Do you name your child by parents, grandparents, or others?

China
February 9, 2009 9:53pm CST
In China, for some surnames they have a certain set character to follow for generations, but the last character is left free for the child. However for most surnames, usually the parents give the name to their child, sometimes they show respect for names from grandparents. Others ask the fortune teller to give suggestions based on birth date, and hour, this practice is fading though. How do you name your child in your culture.
1 person likes this
8 responses
@miccant (154)
• United States
10 Feb 09
In my family on my fathers side all the members have the same middle name. They just spell it different from males and females. The males are Lee and the females are Lea. And all the first names start with the same letter. M
1 person likes this
@rheavegt (30)
• Philippines
10 Feb 09
In my family, most of our names start with Letter R, from Ricardo, Rodrigo,Rogelio and so on lol...my grandparent's name start with letter J,so i guess my GranPa love the letter R lol...the name of his sons (ricardo,Rogelio,Rodrigo) and the grandkids (Ronnie,Rommel,Rustom,Ray,Roy,Rhea,Rheza,Rheca,Rocel,Razel,Royraylito,Ray Jr, Ray III, Ray II lol...,Rych,Rodson) can you imagine those name start with Letter R lol..I even call it Factory of letter R lol...
1 person likes this
@ds6413 (2073)
• United States
10 Feb 09
No children but I know how my sister named her 5 sons. Middle names are after a family member's either first name or middle name or even last name as a middle name.My first name is my aunts middle name and she named one of her daughters middle name with my moms first name. One of my cousins will carry my first name for a daughter.
1 person likes this
@arvaster (521)
• United States
10 Feb 09
All the women in my family for four generations (that I know of) have the same middle-name (Kristina) and on my stepdad's side of the family all the men's first name ends with -Erik from their grandfather (Sven-Erik for example) My middle name is after my dad, Ulf. (My whole first + middle name means Wolf Man, pretty neat :D) I don't know how names went down on my dad's side of the family since I don't know his brothers, sisters, etc.
1 person likes this
• South Africa
11 Feb 09
Traditions in my country are slowly falling away. But I believe in carrying family names down so my daughter has my mother's middle name which is a big family name on my mother's side.
@srganesh (6349)
• India
11 Feb 09
In our family it is the culture of naming the first child with the god's name of our group.It is "kuladeivam's name".So,I named my first girl child with the synonym of the deity and for my second son I named him with another deity.But there are people who name their children with their successful ancestor's name.Cheers!
• United States
11 Feb 09
I am of mixed heritage and I was named after a beautiful woman and another woman who was quite poised and graceful. I wasn't named after a parent of a grandparent, though the first letter of my name is the same as my father's just like the rest of my siblings.
• United States
10 Feb 09
My religion forbids naming a child for someone who's still alive, and the names of those who have passed are changed around when used, most of the time. My husband's family is a different religion and from a different culture. All the men in his family have the same first name, so they use both the first and middle to figure out who's who!