Biblical boys names

(48 Posts)
Jojobump1986 Fri 25-Jan-13 18:02:27

So, DS2 is due in June & it seems to be the thing to do to decide on a name in advance now. The middle name will be John & the surname isn't a vowel so I don't think initials are going to be problematic. Here's a list of the names that we like that haven't already been stolen by friends/family which is most of our favourites, opinions appreciated!

Amos (Pronounciation - AY-mus/a-MOS?!)
Andrew (DH's uncle but I we might get away with it if he was know by a nn!)
Levi (Current favourite but has received some negativity from others)
Michael (Don't like Mike/Mickey)
Moses (Too patriarchal/old man-ish!?)
Peter (Also one of DH's uncles but seen v infrequently & different surname)

DH made the final choice on DS1's name because I seemed incapable of agreeing on anything shortly after he was born. I don't love his name but I'm mostly over that now! We've agreed that I'll get final say on DS2's name to even-out the decision making but I'm useless at choosing! Someone decide for me! wink

BikeRunSki Fri 25-Jan-13 18:06:14

I love Amos!!!! Also Peter, v underused.

I would pronounce Amos as A Moss.

hatchypom Fri 25-Jan-13 18:07:22


PenelopePisstop Fri 25-Jan-13 18:10:50

I love Amos too.

My DC's have bible names, can't go wrong with a bible name IMO.

I like Saul And Josiah (like Joss as the abv.)

lockets Fri 25-Jan-13 18:14:00

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Jojobump1986 Fri 25-Jan-13 18:18:43

hatchypom Elijah & Isaac are both claimed by children of close friends of ours that DS1 plays with. Abraham has been vetoed by DH as being too 'old-man' & there's already a J-name in the family & we're trying to keep different initials! I'd choose Jesse if we could use Js! smile

We're ridiculously awkward! I suppose it's our own fault for insisting on Biblical names & attending a church that's in the middle of a baby-boom. There were 13 babies born in the last academic year (including DS1) & another 6 that I know of so far in the same year as DS2! Average attendance at the church is about 150-200 people from all generations. I don't know where all these babies are springing from! confused

iclaudius Fri 25-Jan-13 18:22:32

Oooh jojo do tell what they've all been called !

missalien Fri 25-Jan-13 18:39:33

Simeon :-)

Asher, Levi and Michael are my favourites.

KateF Fri 25-Jan-13 18:46:04

I like Moses. I know one, with brothers Josiah and Obadiah. Would Micah be less likely to be shortened than Michael?
I also know a Zedediah-how about that (it's shortened to Zed)?

CheerfulYank Fri 25-Jan-13 18:48:56

I second lockets... I adore Ezra and know a lovely little one. Also Asa. But then I'm American so I think Asa might be pronounced a bit differently here?

From your list I like Asher, Peter, Levi, and Matthew. Amos too, which to me rhymes with Seamus.

Jojobump1986 Fri 25-Jan-13 18:54:19

This will totally out me to anyone associated with our church but... Elijah, Daniel, Jessica, Leonora, Dylan, Joshua, James, Zephaniah, Zachary, Micah, Toby, Ruby & Joshua! Having a girl would be so much easier! I'm v impressed that we managed to get through all those boys with only 1 name doubled! Other little boys of a similar age are: Caleb, Noah, Isaac, Joshua, Jasper & Samuel.

(Yes, it has taken me pretty much all this time to remember all those names! blush)

amck5700 Fri 25-Jan-13 18:57:41

I like Matthew or Andrew.

Has Mark gone?

Jojobump1986 Fri 25-Jan-13 19:00:16

Mark is DS1's middle name!

amck5700 Fri 25-Jan-13 19:00:44

pity you've ruled out J names as I like Jonah.

amck5700 Fri 25-Jan-13 19:05:13

Saul maybe

DessieLou Fri 25-Jan-13 19:10:34

Reuben? It's my favourite boys name but we had a dd so its on hold!

Jojobump1986 Fri 25-Jan-13 19:17:08

Oh yes, there's a Reuben too! Can't believe I forgot him! blush

Matthew is a wonderful name, but then I'm biased (DS is Matthew).


All lovely names

Narked Fri 25-Jan-13 20:00:35

I like Asher. I was really keen on Simeon for a while and then noticed it sounds like simian. Which woukd be particularly bad if you're creationists grin

Arithmeticulous Fri 25-Jan-13 20:03:58

Peter, David, Joseph... I like Amos too.

