Hello all, new member here. I'm from the USA originally, but am currently living and working in Japan. My girlfriend (not married) is pregnant--which is a bit of a new development. I'm 26 and of course a little scared/surprised, but I'm also excited. She's a bit younger (22), but equally as excited. Even though this was unplanned and unexpected, we're both comitted to one another and to the child we'll be raising before too long. Anyway, we've been discussing names, and we're trying to come up with options that can work in both English/Japanese.
I also have a great desire to maintain some of the naming traditions in my family. I've researched my family back to 1200s England when they were minor nobility and there are names that have been maintained despite the family's loss of status/wealth and relative exile to the "colonies". I'd like to include parts of my grandfather and fathers' names. I'm not going to write out my actual surname, but it's very close in length and sound to "Washington" so we'll use that as a general example. So, my paternal grandfather was James Murray Washington. My father is William Murray Washington.
If our child is a boy, I had thought about using the name Murray. It can be "Japanified" easily enough into Marei (slightly different pronunciation), also has Kanji (Japanese writing script for those of you who don't know) to where it could be written as an official name = 真霊 whichs translates to "true spirit". If our baby is a girl, we could really still use the name, but the Japanese version transliterated into Roman characters as above--Marei--which is also a German girl's name.
So, to my question: If I chose Murray or Marei -- what are some good middle names? Murray _____ Washington OR Marei _____ Washington (for a girl)
I also really like the names Alexander and Penelope, just to throw them out there. Thanks! :)
Tue, 04/22/2014 - 9:15am