Friday, May 7, 2010

Show Us Your Life - Kid's Name

It has been a while since I have participated in the "Show Us Your Life" blog tour over at Kelly's Korner, but today's topic is kid's names. As most of you know, I am expecting Baby Girl #1 (see below) in a couple of weeks, and I thought I would share how Daniel and I decided on her name.





Meet Elizabeth "Scout"


First of all, here is some information about the names we chose for our baby girl.

Elizabeth:

From Elisabet, the Greek form of the Hebrew name Elisheva meaning "my God is a vow". In the Old Testament, Elisheva is the wife of Aaron. In the New Testament, the name is borne by a kinswoman of the Virgin Mary and mother of John the Baptist. It was also the name of the 12th-century Saint Elizabeth, by two ruling queens of England (the 16th-century Elizabeth I, and the current ruling queen, Her Majesty Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom), and by an empress of Russia. Elizabeth was Daniel's grandmother's middle name.

Scout:

Best known as a character in Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird". It means observer.



Now, deciding on a baby name is a very important decision. When I found out we were expecting, I purchased three or four different IPOD applications that were supposed to help you decide on the perfect name for your baby. I spent time going through hundreds of names and making a list of all the names I liked for a boy and a girl. One name I didn't find on any of the lists was the name Scout. I loved this name from the classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird", and I also used to babysit a precious little girl with this name. One night after we found out we were having a girl, Daniel and I were discussing names. I was reading him the names on my list to him and he was saying yes or no. When I came to Scout, he said, "Yes, I like Scout!" very enthusiastically. I thought this was great and so we decided that part of her name would be Scout. Now, finding a middle name to go with Scout and our last name was quite a challenge. So, against our better judgement, we decided to make Scout her middle name and decide on a first name. I really wanted a classic name name to go with Scout and since Daniel's grandmother's middle name was Elizabeth, this seemed to fit perfectly.

Baby Scout's Monogram


I just love the name we picked for our little girl, and I hope she loves it as much as I do. I have had so many different reactions when telling people the name that we have picked for our daughter. Some people immediately love it! Some people just say, "Well, that's different!"and I think some people walk away thinking, "Poor baby girl!". Only time will tell whose reaction is best!


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