We welcomed our fifth child to our tribe: a son, [name_m]Maccabee[/name_m] “Mac” [name_m]Joel[/name_m], born [name_f]May[/name_f] 12, 2021.
He joins two big brothers, [name_m]Evander[/name_m] “Van” [name_m]Mark[/name_m], and [name_u]Gabriel[/name_u] Lee; and two big sisters, [name_f]Eliza[/name_f] [name_f]Mae[/name_f] and [name_f]Aviya[/name_f] [name_f]Joy[/name_f].
[name_m]Maccabee[/name_m] [name_m]Joel[/name_m] has very special meaning to us. He is named after the Maccabees who are famously recorded in the books of Maccabees. [name_m]Maccabee[/name_m] is an acronym in Hebrew for “Who is like You, oh Yehovah, among the gods?” [name_m]Exodus[/name_m] 15:11. It was their battlecry as they victoriously fought against Hellenism. His middle name means Yehovah is God.
The hardest part about naming [name_m]Mac[/name_m] was keeping up with my husband’s rule of using three syllable first name and one syllable middle name. As Hebrews, we only considered Hebrew names. [name_m]Mac[/name_m] was due on Shavuot, The Feast of Weeks, so I felt [name_m]Boaz[/name_m] was the perfect name, but my husband wouldn’t consider it because it doesn’t have 3 syllables. I guess it’s just as well because we then found out our friends named their baby boy [name_m]Boaz[/name_m].
The three syllable rule also eliminated [name_m]Job[/name_m], [name_m]Jedidiah[/name_m], and [name_m]Obadiah[/name_m].
Other names we considered were [name_m]Josiah[/name_m], [name_u]Micaiah[/name_u], [name_m]Malachi[/name_m], [name_m]Solomon[/name_m], and [name_m]Jacoby[/name_m] (my feeble attempt to get a three syllable name to shorten down to my beloved “Job”).