I give up. Someone name DS2! The criteria are...

(118 Posts)
Jojobump1986 Mon 01-Apr-13 22:11:39

- It must be biblical.
- It can't be too unusual.
- It can't be too popular.
- It must be more than 4 letters & at least 2 syllables.
- It can't begin with: G, B, D or J.
- It can't be: Andrew, Caleb, Elijah, Isaac, Matthew, Micah, Michael, Noah, Peter, Reuben, Samuel, Simon, Stephen, Timothy, Tobias, Zachariah or Zephaniah.
- It must go with John as a middle name.

You have 6-11 weeks. I hereby abdicate all responsibility. wink

TreeLuLa Mon 01-Apr-13 22:13:11

Ezekiel?

homeappliance Mon 01-Apr-13 22:13:13

Nathan

Iggly Mon 01-Apr-13 22:13:18

Abraham?

Iggly Mon 01-Apr-13 22:13:45

Alexander?

Abra1d Mon 01-Apr-13 22:13:58

Cyrus.

Iggly Mon 01-Apr-13 22:14:45

Reuben?

I know it's 4 letters and only one syllable but, Saul?

50BalesOfHay Mon 01-Apr-13 22:14:49

Gabriel?

Iggly Mon 01-Apr-13 22:15:17

Simeon?

50BalesOfHay Mon 01-Apr-13 22:15:30

Raphael?

Ozias

wonderwooman Mon 01-Apr-13 22:15:41

Jonah, Jacob, Joseph

GummyAdams Mon 01-Apr-13 22:15:54

How about
Silas
Nathaniel
Adam
?

bellabelly Mon 01-Apr-13 22:16:06

Joshua

AnOeufUniversallyEggnowledged Mon 01-Apr-13 22:16:19

Moses.

Kahlua4me Mon 01-Apr-13 22:16:29

Aaron
Adam
Benjamin

wonderwooman Mon 01-Apr-13 22:16:37

Sorry...didn't read OP properly shock

bellabelly Mon 01-Apr-13 22:16:57

Doh, just seen it can't begin with J - why not? JJ would be cool initials to have!

dinkystinky Mon 01-Apr-13 22:18:03

Aaron, Raphael, Abraham, Malachi or Nathaniel?

Christopher
Lucas
Adam

beanandspud Mon 01-Apr-13 22:21:31

Lucas?

TheYamiOfYolk Mon 01-Apr-13 22:21:42

Ezekiel, Emmanuel, Isaiah...

tabulahrasa Mon 01-Apr-13 22:23:54

Alexander, Ethan, Lucas, Marcus, Matthias...they might be a bit popular though?

I like Ethan best.

TheYamiOfYolk Mon 01-Apr-13 22:24:44

Amos, Moses, Solomon...

AmandaPayntedEgg Mon 01-Apr-13 22:25:20

Why no J? Josiah?

Asher?

NotInMyDay Mon 01-Apr-13 22:25:32

I immediately thought Lucas or Thomas.

dancemom Mon 01-Apr-13 22:26:19

Isaiah

cece Mon 01-Apr-13 22:26:24

Adam
Daniel
Marcus
Lucas
Nathan
Nathaniel
Philip
Thomas

Teladi Mon 01-Apr-13 22:27:31

Elisha.

Or is that too much like Alicia?

rezzle Mon 01-Apr-13 22:29:26

Malachi?

KittenOfDoom Mon 01-Apr-13 22:34:29

Omar

KittenOfDoom Mon 01-Apr-13 22:35:36

Oh sorry, more than four letters. OK.

Zebulon

beeroclock Mon 01-Apr-13 22:35:54

Mark

MortifiedAdams Mon 01-Apr-13 22:36:34

Thomas
Aaron
Nathaniel

beeroclock Mon 01-Apr-13 22:40:31

Christian
Luke
Seth
Victor

beeroclock Mon 01-Apr-13 22:41:34

just saw the more than 4 letters, 2 syllable bit - sorry!

NaturalBaby Mon 01-Apr-13 22:42:43

Abraham

BoreOfWhabylon Mon 01-Apr-13 22:45:00

Asa
Phillip
Thomas

rubyslippers Mon 01-Apr-13 22:46:23

Moses

rubyslippers Mon 01-Apr-13 22:46:48

Azriel

SprinkleLiberally Mon 01-Apr-13 22:47:22

Peter is nice.

