It will be a wonder if you ever learn your name. Right now, we call you everything but Lucas. You are Buddy, Boo Boo, LP, Little Piggy, Stinkapotamus, Stinky, Sneaker, Monkey, Peanut, Pumpkin, Crazy–often coupled with Larry for some strange reason, Giggle Box, Lovey, Doodles, Pikachu, etc., etc., etc.
Your dad and I agreed on your middle name as soon as we found out you were going to be a boy, but we really struggled with your first name. There’s a lot of pressure surrounding the naming of a child. We wanted a name that was solid, strong and couldn’t easily be forgotten or shortened, although, you are certain to be called Luc or Luke. There’s also the celebrity factor element…the more unique one can be with their child’s name, the better. We didn’t feel the need to be unique (Kristofer), cute (Brooklyn) or bizarre (Pop Rock). And then there’s the fact that every one has an association (opinion) with names and it’s not always a good one. We agreed that we would not reveal your name until you were born. We had a short list of three or four names that we both liked, but it wasn’t until we met you did we decide on Lucas. In fact, you went several hours before we named you. You were Lucas from minute one, but we wanted to be sure.
I have never met a Lucas and I think it’s an awesome name. I have sworn to secrecy where I came up with it. There are actually two stories; one that we share and one we do not. I promise to tell you offline the secret one. 🙂 The story we do share is pretty cool in and of itself; you are named after the place where your dad and I met in April, 2003: Cabo San Lucas. More on that trip in a later post.
According to one Web site, Lucas is Greek and means a man from Lucania, an ancient region of southern Italy. According to another site, Lucas is Latin and means bringer of light. I like that definition.
Your middle is Michael and you are named after your grandfather, my father. Michael, incidentally is Hebrew and is an extended form of Micha, meaning who is like God. Michael is the name of several characters in the Old Testament. It is most famously that of one of the archangels, the one closest to God, who has the responsibility of carrying out God’s judgements. Michael is regarded as the leader of the heavenly host and is the patron saint of soldiers.
The best is yet to be.