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What's in a Name?

04 May 2011

That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.
Just a little Shakespeare to get you going today. :)

Like I said, I've been meaning to give you a little more about our Baby Girl's name other than just dropping it on you, but circumstances have prevented me from doing that before now. (Also, we can thank pregnancy insomnia for allowing me time to start a post at 4am!) So, before I begin, how about a little background. Before we found out that Baby Williamson is in fact a girl, we had been throwing some names around. Bubba was pretty convinced that we were having a boy, so we really spent more time thinking about boy names. In fact, I only ever even had one girl name that I loved. John has known this name for years and it's, for the most part, the only real possibility we talked about for our daughter's first name. This name is, of course, Karis. We did take time to consider the spelling, and with John leading the way, we settled on Karis. I love it...but credit him with that final decision. :)

Her middle name did take us quite a bit longer to decide on. We wanted something with some kind of significance. It was very important that the name flows well...and that it goes well with Williamson. (As an example, there are plenty of names that I think are very nice such as, Addison. However, I have issue (and this is just me personally) with a name like Addison Williamson.....-son -son. I don't like both names ending in -son.) All this is to say there were many things to consider...like a Type A mama!

John really wanted a name of Scottish descent...given how close his family lineage is to Scotland. We have Scottish lineage on my side too, but his side is obviously much closer. We know that if we have a son, his middle name will be Cameron, like his daddy and Grandaddy. Taking in to consideration that is our plan, we thought it would be nice on some level for our little girl too.

There were several names we discussed, some of Scottish descent, some not. Ansleigh we became stuck on pretty early on too, but wanted to give it time before we settled on it. Again, there was discussion of how Ansleigh would be spelled, and again I credit John with settling on our spelling. I do think it is so pretty.

Now that you have the background, how about a little meaning, eh?
Karis is from the Greek transliteration charis, which means grace. This word for grace appears 156 times in Scripture. As I have looked this up in Strong's concordance they have a definition for grace under the outline for biblical usage...and I love it.

1) grace
a) that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness
2) good will, loving-kindness, favor
a) of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues

I love everything about that. Our little girl does afford us joy, pleasure, delight, and sweetness....and we haven't even met her yet. These are all things we wish for her life. We also do consider it God's merciful kindness and so thankful that He would allow us the privilege of being Karis' mommy and daddy.

Ansleigh has a few layers of meaning. Since I mentioned the Scottish thing before, I will start there. Ansleigh is of Scottish descent, sort of...it kinda depends where you look. But, it definitely is a form of Ainsley, which is Scottish and means meadow. Is this the deepest meaning, no. But it certainly is nice and appeals to our nature side, especially my sweet Eagle Scout husband. :)

More meaning behind the name Ansleigh is that it is a combination of Anne and Lee/Leigh. Anne is my middle name, as well as my mom's. It's also a first or middle name to several women in my family tree. Lee is a big family name on John's side...we actually have a couple of Lees on my side as well, but it is a big name on his side. We felt like it was a nice combination of several women from both sides of our family, all a part of our little girl's heritage.

So there you have it....Karis Ansleigh. And you thought it was just a pretty name. :)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the explanation of my granddaughter-to-be's name! It is beautiful and makes great sense. McIntyre is Scotch and Irish in origin I've been told, but I haven't done enough research to go beyond that today. Have a great Mother-to-be Day! Love, Dad

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