Athaliah - Pronounced ah-thuh-LIE-uh. This has been my top choice so far, but I am a little held back by the bible story - athaliah was pretty evil - and the spelling (athalia, athaliah, athalyah, athalya?)
Micaiah - Pronounced muh-KY-ah. This one has mostly been given to men in the bible with the exception of a few women
Talitha Doubting the pronunciation a little but I’d probably go with TAH-luh-thuh
Any thoughts? Given that DS’s name is quite common and in the top 50 most given names - style is similar to [name_u]Oliver[/name_u], [name_m]William[/name_m], or [name_m]Alexander[/name_m] - would it still ‘match’ any of the less common names mentioned above?
Athaliah- I adore the sound of it! Very cool! The story is a bit off-putting, but I don’t think it’s terribly associated (I had never herd it!)
[name_u]Micaiah[/name_u]- I adore [name_u]Micaiah[/name_u]— it’s been on my long list forever.
[name_f]Selah[/name_f]- eh. I can take it or leave it.
[name_f]Talitha[/name_f]- hmm. I think I like the sound, but I’d say tah-LEE-thuh instinctively.
I don’t think any of these match the style you mentioned, but they are all lovely names!
I like [name_u]Athaliah[/name_u] but my personal preference has always been to [name_f]Atalia[/name_f] which is similar but I prefer the hard T to the TH for some reason! Both are pretty though!
I’ve never heard [name_f]Iscah[/name_f] and honestly can’t decide what I think of it yet… Probably not my personal choice but idk!
Micaiah I can take or leave but do thinks its a good, usable name!
I personally love [name_f]Selah[/name_f] even though its getting more popular! It’s soft and ethereal and lovely!
Talitha I would naturally pronounce TAL-i- tha like [name_f]Tabitha[/name_f] with an L, just by looking at it! Its okay but not my fave! Again, just personal preference!
I think they’re all usable but I feel like with your son’s more common name, [name_f]Selah[/name_f] would be your best bet to “bridge the gap” so to speak! But if you don’t care how they “match” then any will do!
You have a GREAT list.
When hubby and I first ever brainstormed names [name_u]Athaliah[/name_u] was on our list… until… we got to the Bible story. That’s honestly going to have to be something you and hubby will have decide -for some names like [name_f]Delilah[/name_f], [name_m]Abner[/name_m], [name_u]Jonah[/name_u], etc (where stories or character traits are less then impressive) work and getting past the initial legacy is ok and doable and for others it’s a deal breaker. For hubby and I it’s a deal breaker but if it works for you it works for you.
I also love [name_f]Talitha[/name_f]. I’m actually a big fan of [name_m]Jairus[/name_m] and love this female name that ties to th story! I see nn [name_u]Tali[/name_u]… my intuitive pronunciation is Ta-ly-tha!
Micaiah- never heard this on a girl so I’d consider it brave but i do easily see [name_u]Micah[/name_u] and [name_u]Noah[/name_u] on girls so maybe not too brave.
Talitha or [name_f]Selah[/name_f] would likely get my vote.
Athaliah - I do quite like it. It’s pretty but strong and I’ve never heard of the story
Iscah - bright and sharp
Micaiah - it sounds fairly unisex to me. I quite like it
Selah - love this one - soft but sparky
Talitha -I enjoy the sounds and feel
Selah and [name_f]Talitha[/name_f] seem the best to bridge the gap between a more unique and more popular name
Athaliah - I’ve never heard the bibical story, it’s a pretty name though. She might get mistaken for an [name_f]Aaliyah[/name_f] though.
[name_f]Iscah[/name_f] - A little to hard sounding personally but lovely name.
[name_u]Micaiah[/name_u] - It’s a very darling name. I love the sound of it.
[name_f]Selah[/name_f] - I personally hear “see - lah” as an see the lattice but latice gets cut off. Not my cup of tea.
[name_f]Talitha[/name_f] - Very pretty name. Good alternative for [name_f]Tabitha[/name_f] and the bible story’s very good.
It will probably match simply because you make it match in my honest opinion.
Athaliah looks so lovely but yes, I am very put off by [name_f]Queen[/name_f] [name_u]Athaliah[/name_u].
[name_f]Iscah[/name_f] - not too familiar with this, but it seems interesting?
[name_u]Micaiah[/name_u] - I was going to say, wasn’t familiar with it as a girls’ name; I like it better for a boy (or even more, [name_u]Micah[/name_u]!)
[name_f]Selah[/name_f] - nice! I just think of the [name_u]Christian[/name_u] band though.
[name_f]Talitha[/name_f] - I like the idea but prefer just [name_u]Tali[/name_u] (a Hebrew name!) myself. [name_f]Talia[/name_f]/Talya is also gorgeous.
Most of these would be pretty eclectic with something like [name_u]Oliver[/name_u]/William/Alexander, but I think something like [name_f]Selah[/name_f] especially would work… If you’re looking for other options, I’d like to offer up [name_f]Tirzah[/name_f], a daughter of Zelophehad, whose name means “favorable”… I love the story of Zelophehad’s daughters, and the character in Ben-Hur is pretty fantastic, too! I think [name_f]Eve[/name_f] and [name_f]Lydia[/name_f] are great, too, though they’re much more familiar than these.
[name_u]Athaliah[/name_u]- I ADORE this name, I think it’s gorgeous, but I think it’s unusable because of the woman, it’s so unfortunate because it is beautiful but she was a completely evil woman and the only thing I think about. Of course this is just my opinion though
[name_f]Iscah[/name_f]- I really like [name_f]Iscah[/name_f]! It’s similar to [name_u]Esca[/name_u] which I love. It’s super sweet and pretty
[name_u]Micaiah[/name_u]- I think it’s soooo pretty. I love it for a boy or girl, plus the nickname [name_u]Kai[/name_u] is adorable
[name_f]Selah[/name_f]- It’s adorable! It has a wonderful sound and could make a nice alternative to [name_f]Sarah[/name_f]
[name_f]Talitha[/name_f]- I would say this tuh-LEETH-uh, but your pronunciation is nice too! I think it’s super cute!
With the style of your sons name, [name_f]Selah[/name_f] and [name_f]Talitha[/name_f] I think would go best. [name_f]Talitha[/name_f] is similar to [name_f]Tabitha[/name_f] and [name_f]Selah[/name_f] to [name_f]Sarah[/name_f]/ [name_f]Sara[/name_f]/ [name_f]Sarai[/name_f] ([name_f]Sarai[/name_f] could also work really well!) so I think with a more classic name those would go best
I think [name_f]Selah[/name_f] is the best one on your list to compliment your son’s name.
Micaiah or [name_f]Talitha[/name_f] are lovely as well.
I would feel very uncomfortable using [name_u]Athaliah[/name_u] because of the story. I know that not many people know that story, but it is rather dark. If you really like it, I’d suggest the non-biblical [name_f]Thalia[/name_f] instead. It has a similar look and sound, but without all the baggage.
If a less common female biblical name is what you’re looking for, here are some more to consider:
Micaiah is such a cool and interesting name. I know a girl with this name but I like it for a boy too. Definitely my favorite from your list!
Selah is by far my favourite !!!
I also like [name_f]Talitha[/name_f]