We have had a first name picked out for a while for our sweet baby girl, but we just confirmed her middle name a couple of days ago. With my boys, their names were chosen years in advance. This time, we took lots of time, and I let Channing pick the names. I picked both boys and thought he deserved a "go". Of course, if I'm being completely honest, I did have to knock down several of his choices. We did have to agree on the name. I guess I kind of gave ideas, and he chose between them. Is that bad? I mean, he knocked down some of my choices too. He actually took away a couple of my favorites. Oh well. If the baby is to grow up with both of us, we should both like her name, right? Ok, I'm rambling. Sorry!
So here's the name:
Rhiannon (pronounced Ree Ann un) is (was~before I changed it when I got married) my middle name. It means "great queen". We picked it because family names are important to us and because it's really unique. Uniqueness is important to both Channing and me. We thought we were being super unique with our boys, but now Tristan's name is in the Pottery Barn Kids catalogues, and both their names were on 2008's most popular name list. Great, right? I didn't know a single Asher when I chose his name. Oh well! You can't patent names, right? It's not like I thought of it. It came from the Bible.
We also liked the meaning of the name. Meanings are important to us too. Tristan means "bold". Asher means "happy" and "blessed".
We picked Marie because it is a family name on my side. It is my grandmother's middle name, her mother's middle name (my great-grandmother), and my grandfather's sister's middle name. I don't love the meaning of Marie (bitter), but it is a form of Mary. Mary was Jesus's mother, so it can't be half bad. Mary didn't seem very bitter to me. :)
Again, family names are very important to us. Both our boys have family middle names. Tristan's is James. James is a family name passed down to the men on Channing's side. It is his middle name, his dad's, and his grandfather's. It could go further up the line than that, but neither Channing nor his dad are sure who it started with.
Asher's middle name is Thomas. That was my grandfather's name.
Rhiannon is a name that we will have to repeat often. We already do. It's rare that someone asks us our baby's name that we don't have to say it at least twice. And even then, they usually say, "Rhianna (or Brianna). Ok, ok)." Poor child!
We are so excited to meet our sweet Rhiannon. She is such a blessing, and we haven't even met her yet. I can't wait to see her sweet face and to watch her grow. I know God has great plans for her and am looking forward to watching them unfold. I'm also eagerly awaiting the meeting between Channing and his daddy's girl. He will be such an amazing father to a little girl. She will definitely have him wrapped around her little finger.
I am so blessed!!!