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Baby Name Dilemma: A Great Name for Baby #3!

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Reader Lindsay is having a tricky time finding a name for her third baby.

I am in need of some assistance naming our baby boy (making his debut in January). I have a set of 3 year old twins named Noah and Elyana. Our last name is Williams and my husband loves the name Liam for this next one, however Liam is short for William…so are we naming our baby William Williams ? I want something more unique…I love Everett :) I am Jewish and he is Christian…would be nice to do something that reflects our backgrounds too? 

Liam is indeed a variant/nickname of William. It’s not exactly like naming him William Williams, but it’s close enough that I would probably think twice about using it, too. I like the name Everett, which would sound lovely in a sibset with Noah and Elyana. It’s a little sharper with that final “T” sound, but still flows beautifully—and it’s not too close to Noah and Elyana to make it tricky for you or your kids, like an Aiden/Jayden sibset.

I think Everett would make a lovely choice if that’s what you like. Keep in mind, though, that it’s currently on a sharp spike in popularity. It probably won’t be a problem for your son, but if the run continues, there’ll be an Everett in every class within a few years.

But Everett doesn’t reflect your Jewish background, as Noah and Elyana both do. Here are a few suggestions to consider beyond your pick:

Emmett is a Hebrew name that means “truth.” It’s also on a bit of a hot streak right now, currently in the top 200 names in the U.S. It’s similar to your favorite Everett, and also fits nicely with his siblings’ names.

Adam is similar to Liam, without the repetition—it’ll sound lovely with Williams. It’s still in the top 200, but on a very slow decline. It means son of the earth.

If you like short nickname names like Liam, perhaps Bram, a variant of Abraham, could suit the bill. It’s best known as the name of Dracula author Bram Stoker.

Some other cool names to consider: Owen, Elijah (though perhaps too close for comfort to Elyana), Levi, or Leo.

What do you guys think? Any other names you think might fit the bill for Lindsay?

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Pregnant Grandma over 50 Names Her Babies

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Did you catch our article about the grandmother who was pregnant with twins? She recently gave birth to her sons, and everyone is doing great. She waited until the bris to announce her sons’ names, and following Jewish tradition, she chose strong Hebrew names that had significance within her family. One son is named Shalom Heschel, and the other, Eliyahu Yehuda.

Shalom is the Hebrew word for peace, making it a wonderful choice for a more Zen baby. It’s a unisex name, and its most famous association is with the supermodel Shalom Harlow. Heschel is a variant spelling of Herschel, and means deer. It’s not very popular right now, but Herschel is the name of a character on TVs hit The Walking Dead, so perhaps it may rise in popularity soon.

Eliyahu is an alternative spelling for Elijah, a super popular name (it’s currently number 13 on the top baby names in the US list). It means Jehovah is God. Yehuda is a Hebrew name that means praised. It’s the only name they’ve chosen that is currently on the top 1000 baby names in the country.

Both children were named after ancestors who were strong, intelligent and kind people – the kind of people you would hope your children would become. And that’s exactly why Judy and her family chose those names for their new members.

Some people who know Judy and her family were concerned that their name choices were a bit too “Hebrew”  for the more modern era we live in. What do you think? Would you give your children names that very clearly identify their heritage? Or would you pick names that are more classic and less easily identified with your background?

Image: Baby names by Amir Ridhwan/

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