My name is Alicia and my husband, Philip, and I are expecting our 3rd child and are in need of help with names!!!
To give you some background, we had a miscarriage at 14 weeks with identical twins back in 2007. Due to having a D&C, we never found out the gender. We gave the twins the names: Avery Lynn and Peyton Lee – names that could be either gender and after us: our middle names are Lynn and Leigh.
After we lost the twins, we had a hard time conceiving again (NOT a problem the first time around). Two years later, we finally got pregnant. We chose to be surprised with the gender and so the names we had picked out were: Shiloh Grace and Jedidiah.
Why these?? Shiloh, as it was the place in the Bible where Hannah went asking the Lord for a child. And Grace because we just felt God’s grace on us throughout our journey.
Jedidiah, because in the Bible when David & Bathsheba had their affair and got pregnant, they lost that child. Then when they married and God allowed them to conceive again, they had Solomon. God was so pleased that he sent the prophet Nathan to them to tell them to name him, Jedidiah.
So, when we had our girl, we named her Shiloh Grace.
9 months later, we surprise, got pregnant again! This time, due to a hectic time in our lives, we decided to find out the gender. When we found out were having a boy, we still loved the name, Jedidiah. Even though it wasn’t quite the same as using it for our 1st child, we loved it and named him Jedidiah Paul – after my father.
Both names fit the children SO well.
Now, we are expecting our 3rd. We would, ideally, love to use another Biblical name, but are having a hard time. We like “different” but not “too different”.
The names we have zeroed in on for girls are:
We both love the stories of Abigail and Ruth from the Bible. I’m not sure I want to do another longer name and use a nickname though and my husband said he would call Abigail, Abby. (Jedidiah is Jed most of the time).
We are having a hard time coming up with a middle name for Sarah – we don’t want a double name (Sarah Beth), etc.
Charleigh – my husband’s grandfather was Charlie and I think it’s adorable for a girl…but it fits a spunky-type girl and we already have one of those, I’m hoping for a more laid-back child.
Boys names……NONE from the Bible that we can agree on!
Again, grandpa Charlie, but I do NOT like Charles for a first name but am “Ok” with Charlie.
Brandon, nothing “special” just both kind of like it. Luke, from the Bible, but also an uncle of my husband’s.
My husband doesn’t want to use his name, Philip, as part of theirs…..
Anyways, we typically keep the name a surprise until it’s born, which is why I’m emailing YOU. I found your site and love how you seem to put names together so nicely. Just wondered if you’d have any insight for us or have any Biblical names that you think would flow nicely with Shiloh and Jedidiah.
Hi, Alicia! Your children are certainly sporting beautiful names. You and your husband undoubtedly have the amazing ability to name your children wonderfully and with meaning, so I have no doubt that Baby #3 will be, also.
You said you like “different but not too different names”. I think you nailed that with Shiloh and Jedidiah, pairing more different names with less different middles, making a pleasant and more palatable balance.
So I was a little surprised that the names you suggested so far for Baby #3 were anything but that. Those names are extremely common and extremely un-different.
Starting with the girls names, Abigail and Ruth I would say, would work better in the middle spot, though Joy would accompany Grace very nicely. Charleigh, it took me a few minutes to read it as Charlie. I kept wanting to say Carlie. I also think it doesn’t blend well at all with your other children’s names, and I think you see that.
Moriah, another biblical place name like Shiloh, has never hit below 400 in the Top 1,000, making it more uncommon. And the non Biblical spelling Mariah, which is pronounced differently, never climbed beyond #63, and is actually falling.
Moriah is also a lovely choice for you, because in Genesis 22, Moriah is the place where Abraham, on the third day, brings Isaac to the land of Moriah. It’s there God tests Abraham and finds that he is indeed a man of faith, and God vows to bless him and the inheritance of his children. A meaningful yet subtle nod for Baby #3. Moriah means, “God is my teacher”.
Zillah, as the lovely Amelia pointed out, is the third woman mentioned in the Bible. Zillah means “shade”.
Cassia is a name I always suggest. It’s so beautiful, and so uncommon, and did I mention beautiful? Cassia, like Shiloh, could easily go nickname free. Cassia is a spice used in incense in the Bible, and on the third day, when God was creating the separation of earth and sea, and making vegetation and life to grow, I can picture the cassia tree. For thousands of years to come, it would make its way to the Lord as beautiful worship and prayer. And the altar of incense was the third piece of furniture in the Holy Place.
For the boys, like Charleigh, I don’t see Charlie fitting well. Brandon I could see as a middle.
Zechariah, like Jedidiah, is pretty awesome. Handsomely awesome. Zach and Jed are pretty rad bro names if you ask me. Which you are, so… ;P And buckle your seatbelt, because in Zechariah 13:9, it says
“And I will bring the third part through the fire,
Refine them as silver is refined,
And test them as gold is tested.
They will call on My name,
And I will answer them;
I will say, ‘They are My people,’
And they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”
There’s that third again. And in a pretty awesome scripture. My new meaning for Zechariah is “awesomesauce”.
Zechariah is strong like Jedidiah and certainly holds his own, yet also has that sweet, laid back cool guy nickname, just like Jed. If you didn’t notice, I’m pulling pretty hard for Zachariah.
Did I mention that there were three Zechariah’s in the days of King David?
Zechariah means “God has remembered”, or “remembered of the Lord”.
Okay, I’ll stop with Zechariah if I have to. Seth is the third son of Adam and Eve, though it does clash a bit with Shiloh. But Abel, man and name that I love, was the third man mentioned in the Bible. Pair him with the nickname Abe, which has THREE LETTERS, and boom, you’ve got another amazing name to think about. Seriously. This is so much fun.
So, to wrap up if you’ve made it this far… It’s possible you fell off your chair at the gloriousness of Zechariah, and hopefully didn’t succumb to Eli’s outcome.
Cassia, Zillah and Moriah. All gorgeous. My favorite? Cassia Ruth. You could say it means “prayerful friendship”.
Zechariah, Seth and Abel. My favorite? Wait for it… Zechariah Brandon.
I truly hope I helped, and definitely please let me know what you decide. It’s all so exciting!
And from my heart, congratulations.