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Regan Leigh
09-09-2009, 10:19 PM
I'm in the midst of naming a few new characters in a story of mine. I tend to get too invested in the naming process. (Or so I think.) It has to be from the trauma of my own name. :)

My parents couldn't agree on a girls name. So after seeing a wonderful movie, they chose to name me Regan. The movie? The Excorcist. After the possessed girl. I mean, really?

So what's your story? How were you named?

(I have some actual "real" work to do this afternoon, but I'll pop back in every now and then!)

alleycat
09-09-2009, 10:21 PM
My middle name is an old (and slightly odd) Biblical one, which my father had, and his father, and . . .

I'm just glad they didn't give it to me as my first name.

the addster
09-09-2009, 10:23 PM
I was named after Melanie Hamilton Wilkes in Gone With The Wind because, "she was the only one in that book that had any damn sense."

JoeEkaitis
09-09-2009, 10:24 PM
My grandfather Joseph Wm. Ekaitis.

scarletpeaches
09-09-2009, 10:24 PM
The original Regan was actually a boy, too.

My mother, imaginative hosebag that she is, was going to name me after one of my uncles (Robert) if I'd been a boy. No one in my family has any imagination because all the men are called Robert, David or Charles. I'm the first woman in four (or is it five?) generations not to be called Elizabeth.

As it is, she had a dream shortly before going into labour about a blond-haired, blue-eyed boy called Nicholas. Ever the disappointment, I turned out to be female the last time I checked, and was given the feminine of this name.

As it happens, I am now blonde and my contacts are ever-so-slightly blue tinted so one can see them while they're floating in the carry-case full of cleansing solution. Naturally, my eyes are two different colours each, so I'm a disappointment and a freak.

Xelebes
09-09-2009, 10:25 PM
I was named after apostles. I guess one of my middle names is in the family but you have to go seven generations back to spot one person with it.

Kathleen42
09-09-2009, 10:25 PM
Kathleen is a family name. My middle name is from a cheesy romance novel my mom was reading while pregnant. No one can pronounce it and I'm not sharing it.

Thankfully, my grandmother talked them out of their first choice which was "Tiffany Skye" . With a name like that, I'd almost have had to become a stripper.

DL Hegel
09-09-2009, 10:26 PM
a little blond girl baby that was a foster child in my grandmother's care, until she got adopted.

johnnysannie
09-09-2009, 10:33 PM
My parents named me one syllable shy of my grandmother's dead-at-birth-and-only-daughter without realizing it until after the fact. She didnt mention it so they wouldn't; by the time that my mom realized it, I was nine years old so it was a moot point.

JoNightshade
09-09-2009, 10:34 PM
My mom named me after a "cute little Asian girl" she went to grade school with. No, they were not buddies, my mom just always thought she and her name were cute. I am most decidedly not petite, not cute, and not Asian. The name, on me, as my husband so eloquently puts it, comes off as "A porn star name." It's never really bugged me, though, as I don't really think about my own name terribly often.

I really like my middle name, though. It's my mom's maiden name but could also be a semi-unusual first name. After some consideration, I think I've decided to lop off the first name and use the middle name instead when I get published.

Kitty Pryde
09-09-2009, 10:38 PM
I'm named after both my grandmothers--my first name is my maternal grandmother's secret first name (it's Sarah, but she only went by Sylvia, for reasons now lost to time), and my middle name is my paternal grandmother's middle name, Elizabeth. Sarah was uber-popular at the time--the worst was summer camp in fifth grade, where 4 out of the 16 girls in the cabin were Sarah, plus another 25 or so Sarahs as campers and counselors in other cabins!

Regan Leigh
09-09-2009, 10:40 PM
Kathleen is a family name. My middle name is from a cheesy romance novel my mom was reading while pregnant. No one can pronounce it and I'm not sharing it.

Thankfully, my grandmother talked them out of their first choice which was "Tiffany Skye" . With a name like that, I'd almost have had to become a stripper.

Oh, Tiffany Skye. That would have been bad.


The original Regan was actually a boy, too.


Yeah, I like to think my name came from King Lear instead. (on of the daughters, even though she wasn't a good daughter :P)


My parents named me one syllable shy of my grandmother's dead-at-birth-and-only-daughter without realizing it until after the fact. She didnt mention it so they wouldn't; by the time that my mom realized it, I was nine years old so it was a moot point.

