Have you ever looked through your family history? There’s usually a pretty good mix of family names: some good, some odd, and some horrible.
Family Names: the good
These are the ones we like to use for naming our kids, or at least have made it to the list of potential names.
These names, for us, tend to be the less crazy names, even if some are old and unique. Okay, some of them aren’t terribly unique. Back in ye olden times, it seems like everyone was named pretty much the same thing: lots of people named Matthew, Carlos, Johan, Ana, Elizabeth, Isabella… you get the idea.
Wait – I thought the best names were after Transformers?
Some of these names are coming back into popularity, whether in their full glory or in their nickname. I don’t know many kids named Millicent, but I’ve met several cute Millie’s.
There are also an awful lot of odd names in our genealogy. At the time, I’m sure that they were perfectly acceptable, maybe even cool, at the time. There is, however, no way I’m going to consider naming any of my kids:
No, that’s a real name – for women. It’s Biblical, even. It’s the Greek translation of Tabitha. Personally, I’d rather go with Tabitha, but… to each their own, right?
Then, during the 1700 and 1800’s, there was that cool trend of naming children after jobs, titles, and virtues. I guess it would be kind of cool to be constantly addressed as “King” or “Duke,” although I think “Smithy” or “Truth Shall Prevail” might get old after a while…
Patience! Simplicity! Doctor! Get back here right now!
Some of these names have stayed with us: Grace, anyone?
Yes, there are some truly horrible names out there. Some are found in genealogical records, some are invented by celebrities, and others are used by well-meaning, uninformed parents.
You know what I mean – I bet you’ve thought of at least several names that leave you scratching your head.
You named your kid what?? All right – nobody laugh.
Making a List, Checking it Twice
As we keep looking for a good name for our next little boy, we’re looking through an awful lot of names for inspiration, ideas, or just to cross it off of our list.
We were looking through Scandinavian names the other night – holy cow I couldn’t figure out how to pronounce half of them! No, we aren’t going to name our son after a character from Frozen;* we have Scandinavian ancestry. Have I mentioned that it’s entertaining to look for ideas in lists of old names?
These names remind me of playing Skyrim,*