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Thursday, October 3, 2013

What’s In A Name #31Days

Yesterday I asked you to make a list of the names of your ancestors and relatives. Did you do that? Great! If not, here’s another chance. Today’s journaling prompt is all about names.

Find out the meaning of your last name here. My last name is a habitational name from Granov in Ukraine and my maiden name is a metonymic occupational name for a paper maker or merchant! Take some time to journal or blog about the last names in your family history.

Next, let’s talk about first names. I have always enjoyed hearing the story behind people’s names – who they are named after or why their parents picked their names, what their middle names are, and what names they have named or might name their children. Start with your name and where it came from and then write about the other names in your family. If you have children, how did you choose their names? What other names did you consider or are you considering for the future? Are there any names that have repeated in your family? For example, my husband’s middle name is Herbert. Yes, Herbert. He is named after his father’s father, whose first name was Herbert.

I would love to hear your name stories. You can leave me a comment or the link to your blog post!

Behind on the series? Catch up here!

16 comments:

Janine Huldie said...

I wasn't named after anyone. My mom actually liked the name, but tried to get the shortest version of it, because my maiden name was rather long. My maiden last name is Italian origin and my husband's (married name) is of Scottish descent. Seriously such a fun topic and love that we are sharing this here!! :)

Helene said...

i was named after my aunt, it's been passed down (the name Helene) for generations!

Lisa said...

This is so much fun. Thanks for the prompts! http://fromthebumpyroad.com/2013/10/03/31days-day-3/

Dara said...

thanks for sharing!

Dara said...

I'm so excited that you are participating! thank you!

joymhbailey said...

Here's my link:

http://joyinthemorning-joy.blogspot.com/2013/10/day-3-whats-in-name.html



Thanks!

Emily said...

Really enjoyed this prompt! Thank you! http://emilysbookofme.blogspot.com/2013/10/31-days-to-write-story-of-your-family_3.html

Dara said...

thanks for sharing!

Dara said...

I love names, so this is a fun one for me too! :)

Dara said...

that is very cool! I know a few Helenes besides you but they are all older!

Leslie said...

The Rose maybe? Who knows.

Jenniemarie @ Another Housewif said...

Our kids love for us to tell them how the were named and who they were named after. My son had to do a family tree and when he wrote out my grandmothers names a little light went on in his head and he looked at me and said, "Wait so you were named after both of them? So cool!"
My married last name means swan and my maiden name means dove...weird.

Dara said...

that's cute about your son and cool about your last names!

Shoshanah G said...

My mom really wanted to name me Tovah. But my dad wanted me to be named after his father, so I needed an S name. If I was a boy I would have been Seth, and as a second choice my mom liked the name Shirah. My brother would have been Tovah if he was a girl, but since that didn't happen, his middle name is instead Tov.

Dara said...

they should have named you Shoshanah Tovah. :)

Shoshanah G said...

Hahaha wouldn't that have been something!