What’s in a name

Scott and I put a lot of thought and prayer into what we would name our baby. It wasn’t easy to find a name that fit our list of criteria.

1) A name with a good meaning

2) A name that works in English, Turkish and Hungarian

3) A name that people are sure is a girl’s name when they hear it

4) A name that is real, not a concoction that we come up with

Eleanor means “light” and Joy is a family name- Scott’s mother’s middle name, in fact. We think Eleanor sounds classy, but Ellie is very cute for a little girl. It is also the name of Samwise Gamgee’s, my personal favorite Lord of the Rings character, daughter.

Also, something we’re doing in our family is choosing a Bible verse for each of our children that will be a prayer and hope for their life. Ellie’s is Matthew 5:14-16

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Our prayer for her is that she would know Christ, and that she would be a light to the world.




Filed under Our Daily Life, Pregnancy and Baby

5 responses to “What’s in a name

  1. I love it 🙂 I am so glad that you guys are doing that! I was definitely encouraged to do something like that after reading The Family Blessing! I am glad you guys put a lot of thought and prayer into her name!

  2. Beautiful, for a beautiful girl!

  3. Dorothy

    love it! and I love the verse you used, God gave me that verse our first week in Budapest when we went to the top of the citadel at night and overlooked the beautifully lit city! Now there’s a beautiful Ellie lighting the city! 🙂

  4. The meaning of names is so important in most cultures around the world. Our children’s names have provided us much opportunity to share the Good News. We pray Ellie’s name and life will be the same for you guys.

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