Forget those generic baby name books. In the South we reference the family Bible.

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Down here, we don't name our children based on what's trendy or cool. But rather, we prefer something meaningful to our family's history and heritage.

News flash: this ain't easy.

As a new-ish mom, I'm all too familiar with the challenges of naming a child—especially a first-born. Your first child's name sets the tone for the rest of your offspring. I should also add that, in my case, our first-born was not just our first-born child. He was the first grandchild on both my side and my husband's side (cue the dramatic music). So, I did what any Southern-bred young woman does…I dug up our family bible. To be honest, I didn't really know we had a family Bible–let alone one with a family tree in the first few pages. Now that I think about it, the family tree being in the first few pages our Bible is kind of like the Table of Contents page in our magazine…ironic? I think not. But, I digress.

On the crinkled pages of the family Bible, which I learned was actually my great grandfather's book that has been passed down since, I found a plethora of names. Some of them…bless their hearts. Some of them…bless mine for finding this gem. We're talkin' some suuuhhthun names:

Disclaimer: these people are my family (rest in peace) and I love them regardless. And if this is your name, I'm sorry—they're nice names, and I hope that your children carry them on.

Bless their Hearts:

  • Cumi (pronounced Cue-my)
  • Nellie Maye
  • Nureene
  • Eufa (pronounced You-fa)
  • Herman
  • Kirby
  • Audie May

Bless mine:

  • Hobbs
  • Rosalie
  • Aubrey
  • Burton
  • Georgie

It's important to consult the eldest living family member of a specific lineage to ensure that the legacy of the name you've landed on is still in good standing.  Heaven forbid you fall in love with your father's cousin's child's middle name only to find out that they've fallen out of the family's good graces.  And if I may insert yet another bit of unsolicited advice: reserve announcing the name you've chosen until your child is born. Trust me, when they lay eyes on your beautiful newborn, they'll love his/her name no matter its lineage.