Thank you so much for the wonderful support in naming our darling girl. We hadn’t found out the sex and had a wobble with names late in the third trimester. However, we are thrilled to announce the arrival of [name_f]India[/name_f] [name_u]Willow[/name_u] [name_f]Anneliese[/name_f] who made her way into the world by emergency C-section on [name_f]April[/name_f] 24th at 3:44pm. She weighs 7lbs 1.5oz and is the image of her proud Daddy.
Her name feels so whole and complete for her. She suits it perfectly:
[name_f]India[/name_f] was chosen for a few reasons; my husband is of Anglo-Indian heritage and it seemed a beautiful nod to his roots. It also holds literary significance to me; when I was 11 or 12 I read a book where the protagonist was a fierce but gentle feminist named [name_f]India[/name_f]. Sadly our [name_f]India[/name_f] has been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, but we are sure she will also be fierce and strong too!
[name_u]Willow[/name_u] was chosen as it was the name of my late mother’s shop. She sold fair-trade clothing and accessories from [name_f]India[/name_f] and [name_f]Africa[/name_f] and she was so proud of it. I know she’d be proud of her first grandchild, too. It also has a beautiful natural feel and I am very much a nature-Mama.
[name_f]Anneliese[/name_f] was chosen as we have a middle naming tradition of “Anne” - I am not a fan as it feels dated now, but I didn’t want to lose it altogether. We’ve updated and softened it, and also it honours my husband’s mother [name_f]Annette[/name_f] and his grandmother [name_f]Ann[/name_f].
Thank you for your help, and hope you enjoy the origins of her very special name!