Saturday, April 12, 2008

What's in a Name?

When we received Lucy's referral back in September, she was a 7 1/2 month old baby. At the time, we definitely contemplated keeping her original name—maybe as a middle name. After giving it a lot of thought and going back and forth, we decided to honor both Lucy's birth mom and mine by naming her Lucy Mei Janice. To be honest, it felt like a non-issue since she was so young and wouldn't really know the difference. But now that she's 14 1/2 months, I feel completely torn about dropping her name. Will she resent us? Will we regret it?

I still want our moms honored in the name but Lucy Mei Yu-Ting Janice seems crazy long. Maybe Lucy Mei-Ting Janice? I'll have to get the chinese characters translated for that one.

For those of you who've been in this situation, tell me what made you decide to keep or not keep your child's original name.

Update: I had the characters translated and this is what we've got...
From Hui-Mei
Hui means bright, intelligent
Mei means "pretty" or "beautiful".

And Yu-Ting
Yu means house, building, eaves, but used with another word yu-zhou means Universe.
Ting means pretty, attractive, graceful. It usually describes how pretty a young girl has become.

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