Thursday, May 8, 2008

What's In A Name?

My name is...

The first thing you tell someone when you meet them in your name. It is often the first impression they get of you before even meeting you. A name is part of who you are. So choosing a name for Lilypad Princess was a big responsibility. Not only did I want it to be a name she would be proud of and would make a good first impression, but I liked being able to honor special people in our family as well. So Lilypad Princess was named after my grandmothers.

LP's first name is the same as my paternal grandmother. Unfortunately I never had the chance to meet her, she passed away when my father was very young. It was a name I really liked and I loved the nickname that we planned on using. The nickname even had a second meaning behind it, it was the same nickname my mom used before she could say her full name. Although after she was born I found myself falling in love with the full version of the name, so while others use the nickname I usually use her given name.

We chose her middle name to honor my maternal grandmother who is a wonderful, loving, supportive, caring person. I didn't want to use her first name though, since I already share that name. So we decided to use her middle name as LP's middle name. After naming her and signing the birth certificate, we found out that I had always had her middle name a little off, it ends with an a instead of e. So while her middle name is a little different, she will always know that it is in honor of her Eka.

Lil WeddingEka 06 toasting

6 comments:

Buby & Co. said...

Very cool. I love hearing how people named their kids. LP has a beautiful name.

Jumpin J's Mom said...

That was so sweet! Brought tears to my eyes.

Blue House Mom said...

Beautiful photos. I enjoyed reading about LP's name. Very interesting. LP's name is beautiful and totally suits her.

We are THAT Family said...

I love that antique photo. What a treasure to have it. I love old family names too!

Carolyn said...

There is a real connection between Princess and her great-grandmother. I love how she will only talk on the telephone if it is to her Eka! And when ever she needs some special help she heads over to Eka knowing that she can never say no. :-) That's a special person in Princess's life!

lil ole' me..... said...

So sweet that you named your daughter after family. I love that!!! And, how special it will be for LP to learn about how special her name is.