Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The Quest For A Special Biblical Name

We have an announcement, sic (Spouse of the IC) and I. After long minutes of deliberation, we have decided to narrow our names for the fourth ChIC (Child of the IC) to names from Hosea, a really great prophetic book. Go read it. I'll wait. Now, we thought about Hosea, of course. But that seemed too...common. We're special people with special children and an internationally unique last name (the last point is true), so of COURSE, the name of child #4, a boy, must be unique as well. No "Joseph" for this kid!

So here we go: we have narrowed the names down to Jezreel (God Sows), Lo-Ruhamah (Not Pitied), and Lo-Ammi (Not My People). Just think of the inspiration he will be to everyone he meets, when he gets to explain every single day of his life the convental love of God for Israel, despite her adulterous ways. Well, we'll explain that metaphor when he's 8 or 9. But still. The very name is a witness!

I like the meaning of Jezreel, but sic thinks it is too close to Jezebel, and rightly or wrongly I think of fly-fishing, so I admit it's a distant third.

Lo-Ruhamah is a strong name with great nickname possibilities. "Lo, Ru" Think of the fun he'll have. It's a good second.

But I can't get Lo-Ammi out of my mind. Not My People--it's kind of "Rebel without a Cause-ish", only, with a cause--God! Counter-cultural and still the fun Lo greeting: "Lo, Am!"

I'm so relieved to have this settled. What do you think?

17 comments:

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

I mean if you're going to go OT, you've got to use the seldom quoted books like Nahum

Gabriella said...

I'm more for Augustine, Gregory, Evaristus, Bonaventure, Camillus, Bartholomew (our great saints) ;)

ArchAngel's Advocate said...

No wonder Catholic kids get pummeled in the Schoolyard! I guess parents are just preparing their kids for martyrdom. At least I could hide behind the 6 other Michael's in every class (and yes, Ilke Life cereal. It has LOADS of SUGAR)

Adoro said...

Well, I'm glad you're not putting "Gomer" in there.

Maybe you could go out of Hosea. I've always been partial to the name: Mahershalalhashbaz

I think I spelled that wrong but I haven't had my coffee yet.

Dcn Scott Dodge said...

Lo-Ruhamah is kind of self-fulfilling

L. Marshall said...

Do something we'll all agree on - John Paul !!

Jeremy Fincher said...

Whoa. And I thought we were digging deep when we named our boy "Noah."

Ray from MN said...

Fortunately I popped some years ago for those nifty Bible tabs to help folks like me unfamiliar with the books of the OT and NT to find them. With only a half dozen flips of the tabs, back in the "unused" section of the OT, "Lo And Behold" (that would be a good name, now that I think of it), I found Hosea.

And apparently I have been here before. My introductory note says "Divine Love Misunderstood." That would be a good name also. It also has the advantage of being unisex.

I'm glad you didn't chose "Diblaim" because a daughter with that name would certainly grow up with a persecution complex when teacher asks, regularly, "All right, children, who's Diblaim for this __________ [fill an egregious offense in here]?"

Elizabeth said...

Have you ever read Suzie Lloyd's Please Don't Drink the Holy Water?
She has a chapter called what's in a Name?...Um, Mrs Abraham, can "God Has Heard the Cries of His Handmaiden and Granted Me a Son in My Old Age" come out to play?
Read the Book...you'll love it.
Blessings!

Jesus Petry said...

Curiously, my daily Bible readings these days have been from the Hosea book!

tamtam said...

how about "benedict"? if that name works for the pope, it would surely work just as well for your newest little one

Amanda said...

You could combine your top choices into JeLoLo. "/

Tim said...

I'm more a fan of saint names. I suggest Dominator or if that is a little too overbearing you could always go with Bobo. Both very respectable saint names.

Tim said...

Okay, so you are going with the OT names but when Confirmation comes around be sure to recommend the saints mentioned above as well as St. Dogfan, who's feast day it is today.

PraiseDivineMercy said...

I like the idea of giving someone a cool name that actually has history and meaning. Lots of people around here name their kids some random made up combination of syllables like Jadyn, Brandlynn, Chase (both boys and girls).

I really like Micah. Unusual but not likely to result in schoolyard taunts.

Irenaeus said...

Lo-Ruhama. All the way. It just rolls off the tongue.

Paul Cat said...

I vote for: "HeWhoIsMostLikeTheLord".