Old Testament names

(26 Posts)
PilauMice Wed 30-Apr-14 18:47:48

We are looking for names with a Christian/Muslim crossover. Surname is tricky as it has hard k, y and n sounds which rules out a lot of lovely names.

For boys:
I love Samuel (Sam), DH doesn't like Samuel but is ok with Sam, I refuse to put a shortened name on a birth cert.
Jacob- We both like it but I HATE Jake and I don't want to be that mother who hisses 'Jacob' whenever his friends call him Jake. Also the k sound is a bit much with surname.
Adam- Both think it's boring
Joseph- I like more than DH, he especially doesn't like Joe (see jacob!)
Noah- It's getting very popular and I like to think I'm yoooniique.
Zachary- I like it but again it's quite common and it contains the k and the y sounds which grate with our surname.

Girls:
Miriam- I liked it for DS1 but I've now gone off it. DH still loves it.
Sarah- I love it, DH not so keen.

Errr, not many women in the old testament, damn the patriarchy!

Can anyone help with some suggestions/comments? We might be close to a deal where I let him have Miriam for a girl if he lets me have Samuel for a boy. Is that fair?

indieakka Wed 30-Apr-14 18:49:22

Abraham? Abe is a really fab nn!

Biscuitsneeded Wed 30-Apr-14 18:50:48

How about Samir instead of Samuel?

I love Miriam and Samuel, nice choices.

Other not so out there OT names:

Asher
Caleb
Benjamin
Daniel
Jonah
Jesse
Levi
Phineas

Abigail
Naomi
Esther
Orpah
Rebecca
Rachel
Zipporah

PilauMice Wed 30-Apr-14 18:57:49

Wow, Zipporah is an amazing name.

It's great right! I only know one, in her 20s, she's a lovely, confident girl.

meditrina Wed 30-Apr-14 19:23:39

I think Zillah is a wonderful name, but probably unusable now. Not to my taste, but Delilah and Jezebel are both in use.

Jemima?

florascotia Wed 30-Apr-14 19:45:22

Miriam and Samuel are both great. Otherwise, as well as names above (I like Jemima):

Girls' names ARE difficult:

Adah, Azariah, Eve, Dinah, Hannah, Sheba, Judith, Ruth, Keziah, Leah, Michal, Tamar, Tirzah, Vashti, Susannah, Deborah, Jael, Elizabeth, Sarai, Hepzibah...

Boys' names much easier:

Abel, Amos, Ariel, David, Jonathan, Jared, Jeremy, Michael, Eli, Elijah, Ezra, Isaac, Isiah, Gideon, Jethro, Joseph, Joshua, Jude, Nathan/Nathaniel, Noah, Saul, Solomon...

Coconutty Wed 30-Apr-14 19:49:44

Moses, Sapphira.

HenriettaTurkey Wed 30-Apr-14 19:54:14

Esther, Hannah, Ruth

Elisha, Nathaniel

looki Wed 30-Apr-14 21:45:14

Why is Zilah unusable now? (Curious)

Chillycamper Wed 30-Apr-14 21:51:40

Talitha
Samira
Esther

Elisha
Elijah
Reuben - may clash with n in surname
Solomon - sorry n again

colleysmill Wed 30-Apr-14 22:53:46

I had a relative called Zilla. I love it but dh vetoed it totally saying it would be a lifetime of nicknames along the lines of Godzilla

HamAndPlaques Thu 01-May-14 08:14:06

Bathsheba?

PilauMice Fri 02-May-14 07:11:05

I love Esther, Hannah, Rebecca and Susannah but the last three clash with the surname.

Maybe I should just change the surname and put it down as Rebecca Jones. Can you put a random and completely new surname on a birth cert or does it have to be a family name?

Megrim Fri 02-May-14 08:09:05

Abigail
Bethany
Elizabeth
Jemima
Joanna
Judith
Leah
Lydia
Martha
Naomi
Rachel
Ruth
Sarah
Tabitha
Tamar
Zina

Adam
Andrew
Benjamin
Caleb
Daniel
David
Elijah
Ethan
Gabriel
Gideon
Isaac
James
Jason
Joel
Jonathan
Joseph
Jude
Lucas
Luke
Marcus
Mark
Matthew
Nathan
Stephen
Thomas
Tobias

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 02-May-14 09:11:10

I have a feeling the mother of a child can give the child any first and surname she likes.

Hopefully someone else can corroborate this but the surname is just a second name, it can be anything; DH's surname, related or unrelated to you, or anything you choose.

Blithereens Fri 02-May-14 09:28:32

I love Josiah. Probably just because of the West Wing grin

Meggymoodle Fri 02-May-14 19:47:54

Nobody has mentioned my favourite OT man's name: Jotham.

Ruth for a girl.

sonlypuppyfat Fri 02-May-14 19:56:25

Deborah and Esther were both pretty cool.

NationMcKinley Fri 02-May-14 20:12:07

Reuben
Isaac
Josiah
Jonah
Seth
Judah

Sarai
Eve (!)

I love Miriam too smile

BumpNGrind Fri 02-May-14 22:39:16

What about Eden for a girl, I know it's not strictly an Old Testament name but is still very relevant.

Also what about Samson instead of Samuel? The nn could be Sonny instead of/In addition to Sam.

NationMcKinley Fri 02-May-14 22:52:02

Eden is a fab name. Apparently it's traditionally a boys name although DH and I had it on our girls list and didn't use it for any of our DSs

Redling Mon 05-May-14 23:37:04

We are going with Nathaniel for a boy. I didn't choose it because of Old Testament but I'm glad it's traditional. I adore Bathsheba for a girl but I don't have the balls to do it!

fussychica Fri 09-May-14 16:50:27

Adam boring? How very dare yougrin. Chose this for our DS and never regretted it and he is pretty happy with it too 21 years on.

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