This is the first thing we’ve bought for little Miles. This’ll be hanging on his bedroom wall when he arrives in May!
Shalaine: We’ve got the name!! When it comes to agreeing on girls’ names Gav and I see eye to eye! We could easily name a dozen girls if we needed to! However, we’ve been trying to agree on just ONE boy’s name since we were pregnant with Addie Pearl. When we went to find out the gender of Addie Pearl we had no boy name lined up. When we were going to find out the gender of Miles a couple weeks ago we had been throwing around some names but didn’t have anything settled. The problem is we’ve felt for months now that we were having a boy and we STILL didn’t have anything ready.
But now we’re done and it feels awesome. Every couple has their own way of announcing the name of their unborn child. Some (like us) like to get it out there and others like to hold on to it until the little one arrives. Neither one is better than the other, there are pros and cons to both. It’s like how some people want to know the gender and others want it to be a big surprise. I love having a name for the wiggling little guy that is kicking me, waking me up at 3 a.m. to go to the bathroom, and then causing me to have a late night snack because he’s a hungry little fellow. If you see us you can now ask us how Miles is doing and I guess you could ask me how I am doing but that will probably be obvious by the way I look!
Gavin: Whew! After hours and hours (and weeks and months and years!) of discussing, we’re done! Miles Augustine (pronounced “uh-GUS-tin,” I’ll be a stickler about this). We’ll call him Miles, which is a family name from my side. My father’s mother’s maiden name is Miles and my middle name is Miles after her. So we’re naming our son kind of after me but also after a a large branch of our family tree. (I’d also be lying if I said I wasn’t a little pleased that my son will share a name with Miles Davis, one of the greatest jazz men of all time and a perennial favorite around the Breeden household.)
Augustine, of course, comes from St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD). He was a pastor-theologian of the highest order, a true giant in Church history whose writing is as brilliant, heart-moving, and necessary today as it was centuries ago.
For those who are into name meanings:
Miles: Various naming books and websites report different meanings based on the different regions in which the name is used. Some of the given meanings: peaceful, merciful, soldier, grace, and, in Hebrew, “who is like God?”
Augustine: This one is much simpler, it means venerable, great.