Saturday, October 26, 2013

What's in a name?

As I mentioned before, my brother and his wife had a beautiful baby boy a few weeks ago. However, the length of time they took to decide on the baby's name was longer than anyone else I've ever encountered. My brother's name is Nilesh (pronounced "Nil" and "aysh")- However, most people throughout his life called him "Neel- aysh", a name he really disliked. It was for this reason, he wanted a very simple name with a very phonetic spelling. Enter my sister in law who wants an Indian name for her son. They also want to pay tribute to her sister in law who passed away last year under terribly tragic circumstances. With those three factors, they had such trouble deciding on a name. On three separate occasions we heard different names. I think they've finally settled on one-- and it is a lovely name- but as I'm not totally sure- I'll leave it a mystery for now.

I couldn't help but think back to how we named our kids. I now realise that we were fortunate in that it was actually pretty painless. From since I could remember, I've always wanted a daughter. Then in high school, I had this friend named Cassia and I thought the name was so beautiful. Since then, I decided that my daughter (if I was blessed enough to have one) would be named Cassia and that was all. 

When Darin and I first started dating, we were visiting a friend of his named Angelee (pronounced the same way as my Anjali). In the car, he said to me "I really like that name, Anjali. When I have a daughter,  I think I'll name her Anjali." I said nothing. I mean I thought it was a lovely name and all  but my daughter would be named Cassia. 

It's a good thing we had that second girl... We both got our wish :-)

What's your special naming story?


And D's.


  1. Too funny about your relatives! I have a friend who literally didn't name her baby for a month! She kept trying out different things.
    -Erin (No Bohns About It)

  2. Both of your daughters' names are beautiful!! :)


Hearing from you makes me so happy!!

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