BikeRunSki Mon 01-Apr-13 22:48:38

Eliezer
Nathaniel
Elijah
Malachi
Matthew
Peter

nowwearefour Mon 01-Apr-13 22:51:48

Malachi

SprinkleLiberally Mon 01-Apr-13 22:52:35

Sorry, missed it from your forbidden list

Asher
Cainan
Elias
Uriah

olgaga Mon 01-Apr-13 22:55:22

Lucas
Marcus

PurpleStorm Mon 01-Apr-13 22:55:57

Asher

nannyof3 Mon 01-Apr-13 22:56:40

Oliver

Adrian
Aidan
Casper

SprinkleLiberally Mon 01-Apr-13 23:00:16

Matthias, Rufus, Silas are all nice.

ivykaty44 Mon 01-Apr-13 23:00:25

Christopher john

Emanuel
Felix
Philip
Stephen
Thomas

Coconutty Mon 01-Apr-13 23:10:48

Emmanuel, Cain, Noah, Samson

mrssmartarse Mon 01-Apr-13 23:33:52

Lucas grin

TheSecondComing Mon 01-Apr-13 23:37:44

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

skratta Tue 02-Apr-13 01:02:22

Isaiah isn't too unusual but not too popular. Biblical, but won't be straight away associated with it. Isaiah John flows due to syllable and sound. The sounds of Isaiah contrast with the shorter, sharper John, making it sound more interesting and a better name.

Malachi is more unusual but not too unusual. Again, the ending sound of 'I' contrasts with John, so Malachi John sounds interesting and better. Biblical but not completely associated with the Bible- naming him that won't make others automatically assume you are an ultra strong Creatonist, as too biblical a name might mean.

I'd suggest Aaron as a handsome, strong name but it depends how you see Aaron John as a name (as in, do you like them having a similar 'n' ending or not?)

Abner
Absalom
Andrew
Ebenezer
Eleazar
Emmanuel
Enoch
Ephraim
Kadmiel
Kemuel
Kenan
Lazarus
Lemuel
Marcus
Nehemiah
Neriah
Obadiah
Raphael
Solomon
Zephaniah

Empross76 Tue 02-Apr-13 01:38:46

Nathaniel. I have one myself and so pleased we used it, it's lovely.

CocoNutter Tue 02-Apr-13 01:41:38

Another one for Asher.

MsAkimbo Tue 02-Apr-13 01:45:35

Abel or Thomas....could be because I watched Sons of Anarchy recently. wink

MsAkimbo Tue 02-Apr-13 01:47:51

Oh...or Elliot! I LOVE Elliot.

Nebuchadnezzar?

ICanTotallyDance Tue 02-Apr-13 05:36:14

I second Gabriel and Christopher. They're lovely names.

Alexander is nice but popular.

Nathan and Nathaniel/Nathaneal?

Thomas is a nice name but... Thomas John is um... anyway, Ethan? Aaron? Amos? Asher? Alpheus has fallen out of favour a bit, but I think it's cool. Nicholas is nice. I'm not certain it's in the bible, but certainly an early Christian name. There's also Philip, Cuthbert and (though it isn't biblical) Douglas.

MrsJamin Tue 02-Apr-13 06:21:32

Levi. (I know it is 4 letters exactly but I don't see the need for an extra letter if it is 2 syllables and it fits all the other rules)

SomethingOnce Tue 02-Apr-13 09:07:15

Malachi

MsAkimbo Tue 02-Apr-13 14:17:13

I didn't think of Thomas John! blush grin

What about Adam?

MsAkimbo Tue 02-Apr-13 14:19:16

Ah wait
..scratch that and Abel. No 4 letters.

Cassius

Bugger, not biblical, sorry!

AmandaPayntedEgg Tue 02-Apr-13 15:08:56

Aw, come on OP. Come back and give us some feedback. We're trying really hard!

twentyfourcarat Tue 02-Apr-13 17:13:50

Addam, Ebenezer, Ephraim, Isaiah, Lemuel, Malachy, Nathanial, Obediah, Sampson/Samson, Shioloh, Simeon, Solomon, Thaddeus, Thomas, Tomek, Zebediah.

Apologies for repeats, also, your name gives the impression you've stolen my identity!

CheshireDing Tue 02-Apr-13 20:19:55

Sorry this is too strict a criteria for me, I can't think of anything <goes off unhelpfully> grin

Littlecherublegs Tue 02-Apr-13 23:45:04

Sorry for any repeats...

Aaron
Isacc
Silas
Thaddeus

seeker Tue 02-Apr-13 23:52:38

Patrick

KittenOfDoom Wed 03-Apr-13 18:43:29

Shadrach, Meshach or Abednego.

Or what about the wine bottles?

Jeroboam
Rehoboam
Methuselah
Mordechai
Salmanazar
Balthazar
Nebuchadnezzar
Melchior
Solomon
Goliath
Melchizedek

RalphtheTimid Wed 03-Apr-13 22:38:44

Linus

xigris Wed 03-Apr-13 22:42:25

Elias?

