Jump to content

Naming after a person/tradition?


  • Please log in to reply
28 replies to this topic

#1 PerthFembo

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:14 PM

I really love the idea of using the middle name of a child to honor or acknowledge someone in the family. This was easy with DD as "Mae" is the middle name of DH's mother, grandmother and great grandmother and I love the name.  wub.gif

We are expecting another daughter soon and as much as I would like to honor my side of the family this time, I really dislike my mothers names. Sindy is her first name, Susan is middle name. Yuck on both counts.

I am not at all close to either of my grandmothers (barely know them) or any of my aunts so would not use their names either.

DH thinks it doesnt matter if we dont like the name since its only the middle and we should use one of my mum's names anyway. But I'm leaning towards just picking a name we actually like even if it doesn't mean anything....

WDYT? Did anyone use a family name they didn't like and regret it? Or did it never bother you again?

Edited by JBaby, 24 February 2013 - 11:53 PM.


#2 BloomLuka

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:21 PM

Susan is lovely. Classic.
What are your grandmother's names? Even if you were not close, it is still acknowledging your side of the family. What about your name or your middle name as DD2's middle name? Or your maiden name?

Edited by BloomLuka, 24 February 2013 - 11:25 PM.


#3 bailee

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:38 PM

Well I haven't chosen a name I don't like, but I do have one child whose middle name is after an aunt who was very dear to me and one child just has a middle name that I love, not after anyone special. So I think pick whatever you like.

#4 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:42 PM

I really like Susan but I wouldn't use a name I didn't like.

#5 HGL

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:49 PM

Just a thought, have you considered 'Susannah' instead? It has a certain je ne sais quoi over Susan. Otherwise, I wouldn't worry about and just tell people you picked the name because it was pretty/character in a book etc.

#6 au*lit

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:50 PM

I like Susan. If you don't like it, what about Suzanne or Susannah, or another variant?

I like the idea of using family names, but only if you like them.

My DS has a family name as his middle name. It's not a name I would have chosen but it's not awful. More importantly it meant a lot to my DH and ILs.

Most of the children in my extended family have middle names that are family names. I think it's nice to have that connection to generations past.

If we have another child it's likely the middle name will be a family name. The potential only issue I have is that MIL's name is quite long and if we had a daughter I wouldn't want two long given names together.

#7 gemgirl

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:51 PM

What about Susie?
Or something to do with them eg Sydney, Adelaide, June (if born in those places / month)  Etc

#8 Pssst...

Posted 25 February 2013 - 05:55 AM

We have used family names as middle names. DD2 has DH's mother's name. It's not the greatest name but she passed away before we were even married and it was important to him that we honor her and I was happy to do so.

DD1 has a feminine variation of my grandfather's name. Is this something you could consider? Or you could use your mother's or grandmother's maiden name? Or simply use your first/middle name?

#9 SqueakyBee

Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:04 AM

What about Cynthia, which is kind of like an elongated version of Cindy? It's still kind of honouring her, but not using the exact same name.

#10 SplashingRainbows

Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:18 AM

I like gem girls idea - your mums favourite flower / precious stone / birthplace / birth month.

I certainly couldn't acknowledge one side of the family and not the other.

#11 Chaton

Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:27 AM

In DH family the first born boy gets the fathers name as a middle name, so we stuck to that with DS.  Lucky I like DH's name as a middle name.

In my family, the first born boy has the same name as the father but since I'm not a boy, I'm not following that.  My grandfather, father, little brother and his son all have the same name - I think its quite sweet.  My mum's side also have a female tradition that the first born girl gets "Elizabeth" as a middle name, and we will follow that if we have a girl.

#12 countrymel

Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:53 AM

QUOTE (SplashingRainbows @ 25/02/2013, 07:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I certainly couldn't acknowledge one side of the family and not the other.


My elder sister has our maternal grandmother's name as her first name and a maternal aunt's name as her second.
I have a maternal aunt's name as my second name.

Our paternal side seemed to cope without any rancour!

I wouldn't use a name you disliked - if you feel you 'must' even the tally sheet (I obviously don't) I would chose something that has meaning (aka gemgirl's ideas) but isn't the names you don't like.

Imagine trying to explain to your future sulky daughter when she is saying "I HATE my middle name!" and having to reply "Yeah I don't like it either!"

#13 natangel

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:23 AM

My daughters are named after their paternal and maternal grandmothers (middle names).

TBH, I'm not crazy about DD2's middle name (she is named after my mother) and ordinarily , i would never consider it.

