Shaylea often scolds me for giving her a name without sincere meaning. I’ve tried and tried to help her understand that her middle name, Faith, is jam packed with meaning, theology and a story about God using her at that time in my life. It just doesn’t matter, she claims the name Shaylea has no meaning and is useless.
In an effort to avoid such future indictments, we’ve been careful to consider heavily the impact the meaning of a name could have on a little girl. These things, after all, are very important to little girls.
Ever since our first doctors visit to Nashville we had talked about naming the baby Joy, if it turned out to be a girl. Shortly thereafter were were discussing possible names and Peter said he liked Hadassah. I loved it right off. But I couldn’t shake Joy. I just knew Joy had to be in there somewhere. I don’t remember who, but someone said Hadassah Joy. I immediately thought, Haddie Joy. It satisfied everyone, so it stuck.
We have had the name since around week 19, 5 weeks before we even knew the gender. This is the only reason I was so eager to know if we were having a boy or girl. I wanted to know if we could actually use the name Haddie Joy. We never did come up with a boy’s name.
And how appropriate the name is. We are learning joy at such a time as this. Perfect. (And most importantly, packed with meaning – That ought to keep Shaylea happy 😉
I need to be prepared for Shaylea’s question which is sure to come, “Mom, what does Hadassah mean?” So, I’ve done a little digging, and thus far I’ve learned that Hadassah (Esther of the Bible’s Hebrew name, Esther 2:7) in the Hebrew language means “myrtle” and “beauty”. Isn’t that awesome? One definition I’ve read has indicated that myrtle may also be related to the word joy somehow. I didn’t find a good source for that claim, so I’m not sure about it yet. I also thought it would be interesting to know more about the myrtle. I know there are several different varieties and types, but I thought it might be interesting to look into these things together.
Perhaps you will all have a little fun with me and study up on the meaning of Hadassah Joy. Let’s see what we can all bring back to the table.
Happy Hunting 🙂