Monday, February 2, 2009

She Has Officially Been Named

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 Marie

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!!!

13 comments:

Ole Miss Mom said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! So sweet, I love all the thought that goes into your children's names! Can't wait to meet her!

The Hairston's said...

LOVE IT!!!! I can't wait to meet sweet Baby Rhiannon!!

~k said...

Cool name! When they get confused like that just eventually say "like the song".
LOVE IT!

Lindsey said...

Love the name!! If it makes you feel better, we have to repeat Gianna's name ALL the time and constantly get asked where we got the name. Even at her baptism, the priest kept calling her Brianna!! Oh well! Good decision! BTW..Marie is Holly's middle name. I'm sure she'll tell everyone that you're naming the baby after her!

The Greenfields said...

gorgeous! it suits you well and i love that she will be a little "queen" may she be like esther and live her life with courage and faith!

Rachael said...

I LOVE her name! I can't wait to meet little Rhiannon!

dev said...

I love it! Rhiannon is fantastic! And don't worry about having to repeat it. You may have to repeat yourself the first time or two, but people catch on pretty quickly. :)

holly said...

Lindsey's right...i was going to say that you forgot to mention that you also are naming after your awesome friend "holly marie". now 9 days to go, and we still haven't named ours!

Hillary @ The Dunham Diaries said...

I love it! And I think that you can refer to that cool song, right? Awesome!
And I have to repeat Harris, believe it or not, because people assume it's Harrison. So you'll have to do it no matter what!

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing Annie! Rhiannon is so pretty and she is so blessed to have such a wonderful family! Can't wait for the big birthday dinner tonight! We are looking forward to it :)

AngelGirl said...

what a beautiful name!! i'm sure she will be the "queen" around our house. her two older brothers will spoil her!! and as far as havign to repeat her name... yeah... well... people (in general) are stupid...so no matter what you would probably have to repeat it!! lol!!! i jsut think it is because they are jealous that they are not as creative!!! lol!!

Donna said...

LOVE the name- beautiful! And I'm a big fan of family names- all our names are family names. How blessed is this little girl to have two strong big brothers to take care of her!

Grethel Van Epps said...

Beautiful name!.. I bet you'll need to repeat it to me a couple of times before I figure the pronunciation.. ;)
Can't wait to meet her!