I'm just curious because I think it's interesting where a person's name comes from--be it a family name, interesting combo of names or whatever. Ella was going to be Alana for a long time, but I decided about 6 weeks before I had her that she was not an Alana. I was right. Ella fits much better Her middle name, Rain, wasn't decide until the day of her birth. It stormed and poured all night the day before I had her, and I just remember listening to and watching the rain and thinking how pretty it was. It's kind of an unusual name, but I like it. If she was a boy her name would've been Oliver, James, or Peter. For Caleb we spent a lot of time wrestling with literary names, especially once we knew it was a boy: Characters from Dickens, Hemmingway, "To Kill a Mockingbird" , "Lord of the Rings". (My husband wouldn't let me get away with Atticus or Samwise but I tried!) We almost gave up, and debated between Tobias, Sebastian and Peter, all characters from one of my all time favorite books, "Heidi". But when we saw my 5 and a half pounder Caleb we knew those names were too big for such a little boy, so we went with Caleb, which means "whole hearted" and is my husband's favorite uncle's name. His middle name is after his daddy (Isaac). For Linnea-Claire, we wanted another name that was a bit unusual, and even though we already had Libby and Lydia, we thought we really needed an "L" name. (My husband also says the "L" thing was for me). Linnea (Lynn-eh-uh) is the Swedish flower and was a family name from a friend of mine when we were young. We decided to tack the Claire on to kind of even out the L's Her middle name, Scarlet, comes from my best friend in college/Ella's babysitter. Also works with my literary obsession (Scarlet O'Hara) So where did your your kids' names come from?