I find names pretty fascinating. Most of us have a story behind how we were named or what we were named after. It’s amazing just how important our name is and the magnitude of it is pretty cool when you really start to think about it. So when you have to name something whether it be a business, a place or a child you feel the enormous responsibility of choosing something that will be stuck for life. It’s a HUGE decision and you don’t want to mess it up.
When we were pregnant with Logan we had no real direction with where we wanted to go – name wise. We weren’t using any family names and didn’t have anything that “we had always” wanted or anything like that. So we picked up a baby name book, like most first time parents, and poured over page after page of what turned out to be absolute hilarity. Have you ever read a baby name book or rather now an app? There are some serious hilarious names that I can’t even imagine on what planet a parent would name their children these names but it does make for some great entertainment.
If you’ve never had a boy then you’re in luck because boys names are HARD. You’ll find a first name you like but no middle name flows with it or visa versa. They’re not pretty and flow-y like girls names. So after realizing nothing we liked went together we tried a different approach. We knew we wanted a middle name to be really masculine. I mean we were having a boy after all. No woosies here. 😉 So what better origin to look up than Greek. Me and Jared both enjoyed greek mythology and on our first date we watched the movie Troy (am I aging us or what) and so it seemed fitting. Therefore, we started looking at Greek names and BAM we saw Troy and the middle name was born. Logan came a couple of weeks later because at the time it was pretty unpopular and hadn’t yet become a popular girls name. (Sorry, buddy) Logan means “little hollow” which is pretty uneventful but we felt like Troy made up for it so LOGAN TROY was born.
For Mason, his first name came easily. I remember just coming across it and thinking “oooo I like that and it goes with Logan.” I literally told Jared and he was like “Yup, sounds good” I think we made that decision in about 3 minutes as opposed to 3 months. This is how fast you change after a first baby. Haha. Then we decided to continue on with the Greek idea so yet again set out to find something really masculine and strong. Alexander was derived from that list and after all he was a King so can’t beat that. Mason means stoneworker so I figure that’s also somewhat manly. I mean that’s hard work. So Mason Alexander was born.
As for Gavin…well he is named Gavin kind of out of default. Jared liked the name Gavin for the first two boys but it never felt right and we never found a good middle name. So it kept falling off the list. It is inspired from Gavin Rossdale, the singer, and if you don’t know who that is then I do worry about you. Haha just kidding – but for real google him. 😉 Anyways, since we were now having our third boy, and we sort of had an accidental theme going on (5 letters ending in ‘n’ and greek middle name) I decided it was time for a Gavin. We played around with the middle name liking Maximus and Decimus. Yes, Decimus Maximus was Russel Crowes character on the movie Gladiator which was a movie watched on our second date. Are you seeing a theme here?? We couldn’t really decide when we came across Phoenix on our greek list. As soon as we saw it we were like “That is such a cool name!” And the rest is history. Gavin means uncertain and is derived from the name Gawain who was a knight at the round table. Manly, indeed! So Gavin Phoenix was born.
Rounding out the herd was Boden who probably has the best story. Again, we now had a theme and ANOTHER boy (like for real how is 4 boys even genetically possible) so we set to work on the 5 letters and greek middle name thing. Now, once you have so many boys your list of options starts to dwindle. There’s only so many good boy names that are 5 letters, 2 syllables and end in n. I was worried we were running out. In November, I was at Parent Teacher Conference and the teacher was running behind so I was perusing my baby names app. I was sending a few suggestions to Jared so he started looking at his too. I swear to you AT THE EXACT SAME TIME we texted each other the name Boden. Our texts we identical and stated “How about Boden. Body for short.” We hit send at the exact same time. We both nearly died from laughter and decided right then and there that was the name. I mean fate clearly had it’s plans. We couldn’t have planned that if we had tried and we didn’t know any Boden’s and it fit the theme. Mission accomplished. As for his middle name we went back to either Decimus or Maximus since they didn’t make the cut with Gavin. We decided on Maximus since it seemed to flow a bit better and the rest is history. Boden means shelter which I guess could be fitting in it’s own way. Haha. Then Boden Maximus was born.
It’s probably a good thing we are done having kids, since I’m sure we would have another boy and I’m not sure I could come up with anymore names. But it’s fun to look back and remember how each was decided and hopefully they all live up to their Greek masculinity. Haha! How did you pick your kids’ names? Let me know in the comments below!