Rose's name

Naming Rose

Coming up with a girl's name caused a bit of contention in our family. Tierza had three girl's names picked out, and Jay didn't like them for various reasons. He came up with a name that he and Tierza liked, though she still held strong to her three names. After a few heated discussions, we decided to wait and see what the baby looked like before making up our minds. Unfortunately, as soon as she was delivered, the nurses and doctors grabbed her and did their usual checks. When it was decided that she had some complications she was hurried down to the NICU. We were only able to see her for a couple of minutes before she went down and with an oxygen mask across her face at that, so our brilliant plan backfired and she was stuck as "baby girl Askren" for a bit. Luckily, it took only one visit to the ICU for Tierza to decide which name she really wanted and Jay, having held held Tierza's hand through 22 hours of a fairly ghastly labor, was in a mood to say "yes" to whatever. Faster than you can say "pregnancy and labor are the ultimate trump card" (which isn't all that fast) our little girl had a name.


Tierza's middle name is Rose and her father, back when he was sweet and tender, called her "Rosebud" (Tierza's younger sisters had nicknames like "Ragbag" and "Waif"). Rose, or a version of the same, was the name of several of Tierza's great-grand-relatives. In addition Jay went to college at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. With the baby's red hair and rosey cheeks, we thought it fit her quite well.


Tierza has a fondness for names with cute nicknames and one of her favorite nicknames is "Pippa" a nickname for the name Philippa. Robert Browning's dramatic work Pippa Passes, begins with a beautiful little poem (see below) that ends with the line "God's in his heaven, all's right with the world". If our little Rose Philippa could grow up strong enough to see the world as it really is and still believe that, we think she will do very well ... In addition, Jay served his mission in the Philippines and really loves that part of the world and the people there. (And Tierza very subtly pointed our these connections to Jay as often as she could work them into a conversation during the last few months of her pregnancy . . . )

Song, from Pippa Passes

The year's at the spring,
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hill-side's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in his Heaven -
All's right with the world!
--Robert Browning


The name Askren comes from England and most likely comes from the name of a small town in England called Askern.