Tuesday, May 03, 2011

What's in a name?

When we were choosing names for our baby we knew from the beginning that we wanted to name her after my husband's maternal grandma, Irina. And so, before Sohpie was Sophie her middle name was (and is) Irina (The 'I' sounding like a long 'E'.)

When my friend Aimee from the blog As We Wend Our Way heard that we were using the name Irina, she sent me a link about a woman named Irena Sendler who in WWII rescued thousands of Jewish children.

While Sophie is named for a great woman, I love that she also bears the name of another amazing woman who cared about justice issues and put her life on the line to live out what she believed. Irina means peace and I'm reminded of the quote: if you want peace, work for justice.

If you'd like to read a bit about Irena Sendler, check out the following links:

New York times article


I hope you look up this little known woman...


Charissa Steyn said...

oh cool:) Thanks for sharing! I love reading about women who live out their dreams.

angela said...

and there is this story about sophie scholl, a young student who participated in the resistance movement. it's a beautiful movie.

Joybird said...

I've heard of her before but to hear more details and her words are amazing. I love that you can share these wonderful women with your daughter.

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