When choosing a name for a child, parents often consult many different resources—family heritages, friends, and even pop culture. I think the stories behind names can be very interesting, as they can reveal your parents initial expectations for you.
My middle name is Helaine. No, not Helen or Elaine, but a mash-up of the two Helaine. I have often been asked the origin of Helaine, why my parents choose such an unusual name, and I usually give the answer that my grandmother was named Helen. My mother would tell me “she just liked the name, the variation of Helen.” Recently, however, my mother had a revelation while browsing Classmates.com. She called me excited to finally, maybe, have an answer to Helaine. She found one of her kindergarten classmates was named Helaine! “Maybe we were good friends! Who knows, maybe kindergarten Helaine is the reason I gave you that name! She must have been a nice girl.” So now I might have an answer to the origin of my middle name: a kindergartner in the 1960s who “must have been a nice girl”.
Names can carry a lot of meaning, past and present, and I think it is interesting to explore that meaning.
Lovelies, do you know who you were named after?