

Why it's possible to not realise you're pregnant until the baby arrives

After hearing about 'surprise babies' born to mums who didn't know they were pregnant, it's common to ask "how did she not realise?" But experts say it's entirely possible for it to happen.

'My miracle is finally here'

How has the world continued on its pace when mine has been altered so drastically?

Dairy can help older women fall pregnant: study

Ice cream may be the ultimate comfort food, but a study suggests it could also help older women to have children.

Megan Gale goes topless for 'sexiest people' cover

Six months after a heavily pregnant Megan Gale posed nude for Marie Claire, the glowing new mum has gone topless for the cover of another magazine.

A new perspective on life from living with two diseases

A mother shares her personal story about the difficulty of living with two conditions, one of which stops her from being able to see her daughter's face.

Warning about Children's Panadol dosage

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has issued a safety advisory warning parents about confusion when using the dosing syringe supplied with Children's Panadol.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Take 'The Coles Big Nappy Change' Challenge

You could become part of our Test Drive team and win one of 200 packs of Coles Little Explorer Nappies as part of our 5-day challenge.

Win 1 of 5 Canon Powershot D30 cameras

Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!

16 parenting truths you won't find in the baby books

I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.

Best and worst potty party cakes

It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.

7 tips for a financially festive Christmas

Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

'Go the F*** to Sleep' author's new book for frustrated parents

A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.

Great birthday party buys from Etsy

Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.

Join us in The BIG nappy change

Introducing the new Coles Little Explorer Nappies! You can confidently rely on Coles Little Explorer nappies at each stage of your child's growth, so take the Big Nappy Change and try new Coles Little Explorer nappies for yourself!

Creative storage ideas for the kids' rooms

Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.

Weird trend

Couple has five babies in 14 months

Julie and David Grygla weren't sure they'd ever have kids - but their dreams have now well and truly come true.

To the mum in the doctor's waiting room

Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

 

What's in a name?

Baby Names

Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.