Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Naming

It's hard to come up with a baby girl name. Actually, it's not hard to think of girl names I like; the difficulty is when Chris and I compare our lists of girl names, there's not many that we both agree on. When I was pregnant with Jacob, we had a backup girl name, just in case, which we ended up using for Savannah. With Elijah and also with Seth, we also had a backup girl name - but we knew 100% that they were boys before they were born, so we didn't think a whole lot about our girl name. So now that we know 99.99999% that this is a little girl, we are having to re-evaluate our list of names. The responsibility of naming my babies weighs very heavily on me. Their name is something they will live with for the rest of their lives. I've had people comment on our kids' names, "All your boys have Bible names, what happened to Savannah?" And if you want to know the truth, we didn't set out to have all "Biblical" names. I wanted our boys to have good, strong masculine names. And I wanted our daughter to have a lovely feminine name. I wanted them to have names that they could grow into as they grew older. I wanted them to have names that would sound just as good if they turned out to be lawyers, mechanics, or preachers. I wanted them to have names that celebrated their gender. So, in turn, we chose the names of Jacob, Savannah, Elijah, and Seth. And now, with this little girl, I have the same goal. I want her to be excited that she's a girl; I want her name to identify her as a lady. I want her to have a name that's unique to her, but not so unusual that she has to tell everyone how to pronounce it. I want her to have a name that will grow and live with her through her old age. And most importantly, I want her to live worthy of her name.
And that's what drives me as I pore through baby name books, reading lists of names until my eyes are dry. You can rest assured I've crossed off Pocahontas, Barbarella, Atilla, Quinella, Marionette and Urania (yes, these were all in the baby name books)! Just for fun, do ya'll have any feminine-sounding suggestions??
"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches (Proverbs 22:1)".
"A good name is better than fine perfume (Ecclesiastes 7:1)".


Courtney said...

I think Olivia Grace is a beautiful name for a little girl.

Caroline said...

My sister loves the name Nora (so do I but since she wants to use it I can't). I like Lucy (it was a family name)and is timeless. I also like Tess or Tessa. I'm with you, I like names that are unique, but aren't totally weird. We named Wesley after just liking the name and looking up the spiritual meaning. It means Steadfast and his verse if Proverbs 3:23. Have fun with it. I can't wait until we get to name some more little chicks.