Friday, March 19, 2010

Baby Name Options #2 - Family Names

Looking through our giant book of baby names, I had to pause whenever I came to a family name. These are a few of the more unusual options...

Abraham Hebrew "father of multitudes" Noah's grandma Illie was born an Abrahamson. Might be kind of cool to have a little Abe running around with cousin Lincoln...

Five English "five" This one wasn't actually in the book but a bunch of other numbers were. Made me think of the time we found a Five DuPuis in the phone book and dad told us it was a cousin of his whose parents gave all of their kids the same name and then referred to them by number instead. Still don't know if that was true...

Hippolyte (ee-po-LET) French from Greek "he who frees horses" This was the name of  the owner of the DuPuis house on the Sibley estate in Mendota, MN (http://www.sibley-friends.org/dupuishouse.htm), who was also grandpa Leo's great-great uncle.

Jerusha (jeh-ROO-sha) Hebrew "the married one" This one goes way back...to grandpa Ryan's great-great-great grandmother.

Llewellyn Welsh "resembling a lion" I'm not entirely sure but this could be where grandma Gail's middle name, Luellen, came from. It's a common boys name in Wales, and the last name of the late actor Desmond Llewelyn, who played "Q" in almost every Bond movie made before his death in 1999.

Wilfred English "desires peace" Noah's grandpa Kraft's name. Nice meaning. Also on the current list of hurricane names, and probably will be for awhile since the only retired name that starts with a W is...

Wilma German "resolute protection" Aunt Mimi's given name, retired from the list of hurricane names in 2005. Other family names that have been retired: Alicia (1983), Andrew (1992), Dora (1964), Ione (1955), and Michelle (2001). Names currently still on the list: Colin, Chris, Peter, Sebastien (spelled with an e!), and Sean.

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