Picking a Name

How did we come up with the name Liliana Faith Tapscott?

The naming process started long before Sean and I found out our baby was going to be a girl. In fact, we were throwing names around even before we got pregnant! It was just one of those things we thought was inevitable and we might as well start thinking about it now to see what names we both like. The only two names I remember from this time were Fiona and Raven, both of which I’ve fallen out of favor for.

Sean and I were both hoping our first child to be a boy, so we started looking at boy’s names. I came up with the name Damien, which Sean agreed on, and that was that.

Once we had done the amniocentesis and the results came back, the genetic counselor gave me a call. She told me that there were no chromosomal abnormalities and asked if I wanted to know the gender. I said yes.

After finding out that we were having a girl, we thought about Fiona and Raven (which we had liked before), but the names didn’t seem quite right. Somehow, Sean came up with the name Liliana. Mind you, this is after he came up with the weirdest names I have ever heard. I swear that at least one of them started with an X or a Z.

At first, I thought “Liliana” was too long. I wasn’t fond of Lilian (reminded me too much of Rugrats) but if you shortened it further to Lily, I thought it was all right. Then I found out that my co-worker’s daughter (who is absolutely beautiful) is named Lily, so that was a no go. I sat on it for a while, trying to find a different name, but then it dawned on me that Liliana isn’t too long. It’s perfect.

With the first name secured, it was now time to come up with a middle name. We thought and thought, but couldn’t come up with anything. Then Sean’s brother, Jason, came up with Faith.

Liliana Faith Tapscott.

It worked.

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