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My Boy’s Name | The Meaning Behind Evan Grey

Choosing a name for our little man didn’t come easy for Jake and I. We had lists and lists of possibilities before the big day. But we couldn’t settle on a decision prior to meeting him. Perhaps it’s because we didn’t know whether we were having a boy or a girl, so we never felt super connected to a specific moniker. We took a good nine hours after Evan arrived to finally make a decision. Here’s the meaning behind our boy’s name…

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EVAN | This was among our lengthy list of options we had going into the hospital. We thought it was a strong choice, that lied somewhere between cool, classic, and youthful. The writer in me also loved the alliteration behind ‘Evan Ireland.’

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Still, our boy’s name wasn’t an obvious choice until after he arrived. Jake started to look up the meaning behind each of our top picks, while having some downtime at the hospital. Name after name didn’t seem to hold any real significance, until EVAN. The Welsh meaning behind the name is, ‘God is gracious.’ Our son so beautifully arrived on Easter Sunday, following a pregnancy that made me feel overwhelmingly connected to my faith. Evan felt like the perfect name for our son, and we agreed on it instantly.

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GREY | We wanted our son to have a meaningful middle name, that was symbolic of someone close to us. I started to think about some of the greatest lessons I had learned over my lifetime. Whenever I’ve questioned something, my dad has always said to me…

Nothing in life is ever black or white. Be forgiving and empathetic.”

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Hence, the meaning behind the name Grey. I’ve always believed beauty follows grey days, in the same way happiness follows disappointment. The name seemed fitting for our boy, who we hope to raise with that same outlook. We want him to never see things merely as they are, but rather, to always know and understand life is most beautiful when you approach it with an open mind. To our Evan Grey, you already make us proud…

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Photos by Annie Shak