Friday, April 29, 2011

What's in a Name? Making the Epistemologically Sound Choice

A friend of mine directed me to this nice blog that suggests something I have long since held:

"My thesis is this: The naming of a child is one of the most important decisions you will make on behalf of your son or daughter, so be deliberate. Make an 'epistemologically self-conscious' choice. Be biblical. Consider your reasons and motivation for the name.

Make sure they are consistent with Scripture. Be prepared to carefully articulate your reasons to others. Consider also the message this name is sending to your child and the world with which he or she will spend the rest of his or her life interacting. When picking names, it is fine to consider sound, meter, popularity, ethnic background, meaning, association, and family history, but, in the final analysis, you should use his name to motivate your child and encourage him to persevere before the Lord. This means selecting names with the understanding that the day will come when you are prepared to give a meaningful, biblical explanation for the name of your child."

My eldest is named "SOPHIA DOMINIQUE," which I chose for its meaning of "divine wisdom"; my second, "JOSHUA DAVID," for its reference to the Lord Jesus Christ and my favorite Old Testament hero of the faith; lastly, my third, who will be seeing the light of day this September, I will be naming "CAUVIN PAUL," in reference to John Calvin and the Apostle Paul.

Somehow, I can't find any biblical significance for "WARREN WILFRED." LOL!


  1. Good stuff. We have a Calvin Cody (6), Anuhea Justice (4), Anselm Israel (2), and Ambrose Immanuel (brand new!) - we dig our names!

  2. That's what the post was talking about, Tim! Epistemologically deliberate names. Good ones. ;-)


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