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Hinckley Jane vs. Hinckley Margaret vs. Hinkley Gwyneth

I’m a Christian Latter Day Saint. I don’t know if any of you are familiar with my religion, but our president, Gordon B. Hinckley, passed away about two months ago. My husband and I have thought of naming our daughter on the way, final baby number four, Hinckley after him. Do you all think that is too strange a name for a girl? Please do not be rude about it, but we are looking for honest feedback. It is pronounced HEENK-lee, if that helps at all. Thank you! - Linda and Mark Burnham, and kids (Galilee Michelle, Curtis James, and Cassidy Rose)

The Top Baby Name is...

Name Votes
Hinckley Jane Burnham 50% (4 votes)
Hinckley Margaret Burnham 13% (1 votes)
Hinkley Gwyneth Burnham 38% (3 votes)


I wouldn’t. I’m not being rude, I just wouldn’t.
posted by guest: Cassie :: 2008-04-08 20:56:40 | report
That’s okay. May I ask why?
posted by guest: Linda, the poster :: 2008-04-08 20:57:24 | report
I really don’t care what religion you are. I just think that Hinckley is a horrible name for a child.
posted by guest :: 2008-04-08 20:57:34 | report
I hate surnames as first names. I don’t think that it’s flattering at all.
posted by guest :: 2008-04-08 20:58:30 | report
I was only bringing up religion so I could provide a little background for the name, which may seem odd without knowing where it came from.
posted by guest: Linda, the poster :: 2008-04-08 20:59:36 | report
I agree, I don’t think it’s a very flattering name for a little girl. What about using it as a middle name? Jane Hinckley, Margaret Hinckley, or Gwyneth Hinckley would be fine.
posted by guest: Ariel :: 2008-04-08 21:00:00 | report
That was so rude. I apologize for that horrible person. I just thought it wasn’t a very nice name for a little girl, but that’s only my opinion.
posted by guest: Cassie :: 2008-04-08 21:00:50 | report
I actually think it’s kind of cute! Definitely different, but I would so much rather a Hinckley Jane or something like that over another Elizabeth or another Ava.

I’d go for it.
posted by guest: Adeline :: 2008-04-08 21:01:44 | report
I understand that. Sorry if it came off a little harsh. I was just making a point that you could believe in purple pygmies for all I care. The religious issue can be a hot topic on this site. I understand it’s an important name to you, but I really can’t stand the name. I don’t think it’s an appropriate name for a girl.
posted by guest :: 2008-04-08 21:02:51 | report
Oh don’t worry. I was sort of bracing myself for some less tactful responses. I do appreciate honesty and your politeness, though, Cassie.

We are planning on using the name. We’d prefer to use it as the first name, but we wanted to see what others thought of that and if we get a fairly unanimous "no", we’d certainly use it as a middle name.
posted by guest: Linda, the poster :: 2008-04-08 21:04:47 | report
Sorry, but I don’t think it’s an appropriate name for a girl. It’s just too weird, IMO.
posted by guest: Marianne :: 2008-04-08 21:05:07 | report
I wouldn’t because it immediately reminded me of John Hinckley Jr., the man who shot Ronald Reagan. Maybe Gordon Hinckley had a daughter, wife, hometown, etc. that has a neat name you like that will still have meaning, or maybe there is another name from your religion you would like to use.
posted by guest: Em :: 2008-04-08 21:05:45 | report
I didn’t mean just then that your response was tactless. It did come off as a little harsh, though.
posted by guest: Linda, the poster :: 2008-04-08 21:06:04 | report
I think it’s better as a meaningful middle name.

What did the B sound for?

Jane Hinkley Burnham is certainly much better.
Maybe not name her directly after him but take a few letters or find a name that is close/sounds the same. Many people do that. I was named after my great-great grandmother Eda-May and I’m Alexandra Mae.
posted by guest :: 2008-04-08 21:07:09 | report
That’s an interesting connection, Em. I wouldn’t have thought of that (obviously, having Gordon B. Hinckley being such a large influence in my life, I would associate the name with him first.)
posted by guest: Linda, the poster :: 2008-04-08 21:07:20 | report
If you love the name, then by all means, use it!
Hinckley Jane sounds best to me.
posted by guest: Cassie :: 2008-04-08 21:07:26 | report
Maybe you can choose a name which sound like Hinckley. Here are some suggestions:


