Celebrate Your Name Week: Jordan

March 6-12 is Celebrate Your Name Week! I figured I’d celebrate by discussing the names of our cast of characters here at Coolest Family on the Block. I told you about how Muppet got his name and how Adaline got her name and why I spell it wrong, and why Cool Daddy’s name is a secret

After almost 5 years of unexplained infertility we got pregnant. Just before 12 weeks I lost the baby. Three months later I got pregnant with Adaline. On the first baby’s due date, 03/14/2009, we “officially” named the baby Jordan Shiloh. (Coincidentally Jordan’s due date fell 2 days after I had my 20 week ultrasound with Adaline and discovered for certain that she was a girl.).

Shortly after finding out we were pregnant with Jordan, Cool Daddy and I were taking a walk and I said, “I’d like us to give the baby a nickname that we can call it until we find out whether it’s a girl or a boy. Any suggestions?” Right away he answered, “Biddle.” and I thought it was great. For the remainder of the pregnancy we called the baby Biddle. After the miscarriage we wanted to give the baby a real name, but we weren’t sure if it had been a boy or a girl. We decided to use a unisex name and Jordan and Shiloh were our favorites. I also liked that Jordan and Shiloh are Biblical place names.

Jordan is the river in the Bible where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. It was at Shiloh where Hannah prayed to God to give her a son and it was there where Samuel was later brought to live.

Jordan means “descending, flowing down” and Shiloh means “He who has been sent” and also “safe, peaceful, tranquil”. Together the name means “Descending, flowing down, He who has been sent safely, peacefully, tranquilly.” Quite honestly I didn’t even know that at the time that I picked the names. While having a name with special meaning was important to me, I just wanted to pick a unisex name that I liked the sound of and Jordan and Shiloh were my favorites. Now I think that the name is so fitting. While losing Jordan was one of the most painful experiences of my life (s)he left this world flowing down and had been sent safely, peacefully, and tranquilly to be with his/her Father in heaven.

I still often refer to the baby as “Biddle” since no one ever seems to know who I’m talking about when I say “Jordan”. I’m glad we gave our baby a name, even if we’re the only ones that remember it.

Follow the links below for more information on the names “Jordan” and “Shiloh”.
*Jordan (Male)
*Jordan (Female)
*Jordan: Meaning “descend, flow down”
*Shiloh (Male)
*Shiloh (Female)
*Shiloh: Meaning “peaceful, tranquil”
*Shiloh: Meaning “He who has been sent”
*Shiloh: Meaning “His gift”

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
+Why Cool Daddy’s Name is a Secret
+The meaning of the name Jennifer: My name 🙂
+Why “Coolest Family on the Block”?: How I picked the blog name

Read The Short Version of our infertility/miscarriage story, or for the whole story read:
*Part 1: Trying to Conceive: Take 1
*Part 2: My First Pregnancy
*Part 3: My Miscarriage
*Part 4: Trying to Conceive: Take 2
*Part 5: Trying to Conceive: Take 3 Secondary Infertility
*Spring Ahead: Reflections on Miscarriage
*Childless Mother: Infertility Poem
*National Infertility Awareness Week

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Posted on March 11, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Jenn,

    That was very sweet. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing.



  2. That’s a beautiful name meaning! The meaning of our children’s names are very important to us too! I have not shared with the world what their names are (at least not on purpose if I have)…but my I wanted my daughter’s name to mean something specific, so I found this website where you can look up names by the meaning, and it worked! We found the perfect first name using that site. Her middle name reflects a significant period in our lives as well, but also reflects the fact that she’s our second born. We were pretty much obsessed with the meanings when we were trying to come up with names for them. If we loved a name, but the meaning was weird, it was out. Also important was the name’s popularity. Didn’t want it to be too popular. And now I’m glad my son is a son and not a daughter because he would’ve been Sophie/Sophia…and I think that name is in the top 20 for his year! (Sorry for the run-on comment…it’s kind of a comment for all of your name meaning posts) 🙂


    • I agree with you. I really like the meaning behind a name. I didn’t used to care so much, but I noticed that in the Bible a name really defined a person and I thought it would be nice if it were like that today.
      Sophie/Sophia is a beautiful name, but yes, it is very popular right now. I didn’t want something really popular either. Not really sure why, but I just didn’t want it to seem like I chose a name because it’s trendy…I wanted more meaning behind it.
      I’m so glad you stopped by…haven’t heard from you in awhile. You need to add an email subscription box to your blog so that I can stay caught up. I always forget to check my feed!


  3. Jenn, thank you for sharing your babies’ name with us. Jordan/Biddle, how sweet! I appreciate you, girl.


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