This concept was an incredibly important one for my husband and I to keep in mind when naming our children. Before deciding on Jase's name, I remember looking up the meaning behind my husband's and my name and being astounded at how much it described who we are as people. It described our personality, little things within us that we didn't even realize were there. It described passions we had. It described the heart behind who we were in ways that really surprised us.
In discovering this, it became that much more important to not just choose a name for our children that we loved the sound of, but a name with a meaning behind it that we wanted to speak over our children's lives. There would be names we would come across that we really liked, but then when we dug into the meaning, we didn't feel like it was the right one. It definitely made it a lot harder to find a name for our child, but we knew that God was guiding us on the perfect name for our child.
We came across Elyse in an entirely different way. My grandmother passed away shortly after Chad and I were married and she was never able to meet Chad. Due to a lot of family history, I don't have much extended family a part of my life, this grandmother, my dad's mom, was the only steady grandmother I had my entire life. I was extremely close to her. I have so many fond memories with her, it was so hard to know she would never meet Chad or my future children. So I asked Chad if we could use her name in one of our daughter's names one day, and he sweetly agreed. My grandmother is from Greece so she has a very long Greek name that I don't even know completely... But she went by Ann. When we looked up the meaning of Ann, I knew it was perfect, so we held on to it until we found a middle name we loved with it. One day in conversation, we tossed around Elyse, and when I looked up the meaning I loved it. When paired with Ann, we knew it was the perfect name. I look forward to being able to speak it over her, and to see the way it plays out in her life as well.
Look up your name, what does it mean? Can you see any of your name's meaning in your life?