Baby Names: So Many Choices, So Little Time {A Link Up!}

Percy. Thomas. Perry. Phineas. Johnny Football. Pinkalicious and Madeline. Can you tell these most recent name suggestions came from my children?  Below, I share mine, but nosey rosey here wants to know why you chose yours. Link up your very own baby name post at the bottom. Can’t wait to read them!

Last week, I promised to give you the skinny on how we chose our children’s names. Someday, I hope my children read this post and catch a glimpse of their crazy parents and why we selected these names, just for them. Scott and I tend to be, shall we say, last-minute namers. We usually decide on a first name a few weeks out and then write down a whole host of middle name choices. During labor, we debate. At delivery, and just before we call the family, we finally put it in writing.

I know. This is shocking for someone who plans her entire life. We don’t even find out sex of the baby until the big moment. What can I say? It’s the world’s last surprise and it’s the one thing in life I let go. I’m crazy spontaneous like that.

Welcome to life, married to someone who is borderline OCD.

Names. Back to names.

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William Nicholas. Our first. Really, this ended up being our easiest name choice ever. To be honest, I couldn’t tell you what our choices were for a girl. Pregnancy brain. I was eight days overdue with Will. {Something I remind him of often.} I went in to see my OB and he stripped my membranes. Holy Mother of God that was painful. Of course, it was my first go on the parental merry-go-round so I just thought that was normal pain. NOT normal pain, y’all. Anyhoo, I ended up going into labor the night before my dad’s birthday and at 3:56 in the AM on March 27, I gave birth to the sweetest little guy. When we called my dad to tell him the news, I said, “Well Dad, we didn’t buy you a gift this year. Instead, we made you one.” As providence would have it, both the grandfathers were named William, so it was an easy first-name choice. We went back and forth on the middle name. Initially I thought Watters (family name of my great uncle) would be great, but Scott refused to have a kid with the initials WWW. Fair enough. I wanted Samuel, Scott wanted Nicholas. We hemmed and hawed and when we made the first family phone call, Scott said, “I like Nicholas. He’s the patron saint of children!” And so it was.

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John Paul Harris. After my miscarriage between the boys, we struggled with secondary infertility for a year. That was an incredibly difficult time in my life. The surrendering. The pain. The longing to be a mom again, to experience pregnancy again. To feel baby kicks again! Scott had a business trip scheduled to Italy and I simply had to accompany him. What kind of wife would I be if I let him enjoy gelato by himself? Not a very good one. Part of the trip included an audience with the Pope, then John Paul II. We were just inches away from him and we both swore that if God blessed us with another boy, his name would be John Paul. Two weeks after arriving home, the pregnancy test showed up positive. Name locked and loaded. We wanted him to have two first names, so for the middle name, we paid tribute to a dear role model in Scott’s life, John Harris. He and his wife Winnie were caretakers for Scott while his mom was away at work during his early years. They formed a pretty great man and the middle name seemed fitting. Now that John Paul has had seven ER visits, we’re realizing that it was a good thing we named him after such a strong saint. That boy needs some prayers.

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Anna-Laura Grace. We hopped back on the pregnancy train oh-so-soon after I gave birth to John Paul. There’s just 17 months between these two. Oh, how I prayed for a girl. When she arrived and everyone yelled out “it’s a girl!” my first reaction was: SHOW ME. The OB happily held her up by her feet and grinned. For years, I had selected the perfect girl’s name. We met a lovely Dominican Sister whom I absolutely adored; she had the most beautiful of names, Sr. Anna Laura. We knew she wouldn’t be able to take on the role of Godmother, so we named our daughter after her – the next best thing. Again, we wanted her to have two names, so we opted for Grace as her middle name. It was at this point my brother-in-law lamented, “Ease up on the names, you’re taking up the good ones two at a time!”

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Clare Rose. Scott and I do love us some Italy. When we visited St. Clare’s burial site, we fell in love with her name. The one without the “i”. I joke that only Catholics name their kids Clare, sans that vowel. It was just simple and perfect and beautiful. And, y’all know the love affair I have with St. Therese. When Scott and I were debating, er discussing, the middle name, we kept coming back to our favorite French saint. A novena and a blooming yellow rose in the middle of an Indiana winter brought us back to Texas, so it seemed fitting to name sweet Clare after that pretty flower. Even more fitting that she is our master flower picker. Coincidence? I think not.

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Luke Timothy. In an effort to avoid rewriting his entire birth history, I’ll go for the Cliff’s Notes. At 20 weeks gestation, we knew that things were going horribly wrong with the pregnancy. A slew of ultrasounds and genetic tests later and it was confirmed. We were NICU bound, only if we could get him big and fat enough. We decided to choose a name right at 21 weeks – for the boy, Luke, and for a girl, Elizabeth. Both St. Luke and St. Elizabeth Ann were powerful intercessors on his behalf during pregnancy. Monumental, really. In the delivery room, we were really struggling with a middle name for a boy. Scott opened up the Magnificat and saw that the readings of the day were from St. Luke and St. Timothy. Add to that Luke’s perinatologist was named Timothy and we knew we had our winner.

We’ve toyed with lots of names for this sweet babe in utero. Some days I totally feel like it’s a girl and then others I’m 100% convinced I’m carrying a boy. I’ve even looked at old belly photos. Truth be told? I am horribly bad when it comes to guessing the sex of the baby. I just never get “the feeling.” So, in ten weeks we’ll have our answer. And, you’ll hear our name.

Any good saints we should consider? What names do you love? We tend to be traditional (shocking) but I do love a good name story. I’m so wishing I had some of those lists of names we jotted down with each of the kids but OCD me recycled them all.

I expect to see names in the com box y’all.

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  1. whitney on February 19, 2014 at 7:45 am

    I’m a frequent reader, but today felt the need to post a comment when I actually laughed out loud in complete understanding of where you are coming from when you ask your kids, “What should we name the baby?”.

    I am 33 weeks pregnant with our third. We have two boys (ages 3.5 yrs and 2 yrs) and their name suggestions were VERY similar to those that you received: Thomas, Percy, Teddy (as in teddy bear) and my fave from the 2 yr old “chocolate candy.” 🙂

    This baby is a girl and we like the name Clare as well, just trying to decide on the spelling. Middle name is after my grandmother, Elaine.

  2. Lindsay on February 19, 2014 at 8:20 am

    We have Penelope Jane, Lucia Grace and Abram Vincent. For Lucia, I just always feel drawn to Sister Lucia of Fatima.
    For Saints I like:
    Maximilian Kolbe

    • Laura on February 21, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      I so love the name Maximilian and the saint! However, given our long and hard to pronounce last name and our ability to produce kids with speech disorders… .the SLPs have begged me never to use it! lol

  3. Debbie on February 19, 2014 at 8:34 am

    What wonderful stories. I always knew going in what my first son would be named. My husband is a 4th so our dear son is the 5th. Since I knew what our son would be named, I was given (mostly) free reign to name our daughter. She is Kate (just Kate as we say) although I love the name Catherine, I had a great aunt that I absolutely adored and she was Kate. Middle name – Siobhan (nod to the Irish side of the family). In terms of saints and other biblical greats, I like:

    Catherine (there are so many from which to choose)

    Have a wonderful day!

