I always love name discussions!
I'll start with the twins. I was very adamant that I did not want twin names, probably because of a story I heard back when I was in highschool, twin girls, about 3 and they were Erin and Erica, and the one called herself "ca", because that was all the difference she could tell in their names. The grandma telling the story thought it was cute, I found it sad... anyhow, back on topic.
I didn't want anything starting with the same letter. DH and I both liked the name Abram, different but not too weird. Our kids HATED it. Told us how weird it was, etc. lol (now they do not recall their extreme dislike of it lol). His middle name is Hunt, because that is his paternal grandfather's middle name, and we always do family names for middle names. It worked out well because Abram actually looks so much like his grandpa! He is a mini-Ronald for sure. And that is also why we went with Hunt, I just couldn't do Ronald. lol.
Wyatt I have liked for a long time, before really mentioning it to dh my kids heard me mention it to a friend and they LOVED it, probably from the show SuperWhy. So every name discussion they would say Wyatt. DH was not a huge fan, but it just stuck, and we couldn't find anything else we both liked better. And it fits him. Unfortunately I did not realize that it is more popular than my usual preference (the top 100 is usually out for me). His middle name is John, and is after a few ppl. My great grandfather was an identical twin, his name was John (americanized from Johannes). My great uncle is also John (after his father), and dh's maternal greatgrandfather is John. But mostly after my great grandpa.
You should have heard all the suggestions we got for our twins names, some in jest, some not, though I sure made fun of them later. lol
My older two, Brilee is named after her daddy. My dh is Brian Lee ____. So I made up Brilee from that, of course, I have heard it a ton since, but hers still has special meaning. She loves being named after her daddy. Its pronounced Bry-lee, but no one ever says it right the first time, but I wanted it to be spelled like her dad's name. Her middle name is Arlene, after dh's grandma. She passed about a year before Brilee was born and was just a wonderful lady. DH wanted it for her first name, but it wasn't my favorite for a first name. Thankfully my kids, so far, all love their names.
My older son is Tucker, which dh and I got from an old song he learned in elementary school, "Old Man Tucker". Its a silly little ditty he sang to dd all the time. We were constantly joking about names, ya know, Anakin, Frodo, Elmo, just strange names, he jokingly suggested Tucker, and I said I liked it, and he said he did too. I later realized it rhymes with a profanity. DS was rhyming his name one day last year and I had to tell him why he couldn't say that word, he kept saying it over and over. Thankfully he had never heard it before, but sad to have to teach him it. His middle name is Reed, that is my paternal grandpa's middle name. His first name was Donald, and yeah, not a fan. But I really like Reed, and my Grandpa Don was the best grandpa ever, sadly he passed when I was 6.
I don't know what we'll name a future kiddo, if there ever was one. Names are sooo hard!
Rachel, momma to 4
dd 9, ds 7, twin boys Dec 09
I nursed my twins for 2years and 2 weeks! A little sad to be all done now.
I started writing a list of names that I like on my computer very early on -- I mean "one baby on the ultrasound" early, maybe 6 weeks. My boyfriend asked rather timidly at about 8 weeks if it was too early to discuss names so I busted out my list. We dropped my first boy pick, Declan, immediately because half of the family speaks Spanish and I didn't want it to be pronounced "de klan." Yikes! So my next boy picks were Dara and Kieran. My boyfriend loved Dara right away but as a girl's name, and he definitely liked Kieran but had difficulty pronouncing it. We came up with more unisex names that we liked for a girl, like Shane, but none stuck. My boyfriend liked Kieran spelt Ciaran better and I agreed but thought it would never be pronounced right here and wasn't sure if that would be a big deal, but decided the mispronunciation (see-are-on instead of keer-in) isn't ugly at all so it doesn't matter. My boyfriend and I waivered on boys names a lot, for a time leaning toward Ronan. At 9 weeks we emailed back and fourth a few times and settled easily on Citlali for a girl's middle name because we love Citlalmina but can't say it right. That was easy. We waivered a lot on first and middle names for the boy the night before my scheduled induction -- so really just hours before my water broke before the induction that never happened. I still find it crazy to see their names wriitten down on official stuff like their social security cards. It's so weird that we just get to pick a person's name!
With DD1 we knew whether a boy or girl, we would name it Sydney (the sex determining the spelling) becuase that is DHs grandfather who is a big part of both of our lives. So we wanted to name our first born after him. Syds middle name is Ann after my mother and Frances after DHs mothers middle name (her first is Darlene and Syds initials would have been SAD).
