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Opinions on Josh/Joshua?

28 replies

Mimmy352 · 08/09/2023 12:39

What’s everyone’s thoughts on the name Josh/Joshua? I used to like it for years then went off it a bit, but now I’m coming back around to it.

My favorite boys names are Henry, Jack & Sean (though I think Jack & Sean are too similar)

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Porridgeislife · 08/09/2023 12:41

Lovely traditional name. Josh is a sweet nickname.

neverenoughwine · 08/09/2023 13:16

I don't find Jack and Sean similar at all.

Joshua/Josh, I'm not to keen on these days. Sorry

boysmuminherts · 08/09/2023 13:17

Very normal, standard classic name.

VesperLind · 08/09/2023 13:22

I’ve got one but he’s almost 40 - it was very unusual back then. It’s a lovely name, but unusable now there’s one in every family it seems Grin

Notagains · 08/09/2023 13:24

I think Josh is a very nice name
Jack and Sean are nothing alike, how are they too similar?

CattingAbout · 08/09/2023 13:28

I like it, as pp said it's fairly classic.

EmmaGrundyForPM · 08/09/2023 13:31

Notagains · 08/09/2023 13:24

I think Josh is a very nice name
Jack and Sean are nothing alike, how are they too similar?

I think because Jack is a nn for John, and Sean is John in other languages. But I agree, most people wouldn't make that connection as they don't sound similar.

LlynTegid · 08/09/2023 13:31

There are a lot of Joshua/Josh's around. So I would not choose it.

Ihonestlydontgetit · 08/09/2023 13:33

Many teachers will tell you that It's a 'naughty boy name' but that's possibly because it's a popular name and so there's always a Josh in trouble somewhere.

Spidey66 · 08/09/2023 13:36

I like it.

I knew about the Jack/Sean link. My grandad who was Irish was called John but when he was younger was often known as Jack and of course Sean is the Irish version of John. I like Jack and Sean as well.

Seriously79 · 08/09/2023 13:47

It's very popular. I know several.

KirstenBlest · 08/09/2023 14:07

It's fine. It was very popular in the 1990s.
Sean seems a bit dated to me because I know several about my age.
Jack is nice but I know so many.

ClemmyTine · 08/09/2023 14:19

I love it. I called my son Joshua, shortened to Josh.
He hates it. Said the kids at school used to say give us a nosh Josh.

Mouk · 08/09/2023 15:11

Joshua is a nice name, I dislike Josh though.

Chasingsquirrels · 08/09/2023 15:14

Mine is nearly 21.
There were 5 or 6 in his beaver troop at one point, although weirdly he was the only one in his (smallish) village primary school.

Chasingsquirrels · 08/09/2023 15:15

Oh, and in my mind, he was Joshua, until the day he was born since when he has been known as Josh (but b.c. name is Joshua).

SallyWD · 08/09/2023 15:19

I really like Joshua/Josh.

Jack and Sean are very different!!

Sleepnplay · 08/09/2023 16:56

I like it. Its my favourite of all the names you listed

Amwondering69 · 08/09/2023 16:59

My son is a Josh . He never in his school years met another Josh or at Uni . He really likes his name. I call him Josh or Joshie .

Twelve8Ts · 22/09/2023 22:05

I have a Joshua and I was really reluctant to give such a popular name, but he’s actually the only one in his pre school. I think it’s a really lovely, friendly, name. He goes by Joshua, Josh and Joshy.

sunshineplayroom · 22/09/2023 22:07

Joshua is a lovely name

Amdone123 · 22/09/2023 22:12

I love Joshua. My nephew's name ( he's 40) - I always call him Joshua, but he's Josh to everyone else.
I like Sean, too.

theduchessofspork · 23/09/2023 14:22

It’s nice

Henry and Jack are overused

I don’t like Sean

OopsieeDaisy · 23/09/2023 21:46

It’s a nice name, as are Henry and Jack. Sean is ok too but not my favourite.

PurpleChrayne · 23/09/2023 22:20

Names ending in -a always sound girly to me.

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