Names from the Garden of Eden
It is time to pick out a name for your daughter! You know you want something that makes her sound feminine, yet strong. Among the Bible stories that come to mind is the story of the creation of our world. But do you really want to go with Eve?
It can be difficult to choose a name because we put so much value on the names we give to our children. We want to choose names that give off good vibes. We certainly don’t want names that remind us of bad events. Eve is a name often associated with the fall of mankind and entanglement with serpents.
If, however, you want to stick with the idea of God’s earliest creations, Eve could have another version just for you! Ava is a variation of Eve according to those who research Hebrew names, and holds another meaning related God’s creation.
When God created the Heavens and the Earth, he was gracious enough to fill the land, sea, and air with animals. These animals were to be companions of Adam. He was their caretaker. Among these creatures, we find the birds. Ava shares her roots with aves, or birds. Therefore, the name Ava can take on a meaning similar to Eve, the first woman to walk the Earth, or it can mean the ability to fly majestically. Either way, Ava has been a winner on the names lists for years!
Now, what if your bundle of joy is a boy? Never fear! The creation story has ideas for you too!
The name of Adam tends to remain on the common list of baby names for its fame and simplicity. Adam, the first man, is often used for the first born. Some reject this name because he was the first person to ever sin. The shame of Adam and Eve haunts their names even today. If that doesn’t bother you, or you are able to look past the imperfection and see a repented, grateful man, than go for it!
If Adam isn’t for you, or your newest family member, let’s look a little deeper. Cain and Abel don’t typically make it to the birth certificate because of their feud. Many don’t want Abel for fear of a life full of bad luck. Cain’s name gives off the vibe of one who is banished to wander the dessert. Not too cheery when decorating a nursery!
That brings us to Adam and Eve’s next child, Seth. This is the name of the son who began civilization. Seth outlived Abel, followed God better than Cain, and while he wasn’t perfect, he wasn’t the first to sin like his dad!
When searching for that perfect name, sometime Genesis is as far as you need to look! Babies bring feelings of new beginnings into our lives. The creation story perfectly matches the happy beginning for the little one.
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