A Name!!!

We have decided on a name for baby Charlie! Although, I am hormonal and a bit crazy, so you may want to refrain from embroidering anything until the birth certificate is all filled out. (Unless you want a crazy baby momento, which I’m cool with.)

Ransom Jonathan

If you know us, you know we’ll be calling him by the name we’ve given him, which would be Ransom. As a name, Ransom means “warrior’s shield”  or “deliverance; rescue.” It is Old English and was most popular during the Victorian Era. You may also know the name from Ransom Eli Olds; American automobile pioneer after whom Oldsmobile was named. You may also recognize the name from C.S. Lewis’s space trilogy. (Out of The Silent Planet, Perelandra,  and That Hideous Strength)

As you well know, we choose Biblical middle names. But not any old Biblical name or word will do. We specifically choose for each child a namesake with characteristics we would like our child to emulate or possess. (Or traits we think they may already possess. I tell you, I know a lot about these babies in utero.) Imogene’s namesake is Ruth, the image of friendship and compassion. Aidan’s namesake is Peter, the rock that the early church relied upon. Emery’s namesake is Silas, a faithful missionary companion. Ransom’s namesake will be Jonathan, another image of friendship and doing the right thing, not the easiest. “As iron sharpens iron so does one man another.” That is something I hope for Ransom. I can tell you, he is less fiery than the other boys. He seems more calm and more still in spirit. I anticipate him being a good listener. Though he does seem that he will be strong at times. He isn’t weak, by any means, simply quietly strong. (And that, in no way means he is better or worse than the other boys, just his own unique person.) We’ll see how right I am about those things.

So, there you have it at long last. A real name for the little guy! And look, I’m 4 weeks ahead of schedule. I had set the date for choosing the name at 34 weeks, and I got something done early! Of course, nothing else is done, but he’ll have a name when he comes out even if he doesn’t have a place to sleep (other than in my arms).

Babies Are Hard To Name

So, today I am 16 weeks along. (I know, time goes so fast when you’re not the one pregnant, right?) So, The Pastor and I have been discussing names. And when I say “discussing” I mean that I make a list and he marks all the names off the list, then I make a new list and he marks all those off. Babies are ridiculously hard to name. You would think it’d get easier, but it only gets harder the more kids you have. Your first child, you get to choose from any name in the world you like. Your second child, you have to pick a name that “matches” the first in style and quality but isn’t too much like it. (We’ve all seen families where the first child is Willow and the second child is John. And we think, “Wow. What on earth made them choose such opposite names?” We’ve also met families where the first child is Jaylon and the second child is Gaylon, and we think, “Don’t they get confused having almost the exact same name?”) Third child has to match, but not be too close, to names one and two. Fourth has to match, but not be too close, to names one, two, and three. You see how this gets difficult. Let me just say, I’m tapped out of names. I’ve got nothing. I must have used all my creativity on the first three and have nothing left. It doesn’t help that The Pastor and I don’t really ever see completely eye to eye on names anyway. (He like Nicholas, I like Blaise.) I’m beginning to rethink my decision to not find out the sex, just so I can narrow down the name search a bit. It is so difficult to find names, that’d it’d be so nice to just cut out even looking at names that are not the gender of the baby. I know, I have plenty of time to pick, but I’ve kind of set a high standard for names and need every available week I’ve got to find and equally awesome name. Perhaps I should have thought of that when naming the first three. Perhaps I should have set the bar low so it’d be easier to find a name now. I’ll end up with a Pilot Inspektor or Tallulah Applebelle at my current rate.