I've always had Elias somewhere on my list, but never at the top. However, I'm starting to seriously consider it for this baby. What do you think of it? What would you pair with it (either from my listed favorites or your own suggestion)? What other nn options are there besides Eli, if any?
Other names I like/love:
Milo - but can't use it
I have Elias on my own list and think it is a great name. To be honest, I'm not a fan of Eli for Elias...I would use the full name. I like Elias Sebastian.
I prefer Eli rather than Elias.
I like Elias but prefer Elijah. Have you considered Silas, Jonas, Curtis, Miles, Tobias, Anders, Harris, or Lars.
I actually really like Elias. Eli is a lovely nickname. It has that same feel as Silas, Elijah, Ellis, Titus, etc.
Since it's so short I don't think there are really a ton of nicknames, but I think Sal or Si or just E could work.
From your favorites I think Elias Leopold sounds super cool.
My pick would be Elias Gideon.
Also, gotta say I absolutely LOVE Darius! I love that the Egyptian meaning is "he that informs himself"
Elias and Milo are my favorites from your list by far, and since you can't use Milo, Elias wins for me! I do like the short form Eli, but I like Elias enough to use it without a nickname at all.
Elias Leopold is also my favorite! I wouldn't use a nickname either as there are a lot of boys answering to Eli these days.
My three year old is Elias Peter. He goes by Eli almost exclusively. I also call him Li (pronounced "lie") but that wasn't intentional, it just developed organically.
It's a great name! He loves it. When we were talking about what to name his sister, I told him about all the names we considered for him (Silas, Ezra, Judah, John) and he said he likes his name best.
Your entire list is so incredibly handsome!
Because I learned how to read in german before I did in english, I have a tendency to want to pronounce names the "german" way so if you pronounced Elias Eh-lee-as instead of E-lie-us then nn Lias (Lee-us) is great too.
My first inclination was Elias Theodore but by mixing and matching your list Elias Leopold(o) (nn Ee-lo) or Henry Elias (nn Helius/Helias?) stand out.