Being the first child in her family, Helen's naming was significant, and she mentions that everyone was "emphatic" about it. Her father initially wanted to name her Mildred Campbell, who was a highly esteemed ancestor in their family, and stopped discussing the matter shortly after giving his suggestion. However, Helen's mother believed that she should be named after her mother, whose maiden name was Helen Everett. Despite Helen's parents' disagreement on the name of their first child, Helen's father forgot what he wanted to name their child on the way to her christening. This was only natural given the fact that he stopped taking part in discussions shortly after suggesting that his daughter should be named after Mildred Campbell. When the minister asked the name of the child, Helen's father could only remember that it was decided she would be named after her grandmother and gave his daughter the name Helen Adams. Helen's full name is Helen Adams Keller.