How did your child end up with their name??

@mrsl2008 (635)
February 25, 2009 4:15pm CST
Hi, How did you decide on your child/ren's name/s? For those of you who don't know my best friend is about to have a baby boy (Over due) and they still haven't decided a name yet!! I have 2 girls, my eldest was named after a us state and our youngest was named after mis spelling a name using predictive text x Thanks Any name suggestions may also be useful x MrsL x x
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@spalladino (17926)
• United States
25 Feb 09
From the time I was a young girl I had three favorite girl names...Jennifer, Melissa and Amanda. When my first child turned out to be a boy he was named after his father as was the tradition in the family but the next three were girls so I used my three favorites on them. I have since found new favorites but my daughter and daughter-in-law won't take my advice and have chosen to pick other names for their kids. That's okay because I make up nicknames like "pumpkin" for them anyway.
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@mrsl2008 (635)
25 Feb 09
Those names are lovely x I'm glad you had your 3 girls so you got to use them all x Both my girls have pet names, the eldest being gorgeous and the youngest is bumbag!! (It started out as Hair Bear as she had a full head of hair and not lost a strand but her father kept changing it and bumbag stuck, poor thing)ROFL!!!! Thanks for the response x MrsL x
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@dmrone (751)
• United States
26 Feb 09
My oldest son was named after his biological father. My second child was named after my grandfather. My third was named after my mother, my sister, and myself ( my sister and i share one name of my mother). My fourth was named after my grandmother, my husbands mom, and my best friend. My fifth was named after her grandfather (my husbands dad). My sixth was named after his daddy. My last child, whom i thought had no family name, was actually named after my great, great grandmother, and my husbands grandmother. I thought it would be nice for my children to carry on the great grandparents names and the grandparent names since most of them were already deceased. All of my children are proud of their names and they are proud of the people they represent even though they did not know most of them. They feel honored to have some part of the person they are named after to take with them for the rest of their lives, and some of them even want to pass them along to their children or grandchildren one day.
@mrsl2008 (635)
1 Mar 09
WOW!!!! I can't believe you have 7 kids!!!! It is nice to carry on family names my eldest daugther was going to have a middle name of Mary but I had a friend called Mary who betrayed me with my eldest's dad so I changed it to Mai instead x Mary was my great grandmothers name and my mothers middle name x Thanks for the response x MrsL x
@sacmom (14317)
• United States
26 Feb 09
I searched through a baby name book when I was pregnant with both of my kids. I wrote down the names I liked and gave the list to my husband. Then he crossed out the ones he didn't like. From there I put together groups of first names and middle names to see how well we would like them. The one that had the best ring to it won out. Although I did this when I was pregnant with my second son, in the end my in-laws came up with his name. My husband and I had a heck of a time coming up with yet another boy's name. Although we did agree on one it just didn't have that ring we were looking for. At just about the last moment my in-laws told us they didn't care for the name we had picked. As we didn't either we heard them out and decided to go with what they had chosen. Lucky for us it had that special ring we were looking for.
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• Philippines
26 Feb 09
it is common with married couples to derive their children names from 1. combination of couple's names 2. saint names 3. i was named after a favorite aunty and grandparent 4. famous people 5. greek gods and goddesses 6. get ideas from a baby names book, where it shows some meaning behind names
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@evsoriano (166)
• Philippines
26 Feb 09
for me, i name my son after me (edsel). his name is Christian Edsel...
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• India
26 Feb 09
Well I have only one child and he is called Puhkar. The P in his name is after his father, whose name starts with a P too. As for Pushkar, I chose this coz its not a very common name, means a blue lotus and is also one of the holiest places in India.
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@Yori88 (1468)
• Philippines
26 Feb 09
My son's name was taken from the month he was conceived. Until the last month I and my husband haven't finalized the name we want to give him. But we have already some choices during his eight month on my womb. On his last month that is the time we have come up with his name. His name is Janus which means God of Beginnings or babies born in January. But we did not followed what it meant because my son was born last October 2008. When it comes to girls I don't have favorite names in particular and I still don't have plans of having another baby. I and my husband may end up having only one child. Who knows maybe in the future.
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• United States
26 Feb 09
My oldest was named for Sleeping Beauty and Mozart's wife, her sister was named for the heroine in Dracula and a title on a book I was reading at the time of her birth, my son (who has the longest name of all of my children) was named for two musketeers, my third oldest daughter was named for a character from Star Wars, and a character from Star Trek. Our son from my current marriage was named two scottish names because of my family's marriage into the McGregor clan. His first name means Dark Knight, and middle name means White Falcon/Little Falcon (also sometimes translated as Little Hawk or Hawk of Battle). His sister was named for the main character of The Fountain, and her middle name is the name Crowley uses in the Book of the Law.
