Choosing a name for your child is one of the most pivotal decisions of parenting. Before you even meet your precious babe, or perhaps shortly after your first earth side encounter, you’re tasked with deciding on a name they will carry (and hopefully love) for life.
A quick Google search of baby names will produce thousands of options, along with a plethora of suggested guidelines.
Will your child be named after a family member?
Are you looking for something classic, trendy or hipster?
How popular is the name you like?
What’s the meaning and origin of the name?
What are the options for nicknames?
Does it flow with your last name?
How will you spell it?
Will the pronunciation be difficult for your child or others?
And the list goes on and on and and on!!!
These are some of the things my husband and I took into consideration when naming our girls, including our youngest, Evangeline Margaret.
For the second time (we did so with our oldest), we chose to wait until birth to find out the gender. We had thrown a few names around over the last couple years, but hadn’t made any decisions and wanted to have a name for a boy and girl ready for the big day.
Maybe this was telling, but choosing a boys name was hard!! Luckily for us, we had settled on a girls name fairly early on in the pregnancy and mutually agreed it was the right choice.
Evangeline is a beautiful and classic name, and one we felt went nicely with her big sissy’s Alexandra and Lily. It’s Greek and means “Good news, bringer of good news”. We believe there is incredible significance in names and this one carries a dual meaning.
Our prayer is that Evangeline will share the Good News of Jesus Christ as stated in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20). We want her to boldly proclaim his love and salvation as she “goes and makes disciples of all nations” (think evangelist), and that her authentic faith will exhibit the goodness and glory of God.
In addition to this, she is our personal “bringer of good news”, being our sweet rainbow baby after experiencing the devastation of two miscarriages.
Evie (pronounced with the long e) is the cute nickname that grabbed our attention. And we gave her the middle name, Margaret, to honor my husband’s beloved grandmother who passed away a handful of years ago.
We chose not to share our name choices in advance because people (family, friends, everybody lol) has so.many.opinions! Like all things parenting, this decision is a deeply personal one, and we didn’t want to feel deterred in anyway from what we felt the Lord led us to pick for our child.
To honor her name and to capture the details of the day she was born, we were gifted this adorable birth bear from Stitches by Natalie.
This keepsake brought me to tears when I first saw it!
It is made from the blanket Evie received in the hospital and the bow is made out of the first little beanie she wore on her head.
Stitches by Natalie is home of the original birth animal, and you can choose from options ranging from cats to bears, ducks and unicorns and so much more! Use CODE ‘lifeofaministermom’ to save 20% too!
We included all the details from her birth and it is something we look forward to sharing with her when she is older. I am incredibly sentimental and will forever cherish this handmade bear!!
So that’s what went in to selecting Evangeline. We love it and love her (obviously ;)), and hope she’ll proudly wear her name!
Tell me how you decided on the names for your little ones in the comments below, and shop here for a birth animal of your own!