Stories behind the family names

WHAT S in a name? One mother has an original answer to this question for each of her five children s unusual names. Following the story about unusual baby names for 2007 in last week s Comet, Samantha Brennan, 40, of Bernhardt Crescent in Stevenage, conta

WHAT'S in a name? One mother has an original answer to this question for each of her five children's unusual names.

Following the story about unusual baby names for 2007 in last week's Comet, Samantha Brennan, 40, of Bernhardt Crescent in Stevenage, contacted the paper about her children's names.

She chose the names for her children - Rio, Zania, Taran, Fintan and Caedmon - in uniquely individual ways.

During the World Cup in 1990, Mrs Brennan and her partner at the time were discussing the naming of their first child, a girl, but couldn't reach a decision. That was until Rio flashed up on the television screen.

Inspiration for her second daughter, Zania, who is now 13, came while Mrs Brennan was reading a book by Wilbur Smith, which mentioned Tanzania.

Her first son's name, Taran, now 10, came from the surname of Reservoir Dogs' director, Quentin Tarantino, because she saw the film mentioned in the newspaper.

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Her four-year-old son's name, Fintan, was inspired by Mrs Brennan's friend's sister's boyfriend's name, and the latest addition to the family - three-year-old Caedmon - is named after a saint after Mrs Brennan trawled the internet looking for inspiration.

She said: "My husband's name is Adam so I didn't want a name beginning with A and the initials BB remind me of a BB gun so the next letter was C and Caedmon was the first name to come up."

Mrs Brennan said she found a church named after the saint in Ireland and when she contacted it, a Father Brennan was running it. "We had the same surname so that decided it for us," she said.

She added: "A lot of people ask about the reasons behind the names and, when I'm pregnant, people want to know what the baby's going to be called."

Mrs Brennan said she may have one more baby but she hasn't thought of any names yet.

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