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Who were you named after?

  1. Gordon Hamilton profile image97
    Gordon Hamiltonposted 5 years ago

    This is just a curiosity and a bit of fun. Obviously, a great many of us were named after parents or grandparents - but some of us weren't...

    I am the eldest of the family and one thing my parents were agreed upon is that they were having a son. (No idea why - as technology wasn't available in those days as it is now...) A name for that son was not easily agreed upon.

    My Dad wanted to call me Lester. His favourite horse riding jockey was the legendary British jockey, Lester Piggott.

    My Mum had two choices. Elvis (that should be self-explanatory) or Gordon, after the American actor, Gordon MacRae.

    Much as I do love the Sport of Kings, and to this day King Elvis remains one of my major heroes, I would have chosen the name I got from the three.

    What about you?

    1. Barbara Kay profile image84
      Barbara Kayposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I was named after a church if you can believe that. St Barbara's.

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    Muldanianmanposted 5 years ago

    My name is Marcus.  My mother's favourite TV programme when I was born was an American show called Marcus Welby, M.D., so I was named after this.

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    Motown2Chitownposted 5 years ago

    My parents had not yet decided on a name for me.  My mother chose Megan and my father didn't care for it.  The nurse who assisted in my delivery was a family friend.  Her name was Michele.  And, so, I became Michele, because my parents agreed that it was a beautiful name.  My paternal grandmother's name was Grazia, and my middle name is Grace.  :-D  I love my name.

  4. recommend1 profile image71
    recommend1posted 5 years ago

    I was named Christopher (supposedly from the carrier of christ, representing someone who carries the true information) then Thomas which is my grandfathers, great-grandfather,s and great great grandfather's first names back to 1800.

    I am not sure if mymother was having a laugh calling me Carrier of the truth and Thomas the supreme doubter both together in one handle ! big_smile

  5. My Stories profile image61
    My Storiesposted 5 years ago

    My name came about by a book my mother was reading.  She was reading this book about a little black princess and decided to name me after her.

  6. Mighty Mom profile image91
    Mighty Momposted 5 years ago

    I was named after my mother's college roommate! (Susan after Sue Rosenthal)
    Middle name is my paternal grandmother's name. (Elizabeth).
    My sister got the cool, unusual first name (Hilary)
    but got my maternal grandmother's name as her middle name (Esther). She didn't like that so had it changed to Erika!

  7. Cagsil profile image83
    Cagsilposted 5 years ago

    My father.

  8. shimmering Dawn profile image84
    shimmering Dawnposted 5 years ago

    My mother went to the university after I was conceived.. in her late thirties and decided to name me wisdom .. of course another word for it smile

  9. Danette Watt profile image87
    Danette Wattposted 5 years ago

    According to my mother, I was given the name I have because the mailman's wife took her other choice. She decided if she delivered a girl, I would either be Danette or Danielle. When she heard the mailman's wife had a little girl and named her Danielle, I got the other name. I've always liked it because it's a little different. I never used to meet other Danettes but am now. In fact, there are 2 other women with this name in my area now.

    1. cardelean profile image89
      cardeleanposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Did you know that the midwife that delivered both Grace and Alex is Danette?  I'm not sure if I ever told you that.

      1. Danette Watt profile image87
        Danette Wattposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Really! No, you never told me that. And I didn't know you had a midwife.

  10. transinata profile image78
    transinataposted 5 years ago

    my father


    1. Greek One profile image80
      Greek Oneposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Your dad's name is "Solid Black Line"??


  11. Greek One profile image80
    Greek Oneposted 5 years ago

    according to Greek custom, as the first born male in the family, i was name after my paternal grandfather

    (ie Greek One Senior)

  12. cardelean profile image89
    cardeleanposted 5 years ago

    I was named Cara after one of my mother's dance students.  My middle name, Jean was after my maternal grandmother's middle name.

  13. Chaotic Chica profile image85
    Chaotic Chicaposted 5 years ago

    My first name is after my father; my mother wanted Kerry but my father wouldn't agree so they chopped off the 'rd' from Leonard to make Leona.

    My middle name is Louise after my mother's favorite cousin.

    My first born is named after a great friend and my favorite uncle.  Next in line my husband named after some bullrider.  Next boy has a family name-first is after both of my step fathers (former and current), my father in law and his father, middle after my husband's middle which is after his mother's father.  Last is a little girl and her middle name is after a great friend but her first was chosen by my husband's grandmother.

  14. Ivorwen profile image84
    Ivorwenposted 5 years ago

    My father named me after his favorite singer at the time, substituting my mom's middle name for the singers, as they happen to be very similar sounding.

  15. BRIAN SLATER profile image85
    BRIAN SLATERposted 5 years ago

    I think I was named after the milkman smile
    My wife, Moira was named after Moira Anderson the 1960's Scottish singer, her father was mad on her. It takes all sorts!!

  16. Stacie L profile image87
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    My parents told me I was named after Princess Anastasia of Russia...one of the Czar's daughters that claimed to survive the slaughter..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Duch … _of_Russia

  17. Rosie2010 profile image82
    Rosie2010posted 5 years ago

    I was named after my grandmother, Antonina.  That's what it says in my birth certificate.  But when my parents brought me home, my father's sister said Antonina was an old woman's name.  So, my parent's changed my name when I was christened, which is the name I'm using.  When I first applied for a passport, I had to produce my birth certificate which has my legal name, but not the name I go by.  So my passport says "alias Antonina."  So cool!  I have an alias.

  18. Rafini profile image81
    Rafiniposted 5 years ago

    I was named after a famous actress that my mother liked.  No idea where my middle name came from....hmm

  19. Richieb799 profile image64
    Richieb799posted 5 years ago

    some French musician Richard Anthony or something lol

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    klarawieckposted 5 years ago

    I was named after a cake. We bakery was downstairs.

    1. Stacie L profile image87
      Stacie Lposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      sweet! which cake?

  21. FloraBreenRobison profile image60
    FloraBreenRobisonposted 5 years ago

    I was named after my grandmother on my mother's side.  It is just a coincidence that if you remove the "I" in my last name, my first and last name are the same as that of a British Character actress from the Studio System era.  People who don't know my grandmother's name is Flora thought I was named after Dame flora Robson.  But I wasn't.

  22. Bobri Dobri profile image81
    Bobri Dobriposted 5 years ago

    Nice thread! I was named a name which sounds similar to raspberry, because when my mom had labor she craved raspberry! So funny smile