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How Paul Richard Got His Name

I love babies, but I do not love naming babies.

Giving another human a name that will help define who they become and stick with them until the grave is such a huge responsibility, one that I don’t take lightly.

In fact, it causes me great anxiety.

I mean, what if I get it wrong? What if the name doesn’t fit their personality? The last thing I want to do is look back 20 years from now and know the name I gave my son was totally wrong for the young adult he turned into.

With baby Paul, I search and searched (and searched), nevering finding a name I really loved and knew was “it”.

And then one night, my husband had a dream.

He dreamed the baby’s name would be Paul. When he told me this, I completely laughed in his face. Never in a million years could I imagine myself naming a baby Paul. Our three other kids have somewhat unique first names (Piper, Nola and Gage), and the name Paul just didn’t jive.

But as days turned into months, we still hadn’t decided on a name. The more I thought about the name Paul, the more it started to grow on me. You see, my late grandpa’s name was Paul.

Grandpa Paul was an amazing and respected man in my hometown community. And unfortunately he died of a heart attack at the early age of 65 years old, when I was only a few years old. But in order to make the first name Paul work, we would need a fantastic middle name. Thankfully, I knew exactly what it should be.

The middle name would be Richard.

You see, similarly to my grandpa, my father-in-law (named Richard) was a very loved and respected man in our local church and community. Just two years ago, Papa Richard passed away after a short battle with cancer, and the too young age of 64.

Knowing that Paul would be our last child, and realizing that he and his siblings would never meet these amazing men, it felt like a perfect tribute to name our son after these men in our family.

Paul Richard, you’re named after your grandfathers. And son, you have some pretty big shoes to fill.

Are your kids named after anyone special in your life? Please share, I would love to hear the story.

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