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Carmella? Baby name question MissHolly 2 kids; West Sacramento, California 980 posts
16th Feb '12

So my husband and I are both of Irish-German heritage and he really wants to name our baby (if we have a girl) Carmella. (After a family friend that passed away)



What are your thoughts about the name and the idea of the name coming from a different heritage? Should it matter?

LumpySpacePrincess 2 kids; New Zealand 17060 posts
16th Feb '12

No, the heritage doesn't matter, unless it matters to you.



It's not like someone will tell you off for naming the child a name from a different heritage ... Well you never know they might. But if you like the name then that's al that matters.

user banned Due September 18 (boy); 1 child; California 21617 posts
16th Feb '12

I really don't like it. I just don't think it's cute as a name.

Gir = TTC aSlytherin Baby TTC since May 2012; 3 kids; Iowa 3311 posts
16th Feb '12

I think the name reminds me of candy
and no heritage doesn't matter unless you want it too. Usually, I find it annoying

Heathcliff 19 kids; Woodbury, New Jersey 3264 posts
16th Feb '12

Carmella was my great grandmother's name she disliked it and was called Millie...however I love that name, I am very surprised I am not naming my litttle one Karmella ( I stick with the K names lol)....I do love the name it is very old fashion. :)

SuperFishal 2 kids; Maple Valley, Washington 2960 posts
16th Feb '12

If it has a special meaning to you, that's what makes it beautiful. Nothing else matters really.

Lady.Weiser Michigan 3638 posts
16th Feb '12

What I dont like is naming the child after someone who died. I have never liked that. To me, it doesnt seem fair to the child - to be named after some DEAD person.



I think it would be difficult for the child to have to hear stories about this DEAD person, feel that she has to BE LIKE that DEAD person. You know, I just dont like a child having to be burdened with carrying that weight all through their life time, based on having a DEAD persons name.

Katie's Bees Virginia 15428 posts
16th Feb '12
Quoting MissHolly:" So my husband and I are both of Irish-German heritage and he really wants to name our baby (if we have ... [snip!] ... away) What are your thoughts about the name and the idea of the name coming from a different heritage? Should it matter? "


I don't think the heritage matters - although some people like to use names like that.

My daugther went to school with a little girl (Chinese - first generation American, her parents were both born in China) named Wei-Ning.... she was born here... then 2 years later they had her brother and named him Aiden. Cracks me up. You give one kid a very obvioulsy rooted name, and the other a super popular American name. lol

MissHolly 2 kids; West Sacramento, California 980 posts
16th Feb '12
Quoting Katie's Bees:" I don't think the heritage matters - although some people like to use names like that. My daugther ... [snip!] ... named him Aiden. Cracks me up. You give one kid a very obvioulsy rooted name, and the other a super popular American name. lol"

I know, our first born is Noah and I just am thinking if Carmella is a good fit..

Katie's Bees Virginia 15428 posts
16th Feb '12
Quoting MissHolly:" I know, our first born is Noah and I just am thinking if Carmella is a good fit.."


I personally don't love the name Carmella... but what about using it as a middle name instead of the first name?

Julian's Wife 2 kids; 4567 posts
16th Feb '12

I think it's a pretty name. Also, I don't think the heritage matters either.

Mommilette 2 kids; Ontario 8948 posts
16th Feb '12

Carmella sounds exotic to me.

MissHolly 2 kids; West Sacramento, California 980 posts
16th Feb '12
Quoting Katie's Bees:" I personally don't love the name Carmella... but what about using it as a middle name instead of the first name?"


Oh that's a good idea

user banned 1 child; California 435 posts
16th Feb '12

No I don't think heritage matters at all.

Katie's Bees Virginia 15428 posts
16th Feb '12
Quoting MissHolly:" Oh that's a good idea"


I also have a problem with naming kids after deceased friends/family. I like the idea of the namesake... but if my best friend died tomorrow, I would never be able to give my daughter her name. As a middle name - sure! but NEVER a first name of someone I was close to. I wouldn't be able to say her name without thinking of her (I know that's half the point, but I feel like it's different if they've already passed away) and that is just heartbreaking to me. using it as a middle name though gives the namesake, but also her own identity. I was named after my great aunt (she was alive when I was born, actually didn't pass away until I was 15) but i always felt like there was this "cloud" almost. Someone would say my name, and there was always that "are they talking about me, or her" thought.