Honest opinions please... what do you think of this name?

@astromama (1226)
United States
February 7, 2007 11:35pm CST
I am about to have a son. I love the name Jonah and my husband and I have agreed on it for a first name. The middle name is the point of contention. We talked about the name 'Sailor' for a little boy, and got very mixed reviews. We decided it may be a little odd for a first name, and don't want to burden our son with something so unusual he may get teased. But as a middle name, I like it. Jonah Sailor... what do you think?
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@candygurl24 (1880)
• Canada
8 Feb 07
Honestly, I wouldn't choose it for my own child, but saying that, it's totally up to you and your husband what you name him. The only advice I can give you is to stand in the living room with your hands on your hips and in a stern voice say, Jonah Sailor!!! If it sounds right, by all means name him that. Also, call him in for supper..lol..it sounds weird but when I was pregnant with my firstborn, my aunt suggested that I open the front door and call my child in for supper with the name I was wanting...so stand on the step and say, Jonah Sailor...supper!..just try to do it when the neighbours aren't around..lol. Good luck!
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@astromama (1226)
• United States
8 Feb 07
You know, I'm actually giggling right now thinking of doing that... I've practiced saying it out loud, but I truly think any name would sound weird... It's such a big responsibility giving a child a name.. Some of our friends recently named their son 'Mosey Anchor'... At least Jonah would have one normal name!
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• Canada
9 Feb 07
LOL..it is hard not to find it weird calling out for the unborn child, but it really works..I did it and felt like a complete fool, but found that I actually liked her name more after calling her in for supper :P And Mosey Anchor..well, that's just a whole different discussion..lol.
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
8 Feb 07
Conrgats - Congradulations on the baby boy :0)
I think it will sound more like a title then a name. I dont like it but it's your son. Me and my husband couldnt decide on a boys name for the life of us. i am really glad we had a girl. I liked the boys name Aiddon. But he liked some dorky names lol. Good luck and let us know what you end up naming him :)
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@astromama (1226)
• United States
8 Feb 07
Thanks for the input... Most people really like the Jonah part, but are iffy on the Sailor... I don't know why. Sawyer, miller... plenty of 'occupation' names are super common names fr boys.
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• United States
8 Feb 07
Honest opinion? I don't like it. 2nd honest opinion? He's not my son. 3rd, and most important opinion? If you like the name, go for it! It's hard to gauge from a stranger's opinion what you should name your own child. I'm not Biblically educated but wasn't Jonah a sailor so wouldn't it be almost redundant to have a "sailor sailor"? Could you find another Biblical name that might work just as equally.
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@astromama (1226)
• United States
8 Feb 07
LOL... that's what my husband thought people would say. We aren't biblical either, I like Jonah because I have a long history of 'Jo' names in my family and his grandfather was Johan... get it, nah instead of han... and Jonah means 'peaceful', so we think it's appropriate. Jonah wasn't a sailor, he was a prophet, and in the most famous story about Jonah, he was thrown overboard by sailors which is when he got swallowed by a whale. But no, he himself was not a sailor. Too funny...
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• United States
9 Feb 07
got to learn a few things from your post.. thanks..
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@pinklilly (3446)
• Australia
9 Feb 07
hehe Me too I don't mind it to be queit honest it sounds sweet...
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@leese29 (341)
• United States
8 Feb 07
Honestly I don't like it either, it isn't that I don't like Sailor I think it is kind of cute but it doesn't seem to flow with Jonah ( I like names that sound good together) But as many have said it isn't our child and if it is what you like than go with it. As another poster pointed out it does sound a little titleish. But hey you got celebritys naming their kids Apple and such. Your child your decision. And I want to add congrats on the new addition to your family
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@astromama (1226)
• United States
8 Feb 07
The last name is "Gray" I think Jonah Sailor alone sounds weird, but the more benign last name evens it out for me. Naming a child is such a hard decision!
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@leese29 (341)
• United States
8 Feb 07
You know what with the last name it doesn't sound so bad. I actually like it "Jonah Sailor Gray" I would say go for it. Wow what a difference that last name makes.
• Philippines
9 Feb 07
i think its a unique name. for me its a beautiful name. people will curious why they give that name. they will ask whats the meaning of that name. and i think its fine. when im going to have a baby soon i will goin to add the name blue...
