Today’s story comes to us from Sara. She had the opposite problem from so many of us – she and husband knew what they wanted to call their daughter, but had to agree on what to write on her birth certificate.
My husband and I love names that are a bit unusual, but not too hard to pronounce.
When we were pregnant for our daughter it took us months to agree on a name. Finally we were able to agree on the name Kesi. It was cute and new, but not too weird.
The only problem? The name’s meaning: “Born in time of father’s misfortune.”
Little girls will look up the meaning of their name and I advised my lovely husband that this just would not do.
We now had a dilemma. After months of negotiations we had a name … that we could not use!
So I decided to see if I could find a name that we could shorten to Kesi as a nickname.
After some searching I located the name Kestrel, meaning in Old French “little rattle”, and also belonging to a small hawk. Perfect!
Just last year at school her class had a project: look up your name’s meaning. She was thrilled with hers, and really enjoyed reading about the small hawk that shares her name. I can only imagine what may have ensued had we stuck with the original name. I’m not even sure HOW you would make a poster out of that … LOL!
Our daughter and all of her friends love her name, so it has been a hit! She is now 11 years old and I can’t imagine her with any other name. She is spunky and cute. The name really fits her. Everyone seems to be able to pronounce it with no trouble, and we get to call her by our cute nickname of choice, Kesi.
We also have a wonderful, intelligent, and kind-hearted son named Colby as well as a new little girl to come. We have yet to settle on a name for the new addition, but Elodie, Sofieke, Evelyn, Brynley, Adele, and Bijou are on our list, along with many others. We have two weeks to decide and I have changed my mind every few weeks.
Wish us luck!
Best wishes, Sara – and congratulations on your newest addition! (If Sara doesn’t comment, I’m guessing it is because Elodie Sofieke Evelyn Brynley Adele Bijou has already arrived.) My son had a similar project in kindergarten – well, just a worksheet instructing him to find out why his parents chose his name. I was delighted that I had a story to tell.