How interesting!

kayleamay
09-09-2009, 10:42 PM
My mom had two best friends Kay and Lee...but mom spelled the last part Lea instead, so I've spent the last three decades correcting people when they call me kay-lee-uh. Kaylea... prounounced KAY-LEE. And now there about eleventymillion Kaylee's with all different kind of spellings but I was the first dammit! I just know it...cuz all those other ones are like...sixteen.

~*Kate*~
09-09-2009, 10:44 PM
First name was after a girl my mom went to school with. She always admired how the girl was so calm and collected. Ha.

Middle name is a hand me down from grandma to mom to me.

CaroGirl
09-09-2009, 10:47 PM
My first name is an original, not named after anyone, and my middle name, Helen, is my mother's middle name. In turn, it is also my daughter's middle name. Of course, she hates it, as all children do.

Parametric
09-09-2009, 10:50 PM
No idea. Possibly Eleanor of Aquitaine.

som1luvsmi
09-09-2009, 10:50 PM
My first name is straight from the Bible. As soon as my mom knew she was going to have a girl, she said she knew she would name me Sarah. It means "princess" or "lady". :)

My middle name was my paternal grandmother's name and is also from the Bible. It's Aramaic and means "little girl" or "maiden".

Stew21
09-09-2009, 10:50 PM
I'm named after President Nixon's daughter. He was in the WhiteHouse at the time. My mom liked his daughter's name.

DeleyanLee
09-09-2009, 10:58 PM
My father wanted me named Cassandra if I was a girl and my mother HATED the name, but wouldn't argue with him. When I was born (a girl), she filled out the birth certificate with the name of the main character of the book (not Romance) she was reading: The Story of Andrea S. Fields, Woman Doctor (1960's--I forgive the title, though it was a really cheesy book.)

I hated the name Andrea for my entire life. HATED it. Not that there's anything wrong with the name itself, but it wasn't MY right name. When I was a teen, I discovered that my father had always intended me to be Cassandra. After many years of debate and looking around for MY name, I did change it to Cassandra as my 40th b-day pressie to myself. Got rid of the S and my ex's name all in one swoop. Love it.

My daughter's name came from a family name--Elizabeth. (waits for SP to swoop down on that one.) My father's mother was Gladys Elizabeth and always went by Elizabeth. She died when my father was a young boy. The girls of my generation decided that the first-born girl would be named Elizabeth in her honor. I had that girl. Her father (my ex) is Black and we were both big classic ST fans. Her middle name is Cheron, after the planet in Let That Be Your Last Battlefield. Funny thing is--she was the FOURTH Cheron born that month at that hospital. I was stunned.

My son is the 13th consecutive James in the family. He's legally changing his name to Samuel--with my full support.

Hey, folks can't get it right all the time. ;)

My ex's family has a mondo cool naming tradition for the girls: A daughter gets her mother's middle name as her first name. My sil didn't have a girl, so my daughter is thinking of continuing the family tradition, should she have a girl.

kayleamay
09-09-2009, 10:59 PM
I'm named after President Nixon's daughter. He was in the WhiteHouse at the time. My mom liked his daughter's name.

Nixon had a daughter named Stew? *scratches head* I learn something every day. ;)

rhymegirl
09-09-2009, 11:09 PM
I don't know who I was named after. All I know is my mom picked a very unusual spelling of my first name and nobody EVER gets it right.

Kitty Pryde
09-09-2009, 11:11 PM
Oh, I got a good one! So my parents thought I was going to be a boy (they had a hunch or whatever), and if I was, they had a name picked out: Ben Trovato. Which, yes, is Italian, though none of my family have any Italian heritage.

From dictionary.com:

ben trovato: adj. Appropriate even if untrue; happily invented: a story that is ben trovato.

[Italian, from the saying se non vero, ben trovato, (even) if it is not true, it is well invented : ben, well + trovato, past participle of trovare, to find, invent.][/B]

bettielee
09-09-2009, 11:16 PM
I got named like a racehorse

Mom's name is Bettie, Daddy's middle name is Lee.

It helps that we were from Oklahoma.

I hope none of you thought you were getting advice from a wise Chinese person (a'la the Seinfeld episode)

quickWit
09-09-2009, 11:17 PM
Emily Dickinson.


but you can call me Stacy.

