Comments for the name Shiloh


Comments for SHILOH:

This word is a title (like Messiah, King) and not a name to Jewish people. It is a blaspheme to use it for your child, since it is like claiming for him the descendency from King David and the election by G-d to be the Mashiach (Messiah).
-- Miss Claire  5/14/2005
This name is no more blasphemous than names that contain "Yah" in them (if the context isn't blasphemous).

Though it includes a misspelling, my daughter's first and middle names, Shiloh Joshana (when taken together), means "Prince of Peace, * come free us!"

*This is definitely a Messianic reference, but it does not proclaim our daughter to be the Messiah.
-- Sabertooth  10/4/2014
I named my daughter Shiloh in honor of God (Jesus) "When Shiloh returns" and her middle name is Emmanuelle, also in honor of Him.
-- Miss Es  8/5/2005
My name is Shiloh and it's constantly being misspelled and misprononuced. It gets annoying but I love my name.
-- ripvanwiggle  12/19/2005
Shiloh Irons is the main male character in the Cheney Duvall M.D. series by Lynn Morris & Gilbert Morris.
-- Anonymous User  2/6/2006
I love the name Shiloh. It is my name. I do not think it is a male name. I don't agree with the meaning of it either. I have never heard this meaning for it. I have always found it to mean 'peace of Christ'.
-- shilohd  5/18/2006
The daughter of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is named Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt. She was born in Namibia on May 27.
-- websurfer  5/27/2006
Yes, Angelina Jolie's DAUGHTER is called Shiloh. I really think this name is terrible for a girl.
-- prisavril  5/28/2006
When I hear this name, all I can think of is the dog named Shiloh in the book series (and movie) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
-- Anonymous User  5/30/2006
In the aforementioned book series about the dog, Shiloh is named after the city in West Virginia where Marty (the hero) finds him. (I don't know if there actually is a Shiloh, West Virginia.)
-- Lady Seashell  5/24/2008
I love this name for a male. On a female, it just sounds tacky.
-- Mithos514  6/14/2006
I think this is a wonderful name since my second daughter is named Shiloh. She was born in 2004 and I hate the fact that we will go through life having to say that she was born much before Angelina Jolie's child! I live near Shiloh Tennessee and my first daughter is named Sydney (Gen. Albert "Sidney" Johnson who led the battle of Shiloh).
-- moms2 girls  6/28/2006
I could be mistaken but wasn't this the name of a dog character in a popular series of childrens books? Anyways, not a bad name, somewhat unusual but nice sounding with a pleasant meaning. I have a feeling its popularity will skyrocket now thanks to Brangelina. Probably for both girls AND boys.
-- Anonymous User  7/24/2006
I know a girl who spells it "Shilo", and as she's the only Shiloh/Shilo I've ever met or heard of the name sounds thouroughly feminine to me.
-- indigopearl  8/2/2006
Shiloh always makes me think of the United States Civil War.
-- Anonymous User  9/9/2006
When I first found out that Brangalina named their baby girl this I thought it was stupid. It's a boys name. Now that I have heard it a few times now, it does have a soft feminine sound.
-- Anonymous User  9/10/2006
I like this name for either a boy and a girl! I don't thnk it's that strange of a name, except when you add a Nouvel to it. That sounds like a computer program I have! Anyway, I named my white German Shepard boy, Shiloh and it fits him perfectly!
-- Carly52  9/12/2006
I am still not sure if I prefer this name for boy or girl. I have a feeling it will become used more for a girl very soon. I read the name means "peaceful".
-- Anonymous User  9/13/2006
Daughter of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is named Shiloh Nouvel Voight-Pitt. She was born in 27 May.
-- Maggie_Simpson  9/29/2006
It's Shiloh Nouvel JOLIE-Pitt
NOT Shiloh Nouvel Voight-Pitt.
-- Anonymous User  12/15/2006
Shiloh is a beautiful name and I don't think it matters what gender the name is supposed to be given to. If it fits the person that's all that matters, my name's Shiloh and I wouldn't be happy with any other name.
-- ShilohB  10/19/2006
What a ridiculous sounding name. I have no idea why you would want to name a boy or a girl this.
-- Anonymous User  10/26/2006
At frist I didn't like this name but now I think it's really cute and the truth is that I was waiting for Angelina Jolie to name her daughter something weirder!
-- michi_vane  12/7/2006
This is Angelina Jolie's daughter's name. This is a terrible name for a girl!
-- Taydbug112  12/13/2006
I really, really hope people aren't going to start naming their daughters this.
-- khaotickharma  12/21/2006
Well, the first time I heard the name for a baby it was through brangelina's daughter. But I find it really unnatural for a child, because it's like calling your baby Messiah, Jesus or Christ, but in another language.
-- simion  12/31/2006
The name is pronounced "Shee-low" (at least originally).
-- saw50st8  1/25/2007
Not a bad name, at first I really couldn't decide whether it was masculine or feminine but I now lean more towards it for a girl. It is a delicate sounding name and the nickname Shy is very feminine sounding to me. I do also see a lot of dogs with this name and would consider it for a dog.
-- Anonymous User  3/7/2007
Spellings: Shilo, Shiloh, Shylo, Shyloh.
-- Anonymous User  3/7/2007
Pronounced Shee-low to all non-English speakers.
-- Auriel  4/12/2007
I actually really like this name, but for a girl, not a boy. Just ignore the idiots who are babbling "It's a stupid name." I think it's beautiful and unique. :]
-- gracielou16  6/11/2007
I know this is supposed to be a boy's name, but to me it just sounds too feminine.
-- mum2bubba  7/2/2007
Makes me think of Shiloh the dog, but that really only sweetens the name for me. :) I can see this on a boy, but not on a man, and don't think of it as a girls' name.
-- benandanti  8/12/2007
I definitely like the spelling "Shilough" better than "Shiloh". For some reason it has different meanings sorta. Like Shilough sounds better and looks better. Dunno why.
-- Chloever33  8/17/2007
Also in the bible means God's chosen place of worship.
-- Anonymous User  8/30/2007
I DO NOT like this name. All I can think of is the book `Shiloh` by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (don't get me wrong, I love the book.) When I heard that Brangelina named their daughter this, I was like, ``WHAT? They named their daughter after a DOG?`` So yeah.
-- Anonymous Blogger  11/5/2007
I love this name for a boy. I'm not really sure what I think about it for a girl, though.

