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July 4th, 2013 09:30 PM #1
All about Ian...
I'm really loving Ian lately, and am absolutely set on adding it to my list. I love the mix of familiarity without being overused, its almost classic appeal (at least, in the States; I realize it's quite dated in the UK), and most of all, that it honors my brother and dad. However, I'm torn in regards to using just Ian, or a fuller name with the nn Ian. I realize Ian is a name in its own right, and I'd be more than willing to use it on its own... but I'm not sure if a fuller name would make it more versatile (not that Ian's not versatile, but it would provide other nns or even a less common name to fall back on, should he be surrounded in Ians in school).
1. Would you opt for Ian, or a fuller name with Ian as a nn?
2. Which name (names?) do you like with the option of Ian as a nn?
3. One Ian option that intrigues me would be Ianto (YAHN-toe) with the nn Ian. It's a Welsh name, a diminutive of Ian/John. My family has Welsh history, settled in a Welsh tract section of the US, and Ianto really intrigues me, but I always thought I'd use it as a MN, rather than a way to get to Ian. WDYT of it? Is it FN material, or is it just too out-there? Ian feels more my style than Ianto, but I do find the idea of honoring my Welsh ancestry quite appealing...
4. Out of all the options for Ian, which is your favorite and what MNs would you pair with it?
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July 4th, 2013 09:47 PM #3
1) I would opt for just Ian. I've never thought of it being a nickname before.
2) I honestly don't know of any. I suppose something that has an "EE" sound or starts with an 'E' followed by a middle that starts with an 'an' sound, like Enoch Angelo or Evan Anthony could work.
3) I'm not super fond of it and I think it's a little out there, but that's because I know a boy named Ian To (pronounced like toe). I think it's better off in the middle slot.
4) I prefer Ian on its own. Ian Declan, Ian Hawthorne, Ian Oliver, Ian Brody, Ian Orion, Ian Francis, Ian Marcus, Ian Xavier, Ian Evander, Ian Damian, Ian Patrick.~ Catholic. College. Communicative Disorders. ~~(updated 11/3/15)
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July 4th, 2013 09:57 PM #5
July 4th, 2013 10:14 PM #7Senior Member
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Ianto is awesome, but Ian by itself is so perfect to me - really one of my favorite names. I think it comes across as handsome and cool without being snobby or punky or trying too hard in any way - Ian is the star pitcher on the baseball team who's popular for all the right reasons. I love its Celtic flavor as well.
July 4th, 2013 10:52 PM #9Senior Member
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Ian is on my list too, both by itself and as a nickname for Sebastian. It could be a nickname for anything that ends in -ian, really. Julian, Adrian, maybe even Christian. And I really like Ianto, whether you're Welsh or not I think no matter which of these options you choose to go with, your son will have a good name.