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Boys name: Samuel, Jonathan or Elias?

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EmpressMatilda Mon 04-Feb-13 17:48:57

Hi all,

I am 31 weeks pregnant. It’s our first child and we have found out we’re having a boy. Although we’ve been discussing it for months DH and I just can’t agree on a name. We had tentatively settled on Samuel which I really like. DH seemed keen at one point but has now gone off it. I asked him for his suggestions but he has only come up with really outlandish suggestions (Tiberius, anyone?) which I rejected.

So… he asked his elderly Gran for a suggestion and she came up with Jonathan. DH actually really likes it as a name and says he much prefers it to Samuel. I think he also likes the idea of honouring his Gran’s choice.

I still prefer Samuel but I think Jonathan is OK. I have some concerns though. I know a lot of Jonathans (all called Jon) but they’re all in the age range 25-40. I just don’t think of it as a child’s name at all and am worried it will soon be seen as an older man’s name, like someone my age growing up being called Russell or Brian! However, that is just my very un-scientific impression and I may be way off the mark.

On another note, we also recently met a boy called Elias and found that we both actually quite like that name though I think it’s still an outsider at present.

So, Samuel, Jonathan or Elias? What do people think?! Thoughts on first/middle name combos from the three names also welcome. Our surname is ordinary and short!

Snusmumriken Mon 04-Feb-13 17:57:34

I love the name Jonathan, it is classic and beautiful. One of my favorite literary characters from my childhood was named Jonathan. Please read this book to your DS if you decide on naming him Jonathan. I am sure he will love it!

I think it would work very well as a childs name, and as a name for a very nice young/old man.

Samuel is also a very nice name.

The brothers lionheart

lljkk Mon 04-Feb-13 18:02:06

I like Jonathan because it has versatile NNs and it's conventional enough that everyone will know how to spell it. It's also unique without being weird.

Similar for Elias, but that's a little closer to weird.

Samuel is a solid good name, very popular though.

Any name he has he will make his own.

EnglishGirlApproximately Mon 04-Feb-13 18:06:11

All boys called Samuel are extremely clever, handsome and talented smile

they don't bloody sleep though

disclaimer - I may be biased

Minty82 Mon 04-Feb-13 20:27:21

I know a three-year old Jonathan, known as Jonny. Totally suits him, doesn't seem wrong-generationish at all, nice name.

bruffin Mon 04-Feb-13 20:29:50

Agree Englishgirl

Also very biased grin

chubbachops Mon 04-Feb-13 20:31:45

I love the name jonathan ( although it is DP name) nobody calls him jon. and if anyone does in ear shot of me or his mum we just as athan (most never do again)

some people do call him jonny which I and MIL hate but deal with.

his family mostly call him 'big en' as he is the eldest.

clg2000 Mon 04-Feb-13 20:37:43

My little boy is named Samuel, John, Ellis Samuel as we both liked John after our dads and Ellis a family name kept everyone happy but TBH have a couple and when he appears see what he looks like (gosh that sounds crazy ) our middle one was Chloe till she appeared and we named her Lydia .

HouseOfBears Mon 04-Feb-13 21:31:23

I think Samuel Jonathan sounds really nice. Samuel Elias doesn't work for me as there are 2 "el" sounds next to eachother.

Johnathan Samuel is also really nice. Johnathan Elias is ok but feels a bit of a mouthful.

Elias Johnathan is nice. Elias Samuel I wouldn't pick as there are 2 "s" sounds next to eachother.

So there's my assessment! I think my favourite is Samuel Johnathan.

EmpressMatilda Mon 04-Feb-13 23:19:52

Thanks everyone! Good to hear of a little one called Jonathan. This is whist I was hoping for. Jonny is very cute.

Samuel Jonathan would be my overall choice as well, I just have to sell it to DH.

