What’s in a name?

Blogging prompt from The Accidental Genealogist for March 3:

March 3 — Do you share a first name with one of your female ancestors? Perhaps you were named for your great-grandmother, or your name follows a particular naming pattern. If not, then list the most unique or unusual female first name you’ve come across in your family tree.

My mom and her sisters followed a sort of naming pattern where their children all have middle names from other close family members. My middle name is Elaine, after my Aunt Nancy. My sister’s middle name is the same as another aunt’s first name, but also the same first and last name as a cousin of our mom’s.

I won’t go into details about exactly who has what name other than that, because of identity theft possibilities.

I followed the naming pattern, giving Amanda the same middle name as my paternal grandmother (because her first name was Gladys and I couldn’t deal with that) and Cayla a version of the name of Kent’s paternal grandmother, Mary.

Donna didn’t follow this pattern, and I don’t know if my Burrell cousins did or not. But I liked keeping family names in my own family.

On Kent’s side of the family, there were a couple of instances where a child died and a subsequent child in that same family was given the same name. In one case, both little girls named Olive died. There is also a Lurana and a Lurany in two generations – I have never seen either name in any other context. (According to Baby Name Train, there were five Luranas in 1884 but none since then.)

2 Responses to What’s in a name?

  1. melissa huyser says:

    My parents also named after family members, and also with middle names, but it was a little more random. One of us is Lorraine, after my paternal aunt, Vernie Lorraine. Then we have a Lynn- after Vera Burrell, Mae-after our grandmother Lavissa Mae, and Anne Lydia, a reversal of our mother’s middle name, Lydia Anna- who I imagine was named after Lydia Carr Burrell. Our children have family names as middle names also, Anne after her grandmothers on both sides- they were both Anna, but it didn’t flow well- and our son carries his father and grandfathers’ middle name. Our daughter has decided not to use family names so that no one has their feelings hurt- I think she may come to regret this when she is older, but maybe her children will pick it back up and keep some names going.

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