Jojobump1986 Thu 04-Apr-13 16:28:34

Sorry, meant to come back ages ago! blush

CheshireDing That's exactly how I feel! grin

Right, feedback...
It can't begin with a J, cute as JJ is, because then he'd be JJB. I used to work there so... no!
I keep suggesting Melchizedek to people. Oddly enough, they think I'm joking. Can't imagine why! wink
I love Linus big Peanuts fan but DH thinks it sounds like a girl's name. He's also ruled out: Solomon, Elias, Mordechai, Silas, Thaddeus, Ebenezer, Ephraim, Isaiah, Malachi, Nathan/Nathaniel, Thomas, Gabriel, Christian, Christopher, Alexander, Marcus, Lucas, Emmanuel, Felix, Philip, Moses, Abraham, Elliot, Ethan... I think it'd be easier if I just ruled him out!

At the moment the shortlist consists of: Simeon & Levi. I'm supposed to make the final decision because DH did for DS1. His preference is for Simeon but would be happy with either. My concerns are that Simeon is too like simian & DS1 was rather monkey like. Sim might also sound a little odd with our surname. I've been told that Levi is seen as quite a 'lower class' type name & it's only 4 letters, as are his middle & surnames. Might look a little odd written down. I have vaguely wondered about using Jonathan as his first name & thinking of a suitable middle name but that just feels like going back to square one! John was chosen as it's both of our fathers' middle name.

The poor child is currently being referred to as Sue. I'm determined that he shall have a proper, gender-appropriate name by the time he's born! With DS1 we had a shortlist & thought we'd just decide when he arrived. He was referred to as 'the baby' for the first 24 hours before DH stepped in & made the decision. I don't need that pressure to decide on the spot again!

AmandaPayneAteTooMuchChocolate Thu 04-Apr-13 16:51:17

Ah, I was about to say JJB would be fine given they aren't even around any more. But if you used to work there I agree it's a bit weird!

Simeon is nice. We have one in our extended family. It's unusual, but not massively so. He did used to get 'Simon' a lot as a child, but I think people are more used to unusual names now. Plus there are more Simeon's about. It seems to be more popular with those from Caribbean backgrounds/ancestry in my (limited and purely anecdotal) experience. Maybe because I think generally those cultures use a lot of biblical names? I'd prefer it to Levi.

I wouldn't let a nickname put me off unless it was a really common name. You are fighting a losing battle not to have a Matthew called Matt by some people for example. The Simeon I know is always called Simeon. Or another nickname that isn't actually related to any of his given names IYSWIM (like being known as Lofty if you are tall, or Paddy if you are Irish).

snuffaluffagus Thu 04-Apr-13 16:59:33

Jacob's sons-
Reuben
Simeon
Levi
Naphtali
Isaachar
Asher
Dan
Zebulun
Gad
Benjamin
Judah
Joseph

(that's my childhood love of Joseph's technicoloured dreamcoat coming out...)

Reuben is my fave I think, although I like Jacob too.. but that's going back to the JJB thing!

MortifiedAdams Thu 04-Apr-13 17:25:21

Levi is akin to Kaden, Jayden etc round my way

cece Thu 04-Apr-13 17:30:15

Jonathan is very nice and I am definitely not biased oh no and a fab nn Jonny. smile

Not keen on Levi. Simeon is the better of the two but tbh neither are my cup of tea.

KittenOfDoom Thu 04-Apr-13 17:46:28

Ah, go on, Melchizedek would be awesome smile He could be Mel, or Dex

Jojobump1986 Thu 04-Apr-13 18:19:11

I liked Reuben until some friends started calling their DS 'Rooby-booby'... Kinda put me off! I do like Asher too but I think DH isn't so keen on 'Ash'. I really should've married Jacob! grin The only 2 of the 12 I wouldn't consider are Gad & Zebulun! Although Zeb is quite cute... hmm We've already used one of them for DS1!

abbyfromoz Thu 04-Apr-13 18:22:12

My nephew is Asher. Love the name. (Biased!)
Also love Rueben. I wouldn't say 'rooby booby'... But i would call him Roo. grin

abbyfromoz Thu 04-Apr-13 18:27:08

Btw i know about 5 Noah's and 3 Levi's... Not 'lower class' names in Aus, lovely names if they weren't so over used.

Artichook Thu 04-Apr-13 18:28:35

I am afraid Simeon and is too simian for me. How can you worry about Reuben being Rooby-boody (v unlikely) and now worry about calling your son a name that sounds almost identical to a word meaning monkey-like. I do know a Simeon and people often call him Simone which annoys him know end.

Levi is OK but I only know one and he bit my daughter and had to be put on special measures at nursery so that slightly put me off!

