Be in Parents: Choosing a Baby Name

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Choosing a name for your baby has got to be one of the hardest decisions you’ll make. It’s something that your offspring will live with for the rest of their lives! My parents, thankfully, did a phenomenal job. I love my name—but I’m bummed that there’s no real "story" behind it. I think my mom read a book with a character named Janna and said BINGO! The end. No Name Voyager research, no arguing, and no lists. And she doesn’t even remember what book it was!

So what’s your story? How did you come up with your baby names? Leave a comment and you could be in an upcoming issue of Parents magazine.

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  1. by Brittany

    On March 26, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Both of my daughter’s names come from two of my favorite books– but I won’t tell you which books, I don’t want their unusual names to become too popular. I’m sort of superstitious about it!

  2. by Jana

    On March 26, 2008 at 11:56 am

    So, very funny Janna – my mom read a book called Penn Maric (I have a copy she found later at a used book store) – and liked the name. She gave me a one-n’ed version of it.
    But, my son’s name, we read through a copy of 50,000 Baby Names from the library and made a list. We knew we wanted an unusual name, but not something completely out there (read: no Moon Unit). We really liked the name Aiden but did a popularity search and found it to be the most popular name from the previous year. I’m not even going to reveal my son’s name here as it’s already gaining in popularity. I will say, however, that we decided on the name when I was 6 months pregnant and never looked back.

  3. by Kathryn

    On March 26, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    We choose family names for my son. My son’s first name is my maiden name in honor of my father and his family. His middle name is my father-in-law’s first name. Before he was born people warned us against giving him an unusual first name but we don’t regret choosing something different. The uniqueness of his name fits his one-of-a-kind personality.

  4. by Jackie

    On March 26, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    My husband and I were watching “The Aviator” a couple weeks after finding out we were pregnant with our first child. I commented that I really liked the name Katherine (after Hepburn in the movie). My husband said he liked the name too and that was that!

  5. by Melody

    On March 26, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    My family is very musical. My mother plays guitar and piano and sings; therefore, I was named Melody!
    My first son’s name is Maxwell — a little homage to The Beatles and “Maxwell Silver Hammer.” I just loved the song, the group and the name Max.
    My husband plays guitar, so we have a Gibson guitar he plays and that hangs in our living room. I look at that guitar often, so when we found out we were having our second boy, I chose Gibson!

  6. by Sarah

    On March 26, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    My daughters name is Brydon. Brydon is my moms maiden name and her father didn’t have any boys to carry it on. She gave it to me as a middle name and I always said that I would give it to my first daughter as a first name.
    Well, after two boys, Brydon Jean is here. Hopefully she will carry on the name when she has children.
    I’ve always thought it was a beautiful name and so far everyone I’ve met likes it too.

  7. by Shannon

    On March 26, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    I always knew that when I had a child I wanted the name to be meaningful. When I found out I was pregnant I went to my husband’s work and had him come outside to my car so I could tell him privately. I had a Lucinda Williams cd playing when I told him. Later that evening while we were discussing names he suggested if it were a girl he liked the name Lucy, stemming from Lucinda since thats what we were listening to when he heard the news. I loved it. The middle name Renae is from my sister’s middle name. Lucy Renae means “Light Reborn”. So we had our daughter’s name picked out the day we found out I was pregnant. She’s almost a year old now and her name is a perfect fit.

  8. by Greta

    On March 26, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    My first child I had in my early 20′s and at the time I loved the name Zachary..so that is what he became. When I met my now husband and we started having children it was only fitting we name our daughter Melody Grace. Which means: It is of Greek origin, and its meaning is “music, song”. We are both involved in music and his father was a music teacher. We did go through the baby books and when we came across Melody it was just so fitting and it is actually the perfect name for her..as she sings and plays her toy instruments. Our third child ..when we started trying I sat down with my husband one night and we, for fun..went through the baby name book. We came up with a list. That list sat on my dresses for a few weeks….then only moments after I found out I was pregnant..I pulled out that list and sat down and we decided that Kylie Noel would be her name. (I just knew it would be a girl!) Kylie means: “boomerang” or (Irish, Gaelic) “graceful”. This is again very fitting for her as she is my crazy child and hardly EVER sits still..always bouncing from one place to another and ending up where she started!
    For either of the girls..if they ended up being boys we were going to name him after my father and my husbands grandfather who have both passed. Walter Carmine

  9. by Amy

    On March 26, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    We have friends that I frequently mix up the first lettters of their names and after awhile I started liking the sound of it. We are trying right now and if we have a boy thats what we are going to name him. Also his middle name will be Thomas, because thats my dads first name and my husband’s dad’s middle name. I got my daughters name from the newspaper, Haley and her middle name from a childhood friend, Elise. She’s just as sweet as it sounds!

