(43 Posts)
IWantMyBabyNow Tue 12-Feb-13 17:20:25

What do you think? I'm really starting to like it, especially as its biblical and not very common. Though I'm not sure which is the correct pronunciation Ke zee ah or Kez eye ah? I like both.

SamSmalaidh Tue 12-Feb-13 17:22:33

I've only heard it pronounced KEZ-ee-ah.

BlueyDragon Tue 12-Feb-13 17:27:26

DD of a relative is called Keziah, pronounced as Sam put it. It raised a few eyebrows when she was born because it's unusual but we all got used to it. Be prepared to spell the name out a lot and have it constantly mispronounced though.

takethatlady Tue 12-Feb-13 17:34:43

I teach a girl called Kezia - also pronounced KEZZ-ee-a (emphasis on the first syllable). It's pretty and unusual. Go for it!

Rhubarbgarden Tue 12-Feb-13 17:37:27

I had a hairdresser called this. Not my cup of tea really. I'm not fond of names with Ks and Zs in.

badtime Tue 12-Feb-13 17:39:35

I think 'kez-eye-a' is the American pronunciation.

IWantMyBabyNow Tue 12-Feb-13 17:39:52

Oh I'm surprised, mostly positive responses so far smile I thought it was going to be slated. Those of you who know a Keziah, do they like their name?

KelleStar Tue 12-Feb-13 17:41:47

It's a nice name. My great great great grandad was a Keziah. I always thought it was a female name until my gran told me it was popular as a male name too

Astley Tue 12-Feb-13 20:11:14

I went to school with a Kezia. Pronounced Kez-e-uh.

I like it.

33goingon64 Tue 12-Feb-13 20:18:19

Google and listen to the musician Keziah Jones. Enough to make you want to call your DC after him. Funky dude. I believe pronounced Kez-eye-ah. Like it. Do it do it!

banterbus Tue 12-Feb-13 20:18:24

I like it too, I think its pretty

greenandcabbagelooking Tue 12-Feb-13 20:22:15

I know three, all with different pronunciation


sparkle12mar08 Tue 12-Feb-13 22:10:21

I think it's a lovely, truly old, biblical name with a lovely meaning; but it's so unfortunate with the combination of what lots of people currently consider 'chav' letters - K's and Z's. Such a shame, but I'd never use it because of that. I know, I know, it's their problem not mine, but I just couldn't do it.

I prefer kezeyeah to keezeeah for pronunciation but I have to say that unfortunately it does sound a bit 'chav'at the moment

12ylnon Wed 13-Feb-13 09:52:15

I'm a Kessia pronounced 'Kez ee uh' or 'Kess ee uh' (i'm not even sure which one is right). Please don't do it .
It's too unusual. People never get my name right. I spend half my life spelling it for people. I have even tried spelling it differently in the hope it would make a difference- Kezziah, Keziuh, Kezia, Kesia. Nope, nothing, i get the wierdest pronunciations... and then there's the people who don't even make the effort to listen and just call me 'Katie' or 'Katia'.
The nicknames are odd and strange sounding- Kes (Like the book), Kez (people think i'm a Kerry), Kezzie (makes me sound like i'm 3).

Please please please don't do it!

12ylnon Wed 13-Feb-13 09:55:04

Oh, and since that glitter-clad idiot has started recording songs, i get called Kesha constantly with people saying 'Ohhh, do you wake up in the morning feeling like P Diddy.'
Rant over.

catinboots Wed 13-Feb-13 09:56:12

I used to know a beautiful Keziah (pronounced Keziah-aye-ya)

She played the harp

Leeds2 Wed 13-Feb-13 09:57:51

I know a girl (aged 11) called Kesia. Pronounced Kez - ee- a.

PointeShoes Wed 13-Feb-13 09:58:21

Not a name I would choose. But it's your baby! Choose it whatever you really love and don't pay attention to anyone else smile

Merl0t Wed 13-Feb-13 09:59:54

Awful. I know it's a bible name but it sounds so Kadazzle-mae

BlueyDragon Thu 14-Feb-13 06:14:00

Our Keziah is only two, so no comment on how she feels about it. Although she is living in the US at the moment so is probably thoroughly confused with the different pronunciations!

Umlauf Thu 14-Feb-13 09:27:38

Quite different to the above pronunciations, but I was at uni with a Keziah pronounced the Italian way, 'Ketsy-uh' which was quite pretty!

carbondated Thu 14-Feb-13 10:19:24

I absolutely love it. Think it's unusual and very pretty. People will spell just about anything wrong given half a chance, so wouldn't be put off by that. Stephen/Steven, Sarah/Sara/Zara, Brandon/Branden etc etc. The only little girl I've know with that name pronounced it Kezeea

usualsuspect Thu 14-Feb-13 10:24:29

It's a beautiful name.

I love it.

