Mama Kat had another set of fabulous prompts this week. I am having to squeeeeeze in a post since I have a freelance gig going on (remember that “laser focus on time management” I promised myself in this post a few weeks back?).
This week, I go with the easiest: Share how you came up with your kids names!
With my daughter, Tenley (now 16), we weren’t sure what we wanted to name her. I had quite a few ideas floating around that played on “Elizabeth” in order to honor my sister-in-law, Ann Elizabeth, who had passed away a few years prior. Eliza Grace was a contender (I had an Aunt Grace who I really loved). Hubs is a big Russian history fan, so he was lobbying for Anastasia. I was concerned that would get shortened to a Stacy or other derivative, robbing the name of its beauty. My love of figure skating led us to name her after Tenley Albright, who has a great story. (She had to overcome polio to resume her figure skating training, won a gold medal at the 1956 Olympics, and went on to be a heart surgeon.) That’s how we ended up with Tenley Anastasia!
With my son, Wayne (now 13), there was no democracy involved. My husband is a Wayne, his dad is a Wayne. Wayne it would be. His middle name is Kevin after a brother who was stillborn a few years before I was born. Wayne’s cousin Atticus used to call him “Wagon” as a youngster — he couldn’t pronounce “Wayne Kevin.” It’s a great family story.