I’m not a mother yet, but the very thought of having to pick a name for a child is enough to send me into a frenzy. How do you decide what name to give a person for the rest of their lives?
When it came to Willa, who was adopted from Uganda, Lauren said she wanted to pick a name that symbolized strength. “I wanted a name that was really strong and something that empowered her and encouraged her to know how strong she is,” Lauren said.
Lauren shared that she knew Thomas Rhett’s grandfather, Willard, before she and TR even started dating– and he’s been a big part of her life ever since. “For many years he’s been the rock of our family,” she said. “Willard means brave, resolutely strong and brave.”
So, from Willard they got Willa— and she decided on Gray as a shortened version of her brother Grayson’s name.
Ada James’ name is tied to her family roots, too. “My grandmother’s mom’s name is Ada– Googling meanings of names, I found that Ada means happy,” Lauren said. “And she’s the happiest little surprise we’ve ever had!”