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    I was just wondering what everyone's families' naming customs were, if you have any. It pains me to know that people name their kids based on how a name sounds. Names have meanings.
    On my father's side:
    Haven't noticed any. There is a tendency to be named after other family members. My grandmother got her middle name from her mother's sister.
    Thomas is also a very popular name on that side. The man who adopted my grandfather's name was Thomas. 3 generations and 5 with Thomas as a name.
    Mother's side -first daughters are frequently named after their fathers. ex. Michael - Michelle.
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    Post Re: Naming Customs

    Family names, of course. The only real way to name.


    Now, please excuse the rant.

    What I can't stand are these cutesy, moronic "modern names" that parents give their kids these days. The trend probably started with celebrities and "white trash" (one and the same ), but it seems to have spread to middle class subarbanites as well as the occasional society-family. When I worked at a day camp last summer, every other five-year-old was named something along the lines of these:
    Jaden
    Braxtyn
    Baylee
    Kaysie
    Kayliegh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elistariel
    I was just wondering what everyone's families' naming customs were, if you have any. It pains me to know that people name their kids based on how a name sounds. Names have meanings.
    On my father's side:
    Haven't noticed any. There is a tendency to be named after other family members. My grandmother got her middle name from her mother's sister.
    Thomas is also a very popular name on that side. The man who adopted my grandfather's name was Thomas. 3 generations and 5 with Thomas as a name.
    Mother's side -first daughters are frequently named after their fathers. ex. Michael - Michelle.
    Most names in my family come from being named after relatives; though I don't always agree with this, it is familiar (some of the names like Marvel , Arvilla , Kermit & Verne should be forgotten!)! I hope that I haven't offended anyone..............not my intention.
    It seems that some name their children the 'popular' names of the day (i.e. Jason, Trevor, Amanda, Jacqueline, those that I am familiar with in my area), which I don't agree with much.
    Popular (?) as a name...just doesn't sit right with me -- its like all of the teenage kids buying 'Dickies' (shirts, pants, jackets)..............does your name have to be all about popular?
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    I have a first name and two middle names. My first name, I'm named after my dad, who was named after his uncle (my great uncle). My two middle names are my two grandfathers.
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    I know what you mean. I can't wait until 60 years later, when we have to deal with Granny Kayleigh.
    I also have a problem with over-used middle names. It seems, at least where I live, nearly everyone has one of these middle names. I don't know about the guys' names.
    Marie
    Nicole
    Ann or Anne
    Rene or Renee, with the apostrophe on the last e

    An example of decent naming, my 5 year old cousin, Madeline "Maddie" Elizabeth. Maddie works for a child's name, and Madeline will be good when she's older.
    lol, her name means "high tower - consecrated to God" reminds me of Babel.
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    One of my middle names is common. The other you've probably never heard of.
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    My name was switched around when I was 4. So I was born M.A. and am now A.M.
    I was named after my father (M), and my sorta-maternal grandmother. (A)
    *fun with explanation*
    My mother was raised by her father's sister's daughter and her husband. I was named after her husband's mother, who was named after her paternal grandmother. With different variations. "Name succession" - full version, -ie ending nickname, -y ending nickname (mine).

    I'm actually glad I wasn't named after a biological great/grandmother...
    here's why
    Sylvia Winifred
    Virginia Doris
    Virginia Hattie
    Lity Mae / May

    Not Lit-E, but Lighty... pronounced Lah-tee Mae. (in a major southern hick accent)
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    I'm sure Virginia is a nice southern name *spoken with a southern accent*
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    but they didn't use that name.
    Virginia Doris was Virginia Hattie's daughter. Doris and Hattie.
    I have, well had a greatuncle named JW. Didn't stand for anything. When he went to war (WWII, I think) he had to make up a name. So, people in my family also got totally random names. My greataunt, was named after a plant the farmers were working on when she was born. And her middle name, was whatever popped into her father's head, that sounded good with it.
    my ancestors tended to "make their own farmhands"
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    In my family there are no particular stringent naming customs. However, the family does try and give strong traditional Polish names. For examole, I love my middle name : Mieczyslaw.
    Let them hate as long as they fear.

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