Choosing a name for your child is hard. It's not only a personal choice, but it is also something that you want to make sure fits the child and, in my opinion, is timeless. When we were "shopping" for names, we decided to first consult the Bible. We only wanted first names that were Bible names. We felt that those were classic, timeless names. From there, it was choosing names that either we liked or had special meaning to us.
Telling people the name (or names) you have chosen for your child before the birth is a personal choice. Some people choose not to so that they don't have to listen to the opinions. Me, I am a strong person. I didn't care. I was proud and excited. I couldn't wait to tell the world.
We chose the name Abigail because it is something that both of us really liked (after dismissing a lot of names that one of us liked, but not the other). Her middle name is a family name. Her middle name comes from Adam's side.
Elizabeth's middle name came from my side of the family. Her first name, that was a little harder. More so for me, than for Adam. First, it is a Bible name. From there, it is not only a name that we like, it will always hold a special place in my heart. Elizabeth is the middle name of Godmother/Aunt Jane. Sadly, my Aunt lost her battle with cancer two years ago. Today is her birthday in Heaven. I had really wanted to tell my Aunt that I was pregnant before she passed, but didn't have the chance. I am sure she would have been happy for us.
A year and a half after choosing those names, I am still in love with them! Not just the name, but the person holding them as well.