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Boys names meaning gift, blessing, happiness etc.

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Amiasmummy Tue 18-Feb-14 09:11:31

After months of deliberation and thinking we had 'the name' we're still undecided. Last night, OH suggested Nathan and I quite like it (nn Nate) especially as it has the meaning "gift from God". We are not religious, but I do see this little one as a gift/blessing and I'm beginning to think it would be nice to have a name which reflects that. I also like the name Asher (meaning happy) but OH not keen. Jason means healer, which would be quite fitting as my daughter was stillborn 3 1/2 years ago so finally having another baby to love is quite healing. Again, OH not overly excited about the name.

Any other names with similar meanings?

BlueStarsAtNight Tue 18-Feb-14 09:43:35

Benedict - blessed
Felix - happy and prosperous

I like Nathan though (but not Asher)

BlueStarsAtNight Tue 18-Feb-14 09:51:02

Darrell / Darryl means beloved or dearly loved
David - beloved, friend

SoMuchToBits Tue 18-Feb-14 10:00:29


Amiasmummy Tue 18-Feb-14 10:04:52

Thank you for your suggestions grin
I love the meaning of David as that's also the meaning of my daughter's name, Amia, but it's also the name of my daughter's paternal grandad which puts me off using it as a name. (My daughter's father and his family have had nothing to do with me since her funeral.)
Love the name Benedict but think it sounds awkward with the surname (Geaney)
OH actually suggested Darrell a while back but had to veto it as my very close friend has a brother called Darrell who she despises. Lots of not so nice history between them confused
I'm not looking to push Asher as a name as OH really doesn't like it and I don't LOVE it.
I actually really like Nathan, I'd just prefer to have a few options in case he doesn't look like a Nathan when he arrives wink

Velma67 Tue 18-Feb-14 10:05:53

Theodore - gift from God

Biscuitsneeded Tue 18-Feb-14 10:06:30

Theo, or Theodore, means god's gift.

Amiasmummy Tue 18-Feb-14 10:06:41

Somuch - one of my close friends has a Jonathan grin

BellaVida Tue 18-Feb-14 10:07:27

Matthew-gift of God
Theodore-gift of God
Asher-fortunate, blessed, happy one
Saul-desired,wished,prayed for

Amiasmummy Tue 18-Feb-14 10:08:34

Oooh, I like Theo! It doesn't strike me as OHs taste, though I will run it past him later.

SoMuchToBits Tue 18-Feb-14 10:09:04

I have a Jonathan too! smile I love the name, and it really suits him.

IPokedABadgerWithASpoon Tue 18-Feb-14 10:10:31

Asher - Fortunate, “happy one”
Isaac - Laughter
Cayo - The happy one
Faine - Happy, joyous
Oron - From Hebrew "or" and "ron" indicating an optimistic view of life as clear and happy
Tait - Cheerful, happy
Gil - happiness

Amiasmummy Tue 18-Feb-14 10:10:40

It is a lovely name. My friend's Jonathan really suits his name too grin He was named after his daddy.

AuntieBrenda Tue 18-Feb-14 10:12:58

Just read your OP and I have a nathaniel, we call him Nate or Natey. Beautiful name - choose it! thanks

florascotia Tue 18-Feb-14 10:13:44

Theodore = Gift of God

Hilary = Happy

Edwin (= blessed or rich friend) also Edgar, Edmund, Edward (the 'Ed' element means 'blessed' or 'rich'; the endings 'gar' = spear, 'mund' = protector, 'ward' = guard)

Helge (Germanic, Norse) = holy

Blythe (= happy) is often used as a girl's name, but could perhaps be a middle name for a boy because it's also a surname

busybeev Tue 18-Feb-14 10:18:11

I clicked on this thread to suggest Nathan. I also have a 'gift from God' . We are not religious either but it's a name I always wanted to call my DS. He gets called Nat or Natty and one teacher always called him Nate.

Amiasmummy Tue 18-Feb-14 10:24:24

Thanks for all these name ideas. I will have to see if any are to OHs liking.. I like Theo and Oron from the suggestions so far, although still leaning towards Nathan. Middle name will be Richard (family name) so can't really use anything with Ed in it for his first name. My brother Richard had a twatty friend called Ed and I always referred to them as Dick n Ed when they were together lol

Oubliette0292 Tue 18-Feb-14 10:30:15

First of all, I like Nathan (and think Nate is a cute nn). I'm not all that keen on Asher though.

I think Ewan, John and Michael have a similar meaning to Nathan (gift from God).

Raphael - god's healer
David - beloved
Luke/Lucas - light

MrsBennetsEldest Tue 18-Feb-14 10:33:08

I have a gift from god too. He is known as Nay.

Amiasmummy Tue 18-Feb-14 11:18:23

Raphael is a cool name. I don't think it goes with the rest of the name though.
I'm thinking Nathan will be pretty hard to beat as I think it sounds good with the surname, with or without the middle name, and obviously love it as a name on it's own. Also, it's the only name OH has been really passionate about.
He agrees that it would be nice to have more than one name to choose from though so please keep the suggestions coming grin many thanks to everyone who has posted so far thanks

ToffeeJungle Tue 18-Feb-14 18:27:37

Nathan is a fab name, go for that!

Amiasmummy Tue 18-Feb-14 19:10:38

We probably will smile

OddFrog Tue 18-Feb-14 19:24:01

Nathan, nn Nate is lovely.

I know the most gorgeous wee boy called Tate, meaning cheerful. Similar, but different.

Amiasmummy Tue 18-Feb-14 20:15:37

I like Tate, but I still prefer Nate/Nathan. I like that the nickname is optional and that there are different nicknames to choose from as he's growing up smile

looki Tue 18-Feb-14 21:26:41

Felix meaning happiness/lucky.

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