Show & Tell Tuesday: What’s In a Name

I just love the topic this week for Show & Tell Tuesday: What’s in a Name!

I love hearing how others decide on names and I am so excited to share how my hubs and I decided on the names Ari & Giada.

Let’s just say when it comes to naming children I had very specific rules we needed to follow. The names couldn’t be in the top 100 for the previous year, I couldn’t know someone with that name, and it needed to be a name without an obvious shortened version that could be used as a nickname. We both liked names that were different but not too trendy.

Ari Joseph


My hubs and I went round and round on boy names my entire pregnancy. It’s so hard to name a baby that you have never seen! Growing up my husband was VERY close with his Dziadzia (his maternal grandfather). He had 2 girls so he would always tell my husband his name wouldn’t be carried on after him. Whatever name we chose we knew we were going to use his grandfather’s name, Joseph, as the middle name. We wanted a unique name and really had a hard time deciding. As soon as my son was born, though, my husband looked at him and then looked at me and said “he’s an Ari”. We got the name idea from the TV show Entourage.


How ironic that the day Ari was born 7/24/11, it was the season premiere of the final season of Entourage.

Giada Estelle


Again we had a hard time choosing a name during my pregnancy. This time we had to not only choose a name we’d both like, but also that sounded ok with Ari. It needed to be equally unique and my husband wanted a “pretty name”. He was the one who really pushed for Giada and I always loved the name Estelle. We decided the night before she was born and I stayed up making a little sign to announce her name.


The name Giada means “gem” and that’s my girl’s intitials too! GEM!

….and just for fun, a few other names I really liked:

Boys: Angelo, Sebastian, Dante

Girls: Ella, Reagan, Sophia

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