The very first thing we learned about our son was his name. His name "Arthit" in Thai, means "Sun", and that is his current "play name" which most Thai kids have, like a nickname.
We did not know if we would give him a new name or not, but after learning he is so young, we decided we will. We have had some possible names in the mix for the past couple of years, so we revisited those first. And after learning his play name is "Sun", we definitely wanted to incorporate that. But we also love names ending with "s-o-n" because we want his name to be a reminder of his identity. (And it sounds the same at the end so hopefully will be an easier adjustment for him.)
We all loved "Hudson" the best and thought it fit him the most compared to others we like. We also like the meaning and immediately thought of Hudson Taylor, a pioneering missionary to China. And because it is the name his first mother gave him, we will keep his Thai name as his middle name.
So, he will be Hudson Arthit Flagler.
Meaning of Hudson: The name Hudson is the transferred use of an Anglo-Scottish surname originating from a medieval personal name “Hudde” which itself has three possible origins. One, it’s widely thought to be a pet form of the Old Saxon name Hugh which comes from a Germanic word “hug” meaning ‘heart, mind, spirit.’ Secondly, Hudde is also thought to have formed as a nickname for Richard which also has Germanic origins meaning ‘power, strong, hardy.’ Lastly, it could be derived from the Olde English personal name “Hūda” with uncertain origin but which gave its name to places like Huddington in Worcestershire. The surname dates back to the 13th century in Scotland and England.
Tyndall's name is also an Anglo-Scottish surname.
And Hudson Taylor's name is actually James Hudson Taylor, so there's another brotherly connection with the name.
On other websites, we read that Hudson can mean "power" which is a strong family connection with Matt's "Powers" family--and middle name.
Tyndall James's name reminds us of William Tyndale who translated the Bible into English, and Hudson Taylor translated most of the New Testament into Chinese.
So, it all seemed to fit, and as we decided throughout the rest of the day, it stuck.
A verse we are associating with his name is 2 Timothy 1:7, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
Funny side note: As I was researching multiple websites about the meaning of names, I read that Hudson was mostly used as a surname. It took me a minute to make the connection that my best friend Ginger married a Hudson in 2015, so it's now the last name of my dearest friend. So, even though it was not the reason we chose the name, it definitely was not a deterrent. And she promised me it wasn't too weird.
Hudson Arthit, you are loved!