Thursday, July 1, 2010

What is in a Name...

Tryg Edward Robert

We have actually had our little guy's name picked out for a while...and by "a while" I mean about 3 years. We knew we wanted a Scandinavian name. We thought about "Trygve" but I just couldn't do it. I liked "Tryg," though, and found out that Tryg is also a Scandinavian name. Pretty much from that point on, we didn't have any second choices. However, many of you have heard about how we "were not sure" or "Erik isn't convinced" about his name for most of the pregnancy. This is because we had to think about all of the things that would come with the name "Tryg." We're pretty sure that most people will not believe or understand him until he is about 7 years old when he's asked, "What is your name?" We also know that there are bound to be the jr. highers that will make fun of him..."Tryg the twig" or "Tryg the pig" But we hope that he grows into his name and that he likes it as much as we do. We are not trying to torture the poor boy, that's for sure.

... Tryg is a Scandinavian name meaning: Trusty Brave Victor. We found this especially fitting when we were told back in December that he had a 95% chance of having a major chromosomal, heart or kidney defect. At that point we did not know if he would survive the pregnancy or what his life would look like. We know that many of you were praying for him and for us as we had further tests done. We were all so relieved when all the tests came back clear. At that point we knew we had a "brave victor" on our hands. We also like the Scandinavian roots. Erik's family has a large Scandinavian background -as does mine, but I have a little German and Scottish mixed in as well. Now, one thing that we were not looking forward to is that Sarah Palin named her child Trig. The first thing the nurses said was, "Oh, like Trig Palin!" Well, that wasn't our goal, and we did have the name picked out before we even knew who Sarah Palin was. We also like the Scandinavian spelling better. So, Tryg it is!

EDWARD...Edward is a family name. Erik's middle name is Edward, named after his Grandfathers. It is his Maternal Grandfather's first name and his Paternal Grandfather's Middle name. It is also my dad's middle name! So, we knew we wanted to keep it in the family. We are sad that neither of Erik's grandfathers are here to meet our son though. Edward means "wealth protector" or "guard of riches" --that might come in handy?!?
ROBERT...Robert is a family name as well. My Maternal Grandfather is Robert. I also had a brother named Robert who only lived a few hours. I was thrilled to tell my Grandpa our son's name! I think he liked it too! Robert means "bright fame" -so we'll see what happens with that.


K. Joy said...

I love his name Mindy! So cool to hear the background story. MISS YOU!

Diana said...

I love the name, especially the Edward Robert part....makes me think of my own Robert Douglas Edward and also Paul Michael Edward......good job kids....Love Diana