:::warning::::This is a really random blog. Give up now if you are prone to headaches:::
So, you parents out there, how did you come up with names for your kiddos?
And you someday parents out there, do you have names picked out for your babies already?
See....growing up I liked two names.....and I'll tell you why:
Jane: One of my all-time favorite literary authors: Jane Austen. LOVE her. Her stories are addicting and seriously some of the most re-read books in my library. I love her.
Peter: I love J.M. Barrie and his Peter Pan tale.....AND Peter, the high king from Narnia.
There are others, but I won't go nuts listing them all. You'd probably go a little bonkers yourself.
If I couldn't have those (which I can't....they just sound too silly with our last name) I was (and is) determined to find a name from a story of some sort that I love. Well, being me, that's not hard. I have a giant list of names that I absolutely adore of characters from books and plays.
I am also not the type of preggo woman that cares what people's opinions are when I share said names. Some of your pregnant types (and this is totally fine for you, no judgement here, honest) prefer to keep it secret. I'm impossible at keeping secrets of that caliber. I know the world is forever obsessed with making their opinions known when it comes to...well, everything, but I do my best to laugh and take to heart the advice I need to hear, and the opinions that I don't.
Any of the March sisters names are beloved to me, particularly Josephine, of course. There are numerous characters from Shakespearean tales that I love, let alone characters from some of the classic novels that I adore. I haven't even submerged in the world of Jane Austen and all her beautiful characters (hello, Mr. Darcy, anyone?), or Avonlea and all it's whimsy. We mustn't forget the Bridge to Terebithia or the journey to Narnia, with all it's magic. Why not name a child after the tales that have warmed my soul and encouraged my dreams since the days of my youth? I have my little explorer in Wesley, what will we discover with this new addition to our adventuring family? Will we get a bridge-crosser? A dragon-fighter? Or a lighthouse keeper? Maybe we'll get an independent writer, a dreamer. So many characters that I've loved and cherished. So many stories that have inspired me and motivated me to fall even more in love with the Creator of imagination. The passion of the written word and it's characters within....why not?
I've thrown a couple names out at my parents and a few friends who care to listen, but nobody seems to have any opinion at all about the names I like so far. But, like with Wesley, I am running full speed through a million names with a million meanings, picking something as far from possible from the top 200 or so Most Popular names lists. That's pretty hard considering so many classical names are coming back into style and everyone wants a "special" name.
I'm also the type to not care about the whole "stealing" of names thing. I'm not deluded enough to think that there is only one Jade out there in the world. Sure, growing up, I only knew of Jade Williams, a girl I went to high school with, lol, and I haven't met one since.... hmm, i forget where I was going with that. haha...oh well. Oh, right. Name stealing. Sure if you have a great great grandmother's name on both sides that you want to use and your supposed best friend steals it right before your eyes, yea I'd be a little peeved. But there are names on my list that I've loved since childhood that are more popular than you'd think. I don't care if there is more than one "so and so". You talk to your friend who named their baby that name and just let them know....that's on my list, fyi. They're gonna be friends anyways. :)
Ok, that might be a little extreme. But, hopefully you see my point. Which is that their names were on God's heart before they were even in the womb! Wow! They are so loved already. Wow. But you know, that's a whole 'nother post for a whole 'nother day.
Wow, I am a terrible blogger. I chase so many circles, it's ridiculous.
Anyways, I keep going back to the same names, and I make a nice little list with the meanings of the names and email them to Nate. He usually doesn't respond and I have to ask him later what he thought of the list of that day. His response is that he can't really see the name until we know what the little tater is. Sure, sure. Whatever. I still pioneer forth through the sea of baby names, getting giddy when I read one of character and laughing when I read some of the more ridiculous suggestions.
I love names of meaning. Names that are creative, but not overly weird or spelled strangely (mostly for my benefit, because I would forget to spell it right). I'm a traditionalist in the sense that I feel a name ought to mean something or represent something of importance.
Obviously it's to early to fret, let alone THINK too much about naming this sweet little child. But it's fun to research and dream of what this baby's personality will be like. I just want a name that will go with Wesley. :) So I can't get something ultra organic name like Journey. Not that I would pick Journey, or like Nathan would LET me pick Journey, but you know what I mean.
So how did you come up with the names for your child(ren)?
If you were having our baby, what would you name it? And we're being positive here, kids. ;)
We already have a few petitioning for the role as namesake. :) You know who you are.