What’s In A Name?

Filed in Personal, ReligionTags: Christianity, Family, Fatherhood

Many have asked why we named our daughter Lillian Nicole. Here is a glimpse into our thought process.

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Lillian Nicole
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We believed it to be very important to give our children names with significant meanings. We believe in the power of speaking life over and into our children. Therefore, we wanted to give our children names that would reinforce the character and values we desire for them.

Lillian is of Latin origin, and means Lily. In the Bible, the lily symbolizes innocence, purity, beauty, and resurrection. Here is a thorough overview of the symbolism of the lily:

The lily's scepter or trumpet shape makes it a symbol of royalty. Its white color indicates purity, innocence, hope, and virtue...

We hope and desire for these virtues to describe the character of our daughter, and by God's grace, they will.

Nicole is the namesake of Lily's Aunt, Angela Nicole. The name is of Greek origin, and means, "the people's victory", or "victory of the people". We chose this name both to honor her namesake, and also to be the encouragement we speak into Lily - that through virtuous character by the grace of God, she will be victorious in her life and will bring glory to God.


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4 Responses to “What’s In A Name?”
  1. Mel says:

    That is well said…we always get questions about why all of our children have Biblical names.

  2. Chip Bennett says:

    You know, I actually enjoy telling people *why* we chose the names we have chosen. I like knowing that our children will have names that glorify not us, but rather glorify God and the importance of seeking to emulate His character in our lives and in the lives of our children.

  3. Auntie JuJu says:

    I wish every parent would put as much thought and love into naming their children as you and Stephanie have – way too many people slap any old name on the birth certificate and it just makes my left eyeball twitch.

    And don’t get me started on the qureeateyve spelling. Blech.


  4. Chip Bennett says:

    You mean, we shouldn’t have spelled her name “Lylleyaan Neekwhoale”?