This Abundant Life

This Abundant Life
"I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." - John 10:10

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


My wonderful friend, Kelly, posted about baby names and invited people to share how they came up with their kids' names.

Of course, any time someone asks you to talk about your's a welcome request. I mean, usually I just talk about Gwen, uninvited, and hope someone will listen!!! What can I say...she is awesome, and people should know about it!

Anyway, at the beginning, Bic and I were pretty into having a boy. I really wanted one...until about after the first trimester...then, my desire to have a girl became increasingly stronger to the point that, when we went for the 19week ultrasound...I REALLY wanted a girl! God is good!

But, we had easily picked out three boys names...

Augustine Mark (Auggie)

Maximus David (Max)

Charlemagne (Charley...well, I like this one...husband is not so sure)

Anyway, I didn't want to give up my desire for an epic, out-of-the ordinary name, just because we were having a girl. Although, I'm also a sucker for strong, grounded names like Rebekah and Elizabeth.

We were watching, for the second time, The Importance of Being Earnest (a play by
Oscar Wilde, turned into a movie). One of the character's names is Gwendolyn (well, Gwendolen). It sounded interesting, so we stuck it in our cap. Then I looked it up and there are a lot of similarities between the Jennifer and Gwendolyn names. They are Welsh. They mean something having to do with white (I don't remember, the meaning was pretty meaningless). Also, the Jennifer comes from Guinevere...anyway, they are close in origin and meaning...and that's fun!

It's kind of a name with attitude...and we think it fits our little Angel very well!


The Williams said...

Yay! Someone else posted about thair baby's name!! I thought there would be more response to it...I think Gwendolyn fits little Gwen perfectly.

The Williams said... was all Kelly. I just thought it was a great idea and I thought everyone i knew would post too...maybe they all posted on Kelly's blog and I need to go check

Josh and Jenni said...

I love that they are both closely related. I always thought it was funny that Jennifer meant White Wave. But now I am noticing that a meaning isn't an end all. Madelyn means from Magdela. Not all that important but the name is beautiful!!