I believe in name meanings.
For us, we value the meaning of names. If your name is going to be spoken over you umpteen times a day, it might as well have some good meaning, right?
Emeline (spelled that way) means "Peaceful Home".
There were so many confirmations over and over again to us that this was to be her name. I mean, countless things that happened that I like to call God Moments. For real.
Declan and I have always loved her name. We constantly get the weird looks when people ask her name or the long pause and then ".....well that's unusual." But, we don't care. Partly for that reason is why we decided to keep her name quiet (other than family and close friends) before she was born. We simply didn't need the feedback.
We even had an old pastor visit us after she was born. Declan eagerly told him the meaning behind her name, hoping to get that affirming nod and such. But, instead, he did a little chuckle under his breath & said something to the effect of screaming babies & "ha, yea, that'll be peace, alright" type sarcasm. It was meant to be a joke, but it wasn't very nice.
We weren't naive. We know what new babies bring. And indeed, we got the screaming baby thing every once in a while. Yep, she was a newborn and they all go through those weird phases.
If you ask me, though. She's lived up to her name so far. Girlfriend is peaceful, and that's the number one compliment we get while we're out in public. But, it's more than just that.
When Emeline got dedicated, I felt I got even more revelation about her name meaning. Her 'peaceful home' wasn't our physical home. It was her.
I pray for her daily that she'll have an inner peace & confidence that can only come from knowing her heavenly Father and the love He has for her. Her peaceful home.