The Other Name Meanings Story - A Dose of Encouragement

2 weeks ago I wrote about the meaning of my name
and Fred's name - Our Name Meanings.

Today I want to tell you about the names we gave our 3 children.

In September 1982 Fred and I had a baby boy.

We did not know we were going to have a boy from a scan but we knew we would have a boy because of the name God had given us for our baby.

Some months before this on a Thursday night we had gone along as usual to the mid-week meeting in our church.  That night our Pastor was speaking on the relationship between David and Jonathan and approaching it from the true friend Jonathan was to David.

At the end of the meeting Fred and I just looked at each other and both said

that is the name for our baby

There was no doubt in our minds that we were to have a boy and we knew the name he was to have.

When September came

we had a boy and we called him 

Because we had felt so sure that this was the right name we had not thought to check the meaning of his name straight away but when we did we discovered that the name Jonathan is a Hebrew name and means

Well this was very true of this our first child because we had tried for some years but I had not become pregnant and we had really prayed for a child.

Two years later again in the month of September we were sitting in the hospital waiting for our second child to be born.  All through this pregnancy we had not thought of a name.

We did however believe it was going to be another boy (again not from a scan but we both felt God was giving us a boy) so as we sat there we prayed and asked God to help us find the right name.  We then went through the book of baby names for boys simply reading out each name in alphabetical order and with the idea of saying

yes,  no  or  maybe.

All through the A's we both just said no to each name and then the same for the B's and the C's we kept saying we should at least have a maybe, but it didn't happen.

Then in the D's we got to

and we both just said yes, and we were surprised that we did but we stopped there as we felt that was the name.

Later that day we had our second son and knew we had picked the right name which means

Three years later our third child was born at the end of December.

Now this time we had no idea whatsoever whether we were going to have a boy or a girl and we picked two names in advance.

Timothy and Linda.

This time I just kept saying that if we did have a girl I couldn't imagine her being called anything other than Linda and Timothy was a lovely character from the bible, plus doesn't Jonathan, Daniel and Timothy just sound so good.

Because we already had the two boys everyone kept saying things like

"I'm sure you are hoping for a girl this time"


"Oh you're going for the girl then?"

neither of which were true, we did not mind which God was giving us although I felt we were headed for another boy because I had not had any morning sickness throughout the first two pregnancies and this one was just the same.


God gave us

and all through her life she has been as happy with her name as I was with mine

maybe especially because

her name means

And don't you think that Jonathan, Daniel and Linda sounds really good?

Our children are now all in their 30's and we truly feel their names suited them perfectly.

We are so thankful that we can even trust God to give us the correct names for our children.

But then we do know that He cares about everything single thing about them.

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  1. It's interesting what names mean...or their origins.

    1. Hi Lydia nice to meet you, thanks for dropping in.

  2. Lovely names to give your children. thanks for linking up to #thankfulthursday

  3. What lovely choices of names for your children. You've been truly blessed.

    1. Yes blessed is the correct word, thank you.

  4. Thanks for sharing :). I enjoyed your post. A name is truly a gift in itself, how blessed your children are for your care in naming them :)

    1. Hi there it is lovely to meet you and thank you for your kind words

  5. That's beautiful.
    Our boys were named after someone we knew.

  6. It is so beautiful to hear the story of your children's names. What a great idea… names are so special :)
    Thanks for linking up with WYWW! Look forward to reading more!

  7. Those are lovely names selected for your children. I love the meanings you researched too!
    Thank you for sharing your lovely post with us here at “Tell Me a Story.” At:

  8. I remember those years when the names with their spiritual meanings could reach out and touch their hearts and the hearts of many around and about them. Always made me smile when the parents had been so intensely focused on choosing the names. That was a treat. And, as usual, you shared very beautifully. Thank you.

    1. Caryjo you are always very encouraging thank you.

  9. I'm sure the meaning and way you decided on the names is very special to your children, too! #allaboutyou

  10. It is always interesting to find out name means. Like my own name means "Judged by God" Then our son's name means "landowner" Nice choices for your children's names.

  11. What a sweet post about naming a child! It took us five days to name our first (and she was already born)... But after the fact, we found out her name meant "Grace"... We think it was perfect... Thank you for sharing this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays :)

  12. Wonderful names with loving meanings and great post for N!

    Happy Weekend coming to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  13. I have a Daniel too. Never knew the meaning of his name. Thanks for writing this post.

  14. This was interesting, Sandra. Nice reading too. My name is James but I don't know what it means. Perhaps Fishers of People? We also have a grown daughter (two) who goes by Susie. Her real name is Peggy Sue.

  15. Great N post...Naming is such a privilege...♪

  16. Interesting meanings behind names. I so enjoy stopping by and catching up with you. Thank you and come visit soon. Have a beautiful weekend.