Irish or German

[name]Both[/name] of these names I love, but also see how others may think they are way too weird or asking for my son to be made fun of. Need your help…

[name]Klaus[/name] (rhymes with ‘house’)
[name]Seamus[/name] (pronounced “shay-mus”)

What do you think?

I love [name]Seamus[/name]. There is actually a [name]Harry[/name] [name]Potter[/name] character named [name]Seamus[/name] [name]Finnegan[/name]. My last name is [name]Finnegan[/name] and if my husband and I ever have another boy [name]Seamus[/name] will definitely be on our list.

I love love love [name]Seamus[/name]. Wonderful name. I’m not crazy about [name]Klaus[/name], it sounds like a last name to me. What do you think of [name]Otto[/name]? I’m loving it lately!

We seriously considered [name]Seamus[/name]…I think somewhere I have a list of pros and cons I wrote out concerning the name. It is a beautiful boy name–and the short version “[name]Shay[/name]” (or even spelled Sea) sounds great too. Sure there will be those who misprounce it “C-mus” or make semen jokes or say why did you name your son after a drunken Irish Bartender (we actually got this comment, but it was “would you” instead of “did you”) but that will just weed out the ignorant folk :slight_smile: If it goes with your last name, it has my vote.

[name]Claus[/name] isn’t my style–but that could be because I knew a dog who was always misbehaving named [name]Claus[/name]. And his owner ([name]German[/name]) was forever shouting “[name]Claus[/name]! [name]Claus[/name]!” at him in fury.

Well they both remind me of fictional characters, [name]Seamus[/name] is [name]Harry[/name] and [name]Ron[/name]'s friends from [name]Harry[/name] [name]Potter[/name], he wasn’t much of a character in my opninion though and [name]Klaus[/name] is the brother from the Series of Unfortunate Events who was very smart, resourceful and kind.

Also I generally prefer [name]German[/name] names to Irish (generally - there are several exceptions) and [name]Klaus[/name] sounds so grown up and handsome whilst [name]Seamus[/name] sounds kind of childish. [name]Klaus[/name] seems like it would have less pronunciation difficulties too, I’m not sure many people will get that [name]Seamus[/name] is [name]SHAY[/name]-mis.

[name]Seamus[/name] is a variation of [name]James[/name] which means supplanter and [name]Klaus[/name] is a variation of [name]Nicholas[/name] which means people of victory so based on meaning alone [name]Klaus[/name] wins in my opinion.

So overall I’m a [name]Klaus[/name] fan:) I think it’s a fantastic and way underused name that will age well too.

Good [name]Luck[/name]!

I don’t know. I don’t like [name]Seamus[/name] ONLY because when I was at school it was a teasing nn that the boys used for a boy called [name]Sean[/name] so I just associate it with that, but I can see how it would work (and I love the nn Sea/[name]Shay[/name]). I like that it’s classic but a bit different.

[name]Klaus[/name] for me is a bit of a caricature name for a [name]German[/name] (like a Frenchman called [name]Pierre[/name]) and I’d worry about the [name]Santa[/name] association - I think that’s something most kids are likely to make.

So of the two I would definitely vote for [name]Seamus[/name]!

I love both names. I have named my boys with Irish names, one more obvious than the other ([name]Fintan[/name]) as i have lots of Irish family. However, out of [name]Seamus[/name] and [name]Klaus[/name], i would be inclined to go for [name]Klaus[/name] - its such a fab and funky name!

Its quite funny to see that everyone associates [name]Seamus[/name] to [name]Harry[/name] [name]Potter[/name] - for me its [name]Seamus[/name] Heaney, the very successful Irish [name]Poet[/name] which we studied in English at school. I’m a big [name]Harry[/name] [name]Potter[/name] fan and it never crossed my mind. But this has to make it cooler, all children know about [name]Harry[/name] [name]Potter[/name]…

I prefer [name]Seamus[/name] to [name]Klaus[/name]. [name]Klaus[/name] reminds me of a horrible [name]German[/name] santa for some reason :frowning: [name]Seamus[/name] is a nice name not too popular either

Heres a few other Irish names you might like?
[name]Oran[/name]/ Odhr”n
[name]Fionn[/name] :slight_smile: