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An alternative to Susan?
oxcat1 · 01/03/2008 11:50
My mum died when I was 16 and her name was Susan, although she always went by her middle name. Similarly, both DH and myself have wonderfully close family friends called Susan who we would like to recognise.
However - neither of us like the name Susan!
Can you think of any alternatives that are similar enough to be worth the effort but also nicer? It would be for a middle name so not often heard.
oxcat1 · 01/03/2008 11:55
Oh thank you! For some reason I hadn't thought of such close names - I guess I thought they'd be too close to Susan to be an improvement, whereas actually they're beautiful.
Hadn't realised the names all mean 'Lily'... Now there's a beautiful name! But nobody would ever know it had anything to do with Susan so probably not worth doing.
skidoodle · 01/03/2008 15:11
isn't the whole point of a second name to honour somebody in the family without actually calling the child a name you don't like?
Your Mum's name was Susan, not Susannah or Lily. Why not just give the child the middle name Susan?
"your granny's name was Susan, but we thought it was an ugly name so gave you a completely different middle name to remember her by" seems an odd thing to explain to a child.
I can the sense in either Lily or Susannah as a first name if you don't like Susan but want to call the child after her Granny. But if you're going to relegate the remembrance to a name most people will never even hear you could at least use the actual name in question.
plumb · 01/03/2008 15:30
Had similar problem. really wanted to name DD after my mum but just couldnt bring myself to call her Sheila. Middle name was Dorothy. Neither worked for me. Then DH asked what month my mum was born and Hurrah! Birthday in May! So nice neutral middle name for DD with sentimental meaning for me x Mind you, not sure if it would have worked if mums birthday was in November!
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