I’ve been meaning to write a post about our children’s namesakes and decided that a Saturday morning is the perfect time to do just that. Since some of you have asked if we’ve named our kids after certain Disney characters (After all, we are big Pirates fans and we do have a William [Turner] and an Elisabeth [Swann]), here is a breakdown…..
Our oldest child: Robert Douglas Aycock IV
Before Jen and I were married, we discussed possible baby names. We both appreciated passing on family names and agreed we would do so when we got married and started to have children. Being the firstborn son, Robert, was named after me and I after my father and grandfather.
Our middle child: William Fountain Aycock
William is named after Jen’s dad, who is William Fountain VI. Grandpa Fountain (as our kids call him) was named after his father, however, he was not able to pass on the William Fountain lineage, as he had two daughters. Jen wanted to honor her father, as well as her Grandpa Fountain (William Fountain V) by naming our second son after them.
And finally, our youngest: Elisabeth Bennet Aycock
Jen’s middle name was Elizabeth (with a Z), a family name that goes back to Germany on her paternal grandmother’s side. Jen’s great aunt Beth was originally named Elisabeth (with an S) after her mother. When her family moved from Germany to the United States, her name was instantly “Americanized” and the S was replaced with a Z. Jen owns a locket that belonged to her great grandmother with Elisabeth engraved on it.
Bennet comes from my maternal grandmother, whose middle name was Bennett (with two Ts). Elizabeth Bennet also happens to be the name of a literary character Jen and I both like from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. When Jen and I were deciding how we wanted to spell Elisabeth’s middle name, we asked Robert and he said he liked two Ns and one T. We thought it would be a special story and connection for him and Elisabeth if he had a say in naming her.
There you have it. The stories behind our children’s namesakes. 🙂