Naming Our Son

Friday, May 27, 2016


Ben's younger brother Zac has a good friend from college named Beau. When I first heard his name, I commented that I liked it. In the time between Ben and I getting married and getting pregnant, I had Zac text his friend to find out his middle name. I was curious. :) I loved the name and tucked it away in the back of my head. Fast forward to actually being pregnant. For years we thought our son would be named Jackson Burch Strader. I'm pretty sure we picked it even before we got married. However, over those years the popularity of the name has completely blown up which is fine, but it just made it feel like less of a perfect fit for us. Going into finding out we were having a boy, we had a for sure girl name and zero boy name options on the table. I was really nervous that I would be disappointed that we didn't have a name for both genders.. and I prayed often that the Lord would make us sure of a name, or take away my anxiety. He provided the latter, and I couldn't have cared less that we didn't have a name picked out when we found out that our sweet baby was a boy. Over those next few days, Beau kept coming back up in conversation. At first Ben was on the fence, and then one day he commented that he really did think it was the right name. Since we decided, hearing people talk about our sweet boy by name just confirmed over and over again that Beau was the name of our son.

This description of the name really sealed the deal for us. It was exactly what we wanted in a name. 

The first personalized item I purchased was this sweet Easter basket. When Ben questioned if we really needed an Easter basket for a baby born almost two months after Easter I told him it's what he signed up for when marrying me. :) He's lucky I haven't already gotten Beau a lunchbox for his first day of kindergarten.

During all of our discussions about baby names, William kept coming up. I loved that it sounds quite British, and it fit the bill for a the classic name we were looking for. We even pondered William as a first name many times, but it never seemed right. Once we picked Beau we knew we wanted a slightly longer middle name for balance, and William just seemed perfect.

Sharing the name you have fallen in love with and chosen for your child is kind of intimidating. Everyone has an opinion and some people are better at hiding theirs than others. :) We love our sweet boy's name and are so excited for the meaning he will bring to it throughout his life! 


  1. OH.EM.GEE. I'm in love with the name. And the description could not be more fitting!! Victoria I'm so happy for you and Ben! Congratulations on your precious little one!

  2. Aw I love his name so much! And also happy for y'all that you're home!! Praise God!

  3. I love it!! It's perfect for him, and I love how much thought went into picking it. I always enjoy hearing how parents pick a name. :) Hope everything is going well!

  4. Beau is such a sweet name! I love the meaning behind it and the thought that went into choosing it. Naming a baby is hard but thinking about a name that will grow with them is even more difficult. I can't wait to learn more about your sweet baby boy!

  5. I love the stories of how people choose baby names!!! When I saw the B monogram I guessed it would be Benjamin, lol :)

  6. What a beautiful baby boy name, congratulations again!

  7. So glad your little family of three are all home together. I'm also glad you mentioned how the name you picked out suddenly became popular. I picked a name I wanted for my future son almost ten years ago and now it's been getting quite popular and even though I'm not planning on having kids anytime soon, I have been feeling a little guilty about liking that name a little less. So, you make me feel better! Haha.

    Also, I had guessed Beau once you had let us in on the B. I almost thought Benjamin but I thought if you were going to name him after your husband that you probably wouldn't keep it a secret. I think it is a perfect fit for what little bit I know of you all from the blog!

  8. I love his name!! Great job and I'm sure it will suit him well! :)

  9. I LOVE that name, my husband and I have loved Beau for a long long time as well. Perfect story for a perfect little one!

    xoxo, SS

  10. This is so precious!! Sophia is a family name on my side, and although we weren't fond of how popular it has become, the plus side has been that she also has a Polish name (Zosia) and goes by both. We just tease that she can decide in elementary school which she wants to go by! ;)


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