22 Mar
Our baby boy has had a name since before we knew he was a boy. JH and I have always shared the desire to give our children traditional family names. It's something that is really important to us. We are definitely at an advantage since we both come from very large families full of great names, it wasn't too hard to land on one (... or four) that we both loved. There really never was any sort of deliberation!

Our sweet boy will carry the name...

John : Both of our Godfather's share the name John.

Joseph : Is for my husband plus four generations going back to his great grandfather (and maybe more. One of JH's great uncles is still researching). Joseph covers almost every male in his family.

Gregory : Is for my dad.

And we'll call him, "Jack" after my Godfather, who has gone by Jack most of his life.

All of these men have and do play such a massive role in our lives and will in Jack's life too. We feel unbelievably privileged for our little guy to share a name with these remarkable people that we love so so dearly.

We talk to Jack all the time and call him by name. I sometimes even go over the spelling with him. "J, A, C, K!"

JH ends every conversation with, "Don't drink, don't do drugs and don't spend money. Daddy loves you very much!" It's makes me smile. He's already such a great dad.

Via Baby Center, we have approximately 124 days until we meet our Jack! We could not be more excited!

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  • Sherri Beiser

    What a beautiful name you have chosen for your son. The way you came up with this name is awesome. There is so much love in your family. As for tradition, it is even more awesome. It is a tradition in the Jewish religion to name our children after someone in our family we dearly love or loved. Then we have a baby naming, whereas the rabbi circumcises the baby if a boy, and says prayers and blessings over the child and It is truly a joyous celebration. It is truly joyous that you are having a baby and I am so incredibly happy for you. SRB

  • http://www.naturallycaffeinatedfamily.blogspot.com Naturally Caffeinated Family

    I love it! and I love the meaning and tradition behind all of his names! So special!

  • http://www.kristinashleyevents.com Kristin Weis

    When you tweeted me back Baby Jack’s name- I knew I missed one of your blogs bc I know my Nina would have written about this one! LOVE his name and I can’t wait to meet the little guy!
    Much Love.

  • http://www.barefootbird.blogspot.com barefoot in the park

    what a handsome name! i’ve always been partial to calling john’s jack!

  • Kay & Barb

    Oh, my! Just spoke with “Uncle”. Superior choice of name for your little boy. How sweet of you two. What a fortunate little one he will be. Continue to be well. love, k&b

  • http://virginia-belle.blogspot.com Christina

    I absolutely love it! I love when people use strong family names. I’m sure the men in your family will feel incredibly honored!

  • http://makeupbytricia.blogspot.com Makeup by Tricia

    What a beautiful name! I love when parents carry on traditions and have meaning behind names. Congrats to you both

  • http://www.upnorthpreppy.blogspot.com AEOT

    Our son’s middle name is a family name and our future kids (2 of course, one a girl and one a boy, b/c that’s how it works, right?) both are completely family names. John is a lovely, lovely name. We would use that and call him Jack, but we know wayyyy too many Jack’s in our immediate group of friends, so we have another nn for our *future* 2nd boy. Enjoy the next 100 days. They’re amazing ones. They’ll be even more amazing when little Jack Jack arrives!!

  • http://www.justabitofmegs.blogspot.com Perfectly Imperfect

    I LOVE his name! I love when people use family names. Our next one will definitely have a family name. I just need to find some decent ones in our family somewhere!! ;)

  • http://www.jacksondallas.blogspot.com Katie Parrish

    Great choice with “Jack”…..but of course I’m a little biased considering I have a little Jack of my own! ;-)

  • http://therestisstillunwritten-sjm.blogspot.com/ Stephanie @ The Rest is Still Unwritten

    Love it! Very traditional…how I like names, too!

  • http://inmyblondelife.blogspot.com/ ClassyFabSarah

    Love love LOVE the name Jack. So sweet and traditional.

  • http://Colleenkemp.blogspot.com Colleen Kemp

    So sweet! He’ll be here before you know it!! :)

  • http://amylovesweetlove.blogspot.com Amy@fiancemeetingyouhere

    So sweet and so fitting. Love all of the history and love that it boils down to Jack. Such a fun name. Congrats!! And thanks for sharing!!!