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@Jae2619 (1484)
• United States
25 Feb 09
My children are named after both sets of my husband and my parents. My first child was a boy. My father's name was Donald. So we come up with Donavon, variation of Donald. My husband's dads middle name, as well as his own, is Richard. So... our son's name is Donavon Richard. My little girls name come from the same form. His mother's name is Catherine. and my mother's middle name is Rose. So we come up with Caitlin Rose. I had a few other names I wanted to use, but couldn't get my husband to agree. I wanted Danika Rose for my little girl, I just liked it, but he felt his mother would feel she singled her out by not trying to use her name with out little girl.
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@emilie2300 (1892)
• United States
26 Feb 09
I also have 2 girls they were born in the same year and they are 11months apart the oldest name is Emilie. she got her name because when I moved out of my moms house I went to live with a friend and her family and I was close to the one girls sister and that was her name but spelled Emily. I always wanted a sister but I have a brother. So I decided to name her after her. My other daughter name is Kayla I looked in a baby book for that one and decide on that name. I also have a son his name is Emilio, Cody, Troy is nice, Alex, Cory, David, Henry, Arron. I work in a day care we had a boy named Aiden. I am not sure if she was looking for a name that is rare un heard of unique. If you like I can give you some names of boys. Giovoni, Joseph, Micheal, Duane, Derik, Abraham, Adam, *Benjamin, *Benson, *Brady, Bryan, Calvin, Carson, Chad, Chase, Christopher, Clay, Kole, Cole, Conner, Kurt, Cyrus, Dallas, Daniel, Darrel, *Devin I went to a Baby boy name site and pulled a few for you Congradulations to your bestfriend. Is this her first child?
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@mrsl2008 (635)
1 Mar 09
Hi, Sorry for the delay in responding. On friday he was going to be called Dillon however he was born last night and is going to be called Harry. I haven't spoken to her as I've been working shifts so I'm not sure where it has come from. It is her first child x Thanks for all your suggestions!! At least working in a day care you'll never been short of suggestions!! I can't believe you had 2 so close together!! It must have been hard going through you 2nd pregnancy & having a new baby aswell!!! Thanks MrsL x x
• United States
2 Mar 09
Yeah 2 girls back to back was rough I hope your friend is okay. She had the baby Thats a nice name. How much did he weigh? Congradulations to her again
@mrsl2008 (635)
2 Mar 09
He was 7lb1 and they just liked the name Harry!! A little ironic though as years ago we all worked at the same place and the company was named after the founder and CEO, his first name was Harry!! Unfortunately both of them have some sort of infection. Harry is responding to medication but she isn't but they have assured us it's not serious although I can't help but worry x Hopefully I'll get to see them tomorrow or wednesday. MrsL x
@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
26 Feb 09
My oldest son's name was a name that his biological father had always liked and wanted to name his son, his name means "the great protector of mankind", I liked the meaning as well as the name, so that's what he got named. My second-born son was tough for me to name. His name just came to me on day, I didn't look for the meaning or anything until much later, I just liked the name, his name was Dominic Michael, after he passed I looked up the meaning, it is "o the Lord, unto the Lord", my third born's name was picked because we couldn't agree on anything. He said a name, I said a name, and so forth and so on,until we agreed on a name. Now, my daughter was named after her biological father and me. My oldest actually picked her name, he took both of our first names and stuck them together. Mom always told me that if you cannot choose a name, wait until you hold your baby, you will know the right name at that moment.
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@mrsl2008 (635)
1 Mar 09
Your mom is right!! Although I was set on our youngests name my husband was holding out for Elenor!! However when she was born he held her and the midwife asked if we had a name & he just replied Ava!! Thanks MrsL x x
@kiran8 (15361)
• Mangalore, India
26 Feb 09
Hi, I have 3 children and the first two( daughter and son) were named traditionally after they were born. according to Hindu traditions we do not select a name or even decide on a name before the child is born.The child is named after 30 days, after consulting an astrologer , who calculates the star power of the child and accordingly suggests 1 or 2 names and after that we can choose a name of our choice ! quite a complicated process right? But when my 3rd daughter was born we were in Hongkong. Soon after birth when i was all alone in my room, a nurse came with some forms which I had to fill and hand over , to be submitted at the registrars office. There was a column for the child's name and i discussed that with the nurse who was Anglo-Chinese and told her about our complicated procedure. However , since I had to give a name I asked to just write any name , thinking that later we could change it..and she wrote her name which was Naomi...guess what? we never changed the name, my daughter is called Naomi. We all liked the name and decided to call her that !