  10. by Jackie

    On March 26, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    It was simple for us.. we combined both our names to make hers. Kristopher + Jacqueline = Kristalyn. Although what’s funny is that whenever we tell people how we arrived at her name, everyone is always so puzzled because my Husband has gone by “George” for all of his life. I have to explain that his first name at birth and on his birth certificate is Kristopher. Can you imagine if we used George… Georgaline? =)

  11. by Melanie

    On March 26, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    I knew my Great Grandmother’s name was Clara and I’d always liked it. One day we were talking about my husband’s relatives and someone said that HIS great grandmother was also a Clara! That cinched it for us. Our baby was definitely going to be a Clara, too.

  12. by Susan

    On March 26, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    We have three daughters and haven’t had too much problem finding names.
    The first, Abigail, was named after me, taking my middle name as her first name. Yes it is a popular name but it is sentimental!
    The middle one, Kadence, was given her name because, in utero, she kept kicking me very rhythmically – all the time! We liked that we could shorten it and nickname her Kady, too!
    For the baby, we wanted a name that was similar to my husband’s (Larry John) since we probably won’t have any more children and no chance for a boy! We didn’t like most of the modern choices suggested in the books. I am very interested in genealogy so consulted our family trees and found my husband’s great-grandmother’s middle name was Elora. We coupled that with his grandmother’s name and came up with Elora Jane.

  13. by Marie Kopp

    On March 26, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    I took care of a little boy named Brody when I was a nursing assistant, and the name always stuck! But when I found out I was having twins and needed a second boy name, my husband and I used the name we usually hold reservations under, Reilly! Our last name is hard to understand on the phone so we came up with Reilly because it is never confused with another name.

  14. by *ALISSA

    On March 26, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    My daughters name is Caymin. Most people joke and ask if that is where she was conceived (and no she was not conceived there). My husband and I did happen to honeymoon there but that is not where we came up with the name.
    Before she was born, my husband and I were huge fans of Extreme Makeover Home Edition and one of the houses they made over had a resident named Kayman. My husband and I turned to each other and said, “I really like that name.” We changed the spelling a little bit and wa-la — now we have a beautiful little girl with a very beautiful name!

  15. by Nutmeg

    On March 26, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    After we knew we were having a boy, we found two baby name books we liked that had some information for meanings. I made a list of every name in those books that was even a REMOTE possibility. My husband crossed names off that were not options for him. This created a list of 40ish names that were acceptable to both of us. We lived with those lists and crossed names off as we decided we hated them. Then we worked up a list of 10 names that were finalists. Then after living with that list for a while, we each privately picked our three favorite names. Two names overlapped and those two names were our finalists. We had already picked a middle name, Elias (because it had some family meaning for me).
    When our little man was born we waited for two days to pick a name for him, but we just couldn’t settle on either of the two final names we had decided upon. In the end we gave him the first name Elias and used my last name as his middle name.
    So, we used a nice orderly process to pick out a name, resulting in no fights or disagreements, and in the end we just went with our gut.

  16. by Lauwae

    On March 26, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Our first child is a little girl and I thought it was important for my husband to name her thinking that he might feel closer to her knowing he named her. I am part Hawaiian and we live in Hawaii, even though he is from Indiana he recognized the importance of giving her a Hawaiian name. He scoured the Hawaiian dictionary and found a word that means morning sun and wanted to incorporate that into her name. My daughters name is Namakakulaokekahikole – the golden eyes of the morning sun-Namaka for short.
    We are having a boy soon and he also picked his name. He found it in a Hawaiian name book. It is Kameakia`i`inakanaka- a preserver and protector of man-Kia`i for short. Unfortunately the neighbor`s dog is also named Kia`i.

