I love my name.
I’ve always felt really special to have such a unique and well-pondered name. Mama used to tell me about how she lay in bed at night wondering what she would name me. After having previously named three children with “J”, she wanted it to be a “J” name too. I think I won the lottery.
- Jami Michelle was named after my grandfather, James, and my dad, Micheal.
- Joseph was named after my great-grandfather, Edward Joseph.
- Jennifer Lynn was the 1980’s baby who ended up with the most popular name of the year–but she was also named after my uncle, Terry Lynn.
- My little sister, Jacinda Adele, also has a pretty great name: My oldest brother picked her first name out, and her middle name is the name of one of our preachers.
And then there was me… Jania Irene. My mom took my grandmother’s name, Jean, and my great-grandmother’s name, Maria, to make Jania. Irene is my maternal grandmother’s name.
So when I think of putting a name on my precious little baby, I really have been thinking hard. Because it’s one of my favorite things to do (and I want to make sure another “Jennifer” situation doesn’t happen), I’ve been checking out the birth announcements again in my hometown. These are names that WON’T be found on a child of mine:
- Averie (Anyone else wondering about all these weird “A” names? Oh, wait! I think they mean, Avery…)
- Canaan (I actually LOVE this name, but I had a student who was really b-a-d named Canaan. Entonces, name is ruined…)
- Guage (I feel like I should give parents Word Study lessons on the “rules” for word patterns in English. How do you pronounce this? Gooj?)
- Kloe Nikole
- Zoiey (Same reason as #8.)
Bless their hearts. (And their teachers…) This has given me a lot to think about!
Sidenote: Every name on this list popped up on spell-check except for Canaan. Even mine…