Name Stories – Arrow

I always like hearing how people come up with their baby’s names, so I thought I’d share mine here.

So when it comes to naming babies, I like to decide on one as soon as I find I’m pregnant. With Lisanna, we decided it early on and it seemed like she knew her name pretty well from birth.

With Arrow, it was pretty different.

First off, we didn’t really choose his first name. If you didn’t know, Arrow isn’t actually his first name.

His first name is Robert, and he’s the tenth in a long line of Robert Swallow’s. Brandon actually goes by his middle name, and so does his dad.

The funny thing is, I really hated the traditional, top ten for all time, basic white guy names. I even told Brandon when he proposed that I made no guarantee I would ever name a son of mine Robert. (Haha, the things that bother you at 19 years old, right?)

But as soon as I found out that it was a boy, I knew his first name would be Robert. That just left his middle name, which we planned to actually call him.

I really liked the name Zeke. I thought Lisanna and Zeke sounded really cute together, so, for the first 8 months, it seemed like it would be the one.

But then, at around 8 months pregnant, I realized that Brandon and I had had a misunderstanding. Brandon was under the impression that we were naming him the very Biblical name, Ezekiel, and he didn’t want to call him by a nickname. I didn’t want to call him Ezekiel.

So we went back to the drawing board. I starting scrolling through oodles of baby name sites, looking in categories ranging from “cool boy names” to “old man names.”

I drove Brandon insane with a constant string of name suggestions. Finally, in a happy accident, I happened across the name “Arrow.” We love how cool it sounds, and Brandon also likes the Biblical connection to the verse from Psalm 127:4.
It says, “Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.”

(For the record, I don’t have an issue with Biblical names, it just wasn’t a deciding factor for me!)

Well, that’s all for this name story. Tell me about how you decided on your kids names!

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