James81
09-09-2009, 11:19 PM
They were so sure that I was going to be a girl, that they didn't even have a boy name picked out for me.

So, after some discussion in the hospital, they named me after my greatgrandfather.

cray
09-09-2009, 11:23 PM
They were so sure that I was going to be a girl, that they didn't even have a boy name picked out for me.

So, after some discussion in the hospital, they named me after my greatgrandfather.


...don't leave us hanging, dude!????

Sophia
09-09-2009, 11:25 PM
My Dad wanted me to have a name that was Islamic, but would also cause as few problems as possible in terms of difficulty of pronunciation / spelling growing up in England. The final choices were Sophia and Fatima, and he went with the former.

Rarri
09-09-2009, 11:26 PM
My parents named me after an island :)

aadams73
09-09-2009, 11:33 PM
Well, my father is Greek and somewhat traditional, so when he and my mother decided to start a family, my non-Greek mother agreed that boy or girl, the resulting child would be named after one of his parents.

Which meant I would have been lumped with Margarita. Just like, oh, eight of my other first cousins.

But my father was also a staunch loyalist to Greece's royal family. Despite being a soldier during the military junta--at which time King Constantine and his family were forced into exile--he remained true to his king. And it just so happened that King Constantine had a young daughter named Alexia, a name both my parents liked.

So when I was born, and I strutted out puffing a cigar and going, "What's up, Doc?" My mother looked at my father and said, "Alexia?" And he agreed.

And thus I was named, and "Margarita" was kicked to the curb...for my sister. Who also ditched the name when she turned 18 after a lifetime of being nicknamed "Daisy."

scarletpeaches
09-09-2009, 11:34 PM
They were so sure that I was going to be a girl, that they didn't even have a boy name picked out for me.

So, after some discussion in the hospital, they named me after my greatgrandfather.Your greatgrandfather was called Susan?

JoNightshade
09-09-2009, 11:41 PM
I have a good one. My grandmother was named after her mother's best friend. Inesse. That's pronounced "EYE-ness." Not "EYE-nez," not "EYE-ness-EE." My grandmother has always despised her name and vowed that when she had her own children she would give them simple, nice names. Above all, names that were EASY TO SPELL.

And then she named my uncle Duane.

I don't know about where y'all are, but round these parts, that's spelled DWAYNE. ;)

James81
09-09-2009, 11:47 PM
...don't leave us hanging, dude!????

:roll:

His name was "James81" too. :tongue

James81
09-09-2009, 11:52 PM
The 81 is silent though.

Stargazer
09-10-2009, 12:10 AM
I'm the third consecutive Robert in my family, my father and my late grandfather also being Robert's.

Family gatheirns always used to get interesting, We had to all settle on our Saturday variationa dn get used to it so my Nan knew who she was calling for.

My middle name I'm really pleased with for two reasons. Firstly, it's the name of my other late grandfather who was ultra cool and secondly it means that I can legitimately identify myself as Rob Roy.

DeleyanLee
09-10-2009, 12:16 AM
I'm the third consecutive Robert in my family, my father and my late grandfather also being Robert's.

Family gatheirns always used to get interesting, We had to all settle on our Saturday variationa dn get used to it so my Nan knew who she was calling for.

My son is the 13th consecutive James (though only my ex is a Jr). Until he was 6, there were five Jameses (same last name) alive. We went with the nickname of Jamie for him after a Dr. Who companion.

Yeah, we were geeks. LOL!

Elincoln
09-10-2009, 12:19 AM
My parents had this agreement: Mom got to name the boys and Dad got to name the girls. I don't know why. It just was. My first name is from my father's cousin and my middle name is Helene my paternal grandmother. I'm just thankful that Mom didn't insist that I become the fifth generation born with the name Gladys.

When I was pregnant, hubby was adamant that our first born son would be named after his grandfather. I'm not too keen on the name Valentine, but since we had a girl, it was moot. She's got a normal traditional name with no weird spellings and a normal nickname to go with it.

My middle sister (who was named for a certain fast food resturant...don't laugh) tried to get fancy with the spelling of her first born and now regrets it. She added an 'i' where one normally isn't. Even now I keep forgetting where it goes and boy the angry calls I receive when I do.

Susie
09-10-2009, 12:30 AM
My mum liked the actress Susan Haywood, so she named me Susan. :)

quickWit
09-10-2009, 12:33 AM
His name was "James81" too. :tongue


The 81 is silent though.

too bad the James isn't silent as well.