Shiloh Fernandez plays a minor character on the TV show Jericho.
-- skatergirl2  11/30/2007
I definitely think this is a boy's name. I don't think girls should be named anything ending in -oh. Too masculine to me.
-- jasmineenimsaj  3/19/2008
Shiloh can also be used as a girl's name; Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's daughter's name is Shiloh.
-- tunesgrl  3/25/2008
Shiloh will only be a beagle to me. Sorry, Shilohs.
-- FMRadio  4/30/2008
This name sounds very foreign in English-speaking countries, and it's not a very pleasant-sounding name. I'd say it's more masculine because of the 'o' sound at the end, even though the first part sounds feminine. It also sounds a bit like a nickname for a high school girl with the unfortunate name Shyla.
-- slight night shiver  5/7/2008
I like the name. It works better for a girl, in my opinion; very soft and lovely. The only thing is, after Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie named their daughter this, there will probably be a spike in popularity, which would make the name's originality go completely down the drain. Oh, well.
-- MelvinSpelvin  6/12/2008
This isn't a bad name, but remember that it's the name of Angelina Jolie's daughter. I HATE it when people name their kids after celebrities' kids! Don't care about what the celebrities are using and pick other names for your children.
-- bananarama  8/6/2008
Love this for a middle name, but wasn't there a battleground call Shiloh? It's lovely though.
-- lol_cool  12/8/2008
At first when I think of this name I think of a dog, then I think of a boy. I think it is not so bad on a boy, but better on a dog, and it is hideous on a girl.
-- Anonymous User  12/19/2008
Beautiful name, and such a lovely soft sound, it would be perfect for a baby girl. Quite feminine sounding, in my opinion; it sounds awkward as a boy's name for me. I would have second thoughts about naming my daughter this now, however, since all the fans of Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt will be naming their daughters this. Maybe it'll be better in a few years.
-- Aesha  1/19/2009
Shilo is a song by Neil Diamond.
-- number1212  2/6/2009
The main character in the horror-musical 'Repo! The Genetic Opera'. Played by Alexa Vega.
-- dramaelf  3/25/2009
I was watching a TV show and there was a girl with this name, but she spelt it Shylo which I think is very pretty!
-- kool_babe14  5/25/2009
This isn't a bad name, though it is too religious for my liking.
-- vomiting  6/16/2009
When I first saw this name I thought it was pronounced shill-oh, and I really didn't like it. Then I heard the real pronunciation, and I think sounds quite cute for a girl. Can't imagine Shiloh on boys, though (blame Brangelina!). I like girl's names that end in "o". I prefer Shiloh pronounced SHEE-lo. It sounds prettier that way, and she wouldn't get "Shy" as a nickname.
-- Anonymous User  7/3/2009
Shiloh is a Canadian pop singer and songwriter who released her debut album, Picture Imperfect, on August 18, 2009.
-- CanadianChibi  10/1/2009
My niece, who is in my guardianship, is named Shiloh. Ironically she was born just a couple months before Brangelina brought it to attention.
I feel bad for her, being around the same age, it will probably be associated with the celebrity kid until people finally get tired of them and stop giving them so much press and forget about their poor kids. Aside from the celebrity association, however, I think it has a nice sound to it.
-- Tiger-LilyFP  11/29/2009
I think this is a soft, fun boy's name, but to me, it will always be a boy's name, the fact that there are girls named Shiloh doesn't change that. I know girls named Evan and Johnny, but they're still a boy's names.
-- likeastar  3/4/2010
My son, nearly 9 now, is Shiloh. Though I did not name him, it is a beautiful, peaceful name and it suits him well. I do believe it to be a unisex name, but it will always be a boy's name to me because of him.
-- Anonymous User  3/18/2010
This agrees with the previous post. It's just so weird and probably a phenomenon of our time that this name has become unisex. Whether one looks at the place name or the use in Genesis 49:10, the name/word is Hebrew in origin. So how ever the place name or the term in Genesis is interpreted, it simply cannot be a feminine noun. There is no way around grammar, regardless of how popular usage shapes trends and warps the sound in one's ear over time. (To me) it just sounds silly - even ignorant - to insist that this word/name has a "feminine" ring. I could perhaps concede to "smooth", but feminine? In the Genesis text, the "o" at the end in Hebrew here most likely refers to the masculine possessive, "his"; exactly the same is still true for modern Hebrew language. And as previously posted, the place name refers to an ancient site where the Ark of the Covenant was kept - which is actually pronounced "shee-lo" not "shy-lo". Sorry to all the dear ladies/sisters whose parents thought this would be a unique name for a girl, but to name a girl by the masculine name Shiloh makes about as much sense as naming her Rodrigo, Eduardo, Umberto, etc.

