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What’s in a Name?

So, the future King of England’s name has been announced: George Alexander Louis.

Is it terrible that I’m a teeny bit disappointed?

I had a feeling Will & Kate might break free from tradition and go a bit more ‘modern’ and I was a bit nervous… the word on the street is that famous people should be banned from naming their own children (I’m talking about YOU Kim & Kanye – North West in NOT a name, it’s a destination). According to this article, coming up with an original baby name can backfire – for the rest of your child’s life!

As my favourite fictional character of all time, Anne Shirley, once said: ‘I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I’ve never been able to believe it. I don’t believe a rose would be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk-cabbage.’

Maybe Will & Kate are onto something, sticking with the tried and true.

So, what’s in a name?

We took the responsibility of naming our children very seriously, reading Baby Name books cover to cover, from the day we saw those beautiful ‘two lines on a stick,’ analysing their meanings and creating a ‘shortlist’.

It blows me away how names in the Bible foretold so much about the people who bore them.

Abraham means ‘father of a multitude’ (he became the father of more descendants than there are stars).

Jacob means ‘Supplanter’ (he stole his big brother’s inheritance).

And the biggest mind blower for me: Methuselah = “When he is dead it (the flood) shall be sent.” Guess what happened shortly after he died… Noah’s flood! Woah!

George means ‘farmer.’ I get the feeling he will probably never tend a field in all his days but I pray he’ll cultivate peace and good will and wish him all the very best for a blessed and happy life. I’m already a big fan of the little guy.