And I'm crazy about the name Elizabeth because of these two women.
Now comes my quirk (and obsession). It's very important to me that my children are named after people I love and admire. These must be people my children can look up to and - where possible - rely on their guidance and example.
I agree this requirement seems a bit strange and ridiculous - I think my sister-in-law thinks I'm nutty (which I freely admit I am). But I've had too much personal experience and feeling from these two women in my life.
And I want this same strength available to my children.
But here's the hard part - we've run out of names for the Little Pirate. And the list is getting pretty slim. It can't just be someone I simply admire. It has to be someone I really feel a connection with - someone I've researched and spent time thinking over their decisions and their placement in history. These people didn't all leave a big mark - but their lives have definitely touched mine - in a significant way.
The other problem is - Greg and I have to like the name. If that weren't an issue, we would have named our first born after this man -
But we don't like the name Heber.
I would love to name him after one of these men...
This is not just based on spiritual foundations or "pick a prophet of your choice" game. In fact, Brigham Young was definitely not my favorite person while growing up. All that changed when I started studying the history of Nauvoo and the Mormon pioneers coming west. Do you really know what this man had to put up with after Joseph Smith was killed and Brigham came back to Nauvoo amidst complete chaos? I love both of these men and admire them deeply.
And truth be told - my most fervent choice is this man. I cannot think of a better man, example or hero my son could look up to. I would love this choice.
But Greg says no. So we're back to square one. (Though I'm still pulling for the last option...)