How My Kids Got Their Names (A Mama Kat Prompt)

Mama Kat had another set of fabulous prompts this week. I am having to squeeeeeze in a post since I have a freelance gig going on (remember that “laser focus on time management” I promised myself in this post a few weeks back?).

This week, I go with the easiest: Share how you came up with your kids names!

With my daughter, Tenley (now 16), we weren’t sure what we wanted to name her. I had quite a few ideas floating around that played on “Elizabeth” in order to honor my sister-in-law, Ann Elizabeth, who had passed away a few years prior. Eliza Grace was a contender (I had an Aunt Grace who I really loved). Hubs is a big Russian history fan, so he was lobbying for Anastasia. I was concerned that would get shortened to a Stacy or other derivative, robbing the name of its beauty. My love of figure skating led us to name her after Tenley Albright, who has a great story. (She had to overcome polio to resume her figure skating training, won a gold medal at the 1956 Olympics, and went on to be a heart surgeon.) That’s how we ended up with Tenley Anastasia!

With my son, Wayne (now 13), there was no democracy involved. My husband is a Wayne, his dad is a Wayne. Wayne it would be. His middle name is Kevin after a brother who was stillborn a few years before I was born. Wayne’s cousin Atticus used to call him “Wagon” as a youngster — he couldn’t pronounce “Wayne Kevin.” It’s a great family story.


Easter 2011

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12 thoughts on “How My Kids Got Their Names (A Mama Kat Prompt)

  1. I love that you have a reason behind the names you chose instead of “we just liked them”. My oldest was named after his two Grandfathers, his first name being a family name in my family. The other two don’t have such great stories. Unless you think putting names in a hat and pulling them out make for a great story that is 🙂

  2. Love this! Reminded me of the story of my name: my dad only agreed to the name Michelle if my Mom swore she would never shorten it to Shelly. She never shortened it, and only one guy dared to…..and I married him!

  3. I love the history behind Tenley, I had no idea! What a beautiful name. And Wayne is so strong, and, of course, makes me think of a cowboy 🙂 I love them. I chose this prompt, too, and it is so fun to read all these stories behind the names!

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