I'm still stuck...
It's me again the one who has been all over the place with the names...my son is Keian Tate and my second son due to arrive in a little over 3 weeks is still UN NAMED!!! The main problem is finding something my husband and I agree on. I basically can't stand any name he throws out....such as Gordon, Teo, Armani, Finn and the list goes on. So far we've agreed on one name Jonah Kai, my problem is I think Jonah is a little too popular for my taste and I'm just not sure it's "the one". I've recently found the name Zaven and I LOVE IT!!! Hubby of course doesn't but just said he wasn't very fond of it not completely shooting it down. Any suggestions on a middle name? And what are your thoughts on Zaven? I've personally never heard it used before and I like that I also don't feel like it's too weird or made up?? Opinions and thoughts please!!! Thanks!
I had never heard of this name. Apparently, it is commonly used in Armenia and is also a character in the Diablo video game. One reason I really like this site is that I am constantly learning new stuff.
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The one thing you might want to keep in mind is that if your son's first and last name is totally unique, he will be Google-able. My colleague has an uncommon last name, and his son has an uncommon first name. Unfortunately, when my colleague's son Googles his name, the first page includes his arrest for underage drinking in high school. (Not that your son will be arrested as a teenager; it just reduces his privacy.)
I like Jonah Kai. If you want a less common variation, you could go with Jonas.
I like Jonah or Jonas much better than Zaven. It feels made up to me, and a little to similar in sound to keian for me.
I agree. Jonah/Jonas feels soft and refined and a bit artsy--I think it's just so cool. I think Keian and Jonah/Jonas would be fabulous together. I only know one Jonah, and one Jonas, so it doesn't feel that common to me. Pretty obscure, actually. Zaven does feel very made-up (Zane meets Haven?) to me, have you considered Ziven? It's a Polish name, meaning either "alive" or "shining", depending on which history you look at, said like ZEE-vehn. I think it's awesome! I have a huge thing for Polish names, though, haha. I think Keian and Ziven would be pretty cool together, and I think Ziven is pretty obscure, as far as names go. :)
Originally Posted by samibee
Zaven sounds cool, I love learning new names. Jonah Kai is adorable.
I really love Jonah Kai, but better than Zaven, Zaven is pretty bizarre to me.. especially next to brother Keian.
Something soft, but still masculine.
I am sorry, but I think Zaven is in fact an invented name. Since Xavier is so popular (and Zane), and Aidan/Aiden is THE boys name of the early millennium, the two were combined into Zaven. I know the sound is cool but it really is a rootless name. Compared to something classic, quirky and unexpected like Jonah, Zaven really pales.
I think Jonah Kai is exactly what you're looking for-- a boys' name that mixes classic with fresh, and has a very contemporary spin with the Hawaiian middle name Kai. You got exactly the same thing with Keian (contemporary) Tate (classic and manly), so I think Jonah Kai is perfect for his little brother.
Thanks for the honesty everyone!! I guess the more I think about it the more I do realize as much as I love Zaven it is made up :( I like Ziven but not really with our last name so much. Blade--I like how you think lol...that is exactly what I'm going for with the first and middle names. I'm still not sure if I can officially say it's going to be the name! And I DO NOT want to wait to see his face I just don't know how people can do that!!
Zaven is a common Armenian name. It is not made up. I know a Zaven IRL, and it (the name) works very well. Pronounced Zah-ven.
Jonah is a bit too common for Keian, imho. I actually know 4 little Jonahs, and it feels very Biblical to me. I'd go for something a bit more contemporary/ lower down in popularity (at least outside the top 200 or so most popular names)...
Jovan Kai (yes, it's a real name...
Jericho Kai (still Biblical, but a bit more contemporary)
Shaya Kai (not made up... it's an Iranian boys name)
Ture Kai (Turr-E... a Scandinavian name)
Bernt, Beck, Conley, Leif, Lars, Tove, Nils, Macsen, Macklin, and Beckett are cool, but not with Kai
Oh, and about Zaven... I'm not a fan (it feels like an alien in a sci fi movie), but I heard about a guy at college named Zaven. I think he was Armenian... so it's probably not made up, but many people will assume it is.