Ruth/Ruthie is a name we've never considered for any of our other children, but it came up this pregnancy because the names we previously considered weren't quite right this time around. I was sure we wouldn't think of anything new, but we dug down deep and actually came up with 3-4 names that had never been on our list before. I've always liked the name Ruthie (hello, "7th Heaven!"), but, like I said, it was totally off the radar for my own children until now.
We don't really factor in the meanings of names when naming our children, but I love that Ruth means "compassionate friend." (Ruth was the daughter-in-law of Naomi in the Bible. After her husband/Naomi's son died, Ruth chose to leave her own people in Moab and relocate to Bethlehem with her mother-in-law's people.)
But Ruth said, "Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God." (Ruth 1:16)To prove how all over the map we are regarding names, here are the meanings and origins of each of our children's names:
- Sydney: means "Saint Denis"; origin is French
- Lorelei: means "alluring, temptress" (yikes); origin is German
- Ford: means "dweller at the Ford"; origin is English
- Ruth: means "compassionate friend"; origin is Hebrew
Her middle name, Emily, is after my maternal grandmother, Emily Belle (who I called P-ma). (Let's pause a moment and reflect on how forward-thinking my great-grandmother was to choose the snazzy name "Emily Belle" for my grandmother in 1930.) P-ma and I had an extra special relationship, and I'm so, so, SO glad we've been able to honor her through our child's name.
I have to confess that for months I've been thinking of her as Ruthie Belle. (Ford Alan has been proof that a child's given name sometimes had little bearing on what you actually call them, seeing as "Bubby Joe" is what comes out of our mouths 80% of the time. Poor kid.). Of course, when she's in trouble we'll holler, "RUTH EMILY!!!" (which will be never, right?), but don't be confused or surprised if I call her Ruthie Belle the rest of the time. Both names honor my beloved P-ma, and, let's be honest...it's just darned cute.
We love you Ruth Emily/Ruthie/Ruthie Belle. Welcome to our crazy family, and thank you for completing us.