Hero Hefin Casey Jones. So what’s in a name – or in his name? I get that email a lot.
The petals in the photograph aren’t rose petals. They are the most delicate, sorbet pink tulips from the Wildflower Company [who taught me that tulips, not roses, are in season at the moment] but they’re still as precious as any rose. Both different, both special, just like the names we give our little ones at birth.
Jensen was named at 5 months in utero.
Our formula is Jensen [Ackles, Supernatural actor] + Indiana [Jones, yes, we know that’s the dog’s name – my husband loves Indy and even walked down the aisle in Disney World to the theme tune] and Jones.
Lyoto was named at 7 months in utero.
He’s Lyoto [Machida, Brazilian/Japanese MMA fighter] + Elvis [we love Elvis] + Romeo [Born on Valentine’s Day] |+ Jones.
Hero we named a week before he was born.
I’d loved the name for the whole of my pregnancy and finally we decided on it. He would have been Hiro but we decided we gave people enough trouble with Lyoto’s spelling. So Hero it was.
Hero [Just because I like it, Greek or Japanese], Hefin [Welsh for Summer] Casey [Disney’s Dumbo Train – we found out we were pregnant the day before we left for Florida – although the mister likes this name because of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles].
Deciding is difficult – and gets more challenging either because the more children you have, the fewer favourite names are left in your arsenal, or if you’re having just one child, you want the name to be everything you love about the world. I read at least 3 books and leafed through thousands of baby names online. It was exhausting.
So, if you’re at an emotional stand-off over the name of your little one, try the Baby Name Genius app. Instead of leafing through and highlighting a million names you might vaguely like the sound of, the app takes account of your likes, dislikes and interests – and has some unique features like “born on the day” for inspiration.
What was the inspiration behind your little one’s name?