My hubby loves the name Archie for our little boy but I'm not fully convinced. I really like the name but I'm so worried that it's too "nick-namey" for a full name, and won't suit when he's grownup. We both hate Archibald so there's no way that will be his full name! But I thought perhaps his full name could be Archer - that would leave a more "serious" option for later in life if he didn't like or grew out of Archie - we would just call him Archie.
Is it silly to name your child Archer if you really only ever plan to call him Archie... or "Arch"??
But then... I'm not sure I like Archer. It seems too much of a noun rather than a name - is it silly?? Or is it a snobby-type name?!
Any opinions most welcome!!!! My brain hurts.
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04-06-2012 19:46 #1
Archie, Arch, Archer?? Give up?!
04-06-2012 19:54 #2
I really like Archer with Archie as the nickname. I say do it!
My BIL always wanted to have a Charlie but he's Charles on his birth certificate for a more 'serious' name. I'm pretty sure he'll always be Charlie but as you say, it's nice to have the option.
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04-06-2012 19:56 #3
I don't think it's silly to name him 'Archer' if you plan to mainly call him 'Archie' at all. I know parents who have done this with their son who's 1 and 'Archie' really suits him.
Personally, I really like names that have a formal sound to them but can be shortened to a more 'informal' name as well. Evidenced by the fact that I've got an Oliver but we mainly call him 'Ollie' (except when he's in serious trouble... then he just gets 'OLIVER!')
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04-06-2012 20:02 #4
I love it. Not silly at all. DS is Jonny but Jonathan is on his birth cert for a grown up name. He only gets Jonathan if he's naughty.
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04-06-2012 20:04 #5
Archer with a nick name archie. Not silly at all
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04-06-2012 20:12 #6
We had the same dilemma with the name. Our son is Archer- with Archie or arch as his nickname.
Aside from commending your good taste in names All that remains to be said is it suits our son- but can be a more grown up name when needed.our only niggling sadness is how popular it's become- but that's why he has an awesome middle name too
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04-06-2012 20:16 #7
Totally fine. My DS2 has a 'nick-namey' first name and I so wish we had of put the full alternative on his birth certificate. Didn't even occur to me at the time, but hindsight and all that....
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04-06-2012 20:19 #8
I'd call him Archer with Archie as a nickname.
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We have chosen Archer for our son due in August. My 9 year old DS already calls him Archie. I wasn't totally convinced on Archer to start with but it's the only name I can imagine calling him now.
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04-06-2012 21:56 #10
I don't like Archer or Archibald but love Archie & it's prob what Newbie will be called if it's a boy.
If you like it, use it. As for having a "proper" name to fall back on, IMO Archie is a proper name. It doesn't have to be short for anything.
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