I love names. I love to know their meanings, their origins, how they are spelled, and why they were picked. I already own a baby name book (I found it for about $1 at a yard sale a year ago) just so I can look up names for fun. And I have this website bookmarked.
I do feel like it’s interesting how certain names seem to fit people. For example, before I was born, my parents couldn’t decide between “Meghan” and “Courtney” for me. They waited until I was born, and then I was named Meghan Connolly Patton. They said I “just looked like a Meghan.” But, a lot of people who know me and hear that story say they could also see me being a “Courtney,” which I find interesting. What do you think? Do I look like a “Meghan” or a “Courtney?”
Of course, I like my name, so I’m happy, but I wonder would I be any different if I was named differently? We’ll never know.
If I was a boy, they were going to name me Benjamin Ransom Patton. Honestly, I love this name. I definitely have thought about using Ransom somewhere for a little boy if we have more than one boy in the future. I love the name Benjamin too, but as that’s Tom’s brother’s name, I can’t really claim it.
So what’s up with the random middle names? Well, my dad is huge into history, especially family history. He loves to track our genealogy to learn about our ancestors. When we were born, each of us was given a middle name that was the last name of one of our ancestors. I was named after the Irish ancestors, so I got “Meghan” (a Welsh version of Margaret, but not a family name) and “Connolly” (last name of an Irish ancestor). The middle name “Ransom” was also an ancestor’s last name, but the reason my mom really loved it is because Christ paid the ransom for us, and it would be like having that as a reminder every time you wrote your name. How cool is that?
When Tom and I got married, I didn’t want to drop “Connolly” the way most women drop their middle names and use their maiden names in its place. So, I just added McFarlin on and now have 4 names. Meghan Connolly Patton McFarlin is a VERY Scot-Irish name. I love it because it is, for me, who I am (Meghan), who I descended from (Connolly), who I was born to (Patton), and who I loved enough to marry (McFarlin). I’m grateful to have a name that I like.
My other favorite thing is to know the meanings of names. I always find it interesting to see how authors pick names for their characters. In Harry Potter, it’s very obvious for some of the characters that J.K. Rowling paid attention. You have Professor Umbridge, Severus Snape, Remus Lupin, and more. The same is true in The Hunger Games- Katniss, the main character, and her sister, Prim, were both named after plants, but Katniss was named after something practical that can keep you alive (in the book it’s a potato-like tuber) while Prim was named after a delicate and pretty primrose.
Here’s what my name means:
Meghan means “pearl.”
Connolly means “love, friendship.”
Patton means “fighter’s town.”
McFarlin has no meaning listed.
Your turn! Please, use the link above and find out a bit about your name. I would love to know what your names mean and why your parents chose them. And if there are other names that people say you look like.
And if you think I look like a Courtney. Just curious. 😉