Here’s the background: I have an ongoing “baby name queue” of names I’d like to give future children. Before today it looked like this, meanings included (I’ll explain why later)…
[name]Charles[/name] [name]Theophilus[/name] (free man, loving God)
[name]Marcus[/name] [name]Ebenezer[/name] (warlike, stone of help - referring to a Biblical memorial that was set up to remember God’s aid)
[name]Walter[/name] [name]Cornelius[/name] (powerful warrior, horn)
[name]Blaise[/name] [name]Nicodemus[/name] (stutters, victory of the people) - Although I’m not spelling it this way, I’m thinking more of “[name]Blaze[/name]” (fire) as the meaning for this first name
[name]Cora[/name] [name]Melisande[/name] (maiden, industrious)
[name]Sylvia[/name] [name]Josephine[/name] (of the forest, Jehovah increases)
[name]Alice[/name] [name]Theodosia[/name] (noble, giving to God)
I want all my children’s names to point toward a hope I have for them. For some of these, the meaning is fairly clear (i.e. I hope [name]Cora[/name] will grow up to be an industrious maiden). Others I hadn’t thought out at the time, and only put together for the sound and style.
So today when I found that [name]Sylvia[/name] meant “of the forest”, I wasn’t impressed. Hubby has vetoed “[name]Sylvia[/name]” anyway, so I figured I’d stop clinging to it and look around for an alternative that could signify something more meaningful with [name]Josephine[/name]. “Jehovah increases”…what? I don’t want a straight, classic virtue name ([name]Hope[/name], [name]Patience[/name], [name]Mercy[/name], etc.). But a virtue-type name would be nice.
Off the top of my head, I can think of:
[name]Sonia[/name] (wisdom) - odd for the sibset? - but I’ve always loved this name
And of course my husband has vetoed those in the past too (and [name]Alice[/name]). But I still have hope…
Can anyone else think of girl names that mean virtues or good qualities, or blessings, or other things I’d want God to increase in my daughter’s character or her life?
Thanks for the help!