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Honouring someone in baby's name...

(16 Posts)
orangetickle Mon 07-Jan-13 23:04:01

I was very sick before falling pregnant and an amazing doctor saved my life and my fertility.

Baby is due in a few months and DH and I have been discussing using the doctor's name as a middle name (a second middle name - so the 'Charlie' in Alfred Bertie Charlie Smith (not the real names!!). We like the name as a name, and we also thought it would be a good way to honour the doctor/remind us of our blessings.

Is this a bad idea? Will it just always remind me of a very difficult time? Or is it just weird? The doctor will know the baby's name (since we'll obviously let the doctor know when the baby's born) so might realise what we've done, but it's not a 'weird' name so it could also have just been a name we've always liked. Am worried the doctor will think us odd (or just plain sucky!!).

Any views? Once it's done, it's done and I don't want to always regret it either way...

TillyTommyTootToot Mon 07-Jan-13 23:57:28

I think it's a lovely idea and I'm sure he would be honoured!

orangetickle Tue 08-Jan-13 14:15:27

Thanks smile That's what I was hoping the reaction would be - just wanted to check my pregnancy hormones weren't getting the better of me!!

MolotovCocktail Tue 08-Jan-13 15:26:18

I think it's fine and I empathise with where you're coming from. The OB's first name who delivered DD2 (an uncomplicated ELCS) is Alexander and I have a very soft spot for him and that name!

badtime Tue 08-Jan-13 15:51:51

My mother had a lot of trouble ejecting me, and my middle name is the name of the midwife at the delivery. I have always though that was very sweet.

Doingfine Wed 09-Jan-13 13:22:54

A lovely plan and a story to be told as they get older

GrimmaTheNome Wed 09-Jan-13 13:31:19

No, its a lovely idea.

I heard of someone whose father got back from registering his birth and admitted to the mother he'd added an extra middle name in honour of someone he hugely admired (not Nelson Mandela but that sort of figure). The mother decided that if he felt that strongly the boy should be called by this middle name. I always thought that was pretty cool all round. smile

Allalonenow Wed 09-Jan-13 13:36:56

I think it is a lovely idea, and I am sure the doctor will be delighted, also it will be such a good story to tell your child.

LunaticFringe Wed 09-Jan-13 13:42:17

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Murtette Wed 09-Jan-13 16:30:44

DD's middle name is a form of the name of the bride at the wedding where DP and I met. It also happens to be a name we like a lot but the connection is the reason why we chose that name as DD's middle name rather than any of the other names we liked. We know, the bride knows (and her DH if she knows him!) and a few friends do too, mainly ones who we've had a random "how did you chose names" chat with. I've told DD but she's too young to understand. If it wasn't for this wedding, I wouldn't have met DP and DD wouldn't exist!

LindaMcCartneySausage Wed 09-Jan-13 16:44:33

Nice idea. My sister is a doctor and, to my knowledge, has had one baby named after her. She was very surprised to be honoured like that and very chuffed too.

Ellypoo Wed 09-Jan-13 17:03:06

I think it's a lovely idea!

RainboxFX Wed 09-Jan-13 17:21:04

I was named after the midwife who delivered me smile

3birthdaybunnies Wed 09-Jan-13 17:47:24

Dd1 is named after my late MIL, it is a good story to tell, she is proud of it. Dd2 has the same, unusual name as the vicar who married us, but she wasn't specifically named after her. Ds is named after ... Will have to think up a story for when he is older! I think it's a nice idea.

NeedlesCuties Wed 09-Jan-13 20:11:43

I had a totally lovely and super midwife deliver my DD back in August 2012... but she had the same name as me, so couldn't even consider using the name!

I think it's really nice to honour someone through naming a baby.

orangetickle Thu 10-Jan-13 12:57:22

Some lovely stories here: thank you! Feeling much more confident about it now smile

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