Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Three Weeks, and a Name (or Three)

Can this dear tiny girl really be three weeks already? I cannot say how much we are enjoying this little bundle. She brightens our days with her sweetness. I don't know how such a helpless little thing can so capture our hearts, but she surely has! 
It took us a while to settle on her full name, but we finally did. Here is Brigid Pearl Annabelle. Like all of our kids, she has three names, each with a story. I find naming a baby difficult; I was never one of those girls who had lists of baby names scribbled on paper years before I even got married. (You know who you are!) I tend to approach it with a lot of hesitation. I want their name to be meaningful and fitting, as well as something that fits well with the other kids names and our last name. After Peregrine, Alethea, and Raphael, we could hardly call this little one something too common! 
Moving on to her stories: 

Brigid: Some time ago we got a children's story book about St. Brigid of Ireland, a great woman of God who was known for her great care and generosity toward the poor. She devoted her life to serving God by serving people. The kids loved her story, and we all liked the name; we pray that our little Brigid's life will also be characterized by love and compassion for all. The name means strength. 
Pearl: All of our kids have had a "womb" nickname, something simple and sweet we called them until they were born, or in some cases, until they were one, or five. Peregrine was Pip, and that's what he was known by until he was about a year old, and then he just sort of grew into his "big" name. Then there was Alethea, who, to this day, is known as Poppy. Raphael was Pepito, and he was never called that after his birth. And then there was baby number Four, little Pearl, called that since she was probably the size of a pearl, a small and precious life being fearfully and wonderfully knitted together within me. We've already come to know her as Pearl, and so there wasn't any question of whether or not that would be one of her names.
Annabelle: Not long ago my sister Alyssa gave us a copy of an old Golden Book called Little Mommy. It was a favorite of ours growing up; my mom read it so many times I think she can quote it to this day. It was out of print for years and recently reprinted, so I was delighted to introduce it to my own children. Poppy quickly came to love it as well. It's the story of a girl who is "little mommy" to her dolls, and begins "This is my house and I am the Mommy, my children are Annabelle, Betsy, and Bonnie..." When we were talking about what Brigid's third name should be Poppy voted for Annabelle. I looked up the meaning, and it means grace or favor in Hebrew, and lovable in Latin. It just seemed to fit, and since Peregrine had contributed Samuel to Raphael's name, we thought it would be sweet for Poppy to get to help choose her sister's name.

And there you have the story behind the name, and here's one final picture of the girl, who, we trust, will someday grow into that name:


  1. Rebeca, she is precious.

    We also believe in weighty and special names.

    I admit, I'm a teensie, tiny bit jealous!! (But just a pinch). She is definitely fearfully and wonderfully made....

    What a blessing!

  2. I really need to come see her. She is so beautiful, but I had no doubt that you'd have another beautiful baby. How do you know Leanne? (blogging?)

  3. She is so beautiful! I love your naming stories-so precious. ~Jasmine

  4. Beautiful names, and I love the reasoning! Sigh.

  5. I love how you named her! I love the story about Brigid. You chose well.

  6. Brigid!

    Oh, holy Saint Brigid, please pray for this sweet baby... That she might have that same light and love for both man and Christ that you had... That she might be known for her giving and generous heart...

    Beautiful. Thanks so much for posting these precious pictures.

  7. Oh Rebeca, she is lovely. Our Briddy was thrilled to have another Brigid around! That little dress just makes me smile.
    Congrats again, MaggieAnnie

  8. She is ridiculously beautiful!!

    I love all the names and their reasons/meanings. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  9. What a lovely, lovely little girl. Congratulations and blessings to your family.

  10. What a great names and such sweet stories behind each. She is quite adorable.

  11. What beautiful names! And I agree, names are extremely important. One of my characters in one of my novels had written a book called "What's in a name?" It's actually a book I have been meaning to write for years! (Maybe after I finish my current writing project!)
    Your new little daughter is just precious!
    May God fill her life with joy and laughter and all His most wonderful blessings!
    Ann Nichols


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