Celebrate Your Name Week: Adaline (Part 1)

March 6-12 is Celebrate Your Name Week! Yesterday I told you about how our furbaby, Muppet, got his name.
Today we’ll talk about naming Adaline.

My baby bump has a sinister handlebar mustache. Don’t be jealous.

At some point during our relationship Cool Daddy and I discussed what we’d name our daughter if we had one in the future. I’m not sure exactly how it all came about, but we’d both decided that we liked the name Rebecca Paige.
We had it settled.

Time went on and on and on…and I still wasn’t getting pregnant. It took 4 ½ years of unexplained infertility before we conceived our first baby. I started looking through baby name books and searching online. I’m not really sure if I was actually looking for a name or if I just felt that it was a rite of passage that I wanted to indulge in. Although I’d never really thought about it before, now that I was pregnant the meaning of the name became very important to me. I had already felt myself letting go of Rebecca, but once I read the meaning of the name* I was pretty sure it wasn’t for me. I felt very strongly about naming the baby Hannah if it were a girl. I’d always wanted a Biblical name and now I really related to Hannah. My husband and I thought Hannah Grace would be the perfect name for our little girl (Coincidentally Hannah also means “grace”).
Just before 12 weeks I lost the baby.

Three months later I was pregnant again. Once again I began looking in baby name books and searching online. I’m not sure why. We’d already chosen names during the last pregnancy. Still I felt myself letting go of Hannah Grace. I think part of it was because it was a name I was considering for the other baby and I just felt a little uncomfortable using it for this baby. One day while my husband and I were looking through baby name books he said, “What about Adeline? That’s pretty isn’t it?” I told him, “I love Adeline! Great pick, honey!” And I put it on my short list. I was still searching but from that moment on the baby was “Adeline” to my husband. Part of me wanted to keep both Adeline and Hannah and then decide once I saw the baby. In my mind Adaline had blue eyes and blond hair like me while Hannah had brown hair and brown eyes like her daddy. Somewhere around 34 weeks I had made up my mind.
Her name would be Adaline and here is why…

I loved the name Hannah but I felt like it was becoming too popular. Everyone seemed to be named Hannah (along with many other names that I liked including Emma, Ella, Isabella, and Ava). Because of that it seemed like the significance of the name would be lost in a sea of other Hannahs. I know a little about having a popular name (says the Jennifer from the 80s with a sister named Jessica). Then there’s Hannah Montana. I don’t have any problem with the show, but it can be a little irritating if as soon as you say “Hannah” someone thinks (or says) “Montana!”. And then one time my sister referred to the baby as “Hannah Banana”, and while that’s a cute little nickname…I know my sister. She would’ve started calling the child that all of the time and getting her everything with bananas and monkeys on it. It would’ve been overkill. So that’s why I didn’t name her Hannah. (I still love the name, though, so please do not let my hang ups stop you from naming your daughter Hannah. It’s a lovely name!).

I did name her Adaline because it’s a beautiful name. I also loved that it wasn’t popular, however, similar names like Addison and Madeline are popular. This would mean that plucking the name Adaline out of the early 20th century wouldn’t seem as foreign with similar sounding names being popular. She would also have the option of going by Adaline and being a little more unique or going by Addy like the other Addy’s and Maddy’s she’ll likely encounter. (There was no way to make Jennifer more unique. Unless you go by Lola, which isn’t Jennifer at all actually…so it doesn’t count.). We gave her the middle name “Rose” simply because I thought it sounded beautiful (and roses are my favorite flower, but it has nothing to do with the name selection). Other middle names that we considered were Grace, Joy, and Jayne.

Tomorrow I will tell you about the meaning of Adaline’s name including why I spell her name wrong 🙂

*Meaning of the name Rebecca: To bind, to ensnare, tied, captivating, knotted chord
(I still think Rebecca is a beautiful name.)

How did you choose your child’s name?
Tell me your story in the comments!

Other “Celebrate Your Name Week” Posts:
+How Muppet got his name
+How Adaline got her name
+The meaning of Adaline’s name and why I spell it wrong


Posted on March 9, 2011, in Adaline and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I totally can relate to letting go of a name, interesting how that is, huh? I love the name Adaline. It was one of the girl names I chose when I was pregnant with Ethan. If I have a girl, I say now that I’ll name her Adaline, but who knows if that time ever comes if I’ll still be wedded to that name. 🙂

    For Logan Hubby and I have always liked that name, even before we were married we talked about getting married, having kids and Logan would be the boys name. Then fast forward several years and my Hubby and I were in the basement of my childhood home just looking at old papers and we found a photo of someone with the name Logan on it. I brought it up, asked my dad who it was, turns out my great grandfather’s name was Logan. Everyone always called him Pap, so I didn’t know his given first name. WHen we heard that we knew, Logan indeed was to be our boy’s name. 🙂


    • Oh my, Mel, I would’ve peed my pants if you had had a girl and named her Adaline! That’s awesome 🙂
      I LOVE that your son is almost accidentally named after your great grandfather! I love when there’s history and meaning behind a name. That’s a great story!
      I just wasn’t thrilled with any of our family names.


  2. I have two girls, my oldest is named Erin and the youngest is named Rebecca. My husband and I came up with lists of names we liked, then talked about our lists, then combined it into one list. It was a long list at first, then got narrowed down. That’s what we did for both girls.

    Although we always call Rebecca, Becca. And I’m deathly afraid somebody will start calling her Becky and it will stick. Aaaaah!



    • I love Rebecca and my hubby and I had made the same agreement about only calling her Becca for short! (but then we named her Adaline…so it doesn’t matter). I like Erin too. I’m not into the weird spellings of names (then again I did spell Adaline wrong), but I’ve always liked Erin spelled Aryn…I just think it looks so pretty and almost old fashioned.

      Speaking of names…why is your blog named “Molly” Merchant? I think the first few times I commented on your blog I called you Molly! Oops, LOL!


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