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    Just a pregnant rant...

    I'm feeling so frustrated about baby names right now! I've always found it easier to find a girl name that I absolutely fall in love with, and had a perfect name picked out if this baby was a girl. So of course we found out that we are having another boy. Our fourth baby boy name to pick out. For our first son, we debated baby names all the way up until he was six weeks from being born. And finally I compromised and went with Joshua. We both knew tons of Joshuas growing up, and it has been in the top ten since 1983 until last year. So I do like the name because his middle name was my father's and that was really important to me, but I was never super happy with how popular his name was. Then I worked for TWO years to get my husband to see Noah as anything but "out there" and strange. Only to see the name Noah shoot up to the top five. It was number 29 when we had our first son and number 31 the year our Noah was actually born. So I am extremely discouraged to see how popular and overused my second son's name is. And I feel like all my "work" was for nothing. We had a late miscarriage with our third son and the morning that we lost him, my dh turned to me and asked me what his name was. I chose Levi, which I still love. To me it is the perfect name. Perfect level of popularity. My husband loves it, but I really don't think he would have gone along with it if our Levi had lived.

    Now we are faced with naming a fourth son. Yikes! I'm looking at names like Ezra and Jonas. And his suggestions? Ethan and Zachary. I'm a lover of more distinctive baby names, and to me that's like looking at the list of top twenty boy names and picking the Biblical boy names that weren't the names of boys I once dated and just mindlessly going with those. I can see that my husband is trying as yesterday he told me that he is coming around to Jonah (never Jonas). But I recently decided that Jonah is not usable based on our older two sons names. And he keeps suggesting Josiah. Which, of course is also too similar to Joshua to even consider. (Plus I plain just don't like that name) I feel like Ezra is the only boy name that I actually like and can see myself using for this baby. *Maybe* if I spent the next eighteen weeks working on it, my husband might decide that it is usable like he did for Noah's name. But I'm scared of trying so hard only to see Ezra replace Ethan on the top ten list (as was predicted in a recent nameberry blog post).

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    eeek....another boy name to choose.....

    so you have Joshua, Noah and Levi. Ezra would definitely flow well with the last two but not sure about Joshua. And I'm not totally keen on the name. I know people with kids with your boys names so I will link them in and see if anything jumps out at you:

    A Joshua who has a brother Nicolas, a brother Angus (and a sister, Sophie)
    A Noah who has a brother Charlie and a brother Taylor
    A Levi who has a brother Alexander, a brother Oscar (and a sister Audrey and another called Elena).

    Not sure if any of these sibsets help with some ideas

    good luck!
    Mummy to the gorgeous Alice Heather and the delicious Harry George

    Bubba #3 due March 2014! Finalising short list of favourite names!

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    Oh, and I should gently add, Levi will always be part of your family so the links of names should definitely flow. Which is the reason whu Levi should be included in the sibset too xx
    Mummy to the gorgeous Alice Heather and the delicious Harry George

    Bubba #3 due March 2014! Finalising short list of favourite names!

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    Ezra was ranked 161 in 2012 so I don't see jumping into the top 10 this year.

    Other Biblical names to consider that aren't ranked that high are Micah, Seth, and Simon.
    I like simple yet versatile names that work well for the athlete, the comic, the genius, and the judge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktook76 View Post
    Oh, and I should gently add, Levi will always be part of your family so the links of names should definitely flow. Which is the reason whu Levi should be included in the sibset too xx
    Thank you for this comment. Levi is definitely a part of who "we" see ourselves as a family, we still talk about him, and every picture that my daughter draws of our family includes him. So I agree that our new son's name needs to fit with his as well. At the same time, we don't really discuss him with other people very often. And those we do tell, we don't really focus on his name so it doesn't really fit in with who other people think of as our family. So I tend to try to find a name that flows with the sibset both with Levi and without him.

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