Thursday, May 10, 2012

What's in a name? {our girl}

So much!  We really take naming our kids to a new level.  You can see my post here about all of the rules and regulations that go into naming a Martin child.  It's a little ridiculous, really.  I'm very particular about my kids names having a good meaning.  I feel like that meaning is spoken over them for a lifetime, so it had better be a good one.

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.  

-Proverbs 22:1

Naming this little girl was so much easier than both of the boys.  It took forever to come up with good names for them, but we named her before she was made. Honestly, coming up with her name is what made me want to get pregnant.  I think just knowing that we'd have a boy or a girl name, either way, we'd be set.

We did do a little back-tracking once we learned she was a girl.  I just wanted to make sure I had exhausted all of my efforts and combed over every single name to make sure this was the one.  It was.

Lainey, Harper and Hazel were all names we took into consideration, but eventually our name won out because we love it so much.

Our sweet baby girl will answer to the name Hattie.

Hattie is a german name (big deal to me).  It was Dallas' grandpa's sister's name, and it means ruler of the home or estate (uh oh*).  It's not really the namesake that we are taking from Hattie that is special to us, it's her middle name.  Her middle name means God is gracious.  He IS so gracious.  It is also special because it is my mom's name.. Jane.

Hattie Jane has such a loving, compassionate, gracious and wonderful grandma (all of my kids do).  I am so excited to pass this name along to her and to give her such a wonderful namesake.  My relationship with my mom is a big part of why I'm excited to be having a girl.  I want that with my daughter some day.

My mom has taught me so much and is one of the strongest people I know.  Dallas has told me on several occasions that my mom is one of the most devoted and sincere Christians he knows.  If we are ever questioning something biblical he will simply suggest I call my mom to have her clear it up:).  When I asked him if we could use Jane for her middle name, he never hesitated to say yes.  In fact, we love it so much that had we chosen Lainey, Hazel or Harper, Jane would have been the middle name for those names as well.

So there you have it... Hattie Jane Martin.  Happy early Mother's Day, Mom!

Unless she ends up being a he for some reason:).  We've got that covered too.  I'll post his name and namesake if that happens to be the case.

* Update- I talked to my mom after she read this and she said she did a little research on the name Hattie.  She found the meaning, 'Watches over her household', and said she found those to be familiar words.  She went to Proverbs 31 where the famous Proverbs 31 woman of noble character is written of.  

I thought this was so cool.  Hattie will be our little Proverbs 31 girl.  

Proberbs 31:26-30

She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.(R)
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.


Daisi said...

I love it!

Aja said...

Let the record show that I totally guessed her name!! :) yay! Can't wait to meet this sweet baby!

katie@tulsadetails said...

Aw! Such a sweet name and background!! It flows perfectly!!!

Stephanie said...

I LOVE it!!!! Such as sweet name. I always love a nod to family. Can't wait to meat her. :)