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March 9th, 2011 04:28 AM #71Junior Member
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Re: Very Long Baby Name Game (Life Story)
It is 1960 and you have just gotten married! It has taken some time for you to find “the one” and you are both 30 when you get married, but you are so in love. You are the perfect couple: you’re both well-liked, beautiful people with popular 1930’s names.
Your full name: Margaret Ruth Farrell
Husband’s full name: Richard James Farrell
You realize that the spare bedroom in your new house will be perfect for a nursery and can’t wait to fill it! You start trying for a baby right away and it happens very quickly. In 1961, you deliver a bouncing baby boy! You and your husband are thrilled with the new addition. You decide to honor the baby’s grandfathers by making his first name reminiscent of your father’s name and his middle name reflective of your father-in-law’s name.
Your father’s name: Henry Clarence Lamont
Father-in-law’s name: William George Farrell
Baby Boy #1’s name: William Henry Farrell
You love caring for Baby Boy #1, but after 2 years you begin to yearn for a daughter. Your husband also wants a little girl to dote on. In 1964 when your son is 3, you have a healthy girl. You want her to have an angelic and feminine name.
Baby Girl #1’s name: Deborah Mary Farrell
You are so happy with your family and are determined to be the perfect housewife and mother, but your husband has a secret to tell you: he has just discovered that he has a 13 year old daughter from a previous relationship. Her mother has recently died, and she has to move in with you! You are shocked by the news and are not ready for a teenager, especially with a newborn in the house. Nevertheless, you love your husband and rise to the challenge. The thirteen year old was named by a teenage mother so she has quite a trendy name from the 1950's.
Stepdaughter’s name: Linda Pamela Russell
You learn to love your stepdaughter as your own and settle into life with a 13 year old, a 3 year old, and an infant. Life goes as planned for 5 years. In 1969, when your stepdaughter leaves for college and your youngest is 5, you long to have a baby in the house again. You are 38 now and are unsure if you can get pregnant, but you decide to give it a try. Miraculously, you find out that you’re pregnant with twins! 1 boy and 1 girl arrive in 1970. You’re so thrilled with having twins that you want their names to match.
Twin Boy’s name: Steven Thomas Farrell
Twin Girl’s name: Shannon Tamara Farrell
With four biological children plus your stepdaughter, you feel complete and decide to stop having children. Though you don’t expect your family to expand anymore, your stepdaughter is beginning a family of her own. She meets and falls in love with a German man who attends her college. In 1971, when she is just 20, she quickly marries him and adopts his German last name.
Son-in-law #1’s name: Jurgen Markus Metzger
Stepdaughter’s new name: Linda Pamela Russell Metzger
Little do you know that the reason for their quick marriage is that your stepdaughter is pregnant! She gives birth to a beautiful baby girl and gives her a German first name. Since you have been such a positive maternal influence in her life, your stepdaughter honors you with her baby’s middle name.
Granddaughter #1’s name: Hannelore Margaret Metzger
In 1972, when your first granddaughter is born, your other children are 11, 8, and 2. You are keeping busy with them and don’t plan on adding to your family since you are 42. However, your husband has a friend who recently adopted a child, and you and your husband see how happy he and his wife are with their new baby. You are quite drawn to the idea of adoption. In 1974 you get approved to adopt in Africa, and instead of bringing home one baby you bring home triplets (2 boys, 1 girl) who have been orphaned. Although you give them popular 1970’s first names, it is important to you to honor their heritage and give them African middle names.
Triplet Boy #1’s name: Michael Ayodele Farrell ("joy has come home" in Yoruba)
Triplet Boy #2’s name: Matthew Olufemi Farrell ("God loves me" in Yoruba)
Triplet Girl’s name: Melissa Enitan Farrell ("person of story" in Yoruba)
Life is great! Time flies and you watch your first son go to college, then your first daughter go to nursing school. In 1986, when your son is 25 and traveling in Mexico, he meets a beautiful Hispanic woman who he proposes to. He brings her back to the U.S. and you have the pleasure of meeting your first daughter-in-law. You admire her ornate Hispanic name.
