So over a game of Call of Duty this evening Garrett, Shane, and I began discussing the idea of Names.
Shane explained that a coworker was pregnant and working on baby names for her unborn son.
She started with Jerimiah, the explained an alternative would be “something Mexican” or like a fellow coworker, she could name him Coleman, after their supervisor.
Shane explained this really got him thinking about the importance of names, and how to a great extent they help determine your path in life.
Garrett and I laughed as we discovered the irony of this coming from a man named,
Shane agreed that he knows how many endless opportunities his name has given him. He almost always gets call backs for interviews, and has had great opportunities.
Garrett and I agreed weather intentionally or not to some degree this happens when sifting through resumes in a hurry, as employers.
These are “strong names” why? What makes a name strong? What makes a name weak?
All of the above mentioned names scream, “Im a straight shooter. I’m going to show up to work, on time and ready to work”. Why is that?
Not sure, but below are the names Garrett and I have discussed, he now says he isn’t a fan of a few, but back I September we did in fact discuss all five of them:
Divina Renee Thomas. Divina, “Faith” in Portuguese. Renee, Garrett’s mom.
Garrett picked this name out when he was 13. Garrett has promised his mom a Divina Renee for years, and whenever we in the Thomas house mention or allude to the idea of a little Ashlette, it is automatically a “Divina”.
Anthony Phillip Thomas. Anthony, the boy name Garrett chose at the age of 13. Phillip, my Grandfather. Although my grandfather went by “Phil” all my life, the full name, “Phillip” what I was talking about earlier, it has strength, much like my papa did. This son will have lots to live up to, I am sure he will rise to the task.
Christian Lawrence Thomas. Christian, a favorite of both Garrett and I and a symbol of our Christian faith. Lawrence, Garrett’s Grandfather. I love the combination because “Papa”, Lawrence, had many names growing up, and through his adult life, however he has the most solid faith of any man we know.
Jacob Ryan Thomas. Jacob, a biblical name of Abraham’s grandson. Jacob’s story touches Garrett and I because it is one of imperfection, Jacob teaches us how an imperfect man can be greatly blessed by God. Ryan, my baby brother, who is hardly a baby anymore, and one of the strongest men I know. This name is also the one Garrett has started to question, because he says the combination sounds too much like the 80′s Star, Jake Ryan from The Breakfast Club.
Elleanor Bell Thomas. This is my absolute favorite girl name, possibly ever. Elleanor, as in my all time famous-role model, Eleanor Roosevelt. Bell as in my all time not-so-famous-role model and Grandmother, Carla Bell. Although she really dislikes her middle name, I have adored it since I was a small child and my father would say it to thoroughly annoy her. Not to mention I love the nick names, “Elle”, “Ell”, and “Elly Belly”.