There is a lot to be said about a name. Why else would parents spend so much time on looking for that perfect name for their
For my first child everyone knew the name. His name after long consideration was after some cloned kid on a show. (Totally NOT my idea. His name is now overly common) I gave him his middle name. His middle name was after a family member. (Completely what I wanted). Turns out, my son's name was a name a family member wanted to use for their child had they ever had a son. I had my son years after they finished having kids, so thank goodness I had no fear of knowing I inadvertently stole a name.
My following children, no one knew the names until after they were born and the other children had a chance to meet them. Well minus the last, because I didn't want anyone at the hospital. I just wanted to go home already. They all have unique names. They met the criteria both my husband and I were looking for.
1. Biblical or relates to our heritage
2. Name can be both Biblical and relate to heritage. Our intent was to honor God in allowing us to take care of his gifts.
3. They needed to be unique, but not so unique that they were easily made fun of.
4. No pressure to name after a family member. Prefer not to, but if it works out that way it's cool.
5. Middle names can be as common as we like
6. Look at the flow of name and how it will appear when in initial form, this includes the middle name.
My second son's first name is unique for the most part. His middle name is after someone really special to my husband who passed just shortly after my husband and I met. This person meant a lot to my husband so I was more than happy to oblige.
My daughter wasn't named after anyone.
My third son wasn't named after anyone per say. We googled unique names and his was one of the first to show up. His middle name is after a family member, something that just worked out that way. I really wanted to name him after my great grandfather, but my husband said "no way". (Honestly, I think "Metro" is an awesome boys name and it's unique to boot.)
The coolest part is that the first letter of each of their names makes up my posting name. L.A.C.E. Yep, when it came to the fourth child, his name also depended upon what word I could make out with the letters. I know. I'm strange. It's old news already.
There are other reasons names are so special. Names can help us stand out or blend in. Actors and Actresses have been known to change their names, even by just adding a few letters, to help be memorable in a market always looking for a fresh face. Come on Lady Gaga is NOT her real name no matter what someone might tell you.
For me, I use L.A.C.E. to both stand out a little and to maintain some anonymity. My name is rather common. It is also meaningful to me and those who named me. I have been told this story many times. My mom had always told my Great Grandmother that she would name her daughter after her. My Great Grandmother didn't believe her. I mean really, over the years I have had many names for my daughter. None have become her name. To my Great Grandmother's surprise and pleasure, my mom did as she said and I was named after a very wonderful person. Unfortunately, she passed away when I was 8 months pregnant with my daughter and they never got to meet each other. She had just had her 100th birthday that year. Never had my name meant so much to me as it does now. I may not be able to see my Great Grandmother in person anymore, but I will always have a piece of her that no one else does with me always.
Wait. Did I forget something? My real name? Hello. My name is Sarah. It's a pleasure to meet you all without the mask of anonymity. (This post is dedicated to Nicole J over at Knocked up.)