My mom picked out the name Isabelle because she always thought it was pretty and she dropped the “le” at the end to make the name a little more unique. She picked this name out before anyone knew the gender of the baby so my parents wanted to choose a boy option too. My dad came up with “Hank” and was pretty dead set on it despite the fact that my mom hared the name. Every night after that, my mom prayed to have a girl so her poor child wouldn’t be stuck with the name Hank. I guess her prayers were answered.

-Isabel, Winston-Salem, NC