What’s In a Name?


I don’t understand why some people get so bent out of shape over kids’ names. Every year, the Social Security Administration compiles a list of the top 10 baby names from the previous year. Some people scan the list and are so glad that their child’s name isn’t on the list while others look at the list and are upset that their child’s moniker is on the list.

When I look at the list, I know my daughter’s name will probably be on it. It’s popular. But you know what? I don’t care.


My daughter was named after her paternal grandmother (who lived to be 94) and her middle name is my dad’s name, just spelled differently. I frankly don’t care how many other kids share her name because it will always mean something special to me. Unfortunately, my daughter never got to meet her great grandmother that she was named after. However, I see many similarities in their personalities. My grandmother was independent, stubborn, generous, loved to laugh, and she loved fiercely. She went through many hardships in her life, including the death of one of her sons and being a widower for 23 years, but she remained strong and lived a wonderful, long life. I see so much of her in my daughter.

My daughter’s middle name is my dad’s first name. My dad and I have always been close, so this was a fitting middle name for her. He is now one of my daughter’s favorite people, despite being a Mama’s girl for the first two years of her life. They have a close bond, and I know it will be difficult for her when my dad is no longer around. She will always have him close to her.

Some of my friends have named their children names I’ve never heard of while others pick more popular names. No matter if they are popular names or not, I love hearing the stories behind names and how parents chose names for their children. I also love knowing that my daughter’s name means something so special to me and my family, no matter how popular it is.

What’s the story behind your child’s name?


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