Frikadellen Thu 14-Feb-13 12:44:17

I think it is a lovely name I know one Kez ee ah she is lovely (15)

Surrealistrhinoceros Thu 14-Feb-13 13:01:23

I know a lovely teenage one. Family are quite committed Christians so I assume it's for the Bible connection. People may assume you're of a particular faith as its both unusual and biblical. Would that trouble you if it's not the case? I have a son with an unusual old testament name and am happy to field the occasional 'are you Jewish?' question - we're not.

There was also a lovely book called The Diddakoi when I was young, by Rumer Godden, where the heroine started out as Kizzy and ended up Kezia. I loved that book so would make that connection. Could you legitimately shorten to Kizzy? There's one in my daughters class and it is sweet for a small girl.

marmiteandhoney Thu 14-Feb-13 13:58:55

I think it's lovely. If my youngest son had been a daughter, Keziah (probably pn Kez-eye-ah, although I've a fondness for Ketsy-ah as well) was top of our list (he got Solomon).

WowOoo Thu 14-Feb-13 14:01:50

I was going to say Keziah Jones too! So, I always thought it was a boys name.

Anyway, it's lovely.

WowOoo Thu 14-Feb-13 14:10:19

BTW I prefer Kez Zee Ay pronunciation.
I think of other -iah names and that's how I say them in my head.

Congrats for your soon to be little one.

fortheloveofpinkflamingos Thu 14-Feb-13 15:25:41

I knew a rather posh Keziah pron Kez-ee-ah, she had a brother called Horatio

lovely name

SnowyWellies Thu 14-Feb-13 15:38:39

I love it, and pronounce it Kez-eye-ah. (to rhyme with Isaiah)

The only one i know was a character in the Jinny horse books. I would LOVE to be a Keziah.

Bue Thu 14-Feb-13 17:55:23

This is my 'guilty pleasure' name. I couldn't see myself using but I just love it so much! I know two - one in England (KEZ-ee-uh) and one in Canada (Kez-EYE-ah).

3ofeach Mon 18-Feb-13 12:13:34

My DD2 is Keziah, so obviously I love it and so does she ( she is 6 ) We have only met 2 others so far. We pronounce it Kez ee a. She gets Kizzy as a nickname. The only thing that worried me once she was born and went to register the birth was that people would shorten it to Kez which I hate. I have made it clear that she is not to be called Kez and if people want to shorten it to use Kizzy. She will now correct poeple on the few occasions this has happened.
Part of the reason I liked it was from The Diddakoi which is such a lovely book. I bought her a first edition when she was a baby and looking forward to her being able to read it and hopefully love it too.
I thought that it was an unusual but pretty name that people would not have too much of a preconcieved idea of and that she could make her own. No one has ever said to my face they think it is chavvy and we have not had trouble with people finding it difficult to spell or pronounce.
Go for it

meditrina Mon 18-Feb-13 12:17:55

I would pronounce it Kez-eye-a, (closer to Biblical standard pronunciation patterns). I think other variants may be more common, though.

tallulah Mon 18-Feb-13 18:22:25

This was my cat's name grin. We pronounced it Kay - sha. The vet used to call her Kayz - eye - a (like Isiah) and we never caught that on first calling. I wanted to name DD2 it too but DH wouldn't let me name her after the cat...

She'll be called Kezz or Kexzie which makes a pretty name pretty rough.

rubydoobydoo Mon 18-Feb-13 20:37:00

I like it - but the only one I've ever met (pronounced Kez - EE -uh) hated it and went by Cathy instead!

deleted203 Mon 18-Feb-13 20:39:04

I like it - and was going to mention Kizzy and the Didakoi like other posters!

Willdoitinaminute Mon 18-Feb-13 20:45:02

I love it. It is an old family name and was on my list of girls name had we had a girl. My grandmothers cousin was Keziah and it was pronounced kuz- eye-a. I think it is a biblical name hence the pronunciation. It is often shortened to Kizzy also lovely for a little girl.

elah11 Mon 18-Feb-13 20:45:30

Gorgeous name and one I had on my list for dd except dh vetoed it! I would have pronounced it Kez eye ah, tbh I didnt realise there was another way to pronounce it, thats the only one I have ever heard.

thewhistler Mon 18-Feb-13 20:52:34

I like it, for me the associations are with the delightful.dd of friends , who pointed out it means cinnamon, and with Kizzy, of Rumer Godden's the diddakoi. It isn't chavvy if you aren't. Not that there is anything morally wrong with that any way.

I have a name that 99 % of people spell wrongly and it doesn't worry me.

Would you give her a more usual middle name so she could change of she really wanted?

Bathsheba Tue 19-Feb-13 19:04:05

I know one - she is a Key-zee-ah

zingally Wed 20-Feb-13 17:51:00

I'd pronounce it Kee-ze-ah. But I've no idea if that's right.

I think pay attention to the commenter above WITH THAT NAME who says avoid it.

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