When I first found out I was pregnant, my husband and I were full of questions. We aren’t very patient people and immediately wanted to have whatever we could have a control on, under control. Once, my pregnancy was confirmed and I was about 9 weeks along- we discussed the importance of names.
A name is what introduces you to the world, it’s the very first statement about you people see on paper. Whether it’s a class report, a byline, an ID card- it is your identity forever. My husband always hated his name- Joe. While it’s an all-american name, he felt it was so common, and didn’t give him a real sense of individuality. But yet, he never felt he identified with any other name.
My name, Yolanda, is not as common. I was actually named after my grandmother. Growing up, I was surrounded by Jennifer’s, Mary’s, Maria’s, and Jessica’s- and while I loved my name, I hated how some teachers would butcher it. My name became not only my identifier but part of my personality and knowing that I was named after a woman I loved, made it even more special to me.
So at 9 weeks, reading a baby book, we just started toying with names…one for a boy and one for a girl. We wanted our baby to like their name, and we didn’t want many nickname variations. We wanted it to be a strong name, yet one that didn’t evoke a harsh nature. One thing I was adamant about, I wanted it to be representative of my culture- her background and the very people that made it possible for even being here- my grandparents. We agreed that our baby’s middle name would be Yolanda for a girl, and Guillermo for a boy.
We read a ton of names, and had decided on a boys name rather easily. When it came to picking a girl’s name, we couldn’t find a single one in that book. By L, I was ready to give up. So, I sat the book down, and I took a short nap. I awoke- and I just looked at my husband and said. “What about Sofia? Sofia- with an ‘f’ not a ‘ph’.”
He smiled…and in August, our Sofia Yolanda was born. Now that is a great name, don’t you think?
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