The Meaning Behind Her Name {Rylee Joy}

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!



18 responses to “The Meaning Behind Her Name {Rylee Joy}”

  1. Adorable name! And love the meaning behind it! I can tell she is already a brave girl! 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness Rylee Joy is absolutely beautiful – she makes my face super smiley 🙂
    I adore the name you chose and the reason behind it too is so well suited to not only her but you guys as a new family.
    I am so happy for you all and I know you are going to make amazing parents and be a wonderful family together cannot wait to hear all about your journey.

  3. Rylee is actually one of my absolute favorite girl names – it’s beautiful and I love that you paired it with Joy!

  4. awww– love her name. thank you for sharing with us!

  5. The first picture is super cute! She looks like a taco! 😛

  6. love her name!!! love the story behind the name!!! love you guys

  7. Love that God has answered your family’s prayers, and brought you a precious little one! To God be the Glory

  8. So beautiful!! I absolutely love her name even more than I did before! <3

  9. Beautiful name, beautiful meaning behind the name, love it all!

  10. I love how fitting the meaning of her name is!

  11. love it! My parents always were super keen on the meaning of our names– they even changed my sister’s name when she was 3 days old because they found the name they had picked meant ‘bitter burden’!

  12. I love this! I can’t imagine having to pick a name in one night, but you picked such a beautiful and amazing name! I love names that have a lot of meaning behind it and you sure hit the nail on the head with this one! Enjoy every minute with Miss. Rylee Joy 🙂

  13. I named my son Riley for the same reason… VALIANT (meaning BRAVE) & COURAGEOUS! I also liked at the time, the name was not very common. He was born in 1991. He has many nicknames as well…Rye, Rye Rye, RC! I love names with meaning!

  14. I absolutely love how you came up with her name! “Choose Joy” is a fantastic mantra and I love the meaning behind “Rylee”! Names with meaning and purpose are the best – congratulations on your blessing!

  15. What a beautiful name for such a beautiful little girl 🙂 Great choice!

  16. Such a beautiful story behind her name! Love it!

  17. I love her name! I really love how you guys came up with it, and went for something with meanings!