*rimshot*




Thank you. You're beautiful.

brainstorm77
09-10-2009, 12:35 AM
The big, blue, brain in a jar.

backslashbaby
09-10-2009, 12:37 AM
I'm named after Christ :) In a tradition German way cos Dad's side is German.

My middle name is from Poe's The Raven! Lenore. Mom was Eleanor and her dad was Leon, so I was named that for them.

-- btw, when the ravens at the Tower Of London decided they'd follow me around, I found that kinda poetic or Poe-spooky. Don't tell me they follow lots of folks around and burst my bubble ;)

cptwentworth
09-10-2009, 01:06 AM
My first name had no story, but my middle name is after a famous character played by Raquel Welch with a movie of the same name. I used to despise it, but now it's grown on me.

My grandmother, disturbed as she was, named all her children after movie stars from the silver screen: Shirlee Temple, Judy Garland, (Flash) Gordon, Carol Lombard, and the list went on. So I have nothing to complain about.

Aggy B.
09-10-2009, 01:43 AM
My parents named me after a lobster boat they saw during their honeymoon in Maine.

vfury
09-10-2009, 01:49 AM
My name is a variation on my maternal great-grandmother's. I got to choose my sister's name, though I have no idea why my parents decided that, lol.

Neurotic
09-10-2009, 01:52 AM
My parents were going to call me Amelia, which was my (paternal) grandmother's middle name. Then I was born and they decided I didn't look like an Amelia, I looked like a Katherine. So I got that instead. The name that evidently makes my parents think of screeching, ick-covered, wrinkly pink babies.

*feels special*

Kitty Pryde
09-10-2009, 01:55 AM
My good friend growing up was named "John Henry" after his then-three-years-old big brother's imaginary friend, John Henry. He always went by John Henry or JH until he was grown, and nowadays he's just John.

spamwarrior
09-10-2009, 01:57 AM
I honestly have no idea about mine. It's the short form of Abigail. For some reasons my parents didn't name me the whole thing because they wanted it to sound like my Chinese name.

Red-Green
09-10-2009, 01:59 AM
My mother opted to name me after Bryn Mawr University, a school neither she nor anyone we know has attended. It has proved an interesting litmus test while sending queries. Basically, if an agent addresses me as Mr., I know the agent is older than 50. If Ms., the agent is under 50. It has not failed me yet.

Wayne K
09-10-2009, 02:02 AM
This..........http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZNUlsD9GYc

Ellefire
09-10-2009, 02:05 AM
When my Mum was born, my grandmother wanted to call her D*** L***, but instead called her D*** M***. When I was born, my mother gave me the name her mum wanted to give to her. Except that we both have the same first name, so I've always always been called by my middle name.

I've been married twice now and I have two first names that I answer to. That's a lot of combinations :D I can usually tell who's on the phone by the name they ask for :D

KellyAssauer
09-10-2009, 03:44 AM
Emily Dickinson.


but you can call me Stacy.

Surely? we can call you Stacy?

Perks
09-10-2009, 03:52 AM
I was given the same name as my deceased twin. Seriously. They didn't know I was there. The other Jamie didn't survive. How frickin' odd is that?

I should put that in a story somewhere, but I don't think my mother would understand. It's just one of those things.

I want my own name, please.

ETA - to be fair, his name was Jamie Lee and mine is Jamie Lea. ugh.

Rachel
09-10-2009, 03:58 AM
Rachel: My father's idea after the name Mercedes didn't work out (fam didn't want me "being named after a car"). I don't want to know where he got the idea, but most likely one of his friends.

Anne: Family-middle-name. Mom was Ann, grandmother was Annette... etc.

My last name: I couldn't help this one ~ interestingly, just saw this on ancestry.com today. Apparently my name is "unusual" and "undefined" and "most likely an extreme conversion of a German personal name" (the name is Italian).

William Haskins
09-10-2009, 04:00 AM
I was given the same name as my deceased twin. Seriously. They didn't know I was there. The other Jamie didn't survive. How frickin' odd is that?

I should put that in a story somewhere, but I don't think my mother would understand. It's just one of those things.

