Where Did You Find Your Child’s Name?

One of the best recent message boards to spring up on nameberry cites a story of a couple who pick their child’s name from a character on Sex & The City, and then morphs into a discussion of how and where people found their children’s names, or where their parents found their own.

So we thought, like our sixth grade teacher, we’d ask you to share these stories with the whole class.  Where did you find your baby’s name?   What interesting, unusual, surprising, or inane sources did your friends and family use for names?

Name books or the nameberry message boards?  The Bible or your family tree?  Movie credits or world maps?  Maybe you’ve been carrying around a favorite name since third grade.  Or maybe you just overhead a name you liked and decided to make it your own.

Tell all!

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Devon Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 1:29 am

I haven’t had kids yet, but they will come from my family tree. I think it’s important to name people after those you care about.

luckymomma Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 1:45 am

My son’s name, Ronan, came from babynamesofireland.com (this is WAY before nameberry, BTW). I was pushing for Conan, hubby didn’t love it, but then I found Ronan and voila! Instant love for both of us.

My daughter’s name, Beatrix, hmmm…it was on one of the lists in Beyond Jennifer and Jason. We were driving back from Las Vegas and that was one we marked. We didn’t definitively decide until after she was born (we didn’t know gender).

Both kiddos have family names as middle names (Beatrix has my mom’s first name and Ronan shares a middle name with his dad).

susan Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 1:58 am

I think I named my son after Peter Pevensie, but maybe I named him after Peter Rabbit. I also love the disciple in the bible named Peter. Peter is also my cousin’s name. Peter’s middle name is Sebastian, and I love the butler named Sebastian in the book “Heidi”. Laura is named after my husband’s grandmother, but I love the name Laura because of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. Laura’s middle name is Elizabeth. My mother and sister have Elizabeth as their middle names. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s middle name is Elizabeth, too.

Deborah Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 5:06 am

My mother: Beatrice, after her mother’s middle name.
Me: Not Sarah Anne, after my father’s mother! My mother held out for Deborah on the inspiration of the moment (it wasn’t at all popular then) with Anne in the middle.
My son: Peter after a friend and also Peter Sellars, with whom he shares a birthday, but mostly because it’s a nice name. 1st mn David, from my birth surname; 2nd mn Alastair after two good friends and to give him my initials.
My first daughter: Caroline because she looked like one, and with a nod to my friend Carolyn; 1st mn Beatrice; 2nd mn Mary after her paternal grandmother Bertha Maria.
My second daughter: After Caroline’s death we wanted to use one of her names, so Daughter #2 is Beatrice; 1st mn Elizabeth after paternal step-grandmother Edith Elizabeth; 2nd mn Anne.

But if there had been beloved ancestors called Humphrey or, well, Bertha they would not have been commemorated!

Ashley Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 7:00 am

I’ve had a strong connection to music my entire life, but the first piece of music that I can remember moving me to tears as “La Momma Morta” sang by Maria Callas in the movie Philadelphia. When I found out I was pregnant, I knew the name would correlate to music. “La Momma Morta” is an aria sang by the character Maddalena, so my initial choice was Aria Maddalena, but my DH didn’t like Maddalena, so we had chosen a female character from a favorite author to replace it. Unfortunately, my mother in law passed away three weeks before Aria’s birth, so we changed her middle name to MIL’s maiden name.

Alyssa Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 8:07 am

We found my son’s name (Thad) in the book “Baby Name Wizard” (this was before I discovered nameberry et al). Although we didn’t plan on using it when we initially found it, when we were struggling to settle on a name in the hospital it just kind of came back to us. His middle name I hate to report because I was strongly opposed to it: Carroll. It has been the first name of the first born son for generations in my husband’s family. I didn’t want to use it at all but when my husband did I insisted it at least be relegated to the middle name. Don’t think I’ll ever get over that one.

Stella Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 9:36 am

The names my fiance and I have picked out are as follows:
Clementine: I sent these fruit to him anonymously with little notes when I was “courting” him. He looked a little sickly at the time, being in grad school!
Avalon: To honor his father, Lon.

