Eleni Meyrick with her daughter Isabella, 5 months and Michelle Moore with her son Jack, 6 months.
Eleni Meyrick with her daughter Isabella, 5 months and Michelle Moore with her son Jack, 6 months. Bianca Box

Parents choose traditional names

THEY’RE total strangers but the power of a name ties Eleni Meyrick and Michelle Moore close together.

Both Eleni and Michelle opted to take the traditional route when it came to naming their newborns.

As mum to five-month-old Isabella Nikhia, Eleni said she and her husband David decided on the name about three months into her pregnancy.

Admitting it was a pretty but traditional name, Eleni said Isabella meant “consecrated to God”.

“We decided David was to pick the first name and I was to choose the second name,” Eleni said.

“I’m Greek and our tradition is that the child is named after their grandparents.

“Because we only plan to have one child I didn’t want to lose that heritage but at the same time I wanted to allow her to have some originality.

Isabella’s second name was a merger of Eleni’s grandparents’ names, Nickolas and Eftyhia.

“I took the first three letters from my father’s name and combined them with the last three from my mother’s name in honour of them.”

Likewise, it was tradition that drove Michelle and Simon Moore to choose the name of their now six-month-old son Jack.

A traditional name both had liked for some time, it wasn’t until four days after Jack was born that he was officially named.

“It’s a very strong and manly name,” Michelle said.

“We’re not into crazy names.”



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