I was thinking back to when my children were babies a long, loonnnnggg time ago and all the hopes and dreams, wishes and expectations that came with new parenthood. Along with that there was also choosing a name that suited your child and that they would grow into, thinking about the sort of person your child would become and many other musings that come with being a new parent.
Being church goers, we leant towards a bible name but wanted to steer clear of Nebuchadnezzar orShadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. In the end we discovered Jared in the Old Testament and thought that was a good solid name (although I didn't realize how many ways people would find to spell it over the years.) It didn't have a very deep or profound meaning - "descendant" was all the baby name book came up with. We wanted a bible verse to reflect his birth and seeing there wasn't anything appropriate with Jared in it (other than a genealogy) we chose Psalm 127:3-4 because it was a lovely thought about the child we had wished for and who had arrived into our family. (And a good reminder during all those sleepless nights and toddler and teen years!)
When it came time to have our daughter we noticed that there were very few female bible based names that weren't a dime a dozen. Knowing that there would be a multitude of Rebeccas and Sarahs out there, we wanted to steer clear of anything too popular or common and settled on Erin because it meant "peace". That was a lovely spiritual concept and we even found a verse for her that related to the whole peaceful concept. If only our children fell into line with our wishes and expectations..... Erin was not a peaceful child, she was sassy and full of life and has stayed that way, but at the same time her ways are pleasant ways and she has brought a lot of joy along with her.
I'm not sure how other people go about the process of naming their children - there's probably a lot to be said for John Jnr or other family names (like the Danish royals that alternate Fredrick and Christian for their first born boys - easy!) It's quite a responsibility choosing a name that another person will have for the length of their lives - unless they want to change it by deed poll to something more memorable like Rainbow-Peace-Love-and-Vegtables (that actually has quite a nice ring to it....is it too late to change my mine? I wish!!)
This post was part of the #1word challenge - this week's word was "wish"