Luther: MLK influence, but also a name I have started to really like over the past 2 years.
Ronin: My partner is into Japanese culture, especially samurai legends. Ronin is a samurai without a lord who makes his living by wandering (in some cases, as a bandit). We have traveled a lot in pursuit of work!

Meliss Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 10:04 am

Harrison Felix

Harrison: His grandfather is Harry, as well as an uncle who died liberating Holland in WWII.

Felix: We debated this as a first name because we think it is adorable (much unlike our parents). In my family tree it is also the name of my great-great-grandfather.

jpruitt76 Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 10:46 am

My eldest is Norah Louise – Nora is a name I’ve always loved (and is sort of a nod to my mom’s stepmother, Eleanor). But, we added the “h” due to our mutual love of singer Norah Jones. Louise is a treasured family name on both sides.

My youngest is Lucy Emmamarie. Lucy was a name we’ve always both just loved (but for various reasons couldn’t use when we had our eldest) but it turns out it’s in my husband’s extended family tree. Emma is for my mom’s grandmother who raised her when her own mother died when mom was a young girl. Marie is my paternal grandmother’s name.

My husband and I have an agreement that we pick a first name we both like and I get the middle name spot for family names from my side (if we have future kids, the middle name will be either my mom’s maiden name, Morris, or her mother’s middle name, Jewel).

katie Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 10:46 am

I discovered my husband’s great grandmother’s name, Cora, when she passed away shortly after we began dating. I had always known her by the family nickname, Mama. It was such a lovely name that I filed it away for future use. 5+ years later, pregnant with our first child, we decided on Cora Elinor. When announcing the name to my family we got a surprise. Cora Eleanor had been my paternal grandfather’s mother’s middle names (she had two). I had no idea as she had passed away long before I was born. What a coincidence! Our other 2 kids, Mae and unnamed baby #3 due in August, don’t have very interesting stories, just seemingly endless searches and negotiations.

gipro2003 Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 11:06 am

My first name: Giulia is after an Italian movie my mom watched a few months before I was born. She fell in love with the movie and the name. My first mn: Judith after my godmother/aunt, and Karin after my grandma.

My mom was born at the same moment that the Olympics began in Munich in 1972 (we are from Germany) and my grandma wanted to name her Olympia, but thought it might be too unique and chose it as her first middle name. Her second mn is Ernestine after her godmother/grandma (Erna)

My youngest brother Wyatt Marshall Makale has the most interesting story though. Both of my parents work/have worked in law enforcement (cops, prison guards, etc.) Wyatt was the first in my family to be born in Texas and the only one that can possibly be a Texas Ranger one day. He is named Wyatt after Wyatt Earp, Marshall to represent the law enforcement title and my parents goals for him, and my then 9 year old brother chose Makale after the Russian name Mikhail.

Erin Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 11:10 am

With my oldest son Cody, I just went through a baby name book and picked all the names I could liked, gave it to his father and told him to come up with combos he liked. Within days, we had settled on Cody Ryan.

With Logan my husband and I branched out a bit more. Logan was a favorite of mine already, but my husband loved it because it was the real name of Wolverine in the X-Men comic books. His middle names, John and Whitman (he has 2) were my fathers name, and a family name on my husband’s side, respectively. For girls we were a bit more creative. We liked Angelie (a name derived from Anjali, which we saw in movie credits and loved); Ireland, which is my heritage; and Ainsley, a favorite of an uncommon name site, though it’s now very up-and-coming.

Becca Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 11:43 am

I don’t have kids yet but when we have kids the mn’s will most likely be from the family tree. As for first names I like Esme for a girl ( I love twilight but it has family meaning too my g-gma’s mn is Mae and I just think it is girly sounding) for a boy I like Ezekiel nn Zeke ( from the Bible! ) and alot more names! Cool post!

