I figured out a way to do this but just forgot to post the solution to my own post.
You need to install the net-tools package i believe and use the command nameif. Basically you create a file /etc/mactab with the first column the name you want the interface and the second the mac address of said interface. then bring down all interfaces and run /sbin/nameif. Now just reconfigure your network scripts and you should be able to bring up your new interface names.
Here is my mactab
if you want this to happen on every boot, just modify /etc/init.d/networking, in the start section before the interfaces are brought up just add /sbin/nameif and you should be ok.