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  1. #1
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    Please help us decide!...

    Hubby is Turkish, I’m English, we live in the UK. Our first baby; a boy , is due in 4 and a half weeks. We want a name that is used in both countries and have narrowed down our options to two favourites: Zechariah and Izaak. We would spell them as I have written them here. This is because the ‘e’ in Zechariah makes the name so much closer to the Turkish version (which is pronounced zek-ah-REE-ah) although Turks would still have trouble reading the name and if pronounced as read they would call him ‘ZEJ-HA-ree-ah’ (they pronounce C’s with a J sound). The spelling Izaak would make his name equally pronounceable in both languages; the only difference in pronunciation being EYE-zak versus EE-zak. I accept that his name would often be misspelt in both countries!

    With either of the options we would use the nickname Zach/k. If we use Zechariah on the birth certificate I’m sure Zach will get used that much more often and I would introduce him as Zach most of the time and probably even have them call him Zach at school when the time comes. If he is to be an Izaak then my mum, dad and brother all wish to nickname him Zack still and I would be okay with this but would often address him by his full name too. We wouldn’t want to use any other nickname for either name as I dislike Ike and Zeke sounds like a very rude Turkish word!
    Baby is to have a Turkish middle name (Alperen) and our surname is 4 letters and 2 syllables long beginning with the letter 'U'.

    My worries with each name are as follows:

    1) That Zechariah is a bit of a mouthful and that it may appear overly religious, old-fashioned and strange. I do however feel that Zechariah has the benefit of being more unique than the very popular Zachary and even Zachariah.
    2) That people may feel our chosen spelling of Izaak is tacky or unintelligent however it will be obvious from babes’ last name that dad is foreign and this spelling is a legitimate international variant. There was also a 17th century English writer called Izaak Walton who, for some reasons, make me like the name even more. On the plus side at least, again, the spelling is more unique and we all think, kind of cool and cute at the same time.

    So after that very looooooong spiel… what do people think, which name would you pick?

  2. #3
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    Heya, welcome to the forums!

    I have Zachary on my list. I don't think Zechariah is overly religious at all and I know many Zachs from non-religious backgrounds. I have to say I wasn't taken with the spellings of either names but your explanations make complete sense and I think they would work better for you. You might have to explain it to some people who are less than complimentary but I wouldn't worry too much about it. I've seen much worse spellings of Issac/Izaak in my career!
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  3. #5
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    I love Zachariah. Zachary is not super common, and Zachariah is very uncommon in my area. I suggest using Zachariah. Then Zach or Zachary could be his nickname. Zechariah would end up being called Zach either way.

  4. #7
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    I have a nephew named Zach, so I'm partial. I rather like the French spelling Zacharie, if that makes a difference, but Zechariah is fine, and I prefer Izaac to Isaac (though I really love Isaiah).

  5. #9
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    I have always like Zachariah better than Isaac anyway. So I would pick Zechariah. I don't think it is overly religious. If anything, I think biblical names are quite popular right now.
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