When we tell people Pape’s American name, people usually ask where his name comes from. Here’s how it came about…
Once we knew we were having a boy, I researched, read up and dug for names. After the experience I’d had in France with victims of human trafficking, I really wanted a strong name that had to do with seeking justice or protecting others. I found several along those lines, then also came up with a list of names I just liked – totaling about 50 boy names to put on the table.
Cheikh came up with three names. Three. Those of you that know his minimalist side (360°) won’t find that surprising at all.
One of the three names he proposed was ____. As much as I hated to cave when he’s only come up with a fraction of the suggestions I had – I really liked the name. And it works in both French and English. And it means ‘defender of the people’.
Voilà. We had a name for the man child.
Pape’s middle name is my dad’s name and also my brother’s middle name.