Choosing a Name (Round 2)

June Meyer Herbert was born yesterday and it was, yet again, one of the most surreal experiences of my life. The process, anticipation, and watching your wife in some of the worst pain imaginable lead to one of the greatest joys is such an intense and holy experience. Now that she has arrived, I wanted to walk you through why Becca and I chose to give our daughter the name June Meyer, as I did after Camden was born.

I’ve said it many times before, but I believe the act of naming your child is one of the biggest responsibilities we have as a parent. A few weeks ago, our adopted college photo 1student from Harris Creek was at our house and said, “You are about to name a human being. Are you nervous?” The answer is, “Um, yes!” I believe there is something sacred about the act of naming.[1] A name has the power to bestow a sense of identity, value, and purpose. Madeleine L’Engle says it this way: “…our names are part of our wholeness.”[2] They tell a story of who we are, why we were created, and give others insight into our essence as a person. In short, I believe the names we are given by others shape us in ways we may never fully understand on this side of eternity. On top of that, who wants to be a parent the parent that gives their child a name they hate when they turn 13? So, yes, I am always nervous when choosing a name for my child.

Understanding all that a name communicates and means, Becca and I wanted to give a picture of the person we believe God has already “knit”[3] our daughter to be. The name June means “youthful heart,” implying a youthfulness and even innocence about the photo 2person. Seeing that she is a younger sister to Camden, I’m sure she will live up to fulfilling her role of being the young, pestering sister that she was created to be! My relationship with my younger sister was a special one because we were so close in age, so I naturally had her in mind when naming June.[4] As many of you know, my younger sister was killed in a car accident when I was a senior in high school, so I wanted my daughter’s name to, in some way, honor Lynley. Just the youthful, playful connotation certainly reminds me of her, but Lynley’s birthday was also in June, so there’s another personal connection for me. I love that it reflects the month of Lynley’s birth, because it honors the life she lived and the rebirth she experienced in Christ. So, June seemed fitting to me for these reasons.

Another big aspect we wanted to focus on when naming June was to honor Becca’s mom and her side of the family. My mother-in-law, Marilyn, is an amazing woman and has shaped my wife more than anyone on earth. Meyer is Marilyn’s maiden name and also happens to be my great grandmother’s maiden name.[5] The Hebrew origin of the name means, “to give light.” Again, this fits with the youthfulness, life, and light that we pray June will bring to this world. We are already praying that she will come to know Christ relationally and share the light of Christ through her life.

When I think about her name put together, my dreams are for a playful, spunky, mischievous, godly, pure hearted woman that brightens the world around her. For her to truly live life to the fullest, she must come to trust God and that His ways truly are better. So, the Scripture passage I am claiming for June Meyer and praying over her life is Psalm 16:11. It says this: “You direct me on the path that leads to a beautiful life. As I walk with You, the pleasures are never-ending, and I know true joy and contentment.[6] Our hope is that June will know the true joy and contentment that is found only in Jesus, and that she would share the Light of Christ and her beautiful life with the world.

[1] The act of naming plays an important role throughout the biblical story. From Adam naming the animals to prophets giving their children symbolic (and often terrible) names to God changing people’s names to bestow a new identity, Scripture implies that our names matter.
[2] Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water, Pg. 126
[3] See Psalm 139:13
[4] I actually always related more to my older sister, Keely, while growing up because we are so alike. So, I obviously had her in mind, as well, when we found out we were having a girl. I am thrilled that June will have a godly aunt like Keely in her life to look to as an example.
[5] No, Becca and I are not related, nor are either of us from Arkansas.
[6] The Voice

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