July 11, 2011

on her name...

AKA: "the wee one"

Eisley: "cheerful" | Kathleen: "pure"

Since the very beginning of my pregnancy, the one girl's name that had been circling through my head was "Eisley" (pronounced "Eyes-lee"). Even when writing out a list of other contenders, it's the name that already seemed like hers. It just…fit.

For those of you who don't know, there's a band named "Eisley", which is where I first heard of this particular name. I have always thought thought it had the most beautiful, feminine ring to it. (And, no, she isn't named after the band. I enjoy their music, but if I was going to name the wee one after my favorite band it would have been something awkward like "Hanson", "Anberlin" or "Dave Matthews Band". Obviously none of those were going to fly.) When trying to come up with a name, I wanted something unique, but not so crazy that people would give me the stink-eye when I sign her up for preschool someday. Most of my life I've been obsessed with the name "Felicity", but if you happen to know my last name you're aware of the fact that my child would have the longest name in all humanity. As much as I still adore it (and as much as I still like to think I could possibly use it for another daughter I may have down the road), it just didn't seem right for the child dancing around in my belly.

Jay's favorite name was "Penelope", which surprised me because it's very quirky and unique. (When I asked him to give me a list of his favorite names, I was actually quite thrilled by his creativity!) I actually really liked "Penelope", too. We went back and forth for a while, but I decided to really fight for my favorite (not to mention shorter) name. Mostly because I felt like it was already her name, and I couldn't imagine her being called anything else than what I had been secretly calling her in my head for so many months. Also, I wanted a name that wasn't automatically going to be shortened into a nickname for more of her life.

So, "Eisley" it was. Perfectly so.

As far as middle names go, I had thought we settled on one a while ago. However, in the back of my mind I really wanted something with a bit more meaning. The one I had chosen before was short, sweet and sounded lovely with her first name…but it didn't really have any family meaning. Since we decided to go with a first name that had no sentimental value (other than it being complete and utter perfection), I started thinking more about finding a middle name that would really mean something. I love that my middle name is my grandma's middle name. It's like a little piece of my family tree that I get to carry along with me throughout my life.

Kathleen (more often known as Kathie!) is my mother-in-law, and the first time I put her name next to "Eisley", it felt right. Jay's mom is one of the most incredible women in my life. She has so much kindness, faith, joy, and love. I think that our first child taking a bit of her name is the perfect choice. Jay and I both love that we are able to honor his mother in this way.

So, Eisley Kathleen it is. And we kind of can't wait to meet this little girl.

72 comments :

  1. It's beautiful. Eisley Kathleen. It rolls off of the tongue and it's easy to pronounce.

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  2. A beautiful name for a beautiful family. The internet can't wait to meet Eisley. :-)

    (Penelope is actually one of my favorite names, but paired with our last name makes her sound like a comic book character. Waaah...)

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  3. !!! In love with this name, Kerri. I'm sure little Eisley will be just as pretty and unique as her name. :)

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  4. I love it! I know what you mean about picking out names. It is tough! When my husband and I were thinking of names, we had a hard time because one of us knew someone with that name who was mean or whatever. When we finally decided on Kate, it just fit. And she is a Kate through and through. I cannot wait to meet the wee one! (And I hope she loves her tulip bedding as much as my Kate!)

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  5. It's a beautiful name, Kerri! And definitely unique!

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  6. I love this name - it's very unique and the first and middle names sound lovely together!

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  7. Eisley is the perfect amount of unique, and it sounds gorgeous! And of course I'm thrilled that her middle name is my own, which I have come to love and appreciate. :)

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  8. What a beautiful name!

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  9. What a pretty name! I've never heard Eilsey before - its gorgeous :)

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  10. I love your name choice and I can't wait to meet Eisley via pictures!

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  11. Lovely name. Unique but not wacko. Well done!

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  12. Well of course this little girl is going to have an adorable name (just look at her mama)!! It is perfect! (aren't you glad the internet approves haha)

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  13. I looooove it. And it's just unique enough that she won't have 3 Eisley's in her class, but not too unique that people go, "Whaaa?" Love it!

