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biblical (Old Testament) boys' names

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tvmum1976 Fri 29-Mar-13 21:56:06

which ones do you like? Am prepared to accept the more 'extreme' end (we have a DS with a kind of extreme biblical name) but like the more common ones too. Any suggestions? Thank you! (NB we are jewish so old testament is better!)

anonymosity Fri 29-Mar-13 21:58:19


two of my all time faves.

tvmum1976 Fri 29-Mar-13 21:59:52

love those- thanks- especially Elijah. But weirdly not as keen on nn Eli. Not sure why. Don't know if we could force everyone to use the full thing. Btw do you know any baby Elijahs? We are in the US and it is pretty common here but not sure about in the UK (where we will be moving back to soon....)

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steppemum Fri 29-Mar-13 22:10:03

Jeremiah (might sound like a misery guts though!)
Solomon (very under used fab name)
Abraham with Bram for short (love Bram as a nn)

but the best has to be Isaac (not remotely biased as that is my ds grin

AuntieStella Fri 29-Mar-13 22:12:46


tvmum1976 Fri 29-Mar-13 22:16:25

ooh love some of these (and love that my DS's name got a mention and high praise :-)) Thanks! keep them coming.

tvmum1976 Fri 29-Mar-13 22:17:42

ps steppenmum would you pronounce Isaiah "eye s-eye-ah" or "eye- zay- ah"?

Jojobump1986 Fri 29-Mar-13 22:21:54

Our shortlist for DS2 consisted of: Simeon, Levi, Asher, Matthew, Michael & Peter.

Names that also would've been on the list but were discounted due to knowing children with the same name, sounding silly with our surname or being too similar to family names were: Joshua, David, Samuel, Jesse, Isaac, Joseph, Noah, Benjamin, Elijah. We know 2 Elijahs, both about 18 months old - it's definitely getting more popular here.

I've just noticed the order I put the names in - wouldn't 'Benjamin Elijah' be such a lovely name?! I wonder if I could convince DH to change our surname! wink

Jojobump1986 Fri 29-Mar-13 22:25:27

Oh yes, how could I forget?! We considered Isaiah for a while, & Ishmael too, but DH decided he didn't like any potential nn for either. He's just awkward. sad

FWIW, I'd pronounce it eye-zy-uh.

fuckwittery Fri 29-Mar-13 22:29:20

Reuben and Malachi (Malachy) were on our list first time round

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Fri 29-Mar-13 22:32:18

Love Simeon, Gideon, Asher, Abraham (Bram), Adam.

thegreylady Fri 29-Mar-13 22:37:04

Well my niece has called her new baby Ezekiel-nn Zeke which I have come to like very much-never heard of another one.
Zacchaeus is fun too and Ishmael.

DessieLou Fri 29-Mar-13 22:38:23

Oh I LOVE this thread! We had decided on Reuben for a boys name (had a girl) but Apparantly dh may be going off it so we may need to think of something else. Reading this though has made me fall in love with Elijah, so thanks! grin

PandaG Fri 29-Mar-13 22:40:28

Zachariah, Noah, Malachi, Asher, Simeon

PandaG Fri 29-Mar-13 22:41:08

I know a couple of Elijahs - both aged around 7

umberellaonesie Fri 29-Mar-13 22:41:21

Love Ezra can't be shortened really either. Caleb. Joseph, Seth, Solomon. All my 3 boys are old testament names.

tvmum1976 Fri 29-Mar-13 22:46:08

Love all these suggestions! thanks so much!
I started a thread on Zephaniah (nn Zeph or Zephy) a while back and got eaten alive. I still like it though- thought it could be a similar but less common Zach (we have a good friend who has just called their baby zach)
Am I delusional?

umberellaonesie Fri 29-Mar-13 22:53:14

I like zephiniah. People round here can't pronunce malachi so we kept them short and simple. :-)

tvmum1976 Fri 29-Mar-13 22:56:14

ha! we live in a place where every child seems to have a weird unpronounceable name (although more in the Rainbow/ moon unit type mould) so zephaniah would probably slip by unnoticed. But don't want the poor boy to get a massive shock on return to the UK!

anonymosity Fri 29-Mar-13 22:57:10

I am in the US too, so no good for knowing if there are lots of Elijahs in the UK currently. sorry.

steppemum Fri 29-Mar-13 22:57:15

I think english pronunciation is Is - zy - ah and American Is -zay ah

The American pronunciation does sound very 'American' to me

I love Reuben and Gideon too.

Less keen on Levi, it is pretty popular and chavy round here.

Like Elijah because it means something like Given by God, which is lovely.

Don't like Ishmael, it's origins make me sad. depends if you mind about the origins of the name.

tvmum1976 Fri 29-Mar-13 23:00:05

steppenmum- love your taste. can you tell me what you think of Zephaniah/ zeph/zephy? would be a good measure for me I think!

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