Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Name Game

When I saw this question-and-answer post on the blog “In the Loop,” I was interested right away to find out how others felt about names- their meanings, origins, connotations, etc.

I definitely recommend that you check out her page as well as my own to compare, and then consider your own answers (and I'd love to hear about them- leave a comment with some of your own feedback, or write a post of your own and send me a link)!
Pic from here

1. How did your parents decide on your name? 

At first, my parents were gung-ho about the first name Brook, my middle name already decidedly Lynn. It took them quite a while to realize the combination of the two was a region incredibly close to where we were living (who knew that the name “Brooklyn” would skyrocket in popularity in the next couple decades?). They ultimately decided on “Kirsten,” a Swedish name that my paternal grandmother suggested.

2. Do your initials (First, Middle, Last) spell out anything fun/funny? 

Had I kept my maiden name in the mix, I would be KLAM, but since that didn't happen, I have no fun initials to speak of.

3. Did you take your middle name from childhood or did you take your maiden name as your middle name?

As I stated in the above question, I did not. Keeping my maiden name with my new married last name would have resulted in a very long and tedious signature.

4. Are you or will you name your children thematically (ie. same first letter, all of same origin…)

Since my husband's first name also begins with a K, we tried to steer clear of all monikers that begun with the letter, or even the sound. I have enough trouble trying not to confuse the names of the baby, the dogs, and everyone else I come into contact with...

5. Did you decide on baby names as a little girl? Did you stick to them or change your mind?

I can remember absolutely loving the name Samantha, because it was so feminine, but was shortened to Sam, a typical boy's name. It was multidimensional to 8-year-old me, and I was enamored by that fact (plus the fact that it was the name of one of the original American Girl Dolls- bonus!).

6. Does your family have any names that have been passed down through generations?

Not that I can think of. I have no brothers though, and I feel like males have more of an inclination to name their male children after themselves or other relatives. All I know is that I'll never name my child the same as his father. Way too confusing (see # 4, above).

7. Do you look at the meaning of the name or just the name itself?

No, I tend not to look at the meaning. Unless the definition is “evil toddler that cries all the time and doesn't ever sleep”- then I'm inclined to pay more attention to meaning.

8. Do you name pets with human names (Sally, Henry) or with pet names (Fluffy, Mr. Bo Bo)?

Human- the girls are “Sadie” and “Winnie.” I mean, it's not like their names are Peter and Victoria. I think there's definitely a difference between human names that are appropriate for animals and those that are not (although names that are usually completely human- like "Brian" from "Family Guy"- are somehow hilarious to me).

9. Are there any names that you have an affinity or dislike for based on a childhood experience/someone you once knew?

Absolutely. I was a teacher, so there are several names that have been tainted for me. Conversely, there are many monikers that I would be glad to use because of the same fact!

10. What are some of your favorite names? Why?

I love names that truly represent the people that carry them. My sister's name, Maggie, is perfect for her. I can't put my finger on the exact reason, I just know that it's right for her!


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  2. Your name is like that chick from Twilight :) And you're so right, Brooklyn is a super popular name, especially with all these celebrity babies.

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  4. Interesting post. I was named after Katherine Hepburn, but my mum and dad spelt my name "Kathryn" on the birth certificate! I wouldn't say I'm as elegant as Ms Hepburn was however!!

    CJ xx

  5. Annah- I may not have the body of Ms. Brooklyn Decker (or face) (or moolah), but... oh, right I don't have a pont to that statement.
    Also, I believe the brooding Twilight chick is named Kristin, a little different (though I've learned to respond to anything that has a "K" in it). I'm Kirsten (like Dunst).
    Crystal- It's amazing the favors that our parents think they're doing for us by naming us after celebrities who they believe denote elegance and grace! It's an impossible standard to live up to!

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