Baby #3

Need some good boy names. My daughter is Sofi, and my son is Eli, but goes by the nickname Ejah (EE-jah). We just found out we're due with #3 in December, and although we have some time, i'd like to fall in love with a name before giving it to my boy, rather than choosing one at the last second, like we did with my daughter... 

Names i like, but am not sold on yet:

-Ezra (too close to Eli or Ejah? And although i love the name, I'm also not super fond of using and "E" name twice)

-Finn (i dont know anyone with this name, but is it too trendy? especially considering my other kids super (accidental) trendy names?)

-Tal (i am pretty petite at 5'0" and my husband is pretty average at 5'10" i'm worried that if my kids end up on the shorter side, a name like Tal might turn out to be a bummer, lol)

-Leo (our last name is a two-syllable "L" name, would Leo sound funny?)

-Zeb (i think it's super cute, but i'm not confident enough about it yet)


If it's a girl, my husband REALLY prefers "cutesy" names and our top girl names (for reference) would be:

-Penelope (nn Poppy or Polly)

-Tess (although hubby isn't a fan, and we don't like Tessa. Could Tess be used as a nn for Elizabeth?)

-Lucy was my husbands #1 choice until his brother gave the name to his daughter... 

-Betsy (but hubs doesnt like this one either...)

What are other names that i haven't thought of? My only requirement is that we choose a name that no one we know goes by... AND just as a quick sidenot: Neither of us knew any Sofi's or Eli's when we named our first two kids... But then, maybe we just dont get out enough... LOL.



By Guest (not verified)
April 11, 2012 9:56 PM

I think Zeb is a great fit with the siblings and fits your criteria. I wouldn't consider it popular but it won't be out ofplace either. It is easy to pronounce and spell.  My guess would be the name is climbing in Popularity but I don't see it becoming a top 10. 

April 11, 2012 11:46 PM

lizlars-The first thing I notice about your present childrens' names are that they are short and a bit uncommon. I like them. They show a certain style that is also evident in your current choices as well. I agree that Zeb would fit the bill. Finn is also short but seems a bit more popular than you might like. Ezra would not be something I would use as I would not prefer to repeat initials. I am unfamiliar with the name Tal and am just so-so on Leo. My favorite of the girl choices is Tess. Other names I thought of:

Zoe/Zoey; Noa; Pia; Alyx; Gwen   

Jon; Owen; Noah; Wes; Kai

April 12, 2012 1:30 PM

I think Zeb would be very cute in this set, but have never met one (if that is an issue).  Finn is getting to be fairly popular, but is a name that I really like.  Ezra does feel a little close to Eli, but we've been pondering our sons having the first same letter of their first names (daughter's name starts with another letter) not sure if it is neat or too cute. 

By hyz
April 12, 2012 3:35 PM

I like Ezra, Leo, and Zeb in this set.  I don't think there's a big problem with having two E kids--there's no cutesiness because you have the S to break it up, and the Es in questions sound very different, so you are not dealing with a real tongue-twister or matchiness issue (like another poster mentioned with Oliver and Alden, even though they start with different letters).  I wouldn't do Tal if it's likely going to become a joke later in life, at his expense, and Finn feels very trendy to me, so I'd nix that.  Of the group, Leo is my favorite, followed closely by Ezra.  Zeb is a bit more daring than I'd be willing to go, and it feels like it's short for something (Zebediah?), which would put me off--but if it's an independent name I'm just not aware of, I could be swayed on that. 

April 13, 2012 8:59 PM

hyz-I remember a while back that we had a discussion on the boards about Zeb being/not being short for Zebidiah. It was also stated that maybe Zebidiah was not a biblical name but a name made-up on the Simpsons that just sounded biblical. Maybe Laura or someone could find that link and post it.

By hyz
April 13, 2012 10:50 PM

As an avid Simpsons fan (or really, a formerly avid fan), I believe you were remembering our discussion about Jeb/Jebediah (as in Jebediah Springfield, founder of the town of Springfield, immortalized in statue and remembered for his quote: "A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man" -- lol).  According to the internets, Zeb can in fact be short for Zebadiah, or possibly Zebedee, but I'm not sure if it is ever also a standalone name, like the Dan - not short for Daniel - that Miriam recently mentioned again.  If it stands alone, I can get behind it, but otherwise it sounds incomplete to me, like using Meg or Jen as a full name.  

April 14, 2012 1:04 AM

Zeb is also short for Zebulon/Zevulon.  Zev can also be short for Zevulon, but it is also a stand alone name meaning wolf.

April 14, 2012 2:06 AM

Yes, to me, Zeb just feels like an anglicized version of Zev, which makes it a tad awkard to say. I like Zev, though :)

By Guest (not verified)
April 14, 2012 3:42 PM

Thanks for all the input!! Yes, we would definitely not use Zeb as a stand alone name, and would probably have to use either Zebadiah, Zebedee, or Zebulon... None of which we are huge fans of, lol. Zebediah is an actual biblical name, Jebediah is not, but thanks for looking out!! Made-up names are not really for us... 

Husband says his favorite name is either Ezra or Finn. I don't like Finn as a stand alone name, but also don't like Finley or Finnegan either. Perhaps Finney? Just not excited about those... And like i said, i really do love Ezra, but i'm afraid its going to be another super trendy choice, and since even though we introduce him as Eli, we mostly call our boy "Ejah," (sounds like EE-jah) and i wonder if Ezra and Ejah is just to similar? Any other suggestions from you name enthusiasts? I like names that end with "i" (obviously), such as Omri or Ari, but want to shy away from that seeing has how we've alreay got two kids with names ending with an "i". 

