What’s in a name….?

I often wonder how people decide on names for their children, so I thought I would share the stories of my how my children’s names came to be!


Gemma was always our first choice girls name. We just liked it – it was traditional, pretty and cannot be shortened to a horrible nickname. I also love that it means ‘precious gem’ as that’s just what she is. We chose Louise as her middle name as it just seemed to flow beautifully, and suited our pretty little princess.


Jacob was also our first choice name for a boy, so when we found out at the scan that baby number 2 was a boy, we always knew he would be a Jacob. His middle name was not decided when he arrived. While he was in SCBU we were sat reading magazines, and looking for names that jumped out at us. I saw an article about someone called Alex – and Jacob became Jacob Alex. Jacob means ‘the supplanter’.


We really struggled with naming our 3rd baby as we had used up our 2 favourite names already! One day, Jacob came home and started talking about a boy in his class called Max, and it stuck with us. From that day on, he was always going to be Max. His middle name? This one was found in the traditional way – the good old baby name book! Maxwell means ‘great, strong stream’ and he is definitely our strong little fighter.

Would love to hear about how you chose your children’s names, and what they mean!

* This is my entry into the Mia Tui Matilda Mae competiton with Edspire *



  1. June 26, 2013 / 3:51 pm

    With my first I had no clue found it easier with boys names, So looked through the book and came accross Aston and i liked it! think it means tree!

    With our second my husband laiked the danish name Amalia But our friends just had an amelia so we went for Amelie instead! She is also AFC too.. oh dear!!

    With our third not born yet my husband desperatly wants another AFC were undecided!

  2. June 26, 2013 / 4:05 pm

    My hubby knew not to even toss a name into the ring until he learned the meaning of it. In the end, we have Luke (“Light”), Matthew (“Gift of God”), Celia (“from the heavens”), Jude (“Praise”) and Damien (“to overcome”).

  3. June 26, 2013 / 5:32 pm

    At 14 I decided I would have 3 children called Ben, Amy & Alex. 15 years later Ben was born – he is Benjamin James (the James was chosen by his Daddy as its his middle name & also his Grandfather’s name)
    When we found out we were expecting a girl I had gone off the name “Amy” a bit & think I just associated it with my first pregnancy (having not known what I was having) She became Chloe Nicola (I chose both names & her middle name is my sister’s name)
    Baby no 3 has proved a challenge as, like you we felt we had used our favourite names – however I think we might have just about settled on something – will let you know in November!

  4. July 3, 2013 / 7:45 pm

    What lovely names your children have x Thank you for linking up x

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