Thursday, 7 March 2013

What's in a Name ?

 I know my husband will be horrified that I have committed my thoughts to paper (or more accurately cyberspace)  but it is something that has bothered me for several years now.

I think we made a mistake with one of our children's names and I wish I could change it !

 There I said it for all the World to see.

I read with interest this article in the   Guardian

I do feel your name dictates how people view you and although it seemed like a good idea at the time to name one of our boys after a very cool rock star.   I really, really do wish now we had gone for the famous rugby player name instead.

I had no problems with my eldest son's name.  I always, always wanted him to be called Jacob.  A strong biblical name, I read the story that he was his mother's favourite son.  As (at the time) I had no intention of having more children it appealed to me even more.

The name suits him, People call him by it and rarely shorten it to Jake.  He refers to himself as Jacob, which is always a good sign and I think the name holds him in good stead for adulthood.

When we found out we were expecting twin boys we spent a lot of time discussing names.  Should they both begin with the same initial ?  Should they be similar ?  We decided as twins they would have enough to deal with being collectively called "The Twins" and so decided on completely different initials and sounding names.

I do think like my taste in clothes, music and other areas of my life, my choice in names has changed over time.  There are of course names I would never dream of giving my children, none starters from the off, like Wayne or Kevin.  Is it snobbish ?  Is it where we live ? The family and friends who surround and influence us ?  Our aspirations for our children ? 

All that said, maybe there is some kind of devine intervention at play. My gorgeous twin already appears to be living up to the name we chose for him.  It's looking like he is not destined to be a great academic but he might, just might be a world class footballer, which suits his name just fine!

Maybe it was the right choice after all .....


  1. I found choosing names for my girls to probably be one of the hardest decisions in my life it felt such a responsibility. Bailey Imogen is now 9 and is still an unusual name for a girl and this is quite apt as she strives to be different than the rest at school - indeed today she went to the World Book Day as The Lonely Tree - knowing the chances were no-one else would. Savana Yasmin is now 5 and her name again is quite unusual (well it had to be if the first one was). The only down side the girls see at the moment is that whenever we go anywhere that has children's names on it eg, keyrings etc they both say WELL OUR NAMES WON'T BE THERE at first this used to disappoint them but I know Bailey loves being different and I think Savana will do too as she gets older.

    1. Thanks for your comment lovely lady.

      I agree with the unusual name theme. With a surname like Jones I wanted them to have names that stood out and were not "ordinary".

      I do think it's a pain when "your" name becomes popular. We see so many Jacobs about these days but 18 yrs ago there was barely one.

      Lol, we have the same problem with the name on keyrings etc.

      The names you chose are gorgeous by the way. I do know another Bailey but not a Savana xx

    2. we have heard of a few Bailey's and Savana but spelt Savanah! so Savana gets cross when they spell her name wrong lol

  2. We had more trouble picking our daughter's name. However there are many boys in my husband's family and we couldn't use any of those names for our son... Plus given that my husband is Italian and we lived in Italy when our son was born we even deliberated on a couple of Italian names. However in the end he got an English name. His godparents got to give him a name when he was baptised so he has three Christian names (and one is one of the Italian forms of Matthew)!

    1. Thank you for your comment Cathy. Sounds like you had your work cut out !

      Hopefully though you are happy with your choice ?

  3. I had my names chosen and stored up for years. If DD had been a boy she would have been called Zev (or Zevi) after my Grandpa whose English name was Woolf. It's very interesting what you say about tastes changing because had DD been born 20 years earlier she might have been called Eliana. I loved that name then and there are loads of them around (here in Israel) now. I find it too frilly a name for my taste now. And I wanted a more unusual name. We only know one other girl with DD's name but quite a lot of boys as it was traditionally a boy's name.

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