I love Reuben and Elijah. Why is your DH against them?

abbyfromoz Thu 04-Apr-13 18:40:50

Has anyone suggested Nathaniel? (Aka Nathanael) meaning gift from God.

I can't help with actual names but could you solve the JJB thing by giving him a second middle name? (If you like a J name as his first of course!)

MortifiedAdams Thu 04-Apr-13 20:14:49

Abraham, nn Abe?

NumberOneNumpty Thu 04-Apr-13 20:40:44

Amos?

SuburbanRhonda Thu 04-Apr-13 20:51:56

What a shame the letter J is verboten.

Otherwise you could have had Jesus and I can't see anyone objecting to that grin

ellesabe Fri 05-Apr-13 11:58:12

Titus

BoyMeetsWorld Sat 06-Apr-13 12:54:08

I like Zimran meaning song or singer and Zuriel - rock or strength of God

Tricky criteria though. I do like Simeon but it was the nn we gave our cat, Simba!

Jojobump1986 Sun 07-Apr-13 08:10:55

What does everyone think of Aaron? How would people pronounce it? I think it's a lovely name but I'd want to pronounce it air-on & I suspect a lot of people would automatically say arran. It's cruel to give a child a name that people will get wrong, isn't it?

coffeewineandchocolate Sun 07-Apr-13 08:26:08

I would say air on but i think he would get a mixture of both.

How about Matthew, Christopher, Nathaniel or David? I do love reuben tho

Suzieismyname Sun 07-Apr-13 08:30:47

Pontius, Herod, Yahweh?

abbyfromoz Sun 07-Apr-13 20:42:27

Never heard Aaron pronounced 'Airon'... It's my cousin's name.

MadamFolly Sun 07-Apr-13 20:52:49

I have pronounced it Ah-ren or Air-ren depending on the persons preference.

How about Simon as in Simon-Peter?

nooka Sun 07-Apr-13 20:53:55

I think you should go for Jonathon (fab name) and use Levi for the middle name.

Jonathon Levi (JLB)

Simeon sounds and looks a bit odd to me, and I think would get mispronounced and spelled all the time.

I'd pronounce Aaron as Air-ron not A-run (but see above!)

We were going to call ds2 Ezra. Ezra John sounds cool to me too.

dinnersinthedawg Sun 07-Apr-13 22:28:03

Could you have 2 middle names so you can have a J name and avoid the JJB initials? One of my friends did this as the names she wanted spelt HOB so she added another to make HOSB.

Jojobump1986 Mon 08-Apr-13 12:36:39

I think we might have a name! It's one that I liked & DH wasn't keen on but we agreed that we'd start trying out a few names & this one's grown on him.

Absolutely noone is allowed to say anything negative because I'm too easily swayed & will get put off it! but we like Asher! It's such a relief that we finally have a name. I'll cry if I come up with a reason not to use it! blush

coffeewineandchocolate Mon 08-Apr-13 12:56:29

I love it :-)

KittenOfDoom Mon 08-Apr-13 13:06:33

Great choice!

(Shame about Melchizedek though) wink

EldritchCleavage Mon 08-Apr-13 13:24:50

Ok, I could give you an endless list, or direct you to

http://christianity.about.com/od/christainbabyboynames/a/boynamesab.htm

but obviously, the answer is Barak.

(Although I also like Asher, Ezra, Emmanuel (to be known as Manny), Judah, Marcus, Reuben and Theophilus).

EldritchCleavage Mon 08-Apr-13 13:25:27

Oh, cross-post!
Lovely.

AmandaPayneAteTooMuchChocolate Mon 08-Apr-13 13:29:21

I love Asher and know a marvellous one. Can I just say, I was first on this thread to say Asher, so I shall consider myself having named a baby grin

AnOeufUniversallyEggnowledged Mon 08-Apr-13 14:29:53

Great name. Really. grin

MrsJamin Mon 08-Apr-13 15:28:51

Ah, good choice! Well done.

ItsallisnowaFeegle Mon 08-Apr-13 15:32:54

Lovely name OP!

abbyfromoz Mon 08-Apr-13 15:37:20

Yay! I think i already mentioned but Asher is my beautiful 4y/o nephew's name. He has a beautiful mop of blonde hair. Little dude. Loves his chickens, climbing trees and baby brother Suvi. He's a sunny little man. Gorgeous name! grin Slightly biased!

KittenOfDoom Mon 08-Apr-13 22:48:07

EldritchCleavage did not read the opening post with much attention. Barak? Fail.

EldritchCleavage Tue 09-Apr-13 00:26:12

Yes, thank you, I was being facetious (and I'm an Obama fan).

PurpleStorm Tue 09-Apr-13 11:31:07

Barak's only a fail because it begins with a 'B' though.

Ezra

I like Asher!

Love it!

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