What’s In A Name?

Naming your unborn child can be one of the most exhilarating and stress inducing times during your pregnancy, after all you wanna get it right, right?

Photo by Ermias Tarekegn

Some of you may have decided on your children’s names when you were in middle school, while others of you may not have given it a second thought until your child’s pending due date was weeks away. Wherever you fall, its safe to say that your child’s name will contain your desire and hope for their future.

In some cultures, parents wait until after the birth to name their child based upon the spirit and energy they possess. In these instances a naming ceremony is held a few weeks after the baby is born to introduce them to their community and loved ones.

In other cultures, it is understood that a particular name would be passed down for many generations in the form of Jr’s, II’s, III’s, and so on. In the west this practice is typically seen with males.

Photo by Juan Pablo Serrano Arenas

Names can tell a story of who we are. They introduce our parent’s idea of who we’d become before we even get a chance to live out our own path. Our names are foundational and impactful.

When choosing a name for your child consider what’s important to you and your family. Will tradition play a role? Will eccentricity reign? Think of the type of life your child will live with the name you’ve chosen.

In my personal experience, I have seen the impact of intentionally naming my children. One is “dearly beloved” and has reaped the fruit of being deeply loved by friends and strangers alike since birth, while my little “messenger” will wear me out with all the information they share.

Whatever you choose, be INTENTIONAL. Names matter.

In Gratitude, Jacquelyn

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