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Posted 10 April 2008 - 11:15 AM

Does your family have any sort of tradition when it comes to names?

I am an extremely family-oriented person, and family is literally everything in the world to me :D My side is pretty small but very close-knit, and for several generations now (or as far as I can see with the genealogy research I’ve done!) we’ve upheld a vague tradition of bestowing either the same names or similar ones to the kids. I thought it was pretty neat! Lets see…

On my mom’s maternal side, my great-great grandmother was Rosa Emele, and my great-grandma is Helena Rosa. My grandma is Emily Helena -- she kind of broke the “theme” with my mom, who is Nicole Bethany Gail, with the two middle names being those of my paternal great-grandma. Then mom named me Emily Charity. I’ve been trying to uphold the tradition with my girls, at least in their middle names: Sinéad’s is from my husband’s mom, and Shelby’s is from mine. And then of course, our next little girl will be Victoire Chadée, for my dad.

Keeping with this tradition is the least I could do, really, because the other family trend on my side seems to be having just one child, or, at the very least, just one girl :unsure: I’ve shattered that one already!

Okay, I’m rambling way too much! Anyway, do any of you guys have any sort of family traditions to share? I love reading them. I'm actually leaving to go see my mom in just a few minutes, but when I get home I might try and do a little more research on my dad's side and my family as a whole ;) I love this kind of stuff!

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 04:03 PM

My family doesn't have any set rules or traditions, but my step-dad's parents were Earl & Marilyn and their two oldest children are Earl Jr. & Lynn Marie. My step-dad was the baby and was named after both grandfathers, John Thomas (he goes by the nickname Jack). I'm named after my godmother, Cecilia, and go by my middle name Caitlín (Cait). The rest of the family is mostly a hodgepodge of whatever "sounded" nice.

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 04:50 PM

We used to have a family tradition in naming, I guess. My Uncle Ron was named for my pawpaw and my mama and Aunt Katie were named for friends of my Grandma Judy's. Then when my parents got married, me and my siblings all had D names (Danielle, David, and Destiny), but when my parents broke up my Dad got remarried and had Shyann and Mason (both ending in "N"). Unfortunately, I didn't want to do something like that...Had it been up to my parents, I'd have had a normal name for my child and when I have other children they'd have the same first or last letter, but I already assured them I didn't want to do something like that. :unsure:

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 12:59 PM

I'm sure my family has had naming traditions, but they were broken long ago...

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 04:24 PM

As far as I know there aren't any naming traditions in my family or hubby's. I did give my oldest daughter a variant of my mum's name, though, but I very much doubt that qualifies as tradition.

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Posted 13 April 2008 - 10:50 AM

Actually, I guess there are. I talked to my mother about it and she said...

From her side, the name Lee for middle names is kind of a tradition. I have about 12 people in my family with it as a middle name (myself included, except my middle name is LeeAnn).

From my father's side, the middle name Raymond is common. It is Dallas's middle name, my father's, my grandfathers, and I think one or two uncles.

That's all!


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Posted 13 April 2008 - 10:54 AM

Actually, I guess there are. I talked to my mother about it and she said...

From her side, the name Lee for middle names is kind of a tradition. I have about 12 people in my family with it as a middle name (myself included, except my middle name is LeeAnn).

From my father's side, the middle name Raymond is common. It is Dallas's middle name, my father's, my grandfathers, and I think one or two uncles.

That's all!


That's neat! :unsure: I'm going to my aunt and uncle's place this afternoon for a bit of a brunch, so I'm going to prod my uncle for any traditions on the male side of things that I'm unaware of :D

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Posted 13 April 2008 - 12:54 PM

So it turns out that the male side of my family isn’t near as traditional as us gals :unsure: I had a great-grandfather named Christopher, and the name passed to my grandpa as a middle name: Jake Christopher. My grandparents only had my mom and my uncle, who is named Austin Christopher. My four cousins are Jacoby Austin, Karl Zachary, Hayden Eric and Adriana Gabriella. I think a few of their middle names might be coming from my aunt Dani’s family, but I’m not entirely sure.

So yeah. That was a lot less interesting that I thought it would be :D




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