Perhaps because we like symmetry so much, both our girls have the same pattern to their names. Both carry the name of a great-grandmother as their first name – one’s maternal, one’s paternal – and both go by their middle name, which comes from an aunt. (E’s is actually a nickname of her middle name). All of their names appear a few times in our family, as these classics get passed down from generation to generation. Our newest one is named for (and called by the name of) the oldest of four sisters to my father. All four of these aunts of mine represent to me some of my best childhood memories of my dad’s family. They are strong women, they lend a hand to others without complaint and they all are wicked good southern cooks. My hope is that these traits will be passed down to our little one as well, particularly the culinary skills! You cannot know what heaven is until you’ve taken a few rounds of the dessert table at our Thanksgiving Day feast on the farm.
Here’s to great names!