Stephanie Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I’ve always been an avid name geek, so when we went through the adoption process with our daughter I assumed I wouldn’t like her given name and would want to change it. When we got the call about her, though, we loved her given name: Savannah. It wasn’t a name I would have chosen– in fact we were sure her name would be “Lucy”. But after deciding that we could call her Savvy, we were sold. We chose her middle name, Harper, after Harper Lee (the author of my favorite book). We liked the message of To Kill A Mockingbird, and hope that she will embody some of those same values.

Erynn Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I named my daughter Fiona after I saw it in a movie called “This is my Father” with Aiden Quinn.Then I found out that I have a great aunt over in England that has the same name.I did not name her after princess Fiona from Shrek, but everyine thinks so.She has 2 middles 1st is Grace adter a great grandmother 2nd Faye after my mother.
I named by dog Oliver after my favourite chef Jamie Oliver.Hes not technically my kid but I love him just as much!!

Sachiko Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Most of my kid’s names are from family: Japanese, Scandinavian and Mormon pioneer ancestors. That includes William, Takashi, Fumie, Hisa, Marie, LouJean, Dustin.

My kids’ nicknames are all from pop culture. Chief (from HALO), Buffy (the vampire slayer), Suki (as in Stackhouse? this was BEFORE the show. And the later books in the series)

I’m a Mormon homeschooler, so many of my friends don’t get any of these references, which makes it all easier, actually.

babynamewizard has also helped me immensely. I am now highly aware of matching phonemes from first names to last names, and balancing syllabic emphasis. It makes shorter work of finding names that “sound right” with the last name.

Sachiko Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

I forgot to mention, we chose Bronwen from various fantasy books set in Wales or with psuedo-Welsh characters and languages.

I nearly chose Peter to honor Peter Pevensie (Narnia) and Peter Wiggins (Ender’s Game, Ender’s Shadow series) but I decided it would be too embarassing to meet Orson Scott Card and be that crazy fan who names kids after his fictional creations. I’m crazy in other ways, but not that one.

braveangel2 Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

We knew it was going to be an E name, so we sat down and went through the entire E section of the book, The Secret Universe of Names. At the bottom, they give an example of a person with the name, and it was Emmeline. I thought it was a bit frilly, but as the pregnancy went on, it grew on me. We went in with Emily and Emmeline, and when she was born, we chose.


braveangel2 Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Oh, and her middle name, Rhapsody is my favorite word in the English language. Dad is a drummer, so that was just a bonus.

leah_9 Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

We dont have children yet but we already have found some meaningful names for future kiddos.
For boys we like:
Andreas Peter. Andreas is my partners fathers mn. He migrated from Germany as a child and my partner just loves the name. Peter is a form of my last name.
Julian Edgar- After my favorite grandpa, James Edgar.
For girls we like:
Cecily Renee- Cecily is from Oscar Wildes play “The Importance of Being Earnest” This is one of my partners favorite plays. Renee is his mom mn.
Elinor Alice- Elinor is from Jane Austens Sense and Sensibility. Alice is the nn my mother has always called me.
Vivien Elizabeth- I just love Vivien, but I also admire Dr. Vivien Thomas and his amazing accoplishments. Elizabeth was my grandmas mn.

Courtney W. Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

I named my son Quentin. I first heard the name as a child. The babysitter was a huge soap opera fan and there was a character whose name l fell in love with on Guiding Light…. Quinton Chamberlain. So, the name had stuck with me. After graduating from college I met a lady who was pregnant. She was going to name the baby “Quinton.” At this point in my life, I was a Quentin Tarantino movie fan after having watched Pulp Fiction & Jackie Brown. I told her about a really “cool” alternate spelling of the name….. “Quentin.”
She used that spelling. For a while I thought the name was going to be off limits.

When hubby and I were pregnant 8 years later we both made name lists. I didn’t want my cousin Quincy to think I was naming the baby after him, so I chose not to include the name on the list plus there was that “You’re going to use the same name as your friend” thing that annoyed me.