  4. verdina on February 19, 2014 at 9:17 am

    We have Leslie Anne (the priest who baptized her said that Mary’s mother spelled her name that way… and I believed him) and Christopher Alan (we just liked that combo).

    I like Elizabeth… I think you know I’m a convert and I was VERY shy in my early life. When I was being Confirmed (as a married adult), we were trying like crazy to become pregnant. I wanted to choose Elizabeth as my Confirmation name, but I was afraid someone would ask me why I chose that name, so I chose Mary.

    So, now, you know my secret!

    BTW, God answered my prayers for a baby with two adopted children. I now have 9 grandchildren!

    God bless!

  5. mbmom7 on February 19, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I have a host of saint names for my children. Our general rules were not to name after family ( we have huge families and naming after one person would get someone else upset that they were not chosen; also all my sisters have Mary or Marie in their names – I wanted variety instead!). I also didn’t want a name that would be contracted to a nickname.
    Mostly we followed these guidelines.
    I have Clare, Catharine, Sarah, Christopher, Nora, Peter, Brigid, Gregory, Linus, and Tabitha. Middle names I had some fun: Anastasia, Sophia, Elizabeth, Paul, Damaris, Ulysses, maria-therese, Finian, and Kateri.

    I would love to use Damien, Felix, Leo, Maeve, Verena, or Tatiana for#11 but my husband prefers less exotic saints. Have fun selecting the name for your newest blessing!

    • Kelsi on February 26, 2014 at 8:42 am

      I have a Finnian (after St. Finnian of Clonard). Finn for short. : ) I like that choice!

  6. Tess on February 19, 2014 at 9:37 am

    It’s so hard to pick a name! I’m 31 weeks pregnant with my first and my husband and I finally agreed on our names, but ohhhh man it was tough to decide. We have super different taste. I don’t know how we’ll ever be able to agree on names for other children!

  7. Lisa Schmidt on February 19, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Awesome stuff.

    Girl = Miriam
    Boy = I’ll keep thinking!

    You = how about a Baby Name Story link-up here? Would love to write up how we chose our names and link up with you!

    • Joel Schmidt on February 19, 2014 at 10:46 am

      The Whitakers think they’re last-minute namers? Nearly four months ago, we were debating boy names in the delivery room, soliciting input from close friends by text. Thank Heaven Lydia turned out to be a girl; had she been a boy, we might still be debating!

  8. Amber on February 19, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Growing up, I always loved the names Noah and Rebekah (spelled this way.) When I met and fell in love with the mister, Noah was immediately scratched- Noah Feller. I couldn’t do it to him. Although I had family suggest we name our first Ian Noah Feller and he could go by I. Noah Feller. Everyone’s a comedian! Hahaha!

    Brian and I ultimately chose names because of their meaning. Zachary- God has remembered (we also struggled with conceiving our first)
    Caden- Warrior/Strong

    Brenna- Princess (Irish form)
    Corinne- Maiden (also after a great grandmother Cora)

    Mitchell- Who is like God!
    Caine- Son of the fighter (because I knew he would have to be a fighter throughout life).

    Good luck! I love picking names but think it carries such responsibility/pressure. 🙂

  9. Gina on February 19, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Well, I have Michael Joseph and Matthew John! You haven’t used three of those four names yet! We tend to like the biblical, traditional names too. Michael is a Junior, and that is what Mike wanted, and Matthew is named after both of his Great Grandpas, and John was my Dad’s name. I had Madison and Rachel picked out as girls names, but never got to use them. So, there you have it! 🙂 Good luck! I’m sure whatever name you pick out will be perfect and have a story behind it!

  10. Colleen Martin on February 19, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I would love to offfer you help, but I can’t even help myself!! Our #6 is due in a month and the name game is one of the most challenging I’ve ever played!

  11. Beth (A Mom's Life) on February 19, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I am partial to:

    Elizabeth (me)
    Daniel (my husband)
    Peter (my son)
    Sarah (my daughter)
    Rebecca (my other daughter currently in utero and being prayed for mightily by all the Saints I can think to ask intercession from!)

    I’m sure you guys will come up with the perfect name! And at least your kids didn’t add Ferb to the list!

  12. Jenna on February 19, 2014 at 10:46 am

    We have baby boy’s 1st name picked – I left that one up to the hubby. His name will be Briar. All of our kids have 2 middle names which is making it more difficult to chose with the more children we have. I love biblical names but I am also a strong believer in family names. My oldest is Emma Margaret-Ann (middle after her great grandmothers),
    Aidan (love Irish names) Loren Patrick (great grandfather’s name) Ava Laura-Belle (great great grandma’s name)
    Lucy (I wanted Clare but my husband fought me on that – we agreed on Lucy and it fits her perfectly) Leigha Fay (husbands middle name lee my middle name Fay – also my grandfathers name).
    Then came Jenson (I had a dream that I had her and people came to visit and I told them her name – they said where did that come from – my name (maiden) Jenna Johnson and my best friend Jennifer Olson – took the “Jen” from our first names and the “son” from our last names and got Jenson) Brenna Joe (brenna is Brian and Jenna combined and Joe is Brian’s uncle that passed away from cancer at a young age)
    Now we have Briar coming and I am trying to find 2 middle names. Our brothers are Michael, Luke (Lucas), and Zachary. Our priest right now is Father Tim and he has been such a blessing to our church and the school. So I like Timothy as well. Another family name I like is Cole. Oh I can’t decide!
    Sorry I am no help!

    • Molly on February 20, 2014 at 5:42 am

      Jenna, use father Tim’s name, we miss him so…and Kathryn is such a blessing as a momma, so it could be Briar Luke Timothy 😉 love it! Miss you tons!

      • Jenna on February 20, 2014 at 9:18 am

        His initials would be BLT! Ha! My little blt. I like it! Miss you too Molly – and the rest of your gorgeous fam! Thanks for the suggestion!

  13. Lara Merritt on February 19, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Kathryn Elizabeth or Elizabeth Kathryn
    Mary Kate or Mary Kathryn
    Ryan Joseph
    Matthew Ryan

  14. Kelly Kaczmarczyk on February 19, 2014 at 11:08 am

    My son’s name is Salvatore Thomas Kaczmarczyk (kazz-mare-ick). He’s named after my grandfather from Sicily who served in WWII and liberated concentration camps. My dad, my brother-in-law, and my husband’s grandfather all share the name Thomas for either a first or middle name. He was originally going to be Anthony Salvatore, or Oliver. If he had been a girl, Amelia Ruth.

