Well, they didn't want started by the firsts nor one of the last letters of the alphabet, because they didn't want me to be the first or the last in my class (here we are ordered by our 1st name, not our surname). A J-name was perfect, then. They didn't knew any Joanas (only an acquaintance...). Too bad is was actually the #3 (or so) most popular name at the moment in my country - is the only thing I don't like about my name :(
My grandfaher is Leo, hence my mom's middle name is Lea. they both liked Lea and went with that spelling since it is my mom's middle name, and im happy they did since i honestly hate the h on Leah, Lea makes me feel all exotic :) Elizabeth is great grandmother, who i aparently look exactly like.
The other names my parents were considering were Zoe, Amanda and Jillian. All were established names, but then they decided they wanted to use a family name. How they got from Amanda, a name that reeks '90s kid, to Reine, a name that barely even made the extended list in 1998 (four other girls besides me were given my name), is beyond me. Reine was my paternal grandmother's maiden name, though it was spelled with the accent on the 'e'. Rebecca, my middle, comes from my aunt.
I've only talked to my mom about this, but she really didn't think it through all the options.
Me: Who else could you have named me after?
Mom: I always loved my Aunt Alice. She was a nurse that lived during the Depression. She took four teenaged girls off the street, gave them a place to live and helped them through nursing school. But the name's too old lady.
Me: What about Alicia? Or better yet, Adelaide? Or Heidi, or Alida?
Sigh... I could've been Adelaide and gone by Dell, Addy or Heidi...
And then, the infamous conversation...
Mom: My grandmother was amazing. But her name... I could never have a Florence, who would be a Flo.
Me: I would have gone by Flora. Or Ren.
Mom: That's pretty... But Florence by itself is very old lady... A bit too much.
Me: What about Fiorella or Florentina?
Mom: We only had name books, not websites and forums.
My mom also says that she would have pushed hard for Elizabeth if she knew the meaning. I could be a Libby...
The better story comes from my brother. They chose to keep the gender a surprise, and the only girls' name they could agree on was Haley. There was a small problem, though. My name is pronounced Rainey. Rain-y and Hail-y. Thank goodness he came as my little brother!
Hah, my parents were a bit like this! But it was a couple weeks before they had me.
Originally Posted by jamiejamiemomamie
No. People will call him Willy.
How about Sam? You know the name that we call all geckos...
Sure, and we will give him the full name Samuel.
Yes, like my favorite singer!
My dad liked the name Beth, but my mom didn't like it as a first name, so they stuck it in the middle name spot. Then my dad suggested Harley and that was the plan for a really long time until my mom found out about the motorcycle. So they sat down with a big book of baby names to find the name of a girl my dad had never dated.
Thus, Amanda Beth was born!
My middle (Rutledge) is a family name. My first (Renee) I think they picked out of a name book.
I can only assume this was because they couldn't decide on a family name as the first, which I'm mostly thankful for, because more than likely, I would have been Martha. Though my great-grandparents had nine children, five of whom were girls, apparently the only one whose name was worth passing on was my great-aunt Martha. My mother and at least three of her female cousins (not to mention two of their children) are all named Martha.
Personally, I'd loved to have been named Genevieve or some variant of Margaret (two more great-aunts).
My mom liked names that were Irish but recognizable. She had a boys name and a girls name that she had picked out long before having kids. Hence how I was named Shannon! As for middle names, I have 3.. All are family names (my grandmothers, my mothers and my godmothers names).
My mum was a bookworm thus had a very strange eclectic pick of names for me and my twin brother. My dad said "absolutely not" to :
Erica and Eric ( after the footballer Eric cantona ,their favourite player when we were born)
I'm so glad they settled on Lily Elizabeth!
My name was chosen off a list brought back to the hospital by my mom's boyfriend. She wanted to name me Cassandra Jean, but he said he didn't like it. My mom also considered Katerina nn Kat, and Anna, after her nurse. He came back with April Storm (thank God they passed on that one!) and Stephanie on his list, and I think my mom just liked the name Brooke. So they picked Stephanie Brooke.
My dad jokingly wanted to name my little sister Dusty (our last name is Dalton, he thought it would be hilarious because it sounded like an outlaw) but they pretty much quickly agreed on Mariah. They asked me what I wanted to name her, and I gave them the name Cherish. I heard it on the TV show Lambchop's Play-Along. So they used it as her middle name.
Mum was certain I was a boy. I'm clearly not a boy, parents had not one single girl name. Gram comes to visit in the hospital, says "What about [name]?" Mum was like, "Huh, ok." Throw on filler middle name and there you have it. Can't stand my name, no thought was put in to it, it wasn't anyone's favourite, or meaningful in any way. It's the biggest reason I have become a name nerd and my kids know the whole well-thought-out meaning and story behind their names.