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Fairybobbin Sat 07-Dec-19 12:09:44

What's your Little One's name/name to be? Did you hear it on a TV programme? Film? Family member? Google search? Mumsnet? Tell me your story!

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MrsCharlesBrandon Sat 07-Dec-19 22:43:08

Dd1 has a Scottish name as I'm Scots born, also the name of William Wallace's wife in Braveheart. Middle name is my Nan's middle name.
Dd2 was always going to be her name from the minute we found out her sex. I always wanted an Eden.
DS - DH picked! No idea where it came from, he just really liked it.

Tillygetsit Sat 07-Dec-19 22:51:15

Dd1 has a name which has been a mn in my family for generations but never a first name. Mn is his dad's first name.
Dd1 was a compromise between names her dad and I liked mn my MN which was my grand name.
Dd2 had a totally different name until dh(2) said she didnt suit it. He suggested her name and it really suits her. Mn family name dh side.
Ds4...who knows? We can't agree! Luckily we have a while to decide.

Sleepyquest Sat 07-Dec-19 23:10:36

@mumsiedarlingrevolta oh wow! Quite ahead of my little one then haha. It's a name I had never really heard and now I keep seeing/hearing it fgrin

NameChange30 Sat 07-Dec-19 23:12:13

Homeland and Breaking Bad
Can you guess what my DS is called?!

Wynston Sat 07-Dec-19 23:23:01

We had no names in mind.....ds1 was delivered by a junior doctor-asked what his name was and when he told us we thought yeap love it.....his middle name is late brothers.
Ds2.....we didnt have a clue-after 6weeks we settled on his name-he also has my db's name as his middle name.
Both names can be shortened and sound good together.

justonecottonpickingminute Sat 07-Dec-19 23:36:41


Saul Walter?
Peter Jesse?
Brody Hank?
Dara Pinkman?

(My two favourite box sets!)

justonecottonpickingminute Sat 07-Dec-19 23:38:10

Oops - Dar not Dara. Autocorrect.

Ohyesiam Sat 07-Dec-19 23:42:46

When I was about 7 I heard a girls mane and o thought it was the prettiest sound I’d ever heard.
Fast forward many years and that never changed. Luckily dh loved it too.
She’s 15 now and as beautiful as her name.

NameChange30 Sat 07-Dec-19 23:43:04

It's Saul! Not huge fans of either character but we like the name.

balletpanda Sat 07-Dec-19 23:49:20

I first heard of an actress with the name when I was only 8. Ever since then my first choice name for a DD stayed the same. It was never going to change and it suits her perfectly.

SE13Mummy Sun 08-Dec-19 00:51:17

DD1 - we had three possibilities for her and chose the one DH felt she most looked like (he's awful at calling people by their 'look like' name, even if it's nothing like their name). Her middle name is my grandmother's.

DD2 - first name chosen for its meaning as we'd been told it would be unlikely we'd have a second child. Middle name is Hope because of the above.

BackforGood Sun 08-Dec-19 00:58:48

It wasn't one thing that inspired, so much as things I didn't want being ruled out

So, we wanted:
Things that were 'known' and easy to spell and easy to say (if seen written down)
Things that were only names for people - not flowers or colours or cars or drinks or places or trees etc etc
Different initials for each of us
Then (after realising our mistake with dc1) names that weren't really popular at the time
Didn't want them to be the same name (or very similar to) any other close relative
Then, being a teacher, several names that I otherwise might have liked, instantly reminded me of old pupils, which was a bit offputtting grin

All this narrowed it down quite a lot !

mizzles Sun 08-Dec-19 01:04:19

The NASA spacecraft on the news when I was in hospital (Juno).

Greyhound22 Sun 08-Dec-19 01:34:21

I named my son after a famous-ish daredevil.

He was doing a very dangerous stunt and as we watched it live my exact words were 'if this idiot survives this I'll name my firstborn son after him'.

A couple of years later I did.

lumpy76 Sun 08-Dec-19 02:07:36

Criteria as follows:
1. Must be Greek (my hertitage)
2. Mustn't repeat the initial is another sibling or parent in first name.
3. Middle names are family names
Got very difficult when we got to DC8.

BatleyTownswomensGuild Sun 15-Dec-19 09:33:58

DS is Owen.

For me it was a name I'd always loved. I like short, simple, traditional names for boys: Tom, Sam, Seth, James, David etc . It met my essential criteria:

1) sensible spelling
2) Not currently in top 20 of most-popular names
3) Nobody else in our immediate circle of family and friends with same name.
4) No strong stereotypes associated with it

DH is a big reader and fancied a literary name. One of his favourite books at the time was A Prayer for Owen Meaney, so it stuck....

BrunoLovesMe Sun 15-Dec-19 10:55:18


SumAndSubstance Sun 15-Dec-19 14:43:03

Mine are named after saints who are important to us! One is quite unusual, while the other one is more common.

Musmerian Mon 16-Dec-19 20:19:02

@puds11 - me too. My daughter is Hester from Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter, DS1 is Edmund from King Lear. Third is Freddy and I wish I’d gone for Ferdinand as there are too many Freddys.

PlantPotting Mon 16-Dec-19 20:57:15

You could always change it to Ferdinand on the birth certificate and then he can use that option when he’s older @Musmerian

CloudyVanilla Mon 16-Dec-19 22:31:48

Gosh reading this I feel so insensitive with my name choices tcrblush

I didn't take family names into account at all. My dp is adopted and had an abusive foster family so it would have felt inappropriate and mean to use family names from my side, even if I had considered it.

My name choices were purely based on the sound and meaning (only positively though - as in a meaning I wanted would sway me but a meaning I didn't care for also wouldn't put me off).

The most important thing to me was that I loved a combination of sound, imagery and the feeling of the name if that makes sense; just the whole essence of it really.

theruffles Tue 17-Dec-19 10:34:38

My DD's name was the only one DH and I could really agree on. It wasn't after anyone or anything in particular but we heard it years ago, liked it and it just stuck despite lots of other names being discussed. Her middle name is the nickname DH's nan went by.

Emthebaker Tue 17-Dec-19 10:45:32

What a good thread idea!

My little boy is two weeks old now and we named him Arthur, which has been my favourite name since I heard it on a TV show back in 2009.

His middle name is Kieran after my fiancé’s twin brother who passed away a couple of years ago after suffering with leukaemia at just 22. He’d have been a fantastic uncle and it feels right that we included him in some way.

Musmerian Wed 18-Dec-19 10:41:28

@PlantPotting - he’s just turned 16! I don’t think he’d take kindly to a name change.

Fairybobbin Wed 18-Dec-19 19:31:56

@CloudyVanilla Not insensitive at all, being too hard on yourself

@Emthebaker Thank you! So interesting hearing all the different inspirations and stories.

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