A name for our little one

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Maybe because I’ve watched a bit of the World Cup Rugby the baby’s been enthusiastically kicking and elbowing non-stop.

I was also sent a list of the most popular names chosen for babies.

It’s from the NSW government website’s list of the top 100 names registered in the state each year.

Currently Joshua, Jack, Lachlan and Thomas are the most popular names for boys and Emily, Jessica, Chloe and Isabella the most popular for girls.

We’ve decided to choose the name of a saint or apostle for our little one.

Because our names are so tied up with our identity, it seems an enormous responsibility just to choose one – so it will take us a while.

We want our child to have a Christian name so that they will have someone they can hopefully identify with and relate to when they are older, someone they can read about and talk to, and through whom they can learn about God.

We’re fortunate to have friends and family who will be fantastic role models too, but we quite like the tradition of being named after a saint.

We have our own favourites. my husband Peter, for example, feels a special affinity with St Peter the apostle and we both love St John of the Cross, St Teresa of Avila and St Therese of Lisieux. Then there’s St Catherine of Siena and St Thomas Aquinas.

But that doesn’t stop Peter suggesting, when he feels the strong kicks and jumps against my abdomen, that we name the baby Jordan, for basketballer Michael Jordan.