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.


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.


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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