(Closed) Baby boy name: Hank

posted 7 years ago in Names
  • poll: do you like the name Hank?
    No way : (91 votes)
    61 %
    Sure why not : (57 votes)
    39 %
  • Post # 17
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I think Hank is a nice, strong, masculine name. I like it!

    Post # 18
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I immediately think of King of the Hill.

    Post # 19
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    Would you really name him Hank or would you go with Henry? I’m generally against giving nicknames in place of the standard name because using the standard name leaves open the possibility of using the nickname but also allows the child to decide to use the full name if he/she chooses.

    Post # 20
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I don’t like giving people nicknames as full names. I think everyone should have the option of using the “formal” version of their name if the occasion calls for it. I think naming him Henry with the intention of calling him Hank would be fine, except that you apparently hate “Hank.” Which is clearly a problem! But in terms of the general appeal of the name, depends where you live. It’s exactly the type of name that urban hipster types are into now. At the moment it’s more Williamsburg, Brooklyn than Appalachia. But again…you don’t like it.

    Post # 21
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I have a Henry, exclusively called Hank. After Hank Williams Jr. I LOVE Hank, and used Henry specifically to get to call him Hank.

    Post # 22
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    My father in law is Henry, nicknamed Hank. It’s on our list of baby names, but I’d likely stick with Henry!

    Post # 23
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I don’t have a problem with it, but one of my favorite professors was named Hank, and he always says his parents didn’t know it was a dogs name when they named him. Maybe you could name a boy Henry and then your husband could use Hank as his nickname of choice?

    Post # 24
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @meetmethere2013:  hank is often short for Henry. Name him Henry then call him Hank if you want but he would have the choice. 

    Post # 25
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I agree with PP. I also immediately thought of King of the Hill. That probably shows a lack of sophistication on my part, but I would be willing to bet a lot of people your baby comes in contact with will be similarly unsophisticated. 

    Post # 26
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @meetmethere2013:  hank is often short for Henry. Name him Henry then call him Hank if you want but he would have the choice. 

    Post # 27
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    Bumble bee

    @meetmethere2013:  It rhymes with something that begins with W..Always consider rhyming the names you choose coz other kids will….kids can be cruel!

    Post # 28
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I actually liked Hank, but Fiance said no way! I think it’s cute!

    Post # 29
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I used to work with a very handsome guy named Hank. He had the sweetest, most humble personality, so that is what I think of when I think of Hank.

    A “good” or “bad” name just depends on what mental associations people have with the name. Unless it has an overwhelmingly negative connotation in your society (like, for example Hitler) I wouldn’t sweat it. The person makes the name, in my opinion. If more people named their baby Hitler, the mental association with it would change as well as peoples habitual reaction to it. 

    Post # 30
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    Worker bee

    Use Henry as his full name. That way you have the option of using Hank, or a different nickname if it turns out he’s not really a Hank.

    Post # 31
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Squid:  Lol I like that. “Not really a Hank.” So true..

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