"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Shakespeare aside, your baby's name is most likely something pretty important to you. If you are like most girls you've been thinking about this since you first learned parents get to pick their kid's names!
What you don't realize when you're little is how much your tastes change along the way and what events in life might alter that decision. I would have never thought I'd be considering naming my little girl after my father, but here I am. I also never imagined he'd leave this planet when I was just 24. We had chosen a girl and boys name for my first child and waited until giving birth to find out the sex. I knew I couldn't wait this time and when I found out we couldn't use the boy name we loved I was at a loss for ideas. My father has been gone 11 years and though I'm pretty certain I think of him at least once a day, being pregnant has a way of reminding me that he's not here when he should be. These major milestones can be pretty tough to go through when you're missing someone you love and I desperately wanted to include him somehow in this event, but how? Here's the rundown of how I tried every way I could think of to include him in my child's name and what I ultimately went with.
Use One Of Their Names
Duh! I know, but just in case it goes without saying you can utilize your loved ones' first, middle, or even last name as a first or middle name for your child. It's also an option to use two middle names if you love the way another name sounds after the first name. If it's not a total mouthful, go for it! For example, Cameron James Scott Jones or Kendall Paige Marie Hall.
Use A Variation Of Their Name
If your loved one is the opposite sex of your baby you can always go with the feminine version of a name, i.e. Charles becomes Charlotte, Michael could be Michelle, or James lends itself to the unisex name Jameson and so forth. You could also tweak a name even for the same sex to make it more modern or just more appealing to you, such as Alyssa for Melissa, Vivianna for Vivienne, or Jace for Jason.
Use Their Initials
If you can't find a likable variation, try simply using the same initials. William Martin could be Wendi Mara or Henry Robert could be Hadley Rose.
Use Their Birthday Month
I played with all of the above endlessly and my Dad's name just wasn't translating to something I really loved, so I figured it was time to get creative. What else reminded me of my Dad that would actually make a decent name... then one day it came to me- his birthday month! May is a perfect short, cute middle name that now means the world to me.
What's great about this concept is so many months make great names for girls April, May, June, July... hello January Jones is a great name and she's gorgeous! Most of the months are unisex and could actually lead to really interesting and unique names. How about Ryder August, Malin March, or Landen October?
Hope this got your some creative juices flowing. Maybe you can come up with something even more unique! After all, as long as you know what the name comes from, that's what makes it special. Did you incorporate a loved one in your child's name? Please let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!
Hi! I'm Nicki, a full time working Mama in a fast-paced male dominated industry. I blog for a creative outlet and to help moms like you make this parenting journey a little easier!
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