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Confessions of a flippant baby namer

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merryberry Sat 12-Sep-09 10:58:03

Had to give my older boy's middle name this morning. Eyebrow was raised, explanation was given: 'It means happiness in Hebrew'.

Truth is, me and DH just loved the geektastic Gil Grissom character in CSI. 'Happiness' is a handy beard for sin of naming pfb after TV character.

Hoping to hear something worse to overshadow ours.

comewhinewithme Sat 12-Sep-09 11:01:05

We couldn't think of a middle name for dd so used sky because it was sunny when she was born blush.

Rossco Sat 12-Sep-09 11:09:07

DH's Dad had two middle names, one the maiden name of his mother and the other the maiden name of his grandmother.

When we had DS3 shortly after FIL died DH wanted to give his DF's middle names to DS. When I went to register his birth the registrar had the hmm look and asked me to spell them both.

I got the hmm look when registering DS for nursery and again when it was time to register for school when his birth certificate was examined.

DS has a fairly common first name and has to live his life with the middle names Moir Chalmers.

stubbyfingers Sat 12-Sep-09 11:17:49

I do know of someone who was on her way to register her DS as Blake (this was the 80s BTW). Apparently, her mum dared her to give his middle name as Carrington and so she did!

wigglybeezer Sat 12-Sep-09 11:36:17

Rossco is your FIL Scottish? Its the tradition up here, DS1 has my maiden name as his middle name. i quite like it, less bland and less prone to the vagaries of fashion.

Rossco Sat 12-Sep-09 11:44:29

We are Scottish smile.

Our DS1 has my maiden name as a middle name because I am the last in our family 'line' but my maiden name is a boys name anyway.

Its the hmm look when people find out, like we called him Moon Unit or something.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Sat 12-Sep-09 11:56:51

Also Scottish; DS1 has my maiden name as a first name, it's very ordinary, though there are two spellings. His middle name was my late father's first name. Our last name is very common, but my first name can be spelled several ways, and DH uses the Gaelic version of his name rather than the English one on his birth certificate. (This seems not to be unusual in Scotland either).

So, DS2 was given another family name, which is fairly common and has no alternative spelling. In order that he should also have to spend his life explaining his name (like the rest of us) I gave him a difficult Gaelic middle name.

He's dyslexic. Still has to ask me how to spell his middle name, and he's 19 now. blush

cyteen Sat 12-Sep-09 16:14:07

DS was named after a favourite comic book character grin

bronze Sat 12-Sep-09 16:16:52

My ds has my maiden name as his middle name but again its a boys name anyway

fruitshootsandheaves Sat 12-Sep-09 16:18:00

hasn't some celebrity just named her son 'Sparrow'?

poor boy...perhaps he'll always be on twitter!!

LittleMissWorryHead Sat 12-Sep-09 17:15:09

DS 1 has my maiden name as one of his middle names, poor poor boy..not sure what I was thinking there - my DD had my maiden name when he was born, we later changed her surname by deedpoll and totally forgot to include my maiden name as a middle name for her, so it doesn't really make much sense........

DS 2 middle name is Leonardo, sometimes i chuckle to myself imagining that one day he might really wish I hadn't done that..... grin I think its cool!!! wink

cyteen Sat 12-Sep-09 17:26:00

DS has DP's surname as one of his middle names...we were going to double barrel but it would have ended up 6 syllables which is a bit much for a little one to carry.

This way he can choose which one he wants when he's older (although mine is the coolest wink)

Ineedsomesleep Sat 12-Sep-09 18:13:31

At least Merry you gave it as a middle name. We know an Horatio. Was told that his Mum got the name from CSI Miami.

AnathemaDevice Sat 12-Sep-09 19:15:44

DS has sensible, traditional first and middle names. What is less sensible is that he was named after the bass player from our favourite band and DH's favourite footballer.

pinkcandyfloss Sat 12-Sep-09 20:27:09

ds1 has a 70's rock bands name as his middle name as his dad liked them. I do regret it as it is embarrasing but hopefully he'll find it quirky!

chegirl Sat 12-Sep-09 20:39:10

Ooh I got loads and I dont care grin

DD was named after a fantastic Blues/Jazz singer.
DS1 - Motorbike
DS2- came with 3 names so we added 2 more. One is an american actor my DD had a crush on and the other is a Jazz musician.
DS3 - Has 3 middle names. One is a v.famous dreadlocked Icon, another is a v famous Liverpudlean icon, and he has the masculine version of his sister's name.

I fully expect to be drummed out of MN now grin.

You wait to hear what I will call DC5 if its a girl!

moodlumthehoodlum Sat 12-Sep-09 20:42:02

This is so terrible I feel I ought to name change in case someone I know is on here but..

I saw a personalised rug in the GLTC catalogue, and really liked the name on it. Suggested it to DH who said "perfect, where did you think of that?" to which i just shrugged.

One week later out pops ds who is duly named after personalised rug.

I have never admitted that to anyone.

cyteen Sat 12-Sep-09 20:59:14

Ooh chegirl are you expecting?

chegirl Sat 12-Sep-09 21:09:23

Oops outed myself blush. Been hanging out on the antenatal club but not confessed on the wider MNs yet.

I only get pg so I can think up bizarre names for me kids grin

cyteen Sat 12-Sep-09 21:11:34


I'm so happy for you Does this mean you'll have to oust the little dog from your pram? wink

chegirl Sat 12-Sep-09 21:14:30

Thank you Cyteen smile

Hmmm what to do about chavvy little dog?

He will have to sit in the shopping tray and like it. (not too bad as he often likes to sleep there when DS is having a nap)

Even I draw the line at a dog sitting on a newborn grin

cyteen Sat 12-Sep-09 21:20:40

Just stick him in your handbag, he will love it grin

chegirl Sat 12-Sep-09 21:33:56

I have recently purchased a rather nice pink tweed number for him to ride in. Trouble is, even teeny dogs get blood heavy grin

gingerbunny Sat 12-Sep-09 21:49:36

my ds1 has my maiden name as a middle name, but it can be a boys name too. ds2 has the surname of my favourite 80's popstar, but again it can be a boys name too.
my hubbie has never worked it out!!!! but i do really like the name even without the popstar connection.

busybutterfly Sun 13-Sep-09 14:12:24

moodlum at least it was GLTC catalogue and not Littlewoods... smile

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