Ezra or similar?

What are your thoughts on the name [name_m]Ezra[/name_m]? I really love it but having trouble getting my husband on board. Any alternatives you can suggest?

I can’t help but think of [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] Pound so to show you a few names you may not have considered, I’ll compile a list of Modernist writers with uncommon names.

[name_m]Wystan[/name_m] - W. H. [name_u]Auden[/name_u]
[name_m]Ernest[/name_m]
[name_m]Aldo[/name_m]
[name_m]Wyndham[/name_m]
[name_m]Leopold[/name_m]
Estlin - E. E. Cummings
[name_u]Blaise[/name_u]
[name_m]Joaquim[/name_m]

Names similar to [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] I think are…

[name_m]Silas[/name_m]
[name_m]Eli[/name_m]/[name_m]Elijah[/name_m]
[name_u]Ira[/name_u]
[name_m]Milo[/name_m]

The meaning of [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] is “help” so I’ve looked for a few other names that mean help…

[name_m]Lazarus[/name_m]/[name_m]Lazzaro[/name_m](I prefer this one) - God will help
Sarin - helpful
[name_m]Alexander[/name_m] - to defend or help
Azarel/[name_m]Azriel[/name_m] - God has helped
[name_m]Ebenezer[/name_m] - [name_m]Stone[/name_m] of help
[name_m]Ezer[/name_m] - help

[name_f]Hope[/name_f] this was of use

Wow, what a well thought out answer. I think my inital like of the name is from the band Better than [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] and I like the Z in the name.

I do like some of your suggestions. I’ll run [name_m]Wynston[/name_m] by the husband but have a feeling he won’t be a fan. [name_m]Lazarus[/name_m] is actually a family name but the husband dismissed it. When I read about the meaning of [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] I liked the Hebrew story of it which is our background. Husband said [name_m]Lazarus[/name_m] is more associated with [name_m]Jesus[/name_m] and the [name_m]New[/name_m] Testament. But I don’t feel that should matter if it’s a family name but I don’t think he likes it anyway. [name_u]Blaise[/name_u] sounds cool but the description is giving it [name_m]Christian[/name_m] connotations as well. Which is fine but it’s just not our background.

I’ve always like [name_m]Alexander[/name_m] but it just feels too common for me. [name_m]Zander[/name_m] or [name_m]Xander[/name_m] is something we have been considering but I’m trying to seek alternatives before saying for sure we should go with that.

[name_m]Ezra[/name_m] is gorgeous- you’d should push for it, but if he really doesn’t like it you should find something else

[name_m]Ezra[/name_m] reminds me of other less used biblical names, so maybe:
[name_m]Levi[/name_m]
[name_m]Amos[/name_m]
[name_m]Ezekiel[/name_m] “[name_m]Zeke[/name_m]”
[name_m]Silas[/name_m]
[name_m]Eben[/name_m]
[name_m]Boaz[/name_m]
[name_u]Asa[/name_u]
[name_u]Ira[/name_u]
[name_m]Asher[/name_m]
[name_m]Gideon[/name_m]
[name_m]Isaac[/name_m]
[name_u]Jude[/name_u]
[name_m]Malachi[/name_m]
[name_m]Phineas[/name_m] “[name_u]Finn[/name_u]”
[name_m]Reuben[/name_m]
[name_u]Seth[/name_u]
[name_m]Tobiah[/name_m]
[name_m]Moses[/name_m]
[name_m]Amias[/name_m]
[name_m]Solomon[/name_m]
[name_u]Elias[/name_u]

