So i know some of you have been dying to know the story behind our son’s name. While neither name is normal sounding or very well-known, they hold great significance to us and our family.
According to Wikipedia (I know, I know…) “Fletcher is a surname of English origin. The name is an occupational name for an arrowsmith or seller of arrows, derived from the Middle English, Old French flech(i)er (in turn from Old French fleche“arrow”).” The term Fletch refers to the feathers (also called fins, flight, or vanes) on the back of arrows. According to a website I found, “The purpose of the fletching is to cause the arrow to rotate as it leaves the bow, which in turn causes it to fly in a straight line and strike the target with greater force.”
I actually came across the name while typing a text in which the word I tried to type was autocorrected to “fletch” and I just shrugged and said, “Hmm, that’d be a cute name.” Later, when I told Zac and he loved it, the name went into our (fairly large) bag of names that we had been tossing around throughout the pregnancy. We had to see his face before we could decide.
“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed in the man who fills his quiver full!” Psalm 127:4-5
Like an actual fletcher or arrow-maker, we commit to taking our time with our little Fletcher to straighten and sharpen his life in such a way that he strives to honor and glorify God in all that he does, making him an effective and purposeful arrow in God’s kingdom. This is our target, this is our aim.
This name is Greek and can be broken in half, theo (meaning “God”) and philus (which means “loved, beloved”. This is a derivative from the word for the “brotherly” kind of love, philos, found in the bible) The literal translation being “loved by God” or “friend of God.” Which is exactly what we want our little Fletcher to be. While we know he will always be loved by God, our prayer for him is to continually work towards that all-encompassing, sanctifying, and comforting relationship and friendship with God that is available for us all. You will find a reference to the “Most Excellent Theophilus” in the gospels, as he was the man who commissioned Luke to interview, extract, and record the life and times of Jesus Christ, as recorded in the books of Luke and Acts. This is where we discovered the name, of course.
These are our prayers for Fletcher Theophilus and what better way to remind us than the engrave them in his very name!
Even as I rock him to sleep and rub his little face, I can feel the weight of responsiblity that his Daddy and I share to “raise him up in the way he should go” throughout his whole life. With the example of both of our parents and grandparents to honor, we set forth, as clueless as they were and ever placing our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. By His grace alone will Fletcher be all that he is designed to be!
If you feel so inclined to join us in the above prayers for our Fletcher, we would be ever grateful.
Thanks for reading and God bless you and yours!