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I was just reading a post below and the op said if she surveyed 20 of her friends about their names, they'd have to google to find out the meanings/origins (something along those lines) which really surprised me. I guess I've always been a name nerd because I remember being very interested early on in what my name meant and where it came from. I loved the meaning of it and have had conversations, however brief, with friends about their names. (For example, my friend Melissa told me her name means honeybee (pretty sure that's right) and for her wedding I got her a rhinestone honeybee brooch which she pinned in her hair! awww) Most of my close friends know theirs as well. So, are we just weirdos? Stick out tongue
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  • I'm always really surprised when moms/parents haven't researched what the names they've chosen mean.
  • I have always known my own name origins (Heather), but I'm not generally a name nerd. I don't particularly care about meanings, but I view them as a bonus if I like them. The meanings, that is.
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    I'm always really surprised when moms/parents haven't researched what the names they've chosen mean.

    Me to. I can see it not being the biggest priority in choosing a name, but I would still want to know what the meaning was and it's origin.

    I didn't learn the meaning of my name until I was probably in middle school and I looked it up.

  • As long as you're bringing up the subject, I don't want to start drama, but the comment was bizarre. The post in question wasn't just about meanings, as in, do Anna and Grace mean the same thing (they do, so I just answered your poll for myself), but about accepted variations of the SAME name in different languages.

    There is a big difference between knowing that two completely different sounding names, like Aura and Flavia, for example, mean the same thing ("golden"), which is not something I would expect most people to know, and knowing that Louis, Luigi and Ludwig or John, Juan and Giovanni are variations of the same exact name.

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  • Growing up my grandmother would buy me things that had my name meaning and little sayings about the name on it.  I still have a mug that says "Sarah: Princess (Hebrew)" and tells me I'll live a long life full of laughter and song.  

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  • Wish you had an option for know but don't care

    As Butch says, I'm American, honey. Our names don't mean sh*t 

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  • My parents always let me know my name meant happy, sweet, pretty, wonderful. I'm glad, I think it helped a lot. :) I especially like the happy part ;) It's always nice knowing that a name is more than something someone yells at you. ;D
  • To be fair, my name isn't a "real" name, so I have had to kind of infer the meaning from what names are closest to it.
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    I'm always really surprised when moms/parents haven't researched what the names they've chosen mean.

    Yes, I agree. I've always loved reading about names. I would have never thought to just randomly pick a name for my LO and not know what it means. That to me is very odd if they do.  


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  • image Manderlin923:
    I was just reading a post below and the op said if she surveyed 20 of her friends about their names, they'd have to google to find out the meanings/origins (something along those lines) which really surprised me. I guess I've always been a name nerd because I remember being very interested early on in what my name meant and where it came from. I loved the meaning of it and have had conversations, however brief, with friends about their names. (For example, my friend Melissa told me her name means honeybee (pretty sure that's right) and for her wedding I got her a rhinestone honeybee brooch which she pinned in her hair! awww) Most of my close friends know theirs as well. So, are we just weirdos? Stick out tongue

    I know I grew up knowing the origins of my name.  But my mom, didn't research it until after I was born and named. Once she did, she went out and bought the precious moments mugs/tea cups that had my names on them with their meanings and origins. I always loved that I knew.  But I know alot of people who haven't a clue what their name means even now.

    I loved the little piece about Melissa and the honeybee brooch. That is so sweet.  Smile.

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    image Manderlin923:
    I was just reading a post below and the op said if she surveyed 20 of her friends about their names, they'd have to google to find out the meanings/origins (something along those lines) which really surprised me. I guess I've always been a name nerd because I remember being very interested early on in what my name meant and where it came from. I loved the meaning of it and have had conversations, however brief, with friends about their names. (For example, my friend Melissa told me her name means honeybee (pretty sure that's right) and for her wedding I got her a rhinestone honeybee brooch which she pinned in her hair! awww) Most of my close friends know theirs as well. So, are we just weirdos? Stick out tongue

    I know I grew up knowing the origins of my name.  But my mom, didn't research it until after I was born and named. Once she did, she went out and bought the precious moments mugs/tea cups that had my names on them with their meanings and origins. I always loved that I knew.  But I know alot of people who haven't a clue what their name means even now.

    I loved the little piece about Melissa and the honeybee brooch. That is so sweet.  Smile.

    thanks :) I have a tradition of getting a brooch for my friends who are getting married. I wore one pinned to my bouquet. 

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  • I grew up knowing the meaning of my first name and the story behind both first and middle. I have a word name though, so it's pretty straight forward. I started paying attention to other names when I was about 16. They were like my little secret :)

    And I love the wedding story - she's a lucky girl to have you for a friend!

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  • My name is Angela; it's pretty hard not to know the origin of that one.
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