In Biblical days, choosing a name for your child was pivotal. Receiving a name in those days was a reflection of your birth circumstances or your heritage. I think of Isaac who was born to Sarah (age 90!), his name means "he laughs".
I enjoy telling the story of how we came to the name for our baby girl because I can see how each detail was orchestrated perfectly. It was a beautiful, sunny day and on the schedule was a playdate with a friend. I gathered my pregnant-self along with my 3 year old boy and we headed to the park. Our sons played on the playground while we sat under the shade of a tree and had Mom-talk. Talking about multiples and my pregnancy was pretty much the only topic of conversation that I seemed to have for 8 months. She was also expecting a boy a few months before the twins were due, so we had lots to chat about.
On this particular day, my friend and I had the name talk. She shared with me that if her son had been a girl, they would have named her Amelia. I made a mental note thinking it was a beautiful name for a girl. Not too common, a bit vintage, yet strong. Our playdate ended and the day carried on.
That evening as my husband and I sat down to relax, I told him about my day and said, "I heard a really pretty name we can add to our girl list." He jumped in and said, "I have a name for the girl list too! I met a court reporter the other day, her name was Amelia." Can you imagine? I instantly began to laugh and said, "I think we have our name." I told him about my conversation at the park and we both knew our daughter would be named, Amelia. Her name means "industrious".
in·dus·tri·ous/inˈdəstrēəs/AdjectiveDiligent and hard-working.
I heard this song today and instantly connected to the lyrics by Shane and Shane:
Shane and Shane - The One You Need (Official Music Video) from shane-and-shane on GodTube.
After reading this blog post, Amelia says, "Its weird how as you grow people's names soak into them. It becomes them."