I want my own name, please.

elvis, whose middle name was aaron, had a stillborn twin whose middle name was garon. i don't have to tell you that those words rhyme. as do most rock-and-roll lyrics. i don't have to tell you that elvis went into rock-and-roll.

i guess what i'm saying is that elvis shared a similar experience with yours.

and he turned out okay...

Perks
09-10-2009, 04:04 AM
i guess what i'm saying is that elvis shared a similar experience with yours.

and he turned out okay...He died drug-addled, depressed, and obese, with his pants around his ankles.

I'm gonna have to annotate the dictionary entry for 'okay' with a little William Haskins asterisk.

aadams73
09-10-2009, 04:07 AM
He died drug-addled, depressed, and obese, with his pants around his ankles.

I'm gonna have to annotate the dictionary entry for 'okay' with a little William Haskins asterisk.

Ha, I was going to say: steer clear of peanut butter, bananas and toilets.

JoNightshade
09-10-2009, 04:13 AM
Wow, Perks, that's kinda creepy! :eek:


Rachel: My father's idea after the name Mercedes didn't work out (fam didn't want me "being named after a car"). I don't want to know where he got the idea, but most likely one of his friends.

Actually, I'd name a girl Mercedes. Long before Mercedes was a car brand, it was the name of Edmund's fiancee in The Count of Monte Cristo. It means "mercies."

Of course, my child-naming preferences are... unusual...

William Haskins
09-10-2009, 04:15 AM
He died drug-addled, depressed, and obese, with his pants around his ankles.

I'm gonna have to annotate the dictionary entry for 'okay' with a little William Haskins asterisk.

everything is relative.

Rachel
09-10-2009, 04:19 AM
Actually, I'd name a girl Mercedes. Long before Mercedes was a car brand, it was the name of Edmund's fiancee in The Count of Monte Cristo. It means "mercies."

Of course, my child-naming preferences are... unusual...

I thought of maybe using Mercedes as a pen name for a few years. I wanted a pen name and sticking it to the family at the same time was... attractive...

Then I got twitter and privacy went out the window anyways.

jodiodi
09-10-2009, 04:27 AM
I'm named after Wonder Woman (Mother was an avid comic fan as a child) and Mama and Daddy's sisters (both had the same name).

Xelebes
09-10-2009, 04:30 AM
Surely? we can call you Stacy?

Don't call her Surely.

Silver King
09-10-2009, 04:33 AM
I was named after Dean Martin (Dino), but I'm waaaaaaaaaay better looking than he ever was, and I have a superior singing voice, too. :D

brokenfingers
09-10-2009, 04:35 AM
I was named after a bookie my father owed money to.

scarletpeaches
09-10-2009, 04:36 AM
I was named after Dean Martin (Dino), but I'm waaaaaaaaaay better looking than he ever was, and I have a superior singing voice, too. :DAnd your fish is bigger. :D

scarletpeaches
09-10-2009, 04:37 AM
Rachel: My father's idea after the name Mercedes didn't work out (fam didn't want me "being named after a car"). I don't want to know where he got the idea, but most likely one of his friends.

Anne: Family-middle-name. Mom was Ann, grandmother was Annette... etc.

My last name: I couldn't help this one ~ interestingly, just saw this on ancestry.com today. Apparently my name is "unusual" and "undefined" and "most likely an extreme conversion of a German personal name" (the name is Italian).The car was named after the manufacturer's daughter. It was a person before it was a vehicle.

Silver King
09-10-2009, 04:51 AM
I should have mentioned earlier that my middle name is Ernest Claddy.

I can't think of a more jarring sequence than Dino Ernest Claddy So-and so.

My dad explained that E.C. was the name of his friend's son, who had been killed in combat during the Korean war. The boy was the very last in line to carry on the Claddy name, and it died with him. So the name lives on, in some respect. And as per my father's wishes, it's my oldest son's middle name, too.

rhymegirl
09-10-2009, 05:13 AM
I was named after Dean Martin (Dino), but I'm waaaaaaaaaay better looking than he ever was, and I have a superior singing voice, too. :D

Let's hear you sing That's Amore.

5bcarnies
09-10-2009, 05:16 AM
I was named after my uncle's second wife, Colleen. However, my middle name was originally going to be my first named. My mother loved Ryan's Hope. And, no, my middle name is not Hope.

Silver King
09-10-2009, 05:22 AM
Let's hear you sing That's Amore.
Okay, Kathryne. I'll give it my best shot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS6-b7CONDI).

