Saturday, 3 August 2013
What's In A Name?
Some, it seems, have name choices set in stone from childhood. (Just as well I didn't stick with mine - the world probably has more than enough Laurens after its '80s/'90s popularity, and Cassandra is a bit too much for my taste now!*) Whilst other parents are still debating their chosen names, or at least the order to put them in, at the eleventh hour on their way to the registry office.
Which brings us on to middle names. To have or not to have, that is the question. And if to have, then how many? Not to mention surnames, especially if the parents are unmarried, or like me a feminist who has kept their own name. All in all, a complete minefield!
Add to that all the personal associations you build up over the years (for example, I hate the names Justin and Amelia because of particularly horrible children at high school), and then for me, top it off with a decade of teaching and all the name associations and likes/dislikes that brings, and naming your children becomes a complete headache.
Having had two girls so far, we still have our original boy name waiting in the wings, but choosing the right combination of names for girl three is proving tricky. Particularly as we decided from the start to give all our children three middle names!
So, I'm being nosy, how did you decide on your children's names? For what it's worth, here's our rationale so far:
Number one daughter is called Lara Alice Mary Ann. Lara was a long-term choice of mine, long before the reality of having a baby, and is named after the wonderful heroine of Doctor Zhivago. (The very beautiful Julie Christie if your DZ knowledge only goes as far as the wonderful but inaccurate David Lean/Omar Sharif film!) Alice is after my very dear late great aunt who is fondly remembered; Mary after both of my grandmothers (one's first name, the other's middle name); and Ann is both my mum's and bizarrely my aunt's middle name.
And number two daughter is Sophia Agnes Katya Anastasia. Sophia (pronounced So-FY-a not So-fee-a) came about because Steve liked Sophie and I liked Sophia in the conventional pronunciation, but we thought both too common**. Then we remembered the old English pronunciation as 'So-fy-a' and loved it, so that is what she became. Agnes is after Steve's granny and a name I loved anyway, and Katya and Anastasia are two of my favourite Russian girl's names, but wouldn't be good as first names. Katya because no British person can pronounce it properly, and Anastasia because it is shortened to 'Nastya' in Russian, which I loathe. So giving them to Sophia as middle names seemed like a good plan!
Oh and as for the surname thing, I have mine, Steve has his, and the children have both. Now we just have to get number three's names sorted...
Go on, indulge me, what are your children's names, and why?
* If those are your name choices, please ignore me. They are both lovely, and I am certainly no Katie Hopkins!!!
** 'Common' as in frequently used, not lower class, I hasten to add!!