February 20, 2019

How We Chose Our Daughter's Name

I have been obsessed with names for as long as I can remember. I've been picking out my future children's names since I was about 13. For years I had a list saved on my computer compiled of a bunch of names I loved for both girls and boys.

It was really hard in the beginning choosing a girls name. Since we kept the gender a surprise we needed to be ready with both a girl and boy name. We had the boy name picked out within the first week of finding out I was pregnant. Beau Isaac was the name we chose (pronounced like bow in bow-tie). I was set on that name since I was about 16 years old. It literally took months for us to agree on a girls name. Everything I had suggested was turned down.

The name Lux was introduced to us a few years ago from a show called Life Unexpected. It used to be on Netflix. Not sure if it still is but you should check because its an amazing show!

Anyway, while we were watching that show we both agreed that we loved the name Lux and would possibly use it in the future if we ever had a daughter. But when the time came to come up with a name, Lux was just kind of passed by without much thought.

One day, Craig said "I think if we have a girl we should just name her Lux" and I was like "Okay!"

So we had the first name but we were at a complete loss for a middle name that went with it.

Now the story is about to get a little weird but that's okay. .

A few months before I found out I was pregnant I started finding hearts everywhere. 

At work peeling potatoes the peelings would fall down on me in the shape of a heart, my pie dough would fall in heart shapes, my food would look like hearts, wash cloths would fall from the washer perfectly heart shaped...everywhere- HEARTS.

I told a woman I worked with about the hearts and started showing them to her every time I found one just so I didn't sound like I was going crazy. One day she said to me "You're going to have a baby". I was like "No way! Why do you think that?" and she told me that's why I was finding so many hearts. Someone was trying to come to me. And sure enough, about a month later, I was pregnant. I continued finding hearts all throughout my pregnancy and I just felt like it was a sign. I decided that I wanted to come up with a middle name that related to the hearts. That's where Hartley came from. And from then on, I just knew I was going to have a girl. To me there was a reason I was finding all these hearts and our girls name was now special because of it.

So that's it. That's how we decided on Lux Hartley. It might sound like a strange name to some people but that's okay. I like strange.

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  1. Loooove this!! Despite the fact I'm never gonna have kids, I've always been obsessed with names. I still have a list on my phone haa.
    But hearing the stories about how people choose their children's names and stuff is fascinating. The thing with the hearts is amazing and will be so cool to explain to Lux when shes older. Plus, she's super lucky to have such a cool name.

    Danielle xo

    1. And you know what's even MORE crazy!? Right hand to god, Lux has a white, heart shaped birthmark on her arm. Since its white you can only really notice it in the summer when her skin darkens a bit!

      I love hearing stories about names as well! Sometimes they're just random names a person loves but other times there's a special story behind it :)