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S/O Did you look up the meaning of child's name before deciding to use it?

Posted by on Sep. 28, 2013 at 6:47 AM
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 Did knowing the meaning help you make a decision one way or another?

One of my bosses, an infantry major, named his son Troy, which means "descendent of the footsoldier".  I always thought that was neat.

I've found several meanings for my son's name, on the other hand.  One of which is raven, another means "smelly hair".  So, to answer my own question, no, we didn't base our decision to name him on the meaning.  I do like raven, though; if he'd had black hair it would have been pretty cool.


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diaperstodating
by on Sep. 28, 2013 at 6:50 AM
With my oldest son it did help with the decision, with my younger sons knowing the meaning of the names didn't change my mind either way.
(My oldest son is the IV which is something I thought was cool and wanted more than my husband).
EntrepeneurMom
by Bronze Member on Sep. 28, 2013 at 6:54 AM
I didn't, but I probably should have, just in case. His name is Travis, it means Guide, To Cross Over. It is Old French and was an occupational name for ferrymen, toll collectors and journey guides. In some legends, the Le Travis was the ferryman who took dead souls across the river to the underworld.
EntrepeneurMom
by Bronze Member on Sep. 28, 2013 at 6:57 AM
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But I actually named him after the Scottish band....
KelliansMom
by Bronze Member on Sep. 28, 2013 at 7:45 AM
Yes we did. I want the meaning to have significance too.
coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Sep. 28, 2013 at 7:52 AM
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I looked them up out of curiosity, not to help choose.
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Mommabearbergh
by on Sep. 28, 2013 at 7:52 AM
For our older dd yes. Her first name is Gaelic and it means isle and her middle name is biblical.
christina0607
by on Sep. 28, 2013 at 7:53 AM

No, I didn't care.

Roo1234
by Member on Sep. 28, 2013 at 7:59 AM
absolutely.
turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Sep. 28, 2013 at 8:22 AM

I wish I had put more thought and meaning into my kids names.  I liked them but didnt look at the meaning.  IMO names have strength.

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by guerrilla girl on Sep. 28, 2013 at 8:26 AM
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Yes but it didn't affect our choice. Her name means "fair breasted". I'm not sure if that translates into contemporary terms as fair of heart or pale boobies.
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