If your parents / in-laws had named your children... ?

(47 Posts)
WhoPaintedTheLion Wed 06-Mar-13 21:05:09

Both sets of grandparents had their suggestions. If I had let them chose, I would have

DD1: Chantelle Jennifer (my mother's and MIL's choices)
DD2: Jasmine Lola (fil and father).

Their names are very, very different to those! It tickled me when I remembered that today.

twelvetimestable Wed 06-Mar-13 21:10:15

My dad suggested Calypso... strangely enough it didn't appear on our list!

PurpleBlossom Wed 06-Mar-13 21:16:23

My MIL said Crystal and my Mum Skye. Oh and my Uncle randomly threw 'Tiffany' into the mix confused

dimdommilpot Wed 06-Mar-13 21:33:34

MIL wanted Lexi. My mum wanted to name we chose (i think thats because she knew it was my most favourite nane ever).

emsyj Wed 06-Mar-13 21:34:55

MIL thought DH was a girl when she was pregnant and would have called him Victoria. The idea that there is any other girls' name than Victoria is beyond her. She suggested it for DD1 and again for DD2.

DMum likes Lucy, which I also like, but DH doesn't. However, DMum's main role in the naming process has been to tell me all the names she really hates, which includes most names in the world ever. <sigh>

Chubfuddler Wed 06-Mar-13 21:35:32

No suggestions made but on the basis of the names they gave thief children I'd say Wayne and Debbie.

No thanks

Nandocushion Wed 06-Mar-13 21:39:09

DM wanted me to name DS Jasper. I would definitely have considered Calypso.

DM would have chosen Catherine or Sarah and DFIL would have switched DD's first and midle names around. DF and DMIL wouldn't have any desire to express an opinion.

exoticfruits Wed 06-Mar-13 21:48:13

I have no idea- they didn't say and we didn't discuss - we just announced.

exoticfruits Wed 06-Mar-13 21:48:56

I mean DH and I discussed - we just didn't with anyone else.

MrSlant Wed 06-Mar-13 21:50:46

My mum has suggested the same name for each of our boys, my fathers! (sorry mum, just not into the dynastic name sharing thing wink )

LetUsPrey Wed 06-Mar-13 21:54:12

My mum didn't make any suggestions. For DS1 MIL suggested Derek. This was 2001. She is a very lovely MIL so it was a "smile and nod" moment grin

AmandaCooper Wed 06-Mar-13 21:59:20

My dad suggested Icarus which I actually quite liked ; MIL liked Jonti or Josh.

SingingSands Wed 06-Mar-13 22:04:38

My mum suggested Jack for a boy. Only, she suggested we spell it JACQUES so as to be a bit different. I actually did LOL grin

For a girl, she suggested Sammy. Which I really like, but we didn't use. Maybe next time!

skratta Wed 06-Mar-13 22:09:33

My (Step) DM wanted Anastasia, Cosette, Lissanna, Hilja (name from my language) or Safira (also name from my language, just think of it as Sapphira). Anastasia was pretty but to princessy. Safira was okay but only in our language!. Cosette (we aren't even French) and Lissanna... She went through that list for our three girls, with DS she wanted Issak, Leinel, Anouk or Sjander (again, all names in my language) or....Kyle.

My ( step) dad was a bit more sensible. Joshua, Elliot and Zebediah (really?) for DS and Lilja (name in my ,magnate, basically Lily), Topaz, Skye, Liljabelle, Susannah or Emily. Okay, Topaz, Slye and Liljabelle, and Zebadiah, maybe not, but the others are okay? Lilja was a middle name for one of our DDs! We used Joshua though.

DMIL wanted Vivienne, Laurel, Cara or Charity! Charity? For a boy, Aubrey (yes, for a boy, yes I know originally it was a boy name, but NOWADAYS he'd be bullied), Jesus (very common name in her culture- heyzus) or Alberto. She admitted to liking Benjamin, which we used with DS as a middle name.

