Your comments in the Part One post shows that every name has a story! Thanks for sharing your name origins with us – I’ve enjoyed these posts!
So last post I shared the HOW….now on to each individual name and story to go with it – the WHO! (I’ll be using some quotes from a sweet friend, Kathy, who created a handmade card for us shortly after the birth of our boys with their names, meanings, and a verse to compliment the meaning. I’m not sure what name book she used, so hopefully if she’s reading she’ll leave a comment revealing her source.)
Let me preface this by saying that Brad and I had a few Naming Rules. These were simply personal preferences. I am not in any way slamming your kids names if they fit into any of these criteria….=)
1. They couldn’t rhyme or be “sing-song cute”.
2. They needed to be non-trendy; Traditional, yet distinct.
3. They needed to be names that were complete in itself – not needing to be shortened to a nickname (This rule was obviously meant to be broken…keep reading!)
4. They (at least some of them) needed to have a family link.
5. They couldn’t rhyme with “Murray”….That eliminated furry, hurry, and Suri!
In Birth Order:
Henry – A name we both agreed on and since Henry was only 2 lbs. 12 oz. “Isaac” just didn’t fit him!
Psalm 37:23 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.”
Samuel – We really liked the Biblical heritage of Samuel as well as the meaning of the name (Check out I Samuel Chapter 1)
Meaning: God heard
I Samuel 1:20 “Hannah gave birth to a son; and she named him Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked him of the Lord.”
Nicknames: H-Sam, Henry Dickory Dock, Hen, HEN-ERR-EEE (3 syllables like my TX Friend Pam says it), Heners, Show Boat, Small Fry, 2-12, Buddy
Brooks – A name that we threw out there and then ended up falling in love with
Zechariah 2:10 “Sing for joy and be glad O daughter of Zion; for behold I am coming and I will dwell in your midst.”
Layton – A family name on my mom’s side, but mostly chosen because we just liked it
Meaning: From the Meadow Land =)
Psalm 23:1-2 “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.”
Nicknames: Brooksy, Brooks A Million, Little b, Brooksalufigus, Stinky (with all my affection), Buddy
Clark Thomas and Isaac Edward will be explained in detail tomorrow. It’s getting late and lengthy….On To Part 3 Tomorrow!
AND While You’re Waiting on Me to Return You can Discuss the Meaning of Your Name (or your baby(ies)) and Any Naming Rules You had/have for Your Kids!