    PS: I also tried really hard to name him Don Salvatore but that never passed with my husband.

  15. Amelia @ One Catholic Mama on February 19, 2014 at 11:18 am

    You have some great names there!! I love your stories about choosing them

    Here are my suggestions

    Amelia (had to throw that one in there 🙂
    Sarah (must be with an ‘h”)!
    Mary Therese
    Mary Anne
    Mary Grace
    Some other combination of Mary with something else.



    I could go on and one. I love picking names. It’s so much fun. I’d name everyone’s baby if they let me. LOL

  16. Heather on February 19, 2014 at 11:21 am

    We like to recycle names :). Grace Anne, Erin Elizabeth, Mary Regina, Anne Lauren, John Andrew, and Andrew James.

  17. James on February 19, 2014 at 11:21 am

    So many people like the obscure saints that they forget the “classics”.

    I notice there’s no Mary/Marie/Maria/Miriam yet—and you call yourselves Catholic! 🙂

    Mary Kathryn or Marie Kathryn work well.

    James is an excellent name for a boy, although it can be annoyingly common. But he will be Google-proof.

    Joseph and Mark are good names too.

  18. Donna O'Brien Forbes on February 19, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Eleanor Yvonne
    Matthew David
    Michael Joseph

    • Sarah on February 21, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      I have both a Michael Joseph (8) and a Matthew David (9 months)!! You have great taste!

      • Donna O'Brien Forbes on February 22, 2014 at 5:35 am

        I also have a Clarabel (Clara) Rose!

  19. Jenelle on February 19, 2014 at 11:33 am

    At 12 weeks, on St Martha’s day 2013, we found out that our beautiful first baby had anencephaly. She would likely either die before or during birth.

    We made the decision right then and there to give her everything we could for her life. We found out at 18 weeks, she would be a girl. We already knew the name we wanted, which was different to the other names we had picked out beforehand. We decided on –

    Josephine Martha

    Josephine after ‘my pope’ Pope Benedict (Joseph Ratzinger) and our parish priest who has looked after us so well, Fr Joe. The priest who married us was also a Fr Joe! We gave her Martha, because her diagnosis was on St Martha’s day.

    We later realized that her due date was actually the Feast Day of St Josephine Bakhita! A very strong woman like our beautiful Josephine. It was an amazing blessing.

    Josephine was in charge the whole time and decided to meet us earlier than we anticipated. We watched the sun come up in my hospital room and then got a Facebook message from a friend.. “Today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe!” A few hours after that message, Josephine was born on December 12, 2013. Her daddy baptized her and she lived for 81 beautiful minutes!

    I have received so many comments on how beautiful her name was and it really suited her!

  20. Kathryn on February 19, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I love baby name stories! Jonathan Patrick Robert–It is family tradition to name a grandson by reversing the name of grandpa. Grandpa is Patrick John and our oldest is Jonathan Patrick because I wanted him to have his own name. And since one is never guaranteed another son he got the added middle name Robert after his other grandpa.

    Anna Carol Elizabeth–Anna (pronounced On-na) is after her great grandmother Anna (ann-a) but I liked the German pronunciation better. Carol for my dear godmother and the middle name of her grandmother. Elizabeth is my grandmother’s name and the name of my great grandmother, great great grandmother (you get the picture).

    Kieran Thomas Arthur–Kieran is an Irish saint and in an irish family it seems all the common names were already taken. Thomas after daddy and Arthur after great grandpa.

    I like the name Siobhan for a girl (Irish of course!) and Patrick for a boy.

  21. Mike on February 19, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Except for Zachary, our names are what we like, within a few parameters. We like traditional Catholic names, not difficult to spell or with multiple pronunciations, and which are clearly “boy” or “girl”.

    Grace Ann – Grace because she was our first “gift from God” and Ann for the mother of Mary.

    Eldon Zachary- Our one first name that’s not a traditional Catholic name, but he is now the fifth first born Knox boy with that name. That’s a big deal. Zachary got us our traditional name, and lets face it, there were a limited number of names that fit well between “Eldon” and “Knox”.

    Elizabeth Therése- Good, saint names and they go well together. Although we broke our “ambiguous pronunciation” rule a little with Therése.

    Katherine Maria and Clare Rebecca- Intentionally went with same consonant sound for the twins, different letter, why was that important? No idea. Maria and Rebecca were to honor our mothers. Rebecca is Erica’s Mom’s middle name. Katherine was supposed to be Katherine Margaret, my mom’s middle name, but they were born on the Feast of St. Maria Gorretti, and my Mom’s name is Mary, so we made a list minute switch to Maria.

    Leo James – Like Elizabeth, two good saint names we thought went together, and James is Erica’s Dad’s middle name, so we finally managed to get in a nod to all four of our parents through our kid’s names.

    Right after Leo was born, a cousin of mine had her 8th kid and 6th boy, they named him Blaize. I still have a little name envy on that one. Blaize Knox… man that would be a great name!

  22. JMcD on February 19, 2014 at 11:40 am

    We have a Riley Aaron and a Bridget Shea – both good Irish names associated with awesome saints. We also considered Brigid.

  23. Mary Therese on February 19, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Mine are:
    Marita Therese – After my best friend, Marita, who died of a brain tumor when we were twenty as well as St. Thérèse of Lisieux.
    Eamon (Irish for Edward and Edmund) Thomas – After his two uncles – including my brother, Thomas who died at the age of 16 from cancer, as well as his two grandfathers, both Thomas.
    Malachy John – After St. Malachy (Irish) and St. John the Evangelist.
    Majella Catherine – After St. Gerard Majella (patron saint of unborn babies and motherhood) and St. Cathérine Labouré as well as her aunt (my husband’s sister, Catherine) who also, sadly, died as a child. I wanted to call her “Majella Jane,” but I was overruled which is okay as I love St. Cathérine Labouré since I visited Rue de Bac in Paris.

    My other favorites are:
    Ignatius Anthony
    Jacinta Marie (Jacinta is one of the visionaries from Fatima)
    Mary Agnes
    Peter James (nicknamed “Rock”) 🙂

    Good luck and God bless you!

  24. Jenni on February 19, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Well you know ours. But I am always partial to St. Dominic whether it is Dominic or Dominica. Regina (I am not a big Mary, Marie, Maria fan so I needed something else) Angelica is named after Mary Queen of the Angels and Fra Angelico. Peter George after Pier Giorgio. We couldn’t name home Pier Giorgio Helgoth. Kateri Jane: Bl Jane is St. Dominic’s mother. I have lots of forms of Catherine in my family but no Kateris. Louis Alan. I wanted to name a son after Blake. But no St. Blake. When Blake was a Dominican, he was br. Louis Marie. Alan is his middle name. Rose magdalene: oh how we hemmed and hawed. My sister is Katie Rose. I have two great grandma Roses. Even though the name was prepicked, she was born on the feast of St. Mary Magdalene and baptized on the feast of St. Rose.

