I always knew if I would have a girl I would name her, Mia. Mia Stella Tito. My mom’s name is Stella, and I always loved her name. Maybe it’s because I love my mom so much, or maybe because there is a little bit of the Italian tradition inside me. In Italy the first daughter is named after the Husbands mother. In my case, it’s just me; there is no husband! (Ha!) Anyway, I don’t know why but I always thought that I would have a little Mia in my life. Mia is of Latin origins, and it means “mine” or “wished-for child.” Well, how perfect is that, she is definitely a wished-for child and she is mine. Mia Stella Tito. I like that.
If it’s a boy, I have no idea. I have been reading book after book of boys names, and I don’t love them as much as Mia. My dad’s name is Donato and well it’s an ancient Italian name. There is no way I’m naming my boy Donato, no offense dad. So I guess there is not as much Italian tradition in me after all. I might put it as a second name, as respect to my dad, let’s see. I narrowed it down to 3 names; Dante, Sebastian or Leo.
Dante: Is also of Latin origins, meaning “enduring.” Normally it’s associated with the medieval Italian poet. Dante Alighieri was a 14th-century Italian writer, known for his work “The Divine Comedy.” I like it it gives me the idea of strength. Doesn’t society say that men should be strong? (I don’t know how to do an emoji sign of “rolling my eyes.”) But I do like the name.
Sebastian is of Greek origins, meaning “venerable.” Okay, so I do not necessarily love the meaning. But St. Sebastian is one of my favorite painting by Caravaggio. For some reason seeing a man with arrows in his body looking up at God, makes me think about my own life. When I’m feeling the most hurt, I look up at God.
Leo is a Latin name, originally from the Greek Leon, meaning “lion.” Powerful, strong, independent. Food for thought.
So, Dante, Sebastian, or Leo. I’m still not sure. I haven’t yet talked to many people about my chooses. What do you think? Picking a name is hard if you don’t already have a favorite. That name will shape and be with your child for the rest of their lives. That’s huge!! What are some of your favorite baby names?