LOVE Asher and Simeon.
Like Ishmael and Andrew.
Moses and Ezekiel are dreadful imho and Amos too. Sorry.
Matthew fine.

Have you considered Simon?

Wishfulmakeupping Fri 25-Jan-13 21:03:10

Another vote for Peter think its a fab name and bet there wouldn't be another one at school smile

NowPlayingZone Fri 25-Jan-13 23:15:28

Amos or Asher.

How about Solomon?

PenelopePisstop Fri 25-Jan-13 23:17:11

Ooh I like Solomon

WaftyCrank Sat 26-Jan-13 20:34:49

There's a Peter at DD's preschool, lovely name. I like Matthew too. My DS is Gabriel.

missalien Sat 26-Jan-13 22:26:35

Ooo Dominic ?
I only met one simeon thirty years ago and the name stuck with me it's so unusual

Bakingtins Sat 26-Jan-13 22:46:07

must have missed Dominic out of my bible ....

Matthew (or if you hadn't discounted J's Jonathan) both mean gift of God.

Triplets in the next village to mine (some time ago) named Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. I kid you not.

CheerfulYank Sun 27-Jan-13 04:51:17

Dominic isn't a biblical name but it's related to God, "in domino confido" and all that. smile

Nathaniel, Thaddeus?

joanofarchitrave Sun 27-Jan-13 05:05:18

I think if you like Levi, go for Levi, it's great. But don't tell anyone else until the baby's born and you're introducing him - it's completely different from thinking about a name in the abstract.

Otherwise, Matthew.

MrsJamin Sun 27-Jan-13 06:14:26

Have you considered Seth? Otherwise Levi my favourite names out of your list. My boys both have biblical names that you have discounted so far. Malachi is another idea?

Artigene Sun 27-Jan-13 07:17:57

From your list I like Ishmael but wouldn't be brave enough to use it. Would you consider Isiah?

We are thinking about Reuben, Gabriel or Eli.

J names would sound great I think, Joel, Josiah, Jeremiah, Jedadiah, also like Nehemiah (maybe spelt wrong? Check your bible!) And Isaiah but maybe I'm biased caused that's one of my fave books in the bible :-) - my ds1 is Noah Gabriel Joseph and ds2 is Isaac James

I was going to suggest Solomon

Also Tobias
And Ethan (ds2, my favourite)

Bakingtins Sun 27-Jan-13 08:42:10

I'm a Christian but when I hear Levi I think jeans, not OT. I think he would get that reaction in spades from anyone not 'churched'.

woahwoah Sun 27-Jan-13 08:55:08

Paul? Timothy? Barnabas? Jude? Coming over all New Testament here!

greenhill Sun 27-Jan-13 09:16:14

Luke, David, Saul, Gideon, Jonathan, Athaliah, Azariah, Ahab, Baasha, Omri, Menahem, Hoshea, Pekah, Manasseh, Samson, Rehoboam, Moses, Paul, Timothy, Ananias, Haggai, Philip, Titus, James, Joel, Samuel etc.

Some of the middle names are kings, but the beginning and end names are more useable I think.

Zigster Sun 27-Jan-13 10:08:11

Third son of Adam and Eve.

Love Thaddeus and Gideon. Love Barnabus.

Hate Seth - it is the name I dislike more than any other name, ever. Sounds like hissing. Sorry to any Seth-owners, but it just doesn't work for me.

dancemom Sun 27-Jan-13 12:24:29


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paperclips Mon 28-Jan-13 17:13:03

Has nobody suggested Noah yet?

MustafaCake Mon 28-Jan-13 17:16:14

How about Nathaniel (Nate for short)?

From your list I like Asher best.

noblegiraffe Mon 28-Jan-13 17:26:33

Adam? Stephen?

HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 19:05:26

We have a Gabriel and it suits him so well, very strong and masculine and he is tall for his age. He was Gabe the Babe, then Gabey and now he's finally becoming Gabe. My DH suggested it and I love it.

As a bonus it works in many cultures and languages.

thegreylady Mon 28-Jan-13 23:32:07

My dn has just named her baby Ezekiel nn Zeke. I had a thread about it last week on here. I'd not come across it before and here it is again. I think it is a grower :-)

telsa Tue 29-Jan-13 09:16:42

On Wikipedia there is a list of names for the biblical nameless, which provides a great unusual resource! Mainly female, of course. Does it count as still biblical though?

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