  25. Elda on February 19, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    If I had named my daughter (only child) after her Grandmothers, she would have been Santa Maria…to be followed by Madre de Dios…..all thru life. So she’s Ashlee with 2 e’s. 😉
    Have a great day.

  26. Jamaica on February 19, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I’m not sure I’ve ever actually commented here before, but your blog is very inspiring and I love talking baby names. Our first was a preemie too, born at 28 weeks with a too long NICU stay, but the upside of that is my husband felt so bad for me I got to name my son after him like I wanted too! So, he is James Gabriel, also born on James street with a view of st. James cathedral out his NICU window so, obviously meant to be! Our first two daughters were named before we ever had children because my husband promised two saints he would name his first two daughters after them in return for favors, luckily they are beautiful names and what could I say? They are Cecilia Mariana and Rita Marie-Therese. I did stipulate no more promises after that though and we named the next two together, Helena Rose (goes by Nellie) and Benedict Gerard. Benedict because I tossed all night before his scheduled arrival and every time I woke up I heard clear as day ” my name is Bhad preeclampsia again with him, so st. Gerard was our guy.

  27. Jamaica on February 19, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Sorry, that was really long, and somehow got a little messed up, hopefully you got the gist 🙂

  28. Karen on February 19, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    My husband’s last name is monosyllabic and is a real name-killer. Many wonderful names are eliminated because of it. 🙁

    I really wanted Mary Catherine for my daughter (Mary – anything really) but my husband vetoed Mary (sob…) and he selected Evelyn for Eve. She is Evelyn Rose.

    I really dislike most boy names, they all seem so trendy, so for my second, I opened a baby name book, started with A, and ended when I found Andrew. He is Andrew John for his grandfather and it’s perfect.

    We are now having another boy (lovely, except for the required boy name). If it had been a girl we would have used “Anne Marie” as the first name, no middle name. But I have decided upon James for my little one. I think it’s a strong name and pairs well with our unfortunate last name. My husband is angling for Wesley or Aaron. Um, no. We have five months to go and probably still will have a problem converging on this one.

    • Sarah on February 21, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Matthew is a fantastic non-trendy boys name.

      • Karen on February 21, 2014 at 3:03 pm

        I appreciate your interest and I love Matthew, but at some point he would be called Matt by someone. My husband’s name-eating last name is “Tang” and and Matt Tang is nails on a chalkboard to me, not to mention saying it out loud you can’t even tell what the name is (am I saying a first and last name? Or just some randomly created first name). Same problem with shortened versions of Thomas (my fave), Peter, ugh. I so badly want to switch the entire family to my last name, which is hardly better given that it was constantly made of while I was growing up. But at least it’s not a first-name killer.

  29. Audrey on February 19, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Oh Baby names, I have 4 boys and it was definitely tricky by the time we were trying to find a name for the littlest. To be honest, I’m still not sure if we chose the right one for him. We also like more classic biblical names, with the middle name being the one that holds a family connection. I have Joshua Scott, Benjamin George, Ethan Joseph, and Lucas Charles. Anything there helpful? I love Elizabeth Ann (after Elizabeth Ann Seton) for a girl. Hoping for a little girl for you to even out the brood. I’ve so enjoyed watching your pregnancy progress and pray for an easy delivery for you!

  30. Amy on February 19, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Just love your blog and the stories of how you name your kids. We went a similar route. Our oldest is Matthew Jude. For just Jude is the significant name as we found out (after the fact) that a number of people were praying to St. Jude for my husband and I to meet and start a family. Only befitting that we name our first son after this wonderful Saint. We still pray to him every night. I know we have seen him touch and influence the life of our family.

    Our second child is loosely named after my father-in-law (Peter). Our son is Parker (which plays to my husband’s love of comic books as well – Peter Parker anyone?) He also has a middle name that starts with a J – Jacob (as my father’s name starts with a J – James).

    If we ever had a girl we had Emily Clare or Isabel Sophia selected.

    Have fun naming!!!

    • Emily on February 26, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      I’m just scrolling through the comments and had to stop because I’m Emily Clare! 🙂

  31. Nadine on February 19, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    My children have names after their grandparents:

    Noah Gabriel (grandfather Griffith)
    Caroline Lily (grandmother Lillian)
    Amelia Claire (grandmother Meliscent)

    I love all of your names so far!

  32. Laura on February 19, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I realize this article is not about this … but I keep wondering when you are going to post about how you are (or are not) re-arranging the kids rooms to fit in the new baby? I am sure you have it all super-organized and cute! Let us see! And good luck with deciding on names!

  33. Lisa on February 19, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    With your love of all things A&M – you really should consider Kyle. Not only does it work for a boy or girl but might pacify whoever thought Johnny Football would be a good name 🙂

  34. Wanda on February 19, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I can only help you with stories of girl names since we have 4! Our oldest is Elizabeth June. I have always loved Elizabeth and June is my mother’s middle name. Our second is Julia Ann. My husband’s only sister is Julia Ann and Ann is my middle name. She is also the godmother. Daughter #3 is Caitlin Rebecca. We wanted a Catherine, but there was already a close niece with that name, so we went with the Welsh of Catherine….Caitlin. Rebecca just fit so well. Our last is Mary Allison. She was born during the Marion year of the Church so that was easy. I had to fight for the Allison though. We lost 4 babies and interestingly enough…. In the early days of sonos….. Our first 3 daughters were supposed to be boys!!!!

  35. Meggan on February 19, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    My husband made me promise before we were married that our first boy would be named after him. He’s Joseph IV, but he and his dad both go by Jay. I agreed, but only if we called him Joseph. So he’s Joseph Pegues V. The funny thing is, he came out looking just like a Joseph! As part of our “agreement”, I got to choose the name for our second. I knew it would be Bailey (my maiden name) no matter whether we had a boy or a girl. When we found out we were having a boy, I was especially excited about Bailey because everyone called my paternal grandfather Bailey. So, it has dual significance. His middle name is William because we both have uncles named William.

  36. Bailey on February 19, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I love hearing how people choose names for their kids! I have a fairly unique name and that is something I wanted for my kids. I really enjoy having a name that is different but not weird, so that is always my goal when choosing a name. Another goal was giving our kids names that mean something. Different, but not made up!

