How many of you consider the meaning when selecting names?
This is very important to me and my OH. We named our daughter Eva after falling in love with the name after watching Wallie. We then learnt it meant life in Hebrew and we loved it, it was the only girls name we had.
So now I'm up duff again and we have selected a boys name. It will be Harry (Henry on BC) as tribute to important family members.
For the girl we like Zoe, it also means life in Greek. Having experienced sibling rivalry and think it's nice to choose a name with the same meaning. We do really like Zoe!
What are your thoughts? Also whilst you're at it do you prefer Zoe or Cerys? Cerys means love and I'm welsh so like that too but OH not sure. He says she'll just get called Kerry. Oops tangent!
So thoughts on the meaning? Should it be a deciding factor?
It is very important for me but it's causing a lot of friction between dh and I this time because my criteria is so strict.
My rules are not biblical, Greek origin but used all over the continent and for dd I wanted something botanical too and possibly retro! I managed that.
For boys I am put off names I love because of their origin and meaning. Samuel and Theodore for example. Another one that fits most of my criteria means worker of the land which I'm not keen on either.
I do have boys names in mind. One of which means protector or vigilant watchmen which I quite like the idea of.
All of my family think I'm mad though and overthinkinking way to much but my own first name and middle name have terrible meanings!
I am aware I may have to compromise though and did last time on dd's middle name.
I admit to inwardly raising an eyebrow at at names which prescribe a certain appearance being given to a child who was never likely to match the name. If you and your partner are black-haired and olive-skinned, your son is unlikely to be a fair-skinned blonde, so calling him Fionn is a bit odd.
The meanings of names aren't important to me. It's unlikely your child will meet someone who thinks "X... That means 'bright'" or whatever. But if it's important to you that's fine of course. Much prefer Zoe to Cerys (and love Eva btw).
Meanings are pretty important to me, even if no one else notices its just a little private thing I love Zoe and I don't think anyone else will think it odd or even give it any thought, it'll just be something you and your DP (and possibly your DDs) will know and appreciate