  17. by Leigh

    On March 26, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    We had narrowed it down to two names for our baby boy. Cameron or Seth. We decided on Seth because in a baby names book we read that Seth was a name that some couples used to name a son after having lost a child. We had a miscarriage a year prior, so we felt that this name was speaking to us. We also liked it because it is not easy to put a nickname with it.

  18. by Andrea

    On March 26, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    I always wanted to name our 1st daughter Arcadia and call her “Cadi” for short, but we hadn’t set it in stone yet. One night in bed I asked my husband what he thought since he didn’t seem overly excited about Arcadia so I asked for his suggestions. Out of nowhere he said how about Caliandra? I loved that it was so unique and creative and it just came to him, so that was it. I figured we could have our “Cadi” next time then we’d have a “Cali” & “Cadi”. Our second baby was a boy though so I’m still waiting for my “Cadi”.

  19. by Cenia

    On March 26, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    My son is Roman, named after me and my mom. My Mom’s middle name is Romana and my father named me Romanita (little Romana) and so from there came Roman. I love that his name has family value and we love that his name is a strong name, just like him. My daughter is Shayla, I have a cousin whom I did not meet until I was in college and her name is Sheila (pronounce with Spanish alphabet), she is from Mexico. I loved her name and always said if I had a daughter that would be her name just spelled differently.

  20. by Courtney

    On March 26, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    When we were trying to think of a name for our daughter, my husband and I were riding in the car. We knew her middle name would be Rose for my grandmother, but her first name was still iffy. I was suggesting names that I liked and said, Isabella. My husband said. Isabella Rose, that’s the most beautiful name I ever heard. At that point, it wasn’t my top choice, but the way he said it and the look in his eye made me say. Done! That’s her name. I love telling her how her Daddy knew from the start that her name was the most beautiful thing he ever heard.

  21. by Andrea

    On March 26, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    I always wanted to name our 1st daughter Arcadia and call her “Cadi” for short, but we hadn’t set it in stone yet. One night in bed I asked my husband what he thought since he didn’t seem overly excited about Arcadia so I asked for his suggestions. Out of nowhere he said how about Caliandra? I loved that it was so unique and creative and it just came to him, so that was it. I figured we could have our “Cadi” next time then we’d have a “Cali” & “Cadi”. Our second baby was a boy though so I’m still waiting for my “Cadi”.

  22. by Susanne

    On March 26, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Our daughter is Maley and combination of both her gandmother’s names. My husband literally came up the combo one day while driving and we loved it! Our other daughter is Rostan O’Brien which are the maiden names of her great grandmothers, not so tough to figure out,but tough to spell and say (Uh-Oh!!)…we are a family name kind of family!!

  23. by Gina

    On March 26, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Before we even got pregnant, my husband and I decided on the name Carly Brooke. Since we are both educators it was difficult to find a name we both liked but we really liked Carly. We wanted something not that common but not too out there. In terms of Brooke, I love the water, I find it so calming and peaceful so I wanted something to represent that. Then while I was pregnant I remembered a girl who I worked with while I was growing up and her name was Abigail so I looked up the meaning which is a father’s joy or father’s pride, when I told my husband he loved it and so our Carly Brooke became Abigail Brooke. Not as uncommon as we had hoped but it is prefect for our little girl who lives up to her name.
    With our son, we knew we didn’t want to name him after my husband but we did want him to have some sort of link. We are both huge animal lovers and decided that his middle name would be Francis after St. Francis of Assisi (the patron saint of animals). It is also my husband’s confirmation name. My husband’s middle initial is F so all we needed to do was find a name we liked that started with R. We looked through all the names that started with R and found Ryan. We both loved it and that is how we came up with out little boys name. I love that both of our childrens names have meaning.

  24. by Krista

    On March 26, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    We had a girl name picked out forever. Then we found out we were having a boy. I looked up name meanings and was perusing one of the online naming sites. I picked Aiden because it’s Celtic (which my husband is) and means fire. There was a possibility of red hair. So that was it… until a month or so later I decided to look up popular names and discovered it was THE most popular boys name for the last 3 years plus a few variations like Hayden, Braden, Jaden, etc. I had never heard it before, but that was out as I didn’t want my son to have the same name as 3 other kids in his class.
    Then we could not agree on another name until about a month before he was born. My husband picked Teague out of a baby name book, but I didn’t like it. He didn’t like my top picks of Josiah or Benjamin. Finally I found Cory and we agreed on it, especially as we have a very special Corey in our life already. Now he has a namesake!