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@astromama (1226)
• United States
9 Feb 07
We liked 'Blue' for a middle name, but our last name is Gray.. blue gray would be hilarious, but not for someone that had to live with it. I like it, I get an adventurous, spontaneous feeling from the name 'Sailor'... Thanks to everyone for posting... I've had tears rolling down my cheeks from some of these responses!
• United States
8 Feb 07
I think that is a very nice name, If i could of given my son a different name I would have. He was suppose to be a girl and I did not have a name picked out for a boy. So my husband just looked at him and we both agreed..He is now Michael John..Took us 2 days to figure out a name for him and we gave him a common name. But I like the name you are to give your son it very unusual!!! Congrats on the pregnancy!!!
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@astromama (1226)
• United States
8 Feb 07
Thanks! I will say it is not the strangest name we considered, but as the due date approaches I'm second guessing myself. We thought of 'Mannix' as a middle name... and I love the name 'Malachi', i just can't seem to find two names that i love that flow well together. I know a little boy named "legend" and while it is very unusual, I think it's great that he has a name that is easy to remember and so unique.
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• India
8 Feb 07
its great
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@astromama (1226)
• United States
8 Feb 07
Thanks! One positive opinion out of a dozen negative! It seems like more people in real life think it's a good name, or maybe they just don't have the guts to hurt my feelings!
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• United States
8 Feb 07
I love the name Jonah, but i'm not a fan of Sailor. Also, say "Jonah Sailor" out loud. It sounds like "Jonas Ailor" Honestly, I think he would get teasted for that middle name. A lot of kids get teased for their middle names so that shouldn't be your only reason not to use it. I think my main concern with the name would be how it sounds...the Jonas thing. While Jonas is also a nice name, you picked Jonah and I wouldn't want his name to sound like something else. Congrats on your pregnancy btw! When are you due? I'm due with a little girl (Lorelai) June 1. :)
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@astromama (1226)
• United States
8 Feb 07
I'm due mid April... I really don't think the Sailor part would get used enough for people to confuse him as a 'Jonas'. My middle name is 'lee' and no one but my mother ever calls me that. EVER.
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@cjthedog64 (1553)
• United States
8 Feb 07
I don't care for it either. I think of "job" names as being last names. Traditionally, that's what they were. When people started needing last names, they used whatever their job was. But it's up to you and your husband what you're going to name him. It's probably not that big of a deal, cause most people don't go around using their middle names. He'd just become Jonah S. Lastname.
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@astromama (1226)
• United States
8 Feb 07
It's becomming more and more common for people to use 'job' names for their children... I guess I think the only difference between a common name like 'Hunter' one who hunts, and a name like 'Sailor' one who sails, is a difference in usage.
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• United States
8 Feb 07
You want us to be honest right? Well I don't really care for it, but its not my child. I understand the importance of choosing something unique. I hope you go with it just because it is so unique. Good Luck and Congrats.
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@astromama (1226)
• United States
8 Feb 07
thanks! I don't know why Sailor is so important to me, but my husband and I are both artists and live 'alternatively', so any child of ours is probably going to be a bit outside the mainstream by default. It's difficult to know how it will be received in general society, and I just want to avoid unnecesary teasing..
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8 Feb 07
I think if you like it you should go with it. I regret not giving my daughters their middle names as they really like them, but I didn't put them on their birth certificate. They are unusual too. My eldest daughter is called Abbie Moonstar and my youngest is Olivia Morning Sunrise
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@astromama (1226)
• United States
8 Feb 07
we have a male friend whose given name is Star Brite and my husbands older brothers name is Rainbow... He goes by 'Bo', which is much more appropriate considering he ended up a big, tough guy. Your daughter's names are beautiful... Another recent name I've heard is 'Solstice' for a little girl. I rather like that...
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@ReyM21 (281)
• Philippines
9 Feb 07
Jonah, biblically is a Hebrew name. He's a prophet and not a sailor. He decided to disobey God (he was commanded to spread the word of God to Nineveh-- inhabited by the Assyrians which Jonah hated so much because of their brutality). I think Jonah Sailor is not appropriate. Maybe you can search the Hebrew word or a Latin word of 'sailor' to connect the first name. I hope you agree with me, it's just a suggestion.
