Monday, November 10, 2008

The Name Zaela

I am often asked where I came up with the name "Zaela." I really wanted a unique and beautiful name that was simple so I put a spin on a few names I liked, added the "Z" and came up with the name Zaela. I was also considering a few other names, until one day I was playing with the spelling and googled "Zaela".... I found a website that contained historical women leaders of Ethiopia. With the most infamous Queen being Makeda (known biblically as the Queen of Sheba),,,, appearing some years following Queen Makeda there was Queen Zaela Ahyawa ....

Ca. 325-ca.34 Queen Zaela Ahyawa (Ahyawa Sefya/Eguala Anbasa)She succeeded her husband and converted to Christianity 327.

The coincidence was uncanny and at that moment I knew...Zaela was the name I wanted!!!! So enough historical talk,,, here are some random pictures and my new favorite video of my little Queen Zaela :-)




"GIGGLE GIRL"

15 comments:

Chris said...

I LOVE the name Zaela :) It fits her perfectly also .
Beautiful pictures :)

Hauswife said...

Well THAT is just the coolest thing I've ever heard! God must have whispered her name to you. :)

We had a similar experience with Ray Ray's name. We chose Elianna Ray because the first name was a combination of my grandmother's and my middle name. Later on we found out that it is a Jewish name which was pretty neat since her birth name was the Ethiopian version of Bethlehem! Plus it means "my God has provided".

I think God must have chosen both of our princesses names for us. :)

Family of Six: Going To Ethiopia said...

Such a nice story for her to have. And, I love those giggles! Crystal

Julie said...

So cute! Her name is perfect.

Jocelyn said...

That giggle is so sweet..and even though I already knew the story of her name, I loved hearing it again!!

Malia'sMama said...

Lovely all around!! Name and baby.In my head, I pronounce it Za-aela :) Yes, I know it should be Zayla :)

Julia & Brad said...

I absolutely LOVE how her name happened! Perfect. The pics are beautiful and the video made me just laugh out loud!

SisterMom said...

omg she reminds me so much of Addis! The giggles, the princess stuff everywhere, the hitting. Let's hope these two never conspire against all of us.

Monica said...

I love how her eyes SPARKLE!!! I think the name Zaela fits her perfectly...I love that name!

Beth said...

Zaela is a great name. And what wonderful signifigance.
She is such a sweet princess.

Rebecca said...

I was just playing that video and Ava crawled over to see where the giggling was coming from!!! I LOVE the first pic...they're all good, but that first is a gem!!

Chris said...

OMG . I came back to your blog because the other day I could not play the video .LOL She is too funny .and did I tell you before how gorgeous she is ? I think that I did but just in case . SHE IS GORGEOUS and look so happy :)

Peculiar Smith Family said...

I love the name Zaela -- and I love those huge, beautiful eyes. I still feel so lucky that I got to see her in person a few days before you got to Ethiopia. There was not a more beautiful baby there. Zaela and Fiori stole my heart!

Nikko and Matt said...

Damn, she is cute!

Meggs said...

Thank you SO much for the CD's!!! Ahh, I was so excited to find them in the mail-how sweet of you guys! Email me, i have something important to tell ya! :)