The Name Game

I can remember playing with my dolls as a little girl and calling them my “babies”. I gave them all different names and got comfortable with the idea that one day I too would have a real baby to name. I’ve had baby girl names picked out since Jr. High School. What can I say? I’ve always been the type to plan ahead. I would add a few to my approved list every few years or so but for the most part, my list was solid. Fast forward 15 years when I find out I’m pregnant and all those names were out the door. Instead I went with the flow and picked a name that had great meaning and that I thought was unique.

C is for Cadence


Most people that hear her name tell me it’s beautiful. But few of them know what it actually means.  I remember the first time I heard it. I was having a conversation with one of my best friends and she mentioned that super celebs Kim K and Kanye West were considering the name “Kadence” for their daughter, but instead opted for North West. Kim & Kanye had planned to change the word Cadence by adding a K to it to fall in line with their names. “The original name means rhythm,” my friend added. Immediately I fell in love with it. My mother always used to tell me how important the meaning of a name was. So upon hearing it, I looked up the dictionary definition.

ca·dence \ˈkā-dən(t)s\ : (a) the beat, time, or measure of rhythmical motion or activity. (b) a musical chord sequence moving to a harmonic close or point of rest and giving the sense of harmonic completion.

“…sense of harmonic completion”. That’s what roped me in. Prior to getting pregnant with Cadence, I had gone through quite alot in my life in a very short period of time. A quarter-life crisis if you will. Things seemed so unpredictable and out of control. I wasn’t sure where exactly I was going in life. I was confused, and sad, and a mix of alot of emotions. I just didn’t feel complete. This precious little gift made everything that happened to me prior to my pregnancy, during it and (now) after it, totally worth it. She provided that harmony and completion in my life.

God In The Middle 


Her middle name Elizabeth means “the oath or fullness of God”. I knew I wanted something biblical as part of my baby’s name. Once I found out that Elizabeth was a name that runs on both sides of her family, I was sold. It was my great-grandmother’s name and her daddy’s grandmother’s name as well. So we settled on Cadence Elizabeth for our baby girl.

Tips For Picking Baby Names


Look It Up

If you’re looking to give your baby a name that has a beautiful meaning, be sure to look up options you’re considering first. Websites like, Nameberry, and’s Baby Name Finder  are really helpful. You can also search by the meaning first, and then find names that fall in line with it. There are a ton of different ways to do it.

Ask Your Family

Sometimes hearing the names in your family tree can spark some inspiration. I was named after both my great-grandmother and my grandmother on my father’s side of the family. You don’t always need to reinvent the wheel. If there are great names in your family, feel free to honor your relatives and pull inspiration from them.

Take Your Time

We didn’t officially settle on her full name until I was 9 months pregnant. Some couples choose to name the baby once he or she is born, which is fine too! What’s most important is that you settle on a name you and your partner love. Trust me, you’ll be saying it ALOT in your lifetime so choose wisely!

How did you pick your baby’s name? Even better – what’s the story behind your own name? Share your stories in the comments section!


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  • Bria Bailey

    love hearing this story!!!

  • Teresa Brown

    What a lovely story – she is so precious and her name matches her perfectly.

    • Yes it does! So glad we picked it, it suits her so well

  • Sonia Persaud

    I love your story! The name Cadence was also on or short list for just the reasons you described. In the end we chose Carolena. Though not as much is known of the name as its counterparts Caroline, Carolyn, or Carol the descriptions I found were moving and I hope inspirational for her as she grows and asks for the origin of her name.

    • Oh Carolena is beautiful! I love it. And so unique. I’m sure she’ll appreciate the time and effort you took to name her once she gets older 🙂

  • daniellefromqueens

    Great story and such a precious little girl! Can’t wait to meet her 🙂

    • Thanks Danielle! She can’t wait to meet you either!

  • gabifresh

    aww love it! <3

  • beautiful name for a beautiful baby! love this post. can’t wait ’til cadence reads it when she gets older 🙂 p.s. that best friend you mentioned sounds pretty special – did she also correctly identify cadence’s gender? haha

  • Loved this! Absolutely beautiful! I’m a mommy of two boys with K names (if God were to bless me with a girl, Kadence was on my list!)

    The first born, Dad picked out since he didn’t like any of my choices (choosing names REALLY is difficult.) We ended up with Kaevon (Handsome/One of a Kind) & my second child is named Kamryn. I was told I was carrying a girl, but found out later in the pregnancy “she” was really a HE. I decided to keep the name though. The story behind my name: Erica Kane from All My Children, lol.

    Lots of love to you & your family! Thank you for sharing! xx

  • MommieKnowsfresh

    She is beautiful!!! I love this story, yes your babies name is serious business. I picked out Mackenzie’s name years before and then someone tried to steal it….but that’s a story for brunch, lol. Love this post.