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@neon2000 (2761)
• Philippines
9 Feb 07
Even if he is not my son if I like the name and the middle name why not. He's got a nice name but sailor is not good for me, I guess it would be nice if it is Seasee, his name is derived from the sea as jonah from the bible. Am I right? Hmmmn...:D
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• Philippines
9 Feb 07
I like the name Jonah.. but I don't particularly liked 'Sailor'.. Kids can be soooo cruel, and the worst part of it is that you won't be able to protect your son when he gets teased at school.. Anyway, that's just my opinion... if you have a special reason for choosing 'Sailor', then I say go for it..
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I think it is unique and very nice but its up to you. Your the one who is naming the baby. I think whatever name you and your husband choose for him will be just the right name for the baby. Congrats to you!!
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• India
8 Feb 07
I think it would be better if u keep jonah as sailor is some what odd when compared to jonah.
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@icequeen (2842)
• Canada
8 Feb 07
Well it is your decision. However...I am not really into that name...something else would be more appropriate...
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• United States
9 Feb 07
hello there!! I read your thread and i thought about this long and hard..and it snot a bad name..but for me persoanlly i wouldnt do that to my child..let me explain..kids,teens,and adults can be cruel..and i want you to rememebr what it was like if you were picked on..This is what his nickname will be and will follow him tmaybe his whole life,,,ok ready?....HEY! ITS JONAH THE SAILOR MANNN!! TOOT TOOT!!!! ....yess,,they will..and i dont want to sound mean because im not..my name is April..And my favorite color has always been purple..i alkways wore purple ...and when i was 10 yrs old this nick name started..GRAPE APE..then in my teen..GRAPE APE..BEEGLY BEEGLY!!! remeber the cartoon? I hated my parents for most my life for naming me this..and April isnt really and ofd name now that im grown..but it has stuck with me..and im afraid that he will do the same and go threw what i went threw..soo like i said..i dont see anything wrong with it.and i know its important to you..but you have to remember and think..do i want to do this to my child? Plz dont be offened if i did,,this wasnt ment to..I just wanted to let you know what could happen..take care and Congrats on the baby!! and let me know in April how hes doing plz..:)
• United States
9 Feb 07
.....hahaha!!.that poor poor man!!!! your point is very much taken..keep the name..and your right,.its his middle most people wont know it..and like i said i liked it..and you are fighting very hard to prove it to everyone..so i says...go with your heart..its a beautiful name!! lots of luck !!
• United States
8 Feb 07
I don't think its bad at all! When I got pregnant the second time I wanted to name the baby Drake William the second name would have been after my husbands grandfather and all my husband could say about it was that he would be called Duck Bill! So you know there are obviously alot worse! I would have still named him that had the baby been a boy! But I got another girl and I get so much flack about my girls' names but I DON'T care I like them and I think if thats the name you want then go for it! Neither one are very popular which is something you have to be careful about nowdays. someone said Sailor sounded like a last name what about Bailey that is my maternal grandmothers last name and how many little girls have that as a first name now days? I say GO FOR IT!
@astromama (1226)
• United States
8 Feb 07
thank you so much for the comment! I feel better already! Now you have me curious about your girls' names, but I understand if you don't want to post them on here. And I think Drake William sounds rather regal and important, don't you? Very nice name!
• United States
8 Feb 07
Thank you thats what I thought about Drake! Nice good stong name, many of my friends thought that too!
@amirev777 (2760)
• India
7 Mar 08
Hi! i think i'll really be delighted if you can give that name to your son-i am myself a sailor for past 9 years -thats how i have been earning my bread n butter-even in my childhood my favourite cartoon character was Popeye the sailorman-but i think there are some misconceptions surrounding a "sailor"
@astromama (1226)
• United States
8 May 08
I did indeed name my son Jonah Sailor Gray, he is one now!!! There are misconceptions, but in my mind it means adventurous, fun, water, and marching to the beat of one's own drum. It reminds me of boots and squalls and ladies left a-pining, of singing songs and spinning tales, drinking rum, parrots and pirates and tattoos. In fact, my husband recently got the traditional bluebird on his chest with a banner that has our sons name on it. Wearing a little sailor hat. I loved Popeye as well!!