What’s in a name?

Unless they’re called William III, or Jesse James Junior, you might have gone through nine months of nervous brainstorming — what should I call my new baby?  I found it to be a very difficult task, and my husband and I have spent more than a few hours debating about it! I guess I like short, catchy names, because all our kids’ names have no more than 4 letters. I also like names that work in multiple languages. And they should work well with our family name (van de Paal).
Our first baby is called SARA van de Paal. I’ve always thought Sara is a beautiful name, very old-fashioned, but at the same time very simple and modern. I like how there are so many As in the first and last name.
Our son is called PIM van de Paal. It’s very Dutch, and short for Willem (William). I find it to be super sweet for a small boy, but also very cool for big boys and grown-up men. And I love how it works with the P in our surname.
Our last baby is called AVA van de Paal. I love that name, it’s a palindrome name, and totally symmetrical on top of it! It also works great with our last name, with the As and Vs.

What are your children called? And for what reason?

xxx Esther

P.S. Emilie sent me these sweet name buntings after Ava’s birth; they’re made by her friend Purvika and you can order them from her Etsy shop.

8 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Carmen | August 12, 2010 | Reply

We have three “Js”: Javier, Jorge and Julia. Javier and Jorge were the finalists in the race when I was about to give birth to my first baby boy so, since Javier won then, it was clear that the second boy would be a “Jorge”. And I loved Julia for my little girl and, also, having the three Js became a kind of family joke during my last pregancy. Besides, they all fit well with my husband’s surname, starting by “O”.
Love,
Carmen

2. peggy | August 12, 2010 | Reply

my first daughter has “my dream name”, a name I had on my list for so many years (even the ones I could not imagine to have a child) and I was very very excited to get a girl (there was no such boys name in my mind)…
and funny enough I like girls names without A`S ….

my son`s name came up without anybody really remembering how…but the moment we knew it will be a boy we both said the name straight away…

Love from Amsterdam
xxx

3. Steph | August 12, 2010 | Reply

We named our son Levi because it was long favorite of my husband and that we like names with history, the Old Testament is a great source. We also liked the fact that it means joined or united.

His middle name is something we hope he aspires to — Wisdom.

4. simone | August 12, 2010 | Reply

We named our son Benjamin. It is a classic name, also from the Old Testament and it fits well with our very short last name. My little girl was named after my Grandmother. She died shortly after I knew that I was pregnant. It is for me a nice way to keep in touch with her.

5. NVT | August 12, 2010 | Reply

We thought and thought… I’m Indian, my husband British. So her name had to be something that would go with a British last name but we wanted an Indian first name. It wasn’t easy. And then lo and behold, I got inspiration form a handbag! I don’t tell a lie… but I am in to my handbags (some say a bit too much). We chose Anya. It means The inexhaustible in Sanskrit… and my god, does she live up to her name! The child never tires, unlike the mother!

6. lynne best | August 20, 2010 | Reply

We had many girls names picked oufor our baby, then when we found out the baby was a boy, we were stuck. My husband thought my maiden name would make a nice boys name , so that was that, wenow have a beauiful boy – Blakeley.

7. Lisa Marie Runfola | August 21, 2010 | Reply

We are American expats living here in Paris France. Our daughter who I cannot believe just turned 11 months was born here in Paris last year. Her name is Aniela Soleil Marie and I just love the fact that she is names after my father’s great-aunt from the country of Poland. pronounced ON-yell-A , soleil because she is our sunshine. And she is my 5th and last baby !

8. KatieR | August 23, 2010 | Reply

One of my favorite subjects! Baby names…

I have a Benjamin, an Eleanor, and an Ian.

I love their names madly…they are classic, old fashioned, sweet, and they fit just right.

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