With looking for exact meaning (just from my own name obsessed memory so I may be off a little… lol…)
[name]Sebastian[/name] [name]Elihu[/name] - Venerable, God is God
[name]Bronwen[/name] [name]Eliza[/name] - Fair breast/soul, God is my oath
[name]Linus[/name] [name]Ezra[/name] [name]Graham[/name] - Flaxen haired (great since he turned out to be a natural blond!), helper, from the grey stone house
[name]Violet[/name] [name]Leona[/name] - Purple, [name]Lion[/name] (DH and I always joke that her first tattoo will be of a purple lion)
[name]Felix[/name] [name]Emmanuel[/name] - [name]Happy[/name], God is with us
All the first names were chosen because we liked them and also for meaning sort of…[name]Linus[/name]'s probably the least, we just loved the first name [name]Linus[/name] and both grew up watching/reading Peanuts and had that comic strip as a happy memory in our childhood.
I know there are names out there with meanings that are in no way flattering ([name]Cameron[/name] or [name]Claudia[/name] anyone?) but people obviously look past that and choose them anyway. All of their middle names were chosen for meaning. Vio kind of got a “real thing” out of it (a purple lion) which is neat.
I think being named for no reason other than my parents just liked these names (which is fine, but I always wanted a little bit of a story behind it, even a small one like they knew somebody with my name and she was nice etc) I love that the kids have meanings behind all their middle names (the girls are twists on the family names [name]Elizabeth[/name] and [name]Leonard[/name], the boys for the meanings) so that is a gift that they can have, knowing we thought about them each individually etc.