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    • vitamin_joe
    • By vitamin_joe 13th Oct 18, 9:29 AM
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    What do you think of the name Xander?
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    • 13th Oct 18, 9:29 AM
    What do you think of the name Xander? 13th Oct 18 at 9:29 AM
    Is it cool, or has it been consigned to naffness by Alexander Armstrong?

    The other name I'm considering is Xan, which is the same name but even shorter.
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 13th Oct 18, 7:54 PM
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    Xander-isn't that a river fish.
    Originally posted by decbel
    So is Grayling, which I think is a lovely name for a girl.
    (I just lurve spiders! )
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 13th Oct 18, 7:56 PM
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    My (self given) middle name is Xavier.
    I like it very much.
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    • Callie22
    • By Callie22 13th Oct 18, 7:59 PM
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    I would not name my child after a zombie .....
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    Not a zombie (at least not where I'm up to ) but not a character you'd want to name a child after. Now Daryl, there's a good strong name
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    • By Sleazy 13th Oct 18, 8:02 PM
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    Not a zombie (at least not where I'm up to ) but not a character you'd want to name a child after. Now Daryl, there's a good strong name
    Originally posted by Callie22
    When we used to watch it, my wife used to like Daryl. Cool guy.
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 13th Oct 18, 8:04 PM
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    So is Grayling, which I think is a lovely name for a girl.
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    But would the girl think so, if she's 'Miss Normal' and not a celebrity when she grows up?

    I do think that parents think mostly about themselves ("oh, what a cute name") and not the child when they choose it.
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 13th Oct 18, 8:31 PM
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    But would the girl think so, if she's 'Miss Normal' and not a celebrity when she grows up?

    I do think that parents think mostly about themselves ("oh, what a cute name") and not the child when they choose it.
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    You could say that about any name.

    Middle names give you a choice.

    If you don't like your name, it's easy enough to change it
    .

    However, we've had a recent thread going into all that, so I'm not going to repeat it all on here!
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    • coffeehound
    • By coffeehound 13th Oct 18, 8:44 PM
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    A name that's a contraction of Alexander? 'Ale' has a certain je ne sais quoi . .
    • Callie22
    • By Callie22 13th Oct 18, 8:46 PM
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    I like Grayling - it's interesting but not so 'cutesy' that it's embarrassing for a grown adult, unlike Honey-Boo, Cuddle-Bear, Pixie-Tinkerbell-Twinkletoes or whatever the latest celebrity name is. I know of someone called Hamble which I think is an interesting name too (although she is an actress so it does help ) Although I think that was the name of the doll on Playschool too?
    • minimad1970
    • By minimad1970 13th Oct 18, 8:57 PM
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    I know of someone called Hamble which I think is an interesting name too (although she is an actress so it does help ) Although I think that was the name of the doll on Playschool too?
    Originally posted by Callie22
    Hamble is also a village in Hampshire where Howard's Way was filmed.
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 13th Oct 18, 9:01 PM
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    Hamble is also a village in Hampshire where Howard's Way was filmed.
    Originally posted by minimad1970
    So is 'Stocking Pelham', but I would never call my daughter that!
    Not in Hampshire btw.
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    • decbel
    • By decbel 13th Oct 18, 9:06 PM
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    So is 'Stocking Pelham', but I would never call my daughter that!
    Not in Hampshire btw.
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    Excellent film.

    The original I mean.
    • dirty_magic
    • By dirty_magic 13th Oct 18, 9:16 PM
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    I like it but if I were naming a baby I'd put Alexander on the birth certificate so he could choose if he hates it as an adult.
    • onlyroz
    • By onlyroz 14th Oct 18, 7:32 AM
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    The only Xander I've ever heard of was a secondary character in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    Originally posted by Callie22
    Yup the guy from Buffy with the big ears is who springs to mind whenever I hear this name.
    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 14th Oct 18, 2:15 PM
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    So is Grayling, which I think is a lovely name for a girl.
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Well, it's definitely better than "Red Gurnard"
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    • By MothballsWallet 14th Oct 18, 2:17 PM
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    A name that's a contraction of Alexander? 'Ale' has a certain je ne sais quoi . .
    Originally posted by coffeehound
    Let's see, contractions of Alexander:

    Sandy - Scottish (I have an uncle Sandy), or Sandy Toksvig
    Sasha - Russian, used for both Alexander and Alexandra.
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    • Sunshinesally
    • By Sunshinesally 14th Oct 18, 3:41 PM
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    I like Xander. It's different without being too "out there" also Xavier.
    • decbel
    • By decbel 14th Oct 18, 10:03 PM
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    Its actually Zander for the fish not Xander.

    But as I beach fish rather than coarse fish it hardly matters.
    • coffeehound
    • By coffeehound 14th Oct 18, 10:22 PM
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    Let's see, contractions of Alexander:

    Sandy - Scottish (I have an uncle Sandy), or Sandy Toksvig
    Sasha - Russian, used for both Alexander and Alexandra.
    Originally posted by MothballsWallet
    Thats interesting, I didn't know they came from Alexander/ra. Both better than Xander too IMO
    • Kate/Bob
    • By Kate/Bob 14th Oct 18, 11:27 PM
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    We use Xander as the shortened version of Alexander for our son, only because his best friend since nursery is an Alex and it saves confusion.

    We decided against Sandy, in spite of heavy lobbying by my Scottish MIL and a friend mentioned Xander as another option.
    Kate short for Bob.

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    • NBLondon
    • By NBLondon 15th Oct 18, 2:51 PM
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    The only Xander I've ever heard of was a secondary character in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    Originally posted by Callie22
    Who, I think, was also actually called Alexander.

    I was under the impression that "Xander" is what Armstrong's family and friends have always called him but it only became public more recently when Richard Osman started calling him that on set.

    Dr Alexander van Tulleken usually goes by Xand (and has presumably also been called Chris countless times).

    Xan on the other hand are a minor alien race from Star Wars...
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