Calling a girl Shiloh is like saying you appreciate the "feminine" ring of the name Stephano, because it reminds you of the "softness" of "Steffy." Someone - in their zeal - got it backwards, and others began following suit without bothering to give the matter due diligence.
The fact remains, however, that names like Paulo are masculine, whereas Paula is (conventionally) feminine. Whereas, the grammar of Hebrew language makes a far stronger case for masculine than even these Latino name conventions, since the Hebrew may actually be a possessive masculine noun suffix, not only gender attached to proper names.

This whole thing reminds me of the ironic Johnny Cash song, "A Boy Named Sue", except that "Sue" never caught on to general popularity for a boy's name after the song became a hit. Imagine if it had. Would "Sue" no longer be short for Susan or Suzanne, just because some rock star wanted to break a convention for his funny song?
-- mpaul  12/18/2010
As far as Brad and Angie are concerned, America's addiction to celebrity fame allows for them to exist, as well as for them to make and break conventions. Our fascination with them allows for their blatant obliviousness to or respect for conventions, traditions. Just imagine naming your daughter Romeo because you simply loved LeonardO deCapriO's modern interpretation of Shakespeare's play. William would roll over in his grave to think that we now miss the point of the name he chose for the male role in his marvelous tragedy. Don't mean to come across snobbish or self-righteous, just can't stomach such misinformation in an age where information is at our fingertips.
-- Anonymous User  12/18/2010
It seems rather blasphemous to use it at all, and when I think of Shiloh in the Bible, I think of it as the site of the infamous mass gang-rape by the tribe of Benjamin. So the name has really horrible associations.

However, if it is a human name, then it is male, not female.