Other names like [name_m]Ezra[/name_m]:
[name_m]Oscar[/name_m]
[name_u]Emmett[/name_u]
[name_u]Kieran[/name_u]
[name_m]Evander[/name_m]
[name_u]Rory[/name_u]
[name_m]Holden[/name_m]
[name_m]Sebastian[/name_m]
[name_m]Fredrick[/name_m] “[name_u]Freddie[/name_u]”
[name_m]Lachlan[/name_m]
[name_m]Heath[/name_m]
[name_m]Henry[/name_m]
[name_m]Oliver[/name_m]
[name_u]Lane[/name_u]
[name_m]Dashiell[/name_m]
[name_m]Declan[/name_m]
[name_u]Everett[/name_u]
[name_u]Elliot[/name_u]
[name_m]Miles[/name_m]
[name_u]Owen[/name_u] or [name_m]Eoin[/name_m]
[name_m]Leo[/name_m]
[name_u]August[/name_u]
[name_m]Deacon[/name_m]
[name_u]Ari[/name_u]
[name_m]Soren[/name_m]
[name_m]Jonas[/name_m]
[name_m]Griffin[/name_m]
[name_m]Finnian[/name_m]
[name_u]Toby[/name_u]
[name_m]Calvin[/name_m]
[name_m]Forrest[/name_m]
[name_u]Hudson[/name_u]
[name_u]Barrett[/name_u]
[name_m]Jasper[/name_m]
[name_m]Jago[/name_m] (Cornish variant of [name_m]Jacob[/name_m])
[name_u]Theo[/name_u]
[name_m]Lucas[/name_m]
[name_m]Walter[/name_m]
[name_m]Harris[/name_m] or [name_m]Harrison[/name_m]
[name_u]Spencer[/name_u]
[name_m]Nicholas[/name_m] or [name_m]Nicolai[/name_m] “[name_m]Cole[/name_m]”
[name_m]Hayes[/name_m]
[name_m]Theodore[/name_m]
[name_m]Fergus[/name_m]
[name_m]Beckett[/name_m]
[name_m]Cormac[/name_m]
[name_m]Donovan[/name_m]
[name_u]Rowan[/name_u]
[name_m]Tadhg[/name_m] (pronounced like first syllable of [name_m]Tiger[/name_m]- difficult, but very cool)
[name_m]Matthias[/name_m]
[name_m]Caspar[/name_m]
[name_m]Winston[/name_m]
[name_m]Hugo[/name_m]
[name_m]Arthur[/name_m]
[name_m]Iver[/name_m]
[name_m]Conrad[/name_m]
[name_m]Atlas[/name_m]
[name_m]Bennett[/name_m]
[name_m]Louie[/name_m] or [name_m]Louis[/name_m] or [name_m]Lewis[/name_m]
[name_u]Rhys[/name_u]
[name_m]Ronan[/name_m]
[name_m]Shepherd[/name_m]
[name_u]Reid[/name_u] or [name_u]Reed[/name_u]
[name_m]Weston[/name_m]
[name_m]Cyrus[/name_m]
[name_m]Ewan[/name_m]
[name_m]Henry[/name_m]

Other names with a z sound- you seem to like what could be called interesting letters:
Zephan
[name_m]Xavier[/name_m]
[name_m]Zachary[/name_m] or [name_m]Zachariah[/name_m]
[name_m]Zane[/name_m]
[name_m]Alexander[/name_m] “[name_m]Xander[/name_m]”
[name_m]Ezekiel[/name_m] “[name_m]Zeke[/name_m]”
[name_u]Zion[/name_u]
[name_u]Zuri[/name_u]

Other short names ending in a:
[name_m]Judah[/name_m]
[name_u]Micah[/name_u]
[name_m]Jonah[/name_m]
[name_u]Noah[/name_u]
[name_m]Joshua[/name_m]
[name_u]Luca[/name_u]
[name_m]Joah[/name_m]
[name_u]Sasha[/name_u] or [name_u]Sacha[/name_u]
[name_u]Asa[/name_u]
[name_u]Isra[/name_u]
[name_u]Dara[/name_u] or [name_u]Darragh[/name_u]

Some lists you may like with names with [name_m]Ezra[/name_m]'s style:

Here’s a few that have that z sound:

[name_m]Alonzo[/name_m]
[name_m]Ambrose[/name_m]
[name_m]Aries[/name_m]
[name_m]Boaz[/name_m]
[name_m]Desmond[/name_m]
[name_m]Eleazar[/name_m]/[name_m]Eliezer[/name_m]
[name_m]Hosea[/name_m]
[name_m]Jabez[/name_m]
[name_m]Miles[/name_m]
[name_m]Oswald[/name_m]
[name_m]Oswin[/name_m]
[name_m]Ramsey[/name_m]
[name_u]Winslow[/name_u]
[name_m]Xavier[/name_m]
[name_m]Zebulun[/name_m]
[name_m]Zeke[/name_m]
[name_m]Zane[/name_m]
[name_u]Zion[/name_u]

I really like it!

Another name that sounds somewhat similar but hasn’t been suggested yet is [name_m]Ezio[/name_m].