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Fifi80 · 16/02/2024 03:21

Here is our shortlist:

Samuel
Seraphim
Gabriel (I prefer ga-bree-uhl pronunciation but I know it'll be gay-bree-uhl)
Gideon

Samuel- if not the first name will be a middle name.

Any thoughts or suggestions for other names?

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Strawberrycheesecake7 · 16/02/2024 03:25

I love Samuel, such a strong, classic name. Gabriel is okay. I’m not a fan of the other two.

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Libmama · 16/02/2024 03:25

Definitely Samuel. I’m not keen on the others

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MariaVT65 · 16/02/2024 03:32

Sorry but Seraphim is awful.

Samuel and Gabriel are nice!

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LauderSyme · 16/02/2024 03:39

Sorry but imo, Gideon is awful, it's a posh twit name. Seraphim is trying too hard. Samuel and Gabriel are nice.

Caleb
Gadiel
Jemuel
Joachim
Raphael
Solomon
Zephaniah

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Mothership4two · 16/02/2024 03:40

I've always loved the name Gabriel but OH wasn't keen (I knew a sweet Gabriel). Samuel has a nice ring to it. I agree Seraphim is awful and not sure about Gideon - has a hard sound and makes me think of the Gideon Bible.

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DramaAlpaca · 16/02/2024 03:41

First thought: very religious names.

Second thought: drop Seraphim. It's not normally used as a name. It makes me think you're joking, tbh.

The others: if you like them, they're not my thing but they're fine.

Suggestions: any other biblical name.

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Mothership4two · 16/02/2024 03:45

@DramaAlpaca

First thought: very religious names.

Yes that was my first thought too. Assume deliberately?

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LauderSyme · 16/02/2024 03:49

They're Hebrew names; does that automatically mean religious?

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Fifi80 · 16/02/2024 03:53

Thanks for your feedback, everyone! I'm not from the UK so to me all sound ok. It's good to hear your input, and how these names sound locally.

Seraphim was the name of a beloved grandparent we' are naming our son after. But it can also be Samuel, as they both have S and M.

Religious names are not intentional. Our first son has a biblical name, and I feel like Samuel as a first name might be too biblically heavy. So, I am really open to non-biblical names.

Thanks in advance!

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Mothership4two · 16/02/2024 03:56

I also like Raphael

James
Jude
Matthew
Peter

Maybe too traditional?

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Mothership4two · 16/02/2024 04:03

LauderSyme · 16/02/2024 03:49

They're Hebrew names; does that automatically mean religious?

Well as one is an archangel, two are prophets and Seraphim is an order of angels it's not that surprising to think it might be

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Mothership4two · 16/02/2024 04:06

OP I don't think people would immediately jump to 'biblical' with Samuel. It's a nice name that has been around for decades (here in the UK).

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Mumofgirls2017 · 16/02/2024 07:03

Samuel or Gabriel are best I think. Other suggestions

nathaniel
benjamin
caleb
jonah
eli
joel
daniel
isaac
hector
Jethro
casper

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Onelife2024 · 16/02/2024 07:04

Samuel is one of my favourite ever boys names so that would be my choice. I agree that I don’t think biblical when I hear it, as it’s so commonly used in the UK.

Gabriel is nice but you will get he Gay- brielle pronunciation in the UK (I like that personally).

I’m not so keen on Seraphim or Gideon personally.

Other ideas-

Nathaniel
Daniel
Elijah
Isaac
Joseph
Benjamin
Jonathan
Thomas
George

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WaltzingWaters · 16/02/2024 07:09

Mothership4two · 16/02/2024 04:06

OP I don't think people would immediately jump to 'biblical' with Samuel. It's a nice name that has been around for decades (here in the UK).

This. Samuel would be my pick of those names, and definitely the least obviously religious name.

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Wictc · 16/02/2024 07:18

Gideon is a lovely name.

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Nicebloomers · 16/02/2024 10:10

Gideon Samuel

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FayCarew · 16/02/2024 10:41

Samuel - great
Seraphim - a bit like calling a boy 'Angels'. The singular is Seraph.
Gabriel (I prefer ga-bree-uhl pronunciation but I know it'll be gay-bree-uhl) - long and pronunciation issues
Gideon - not my cup of tea.

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LauderSyme · 16/02/2024 10:51

Mothership4two · 16/02/2024 04:03

Well as one is an archangel, two are prophets and Seraphim is an order of angels it's not that surprising to think it might be

Of course yes but my question was more directed at the OP's motivations.

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BigBoysDontCry · 16/02/2024 11:21

I like Gideon, also Benedict?

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NachosAndCheese · 16/02/2024 11:45

Samuel is so popular it wouldn’t get thought of as a biblical name. I know loads of Samuels, I think there are at least 6 in my children’s year at school.

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user1492757084 · 16/02/2024 11:58

Samuel Seraph sounds great.
Sam is handsome.

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Fifi80 · 16/02/2024 14:19

It’s great to hear everyone’s take! Thank you.

X will be a younger brother to Benjamím (Portuguese version of the name, pronounced bej-ʒɐ-mí).

It looks like Samuel is favoured here by most 😊

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Fifi80 · 16/02/2024 14:28

@NachosAndCheese is Samuel so popular? I haven’t realised. My son doesn’t have any Samuels in his nursery, I don’t think.

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RestingPassportFace · 16/02/2024 14:46

Samuel yes I teach a lot of Sams
Seraphim no Will get bullied
Gabriel maybe pending area Might get bullied if homophobes in school (gay)
Gideon not keen Teach none, goes with Benjamin but I'm not keen

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