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  1. #11
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    I like Seamus alot... especially as it honors a James.
    I'm also going to suggest Brody

  2. #13
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    I love Seamus : ) I don't think it will be perceived as weird either; my father has a pretty narrow scope of names, and accepts Seamus as perfectly normal (though he shuns Declan, Liam and the like : ). A great way to honor a James, too. Here are more suggestions:

    Eamon
    Ian
    Lorcan/Larkin
    Owen
    Ronan
    Damian Joachim-Raphael Benedict-Jude Marius-Charles Dominic

    Caia Madeleine-Genevieve Azélie-Reine Catalina

    Fleur-Isabeau-Nouvel-Johanna-William-Boden-Rafe-Philip-Julien

  3. #15
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    I knew a Seamus in high school. He was a star swimmer and had a lot of friends and as far as I know, he never got made fun of when I knew him in high school. Now, if he weren't so "popular," I do wonder if he still would've been spared from name-teasing. I am an elementary school teacher and I definitely see the potential for teasing at least when a Seamus is that age. If you're a strong person/personality, then your kid probably will be too and so maybe that won't be something that bothers either of you.

    It's a shame Sean is off the table! I love this name and it's familiar so people know how to pronounce it correctly.

    I have heard of One Direction being an elementary school teacher, but had no idea of their names so I don't think Niall is something to worry about. I also have always loved the name Patrick, but I knew two guys growing up with the name and both were called Pat, which I personally loathe, so I'd only use it for a middle name. I really like Brendan. Yes, it feels a little 90's, but so could Sean and Patrick and they're still both fabulous names. I can see with Brendan being close to trendy Braden and Brennan that it could be a concern, but I still think it's known enough to be recognized as NOT being lumped with those type of names.

    Other ideas:
    Colin
    Craig
    Cian
    Dermot
    Declan
    Desmond
    Owen
    Hugh
    Lachlan
    Lorcan
    Malachi
    Neal/Neil (instead of Niall)
    Mom to Nora Cathleen.

    Current favorites:
    Declan (Decs/Dex). Miles (Milo). Dean. Euan. Ronan. Dexter (Dex). John (Johnny). Max. Finn. Reid.

    Gwyneth (Gwen). Elise. Bronwen (Bonnie). Mary. Piper. Josephine (Josie). Iris. Margot. Sylvie. Edith (Edie).

  4. #17
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    This is so difficult because a lot of these names (or very similar names) are either already used by our family/friends or have other connections that would turn us off from using them.

    Reilly - We know a female Rylee; love her, but wouldn't name a son after her. Plus, it kind of brings to mind Bill O'Reilly...my parents would like that, but my husband...not so much!

    Brody - A friend/co-worker of mine has a bulldog named Brody. All the students know about him, too, he's like the class mascot.

    Eamon - Our friends just had a baby boy named K@em0n. I'm not sure it goes with our other names anyway.

    Ian/Owen - My husband does actually like one of these, but I can't remember which one! He says the other one is "too Scottish". Owen is my aunt's maiden name, though, so we probably wouldn't use it for that reason.

    Lorcan - I like that it can be Anglicized as Laurence because that's my father-in-law's name. I think it sounds very different than our other names, though. Not sure how I feel about it.

    Ronan - I think it's cute, but my husband doesn't like it. Too much like Conan...I guess.

    @Chrisco, My husband doesn't care for Declan or Liam, either! I associate Declan with Southern USA more than Ireland anyway, so I probably wouldn't use it. But, I don't understand why he wouldn't like Liam. William is a family name in his family.

    I'm pleasantly surprised to see so much support for Seamus, though! I have always really liked it.
    Last edited by thatkathryngirl; August 25th, 2013 at 03:43 PM.
    Mommy to...Maura Lucille

    I had a baby today, I would name him/her...
    Patrick Donley or Brigid "Birdie" ???

    BOYS: Seamus Arthur or Niall/Neil/Neal James
    GIRLS: ???

  5. #19
    Tadgh -pronounced tie-GH As in tiger is awesome.
    Dermot I like
    Eamon

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