Guys, I’m stumped when it comes to baby names for a girl (which we are having, in case you didn’t know). I have a list of boy names that I love love love, but girl names? Not so much. A lot of my long-time favorites are now uber popular, and I always liked having a name that wasn’t super common, so I want my child to have one like that, too.
So part of the reason I’m stumped is maybe I have too many restrictions/requirements for names? I’d love for our kids to have Hebrew or Israeli names, to carry on that part of my heritage that was lost when I left behind my maiden name (Moyal) and took on Thompson. There are a ton of wonderful Hebrew/Israeli names for boys, but not much for girls.
Also, I’d love to give our daughter a meaningful name. Obviously, I grew up knowing the meaning of my first name, but also the meaning of my middle name (Netanya, which means “gift from God”). My sisters, Sarah and Rachel, knew their names meant “princess” and “lamb.” I didn’t want to simply give my child a name because I liked the sound of it, but now I’m wondering if I’ve been overthinking this, mainly because my favorite names right now don’t really have profound meanings and also aren’t of Hebrew origin.
It reminds me a *tiny* bit of when I was thinking about the tattoo I wanted to get. I literally thought about it and pictured it (my name in Hebrew) on my ankle for a full year before heading to the tattoo parlor. And you know what? I’ve never regretted that tattoo for even a minute. Still love it, 11 years later. I’m hoping the same slow process will help us to make a good decision about our daughter’s name, too!
What do you think? Did you grow up knowing the meaning of your name? Is the meaning important, or is it more important to like the sound and feel of the name, and what the name evokes? Or does it not really matter that much, because each individual ends up growing into their name and embodying it in a unique way? I seriously want to know your thoughts, and maybe your process naming your children; please share!