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#1 libbylu

Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:50 PM

So I am due tomorrow and we still can't agree!
Top of the list so far is Otis, which we both like, but I'm afraid it just doesn't go well.

Our last name is three syllable Irish name that is a bit of a mouthful, so short and simple for first name is good - no more than 2 syllables.
DS 1 is Kellan.  
We started picking Celtic names for new bubba but just couldn't find any that we both liked.
Owen would go well but it has always been somewhat popular, and we were a bit determined to have something more unusual.  
Do you know many little Owens?  Would you use it over Otis in our situation?  Is having DS1 and DS2 ending in -an and -en a problem?

#2 ~Supernova~

Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:52 PM

Kellan is a beautiful name. IMO Owen works much better than Otis (which I have no issue with).

ETA I know nobody named Owen. I don't see it as hugely popular.

Edited by Mareek, 20 February 2013 - 09:54 PM.


#3 overthehill

Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:56 PM

I love Owen, I know two but they are both grown up.

#4 FauxPas

Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:02 PM


wub.gif Owen  wub.gif

#5 Fillyjonk

Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:06 PM

I like Owen. But maybe I am biased. We've met a couple of other Owens in passing, but don't know any as friends or regular acquaintences.

While I wouldn't have a problemwith an "an" "en" combo, "Kellan and Owen" is a bit of a mouthful if you wanted to call them both at once. But that is a fairly minor issue.

I also like Otis but probably would not use it.

Edited by with the goo goose, 20 February 2013 - 10:07 PM.


#6 Cranky Old Woman

Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:07 PM

I much prefer Owen to Otis.

#7 Ingrid the Swan

Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:16 PM

I would definitely use Owen over Otis. Really really really x1000 dislike Otis.

#8 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:22 PM

Owen is great.
Otis is a dog's name.

#9 Funwith3

Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:33 PM

Milo and Otis....cute movie.

Owen - name of a cute little boy  original.gif
Or a man!

#10 Rolex

Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:39 PM

Love Owen, and really dislike Otis.

I only know of one Owen, he's 9.

#11 emlis22

Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:17 AM

I like Owen, but yeah, it's nothing exciting. I prefer Ewan/Euan



#12 AnotherFeral

Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:24 AM

I know one little Owen. The similar endings make it slightly awkward saying both together, but not a major issue IMO.
I would see Owen as the more conservative of the two names, but I don't have the impression that it's common, either. Otis sounds a bit hipster cool to me. They're both nice; my choice would be whichever goes better with your surname.

#13 Libertine

Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:26 AM

I like Owen and don't know any. Otis is a bit try hard for me.

#14 Quirk

Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:34 AM

Having my very own Owen, I am obviously biased.

Our Owen was named after a dear friend, so I know a big Owen as well as my little Owen. The name suits all ages, I love it. We often get remarks from people who also say they love it.

Owen is Welsh, with the English equivalent being Evan. Otis to me sounds very American.

Edited by Quirk, 21 February 2013 - 08:35 AM.


#15 ~flaxen~

Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:40 AM

I know one little Owen (I've worked with children for 15 yrs now and he's the only one I've come across), and I love the name original.gif

#16 kerilyntaryn

Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:27 AM

Owen and Kellan go great - no problem with the ending

sorry dont like Otis at all,  Owen is great and the only Owen's I know are in there 30's and 40's

#17 Bluenomi

Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:30 AM

Love Owen, don't like Otis at all.

I know 1 baby Owen but it's still uncommon but known which I like

#18 B.feral3

Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:41 AM

I'm not fond of Owen. Otis is better but nms either.

#19 Queen Yoda

Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:25 AM

QUOTE (libbylu @ 20/02/2013, 09:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So I am due tomorrow and we still can't agree!
Top of the list so far is Otis, which we both like, but I'm afraid it just doesn't go well.

Our last name is three syllable Irish name that is a bit of a mouthful, so short and simple for first name is good - no more than 2 syllables.
DS 1 is Kellan.  
We started picking Celtic names for new bubba but just couldn't find any that we both liked.
Owen would go well but it has always been somewhat popular, and we were a bit determined to have something more unusual.  
Do you know many little Owens?  Would you use it over Otis in our situation?  Is having DS1 and DS2 ending in -an and -en a problem?

I like Owen.  While it's not rare, it's not super common either (well, I only know 1 Owen).

I would use Owen over Otis (which would just remind me of otitis media, the medical name for earaches)

#20 prettypenny

Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:30 AM

I like Otis ,as in Otis Redding, but unfortunately was working at a cinema when Milo and Otis was screening and it ruined the name for me.

I know one Owen, Scottish background in his 40s. Like pps I  think Owen will match your DS1 name well.

Good luck with your labour/birth. original.gif

#21 littleboysmum

Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:40 AM

Owen is a gorgeous name. Otis is NMS at all.

#22 Kay1

Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:49 AM

We had similar concerns. We named our DS3 Owen 6 months ago. I was a little worried it was too plain or something but it just suits our little boy so well, we are happy with our choice. original.gif

The only Owen I knew before was my older brother's rather gorgeous friend in High School. He was good looking, kind, friendly and a little bit left of centre. So for me the name embodies these things.

I do think its growing in popularity though (we are obviously not in any way unique as all the names we choose seem to trend when we have used them LOL).

Otis reminds me of the lifts....and to me is not as suitable for an adult.

I know a family where 3 boys all end in 'an'. Not intentionally but it just goes well with their surname. I don't think its an issue and most people don't notice.

#23 Blossom73

Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:54 AM

My 2 year old is named Owen, and it suits him down to the ground.

It is not very common, but we liked that about it as well. I think it is a beautiful name (but I am obviously biased!)

#24 Magnus

Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:56 AM

I'd use Otis, if you really like it (I also like it). I think it's nice if a name flows well with the surname, but I don't think it should be the main reason you choose a particular name. I think an interesting and clunky name would be better than a name chosen just to fit well with the surname.

I also think Owen is pleasant.

#25 SilverSky

Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:50 PM

I love Otis!




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