Becky wrote to us:
Back at it again! This time I’m having a boy we named Gabriel but we don’t have a middle name. My 5 year old called the baby “Rocket” for a long time and I thought it’d be cool to pay homage to that for his middle name. Other than “Rocket”, what other space related names can you think of? I haven’t been able to really find any lists on google. Thanks! 🙂
And then she added that she had named her other children Annabelle Grace, Isaac Christian, and Claire Elise. She was interested in any traditional names, as well. The last name will begin with L. So here is what I have to say to Becky–
First of all, you already know that I think Rocket is a great name. It’s cool, it’s out there, and your 5 year old is a genius. (My firstborn actually gave a middle name to *her* little brother, too…. Something I didn’t even realize was a name yet at the time.) Anyway, just in case you’d like to explore your options, here are some.
After the constellation
Greek god of the sun, and name of the space program
After the astronaut hero from the movie “Alien”
The largest of Saturn’s moons
A reference to being on a rocket?
After the space center, where rockets launch from
Has “sky” in the name
A reference to the space center location
Sounds like traveling during a space voyage…
This is one of the moons of Uranus, and Ferdinand means roughly “adventurer”. Ferdinand was also the first name of Magellan, so this name has space-rocket-navigation written all over it.
Could allude to space travel, right?
Some traditional or more common names…
Although this could be loosely tied to Orion, who is known as The Hunter.
Means “gift from God”, so, a gift from… the heavens? 🙂
Close to Rocket…
Watch the initials with middles that start with A or R, in case that’s a deal breaker. (GAL, GRL)
Life is an adventure and full of wild, cosmic mysteries. Our babies come to us from this source and we are all made of stardust. That is why I don’t think these names are too far out but are, in fact, very fitting to use. Honoring their journey with names that reflect how we know this about them is only right. It sounds like your older child was very insightful about something special with the new baby, perhaps. Good luck and please let us know what you choose! We’re excited for you.