  • http://tootiewritings.blogspot.com Tootie

    I love the name! Good choice!

  • http://southernstuf.blogspot.com Wendy

    Love classic names!

  • http://adventuresofkag.blogspot.com KAG

    ahhh Nina – LOVE IT! Jack is one on my all time fav names for a baby boy…MMB and I are already discussing baby names haha. Guess we should get through the wedding first! I am so excited for you and can’t wait to read all about you and JACK! xoxo KAG

  • mollie

    I love that name!! My hubby and I find out what we’re having soon & I can’t wait to start tackling baby names :)

  • http://whineoverwine.blogspot.com jessica

    love it! family names are the best way to go, imo, and the monogram would still work with 3 letters since the first 2 are the same :) Its been fun sharing this journey with you so far, hope you are feeling great!

  • Kiks

    And, of course, me too! I couldn’t be more excited about Jack’s arrival. Thank you for expressing your love of family in this way and in every way. Love you to the moon and back.

  • http://www.monogramchick.blogspot.com Sarah

    What a great name! I love it!! Jack Helleny, couldn’t be more adorable! :)

  • http://littlepinkshadetree.blogspot.com darci

    GREAT, strong name!!! Our little guy is Jackson Ryan! :) And your # of days countdown just made me pull out a calendar… ha!!! 86 days to go here!

  • http://blueeyedbride.com Erin @ Blue-Eyed Bride

    I love love love his name! And I love a boy with 4 strong names!

  • http://www.lifeafteridew.com Shannon

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the name Jack! It was a contender for us until we found out we’d be having a her!

  • http://planningsarahelizabeth.blogspot.com Mrs SE

    How perfect! That’s one of the best baby names I’ve heard in a long time. My husband and I are both very fond of traditional names. My grandfather was Jack, and I think it has such a classic resonance.

  • http://bevelleboulevard.blogspot.com Kodi

    I love the mouthful of traditional names with such great meaning! Baby Jack will be here so soon!

  • http://midwesternita.blogspot.com Erica

    I love it! Jack is a wonderful name for a little boy, and I’m cracking up picturing you spelling it to your belly! :)

  • http://www.inthiswonderfullife.com In This Wonderful Life

    love love love it!!

  • http://dannyanddesiree.blogspot.com Desiree

    What a lovely name. I adore names with family ties and stories.

  • http://sassysouthernmama.blogspot.com Sarah

    What a precious name! I love good, solid, timeless names… I’m also a huge fan of the four names for little boys! Love it.

  • Liz Relwani

    What a sweet name – i love the history and love that comes through in the name

  • kim

    Love the name but I guess I’m biased I named my son Jackson and we call him Jack! :)

  • http://aglimpseofthegirlnextdoor.blogspot.com Abbie

    I LOVE it! It’s so adorable, and I’m sure it will suit him perfectly.

  • http://www.wonderlandpapers.blogspot.com Laura

    I love that name! I also love the idea of family names. My husband is a 3rd and we know that we will keep the tradition in some way if we every have a boy.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • http://littlesouthern.blogspot.com Katie Lake

    I love it! Our first boy (when we get to that point) will be name Michael. My fiance, his dad, and my brother all share the name. If we have a second boy we have talked about Jack bc both of our grandfather’s are Jack and my oldest brother is Jay bc that’s my grandfather’s initials (Jack Addison Yates). For me, names need to have meaning.

  • http://traditionalgirlblog.blogspot.com/ TG

    What a lovely name!!

  • Catherine Kichler

    I love traditions and meaning behind a name….Jack is a classic name.

  • http://anaughtylibrarian.blogspot.com Birdie

    What a sweet, strong name. It’s perfect :)

  • http://mrsmfc.blogspot.com/ mrs.mfc

    Oh Nina that is a fabulous name. I love names that hold great meaning like that.

  • http://marylandmagnolia.blogspot.com/ Maryland Magnolia

    I love traditional, family names too! And four names for a boy :)

  • http://sweetsimplicityblog.com Sweet Simplicity

    Jack has always been one of my favorite boy names. The others are so special! I love his name.