To make a long story short, I told my hubby about the omission because I wasn’t happy with the names we had picked out (Julius, Miles, or Trey). Hubby liked Quentin better and so did I. And that was that!

I chose his middle name after my own maiden name so that he would bear both family names and also to honor my deceased father, who never got to meet his grandson.

elizaroxy Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

We named our second son Cameron. A friend of mine had that name and I just loved it. Cam is his nickname. I’m not as worried as I used to be about girls having the name. Yes, there are a few around but it is still widely a boys name where I live. We call him Cam Cake for fun!

Sarah Lu Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Alice Grace [my sister]
She was named after our great grandma Alice, and Grace has been the middle name of the first born girl in our family forever!

Charles David [my brother]
He was named after my dad’s uncle Charlie [Charles], and has my dads name as his middle.

Sarah Jean [Me]
My dad just liked my name…
Yes, my siblings got nice, classic, family names while I got Sarah.
Jean is from my Grandma.

Joan Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

My daughter’s first name, Helena, came from a combination of my favorite grandmother, Helen, and my mother’s favorite grandmother, Lena. We call her Lena as a nickname, since Helena is kind of long. I also like the Western feel of Helena (like the city in Montana) because although we live on the East Coast now, I’m from the Pacific Northwest. We knew we needed a middle name that started with B because my husband’s family had a strong expectation that we would name after his grandfather who had recently passed away. I had a terrible time thinking of girl B names I liked, though! My husband liked Beatrice but I had a strong personal negative association. Then I saw people discussing Beatrix on Nameberry and just loved the sound of it and the x ending and the nod to Beatrix Potter, so her name is Helena Beatrix, nn Lena. (We almost changed our minds when we discovered a few weeks before the due date that Beatrix Potter’s first name is Helen–we didn’t want to name her exactly after Beatrix Potter–but we decided to just hope that most people won’t know this piece of trivia. So I guess maybe I shouldn’t go around posting it on message boards.) 🙂

Emmy Jo Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Our son is named Julius Arthur.

Julius made our list primarily because I liked it. I wanted something old-fashioned that had fallen out of standard use, so my list was composed mainly of names that were more popular 100 years ago than they are today. I had a college friend name Julien, and his name always appealed to me, so that’s probably what led to me adding Julius to my list. If I had to pick someone he is officially named after, I DO like that there’s a Julius in the Bible. He was a Roman centurion who helped the apostle Paul escape from a shipwreck when all the other soldiers wanted to kill Paul.

We chose the middle name Arthur because it’s significant on both my husband’s and my side of the family, and I loved that we could honor both sides at once. Arthur was my dad’s middle name and my husband’s favorite grandpa’s middle name. I’m also a fan of medieval literature, including Arthurian legends, so that made the selection triply appropriate!

The website that probably had the most input in our name choice was the Social Security Administration’s baby name rankings. The other names on our favorites list were family tree names, Biblical names, or names from literature. I don’t like the idea of picking a name I simply found in a baby name book because I don’t feel like it would have any personal significance for me.

spinfairy Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

When we were pregnant with our first child, I kept quiet for a long time about my favourite name for a girl – Halcyon, fearing that my husband would just stare incredulously at me and laugh. Years previously I had seen a TV adaptation of a book by Rumer Godden, in it were sisters called Una and Hal (Halcyon) and it got filed in my memory bank as a great name. Luckily I found one of hubbies CD’s had a track called just that and casually dropped it into the conversation!! Luckily (no.2) he had a short think and loved it just as much as me. So when baby no.1 turned out to be a girl Ha lcyon Daisy had arrived. We wanted to give her a semi-normal middle name in case she detested her first name.

DD2, Octavia St0rm was a more difficult matter. Having had no other names picked out for girls (we had a boys name)we had to think hard. DH wanted Storm, but I thought having a storm after calm (halcyons meaning) we were rather tempting fate! Finally on reading a newspaper, there was a young lady called Octavia in it and the decision was made.