Daughter-in-law #1’s name: Gabriela Rosario Xochitl Pérez Martínez
Within two years, your first son and daughter-in-law give you your second grandchild. They have a baby boy with a common 1980’s first name and a Hispanic middle name. His last name is hyphenated so it includes both his mother’s maiden name and his father’s last name.
Grandson #1’s name: Brandon Miguel Farrell-Pérez
Your first daughter is next to get married. She meets a handsome doctor at the hospital where she works as a nurse and marries him in 1988. The doctor is Irish and his name reflects that.
Son-in-law #2’s name: Sean Padraig Daly
In 1990, your daughter gives birth to twin girls! You love little girls and are thrilled! The girls are given fully Irish names like their father’s.
Twin Granddaughter #2’s name: Aoife Brighid Daly
Twin Granddaughter #3’s name: Emer Fionnuala Daly
Five years later your second son marries a lovely girl with a classic American name.
Daughter-in-law #2’s name: Rebecca Anne Whitney
The happy couple decides to have just one baby. It turns out to be a baby boy and your second grandson! The baby’s first name is your daughter-in-law’s favorite name. His middle name is a tribute to the baby’s grandfather (your husband.)
Grandson #2’s name: Benjamin Richard Farrell
Your second daughter seems content without any children. She decides against getting married, but she resides with her partner in Australia. Her boyfriend has a popular Australian name.
Boyfriend’s name: Jack Lachlan Cooper
By now we're up to 1996 and the triplets were adopted in 1974. Since they clearly aren't nine years old, I'm adding a bit for them and the grandchildren.
Your older triplet son gets transferred to Kyoto in 1997, where he meets and marries a charming young lady. She has a beautiful Japanese name.
Daughter-in-law #3’s name (written Western style): Noriko Tayama
The following year, they have a little boy--your third grandson! They elect to give him a Western first name and a Japanese middle name.
Grandson #3’s name: Alexander Ichiro Farrell
Your younger triplet son is gay. In 1998, he moves to Connecticut, meets a nice young man and gets married by a justice of the peace. Your new son-in-law has an Italian-American name.
Son-in-law #2’s name: Joseph Francis Bonaventura
In 2001, they adopt a child--an adorable little girl of nine. You love her on sight. Born in 1992, your new granddaughter has a gender-neutral first name and a traditionally female middle name:
Granddaughter #4’s name: Morgan Amanda Bonaventura-Farrell
Your triplet daughter decides she doesn't want to get married. She does, however, want children. In January 2002, she gets artificially inseminated and nine months later gives birth to your fourth grandson. She gives him an African first name and the surname of a black scientist as a middle name:
Grandson #4’s name: Olujimi Julian Farrell (for Percy Lavon Julian [http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0775691.html], who first developed cortisone)
In 2002, your oldest granddaughter (the one with the German name, who is now 31) gets married. Your new grandson-in-law is from New Orleans, and has a French name.
Grandson-in-law 1's name: Nicolas Baptiste Trevigne
In 2005, they have a pair of fraternal twins--one girl and one boy. They elect to give the children the first names of their paternal grandmother and paternal grandfather and, as middle names, the first names of their maternal grandmother and grandfather (your stepdaughter and son-in-law).
Great-Granddaughter #1’s name: Justine Linda Trevigne
Great-Grandson #2’s name: Raimond Jurgen Trevigne
By 2011, your oldest grandson is 23, your twin granddaughters are 21, your second grandson is 15, your third grandson is 13, your fourth granddaughter is 19, your fourth grandson is 10, and your great-grandchildren are 6. Your grandchildren of marriageable age are busy with school and work and don't have the money to get married yet. This gives you some time to just sit back and enjoy your family! Congratulations!