However, we (DH and i) wanted to honour the memory of our mothers.

Also, i felt it important to maintain a link with the maternal lines as I took my husband's name upon marriage.

Both names suit the girls - i have no regrets.

#14 Gudrun

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:28 AM

I don't think the MN needs to be a swoon name but I wouldn't put a name in there that I violently disliked.   I would want my side of the family represented somehow though.

I don't like the MN to overshadow or compete with the FN. It is important for me that the two names work together and that the whole thing has some sibling synchronicity.

No other rules!    So choose a name that fits well and has the reason that you like it and/or it represents family.


I would look at your own given names and family name. I would also consider:

Susan
Susannah
Suzanne
Cynthia
Lucinda
Jacinta
Hyacinth


Phoebe Lucinda = mellifluous original.gif

Edited by Gudrun, 25 February 2013 - 08:38 AM.


#15 *LucyE*

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:30 AM

All of our children have middle names that refer to one of their great grandparents.  They are not names that I would have chosen if it didn't have family significance.

My children are still youngish but they get a kick out of their names having 'history'.

#16 la di dah

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:40 AM

My favourite "long form" for Sindy/Cindy would be Lucinda. Jacinda isn't bad either.

I don't mind Susan - it reminds me of Narnia - but I love Susannah.

I have heard of people honouring their mothers by naming their daughter after her favourite flower. I always assume this counts on her favourite flower being something like Lily or Marguerite, and not Ranunculus or, in my mother's case, probably Hyacinth.

#17 WibbleWobble

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:47 AM

DS has a middle name that I am not a fan of. It has been used for the last 3 generations in DH's family, so it was something DH wanted to continue, and it wasn't important enough for me to make it an issue.

Could you use your mum's maiden name as a middle name instead? Or even her married name.

#18 CG123

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:54 AM

I like using family names but wouldn't use a name I hated.

DS1's MN is DH's father's name. I don't love it and it wouldn't have made my Top 100, but it was important to DH. It goes well with his first name and has grown on me.

DS2 has my brother's name as his MN. I love my dad dearly, but couldn't use his name as a middle due to DS2's first name choice.

#19 7LittleAustralians

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:01 AM

My children have middle names after family members. They are not names I would choose just because but I like them due to the history and so do the children. They have the exact same name even if it is not the traditional spelling, Eg Izobell instead of Isabel. I don't see the point of naming a child after someone if you use a variant or similar name. IMO either do it or don't.

If you don't like the name maybe another way to include your mum is for her to choose the middle name. Come up with a top 5 list of first name / middle name combo's you and DH like and let her choose the combo.


#20 Peppery

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:02 AM

My mum, DD and I all share the same middle name, it is my Great Granmother's middle name. I like the connection we all have.

Could your mother's maiden name be used as a middle name? Maiden names as middle names is also quite common in my family tree.

#21 Bluenomi

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:11 AM

Lucky for me my mother and MIL have the same name. It's now DD's middle name and we covered both families in one hit so are safe to use whatever we like for the next baby!

MIL refused to use family names for her kids so that meant we could do the same and she had to right to complain  happy.gif

#22 sarahs_three

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:13 AM

My daughter has her great grandads name which was his fathers name and his grandads name too! I would love to have used either my mothers or grandmothers name as a MN but having ursula or ingaborg would not have matched her first name.
Btw my daughters name is Sydney!

#23 mombasa

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:16 AM

DD1 has my mums middle name which is Jane, while I don't love it, it's certainly not a terrible name so when we had DD2 we decided to be fair that she would get MIL's middle name which is Dawn, I really dislike the name for some reason but its never been an issue I just made sure I absolutely loved her first name. Plus side is both Nannas were proud as punch original.gif

#24 Neriah

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:38 AM

I would like to honour my wonderful mother when/if DP and I have a daughter. She hates her name so I searched for a derivative we could all like, without much luck. Last year my DP starting calling her a nickname - Josie. Well it has really stuck, he calls her this all the time (she lives with us). I asked her if she liked it and she loves it. We all do. The only problem is my DP loves phonetic spelling so he spells it Jozy and he has also gotten my mother attached to that spelling. When I write it down as Josie I get told off.

In summary, can you use a nickname of your mother's (first or middle name or even one that is not related to her name) as a middle name? Other options include using their birth stone or flower as a middle name, a derivative (perhaps an international variation), a long-form version of the name, letting them pick the middle name etc. Good luck and Congratulations OP.

