- In Welsh, it's quite a common name, sort of equivalent to "John" for us. We hope that honors Greg's brother John in heaven.
- In Hebrew, it means "God is gracious," or "God is good." We are extremely thankful to God for giving us this healthy boy. God is certainly gracious and good.
- In Greek, it comes from one of the best words in that language—euangelios—which means "good news." If you read the New Testament, it's the word "gospel." The gospel is the good news of a new life for all who trust in Jesus Christ as Lord.
"... the gospel ... it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes." (Romans 1:16)
- In high school, Heather had a friend named Evan who died in a snowmobile accident. That event became a spiritual turning point for Heather where she started questioning God and death. The Lord used Evan's death to show Heather the saving grace in Jesus.
- Back in 2009, Greg learned about a remarkable guy named Evan Roberts. He was a key figure in some revivals in Wales back in the early 1900s. He experienced some extremely high points in his life, then burned out and battled depression. But through the ups and downs, he never wavered in his faith in God.
- Eli really likes the name Evan.
- Heather's dad's name is Lloyd. An amazing guy who deserves his namesake passed on to the next generation. Lloyd had two daughters so getting to name a grandson after him is quite special.
- Greg's grandpa Harold Kasowski's middle name is Lloyd. He's another fantastic person who we're excited Evan will be linked to forever with his name.
Evan has been on the list for awhile but because of its popularity and it just not being this lightening bolt "aha!" name, it wasn't easy to commit. And let's be honest, using Lloyd as a middle name makes it a bit difficult to find a first name that flows! We have found it now and for all the world to know, we do love this second boy of ours, Evan Lloyd Kasowski.
PS - from Heather: two of the names I just loved and wished I could use for this boy: Levi and Lee... which are essentially our current kids' names! Imagine trying to yell "Eli! Levi!" or "Annalee! Lee!" - oi!