Recently, Angie and I had to look through the tons of books on our bookshelf to search for a rather important book that we have not seen (or used) for awhile (6 years to be precise). For the simple reason that we have just welcomed our baby boy and needed to look for a name for him. Initially, we couldn’t find the book. To make matters worse, we were given three days to decide on a name. Eventually we found it…but that was only the easy part.
It’s common to read in magazines and tabloids about how celebrities name their children. Some name after elders in the family, others name their kids after hotels or places where they were deemed to be conceived (Hmm…too much information there!) while some just name them because the name was unusual as parents presumed it’s cool for their children’s names to stand out from the crowd. It’s certainly all parents’ prerogative and joy to name their child(ren).
I must admit…when it comes to choosing a name, we’re a bit ‘old-schooled’. Apart from the frivolity of my agreement with Angie that our daughter should carry a name starting with the letter of my Christian name (D), I insist that our son’s name has to begin with the letter of her name (A). We had a tough time deciding on a name for him because we believe, like in the days of old, a name should carry not only the aspirations parents have but also God’s intended character traits for the young life entrusted in our lifelong care.
Finally, after much prayers, nights of tossing names around, elimination and attempts to roll the names off our tongues (after all, we wouldn’t want odd sounding names or those prone to be used as butt of jokes), we’ve decided he shall be named, Alexander James (AJ in short). For him and his sister, their names not only embody our hope for them but also God’s faithfulness in our trials and subsequent providence in our journey to parenthood.
Here in brief are the significance of their names.
Prior to becoming parents, we had a tumultuous TTC (trying to conceive) journey. Hence, we wanted a name to signify the happiness our daughter brought to us. We picked her first name, ‘Dana’ which means ‘Bright as Day’ to remember how God has shone His favour and light to dispel our dark and sorrowful childlessness. Her middle name is ‘Joy’ because her arrival turned our mourning into dancing and sorrows into joy. It is also our prayer that the joy of the Lord will always bubble over in her life and she will grow up to radiate sunshine to others’ lives.
For the son, we deliberated for a long while before coming to a name we both like – ‘Alexander’. We believe the world needs more significant male role models who would exhibit the characteristics of manliness and chivalry – someone who is resilient in overcoming the odds and capable of making a positive difference in the world (Think Alexander the Great, Alexander Graham Bell and Alexander Fleming). His first name ‘Alexander’ means ‘Defender of Man’ while his middle name ‘James’ points us to the book of James in the Bible. James speaks about staying true to our faith in God and being steadfast in our walk despite life’s struggles. A particular verse in James chapter 1 verse 27 also spoke to our hearts in our adoption.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 (NIV)
Is naming a child a daunting task? You bet. Think about brands that we trust, brand names that carry certain expectations, from shampoo to cars to apparel and mobile devices. If names are important to our daily consumables, what more for the lives of our children?
What are the stories or significances behind the names you’ve picked for your child(ren)? Share them with us, if you will. We’ll love to read about it.
Disclosure: Dana and AJ are dressed in the latest ‘Free in the Forest’ and ‘City Adventure’ Autumn Collection available now at all Pumpkin Patch Singapore stores.
Very nice and thoughtful names. For us, we also took very long to come up with the name Reuben. We looked through books and searched the Internet. We wanted something not so common in Asia but not totally unique. Reuben means God has blessed me a son. After a long while we settled on this name.
I love AJ’s name – plus the shortform “AJ” is cool to the max. He is such an awesome baby, and you guys are blessed! I too blogged about my kids names here http://sanses.com/2013/04/baby-names/, but *coughcough* I took reference not so much from the Bible as I did… my old love for Scrabble. 😛
Both are such beautiful and meaningful names! It’s so interesting that both their middle names begin with J, and have special significances as well. For us, we also wanted meaningful names, and we liked that Noah was favoured and loved deeply by God. The idea of the rainbow after the huge storm was special to us, because of our tough TTC journey too.
Madeline Heng says
Awesome photos!! =)
The husband & I like traditional names as well as the meaning behind it .For our latest addition, we named him Oliver after The Olive Tree and his middle name is James too because we really like the book of James. Lovely names chosen for Dana and Alexander.
How lovely! I love the name Dana, it’s so pretty! Alexandra is such a strong solid name too.
Our kids’ names signify “home” and “simple happiness” 🙂
Dana and AJ are really beautiful names. After reading how you carefully select those, their names sound even more beautiful and meaningful.
My daughter’s name is Naomi. I chose that name because it is both Biblical and Japanese name, and not too common in Malaysia yet but already very common in my homecountry, Indonesia. Naomi means pleasant, beautiful and honest.
We named Naomi’s angel baby brother Dylan. I just loved this name since the first time I heard it, when I was still single and all. Back then, I always thought if I had a boy, his name gotta be Dylan. So, Dylan it was for my boy. Although it’s not a biblical name but I couldn’t help but naming my son with it.
thanks for leaving us a comment. I love the name Naomi. It’s classy and really elegant sounding. Dylan comes with a very poetic connotation, a handsome name for a precious angel. Our 3 others Angels are named Nathaniel, Joash and Ashley. It’s such a privilege to bestow names on our children isn’t it?
Hi Angie, yes indeed! Bestowing names to our children is indeed one of the joyful perks of becoming parents! It’s a really exciting and memorable process.