One of the most important things you will ever do for your child is choosing
his or her name. A name is a reflection of character and identity and,
hopefully, a source of pride. Most parents start considering names long before
the baby arrives. They browse through books full of baby names, search online and field
from family, friends and even strangers. If this sounds familiar, the
answer to your search for the perfect baby name may be closer than you think -
hidden among the branches of your family tree.
Keeping names in the family can be a wonderful way to keep a
sense of continuity between the generations. Many parents are now finding beautiful and
interesting baby names with ethnic and historical origins. The right name from
your own heritage can provide an added source of identity and pride for your
This doesn't mean that you need to name your child after dear
Aunt Mildred or limit yourself to Bob, Jr., however. Here are some ideas
to consider when looking for a baby name with a sense of tradition and heritage:
CREATE A FAMILY TREE
Many people name their children in honor of parents, grandparents, aunts
and uncles or siblings. But with the current trend toward more unique naming
practices, consider looking a little further back in your family. This can
bestow a sense of continuity and heritage, while still giving your child a special
name, one he or she doesn't need to share with another living relative. It
can even help you find extremely unusual baby names if that is what you are
looking for. I have a lot of ancestors named Dempsey in one branch of my
family tree, for example, but that name no longer appears in baby name lists
or books... If you don't know your family tree going back more than a few
generations, then a family tree research project can be a great way to pass
the time while waiting for your baby to make her arrival!
101 - Where Do I Begin?
Everything you need to know
to get started researching your family tree
CONSIDER MIDDLE NAMES
The custom of using a child's middle name to honor a family surname,
especially a mother's maiden name was widespread in the United States in the
mid-nineteenth century. Following this example, and giving your child
the middle name of an ancestor or the surname of a grandparent can be a
great way to maintain a family connection without saddling the child with a
name which may not follow current trends. Again, looking at your family tree
can provide you with many middle and surnames which you may not otherwise
About Your Family Tree on the Internet
Don't have a
lot of research time? Learn how to find out more about your family's
history right on the Internet!
REMEMBER THE RELATIVES
Many parents like to name babies in honor of living relatives. Maybe you
love your Aunt Mildred - but you just can't saddle your saddle your
adorable baby with such an old-fashioned name. Consider things like where
she lived or what she liked to do. There are many beautiful baby names
that come from place names, occupations etc.
Place names, color names, occupation names and more!
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