03 November 2009


It's okay if it takes a few minutes (or more) for it to settle in. It's sort of a big name for a little baby. It took us a while looking at photos of blonde little girls and imagining them with that name before we could commit. :)

Hazel comes from the Hebrew hazā'ēl which means "God sees", and oh my does that mean everything to me! It reminds me of David's words in Psalm 139, I love that:

"O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.

You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.

You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?

If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,

even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"

even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you."

We also realized after talking with Ryan's parents that Hazel is also her great-great-grandmother's name on Ryan's side. Isn't that a happy happy providence!

Wren means "little bird". We like that it's got the same feeling as Hazel and it reminds us of Jesus' words about the birds of the air in Matthew 6:25-27:

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"


So, what does Hazel Wren mean to us? It means,
"Worry not, little bird. God sees you and He cares for you!"

We can't wait to meet you! And now we can pray for you by name!
(May I note here that she is currently somersaulting inside of me as I type!)

Thank you for all your tremendous help yesterday, friends! It was so much fun to hear all your name suggestions! I knew I could count on you ;) And if there are others of you who are also working on naming a girl, there are TONS of good ideas in the comments of that last post - please, help yourselves (except to Hazel Wren, of course!) ;)

41 comments:

meganblaire said...

I love it!! So beautiful and powerful. The meanings are awesome. It totally fits! WOOHOO! :)

Sidnie said...

What a sweet name.
So beautiful.

Praying for Hazel Wren by name.

Myra said...

This post brought me to tears. I'm so thrilled for you guys and I LOVE the name! We love names with real meaning! :)

Beana @ Bean Circus said...

It's just perfect!

Sherri @ Luv a Bargain said...

That is so beautiful! It will fit her just perfect:)

Heather said...

Very pretty and old fashioned. We have old fashioned names here. Abbygail and Audrey. Abby is pretty common in the 4-5 year old ranges but I haven't heard an Audrey in the 1-2 year olds.

Susan said...

Love, love, love it. Love it. Love. It.

~~~~~ The House of Big Cheese~~~~ said...

Yay, I suggested Hazel yesterday. I <3 it so much. Love her name :)

Yay...grow hazel grow!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful. I'm sure it will fit her perfectly!

Megan Brueseke said...

A beautiful name with a beautiful meaning!

Fran said...

I think its beautifully awesome!!!

Congrats!

Becky said...

That's beautiful! I love that there is a special meaning behind it! YAY!

Ryan and Katie said...

This is my first time commenting, but I was too excited to hold it all in. :) Yeah!! My friend has a little girl named Hazel. Our son and her are both 8 months old. I love the name!! I'm so excited for you guys!!

Tracy said...

beautiful! <3

Jenn!fer said...

Eek! I LOVE it!!

Erin said...

That is so funny that you chose Hazel because I almost posted it as a suggestion, but I didn't because it didn't have a "v". Hazel is my grandmother's name and one day when I have a girl, it will be her middle name. I love Layla Hazel. Now I just have to wait til God gives me a girl! I pray that you continue to have a VERY happy and easy pregnancy! And, of course, I love the name!

Erin said...

That is so funny that you chose Hazel because I almost posted it as a suggestion, but I didn't because it didn't have a "v". Hazel is my grandmother's name and one day when I have a girl, it will be her middle name. I love Layla Hazel. Now I just have to wait til God gives me a girl! I pray that you continue to have a VERY happy and easy pregnancy! And, of course, I love the name!

Meredith said...

I love it! It sounds sweet, strong and serene... everything a name for a little girl should be. Praying for Hazel Wren as she continues to grow in her Mommy's tummy and for peace and strength for you and Ryan.

Renegades said...

Wren is very very cool.

Lizzie said...

beautiful! And now i can name my daughter Ivy! haha
Im so excited to have a name for her now!
Love to you and baby Hazel!

Sarah said...

Yay a name! Yay for Hazel!

Anonymous said...

It is beautiful!

Kyle Chowning said...

Congrats to you and Ryan. What a sweet name and fun expectation!

Chantelle said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! I love when names have deep meanings like that. Love the scriptures, a couple of my favorites :)

Kelli said...

Simply beautiful!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous name choice! Our daughter's first name is Wren, I have never met another :) Hazel is just beautiful, congrats to you both!!!

Me and Madeline said...

I don't visit for a week and I come back and you're not only pregnant - it's a baby girl with a NAME! Absolutely THRILLED for you and your family.

And I'm in LOVE with the name AND the meaning. Hazel goes so nicely with Oliver...

Oh, this just made my night! Praise the Lord for his blessings!

Nikke said...

Such a beautiful name!!
I love it =]

Ashleigh said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! That name is perfect!

Chelsa said...

LOVE IT!

i told ya wren was a great middle name ;)

i'll be praying for miss hazel!

Chelsa said...

LOVE IT!

i told ya wren was a great middle name ;)

i'll be praying for miss hazel!

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

Congratulations!
What a cute name!

Hailey said...

Congratulations!!
Her name is perfect. Love it!

Whit said...

Raechel!!! I have been a long time reader but this is my first comment! My computer has been broken for quite some time & I have missed reading your blog but I was SO surprised to find your new announcement! CONGRATULATIONS! I couldn't be more happy! You and Ryan and the most deserving people & I'm sure Oliver is so excited too!

Whit (in Missouri)

P.S. I LOVE her name! Beautiful!

FieryCanuck77 said...

Absolutely perfect.

Reading how her name has a Real Meaning, makes me want to go check out my children's names and make it more REAL too!

best of luck with little Hazel Wren (lovin' the middle name!) and the rest of the pregnancy. God has His hand on her and you.

Lori-Anne

Summer Willard said...

I love the name Hazel! That was my Aunt's name and I miss her very much. She was an incredible woman. And Wren is SO lovely. Hazel Wren is just perfect! :-)

Summer

heididh33 said...

Great name!!! Great meaning!!!

Michelle said...

Love it! So great that you guys could decide so quickly.

Jenilee said...

I really like that name! new to your blog and what a fun post to read first!

kanishk said...

I'm so thrilled for you guys and I LOVE the name! We love names with real meaning! :) Work from home India

Erin said...

I LOVE IT!! I love it, i think it is perfect and has meaning and thats what I love! What are some other names you where decididng between.. I really need help with boy names!