I’ve been having a terribly irreverent name-related thought in church lately.
Poor Mary. She didn’t get to name her kid!
In all of the accounts I’ve ever heard, the angel tells Mary that she’s having a boy, and that she’s going to name him Jesus.
It’s a fitting name, of course – a cousin to Joshua, it means “God is salvation.” And this is no ordinary story of choosing a name.
But was it a common name in his time? Actually, yes. All of the accounts I’ve found indicate that Jesus was as ordinary as Mason or Jackson today.
It’s a nice reminder that your child’s name doesn’t have to be unique or extraordinary for his life to unfold in dramatic, world-changing ways.
And yet, it also makes me wonder – did you face any pressure to give your child a specific name? I’m not talking angels-we-have-heard-on-high, just regular pressure?
- Along those lines, I always wonder if parents are happier when they cave to family pressure, or resist? Here’s a question to the NameLady about renaming a toddler to fit with family tradition.
- In last week’s poll, Rose – just Rose – stood out as the favorite version of the name, with nearly 1/4 of the vote! But Rosalie, Rosemary, and Rosalind weren’t far behind. Add them up, and Rose-plus names were more popular. Just those three choices accounted for about 49% of the vote. And there’s no shortage of amazing Rose names.
- Do you know anything about Greenlandic names? If not for this great summary from Vernoeming, I would have had to answer no. Now I’m kind of in love with Ivalu.
- Mia is massive. Baby Name Pondering tells us why Sia could be next.
- The Hemingway family tree is packed with great names. My long-time favorite is Mariel, but there’s something for everyone at Tulip By Any Name.
- Interesting place names spotted by For Real – Scotland and Holland, both on girls. I do like an exotic place name.
- A great new-to-me smoosh name: Anastella, via Ren.
- Speaking of smooshes, look what I found on this list of seasonally-appropriate names that aren’t specifically Christian? Wintergrace. Could be an amazing middle.
- I find this list just plain weird. Though I appreciate the idea, and can certainly imagine many reasons a family might want a military-inspired baby name. Yes to Liberty and Honor. But wouldn’t it be sort of weird to name your child Navy while you’re serving in the Navy? Still, it’s a great color name possibility.
- Lots of the NATO phonetic alphabet in that post – and in general discussion, since the arrival of Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell’s daughter Delta. There are more real possibilities than you might imagine! We had a great Facebook discussion about which ones we’d actually consider for a child.
- This is a really interesting point from Duana – we tend to dismiss names because of associations we make from pop culture. But so often our children won’t grow up with those associations.
- Are you going to give him a white name? A powerful essay on names and identity at the Motherlode.
- If I lived near Parkview Noble Hospital, I’d be parked in front of this sign. Lots.
- Christmas-inspired baby names en français.
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading – and have a fabulous week – including Christmas and Kwanzaa if you’re celebrating!