August 6, 2009

My philosophy

How do you name your children? Do you give them family names? Unique names? Simple names?

All but one of our children have their own first name and then their middle name is a family name. My philosophy was that each child should have their own name to offer them a sense of their own identify. Their middle name was to offer them a tie to their heritage. I think it's a good philosophy. My husband is convinced that I just BS this stuff in order to convince him to use my favorite names.

What about you? Do you have a naming philosophy?

14 comments:

Mallory said...

I wouldn't call mine a philosophy...more of just a pattern. I grew up in a family with all "M" names. Even mom and dad had them. My husband and I weren't blessed with the beginning of a specific pattern, but I want our kids to have one. Right now, we are doing Hebrew names for the first name, and color names for middle names (i.e., Grey, Roan, Rose, Sage, etc.)

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

my kids all have their own unique first names and borrowed from family member middle names....so Im with you sista!!!

Emily (Good Frau) said...

We only have one, so we haven't established a pattern yet, but Charlie is named after my great-grandfather, and his middle name is from further back in our family history.

Linds said...

Hmm. I'd never really thought about it, but each of our kids' first names is their own and their middle names are borrowed from family too. Now I feel really clever! =)

Mrs. Townsley said...

My philosophy is that my sisters-in-law shouldn't steal names I like. This is one of the downsides of having a zillion sister-in-laws. Just yesterday one who is pregnant said she likes the name Frank. A name that I have never liked, but in recent years have come to adore because of the great man that Adam's grandpa is (Frank). Adam told me in Nauvoo that he wouldn't marry someone if they wouldn't let him name his first son this. Therefore when I heard that someone was trying to steal the name Frank (which I only like because of what it means) I was furious. Can you tell? (Another sister stole Lucy, but this is different)

Emmy said...

The oldest boy's middle name is his father's first name. This is what boy my family and Eric's family does, so it worked out nicely.
With Alex.. well we got her name from a painting at the OB's office when we found out she was a girl. :)
Tell your husband that your way is not BS and I have heard a lot of people that do that.

Erin said...

That's exactly what we have done - an original first name and their dad's first and middle names as their middle names.

wonder woman said...

My father has his father's first name, and goes by his middle name. He has passed this on to my brother, who has passed it on to his son.

Both of my boys have middle names that are family oriented, though I'm not sure if this will continue, especially if we have daughters.

Rochelle said...

That is exactly what we do, original first names, (which we try really hard to make unique) and family member middle names.

Kristina P. said...

Since we don't have kids, we don't have a philosophy, but I want to go with whatever we like. If that's a family name, so be it.

janae said...

We do unique first names (we like biblical names) and family middle names, too. My boys are named after Sam and my dad, and Sease is named after my mom-in-law. I think that's actually pretty traditional.

The Oesch Chronicles said...

We have the same thoughts as you... I even went as far as to spell the name a little different than the traditional name... But the middle name is always a family name... I believe in that tradition too!

Debbie said...

We do the same thing as you too. We didnt plan on it that way, it just happened. My oldest daughters first and middle were going to be uncommon/unique but my grandmother passed away a few weeks before she was born and we thought it was fitting to name her after her. Then my other kids just worked out that way too.

You know though even if it was BS I think the mom should have say. :)

Sell...Party Of 3 said...

So far we have done the same thing that you are talking about.

Savannah was after Savannah Smiles the movie, and her middle name is family.

With baby #2 is will be a little bit more challenging. First names were easy...middles nothin' is coming to mind. Maybe no middle name will do!

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