The name P.J. Can I learn to love it?

I hate initial names so much, especially BJ for obvious reasons. PJ reminds me of pajamas. I can’t do it, but if it suits you, go ahead.

Is your husband against using an International variant of the name like [name_m]Pierre[/name_m] or [name_m]Piers[/name_m]?

I like the idea of [name_m]Jack[/name_m] as a nickname for [name_m]Peter[/name_m] [name_m]John[/name_m] instead of P.J. My grandfather had [name_m]John[/name_m] as a middle, hated his first name, was officially eg P.J. [name_m]Smith[/name_m], but known as [name_m]Jack[/name_m] otherwise. It worked well.

I’m not the biggest fan myself, but it’s a perfectly nice moniker to call a kid and I don’t think you or him would have any problems!

I’m not sure if anyone’s hit on this, but I’m absolutely in love with the name [name_m]Ives[/name_m], which is also a play on IV and a family member of a family friend uses it for a 4th. Maybe that could suit him too?

I’ve never known any PJs but I think it sounds like a friendly and approachable name. [name_m]Peter[/name_m] [name_m]John[/name_m] is obviously important to your family and being able to carry on that tradition is very special. I don’t think the pyjama association matters and I can’t see a child being teased for that. Your son could always go by [name_m]Peter[/name_m]/[name_m]Pete[/name_m] at school and, as others have said, professionally in the future. PJ sounds so sweet, I think you will warm to it when you have your little boy.

[name_m]How[/name_m] do the rest of the family get round the ‘multiple people called [name_m]Peter[/name_m] issue’?
Eg I had a friend who was 4th [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] in line. Great grandfather deceased but when the grandfather, father and son were altogether they defaulted to [name_m]Daniel[/name_m], [name_u]Danny[/name_u] and [name_m]Dan[/name_m] respectfully so they could be easily identified or called for. ( although still a little awkward when someone called the phone asking for [name_m]Daniel[/name_m])
I think the great grandfather had gone by [name_m]Dan[/name_m] so hence it had skipped down to the youngest generation, otherwise I would have suggested a variation like [name_m]Niel[/name_m] if I had been the mum in that situation.
It’s worth remembering that generational names only really apply within the family- everyone else knew my friend as [name_m]Dan[/name_m] or [name_m]Daniel[/name_m] (may have even been [name_u]Danny[/name_u] as a young boy), and I didn’t realise he was a 4th for years.

I’m not a fan of P.J but it’s not awful. I think you should consider other nicknames.

[name_m]Hi[/name_m] everyone! I’ve read through all these replies, and after letting PJ sit for a while, I’ve actually started not feeling it at all. I still think it’s cute, but I don’t feel this baby is a PJ. From this feed I’ve actually really really fallen for the names [name_m]Rocky[/name_m] and [name_m]Ivo[/name_m]. I seem to get better responses for [name_m]Ivo[/name_m]… but my friend named her dog [name_m]Ivo[/name_m] for no meaningful reason, so I’d have to find a way for her not to feel like aim stealing her dog name.

[name_m]Just[/name_m] [name_m]Ives[/name_m] maybe?

But also, it’s a dog. If you explain the situation, I’m sure she’ll get over it.

I think P.J. is so cute! I’ve never met anyone with the nickname but I like it!