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Ishmael and Gladys (not together!)

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tummytickler Thu 18-Jun-09 20:56:24

What do you think?

Dh like Ishmael (or Boaz) for a boy. Goes well with our boys i think, but is it a bit too much (boys are Eli and Amos)

Also Gladys ! I like the sound (the 'glad' bit is nice i think).
Is it useable - is it ready for a comeback? (sisters Iris and Pearl).

What do you lovely ladies think???

LaDiDaDi Thu 18-Jun-09 21:20:33

Hmm. I really like Ishmael but with your other boys names it does make you sound v. religious, not sure if this matters?

I think that Gladys goes well with Iris and Pearl though it's not my taste. I have heard of one baby Gladys but that was a couple of years ago and may have been on here rather than in my rl.

Thunderduck Thu 18-Jun-09 22:07:01

I love Ishmael.

I don't like Boaz.

I hate Gladys.

HeavyweightChampion Thu 18-Jun-09 22:08:17

how about Glenys?

missmem Thu 18-Jun-09 23:08:23

Bit weird to call two kids a Jewish name and then the last a Muslim name IMO.

Gladys doesn't fit in with any of them.

mrswoolf Thu 18-Jun-09 23:22:02

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LaDiDaDi Fri 19-Jun-09 08:10:19

Forgot to comment on Boaz last night, mainly because it is sooo awful.

Sorry tummytickler.

BabyBaby123 Fri 19-Jun-09 12:46:05

Ishmael is a strange choice if not muslim tbh
Gladys is truly terrible
Boaz - no, no, no

lisianthus Fri 19-Jun-09 18:02:45

I always think of Moby Dick when I hear Ishmael. It sounds literary/historical American rather than Muslim to me. Eli and Amos are also rather that way - very colonial America. Tummytickler, are you from the US or do you have a background in American literature or something?

lisianthus Fri 19-Jun-09 18:05:44

Whoops, missed the Gladys - sorry, that one is a bit much for me. I can't really get my head around the "Victorian housemaid" naming trend. Makes me think of someone with her hair tied back with a rag. Iris and Pearl are lovely though. How about Ruby or Topaz if you are into precious stone names?

missmem Fri 19-Jun-09 19:09:53

Definitely biblical names, not American.

Ishmael is the son of Abraham by a slave woman and he was cast out of the family and his descendants eventually formed Islam. Issac, Abrahams other son (seen as the legitimate one) descended from the Jewish race. So it would be weird to have Jewish names and then a Muslim name, but hey, each to their own! wink

missmem Fri 19-Jun-09 19:11:10

Eli also Jewish. Bible lesson over! wink

tummytickler Sat 20-Jun-09 13:32:30

I had known that Ishmael was a Muslim name(the two we know are both Muslim), but i think it sounds nice with our little Jewish boys! But there are other names out there! Dh loves it though!
lisianthus - no iam not American, and i agree that to me Ishmael does not sound as though it should be used exclusively
by Muslims.
I dont know though! Hmmmm.

Still like Gladys though!

MamaLazarou Sat 20-Jun-09 17:42:02

Ishmael is my favourite boy's name. It's from the Bible, so not exclusively Muslim. It's on my shortlist, in the top three. I will be disappointed if you choose it, because I wanted mine to be the only one! wink

janeite Sat 20-Jun-09 17:51:09

I like Ishmael and have taught lots of lovely ones, not all Muslim. I do think it might be a bit much with your other names though. Having said that it is much, much, much better than Boaz, which is truly terrible.

Gladys - I don't like it at all. Iris and Pearl are lovely. How about Violet? Lydia? Lilian?

mulranno Sat 20-Jun-09 18:21:00

Peony, Rosario, Gloria, Delores, Blythe...? but not Gladys...it is not pretty, twee, quirky, cute...just drab...like Maggie

audley Sat 20-Jun-09 19:28:53

I went to Christian camps as a child with a musician called Ishmael, I would not have known the connection to Islam. Love Boaz. I had wanted to call a sausage dog Gladys to go with my jack russell Colin, instead have a spaniel called Margaret.

How about Glory for a girl? Saw that as a mn suggestion somewhere

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