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    Mothers Have a Greater Say on Choosing Names for Their Newborn Babies Than Fathers

    Researchers found four out of ten fathers are forced to back down and let their partners select the name.

    It also emerged the average couple consider 12 names before selecting their favourite, but a quarter do not make their final decision until after the baby is born.

    The report, commissioned among 3,000 parents by Bounty Parenting Club, also disclosed that a third of couples fall out over their newborn's name.

    Faye Mingo, spokeswoman for Bounty, said: ''The name game is a debate which often lasts the whole nine months of the pregnancy and causes the most upsets as couples fail to agree on the best name for their new born.

    ''It's understandably one of the hardest decisions mum and dad will ever have to make – largely because we do judge a person by their name before we've even got to know them.

    ''As well as finding a name both partners like there are still loads of other factors parents have to take into consideration when choosing a name – like nicknames, what they will be called in the playground, how the Christian name will sound against their surname, and so on.

    ''All things considered it's unsurprising that something as important as choosing a name leads to a lot of heated discussion.''
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/80...aby-names.html

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    I'm glad it was the other way round in my case, since my mother wanted to call me David...Now I ended up with a Roman name, although I'd prefer some Germanic name of course.

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    I'm glad my mother choosed instead of my dad. If he had named me I would have been named Cal because he is a nascar fan, or even Buck he thought because of country music singer Buck Owens. If I was a girl my mother said it would of been Amy. They settled on my name for life of Carl which makes more sense considering who I am.

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    I think fathers have more input in naming sons then daughters. Here in the US girls are more likely to have trendy names, while boys seem more likely to have traditional names, this is probably the reason. This is a pattern that goes back many generations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juthunge View Post
    although I'd prefer some Germanic name of course.
    My first name is Brent, and I hate it. However, I try to go by my middle name "Norman" not only do I simply like the name better, but it is my grandpa's name, and a derivative of the German for "North Man"... and the name of a group of vikings.

    I'm definitely making sure that my children have Germanic names, despite that my wife wants to name a son "Ian" I am trying to sate her with a pretty similar, but superior-ly Germanic "Jans". We'll see, but it'll be Germanic no matter what.

    Quote Originally Posted by Balders gate View Post
    They settled on my name for life of Carl which makes more sense considering who I am.
    Carl is a good name. I have an obviously Nordic coworker named coworker named Carl, though I prefer the spelling with "k".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Der_Erlkoenig View Post
    My first name is Brent, and I hate it. However, I try to go by my middle name "Norman" not only do I simply like the name better, but it is my grandpa's name, and a derivative of the German for "North Man"... and the name of a group of vikings.

    I'm definitely making sure that my children have Germanic names, despite that my wife wants to name a son "Ian" I am trying to sate her with a pretty similar, but superior-ly Germanic "Jans". We'll see, but it'll be Germanic no matter what.



    Carl is a good name. I have an obviously Nordic coworker named coworker named Carl, though I prefer the spelling with "k".
    Brent sounds ok though, can't see the problem.
    I'll try giving my children Germanic names as well, but I wouldn't argue about it with my wife, as long as she chooses a traditional German name and we can have an equal say about it. Walter for my firstborn I guess, this was the name of my paternal grandfather. It consists of the elements 'to rule' and 'army/warrior', now that's what I'd call a strong name! Also found this meaning: "Jacob Grimm in Teutonic Mythology speculates that Walthari, literally "wielder of hosts", may have been an epithet of the god of war, Ziu or Eor, and that the circumstance that the hero of the Waltharius poems loses his right hand in battle may be significant, linking him to the Norse tradition of Tyr." And guess what, I was always especially fond of Tyr.

    I like both the sounding of Ian and Jans to be honest. But Ian is still a Hebrew name, although altered in Gaelic as is Jan(s), in turn altered in Germanic. Both are forms of John.
    Karl on the other man means "free man" or just "man", which I guess is one of the best names! Simple and strong.

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    I also have a somewhat biblical name, not too blatant however. It sucks, but no point in changing it at this point. My sons names will be Dieter Alaric and Occo Augustus

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    I want to name my first son Erwin Rommel *My Last Name*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kadski View Post
    I want to name my first son Erwin Rommel *My Last Name*
    I don't know. "Erwin Rommel Kadskison" just doesn't sound good!

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    I want my kids to have one or two classic British names and one or two names from my future partner's background. Although I'll have to check and make sure that non-aristocrats are allowed to have 3 or 4 forenames.

    My Dad came up with my name, he named me after a Welsh Boxer. Apparently my mom was OK with this.

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