Liam's Name

Before we were even pregnant Dereck and I had always said that I would get to name the first girl and he the first boy. I had always wanted to name a girl Rachel, no major reason for that name except I would occasionally use it as my alias and just thought it was a pretty name. Dereck had always wanted William, it was both his middle name and his grandfathers name. I wasn't too sure of William at first because it was such a popular name, and had friends who had named there boys William already, but also understood it was a family name. I did love the name Liam though, so Dereck and I were able to come to an agreement that if we had a boy his official name was going to be William, but we would call him Liam. Looking through baby books at names we had also learned that William meant Protector and new that we wanted a strong name for our baby and that was perfect for him. The middle name was a little harder to come up with. Dereck had always joked that he wanted our baby to have the initials WAR. Well then I said that maybe we should have his middle name be Archimedes which Dereck thought would be perfect. He figured that with a middle name like that his son would want to learn so much about where that name came from. We had left the name issue alone for a few months till about the time were going in to find out the sex of our baby. Dereck's grandma is named Maxine, and she means the world to us, and her dad was named Maximilian. Maximilian also means the Greatest, so right away we new that we had Liam a middle name. His name had so much meaning to us and even more so now because it means the The Greatest Protector. What a perfect name for our precious little Angel and so happy we already had his name picked out before he was born.

We have also since talked about baby names for when we have another child, not sure if we will ever come up with a name that has as much of a special meaning as Liam does. I now know that Rachel will never work as a girls name for me, but we have thought about a few names that we both can agree on, but you will all have to wait and find out on knowing those.

Liam in Denali National Park

Liam on a beach in Hawaii


  1. I love the name Liam, as you know.. it is a beautiful and very special name.

  2. As you know my son shares the same name. We chose Liam while we were on vacation in Mexico when I was 15 weeks along. We didn't know the meaning, we both just loved the name Liam if baby was a boy. While I was in the hospital and we knew that Liam was indeed a Liam, my husband looked up the meaning on his iPhone. "Strong will, desire and protector". It was the perfect name for our brave little Liam.

    Remembering your little protector always. xx


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