Boy Names Matching Miriam and Norah

So here’s the problem.

We have two gorgeous girl names that we’re 100% sold on, but no boy names that I love nearly as much! DH and I seem to like unique or uncommonly used older names. For example, our favorite name is [name_f]Miriam[/name_f] and it’s ancient form of [name_f]Mary[/name_f] - definitely not unheard of, but not common either. Our problem, however, has been finding boy names that have the same essence as our two favorite girl names - [name_f]Miriam[/name_f] and [name_f]Norah[/name_f].

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with the Gaelic name, [name_u]Niall[/name_u]. It’s phonetically beautiful and definitely uncommon, but I’m worried it’s TOO unique. We both come from conservative Southern families and I’m worried that it could sound (for lack of a better word) “weird” in the region/culture we live in. A silly concern, I know, but still something I think about for baby’s sake.

Any similar name suggestions?
Also, if anyone identify what style of name we seem to be into, that might be helpful! I can’t put my finger on it exactly!

Thanks kindly!

I think [name_u]Niall[/name_u] is lovely. It’s not what comes to mind when I think of a brother to [name_f]Miriam[/name_f]/[name_f]Norah[/name_f], but it definitely works with them! The sound is simple enough that I doubt anyone will find it too weird. Plus it’s reminiscent of the familier [name_u]Neil[/name_u].
Old-fashioned, familiar but underused boy names:

But to be honest, your top pick [name_u]Niall[/name_u] makes me think of friendly, fun names with maybe an Irish/Scottish vibe. Names like:

Good luck!

I think [name_u]Niall[/name_u] could totally work -it’s similar enough to names like [name_m]Miles[/name_m], [name_u]Noel[/name_u], [name_u]Kyle[/name_u] or [name_u]Kai[/name_u] that it works

I’d say you like names that are slightly off beat but established and easy to pronounce. There’s a kind of softness to them too

With [name_f]Norah[/name_f] and [name_f]Miriam[/name_f], these names came to mind


[name_m]Hi[/name_m] there.

I love [name_f]Miriam[/name_f]! [name_f]Norah[/name_f] is lovely too, but way popular (at least in my area; midwest U.S.) I think that [name_u]Niall[/name_u] is beautiful (in a boy way!) as well. I wouldn’t worry what you think your families will think. Once they see a sweet little nephew/grandson etc., they’ll fall in love w/him & the name attached to him.

Most names that remind me of [name_u]Niall[/name_u] are also Gaelic, but lets see…












[name_f]Hope[/name_f] this helps. :slight_smile:

I think [name_f]Nora[/name_f], [name_f]Miriam[/name_f], & [name_u]Niall[/name_u] are lovely together. I feel like it’s a name you would hear in the old south.

Other ideas

[name_f]Nora[/name_f], [name_f]Miriam[/name_f], & ______:

[name_m]Hewitt[/name_m] “[name_m]Witt[/name_m]”
[name_m]Ulysses[/name_m] “[name_u]Sully[/name_u]”
[name_m]Preston[/name_m] “[name_u]Percy[/name_u]”
[name_m]Barnaby[/name_m] “[name_m]Barney[/name_m]”
[name_m]Terrence[/name_m] “[name_u]Tate[/name_u]”

Thanks so much!! I’m so glad you think so about [name_u]Niall[/name_u] - I just can’t get it out of my head! And I think you’re SPOT ON with the friendly-fun names with a Scottish vibe! I’m definitely into Gaelic names probably because DH and I both share a Scottish heritage. [name_m]Joel[/name_m] has been on our list for a while and I keep coming across [name_u]Rory[/name_u] as well - I love them both!

YES definitely! Off-beat but established - I love it! Ooh and [name_m]Asher[/name_m] is actually a family name so that’s definitely on the list! I’m loving [name_m]Ronan[/name_m] too! Thanks!

Thanks so much!! And yes, I know [name_f]Norah[/name_f] has gotten super trendy and that usually turns me off of names but I’ve always liked it - I don’t know why! I’m also loving these other Gaelic names! Especially [name_m]Ewan[/name_m], [name_u]Shiloh[/name_u], and [name_u]Noel[/name_u] - gosh they’re pretty!

That’ super encouraging! And I love this list of names. Thanks so much!

[name_f]Norah[/name_f] and [name_f]Miriam[/name_f] are gorgeous and both give me a european storybook/fairytale vibe, they seem like the names of strong heroines.

[name_f]Norah[/name_f], [name_f]Miriam[/name_f] &

[name_u]Niall[/name_u] is a great option! I dont think it’s too out there.
I hope this doesnt deter you (because it shouldnt) but one of the One Direction boys is called [name_u]Niall[/name_u], he’s also gone solo. So that prob makes it much more familiar (to a particular generation anyways)

I also really love [name_u]Rory[/name_u] for you :slight_smile: