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Featured Name ~ Brennan

Brennan ~ meaning: alternate form of Brendan, Irish--little raven, English--sword

Story told by Denise DesCamp

My husband used to work at a country club and one of the people that he worked with was named Brennan. The same day that my husband came home from work to tell me that he really liked this name, I was watching one of my soap operas and there was a guy on the show for just a few weeks and his name was Brennan and I really liked the name. So, what a coincidence that we came across that name on the same day. We decided on that name two years before I became pregnant.

My husband is the youngest child of four in his family and his father (who passed away about 13 years ago) was in the service with this man who was named Allison and it was his best friend. Allison had passed away not long after my father-in-law was out of the service. When my in-laws got married and started having children, my father-in-law always suggested the name Allison, and he was determined that one of his children would be named Allison after his best friend. My mother-in-law did not like the name so therefore none of her children were named Allison. When my father-in-law passed away in 1988, I had just started dating my husband and he always told me that when he had children he wanted one of them to be named Allison. My husband's two brothers had children and did not use Allison and his sister has a child and she didn't use the name either. So, my husband said it would mean a lot to him if we would name our child Allison in appreciation of what his father wanted. So, when I became pregnant, no matter if the baby was a boy or a girl the middle name was going to be Allison. In my eighth month of pregnancy, I found out that I was having a boy and we knew his name would be Brennan Alisen (I changed the spelling of Allison). I know my father-in-law is smiling down on us and is proud that his grandson has the name he always wanted.

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