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Anyone fancy any of these underused biblical names?

(25 Posts)
thereisalightanditnevergoesout Thu 13-Jan-11 18:03:28

have a look here

dubaipieeye Thu 13-Jan-11 18:06:19

I LOVE Dorcas - shame husband doesn't feel the same!

thereisalightanditnevergoesout Thu 13-Jan-11 18:11:06

Docas does have something about it. I think it has the same meaning as Tabitha - (I seem to remember reading that in a baby name book, but then my brain is baby mush at the moment, so I might've dreamt it!).

msrisotto Thu 13-Jan-11 18:11:34

Shame 'cos I think Jezebel is a really cool name!

ChippingIn Thu 13-Jan-11 18:13:00

Dorcas - that's brilliant.

It would completely save all the children in the class having to decide who to bully!

There is a reason that none of those are used.

ZZZenAgain Thu 13-Jan-11 18:14:01

I have met a (grown-up) Dorcas. I find it an awful name - although she really was very nice.

tebbles Thu 13-Jan-11 18:14:27

Dorcas has terrible teasing implications. Should never be considered

ZZZenAgain Thu 13-Jan-11 18:25:36

"Jezebel...No-one is going to give their child a name that has taken on negative associations - in this case, with a certain type of woman"

well we have definitely had that name come up on baby name threads and people do seem to have chosen it despite the negative connotations.

None of those names appeal to me. Certainly not Radbod or Gomer.

mackereltaitai Thu 13-Jan-11 18:33:41

zipporah circumcised her son with a flint - not very MN really.

quite like wilgefortis and her beard - would suit me. Can't see it for a baby girl though.

ensure Thu 13-Jan-11 18:39:52

I have met a Zipporah. In her twenties.

mathanxiety Thu 13-Jan-11 18:41:15

I know a Tsiporah (same name, more Yiddish). And a Hephzibah.

said Thu 13-Jan-11 19:06:50

Love Jezebel but is Achsah not now just Asher (which I also love)?

said Thu 13-Jan-11 19:08:24

grin@ "zipporah circumcised her son with a flint - not very MN really."

GandalfyCarawak Thu 13-Jan-11 19:08:48

It's not in the list but I love Josiah, and don't get why it isn't used.

said Thu 13-Jan-11 19:09:08

Lol @ "zipporah circumcised her son with a flint - not very MN really."

purpleturtle Thu 13-Jan-11 19:13:37

I know a couple of Josiahs. Both under 5.

AnnOnimous Thu 13-Jan-11 20:26:25

Dorcas was a character in seven brides for seven brothers!

PlanetLizard Thu 13-Jan-11 21:03:54

Interesting list!

How about these? Perhaps more likely to be used and/or make a comeback, but many of them still quite unusual.

Boys:

Ezekiel (Zeke)
Zebedee (Zeb)
Jeremiah (Jem)
Elias
Abraham
Amos
Cornelius
Jeremiah
Hosea
Ezra
Ira
Jada
Jared
Lucius
Othniel
Silvanus
Silas
Micah

Girls:

Alisa
Deborah
Candace
Damaris
Phoebe
Delilah
Sapphira
Miriam
Elisheba
Junia
Mary
Sarah
Joanna
Esther
Julia
Tamar
Tarah

ShakinScarecrow Thu 13-Jan-11 23:08:08

PlanetLizard, my daughter is called Tamar (pronounced 'tay mar'; it is a name that has been used in our family for hundreds of years, yet most people have never heard of ut and are suprised it is a biblical name.

ShakinScarecrow Thu 13-Jan-11 23:09:18

Sorry, missed a closing bracket there!

PlanetLizard Thu 13-Jan-11 23:15:25

It's a lovely name ShakinScarecrow

clumsymumluckybaby Thu 13-Jan-11 23:39:30

i love the name jezebel ...i nearly did it,really,really nearlygrin

mathanxiety Fri 14-Jan-11 04:54:56

More on the Pope-Baby-Name story here at babynamewizard blog

Bue Fri 14-Jan-11 12:15:35

It's a shame Jezebel is completely unuseable. I think it's a beautiful name, an interesting alternative to something a bit overused like Isabel.

Barbeasty Fri 14-Jan-11 12:46:28

DD's names were biblical, including one from PlanetLizard's list, but neither was the name of a saint, which my husband wanted for DD's baptism.

Whilst we went with Rose, I did have fun telling people that we were going to give her the second middle name of Hedwig. They believed it too, as it is a variation of Jadwiga, her Godmother's name.

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