Choosing a name for another human being has got to be one of the most difficult tasks known to man. Can I get an amen?
When the Dude and I found out we were expecting our own Little Monkey, one of the first things I started to think about was what we would name him or her. Choosing a boy name for the Monkey was easy as pie. We both agreed immediately (at least on the first name, the middle names took a little more work) but we had a heck.of.a.time deciding what we'd name our babe if it came out as a She Monkey. And, of course, she did come out as a She Monkey. Thankfully, we had reached a decision before she made her debut. All of Eva's names were specially chosen for someone important in her life.
Many people have asked us how we chose her name and, also, how we pronounce it (as so many of you have only seen her name written out and have not heard it spoken).
Yes, we went ahead and made things very confusing by changing up the spelling of a common name and also, changing the pronunciation of her full name and shortened name.
Her first name, Evalyn, is a combination of both her mother and her father's names (Surprise! Lucy is not my real name). It is pronounced the same way you would pronounce it if it were spelled Evelyn. With a short E. But we changed the spelling from Evelyn to Evalyn to fit better with the idea of combining our names to make her name and also so her name would be Eva when shortened.
When shortened to Eva, it is pronounced with a long E. Just like Eve from the bible, with an A on the end. This is because the Dude did not like the idea of her being called Evie (again with a short E).
We mostly just call her Eva but she gets Evalyn quite a bit, too. Either will do.
Her middle names are also very special.
Ada is taken from my Dad's mother. (The one you saw in the 4 generations photos). It is her middle name, as well, and I wanted my daughter to be named for her. She was very happy when she found out that we gave Evalyn her middle name.
And, lastly, Joy is Katie's (the BFF) middle name. We have been best friends since we were about 13 and I have always known that if I ever had a daughter, she would be named for Katie. It is extra special as Auntie Katie was here with us when Evalyn entered the world.