DD3, Ariadne 0cean was an even harder choice than DD2. No names seemed to fit with our other daughters names and although we had toyed with Ariadne before, I kept going off and on it. However in the end it was Greek like DD1’s name and had a lovely meaning. Ocean was chosen because we thought we would stick with the noun theme we seemed to have created with the other two!!

DS1 Inigo Syd ney Arthur was a rather easier task. Pregnant with child no.4 (sex unknown) we were convinced we were having another daughter and beginning to panic about names. So when our son arrived we breathed a sigh of relief! Inigo was again a name I had loved for ever and is really unusual in the UK. Sydney honours my grandad and Arthur honours my DH’s dad. Decision made! We never did choose a girls name…

Nickelle Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I don[‘t currently hav children but am TTC. I had picked out my boys name years ago. Michael Joseph, for someone who meant a lot to me and who I wanted to thank and honor by naming my future son after him. But for my girls name I searched high and low for years (long before I was even TTC) and found things I liked but nothing I loved. About a year ago on the babygaga forums I was reading a girl’s profile who had a new daughter whose middle name was Maeve and I fell in love right away. But I thought I’d put it in the middle because I was sure my mom would hate it and I so wanted to please everyone with my choice. Eventually I threw it out completely out of frustration because I really loved it as the first name and didn’t want it in the middle so I figured if I couldn’t use it as a fn I wouldn’t use it at all.

Later on the nameberry website I came across the names Lucia and Luciana both of which I thought were beautiful and right away decided that would be my girl’s mn (family all agreed it was beautiful) but still torn about a fn I posted in the nameberry forums asking advice and lots of great mama’s told me I should go with my gut and use what I really loved because in the end it’s my baby and my mom already got to name her kids. Plus, someone pointed out that I was probably lost on girl names cause I really loved Maeve and wasn’t going to find anything that equalled it. So taking all the great supportive advice I decided to use the name I really loved and *fingers crossed for daughter soon* she will be Maeve Luciana.

Kerri Says:

May 27th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

2 sons:

Ian Connor Thomas and Elliott Cole Taylor

Ian from “The Outlander” series by Diana Gabeldon. I would have gone with James/Jamie but my hubby vetoed. Connor was random and Thomas is our friend who shares the same birthday, and became his godfather.

Elliott from my best friend’s idea, who would have used it for one of her 3 boys (Henry, Charlie, and Teddy (Edward)) but her hubby vetoed as it was his childhood gerbil’s name. Whatever, I loved it. Cole was on our list for both boys as a first, but got moved to second when we picked Elliott. Taylor is because he was born on another close friend’s birthday (Kurstin) who became his godmother. Because Tom and Kurstin are also good friends and she knew about the Thomas thing, we gave her the 2nd mn slot and she chose Taylor which is her maiden name.

So, we ended up with ICTM and ECTM, very symmetrical initials for our little guys.

Holly Says:

May 28th, 2010 at 12:07 am

when i have a son im naming him after edmund from the chronicles of narnia and my future daughter ( if i have one) will be Nara, which i got from the japanese comic naruto of which me and my partner are avid fans, it was one of our favourite characters last name

Anamarie Says:

May 28th, 2010 at 8:14 am

We have two boys, Dean and Grady. I am due in a week, with a little girl.

Dean was my husband’s grandfather’s name. He was a pilot in WWII, and crashed. He was one of the few surviviors from his brigade. Dean’s middle name is Patrick, which is my husband’s mn.

Grady was one of my classmate’s names from High School. Whenever I heard his name, I would smile. It was the perfect name! (I was a name obesser). When I was pregnant for the second time, I ran into the name again. Its Irish, just like my husband’s name is Irish.

Now for our last child, who is not here yet! 🙂 We were thinking either Lucy Catherine or Ada Catherine. I used to watch I love Lucy, when I was younger. So I fell in love with the name, and Lucille Ball. The 2nd choice, was a name we found on nameberry! I was suggested it by someone, and I fell in love with it. I did research, and I found out I had a Great- Great Aunt with the name Ida. I also have a Great- Grandpa with the name Asa. So If I combine those, I get Ada! 🙂 Catherine is a family name on both sides.

