We're about a month from the scheduled delivery date, so I entered this weekend feeling we should really figure out our daughter's name so that we don't end up blanking on a name in the delivery room. So the name is one thing, but how did we arrive at the name?
Tammy and I had dozens of boy names ready to go, but for some reason, we just couldn't come up with any girl names. Finally, we asked Reese if he had any ideas for his little sister's name. His response was Hannah. But I admit I initially balked at giving a name that's spelled the same forward as backward. Plus, there's Hannah Montana. And Hannah rhymes with banana.
But we didn't rule Hannah out. For one, it is a pretty name. For two, we didn't have any better options--unless we wanted to give her a boy's name. Then, we went to church this morning and the scripture was 1 Samuel 1:3-8, which is about Hannah's faith in the Lord against hard times. The only bigger sign we could've received is for an airplane to spell out the name Hannah in the sky.
With Hannah figured out, I thought of the middle name Marie, but I didn't want to suggest it. My mother's (and her mother's) middle name is Marie, and I didn't want to pick a name that was just from my family. So, I suggested Nicole, which Tammy liked too. After an hour or so, I realized that Nicole wouldn't work, because Hannah Nicole sounds a little too much like Anna Nicole.
Tammy and I put our middle name hats back on, and I kept coming back to Marie, but I didn't want to suggest it. There had to be another name that worked. Finally, Tammy said, "I think you had mentioned the name Marie before. That's my Ma-ma's first name, and it's your mom's middle name."
As usual, Tammy and I were thinking the exact same thing. "Perfect," I said.
And so now the little girl has a name, and that name is Hannah Marie Brewer. The only thing we can do from here on out is wait for her to enter the world.
Wondering what Hannah Marie means?
Hannah means "God has favored me with a child" or "gracious."
Marie has debated meanings, ranging from "bitterness" to "wished-for child," or even "beloved."
And we just learned from Tammy's father that his father's mother's maiden name was Hannah. So, the name is becoming even more perfect.
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Here are some things that might've made our decision making process easier, though I don't think we could've done better:
- The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby, by Laura Wattenberg.
- Hannah Montana Forever: Final Season DVD.
- Marie: A True Story DVD.
Beautiful choice! :)
Beautiful name and wonderful reasons for picking it.
Best wishes for a healthy, happy Hannah!
I LOVE this story. Blessings to you all as you await God's gracious gift - Hannah Marie.
It is a very nice name. My middle name is my grandmother's first: Ruth.
The middle name honors two very special women and connects your daughter with her heritage but the first name is hers alone so it is the best combination of us all, an individual created from a line of strength and love.
May she be happy and healthy.
Beautiful, and a lovely story of choosing her name. I'm sure she'll enjoy hearing or reading it over and over again someday!
Thanks, all! I hope she ends up liking it as much as her parents do.
That's a very pretty name. ☼
Great name my man! She's going to be one lucky little girl.
Oh, it's a great story! And, of course, I love her middle name! My personal favourite meaning of Marie is "rebellious" (which, when I think of it, all Marias, Maries and Marys are, definitely) and initially my favourite was "strong, constant". I have always discarded the "beloved" part (but of course, if I am rebellious... what else could I do ;-))
As for Hannah's meaning "God has blessed me with a child", it's a bit funny, as God has blessed you with several children :-)
After all, a good sense of humor is always recommendable with so many kids around.
As for Hannah Marie liking her name... I'm sure you know it - she won't. Not for a while, at least. I used to hate mine. As did all my friends at school. We used to play elaborate games, designed with the only purpose to change our names, and so - our personality.
Only recently, as an adult, did I get to loving my name.
Congrats on so great, meaningful and beautiful names!
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