How To Name A Baby (How We Did At Least)

I wrote a post earlier this year about baby names. At the time, we didn’t yet know if we were team PINK or team BLUE.  Since then we have learned and confirmed that we are having a precious baby girl due in exactly two months!  Of course we were tickled pink (haha) to learn that we have a daughter, but what we were not so tickled by was choosing her name.  We had a boys name all picked out and ready to go!  But when it came to lady names we were still on Mars and Venus.

Husband wanted something really feminine, pretty and more on the modern side.  I wanted something traditional, southern and more on the classic side.  So as we processed through our respective lists we rarely found ourselves in agreement about any of the names.  So we decided to stop thinking about it for a while.  This was around March/April of this year.  We revisited the name game occasionally, we narrowed down the list, and even thought we made a decision once or twice, but in the end we (I) just couldn’t commit.

If you read this blog often, you know we are prayin folks, and we prayed NIGHT AND DAY (I am not kidding) about what this child’s name should be.  We said to God over and over “You know what this child’s name is, why don’t you tell us what it is!!”  I still don’t know why he waited, but the good news is that he did finally answer us and we are so excited to know beyond a shadow of doubt that we have chosen the best name for our baby girl.

Last weekend, I read through one of those 1,000,000,000,000,000 name baby name books.  Yes, I read ALL of the girl names.  I studied that book like I was studying to graduate from college.  We made new lists, some new options and the old ones we have liked all along.  We discussed the meaning of the names, and if the names carried any significance for us… all names have a meaning but not all names carry some level of significance for you personally.  Significance behind the name was probably my number one factor I needed to make a final decision.

I carried this book around with me ALL WEEKEND.  I took it on date night, it stayed with me wherever we went.  So last Friday we were driving down the road and I found a section in the book about names that were popular in other cultures and countries.  One of the names that continued to pop up on other country’s top name choices was Lucy.  Lucy has ALWAYS been one of my favorite names, but Brian wasn’t as crazy as I was about it… that is until I told him about the other versions of Lucy.  In Italy, if your name is Lucy it would be Lucia (Lew-SEE-ah, emphasis on the second syllable), as it would also be in the other romance languages.

Well, the name Lucia really did it for Brian.  He loved it, and I loved it too since it was a form of Lucy.  So as we discussed Lucia, Brian just randomly said out loud “Lucia Kathryn Walters” to which I exclaimed “We could call her LucyKate!!!!”  And a name was born, or at least the idea for the name was born.  We spent the following week thinking and praying and pondering and asking her if she liked it (kick once for yes and twice for no, however she did not cooperate).   Then  for a number of random reasons, yesterday we decided to go on and make it official.  Here are the reasons:

1. Brian LOVES Lucia and I LOVE Lucy so we get the best of both worlds.

2. Lucia/Lucy means light, and light was MY first word as a baby (after the mama dada stuff).  Learning this meant a great deal to me and really hit my need to find significance in the name.

3. Brian loves the name Kate (it had always been on the short list) and I love the name Kathryn.  Again, we get the best of both worlds.

4. Kathryn is a family name, Brian’s first cousin is named Kathryn and now that there are two Kathryn Walters we hereby declare that Kathryn is a family name!

5. Kathryn and Lucy both carry the old-school classic feel I love while Lucia and Kate both carry the more modern feel Brian loves.

6. Kathryn means Pure.  Lucia means Light.  So our baby girl’s name means Pure Light.  I LOVE THIS!

7. LucyKate is the cutest little southern girl name ever.  I am very proud to be carrying on the double name tradition with my daughter.  And when she gets older if she wants to go by something other than LucyKate, well she has several options to choose from!

8.  I googled Lucia Kathryn Walters and according to the interwebs NO ONE ELSE HAS THIS NAME.  Again, this carried a TON of significance for me.  I am proud of my own random name, and proud to be the only AnnieLaurie Walters I can find online, so I am glad that my girl will also have a unique and distinct name.

9. As I mentioned before, Lucia is the Italian version of Lucy.  We went to Italy last fall as our last big vacation on our own before starting a family and we loved it!  In fact I loved it so much I continually tell Brian that I want to move there some day! So having an Italian element to her name is special to us because of our time we spent in Italy.

