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Josiah - too similar to mum's name?

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goomum Fri 03-Jul-09 14:19:31

My name is Joanna but I often go by Jo. Is Josiah too similar to my name for DC2?- it will be shortened to Joss or Jay. We can't seem to agree on any other name.

Mammina Fri 03-Jul-09 15:08:32

How do you pronounce it?

VAB Fri 03-Jul-09 15:11:07

Is it made up?

How about Josie?

SoupDragon Fri 03-Jul-09 15:13:16

It's not made up! It;s a biblical name.


SoupDragon Fri 03-Jul-09 15:13:54

And it's a boys name.

I always thought so anyway.

PuppyMonkey Fri 03-Jul-09 15:15:17

Yes, boy's name.

Joseph is nicer imho.

Mammina Fri 03-Jul-09 15:17:30

Never heard it but it sounds nice. I would imagine most people would pronounce it Joe-Zaya though if they saw it written down, which may or may not bother you.

goomum Fri 03-Jul-09 15:52:44

It is pronounced JO-SI-AH.
It is a biblical boy's name.

Some people say it JOZ- SI-AH.

We will never call him Joseph or Joe as too similar to Jo IMO. Do you this Josiah is as well?

Tortington Fri 03-Jul-09 15:55:49

it will be shortened to Jo.

you do not get to pick your kids nickname for certain.

you just don.t

if you want your kid called jay or joss - call it them

boodleboot Fri 03-Jul-09 20:18:15

my nephew is called Josiah. we never call him that ever and only call him Jed. I love Jed but joss sounds like a cuss, like 'what a load of old joss' and Jay is only marginally better....IMO of course wink

cheesesarnie Fri 03-Jul-09 20:22:33

i love it.never heard of it but love it.

pranma Fri 03-Jul-09 21:28:58

I think its lovely [my dd is Joanna too]

Firawla Fri 03-Jul-09 21:30:39

Can't believe people think that's a made up name! hmm

I think its fine, not too close to the mum's name, and it is really nice

chegirl Sat 04-Jul-09 17:03:05

Let me tell you something <gets ready for a rant> I have had the most trouble with this name since it became mine. No one can pronounce it. I get called Mrs Joshy, Josina, Josiana, Joosi, etc etc.

You would not believe the hassle I get with it. It looks very obvious to me exactly how it is pronounced but not to the rest of the world apparently.

Its a lovely name BTW.

I wanted to call my first DC Joshua but couldnt because it wouldve looked weird with surname.

Made up grin Well I suppose it is made up but about 2000 years ago.

procrastinatingparent Sat 04-Jul-09 17:06:42

Josiah was a boy king over Israel in the Bible (2 Kings 21-22).

I love this name - but I would abbreviate it to Jed, as in Josiah Barlett, president in West Wing, called Jed for short.

Sadly, we have completed our family so this is not going to happen.

goomum Sun 05-Jul-09 11:16:33

So far no one has said that Josiah is too similar to Jo - which is encouraging. I just don't want people to think I named DS after myself!

Any naysayers?

bronze Sun 05-Jul-09 11:28:32

I think if people know you are the Jo and you call him something else for short they'll stick with that or call him something entirely different.

I didn't realise people didn't know Josiah as a name.

Have to admit though not to fond of Joss or Jay but they're not horrendous

Frasersmum123 Sun 05-Jul-09 16:57:28


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