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?
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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!
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
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.
Did you know that the midwife that delivered both Grace and Alex is Danette? I'm not sure if I ever told you that.
according to Greek custom, as the first born male in the family, i was name after my paternal grandfather
(ie Greek One Senior)
I was named Cara after one of my mother's dance students. My middle name, Jean was after my maternal grandmother's middle name.
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.
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.
I think I was named after the milkman
My wife, Moira was named after Moira Anderson the 1960's Scottish singer, her father was mad on her. It takes all sorts!!
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
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.
I was named after a famous actress that my mother liked. No idea where my middle name came from....
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.
Nice thread! I was named a name which sounds similar to raspberry, because when my mom had labor she craved raspberry! So funny
by prettydarkhorse 9 years ago
How did you choose the name of your child?What factors did you consider?
by Katie McMurray 11 years ago
Many of us don't share our name via our user name!So what's your middle name?How many names do you have?
by lee custodio 10 years ago
Who are you named after, and what is the significance behind your name?
by Faith Reaper 7 years ago
Have you ever had anything named after you?Growing up, I had a street named after me, LOL ...true story. When the city decided to expand the neighborhood, they made a new street to run alongside our home. We then lived on a corner. I remember as a small child when the city...
by Katie McMurray 11 years ago
I start by naming a name and the next person comes up with a middle name to go with it and the next person comes up with a middle name for the last name and on and on it goes....I pick.....Betty
by Jane Ramona Rynkiewicz Frieman 7 years ago
Inspired by lj_bot on the Live Journal website, I reworded this person's question of "Name That Baby". As a baby you were given a first name most likely by your parents. What name would you have chosen to call yourself? My name Jane was my mother's middle name selected by my father....
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