Out of the many things I looked forward to when I thought about having children, it would be coming up with the right names. Due to being a super organized woman, it should be no surprise to those that know me that I actually keep a running tab of children’s’ names in my phone. I always knew that I wanted to copy the format my mother used which was to have the first letter of her girls to be the same as hers and for the boys to follow my dad’s. For example, ‘C’ for my sister and I and ‘D’ for my brothers.
Funny enough, when Keith and I found out we were having a girl, I first thought of natural hair products and how much fun I would have buying girly clothing of all kinds! I actually forgot to consult the list of names that I had in my phone.
Keith and I agreed that if we had a boy, he would choose the name and if it was a girl, I would choose. Of course, even though I got to choose our daughter’s name (I still can’t believe we have a daughter, my goodness!) I really wanted him to like what I had chosen.
So, Charlotte’s name was inspired by the daughter of a woman I admired greatly and follow on Instagram named Alex Elle. If you aren’t following her, you need to do it like yesterday. Alex Elle’s daughter (Charlie – Char, for short) is all kinds of black girl magic to me. She is such a beautiful little girl and she radiates light and stands firmly in her truth. Another young woman named who shares the exact same name, Charlotte, can be found in Sex and the City – judge me, I loved the series and the movies! Charlotte in that series was a serious advocate for Love. Her character embodied a sense of gentleness and genuine kindness. For me, it was a no-brainer.
For her middle name, I decided to honour my maternal grandmother by giving her the same middle name as hers which is May.
And thus, Charlotte’s name came about! We also kept her name a secret (for the most part) until she was born because I didn’t want anyone’s opinion on the matter. Our daughter’s name may not be on the list of trending baby names for 2017, but I wanted something simple, elegant, timeless, and meaningful. I do believe I was able to achieve that and that makes for one happy momma bear!