@mrsl2008 (635)
1 Mar 09
It does sound complicated x It's nice you liked your daughters name enough to keep it x x Thanks MrsL x x
@mariacel (50)
• Philippines
26 Feb 09
hi, my kids' name are from me and my husband's name. mine is MARICEL & my hubby's is JOJO (JOSEPH). i have 4 kids, my eldest is a girl named JOCEL. my 2nd kid is JOSEPH JR. (obviously from my husband's only name, i was sleeping when he filled out the baby's form. that's why he got the only chance of giving my kid's name. hehehehe) my 3rd one is a boy, he was named JOMARI. my youngest was a girl, she was JORIZEL. when i was still single, i already planned that in the future, my kids name will start from the first letter of their father's name. that's why their names started in J. also, i don't prefer giving my kids with two names. maybe your friend can use both of her and her husband's name or maybe their parent's name (the baby's grandparents). just a suggestion, hehehehe.
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@mrsl2008 (635)
1 Mar 09
Hi, My friend has now had her little boy, (Yesterday) and they are calling him Harry!! Not sure how they came to that one as it was dillon when I spoke to her on Friday!!! I like how you named your children, I didn't even think about something like that x It makes their names that little more special x Thanks for the response MrsL x x
• United States
26 Feb 09
Our daughter is 4 months old. Her name is Ava Marie. We are from North Carolina. When I found I was pregnant, I watch and old Ava Gardner movie. The Great Contessa. She was beautiful. In my heart I knew it was a girl and didnt even bother picking a boy name. She was going to be my little Ava. Ava Gardner was from Smithfield North Carolina. When we found out it was a girl, there was no deciding. i had picked my daughters beautiful name.
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@mrsl2008 (635)
26 Feb 09
It is a beautiful name, our youngest is Ava Mollie x Ava was the mis spelling as I was going for Eva but my husband didn't like that and Mollie as it was my husbands grand mothers name x MrsL x
@liquorice (3901)
25 Feb 09
Well, your friend isn't that unusual in not having picked a name yet for her overdue child. We didn't have a name picked out by the time our daughter was born. We had a short-list, but hadn't decided yet. We thought that when we saw the baby we'd just know which name to choose; you know, just see what suited him/her when s/he came out, lol! Well, all through my pregnancy we were sure it would be a boy - don't know why - so we had a very short short-list of boys names, I think we'd narrowed it down to 2. But then we had a girl, and we were very shocked. Our girl short-list wasn't very short, and contained at least 5 names! It took us a day or two to decide, and so our daughter didn't have a name the first few days. I've heard of parents that took a lot longer than us though. Some people take over a week to decide!!
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@liquorice (3901)
25 Feb 09
I meant to say, that's a very interesting way of ending up with a name; having your parents miss-spell it using predictive text. It's a very modern-day naming story, lol!
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@merta815 (12)
• United States
27 Feb 09
My daughter is named Dallas~ I wanted something unique and different. I had never met anyone named Dallas untill she was born. I got the name from an Alan Jackson song titled " Dallas " and i loved the sound of it. Now everyother Dallas i meet is a boy. She loves her name and so does everyone that meets her.
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@littleone3 (2065)
26 Feb 09
I have five children four boys and one girl. My four boys all have Irish names. My late husband named my two eldest who are called Rory and Patrick they both have middle names after family members. Then I have my daughter who I named Bethany I always said that if I ever had a little girl that is what I would name her. She has the same middle name as me as it is after both my nans who had the same first names. Then when I had my third son I had no boys names only girls and was really struggling to find one until my sister suggested Kian. I fell in love with the name and that was what I called him. I gave him his middle name after his dad. Then my last son I named Niall another Irish name as he was born in Ireland. He has two middle names the first one after his dad (my current partner) and the second is after his granddad on his dads side. Maybe your friend should look on the internet for names and see what suits the baby when he is born.
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• Philippines
26 Feb 09
I don't have have a child yet but I have a comment on Manny Paquiao naming her daughter "Queen Elizabeth". For those of you who didn't know Manny Paquiao, he is a Filipino and a boxing world champion with 4 titles on his name. Recently, new came out that he will be naming his daughter Queen Elizabeth, bad move right there! I wouldn't name my child Queen Elizabeth that's for sure. If I would have a chance to talk to him, I'll say "What were you thinking Pacman?!?"
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@Amber4106 (541)
• United States
26 Feb 09
I knew if my baby was a girl, that her middle name would be Ann. Both my grandma and mom have Ann as their middle name so I knew without a doubt that that would be my daughter's middle name. Her first name, which is Kylie, actually came from a book that I was reading when I was pregnant. I loved the character in the book, and when I seen the name, I instantly liked it. I had two other names picked out, and decided the morning that I went into labor that (if it was a girl)her name would be Kylie Ann.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
26 Feb 09
My husband and I looked through a baby name book for the first name and named after a relative who recently passed for the middle name. There are plenty of websites which list names, origins and meanings so you can come up with exactly what you want! Good luck!