With the babies, we had a very difficult time coming up with names. We didnt even attempted to consider names until we new the sexes and them we flirted with the idea of A and B names but they kept changing who was A and who was B so that was out. Plus I didnt want their idenity to be based on where they were in the womb! So after finding out we were having both, the boys names starting coming a little easier.We finally decided on either Bradley or Dylan and DH liked Bradley just a bit more and Brad was a lot less popular then Dylan. David, his middle name, is after DHs father. We had no idea was to name the girl. We knew the middle name Marie whihc is after DHs grandmother (sidneys wife). DH was stuck on Jessica and I didn't want that but I couldnt come up with anything else. I finally got it narrowed down to either Kaylee, Claire or Paige. Delivery day comes Brad is born Kaylee is ripped out and we still had decided on her name. After waking up, the first thing DH said to me was "after what you just went through, you can name her whatever you want". So they wheeled me down to the NICU and I though after seeing her I would know but I had NO IDEA! SHe the nurses asked me what I thought for names and I quickly ruled out Paige because I remembered that a friend of mine used Paige for her Daughters middle name. So I was left with Kaylee or Claire and my attending nurse said she was partial to Claire because she had one and that sealed the deal for me (that meant Claire was popular and we wanted names that werent overly popular) so she became Kaylee. Everyone wanted to spell it different ways but I like it how it is.
So Sydney Ann Frances
Bradley David and
Kaylee Marie and yes all our childrens names end in the ey sound.
We picked our DS's name out of boys' names that we liked. There really isn't a big story behind it. We love the name Wyatt, as it is a family name...my DH's grandmother is related to Wyatt Earp, which obviously means he is too. However, Wyatt has become so popular. So, we went with Isaiah. I am part Irish, so we picked Patrick for Isaiah's middle name. I just loved how the names flowed together too.
As for the girls, we wanted Irish names for both of them. However, we could not decide on two Irish girl names that we just loved. Our favorite Irish name is Mairead -- /ma/-/raid/--, but no one knows how to say it, much less spell it. So, we decided on Keira. Sarafina is just a name Ipicked out of a baby book. I really didn't think DH would like it at all, so I threw it out there jokingly. Well, he loved it! We changed the spelling, since it is technically Seraphina. We knew most people would have no clue how to pronounce it if we stuck with that spelling. The girls middle names were picked from the Bible. We struggled for three years of fertility issues and treatment to have our girls. So, we picked two names of women who struggled with and overcame fertility issues. So, we ended up with Keira Elizabeth and Sarafina Rachel.
Izzie was a compromise. DH and I could not agree at all on a girls name. The names I liked he didn't and vise versa. He was stuck on Isadora - it was the name of the diamond on the movie how to loose a guy in 10 days. I hated it. I didn't like "dora" at all and I didn't want her to be called "dora" by anyone. (The funny part is she loves Dora right now). I tried to get him to go to Isabella where I could call her Bella but he hated that. So we compromised on Izzie. We weren't for sure how we were going to spell it but we just copied the pattern of my name. Her middle name is Ann after my mother and material grandma who both have the middle name ann. I wanted my daughter to have my maiden name (Rose) as her middle name but my niece was born first and took that plus it didn't flow as well as Izzie Ann.
The twins my husband wasn't interested at all. He was in a major depression about having twins and just didn't care. He said I could name them whatever I wanted. I really like the name Easton so I had that picked out for a boy before we knew what the sexes were. He is named after sporting goods. I wanted a name that went with Easton. For the second name, I wanted another vowel because Izzie and Easton both started with vowels. I wanted it to flow with Izzie and Easton and I wanted Easton and his twin bother to have similar names so they shared something but yet individualized. Ashton is the town my husband and I lived in when we were married, so I decided on Ashton. I decided baby A (the first one to come out) would have the first name I picked out.
For thier middle names I knew I wanted to name one after my maternal grandfather and one after thier dad. So I knew James and Todd would be thier middle names. I picked who got what middle name by thier personalities in the womb. Easton reminded me of my grandpa and Ashton's behavior reminded me more of his dad. The funny part is when they were born, Easton looked a lot like his dad and Ashton doesn't.
Until the day of my ultrasound, I swore I was having two girls! We even had two girls names chosen....Isabella Christine and Ekaterina Lane. We both love the names Isabella and Ekaterina. Christine is my Mom's name and Lane is a family middle name in DH's family (his Great Grandmother, Grandmother, Mom, Sister and Neice all have Lane as their middle names). At the ultrasound, we found out we were having a boy and a girl.