  25. by Aimy

    On March 26, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Growing up an Aimy I wanted my kids to have names that weren’t as common, but nothing too crazy. At the time I became pregnant with my first child I was a flight attendant. I’ve always loved planes and decided to name my daughter after one. The cutest name of a plane we found was Piper… so we named her Piper. I’m sure if we really wanted to go nuts we could’ve named her Airbus or Boeing! Today I can’t imagine her being named anything else.

  26. by Besu

    On March 26, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Our son, Nicholas, is named in tribute of his grandfathers. My beloved Grandpa died when I was 11, and his last name was Nichols. We modified that to become Nicholas. My husband’s grandfather is named Lucian, so that is Nicholas’s middle name. It makes both sides of the family very proud.

  27. by Adventures In Babywearing

    On March 26, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Ah, I need to know! Because it seemed easier with our first two babies… now on baby #4 and it’s not so easy!
    Steph

  28. by Gina

    On March 26, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Our first child was a girl. We went back and forth on names. Everything I liked, my husband hated and everything he liked, I hated. I was at a OB appt flipping through a parent’s magazine when I saw the name Dr. Reilly. I thought – wow, what a great name for a girl, thus Rylee became my daughter’s name. Her middle name is Marie which has been passed down as a middle name for girls in my family for ages.
    My husband and I knew a boy’s name would always be Paul. My husband’s family names first born sons with the middle name of the father and Paul is my husband’s middle name. So, our second child, a boy, was named Paul. His middle name is Ryan named after his godfather who is my husband’s best friend since they were 2 months old.

  29. by Sheila Foster

    On March 26, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    My first son is named after his father and his father also a great uncle Robert. We also nick named him Bobby which my husband father also went by when he was young. His middle name is my maiden name to honor my grandfather Logan.
    With my 2nd son I knew his middle name was going to be Rives, (Pronounced Reeves) my husband’s grandmother’s middle name. I always loved it and said if I was ever blessed with another child that name would be in it somewhere. I wanted my older son to be involved so we asked him what we should call his baby brother. He is still in love with Thomas the Tank Engine so he said Thomas.
    My husband who is really big into family history looked up Thomas in the family tree and found the name on both sides of his as well as mine. So it turns out we again are honoring family members with our choice of names. Robert Logan and Thomas Rives two traditional and strong names

  30. by Alia

    On March 26, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    My husband’s criteria was that thename should be at least somewhat Jewish. I had at least 25 different criterias. They somehow brought us to the right name for our daugher. And it’s perfect!

  31. by Michelle O

    On March 26, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    During one of my sister’s daily name suggestion sessions, she suggested the name Evelyn, and it just clicked! The cool part about it though is that it turns out my grandpa had a sister named Evelyn! So it’s a family name, which we wanted anyway.

  32. by Amanda

    On March 26, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    My husband and I have been dating since I was in high school and we’ve pretty much had our boy-name picked out since then. Lucky for us, we just had a boy. His name is William Thomas Lastname III. However, the name skips a generation every time. So, William Thomas II is our son’s grandfather and William Thomas I was his grandfather. To make things even more complete, in both instances the other grandfather was also named William.
    For girls, we were at a total loss. We did a selection process similar to ‘Nutmeg’ in a previous comment. When we got down to about sixteen names, we did something a little different. I had recently seen a segment on Good Morning America about a book called Bracketology. They were saying that a great way to decide between things is a bracket system. So that’s what we did. We made the brackets and brought them to our baby showers, our church group, and family gatherings. We loved opening up a dialog with all the people who would love our baby once it got here. In fact, our process was mentioned in an article in the Wall Street Journal. If our son had been a girl, he would have been Anna Irene.

