Chris and I have had this name picked out for a good 5 years :)
He and I started dating in April and in September the 2nd season of the TV show Friday Night Lights was premiering and much to his dismay I hadn’t seen the 1st season so some of our early summer dates were spent getting me caught up on what would eventually become my favorite show ever. I distinctly remember staying up until 2 in the morning soaking in all the amazingness that was Riggins, Lyla, Dillon Texas, Coach Taylor….oh so good.
For those not familiar with the show, the lead female character is Lyla Garrity. The cheerleader who begins the show dating quarterback Jason Street but later ends up with Tim Riggins. And while we’re not hoping our daughter turns into Lyla, during an early episode Chris and I looked at each other and thought, “Garrity, that would be an awesome name for a girl.” And hence, baby girl was named.
And for even more background onto this name story…all the women in my family have boy names for girls…Billie, Randi, Tracy, Jeri…and I was suppose to be named Drew. Like literally until the week before I was born my name was Drew. But then my parent’s good friends had a son and named him Andrew and he basically stole my name. So I became Whitney Drew which 31 years ago was actually a boy’s name because Whitney Houston still wasn’t on the scene. So while Garrity isn’t necessarily a boy’s name, it is not your typical girl name and we love it.
Oh and her middle name was an easy choice. It’s my maiden name. And when we got married and I gave it up I made sure I negotiated it in as a name for one of our kids :) Plus it sounds so perfect with Garrity :)