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SpringDaffodils Thu 26-May-11 15:02:02

WDYT of Ezra for a boy?

olddeuteronomy Thu 26-May-11 15:54:33

Love it - it is the name for my fantasy next ds (fantasy as a. not allowed a 3rd child and b. dp thinks it is too weird). I predict it may become popular though...

bidibidi Thu 26-May-11 15:56:55

We just had a thread about this....It is a nn for Israel, in my ears.
I'd be astounded if it became popular.

lukewarmmama Thu 26-May-11 15:59:14


Hullygully Thu 26-May-11 16:00:42

It's unfortunate when reversed.

PrettyCandles Thu 26-May-11 16:07:22

Ezra is not a nn for Israel. Why would you think that?

It's a traditional biblical name, used to be very popular among Christians - probably more so than among Jews.

Anyway, I like it.

bidibidi Thu 26-May-11 16:14:14

It is a repeatedly used nn for one of my ancestors, whose given name was Israel. Sometimes in the Census he's down as Ezra, sometimes as Israel (also spelled as Izra).

PrettyCandles Thu 26-May-11 16:31:08

How interesting! I wonder, given that Ezra was more common among Christians than among Jews, was he trying to Anglicise his name, while still retaining the biblical connection?

olddeuteronomy Thu 26-May-11 16:54:53

Hmmm, had not noticed the reversal thing - still, is not as bad as some eg Lana, which is much worse and people still use (I wouldn't though!) Don't think that would put me off. I thought Ezra meant 'helper'.

charitygirl Thu 26-May-11 16:56:58

I am considering it for my DS in utero. But am worried that its getting a bit trendy (with a certain N London type of parent!). But I do like it.

PrettyCandles Thu 26-May-11 18:43:34

It means help, as in assistance (ie the noun, not the appeal).

spiderlight Thu 26-May-11 18:46:08

I love it.

itsohsoquiet Thu 26-May-11 19:30:28

I love it too. You say it is getting popular but I have never met anyone called Ezra and I know a lot of people with young children.

itsohsoquiet Thu 26-May-11 19:35:12

And all this "don't use that name because it's popular" is a load of rubbish.
If you like a name then go for it and if it's popular it's probably because it's a lovely name and other people think the same as you. What's so wrong with that?

LadyOfTheCuntryManor Thu 26-May-11 20:11:34

Lovely Biblical name...more popular amongst Jewish people, but lovely all the same.

Panzee Thu 26-May-11 20:15:22

Well said itsohsoquiet. There's a reason names are popular.

lockets Thu 26-May-11 21:07:19

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

evamummy Fri 27-May-11 21:34:08

Lovely name.

dexifehatz Fri 27-May-11 23:43:26

If dd2 had been a boy she would have been Ezra Gillespie.

usualsuspect Fri 27-May-11 23:45:55

I know 2 boys called Ezra ..lovely name

CheerfulYank Sat 28-May-11 05:00:04

I love it. I know two; they're both fab. smile

RickGhastley Sat 28-May-11 07:42:58

Really love it, would use for next baby but it's too similar to DS1's name.

wakarimasen Sat 28-May-11 18:27:58

and Ezra is the lead singer of Vampire Weekend! Perhaps why its getting more popular?

katielouxxx Mon 30-May-11 17:43:57

What is your DS1's name RickGhastley?

RickGhastley Mon 30-May-11 18:59:47


I think Evan and Ezra sounds a bit twee!!

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