"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
-from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Dear Owen and Claire,
My full name is: Aimee Loreé Miller Limpach. In French, the name Aimee means 'beloved friend'. When I was a little girl I didn't like that my name was spelled differently than the 'normal' Amy. It really bothered me that everyone always spelled my name wrong. In fact, I remember when I was in about fourth grade I came home one day and announced to my mom (Grandma Kiki) that I was changing the spelling of my name to A-M-Y. I even wrote it that way on some of my school papers for awhile until the teachers made me spell it 'correctly'. I outgrew that over time and as an adult I love that my name is unique and it doesn't bother me that people spell it wrong anymore.
My middle name, Loreé, is even more unique because it's a 'made up' family name. It is pronounced like lah-ree (not like the name Lori). The name first belonged to by beloved Grandma Vera Loreé Herpel Miller.
(Great) Grandma Vera named her first born daughter (your great aunt), Dana Loreé Miller.
My father (Papa Gary) and my (your great) Uncle Kevin carried on the tradition by giving their first born daughters the middle name: Aimee Loreé (me) and Anna Loreé (your second cousin). And ... Anna and I both gave our daughters the middle name: Haven Loreé and Claire Loreé AhHee!
Here is Haven Loreé and Anna Loreé:
I hope you both love your names as much as I love mine.
Owen Yeonwoo Limpach
The name Owen is Welsh meaning 'well-born' or 'noble'.
Yeon is Korean and means 'flow far'.
Woo is Korean and means 'help'.
Your dad and I picked the name Owen because we liked, both in meaning and sound. Yeon Woo (pronounced Yah-noo) is the name your Korean birth mother gave you and we kept it as your middle name because it's the only name you knew for the first 18 months of your life ... and because of it's special meaning. I love how the meanings of your name all fit together, Owen. I like to think that when we adopted you, we helped you flow far to a noble new (forever-family) life!
Claire Loreé AhHee Limpach
(age 18 months)
The name Claire is French meaning 'bright' or 'illustrious'.
Loreé is the Miller family middle namesake I talked about above.
Ah is Korean and means 'pure'.
Hee is Korean and means 'bright'.
Your brother Owen picked your name, Claire! One night when we sitting at dinner talking about what his new sister's name should be, he announced that he liked the name 'Claire'! When we found out that Claire has a similar meaning to one of your Korean names, we were sold. I knew that I wanted you to have the middle name Loreé but we also wanted to keep your Korean birth name so we decided to give you two middle names.
I think your names fit you both well and I hope that someday when you read this, you'll smile knowing that much thought and love went into selecting them.
I love you both so much!