10. The final point on how we chose our baby’s name is the most awesome, most beautiful, most significant and meaningful point of all.  Yesterday afternoon, after we sealed the deal between the two of us that this was the name and that we would set it in stone, we saw yet another miracle from the Lord.

I have mentioned before here on the blog how God has miraculously used RAINBOWS at critical times of decision in my life, to encourage me and let me know that I am following his path and that he is pleased with me.  I am always amazed when  he reveals himself to me in rainbows at exactly the right time to put my heart at ease and bring me peace.

Well, by now you have guessed it.  Yesterday afternoon as I was leaving work, a huge thunderstorm passed over the church (where I work).  It was pouring buckets and I had no umbrella so there was no way I was making it to my car.  I waited for about 45 minutes for the storm to let up.  I called my mom and talked to her while I waited and we had a really good talk about all kinds of things.  Then the rain appeared to be weakening so I let her go, and called Brian to let him know I hadn’t left yet.  I was complaining that it was still raining and he told me to go on out and not worry about getting wet that it would probably feel good since it had been so hot.  Right about that time, the sun came out, but it did not stop raining.  So I got off the phone and headed out the door.  The sun in the western sky was SO BRIGHT while the eastern sky was still dark with rain clouds.  I got to my car and it was then that I saw it.

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Big and bright, this rainbow stretched from horizon to horizon right over top of our church.  It was beautiful!  As I sat in the car staring, the rainbow got brighter and brighter and then a second band began to appear outside of the bright band.  God was creating a double rainbow right before my eyes!  I got out of my car, barefoot, while it was still raining and started snapping photos with my iphone, praising and thanking God the entire time.  This is the second time he has used rainbows to affirm and encourage me during this pregnancy (I have not told you all about the first one yet, but I will soon.)

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After standing in the parking lot in the rain for about 15 minutes taking pictures, I finally decided to go home, and the rainbow followed me home!  When I got home the rainbow was still right over me, it was stretching over our condo from one side to the other.  We could even see it from our balcony.

I am so thrilled and ecstatic that, in addition to all the reasons we chose this name, we got the official rainbow seal of approval from above.  We now know our little girl’s name and God was faithful to reveal it to us in his perfect timing.

So thats the story.  I know this is long, but I wanted to get it out here on the blog, as a testimony to the Lord and praise to him for answering our prayers and always going above and beyond to let us know that he is here and that he cares.

Thank you Lord!

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10 thoughts on “How To Name A Baby (How We Did At Least)

  1. Stephanie Norris says:

    You know I love a double name! LucyKate is just perfect! I can’t wait to meet her! We are coming to DC for family vacation next Summer (early summer) so I will surely be able to smother her in kisses then!

  2. Midwest Magnolia - Melissa Lewis says:

    AnnieLaurie, you just about got me in tears here! I love the name. I love your little girl already! But mostly, I love how God works! I just love it. It gives me chills to think that he had LucyKate planned for y’all long before y’all even met, long before you were even born. He has already called her by name, and I can’t wait for the day you get to call her by her beautiful name as well. What a blessed little girl!

  3. Shannon says:

    Well, I am obsssed with this girl already! She has a cool double name (I am personally a fan of double names!), her mom has a cool double name, and she will be a pure light to this world. God has an amazing plan for her life! I am honored to play a small part in her story!

  4. Suzanne Frost Mosley says:

    I LOVE IT!!! As I told you, one of my cousins (who’s Italian!!!) is named Lucia, and I’ve always loved her name. 🙂 I love that I will now know another!! Most of all, I love that she has a very unique double-name like her momma!!! AND…you need to keep your eyes peeled for a little treat coming in the mail for Miss LucyKate Walters. 🙂 🙂

  5. Gloria says:

    I love your baby’s name especially the Lucia. It is Italian but LucyKate is the best. You are such a sweet couple and I know you will be a wonderful Mommy. I hope to see you soon and have a wonderful delivery. You are special, Brian too! Gloria

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