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 BabyNames.com, Nameberry, and Babycenter.com’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!