I thought I would share with you how we chose our daughter's name, Olive Mae.
As I am sure you are aware by now I am a great big home body, it's ALL about family with me. I have longed for years now for my own family to create traditions, have adventures and make dreams come true with and now I have that.
So naturally I would name our little girl after a family member. Olive was my Great Grandmother and she used to live across the road from us in my first childhood home. I remember going to visit often after school for a biscuit out of her 'Jaffa' tin and my brothers and I used to sit on the floor in front of her television desperately trying to hear it (she used to have the sound so very low!!!).
Olive was a very kind, friendly lady and we always used to call her 'Nanny'. I remember her being quite young and telling school peers that I had three grandmothers in which my teachers would correct me and I refused to accept.
My Great Grandmother was known to me as Nanny May. Seeing as I had "THREE" Nanny's it was easier to call her this so not to get confused. May was what I assumed her name was... until about 10 years ago when I found out that her name was in fact Olive and her middle name May.
Now, it wasn't until very recently that I found out her name was Olive Mayfield after I received a letter from my Nanny including some family history. She apparently liked to be called May.
As soon as I found out my Nanny May's first name was Olive I fell deeply in love with the name and from that moment I knew that I was going to call my first daughter Olive. So with my Nanny's blessing, we did!
A few days before Christmas my Nanny gave me an envelope of old photographs of Great Grandmother Olive (her mother) and a lock of her hair. I love old photographs so to have these is so very precious. I am going to put them in a book I'm creating for Olive. A book for all the letters I wrote to her when I was pregnant, her scan pictures, wrist tags and other special things.
^^^ Great Grandmother Olive is the little girl in the middle & a polaroid with Olive's Great Grandparents
I also have a grey knitted bunny to give to Olive. This grey knitted bunny is very special to me. It was Nanny May's. When we used to visit for biscuits and quiet TV, I used to pick up the bunny, which sat next to the telephone, and not let go of it until I left. Until one day when she let me keep it, I cherished it so much. I named it 'Bunny May'.
When we were tidying and moving the bedrooms around in preparation for our little Olive's arrival, I found Bunny May and shrieked. I haven't kept many soft toys from my childhood but I kept this and was so pleased I had. I know Olive will love it as much as I did.
Do you have any wonderful family names that have been used again? Do you have any sentimental childhood toys?