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  14. oh my gosh Kerri, her name is SO perfect!! I love it so much. As soon as I read it I thought of the band and all the sweet memories I have that go along with listening to them (I used to rock my Isaiah to sleep while listening to Switchfoot, Jon Foreman & Eisley <3 )
    It truly is a beautiful name and UNIQUE! WIthout being weird, which is so hard to do I think! I love hearing the story behind names...
    I love that you knew it was meant to be her name from the beginning <3 I'm just SO EXCITED for you to become a mother, Kerri. You're going to be so amazing, I just know it! I can't wait to meet sweet Eisley, there's no doubt she's going to be just as lovely as her name :)

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  15. perfection. :) i have been stalking and refreshing my reader all morning. i love this, so much. and you. seriously. xoxo

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  16. ADORABLE name!!! It's quirky, unique and feminine. Yet, like you said, not so quirky that people will go what the?! I LOVE IT!!! Awwww!!! She has a NAME!!! ♥

    Jen and I decided on our future daughters name before we were even engaged. I was about 15-16 when we decided on her name! It's just *perfect* for her, whenever we have *her*!!!

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  17. I just started crying all over again. Eisley makes me cry happy tears. I seriously cannot wait to meet this little pumpkin.

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  18. It's perfection. Classy, a little spunky, and e is just a sweet initial. Paired with your last name, it's like a little girl straight from a classic novel. (I think A LOT about names.)
    Penelope has always been on my shortlist for my future possible hypothetical child, but I'm not so sure about the nicknames.

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  19. what a darling name! it's unique...but sounds timeless at the same time. :)

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  20. What a beautiful name! I just love it. Can't wait to "meet" her.

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  21. I absolutely adore that name! Feminine, elegant, perfect!

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  22. It's beautiful and honestly just PERFECT for your wee one.

    I also adore Kathleen because it's my mama's name. And Penelope should totally stay on the list for Baby Girl #2. Oh, and Felicity is also on my someday girl list! Love.

    I hope to settle on a name for my own wee one soon, and feel just as good about the decision. I am having a hard time!

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  23. Love it! Can't wait for your precious baby girl to arrive!

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  24. Beautiful name! I like when people choose a different-but-not-too-different name. Eisley is perfect for this, as you said.

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  25. LOVE it! it's perfect! congratulations!

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  26. So lovely! Can't wait to meet her either! :):)

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  27. I absolutely LOVE it.

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  28. It's beautiful, just as she will be!

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  29. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Beautiful name for a beautiful little girl.

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  30. Beautiful name--one I've always been a fan of. (It was once on my list of names for my future daughter, and the name I think we will eventually go with is somewhat similar.)

    I think Eisley and Kathleen go wonderfully together!

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  31. Wow...beautiful name choice! I love it! :)

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  32. LOVE. it. Beautiful, feminine and unique. Perfect.

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  33. I absolutely love it! It's like you said - perfectly unique without being completely-out-there unique. :]

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  34. love it! You are such a good momma to be! Your going to have such a beautiful Eisley Kathleen!!

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  35. I've been obsessed with names ever since I was little. I'd get out my mom's book of baby names just to name my dolls and dollhouse people, etc. So I don't even want to imagine how hard it'll be to pick a name for my future children! haha. I like unique-ish names. Not like Apple and stuff, but pretty ones, like Eisley. I don't think I've even heard that name before, but I love it! I also like Felicity, but I'm really loving Eisley right now! :) And Kathleen fits very nicely with it, and I'm sure your mother-in-law will feel so honored that you guys honored her in that way!

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  36. Beautiful!! Love it. Can't wait to meet her!

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  37. Beautiful! I wanted the same criteria you mentioned, and we went with Thatcher for the same reasons (short and different and no natural nickname)

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  38. Beautiful! Hansen was actually my maiden name which is now my middle name and I always thought it would make a perfect first name ;) and the "en" keeps it far enough removed from any mmmmm bop references! My other favorites are Findlay (my undergrad), Clair (won't work with my last name), Ever (my hubs won't go for "words as names" and Ivy (also, no flowers or plants he says ;))

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  39. Oooh, I love it! How do you pronounce it? I'm saying it in my head like "Eyes-lee," is that right?

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  40. Ooo, what a lovely name and so unique. She's going to love it!

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  41. What a perfect name! I love it!

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  42. Perfection - all I can say... All the very best for the 3 of you!

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  43. It is so perfect, Kerri! It's definitely something I imagined you guys would come up with - unique but not too crazy. :) So feminine and beautiful.

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  44. So beautiful! So glad you found the perfect fit for her.

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  45. Eisley, the band, was named after Mos Eisley, a town/port in the Star Wars movies. They renamed themselves to avoid legal troubles.

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  46. Oh my goodness. I LOVE that name Eisley!

    Ask the Duplex

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  47. Just perfect. I can't wait to meet this little one!

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  48. It's beautiful! I love Penelope too - but only to call her Penny :)

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  49. i absolutely adore this name and the sentiment behind it all, so sweet and lovely.

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  50. I love it! I wanted the same: unique but not bizarre. We went old-fashioned with Oliver Eliot. A girl would have been (and may yet be!) Eirene Emmeline.

