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Tell Mommy: Naming Traditions

Tell Mommy: Naming Traditions

Selecting your lil one's moniker can take the entire nine months of your pregnancy. Finding a name you and your spouse like that isn't being used by your friends or relatives is enough to send many mamas-to-be over the edge.

For some families, the process is made a bit easier by tradition. From adding a third, fourth or fifth to a long line of namesakes to naming a child after a close friend or relative. In Jewish tradition, names are given to honor family members, traditionally deceased relatives. Recent generations have modified the custom by using the first letter of the relative's name for their baby, such as taking the "S" from Sadie and naming their daughter Sabrina. In doing so, the family can remember a loved one on a daily basis.

Does your family have any naming customs you plan to embrace?


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Sunflower-Sutra Sunflower-Sutra 8 years
My son is named after my husband's grandfather, and his middle name is a variation of my maiden name. If we have another son, he will be named after my husband's father, and maybe a middle name from my dad. If it's a girl, probably no tradition - just a pretty name that mama likes:-)
kimsy kimsy 8 years
We are having a girl in June, and her middle name will be after my grandma (who died today). We planned on using her name even before her death because she was just so full of life and goodness, and we think that she is a good role model for our daughter.
breeingersoll breeingersoll 8 years
My sons middle name is James, common on both sides of our families. Child #2 will have my husbands initials, JKI.
Pencils Pencils 8 years
We did this with my baby's first middle name, Jane. She was named after my deceased mother-in-law Joan and a very dear friend of the family named Jean who passed away recently. It's a common practice in my husband's Jewish family, he was named for one of his deceased grandmothers with a name that has the same first letter as hers.
Mel475 Mel475 8 years
My husband is actually a in he has the same full name as his father, his grandfather and his great-grandfather but we decided we wanted our kids to have their own names (his decision long before we decided to have kids); however, we wanted to include family so both of our children's middle names are after a family member while their first names are just names that we loved. It worked out very well for our son who's middle name is after my husband, his father, my grandfather and my uncle who all shared the same middle name (and all but my husband have passed away either before or since my son's birth). My daughter is named after my grandmother. My brother and I both have one name from a family member and one name that my parents liked - not really a tradition but maybe it will become one!
xxstardust xxstardust 8 years
There's not a huge tradition - no juniors or anything, but I know that if I have a son, his name will (more than likely) be Steven. My boyfriend's name is Steven, as is his father's AND my father's, and my uncle. Think I'll be related to enough Steves? lol!
greenapples1987 greenapples1987 8 years
there are no naming triditions in my family. 21 years ago, when my mom found out she was prego my grandfather, who has since passed away, wanted me to be a boy and if i was my grandmother wanted me to be named after him. maybe i will name my son..if i have a son, i want girls:)..after him. we'll have to see, but it's really up to what strikes my boyfriend and i as a good name when we are married and expecting our baby.
NyckieRocks NyckieRocks 8 years
We have a new "traditions" used with our son, and future children. My husband's father passed away 10 years ago, and we used his first name for our son's first name. Then we have middle names. My mother, her 2 sisters and both of her parents have an "A" middle initial. My father also has an "A" and so my brother and I got "A"s as well. When deciding on my son's name I knew I wanted all of my children to have an "A" middle initial as well (even though my hubby doesn't have one). It just so happens that my M-I-L's middle name is Ann, and so is my mother's, so if we have a girl in the future her middle name will be Ann. Also, my father's middle name is August, which came from his grandfather and was my brother's middle name as well. My brother passed away on December 19th (a very young 23 years old) and I plan on passing down the August middle name if we have another son one day.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
My fiance's middle name is also his father's and grandfather's middle names. So, yes, we will be using that for our son's middle name. If we happen to have two boys the second will either get my maiden name as a middle name or my grandmother's maiden name. We have several names picked out for a girl - and most of them have to do with family somehow. Her middle name will be my middle name.
Moms Moms 8 years
My daughter was named after a place, my son after a character in a book and both of their middle names are family ones. Our next baby will have one family name and one unusual one as well.
flyinggrip flyinggrip 8 years
I share my middle name with my mother and maternal grandmother. If I ever have a daughter I will probably keep the tradition going.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Thankfully we dont have any naming traditions in my family or in his . We dont have kids yet but we have both voiced our decision to not use a "kreatif" names, meaning to take a real name and spell it "creative"ly to make it a new name, because all you are doing is spelling it differently, the name is still the same and for rest of that kids life teachers, supervisors, whatever is going to say "brittany, thats spelled b.r.i.t.t.a.n.y right" and they will have to say no its "B.r.y.t.a.n.n.i" and to me thats just dumb.
her her 8 years
My parents named my older brother after my maternal grandmother's maiden name, and my name is my mother's maiden name. It's a great way to keep my family's heritage alive, and luckily we have great names! My first born will be getting my maiden name for sure.
Advah Advah 8 years
My middle name is my paternal grandmother's name (she died when I was 3). She was a fantastic, loving woman who strongly influenced all her children and their family, and at least one of my cousins was given her name as a middle name too. :) It means a lot to me. However it's not really a tradition. My mother's middle names are her great-grandmothers' names, and she hates them (the names) so much she always said she wouldn't pick an ugly name for her kids, no matter how much she likes the person. :P
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