Elliott means "The Lord is My God"
We were not prepared for picking out a name for our first child. Neither of us went into it with a favorite, though, so neither of us had to compromise. After we found out we were having a boy, we went back and forth on names. We would agree, then one of us would change our mind. Then one night as we were watching television, one of the characters was named Elliott. We both looked at each other and just knew that was the name we wanted. I liked it because it is not so unique that it's unusual, but it's not really an overly popular name either. We do hear it on television occasionally, but we've never met another Elliott. As the first born son, Elliott's middle name does come from his father. We discussed both Elliot and Elliott, but we chose two t's simply because Matthew and Brittney have double t's. ha!
Emory means "Work and Ruler"
My second pregnancy was a bit of a surprise, in the sense that we weren't planning, yet I knew immediately, so I wasn't surprised when it was confirmed. I also knew in my heart that it was going to be a boy. We tossed around a few names (including names that had two t's so he wouldn't be "left out") but kept coming back to Emory. Emory is a family name on my husband's side of the family. I loved that it is not common at all and has an antique flair without being old-fashioned.
When my father passed away the year before, we had kind of unofficially decided that if we had another son that he would somehow be named after my dad, so Emory's middle name is my father's middle name. It is very fitting, because Emory is the "spitting image" of me, and I was always called the "spitting image" of my dad growing up. Their baby pictures look eerily similar. He definitely has a joking personality like my dad too!
How did you decide on your children's names?