When we realized we were getting an infant, it’s amazing how many things you have to do to prepare for an infant… Get the right size car seat, pile high the diaper and wipe supplies, install the baby monitor, tell the family, name our child… NAME OUR CHILD?!?!
The night before we went to pick up RJ, we went out to dinner and decided to write down some names that we liked and would decide her name after we saw her. We’ve always had a few ideas for baby names, mostly boys. I loved the name ‘Liberty’ (still do), but Matt wasn’t too keen the nickname ‘Libby’. We tried downloading a few iPhone apps for names (none that were too great) and went on the website Nymbler to get some ideas.
Nymbler is the smart baby name guide that responds to your personal taste. Just choose a few names that appeal to you or let Nymbler offer ideas. Then press “Find Names” and Nymbler will start using its expert knowledge to brainstorm names tailored to fit your style. Nymbler combines human expertise and artificial intelligence to sift through thousands of names and find the ones that fit your taste.
Through the process, we talked about how we love nicknames so whatever we named her, it had to have a fun nickname. We have always loved the middle name ‘Joy’ (from my mantra in life “Choose Joy”).
So we are left with “____ Joy McCormick.”
We narrowed it down to three names: Payton (or Peyton), Rylee (or Riley / Rylie) and Zoe (or Zoey / Zoie). We both really liked Rylee the best. There are just so many fun nicknames for Rylee Joy… “RJ”, “Riles”, “Rye Rye”…. the list goes on.
When I looked up the meaning of Rylee (using this particular spelling), we found out that it come from an Irish origin (perfect since the Hub’s is Scot-Irish). Rylee means VALIANT (meaning BRAVE) & COURAGEOUS! As soon as we found that out, we were sold. I love names that have great meaning and our prayer for sweet little RJ is that she would be ‘brave’ and step out in faith no matter what life hands her. I know that is something that Matt and I did when we decided to adopt and God gave us great ‘courage’ in our times of weakness.
So the moment we laid eyes on her… we knew she was to be called Rylee Joy!
She is going to be one very BRAVE girl!