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crumb04 Mon 02-May-16 15:49:58

Me and DH really like the name Ezra but are a little concerned that it may not be well received by family etc. I know it shouldn't matter if we like it but can't help thinking perhaps it's a bit "out there"? Please give me your honest opinion and also if you've heard of it where are you from? I think it will be more popular in London for example. We are in South West.

Thanks xx

RiverTam Mon 02-May-16 15:54:02

I love Ezra, it's my favourite boys' name. It's becoming more usual so I wouldn't consider it out there (it's the main character in a Star Wars cartoon), but I am in London!

butteredmuffin Mon 02-May-16 15:56:16

From what I hear it is pretty popular at the moment. Don't choose it thinking you're being original, because you could find that there are three little Ezras in his reception class. If that doesn't bother you, go for it. It's a nice name, easy to spell and pronounce, and not something he'll be teased for. What your extended family think is not really relevant. Even if they don't like the name you choose (and you don't know that they won't), they'll come round. Before too long they won't be able to imagine him being called anything else.

manicinsomniac Mon 02-May-16 16:21:33

I quite like it.

I know one. I'm in the home counties.

I would probably assume the parents of a little Ezra are either Jewish or practising Christian. The one I know is at the same church as me.

LadyAntonella Mon 02-May-16 16:23:12

I keep hearing it's v popular (mainly on MN) but don't know any in RL. I mentioned it to DH yesterday though and he said his colleague just had a baby boy named Ezra. He works in London, we live in Home Counties.

RiverTam Mon 02-May-16 16:24:21

I don't know any in RL either, so I don't think it's that popular, it's just becoming more popular than it was. I also wouldn't assume any religious reason for it at all.

LadyAntonella Mon 02-May-16 16:33:14

Oh sorry - meant to say I really like it! smile. I think family would like it - unless they really dislike biblical names maybe?

GoblinLittleOwl Mon 02-May-16 16:34:46

I know one. Parents violently anti-religion, chose it because it is a character in a book and they are pretentious.
Not a huge success (the name) and there was another boy with the same name and identical surname in his last school.

Sophronia Mon 02-May-16 17:19:09

It is becoming more popular. It jumped +82 places in one year in the 2014 charts (the most recent ones available) and I expect it has increased even more since then. It's a nice name but I think it is a bit trendy.

Willberry Mon 02-May-16 17:25:45

I work with an Ezra in Yorkshire, hadn't come accross the name before but it's nice.

pieceofpurplesky Mon 02-May-16 17:37:27

It's a lovely name but what I would term a fad name. Every few years as a teacher you suddenly see a rise in certain names ... Louie, Alfie, Archie took over from Elliot, Morgan and Ryan. There are always Sam/Ben:George/Harry/James but then some names that are popular for a short time.

I would use it though. It's lovely

1horatio Mon 02-May-16 18:02:21

My husband's friend's son (or something like this, can't really remember...) is called Ezra.
I think it's pretty, but I remember that the mother of this little Ezra has mentioned that it (apparently?) has been getting more popular. But it is a very nice name.

RiverTam Mon 02-May-16 18:17:54

How can a name not be a 'huge success'?

ShinyShinyShiny Mon 02-May-16 18:20:15

I like it but it is definitely becoming quite popular so it depends whether that bothers you or not.

A4Document Mon 02-May-16 18:29:22

I quite like it, as well as some of the similar Biblical names like Ezekiel (Zeke).

SanityClause Mon 02-May-16 18:29:53

How can a name not be a 'huge success'?

Well, you know. Sometimes names stop working as names, and start being something else, like an adjective, or even something entirely unrelated like a troubadour, or something.

It can all be a bit of a disaster, and you need to be very careful.

RiverTam Mon 02-May-16 19:06:16

But why would that apply to Ezra? It's a name and has been for a very long time!

crumb04 Mon 02-May-16 19:53:36

Thanks for all your comments. I'm not really bothered about it becoming more popular. I guess to me it's just a bit different, I hadn't heard of it before and just don't want him being picked on etc. It's great to hear people thoughts, keep them coming. smile

Eveninties Mon 02-May-16 20:02:28

I do quite like it and I have never known anyone called it, so it is very unusual to me. I wouldn't use it personally, it's just a wee bit too out there for my boring traditional tastes.

Eveninties Mon 02-May-16 20:04:46

Sorry meant to add that if you love it you should definitely use it, try not to be too concerned what anyone else thinks!

crumb04 Mon 02-May-16 20:10:30

That's kind of what I'm worried about, are we cool enough to use it lol! We have such a mix of names on the list, we also like Dexter, Max, and Harry! We don't seem to have a "taste" as such. I think of Ezra as a cool kid but then my DH pointed out, "what if he's not cool"? Lol!! This naming business is so hard! confused

butteredmuffin Mon 02-May-16 21:34:15

Your kid will be who he is. He'll make the name his own. smile

HighDataUsage Mon 02-May-16 22:46:18

Ezra is also the name of a 20th century American poet, Ezra Pound, so not too out there to literary buffs. It is a beautiful and unique name, why don't you research the meaning & history behind the name. If you still like it then choose it and who cares what anyone else thinks.

Dontrocktheboat Tue 03-May-16 10:23:44

I know one Ezra but I predict it will be on the rise as Noah reaches saturation point and people look for an alternative short, OT name ending in a. I definitely wouldn't worry about it being weird or people not liking it as it seems generally well received.

VocationalGoat Tue 03-May-16 10:35:07

I really love the names Ezra and Etan. But personally, Biblical names shout out to me as just that, very Biblical. One of my children has an Old Testament name and I connect this to my Christian faith and my Jewish roots. But that doesn't mean all of these wonderful Old Testament names are exclusive to a certain group of people. Old Testament and New Testament names are wonderful because there's (usually) a story of a great person behind the name (OK, apart from the Bible baddies grin ).

Ezra has a wonderful meaning.
It is a wonderful name.
Your boy will embody the name Ezra and years down the road, all the family members who moaned about the name Ezra won't be able to imagine him with any other name. Ezra will become synonymous with a boy you and so many will love and cherish.
Go for it.
My family bleated when I announced DC1's name, 14 years ago. They never bleat now. In fact they love his name... mainly because they love him.

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