Name /nām/ Noun: A word or set of words by which a person, animal, place, or thing is known, addressed, or referred to.
When Jake and I choose the kids’ names we just….well, we just knew. We didn’t have a “His” and “Hers” favorites list, we didn’t argue or have to compromise on names, and although we had back-up boy/girl names we somehow knew we wouldn’t need them. We just knew what to name our kids and didn’t obsess over twenty different names we agonized to choose from.
Now don’t get me wrong, we didn’t just pull a name out of a hat and call it good. We put quite a bit of thought into them even if it was pretty easy to select their names. We figured Gwyneth and Brayden could be shortened when they were kids to Gwynie (Gwyn) and Brady like they go by now, and then they could be more “grown-up” with their full name as they got older. We also wanted to give them easy names so they wouldn’t get made fun of, a name that could grow with them (like above), and a name that was more classic vs. trendy that wouldn’t be odd when they were older.
When we were naming the kids we didn’t delve deeply into the meanings behind their names or anything like that. We just liked the names and how they sounded, easy as that. Recently though, after a few conversations I’ve had with friends I was thinking about what my kids names meant and thought I’d do a little research. Turns out, we were pretty close to their personalities based on their names! ;) I combined meanings of both their first and middle name for the descriptions below.
Gwyneth Hope – White, Fair, Happiness, Blessed, Fortune, Trust, Faith
So basically, she’s a pretty, happy, fortunate girl! ;) True! Although her tendency towards teenage-emo-black crayon-ness would disagree with that statement, I’d say this is pretty accurate! Her name was partly inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow and Gwen Stefani, except with a Y on Gwyn. I already adored the name anyway, but also wanted to give her a name that was a strong and successful female name and she could look up to and admire those women that carried her same name. Given the fortune and blessed nature of those two, I’m predicting great things for this girl. ;)
Brayden Kennedy – Broad shouldered, Spirited, Armored head, Helmet-headed.
Brady is where the “spirited” came from but I decided to include it since that’s part of his name, really. He is definitely a spirited kid and I’m hoping he grows into the whole broad shouldered thing, cause he needs it! He’s still such a little guy compared to the rest of the kids his age, and compared to his giant feet! Kennedy is the “armored head” and “helmet-headed” which I am going to liken to him being as hard-headed and stubborn as both Jake and I can be. Ha. ;)
And just for fun, I decided to look up Ryker’s name. He was VERY aptly named!
Ryker – Fast-strider, Strength
Ok seriously, a very apt fitting name for the dog that loooovvvesss to run and is SUPER fast and is also very strong!
Although I don’t take entire stock in just a name, it’s pretty fun to see some similarities in their names. Jake and I have boring meanings of our names so it’s fun that the kids have cool/interesting ones!