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Thoughts on Josiah?

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Summertime10 Sat 15-Apr-17 12:46:53

Hi everyone smile I've just come across the name Josiah today whilst pondering names for DC3 (currently 20 weeks pg). I'm trying to say it out loud to see if it 'feels' right. I like the nn potential of Joe and especially Joss but I'm not sure if it's the one.
I'm really struggling this time round, ds1 is Ethan and I still love that name now. Other names floating around on the list, but equally not jumping out at me are:
Alexander (Xander as nn)
An eclectic mix I know!
What do you ladies think? My brain is at the frazzled stage where each name is now blurring into one confused
Thanks xx

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 15-Apr-17 12:53:49

Are you from Stoke? Just wondering as you also have Stanley on your list smile

redexpat Sat 15-Apr-17 13:03:36

Josiah sounds rather grand but in a good way. I do like Alexander. There's enough of them around for everyone to know how to spell it, but not so many that there will be 3 in his class at school.

Maybe you'll feel something more definate when you meet the little one?

Summertime10 Sat 15-Apr-17 13:25:09

Hi, no I'm from the north east and I'm getting a lot of stick from my family about my preference for a grand name this time. blush
I fully agree that I think we'll end up deciding once little one is born, but I'm trying and currently failing to generate a nice list ready for the big day hehe!

Rockaby Sat 15-Apr-17 13:52:20

Alexander (Xander as nn) - love Alexander but really don't like Xander
Harris - nice
Stanley - nice
Owen - ok, but not my favourite name
Caleb - lovely
Rudy - lovely
Josiah - love it! One of my fave boy names ATM, but I will most likely never use it as DH hates it (boo)! Use it for me op grin.

Also, how about Isaiah or Jonah?

For some reason I think Rudy goes best with Ethan. I can definitely picture a sibling set with those names.

AltogetherAndrews Sat 15-Apr-17 13:54:06

Josiah Bartlett from West Wing, shortened to Jed. Love it.

MinnowAndTheBear Sat 15-Apr-17 13:56:36

Love love love it! It got a thumbs down from DH but I was very tempted. It's a name with a very positive Biblical origin too.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sat 15-Apr-17 18:02:04

I love Rudy and Xander.
How about Jonas.

GordonJacobs Sat 15-Apr-17 18:04:21

For me It conjours up a older black man from the Deep South

NataliaOsipova Sat 15-Apr-17 18:04:46

Josiah Bartlett from West Wing, shortened to Jed. Love it.

I'm a West Wing nut, so this was my first thought too!

StarOnTheTree Sat 15-Apr-17 18:08:32

I really like Josiah

LarrytheCucumber Sat 15-Apr-17 18:08:33

Why is Josiah grand? He was a king in the Bible, but so was David.
FWIW I think it is a great name.

Jooni Sat 15-Apr-17 18:50:37

Josiah is nice, I love Joss! Rudy is my other fave from your list but I think Josiah or Caleb are great Biblical names that go best with Ethan.

SuperBeagle Sat 15-Apr-17 21:14:33

Very Bible Belt of America, or Amish. Not a fan.

I like Stanley and Caleb best.

Mrsknackered Sat 15-Apr-17 21:55:50

I really like Josiah, and Jonah and Isaiah as PP said.
Stanley, Owen and Rudy are great names too

notangelinajolie Sat 15-Apr-17 22:02:54

Love, love Josiah. I know a Josiah shortened to Siah. He is a seriously cool, kind, lovely person.

But please not Ethan - all I think of is Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible. He will get people humming the theme tune to him. Just no.

motheroftwojedi Sat 15-Apr-17 22:04:06

My brother is Josiah (known as Joss). I love it.

Sophronia Sat 15-Apr-17 22:07:47

I love Josiah nn Joe or Joss. I've also heard Siah as a nn.

Sophronia Sat 15-Apr-17 22:10:49

notangelinajolie she already has an Ethan!

Maggie2828 Sat 15-Apr-17 23:02:42

Josiah is really nice. I have also (as above) heard it with nn Siah which is fab. I think Ethan and Harris work well. Good list!

Maggie2828 Sat 15-Apr-17 23:04:28

Btw I would never have associated Ethan with mission impossible!

Summertime10 Sun 16-Apr-17 04:25:24

Thanks everyone.
Ds1 is Ethan and, so far, during his 8 years gracing us with his presence on this planet, we've never heard anybody mention mission impossible! grin
Thanks again for all the advice and suggestions.
K x

BuntyFigglesworthSpiffington Sun 16-Apr-17 04:30:59


It does sound quite grand, and to me all names that end in iah sound as though they belong on a wise bearded old grandfather. But I suppose even wise bearded old grandfathers were babies at one stage!

BendydickCuminsnatch Sun 16-Apr-17 08:07:17

My son is called Jos (short for Joseph smile ) a la Buttler, the cricketer, and Whedon, the screenwriter. Abso love it, obviously. Gorgeous name. Ive hear of a Josiah aka Jos IRL too. Don't use it though cos then everyone will want it and it will be number 1 soon ;) Just kidding.

JiltedJohnsJulie Sun 16-Apr-17 17:51:26

Forgot to come back and say that I do love the name. I was thinking of Josiah Wedgwood smile

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