what’s in a name?

After having a baby, one of the number one questions we get asked is how we came up with the name (well, that, and, “When’s the next one coming?”), so I thought I’d share a bit of the backstory.

Sometime during our first year of marriage, Zach (who loves biographies), read The Spiritual Secret of Hudson Taylor, a biography about the famous missionary to China. (Not to be confused with Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret, which is the same, but different. This still confuses us.)

Needless to say, he loved it, and upon finishing, promptly declared that Hudson Taylor was a stud and we should name our first son after him.

Then, this conversation ensued:

“Sounds good to me, I love the name Hudson.”

“No, I mean Hudson Taylor.”

“Well you can’t do that.”

“Why not?”

“Because you can’t name a person after another person’s whole name. That’s just weird.”

“Arielle, Martin Luther King.”


And that, my friends, is how we decided on the name Hudson Taylor for our sweet baby boy.

Interestingly enough, we later learned that both Martin Luther Kings (Senior and Junior) were apparently originally named Michael, until a trip to Germany inspired MLK Senior to change both of their names in honor of the leader of the reformation. Who knew?

If you ever get a chance to read the book, we highly recommended it. Although he was a sinner just like the rest of us, Hudson Taylor possessed so many qualities that we are praying that we will see in our son. He was a man of incredible faith, humility, and purpose- so much so that my husband suggests reading the book if you want to feel like you’re doing nothing with your life. ;)

We are praying that our Hudson Taylor will be inspired not to live up to the legacy of his namesake, but to bring glory to the One who created him and loves him better than we will ever be able to!


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