Thursday, July 16, 2009

Naming Our Babies



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This 5th week, we are sharing how we chose the names for our babies and any special meaning behind them.

I love picking out baby names. I just think it is so much fun. I started looking for names not long after I found out I was pregnant with Carleigh. What I do is I go through a whole bunch of names and write down ones I like. I then take my long list to Anthony and he gets rid of names he doesn't like. With what is left I narrow it down even more. When there's only a couple names I ask which one Anthony prefers. He usually doesn't care so then I end up picking the final name. This is how both Kyndra and Carleigh got their names.

I found out that Carleigh was a girl at 15 weeks and we decided on her name not long after we found out her gender. I didn't look up the meaning of her name at all. I just liked it. After her diagnosis though her name took on new meaning for me.

Carleigh means 'freeholder'. If you are unsure what freeholder means, basically it is one who holds title to real property. While the earthly definition of freeholder can be pretty darn confusing (look it up, it seriously is), I like to think of it as my daughter holds title to a piece of Heaven. Her middle name McKenna means 'ascend'. Of course I like this because I imagine her rising into Heaven to meet Jesus.

And I'd thought I'd let you know the meanings of my other children's names:

Kyndra's name means 'greatest champion' and her middle name Renee means 'reborn'.

Jordan's name means 'flowing down' and his middle name Leigh means 'meadow'.

Hannah's name means 'grace' and her middle name Nicole means 'victory of the people'.

8 comments:

Nickel Pickle said...

I love her name! Mckenna was the middle name I had picked out for Chloe, but Daddy had another name in mind. I love the way Carleigh is spelled, but for some reason I always mix up the e & the i when spelling it!

I shared the other day about Logan being named after Wolverine & his middle name came from the Beatles song "Quinn the Eskimo(The mighty Quinn)".

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

You just bless me and make me smile, girl. I can just picture you making your list of names and taking them to Anthony. I love you!

Carleigh McKenna is a beautiful name. I love the meanings of both her first and middle name. Thanks so much for sharing the names of your children...and their meanings. I had to add mine too. I just felt like I was leaving them out. You know...it's a mom thing! =)

Just Breathe said...

I love Carleigh's name and thank you for sharing your story. Your other childrens names are very beautiful too.

croleyc69 said...

Wow that's really neat. When I picked out names I never really looked up what they meant but they all have a special meaning to our family. Again thanx for sharing. I love all the names, all our beautiful.
Caroline

Emily said...

That's beautiful, Holly! I bet Carleigh has got her hands on some pretty sweet real estate in heaven. :)

2feetonearth1inthestars said...

I love her name and the story just made me smile so big! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

Shannon said...

That is such a beautiful meaning to Carleigh McKenna's name. Absolutely wonderful.

The meanings of your other children's names is also wonderful.

Thank you for sharing all of them.

Jennifer Ross said...

Carleigh Mckenna.... what a beautiful girl name! I just love what you wrote about having a piece of heaven. Ascend to Jesus, wow! Wonderful way at looking at her name.

Much Love,
Jenny

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