Saturday, May 27, 2006

Tobin Lee, the name

Many have asked about Tobin--how we came up with that name. It sort of just came to us. We tended to like Hebrew names, because many of them have Biblical ties and nice meanings. So one night we were looking at a list of Hebrew boy names and ran across the name Tobias, which means "God is good." We both liked the name a lot, but we worried that Tobias Smith sounded too much like a nineteenth-century fire-and-brimstone preacher (not that there's anything wrong with that), so we started looking at various forms of the name. Tobin seemed the perfect fit. One of our sources suggests it's a more Anglicized, modern version of Tobias. Plus it just sounds nice. And once we met our son, we knew it was right.

Tobin's middle name is in memory of Matt's maternal grandfather, Lee Yardley, who we lost shortly before last Christmas. Matt's Papa was a gentle giant who we miss tremendously and wish could have met his first great-grandson. We look forward to telling Tobin all about his great-grandfather Lee . . . and think that his wrinkly forehead favors him.


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