I have loved every second of picking names for my Bugs. When I saw Amy’s post about Naming Babies, it made me want to share about our name choices for Ladybug and Stinkbug. I almost typed out our name and meaning for Doodlebug (which we’re not keeping hush, hush in real life by any means), but I thought I would just wait and share his name when I have some pictures of him to put with it!
(Olive tree, Unmerited favor)
But I am like a green olive tree
in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
forever and ever. (Psalm 52:8)
When I was newly pregnant, I was reading verses and passages in Scripture about the blessing of children. I read Psalm 128, which states that children will be like “olive plants” around the table. That verse cross referenced Psalm 52:8 in my Bible, and I fell in love with the name Olivia, since it meant “olive tree”. What a perfect verse for my daughter– I desire that she would be content to dwell in the Lord’s presence, and I pray that she will always trust in His steadfast love.
Olivia being four syllables meant (for me) that we needed a succinct middle name, so her name would just flow. (OK, so I’m a little nuts-o about the sound of names!) I think Grace is a beautiful name, and even more beautiful is the meaning that “grace” or “unmerited favor” holds for me and Hubby. God has given us so much grace in our years on this earth, Olivia’s middle name is a tribute to His graciousness.
(Bright in mind and spirit, Salvation is from the Lord)
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:25-26)
When Hubby and I were in college, we spent a summer working with students in China. In preparation for the trip we read Hudson Taylor’s biography. We were both impressed with the man Hudson Taylor was and once we were married and pregnant, decided we liked Hudson as a boy’s name. The passage above from Psalm 73 epitomized to us not only how Hudson Taylor lived his time here on earth, but how we desire our son to live– desiring Christ above all else. So we chose it as Hudson’s life verse. (The actual meaning of Hudson is “son of Hugh” or “son of the hooded man”, and Hugh means “bright in mind and spirit”, hence the meaning above.)
Isaiah is our favorite book of the Old Testament, and we liked how it sounded with Hudson as a middle name. When you add that Isaiah means “salvation is from the Lord”, how could we not choose this name for our first son?
Picking names with Hubby for our children has been a blessing and a joy. It feels like a big job to name another human being, but how special names are! It’s neat to me to watch how my children have grown into their names already (at three years old and almost two years old), and I can’t wait to see what else God has in store for them!