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Ezra ra ra ra?

(69 Posts)
Sranso Tue 07-Feb-17 10:53:15

My OH is currently expecting our second. Our DD (Orla) is nearly 2.

We're starting to discuss names & if it's a boy, we both like Ezra. Trouble is that our surname starts with a 'RA'. So the two names kind of run in to each other. I was just wondering what people think and if this is a bit of a mouthful?

Other options are Max (but not sure we like either Maxwell or Maximilian) and Reuben (not sure about the alliteration either).

2014newme Tue 07-Feb-17 10:55:30

Why can't you just have max?

NameChange30 Tue 07-Feb-17 10:58:04

I love the name Ezra. What's the whole surname? Obviously "Ezra Ra" sounds silly but the whole thing might be ok.

I also like Max and would use Maxim as the full name. And I like Reuben too - we clearly have similar taste!

Other names I like are Toby and Leo (although Leo is probably too similar to Orla).

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Sranso Tue 07-Feb-17 10:58:44

Feels like it's too short. Maybe being narrow minded. That said, I think preference is Ezra - just not sure it works with surname.

NameChange30 Tue 07-Feb-17 11:00:06

Maxfield?! confused
Seriously. Maxim. So much better than the others.

Sranso Tue 07-Feb-17 11:00:13

Yes NameChange, we love Leo too!!

Full surname is Ranson. So Reuben Ranson or Ezra Ranson?

NewtScamandersNaughtyNiffler Tue 07-Feb-17 11:01:28

I love Ezra and Reuben. They are both top of my boys name list.
I also love Max but it's my Nephews name so a no go.

I'm not sure Ezra and a RA surname would work either

Teatowelfairy Tue 07-Feb-17 11:01:59

I love Ezra but DH never agreed. It's hard to tell if Ezra ra is to much without knowing the full surname tbh.

NewtScamandersNaughtyNiffler Tue 07-Feb-17 11:02:14


I think Ezra Ranson sounds fine. Better than Reuben imo

SugarMiceInTheRain Tue 07-Feb-17 11:02:50

I think you can get away with it - and I love the name Ezra. Would have been top of my list if DD had been a boy.

NameChange30 Tue 07-Feb-17 11:03:07

Reuben Ranson sounds terrible, sorry!
I think Ezra Ranson sounds great, although it did make me think of Esther Rantzen, randomly!
Are you giving him a middle name?

ClaudiaWankleman Tue 07-Feb-17 11:03:20

Ezra is going to be pronounced often with a schwa vowel at the end (like the a in about). So it might not end up sounding particularly like your surname anyway, unless in over-emphasised speech.

E.g. Ezra Rand
Ezra Raymond
Ezra Ramos.

The A sounds are different.

Sranso Tue 07-Feb-17 11:04:41

Just when I was feeling confident in it, you said Ezther Rantzen!!

NameChange30 Tue 07-Feb-17 11:05:29

Sorry! confused
I don't know why it just popped into my head, it might just be me...

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 07-Feb-17 11:05:48

Ezra Ra- does sound a bit clunky. Reuben Ra- is better.

You can use just Max - had the same Maxwell/Maxim(illian) debate years' ago and honestly don't know why it stopped us choosing straightforward Max.

Just to throw other names into the mix, Saul and Joel.

Bringbacksummer Tue 07-Feb-17 11:05:50

I think Ezra followed by Ra doesn't sound great.

I vote Max (just Max).

NameChange30 Tue 07-Feb-17 11:08:04

One of the those is the name we've picked!
I don't think I've ever come across anyone with a shortlist so close to mine!

Sranso Tue 07-Feb-17 11:08:34

Max feels like the safest bet. But that little more common (not that that's really a problem)

Saul and Joel not for me I'm afraid. One final option was Jude?

Maybe I'll just change my surname so we can choose Ezra!

NameChange30 Tue 07-Feb-17 11:09:11

I think Ezra sounds fine with your surname, honestly.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Tue 07-Feb-17 11:32:34

Sorry OP, Esther Rantzen ! 😂😂😂
Max Ranson sounds good, as does Leo Ranson.

Sranso Tue 07-Feb-17 11:36:39

I'm fast going off Ezra lol

Bringbacksummer Tue 07-Feb-17 11:40:16

Why not go for max and then maybe a more out there middle name if you want to liven it up a bit smile

Bringbacksummer Tue 07-Feb-17 11:40:50

Oral & Max also sound great together smile

Floggingmolly Tue 07-Feb-17 11:44:06

I'd go with Jude. Esther Rantzen is the first thing everyone will think of, not that it matters. It doesn't flow well, though, it's a bit clunky to say.

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