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Everly Selah: The meaning behind her name.

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(one day old)

Long, long ago in the year of 2011… I thought that I made up a beautiful girl’s name. I was wrong, though unique, it definitely wasn’t my original creation according to Google.

Googling Everly I found a few things… 1. the Everly Brothers and 2. Everly – as a baby girl’s name’. While I was disappointed to see their meaning of Everly, I was also a bit relieved that we had our own special meaning – a little more meaningful’ than “a boars meadow”. Today if you were to google Everly you’d likely find the news that celebrity Channing Tatum named his daughter Everly just this summer. When we shared our baby name with my grandparents, my grandma showed me an US magazine that about made me scream haha… how dare you “steal” our name, Channing! ;) Thanks to him, the name might just skyrocket this year and thanks to him, we’ve already been asked if we knew of Channing naming his baby Everly… yes, yes we know and no, we did not name her after a celebrity’s baby. ;)

I think we all probably hear those kind of comments when sharing our baby’s or kiddo’s names with others. ;) With Chase Journey it was “Like after the band Journey?”. um, no. And with Shailo I heard both, “That makes me think of that movie with the dog named Shiloh.” or better yet, “Didn’t Angelina Jolie name her daughter Shiloh?” Oh golly…

I believe names are super powerful and meaningful and I spend a lot of time pondering over them. Never once this pregnancy did I question the name we had for our 2nd daughter. I knew it would be Everly Selah from the moment we became pregnant (if she was a girl, which YAY! she was indeed.)

Right before I became pregnant with Shailo, I came up with this name for a future daughter. It’s hard for me to put into words exactly why, just months after the loss of Eisley, I came up with a name for a future girl. The gist: I remember crying out to Him one evening and journaling my heart out. There was a part of me that felt we would have another daughter, and I decided on that evening her name would be a reflection (of who He is to us, to her and who she is to Him) and a declaration that would mean Forever Amen.

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Psalms 145:21

My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,

and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and EVER.

I knew that I wanted her name to declare that He is forever sovereign, good, loving, caring, worthy, etc, etc, etc… amen. We wanted to declare that even though we’ve walked through the darkest valley (for us)  He is still all of the beautiful things we believed He was. Despite our suffering and loss, He was still good and caring. We were still His and He was still our Father who loved us. I decided I wanted our next girl’s name to mean forever… so I Decided on Ever and added ‘ly’ to fit with our Eisley-girl’s name. Though she ins’t here with us on Earth, I still, very much so, wanted her to be apart of our family. Even when it comes to names. I want all of our kiddos names to “fit” with one another.

And so, Ever with an ‘ly’ was especially perfect! And how awesome that both our girls’ names start with E :) Truly a fitting name all around…

As for her middle name…

 

photo-3Selah… as you probably know, it’s biblical. It means a few things: to pause and reflect or simply, Amen. I love both meanings. We chose Selah to fit with the meaning of her first name. For us Selah is a part of declaring who He is and how He is forever all the the beautiful things we know of Him… the added ‘amen’ to Forever is so perfect for us and for Evelry.

While I was in Amsterdam I felt like I got even more behind the meaning for her name, I don’t know if it was a prompting from God or just me. I really felt to search throughout the bible and to find specific verses for our little Ever. Verses that would show her what He feels of her as well as what her name means to us.

My favourite verse for her and I can’t wait to share this with her someday, is John 14:16-20;

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 
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We will share with her what we’ve walked through in our lifetime thus far and that He is still forever good and loving. (Isaiah 40:8 – The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever…)
We will share that she too will likely walk through difficult times in her life and that even still she can forever trust Him. (Isaiah 26:4 – Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock…)
We will share with her that He will forever and ever love her! I hope when she reads the word forever or selah in the bible, she can be reminded even more so …
Everly Selah Davis, I pray that you will forever know He is beautiful and oh so good, even in the valleys. I pray that you will forever believe that He loves and adores you and that He is forever trustworthy. He is with you forever, He dwells in you. He will not leave you as an orphan in spirit, He will come to you. He will live in you, sweet girl. 
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17 thoughts on “Everly Selah: The meaning behind her name.

    1. My 15th Grandchild was born today. They named her Everly , I hadn’t heard before, I looked up its meaning and came across this article. I’m soo blessed what a beautiful explanation. We too love Him and I’m so grateful to know this true beautiful meaning of Everly. Thank you for sharing. …MemeB

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  1. This is amazing! I was trying to find the meaning of Ever and Everly because I wanted to name my second daughter one of these names. I wasn’t satisfied with “boar in a meadow.” We are also big on name meanings. My first daughter who is now 18 months, was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor at 11 months. The 6 months we spent with surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation was grueling and heartbreaking at many times. But our faith in the Lord stood strong and He walked us through our most difficult time! Her name is Amelia, which means work and striving. She truly is a fighter and we picked Amelia because its my moms middle name. I am so glad you shared your explanation on why you chose “Everly.” As of now, we haven’t not decided between Ever and Everly but I love the verses you shared and I am right there with you! Blessings to you and your amazing family!!

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  2. I am pregnant with our 5th girl and am falling in love with the name everly. I was googling it (of course) and came across your blog. My 4th daughter, who is now 7 is named…. Isley (pronounced eyes-lee). We have never met another and only heard of one other (a celebrity’s baby…though MY Isley is older ;) After reading your blog and seeing the names together, I’m more convinced that everly is the perfect name for our newest little one.

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  3. Hi! Thanks for sharing your story of naming your precious daughter Everly Selah. I too love the name Everly and was disappointed to not find the popular meaning of it to be anything related to being “forever” or “everlasting”, to remind us of the everlasting joy we have in Christ. I was glad to find your meaning. Thanks for sharing your heart in your hurting–it is beautiful. May the Lord bless you and your family.

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  4. we named my daughter everly rose, after my gandma beverly, and her mother rose. we get so many compliments, we call her evers mostly :) have a good day!

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  5. Hi, my name is Everly Annae, I am 24 years old. I love my name but did not like its meaning of board meadow. I love the meaning you have for it.

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  6. Thank you for sharing. I too love the name “Everly” and thought like you did that I made it up three years ago when I was pregnant with my second son, Ethan. Also like you, it was a made up word that took my thoughts to words like “everlasting,” and “heavenly.” If the Lord grants my prayer for a daughter, I want to name her Everly Joy.

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  7. I have a daughter named Everly. She is 9 months old. I LOVE your meaning behind her name. It really spoke to my heart. While I was reading all of the verses you associated with her name, all I could think of was:

    “Yes Lord! This is why I was so drawn to the name Everly!”

    Thank you for having the courage to share your story. God bless you!

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  8. This is amazing! I have a 2 year old daughter named Everly Rose and when I was pregnant with her God spoke to me and told me that her name means ‘everlasting, forevermore’ (which I loved SO much more than the boar meadow meaning 😁😝). He went on to reveal to me that Rose is a symbol of love, so Everly Rose means ‘everlasting love’ 🙌🏻 I LOVE that he showed you the same meaning also! What a beautiful name 😊 xxx

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  9. You, dear, are amazing and an inspiration. Ii came across your blog when intercesing and doing research on a babys name (Everly) who has been born prematurely. Love your hope and faith and God bless you and your family abundantly. Tha ks for sharing and I am excited for your reunion with Eisley in heaven one day! It will seem like one day has passed! (a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day to the Lord).

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