My eldest son was a baby I adopted, so he came with one name; and then I had the chance to decide whether or not to change his name when the adoption was finalized. His original first name was an ethnic one that would have been very unusual in our family's "circle", but I didn't want to completely change the first name his birth mother had given him. So, we shortened it, and I figured he got to keep that much of what she had given him. We gave him my father's first name as a middle name, because that would mean part of his name came from me. His last name, of course, is his father's last name; so part of his name comes from his father too. Somehow, I guess, it was our way of giving him a name that had meaning with regard to his identity.