Post # 1
I’ve always been a name fanatic and now I finally get to name someone! How exciting.
DH and I have loved three girls names since before we were married and we’re getting a little girl. The names are:
Leah (lee uh)
Except I’ve always been very fond of names that have great meaning and none of our names have great meaning! I adore these names and I’m not sure I could love any names more but I am struggling with the idea of giving my daughter a name with a lousy meaning.
Allison-a noble man’s SON
What would you do? Stick with the names we love and hope she isn’t offended one day lol or start from scratch?
Post # 3
I would stick with the names you love. I don’t think people really focus too much on what their name means, I think they focus more on how their name sounds. All of the names you’ve chosen are common, accepted names. I wouldn’t worry!
Post # 4
I say stick with the ones you love and then maybe look into something with a more significant meaning for a middle name, that is if you haven’t already picked one out
Post # 5
Haha, I don’t think it always applies. My name means “manly” and I don’t think I’m manly at all!!! Go with what you love 🙂
Post # 6
I also really care about whether or not a name has a good meaning, but to me Autumn is a beautiful name, and being named after a season wouldn’t be a bad meaning in my opinion.
At the same time I think nobody else would really care, so if you want to name her something with a slightly unfortunate meaning that is still a nice name, then you’ll probably be the only person who’s bothered by it.
Post # 7
@ames12708: Autumn is the least offensive haha. I personally pay attention to name meanings, and as pretty as a name sounds I wouldn’t give it to my child if it had a less than desirable meaning. It’s up to you and your husband. Most people don’t know the meaning of their own name.
Post # 8
….my name is Allison and wasn’t aware my name didn’t have great meaning. With that said, it didn’t exactly affect my self esteem growing up. Also that is the first time I have ever heard of a noble man’s son….I’ve always seen that my name is noble, kind, and truthful.
Anyway go with the name that you love…and I vote Allison. *ahem*
Post # 9
@ccantics: Good point. Therefore @ames12708: go with what you love. I’m fanatical about names too, yay for naming someone 😉
Post # 10
@Hippos: LOL @ your response to this. Classic.
I think name meanings are more of a “gee whiz.” It’s something that only parents in the process of naming their children and people at some point in their childhood for like 5 minutes if they happen to get ahold of a baby book would notice. I have never looked up the meaning of anyone’s name but my own. I’m sure your child will not be negatively impacted by any of those lovely names.
Post # 11
I haven’t the faintest idea what my names mean. I’ve never bothered to check. I would go with the names you love.
Post # 12
Thanks for all the replies =]
@Hippos: that cracked me up Allison has always always been a favorite name of mine
I’m thinking we may take the meaningful middle name approach
Post # 13
@ames12708: Doing a meaningful middle name sounds good. I would do something that’s meaningful to you though – like a beloved family member’s name.
Post # 14
@ames12708: Well, Autumn means Autumn, that’s not bad! Good season. 🙂
I go by Ali like Allisons do, but my name is Alexandra, which means helper of mankind.
But, either way, I don’t think it’s a huge deal if their names don’t mean great things (as long as it’s not like “she who shall wreck homes forever” or something). You could look for some fun names with better meanings, or you could just keep it as is!
Post # 15
My first and middle names mean Princess Perfect and I have always loved that lol it is an added bonus because I really do like my name even though my first, Sara, was oober popular in the 80s.
I am like you though, I have always been a name nerd and I thought a lot about our son’s name and what it meant to us.
Post # 16
I knew about my name meaning Abigail – My Father’s Joy–because my parents always attributed it to me growing up. I also liked that I was named after a really strong biblical character–both of my siblings were too.
I like name meaning, but I don’t dwell on it too too much. For instance, I love that Philippa means “lover of horses” because horses are important to me, but I’m not sure I’d name my future child that name. Love Pippa as a nickname though 🙂 I don’t think I’d NOT pick a name based on its meaning. We’re naming our son due in 8 weeks Wilder Dean… with our last name Boatwright, all three names are LITERALLY vocation names. This boy’s gonna work! He’ll be a hunter/clergy/boatmaker 🙂
My SIL’s name is Autumn and it’s a beautiful name. Winter is my top girl middlename–and most people don’t get it. I have my reasons–I feel that winter is a time of rest and a time for plants to grow roots. If I didn’t have a SIL named Autumn, I’d probably use that name because it’s my FAVORITE season and come on, we all know it’s the best one! Allison is pretty too. While I love the name Leah, I always think of her biblical namesake, and her story isn’t the most inspiring. But if you’re not religious, that shouldn’t matter in the least!