There is a fascinating聽story behind聽every baby name.聽Whether the聽inspiration came聽from nature, athletes or family traditions, baby names can reveal a tremendous amount聽about our families and our heritage. In our聽new series, 鈥淭he Real Meaning Behind My Unique Baby Name,鈥 we鈥檙e talking聽with parents who chose creative聽baby names聽for their children.聽Scroll on to read about a couple who drew inspiration from people they admire.


The Creative Baby Names

Elspeth 鈥淓lspie鈥 Broer Hellermann and Django Peterman Broer-Hellermann

The Story (and Real Meaning!) Behind the Baby Names

Bill Hellermann doesn鈥檛 consider聽鈥淓lspeth鈥 or 鈥淒jango鈥 to be creative baby names. For Bill and his wife, both of these names were ways to recognize and honor聽people that the couple admires. For his oldest daughter, Elspeth, Bill wanted聽a name that would pay homage to his mother, 鈥淓lisabeth,鈥 and the unconventional spelling of her聽name (with an 鈥渟鈥 instead of a 鈥渮鈥). He came across the name 鈥淓lspeth鈥 three months before his daughter聽was born, and he instantly knew it was the one. Won over by the traditional, old-fashioned Scottish take聽on Elizabeth, Bill appreciated聽that the name聽wasn鈥檛聽very popular, and he also really liked the nickname聽鈥淓lspie.鈥

When it came to naming his son Django, Bill says a friend of his mentioned the name at a dinner party, and it stuck with him. He liked that it was a 鈥渞eally cool鈥 name, but more importantly, he loved聽the history behind it. Before Quentin Tarantino鈥檚聽Django Unchained,聽there was聽Django Reinhardt, a聽French jazz guitarist, one of the most influential musicians in the history of jazz. While Bill鈥檚 wife聽was a fan of the name, she聽was concerned that聽the unconventional nature of 鈥淒jango鈥 might limit his career opportunities 鈥 could Django really be a stockbroker, or a lawyer? They gave Django a a聽second聽name, 鈥淧eterman,鈥 though Bill says that it turns out stockbrokers actually love the name.

What Elspeth and Django Think


Django says that at first, 鈥淚t was hard, but then I grew up and it fit.鈥澛燛lspie told us聽that during her聽preteens, 鈥淚 hated my name and wanted something more 鈥榥ormal,鈥 that wouldn鈥檛 make me different from my friends. I tried (unsuccessfully) to change it to Brooke.鈥 However, since her teenage years, she has grown to love her name, and she only goes by 鈥淓lspie.鈥 鈥淢y name is聽a part of my identity. It鈥檚 not ideal for meeting a group聽of people in a loud setting, but on those occasions, I usually just shorten it to El. Once people learn (and can say) it, they don鈥檛 tend to forget it.鈥 While Elspie isn鈥檛 sure what she鈥檇聽name her kids, she says she鈥檚 more drawn to unusual names.

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