Thursday, March 22, 2012

E is for Elliott and Emory (the names, not the boys)

I absolutely LOVE hearing how people decide on their children's names and the significance they hold, so I thought I would share the story behind their names.  Just in case there are any other name-nerds out there like me!  ;-)

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?



  1. we wanted a biblical name for the first name. we knew the middle name would be after my brother, who had passed away 5 years earlier. my husband wanted a longish name that had a 3-4 letter nickname. we tossed around a few names like Timothy, Nathanael, and Abraham, but finally settled on Benjamin, Ben for short. It means "son of my right hand".

    1. We love the name Benjamin, but we already had a nephew with that name! :)

  2. I'm fascinated by how names are chosen. Loved your stories! My best story is my daughter's name - she is Kennady Anne, and is named for my DH's favourite hockey team, the Montreal Canadiens. True story. I always said I was very glad he didn't cheer for the New Jersey Devils. ROFL But really, it was originally my idea for a girl's name, because of the way our oldest son used to mispronounce it slightly and make it sound like "Canadi-anns" LOL