  33. by Jennifer

    On March 26, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    We used my maiden middle name and last name for my daughter’s first and middle names. When my parents named me, my dad wanted to call me by my first name, but my mom liked my middle name better. My dad won that battle, but I always knew that if I had a girl, I would give her my middle name as a first so my mom would finally have her “Lauren.” My maiden last name was so pretty, we used it as her middle name.

  34. by Kristen

    On March 26, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    In college my roomates got hooked on the show “Baby Story” and one afternoon I decided to ditch class and watch. The baby that was due was to be named Makenna, and I fell in love with it, that was 1995 I think? Our Makenna was born 2005!

  35. by Aletta C

    On March 26, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    I was named after my grandmothers, AL-berta and Viol-ETTA (Ah-lee-ta). Years before I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to give my daughter a meaningful name as well, even if people thought it was a bit strange.
    My mother’s name is Terry Lynn, so I always dreamed about a daughter named Terryn, and my mother-in-law’s name is Isabele. When we finally got pregnant, we discussed the name Taryn Isabella withing the first week, and never discussed another girl’s name again.
    We also didn’t discuss the spelling until the day after she was born and the nurse asked us to complete her birth cretificate. I looked at my husband and said, “How about like this?” He said, “Sounds good.”
    Its’ funny how little time we put into it, but it’s perfect for her. Everyone comments that she looks just like her name, and her American family calls her Taryn, while her Paraguayan family calls her Isabella. We got the best of both worlds!

  36. by Amber H.

    On March 26, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    I have always loved the name, Emma Grace. I am not even sure where I first heard it but I tucked it away in my memory. I admit that I threw a pillow at the TV when Rachel & Ross named their baby Emma on Friends! Fast forward a few years to when my husband and I were expecting a baby girl. I threw the name out there and he thought it was “okay” but too common (thanks, Friends!)and we tossed around Elisabeth, Ainsley, Lillian, Reese and Emma. After a few weeks we both just knew “Emma” was right for her even before we knew her. :) She is 21 months old now and I cannot imagine her being named anything but Emma…it is just her. Although, I admit that she is also known to answer to Emmacakes, Emmy, Gracie Poo, Punkinhead, Sweetie, Stinker Winker and Linus.

  37. by Jen

    On March 26, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    My son has is great grandfather’s name (Benjamin), which we love and his middle name is after at least three generations on both of our fathers’ sides. My daughter’s name came from what my parnets wanted to name me but didn’t because it was similar to my maiden name. Thank God! Going through life as Kara Kehrer (pronounced “care”)would have been tough!!

  38. by Kelly

    On March 26, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Our son’s name was my grandmother’s maiden name. She is a very important person in my life and I hope my son inherits her sense of family and strong work ethic. His middle name is the same as my husband’s.
    If we have another one and it is a girl, she will have my middle name.

  39. by Kris

    On March 26, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    With our first son, I thought it would be cool if his initials spelled his name. With a last name beginning with C, it wasn’t too difficult. Zachary Alexander, and we call him ZAC. With our second son, we went with Nicholas Isaac, NIC. Then came our third son. It was getting a bit more difficult but we hated to have him be the only one without his initials spelling his name. We named him Jac Anthony, JAC. Fourth son – now we’re in trouble. After much searching, we found the name. He’s Beckett Ethan, or BEC. Now we can’t have any more kids because you know they’d be boys and we’re out of names!

  40. by Amber

    On March 26, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    We loved the name Ava but heard what a popular name it was right now so we had to start thinking. We have an extremely long last name and wanted our daughter not to have to be frustrated in school having to write two big names so we knew we wanted something short. We started thinking and came up with Eva. We then went on to middle names and were going to do Marie because we thought they blended well but later switched to Clare after my mother in law’s middle name and her father Clarence. She wasn’t acting that excited about the baby and we thought giving her that honor would help her to become more excited!

  41. by PirateMama

    On March 26, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Since childhood I have always loved the name Jack. So that was my top choice for a boy, my husband took some convincing though. For our second child (a girl) I wanted to keep with a somewhat aquatic theme(Capt. Jack) and have named her Sirena (mermaid in Spanish) So now we have our pirate and our mermaid!

