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Posted March 23rd, 2014
19 Responses to “Old Testament Baby Names: On choosing Job”
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March 24th, 2014 at 12:45 am
I adore the name Job! I think it’s a fantastic name and Job from the Bible is such a inspiration and a great namesake for any boy.
We had Job short-listed until a dear friend of ours used it for her boy, but it suits him so much, and I love to hear the name being used 🙂
March 24th, 2014 at 12:54 am
I actually saw this name on here the other day and I really liked it. At first I pronounced it like the occupation, but I grew up in a religious family so I self-corrected the pronunciation. It is a really nice name and if you live in a religious area I think people should be familiar enough with the name for it to be fine. I don’t like the unique spelling of Jobe though. Although he did suffer, we all face challenges in everyday life and I prefer to focus on his devout faith despite circumstances.
March 24th, 2014 at 1:52 am
Job is a handsome, strong name with a wonderful back story! Good for you for sticking to your guns! Also, your little Joby is adorable! Congratulations!
March 24th, 2014 at 2:05 am
I think Job Marcellus is quite a lovely name. Love the biblical namesake as well.
March 24th, 2014 at 6:24 am
I actually quite like the name Job! I wonder if my husband would be on board to use it in the middle spot for a potential second son? But then, I am also campaigning for Jemima (one of Job’s daughters) in middle spot if we ever have a daughter (the book of Job holds special significance to us).
March 24th, 2014 at 6:31 am
I am so happy you went with Job! It is such a strong, masculine, underused Old Testament gem. Congratulations on a beautiful baby and a beautiful name!
Admittedly, I have a soft spot for Old Testament names. I’m still trying to convince my husband that Saul should be at the top of our list. Abraham and Jonah are also tops … Although I was concerned about teasing with Abraham since the word “bra” is in it.
Anyway, I am so happy you went with your gut and your heart. Job will move mountains!
March 24th, 2014 at 10:09 am
I am a self-corrector. I read the name before I thought about the title or premise of the post and stopped myself almost instantly from saying ‘job’. And then thought that I was happy to hear it and surprised that it isn’t more popular. A meaningful name with a light-hearted nn, much along the lines of Jacoby/Jacob. Congrats on sticking to your guns.
March 24th, 2014 at 11:31 am
I love the name. I have to ask, were you in Job’s Daughter’s? Also the same question for Poppy. If you mention Job not a lot of people know who he is and the trials he went through. I can recite the entire story from memory. May he have patience and faith =)
March 24th, 2014 at 1:24 pm
Rebekah, Job is a terrific name and he has a great namesake. I think society places too much value on an easy, rewarding life, but honestly an easy life makes for lazy and faithless people. May your little Job face the trials of life with honor and faithfulness!
March 24th, 2014 at 3:35 pm
Job is a great name! It makes me sad that people don’t like it and that it isn’t used a little more. I am glad to see parents raising their children in a Godly manor since it seems as if more parents are just teaching their kids the ways of this world. So thank you for that. He is adorable by the way! Congratulations!
March 24th, 2014 at 4:06 pm
Am I that obvious PHQ9? Yes, I was, as were my sisters, sisters-in-law and my best female friends.
But even if I weren’t, I studied Job at bible study, and he is a pretty great namesake. It is unfortunate that there is a pronunciation issue, but I think there are so many more redeeming qualities to Job that outweigh that.
Micah and Jonah are two other great Old Testament names – though neither are as underused as Job.
March 24th, 2014 at 10:36 pm
Love the name Job and am glad you stuck with it. I see no problem with the name at all. I have two family members (father and son) named Job. The younger being Job Thomas. To my knowledge they have never had a problem with the pronounciation of the name, but we do live in the Bible Belt. Congratulations on your little one. And a wonder namesake to be proud of.
March 25th, 2014 at 10:41 am
What a cute little guy! I’m glad you chose a name that has so much significance for you and many others.
