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  1. #6
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    Apr 2013
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    I don't think it's a big deal. It's something I might do. I know a few families where this occurred and it never seemed to bother anyone.

    I also know two families where multiple children have the SAME name included in their names, because it's a family name, which seems way weirder to me. My cousins (twins) have the same middle name, their father's first name. My baby's Dad has the same middle name as his brother's first name (a grandfather's, I believe). That to me is a bit stranger than one child being named for someone and the others not.
    Lillian Elizabeth 6.16.13

  2. #8
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    Apr 2012
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    Yes, I would do it. I do kind of obsess that combos I come up with must have some kind of meaning rather than just being plucked out of thin air, so I intend to use the meaningful & family names I like (fortunately there are a lot). However, I'm quite lax with using family names- there are other, more tenuous ways of honouring relatives, e.g. one combo I'm liking at the moment uses the same initials as my dad's name, and sometimes just using a biblical name in a combo is good for me, as my brothers and I all have biblical names. So there are ways of making other children's names special.

    But I really don't think it matters that one would have a family name and others don't. I know plenty of siblings where the eldest has recieved a 'special' name and the younger sibs haven't- and they don't hate each other or their parents! Just go with what you love and don't feel you have to use names you don't like!
    William ♠ Thomas ♠ Peter ♠ Henry ~ Rose ♠ Alice ♠ Ivy ♠ Lowenna
    Mowesi ~ Henwyn Kernewek ~ Mebyon

  3. #10
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    Jul 2011
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    We intentionally use family names in the middle. However, with our second child, we used family names for the first name and the middle. She isn't too happy about not having her "own" name. Says she will change it as soon as she is an adult. But she is only 7, so maybe she will outgrow it! That's actually why we are considering trying to use two family names for baby #4, so she won't be the only one named after two family members.
    Mom to Alexander Patrick (10), Madelyn Esther (7), Genevieve Susan (2), and angel baby Theodore James (stillborn at 37 weeks on February 3, 2014).

    Hoping to welcome another little one into our family in 2015.

    Girls: Bridget, Elizabeth, Isadora, Felicity, Helena, Marianne, Violet, Penelope, Ophelia, Victoria
    Boys: Sebastian, Everett, Julian, Henry, Caspian, Desmond, Arthur, Nicholas, Anthony, Barnaby

  4. #12
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Great Lakes
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    I wouldn't use family names for some children and not others, but I'm just a really picky namer!
    ** The opinions expressed above are not meant to be reflective of Nameberry as a whole but are my opinion and mine alone. **

    Mommy to:
    Henry Nathaniel (3) and Julia Paige (1)

    Current favorites:
    Bennett - Emmett - Felix - Oliver - Owen - Preston - Samuel
    Abigail - Claire - Clara - Hope - Lydia - Maude - Molly

  5. #14
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
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    I used family names for one of my daughters (my 4th child) but not for my other kids. I would warn you that if you use family names it sets the expectations among other family member that they or their parents will be honored next. In retrospect I wish I had skipped it all together, because now that my daughter has my mom's name my dad would really, really like us to use his name.
    Mom of Paul, Clare, Mark, Katharine, James, and expecting Andrew Lawrence

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