While many baby names are chosen by parents from the newest trends in baby names, others are chosen for reasons more unique than the name itself. Here are some interesting, uplifting, and even amazing stories from Circle of Moms members about special ways to chose baby names.
1. Honoring a Loved One
Several Circle of Moms say their child is named after a loved one. My own oldest child is named after a combination of people I loved and lost. Her first name is that of a childhood friend of mine who passed away when we were in high school and, like another Circle of Moms member named Leah, we chose her middle name in honor of our daughter's great-grandmother.
2. From a Dream
Mom Vicki E. tells a beautiful story of a recurring dream she had while pregnant of walking through the park with a little girl. "She had bright blonde hair and big blue eyes and she was called Megan," she recalls. Two years later, Megan, the daughter she was carrying at the time, has the same blonde hair and big blue eyes Vicki dreamed of.
3. A Meaningful Story
Leisha C. explains that she and her husband had a very difficult time conceiving their daughter. They found that the biblical story of Hannah (whose infertility was overcome when she appealed to God in prayer) was analogous to the blessing that came out their struggle to conceive. Leisha and her husband now not only have a daughter named Hannah, but also a son.
4. Sudden Certainty
It may sound odd, but I wholeheartedly believe Herding Kats in Kindergarten blogger Jennifer K. when she says she suddenly had a feeling come over her and she just knew her daughter should be named Moira. That’s because it happened to me, too. Like Jennifer, my husband and I hadn’t looked at any baby name books and one day, independently of each other, we each just knew our baby’s name should be Benjamin.
5. Significant Meaning
One Circle of Moms member, who goes by the name Camilla, says she and her husband chose their son’s first and middle names for their meanings. When it’s put all together with his last name, her son Birk-Nesta’s name means protector, messenger, and freedom fighter. A very strong name!
6. Matching Initials
Dixie W. is one of many moms who says she chose her children’s names for their initials. Her son's initials match their father’s, while her daughter’s initials are the same as Dixie’s. For mom Michelle H., the process wasn’t as complicated. "We wanted our son to have the same initials as Daddy," she explains. "So we picked the best name starting with 'J' and gave him the same middle name."
7. T.V. Characters
A number of moms say they named their babies after characters on T.V. shows. Circle of Moms member Lynne B. borrowed names from the soap opera Ryan’s Hope. Mom Gina S., who admits it’s “silly” to have named her daughters after Star Trek characters, says that, surprisingly, both girls' temperaments are much like the characters they are named for.
8. Video Game Characters
Choosing a baby name from a favorite movie, T.V. show or book isn’t all that uncommon, but mom Mia S. says she "went even stranger" and named her daughter after a video game character named Sera.
How did you choose your baby's name?
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