Good luck!
posted by guest: Tanja :: 2008-04-08 21:10:36 | report
The B stands for Bitner, to answer your question, Alexandra. Bitner is not exactly a nicer alternative. Haha.
posted by guest: Linda, the poster :: 2008-04-08 21:11:45 | report
Sorry, but if you’re going to use the name I’d make it the mn. I don’t like it as a fn at all. I’m with Em. When I hear the name all I think of is the guy who shot President Reagan, not Gordon B. Hinkley.
It’s too weird as a first name.
posted by guest: Shay :: 2008-04-08 21:11:58 | report
I’m not LDS but I have a lot of LDS friends and coworkers and I have a lot of respect for Gordon B. Hinckley. I think in the LDS community, it would definitely be received well as a name and from an objective point of few I actually think it’s kind of cute.
posted by guest :: 2008-04-08 21:13:09 | report
I would think she would go through life signing things H. Margaret Burnham because Hinkley is really not all that flattering.
posted by guest: Beth :: 2008-04-08 21:13:28 | report
I like Hinckley as a name. It’s different but so what?
posted by guest: Annie :: 2008-04-08 21:17:27 | report
I love different, but this one just isn’t very attractive to me. That’s just my honest opinion.
posted by guest: Cassie :: 2008-04-08 21:19:06 | report
I’ve been avoiding answering this poll, but I’ll just throw my two cents in as tactfully as I can. I don’t like surnames as first names on ANY girl. I understand the name’s significance to you, and I respect that. But she will not always be in an LDS environment. The world, by enlarge, is not an accepting place. I think that it would honor Hinkley better by not making your daughter dread the first day of school or every interview, especially when the rest of us wont make the name’s connection to Gordon B. Hinkley. I feel the name would be more appropriate as a middle name.
Gwyneth Hinkley Burnham or Gwyneth H. Burnham will be a lot easier on your daughter.
posted by guest: Missy :: 2008-04-08 21:24:34 | report
I appreciate the way you said that, Missy. And I appreciate everyone’s honesty and tactfulness. Your point specifically has swayed us. Galilee, our oldest is 17, and she brought up that she was often looked at strangely in elementary school because of her name. As of now, she loves her name that she knows the significance and she no longer gets made fun of since her peers are obviously more mature than they were in first grade. All the same, it would be better to forgo that awkward stages of elementary teasing and name our daughter something less odd.We won’t use Hinckley as a first name. Out of Margaret, Gwenyth, and Jane, which do prefer with Hinckley as a middle name?
posted by guest: Linda, the poster :: 2008-04-08 21:34:50 | report
Gwenyth, Jane, and Margaret are family names so we are going to use one of those. All of our children have middle names with family significance.
posted by guest: Linda, the poster :: 2008-04-08 21:36:55 | report
I like Jane. It’s classic and sounds great with your last name.
posted by guest :: 2008-04-08 21:36:56 | report
Wouldn’t you be naming your daughter Hinckley be like naming your son Jesus?
posted by guest :: 2008-04-08 21:37:24 | report
I really like Gwyneth the best. Plus, she’ll have Hinkley’s initials (though jumbled up a bit). GL!
posted by guest: Missy :: 2008-04-08 21:37:49 | report
It kind of reminds me "I’ve got an inkling about something..." You know...Inkling.

I really don’t find it flattering or a really nice name, however I understand the meaning behind it.

Maybe you could give her his initials sort of mixed up since you have a B. as your last name.
Or just leave the B. out of it and give her G.H. after him.

Genevieve Heidi Burnham (Noble and Kind as I’m sure your president was)
Gemma Hinkley Burnham
Grier Havana Burnham
Heather Gabrielle Burnham

Gordana is an actual name meaning Proud.
Gordana Hillary
Gordana Hope
Gordana Harmony
Gordana Harper
Gordana Harriet
Gordana Hazel
Gordana Helki (To touch, which obviously he did)

I dunno.
posted by guest :: 2008-04-08 21:39:11 | report
To the post before me: NO. Gordon B. Hinckley and Jesus Christ are not one and the same. We believe Jesus Christ is the messiah, the savior, and God’s son (just as all Christian based faith’s believe). Gordon B. Hinckley was the president of our church and, we believe, a prophet. Not a prophet like Christ but a prophet like...Noah or Moses or any of those from the Bible. They do not compare to our God, they are only servants to him.

I did not intend to open religious discussion, but I felt a strong need to clarify that.
posted by guest: Linda, the poster :: 2008-04-08 21:39:40 | report
To anonymous who posted right before me, some of the most religious Catholics in the world name their kids Jesus, so stop being ignorant!
posted by guest: Missy :: 2008-04-08 21:39:46 | report
Obviously that last post of mine was not directed to the long list of name suggestions (which I actually like very much and appreciate, but the post above Missy’s last post.)
posted by guest: Linda, the poster :: 2008-04-08 21:41:25 | report
I like the suggestion of Gordana, but we do want to use a family name and I like the point made that Gwenyth Hinckley Burnham would give our daughter his initials, just mixed a bit.
posted by guest: Linda, the poster :: 2008-04-08 21:43:33 | report
Wait...I though Mormons didn’t believe in Jesus...

Oh and Missy I’m not ignorant. I know all about these so called Christian Latter Day Saints. My church talks about them all the time.
posted by guest :: 2008-04-08 21:44:50 | report
I’m sorry, to whomever anonymous may be, but you’ve been grossly misinformed by your respective church if they are teaching you Latter Day Saints do not believe in Jesus Christ.

