I thought I’d share a little tidbit about my girls and the names we chose for them. In general, my husband and I are drawn to names from our grandparents generation that have a history.

We both like traditional names that are classic and will carry from infancy to adulthood.

We wanted to be surprised with Ella so we didn’t find out her gender till the day she was born. It drove some of our friends and family crazy, but the anticipation was so fun.

At times I would think she was definitely a boy and other times I just knew she was a girl.  Phil said all along it was a girl, and of course, he was correct! We had her name picked out before she was born. We looked at books for baby names and online.

I wanted an older name so I would type things in Google like, ‘Girl names from 1930.’ We also asked our parents about family names. The name Ella was my paternal great-grandmother’s name and we ended up loving it.

Her middle name, Jo, is also my middle name, which is from my maternal grandfather, Joseph, a name that has been in our family for close to 100 years. It was kind of a given that some form of Joseph would be used in her name. (Sidenote: my mother’s first name is Jo).

When I was pregnant with Lillie, we decided to find out the sex which was also a lot of fun. I had a feeling we were having a boy because I felt so differently with my second pregnancy, but Phil’s intuition was correct again.

Another girl, which we were thrilled about, especially Ella! Here’s a video of when we found out.

Can you tell Ella was excited?

Lillie’s name was chosen at the last minute, but it was a name we considered early on.

I think I was a bit hesitant because it seems like a name I hear more often than I used to and I didn’t want her to be in school with four other kids sharing her name.

If that is the case, so be it. I really can’t imagine any other name for her now.  Her name does have significance in that it was my maternal great-grandmother’s name. Her middle name, Noland, is my mom’s maiden name.