Ten On Tuesday: Names

March 8, 2011

This week’s questions, hosted by Chelsea as always, are especially apt for me since I’m in the process of trying to choose a name for my daughter. I couldn’t resist answering them!

1. How did your parents decide on your name?
The way I remember it, they had a waitress at Bennigan’s named Kathleen and liked it. Fitting for an Irish restaurant. As for my middle name, Alexandra, it is after my grandfather who’s middle name is Alexander.

2. Do your initials (First, Middle, Last) spell out anything fun/funny?
Nope! I used to be KACS (my mom’s maiden name was one of my middle names) and now I’m KAF.

3. Did you take your middle name from childhood or did you take your maiden name as your middle name?
I took my middle name from childhood because I just really like it and thought it sounded best. I also wanted to symbolically give myself completely to my husband even with my name.

4. Are you or will you name your children thematically (ie. same first letter, all of same origin, etc.)
I don’t think so. The only thing we might do is go with all names with family significance.

5. Did you decide on baby names as a child? Did you stick to them or change your mind?
Definitely not as a child, but I had some names I liked starting in high school. I still like those names, but not as much as I used to.

6. Does your family have any names that have been passed down through generations?
There are a ton of Davids in my family including my uncle and brother (and husband). My dad’s name is Christopher Barry and my other brother’s name is Barry Christopher. My middle name is for my grandfather. My mom’s name is Paulina because her dad was Paul and her mom was Ina. There are probably more that I’m forgetting too!

7. Do you look at the meaning of the name or just the name itself?
I probably wouldn’t choose a name based on meaning but when I do like to know what names mean and it makes them that more special. Kathleen means “pure” and I have always treasured that.

8. Do you name pets with human names or with pet names?
Ours all have human names: Eddie, Cleo, and Oliver.

9. Are there any names that you have an affinity or dislike for based on a childhood experience/someone you once knew?
Yeah, I mean I wouldn’t name my children any of my ex-boyfriends’ names for one. I think it’s unavoidable.

10. What are some of your favorite names? Why?
I’m not going to share my absolute favorites since we’re in the process of choosing a name for our baby, but in general I like classic and Biblical names, nothing too unique or trendy.

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Comments on Ten On Tuesday: Names

  1. 1

    From Tabaitha:

    I don’t know why, but I always figured you would have a daughter named Rory. :)

  2. 2

    From kapachino:

    Probably because of how much I love Gilmore Girls! But one of my best friends in Katy named her daughter that so I couldn’t do it even if I wanted to. :)

  3. 3

    From Marlena:

    Love the meaning of Kathleen and LOVE the idea of biblical names for baby Forbes!

  4. 4

    From Emily Jane:

    “KACS” made me for some reason immediately think of “kick ass” :)

  5. 5

    From Chelsea:

    I’m with you, I like having some family significance in there. My name has none…

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    From LG:

    Hey Kathleen!

    I had to tell you that I’m listening to The Corrections on audiobook after your review. I like it so far! Kind of dark humor but interesting. Thanks for posting about it!


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    From Nora:

    Glad I’m not the only one who wants to keep her middle name when/if I get married :) It’s just… me! I love it. I don’t think I could part with it.

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    From uncle david:

    I have two Queen bedrooms reserved at the Vendu Inn (Check out their web site). Rooms are on us. Dress is very casual even at high end restaurunts. Looking forward to showing you our art gallery friends and charm that is Charleston. Did I mention my vets name is Davida? Don’t forget we have Pamela, Dianna, and Jean on our side of the family but you pick. Ruth, Naomi, and Esther come to mind as well.

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