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  1. #6
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    Reuben is good. And your hubby can always call him Rudiger as an affectionate nickname .

  2. #8
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    I don't think it's a terrible name, just not the nicest. I really like the suggestion of Reuben.
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  3. #10
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    If I were you I would put my foot down. If there are two parents, then naming is a collaborative process, right? If one parent vetoes a name then that really ought to be it. Maybe a bit of pushing for a name you really love, but if you are repeatedly met with a solid no, then you just have to let it go no matter how much you love it. If you hate Rudiger (and oh my days, I can see why you would, I hate it as well), tell him it's your baby as well as his and he doesn't have the right to choose a name you hate. It is not fair of him to keep on pushing for it after he knows that you really don't like it.

    It is a real name - apparently it's the German form of Roger, seems to be pronounced more like ROO-dig-er from what I can hear. But I honestly don't think it's a great choice for an English-speaking country.

    Rudy is a nice name. If you can reconcile yourself to it as a legal name I would suggest that and tell your husband he can use Rudiger as a nickname (there's no rule that says the nickname has to be shorter). I don't quite get Reuben -> Rudy, but if you can see that as a solution go for it! Even if it means dropping Rudy, if you like Reuben, push for that! Reuben is a beautiful name. Does your husband not have any other names that he likes?
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  4. #12
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    I don't think this is fair against neither you or your son. Besides, Rudiger is not even correct- I believe the proper version is Rüdiger, prn with a y-sound (had an awful gym teacher with this name once). You should have a saying in this as well.

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    Last edited by svea; May 18th, 2014 at 10:18 AM.

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  5. #14
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    Ruben & Ryder are great suggestions. If Rudiger is the German version of Roger, could you go with Roger on the birth certificate & Rudy & Rudiger as nn? Russell also seems like a 'strong' name to me, & Russ or Rusty are good nn.
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