By becoming Christians, Donovan and Marissa joined billions of people throughout the world who practice Christianity. With billions of followers, this ancient religion, which started in the 1st century AD, is the world's largest. Christianity is the most practiced religion in the Americas, Europe, Philippines, East Timor, Australia, New Zealand, and many parts of Africa. It is also experiencing rapid growth in Asia, especially in China and South Korea.
Because of the popularity and widespread practice of Christianity, it is no wonder that the names of the characters and figures of the Bible, which discusses Christianity’s doctrine, are commonly used to name babies. After all so many of these figures are admired for their faith, strength, courage, compassion, and tenacity.
The importance of a baby's name cannot be underestimated. It is a symbol of the child's identity – it is one of the first things that anyone will ever know about the child. Often times parents-to-be give their babies names that have deep meaning or significance for them, represent hope for the future, or both.
Donovan and Marissa had been studying the Bible diligently and decided that since they were going to raise their children as Christians that they would give them Biblical names. Choosing a Christian baby name for their son and one for their daughter was not easy. They were so many glorious names Christian people could give their children. For instance, the Hebrew male name, Asher, means “happiness.” The name David, also of Hebrew origin, means greatly beloved. The Greek female name, Angela, means one who is angelic. The Latin name Diana means, “perfect” or brilliant. Marissa had started to teach children’s Sunday school lessons and found that many of the children had Biblical names. Some of the names Christian children who were in her class had been given fit their personalities perfectly.
It was drawing close to Marissa’s due date, and she and Donovan still had not chosen names. They decided to use the following tips for choosing the kind of names Christian children could grow up to be proud to have (at least they hoped that their children would).
•Choose a first and middle name that sound good with the last name.
•Be cautious of giving the baby an odd, unusual, or hard to pronounce name because it could mean that the child will endure endless teasing and lack of social interaction with other children.
•Once a name has been chosen ask two or three trusted friends or family members to give feedback on the name.
The day the twins were born, Marissa and Donovan took one look at them and knew that they had chosen the names Christian people as well as others would admire: Timothy Donovan Grant and Terah Rose Grant. Timothy has the meaning “honor of God,” and Terah is defined as “to breath” and “scent.” Rose has the meaning “a rose”.