Some of the names I love but we won’t be using
This tag has been doing its rounds on YouTube forever and I love watching vloggers share baby names they love but won’t be using so I thought I’d share some that I love (why I love them) but we won’t be using.
I must admit I was pretty dead set on the name I love, I’ve always dreamed of having a little girl one day with this name and Carl flat out hates it. That kind of broke my heart a little bit BUT we’ve moved past that now.
I’m 99% sure we won’t be having anymore kids in the future (unless God has another plan) so I highly doubt we’ll ever get a chance to use these names but I do love them. I think the name we’ve kind of selected is perfect. It encapsulates all the reasons I love the other names into one perfect little name for our sweet baby girl. As you may notice as well, I like more traditional “older” names.
I am also a strong believer that a name should have meaning, substance. It should reflect the character traits we want our children to have.
(Side note: Carl made it very clear, no baby of his will be named after a flower, a colour, a season, an emotion, a food – nothing).
Queen Esther has always been a remarkable female role model to me. Reserved. Modest. Quiet. Humble. Self-controlled. Hidden.
- Accepted her faith no matter what the consequences.
- Knew when to ask for help spiritually through Fasting & Prayer
- Had great wisdom to know how to handle any situation
- Gave credit where credit was due
- She knew how to set a plan for God to show his power
- When she asked for something, it had great purpose
- Wise enough to understand the whole matter before responding
- Realized God’s timing
- Had courage
- She knew what to use to gain an advantage for her request
- Chose her words wisely
- She knew how to wait for the right moment to speak
- Her reward was great but she did not mind passing on her blessing
- After you have done all you can do then the Lord will handle the rest
- She knew when it was time for justice
Side note: the other name I have loved is Hadassah (Hubby has never liked this name)
The name Hadassah (Heb. הדסה) was one of the names of Queen Esther, the heroine of the Purim story, and is now given to Jewish girls.
The name is of biblical origin, first cited in the Scroll of Esther (2:7), “And [Mordechai] had raised Hadassah, she is Esther . . .”
Watch one of my most favourite movies to learn the story of Queen Esther (summarized version): One night with the King
Rebekah’s best qualities come out in the simple yet heartwarming narrative describing her response to Eliezer’s approach, in her service to him, and in her willingness to believe and act upon all he had told her. In his remarkable cameo of Rebekah, George Matheson uses the following terms or expressions—“a fine manner” &“remarkable tact”,“a sunbeam to her household”,“a very beautiful young woman, with the gift of physical charm which was apt to produce self-consciousness”,“the gift of intellectual sympathy”.“Rebekah’s morning ray is a ray of sympathetic insight.”
Modest and meek, frank and open, ready kindness, great energy and faith, graciousness matching her physical charm.
Natalya, Nataliya and Natasha are the Russian form of Natalia derived from the Late Latin “natalis” meaning “birthday”, but more specifically Christ’s birthday, better known as Christmas Day (“natale domini”). If you didn’t know this about me, I actually lived in Russia as a child (shout out to YWAM) and had a little russian friend named Natalya (we were based in Uzbekhistan, so many friends were Uzbek but here and there were a few Russian families.) My closest friends were 2 little boys and Natalya, not knowing or understanding the language or the culture or the lifestyle was an adjustment for everyone BUT friendships can blossom even without knowing what the other one is saying. That’s the thing about kids, they’re so resilient and open to change – life is one big adventure.
Uzbekistan was a Soviet socialist republic from 1924 until 1991. Both countries have had diplomatic relations since 1992. In the first years of independence, Uzbekistan remained within the ruble-zone until November 1993 (so we basically moved there during all of this and them finding their feet). The country has since moved politically away from the Russian Federation.
Christmas is by far my most favourite time of the year. Not just because of the traditions, the family, the festivities BUT because of what the season represents in our lives.
I have some happy memories of Christmas as a child. We’d decorate our freshly cut tree with white lights and colorful ornaments, my Mom would do a theme of some sorts (Uncle Avin would have a life size Father Christmas or Rudolf designed for her. We’d go crazy with the fake snow on the windows) and the family would come together at our home. Inlaws, outlaws, friends and anyone needing a replacement family was welcomed.
The true meaning of Christmas, the best gift of Christmas is love. John 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son” the gift of a child—Jesus Christ. And those who believe in Him and receive this precious gift will have eternal life.
Noelle (also Noëlle) is a feminine given name. It is an English form of the French name Noëlle, which is a feminine form of the name Noël meaning “Christmas” in French. The French word itself is derived, via Old French, from Latin “natalis dies (Domini)” meaning “birthday (of the Lord)”.
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” — Norman Vincent Peale
Vivienne is the common female French form of Vivian, original a boy’s name via an Old French form of the Late Latin Vivianus which comes from “vivus” meaning ‘alive.’
According to the story of Merlin, Vivienne (another name given for the Lady of the Lake) is the one who gives Excalibur to Arthur. Vivienne was only 12 years old when she first met Merlin in this forest. Even at this young age, Merlin had fallen into her charm, which he found irresistible. Merlin taught her some of his magic in return for her love, before he departed from her. She eventually played him BIG time so maybe its good we didn’t choose this name.