As you’re choosing a name for your baby, you realize how important this decision is. When you toss around ideas, some names are quickly discarded because of a memory — an unkind classmate had that same name. And, you don’t want to choose a super-common name, either. So, why not look at timeless old lady names?
It seems from car designs to fashion, the trendy thing to do is “go retro.” That is, look to the past and reuse or redesign what has been done. So, sassy old lady names might just be what you’re considering.
How far back do you want to go? The oldest name on record for a woman, as told by oldest.org, was Neithhotep. From ancient Egypt (around 3100 BCE), Neithhotep was the first recorded name of a woman. Because of the size of her tomb, Neithhotep, is understood to be a lady of importance. She was the queen of either Narmer or his successor, Hor-Aha.
What’s in a Baby Name?
We all know that names matter. The barista writes your name on your cup (and sometimes spells it correctly) as you order a fancy coffee to-go. And, a host takes your name as you wait for a table at your favorite restaurant. Loved ones write your name on a card or speak it out loud with adoration.
God created each of us uniquely and in His image. While our name is a label of who we are, it doesn’t truly define us. For, our identity is in Christ. Each of us is a beloved child of God. And, whether our name is incredibly common or beautifully rare, our identity in Christ stays the same.
“But now, O Jacob, listen to the LORD who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, ‘Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.'” Isaiah 43:1
God knows each of us by name. And, there were other times people were called by name in the Bible. The morning that Jesus rose from the dead, He called Mary by name. It wasn’t until He spoke her name that she recognized Him. John 20:16
Enjoy the research and process of choosing a name for your little one. At this point, only God knows if she’ll be strong, compassionate, creative, relational, or witty (or a delightful combination). Consider these names — or have a good laugh as you move on to the next name.