Dear little Olive

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?


  1. What absolutely gorgeous memories and family. I bet Bunny May will be a family favourite for generations to come.


  2. Charlotte this is such a beautiful post and such a lovely story to share with your little angel when she old enough to understand. It's so nice to hear why you called her Olive Mae, but what's even more lovely is why - so so many people name their children by whats popular, or what a celebrity has (isn't it just AWFUL) this is just magical and i love it so!!!

    I'm loving learning all about her in your sweet little posts - you make such a lovely mother already and it's hardly been any time! That little angel is the luckiest xxxx

  3. This is such a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing with us a little about your grandma, and how you chose Olive's name. It's perfect.

  4. What a lovely way to name your daughter. My grandmother's name 'June' I'd like to use in my daughter's name in someway.

    Lizzie Dripping

  5. I love this and love how you've honored your great grandmother by carrying on her name. I have a stuffed bear I received as a gift when I was born, I'm holding on to it for my future children :)

  6. Its so lovely that your daughters name is inspired by your family. It's a really lovely name, and one that you don't hear so much now! Bo has my mothers name as her middle name (in a sort of tradition because my step daughter has Bee's mums name as her middle name too).

  7. Oh, that's lovely!

    If we'd had a boy, he would have had a name from Steve's side (my sister already used the good one from my side) but we actually chose Matilda's name because we liked the meaning (*cough* *cough*).

    I have my dad's old teddy but he's FAR too tatty to be given to a baby. Maybe she'll appreciate him when she's a bit older. :-)

  8. My Grandma (or Garbar as we called her) was Daphne. I love it! I don't know if we are having a boy or a girl but if it's a girl then it's a strong contender :)


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