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#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 Imaginary friend

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 Imaginary friend

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






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