Category: ancestor names
He’s all about family names, but she’s not convinced. How do they move forward when he thinks their son is already named?
The dilemma? I don’t care for the name Jonathan!
The Name Sage replies:
The big trend in baby name news this week? It has to be borrowing a name from your family tree.
Once upon a time, it might have been expected that your firstborn son was a junior, or maybe shared his name with grandpa. In other places, family surnames were handed down along with the silver.
These days, there’s less pressure than ever to choose heirloom names. And yet we’re still inclined to honor our loved ones.
Other parents aren’t passing down family names, but they are coordinating their children’s names. Sometimes it is a shared first initial; other times, the theme is more subtle.
The nameberry question of the week: Have you discovered any great names on your family tree?
Have you found inspiration in any previous generation’s first, middle or surnames? Have you researched your ancestry on the web in hopes of coming upon a wonderful name?
Have you already used or are you planning to use any ancestral names for your children, and if so, in first or middle place? How far back did you go? Do you feel that this will forge a meaningful connection between your child and her roots?
Did you consider using a variation–a nickname, a modernization, a different spelling?
Care to share your discoveries?
Family names was the subject of a recent nameberry poll, in which you voted overwhelmingly –70%–in favor of using family names for your baby. Where to look for great family names? In your own family records, of course, as well as in nameberry for ideas of historic names that sound appropriate for modern life. Another great idea: you can hunt for original family names through genealogy sources — and build a family tree for your baby in the process.
The largest number of people who took our poll–46%–were comfortable with taking lots of liberties with Grandpa Wilbur or Grandma Enid‘s name to make them more modern-baby friendly. We’re happy to help. The following are some possible updates for those fusty, musty family names.
Wilma –> WILLA
How have YOU modernized a family name for your child? Tell us here!