Category: family names
My love for genealogy came from my interest in discovering names I had never heard before. There is something special about being able to connect yourself to a rare gem of a name, and being able to connect that name to your ancestor’s history.
In addition to individual names, there are also some interesting patterns I’ve noticed while researching the branches of my various family trees. Some eras favored word names while others preferred patriotic names. Some branches were filled with unique names, while others stuck with the more traditional. One trend I’ve noticed is that “sibset” naming wasn’t considered until the 20th century. There often seemed to be a wide variety of names among siblings, yet, it wasn’t strange to have two sons named Joseph or three daughters named Elizabeth.
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!
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?
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?
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:
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:
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.