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I love different baby names, or different names in general. My name is very unusual, Jasanna. My mother named me by mixing the names Jasmine, and Anna (my grama's name). Haeven is the name of my baby. It came to me in a dream, but it's been hard calling her that, maybe because it's so unusual. Actually my mom's name is very unusual too; Gaydene. She was named after the pastor and his wife at my grama's church, Gay & Dean....<br><br>
So what did you name your baby? And why? Is it the strangest name you could think of or inherited? Please post something.<br><br>
Jasanna & Haeven<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/dust.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dust">
 

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We named him Ozaiis. I grew up with a unique name, and even though I went through a period where it annoyed me to have a weird name I constantly have to spell and re-pronounce, I love it now. I wanted him to have the same thing, and not be one of 5 "John"s in his class (no offense to Johns or anyone married to one).<br><br>
Ozaiis doesn't mean anything. We made it up, kind of. We found 'Ozias' on a website and liked it, but it has the same vowel sound as our last name and I couldn't hang with that. We also thought it sounded a bit too biblical. So we changed the order of the vowels and the spelling and voila! A new name was born. New to us, anyway.<br><br>
Later I found out that the first mayor of my hometown was named Ozias! I think that's a total hoot!
 

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All those names are so cool. I was searching for a good Gaelic name, I wish I'd come across Saoirse. Anyway, I named her Lily Agnes. The Agnes is after my grandmom. I wanted to use it for the first name, but dh vetoed it. We couldn't think of a first name to go with it for the longest time, and one week before I went into labor it popped into my head. I wanted something pretty simple, so it worked.
 

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My DDs don't really have unusual names but I really like them. My oldest's name is Madaline Rose. I hated Madaline and vetoed it in the beginning. I wanted to name her Mallory. But we ened up with a homebirth transfer to the hospital and by the time she was born names were the last thing on my mind. DH went to the nursery with her and came back a few minutes later and announced "I named her Madaline Rose!" I was a little shocked but agreed to it. Now I can't see her as anything but a Maddie.<br><br>
My youngest DD is named Mary-Grace Carlisle. I really loved Grace but didn't want to use it as first name alone since it is so popular. I orginally wanted to name her Carlisle-Grace(and call her Carly-Grace) after my dad. His middle name was Carlisle and he died while I was pregnant with her. He so wanted to live long enough to see her so I wanted to honor him by naming her with his name. But my DH vetoed Carlisle as a first name(since our last name doesn't really sound good with it) and I decided to name her Mary instead. So now she is Mary-Grace Carlisle Culbertson. WOW! That is a name<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Our daughter is named after my great-grandmother: Magdalena. We usually call her Maggie. Her middle name is Cait, which is an Irish/English variation of Kate, and DH's mother thinks it is after her (Catherine) but mostly I just really liked Magdalena Cait. But it worked out because now DH's mother feels extra special....
 

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We named our baby boy Samuel Wise (then... his second middle name is my maiden name and then... our last name)<br><br>
We love the name Samuel (love the Hebrew story about him in the Bible)and the nickname Sam...and then we love the quality of wisdom-he looked like a wise little man when he was born and of course if you are a Tolkien fan...you will understand the Samwise connection...
 

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My dd is Elana Grace (e-LAY-na) and we call her Ellie. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We loved the name Ellie but weren't very crazy about Eleanor (I like it more now than I did LOL) so we settled on Elana.<br><br>
My ds is Jeremy Kenneth and we call him Bubby most of the time. He is named after my youngest brother (Jeremy Kenneth) and dh's dad. My brother died at 14mo of septicaemia caused by ulcers caused by improper administration of chemo for a brain tumor. dh's dad died in '98 and his name was Kenneth. It was the perfect way to honor our loved ones. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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We didn't name her until she was a day old b/c we couldn't agree. Dh wanted Dylan (despite what gender) b/c he is OBSESSED with Bob Dylan - has every piece of music he ever recorded, knows his life story and the words of every song or poem he ever composed. I didn't like it - a little too common if a boy and a little too boyish if a girl. So we settled on Millicent Charlotte - Millicent was dh's grandmother and Charlotte was my grandmother's, great-great-grandmother's, and great great great grandmother's names. We call her Millie.
 

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My sons name is Darius. It's not common where we live. My SO and I watch a lot of hockey which is where we first heard that name. We both like the name so it was on the list . The meaning is pretty good too....means Kingly, or wealthy....and so far it fits .
 

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It was really important to dh that the name we chose have some sort of family connection. Ds is named Nathaniel, after his great-great-great grandfather. The only thing we know about the original Nathaniel is that he was the one to bring his family here from the old country (somewhere in what is now Ukraine), which probably saved them all, given what was to happen to Jews there later on. In the one picture we have of him, he's an old, rabbinical-looking fellow with a black suit and hat and a long white beard. I like that Nate will always know he was named for someone who took a huge chance, left everything he knew, and was able to make his way in a new land.
 