Amos? Titus? Tobias? Something like that, but none of those. Doesn't neccesarily need to be biblical or hebrew, we just like the sound of those names... I also really like the sound of Sofi, Eli, and Ben. But hubs thinks Ben is too boring. I thought perhaps Reuben with nn Ben? I dont know... I need suggestions!! :)

By Guest (not verified)
April 14, 2012 4:05 PM

If you like the idea of Zeb, but not it's full name possibilities, how about Zeke? I think it is a strong stand alone name that's short and sweet like Zeb. 

As for your questions about Roman type names, Aeneas and Sixtus are awesome names that sound good with your first two kids. I personally am an ancient name enthusiast and think Sixtus, nn Six, is way cool. 

Good luck!

April 15, 2012 11:37 AM

We do kind of like Zeke too, but i know a Zeke and that throws it off a little for me. But Ezekiel with nn Zeke is an idea... 

April 14, 2012 8:30 PM

A few suggestions for boys names: Silas, Micah, Asa, Phinneas (that could still give you your Finn nickname), Ari, Matthias.

April 15, 2012 11:36 AM

I like Finn as a nickname for Phinneas! Hadn't thought about that... Thanks! I also like Silas, but husband doesnt. 

April 15, 2012 5:53 AM

I like the Zeb suggestion and would probably use it as just Zeb. If that doesn't work for you I like the suggestions of Zebediah or Zeke. There is also Zane?

Finn is pretty trendy, I know at least 4 baby Finn/Flynns.  All boys........  Most of them are Finlay but go by Finn. It is a great name though and it's probably only trendy in pockets.  

April 14, 2012 8:44 PM

hyz, Miriam, and Karyn-Thanks for the info. I certainly was remembering Jebidiah. Thanks for correcting me :)

April 15, 2012 8:25 AM

Congratulations! Sofi and Eli sound great together, and if you're concerned about matching I think they give you a great deal of flexibility. I'm sure you'll find another name you like just as much.

Thoughts on the current contenders:

- Ezra: Sound-wise I think it's distinct enough from Eli/Ejah, but I personally would avoid double initials too, and it sounds like you're not quite sold. This is probably my favorite and a solid bet if you want to stick to a more classical sound.

- Finn: It does seem to be pretty trendy, but you should look at the actual numbers on NameVoyager as you decide how much this matters to you. Owen has a similar feel to me and while popular doesn't seem to be on such a steep upswing.

- Tal: You seem to be backing away from this name as you write it down, so I'd say keep looking!

- Leo: To my ear, this sounds too similar to Eli. It seems to be on an upward trend as well.

- Zeb: I'm with others in preferring Zev, particularly since the long forms of Zeb don't seem that compelling to you on their own. Both Zeb and Zev will be unfamiliar enough to most folks that you may have to clarify the b/v spelling anyway. This is an unexpected choice and one that's unlikely to storm up the charts but it's snappy, a bit dashing (Zebulon just says Pike's Peak and adventure to me), and definitely growing on me!

- Penelope (Polly or Poppy): I'm seeing this on a lot of people's lists, but I haven't checked the popularity, some of which will also be masked by the wide variety of nicknames. I might stay away from Polly because of the same ending as Eli.

- Tess: This fits very well with the short, sweet and classic sound of your first two. I've never heard of it as a nickname for Elizabeth (and though there are few real "rules" for nicknames that would not be at all intuitive to me), always T(h)eresa. It's well established as a stand-alone name though, so I'd just use it as-is.

- Lucy: This brings to mind as other options Alice, Beatrice/Beatrix nn. Bee or Trixie, Celia/Cecelia nn. Cece*, Judith nn. Judy, Luna, Sally*, Susanna(h) nn. Susie*  (* = too close to Sofi?)

- Betsy: I like this - although certainly a classic it sounds refreshing among the more common Lizzies and Beths. Other nicknames for Elizabeth that are a little more unusual and might appeal to you are Bess (rhymes with Tess!), Eliza (also stands alone), Libby, Liddy, and - I especially like this one for you! - Zibby.

A few other suggestions:

Adrian, Asa, Bennett, Enzo, Evan, Isaac, Josiah, Judah, Julian, Laszlo, Levin, Lucas/Luke, Micah, Milo, Nathan, Paul, Philip, Seth, Tobias/Tobin, Vincent nn. Vinnie, Zack/Zachary, Zane

Ada, Esme, Joy, Juliet, Lizette, Lydia, Nina, Nora, Oona, Philippa nn. Pippa, Rachel, Rebecca nn. Becca or Becky, Rose, Ruth, Sasha, Talia, Tirzah, Zara, Zinnia

April 15, 2012 11:48 AM

Thanks so much, you post was so helpful! I had only ever heard the name Zebulon spelled with a "B" before, but i do like Zevulon and Zev! Thanks for all your other suggestions too! I very much like Sasha and Tirzah and those names were on my list, but we have a friend whose baby is Tirzah and Sasha just feels so from Sofi and Eli, but i do think it's pretty! I don't know why we're so picky about boy names, but we really are. I like your suggestions of Asa, Tobias/Tobin, and Isaac, but Asa ending in "A" is too girly for my silly husband, and Tobias, even though i like it, always makes me think of Arrested Developement, lol. I do like Isaac, and that it means "Laughter" especially, but Zeb/Zev just seems so much more unique at this point, and uniqueness without being too weird, is definitely something we're looking for.  

April 16, 2012 5:23 PM

Yes, unfortunately I always think of the "never nude" Tobias from Arrested Development, which is really too bad, because it's a lovely name.

By Guest (not verified)
April 15, 2012 6:58 PM

Some more suggestions:



August(us?) - nn Gus







By Guest (not verified)
April 15, 2012 6:59 PM


I had girls:

Cecily, Eleanor (Ellie), Phoebe, Romy