We will call him Eli. I’m always really happy when we choose the names of our kids. Now, instead of referring to him as “it” or “the baby,” I can say “Eli is really doing somersaults today.” Now I can embroider Eli to his Christmas stocking. Now I can add Eli‘s name to greeting cards. Now I can pray for Eli (instead of “this little boy”).
Prophet Elijah and the Widow of Sarepta. Bernardo Strozzi, 1630s.
Elijah – from the Hebrew name (‘Eliyyahu) meaning “my God is YAHWEY”. Elijah was a Hebrew prophet of the 9th century BC, during the reign of King Ahab and queen, Jezebel. The two Books of Kings in the Old Testament tell of his exploits, which culminate with him being carried to heaven in a chariot of fire.
Timothy – (After his paternal grandfather. We love you, Papa!) from the Greek name (Timotheos) meaning “honouring God”, derived from (timao) “to honour” and (theos) “god”.