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#1 BeccaBoo88

Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:16 AM

Hello!

Our DS will be born in March and we have already had a named picked out for a boy since before we had even thought about kids saving us lots of stress and fights!

Our baby will be Lucas (light) Robert (bright).

My questions is - did the meaning influence your name choice?
It's a bit of a non-issue for me - the name is staying for family reasons - but I am starting to get concerned I'm having a glow worm!! Haha.

#2 Ianthe

Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:19 AM

I do prefer names to have a nice meaning.

#3 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:20 AM

My sons name means barrel maker. So no meaning doesn't mean anything to me.

If I like a name, I'll go with it, if it has a nice meaning then bonus!

#4 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:21 AM

it does for me as I come from a culture that places more importance on the meaning of the name than the sound IYKWIM. My children all have european first names with connections to their fathers family history and my cultures middle names. @ of my children are called by their middle names though.... suits them more

#5 erindiv

Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:21 AM

I don't know the meanings of my kids' names. It doesn't matter to me.

#6 CupOfCoffee

Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:22 AM

My son's name means, he who supplants (or the usurper).  So the meaning wasn't important, we just loved the name.

Edited by CupOfCoffee, 22 January 2013 - 10:22 AM.


#7 Country (deci)Mel

Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:26 AM

My name means 'black' followed by 'honourable'...

I did not grow up to be a black panther.


One of my nephews is 'the greatest of all' followed by 'a wind'....

He CAN tend to be a bit of a hurricane at times...!

#8 asdf89

Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:27 AM

I'm hoping my mother didn't choose names based on meaning... as one of my sisters names means lily, the other sisters name means happiness and mine means... healthy and wide  mellow.gif tho I was quite a sizable baby haha.

I think just pick a name you like, if it's got a nice meaning that's a bonus (and if it's got a funny one it just means you have a good story/joke for the future)

#9 Justaduck

Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:27 AM

DDs name means Mine in Italian, yet in Scandinavian it means Bitter..as in bitterly wanted child.

We are going with the Italian version

#10 la di dah

Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:29 AM

My English first name means "descendent" so, yeah, I guess my mom was playing it safe.

#11 BadCat

Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:40 AM

We didn't worry about meanings at all.

Apparently DD's name could be a female variant of a male name, a goddess, or a reference to nationality.  For me it was a name of a character I liked in one of my favourite books.

DS's name rarely comes up with meanings but may be a variant on a more common name.  Again, we chose it from a favourite character in a book.


#12 cinnabubble

Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:48 AM

Meanings mattered to me to the point that my second child's name had to match her sister's in significance. I couldn't have a first child's name meaning (say) "joy" and the second child's name meaning (say) "small shrub".

I think your choices have an unexpected complementarity and that's very nice.

#13 DS1979

Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:53 AM

For us the meaning of the name doesn't matter at all, we choose based on what we like, whether it's got a nice flow with our other kids names and whether it works with our surname. But i think it is lovely when people choose names for specific meaning as that's what makes it special for them.

#14 Riotproof

Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:55 AM

It does to me.

#15 RCTP

Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:58 AM

I always go for the name first and then find out the meaning out of curiosity.

My name means "ewe" - maybe I should have la di dah's avatar original.gif

#16 Jax12

Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:01 PM

It's important to me but not enough to be a deal breaker, unless I was on the fence about the name in the first place.  Like pp I go for the name first and then check out the meaning, which hopefully helps us make the decision one way or another.

OT but words are important to me.  I never understand people who choose a song for an important event like a wedding but the lyrics are really contradictory to the event.  'I Will Always Love You' springs to mind.


#17 le_auteur

Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:08 PM

My DS's name is a derivative of another name (and more often a nn than a first name) so we didn't really take the official meaning into account. It did, however, have very special personal and familial meaning which is why we chose it.

#18 Fyn Angelot

Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:15 PM

It matters to me.  A name with a meaning I didn't like was never going to pass muster!

DH didn't really care, he liked names for other reasons.

#19 Cranky Kitten

Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:15 PM

It matters enough to me to have avoided a name I quite like - that unfortunately means "big nose"

My children's names mean

Lamb (Ewe), Industrious

Defender of Man, God's able bodied one

#20 Bluenomi

Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:19 PM

My first name and middle name contradict each other so clearly my parents didn't care!

I'm not fussed. I looked at the meanings when picking but it meaning never ruled any out for me

#21 peking homunculus

Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:23 PM

Meaning is important to me. All our kids have a middle name that relates to luck and their first names fit with this:
DD's name means the victory of the fortunate mistake
DS1 is great good fortune
DS2 is fair and lucky

#22 Beanbag Warrior

Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:28 PM

Mean means "White Wave" (or Pale Ghost) + "Star of the Sea".

I AM a Pisces with incredibly white skin.... Tounge1.gif

#23 Mercurial

Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:29 PM

DS's name means heathen.  He was baptised and attends a religious school so not really a heathen original.gif

DD's name means pure.

#24 Studybug

Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:39 PM

It doesn't determine whether or not I'll give that name to my child, but I do like to know what they are.  And I tend to like a name a little more if I like the name's meaning.  

DH and I both have what would be considered dorky names but I think the meaning of our names are great.  (DH: originally was an African name meaning "black night", until the english claimed it and shortened the meaning - suits him with his dark hair, skin and eyes) but believe me, it's a name he's gotten alot of schtick over.  I think he married me as I'm the only person he's met who didn't say the schoolyard rhyme assoc with his name wink.gif .

#25 SisterMaryElephant

Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:50 PM

It's not the most important thing to me, but not completely unimportant either.

My DD1's name is the female version of a name that means famous warrior, which I really like.

DD2's name has a religious meaning which I don't object to, despite being an atheist myself.

I do remember at school having to look up our name meaning  and being quite pleased with mine (lily, pure), so I don't think I could bring myself to give my child a meaning that they might read at that age and be upset by.




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