Middle name for Zeke

We are looking for a middle name for Zeke that works in Spanish and English. Zeke_________Williams.


September 10, 2018 4:23 PM








Aaron, Adam, Adrian, Daniel, David, Elias, Gabriel, Isaac, Joel, Leandro, Lucas, Mateo, Matias, Oscar, Ramon, Raul, Roman, Reuben, Samuel, Sebastian

September 10, 2018 4:49 PM

All other things aside, I'd choose a 3-syllable middle so you have a 1-3-2 pattern. My first thought was Zeke Rafael Williams.

September 10, 2018 6:38 PM

Williams is definitely 3 syllables the way I say it, I have a very hard time fitting it into 2.

Zeke and Williams are both very English names so I would be inclined to go with a middle that is more obviously Spanish (to use examples from earlier suggestions something on the Antonio rather than Hugo side of the 'works in both languages' spectrum) so that the name as a whole reads more multi-cultural. One easy way to do that is to look at the Spanish versions of familiar/traditional English names-Alejandro, Carlos, Mateo, Benito, Esteban, Ricardo etc but you could also consider names like Javier, Calisto, Paco, Raúl which I don't think would be a struggle for the majority of English speakers to say correctly (slightly adjusting for accent of course).

Is there anybody you'd like to honour in the middle name spot? Or some thing or place that has special significance to you? That can be a good way of narrowing down your options.

September 10, 2018 9:12 PM

Maybe it's an accent thing? William is to me a 2-syllable name (and Liam is exactly the same length, so I find it funny as a nn). I'd say it Will-yem, and Williams is the same just with an "s" on the end. But I can definitely see how it could be Will-ee-um.


Anyway, tangent over!

September 11, 2018 3:00 PM

I'm sure it is just accent (I'm British); I say William more like Wil-lee-um (basically Liam with Will on the front ;p) so Williams is that in plural. If I try to say it Will-yem it sounds like I'm putting on a bad accent lol, so trying to make it two syllables means I have to squash the lee-um together really fast. 

There are many names where the nicknames are the same length, or even longer, than the "full" name. I guess it's because they came about more as affectionate things or, in the case of very traditional names, to provide variation when there were far more people called by that same name in a generation or a family rather than to just make a long name shorter for everyday life. It is amusing though, I get a certain joy from having nicknames be longer than the given name. 

September 12, 2018 7:16 AM

Aussie here and Williams is definitely 2 syllables for me - Will-yums. Liam is Lee-um.

Both my kids have 2 syllable names and their nicknames are significantly longer, although we normally use their full name, their nicknames are more an affectionate, mucking around thing.

September 10, 2018 7:10 PM

I don’t have any suggestions to add, but I’ll throw out that you might want to consider how Spanish you want the name to sound as a whole. If you want to make that cultural identity prominent, you should probably choose an obviously Spanish name (possibly with an English counterpart as opposed to just variant pronunciations.) If you only really care if certain people know your son is Spanish, then you could go with a more English-blending in option. Either approach is perfectly fine, and there are pros in cons to each of them. 

September 14, 2018 5:29 PM

I like the sound of: Zeke Eduardo, Zeke Franco, Zeke Horacio, Zeke Luca, Zeke Dimas, Zeke Andrade, Zeke Cristobol, Zeke Esteban