Birth announcement: Aur0r@ M3rcede$!

I posted a consultation for this beautiful family back in August, and they’ve let me know their little girl has arrived and been given the gorrrgeous name … Aur0r@ M3rcede$!

The mama writes,

Wanted to let you know that we FINALLY got to meet our baby girl – she was 13 days overdue and 10 lbs, 14 oz!

We were still deliberating over names more than 24 hours after her birth.  I think we had settled on Mercedes being her middle name in honor of the Year of Mercy, and were trying to decide between Rosalia, Leocadia and Seraphina for first names.  Both Rosalia and Leocadia would have been Lea for short (we have a cow named Rosie and an Aunt Katie…) and as much as we loved Seraphina, she just didn’t look like it fit her somehow.  Before the consultation posted, we’d been thinking Annora Mercedes, but over time, it just didn’t settle as THE name.  And as my husband was heading home to help Grandma and Grandpa with our older children that second night in the hospital, he threw Aur0r@ M3rcede$ out there.  We’d considered Aur0r@ for our two older girls as well, but I could never get past the mythological origins.  Then I discovered you had done a name spotlight on Aur0r@ as was absolutely delighted to find a Marian connection!!!

So… on October 12th, after a lightning-fast induction, we welcomed Aur0r@ M3rcede$ (R0ry for short) to our family!

What a great name!! I LOVE Aur0r@ nicked R0ry, and M3rcede$ for the Year of Mercy! 😍😍😍 And I love the name story! If you remember, these parents specifically wanted a “slightly unusual, slightly longer full names that trim down to an easy nickname” — they totally nailed it! And I’m so delighted the Marian connection to Aur0r@ was just the encouragement they needed!

Congratulations Mom and Dad and big sibs J@cks0n/Jack, El0d!e/Ellie, and Av!ana/Ava, and happy birthday Baby R0ry!!


Aur0r@ M3rcede$


11 thoughts on “Birth announcement: Aur0r@ M3rcede$!

  1. One of my absolute favorites! (Of course, as mentioned in the post, I really love it in reference to Christ as dawn—“In the tender compassion of our God, the dawn from on high shall break upon us, and shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79)!) Either way, it’s a beautiful and holy name! Congratulations, and welcome, Aur0ra!

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  2. Congratulations! 😍😍😍 This is one of my most favorite name combos I have ever heard…. Just so beautiful! My middle name is Aur0r@ and I have always loved it, even more so after discovering that spotlight post a while ago and realizing the faith connection for the first time. Happy to see that little (big!) cutie will get to enjoy it as her first 💕

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  3. What a beautiful name! Forgive me, but is there a reason the symbols are substituted? I’ve seen it other places too. I must seem very ignorant but I’m not sure if it’s just my computer?

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    • Great question Susan! Yes, these parents would prefer their children’s names not be googleable, so using alternate characters for letters “hides them in plain sight” as it were.


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