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Sebastian 15 38.46%
Dylan 6 15.38%
Christian 8 20.51%
Alex 22 56.41%
Spencer 3 7.69%
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Old 23.08.2019, 18:20
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Baby names, how did you decide (our shortlist is on a poll)

For our daughters, choosing their names took minutes. Almost like their names were the obvious choice.

For our son, due in November, it's really a challenge to decide. We've considered more than a thousand possibles. We can't yet find one that just clicks for us.

We want a name thats recognisable in the UK, Switzerland and my wife's home country, Poland.

If you like any of the names on our shortlist, give them your vote.

Even better, how did you decide what to call your children, or how did you end up with your name?
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Old 23.08.2019, 18:27
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Re: Baby names, how did you decide (our shortlist is on a poll)

I think boys names are much more difficult than girl ones (and I have 3 kids, 2 boys and a girl). For my eldest, the final decision was made on the operation table
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I think boys names are much more difficult than girl ones (and I have 3 kids, 2 boys and a girl). For my eldest, the final decision was made on the operation table
We spontaneously added our daughter's second name approx. 1 hour after birth, when we officially had to give the name to the hospital.
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Old 23.08.2019, 19:52
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Re: Baby names, how did you decide (our shortlist is on a poll)

I pity any lad who has to grow up with the name Harry. It's a fine name, but it's reserved. A person's name should be their own, so that they don't spend all their lives having people nodding and saying: "Oh, yes, just like...", or "Not at all like...".
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Re: Baby names, how did you decide (our shortlist is on a poll)

Just went with my feeling, and coincidentally Natalie means something - born at Christmas, as she was (but we are not religious in any form). I really don't like any of the names on your list. Reeks somehow of following instagram and the like.

But then again, was named Michelle shortly after being born around the beatles hit, hated it most of my life, but have now become accustomed to it. What do I know.

My first dog was named Sebastian (Sebbie). But he was Sir Sebastian Samoyed of Sherwood, so what did he know?
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Old 23.08.2019, 20:00
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Look at names that are used internationally. For me a spencer is something to be worn
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Re: Baby names, how did you decide (our shortlist is on a poll)

For the international, multilingual aspect, I like Alex. It would place the child is at the start of the alphabet, too, which sometimes is an organisational advantage.

For all of the names, also look at their abbreviation:
Seb, Sebbie, Sebastian, Bastie, Bastian, etc.

Better not to choose a name with a shared initial with another family member. A separate, individual initial makes admin easier, both within the family, and when receiving post, etc.
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Re: Baby names, how did you decide (our shortlist is on a poll)

Hey I'm sorry but you asked, and have thought about it a bit more:

Harry: Well, I mean that's just obvious right - why would you do that to a child?

Sebastian: Said already, also the creepy character in the novel I'm reading right now

Dylan: Well, this is a difficult one - the poet or the Rolling Stone?

Christian: Are you christian? Will usually be shortened to Chris which is a great girls name

Alex: Find cool as a girls name

Spencer: Conjurs somehow a picture of a child molester (sorry)

Apologies, but you did ask!
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For the international, multilingual aspect, I like Alex. It would place the child is at the start of the alphabet, too, which sometimes is an organisational advantage.
I like names that express gender, Alex doesn't.

As for OP, I did not vote and I think you are overthinking it.

And how did we decide: We only had some simple demands like not to long and not to common, nothing that needs to be spelled out the whole time since people would have no clue how to write it, and Swiss, Swedes and Dutch should pronounce it the same. So only practical demands.
A friend said that we could do "insert name" My wife gave it some thought and became more and more enthusiastic and asked me and I was like: "yeah sure"
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Think about how it will be pronounced, too. When my son was born, there was a lady in the hospital at the same time as me who had a daughter called ‘Niamh’. Gorgeous name but she had to go through the pronunciation with the nurses every shift change.

If they stayed in Switzerland, her daughter is probably pissed off with being called Neem-huh everywhere she goes.
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Re: Baby names, how did you decide (our shortlist is on a poll)

Oh, yes, something that doesn't take explaining, neither the pronunciation nor the spelling. That's why I like Alex.

Spencer will have to be spelled out to all except the English-speakers. And for them, well, that's already the surname of Harry's mother.
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Re: Baby names, how did you decide (our shortlist is on a poll)

I wouldn't go with any of those names as they are all quite common. Give your son a rare name, so that he is the only one with that name.
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I like names that express gender, Alex doesn't.
One way round this is to name the child Alexander (but call him Alex if you want). When he's older, he can decide whether he wants to be an Alex or an Alexander.

