Learn About Your Name

Audience: Youth and families

Objective: Youth and families will learn more about their first and last names, which will help them understand their identity and their family’s heritage.

Have parents tell each child why they were given their name, indicating if any child was named after an ancestor or relative. If anyone was named after an ancestor, have the parents share basic information or a story about the ancestor. Check the Memories section of FamilySearch.org for any photos or stories about the ancestor after whom a child was named.

Look up the meaning and history of each person’s name using websites suggested here or a web search