March 25th, 2014 at 12:11 pm
Thank you for all the encouraging comments. It’s been interesting to see a renewed reaction to his name, and fun to have a chance to explain our thought-process behind his naming. PHQ9, I’m afraid I’ve never heard of Job’s Daughters.
March 25th, 2014 at 6:47 pm
Thanks for choosing this name! It’s my favorite Bible name, and I’m really glad to hear about a modern person with the name. 🙂
July 31st, 2014 at 1:35 pm
We have 4 boys: Abel, Seth, Levi, Ezra and our 5th is due Nov. 8. We are naming him Job. We love the name and the faithful example of Job in the Bible. I appreciate your post. I had some hesitations about naming him Job because of all the negative feedback we might get, but your post encouraged me to not be afraid to use the name we really love. We’re waiting till he’s born to announce it though. That way people who don’t like it can accept it more easily since it’s already official. =) My close family members know and they love it too.
September 16th, 2014 at 2:11 pm
My son Job Aaron was born last year. It’s an awesome name that fits him perfectly. My husband has always had that name in mind should he have a son, so we’ve been planning to name our son that for 10+ years. I have had a wide range of reactions, but probably the most common is “Oh. Wow.” Very unimpressed/taken aback. I get variations of “What a heavy name.” Prior to me having the baby, one acquaintance voiced loud and irrational objections to the name based on the fact that I am not a Christian. She told me it was a terrible name, that I didn’t know the story (I have actually read the book) and that the biblical character Job turned his back on God, and that my son would be a sinner.
Naturally we get “job” (short ‘O’) about 50% of the time. When purchasing his birthday cake, the lady checking me out looked at the cake, laughed, and said “Happy Birthday job, what is that supposed to MEAN?” When I told her his name is “Job” and it’s from the bible, she laughed even harder and said “That kid’s gonna have a tough time.” Um. Okay. Luckily, I am not one to be phased by this. Just giving you my personal experiences with the name.
Sorry for such an unpleasant post! I do love the name so much. You gave your son a perfect gift to start his life: a strong, simple, unique name that is rich in history and significance.
January 7th, 2015 at 5:15 pm
Thank you for this awesome post! Our Job Matthew is due in March and we’ve gotten a few raised eyebrows over the name. Mostly from our family! Our older two children are both “J” names (James and Julianne) and I told my husband if this one was a boy, he could pick the name. He wanted to stick with the “J’s” and we had both discussed the name Job when I was pregnant with my daughter 7 years ago. He loves the old biblical “strong” names. Interestingly, we aren’t particularly religious, but I do love the story of Job and his patience and faithfulness. Having two older children that are anything other than patient and obedient, I am hoping Job will live up to his name. 🙂 I fully anticipate he’ll be called “job” (vocation) throughout his life- and hope he will not hate us for it… but I think he will appreciate having a unique, but not unheard of name. And we will also likely call him “Joby” as a nickname.
I ran across your post when doing an online search to see if anyone else had named their child “Job”. I don’t know of any personally, so I was pleased to read your post. 🙂
August 28th, 2015 at 8:44 pm
@trudibeth77, just read through some of these comments. I hadn’t read the later ones in a year, at least! Glad you enjoyed the post and that it encouraged you! Hope all went well with little Job’s birth, and that you are enjoying your Joby. We certainly love ours! And I don’t know about you, but the only place I have even a fraction of an issue with pronunciation seems to be at the pediatrician’s office, pharmacy, and any hospital interaction. But usually one correction makes it all right–and people do bounce back and seem to remember quite well. 🙂 Otherwise, Joby is an easy name to recall, and toddlers, particularly, seem to LOVE saying it. ha ha!
@Bonnylynette–I have “met” you on FB now, through our mutual friend, and love seeing how your Jobe is growing. 🙂
@enidoreilly, So good to hear that you love the name and are finally getting to use it. 🙂 I bet you’ll continue to love it as the years go by. We are approaching his 2nd birthday, and no regrets at all! I’m pretty confident he’ll love it, too. And as a fallback, Joby is no “stranger” than Koby, Toby, or Moby. 😉
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