Ken
09-10-2009, 05:24 AM
... got a drop of scottish blood in me, so was given a name reflecting that I believe.

Siddow
09-10-2009, 05:26 AM
I was named after my father's ex-girlfriend, and the only thing I know about her is her first name (lol) and that she had a tattoo of a shamrock on her ankle. The story goes that my father 'chose my name because he liked it', and it was a couple of years later at a party where my mother learned that he had an old girlfriend with my name.

Oooh...I just thought of a way I could really piss off my mother.

Kenzie
09-10-2009, 05:32 AM
My parents were all set to name me Jessica and then my mum read the death notices in the newspaper and an unusual name jumped out at her - Talina. So my foetal self curled in her womb was promptly renamed on the spot.

rhymegirl
09-10-2009, 05:43 AM
Okay, Kathryne. I'll give it my best shot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS6-b7CONDI).

That's not you. I want you to record the song and put it on Youtube.

Silver King
09-10-2009, 05:52 AM
That's not you. I want you to record the song and put it on Youtube.
All right. But it'll have to wait until tomorrow when I have more time.

TerzaRima
09-10-2009, 05:53 AM
I remained unnamed for the duration of my hospital stay after birth. I...think...my folks were expecting a boy after three daughters, and had run out of cute baby girl names. Per my mom, the head nurse told them I had to be named before discharge, and she came in every day to ask what my name was. In the end, they blew Nurse off and left without naming me.

Finally my uncle, who was the town chick magnet, plumped for my name because he associated it with hot women. Aaaand we had a winnah! My dad had to go to the courthouse and change my birth certificate, which read Baby Girl Rima.

Mystic Blossom
09-10-2009, 05:53 AM
In true Jewish tradition, I was named after a deceased relative. A great-grandmother on my father's side, I believe.

Regan Leigh
09-10-2009, 06:02 AM
I got named like a racehorse
Classic.


My parents named me after an island :)
Love this. :)



And then she named my uncle Duane.
I don't know about where y'all are, but round these parts, that's spelled DWAYNE. ;)
Oh, I know what you mean. :)


My name is a variation on my maternal great-grandmother's. I got to choose my sister's name, though I have no idea why my parents decided that, lol.
I thought kids only named pets. :)


My good friend growing up was named "John Henry" after his then-three-years-old big brother's imaginary friend, John Henry. He always went by John Henry or JH until he was grown, and nowadays he's just John.
1) Big brother- Mommy, how are babies made? Mother- Just use your imagination.
2) I wonder how much therapy dear older brother needed when John Henry arrived? For real.



This..........http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZNUlsD9GYc
Very nice. :)



i guess what i'm saying is that elvis shared a similar experience with yours.
and he turned out okay...
Ha! Good piece of info I did not know, though.


The car was named after the manufacturer's daughter. It was a person before it was a vehicle.
Something else I learned today!


t was a couple of years later at a party where my mother learned that he had an old girlfriend with my name.
Oooh...I just thought of a way I could really piss off my mother.
Haha! He'll never live that down, I'm sure!


My parents were all set to name me Jessica and then my mum read the death notices in the newspaper and an unusual name jumped out at her - Talina. So my foetal self curled in her womb was promptly renamed on the spot.
Oh, wow. I thought that was reserved for identity theft. ;)

kayleamay
09-10-2009, 07:13 AM
I have no fear of identity theft. My credit sucks, I have no money to steal and if it ever happens I will finally get to change my name to something cool or exotic and start fresh.

jodiodi
09-10-2009, 07:19 AM
Oh, I pray for identity theft. I always told my husband if someone tries to steal our identities, they'll be in for a shock and will give them back in a hurry.

semilargeintestine
09-10-2009, 07:23 AM
I'm named after Moshe Rabbeinu (the Biblical Moses--Moshe is the Hebrew translation of the Egyptian name).

Interestingly, Moshe actually had 10 other names. Moshe is the name given to him by Pharaoh's daughter, and the one used by the Torah and G-d. Because she rescued him from the waters, the name she gave him prevailed.

ETA: It's by sheer coincidence that I was born on the same day he had his bris 3376 years earlier.

