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  1. #1
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    Ways to honor a name we don't like

    I'd like to honor my aunt Shannon McKenna in the naming of our next daughter. However, I don't like the name Shannon, nor McKenna. She does have a middle name that we could use if no other options can be found. I'm interested to hear your ideas on how Shannon or McKenna could be honored without using the actual names. Thanks in advance!

  2. #3
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    Do you like River? The River Shannon is the longest river in Ireland, which is where the name came from. Makena means "happy one" in Kikuyu. You could ask your aunt for names she likes or consider giving your daughter the same initials...
    Emily • Nineteen • United States
    ♂ | Samuel Edward George Arthur Ezra Gideon James
    ♀ | Jane Helen Anne Cora Phoebe Gwen Caroline

  3. #5
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    Shanna, Shayna, Shania, or even simply Anna/Anne.
    Kendra, Kenna, Mickie, or again, Anna.
    Mom to Emberlee Shea. Expecting #2 Aug 2014.

  4. #7
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    Sep 2013
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    I've thought long and hard about this, because we were trying to name this baby after a Walter and a Norman, neither of which I like!

    What about the month she was born in? The town? Is she always happy (Felix/Felicity)? Her birth stone? Birth flower?

    None of these ended up working for us. (Even their birth months were horrible names! LOL) But I'm hoping they work for you!! I, too, believe in honoring someone with a name.

    For what it's worth, I love Shannon, and it's my sister's name! Have considered using middle name Shane or Shea to honor her in the future.

    Good luck!

  5. #9
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    Oct 2013
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    You can honor people through names that have the same meaning as their names, favorite vacation spots, favorite music or band, a pet name (or the same meaning as the pet name), places they lived, places they worked, favorite colors, a favorite name of theirs (maybe they stated to someone they wished they had been named ___), their favorite bird or animal, birth stones, birth colors…

    There are so many ways to honor someone. I actually find it more fun to honor people in a way that others may not realize they are named after anyone, It can be a secret between close family and friends and up to us to tell who we wish. Most of my names in my favorites (middle names included), and about 10 to 15 more combos not in my signature, honor family or have special meaning to us (the extended family).

    Let the creative juices flow.
    Maebry Eloise o Emilia Sunday o Annabel Birdie
    Piers Lachlan o Roan August o Gray Everett
    -------- o -------- ~ o ~ -------- o --------

    heart my son

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