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Why we chose the name Rebekah

October 18, 2010


My sweet Momma


To understand the name Rebekah, you first have to understand the story behind a woman named Beverly.

Beverly was a good friend of my mom’s when she was in her twenties. Every day they’d eat lunch together on work break. Beverly invested her life into my mom’s and shared Christ with her. Eventually she led my mom into a relationship with Christ and discipled her. Weekly, they began praying for their children and families. This was all after my Mom and Dad got married.

So all my life, my mom has been the spiritual rock in our family. She took my sister and I to church every Sunday, prayed with us before bed each night, shared God’s love with us, and loved and disciplined me (the more strong-willed child!) in my rebellious years. Her hospitality and the way she loved our neighbors and friends was incredible. I remember her intentionality in sharing the gospel with others.

For 30 years, she prayed for my Dad’s salvation. She never nagged at him or shoved Jesus down his throat. But in humility, led a life of patience with my Dad before me. I believe her example and prayers are why he trusted in Christ as his Savior when I was in college. And I believe her prayers are why my sister and I came to know the Lord at a young age.

My mom continues to be a source of encouragement and wisdom to me as I navigate this journey of being a wife and new mother. She is the most selfless person I know.

At first, Jeremiah and I wondered what to name our baby girl but I always had a gut feeling what I wanted it to be. We could have picked a trendy name or a name with no real attachment to it. But I wanted our daughter’s name to be significant and meaningful. And because my mom’s name is Rebecca (she goes by Becky), no other name fit more perfectly.

We chose the spelling “Rebekah” because my mom actually liked that spelling better and Jeremiah and I did too! We also love that it’s the biblical spelling and the “k” in it goes well with our last name being Krieger.

It’s always crazy to think about what our family heritage would look like without my mom’s friend Beverly reaching out to her.

Well two years ago, Beverly died in her sleep at her home in Ohio. I cried when my mom told me the news. She was such a faithful servant and I am forever grateful for Beverly’s life. It still lives on.

Today, I couldn’t be more excited that my mom’s legacy will continue on as we honor her through our daughter who is due in nine days!

Now, all we need to figure out is our little girl’s middle name. Any suggestions?! (we have three we like, but are still open to others 🙂

I love you, Mom!

“Rebekah”- Hebrew – “captivating, knotted cord”

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Anna permalink
    October 18, 2010 8:23 am

    Thank you for the beautiful story about your mom and your baby girl’s name! I’ve always loved the spelling that you chose. The power of prayer is so easily underestimated… at least by me. I love that Beverly never thought that your Dad was “too far” to come to Jesus. As far as middle names? I’m not much help. We had a boy’s name picked out easily, but really struggled with a girl’s name! I know you will choose the perfect one for her.

  2. October 18, 2010 9:07 am

    SO sweet! I love that!

  3. October 18, 2010 9:34 am

    What a special story and testimony of two Godly women. Thanks for sharing this and I pray you have a wonderful and easy delivery!! Julie

  4. October 18, 2010 11:52 am

    Awesome story, Samantha.

    As to middle name…am I stating the obvious that it should be “Beverly”? 🙂

  5. October 18, 2010 12:32 pm

    Thank you all for reading it! God is so good.

    Andy- I never thought of using Beverly. Right now, we’re looking at Noel (or spelled Noelle, Grace, or Anne). Noel is my favorite but I want hubby to be sold on it too 🙂

  6. Deanna permalink
    October 18, 2010 3:40 pm

    What a blessing to have a Mother that loved the Lord so much and prayed for you faithfully. As I read this, I couldn’t help but think that Beverly would be the perfect middle name. I like all the others too, but I thought since she was the one who invested her time and love into your Mom and her relationship with the Lord that it just “it”.
    I pray for you and your children and that by your example they too will know Jesus at a young age.

  7. October 19, 2010 10:11 am

    Sam, beautiful name, beautiful story! Loved it! Btw, Ashtyn’s middle name is Noel so I highly recommend! 🙂

    • October 19, 2010 12:39 pm

      Brandy- I know, I totally thought of you/Ashtyn. I have always loved Noel, especially the significance behind it with the “first birth” and with Christmas, etc. It’s definitely my first pick 🙂

      Thank you for your encouraging words (as always)!

  8. Mary (Vicki) Kimrey Pitts permalink
    October 22, 2010 8:57 am

    Noel/Noelle, Grace, Anne= are all beautiful with Rebekah!
    Thinking of you!

  9. October 27, 2010 12:44 pm

    I love family names!

    There is something so special about passing them down to a new generation. Wish that would work for our family, but not a lot of choice…my husband actually has an Aunt Delvener. Yuck!

    We did use Catherine for our youngest (after my mom!). Ruby Catherine. I love that name. I love to even type it.

    Good luck…only nine days? How exciting!

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