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How I got my name – and other inspiring stories

I’ve always considered my name to be a little unique and I wanted to share with you how it came about. I also asked some fellow bloggers the happy stories of where their names or their children’s names derived from. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.

My proper name is Cassandra but I have many abbreviations and nicknames. The most common being Cassie. I’ve met a few other Cassie’s in my 34 years on this Earth and I always get embarrassingly excited. I’ve always wondered how people with quite commonly heard of names feel. To me it feels like you are a instantly connected to the person who has the same name as you. It totally amazes me, as weird as I am for admitting that.
So how did my name come about? Being an 80’s child, most people assume I was named after Cassandra from the classic show “Only Fools and Horses”. In fact for the first 3 days of my life I was nameless. Deliberating over calling me Daisy (I’m soooo not a Daisy), my maternal Nan suggested to my parents they call me Cassandra. She had been watching a lesser heard television programme at the time Bouquet of Barbed Wire. Cassie was one of the featured characters.

I love my name and the meanings and stories behind other people’s names.

Cassandra was actually a Greek Goddess who was given the gift of prophecy but also the curse that nobody would ever believe her.

I often joke this is a pretty accurate story of my life. I’ve always come out with silly things and lacked a certain degree of common sense, despite being quite intelligent. Usually any knowledge I tend to share with people they don’t believe me and I have to go to great lengths to prove I know what I’m talking about.

  • Sally from The Happy Home With 3 Boys named her son Beau, meaning beautiful boy. Inspired by the John Lennon song, and after a 7 year infertility and IVF struggle it seemed beautifully apt. She also has a son named Rudy, owing to his Grandad (whom he resembled at birth) being a ska fan. Her third son Sonny whose theme song for life is the classic Sunny by Bobby Hebb.
  • Lianne from Ankles Biters Adventures owes the spelling of her name to dad Ian. See what they did there.
  • Jade from Raising The Rings is grateful to her Auntie for her name. Her Dad is still regretful that he didn’t get his way in calling her Mercedes.
  • Clare from Freddies Mummy UK has her partners love of cricket to thanks for their son Freddie’s name. Ironic considering Freddie Flintoff is actually called Andrew in real life.
  • Suzanne from And Another Ten Things also has a son called Fred but rather amusingly due to her daughters love of Scooby Doo. She quickly abandoned her preferred name of James after the realisation hit that her daughter would forever call him Freddie regardless. Her daughter was named after a local pub covered in Ivy.
  • Victoria from Lylia Rose incorporated her husbands name Ben into their son Reuben’s name.

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  • Kate from Five Little Stars has such a beautiful story. She has a son called Albion after her and her husband were married in Scotland which is Alba in Gaelic. A little known fact, Albion is also the oldest known name of the island of Great Britain. They have since moved to France and named their daughter Elyse. This derives from the Elysian Fields, meaning paradise. She was born in Paris and so the spelling is also a nod to the magnificent Champs Elysee (so named after the Elysian Fields as well). So perfect.
  • Nadia from Scandi Mummy didn’t understand her husbands suggestion to use the name Aidan for their sons middle name. He then explained the tribute as he arrived on her birthday and it is her own named spelled backwards.
  • Sarah at Mummy Cat Notes spent hours searching for a girls name, having only decided on a boys name. She then read about  the famous female pilot Amelia Earhart. The first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean. And thus Amelia was decided.
  •  Katy from used the middle name Blue, after reading a wonderful poem from the book “A Field Guide to Getting lost” by Rebecca Solnit.

The world is blue at its edges and in its depths. This blue is the light that got lost. Light at the blue end of the spectrum does not travel the whole distance from the sun to us. It disperses among the molecules of the air, it scatters in water. Water is colorless, shallow water appears to be the color of whatever lies underneath it, but deep water is full of this scattered light, the purer the water the deeper the blue.

The sky is blue for the same reason, but the blue at the horizon, the blue of land that seems to be dissolving into the sky, is a deeper, dreamier, melancholy blue, the blue at the farthest reaches of the places where you see for miles, the blue of distance. This light that does not touch us, does not travel the whole distance, the light that gets lost, gives us the beauty of the world, so much of which is in the color blue.

