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Old 05-29-2006, 12:51 AM   #1
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Aidan's name

Whenever we introduce Aidan to someone, that person always says "Oh, I have a ___ (son, niece, my uncle's girlfriend's godson) named Aidan." The other day there were 2 other Aidans at the park besides ours! We are thinking of calling him by his middle name, Reid. What do you think? It feels kinda weird for me. And how do we get him to be Reid to those who already know him as Aidan? Do we introduce him as Aidan Reid and say we call him Reid? I value your thoughts and input!

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Old 05-29-2006, 01:13 AM   #2
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that's silly, imo, cora. the boy's name is adian. to he!! with all of those other little copycat bast!ds.
while the name aiden, or similar sounding names or spellings has become almost a phenomenon in recent years, it will pass, and your son will be no different than the tom, dick (that musta been a tough one), and harrys of years gone by.
unless it becomes some ridiculous event on a more private level, such as 3 or 4 of his schoolmates that he will be with for many years are also named aidan, i would let it be. moreso, i'd teach him the meaning of his name, (i've found it means everything from "to help", to "a little fire" or "fiery", to a "7th century bishop/monk named aed") why his and other parents would name their child that, and to be proud as one if not the best of the aidans around.
give him his fire!
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Old 05-29-2006, 02:48 AM   #3
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Hey, I've got a friend who's son is Aiden!

Seriously, growing up, there were always several Matts in class. Sometimes, I had to be called 'Matt F.', but it was never that big of a deal. Call him what fits. If he's an Aiden, call him Aiden, if he's a Reid, call him Reid. If he really doesn't like it, he can change it when he's older, and that can be his decision.

Also, my middle name is Matt. The only irritation I've had is in signing official documents and, occasionally, someone will unknowingly refer to me by my first name. It's no big deal either.

So, either way, go with the name you like better, and the one that fits.
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Old 05-29-2006, 06:53 AM   #4
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My daughter has a name that isn't used much and my son has a name that is used a lot. There have been problems with both. I think whatever you call him should be your choice, but can say the people I've known who changed what they were called, it was uncomfortable - they end up answering to both or neither. If you are going to change it, by all means do it before he gets any older. I have a step grandaughter who changed what she wanted to be called her last year of high school. She answers to both now, but even her father isn't sure what to call her sometimes.
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Old 05-29-2006, 09:05 AM   #5
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I agree with Bucky. I'd stick with the name you and DH chose for HIM--look at the others as the ones that are copying you! Besides, I'd think that could confuse Aidan some, suddenly switching his name. It's all how you know him, including himself.

BTW, I love the name!
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I am with Bucky and PA... Cora, Aidan is a lovely name and it is the name you and your hubby chose for him. And it is not really the name but the boy himself is what makes him special. All of you should be proud of his name, and don't worry about "others". "Aidan, your son" is one and only, no matter what you would call him.
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Old 05-29-2006, 10:02 AM   #7
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Cora, I agree with everyone here. And yes,I know someone with a similar name, my great nephew is Kaden. What is funnier, his middle name is Reid.
Whatever she liked about that name, she went nuts with her second son and named him Jacob Aiden. It's just the popular name at this time. Just like Michael, David or John were at one time. I like those names.
Don't call him anything other than his given name. You chose that name for a reason, just as others choose the names they like for a reason. Do you know how many people had my name growing up? Stacy was a VERY big name when I was born. Every time I turned around, there was another one. LOL. He'll be okay.
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Old 05-29-2006, 10:08 AM   #8
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Here is another vote to keep it as is. You picked a wonderful name. It is HIS name and it is great. That other people use it too just shows how much people love it. His personality will be unique, don't worry about his name being so. For the people that know his, he will be the original Aidan.
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Old 05-29-2006, 10:40 AM   #9
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Aidan is such a lovely name. It's the name you chose in the beginning, I'd stick to it, yes, if he is an Aidan, let him be one. I remember when my son was born, we has four names, two for if we had a girl and two for if we had a boy. We had one look at him and knew he didn't look like a Daniel, more like a Nicolas, so he is Nicolas.I think there is a feeling parents have about the names and reasons for choosing them, don't forget that.I on the other hand grew up with a name that was very unusual in Kenya, and not many people pronounced it well and I kept wanting to change it because everytime I said my name, (Hyacinth) I would be asked, 'Higher what?'It used to annoy me so much so I talked to a very wise friend of mine when I was a teenager, and he got out a dictionary and we looked up the meaning of my name, it said 'sweet smelling spring flower' and he told me what a beautiful name it is and how he used to pick hyacinths for his mum when he was a child and a young adult in ireland.All this time I had no idea it was a flower, I just thought I was named after some saint.
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Old 05-29-2006, 02:03 PM   #10
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aidan is a cute name that will grow with a baby into a grown-up. i'd keep it as it is. it may be a huge adjustment for aidan if you change to 'reid' now that aidan's a toddler.
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