What’s in a name?

19 Jan

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

Snuggles with my big boy

Snuggles with my big boy

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’s bedhead is awesome.

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

Hello, gorgeous. Daddy loves you!

Hello, gorgeous. Daddy loves you!

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. πŸ™‚


4 Responses to “What’s in a name?”

  1. jan January 19, 2013 at 9:27 AM #

    Lovely. I think it is interesting, because then there are people like us who would not consider using family names (no offense, family) and enjoy discovering the endless possiblilies of “new” names that we love and suit our family. So…as the child, no tie to a family name that has been in the family for generations but just plain ole’ names that mom and dad loved. (and a name that also fit our “criteria”) We stuck with more “uncommon” names, hence the name of our first and last child: Jude Maddox. πŸ™‚

    • MagicalDaddy February 6, 2013 at 12:10 PM #

      Thanks, Jan! πŸ™‚ I think it’s interesting to find out why and how people name their children what they do.

  2. MapleMouseMama February 5, 2013 at 4:36 PM #

    Bob, your children have beautiful names and I love the idea of sharing how they came to be. I might just have to steal this idea from you πŸ™‚

    We have an Emily, who almost had Elizabeth as her middle name and we have a William. His middle name is pretty “neat” so I think I will have to share it like this soon πŸ˜‰


    • MagicalDaddy February 6, 2013 at 12:09 PM #

      Thank you, Suz! I look forward to reading about the meaning behind your children’s names. πŸ™‚

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