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Grove is interesting. I never thought to drop the R. I had a great grandfather Oak Grover.
Oops I guess I hit Save too many times. :/
Louisa Bess is the strongest contender of your options. The other two names seem a bit flimsy to me compared to Mabel and Solomon.
And by the way, my good friend's two kids are Mabel and Solomon, both unusual names, and together- I'm still in shock that there is another sibset out there with the same names!!
Wow! I could hardly have hoped for a more descriptive and insightful response to my post. Thank you for your thoughts, ideas, and research into each of the names.
I will have to think more about why I like each name, but I fear it won't live up to your great analysis. I definitely feel like I have some great options here, and I know based on everyone's feedback, that the right name is in the list.
i think -iah names (except perhaps Jeremiah) are a bit polarizing- some love them, some hate them. i noticed when i asked about an -iah name for my son, i got mostly "too religious" or "sounds feminine" type feedback. i personally love -iah names, even though i'm not religious at all.
as for your two options, azariah ia a lot easier to say and recognize than azaziah, so i would go with that. they are certainly both obscure so you don't have to worry about one being more popular.
Ha! I had no idea there was a character named Lafayette in Hair. Thanks for the photo link. Also, interesting to hear the connection to Lex Luthor in Superman, as a friend of mine said if I name my child Luther she's going to call him Lex for that same reason.
Koa is not a family name, it's just the name of a Hawaiian tree that I heard and thought was a lovely sounding name.
For what it's worth, my three-year-old son loves the name Cyrus and, in fact, cried the other day when I told him the name was still being decided.
Thanks for your thoughts everyone. I'm interested to see that everyone associates the name Seneca with the Native American tribe, because the name actually originates from the Romans, Lucius Anneaus Seneca was a Roman philosopher. I've always thought of the name Seneca as a Roman name, not a Native American name. Besides Koa, I don't really have a penchant for nature themed names.
Rowan is a great name but have a friend named Rowan, so that's out.
Just came from the doc and no progress to report, so it looks like I have another week or two to think about it.
A friend of mine has two sons- one named Micah and the other's middle name Elias. So, you must have similar tastes. Her second son (mn Elias) is Jonah, but Jonas is a great variation which you might prefer.
I think your suggestions are quite similar to Silas. So, how about Abraham, Asa, Augustus, Bartholomew, Thaddeus?
Oh, and Carys Clementine isawesome. No need to look further!
I think Macaulay (Mac) and Wallace (Ace) fit your naming style. Good luck!