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Henry or Zachary to go with Alexandra & Aurora?

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CupcakesAndFizz Thu 14-Jan-16 08:25:57

Am at wits end and out of time! Baby is here tomorrow! I love classic names that are strong and straightforward, and am not overly worried about popularity. I love Henry and would be v happy shortening it to Harry, husband loves Zachary, with us both preferring Zac/Zach. His sisters are Alexandra (which we tend not to shorten, her preference) and Aurora, who is always Rory. It suits her cheeky personality!

What I'm wondering is, Henry passes the 'high court judge' test, but I'm much more unfamiliar with Zachary. I mean, is it considered classic, or might he be judged in the future with this name on his cv? Is it considered a Jewish name? Is it less well thought of/ chavvy or becoming so?

Middle name would be Simon after a grandfather:
Henry Simon
Zachary Simon

Any thoughts so welcome at this point! Always says naming a boy after two girls would be easy, how wrong was I?!

SugarMiceInTheRain Thu 14-Jan-16 08:27:42

I'd go for Zachary personally. Was close to choosing that for my son, who is Isaac - I tried shortening it to Zac but it didn't stick! grin

Bluesand1 Thu 14-Jan-16 08:28:48

Like both Zachary and Henry. Don't think it's chavvy. Lots of variations of Zachary these days ie Zak Zach Zack as names on their own

MrsMichelRouxJr Thu 14-Jan-16 08:34:11

I like both Henry and Zachary but Henry is my favourite.

Henry Simon sounds great and goes well with your DD names.

Zachary is a Hebrew name. I wouldn't say it was classic but nor would I say he'd be judged on it later in life. It's not chavvy either to my mind. The only thing to consider is it's (I suppose) less of a classic than Henry and could be more 'faddy' if you see what I mean. Henry is more likely to stand the test of time.

Anyway, in short both lovely names. Henry would be my choice. Good luck tomorrow and congratulations on your little boy!

CupcakesAndFizz Thu 14-Jan-16 08:35:05

Issac's a lovely name, that's been on the list too! Both Zach/Zachariah and Issac are biblical in origin, can I ask, are you religious? Or am I just way off even thinking that, biblical is just popular right now? If so, Zachary starts to feel a real option (we're not religious).

CupcakesAndFizz Thu 14-Jan-16 08:47:22

Thanks so much MrsMichel! Really appreciate the thoughts, Blues and Sugar. Maybe we should flip a coin. Just so hate always making this decision when drugged out of mind and hormonal!

pilates Thu 14-Jan-16 09:10:02

Out of the two I prefer Henry, Zachary is ok.

How about Jacob?

nextusername Thu 14-Jan-16 09:12:30

Henry Simon

fidel1ne Thu 14-Jan-16 09:13:44

Henry goes better with those names.

BikeRunSki Thu 14-Jan-16 09:15:19

Will this be your last baby do you think? Then go A to Z! I'm in the middle of A to Z siblings and we love it.

BikeRunSki Thu 14-Jan-16 09:17:24

Zachariah and Zacheus are other variations on Zachary. I think Zachariah has more gravitas if you are thinking of high court judge test.

CupcakesAndFizz Thu 14-Jan-16 09:25:53

Ha, A to Z! Didn't think of that.

I like Jacob, like Issac and Zach, it originates from the bible, or is associated with it anyway. Does that matter if we're not religious? Benjamin is the same but seems much more 'Anglicised'?

ThroughThickAndThin01 Thu 14-Jan-16 09:29:46

I think Zachary goes perfectly. I don't think Henry does so much

Sunshine511 Thu 14-Jan-16 09:45:53

Zachary is a better match with your other children's names, in my opinion! We have chosen Zachary as our boys name 😊 Henry is a great name too though x

Theresomethingaboutdairy Thu 14-Jan-16 11:55:05

Henry is perfect. Not too sure about Zachary.

SueGeneris Thu 14-Jan-16 11:58:10

Zachary goes much better with the other names - lots of A, R and Z/X.

Not keen on Henry.

MrsCaecilius Thu 14-Jan-16 12:47:50

I prefer Henry. A really classic, strong, elegant name.

I'm probably biased as I've known a couple of holy terrors called Zach though....

UntilTheCowsComeHome Thu 14-Jan-16 13:39:51

Zachary is a great name. I have one. grin

I don't see Henry as that much of a classic name in the same way as your James/George/William/Thomas I think it's a bit of a 'soft' name.

CelestiaLuna Thu 14-Jan-16 14:52:57

Henry is a lovely name but every second boy born seems to be called it. I would choose Zachary , just so your son isn't Henry (initial) his whole school life grin

CupcakesAndFizz Thu 14-Jan-16 16:08:08

Oh wow. So there seems to be quite an even split. Gawd!! Thanks all for the great points though. Good point Celestial. Henry seen as both a strong and soft name...interesting no-one seems to think Zachary is a bit biblical. Anyone who wouldn't pick Zac, would love to know reasons why?

LottieDoubtie Thu 14-Jan-16 16:12:46

I wouldn't pick Zac because I find it bizarrely difficult to say - I think it just sounds odd in my voice! It also sounds a bit american to me. I accept that I'm probably alone/unreasonable with both of those objections though!

I prefer Henry and I think it 'goes' better as a set with your other DCs names.

fidel1ne Thu 14-Jan-16 16:53:02

Yes Zachary sounds very American. Zachariah much more Old testament.

BikeRunSki Thu 14-Jan-16 16:58:04

Many mainstream nines are Biblical no one bats an eyelid: Sarah, Rebecca, Samuel, Mary, Michael, Gabriel, Peter, Matthew...

fidel1ne Thu 14-Jan-16 17:03:46

Why would anyone bat an eyelid Bike? Of course many names have biblical roots in a Christian culture confused

BikeRunSki Thu 14-Jan-16 17:16:21

I made that comment about biblical names because the OP was asking if Zachary "is a bit biblical".

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