And she remains nameless.

Names.
AH!
There were several nights earlier on in the pregnancy where I would wake in the middle of the night thinking of  entire lists of names.
John begged me to just not think about it until we found out the gender.
Fine.
I would try.
And I did.

But, the thing is…
I had 8 baby names picked out before we even got married.
Eight.
First & middle names. Four boys’ and four girls’ names.

Here they are:  Girls // Boys
Mackenzie Anne  //  Camryn Levi
Skylar Eve  //  Micah Pierce
Eden Laurelai  //  Gabriel Hosea
Harmony Grace  //  John Morgan

I loved these names.
But when I found out I was pregnant, it was like all of a sudden they weren’t going to work.
{Most of them are pretty popular these days AND John informed me he doesn’t want to name a baby after him.}

Here are the two things we look for in a name for the littlest:
Unique & meaningful.

Words are powerful.
{Says the hopeful writer.}
And in modern American/western cultures we incredibly undervalue words & their meanings.
I love words. I love the meanings of words & understanding their roots & origins.

I want baby girl’s name to have significance in that way.
And, we don’t want her to be 1 of 10 kids in her class with the same name.
{John said that was never fun.}

So, our name Journey has been an interesting one since we found out she’s a girl.
Here we go:

  1. Juliette = French, “Youthful”
    Fun fact: for the first 3 months of being pregnant, I had a song stuck in my head about Romeo & Juliet.
    & I do SO love that song.
    And I do so value being young at heart.
    Jesus taught us to be like the little children, and there’s so much to be said for having childlike faith – being youthful is a beautiful thing.
  2. Anaya = Indian, “Completely Free”
    Mhmm. Love that Indian culture.
    Freedom is something I hold dear to my heart. It’s something I’ve been told I had ALL my life, but only began to understand when I met Jesus.
    And it’s something I know to run deeper than anything my country could ever define.
    And I hope to share that with our little ones.
  3. Davina = English, “Beloved”
    Beloved. Ahhh.  That’s the truth.
  4. Verona = Italian, “Truth”
    After I thought of this name {& then researched its meaning} I sat down at my typewriter with tears in my eyes and wrote a really long letter to our baby girl about the importance of Truth. How powerful & precious & valuable it is.
    Needless to say, this is my favourite meaning.
    I really, really like the name “Verona Juliette” but I also think it seems like way too much Shakespeare for one name.
  5. Harmony = English, Multiple meanings:
    “Agreement, accord, unity.”
    Musically,”The simultaneous combination of tones, esp. when blended into chords pleasing to the ear; chordal structure, as distinguished from melody and rhythm.”
    And, Biblically: “An arrangement of the contents of the Gospels, either of all four or of the first three, designed to show their parallelism, mutual relations, & differences.I thought about this name last week & it was stuck on my heart for 2 or 3 days straight. So beautiful.
    I thought of it in combination with so many other middle names: Harmony Skye, Harmony Dawn, Harmony Grace.

John’s favourite? Well, he likes Noxolo. Pronounced, {Noh-(click your tongue)-oh-lho.}
It’s an African word that means “peace.” I met a little girl in Swaziland with this name who changed my life forever.
{But, we don’t live in Africa. And no one would be able to pronounce her name. I keep trying to tell him.}

He also really, really likes Verona (and now Harmony).

I think Anaya & Davina are out at this point, but this has just been our journey of favourites.
I have also liked other random ones:
Ada: Great grandmother’s name, German, “Happy”
Naomi: Hebrew, “Beautiful, Gentle”
Kiva: Gaelic, “Caomh” = “Beautiful”
Allegra: Latin, “Joy”

John’s sister, Dana, really really wants us to use the name Adelaide.
Which happens to be in my spreadsheet of baby names.
Oh, am I only now mentioning that I have a spreadsheet of baby names?
Ya know, just in case she’s born & we haven’t decided.
I want to have several that I already know I like with their meanings & origins & popularity, easily accessible.
Also, I found myself looking up the same name meanings again & again.
Anyway, there are about 30 names in that spreadsheet.

I’d love to have your feedback on names.
{As long as you’re okay that we might reject it completely. I’m realizing it’s impossible to find a name everyone will like.}

How did you decide what to name your little one{s}?
Did you decide before they were born for sure?
Any fun naming stories?

3 thoughts on “And she remains nameless.”

  1. I love the name Verona. I think it’s my favorite of all of the ones you shared.

    It took a while for Chris and I to agree on a name for Keaton. We agreed on a girl name with no problems, but we both had completely different choices for boy names. Chris like more common names, whereas I wanted something more unique. I was never the only Brittany growing up, I remember one class in high school that I was one of four Brittanys. I did not want that for my son. We agreed on Dominic (even though it was a little too popular for my liking). But, once we found out that we were indeed having a boy, Dominic just didn’t feel right. One night while searching out names online Chris happened to see Keaton and said “what about Keaton?” I was surprised that he like the name so we mulled it over for a couple of days making sure we both really liked it.

    After those 2 days had passed, we had no doubt that our son should be named Keaton. We chose his middle name to be Glenn. Glenn is my dad’s middle name, he was so honored when we told him that Keaton would share his middle name.

    When you see you little girl, you will know what name she is meant to have. 🙂

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  2. Ah names- it is true, you won’t find one that everyone in love with. What matters is that 1) you and John love it and 2) that you can clearly see yourself loving calling her by it for the REST OF HER LIFE (this to me still seems totally amazing, I’m going to be calling Bryce up on the phone when he’s 40, asking how his kids are doing in school… it’s wild).

    I think that making a smallish list of 3-5 names you really like and leaving it up to what you think fits her when she’s born is probably the best thing if you’re torn or like a million-twenty-five names at the moment. That being said…. my favorites from your list are (In order): Adelaide, Verona and Juliette. I think Harmony would be a good middle name (along with names like Faith, Hope etc, I don’t think it is strong enough to be a first name with it being a common English word).

    There’s my 2 cents 🙂

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  3. I haven’t commented before but I have been following for a while. I found your blog from a mutual friend (I went to high school with you, Lee Anne – I was a year behind you).

    I don’t have any little ones so I don’t have a naming story, but I have to say from your list, I LOVE the names Naomi and Ada. (not that my opinion matters much in the scheme of things lol)

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