My husband and I have a last name ending in –er so I always said I would NEVER name a child something ending in –er to avoid the rhyming sound. Lately, I’ve been hung up on Trent and he’s liking Dexter…I actually don’t think it sounds as rhyming as a lot of other –er names and actually do like it, but I’m not sure I like the idea of telling our son we came up with his name from a serial killer on TV. Neither name actually has much meaning either. Thoughts?
Dexter has always been one of my all-time favorite names ever since I first saw the movie Philadelphia Story, where Cary Grant played C.K. Dexter Haven. Then the cartoon came out, and I loved the cartoon and it still topped my (personal) name list for boys. Then came the TV series, eponymously named after the serial killer anti-hero. And although I loved the series, the name is now unfortunately associated with that character. For that reason, I’d avoid it. At least for now. Perhaps ten years down the line there will be another Dexter that will “cleanse our palette” of the name, so to speak.
That being said, I don’t think you have to avoid “-er” names if you really love them. The rhyming factor isn’t the issue, but I think I would avoid using a name that was originally an occupational surname–like Parker or Mason. To me, having two occupational surnames is less attractive than the rhyming factor.
Hope that helps!
My husband and I have been arguing lately over what to name the boy we’re expecting. I like generic names since my name is Chaesyn (like Chasen) and no one knows how to spell it or even say it. Ever since I was a teenager I’ve loved the name James and wanted to name my son, if I had one, James. When I fell in love with my husband and once we got married I never even thought about this but his last name is Kirk. Would my son get teased for having the name James Kirk like in Star Trek?
Being an avid Star Trek fan, I have to say: THAT IS SO COOL! James Kirk is an amazing, iconic character. It would be different if your husband’s last name was Duck and you wanted to name your son Donald. However, I don’t see a teasing factor with James Kirk. At least, not as a child, since most children have not yet been exposed to Star Trek. Those that have seen the current movies would be a little older. And if anyone tried to tease him, your son could always say “I’m so awesome, the character was named after ME!”
What does your husband think?
Let me know what you decide!
I’d love to hear your advice about blending my last name, Rothschild, (ROTH-child) with my fiance’s last name, Meyer (MY-er). The readily available options are Rothsmeyer and Meychild, (although we’d probably do Rothmeyer or Mychild, to spare our kids the trouble of spelling it over and over for people). Which of those do you think makes the better last name? We are partial to Mychild for some reason, even though it sounds like “my child.” What are your thoughts?
Thanks in advance!
Interesting question. I’ve heard of couples doing this instead of hyphenating. I think it’s a good alternative, since hyphenating can get long and tedious. As for your question, I will apply my tip on first naming to say that Mychild would be the easiest to spell and pronounce.
For what it’s worth, I also kind-of like Mythchild–it sounds like a name from a fantasy novel! Rothmeyer is also perfectly acceptable, and I don’t believe your kids would have any problem with that.
Good luck and let me know what you decide!
I recently lost my great-grandmother over the holiday season. A woman I loved very much and am honoured to be named after. However, since her passing I’ve been doing an abundance of family research. She had thirteen bothers and sisters! Ten of which survived into adulthood.
Any who, my question is, during my search I found that one of her brothers who did not survive childhood was named “Manoch”. I’ve attempted to search the origins and meaning of this name but have been unsuccessful. I’m not even sure how to pronounce his name. I do know that my family is of Irish and Canadian decent if that helps at all. Thank-you so much for any potential help you could give me. I’ve been dedicated to looking at your site for years, as names and history are a passion of mine.
The only background I can find on the name Manoch is an English/Flemish surname based on the name Mann (meaning man) and the suffix OCH, a short form of the pre-5th century word cocc, which meant “son of.” My source:The Surname Database
I also found that it is a fairly popular Thai name.
Hope that helps!
NOTE FROM AUTHOR: When you ask for a meaning of a family name, it would be helpful if you could give me an ethnic origin of your family and approximate year the name was given.
I was wonder what you think of the name Skyley for a girl? It’s going to pronounce like skylee it just the spelling is different.
First, my name is Jennifer. And I’m not just correcting you, I’m making a point about diminutive names. I, personally, don’t believe you should give diminutive names as formal names for a child. I define diminutive names as those that end in “ie” or “ee” for girls or “y” for boys, or names that started out traditionally as nick names.
I believe the child should have a choice in what nickname they choose. So give them a choice of a formal name, i.e. Skylar, and then call her Skylee if you so choose during her childhood.
I used the nickname “Jenny” up and until I was about ten. I love the formal name Jennifer and it was more appropriate as I grew up and became a business owner.
I was wondering what you thought of the name Adderley for a girl, nicknamed Addy. It’s the name of a street in my hometown.
I like it, and the fact that you associate it with a good memory. I often advise people to look into their own personal histories for unique baby names. Street names, towns you visited or with which you have a particularly positive association are good sources for names. Congrats!