Tuesday, April 10, 2012

What's in a name?

What's in a name?

Well, I'm glad you asked...haha. I really wanted to tell you! 

When we were expecting our first child, we initially had a hard time picking a name.  It seemed like a huge task to decide on the word that would define him for his entire life.  Because a name becomes a person's identity, we decided to name all of our children according to the meaning of each name or after someone that we admired.  We prefer this so that we can choose the word that will define who they are...or challenge who they will become.

Here are the names that we have chosen for our six children and the meanings of each or who we named them after.

Nathan - Gift, We were also amazed by the prophet Nathan and his boldness.
Robert - Paternal Grampa

Brennan - Little Raven / Branded or marked, Brennan Manning
John - Maternal Granddad

Abigail - Father's Joy, Abigail Adams is one of my heroes.
Christine - Aunt Christy who went home to be with Jesus at the age of five 

Wesley - John & Charles Wesley.  Suzanna Wesley is one of my personal heroes as well.
Micah - Who is like God, the prophet Micah.

Seth - Appointed, Initials SL after maternal great-granddad
Lewis - Warrior, CS Lewis

Ransom - Redeemed, CS Lewis literary character, and it didn't hurt that there was a Jimmy Stewart character named Ransom...love old westerns.
Elliot - Jim and Elizabeth Elliot

.It has been really rewarding over the years to share with the kids what their names mean and why we chose each name.  We have actually written a letter to each child describing why we chose their name or who we named them after.  They love to hear it over and over again:)

1 comment:

  1. I love this post. :)

    Names are a big deal in our household as well. I don't name my kids online but my two oldest boys are both named for C.S. Lewis in part. They are also named for Bible heroes and a pastor that was very much admired. My youngest (daughter) is named after my husband's mother who passed away a few years ago and also for a literary character.