Category: question of the week

unusual family names

by Pamela Redmond Satran

My grandfather’s middle name was Owen, which was pretty unusual when I was growing up. I never thought back then that I’d name a son Owen, much less that Owen would become a Top 50 boys’ name!

What’s the most unusual name in your family? Can you imagine it ever coming back into style? Or maybe it’s so rare it was never in style in the first place.

We’d love to hear its origins, if you know them: How it was chosen, how the bearer felt about it, and whether Great-Uncle Oral inspired any namesakes.

We’d also love to know whether you’d consider using it as a name for a baby? A middle name? Do you love your unusual family name? Hate it? Why or why not?

For a wider look at unusual vintage baby names, check out our lists of lost names of 1916 for boys and for girls.

Get one of these awesome personalized family trees, unusual names and all, from the Etsy shop karuskicolours.

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I Love Them Both the Same!

baby names

I can never decide which name I like more, Daisy or Maisie.

I’m equally torn between Otis and Osias, Beatrice and Beatrix, Harry and Henry.

What two pairs of similar names do you love equally?

And why are those the two that inspire the greatest ambivalence?

Are they similar in sound or feel or image?

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Baby Jr.?

baby junior

We’ve (thankfully) moved beyond the days when it seemed like nearly every first son was named after his dad — and if he wasn’t everybody wondered what was wrong.

Today family names are still favored, but many parents are more likely to honor a grandparent or spin mom’s maiden name into a first than to name the baby after themselves.

Would you, did you, name your baby after yourself? Or did you maybe use some version of your name in your child’s name? Maybe you have a family name as part of your own that you passed on to your child?

If you did name your baby after yourself, or if you’re named after a parent, how do you keep the names from getting confused?

Or perhaps you’re a junior who would never foist your own name on a baby.

Tell us your experience with and your feelings about Baby, Jr.

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What Are Your Guilty Pleasure Names?

guilty pleasure names

We bet you’ve got (a lot) more than one. We want to hear them all!

What are the names that you know you shouldn’t love, but can’t help yourself?

Bring us your so-bad-they’re-awesome names, the childhood favorites you just can’t quit, the kree8if spellings you secretly like better than the originals.

Ready, set, confess!

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What Are Your Favorite Word Names?

word names

Beacon, Quince, Azure, Bliss….

A recent random search that started with Namehunter took me on a tour through a series of unusual and intriguing word names.

Which made us think of asking you: Which are your favorite word names, and why?

Traditionally, there are words that have been names for so long that they’re completely established in the lexicon: Daisy and Hope and Amber.

Then there are newer word names that are becoming widely used: Wren and Justice, True and Sky.

And then there are….well, just about any word you can think of can be a name. But should it be? Does it work?

So….which are your favorites? And what are some words you think would make great names?

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