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June 15th, 2013 06:14 PM #1
Let's talk about Balthazar. It's been appealing to me as a middle name choice lately, and I was surprised to see that Balthazar/Baltazar was used only 43 times in 2012. Balthazar (to me) has the same energy as Ezekiel and Malachi, both of which are doing fairly well on the charts. It doesn't strike me as any harder to wear than Sebastian or Augustus. So why is it being overlooked?
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June 15th, 2013 10:24 PM #3Senior Member
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June 15th, 2013 10:25 PM #5Senior Member
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To me, it's more exotic and villain-like. I can see it working for a volcano-dwelling, world-hating mad scientist, but not for a cute little baby boy.
But that's talking first name. Middle name wise, I think it rocks. All of that when made middle name works amazingly well.
June 15th, 2013 10:45 PM #7
I love Balthazar in the middle! I think the comparison to Ezekiel, Malachi and Mordecai is spot-on. I might add Hezekiah, too. I don't currently have Balthazar paired with a first in my name list; once I had it in a triple, Lucian Reuel Balthazar, but I've since swapped it out due to sound and flow. I think one of the Berries has William Balthazar in her signature as the name of choice if her baby is a boy, and I think that combo is awesome--playing the handsome but more popular William off the energetic and more off-beat Balthazar.
With the climbing popularity of Ezekiel, Malachi and other obscure-but-energetic names, I will not be surprised if Balthazar begins to climb in the not-so-distant future. Nameberry listed Balthazar awhile ago in a blog on names due to rise. It is pretty exotic, though."He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names."
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