Again, I do not intend to open a religious debate or discussion, just clarifying
posted by guest: Linda, the poster :: 2008-04-08 21:46:20 | report
My husband just brought up a valid point. Do Galilee and Gwenyth sound too similar to be sisters? I just mean that they both start with G. Wouldn’t that get confusing? I don’t know, I don’t have any experience with families with names all starting with the same letter or anything like that.
posted by guest: Linda, the poster :: 2008-04-08 21:47:34 | report
No one in your particular branch of faith might approve of this, but I was pointing out that some of the most religious people in the world still honor Christ by naming their sons Jesus. Just look at all the Catholics in Mexico and the rest of Latin America. Inferring that it’s sacreligious, when it’s not, IS ignorant.
You don’t have to agree with Linda or her family’s beliefs, just respect them by shutting your mouth. You’re coming off like some self righteous bible beater I see on late night TV.
posted by guest: Missy :: 2008-04-08 21:49:16 | report
It’s Gwyneth, so I’d say no. Gwyn is a totally different sound than Gal. There are thousands of families out there that use same first letters in their kids names.
posted by guest :: 2008-04-08 21:51:08 | report
Leave Linda alone. She’s asking for opinions on names, not pushing her beliefs on anyone.

Linda, here is my opinion. If you love Hinckley, then you should use it, although I agree with several other people that it should be a middle name. I love the name Jane, and I think it sounds fantastic with your last name. One thing to consider with Jane is that on the movie American Beauty, one of the characters names was Jane Burnham. I don’t know if that will sway your thoughts at all.

Also, what are the names of your other children?
posted by guest: Kara :: 2008-04-08 21:51:38 | report
I am not religious at all, but I find that some of these postings are becoming a little offensive. Even though the poster has taken them in stride and offered her beliefs out to those who feel the need to criticize and speak of things outside of the name of this soon-to-be lovely child.

You can’t have something be "so-called" if it exists. It is what they believe and you should be tolerant like your religion says to be. I also thought that only your God could judge a person. However, I see that you are judging them and the religion they love and teach. You may think you know their religion but unless you study it or practice it, there is no way to fully understand. I am sure that your church doesn’t speak of another religion unless they are not practicing their own "God-ly laws." They are probably a little biased, don’t you think?

I like Jane but if you want to keep his initials, I’d go with Gwenyth Helki or Hinkley.
posted by guest: Alexandra :: 2008-04-08 21:52:20 | report
this is very nice of you, and i’m sorry if there were rude comments. but i don’t think that for a growing young girl, hinckley is the right first nme. as a middle name, that would be nice, and it would have meaning but she wouldn’t get teased dailey.. a beautiful first name to go with this would be great.. margaret hinckley burnham would be just fabulous :) gwyneth is great too
posted by guest :: 2008-04-08 21:56:06 | report
To earlier post:

If your church has taught you that we Latter-day Saints do not believe in Christ, they are SERIOUSLY misinformed. He is absolutely at the core and center of our entire religion. Without a belief in Christ, a "Mormon" doesn’t have anything to believe in! Perhaps you should ask your minister/priest/whatever for some clarification to better determine if he/she is simply misinformed, or purposely giving you false information.

To Linda, as you may have guessed, I am LDS as well, and I think your idea is so sweet! What a way to remember President Hinckley. I do agree with several of the previous posts, though, that Hinckley would probably be a difficult first name for a little girl in many ways. I personally like the option of using it as a mn, and I love it with Jane! That’s definitely my vote.

Good luck!
posted by guest :: 2008-04-08 21:57:36 | report
Thank you all very much. We have some names to think over now and I appreciate the kindness and tactfulness the majority of you have shown.

We’re leaning towards Gwenyth Hinckley. Thank you all again!
posted by guest: Linda, the poster :: 2008-04-08 22:02:13 | report
Thank you all very much. We have some names to think over now and I appreciate the kindness and tactfulness the majority of you have shown.

We’re leaning towards Gwenyth Hinckley. Thank you all again!
posted by guest: Linda, the poster :: 2008-04-08 22:02:30 | report
Good choice and good luck.

((Keep Jane in the back of your mind, though!))
posted by guest: Alexandra :: 2008-04-08 22:07:54 | report
I don’t like Hinckley as a first name. I just don’t think it is feminine. I think it would be okay as a middle name. I really like your choice of Gwyneth. I like Gwyneth Hinckley.
posted by guest :: 2008-04-08 22:22:31 | report
The name is not a good name for a little girl. It doesn’t have a nice sound to it at all.
posted by guest :: 2008-04-08 23:04:36 | report
I personally don’t like the name, but if it is something close to your heart, go for it.
posted by guest :: 2008-04-24 23:13:16 | report
Margeret? Maggie?
posted by guest: Xanthe :: 2008-04-25 13:48:32 | report
Can anyone say stupid :~)
posted by guest :: 2008-08-10 13:40:11 | report
I can!
posted by Ziggidy :: 2008-09-24 21:15:47 | report

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