Weekly Writing Challenge: Power of Names
ith having a dozen named children, many have asked how we came up with names or if it was difficult with the younger ones to find names. I enjoy names. I enjoy finding the meaning of names. And with each of our children, we specifically chose names that had meaning – sometimes after someone; sometimes for the time we were in our lives. As these children grow up, I see how their names really fit them. I will share about our kid’s names, though with most of our children, I will just share about their middle names. They are in no particular order too.
Matthew Norman ~ Our “forever 16” year old son in heaven. Matthew means “Gift of God” and how often we do not realize what a treasure someone is til they are gone. His first name a Bible name; his middle name after his dad and grandpa. Though our Matthew was never a “tax collector” as the Matthew was in Scripture, he was one to be very inventive with ways of making money . . . and his heart was towards missions, even thinking of becoming a missionary pilot. I like to think that despite the way he died, his story is told to prayerfully prevent other kids from dying as he did – and in a sense, still a missionary.
Levi – our son born a couple years after Matthew was gone – and has the new name Jesus gave Matthew – Levi. He is not taking Matthew’s place. Levi means joining or adhere – and we are so thankful for him joining our family after such heartache.
Angela Hope – our daughter born still at 36 weeks. I cannot remember the name we originally had planned for her, but do remember her middle name was going to be Angela. We change it to Angela Hope – because of the hope we have in Jesus to see her again.
Bernard – our son’s middle name – named after his dad and grandpa.
Henry – our son’s middle name, after my grandpa. When he was young he used to think his middle name was either Hungry or Hurry ! :)
Faith – After going through a difficult time, switching churches, being criticized for “falling away” from legalistic Christianity, our faith still was strong.
Melody Grace – This name so goes together – After our daughter born still, because of God’s grace we were given a new melody in our home to allow our hearts to sing again.
Timothy – son named after an uncle and after Timothy in the Bible. Timothy means meaning honoring God, or dear to God, something I pray for all my children.
Louise & Jean – Middle names of twin daughters – named after both sides of family.
Heidi – named after the Heidi book – my favorite childhood book. She then named her daughter Elsie, after her favorite childhood book, Elsie Dinsmore.
Jessica Joy – I’ve written about her a lot on my blog. She’s my only child born at home and child who has triumphed through three open heart surgeries and gallbladder surgery. Jessica means “God beholds”. And joy – well you know that. Despite her heart surgeries and spinal problems, she is a joyful girl who radiates Jesus.
Rose – A daughter who truly has rosy cheeks, who loves to sing for Jesus.
I probably could write a book on all their names – so many stories came to mind with each of my children, how their names fit them – how really, God placed their names on our hearts to give them.