Recently I received a wonderful surprise from WorldofMoms and BabyDove. A parcel came in the mail that contained some personalized gifts for both my babies. We got this personalised baby lotion bottle for my children. I was so touched by this sweet gesture and it brought back such special memories of naming my boy.
Read here how we named our son – https://bit.ly/2HVwg5p
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The Story Behind the Name of My Baby
Birth of a child is always such a special event in Indian households. I have a son and a daughter. My daughter has always been docile and never objected to what we chose to name her. But I have fond memories and a nostalgic story behind what we decided to name my son. Something that I would want to share with all of you.
Throughout my pregnancy I had always hoped for a healthy happy baby. (Secretly I wanted my first baby to be a girl child since I was craving to dress her up and bond with her as a good friend. God was kind and I am a proud mother to a boy and a girl today). But my son came into this world after putting up a bit of a fight. My water broke and I was approaching the start of my labour pains. Everything was running per plan, but then my baby suddenly ran into some foetal distress.
He passed stool in my stomach and the doctor promptly announced that I needed a Caesarean. There was confusion all around, medical papers were hurriedly signed, and I was wheeled into the operation theatre. But taking one look at my tiny son, I was his fan forever. Like all mothers would agree, there is something magical about bringing forth another life into this world.
My pious mother in law later announced that my son deserved a unique name related to some popular Hindu Vedic Deity, as he had entered the world with drama and God’s blessings. The elders gave their suggestions and many names came up such as Dhanush, Hridyanshu, and Naman. But, these were all declined.
It was finally decided to name my son as “Aryaman” which means “Possessor of greatness”. Aryaman also happens to be the son of Aditi, who is the ‘Mother of all Gods’ so it felt more meaningful. This name also means the ‘Sun’ in Sanskrit and was a powerful but pious name. Here my husband intervened and declared he had already decided the name ‘Zoraavar’ for our little one. He felt this carried more weight but my cousins joked that such a name looked good on someone belonging to a dacoit’s family. Zoraavar was too aggressive a name back then.
A lot of other relatives gave their own suggestions till my sister-in-law declared that as per traditions, she would decide her nephew’s name. Since she felt Aryaman sounded cooler a name then, she had the last word. Here, the family pundit said to keep any name with a double A as this was more auspicious. So finally, my son was given the name Aaryaman (with a double A).
We avoided a formal name keeping ceremony but had a small one at the neighbourhood temple, where the name Aaryaman or ‘Brahmaand ka Yodha’ was officially bestowed upon my son. There have been occasions where he had objected to this name given to him. He sometimes complains that this name is very common amonghis school friends. Therefore, we have resorted to call him Aarya out of pure love. This is such a short and sweet alternative to Aaryaman.
Now that I have shared my own name-keeping story with all my friends, I would love to know about yours. Please do share your unusual, funny or warm stories in the comments.
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