Thursday, October 3, 2013
Day 3: What's in a name
Day 3: Let's talk names
My maiden name is an English/Scottish version of the German meaning lion and my married name means the outer courtyard of a castle or someone who lives there.
My first name was chosen by my dad; my mom a) sure that I was a boy and b) having a favorite name she wanted to use let my dad take the lead in selecting the 'girl' name. Joy had been a favorite of his since he knew someone by that name in college. I was born in '73 and when my mom first heard his choice she thought it sounded too much like the names Hippies were using; Sunshine & Peace-like ~ but stuck to the deal and quickly came to love the name. My middle name Marie-Hazel are my grandmothers names.
My husband is a junior; his first name is his paternal grandmother's maiden name and his grandfather's first name is his middle. As it happens both his grandfather's had versions of the same name as their first name.
Elisabeth (our oldest) is my favorite girl name since I'm a teenager and her middle names are family names from both our families.
My husband did not want our son to be 'a third' but did like the idea of him having the same initials as his dad and grandfather. Liam was our favorite boy name starting with 'L'.
Finally Caitlin is my husband's favorite girl name (returning the favor from getting my favorite first time round) and again we used family names as her middle names.
Love 'name stories'; please share some of yours.
Linking up with Dara for 31 days of family writing fun.