We chose to go with Isabella Christine for a few reasons. "Isabella" means consecrated from God or gift from God. After all we went through to get pregnant and then stay pregnant, she was definitely our gift! We also loved the nickname Bella and thought people would have difficulty with the nickname Katia. I don't think I realized just how popular Isabella was/is though. There are times I wish we had chosen something else though we (and she) still LOVE her name. Also, I was in the hospital on bedrest when hurricane Kartina hit 5 days before the kids were born. We thought that association was just too close at the time, so that sealed the deal. Once we found out there was only 1 girl, the middle name was always going to be Christine. My Mom is my best friend and I wanted to honor her. She and Bella are very close! Also, MIL already has a grandchild named after her, so I didn't feel bad chosing my Mom.
For Trey, it was a huge battle! DH always told me that he did not want a III. Until the day I got pregnant....then it all changed. His real name is Gerald Charles, which I have never really liked, and never wanted to name my child. I only agreed to do it because I have a great respect for both my husband and FIL. He has been more of a father to me than my own father or my step-father ever were. I agreed to honor him as long as we came up with a nickname that I loved. I liked Chad, but my DH thought it was too 80s and he hated it. We argued alot about it! LOL! He came home one day and said that someone at work suggested Trey since "tre" is three in Italian and he is the third. At first, I hated it, but the more I considered it I loved it.
Thus, they became Gerald Chales and Isabella Christine or Trey and Bella!
Sometimes I say I should have held out! After my pregnancy and delivery, and all the complications that went with btoh, he admits now that he would have let me name them Scooby Doo and Pink Panter if I wanted too! But I was unconscious after the birth, so he told the docs and family the names that we had agreed on
P.S. I LOVE names! I already have names picked for future children that I will never have LOL
I have always done family names for their middle names and their first names as their own. I prefer names that have significant meaning to me or in the name that aren't on the top 100 most popular list. They also all needed to be able to have a short nickname. I'll start with my oldest and work down from there....
My oldest, my only boy, was born 5 weeks early. No name was figured by then, but he looked so tiny, with little squawks for sound when he was hungry. He had a dark complexion and dark hair. I wanted a name that sounded calm yet strong. Five days after he was born, he was named Brendan (Little Raven) Eric. Eric was his father's middle name and his uncle's first name.
My first daughter's name was the only name I knew in advance before she was born. It was unique at the time and I just loved the ring of it. The Irish meaning of it is graceful and beautiful. I wanted to nickname her Kai as Chai is the symbol of life. Her middle name is my middle name and my mother's name. Her name is Kylie Lynn.
My second daughter was a surprise. She arrived two weeks after I knew she existed so I had very little opportunity to consider her name. I knew that I wanted her middle name to be named after my grandmother. My now ex wanted to give her first name as a friend of his named his daughter (who was just born) a name he really liked. So we compromised. Her name is Hailey Ruth Marie (I call her Ruthie or Haibear).
Now there was a huge gap between my older kids and my younger kids. New DH came into the picture and ttc took much longer (3 yrs) with much heartache as a miscarriage (Frankie - gender neutral and used to be a nickname for all of my kids) had transpired following a very high risk pregnancy with our third daughter. She arrived on time, but not breathing, so even her delivery was not without worry. We hadn't decided on her first name but we knew her middle name by the time she arrived. My sister had passed as well as DH's mother, so we knew this child was destined to have both names as her middle name. But after she was born, we had a family meeting and we all unanimously agreed that the name we chose was appropriate. Her name is Journi Dacia Maria.
Well we figured that since it took so long to be blessed with Journi, we started ttc three months after she was born. A month later, we were told we were expecting and shortly afterwards was given the shocking news that there were two. We knew that these were our last kids and we both agreed on no rhyming names, but we couldn't decide on the names. They were Pepsi and Coke for the majority of the pregnancy, but Salt n Pepper and other rivals were thrown in the mix. We decided one would be named after my ggpa's and my dad's middle name - well part of - as well as my ggma's first name who were married and soulmates. The other middle name was decided on my other sister's middle name. But when they were born 5 weeks early, we still hadn't decided on first names and who's name should go with who. At that point, we decided one should have an "A" name and the other should have a "T" name after each of us. We figured out the T name quickly, but the A name we needed to vote on. The A name means intelligent in Japanese and anchor in Scotland. We then figured out who the name fitted based on what they looked like and how they were when we held them. Their names are Akira Lydia Gene (Baby A) and Taelynn (after Tracey Lynn) Ranae (Baby B).
DD Twins: 8/4/09 @ 35 Wks - No NICU, woot!
DD Twins: 8/4/09 @ 35 Wks - No NICU, woot!