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#1 mooz12

Posted 13 November 2012 - 02:51 PM

Our baby boy is due next month and we're STILL struggling to pick a favourite name. The ones at the top of our list are:

Elijah - is this too religious sounding?
Thomas - too boring / common?
Archer - what do you think when you hear this name?
Harry - not serious enough? ( not really a fan of Harold, Henry or Harrison)

Your opinions / suggestions would be a great help!


#2 kwiggle

Posted 13 November 2012 - 02:56 PM

I like Archer and Harry. I think Harry is fine as a full name & like it way more than Henry.

#3 Xander2

Posted 13 November 2012 - 02:58 PM

Firstly congrats on your baby boy's impending arrival!

You have very good taste in names cause I love all of your choices  biggrin.gif

Elijah is lovely and I don't hear it too often.
Thomas is a classic name and I don't think it's boring (IMO)
Archer I LOVE, it was on our list for DS but it doesn't go with our surname  sad.gif
Harry I love as well, I know a few kids with the name and also 1 teenager, suits them all  original.gif

You can't go wrong with any of those in my opinion!

Good luck  biggrin.gif

#4 Natttmumm

Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:01 PM

Would you conside Isacc to Elijah?  Just a thought. I love Isacc but its too close to our DD's name so we cant use it for our boy arriving soon.

I like Harry, I havent seen it that much lately.

I dont really like Archer.

Thomas - I agree to common.

Other suggestions - Oliver, Arlo, Jackson, Samuel, Max, Jacob.

#5 Penguin78

Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:03 PM

Elijah - i think Elijah Wood the actor takes away full biblical impact. It is a bit 'bible' sounding, but not in a bad way IMO. Is nice!

Thomas - It is very common, but in a nice way! Like James, Emma, Sarah, all common names, but lovely. I love Thomas!

Archer - Was on our list, but hubby vetoed as he didnt like the nickname Archie, which i LOVED, and i only wanted Archer if i could get Archie!

Harry - definitely serious enough, and also lovely sounding.

Honestly, I agree with PP, you cant go wrong with these ones!

#6 missy t

Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:06 PM

Elijah is a really nice name. I wanted to use it for one of our boys but DH wasn't a fan. I don't really think of it as a religious name.

Thomas is fairly common but nice name.

Archer is not something I would use but I don't mind it.

Harry always makes me think of Prince Harry (not necessarily a bad thing).

#7 la di dah

Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:13 PM

I like Elijah best.

Eli is another option that's Biblical but doesn't sound it as much to some people, a bit lighter.

I love PP's suggestion of Isaac as long as it has 2 a's and one c. wink.gif

Archer would be my second choice.

Other suggestions: Arthur, Levi, Emmett, Asher.

#8 B.feral3

Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:24 PM

I really like Elijah, I really dislike Archer. The others are in the middle.  original.gif

#9 Cranky Old Woman

Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:29 PM

From your list I like Thomas - classy.

#10 emlis22

Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:40 PM

I like all of those names, but none of them grab me.

Silas, Elias, Elliott, Ellery, Albert, Henry, Edward, Hartley

#11 NunSoFeral

Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:52 PM

I'm biased - I have an Elijah

He predominantly gets called Eli - or Yi Yi off his younger siblings.

We didn't set out to choose biblical names but we ended up with a Zachariah and a Jacob

We shot the theme down by calling our baby girl Billie.

Haven't heard too many Elijah's around our parts, although having an uncommon name wasn't the reason for naming him - loved the name since I was a teenager, the same with Zachariah.

Good luck choosing - they are all lovely names.

#12 Gudrun

Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:56 PM

I love Elijah. And that's my pick.  i don't expect religion to be the inspiration any more than a whole heap of names of biblical origin.  

Thomas is as you have suggested for me.

Archer I just think following the trend.

Harry I do find a light-hearted name but there's nothing wrong with that. Would be my no. 2 pick.  Could be short for Harris as well ie an Archer type name not run-of-the-mill.

#13 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:59 PM

1 Thomas
2 Harry
3 Anything else
4 Elijah and Archer

#14 FiveAus

Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:01 PM

I love Elijah, it's my nephews name and I chose it for him. He gets called Eli, which I also love.

My best boy is Isaak, however he's not human but I love the name and would have had it for a boy child had I had more boys.

#15 tres-chic

Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:08 PM

Thomas is my favourite of those by a long way. I like strong, classic names, though many consider them boring I really don't.

(I like Tommy when they're younger too).

#16 SisterMaryElephant

Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:19 PM

QUOTE (mooz12 @ 13/11/2012, 02:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Our baby boy is due next month and we're STILL struggling to pick a favourite name. The ones at the top of our list are:

Elijah - is this too religious sounding?
Thomas - too boring / common?
Archer - what do you think when you hear this name?
Harry - not serious enough? ( not really a fan of Harold, Henry or Harrison)

Your opinions / suggestions would be a great help!


Funnily enough my thoughts mirror your questions really.  Yes, I find Elijah a bit too Old Testament (but like Isaac as suggested by a pp), Thomas too common and Harry too nicknamey for my tastes.  As for Archer, I like it, even though it goes against my usual anti surname as first name stance.  I find it quite stylish.

#17 Oh dear

Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:35 PM

QUOTE (mooz12 @ 13/11/2012, 03:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Elijah - is this too religious sounding?
Thomas - too boring / common?
Archer - what do you think when you hear this name?
Harry - not serious enough? ( not really a fan of Harold, Henry or Harrison)

Hi we also have a baby boy due next month, exciting times ahead.   biggrin.gif

From your list i love Harry.

Thomas - Classic
Archer - Nice
Elijah - Dont like, only because i know a not very nice person with this name lol.

#18 kerilyntaryn

Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:04 PM

Elijah - is this too religious sounding? no,  sounds great or Eli or Levi, Elias, Ezra, Isaiah, Isaac, Josiah, Micah, Noah, Jonah
Thomas - nice
Archer - what do you think when you hear this name? sorry dont like
Harry - not serious  - ok, prefer Henry what about Harris or Harvey - Zachary

#19 Ingrid the Swan

Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:09 PM

I don't mind Thomas and Harry. Elijah is NMS and I really dislike Archer.

#20 mysonsmum

Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:18 PM

I would choose Archer - LOVE it
I prefer just plain Eli to Elijah, I think Harry is very cute & I find Thomas kind of boring & common.
Goodluck x

#21 mysonsmum

Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:20 PM

& when I hear Archer I think of a strong professional man with style, or Archie for a child wink.gif

#22 Froger

Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:30 PM

Elijah - yes I think it is very relgious sounding. But if you are religious then I think it is fine. I do think if the child has siblings they should also have a very bibilical name, otherwise IMO it would be a bit is strange to be too different to siblings.

Thomas - A nice strong name. Yes a relatively common name, but nothing wrong with that really.

Archer - I do think of an archer, and the star sign I guess. But it is a nice name. I like it.

Harry I think is fine as a full name.

I like all the names and any one of them would be a great name.

#23 two+three

Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:58 PM

All lovely names.  My favourite is Thomas - a great, classic name.  Having said that, all the others are nice too.  Good luck!

#24 Seeta girl

Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:07 PM

A great list of names to choose from although my favorite would be Harry - love it!

#25 jazzann

Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:32 AM

ive got a harry so i love it. i love the name archie but not a fan of archer. thomas is fine or i like tom. not a fan of elijah at all

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