When my husband was born almost 40 years ago, his mother graced him with the first name of Alex and a middle initial of R. The R. doesn’t actually stand for anything…in actuality, his middle name is just R. The next two kids she had were given a first name beginning with B and then C…and of course, the middle name of R. When my husband and I decided to have kids he wanted to continue the tradition and the alphabetical trend and have our kids named with D and E names…and the R in the middle. I really wanted an ACTUAL middle name so we compromised. ..the kids would be given middle names that STARTED with R but they would be actual names.
Basically, when my first child was born, I was looking for baby name ideas that started with D for the first name and an R for the middle name. It was kind of hard to find something I liked given these parameters! I checked out books from the library, asked friends and family, and hunted the Internet for suggestions. My dad’s name is Donald…I considered that but thought it was too old fashioned. It seemed like so many of the ideas I came across just didn’t fit…too long, too weird, too SOMETHING. We finally settled on Drew, which was actually the most common boy’s name given to boys in the year he was born. He has had quite a few Drews in his classes over the years! We went through the same process trying to come up with a name for my daughter 2 years later that started with E. Back to the books, surveys among friends, and Internet searches.
Posts feature partner companies & may be sponsored. Post contains affiliate links & I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on links.
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.