We chose boys names with the following things considered:

The name could be shortened if it was a long name.

It was international (acceptable in both Switzerland and the U.K. at least).

It could be spelled easily
It would not embarrass the child
It did not have any negative connotations.

One test you could consider applying is, imagine your child became a prime minister or president. What would their name sound like and would it be fitting for the roll.

Think of Jamie Oliver's son: Buddy Bear Oliver.... and you'll get the picture of how wrong you could get it as a parent.
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I pity any lad who has to grow up with the name Harry. It's a fine name, but it's reserved. A person's name should be their own, so that they don't spend all their lives having people nodding and saying: "Oh, yes, just like...", or "Not at all like...".
I knew a guy in school called “John Paul”, he was actually 15 when Pope John Paul came along... used to get POed at least once a week: oh you’re named after the Pope, isn’t that nice... He is named after me, I had the name first!
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Re: Baby names, how did you decide (our shortlist is on a poll)

We chose names based on these criteria

1. Needed to work and be pronounceable in both English and French
2. If it could be shortened the short form was something we also liked
3. Not embarrassing to the kid
4. Worked well with our surname.
5. Not too popular but not obscure either.

We both liked one particular name but when combined with our surname it was the name of a well known actor so we ditched that one.

I’m not so keen on gender neutral names and Alex is extremely popular at the moment. If I chose that option I would go for the full name of Alexander which gives the opportunity to shorten it if you choose to do so.

Sebastian is my favourite from that list. It has multiple options to be shortened all of which are also acceptable. Does it go well with your surname?
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Re: Baby names, how did you decide (our shortlist is on a poll)

One of the following, in this order
- Alex (my eldest daughter has a version of it so I might be biased )
- Sebastian
- Christian
Classic, beautiful, powerful, plus they all have nice shortcuts.
Spencer, Dylan and Harry* wouldn't go down that well with the Polish wife me thinks. Anyways, may the kiddo be healthy and loved, this is all what it really counts!!!

*if absolutely needed, maybe Dylan of those there Anglo-Saxon ones. Spencer a big no-no IMO, it is similar to Stanislaw in Polish (people will expect to see a 80 y.o. man when hearing this name)

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Re: Baby names, how did you decide (our shortlist is on a poll)

We have Swiss, UK, German and Italian family so we had a similar dilemma when it came to choosing our son's name. We finally opted for Maximillian or Max for short (Latin Maximillianus, a derivative of Maximillus, diminutive of Maximus 'greatest')
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Re: Baby names, how did you decide (our shortlist is on a poll)

I agree with greenmount on this: Alex (Alexander), Sebastian, Christian.

I prefer strong boys names that have the flexibility to grow with them, such as Sammy, Sam, Samuel and Tommy, Thomas, Thom, Tom. Alexander has that. I know a few Alexanders but they are Al - drummer in a band, Alex - doctor, and Xander - graphic designer. In Scotland, the common diminutive would be Sandy.

Harry is way too common now in the UK particularly. Spencer - I'd look at the cultural references: Spencer Tracy - yes. Spencer Pratt or Spencer Matthews - hell no!

I know a couple of Dylans. One is a wild eyed, wild haired adventurer and the name really suits him. He's the kind of guy whose reputation precedes him, a real larger than life character, and everyone who knows him has a tale to tell. The other is my godson's younger brother whose grandfather had to be corrected a few times when he took to using 'Dyldo' as a diminutive. Also, as he's getting older, his mum finds herself saying "My Dylan, not THE Dylan" when she's talking about her son to anyone who knows the other one, so it's worth taking into consideration the reputation of anyone in your social circle who shares the same name.

I didn't have kids, but the names were chosen long ago.
Louis - Aloysius is a recurring family name
Joe - also a recurring family name
Sam
Max
Romy - after Romy Schneider
Maya - after Maya Angelou

Now that I have a Greek partner, and as they tend to follow traditional naming guidlines, Eleftherios (Terry) and Stiliani (Stella or Lina) would have been definites with Anastassia and Adriana thrown into the mix. By coincidence, my UK family have also tended to follow the traditional naming guidelines with even my adopted nephew naming his son after my dad. Perhaps one of your name choices has a family reference?
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