Jersey Chick
09-10-2009, 07:25 AM
I'm not named after anyone. My mother had no imagination. She went with what was one of the ten most popular names for girls the year I was born. Love my mom, but still, WTG. :(

As for my middle name, it was by sheer accident that it's a variation of my one grandmother's first name (she was Maria, I am Marie.) I always thought that was where my middle name came from, until I asked Mom about a year ago. She gave me the deer-in-the-headlights look and said, "I didn't even think of that." Sheer, dumb luck.

C.bronco
09-10-2009, 07:41 AM
My parents saw the name Cynthia written on an envelope, and thought it looked really pretty. :)

My son probably came from the movie The Highlander. I suppose I heard him saying, "I am Connor Bronco from the Clan Bronco! There can only be one!"

Plus, I like the Scottish names because of my partial Scottish ancestry, even though Connor, I think, originated in Ireland.

Also, three of the letters are same in the last name. I like alliteration and consonance.

BenPanced
09-10-2009, 07:43 AM
I was named after my father, complete with the Jr. suffix. Like I didn't develop enough identity issues being the only boy, the middle kid of three, and gay.

Silent Rob
09-10-2009, 02:39 PM
I was named after a great Mexican bandit. But the romance of it got lost a little in the translation.

robeiae
09-10-2009, 02:52 PM
I was named after people born before me were named.

Priene
09-10-2009, 03:35 PM
My uncle, a hard-drinking Geordie, and my grandfather, a hard-drinking dead Geordie.

rhymegirl
09-11-2009, 03:53 AM
All right. But it'll have to wait until tomorrow when I have more time.

Okay, cupcake. I'm waiting. Where's your video?

Adam
09-11-2009, 04:10 AM
My first name, Simon, is after a friend of my dad's.
My second name (the one I prefer), Adam, is based on my grandfather's initials, A.D.M.
My last name, Slade, is not actually my dad's original last name. He changed it as soon as he was legally able to distance himself from his parents.

Silver King
09-11-2009, 05:03 AM
Okay, cupcake. I'm waiting. Where's your video?
I lip-synced to this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FtuV3xMrN0&feature=related). Does that count?

kayleamay
09-11-2009, 05:32 AM
I was named after a great Mexican bandit. But the romance of it got lost a little in the translation.

MC(Silent Rob) was named after The Scourge of Sinaloa? Who knew?

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9A00E3D61338E533A2575AC0A9679C94 699FD7CF

rhymegirl
09-11-2009, 05:55 AM
...and I have a superior singing voice, too. :D


I lip-synced to this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FtuV3xMrN0&feature=related). Does that count?

Hey, you claimed to have a better singing voice than Dean Martin's.

Why are you so reluctant to demonstrate it to us?

Silver King
09-11-2009, 06:12 AM
Hey, you claimed to have a better singing voice than Dean Martin's.

Why are you so reluctant to demonstrate it to us?
Well, I lied. No Dino sings better than that Dino. Especially not this one:


http://www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Set/4836/dino.gif

Silver King
09-11-2009, 06:25 AM
That image suddenly brought back memories of when my name was said during roll call in middle and high school.

As soon as a teacher would say, "Dino," some smart ass would scream, "Daddy's home!"

And someone else would start barking.

Happened every time.

Man, I miss being in school now more than ever.

rhymegirl
09-11-2009, 06:29 AM
Dino! Sit up straight! Did you do your homework?

Chumplet
09-11-2009, 06:30 AM
My older sister was named after our grandmother and my little brother has my dad's name.

I, as the middle child, was named after some random babysitter. She must have been really hot or something.

Regan Leigh
09-11-2009, 06:32 AM
My older sister was named after our grandmother and my little brother has my dad's name.

I, as the middle child, was named after some random babysitter. She must have been really hot or something.

That's really funny. :)

Silver King
09-11-2009, 06:45 AM
Dino! Sit up straight! Did you do your homework?
Will it ever end? :cry:

AnnieColleen
09-11-2009, 07:23 AM
My mom wanted to call me Annie; my dad wanted the initials CAM, because he thought it would be cool. (It's a military acronym, Chief of Aircraft Maintenance or some such.) So I wound up as Colleen Anne and go by Annie.

(And nope, I didn't get the flying gene or the fix-it gene to go with the initials.)

truelyana
09-11-2009, 02:54 PM
I think my first name being Ana was a randomly picked name, and my Godmother picked Patricia as my second name. My third surname belongs to my mum, and my fourth surname is my dads.