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#1 Furfeathersfleece

Posted 09 November 2012 - 02:44 PM

My son is named Reuben and im  thinking, for future siblings, what names will go well with it.

Do you see Reuben as a traditional biblical name like Ezekiel, micah etc or as a hip modern name like jasper, Oscar etc, or something else?

Thanks  original.gif

#2 Trevie

Posted 09 November 2012 - 02:48 PM

I didn't think Reuben was biblical.  It seems Romanesque though.  I really like it.

I think it would go with either modern or more traditional names.

#3 sarahec

Posted 09 November 2012 - 02:54 PM

I really like Reuben, I think either older or modern names could go with it. Maybe would sound good with less used common name.

#4 emlis22

Posted 09 November 2012 - 02:54 PM

OK I was going to say hipster, but I'm changing my my mind.. I think it sounds way better with Henry, William and Theodore than it does with the likes of Jarvis and Kingston



#5 mandarins

Posted 09 November 2012 - 02:55 PM

I knew a Rueben as a kid and I knew it as a biblical name.
Now whenever I hear the name I think it sounds kind of hipster. Which you can interpret however you like OP

#6 Chaos in stereo

Posted 09 November 2012 - 02:57 PM

QUOTE (mandarins @ 09/11/2012, 03:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I knew a Rueben as a kid and I knew it as a biblical name.


Agree. I think it's old-school. In a good way  original.gif  


#7 tibs

Posted 09 November 2012 - 03:02 PM

I don't know but there is a Reuben in my 5 year old's swimming class and despite me repeatedly correctng him my DS thinks the poor boy's name is Ribbon  roll2.gif  Ahh kids.



#8 bikingbubs

Posted 09 November 2012 - 03:09 PM

Reuben is simply an awesome name biggrin.gif Yes I have one so am totally biased!!
We just had a baby girl and named her Pippa which I think matches it well.  Both not overly common without being too out there!! We were also considering Molly original.gif For a boy we liked Fraser or Elliot original.gif

#9 Awesome101

Posted 09 November 2012 - 03:10 PM

The only Reuben's I know are cool surfer dudes

#10 BadCat

Posted 09 November 2012 - 03:11 PM

Says Bible to me.

#11 Furfeathersfleece

Posted 09 November 2012 - 03:17 PM

Sounds like it could go either way...which is great as I have a pretty eclectic list of sibling names  biggrin.gif

Thanks everyone!

Btw it's definitely biblical - old testament

#12 RichardParker

Posted 09 November 2012 - 03:32 PM

It's Biblical, but it's becoming popular enough to be mainstream.  It's a nice name.

#13 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 09 November 2012 - 03:35 PM

I love love love Reuben!

I see it as traditional.

Names I would 'put' with Reuben are:

Alexander
Benjamin
Nicholas
Elias
Jonah
Samuel
Caleb
Jacob

Lillian
Felicity
Amelia
Clare
Emily
Ella
Zara
Laura
Kate
Alice
Charlotte
Juliet



#14 lindasjc

Posted 09 November 2012 - 03:38 PM

The Rueben I know has siblings Marley and Angus.



#15 la di dah

Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:05 PM

I think of it as Biblical. One of my favourites actually. Can't use it OF COURSE. glare.gif

Weirder than: Jonathan, Isaac, Daniel, Benjamin.

Far less remarkable than: Eleazer, Zebulon, Naphtali, or Elchanan.

Infuriating me with its current upswing, along with: Asher, Levi, Eli, and Malachi.

Every name I've mentioned so far in this is one I like so not a value judgment just sort of a "ubiquity meter" if you will.

And different in feel - to me - from New Testament names but admittedly I'm maybe weirder than your average person. I think it could work with the odder NT names. Silas, yes.  Doesn't really match Luke/Peter/Mark iykwim.

EDIT: The Reubens I know have Biblical or not-Biblical-but-Hebrew named siblings.

Edited by la di dah, 09 November 2012 - 05:06 PM.


#16 Plaxy

Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:01 PM

It's an Old Testament Biblical name so goes well with others of that type like Elijah, Eli, Micah, Daniel, Isaac, Ezekiel, Adam.

#17 Ianthe

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:02 PM

Traditional biblical but a bit edgier than the classics like Joshua, Jacob.

I love Ezra with Reuben.

#18 antigone_

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:26 PM

QUOTE (emlis22 @ 09/11/2012, 03:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
OK I was going to say hipster, but I'm changing my my mind.. I think it sounds way better with Henry, William and Theodore than it does with the likes of Jarvis and Kingston


I love Reuben - it may well have been this baby's name if DH had loved it too.

I had to smile and partially nod at the above, because I have a Felix and a TheOdore and we're naming this baby Jarvis.

So I see Reuben as being at the safer end of this name taste spectrum, and Jarvis being at the more unusual end (we're not trying to be 'out there' or hipster - DH won't agree to Reuben).

I would agree with previous posters that Reuben is a stylistically-dynamic name, in that it can fit with more traditional, or more exotic (but legit and at least a little familiar) names.

EDIT - I think Ianthe hit the nail on the head by pairing it with Ezra. Perfect pairing there!

Edited by antigone_, 09 November 2012 - 07:29 PM.


#19 Gudrun

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:41 PM

I've actually thought about this question before.  It really is a 'flexible' name.  First thought is Hebrew names then European in a general sense and then some English surnamey names.  Not everything because the name has to be as good as Reuben lol, but certainly a broad spectrum.

#20 sa5ha

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:44 PM

I quite like the name Reuben. I knew a few of them growing up so it strikes me as a traditional/biblical type name that would go nicely with other strong, classic names.

#21 laridae

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:49 PM

I love Reuben, I think it does pretty much with everything - though it is a little religious.
Unfortunatley it doesn't really work when you already have a niece Ruby and a nephew Ben.

#22 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 09 November 2012 - 10:15 PM

I didn't know it was biblical but I love Reuben. It is classic and old school.




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