Friday, October 24, 2008
What's In a Name?
I'm doing a little survey over at Caffeine Court. I asked readers to name their children, and their children's five best friends. I also asked which state they live in. I wondered if certain states leaned toward any particular states (such as southern states having a preponderance of names like Savannah, and New England states leaning towards names like Nathanial.)
I haven't had a baby in five years, but I remember how much fun it was choosing baby names.
My husband and I went with very traditional names that had meaning for us. For my oldest daughter we chose Margaret Rose. We call her Meg, after my great aunt. We like the name because it can grow with her. I didn't want to choose a name that wouldn't sound dignified when she is 80 years old.
Our second daughter is Catherine Mary. Once again named after her great Aunt and Great Grandmother. There were four children in their family, Mary, Catherine, Margaret and Patrick. I never had a boy, but if I did I would have loved the name Patrick. We also would have gone with William after my father.
As you can see, choosing names with meaning was very important to us. For some people it's all about expressing themselves. Or they just absolutely love a name and want to pass it on to their child.
In the case of some celebrities the need to be expressive goes a little too far, i.e. Apple, Moses, Knox, Pax, or Dweezil. I thank God I never felt the need to name my children after a fruit.
How about you, what's the story behind your children's names?