Zachary or Joshua

(33 Posts)
Mj10 Sun 08-Dec-19 08:53:18

Hi all.
Really interested in your opinions on the 2 names. The little guy is 5 days old and we are struggling to settle on the name. We like both but we wonder if zachary is a bit naff and if joshua is a bit 90s. Our surname begins with J so Joshua J does have a ring. Boys names are so hard and such an important decision. Be interested to know your views on which one is more favourable. Thanks!

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daisypond Sun 08-Dec-19 09:00:43

They’re both very ‘90s to me. The ones I know are in their mid to late 20s. I think they are dated, and neither are classic enough for it not to matter. If I had to pick, I’d go for Zachary.

Leopardprintboots Sun 08-Dec-19 09:00:46

I love Joshua or Josh. A classic really lovely name! I love JJ initial - go got jt

Batmanandrobin123 Sun 08-Dec-19 09:01:45

I personally prefer Zachary, but both names are nice, I don't think Joshua is 90's it is still a very popular name (number 17 in the charts)
Do you prefer Zac or Josh? As they will most likely both get shortened at some stage. I personally prefer Zac.

Leopardprintboots Sun 08-Dec-19 09:02:01

I know a little boy called Joshua/Josh. It doesn’t sound 90s to me plus the name is still in the top 20 names so that really doesn’t make sense to me to say it’s dated. It’s holding steady because everyone still loves it!

Grufallosfriends Sun 08-Dec-19 09:02:41

Both feel a little 'dated' imo. But if I had to choose then Zachary (but I dislike Zack).

PreschoolYes Sun 08-Dec-19 09:02:50

Out of the two I'd go for Joshua, but to be honest neither are to my taste.

I do know a 18 month old Joshua, I didn't think oh that's really dated when I first heard it.


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Batmanandrobin123 Sun 08-Dec-19 09:05:33

There really isn't anything wrong with slightly 'dated' anyway. It's not like you're suggesting Barry or Kevin. The names Zachary and Joshua are both in common usage and will fit in well with his peers.
I'd prefer a name that is slightly dated than one that is going to rocket in popularity and be hugely trendy.

Answerthequestion Sun 08-Dec-19 09:08:13

Joshua is hardly dated!!! It’s a classic biblical name. I like it a lot. I don’t like Zachary, at all as it’s totally ubiquitous here and every other child from 18-0 is called Zack

daisypond Sun 08-Dec-19 09:22:41

Are Biblical Old Testament names really classic, though, in the UK? They have a history linked to the Nonconformist movements, etc. Are there any in the royal family, for example? Probably not.

Mj10 Sun 08-Dec-19 11:11:21

Thanks for the replies. What do people think of the name Jesse?

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MissBPotter Sun 08-Dec-19 11:14:04

I like Joshua and it is not dated, it is a biblical name and I know people from age 90s, 40s, teens and children caked it. However, it won’t be super popular now which I think is good.

Not a fan of the name Jesse at all and it is much more popular at the moment but if you’re not sure about your other two choices then maybe looking elsewhere is better.

Leopardprintboots Sun 08-Dec-19 11:16:17

I adore the name Jesse @Mj10 there’s just been a thread about this name, it should still be on the name page. It’s slightly more unusual than Joshua but still lovely and not crazy

MrsBertBibby Sun 08-Dec-19 11:33:45

I agree, not keen on either for your reasons.

Joseph is a great name. Never going to sound faddy, lots of fun with variations (ours loves Jozef, and Giuseppe is great fun to bellow at meal times when he is slow to the table.)

roiseandjim Sun 08-Dec-19 12:25:03

Really really really dislike Joshua/Josh

lunasunshine Sun 08-Dec-19 12:42:29

I love both names! smile

Astronica Sun 08-Dec-19 12:42:43

I like Zachary best, and I much prefer both over Jesse.

sue51 Sun 08-Dec-19 12:49:38

I prefer Zachary but most people will shorten it to Zac. There seem to be a glut of Joshua/Joshs around at the moment. Jesse is nice.

Sherrybabyy Sun 08-Dec-19 12:50:36

I really hate Jesse. Not keen on Zachary or Joshua either- I agree they are very 90s even though they’re much older than that

Scarletoharaseyebrows Sun 08-Dec-19 12:52:08

Like Jesse.

Know 2 sets of brothers called Zach & Josh. One set 17 & 21, one 7 & 12!

Scarletoharaseyebrows Sun 08-Dec-19 13:22:53

Joss is nice. Similar to Jesse and Josh!

finallychangedmyusername Sun 08-Dec-19 16:08:18

I love Zachary and Joshua. Both have featured on my lists. Less keen on Jesse I'm afraif. Also Jesse J reminds me of Jesse James.

finallychangedmyusername Sun 08-Dec-19 16:08:34

Afraif?! Afraid.

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