Azariah, Azaziah

What do you all think of Azariah (Az-ah-Ri-ah) or Azaziah (Az-ah-Zi-ah), for a boy?


April 25, 2012 8:23 PM

 Hmmm...if I ever met anyone with either name, I would assume the family was very religious.  They even have an Amish feel to me (I don't live near any Amish, so that's just my impression).

Azahziah trips me up when I try to say it out loud-my mouth just doesn't seem to want to make the transitions between the two Zs.  

Azariah makes me thing of Azrael from the Smurfs.

Honestly not a huge fan of either, but I could probably get used to Azariah if I were to ever meet one.

April 25, 2012 9:05 PM

I much prefer Azariah to Azaziah (I even had trouble typing, never mind saying,  the latter), but am I right to interpret your capital "R" and "Z" to mean that you are putting the stress on that syllable? If so, it puts the name into an uncomfortable zone of reminding me of stomach-upset.

As "a-ZA-ree-uh" (or "a-ZAR-yuh",) I kinda like it.

April 25, 2012 9:52 PM

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.

good luck!

By Guest (not verified)
April 25, 2012 9:56 PM

Don't care for either of them. Of the "iah" I like Isaiah the best.  Are those names Biblical? They look like they could be but not familiar with either of them.  I think Abijah is a cool Biblical name that is easier to say and spell.  It could be shortened to Abe.

By hyz
April 26, 2012 12:24 AM

Hmm, I am a non-religious person who generally very much likes the -iah names, but Azariah and Azaziah do sound a little... much to me.  I agree with the others that Azaziah is a bit hard to say, so I'd be looking for a nn (Aza--like Asa, or maybe Ace?).  I wanted to pronounce Azariah as ah-ZARE-ee-ah on a first guess, because my first association was with Hank Azaria (  I can switch to az-ah-RYE-ah easily enough, but it does lean a bit more feminine to me, I guess just because it is an unfamiliar name ending in -a.  It could grow on me, but my first impression is that I'm not wild about it.    

ETA randomness: I have been playing around with, and almost immediately after typing this reply found an Azariah in my family tree, born in the US in 1745 (if you believe this stuff--some of it is so ancient I have a hard time thinking there wasn't a screw-up somewhere along the line).  Crazy. 

April 26, 2012 12:49 AM

Azaria (ah-zahr-ee-a) Chamberlain is the name of a baby that famously disappeared in the Australian Outback 30 years agi. Here in Australia the name is synonymous with that case and I think anyone with even a similar name would have questions linking back to that story.

I've always thought it was a beautiful name but just very unusable here.  

April 26, 2012 1:29 AM

The baby of dingo fame?! Funny, I've heard references to that story many many times and have never heard her name. A shame, because it's such a lovely name - althought the Hank reference would definitely keep me from using it.

April 26, 2012 1:46 AM

Yep the 'a dingo stole my baby' baby. I guess it doesn't get as much publicity in the US but it's pretty much folklore here.


I just reread the OP and realised the question was about using the name for a boy. It does read all girl to me, but hardly surprising given the cultural reference.

April 26, 2012 2:02 AM

Well, in Canada (and I'm sure in the US, too,) the dingo story gets mentioned, but the child is never called by name.

April 26, 2012 2:05 AM

I suspected as much, and it would make the name very usable in the Northern Hemisphere. Australia and New Zealand  probably not so much!

By Guest (not verified)
April 26, 2012 12:35 PM

It gets referenced a lot in the US, just no one uses the family's name. I did recognize the name, but it wouldn't bother me to have that reference since most people in the US wouldn't recognize it.



April 26, 2012 9:03 AM

The dingo story wouldn't bother me because as previously said her name doesn't get mentioned here in the US, jsut the fact that it happened. Was it really 30 yrs ago?

Anyway, the name for me conjurs up Hank Azaria. You will get a lot of mispronunciations I feel if you do not have a pronunciation similar to that. I'm sure if you use it people can be corrected. But just something to note. With the strong Z sound it reads boy to me. Have you thought of scrambling the letters to make Zacariah? Are you liking the sound of the name or is there a family connection? What has you liking these names?