All About The Name Jarah

Jarah is a name I have never heard of but I’m happy to share some fun facts and his story with you. His grandmother surprised him with his very own personalized race car door banner for his birthday. His name is now proudly displayed on his bedroom door :)

According to sheknows.com Jarah is a Hebrew boy’s name and in Hebrew it means he gives sweetness. It is pronounced JAY-rah and other variations are Jarrah & Jeriah. Thinkbabynames.com states that Jarah is not a popular first name in the US or outside of the US but you will see below where his parent’s inspiration to name their baby came from. It is quite a unique and special name to them.

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Mom and Dad’s Story:

There was a great long list of girl's names in a document on Jarah’s parent’s computer; next to it was a much shorter list of boy's names. Mom was pregnant and they both didn't want to know the sex of the baby, so they had to decide on two options. When they finally chose, they kept it quiet and waited for the baby to show up. It was a boy, and the name they picked suited him - Jarah.

The name came to them from a U2 song, One Tree Hill, where Jara refers to a South American freedom fighter; they even named their ferret after him. They liked the sound of it and when they started taking it more seriously, as a baby name, it really grew on them.Race Car Door Banner

The name is Hebrew and comes from Chronicles. It means 'he brings sweetness' or 'honeycomb' or 'sweet like honey.' It means even more because one of their favorite songs is Sweetness by Jimmy Eat World.

Jarah's name has layered meanings to his parents and they are so happy they gave him a unique, ancient and beautiful name.

This is Jarah’s story and we would love to hear yours. Did you name your son Jarah or any variation of the name? Was your child named after a family member? What was your process in selecting your child’s name? We would love to hear your "how I named my baby" story.

What’s in a Name?

We hope you enjoyed our first “What’s in a Name” blog post last week. Josie and Jacob are brother and sister and their birthdays are a month apart. They each got as a gift their own birthday banners for their rooms. Josie loves her birthday princess banner and Jacob has fun showing off his soccer birthday banner to his friends.

Jacob’s parents each made their own list of baby names. Since he was the first born the search was long. Mom and Dad shared their lists but unfortunately neither of them liked the others. One day they decided on Jacob and that was that!

According to behindthename.com Jacob is pronounced JAY-keb and other variations are Jaycob and Jakob (Swedish/Norwegian/Danish). Wikipedia states that Jacob was the most popular boys name in the US from 1999 to 2012. It is derived from the Greek name lakobos and Hebrew name Yaakov. In the old testament his name is explained as the ‘holder of heel’ or ‘supplanter’.

Here are some famous people named Jacob according to Babynamefacts.com:

JACOB ABBOTT, Author
JACOB D. BEAM, Diplomat
JACOB BELL, football player
JACOB BENDER, football player
JACOB BIGELOW, Botanist
JACOB BRUMFIELD, baseball player
JACOB CLEAR, 2008 Olympic athlete - Australia - Canoe/Kayak Flatwater
JACOB CRUZ, baseball player
JACOB EPSTEIN, Sculptor
JACOB FIGNER, football player
JACOB FORD, football player
JACOB GIBB, 2008 Olympic athlete - United States - Beach Volleyball
JACOB H. GILBERT, Politician
JACOB GRIFFIN, football player

This is Jacob’s story and we would love to hear yours. Did you name your child Jacob or any variation of the name? It is a very popular name!

Was your child named after a family member? Celebrity? What was your process in selecting your child’s name? We would love to hear your "how I named my baby" story.

Stay tuned for Josie’s story next week :)
Helen

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