Friday, March 16, 2018

What's in a name?

When friends and family announce the arrival of a new baby I'm always so excited to hear what name they will give the little one. I love the thought that people put into names especially if the name has a back story or a special meaning. 
We put lots of thought into our kiddos' names during each pregnancy. Nameberry was frequently visited by us because it has all sorts of cool facts and info behind each name that added to the fun of naming our babes. 

Our main formula for choosing a name has been to pick an original name we both love; to chose a name that sounds good with the other sibling(s) and a middle name that is after a special person or a saint. Also that both the middle name and first name look good together. Case in point? We dropped the "e" in Leonie in Eloise's name. Why? Because it just looked weird, like every one of Eloise's names ended with an e. I realize this makes me sound a little obsessive but unlike my childhood rabbit, I only have one chance to select my child's names, I better do a good job at it! 

Here are some of the special meanings behind the names of our brown-haired trio!

Sophie Mildred- I have loved the name Sophie forEVER! The first Sophie I ever met was the toddler of my parents' friends. She was so darling and I thought it was the prettiest name I had ever heard in my 10 years.  After that I would see the name Sophie pop up in the books that I read and in the the movies I watched. Every time I would hear the name, I loved it even more. As for Mildred, that is the name of my maternal grandmother who passed away when I was 11. She was a wonderful grandma who was very generous and most certainly namesake worthy. I love the feminine combination of the two names and how it looks spelled out. While we have called Sophie everything from So-So, to Soph to Sophers, her absolute pet name is Sophie Bear, on account of her round cheeks and way of growling when she was itty bitty. 

Eloise Leoni- I saw the cover of Eloise at the plaza long before I read the book. I loved the look of the illustrations and the colors of Kay Thomson's NYC darling. I had no idea how to say the name (Was it E-Loy-zz? Or maybe E-Louise?) until I saw the movie. I also didn't know that Eloise was a bit of a monkey but it didn't keep me from loving the name! The name Leoni ( or more popularly spelled, Leonie) comes from Donald's maternal grandfather, who's name was Leonard. The feminine variation seemed perfect for our Eloise. Fun fact? Donald was born on his maternal grandfather's birthday right? Well Eloise was born on her paternal grandmother's birthday! Way to keep the shared birthday tradition going, Ellie! Eloise was going to be nicknamed Loulou but it just never stuck! My sister and I tried to make it happen but Ellie won out every time! So Eloise went from Little Loulou to Ellie Babe. 

Theodore Karol- a few months before Theo was born, I was playing around on Nameberry and looked up Christmas themed baby names. Theodore made the list since the name means "The Gift". It seemed like such a perfect name for a Christmas baby! Plus, I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Theodore Lawrence, the adorable, handsome young neighbor to the March family in Little Women. There was just so much to love about the name Theodore, not to mention all the nickname options, which is very important to me since I love giving our kids pet names, obviously. 
As for the name Karol (pronounced Karl), it was inspired by the first name of the greatest man of our times; Karol Wojtija. AKA Pope John Paul the Great. I recently read a book about him and couldn't get over how amazing his life was, even as a young man, long before he became a pope. Donald and I both loved the thought of incorporating his name, especially as a middle name, into our first boy's name. In the Catholic community, you hear lots of John Paul's and to be completely honest, as much as I love the man behind the name, I really don't care for the name combo of John Paul. Lots of people thought Theo's middle name was Karol as in a Christmas Carol. While not pronounced like the female Carol, it kinda made sense that people thought that since Theo is a Christmas baby! 

If we ever have another baby I have no idea what we'd name him or her! I will say that girls names are waaaay easier for Donald and I to agree on than boys names. Finding a name for Theo was no walk in a park. Donald and I have enough girl names picked out (complete with cute middle names and nicknames) we could probably name about 5 more girls!

Is there a special story or meaning behind your name? What are some of your favorite names? I'd love to hear all about them!

Megan xo

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