Wednesday, September 10, 2014

the names



So if you've been following my blog or IG since about May, you know we've been calling the baby "Judy."  Long story, but it came about when I was on a weekend girls trip with my high school bests.  And now we call the baby Judy so often, I'm terrified it's going to stick after the baby is born.

Another bit of baby info is that we're not finding out the baby's gender until its birth day.  Seriously...we did it with Claire and it was the.best.surprise.ever.

Names are such a big deal to me.  Giving a tiny human the name they're going to be called for the rest of their lives terrifies me a bit.  What if they grow up to hate it?  What if I eventually hate it?  Silly I know...let's blame the raging hormones.  But it is a big deal to me, as I think it is for most people who are preparing for a baby.

I love telling people the names we've picked out.  I think it's hilarious to watch people's reactions when they clearly don't like our selection.  But I also love to hear people's stories behind why they've chosen the names they have for their own kids.  Names are just a funny thing.  An overwhelming, funny thing.  Almost every name has a story behind it, a special memory or person.  And it's one of the things you carry with you for the rest of your life.

So with that...the names we're 99% sure of at this point...

If the babe is a boy, we're naming him Jude William.  People keep asking, "Oh, Jude like the biblical character?"  Ummm...not so much, more like Jude from "Hey Jude," the Beatles song.  William is my Dad's first name and since he didn't have any sons to carry it on, we'd love to pass it on to our son.

Jude means praise.
William means resolute or brilliant.

The name we've chosen for a girl is June Kathleen.  No, not June like June Cleaver or the month.  June like June Carter Cash.  And Kathleen is my middle name.  I was named after my Gramma, who passed away in May, so it's extra special to me.

June means young.
Kathleen means pure or innocent.

It was not intentional to choose names that rhyme!  And no, we don't have a thing for "J" names.  They just happen to be the names we both love.

Several people have asked me if I have a "feeling" about whether the baby is a boy or a girl.  I really don't.  I just keep praying for a healthy one.  No matter who Judy is, we already love her SO much and can't wait to bring her home!


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21 comments:

Whitney said...

Names are so hard! I have a running list that has been growing for years of names that I like. Most of them my husband thinks that I am weird for liking. But in the end it only really matters to us if we like it and it fits the child. My son is named Crawford Hayes for no other reason than I just liked it. Our family still can't believe we named our son 2 last names. But it fits and we love it. Good luck!

xoxo,

Whitney & Blaire

Peaches In A Pod

Heather K said...

My husband and I haven't started a family yet, but we already talk about names - probably once every few months - they are hard! And I feel like 10 months is just not going to be enough time haha ;) I love that you are waiting to find out the gender of your baby…we've also talked about doing that too. I think I'd really like to and hope my feelings don't change once I'm pregnant!

Heather K said...

And I love both that you've selected - one of the 3 children I nanny for is Jude Henry and I love it :)

Melissa Camacho said...

I really love the names you've picked out! Like you, I think it's soo funny to see people's reactions to names you pick out. With both of our kids we agreed if we were having a boy, hubs could pick the name and if we were having a girl I could pick the name. Josh knew early on Benjamin would be in our son's name SOMEWHERE in the name (it's his middle name... Zander Benjamin) And I knew I wanted Louise (family name) to be our daughter's middle name so she's Ainsley Louise. :)

ashley said...

Loving the names. & I think it is awesome that yall are waiting for birth to find out the sex.

ashortblonde said...

Those are perfect names. I've always like Jude but Jordan and I are in agreement that one syllable first names just don't flow with a one syllable last name - so Jude would be out of the question for us!

Em said...

Lovely name choices. No kids on this end, but I think picking names would be a touch stressful! Beautiful photo, too :)

Ember Grey. said...

oh my gosh - I was totally giddy when I read the title of this post!! :) I LOVE the names and especially the meanings behind them. It's funny because when I hear the name Jude I first think of Hey Jude, and when I think of June- I think of Johnny and June- (my Grandpa and I shared a love for Johnny Cash.. very special) :) I've always had a thing for names - you are brave to disclose the names you guys have chosen... we have kept ours secret because I don't want to hear it if someone doesn't like the ones we've picked out haha!

TheAdventuresofBugandBoo said...

Great names!!! We were pretty set on monosyllabic firsts as well, because of the long last name. Two or three syllables in the first just felt like a crazy mouthful. I can't wait to find out what Judy is!! :)

Amy @ Set Free said...

Thank you! Yes, it is stressful. Well for me anyway. Hubs is super picky, so that makes it hard, plus I'm a teacher, so that rules out a lot of choices!! :)

Amy @ Set Free said...

I've been listening to Johnny ever since I started writing this post....he's on right now! :) It's fun putting the names out there! At this point, I don;t really care what people think. Is that bad?? Again, raging hormones! They're special names to Steve & me, that's the most important! :) Although Claire was pretty vocal at first...she picked Carson and Kate. :) But ever since I shot them down (poor girl), she calls the baby Judy and tells people the names we've picked.

Amy @ Set Free said...

I like simple, yet classic. They're kinda like J. Crew names. :) I can't wait to find out either...it still seems like I have so far to go. And like I've been pregnant forever! Do you feel that way?

Julie Maguda said...

I love both of their names! Absolutely perfect! Different but not too different. And when you said Jude, I instantly thought Hey Jude! lol! June is such a pretty name too and I love that you are using your grandmothers name...that's so sweet. I'm sure she would love that!

Ember Grey. said...

hahaha!!! The poor girl!! ;) She's like- well fine, Judy it is.

Amy @ Set Free said...

Thank you so much! Now we just can't to find out who this little one will be! :) I love names that have special significance. My hubs and I always knew that our kids' middle names would be after family members. Our daughter's middle name is both of my sisters' middle names combined...JoyAnne.

Amy @ Set Free said...

I think Beckett is adorable! It's funny how we can have such strong feelings either for or against names! :)

Julie Maguda said...

That's also really beautiful and unique! My daughter's middle name is Marie after my husband's mom who passed away, but we actually just heard the name Paige on a movie and both loved it. We had so much trouble picking out a name that we both really loved

Amy @ Set Free said...

Oh I love the name Paige! We got our daughter's name, Claire, from a TV show. :)

Julie Maguda said...

It's great to know we aren't the only ones then! haha!

Amanda Keener said...

I love your name choices! The only time I cringe is when someone spells a simple or classic name super weird. I think it's mostly just a grammar peeve.

I just started following, so I was catching up on your last few posts.

I got a lot of scrunched faces when I announced my son's name, Israel. It was just a name a loved, I grew up around a lot of Hispanic culture and was familiar with hearing "Isreal" and my husband agreed that he really liked the name. People always ask if we're Jewish (we're not) because his middle name is David. We chose David because it's my husband's childhood best friend's name and if gives him a classic name to fall on if he grows up to dislike his first.

Amy @ Set Free said...

I LOVE the name Israel. We have friends who names their son Israel and call him Izzy. :) But it's such a strong name, perfect for a boy! And so biblical with David as his middle name...even though it wasn't intentional! :) I'm with you on the weird spellings. I grew up with a girl names Genipher, and the poor girl...her mom should've picked a different way to show her weirdness! :) Thank you for stopping by and following along.