You never know though. He has changed his mind so many times and we still have 2 months to go!

cece Mon 04-Feb-13 23:25:57

I am biased but Jonathan is a fab name. Mine is 9 yrs old and everyone calls him Jonny. I think it is the perfect name, as Jonathan is fab but he can also use Jonny or Jon depending on the situation/his preference, which I also love. Also agree it is normal enough to be considered not out there but also not many of them about.

I like Samuel too but it is very popular.

xlatia Tue 05-Feb-13 12:40:02

Another vote for Jonathan here! Mine's 15 months old and I think the name suits him perfectly. Gets called Jonny by only one person. However, lots of people spell his name either Jonathon or Jonathen. hmm

Gwennan Tue 05-Feb-13 13:05:41

A few baby Jonathans born in the last few years, according to the Telegraph Birth Announcements: there's little Jonathan Angus Robert (a brother to Benjamin); Jonathan Arthur Thomas (a brother for Amelia, William, Lucy and Freddy); Jonathan Andrew Guy; Jonathan Peter ("Johnny", a brother for Bee and Ottilie); Jonathan George (twin brother of Oliver William; both brothers for Celeste and Edward); and Jonathan Charles (a brother for Matilda).

And, yes, there's a few Dads called Jonathan too but I think it works for any age.

There's a few with Jonathan as a middle name too including Samuel Jonathan, Caleb Jonathan Peter, Ralph Francis Jonathan, James Jonathan, Otto Jonathan Ellison, Max Jonathan Oliver, Oliver Odo Jonathan, Peter Jonathan, Ned Jonathan Gordon, Harry Jonathan Samuel...

I think it's a lovely, well-known name that isn't too popular.

spiderlight Tue 05-Feb-13 13:16:45

I love Elias - it was top of my list for a middle name for hypothetical DS2.

Britchic Tue 05-Feb-13 13:30:52

I have a Samuel (Sam), and while I love love his name, it drives me crazy that there are so many Sams around - 4 in his year at school, 4 in his little rugby group of about 20 kids - argh!

I love Johnny, I think I'd go for that.

Good luck!

HollyMadison Tue 05-Feb-13 14:04:40

What about Jonathan with the nickname (if you want to use a nickname) of Jonty? I LOVE Jonty.

EmpressMatilda Thu 07-Feb-13 09:43:05

Thanks. I am now reassured about Jonathan. I love Jonny and Jonty but DH made a face when I said them! So now I think he's going off the Jonathan idea. I also hadn't realised Samuel was so popular so I've gone slightly off that! Honestly, didn't realise it would be this hard just to agree on a name.

davecheesely Sat 18-Jan-14 00:34:30

I have a six year old Jonathan and he is 100% cool. He will not accept Jon or Jonny: He is Jonathan. People from other countries sometimes associate the name with Jewish roots; something we had never considered before, but certainly no problem for us (although we're not Jewish). I'd say go for it, it's a great classic name!

davecheesely Sat 18-Jan-14 00:38:35

@HollyMadison: Jonty rocks!

HappyGoLuckyGirl Sat 18-Jan-14 01:49:00

I've got a Samuel (Sam or Sammy).

I didn't know it was that popular! I knew only 1 Sam when I was at school and haven't met any other babies named Samuel.

Allalonenow Sat 18-Jan-14 02:02:28

Jonathan is lovely, a classic timeless name. Possible NNs, Jonty for a toddler, or Jay for a teenager.

iniquity Sun 21-Jun-15 10:48:12

I would avoid using your two favourite names in one go as baby no2 may well be a boy.

CaptainAnkles Sun 21-Jun-15 10:53:43

I love all three names, but I would choose Samuel personally. No help at all.

Sophronia Sun 21-Jun-15 13:21:18

Samuel and Jonathan are two of my favourite names. I'd go with Jonathan as it's less popular.

Usernamer Sun 21-Jun-15 13:57:03

Samuel is a fabulous name, much prefer it to your other choices.

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