DFIL wanted Luca, Thomas, Tobias, Quentin or Solemon for DS, and Miriam, Samia, Viktori (my language for victory! Seriously?) or Mariette.

KenDoddsDadsDog Wed 06-Mar-13 22:13:19

My mam wanted Morag or Elspeth for some unfathomable reason for DD1

Startail Wed 06-Mar-13 22:41:06

Actually my parents, DSIS and DH all agreed on DD2's name. I'd have used her second name, but it reminded my lot of a slightly annoying celeb.

No idea what anyone else would have called DD1, there was never any debate. I'd known what she'd was to be called since I was 14 and discovered my favorite G aunt had a nice second name (her first is so horrible she never signed it herself).

MunchkinsMumof2 Wed 06-Mar-13 22:43:55

Mil - Ralph Hugh
Mum - Sebastian for ds and Jasmine for dd.

CzarChasm Thu 07-Mar-13 04:04:22

Both sets of parents were happy to tell us what they didn't like, but kept their suggestions to themselves... except for DMIlL. She had three sons and apparently always wanted a daughter named Hannah Victoria. When DD was born she said that her name was beautiful but was a bit disappointed that she would never have a Hannah Victoria in her family. She is a lovely MIL so I just did a bit of smiling and murmuring non committal things when she gave me her beseeching eyes grin.

CheerfulYank Thu 07-Mar-13 04:45:34

My mother wanted me to name DS Hadyn.

For this baby she has thrown out Sophie, Iris, and Stella, none of which I am using. smile

Longdistance Thu 07-Mar-13 04:55:57

My mum liked Lilly, and my mil liked Laura. Mils choice was awful as she was my school bully, so that never got used. But we did use Lilly for dd1's middle name.

cjdamoo Thu 07-Mar-13 05:01:55

My mil was determined we call dd Tracey after her. We did not.

FreedomOfTheTess Thu 07-Mar-13 08:31:57

Ever since I was pregnant with DS1 (13), my mum openly expressed her love for Amelia, and her wish for me to use it if I had a daughter. My dad vetoed Amelia when I was born and repeated that veto when my sister was born.

My mum was disappointed when DD was born and we didn't use Amelia. She didn't say so, but I could tell.

Problem is, I cannot stand the name, and nor can DH. I dare not tell her that though.

alexpolismum Thu 07-Mar-13 09:25:18

MIL wanted to name dd after herself - Kalliope. Sorry, but it's not for me.

My mum would have chosen Catherine.

KenDoddsDadsDog Thu 07-Mar-13 11:17:32

I met a lovely Kalliope on holiday and considered it in hormonal madness - the rest of the family have traditional irish names grin

olivertheoctopus Thu 07-Mar-13 14:02:57

My parents have been very keen on Thomas with all our DS's. Nothing wrong with it per se but we have a v dull common surname and it would just be a bit 'meh'. Don't ever remember MIL suggesting any names but they would have been rejected!

LentilAsAnything Thu 07-Mar-13 18:00:58

DH and I like names that are quite outside the top 100, so thought the likelihood of anyone guessing them would be very low. We have a name for a DD, should we ever get one, and a back up five girls' names should we get twins-sextuplets girls! Of the five spare names we have, PIL have guessed one each!

I have loved the name Rochana since I knew a girl with that name at college 20+ years ago. DH likes the Rocky films. One night, FIL was round and Rocky was on, and FIL said 'Hey, if you have a boy you could call him Rocky, and Rochana for a girl'! I was shock! Rochana is hardly a name most people have even heard of! I think FIL made it up!
And then the other time, DH was interviewing for a job and the woman he was liaising with was called Tatiana. I have loved this name for years. MIL pipes up, 'Ooh, that's a lovely name, you should put it on your list!'