    Our sons names are Gabriel and Blaise, after the Archangel and the Saint. Gabriel was an easy choice for us but I debated with Blaise the entire time I was pregnant with him. I was worried it was too different. The thing that finally sealed it for me was a funny coincidence. Gabriel’s birthday is 5 days after the Feast of the Annunciation. Blaise was due in early February and I ended up having my induction scheduled for February 8th, 5 days after St. Blaise’s feast day. It just seemed right after that. I’m SO glad we decided to go with it. It suits him so perfectly. Gabriel’s middle name is Alan, which is my dad’s middle name, and Blaise’s is Alexander, which was my great-grandfather’s name (and honestly, I just liked the way it sounded!).

    Our third child, a girl, is named Laina. I couldn’t find a saint name that struck me with her so she is kind of named after my great-grandmother. Her name was Helena but everyone called her Lena. I considered spelling it Lena and pronouncing it Lay-na but I knew she would be forever correcting people. So we just spelled it like it sounds and I love it! Her middle name is Elizabeth, which is my middle name and was always planned for our first girl. Her name would have been Liam if she had been a boy. If we have a 4th, I’m still very fond of that name, though it’s a little more trendy than I’d like!

  37. Nicole on February 19, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Oh how I love a good name story. My parents named me because they liked the name. No other particular reason. When we were picking names, we wanted names that you wouldn’t really shorten (like Susan turns to Susie, Thomas turns to Tommy, etc.). We wanted their names to be their names.

    My son is named Carson Joffrey. We are proud of our Scandanavian heritage, and the name Carson was one we considered long before we were married. His middle name is after his uncle, so they share the same middle name.

    My daughter is named Soren Johanna (Soren rhymes with Lauren, and her middle name is pronounced Jo-hahn-na). If we had stuck with what my then just turned 2 yr old would have named her, she would have been named Red – after his favorite color. Soren again is a nod to our heritage, but it’s traditionally a boy’s name. We liked the name Lauren, but it was too common for us. Her middle name is after both her paternal grandmother’s middle name, and my sister’s first name. Long before we were married we knew that if we ever had a girl, her middle name was locked in.

    I love both of my kids’ names, and think they suit them so well.

    Now the next post should be what nicknames you have for your kids – ours are Rascal for my son and LuLu for my daugther. 🙂

  38. Catholic Lawyer Mama on February 19, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    We have a Robert Michael, a Joshua Raphael, and an Anthony Gabriel. My husband and I have a particular affinity for the archangels, so that is where the middle names come from. Made that decision very easy-peasy. As to the first names, Robert is after my husband, Joshua was because we liked the name and Old Testament Joshua is pretty darn awesome, and Anthony was after my brother. So, while we probably don’t get points for creativity, we ended up with some pretty awesome names. And plagiarism is just another way of saying ‘imitation is the greatest form of flattery’, right? 🙂

  39. Babs on February 19, 2014 at 3:50 pm


    I of course second the motion for Johnny Football and I absolutely LOVED reading the story behind each of your children’s names!

    I looked to see if there was a saint associated with the name I love but alas, there is not. And given that you already have a John in John Paul, this will be an even harder sell, but I would love for you to name your baby Jack if a little boy arrives. I gave my sweet baby that name because I feel it projects feelings of strength, stability, decisiveness, and trust-worthiness. And of course I’d be honored for his memory to live on through new birth in your amazing household.

    If a little girl arrives, I recommend Charlie Beth after my grandmother’s sister. I always wanted to honor her memory by naming my next baby after her – -what a sweet southern name for a little beauty who loves herself some fightin’ Texas Aggie football, baby, yeah!!!!

    • Kathryn on February 19, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      Oh Babs if only we didn’t already have a Jack! My grandfather has that awesome name and my brother (stinker) used it recently for our nephew. Can’t go stealing it now. My SIL got pregnant first, so she wins. But, know that it’s a cherished name around these parts!

  40. Mamabearjd on February 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Ok I’m so private I can’t even share my 4 kids’ names anonymously in a com box! Except I will say that I’m about to give birth to Michael, and his middle name is after our priest and it is very unusual. People (including grandparents) make ” the face” when we say it.

    I wanted Dominic, but that’s our cat! I also lobbied for Benedict James, and thought Felix was pretty awesome. We have a girl named after the girl character in To Kill A Mockingbird, but our boys all have traditional names.

  41. Momof4 on February 19, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I love your blog and your love of all things Catholic and Aggie. My husband is a BIG Aggie (he and all of our boys graduated from A&M and our daughter will graduate in December) and he wanted to name our second son Bryan Kyle! We compromised and named him Andrew Kyle. Our first son is named after his grandfathers, our third son is named after an uncle, and our daughter has a biblical feminine name with the middle name of one of her great-grandmothers. Only two had their name before delivery!

  42. Katie on February 19, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    I added my link above–I just posted about this last week!

  43. Theresa on February 19, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Selecting baby names is always fun for me, I just never got to use any of the ones I chose. I promised myself that a middle name (boy or girl) would be “Boekee” as in a bouquet of flowers. This is my mom’s maiden name & was not carried on because she has 3 sisters. I wanted the name to continue. I love the names Sebastian for a boy and Catherine Therese for a girl.
    May Our Blessed Mother watch over and protect you during these last weeks, your labor & delivery.

  44. Pauline on February 19, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I am adding to the list because I haven’t seen my families names.

    Me- Pauline Louise
    Hubby- Tracy Alan
    #1 son – Spencer Francis
    #2 son – Dane Alan

    You may feel free to use any if these names.

    God Bless

  45. Kristen on February 19, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Love all the baby name ideas! We are trying for number two right now and boy does this get me in the right headspace!
    We have a James Logan (goes by Logan) – he is the fifth James in my husband’s family. We debated up until we arrived at the birthing center whether his official name would be James Logan or Logan James. Husband went with tradition! He had picked out the name Logan for his first son before we met and told me it about it on our first date. I love Irish names so it was a go!
    If he would have been a she, we were going with Camille Avery or Avery Camille. The other names in the running were Matilda, Madeline and Hannah.
    Next boy is probably going to be Conor, I named my first baby doll Conor when I was three. My mom told me she doesn’t know where I knew that name from since I had never heard it before, so it must be inspired!

  46. Connie on February 19, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    My heart is still ad humbled reading this as the day I found our you were naming JP after the Pope and John Harris – my grandfather and one of the most honest men to ever walk the earth! Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for this honor! I love Team Whitaker

  47. Bethany on February 19, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    I love thinking of baby names! Its so much fun to be able to give a name to this little person you’ve carried inside you for so many months. The names we chose for each of our four boys all have a story behind them, though too long to share here. They all have at least one name after a family member, and we have chosen biblical (mostly) names for the first name. We prayed about each of our children’s names before picking them out, asking God to guide us in our choice.
    David Anthony (Anthony of Padua)
    Zachary Thomas (Thomas Aquinas; Zachary from Zachariah in the Bible)
    Felix Joseph (Felix of Cantalice and the great St. Joseph; Felix is also a name of a person in the Bible)
    Tobiah Stephen (st. Stephen, the first martyr)

    Good luck in picking out the perfect name for this newest addition!