JNE Says:

May 28th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

My daughter is Imogen. I first encountered Imogene in a book I read when I was very young; I found the name extremely odd, but not displeasing. Then I moved to England in the 90s and became familiar with the name Imogen. Her mn is Lily – it’s a name we loved but felt was too common (based on SSA stats and knowing several). I first personally met a Lily in college and just thought it was such a great name.

My son is Oliver. It’s one of those names that everyone knows, so it’s not like we “found” it anywhere… but between a number of book and online resources (here , nymbler, SSA, Wattenberg’s stuff, etc.) we encountered it and it started to challenge (and eventually overtake) our original boy name choice, George (which is Ollie’s middle).

In general, to find names we liked, we relied on online sites (nameberry, Wattenberg, appellationmountain, SSA, UK’s baby name stats, etc.) and offline naming books (if it was on the shelf at the local bookstore, I paged through it, probably every page, probably more than once!). But also of extreme importance were names we’d heard at some point over the years that stuck with us. That’s the source of our daughters first and middle and our son’s middle – we were probably inspired to reevaluate and include Oliver on our list based on a combination of sources where we saw the name.

Charlotte Vera Says:

May 29th, 2010 at 2:14 am

My beautiful, 13-month-old daughter:

1st name) Roseanna — after my MIL, who passed away ten years ago

1st middle name) Ruth — after a close friend growing up and the character in the Bible

2nd middle name) Adeline — a name I fell in love with after reading some of Ann Radcliffe’s novels, also a nod to my family’s German heritage and the family name Adelheid (which doesn’t “go” with our last name)

If Roseanna had been a boy:

1st name) Cedric — simply because we like it. I appreciate that the name was coined by Sir Walter Scott — loved Ivanhoe!

2nd middle name) Charles — after me

3rd middle name) Marcus — after my husband

Charlotte Vera Says:

May 29th, 2010 at 2:15 am

I thought I might add:

I named by dog Miles after a character from Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies.

Our cat, now deceased, was named Cecil because I was looking for a name that went with Miles.

Dana Says:

May 29th, 2010 at 11:50 am

*Mia Sara~ after the beautiful actress in the movie “Legend.” She also played Sloane in “Ferris Bueller’s Day off.” lol. It means: My Princess.

2nd Middle name) Louise~ It’s both me and my mom’s middle name. It’s passed down.

*Liam~ The father’s (Tom) middle name and his great grandfather’s middle name was William. I figured it was a bit updated version.

1st middle name) Angus~ because Tom is obsessed with AC/DC and seeing me cringe. lol.

2nd middle name) Macmillan~ I was due to deliver on both his great-grandfather and his great-great-grandfather’s birthday. June 18th. Macmillan is his grandad’s and great-great grandfather’s middle name.

arkishac Says:

May 30th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Kirstan Cartier:

Kiersten was my branch manager’s daughter’s name who is also German. Apparently it’s a pretty popular name in Germany, be it that Rose from the TV sitcom Golden Girls’ is of German descent and her daughter’s name is Kiersten also.

I altered the spelling from ‘Kie’ to ‘Ki’ like my name Kisha. I changed the ending to -an because my middle name (Shaneal), my husband’s middle name (Iman), and my mother’s middle name (Jelane) all have -an in the spelling.

Cartier: Not like the luxury jewelry line but a scrambling of my dad’s first and last name- Arthur Collier.

Rosalia Says:

May 31st, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Nina because we liked the short, sweet sound while looking through various baby name books, and middle name Rose to continue family tradition (after her mom, grandma, great-grandma and great-great-grandma)

Dove14 Says:

June 1st, 2010 at 9:18 am

This is fascinating!

I’m named after the Swedish national flower (my heritage is highly Scandinavian), which I think was also the first name of one of my great-grandmother’s friends and had been a favorite of my mother’s ever since. My middle name is my maternal grandmother’s first name.

