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Did You Keep Kid Names All in the Family?

While having a junior is just about as traditional as it gets, some parents try to preserve family names without duplicating them. Instead of choosing dad or mom's moniker, they may select the name of a relative from a different era or a derivative of a name. My middle name is Hart, my great-grandmother's maiden name. In a similar vein, I chose Alexandra as my daughter's middle name after my sister, Alexis. Helena Bonham Carter recently confirmed that her 7-month-old daughter's name is Nell. The story said:

Bonham Carter said her daughter was named Nell after "all the Helens in the family." The actress's mother is named Elena and her grandmother was called Helene. The name originated during medieval times and is a diminutive of Helen. It was also widely popular in the US at the start of the 20th century.

Did you name any of your children in a similar way?
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meandtheo meandtheo 8 years
we named our daughter after my husbands twin brother...(the middle name). It just happened, it wasn't even really discussed, we both LOVE the name and LOVE that her uncle is a HUGE part of her life. Everyone seems to like it, but I don't see it becoming a tradition. It is lovely though, and I think she will like it, even if it is traditionally a boys name.
SexayTanzBarbie SexayTanzBarbie 8 years
My daughter's name was something I liked. I don't like my family's names.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
I don't really care for my close relatives names. My mom is Diana but my sister claimed that. My dad is Lloyd but goes by Perry (don't like either of those). Paternal grandma is Anne (to plain). Maternal grandpa is Louise, don't care for that either. My first child will be named Kennedy if it's a boy or Athena if it's a girl. I also like Evalyn Anne (my middle name) and Clara Diane (mom's name).
backfat backfat 8 years
My youngest has my great-grandmother's name for a first name and my mother-in-law's first name as her second middle name.
uptown_girl uptown_girl 8 years
I hope to name my first son, Elliot Lawrence. Elliot is my SO's mother's maiden name (she's passed away). My SO has an L middle name, as does his father, and his father, and his father... But I have an L middle name too, so I think it's a good tradition! I hope to name my first daughter Margaret Lynne. Margaret is my paternal grandmother's name. Plus I love the nicknames for Margaret. My middle name is Lynne, and my mother's middle name is Lynne!
Mommy-of-Three Mommy-of-Three 8 years
My oldest son has my maiden name for his middle name, it was my way of passing it on. My younger son has my husbands name for his middle name and my daughters middle name honors my late sister-in-law. Their first names are all just ones that I liked but have no family connection.
chocolatine chocolatine 8 years
mini_pixie, I'm also an Ashkenazi Jew, and we have the exact same naming tradition you described. We all have two versions of our names - the Yiddish one, that the family uses, and the English/European one for official use (on documents, in school, in the workplace, with friends). For example: Shmuel/Samuel, Moti/Matthew, etc.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
No kids for me yet, still youuung--but when I do they will all be named after close family members, or dear friends. I am very traditional, love traditional names, and love carrying names on. I am named after my maternal grandmother and grandfather, so my first daughter will be named after my parents (her maternal grandparents) so her name will be Mary Christopher. My first son will most likely be Gabriel (after my maternal grandmother's maiden name) and I guess I can use something from my future (and as of now non-existent) husbands family for the middle (haha). And the rest will all have family names, or I have a close friend Elyse who I have considered naming a child after! Also, I saw someone's baby announcement with the reasons/origins of the name on the announcement. I plan on doing this in honor/memory of the person they are named after! This is obviously something I have thought a lot about because I have truly loved my name all my life, and I feel so honored to carry a piece of my grandparents with me!
mini_pixie mini_pixie 8 years
My husband is Jewish (Ashkenazi, or eastern-european) and traditionally you name children after deceased family members- however, we don't give the same exact name, we use the first initial (otherwise my husband would have been named Isidore). Therefore, my older daughter's named Juliette (for Jose, my dad's dad) Nicole (for Norman, my husband's mom's dad). She also has a Hebrew name, which is Yoseifa Nachuma (Yoseif = Jose, Nachum = Grandpa Normie's Hebrew name). Our younger daughter is Annabelle (for Ann my husband's aunt) Jane (for John, my mom's dad). Annabelle will also have a Hebrew name of Hannah (Aunt Annie's Hebrew name).
jessie jessie 8 years
none of our kids are named after anyone in the family
Ericka Ericka 8 years
If I eve have a girl I do plan on naming her after my Grandma, Evelyn.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
No don't like that other than the fathers name (fiance) (I do love my uncles name the man who raised me Emiliano, but there was already one and he died at two, so I will respect my cousin and leave that name alone, I am mexiCan AmeriCan and really have a hard time liking the names that are on both sides, love my name though btw it is very mexiCAN and angelic, lol Oh wait I take that back if I were to have another boy with my fiance he would take his name and nathaniel as his middle name after a boy I miscarried at 4 months, touchy subject
sofi sofi 8 years
we have our traditions- name first child after the husband's mom or dad and then alternate between the two sets of grandparents. My son has his paternal grandfather's name (and my husband's name as his middle name). My daughter was supposed to have taken my mother's name, but we named her a female variation of my father's name in memory of him. A third child (gulp) would go back to his side of the family.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Oh but my second son's name isn't related to anything in the family other than it being Italian.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
My oldest son is a junior, and my daughter's name is a slight variation of what my father-in-law always wanted to name a girl (although we hyphenated her middle name to include my grandma). If we ever have another girl, she'll have my name and then a family last name as her middle name.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
Our son will be Jordan Dean - Jordan was going to be my name if I was a boy and Dean is my SO, SO's dad, & grandad's middle name. Our daughter will have Dawn and Emerson as her middle names. Dawn is my middle name (and my grandad's is Don) and Emerson is my maternal grandmother's mom's maiden name.
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 8 years
Nope. We have our own naming methods. (Or, rather, I had a sense of a naming methodology, and Mr. Mouse naturally seems to like the same names. We have great name compatibility.) We never name after family members. Ever. In fact, we were slightly annoyed, because our youngest son's middle name just happens to be the name of Mouse's maternal grandfather -- but it was unintentional. We even considered if we should pick a different middle name, but it really fit him and it seemed that it should be his. We were careful to explain this to Mr. Mouse's mother. We told her that were absolutely NOT naming our boy after her father. It is strictly coincidental.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
We have a ton of Robert's on my side of the family and I originally married one as well, so I didn't want to name my first son anything with Robert. Second baby's middle name is Liam after his grandfather William though.
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
My husband's name is Randolph (Randy) Jason, his father's name is Randolph Emil, and his father's name is Randolph Jack....if we have a boy I have no choice but to have another Randy in the family. I am thinking that we may just refer to him by his middle name, it's confusing!! My first name is after my father's great, great Swedish aunt and my middle name was my mother's Japanese mother's name (Hanako).
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