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Apollo XIV and How He Got His Name

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Apollo, 4 days old 

Yes, Apollo does have two eyes…you’ll have to forgive me, I’m four days past a c-section and can only shoot for 5-10 minutes at a time. This was my first attempt at a portrait. Don’t worry, this boy won’t be lacking in photos 🙂

His name…as I said while I was pregnant our list at its longest only had four names on it. At the very beginning of my pregnancy, I wanted to name him Tycho, after the astronomer Tycho Brahe. I love the study of astronomy. For me, few things in nature speak of the beauty of God’s creation like the universe. Initially, Chuck liked the name, and we added it to our list (along with Apollo and 2 other Bible names). When we discussed it several weeks later, however, Chuck said,

“Tycho…isn’t that the name of a toy company?”

“What?” I asked.

“Yeah, I’m pretty sure my brother had a train with “Tycho” written on the side”.

A quick google of the name revealed this. Of course, Tyco is an American toy company…we just apparently don’t have any of their toys in our house. I’m not really sure how many people would associate our son’s name with the toy company, but certainly, more than would associate it with a 16th-century astronomer.

As for the other two Bible names (and no, I’m not going to share them 🙂 Chuck loved his choice, and I was neutral. I loved my choice, but he was neutral.

Going through a Bible commentary one day (looking for something else) I found the name Apollos.

Acts 18: 24-26

Now a certain Jew named Apollos was born at Alexandria, and eloquent man and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit he spoke and taught accurately the things of he Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. So he began to speak boldly at the synagogue. 

From the beginning of the pregnancy, we hoped to somehow incorporate “XIV” or “14” into the baby’s name. We were thrilled about this new addition to our family and eager to show our joy. Once we found the verses about Apollo/Apollos we knew we had our name.

Not only could we use the number 14, but it gave it an “astronomical” ring. This is one of those names that just seemed perfect to us for this particular baby.

So there you have it: Apollo XIV.


  1. Rachel

    He is so beautiful and I love his name. I am wanting to use Apollo as a middle name to honor all the men and women who made sacrifices (no matter how big or small) for the space program. Now to get the husband on board with that!
    I hope you have a quck recovery.

  2. Esme

    Ah, a blue eye! Kalina’s gonna be jealous 😉
    Also, would you be generous enough to tell us the girl name you chose??

  3. Nicole

    That is the cutest baby and the cutest hat EVER I want a big version of that hat for myself. And babies, when they’re really really young usually aren’t that cute but everyone has to say they are or they’ll be rude, but Apollo XIV really is adorable. =)

  4. Delia Brands

    What a darling photo as he’s winking at all of us! In Bali, there are 4 names for children, all denoting birth order. Wayan (Why-Ann), Made (Mah-DAY), Nyoman and Ketut, meaning “first, second, third, fourth.” Your fifth child would be “Wayan to the second power”, so Apollo would be “Made to the third power”! I love that his name has his birth order and a number. I love that his name alludes to both the Biblical man and to space. I love how his name sounds. Way to go on the name!

  5. sarah

    Thanks for your devotion to updating your loyal blog readers! Funny enough, we (my husband and I) have been wondering where the name came from and trying to remember Roman Numerals! Both of us did think it had something to do with space – because of the movie Appol 13 – but I kept saying, “There’s more to it than that… I just know it.” Get plenty of rest, and thanks again for thinking of us!

  6. Jessica

    Its a sad day when people have nothing better to do then log on to the internet and attack others for their personal opinions and beliefs.
    Renee, I have been following your blog for quite some time and you appear to be a wonderful mother. I admire the fact that you and your husband do not follow the norm for the norm is also the cause of ignorance, intolerance, and judgemental behavior.
    I wish your family the best and congratulations on little Apollo. He’s a beautiful baby who will have plenty of love.

  7. Elisabeth

    What an interesting name! I have studied the Apollo program for years, so seeing the name instantly brought back memories of those stories! I love to see parents who see children as a blessing and joy, even when the going gets rough. Feel free to have more babies is what I say! 🙂

  8. Mrs. Taft

    I almost typed in ‘apollo’ in my browser to get here and had to correct myself…I visit your blog daily but I fully admit, today I was hoping for more pictures of that precious, precious little one! 😀 haha Blessings to you and your family!

  9. Ellen in Kalamazoo

    I LOVE the one-eyed pic – how adorable! I actually had a dream the other day that I was there visiting you and helping out – guess my c-section empathy was in high gear! I had Hilton along with me, and he and Boaz were getting all caught up! Made me wish money were no object 🙁

  10. Lou

    My partner’s company is being bought out by Tyco in Australia (along with lots of other companies). I only know them as an optical fibre company, but I guess they are one of those giant things with subsidiaries.
    I think Apollo is a great name. And the beannie is so cute!!

  11. lrm

    Apollo is first of all(prior to the biblical reference) the greek and roman god-charioteer [‘Helios’ is an alternate name in greek for apollo]; he was god of the sun/music/poetry; twin sister Artemis.

  12. Renee

    Very true! And I find it amusing because Apollo LOVES music. We loved the name, and once we knew it was in the Bible, we knew it was perfect. All of our boys have Bible names, so we wanted to keep w/ that trend.

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