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Thread: Does name meaning matter to you?
March 28th, 2013 05:20 PM #11
Erm, mostly meaning doesn't factor at all. I find myself attracted naturally to names with ties to my faith or something that really matters to me, but I don't choose it for its meaning, I choose it because I like the name. I love that Isabelle means "My God is a vow", but that's not the sole reason it's my top choice. If I hated Isabelle, I wouldn't use it. I love the meaning of Beatrice, but I hate the name, so I'd never use it. I am curious about the meaning when I add a name to my list, and I generally know the gist of what every name on my list means, but that's just for personal knowledge. I like that the meaning of names adds depth to it--I got a name "just because we liked it", and I want my children to have more meaningful names than that.
However, some meanings could be dealbreakers--even if Hayden wasn't trendy and popular, I wouldn't use it (even though I like it), because the meaning "heathen" bothers me a lot. I wouldn't want my child to have to live with that label, especially if he decided to embrace my faith (which I fully hope he will!). Same goes for Isadora. It's a pretty name, and I think the meaning is lovely for someone who believes in Isis, but for me, my daughter would be a gift from God, not Isis, so I wouldn't use it. Which is why Isabelle appeals to me so much more (plus, I just like Belle/Bella/Ella loads better than Dora/Dorie/Doro). It's usually religious names/names with religious meaning that are off-putting to me.Ashley
twenty-something namenerd and aspiring novelist
Isabelle + Arianne + Olivia + Violet + Charlotte + Emmeline + Grace + Eleni
Caleb + Everett + Jack + Avery + Samuel + Caspar + Grant + Rory
March 28th, 2013 05:26 PM #13Senior Member
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March 28th, 2013 11:31 PM #15Senior Member
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Not really. But if it's a cool meaning, then yes I suppose that could make me like the name more.♥ Henry John, Charles Wesley
♥ Eleanor June, Clara Sparling
March 29th, 2013 02:10 AM #17
I'll look at the meaning but it doesn't really affect my decision unless Im looking for a name with a specific meaning. A nice meaning is more of a perk. Its more important for the name to sound and look nice and go with the last name thank anything.DD: Maria Julietta Grace - Dec 2013
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March 29th, 2013 03:11 AM #19
Meaning matters to me. Not necessarily literal meaning, but it has to have personal meaning to us. We used Jane because it has personal significance to us, and I love the meaning, history, and folklore behind Rowan. And it also has some personal meaning because it's from one of my favorite movies.
In order for a name to be on my list it has to have at least one of the following;
1. Personal significance
2. A really cool meaningMy cherished daughter, Rowan Jane. ~b. 10/2011~
Sawyer ~ Aven ~ Elowen ~ Sage ~ Eilonwy ~ Eleanor
Morgan ~ Asher ~ ___ ~ ___ ~ Currently trying to fill the blanks...
Trying for #2 in January 2014.