Post # 1
although FI and i are nowhere near TTC (three more years! ahhh), we LOVE looking up baby names and seeing what their meanings are. to us, the meaning of a name is pretty important and will play a big part when we start seriously choosing names for our kids. i know that a lot of why my mom chose my name was because of what it means in hebrew (gift of god) and FI’s name means ‘great brightness’.
i just think names are super interesting, especially the thought process of it all. but all names are meaningful no matter what (besides kimye’s baby north west, let’s be real)!
so i would love to hear… do the meanings of names mean a lot to you? if not, is there a reason? 🙂
Post # 3
To a degree… it’s not the #1 thing I look for, but it is important. Mostly I want a name that sounds good, and it’s a bonus if it has an awesome meaning. If it means something terrible though, I doubt I would use it. I actually think I will try to steer clear of biblical names as I am a staunch atheist, for example.
Post # 4
@bowsergirl: i feel you on that. FI is an atheist as well and doesn’t really care for bibical names which is okay by me 🙂
Post # 5
DH and I have 3 children (before we tied the knot) and names have always been important to me. I named my first daughter after a character in my ex husband and I fave movie. Her name also has a little nod to our african heritage. My now husband at the time we got pregnant he DEMANDED a Jr. I gave it to him so there was not thought/effort put there. Our last child, we named after our mothers.
Post # 6
Yes but it’s not the over riding factor, but considered. I don’t know why I do it.
Post # 7
It’s not the deciding factor for us, either. It’s a bonus if a name we like has a good meaning, but if it sounds right, is something we like, matches our preferences in a name (different, but not too unusual), then we’ll go with it either way! I remember as a kid looking up the meaning of my name and getting excited, so I would at least try to go with something positive.
Post # 8
Yes, definitely. I’m very into that and am thankful to have a name that is both meaningful and beautiful. Another factor I like about my name is that it is able to be pronounced without trouble in most languages and many languages have their own version of it. Because we have an international lifestyle, I’d like my kids to have names that can be easily pronounced and understood in a variety of countries.
Post # 9
@missebelle: I have no children, but name meanings certainly are important to me. No matter how pretty a name may sound out loud, if it means something odd or doesn’t mean anything at all (made up) I wouldn’t give it to my child. Not fond of grossly misspelled names either.