how did your parents choose your name

@shelagh77 (3643)
February 4, 2007 6:48pm CST
My Mother told me that she was at a fair and one of the gipsies had a daughter who was very attractive and lively and she was named Sheila, and that is why she chose the name. She didn't tell my Father and his family lol. It is strange because I actually have the vibrant gipsy nature, though alas not the looks, so perhaps something of her wishes penetrated the womb into my developing brain! How did your parents choose your name?
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@gracie73 (66)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Believe it or not, I got my middle name (the first one chosen) off of a tombstone. Yep, a tombstone. My mother was walking through the cemetery and saw one with the name Grace on it and that was it. My first name came in the hospital. When the nurse brought in the paperwork to fill out, my mom was watching a soap with a set of twins on it. She looked at my Dad and said what do you think, Melinda Grace or Belinda Grace? He chose Belinda and Here I am.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
5 Feb 07
Ahhhh, how lovely that she was wathing the soap and gave your father a choice! As to the tombstone, was it one with a guardian angel on it, what drew your Mother's attention to that one? You have a really unusual tale there, don't you?
• United States
5 Feb 07
I have seen the tombstone. It is in the family cemetery. There is nothing special about it. Mom just reads tombstones as she peruses the cemetery.
@shelagh77 (3643)
5 Feb 07
Oh, that is surprising, I wondered if the stone stood out in some way. It is really nice to have a family cemetary even though it is a bit sad to be seeing so many dear ones lost in one place. I found out that an aunt of mine who always was "Auntie Ethel" was in fact "Constance, Lydia, Ethel" and I thought these other two names really lovely, elegant names and wondered why she always chose Ethel. Of course it is a question I shall never have the answer to.
• Philippines
5 Feb 07
Good question! My parents used one of several conventional / traditional methods by which Filipinos name their children. I am the 2nd of 3 children and all of us have names that begin with "JO". My name means "Gift of God" (go figure...) Incidentally, I used the same method in naming my own kids - with a little variation. All my 5 kids' names start with "DA".
@shelagh77 (3643)
5 Feb 07
That is interesting, you are the first person to reply with this tradition, and I do not think many people know this who live outside of the Philippines. What a lovely thought to be a Gift of God, must make you feel very special. To continue the tradition with your own family is also really lovely, I suppose you started with different letters so that you had different names for your generation?
• Philippines
6 Feb 07
thanks for the nice words, shelagh77! Initially, I didn't really plan on continuing the tradition of naming kids using the same first letter(s) but I guess it just happened. No regrets, however, since my kids' names are as lovely as my kids. While on the subject, I tried to dig into my e-mail box and successfully retrieved an email sent to me months ago by a friend. It was a forwarded email about "A Brit's observation of the Philippines". It included, among other things, a nice observation about how Filipino parents name their kids. The email makes mention of some of the conventional / traditional methods by which Filipinos name their children - this time from an outsider's (Brit in this case) point of view. Some of the Filipino naming conventions mentioned were: 1. Nicknames that sound like doorbells such as Bing, Bong, Ding, Dong and combinations such as Bing-Bong, Ding-Dong; 2. Repeating names such as Len-Len, Let-Let, Mai-Mai, Ning-Ning; 3. Names begin with the same letters such as Janice, Jimmy, Jun, Joy (bingo! - see above post) 4. Composite names: Jejomar (for Jesus, Joseph and Mary) or Luzviminda (for Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao). I really found the observations (in that email) funny but am / was not insulted in any way by it. There are more funny observations outside of just names. I could share with you a copy of the email if you like.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
6 Feb 07
As long as you can see the funny side, that is fine, I must admit a couple of the combinations did raise a smile with me. There are similar mails about Irish names and spellings. I think we must all be able to laugh at ourselves, and it is a good job, because actually we Brits have more silly things we do for others to make fun of than anyone else lol. I did enjoy your mail and if mylot is still running in years to come it would be interesting to see how many of your children keep up the tradition and which letters they choose.
@mkeanel01 (974)
• Philippines
6 Feb 07
my aunts told me that they got my name to my mother and my father's initials. Makel was supposed to be my name.. Ma for my moms name which is Maria Kel is for my dads name which is Kell they decided that i should be named Mk for short..they shorten my name.. but i totally love it..
@ronita34 (3922)
• Canada
6 Feb 07
That is awesome i like that you also have an inventive name such as i do!! I think that it is interesting when you find out where your name in fact came from and yours is als very unique!!!
@shelagh77 (3643)
6 Feb 07
it is so beautiful when two people love each other so much they combine their names for their child! It must have given you such a warm feeling to have all that beautiful love around.
• United States
6 Feb 07
My dad had a girlfriend named Patsy..I know..weird...
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@shelagh77 (3643)
6 Feb 07
There is no fathoming men, is there, lol. Your Mum must be a lovely lady to have allowed that, but at least you got a lovely name from the deal.
• United States
6 Feb 07
My mother actually let her cousin name me. She traveled alot while in the service and heard the name while in Ireland. That is how I got my name.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
6 Feb 07
That is unusual, does your Mother's cousin have a special bond with your Mother? Travelling around your Mother's cousin must have heard many exotic names.
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• United States
6 Feb 07
My name is McKenzie -- my mom essentially named me after a couple of landmarks in the U.S. Pacific Northwest (most specifically Oregon,) where I grew up.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
6 Feb 07
Being named for auspicious places must be fun, as there is so much history to research about them. Do you like your names?
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• India
5 Feb 07
my father's name starts with "T" so my grandfather kept my name starting with "T" as well.
@shelagh77 (3643)
6 Feb 07
Do you like your name, and has it proved that T is a lucky letter for you.