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My sons name is Darius. It's not common where we live. My SO and I watch a lot of hockey which is where we first heard that name. We both like the name so it was on the list . The meaning is pretty good too....means Kingly, or wealthy....and so far it fits .
 

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Tristan Curzon<br><br>
DS' name ended up being *very* different from the name we'd planned on giving him: Andrew George. After he was born, he just wasn't an Andy, so we decided to hold off on naming him. About 12 hours after his birth, during a short "power nap", I dreamt that I was showing him off to someone and I said "His name is Tristan". This was pretty out of the blue; we had briefly discussed the name Tristan when I was newly pregnant, but quickly discounted it. Well, that evening when dh and I were trying to figure out a name, I told him about the dream. We decided we thought the name fit him. We chose Curzon because ds' original name (Andy) was in honor of a good friend of ours. That friend's middle name is Curzon.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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well my oldest 2 have somewhat normal names,Maia and Mason. my youngest is Quinn Elise.yes I know Quinn is a male name most of the time,but I just love that name and it suits her so much! and Elise sounded good with Quinn.I found out later from my Mom that Elise was my Great grandmas name.(my mom never shares the family history much,weird)
 

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dd and ds are primarily named the way they are because we really liked the names and didn't want them to have to share with other kids in their class. (Being that dh is Dan and I'm a Jennifer and we really didn't like that) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Elinor Cornelia and Dmitri James... both will have to spell their names though.<br><br>
dd is named for both of her paternal great-grandmothers and a paternal great aunt, all of whom are still alive.
 

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When I was expecting DD both DH and I had had "boy vibes" (we chose to NOT find out the baby's sex). We had agreed on a boy's name but not on a girl's name. Toward the end of my pregnancy I started getting what I call "secret girl vibes" -- hard to define but as though only I really knew ... kwim??? Anyway, one night I had a dream I was giving birth and I could see the baby crowning and then there she was ... the perfect newborn with a head of curly dark hair. As I held her up to look at her she spoke, introducing herself by name: "Hello, I'm Hannah, Hannah Erin." Then she went back to being a newborn without such developed speech patterns! I awoke from the dream and clearly knew what was going on. Hannah was coming to us.<br><br>
When I delivered her, my mom asked my midwife -- "Is it a boy or a girl?" (No one announced as DD was delivered and promptly put on my chest.) The midwife peeked at the baby already nursing at my breast. "A girl." A few hours later my DH and I were alone with her, and as he held her, he said, "Good morning, Hannah." She opened her eyes and looked at him in response. We both were amazed (that's an understatement ... can't think of the right word to describe that feeling.) So then he tested out other names and silly names -- her eyes remained closed. Once more he said, "Good morning, Hannah." She again looked at him. So, she is Hannah Erin (still waiting for the dark curly hair <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ).<br><br>
For the record, Hannah was not a name we had even discussed until my dream, and at that, it's not a name we used to address the baby in utero. (We never "named" the baby and DH didn't care for the name Hannah when he first heard it.) I also didn't realize just how popular a name Hannah is -- I hope Hannah knows just how unique she is. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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When I was pg with dd, we didn't know the sex, and would refer to the babe as "sunshine"...ya know, good morning sunshine and all that!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> So, I then started feeling she was a girl, and I'm french, dh english. I asked him if I could name her Soleil. At first he wasn't sure, but I kept on him. being that my whole life people referred to me as a sunshine, and looking back in my box of memories, every card I kept from loved ones, stamps I received all sorts of things, were all of suns. So, it was very logical and fitting that my daughter be named after the sun. I thought of Solange, but Soleil was the winner. Her middle name Marguerite, is french for Daisy, and was my grandmother's name. soleil was conceived wks after my grandmother's passing. She loves her name. And actually, at school today, (she goes to french school), the word of the day was Soleil <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
My son, beautiful son, well most of you know the story behind that one. He's also named after the sun, Samson. He has no middle name as of yet, I'm still waiting for it or them to come to me.<br>
I love hearing why/how names are chosen. Such a special thing!<br>
Peace,<br><br>
Mamasoleil/samson<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie">
 

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My baby is John William after my grandfathers, and we call him Jack. His sister will be Karen Margaret after one of my aunts and one of my great-grandmothers, and we will call her Daisy.
 

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DH was almost named that for the same reason! But there were too many Johns in his family, so his parents named him William John instead. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
DD is Alicia Kateri. Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was a (soon-to-be) saint who seemed to come to mind a lot when I converted to Catholicism a few years back. A bit of background... Bl. Kateri was an Iroquois young woman who lost her parents at an early age, and was also a convert. In addition to being a convert, I lost my parents at an early age, so I felt I had a lot in common with her. Alicia sounded like a good fit with Kateri, even though I had no "ties" to the name Alicia. I must admit, though, I admired the artist Alicia Keys for being so upfront and honest about being biracial -- which my daughter is.
 
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