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#78288 08/18/02 01:26 PM
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Aidan is fairly popular over here - I know three. Aaron has become extremely popular recently (last ten years or so)
In my life, I have only met two other males with the same forename (Hilary) as me - one was in the same class at school.

I named my daughter "Rebecca" some thirty-plus years ago, thinking it was unusual - she was one of three in her school year and we have since met hundreds. However, my son was named Samuel, and this is still pretty unusual.

AS with everything else, these things go in fahionable cycles.


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I think you're right about the cycles.

When Jonathan (my son to all who do not know me) was baptized he had the ceremony at the same time as four girls - all named Isabelle.

He was very nearly baptized Isabelle too. I interupted the priest just in time.

He started "and I baptize thee Isa-" "no, Father, no" "it's Jonathan" I interupted quickly. And he said "oh, it's the boy"


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I was looking for an unusual (but not too unusual) name for son, and settled on Kelson. It's used more often in Canada than here, but at the time ('95) I had never met one. Now of course, I know of three in my state.

It is also the name of a main character in a series of fantasy books, which probably explains things.

As I was also named after a fictional character-Wendy, It seemed appropriate.
My daughter is named Claire, a name which seems to re-surface around here every decade or so.


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When the babies in my extended family were named MaKenna, India, and Aurora my Grandmother lamented "Where have all the Marys and Ruths gone? Where do you get these names?" Her son-in-law answered "From the same place Harker and Quinley come from." (her children's names)


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Whilst out shopping this morning I encountered a delightful young lady (about three months old) named Daisy.
Her proud father assured me that he knew four other "Daisies," all born this year. It was really refreshing to hear that charming old name again.



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in my family, names, and naming conventions are well established. My mother named Nora Veronica, was known as Vera all her life -- Many do not know her legal name is Nora.

her brother was supposed to be Thomas, but at babtism, the godmother said Timothy, and so he was...

With so many hurt feeling in her generation about who got named after who, she decided not one of her children would be named after someone else, and there would be no nick names.

so my siblings are Deirde, Geraldine, Stephen and Margaret, not Dee, or Gerry, or Steve or Peggy.

i followed the same convention, and looked for uncommon names. Benjamin was somewhat successful, Emily less so. my siblings did too, and we have "new names" (unlike many cousins, at a family reunion, calling for Mike, Dennis, and Billy would have resulted in 60% of the males present!)

Most Emily's are 5 to 7 years younger than my daughter is, Emily as a name reaching its peak of popularity (US)in the early 80's.

my name is wonderful-- easy to spell, and everyone thinks its "common" but, actually Helen's are quite rare in the US. Unfortunately, Helen reached peak popularity in 1948, (the only year it made it on to the top 100 names..and then just barely) So i am sometimes thought to be older than i am!


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Well, my sons names are Chellis, Emerson, and Lincoln. we don't run into many of any of them!



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He started "and I baptize thee Isa-" "no, Father, no" "it's Jonathan" I interupted quickly.

at babtism, the godmother said Timothy, and so he was


Has this force of law? Would belM's son legally have been Isabelle if she hadn't interrupted?


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In ireland at that time yes... a baptism record is a legal record.. you can get a passport with a baptism record and or a birth certificate..both are equally valid. (and when i applied for citizenship and a passport some years ago, a baptism certificate was prefered.. since it served as an independent legal document that was not controled by (US) government!-- i also needed a form certifying i was of good character, that needed to by signed by 1) local Police chief, or 2) Parish priest, or 3) superintendant of local School. i chose #3, since at the time i was active in PTA, and knew the local superintendant of the local school district.

also, at the time (circa 1920, and traditionally, as well) the mother did not attend the baptism. (mother's as a rule did not appear in public till at least 10 days after the baby birth) and superstition held that the god parents acted for the parents... that way, the devil/evil spirits wouldn't know were to find the child--all the better for his/her safe keeping!


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My husband's name is Lincoln. It's nice because people seldom forget it.
What is the origin of Chellis?


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