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• Malaysia
5 Feb 07
my parents give me name kurniawan.. it said to be mean as a give from GOD.. my last name "wibowo" it said to be mean as authority.. haha.. but what a name..
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@shelagh77 (3643)
6 Feb 07
Yes, it is an unusual name but at least it has a very good meaning. Do you find you are an authoritive person?
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• Philippines
5 Feb 07
At first, my parents were undecided what name to give. My godparent is the one that gave me my name. She is a teacher and one of her student is the daughter of the famous rich businessman in our country. Her name is also a chocolate brand. She named me Kitkat and i love it, many of my friends find it uncommon.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
5 Feb 07
That is a lovely story for you to tell your children, isn't it? It is also nice to have an unusual name, as you are never stuck for an "ice breaker" in conversations with new people. Do you actually like Kitkats, they are one of the most popular chocolate bars in the UK.
@jsae29 (1120)
• Philippines
5 Feb 07
my mom told me that my name was the "in" name during those times and also she is a devotee of St. Joseph.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
5 Feb 07
Joseph has been a very popular name for centuries, so you have all tradition in that lovely name. Did you decide to work in the wood trades, or did you forge another career?
@Queen_31 (94)
• India
5 Feb 07
That's wonderful of you and your parents. Want to know about me. My story goes like this .....i am a very moody person inborn and love to stay quite and alone in my own creative world from the very childhood. And this made my feel the characteristics of mine by which they named me. i was also been saved from many big accidents without any type of losses-- this was also a challenging point for me as a child by which i was named. I am very happy with my name and i always try to keep the value of my name from every aspect of my life so that my parents feel proud of me and for my success.
@shelagh77 (3643)
5 Feb 07
Wow! You were very lucky with their choice of name, weren't you? Have you made your career in a creative field, as you sound as if you must be gifted in that area.
• United States
5 Feb 07
I was born in the early 80's. I was named Misty. My parents named me that because of a song called Misty. Not a very good story, but a story nonetheless!
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@shelagh77 (3643)
5 Feb 07
Yes, I know the song, it is a lovely song. Quite a few people were named Misty for this song as it is a very popular one. You are lucky the popular song had such a nice name, really when you think about it :-)
@Salehd (131)
• Syria
5 Feb 07
When My monther was delivering me, My father had a friend at his office which was a very known person at my country named Saleh, so here is my name: Saleh.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
5 Feb 07
Wow! Lots of people are named after a very well known person, but very few of those actually have a parent who KNOWS the well known person they are named after. That is a very good piece of information for conversation, isn't it? Did you follow the same job as the well known person, or are you in a different area of work altogether?
@amazehr (429)
• Philippines
5 Feb 07
mine is so simple my name is the acronym of my fathers name R- rodrigo his name HE- Hernandez his surname Z- Zoleta his middle name A- Aguila his fathers middle name
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@shelagh77 (3643)
5 Feb 07
Umm, if you think that is simple, you must be a very clever person. I think it is extremely clever to work out an unusual and attractive name such as this.
• India
5 Feb 07
yes my dad choose my name....my mom chose my sisters, maybe they had an arrangement
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@shelagh77 (3643)
5 Feb 07
Yes, sometimes when a couple can not agree on names they make an arrangement such as this, and then everyone is happy. Did you like the name your Father chose for you?
@xelissa (776)
• New Zealand
5 Feb 07
My parents chose a simple basic name for me, the first one that came to their heads...
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@shelagh77 (3643)
5 Feb 07
ha ha, I bet it was not the first name that came into their heads! I bet subconsciously they had worked away at it for some time and then the ideal name suddenly surfaced. It may be a simple basic name but that sort of name has stood the passage of time and is a nice, dependable, comfortable name. Did you decided to give yourself a contrasting nickname when you were going through adolescence or did you always keep the same name.
@huanghaozi (1473)
• Egypt
5 Feb 07
My first name was a name my mom had picked out ever since she was a little girl according to my mother.. she said if she ever had a daughter her named would be Alisha. And that's my first name she had me when she was 21 btw..and Middle name Marie came from my father's grandmother's middle. And that's how got my name Alisha Marie. But I like my name.. So I would never change it.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
5 Feb 07
That is a really lovely name and a really lovely story. It must have been almost predestined for you to be born, for your Mother to pick that name so early on in her life. To have a very honoured family name as a middle name is almost the icing on the cake, I am not surprised you would never change this lovely name.
@Laydee83 (275)
• Atlanta, Georgia
5 Feb 07
To be honest my grandmother just liked the name Brooke, although i think it was a Brooke Shields thing, and my mother made my god mother my aunt annie, so my name comes from both of those. Brooke-Ann is my full name.
@shelagh77 (3643)
5 Feb 07
That is a lovely name, and unusal when placed together, so you have a lovely name and an original one, which must be really nice for you.
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• Philippines
5 Feb 07
my grandmother told me that my father got my name from our neighboor who happened to be his crush.. Too silly huh?? lol
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@shelagh77 (3643)
5 Feb 07
oh dear, I wonder what your Mother thought about that! When did your Grandmother tell you that little gem?
@raijin (10353)
• Philippines
5 Feb 07
I was born on the month of March so my parents decided to name me Mark, and my father added his name to mine so I had to first names. A cousin of mine was also born the exact date of my birthday, so my uncle adopted my first name to his then newly-born son!;)
• Canada
5 Feb 07
i dunnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnno
@shelagh77 (3643)
5 Feb 07
That is a lovely way to get a name! To have your cousin named for you is also a very big honour, so you must really live up to your strong name :-)
@raijin (10353)
• Philippines
5 Feb 07
A big honour indeed, I just hope that I justified something for them..