Post # 1
My SO and I were discussing baby names the other night. He likes the name that I’ve chosen for a girl, but a boy’s name is causing a conundrum. SO is Franklin the fourth and he has expressed interest in naming a son Franklin the fifth. I have no problem with this. It is his name to give and it’s a naming tradition that goes back many generations in his family. Even before his great-great-grandfather, all firstborn boys were named Franklin, although earlier ones have different middle names. However, SO’s dad lives three houses down and he uses the full version, while SO goes by Frank. That leaves us with the dilemma of what nickname to use as using the middle name is not an option and I hate the name Frankie. I also don’t really care for the traditional nicknames for a fifth such as “Quint.”
What do you think of using the nickname Finn (maybe spelled with only one n)? The word fin is old (Victorian era) slang for a U.S. five dollar bill. I believe that it’s based on a German/Yiddish word meaning five, however we have no cultural ties to these languages. I understand that many people are not going to recognize the slang word for what it is. But is it similar enough to Franklin that it would maybe fit?
Post # 3
Super cute!!! I love Finn! I would probably spell it Finn, not Fin, just so that people are more likely to spell it right.
Post # 4
I think it will definitely fit and be a great nickname for Franklin V to set him apart from the others. 🙂
Post # 5
Like Finn on Glee? It might end up being more common than you realize, but it is a cute name.
Post # 6
It reminds me of Huck Finn, which is a good thing. It’s cute! Go for it!
Post # 8
@QuietOne: I actually don’t watch Glee so I had no idea. Maybe I won’t mention that to SO as he would veto that…
Post # 9
I was going to say no, but now that you have explained it- I like it.
Post # 10
I think it is cute but I do think it could have an increase in popularity (as a given name) because of Glee.
Post # 11
Adorable! I absolutely love it.
Post # 12
I love the nickname Finn! Actually, we’re not TTC right now, but Finlay is one of my absolutely favourite boys names, in part because I like “Finn”
Post # 13
I love the name Finn, and all variations on it ; finley, finton, however for me Finn isnt a nickname of Franklin. Tho I do think Franklin is a great name in its own right.
Post # 14
I think that’s a great nickname for Franklin!
Post # 15
Yes! I love that, much MUCH more than “Frank” or “Frankie”. Love Finn.
ETA- It doesn’t really make sense for Franklin, but you can call him what you want, and people will follow suit. If you called him Calvin, people would too. 🙂
Post # 16
I like the name Finn but I wouldn’t get the connect to the name Franklin and would find it a bit weird and I think you (and your son) might be in for a lift time of having to explain the complicated story!