My brother’s first name was that of a great uncle or some other Norwegian descendant and his middle name is my dad’s first name (a common practice where we live).

My son’s name we found in a book while specifically looking for nature names (in line with my name). It also honors my Scottish/Irish heritage and (subtly) incorporates our love of fantasy literature. His middle name is my dad’s first name.

Our second child’s name will be determined in a matter of weeks (hooray!) but both our boy and girl choices incorporate family names and nods to nature. 🙂

Dublin Says:

June 1st, 2010 at 11:26 am

We don’t have children yet, but are TTC so we discuss names often. Our favorite girl name is Fiona Evangeline. Fiona was my Scottish penpal when I was in elementary school and I have always loved it. It was cemented as our favorite name when my parents moved to Scotland and we fell in love with the country. We first considered Evangeline because of Evangeline Lilly. We grew to the love the name even more because we are both from South Louisiana.
For a boy, we haven’t completely found “the one”, but there are several that we like. “Wallace” inspired by William Wallace, and Andrew for several reasons: St. Andrew, Andrew from the bible, Andy Roddick and Drew Brees (favorite athletes) and we were introduced by a mutual friend named Andrew. We are also considering Kendall. My first name is my father’s mn and Kendall is my husband’s mn so it could be the start of a new tradition!

Anna Says:

June 6th, 2010 at 3:43 am

I was named Anna Michele after my mother and g-g-gma’s middle name (Ann), and my brothers gave me the name Michele after the character in Full House 🙂

I would one day like to name my son Harry or Harrison after my deceased g-uncle who greatly impacted my life. And I would love to name a daughter Emma Michele after my mn and because I feel Harry and Emma really fit well together!

I love names that come from the family tree, however the most important thing to me is that the first and middle name letters add up to 11! I have noticed that many of my family members have the 11 letters and so does my boyfriend.

hollins2007 Says:

June 10th, 2010 at 3:12 am

I was named Nicole because my mom’s named her first baby doll when she was young Nicole and she gas loved the name ever since. She told my grandmother (her mom) at the time that when she had a real baby girl, than she would be named Nicole….. So …. 16 years later…. I was born!

Suzanne Says:

June 15th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I dont have kids but i have lots of names picked out which my future hubby will have to choose from
Wyatt: Charmed, love the kid! if i have twin boys their middle names wil be Jason and Kristopher after the actors of Wyatt (8 now)
Tyson and Tyler: youtube, wiiliketopray, awesome gamers!
Riley: olson twins show but like it more for a girl
Owen: birth card at hospital
Caleb/Cullen: random seen somewhere ( and no not from Twilight

Miley: Miley Cyrus, best singer eva (better then lady gaga!!)
Jordan: read it in the newspaper (kidnapped girl) and loved the name, sad story though
Logan: this site because i was looking for a matching name with Jordan
Ryan: Idem Logan
Alyssa: Alyssa Milano
Piper: favorite actress Holly Marie Combs plays Piper in Charmed
Riley: a show with the olsen twins, loved the name

I want at least 4 kids, preferable 2 boys and 2 girls and their names are gonna be Miley Logan, Jordan Riley, Wyatt Tyler and Tyson Owen if i can choose anyways :p

kalee Says:

April 10th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Currently TTC so names are a huge topic and all of our favorites have a story behind them:
*Felix Aaron Matthew – Felix was my great grandfather’s name and Aaron Matthew was the first and middle name of my older brother who passed away
*Jovie Kaleena Michelle – Jovie came from the movie ELF and Kaleena Michelle is the first and middle name of my older sister who passed away
*Declan – was supposed to be my lil sisters name if she was a boy
*Remy (g) – I found in the book ‘This Lullabye’ by Sarah Dessen when I was a teenager
*Charlie (b) – I have loved since I was little and heard it in a movie
*Delainey – a little girl I used to teach dance to was named Delainey and I instantly fell in love with it when I met her

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