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Rename Your Family!

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Some of us think about renaming our babies.  We may also fantasize about renaming ourselves.  And pets — well, yesterday’s Tuffy could easily morph into tomorrow’s Toto.

So why not indulge our name-changing fantasies, if only here on Nameberry?  Here’s your chance to rename your entire family — you, your partner if you have one, your children, your parents and/or your siblings, even the goldfish if you’re so inclined.  Define who’s included in your family however you wish.

The rules: In the interest of sanity, the new names need to start with the same letter as each person’s old name.  And you have to change everyone’s names, even if you think they were perfect to begin with!

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Name Sage: Will Chester Be Teased?

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Caren writes: 

My husband and I are due with our second child in a month. We have a daughter named Eloise Esther (both family names) and we love older names.

My husband’s grandfather’s name is Chester, and so is my husband’s middle name. Chester Reed (again, both family names) is in our top two baby names for our child.

My dilemma is the horrible nickname that Chester often comes with during the school years: Chester the Molester.

My husband was raised to be very proud of his middle name and it doesn’t bother him. I’m just afraid that our son won’t be the same, or it will hurt him more than my husband.

Close friends and family have mentioned this to me, so what the heck is the general public going to say?

It’s been suggested that we use it as a middle name, but our other favorite name is Porter, and Porter Chester doesn’t sound good at all.

What do I do? Do I put my foot down and say no way? Or do I hope that we can raise him to love his namesake and his name?

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Build-A-Family Baby Name Game

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Among the most popular features on Nameberry are our Baby Name Games forums, and occasionally (okay, maybe once) we invent a name game for the home page.

Now we have a new name game inspiration we thought it would be fun to invite everyone to play. Here’s how it goes:

The first poster, me, comes up with a name for the oldest child in a fictional family. My fairly random pick:

Aurora Estelle.

The next commenter adds a second child to the family, the next names a third child, the fourth names another child, and then the fifth commenter names the final child in the family of five. Children can be either gender and names can be themed or not.

Once we have five children, the next commenter starts all over, choosing Name Number 1.

Remember, the first name is:

Aurora Estelle.


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Baby Jr.?

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We’ve (thankfully) moved beyond the days when it seemed like nearly every first son was named after his dad — and if he wasn’t everybody wondered what was wrong.

Today family names are still favored, but many parents are more likely to honor a grandparent or spin mom’s maiden name into a first than to name the baby after themselves.

Would you, did you, name your baby after yourself? Or did you maybe use some version of your name in your child’s name? Maybe you have a family name as part of your own that you passed on to your child?

If you did name your baby after yourself, or if you’re named after a parent, how do you keep the names from getting confused?

Or perhaps you’re a junior who would never foist your own name on a baby.

Tell us your experience with and your feelings about Baby, Jr.

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The Best Names in Your Family Tree

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Let’s face it: We all have embarrassing names in our family trees. Great Aunt Hortense and Uncle Myron, Grandma Gladys and Dad Brad. They’re the family names we hope we won’t be expected to pass down to our children.

But hey, today we’re here to celebrate the wonderful names, and we all have those too. Searching through the family archives, you discover that your great-great-grandmother was named Marguerite or Flora, or that you have a handsome Henry or Nathaniel among your forebears. Or it might be a surname or a middle name you discover that’s worth polishing up and passing down: Callahan or Keene or Caruso.

So what’s the best name or names in your family tree? The names you’re actually excited about passing on to a child? And who and where did they come from?

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