Saturday, August 25, 2007

What's in a Name...

It has come to my attention the idea of "championing" a new naming style is occurring in the U.S. My daughter and son-in-law have received a few comments about the name they have chosen for their new daughter. Their first intention was to protect the mother's family name by giving the baby "her" maiden name as the surname, as there are few descendants of that family name. This choice is not familiar to a lot of people and in some families could create a feeling of being "abandoned"...but not in this one. Mother's last name has a special meaning as does her husband's. This baby is holding onto a family lineage by having a middle name after her father's last name. It is not hyphenated. If so, it would be a four syllable last name and a mouthful for the child and doctors and teachers..plus there just aren't enough small boxes in forms that she or her parents would fill out. She now has an alternative to choosing the middle name to go by, if she chooses at a later time in her life. What would it be like if she had a first name, middle name, father's last name and mother's last name. Oooo! It is refreshing to view that the two of them are creating a "name legacy" (by honoring both of their families, non-hyphenated) in their choice of what to name their new bundle from heaven. If you could see her, you would know - she is named very appropriately!

1 comment:

Deb said...

So P what is the complete full name they decided on? I need to explain to Mom how the name came about. LOL! Plus we want more pics and or video. So very happy for you and what a trip of a lifetime. I know you are glad to be home.