Remember when seemingly every first boy born to a family was named after his father? Tradition showed boys taking the first name of their dad, often the same name shared with a grandfather, and adding “Junior” or a number to the end. Naming traditions have changed, though, with family names no longer needing to represent the paternal side of the family. It’s common now for both boys and girls to be given names representative of their father, mother, or other family members parents wish to honor. Children may also take a family name for a middle name while having a first name with no significant ties to the rest of the family.
How long has it been since you met a baby who took the same name as a parent? Is this still a tradition your family plans to upkeep?
Here is a list of our favorite first or middle names, for those who like tradition, and those who don’t!
Macbeth (Gaelic): The son of Beth
Sanjay (Indian): One who is victorious
Lagan (Indian): One who arrives on time
Carl (German): Form of Karl, meaning “a free man”
Albina (Etruscan): In mythology, the goddess of the dawn
Pitarra (American): An intriguing woman
Willow (English): From the willow tree; Symbol of healing and peace
Breena (Irish): From the fairy palace