    God bless!

  48. Yvette on February 20, 2014 at 7:15 am

    I don’t often comment but do love reading your blog. My children are older than yours, we too had six: one girl and 5 boys.
    When I was in school a lovely girl in my class was Siobhan, a name that was beautiful, exotict and Gaelic for Joan, so a strong woman’s saint’s name and as a recent convert I had to have Maria as a middle name.
    My husband’s Dad passed away when he was in his early 20’s and I promised that our first son would be called after him, hence Micheal Kieran.
    Daniel was chosen for our very premature baby as he had to fight for life many times. His first night he was baptised and as we were asked for his middle name, we looked at the priest walking this path with us, Fr Thomas, and Thomas was most appropriate. Daniel needed that name and taught us a lot as he lost his fight aged 4. Alexander John was also a NICU baby and more strong men of faith guided us in name choices.
    Declan James was our fifth and Sean Vincent our sixth.
    We always had girls names at the ready and they were easier to choose as we had used so many lovely boys ones.
    May you, your baby and the rest of the family receive all the blessings you need at this happy time.

  49. Meredith on February 20, 2014 at 8:38 am

    I love this post and am looking forward to the name you pick. Our kids names are:
    John Henry, we call him Jack. John for my husband and uncle and Henry for a beloved uncle who passed away.
    Katherine Jude, Kate….. Katherine for my mother and grandmother’s middle name and Jude for St,. Jude. I have prayed to St. Jude since I’m a child and Jude is my Confirmation name.
    Madeleine Grace…. After my MIL.

    I vote for Jude! It’s good for a boy or a girl and it honors a wonderful saint:)

  50. Stacy Duval Woodruff on February 20, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Names are hard! For Travis, I wrote down a list of names that I liked, and then Brad and I went back through that list together, and he picked a couple from those choices. Up until a couple weeks before delivery, we weren’t sure if he would be Travis James, or Austin James. Both of my grandfathers were named James, so that was kind of a given.
    For Alanna, her name was chosen when I was in sixth grade. That year, I read a book called Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce, and I swore that my first girl would be named Alanna. My little sister also loved the series of books, and wanted to use the name as well. We would argue over who would name their kid Alanna. When we found out that the twins were a boy and a girl, I called my little sister to tell her, and she asked if I would be using the name Alanna. I told her I would be, and she asked if I remembered that in the books, Alanna also had a twin brother. I had forgotten, but it’s like it was meant to be. I didn’t name my boy twin after the book, though.
    When you have twins, the doctors refer to the babies as Baby A and Baby B. Well, since Travis was born, his nickname has been Baby Bee or Sugar Bee.Obviously, Alanna was Baby “A”, and we already had a Baby B(ee) with Travis, so I decided we needed a Baby C. So I went through the list of C names, and picked the ones I liked , and then Brad went over them and narrowed it down. So we got Carson. For the middle names of the twins, Alanna got Beth, after my Granny Ann. Ann was the lady who adopted my mom and her sister when their mom got too sick with MS to take care of them. Ann’s given name was Elizabeth Ann, and she was one of the best people I’ve ever known. I wish she’d had a chance to meet my kids. So, we were thinking about middle names for Carson, and we realized that we had Alanna Beth (AB), and we had Carson (C), so his middle name needed to begin with a D, and so we wound up with Carson Dean.
    When we adopt one more girl some day, if she is young enough for us to name her, I would like to name her Emily Faith, after a dear friend who was killed in a car wreck last year, along with her husband and unborn twins. But, if she’s older, I will just have to give up on naming babies, and stick with making unhelpful suggestions to friends and family.

  51. Jeanette on February 20, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I think all of your children have wonderful names, and I am looking forward to hearing what you choose for your newest addition. I am also a very organized/planner type person, and we also have always had the gender be a delivery room surprise. It is so much fun that way. We prefer biblical/traditional names, and names that are gender specific (rather than unisex names). We have a James Charles, after my father in law and brother in law, Abigail Grace, my favorite girls’ name from as far back as I can remember, Michael Anthony, after my dad and my other brother in law, and Julia Noel, my husband’s favorite girl name. We are now hoping for #5, but used up a lot of our favorite names. We are out of dad’s and brothers, so will need a new paradigm for boy naming (Grandpa’s have names like Elmer, not really our style). We also have a really hard time agreeing on girl names so it will be interesting to see what we come up with for any future kiddos! Thanks for sharing your naming stories with us.

  52. Kimberly on February 21, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Okay…as a mother of 5, I learned:

    1. Finding out the sex of the baby beforehand does make shopping more fun. Just sayin’. 😉
    2. I’d had enough of the family giving me their “opinions” about names before the babies were born. By the time I had # 4, we knew it was a boy, but refused to tell anyone the name until he was born. Then nobody could complain since the ink was long dried on the birth certificate and hospital records. But be prepared. My sweet MIL STILL complained about the spelling of our daughter’s name. Sheesh!
    3. Don’t feel like you HAVE to pick a family name. Good Lord…my grandpa wanted my brother’s name to be Virgil Norbert Cordero IV. Yes…the 4th. My dad said, “Um…HELL NO.” But my grandpa was upset until the day he died about it. So yeah…family might get a little pissy.

    Our kids names are:
    Joshua David (all first born boys are given their father’s first name as their middle name on my husband’s side). Joshua is because he was the leader of Israel.
    Rebecca Claire (I love St. Claire of Assisi…yes…the spelling…I know!), and it was either Rachel or Rebecca (Rebecca obviously won)
    Christina Mary (I wanted Mary as the first name and Christina as the middle name, but a niece was born first and beat us to it. Oh well!)
    Gabriel Paul (so I originally wanted Noah, and my husband said, “No way…that’s a name for an old man!” I tried to tell him Noah started out as a baby, but he refused to budge. So I researched saints’ names for 2 days, emailed my hubby at work and said, “How about Gabriel, and then Paul after the apostle?” Hubby said, “I LIKE IT.” Whew!
    Theresa Ellen…she was named after my MIL and St. Therese of Lisieux. Yes, my MIL raised a stink because she was named after St. Teresa of Avila (and it’s spelled without the “h.”) I told her we wanted it this way because that’s what we had decided. Ellen is after my husband’s maternal grandmother. So I told MIL dear that she should be happy we named grandchild #16 after her, AND her mother. She stopped complaining after that. 🙂

    Have fun!

    • Claire Rebecca on February 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      That’s so funny, my name is Claire Rebecca! It was actually going to be Rebecca Claire until the delivery room, then there were three nurses named Rebecca so my parents switched it at the last minute.

