Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Once we found out we were pregnant with twins my husband and I pretty quickly settled on naming our children with names plucked from our family trees. We also agreed we didn't want to discuss the names publicly until the children were born - people are so opinionated with names if you reveal them before the babies are born. I can remember offending my brother with feedback on names before my nieces were born.
For our children, we announced the names on the date of their birth!
Our daughter, Susanna Aralou, is named in honor of my mother and my husband's mother/my husband's great-grandmother. Susanna is a minor variation of my mother's first name. For the middle name, my husband's grandmother Margie had given her second born daughter the same middle name as her mother, Lou, and after the tragic and untimely death of Margie, my husband's mother was raised by her namesake grandmother (my husband's great-grandmother) Ara Lou (two words). We liked the two names as one; hence Aralou.
Our son, John Randolph, is named in honor of my husband's family and my father. With very few exceptions the first born son in my husband's family tree all have the name John somewhere in the mix. It is my husband's middle name. It is my husband's grandfather's name. It's in his family tree all the way back to the 1600's. We like tradition. The name Randolph is the formal version of my father's first name. I like formal names.
Susanna Aralou and John Randolph: two sets of perfect names for two perfectly adorable tiny people!