I hadn’t planned on sharing how we came up with our baby name, other than what E! News had asked about, but with many of you asking how Aaron and I came up with Navy Lee Williams name, I figured I share. Sharing my labor and delivery story was what y’all wanted more than anything. I hadn’t expected the overwhelming curiosity for bAAbywilliams’ name. So here’s how we came up with it.
What’s in a name? Everything!
It all started with my grandpa Frazier, whose name is Edward Lee Frazier. My grandparents named my dad Bruce Lee. Yes, Bruce Lee. No relation to the actor (ha ha), although my dad has played that up my entire life, and I’m sure most of his too. My guy friends or guy strangers always tend to love this a lot more than the females. Apparently, Bruce Lee is king to some. Anyway, my dad’s name was passed down after his dad.
As most of you know, I was adopted at 6 years of age. When I was born, my name was spelled Ashley. Once I was adopted, my parents changed the spelling after my dad to have a capital L and added two e’s. Being that I’m such a daddy’s girl, I always loved this. It made me feel more included into my parents’ world. This was true even more so for my dad. When someone asks me, “what’s in a name?” I tell them everything!
When Aaron and I were dating, we took a lot of trips together. One was to San Antonio for the weekend. While we were there, for the first time, started talking about a baby name. I knew then and there that Aaron truly was meant to be a daddy. The fact that he was super into this conversation spoke volumes and put my ovaries into overdrive. Aaron was the one and I knew it. While in San Antonio we discussed it, and he agreed that if we had a girl, I could use Lee as her middle name to pass down the tradition.
How we came up with Navy
I wish I had some magical story for you here, but I really don’t. Aaron and I were in Austin, enjoying a few cocktails on a pretty, nice day (wasn’t too hot and wasn’t cold either). Mind you, we weren’t engaged at this time. Again, this shows you how amazing Aaron is and how much he wanted a family. He was completely okay with these conversations. He would often bring up our future children’s names himself. Which, of course, made my heart skip beats.
As we were a few drinks in, the baby name convo started. We both loved the name Emma. Aaron said, “I can call her Em.” When he said that, my heart melted. It was so sweet. Of course, when you are so in love with someone, they can do the smallest thing and you go crazy.
The only reason Emma was axed is because I wanted the name Lee as her middle name. If you say Emma and Lee out loud, it sounds like Emily. And I definitely didn’t want that. That’s when one of us mentioned going through color names. We liked Grey, but Christian Grey is too popular — and since he is a sexual character, I’m in love with making that connection to my baby’s name (ha ha). We went through all the colors, and then I said, “Navy.” Aaron actually liked it.
From then on, we would always refer to our child as Navy. The name stuck. And just like that, you have Navy Lee. We still love Emma. I personally love how much Aaron likes it and also because he came up with it. So, if we were to have a second child … you never know. Her name may be Emma!