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  54. Claire Rebecca on February 22, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Good girl names might be Margaret Mary, Agnes, Catherine, or Juliana (for St. Juliana Falconeri)
    Boy names are harder. Peter or Thomas, perhaps?

  55. Christy S. on February 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    We didn’t find out the gender with either of our kids, and were last-minute namers ourselves. Brooklyn, age 3, insisted that Baby 2’s name was “Colonel Frog-Catcher” during my entire pregnancy. Her name is Vivienne Faye, but now you know that F is really for Frog-Catcher! 🙂
    Can’t wait to see what name you come up with!

  56. Melody on February 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I haven’t gotten to name a baby yet (soon hopefully!) but I’ll share my list with you! 🙂

    Cecilia Judith (St. Cecilia and my mother)
    Monica Mary (St. Monica and my husband’s mother and both his grandmothers)
    Jude Thomas (St. Jude and my father in law who just passed away)
    Oliver Francis (St. Oliver and I just like Francis haha)

    We’ve yet to find a Saint who’s name goes well with my father’s name: Donald. Haha. Can’t wait to name some of our babies! 🙂

    Your other children all have beautiful names so I’m sure whatever you pick will be perfectly suited to him or her! 🙂

  57. Cat W. on February 22, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Ha, I totally agree with you about the Clares without the i’s. I know a handful of them, all Catholic! And one of my friends named her baby Clare Therese, which is of course in the same vein of yours.

    As for your next baby, I think you need an Elizabeth in there somewhere. I worked with a lady who has a girl named Faith-Ann, and for whatever reason, I’ve always loved that. As for a boy, based on all your other names, I think you need a Peter. Peter Joseph. Not sure how much more Catholic you can get from there.

  58. Micaela @ California to Korea on February 23, 2014 at 12:05 am

    I love baby names, but we are late-namers, too. Mostly I throw out names and my (wonderful) hubby vetoes. We’ve gone into labor 4 times with a middle name chosen (because we use that to honor a family member) and then 2 options for the first name.

    Gianna Maria (Maria for both her grandmothers)
    Aliya Elizabeth (Elizabeth for her great grandmother)
    Gabriel Thomas (Thomas for my dad)
    Ezekiel Lawrence (Lawrence fur my hubby’s dad)

    Of course there are great stories behind each, all of which I wrote about in my recent birth stories posts. I’ll link all 4 above, but feel free to scroll down to the naming parts. 🙂 I think I linked them to you before anyway when you were looking for birth inspiration.

  59. Mary on February 24, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Love all your names!!

    Therese has always been in the running for us but I’m not sure we’ll ever get to use it as we seem to be good at boy-making! I also love Lucy, Miriam, Bridget, Kateri, Ruth…

    For boys, we’ve considered Fulton, Maximilian, Raphael. Now you have me wanting to have a baby just so we can use those awesome names 🙂

    • Amy on February 24, 2014 at 11:27 am

      I just love the name Fulton! I may have to steal this some day 😉

  60. Amy on February 24, 2014 at 9:33 am

    My kiddos names are
    Lillian Faith
    Kyle Patrick
    Carson Henry
    Meredith Joy
    and Eleanor Grace
    If we have another baby the new names I like are
    Felicity Hope, Clare Hope, or Callista Hope
    and Grant William, or Luke William

  61. Caitlin on February 24, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Beautiful stories and name! I especially love the name Clara Rose!

  62. Jennifer bullinger on February 25, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Blaise Christopher. Both saint names and both strong names. Blaise because my husband thought of it and I loved how different it was. We already had three boys so deciding on a forth was tough. We picked Christopher because it is a Catholic saints name and after our friend who died this past year. We wanted to honor him and his memory. He was a war hero who loved his country more than his own life.

  63. Ali Duggan on February 25, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Thanks again for such a fun and interesting way to get to know one another.

    Maria Teresa Goretti is my absolute favorite saint and has been for so many years because of her purity and her forgiving, kind heart. I think it’s a beautiful name – and hey, she’s got the Italy connection you like so much! 😉 We’re considering all kinds of baby girl names right now, which is why I suppose I jumped right to you potentially having a girl.

    (Btw, Padre Pio is my favorite male saint… so how about Francesco for a boy? Hehe.)

    Good luck choosing a name – so happy to have found your blog so I can now follow along! 🙂

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  65. Joanne @ Our ABC Life on February 26, 2014 at 4:41 am

    I LOVE talking about baby names but I cannot imagine debating names in the delivery room!!! Our names are picked out before the baby even is a baby just so there can be no arguing. We have a back log of boy names that are AWESOME but the girls just keep on coming. I will admit I was not a super fan of our baby girl name Monica Magdalene during the second half of the pregnancy but I thought well if it is a boy then I won’t have to worry about it. But baby was a girl so Monica it is and every time I hear my husband talk to her and call her that I know it was the right name for her!

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  67. Kelsi on February 26, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Well, I’m a new mom so baby names are fresh on the brain! We went with Finnian after St. Finnian of Clonard (Finn for short). I’m LOVING Joachim (Mary’s Father whom we so often forget). Gemma. Gianna. Leo. Owen. And could someone PUH-lease use Perpetua!?! Of Felicity, of course. The two go hand-in-hand. How about Felicity Perpetua. *Sigh* Sebastian is always a winner. Collete. Camilla. Quintin (Quintin Francis is on my list : )) Xavier.

    Ok…well those are my ramblings. Some traditional. Some not so. I’ve also heard some great ones lately like Kateri. Or Avila (instead of Therese. So sweet). Names are so much fun!

  68. Rachael on February 26, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    I love talking baby names!! Our babies have all been adopted through foster care but we were blessed with newborns that we were able to name.

    First is Cecilia Kenley. Cecilia from St Cecilia… we’ll technically from the local parish (but not our pariah) named for the saint. We were there for a fish fry years before kids (maybe before we were married?) I casually mentioned that I liked the name. Hubby agreed and we were set. Her middle name is Kenley to honor my father Kenneth who passed away when I was a teen.

    Next is Abraham Kenton. More after Lincoln than a saint but it checked out as a saint name so we were once again set. For his middle name we decided to go with another “ken” name. My sisters and I all have the same middle name but its spelled different (Kathlene, Kathleen, Kathleene). I liked that we have a common name even after marriage. Plus it’s always a fun topic of conversation. So we settled on Kenton.

    For any future babies that we’re blessed to name we have a couple names floating around.

    Louisa Kenney (Lulu)
    Francis Kenzie (Frankie)
    Penelope Kenna (penny, pip or Pippa)

    Benedict Kendan (both our dads names: ken + Dan)
    Ezekiel Kenneth
    Issac/Isaiah Kensey

    Can’t wait to hear what you choose!