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  51. I love it Kerri. Like totally and completely. it is adorable and perfect and I can't wait to "meet" her and one day meet her maybe too!

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  52. I love love love Eisley, that's so precious and I can totally see you with a baby Eisley. Also, you will indeed get your Felicity, I'm sure :) And hey, it's not much longer than Eisley!!

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  53. As much as I know we all secretly have names picked out for our future children, I think it's so important to just listen during that period of time you're carrying your wee-one around with you for those 9 months. I think that bond & that communion you have with your child is so special, & it helps lead you to the name that fits. I love that that's what you did, that you just sort of knew it was right. She's going to be wonderful. ;)

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  54. Absolutely LOVE the name! I'm also a huge fan of family names. My middle name has been passed down, I'm 3rd generation so my first daughter became the 4th. When we got pregnant with my second daughter we gave her my other grandmas middle name, maybe she will start a tradition with it. :-)

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  55. What a sweet name! I think it's just perfect! Like others have said, I like that it's unique without being too weird/hard to pronounce. And it's neat that you're honoring your mother-in-law by passing down her name. I love how you just knew in your heart that it was the right name for your wee one! It really is lovely.

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  56. Oh - I love Eisley! Really cute and unique.

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  57. Glad to find another mommyblogger Hanson fan :)

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  58. Ooh, how pretty and different! Although I do think Hanson would have been hilarious.

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  59. Perfect and unique and beautiful. I love that it's feminine without being too "flowery" if that makes sense. Just lovely.

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  60. BEAUTIFUL + absolutely perfect name Kerri!! It is just so you. It matches everything about you! Love it. Hope we can see each other again soon! <3

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  61. I LOVE your name choice! it is perfect.

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  62. what a beautiful, beautiful name. love it :)

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  63. I think it's gorgeous! Love it!

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  64. I can't believe no one has mentioned that the band Eisley got it's name from the Mos Eisley Spaceport on Star Wars... they took out the "Mos" to avoid copyright infringement. And I totally advocate the geek from birth monicker!

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  65. I love that name. It's unique, and it's really pretty. And love the two names together. Has a great ring to it.

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  66. --tried posting and it got erased but alone the lines of this...

    O.M.GEEEE! I thought I was going to be the only one in the whole world who'd name their daughter Eisley!!!
    My gem is 16 months now, and I too (and obviously) got the idea from the band Eisley...whom I truly appreciate their music!
    My husband and I were having the worse time finding a good name that we both liked, so one night we were eating and Eisley came on in the background off an old disc I made myself, and I was like Eureka! Ironically its also the name of a Star Wars town, and my husband is literally the biggest sw fan (bought him a $400 one of a kind painting of Boba Fett to go go on our "tribute" wall haha
    Anyways, so interesting to know she wont be the only one. Aaaand, where are you getting the meaning "cheerful" from? if that is the meaning, then it suits perfectly for my girl.
    Ive also read that in Germanic languages it translates as "icy island"
    Cheers and happy new year to you and yours truly!

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  67. --tried posting and it got erased but alone the lines of this...

    O.M.GEEEE! I thought I was going to be the only one in the whole world who'd name their daughter Eisley!!!
    My gem is 16 months now, and I too (and obviously) got the idea from the band Eisley...whom I truly appreciate their music!
    My husband and I were having the worse time finding a good name that we both liked, so one night we were eating and Eisley came on in the background off an old disc I made myself, and I was like Eureka! Ironically its also the name of a Star Wars town, and my husband is literally the biggest sw fan (bought him a $400 one of a kind painting of Boba Fett to go go on our "tribute" wall haha
    Anyways, so interesting to know she wont be the only one. Aaaand, where are you getting the meaning "cheerful" from? if that is the meaning, then it suits perfectly for my girl.
    Ive also read that in Germanic languages it translates as "icy island"
    Cheers and happy new year to you and yours truly!

    PS, her middle name is Sofia..Eisley Sofia. and my eldests daughters name is Melot Phaedra (mel-loh)

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Chantel! I've met a few other mamas online who have Eisleys of their own, and it always makes me smile. :) I didn't know of any little girls with that name until after I named my daughter that—now, who knows? Perhaps out daughters will go to school with other Eisleys.

      I searched through a few of those naming websites and found the definition "cheerful", which probably isn't a true definition (since it isn't an old name) but I liked it anyway. Works for me! ;) I knew about the Star Wars thing, but we're not huge fans so usually I just tell people about how I got it from the band. But I love that it worked for you and your husband! So perfect.

      Also, I just adore the name Melot. I've never heard it before! So beautiful.

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