On the name
We just liked it. I mean, we liked Elijah for a long time, but met too many little Elijahs and discovered it was very popular- the #5 boy name for Indiana for 2009. Nationally, it's #21, so it's particularly popular around here. We didn't want him to have to be "Eli B." for all of his childhood, so we considered other names. Elliott is actually a variant of Elijah, with the meaning "The Lord is our God". After batting around some other ideas, all starting with vowels, we both liked Elliott (popularity rank in the 300's) , we just had to agree how to spell it! Josh won out, with two 't's. After we had decided on the name, our church friends the Elliotts took off on a yearlong adventure to serve in Haiti, just a few weeks before he was born. We look forward to telling him the story of the obedience of the family that shares his name!
This is a family name we liked- Josh's grandfather's middle name. Conveniently, Casper is also the traditional name of one of the Magi, which is a Christmas connection (not that we knew he'd be born so close to Christmas!) The name means 'treasurer', and 3 of 4 of Elliott's grandparents are accountants by training, so that seemed to be a good connection, too.
Right now, he's mostly 'Baby' or 'Little Buddy', but we'll get used to him being 'Elliott' soon enough.