  69. Jutta P. on February 26, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    My daughter is named Betty Gene after 2 of her Great-Grandmothers. It was a pretty easy choice. Not at the time, really, but it suits her so well, that I don’t remember the naming agony. Our son took awhile, but he is named after our favorite Saint and a missionary that we have lots of respect for, St. Francis of Assisi and Jim Elliot. I didn’t want to call him Francis, but I didn’t like the way that Elliot Francis sounded. Haha! So, his official name is Francis Elliot, but we call him by his middle name, Elliot. It’s not unusual for our families though as both of our fathers go by their middle names.

  70. Jamie Bezdek on February 26, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I loved reading this and love the names you chose and why. The first baby I miscarried after a finding a late unexpected heartbeat, which then grew, but not enough, and then lowered slowly. It was through that horrific rollercoaster of emotions that we determined our baby was a fighter. He finally passed at almost 11 weeks after a heart to heart where I told the baby I was ready and he could let go. Not knowing the gender, we named him after St. Michael after his fighting personality. Our second loss was much quicker, seven weeks. I thought of her as female and named her Gabby, after the second archangel. Little did I know she would be our messenger baby, letting us know what the cause was (infection) and leading to a cure (intensive antibiotics). After Gabby, came Charles. We always knew if we could have a live birth we would name him Charles after my husband’s father who passed when he was twelve. When Charles was in utero, I had a huge scare early with HCG numbers not doubling. Not knowing the variability changing labs could cause, I started to doubt and turned to the computer because obviously we were in for another loss and I needed to know the name of the 3rd archangel. Of course, it was Raphael, which means God has healed. I read this in huge bold letters across my screen and nearly fainted. I knew it would be just fine after that, and thus Charles Raphael came to be named. We didn’t find out the gender until he was born, our girl alternative was Annabelle Grace (means lovable/hugable gift from God). After not holding my first two in my arms, it was all I wanted to do. We carried this name also through my 2nd full term pregnancy as our girl option. For our boy option, I googled the due date and found it was St. Anthony’s feast day. I loved St. Anthony and when I looked up what it meant it sealed the deal: flourishing (what every mom wants for her child right?!) After Anthony, came another loss when I became immune to our antibiotics. This baby we named Gianna. The D&C confirmed it was a girl. At the time, I had just finished my doctorate and loved the example of this mother, wife and doctor that was ahead of her time. Following Gianna was sweet Nicholas, conceived under the lights of the Christmas tree 😉 Nicholas wasn’t destined for this world either, unfortunately. Those are my six beautiful babies, two on earth and four on heaven, and how we came to name them I love each of their stories so dearly. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share. It isn’t often this mama gets to brag on all her children!

  71. Paula on February 26, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    We have Phoebe Clare and Miguel Henri. Both kids have my maiden name (Gonzales) as their middle name. Phoebe is named for her paternal great-grandmothers and Miguel for a priest Charles met in El Salvador. Henri is a Rohrbacher family name.

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  73. Sawako on February 27, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Our baby daughter’s name is Kale, after the vegetable (and, being Catholic and all, after St. Rognvald My husband had wanted to use it as a name since he was in middle school or so, but it took some time to convince me. After I “by coincidence” realized it was used as a reasonable name in the UK, and that St. Rognvald existed, I agreed. We decided to use it for either a girl or a boy, though I was convinced we were having a girl. It is traditionally a boy’s name though, and the nurses and one doctor in the NICU were somewhat confused by that.

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  75. Angie on February 27, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Our crew:
    Maria Jeanne (pronounced the french way–rhymes with “Sean”) –after both our grandmothers (Mary) and after the 2 people at the foot of the Cross–Blessed Mother and St. John.

    Anna Katherine–she’s in July, near the feast of St. Anne and Katherine was my best friend as a kid and I LOVE St. Katherine of Sienna

    Elizabeth Clare (we call her Ellie)–Keeping it in Mary’s family and we love St. Clare (no “i”!)

    Blaise Anthony–we just think the name Blaise is awesome and Anthony is hubby’s confirmation name.

    Lucy Therese–we just like Lucy and hubby’s godmother is Theresa and St. Therese is my confirmation saint.

  76. Katy on February 28, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Neither of my girls were named until Day 3 – fortunately I had two c-sections so we had a little extra time before we left the hospital but the social security lady kept coming in the room and I kept sending her out…

    With the first we had two boy names and two girl names picked out. William or Aidan for a boy, Caroline or Molly for a girl (do we go classic or Irish?). Ultimately my husband decided “Molly O’Brien” sounded like a girl who would end up dancing on tables in bars in college (lol), so we went for Caroline Mary (middle name after my grandmother)!

    For the second we still liked William (felt it was a better match for Caroline than Aidan) but hadn’t decided between Amelia and Meredith for a girl. I had some complications after delivery so it was a couple of days before I was able to have a coherent discussion about names and we landed on Amelia Eileen (middle name after my husband’s grandmother, which was a name I liked (fortunately!) and it “evened ” things up for the families).

    Had we had two boys, we thought Aidan and Owen were good together, and would allow us to honor both our fathers, without saddling children with their names – Hugh (Aidan is Gaelic for Hugh) and Eugene (Owen is Gaelic for Eugene).

    Good luck! It IS an important decision and you get SO MUCH advice!

  77. Lisa on March 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Beautiful names, Kathryn. And I can’t wait to hear the name of your next baby!

  78. Kristin on March 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Well here is one more for ya, if you even get time to read all of these!! Our names follow the alphabet. My husband’s name starts with J (Joe) and mine with K. So our first baby, our only boy so far, we named Logan after “Logan Square” a section of Chicago where we lived at the time (although my husband likes to think it was after Wolverine whose real name is Logan). So our next child had to be M. We named her Melody Kristine after my Grandfather “Mel” and middle name incorporating my name. Plus I just love how pretty the name Melody is. Then came the next one which was N. We named her Nora and it would have been Nathaniel for a boy. Then for O we miscarried at 10 weeks so we went ahead and named him or her “Orion” and the grave marker has 3 stars on it for the constellation and a cross. Finally our 4th is named Paisley Faith. “Paisley” comes from a Scottish Gaelic word meaning Church. There is the city in Scotland named Paisley and an Abbey there where some of my long ago Scottish Royalty ancestors were buried. And middle name Faith seemed fitting especially since after the experience of a miscarriage my faith was deepened and strengthened. Also, it was the year of Faith for the Catholic Church last year :). If there is a fifth baby….yep, it will start with Q! And NO we are not trying to make it to Z, but who knows right?? Good luck and many blessings to you and the family!


  79. sarah marie on March 12, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Just found your blog via another blog and had to add my link to a post I did in early Feb. about our daughter’s name, Ellen Cecilia. (My husband being a church musician, Cecilia seemed like a good saint to pick!) I love your kids’ names and am enjoying reading the comments, since we’re hard at work trying to pick a name for little lady #2 due in April!

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