I don’t often get requests for specific posts on my blog but recently I had a request for a post about how our daughters were named. This request came from my youngest daughter after she read a post where I told the story about how I was named Debbie. She wanted to know the story behind her name and that of her sisters. I also wrote this post recently – Weekly Photo Challenge: Names.
I will start by saying my husband is a school teacher and has seen and heard most names. He had a list of names we could not even consider calling our children, from the many students he had taught over the years. I’m sure you understand, especially if you are a teacher!
We never knew what sex our children would be beforehand, so had a selection of names ready to go. We had the same boy’s name picked out for all three babies but never got to use it – if we’d had a boy he would have been called Timothy James (from our family history research).
So here goes:
Melanie Anne was our firstborn daughter and her name came to me as I was driving through Sydney and saw the name of a shop called Melanie Anne. The name Melanie was a bit uncommon at that time and it really appealed to me. As my middle name is Anne, it fitted in really well. Funnily enough Melanie means Dark One and out of our three daughters she is the darkest – hair, eyes and skin tone. She is a beautiful girl, inside and out! Each of the others got fairer and fairer as we went along and I often joke that we would have had an albino if we kept going! Melanie also likes shopping 🙂 I think I’m the only one in the world who always calls her Melanie, everyone else calls her Mel.
With the imminent birth of our second child two years later, my husband decided to look up some old family names from his family history research. We both agreed on Sarah Jane but also liked Amelia. Sarah Jane Sawyer (nee Carter) was 3 x great grandmother of our baby Sarah. Right from the start we called her the full ‘Sarah-Jane’ and I intended for this to be her name but after a few years it became simply ‘Sarah’. She is not very impressed with her name even now, as she considers it to be very common! Sarah means Princess and she will always be our beautiful little princess, no matter how old she is.
For our third baby we liked the idea of continuing with using old family names and we had a few choices – Emma, Emily, Amelia and Eliza were the front runners and right up until the time of her birth I wasn’t sure which one I would call her. For some reason I decided on Eliza, I think because it was different, unusual and pretty. She is a unique individual, beautiful and strong with a lovely personality. She was often called Elizabeth as she was growing up, as people thought Eliza was short for Elizabeth but she soon set them straight! Eliza was named after her 4 x great grandmother Eliza Ann Carter (nee Miller) who just happened to be the mother of Sarah Jane Carter (see paragraph above regarding the naming of Sarah Jane). As we had already used Anne (with an e on the end) as Melanie’s middle name we chose Kate for her middle name, for no particular reason. Eliza Kate had a nice ring to it and she is often called EK for short.
It’s funny how the old names are becoming so popular again, there are some very pretty names amongst the family records. It’s nice to use them to keep the family history alive.
Other family stories of interest:
My mother’s name is Sheila which she hated for a while. My mother came to Australia from England as a beautiful blonde, blue eyed, 16 year old in 1955. Sheila is a very common word for female in Australian slang and my mother did not appreciate the Australian humour at the time. She tells us that she almost changed her name to Shelley because of the way her name was bandied about.
My husband’s name is Grant but everyone called him Buster up until he started school. His younger brother Cliff couldn’t say Grant very well so he grew up calling him Dant. Grant had trouble with saying Cliff so called him Tiff for many years.
I am very proud of my daughters and will talk about them anywhere to anyone. They like to laugh at me and still ask who is my favourite and vie for attention when they all get together. They are all individuals and remarkable in their own right. Clever, beautiful and caring and I love them all to bits! I wrote a post about each of them a few years ago, comparing our different lives at the same age and I still consider these to be my favourite posts. You can find them here if you’re interested: Melanie, Sarah and Eliza.
So that’s the story about how the girls were named! Here’s a lovely photo of them with Grant at Christmas time when we had them all in the one country together (it’s not very common as Melanie lives in UK).
So, to the title of my post – Hello my name is awesome – Eliza loves being awesome, so as she requested this post she can have naming rights too 🙂
PS. I’ve finally managed to write a suitable post for Ritu’s #Loveuary challenge