Why I named my son after a rule breaker

There's a reason behind the nine month wait it took to name our son. I want him to be able to stand firm and go against the grain. I want him to buck the system. I want him to not accept “the way things are.”

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  • Editor's note: This article was originally published on raiseaman.com. It has been republished here with permission.

  • It took us nine months to decide what we would name our son. I wanted something that described an adventurous, creative type. For several months of my pregnancy, we settled on the name "Henry". We even had "Henry" decorations at his baby showers!

  • That is until the day Aric told me he "just didn't think Henry was his name."

  • Aric came to me with a suggestion, but first gave me what the name actually meant, not the name itself. He read:

  • People with this name tend to initiate events, to be leaders rather than followers, with powerful personalities. They tend to be focused on specific goals, experience a wealth of creative new ideas, and have the ability to implement these ideas with efficiency and determination.

  • I loved it! So on November 18th, 2014, we welcomed our first son and named him Maverick.

  • His name comes from a nineteenth-century American named Maverick whose names came to signify "an independent man who avoids conformity."

  • I know that my son, Maverick, will have to one day decide what is Truth

  • Instead of conforming to what his culture suggests, I want him to be able to stand firm and go against the grain. I want him to buck the system. I want him to not accept "the way things are." And, I want him to leave a lasting impression on his generation, like he's leaving a lasting impression on me.Maverick will fulfill his destiny when his identity comes from what God says about him. That's why I want to train him to be a FivestarMan.

  • As a young woman, I knew that was the type of man I wanted to marry—and was trained to marry (thanks Dad!). Now as Maverick's mom, it is the type of man I want him to grow to be: adventurous, entrepreneurial, gallant, faithful, and philanthropic.

  • I know I'm not alone. Maybe you're like me, up at 3 am—and again at 5—feeding your son, wondering if you're doing everything right. Or, you're a parenting pro and your son sleeps through the night (suggestions welcome!). The point is, we all want one thing for our sons: to know the God we serve and to live out his purpose.

  • My prayer is we, as moms, raise our voices together to proclaim that our sons will know God and will reshape his generation!

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Alexandra Schauer (Alex) is a writer, speaker, wife and mom to Maverick Reid. She is passionate about connecting people to solutions—especially Truth found in the Word.

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