Name That Quad! – Part III

If you are new to the “Name That Quad Mini-Series” check out
Part I
Part II
before reading this post.

2 down 2 to go! On to Baby C and Baby D:


Clark – One of our first names that made the list. We came up with Clark in the early days of marriage. It has several significant ties as well. It’s Brad’s Grandma’s Maiden Name, the last name of a couple who really had a positive impact on Brad’s life who have passed away, and we also respect the CBS Basketball Commentator/Former Pacer, Clark Kellogg. (March Madness is just around the corner! Go Hoosiers and Bulldogs!)
Meaning: Enlightened Spirit
James 3:17 “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

Thomas– Brad’s Dad’s Name
Meaning: Divinely Preserved
Proverbs 2:11 “Discretion will guard you, understanding will watch over you.”

Nicknames: Clarkaroo, Clarkers, Superman, Clarkasboard, Clarkster, Clark Man, Clark-A-Doodle-Doo, Clarky, CT, Buddy


Isaac – I used to say, “If God gives me a boy someday, I hope his name is Isaac.” (I had no idea that He would give me FOUR!)
Meaning: Child of Promise, Laughter
Genesis 21:6 “And Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me”.”

Edward – My Dad’s Name
Meaning: Guardian of Happiness
Psalm 5:11 “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”

Nicknames: I-Sack, Izzy, Izeriah, I-Man, Chunk, I-Zeek, Smiles, Thighzaac, Baby, Buddy

So much for our “No Nicknames Rule”!

Oh and here’s the BONUS Brad’s name means “Abundant Provider” and Jennifer means “Trusting”. How fitting! =)

Make sure you check out all the original name stories in the comment section of this post. You all have chosen such meaningful, significant names!

AND if you still want to chat about this topic leave a comment about your favorite NICKNAMES either for yourself or for your kiddos. Can anyone guess my nickname from Kindergarten thru College?

15 thoughts on "Name That Quad! – Part III"

  1. debi9kids says:

    Ok, so I will just throw this to the wind and say “Jenny Penny”, only because that was the nickname of almost every Jen I knew growing up. Maybe it’s a strange NJ thing???
    ps I will do the nicknames for my kiddies tomorrow on my blog. 🙂
    And, LOVE the meaning of your name & especially Brad’s. LOL (I wonder what Russell means? My husband would probably say, ” Goes to buy a gallon of milk 3 times day.” heehee

  2. MaryBeth says:

    Just wanted to say that I love each of the pictures of the boys you chose to use for this series of posts! Such handsome little guys…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Would you be Jen the Hen?


  4. Anonymous says:

    jen the hen???

    Lindsay C.

  5. Love these posts! How neat to see how you named them and the meaning behing them. We always said no nicknames too and we’ve got one for all of them – I’ll have to do a post on that sometime. 😉 I’m anxious to hear your nickname – don’t keep us waiting!! Sending you WARM wishes from Texas 🙂 Mari & Gang

  6. Moni Graf says:

    It’s always neat finding out where names come from. I agree with you when you say it might be easier coming up with 8 baby names instead of the “standard” 2! Our quads where named mostly after our grandparents…

    Pius James (Billy’s g-pa and my dad’s middle name) BTW, pronounced PIE-us (you’d be surprised at how often it’s mispronouced…probably because it is very uncommon).

    Forrest Michael (my g-pa and Billy’s dad’s first name)….Yes, we will teach him to say, “My name is Forrest, Forrest Graf” (like Tom Hanks says in Forrest Gump).

    Danna Lynn (my g-ma and Billy’s mom’s middle name). Her name is pronounced like “Anna” with a D.

    Laine Ryan (Billy’s g-ma’s name is Elaine, his sister’s name is Lainie, and his brother is Ryan).

    We did have them named in-utero after we got to know their personalities. It’s amazing how true to their initial attitudes they stay! They fit their names so well!

    Anyway, sorry so lengthy. Love your blog and the pics/videos. It gives me lots of good ideas for mine!

    Monica Graf

  7. Tarah says:

    I love to hear how children got there names. I love all your boys names thanks for sharing the story behind them.

    My nickname growing up (what am I talking about my parent still call me it) is Booper. My dad called me his little Booper baby when I was a few days old and it stuck. Funny thing is my husband calls me Boo. I guess I look like the boo type.

    Jericho is most often Love bug or sweets and Gideon was Bub. I called him this all the time. I don’t know that I ever called him Gideon when I talked to him.

    I’ll have to do a post sometime on how Gideon got his name but I haven’t yet.

    If you go here
    this is why we named our daughter Jericho.

    And here
    are few things we thought of when we picked the name.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Two more handsome pics! That nikon is working beautifully for you. Thanks for the name stories. Have enjoyed all the parts of your story. Sign hanging in my office “Life is full of miracles, but they are not always the ones we prayed for.” Sometimes God has something so much better than what we were asking for. Hug the boys for me today. and if I was there I’d give you a hug, tired moms can always use an extra hug. Love you all! TW

  9. Anne Schrader says:

    Still laughing at Thighsaac…

    You inspired me to do a Myspace blog about my kids’ names. :O)

  10. Leah says:

    Gavin has several nicknames…I call him Buddy or G-man. Other people call him G-baby, G-Love, Little Man, Fat Head (yeah, i know), and his daddy calls him Monster. I always point to him and tell him, your name is Gavin, just so he won’t be confused!

  11. Claudia says:

    If my dearest friend in the world ever has a son, she wants to name him Isaac for the meaning and the exact same Bible verse you gave. And truly, Katie’s laughter is infectious! Thanks for sharing these stories with us!

  12. Denise says:

    Thanx Jen for answering my question on my blog.

  13. Emily says:

    My last name is Tate and my initials are ET, so it made for some “fun” nicknames throughout elementary school….Tatertot is the most common, ET Phone Home was said a few times, Tater, Tooter, etc. My favorite is what my dad’s best friend still calls me to this day: Emilizer. No one else calls me that but him, and I think its fun.

  14. The Paulk's says:

    I am finally de-lurking :)! It was great to hear about how you named your boys and I also appreciated you asking for others to comment on what their kiddos names are and how they came up with their names. I am currently 33 weeks prego and my hubby and I cannot come up with or agree on what to name our “new little guy” so reading through all the comments gave me some great ideas :)! I also put in my blog how we named our daughter:


  15. Candace says:

    Ok so after lurking for a while… We named our son Austin Henry, my husband wanted to keep the same initals as him, and he wanted to use his middle name. So I had to come up with a good “A” name that sounded good with Henry. Austin has many nicknames but my favs are “Monkey”, because he us to hang on me like a monkey when he was a newborn, sleeping on me, and Mr. Man. I’m not really sure how we came up with that one. And when he is teething, we sometimes call him slobber bucket (with all the love of a parent can giving while getting slobber on 24/7)!
    I enjoyed reading about the boys names!

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