Saturday, February 12, 2011

What is in a name?

“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold.”  Proverbs 22:1

Since our baby is due the end of March I’ve got names on the brain!  Granted, we’ve had this baby’s name picked out since our last pregnancy but I wanted to say a little something about the naming of children.

It’s always been our belief that the name you call your children (the meaning of said name) is akin to speaking over them that meaning consistently and constantly, which is why it’s so important to pick names that reflect qualities you want to see in your children. 

Without telling you the names our children, I am going to tell you the meanings of the names, so you can see how significant this really is:

#1 Son- Fire of the Lord, Intuitive Perception

#2 Son-Laughing Declarer of Ultimate Peace and Good

#3 Daughter-Delightful Precious Gift

#4 Son-Peaceable Servant of God

#5 Daughter- Rejoicing in God’s Provision

#6 Son- A gift from God, Like God

#7 Daughter- Praising Jehovah’s Perfection (waiting on her appearance!)

The complete meanings are a combination of their first and middle names and you better believe, especially when they are little, we make sure to say both names over them to get both meanings! 

We’ve had lots of fun bringing out the baby name books and the Strong’s concordance looking up the meanings of names when people come over for dinner.  Imagine the surprise when a pastor’s son discovered his parent’s named him, “stinky hair!”  One of my dearest friend’s name means “dark,” and while she has beautiful dark brown eyes , that meaning leaves her with a little longing. 

By the time I was expecting our third son, my fourth baby, I was going to give him a name that meant obedient, no matter how strange the name was.  I couldn’t find one…

God cares very much about what we name our children and you will see this truth throughout the bible, especially when God specifically chose the name for a child.  Off the top of my head-Jedidiah (Solomon), John (the Baptist), Jesus, Israel (formerly Jacob) and Paul (formerly Saul of Tarsus).  I want to encourage you, the next time you get to choose a baby name for your own little blessing, do it with care and consideration.  Don’t just chose the most popular name because you like the way it sounds, but look to the meaning of it.  Pray about it.  It’s such a important gift we impart to our children, one that matters more than silver and gold, more than inheritance and college degrees.  It will be who they become!


Mrs. Taffy


  1. This is so very true! Both Austin and I were very careful in choosing names for both our children, particularly an emphasis on meaning. I even went so far as to be careful of what their initials would spell. ; ) The number one thing you speak over your child is their name, so it better be something you want spoken over them, right? : )


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