Our second child is due June 14th & we don’t yet know the gender. We have a girl’s name chosen but aren’t sure about a boy’s name. Our first son’s name is Jonah Alexander, which was the only name combination that we both loved when he was born - & we still love it. We often call him Jones or Joe.
Our two main contenders for boy’s names are Ezra & Hudson. We know that the second name will be Thomas – it’s the name of a favourite uncle who died this year & it was in contention for a first name at one point as well. I love the name Ezra but I wonder if it’s too resonant with Jonah – both Old Testament inspired, with two syllables, ending in “a”. I also love the name Hudson, which is my husband’s favourite, but I’m concerned that it might be too trendy (in keeping with all the Carters, Coopers, Jacksons, etc. that will fill future classrooms!) & I’m not sure I like “Hud” for a nickname. I can’t decide on either. Some other names that we love but are out of contention for various reasons are, in the “Ezra camp”: Joshua, Emmett, Nathaniel, Lucas. In the “Hudson camp”: Auden, Huxley (mostly because I like the nickname “Hux” but I can’t imagine this name for an adult, unless he was to become a professional snowboarder!)
My question is two-fold. One, I’d like to know what people think about either Ezra Thomas or Hudson Thomas (just to have me going back & forth even more!). Two, in looking at our name list above, are there any other name suggestions that go with a brother named Jonah & the middle name Thomas?
Thanks for your help!
This is so interesting and brings up an interesting point: the name chosen for a second child puts a SPIN on the name given to a first child. Imagine a family where the first child is named Kalliopi. If the family names their second daughter Ekaterini, we think, "Ah! They like Greek names!" If the family instead names their second daughter Kadynce, we see the name Kalliopi in an entirely different light.
Such is the case here. If your first child is named Jonah and you name your second child Ezra, that will spin how people hear the name Jonah; if you instead name your second child Hudson, that's a different spin. I love this kind of thing: it's a little like naming the first child all over again!
If you like the Old Testament spin, I suggest the name Ezekiel Thomas. It has a different ending than Jonah, and an equally cool nickname: Joe and Zeke.
I also like Abram Thomas. Jonah and Abram, Joe and Abe. Darling!
Or Malachi Thomas. Jonah and Malachi, Joe and Mal. The TV show Firefly got me to like the name Mal.
Or Samuel Thomas. Jonah and Samuel, Joe and Sam. Teh cuteness!
For the other spin, maybe Thatcher Thomas. Jonah and Thatcher, Joe and Thatch.
Or Wilson Thomas. Jonah and Wilson, Joe and Will.
Or Keats Thomas. Jonah and Keats, Joe and...Keats.
Or Weston Thomas. Jonah and Weston, Joe and Wes. Love Wes.
Name update 06-13-2009! Laisha writes:
Thanks to everyone who wrote & gave us ideas for a boy's name to go with Jonah. In the end, we didn't need one! We had a baby girl on June 10th & named her Amalia Josephine. Amalia was the name of one of my great-grandmothers & is pronounced Ah-molly-ya. Joseph was the name of one of my grandfathers & Josephine was the other name in contention for a girl when we were pregnant with Jonah. We didn't want to go with two first names that started with "Jo" but I still wanted the name in there. Now the siblings have the same first & middle initials, reversed.
If we'd had a boy, we'd decided on Hudson Thomas. Who knows, maybe there will be a Hudson Thomas some day... Thanks for all your help, Swistle readers!