Edited by Neriah, 25 February 2013 - 09:39 AM.


#25 amabanana

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:43 AM

We used family names for our children's middle names but only because we actually liked them and wanted to.  I wouldn't do it if you didn't like the names unless you felt very strongly that you wanted to honor someone.  Or, like PPs said, find a name that is similar, like Lucinda (which is lovely).




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Britain's youngest parents: mother 12, father 13

A 12-year-old schoolgirl and her 13-year-old boyfriend are believed to have become Britain?s youngest parents, after the birth of their baby girl earlier this week.

When Prince George met Bilby George

Prince George has met an Aussie marsupial named after him in his first official engagement in Australia.

Asphyxia link another piece of the SIDS puzzle

An Australian study has uncovered information which could lead to a better understanding of why babies die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Pregnant woman dies after doctor removes ovary instead of appendix

When a UK woman went to hospital suffering appendicitis, doctors mistakenly removed her healthy ovary - with tragic consequences.

The milestones I can't wait to celebrate

Nothing can beat the feeling of witnessing that first smile, first step and first word - but here's a list of 'firsts' I'm really looking forward to now.

How you develop in your baby's first year

Just as babies undergo rapid growth as they learn and change in their first year, we?re learning and changing quickly as parents, too. Don?t underestimate the developmental stages you go through when you have a baby.

Can you make your baby smarter even before birth?

A product new to Australia claims to help babies be born "as intelligent as possible", but not all experts agree on the benefits of educating babies while still in the womb.

How a mother's love helped unearth the skills of an autistic savant

Autistic savant Ping Lian Yeak, a prodigious artist who has had his work shown all over the world, couldn't have done it without the support and love of his proud mum.

Rescue dog Zoey and BFF Jasper star in adorable pics

Photographer, self-professed "crazy dog lady" and mum Grace Chon takes photos of rescue dog Zoey and her 10-month-old son Jasper together. The results are just too cute. See more on Instagram @thegracechon.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

A tiny heart: a baby?s death gives life to another

Simon Alexander Garcia lived only one brief hour. But somewhere, a little girl?s heart is beating today because of him.

Ear piercing: what age is best?

What is it that shapes our opinions on what?s an 'appropriate' age for our children to get their ears pierced? Parents share their views on how young is too young when it comes to piercing.

Why is childbirth still such a pain?

The options given to women to help them cope in labour have barely changed in years.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Ideas for recording baby milestones

Get the props, lights and camera ready to record the milestone moments in your baby's first months and years. Tip: set a reminder in your phone (or jot it in a calendar) to make sure you remember it every month.

From penis amputation to fatherhood

After a botched circumcision as a child, Mike Moore was left without a penis. Years later, and after meeting the right surgeon, he was able to become a dad - naturally.

Asphyxia link another piece of the SIDS puzzle

An Australian study has uncovered information which could lead to a better understanding of why babies die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Your baby's first shoes, made with your own hands

Imagine someone saying to you, "Your baby?s shoes are magnificent, where?d you get them?" And you reply, "Oh, these? I made them."

Mother bites off pit bull's ear to save toddler

What would you do if your child was being attacked by a vicious dog? One mother recently had to learn the hard way.

Couple dies 15 hours apart after 70 years of marriage

A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.

Behind the scenes of Kate and George's cuddly photo

Every face is partially obscured, but there's no denying the happiness and love in the faces of the royal mum and bub.

7 tips for a kid-free trip, not a guilt trip

Although I?m jumping out of my skin to take my child-free holiday, I?m dreading the goodbye. But I?m determined to make the most of it without tarnishing it with guilt or sadness about leaving the kids.

Your baby?s developmental roadmap

Caring for your new baby can feel like driving along a dark highway without a GPS: you know your destination ? a happy, healthy human being ? but you?re not sure whether you?re heading in the right direction.

Breaking out of the isolation of motherhood

There can be many reasons for mummy isolation ? and you don?t have to be a new mother to feel like you're often doing it all alone. Here, mums share their stories of feeling isolated, and what they do to try to break out of it.

The billionaire baby with $10,000 worth of prams

When money is no object you can go all out when it comes to baby transportation, as this billionaire socialite has shown.

Medication helps depressed mums to breastfeed

Breastfeeding mums are often told their medication may pass into their milk, but a new study suggests the benefits of taking antidepressants are greater than any risks to baby.

 

Free Printable Activities

Keeping little hands busy

Free printable acitivity pages like colouring in, cutting, word finders, mazes, maths activities and puzzles.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.