Did you/will you use family names for your children?

posted 2 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Did you/will you use family names for your children?
    Yes, for the first name only : (2 votes)
    2 %
    Yes, for the middle name(s) only : (61 votes)
    60 %
    Yes, for first and middle names : (27 votes)
    27 %
    No, both names we picked are not from other family members : (11 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 2
    7654 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We just did the middle name. I’m not one for naming first names unless I truly like the name. We used my husband’s first name for my son’s middle name.

    Post # 3
    7198 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    We used my sister’s name (Paige) as our DD’s middle name, but mostly because we just liked the name. If we have another and it’s a boy, we will probably use DH’s dad’s first or middle name as his middle name.

    Post # 4
    957 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Don’t have children yet but I talked about names before. I don’t think it’s that likely we’ll be using family names perhaps one that FI really likes from my side of the family or we talked about using similar names to honor family like Alice instead of Alison (which we aren’t too keen on) with nn Ally which Alison uses. I would like to give our kids italian middle names as I have italian roots and will be losing my italian surname. We won’t be TTC that soon so plenty of time to figure it out. 

    Post # 5
    329 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2013


    Wylie231388:  Im about 4 months pregnant right now. We will be middle naming our child (if its a boy) after my Father who passed away about 4 years ago. If its a girl, it will be middle named after my Paternal Grandmother (my sister also has this name as a middle name) – this name is less for the significance of the name and more because it just sounds nice.


    Post # 6
    20 posts
    • Wedding: August 2013

    For middle names we are planning to use family names Boy or Girl because we like them, and if it’s a girl first name will be a family name to (from about 3 generations back) as it has always been one of my favourite names. Not pregnant – we are just forward planners!

    Post # 7
    4674 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I don’t have any children yet, and currently on a frustrating TWW.  DH is in a fairly long succession of a particular family name (William)   If we have a son, we will stand with tradition and give that child the family name, first and middle.  This will make my child the fifth.  I plan on calling our boy Liam for short though, as I hate Bill and Billy, and having two Will’s in the house will get confusing!  If we have a girl we’re planning on giving her a family name for her middle name.  

    Post # 8
    3828 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    For middle names if they go with the whole name. 

    But only if i like the name. I’m not going to use the name Olga just because its my grams name.

    Post # 9
    47 posts

    my son is named after his dad, grandad and great grandad. It’s quite common in my family to use other family members names my middle names are my nana and aunty’s names. I actually think all family members have at least one passed down name.

    Post # 10
    576 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    FI and I discussed names a bit for our possible future kids and it’s a bit complicated because we have very different views about it… I was raised in a family where every child gets their godmother or godfather’s names and either Marie or Joseph as middle names, but he is Taiwanese/Chinese and they believe it is disrespectful to re-use the same name from someone in the family… and they have this tradition where the grandfather chooses the names!! (The only way I’d respect that tradition is if the grandfather chooses the Chinese name which won’t be written down anywhere anyways.)

    So, I think we will fight a lot about names in the future ahah… 


    Post # 11
    2578 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I wanted to give our DD a family name as a middle name (specifically Danielle after her Uncle Daniel), but DH was against it–and it’s HIS brother, lol. DH just wants ‘different’ names used for our children. I love the name we ended up going with, so I guess it worked out in the end.

    Post # 12
    2897 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    we’re definitely using family names for middle names. my husband and my father in law have the same name and if we ever have a little boy my husband wants to give him that name also, but i’m trying to talk him out of it. i also have an uncle with that name, so it’s just going to be too confusing to have 4 family members with the same name. i’m fine with it as a middle name, but not a first name. 


    Post # 13
    5533 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    We have agreed on family names for girls, first and middle, but for boys we are having a tougher time. Mostly because the family name I love that is both in my dad and granddad’s name is HIS grandpa’s name and he was a dead beat. A double edged sword. 

    Post # 14
    2731 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

    My daughter’s first name is for my grandmother down to the miss-spelling on her birth certificate. Her middle name is my exhusband’s grandmother’s name.

    Post # 15
    234 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Wylie231388:  We don’t have any yet but we will use our grandfathers (his maternal grandfather and my maternal grandfather) first names as middle names for any boys we have. We have discussed giving our first boy two middle names in the event we only have one boy. For the first girl we have – we are combining our grandmothers (his paternal and my maternal – I don’t have any relationships with my biological dads side of the family) names. The name we came up with, everyone likes and sounds pretty with the first name we have picked out.

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