Post # 1
So, my daughter is going to be 8 when the baby is born in a couple months. My husband and I had already picked out a first name for the baby, but my daughter came up with a middle name that she loves and wants us to use. It is a perfectly fine name (don’t want to share it yet- but its in the top 200- so its not too weird). It goes fine with the first name, and my husband and I think we are going to use it. I figure no one gets to pick their own name originally anyway (mom/dad pick it)- so why not?
What I want to know is, were any of you named by your siblings? Or did any of you get to do the naming? And how did that turn out- did everybody love the names or end up hating them?
Post # 3
Our nephew named our niece. When they were picking names, he kept repeating the same name over and over again, and that’s what they named her! I think its awesome 🙂
Post # 4
Not me, but one of my cousins had a dream that her younger sister was named *girl*, so when the younger child was born, her parents named her that.
Post # 5
My brother (11 years older) helped my mother choose my first name. I detest it. I have been using my middle name since I was about 11. The name really isn’t that bad, it’s very normal but ridiculously easy to mock.
Post # 6
While I wasn’t named by a sibling, it made me think of a book series I read as a long time ago. I used to be an avid reader of the Baby Sitters Club and Baby Sitter’s Little Sister books. Anyways, in one of the Little Sister books, Karen’s friend Nancy got to help name her baby brother. As a kid, I thought it was pretty cool.
If you guys like the name, I would consider it. It could be an extra sibling bond that the two could share.
Post # 7
Only child here but I did help name my first cousin. I was adament about the name and my aunt and uncle apparently liked it so they went with it.
Post # 8
I was 7 when my little sister was born, and I got to name her Sarah. My parents loved the name, and my mom chose her middle name, Marie. My sister loves both of her names still, 19 years later. 🙂
Post # 9
Thanks for the responses. I realy like the idea of letting her be part of the process- maybe it will make her feel more involved?
Post # 10
I was in 5th grade when my little sister was born. My mother and stepfather had picked a first name early on, but were having a tough time choosing a middle. They ended up asking me and my older sister to choose whatever we wanted. Well, we were kind of pissed about my parents having another baby, so we chose Forrest. Ha, we thought we were so funny, but my parents ended up not caring, so they went with it. Her name is Allura Forrest and it totally fits her now! She really likes it, and actually always has. But she’s a strange cookie, anyways. 🙂
When my mom got pregnant again when I was in 7th grade, she just knew she was having a boy, and always wanted a Nathaniel. But it ended up being 2 boys (twins!), and they decided to let me and my sister give the first name to the other twin. We chose Aaron, just because we really liked it at the time. I’m pretty sure he could care less about what him name is, and it’s still a good name.
But, I think you should let your daughter choose if you’re ok with it. We really were excited about my parents letting us do this, and I know my brother really loves the fact that my sister and I chose his name for him. I don’ think Allura has any feeling about the fact that we chose her middle name, but she does love it.
Post # 11
My sister and I helped figure out a middle name for my brother, which is Quinn and we also helped my mom name my other sister which is Jozell Angelique. They both love their names. =D
Post # 12
Sister1 chose sister2’s name. My mother went all through the pregnancy being told she was having a boy (boy clothes were ready-and-waiting, nursery was painted blue, name chosen, etc.), and she ended up having another girl. Nothing came to mind, so sister1 ended up picking. It’s a perfectly good name, but Mum says that if she were to have chose it, it would have started with an ‘S’ to match her other 2 girls.
Post # 13
I’ve have 3 examples for you and I think all worked out. When I was a child my cousin’s best friend was asked to name his newborn sister as his parents wanted an “American” name for her and he named her after me since we spent a lot of time playing together. My best friend has a niece whose middle name was chosen by her older sister and it’s not a typical name but the paretns went with it an´d it is cute. Finally, a friend of mine got to choose the name for her sister when she was about 3, she wanted to name her sister after her favorite doll but her parents made her pick a different name explaining that she can’t have a doll and sister witht he same name (it was a doll from a book with a pretty unique name so it would have been weird). Here sister’s name suits her perfectly, much better than the doll’S name would have. I think it’s really cool to get to name a sibling and you should totally use your daughter’S middle name!
Post # 14
I don’t have any personal naming experiences, but I think the more you involve your kids in decisions the better self-esteem they have and the better experience they get being involved in the decision-making processes (important life skill). When I was 7 my mom bought a new car and let me pick the color. I think the sales guy thought she was crazy (and I have to admit that I kind of do, too, looking back…), but the important part is that I still very clearly remember that and how it made me feel – important, respected, smart, part of the process, and valued. All SUCH important lessons for kids.