Post # 1
Hey bees! I’m just wanting some feedback on the baby names Fiance and I have chosen for our future kids. I’ll include a little info on all of them.
- ______________________Jr. (can’t give his name out on here so i guess that was moot point lol. His name is one of the books of the Bible though)
- Benjamin Obi(oh-bee) ________ Benjamin of course is from the bible, Obi is the word for “heart” in my dad’s primary language, Igbo
- Isaiah Emeka (Ee-meh-kah) Isaiah, like Benjamin, is from the Bible, Chukwuemeka means “great deeds”
- Naphtali Amara (Nahf-TAH-lee AH-mah-rah) Naphtali is actually the name of Benjamin’s brother in the Bible, making him a father of one of the tribes of Israel. However, my fiance and I really love it as a girl’s name, and we were happy to find that there are quite a few women with that name. Amara means “Grace”.
- Damaris Añuli (Duh-MAH-rees Ahn-YOO-lee) Damaris is, you guessed it, from the Bible. She was actually a woman converted to Christianity by the Apostle Paul. Añuli means joy” or “happiness”
The trend is easily discernable, all of the first names will be from the Bible, and the middle names, words in Igbo. One thing we really like about the girls names is that they sound very “caribbean latino” ; alot of my Puerto Rican and Dominican friend’s and SO’s female cousins have little girls with similar names. So, what do ya’ll think?
Post # 3
I love Damaris and Amara for girls, and Benjamin and Isaiah for boys. In general, I love names that mean something so Emeka and Anuli are nice.
Naphtali reminds me of naphthalene.. and mothballs smell 🙁 sorry.
Obi makes me think of Obi-Wan Kenobi, and if you like Star Wars it’s a plus 🙂
Post # 4
@julesjules83: Thanks for the reply! I did not know about naphtalene, gross! We were hedging on spelling it with a F instead (Naftali), and I think that might be the feather that tips the basket. Thanks for the heads up! Unfortunately, i’m not really into the Star Wars; im actually worried that Obi will spur alot of schoolyard taunting. I would prefer Obinna, which means “his father’s heart”, but my Fiance prefers Obi on its own…
Post # 5
I think they are beautiful names. Not atrocious at all!
Post # 6
I’m not particularly a fan of Naphtali, but I love the others! Naphtali just seems like you’ll be forcing the girl to spell her name for the rest of her life.
Also I wouldn’t worry about the school-taunting for Obi– most kids hardly ever use or share their middle names, it’s more like a fun secret when you’re young! They may say “like Obi Wan Kenobi!” once or twice, but I doubt it will be something scarring. (Though this is just based on personal experience, so who knows!)
Post # 7
I would probably do Amara Naphtali/Naftali instead of the other way around, but that’s just because I like the name Amara better!
Post # 8
I don’t love Damaris or Naphtali, personally, but I don’t think they’re awful by any means. Love the Igbo names, which are a nice nod to your heritage.
Post # 9
@bookworm88: I was one of those little girls (now one of those women). I’ve had my name spelled incorrectly all my life. I take it in stride though. However, I do think we are going to change it to Naftali, for ease of spelling and pronunciation, among other mothball related reasons
@CattyMN608: Thank you!!