Here’s the latest quick rundown on your suggestions.
And I have to say here how we named the others. We threw out suggestions and there were a lot of “eh..s” or “oh, no..s” or “maybe..s” and a final sense from both Matt and me “That’s It!” We’ve never had to “give in” to each other. I feel like each child has their name because they are supposed to. I know that will be the same this time too.
I also feel like I should tell you – I just KNEW this child was going to be a girl. I knew her name to be Mercy. We’ve called this child this as much (and as seriously) as we’ve joked about it being Jedidiah. So, when we found out it’s a boy I feel as though I didn’t get my Mercy. Does that make sense? Like when we decided to not find out the gender with our 3rd who ended up being our Princess – we had a boy name picked out and a girl name. When ThePrincess was born we didn’t have our boy. Though I was thrilled with our girl and would have it no other way, I felt as though there should have been a twin in there with that name. (Amazingly, we got that boy child and named him that name with our fourth! – Enter BigMan!) So, I LOVE that we’re having a boy, just kind of wish there was a girl twin in there too – you know, our Mercy. Besides the fact that it leaves us with no boy name. So, did you follow all that?!
Disclaimer: If you, your children, your husband, your best friend, or future children are named these and I dog them out, please forgive. This is how I feel about this name for THIS child. Who knows, with other children that may change. Not trying to step on toes. Just have fun!
On with the list…
Elijah – still on the short list of our collective, “mm. yeah, like it. doesn’t blow me over.”
Zachariah – no. with no real reason, just a sense of, “mm. no.”
Nathaniel – same as Zachariah.
Moses – I’m just weird enough, to kind of like it, but no striking, “yes!”
John the Baptist – sorry, Noah, that’s a nope.
Isaiah – I still like it, but no real word from Matt.
Isaac – nope.
Steven – too common.
Levi – nope.
Gabriel – knew a Gabriel (called him Gabe and Gabers) once. I loved him. Can’t be another in my mind.
Jehu – (pronounced like Jay Who) Yes! We both really like this, but we’re kinda sittin’ on it.
Jonathan – nope.
Thomas – kinda. but not sure about the doubting part. just doesn’t strike me.
Nehemiah – Like the “N” factor and the “ah” factor, but the name as a whole, eh.
Judah (Jude) – It’s okay, know a sweet baby named this (hi! Jude!) Matt really likes it. For me, eh.
Daniel – nope.
Ephraim – nope – reminds me of a medicine.
Benjamin – eh.
Caleb – nope.
Ezra – I still like this, but no real word from Matt on this one.
Gideon – Matt and I both kind of like this. On the short list, but no “Wowser!”
Israel – Love, Love, LOVE Israel. It would be my pick. But Matt nixes it due to the increasing craziness in the world. As he says, “I don’t know about a person named Israel in the year 2050.” I know, but I really (hear the whining?) really like it. But as I’ve just said, if we don’t both get blown over, then we don’t go with it.
And while searching the concordance we’ve laughed through names like Nimrod, Elijah Gad and call him E.Gad!, Gomer and more.
And back to Jedidiah – still not wild about it. Increasing feeling that we’ll go with it, just because we’ve used it so much and it has become a household joke. And then I had to go and look it up in our big mega concordance and I realized for the first time that Jedidiah is the name God gave to Solomon when he was born. Ugh. That almost made me name him that right then and there. That’s an awfully good namesake. And besides, who doesn’t want a Jedi in their house?
We’ve also looked up Hebrew, Greek, and Latin translations for words like Mercy, Faith, Fifth (child), Fourth (boy), Boy and other such things with nothing jumping out at us.
So, more? Just because I shot some down, doesn’t mean you can’t keep bringin’ ‘em!