I am in the group who can only think of this as the name of a dog or a town. (I had a dog called Shiloh, whose subsequent history proved so tragic that the name now seems too sad for anyone else to use).
-- keepitreal  1/8/2011
Shiloh Keo is an American football player.
-- Anonymous User  12/11/2011
Shiloh Thomas Fernandez is an American actor.
-- Anonymous User  12/12/2011
There is also a character from Repo! The Genetic Opera named Shilo. She is played by Alexa Vega.
-- Lethaldark13  12/22/2012
Dear god, are people really this easily manipulated? I don't understand... We all know celebrities give their kids some pretty messed up names. That doesn't mean you have to follow their every move! This is a person, and they're going to have to go through their entire life with the name. The celebrity with the name will at most, have 20 years of fame. Even longer lasting impressions come from the bible and especially the book, which is about a DOG. As if bailey and Bella weren't bad enough as human names, now the trendies have moved on to Shiloh?! My friend has a dog named Shiloh. I really like this name for a beagle dog, but not a human! And if you really want to give it to a human, at least use it for a boy! This should be a boy name! I think it sounds better and ages waaayyy better on a boy. But here in America, we like to give our daughters boy names. So that's not gonna happen.
-- Anonymous User  3/15/2013
I love this name and it seems not too popular, and super adorable.
-- jazzycritique  5/18/2013
Derives from Shalom which means wholeness or peace. It's the name of a place found in the Old Testament in the time of the prophet Samuel.
-- Beauty123  2/19/2014
Shiloh is a males name! I'm sick of people taking all these male, clearly masculine names and labeling them as *unisex* Just because some dumb celebrity named her daughter Shiloh, doesn't automatically turn the name unisex or make it any less masculine.
-- Anonymous User  7/10/2014
Name's alright, as long as it's for a male.
-- Anonymous User  7/10/2014
I named my daughter Shiloh Faith in 2000. The meaning of the name from the book I used is "behold the glory of God". Shiloh was born with a rare genetic disorder, but is amazingly comfortable with it. She is truly an example of God's glory. Everyone who has ever met her loves her name. I think unless you know someone by the name Shiloh, you should not judge whether or not you like it for either boy or girl. It's a beautiful name with a beautiful meaning. I wouldn't name my child Kelly or Janice or Sally... But I do not condemn those who like those names.
-- Anonymous User  7/24/2014
Our daughter, Shiloh, was born in 1994. While she was very young, Shiloh was the name of a 17 yo-ish Miss (Zion, IL?) at a parade that we attended. (She would have been so named around 1980-ish.) Those two examples predate the 1996 film about the beagle, with the earlier predating the book series, as well. We were completely unaware of the books when we chose it for our daughter. (I think it is more common to give animals "people" names, than it is the other way around.)

Jolie & Pitt only brought this name into the spotlight.

Neil Diamond's "Shilo" (1970) may have been a stronger influence for those who didn't take it from the Bible.

To those who are stuck on |-o| as a masculine ending, Margo & Marlo are two feminine examples that end in said |-o|.
-- Sabertooth  8/15/2014
Other Shilohs (that predate Naylor & Jolie-Pitt):
Ms. Shiloh Dugger, 1978-2014
Craftsperson in Gillette, WY (LinkedIn)

Ms. Shiloh Sikes-Petersen, 1984(?)-
On-line citizen.
-- Sabertooth  8/15/2014
Nickname: Shi (sounds like "shy")
(Ours, anyway.)
-- Sabertooth  8/16/2014
I did some research and found that the prophesy of Shiloh does in fact refer to Jesus, and the correct meaning of Shiloh is "he to whom it belongs" or "he whose it is".
-- Lady_Skywalker  8/26/2014
Much prefer this name for a boy only ^_^
-- ThatMazerunnerfan  9/10/2014
Shiloh can be translated to mean "messenger" when used on a person but when referring to the place name, the meaning is unclear.
-- LMS  10/11/2014
I really don't understand at all how some people can see this name as unisex or usable for a girl. Just because a celebrity happened to name her DAUGHTER, Shiloh.
-- Anonymous User  12/7/2014
I think Shiloh is a BEAUTIFUL girls name! I like it much better as a girls name because of how soft it sounds. It was one of MANY names I have suggested to my daughter and out of all I sent my Sister In Law likes Shiloh the best... Now a middle name if they use it, hmmmm...Maybe Grace? ;)
The only thing I don't like is that the Pitts used it... but oh well!
-- BraydensBaba  12/8/2014
I think it's a really cute name for a girl. Not the best because it sounds quite childish, but it's nice anyways. In my opinion it's too feminine for a boy.
-- Alexanna  12/17/2014
I prefer Shiloh as a boy's name. As a girl's name, it just doesn't sound right.
-- lilpimpteller  1/24/2015
My name is Shiloh and I love my name. I'm a 38 year old woman and I was named after the Neil Diamond song which my parents interpreted as a song about a young girl with fire named Shiloh.
-- Shiloh13  2/18/2015
I'm a 39 year old male named Shiloh and I live in Las Vegas, Nevada. I have loved my name like no other- it is one of the greatest names that I have ever heard. Of course, being a male I think that Shiloh sounds more like a man's name but I also dated a girl named Shiloh in high school, so I can see both sides of the gender argument! My main point of this comment is to say, to my fellow Shiloh's out there hold your head up high that you're not a Tim or a Jim or Fred or a Bob- you're something & someone special, so do our NAME PROUD!!
-- shilohstore  2/23/2015

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