The Name Game: Part Three

Obviously you must have noticed I haven’t blogged in a loooooong time. Well, things have pretty busy around here. We found out that our newest addition is a boy! Also, my middle sister got married! Needless to say, its been chaotic at the Huffman Homestead. But now that things are starting to settle down and we’re {almost} back to “regularly scheduled programming”, we can now announce what we will be naming our newest little guy!

Its a Boy

Before I reveal it, a little backstory…

We knew this time around we wanted a name from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Our girl name was easily decided upon: Eowyn. We love this name because we love the character and what a bad-a she is. Plus, we could shorten it and call Baby Girl, “Winnie”. But, the sonogram showed an “outie” and not an “innie”—ha!

So we started thinking about boy names we liked from LotR. Aragorn? Eomir? Baromir? Definitely not Frodo. But then we realized, “Hey! It doesn’t have to be someone’s name from the trilogy. It can be the name of a place.”

Our little guy’s name is:

Han Name reveal


Why Rohan?

The men of Rohan are strong—not just in battle—but in will and valor, full of integrity, and fight for their people against evil. Aragorn describes them this way:

They are proud and willful, but they are true-hearted, generous in thought and in deed; bold but not cruel…

—The Two Towers, Book Three, Chapter 2


Who wouldn’t want a son like that?! We decided we’d call him Han for short. A nod to one of our other favorite fandoms (and rebellious, scruffy, nerf-herder):

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Jude was easy. I’ve always been a huge fan of The Beatles. When my sister and I went to London after I graduated college, we made the trek down to Liverpool and spent the day on the “Magical Mystery Tour Bus”, seeing all the sites from the Fab Four’s childhood. I mean, I named my dog Pinny Lane for heaven’s sakes! Added bonus: whenever I call him for dinner I can sing, “Hey Juuuuude!”



So, there you have it! Our little Halfling has a name! And yes, I know it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea…but honestly, I don’t care. I mean, our daughter is Hermione and our son is Indiana. We couldn’t have a “Bill”. Not only that, but each of their names mean something to us. And that’s enough for me.



Guess What?

Hey guys!

So, we at the Huffman Homestead got a real shocker this weekend!

Turns out the nurse at my OB’s office read the sonogram wrong! That’s right folks, our little girl is actually a little BOY!

Huff the Hubs and I had to scramble to find a boy’s name that we loved as much as Hermione. We wanted to keep with the Harry Potter theme, so we thought of the PERFECT name for our little man:

Albus Severus

I mean, if its good enough for Harry and Ginny, it should be good enough for us too, right? Right?


Just kidding. Our little one is still a little girl! You really think we’d name a kid Albus Severus? Please. Please, that makes Renessme look good!

What’s in a name?

Huff the Hubs and I went to the doctor on Wednesday. Not only did we get to see the baby through an ultrasound, but we also got to find out that….

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I am so excited! I would’ve been just as excited for a boy, but I LOVE the girl name we have picked out.

I was a little hesitant to share this with people, just because my friends’ experiences with revealing the names of their future children. They were met with a lot of blank stares, wrinkled noses, and “Why would you name your child that?” demands.

I’m all for different names. When I was a kid, my favorite names were Willow, Gypsy, and Lake. But, I didn’t want to pick a name just because it was different. I wanted it to mean something.

I’m named after my dad’s favorite Allman Brothers song. The fact that I was named after a song makes me feel special and I think it also has something to do with the fact that I love music so much.

So when Huff the Hubs and I talked about baby names and started thinking about the ones that really meant something to us, there was always one we kept coming back to. So we decided to use it.

Ladies and gentlemen, our daughter’s name is:

Hermione Jean

Why Hermione?

I’ll tell you.

Yes, it’s from the Harry Potter series. No, I don’t think that’s weird. My best friend has a daughter named River, named for the character on Firefly, River Tam. I think its an AWESOME name. And I love the meaning behind it.

Harry Potter has been a HUGE part of my life; as a reader and as a writer. I devoted many hours reading those books, waiting in line to buy them, and camping out for the films. Also, I adore J.K. Rowling. I think she’s an amazingly talented writer and she’s part of the reason I wanted to become an author.

But that’s not the only reason behind our choice. It’s about who Hermione is.

Hermione Granger is a clever, loyal, caring, person. She isn’t afraid of being smart or spending her free time in the library surrounded by books; she loves to learn.

She is brave. How many times throughout the series did Hermione battle evil monsters? And not only that, but whenever Harry or Ron (or even herself for that matter) would be teased by nasty Slytherins, she always replied with: “Just ignore them” or “Don’t sink to their level”. She knew who she was and wasn’t going to let anyone steal her joy or make her feel inferior. Everyday bravery is the best kind.

She was completely devoted to battling evil, even if it meant the ultimate sacrifice. She never wavered in her loyalty to her friends and cared for others deeply. She even fought for the lowly house elves that didn’t have a voice of their own.

That’s the kind of daughter I want.

I want to raise a brave, smart, book-loving, God-fearing girl who isn’t afraid of being herself. I want a daughter that is loyal to her friends and fights for what she believes in. I want a daughter that loves others and shows compassion to everyone. I know naming her Hermione won’t make her that way; that its up to me and Huff the Hubs to guide her and teach her. True, she may get made fun of because of her name (who doesn’t?!) but I have faith that she will lift her head high, self-assured and not sink to lower minds’ levels.