What's in a name?

Heather R. Breaux
February 07, 2007 at 12:34 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

The ringing of wedding bells and the pitter-patter of little feet are becoming familiar sounds to me since most of my girlfriends from college are tying the knot and becoming parents.

Although I am still without husband and child, I feel as though I am quickly becoming a pro at wedding planning and learning the science of baby names.

Ask your mother or father to reflect on the process of naming you and I bet that they will say it wasn’t easy.

I have noticed that most people want their child to be branded with a classic name like Elizabeth or Anthony, or with a name that has been passed down through the generations of their family.

But then there are those who want their kids to have unique names with odd spellings that will stand out during roll call like Kamryn or Telisha - and that is where the fun begins.

These people seem to hunt for names based on their “rhyme-abilty” with the names of their other children.

Or try to pick out one that begins with the same letter, or choose a name based on its meaning.

My name means “flowering shrub,” and I’ve concluded that’s not the reason my parents picked it.

My younger sister was named Amanda - not the original plan.

Up until delivery they expected a boy, but out popped a girl and my parents knew that the name Jonathan Scott no longer applied.

Sitting in the waiting room at the hospital, my dad heard the song Amanda by the rock band Boston and there it was - her name.

So to all the mothers with child and fathers to be don’t stress too much over baby names. It will come to you - one way or another.

Questions? Comments? Email me at heatherb@heraldguide.com.




View other articles written Heather R. Breaux

featured merchant

Landry's Outboard Motors & Repairs Service
Landry's Outboard Motors & Repairs Service Over 25 Years of Quality Sales, Service and Repairs on YAMAHA, MERCURY, EVINRUDE and JOHNSON Motors.

The SCP library isn’t just for kids anymore
The SCP library isn’t just for kids anymore
- 571 views
In today’s more ingenious, time-managed world, a hack can be one of those tricks or DIYs (do-it-yourselfers) that keep a life functioning smoothly.

Become A Herald-Guide Insider

Get breaking news, sports and lifestyles straight to your inbox