  • Gemma from Mummy In The Madhouse wishes her mum had the final say in her name. Her Dad believed the name Gemma to be pretty rare whilst she much prefers her Mum’s choice of Zanthia. Desired after they met a little girl in Brazil called that.
  • Hannah from Little Rainbow Dreams was herself named after the late Hannah Hauxwell who passed away at the age of 91. If you haven’t heard of  the life of Hannah Hauxwell you must google her. She was an inspiring female farmer in the Pennines who was absolutely full of determination and fire. Hannah’s parents named her after this wonderful lady hoping she would follow in her amazing footsteps.
  • Rebecca writes a lifestyle and parenting blog at I Always Believed In Futures . Her son Jack is named after Jack Reacher in the Lee Child novels. Their daughter Olivia was really adorably named by her older brother. He was given the final say from the shortlist. I love this notion to get older siblings involved.
  • If there was ever a methodical approach to naming a child then Becka from Mummy Est.2014 is the master. She and her partner found it really challenging to find a boys name to agreed on. They bought a baby name book and had a different colour highlighter each. They highlighted names they liked and any that had been highlighted by them both were written on paper and stuck on the fridge.

As the last few weeks went by they scribbled off the names they fell out of love with and it came down to 2 names. Becka was  induced early and when bubba was born her and her partner decided that their new son looked like the second name on the list…Jared.

  • Laura, whose sounds like an incredibly strong lady. Her blog Five Little Doves will tell your more about her incredible journey. After 15 miscarriages and a stillbirth, she was absolutely terrified when she was pregnant with her daughter. She named her Eva, as it means “Life” and she was the first little one to make it into their arms.

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  • But the master of name inspiration totally goes to fellow blogger Mandi. Her seven children all have not only unusual names, but they each have a story. Both detailing how they got their names and what their names mean. Read all about her wonderful family at Big Family Organised Chaos .

I hope you have enjoyed reading these inspiring and often incredible tales of how myself and others got their names. If you are struggling to come up with a name for your child, these stories may offer you some guidance.

If you have an interesting story of how you or your child got their name I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Thanks for reading.

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20 thoughts on “How I got my name – and other inspiring stories

  1. Aww I loved reading these. I don’t share my kids names on my blog but I’ve been wondering lately whether it makes a lot of difference. My name is Rebecca, shortened to Becka, Becky and Bex depending on who you talk to. My Dad got to pick my first name, my mum picked my middle name (which I hate! ha ha!) My Dad isn’t alive anymore so it’s nice he picked it and I love being called Becka although most people tend to use Becky. All I know is my Grandma used to get annoyed that people shortened it! 🙂 #KCACOLS

    1. Awww it’s nice you have that memory of your Dad to identify you. So sorry you lost him.

      Yeah it’s kinda hard to say I haven’t named my child on my blog 😂

      I was very inventive huh. I thought it was at the time though.

      Thanks for reading.


  2. I love name stories. My mum came up with mine when she was reading a book while in the maternity home she went to have me.

  3. We have a Bluebell because it’s her daddy’s favourite flower, a Maximilian because it’s a good strong name & a Marigold because we love unusual flower names! #KCACOLS

  4. I love all these naming stories. I think there’s something really magical about giving a name to a child. We had a really tough time naming my son as I wanted it to feel perfect, and it does! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

  5. My son “Jack” is names after my Gran “Jacqueline”. Everyone thinks it’s great that he is named after a female lol but she died a few months before we found out we were pregnant. #kcacols

  6. Love this post! It is fascinating to hear how names are chosen. And often with such poignant reasons.
    I know my name came from one of my Dad’s favourite Bob Dylan songs “Corrina Corrina”. No one ever spells it right though and you can never get my name on those ready personalised products in gift shops.
    Choosing my son’s name was a long process! I worked in a school until he was born and as a result of seeing certain behaviours repeated with children with certain names (probably coincidence but still) that ruled out a lot of names!!! The only Lukes I had ever taught were lovely gentle souls so I chose that name. I had been told years before that I couldn’t have children so I also wanted a name to signify how special he was. Jonathan means “Given from God” apparently, and although I am in no way religious I loved that, so that is his middle name ♡

    1. Awww thank you for sharing. They are beautiful stories. Yes I totally get what you mean about certain named children behaving a certain way. It could be a coincidence but we know certain names that always seem to turn into trouble makers. Strange huh. I wonder if it’s as a result of society treating them differently?

      So glad you was able to join the Mummy club. Never say never huh.

      Thanks for stopping by. X

  7. I love this post! How lovely to hear those stories, and thank you so much for including mine. Funnily enough I also got my name from a tv show – the little house on the prairie! Xx

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