WildRumpus Thu 07-Mar-13 19:02:39

MIL lobbied hard for Kate or John when I was pg with our first. She looked like she was sucking on a lemon when we told her the actual name (foreign, several syllables, not just outside top 100 but actually outside the top 4000 in this country - ie weird!). She didn't bother lobbying for DC2. And by DC3 she seemed to think we were a lost cause but actually loved the name we chose.

Shesparkles Thu 07-Mar-13 19:07:05

We didn't have any suggestions, but had I been born a boy, I'd have been Robbie, which co-incidentally I wanted for ds but dh put the kibosh on <STILL glaring at dh about it 10 years later >

Wossname Thu 07-Mar-13 19:11:58

Pauline. This was 2 years ago.

I hate to think - If I had been a boy I was going to be Dougall Niall. shock

WeAreEternal Thu 07-Mar-13 19:29:49

My parents would have gone for something like Kyle or Joshua or Daniel apparently.

I dread to think what MIL would have chosen. her four youngest are called Lxie (yes it is spelt wrong, MIL is a moron its intentional) Kenzo, Tanysia and kai.
they are 14, 10, 7, and 4.
she is in her very late 50 and trying for another apparently

Thankfully DP has a 'boring' name as he his brother and sister were all adopted and so were already named with ordinary names when she "got them" (as she loves to tell people)

Bowlersarm Thu 07-Mar-13 19:31:50

Mil liked Imogen and Joseph. I wasn't keen on either at the time but strangely enough love Joseph now and half wished we'd gone with it. DM I can't remember commenting at all on names. Our first choice of name was Jack, which she liked, but we didn't go on to use it in the end

Wossname Thu 07-Mar-13 19:36:05

Lxie shock

Stixswhichtwizzle Thu 07-Mar-13 22:21:37

My 'D'm suggested Tiffany for my pfb! My lovely MIL said she'd named her children and was sure any name we picked would be lovely. I luff her. True fact.
My FIL had waaaay to many 'helpful' suggestions.

MsAkimbo Thu 07-Mar-13 22:35:56

Sailor for a girl. Not even kidding.

whyno Fri 08-Mar-13 12:40:11

My mum suggested Fanny. She genuinely wasn't joking.

Debs1990 Sat 09-Mar-13 14:18:21

My mum liked Alan as that's what I would have been called if I was a boy. My step dad suggested John and DP's grandma liked Dwayne!

OkayHazel Sat 09-Mar-13 15:58:45

Mum was desperate for Hermione!

Debs1990 Sat 09-Mar-13 16:13:08

I love the name Hermione but would never be brave enough to use it.

Gugglebum Sat 09-Mar-13 19:26:05

Mil I never would have asked since all she ever offered was how much she disliked whatever we suggested or did. If my mum had named my daughter, I'd have a Lily Rose. I actually like flower names, but that is a bit overkill for me.

BeeBopDingALing Sat 09-Mar-13 19:37:51

I have no idea. MIL would have probably named DD after herself because she is the most important person in the world. I'll ask next time I see her. I think it would have been quite a boring/traditional/family name though.

nectarini1983 Sat 09-Mar-13 20:16:21

Crystal and Skye are mine and my daughter's middle names ha ha!

nectarini1983 Sat 09-Mar-13 20:18:58

WildRumpus.... im intrigued as to what your first child's name is now..!!! Go on, spill.....

Arithmeticulous Sat 09-Mar-13 20:25:05

In 1970, my dad wanted to call my brother Micro. We didn't discuss names with him. Not that we discussed names with our mothers either- it was more the case of making a note of their suggestions and crossing them off our list.

MolotovCocktail Sat 09-Mar-13 20:40:02

My Mom wanted Tallulah for DD1 and Lily for DD2. I remember she was actually quite peeved that we didn't name DD1 Tallulah. The day before I gave birth she tried to change my mind about the name we chose for her. That was naughty.

MolotovCocktail Sat 09-Mar-13 20:42:59

Oh, MIL wanted Lily, too - for both DDs.

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