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#1 Mrs Flanders

Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:12 PM

We've been searching for the perfect name for our son, due in April and I think I might have found it: Sullivan.

As there are no surprises with this baby - we know the sex and date he'll arrive - so I am trying to keep names close to our chest. I can't run this by any of my friends or family which is why I'd love to hear what the EB critics think!

It would probably be either Sullivan James or Sullivan Lee (both family names). NN would be Sully. I like Van, but it doesn't seem like a natural nickname to me.

Surname is two syllables, starting with R and ending in S. Sibling is Amelia (Milly).

Other contenders are

Frederick (Freddie) James
Frederick (Freddie) Lee
James (Jimmy) William


#2 doubledelight

Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:17 PM

Not to my taste but I actually know a Sully who has a surname of Sullivan so it's an association rather than flavour thing.

It actually goes quite nicely with your DDs' name

#3 Eirinn

Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:17 PM

It has never been on my radar before, and I'm not generally a fan of surnames as first names....but I actually quite like it. Sully is a cool nickname.

#4 Guest_Nyz31_*

Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:19 PM

So weird! I was only thinking yesterday that Sullivan would be a lovely name for a boy (was thinking about operas at the time and Gilbert & Sullivan).....

If Frederick is a contender, why not Sullivan Frederick?

#5 ~airbickie~

Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:21 PM

I think it's pretty cool. I really like the sound of Amelia & Sullivan together. Not sure I like Milly & Sully though. It feels like a mouthful. But if you're fine with it, then go for it.

#6 Thalidae

Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:25 PM

I like Sullivan James

Edited by Thalidae, 23 February 2012 - 02:27 PM.

#7 Z-girls rock

Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:26 PM

nms. I am one of those people who don't like lastnames as firstnames.

#8 blenheim

Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:27 PM

I really like it - it's on our list (if we go for number #3) but it would be our 3rd S name so perhaps not...

#9 Princess.cranky.pants

Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:32 PM

Another one who is not a fan of surnames being used as first names. And I don't like Sully as a nickname.

#10 Bel Rowley

Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:43 PM

NMS at all, I much prefer Frederick.

#11 Mrs Flanders

Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:44 PM

QUOTE (~airbickie~ @ 23/02/2012, 03:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think it's pretty cool. I really like the sound of Amelia & Sullivan together. Not sure I like Milly & Sully though. It feels like a mouthful. But if you're fine with it, then go for it.

Thanks for the replies.

The "Milly and Sully" thing is the only problem I've been able to come up with, so I think I could live with it.

#12 irises

Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:59 PM

Yes, I love it. Considered it myself for our next one but DP has vetoed it. It means 'dark eyed' which I love - is your kid likely to have dark eyes?

The Milly/Sully thing is the only problem I can see too, everything else fits beautifully, but it's not a huge problem, is it? They won't be together forever, and you can always introduce them by their full names, or one full name one nickname. I like it.

#13 pippityroo

Posted 23 February 2012 - 03:17 PM

I really like it.

I especially love the possible nicknames of Sully or Van wub.gif

#14 bakesgirls

Posted 23 February 2012 - 03:25 PM

I love it!! I had never even thought of it as a name before, but it sounds pretty awesome original.gif Really loving the nicknames you can use for it.

#15 tamietamara

Posted 23 February 2012 - 03:29 PM

Love it!!! It was on our list, but we had a girl. Patrick Dempsey named one of his twin boys Sullivan too.

#16 Kitty Fantastico

Posted 23 February 2012 - 03:43 PM

Add me to the "like" group original.gif  I've never heard of it as a first name before, but it should be!

#17 Mrs Flanders

Posted 23 February 2012 - 05:07 PM

Yay! I'm thrilled with the positive responses. It's top of the list now. DH didn't love Freddie and I was vetoing Jimmy Lee because it sounds like a cowboy name, so I think we have found one that we both love!

Thanks again!

#18 treefalls

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:21 PM

I really like it OP. Sully is great and I think Sullivan James works better than Sullivan Lee.

#19 BadgerBasher

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:27 PM

Not usually my style but it could work. I much prefer Sullivan Lee, James is overused.

#20 Binna

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:34 PM

There's a Sullivan in my daughter's kindergarten class and I was just thinking what a nice name it is.

And the actor Sullivan Stapleton is pretty cute.

#21 Amber Spyglass

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:36 PM

I'd pick Sullivan James. And Van is a waaay cooler nickname. If  you use it it will stick.

#22 Etcetera

Posted 24 February 2012 - 10:40 AM

My neighbour's 3yo is Sullivan, Sullie.
I thought it was a bit unusual at first but it suits him and I'm used to it now.

#23 geishagirl

Posted 24 February 2012 - 11:21 AM

I think it is really cute...shame it wouldn't work with our surname!  wink.gif

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