What’s Her Name?


To be honest, I really didn’t think I would ever reveal her name on the blog until she was home…but today I learned something that was once again God showing me something more of himself and of his perfectly interwoven plans.  I was talking with another friend who is adopting a baby boy from South Korea, I was telling her that she should find an American name that means the same thing as his Korean name…babynames.com would be a great help.  So a little while later I jumped on there and started looking up names for her little boy  =)  As I was looking, I typed in our girl’s name, just curious as to what it meant.  This is what I found:



Pronounced: və-NES-ə (English)  [key]

Invented by author Jonathan Swift for his poem ‘Cadenus and Vanessa’ (1726). He arrived at it by rearranging the initial syllables of the first name and surname of Esther Vanhomrigh, his close friend. Vanessa was later used as the name of a genus of butterfly. It was a rare given name until the mid-20th century, at which point it became fairly popular.
Yes, her name is Vanessa.  Please take note that at the root of Vanessa is Esther.  As I did the study of Esther this Spring…and was so profoundly impacted by an orphan girl who rescued all the Jews of Persia, who actually became Queen of Persia, who had an amazing reversal of destiny and was used so mightily by God…as I prayed this all for OUR Vanessa, God already knew that he had woven the name Esther into her name.  Such a reminder to me that he chose her name, he knows her, she is ultimately His and he has given her to us “for such a time as this”, and more profoundly, nothing that has happened throughout this entire process, (and quite possible my entire life) is a coincidence.  Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise Him!

6 responses »

  1. Amazing – yet why are we continually amazed when God does what He does best – care for us in such a profound and personal way?

  2. Amazing…just incredible how He weaves the tapestry so intricately and beautifully. Cannot wait to see your sweet Vanessa/Esther again and put my arms around her. Love you!

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