  42. by Annette

    On March 26, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    When we found out that we were expecting our third daughter, we knew we wanted to continue with the “A” names. Her big sisters are Anna and Audrey. We had a hard time coming up with a name that we liked. One day my husband, a UPS driver, said he saw an “A” name on a package that he was delivering – Alaina. I really liked it so we now have little Alaina. Though not original, her middle name is Noelle because she was born one week before Christmas!

  43. by Reyna

    On March 26, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    My husband and I could not agree on any names. If I liked it, he didn’t. If he liked it, I thought it was horrendous! One day, I jokingly suggested mine and my sister’s middle names together. He liked it so much that he made a little jingle out of the names and sang it in the shower. It stuck. My daughter is named Elisa Margarita after myself and my sister who were both named after great-grandmothers of ours.

  44. by Alicia

    On March 26, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    We named our son after my father-in-law, Clive. My all-time favorite author and hero is C.S. Lewis (Clive Staples) so our son’s name does double homage.

  45. by Wendy

    On March 26, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    We wanted a name that was common (read traditional), NON-gender neutral. I also didn’t want a name that was in the top 10. We finally did pick one that was TRADITIONALLY spelled, and there’s no question if it’s a boy or a girl. It wasn’t an easy task, but we did have maybe 7-10 to choose from that met our requirement.

  46. by Chicky Chicky Baby

    On March 26, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    My daughter’s name is from the title of a Beatles song. The song was written by John Lennon for his mother, who was deceased. I must have heard the song a million times in my life but it wasn’t until about two months after my own mom died that I really paid attention to it. My mom was a Beatles fan and this song was written about the singer’s dead mother so it seemed to fit. It didn’t matter the slightest that I was still two months away from conceiving! I had found my baby’s name.

  47. by Smellyann

    On March 26, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    With the exception of one son, who was named after his father and a father-figure of my husband, we gave the rest of our kids water names. My husband is in the Navy, I’m a former marine biologist, and we have a great love of the water. So our daughter’s middle name is Raine, our other son’s middle name is River, and our youngest daughter’s middle name is Lorelei, after the sirens who would lure German sailors do their deaths. We love their names!

  48. by Cocoa

    On March 26, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    We have six daughters and love all their names but our seventh child, our only son, was hard to choose a name for. It all started before I was even pregnant with him. I was gathering copies of old family photos from our ancestors and framing them to hang on our living room wall. After looking at all their names I told my husband “You know, I think Ira Hinckley (plus our last name) would be a really good name for a boy.” One of my husband’s ancestors name is Ira Nathaniel Hinckley. My husband said, “Well, he was a good man but I think Ira is just too old fashioned for nowadays.”
    Fast forward six months into my pregnancy. We knew we were having a boy. We discussed names a few times and every time I mentioned Ira Hinckley my husband would toss it aside. I resigned myself to the fact it wouldn’t ever happen. There were other names I liked so it didn’t really bother me.
    The day after our son was born we still hadn’t decided on a name. I told my husband he could name him whatever he wanted because it might be his only chance to name a boy looking at our record. He shocked me when he said he was torn between Dan or Ira. I didn’t want to jinx my luck so kept my mouth shut about which one I preferred. The clincher came when my husband asked what the meanings of Dan and Ira were. Dan means judge, but one of the meanings of Ira is ancestor (the other is watchful). We ended up naming him Ira Hinckley after his ancestor.
    Ira is still named after his dad whose middle name is also Hinckley.

  49. by Becky

    On March 26, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    I knew that naming our son was going to be difficult as my husband and I have different tastes, and are both very stubborn. Every name I suggested he hated, and every name he suggested was awful. Finally one day I said, “what about Evan?” He actually liked it. I started a names list and wrote it down. It was the only name on the list. That night we went to the movies. Up on the wall was a poster that said, “Evan Almighty. Coming June 2008.” (Our son was due in June of 2008) My husband insisted it was a sign from God. That list never got any longer. (I still have it).

  50. by Patti

    On March 26, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    We always knew our son’s name would be Mark. My husband’s youngest brother, Mark, died at two months old back in 1987. So we named our son in honor of him. His middle name follows the same pattern as his uncle’s: he was Mark Louis, after his father, and ours is Mark Jarod, after his father. Although he is the fifth person with the initials MJG in the family, and I had to really convince Dad to use his own name, we are happy with our decision and can’t imagine calling him anything else!

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