Earlier today I posed this question on Facebook and Twitter: Did you choose a name for the meaning? If so, would you be crushed if you found out the information was wrong?
I asked, because I see a lot of conversation in online forums that gives me pause. Parents announce that they chose a name because it means beautiful princess or proud warrior or … something unambiguously good.
A great many names – even names with appealing sounds – have ambiguous meanings. Or neutral ones, like “ash tree clearing” or “one who uses a cart.”
But there’s a whole other level of meaning to names. I’ve written about it before, and I think it can be the secret to finding a name that you love. Instead of focusing on the name’s meaning as described out here on the big ol’ interwebs, focus on what it means to you personally.
Because if you choose a name from the movie you and your future-husband saw together on your first date, or a name that you’ve loved since you were little, or even the name of a favorite athlete, it doesn’t matter what the baby name books say – or if you discover contradictory information. The meaning goes way beyond anything you could read.
- There’s a new TLC series about a family with quintuplets, as well as an older daughter. Their names? Oldest daughter is Blayke, followed by the five new arrivals, all girls! Ava, Olivia, Hazel, Riley, and Parker. It has me mulling over what I’d name five girls. I know I could easily come up with five girl names. Five boy names, though? That would be a challenge!
- Of course, there are lots of interesting names for twin boys on this list.
- Speaking of challenges, I scored 8 out of 8 on this quiz! There were some really close ones, though.
- Remember how France banned baby names like Nutella? New changes to French law may be making them possible.
- I think a lot of moms feel the way this mom feels, and Duana answers it perfectly.
- There are many more baby names for girls than boys – and here are the numbers to prove it.
- These sibling names: Bijou, Eero, and Wilder. Loveliness!
- British Baby Names presents Finds from 1872. Because out-there names are nothing new, and there are some marvelous ones on this list! Constance and Cadwaladr, Zephyrine and Vittorio and so many more.
That’s all for today! Thank you so much for reading – and have a great week!