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What's in a name?

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Tizzysmith Sun 16-Jun-13 12:10:34

Fashions in children's names seem to change with every generation, if not more often. Not unusual nowadays. But back in my day, during and after WW2 we seemed to be given names that our parents carried.
Some cultures believe that the sound of the name bestows qualities on the individual. Others that the gods smile on those named after them.
What did we consider when we named our children? Possibly that the shortened version was bearable? That Aunt Maude would bequeath some of her millions on her namesake?
And what of the present trend to name children after fruit? Apple, Peaches? Thank heaven that Prune hasn't caught on!
Did you like the name your parents gave you? I desperately wanted to be Jennifer. I was sure I'd be more attractive and successful under that name.
Do you like the names of your grandchildren (over which you don't have the control you earlier enjoyed)?
What's the betting that our grandchildren would choose something quite different if asked (at a reasonable age) what they would like to be known as. Let's hear what they say.

Wayfinder Sun 16-Jun-13 19:51:16

Born in the 1950s, we were all given the very boring names that had been in the family for generations: Mary; Ann, John, yawn, yawn, yawn.
I added an extra 'a' to my name, which made it infinitely better in my opinion smile

I gave my 3 daughters names that were individual and more unusual, without being outlandish. As far as I'm aware they are all happy with their names!

My 2 little grand-daughters (sisters) are named Sienna and Aria.
I wasn't initially keen on Sienna, but it's grown on me. The name Aria I loved from the start.

Isn't it funny how you can have an intense dislike of a name because you hated the first bearer of that name who you met?
I had that problem with 'Nick'. Couldn't bear anyone with the name, and my brother in law only served to intensify my prejudice!
It wasn't until I met a drop dead gorgeous but totally unattainable Nick many years later that my opinion changed wink

Pittcity Sun 16-Jun-13 20:12:48

My husband and son bear the family name, Charles, which I have traced back 6 generations (with an interesting detour in the late 19thC meaning the name went down 2 branches of the tree). My son has asked me if he has to give his son that name... I think his father will be disappointed if he doesn't but it will be entirely up to him and the child's mother!

Wayfinder Sun 16-Jun-13 20:52:14

Middle name perhaps Pittcity?
That might be the diplomatic compromise wink

Pittcity Mon 24-Jun-13 18:47:11

Wayfinder they have inherited a middle name too that was several times great grandma's maiden name.

scottydownsouth Thu 17-Oct-13 12:11:06

Having researched my family tree it is certainly easier to make connections between family groups as the middle name was usually either the Christian name of a relative or even better as Pittcity comments a maiden name.

My sister's middle name is Lawson which she has always hated.