One of the first decisions you make as a parent is what your child is going to be called. Will they have a more traditional name, or a modern original name? Will they have a middle name? A and then of course, you also have to take in to account the baby’s dad’s opinions.
We both decided we prefer traditional names, and came up with James for our eldest, he also has a middle name, which comes from my family, all of the males on my dad’s side have the same middle name.
With Sam we struggled more to choose a name, I really wanted him to be called Dylan, or Elliott, but my oh hated them. 😦 When he suggested Samuel i thought it was perfect! Sam’s middle name was going to be after his dad, but when I realised he was due on my Nainy Fawr’s (welsh for great grandmother) birthday I suggested that we use her (unisex) middle name, as she meant a great deal to me when I was growing up.
Robert’s name was the easiest to chose, as he is named after my father in law, who died when S was just a few weeks old.
I wanted to name a daughter with my Nan’s name but as R is my last I instead used her maiden name as his middle name
With J and S I got nothing but compliments when asked their names, but with R it was different. I got funny looks when I said Robert, one woman even scoffed at me and ‘what sort of a name is that’. At first I was mortified, thinking I had given my son a name that he will be bullied for, but then I thought differently. He was named after his Grandad, his dead Grandad and he should be proud of that, not ashamed. He shouldn’t be scoffed at, especially as a newborn baby! I am proud of my children, and the names I chose for them!!
What influenced your children’s names? Have you had negative feedback to them?