Over the years we have tended to like the less-popular names. Yes, we have a Caleb and a Joshua and those are pretty high up on the popularity list, but otherwise we tend to be lower in the ranks with our names. Another unwritten rule we have (but are firm on) is that the person in the Bible must have a good story (or at least not a bad one). Unknowing friends have suggested Jezebel and Delilah. We suggest they brush up on their Bible stories. :) And for the record, Judas and Ahab are out too. ;)
One exception to this has been the story of Manasseh. A few years ago I read an incredible sermon by Charles Spurgeon on Manasseh. As in the wicked king of Israel. It is incredible. I encourage you to take time to read it. A little Spurgeon is good for the soul. Reading this sermon allowed the name "Manasseh" to make my short-list of names for the baby.
Want to see my list? First of all, a little review. Here are the names we've already used:
We announced to the kids on Labor Day last year that we were expecting again. Mitch wrote them a message on our white board then at the bottom marked off an area for name suggestions. Here are some of the names we received:
Zechariah, Andrew Micah (wonder who put that?), Ruth, Esther, Sam Wise (Mitch put that one), Naomi, Joel, Timothy, Elisabeth, Julia, Lydia, Abishur, Claudia, Joanna, Miriam, Susanna, Mibzar, Jonah, Cherith, Obadiah Justus.Once we knew we are having a boy we narrowed the list considerably. We opened ourselves up for suggestions from friends. Some other suggestions we have received that I liked and were worth considering (but not on my short list for various reasons):
Silas, Titus, Isaiah, Isaac, Elijah, Levi, Reuben, EzraWe have also received lots of suggestions that are quite common (Timothy, Michael, Luke) or names that are not actually in the Bible at all but are derivatives of Bible names. I guess these are part of our unwritten rule sets--they need to be less common and they need to be actually as-written in the Bible (unless I have a really compelling reason to choose otherwise). But with 7 siblings who can locate their names in the Bible, I think this little guy would be feeling quite left out if his name weren't also in the Bible. Oh...also important to point out, all of the kids' first names are found in the Old Testament and their middle names are found in the New Testament. The only exception is "Eleazar" which is actually Old Testament...but in the New Testament you would recognize it as "Lazarus." So it is not a hard-and-fast rule, but it is a nice pattern we have going.
Here are the names that I have seriously considered (Mitch only seriously considers names half the time...the other half the time he is just having fun) from my short list:
Judah (with Jeremiah as a middle name?), Jedidiah, Obadiah (with Justus or Benjamin as a middle name?), Zechariah (not really a favorite of ours but the little boys in our home love it), Josiah, Manasseh, Jotham, (edited to add) Nathanael.Mitch suggested Bartholomew a while back during a serious moment, then quickly added, "Barf all over you?" LOL So, no, that one is definitely out. Last night I was looking through names again (on this website) and saw the name Sergius. It means "a wonderful birth" according to that particular site (other sites differ). Sounds good to me! The story of Sergius in the Bible was also kind of neat. But I'm not really considering it. I will admit that I like Judah the best, but I'm still not sure.
What do you think? Do you like a name from the short list? One of the others? A whole new suggestion?? Leave me a comment!