Hezekiah James Hines.
Oh, the comments I’ve already gotten on our little dude’s name 😉
I know, I know…it’s a mouthful. And it’s pretty much unheard of. But we absolutely love it and I hope that whatever your opinion is on the matter, you will be respectful. As with any other name you hear that makes you go “whaaat?”
First off…where did we get such a name?
2 Kings 18, Hezekiah, King of Judah.
Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. He was 25 years old and reigned in Jerusalem 29 years. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done. He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that point, the Israelite’s had been burning incense to it. Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the Lord and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses. And the Lord was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook.
S0ooo…why this name?
Well, why not? We love the name Hezekiah and we love the man that he represented in Scripture. Was he perfect? Absolutely not! He made grave mistakes and was indeed the father of one of the most evil kings. But then again, people name their sons David all the time, and he was an adulterous murderer!
2 Chronicles 28-31 details more of what Hezekiah did for the nation of Israel, turning them towards God. But not only did King Hezekiah turn the people towards God (many other Kings did this), he also worked hard to eliminate anything that was turning the people’s attention away from God.
In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly.
We hope and pray that our son, Hezekiah will live up to the biblical King Hezekiah. We hope and pray that he will be a man of great leadership and that he will not only follow God, but lead others to do the same. We pray that he will live up to this verse:
Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the Lord and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses.” (2 Kings 18:5-6)
Hezekiah means “God is my Strength”, which I also love so, so much.
Hezekiah’s middle name is James, and that is after Theo’s Dad, James Hines. We wanted to honor Theo’s legacy and Theo’s side of the family by naming our first son after Theo’s Dad.
And if you are concerned about the weight of this name for this little guy, we have nicknamed him “Kiah” and will call him that pretty regularly. When he grows up, if he feels that Hezekiah is too much to spell or say or explain, he can just be “Kiah”. We did discuss this beforehand and agreed that we would be fine with that.
And that is why we chose “Hezekiah James Hines” for our little dude.
What about you? How did you pick your kids names? Do they have special meaning or significance to you?
You can read the meaning behind Tera Evelynne’s name by clicking here.