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

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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

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

Shadrach, Meshach or Abednego.

Or what about the wine bottles?


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


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


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-

(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.

strawberrypenguin Thu 04-Apr-13 19:45:12

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


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


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?

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