Our 6th Fishie has a new name!

Yesterday was a paperwork day – our facilitator drove to the orphanage for paperwork, to the inspector’s office, picked us up to get documents notarized, then we all went back to the orphanage while more paperwork was compiled, and finally back to the inspector’s office just before it closed (at 6PM) to drop off more paperwork. Oi – I don’t think much is done electronically. But, we did get to meet the orphanage director for the first time, and she had tea and chocolate with us.  Needless to say, our facilitator is happy with how quickly things are getting done, and he predicts we will have our last dealings with the SDA on Monday, July 4th – a mere 7 days before they close. Whew!

Today, on our way to visit our son, our facilitator told us that we had to make decision on his name.  We had been discussing and praying about this the last few days but weren’t at a firm decision because we thought we had more time.  Well God prepared us to be ready for this curve ball.  We decided to have a little talk with Vanya first thing to see what he thought. I wanted the conversation to include some options and the reason’s we were thinking of them and see what his opinions were, but somewhere in translation, our facilitator asked him if he liked the name we were leaning toward – and he said “yes” – so I guess it was meant to be …”Ian”.

Like his original name (Ivan), his name is still a derivative of John and still means “God is gracious”. How awesome is that! The meaning couldn’t be more fitting, and we just removed the “v”. With regard to the middle name, we weren’t prepared. When I asked about his middle name, our facilitator informed us that they don’t have middle names in Ukraine, the middle name is actually the father’s name with an ending added that means “son of ….”. So, since our other children middle names are family names also, and if we stuck with the Ukrainian tradition as well, we felt Mathew would work.  We also felt it sends him a clear message that he is our son.  So…Ian Mathew Fisher it will be!

Ian Mathew Fisher

I know some had some strong feelings about his name. We loved Vanya, which we thought was his real name. It is actually a common nick name for kids – like Jimmie for Jim or Bobby for Robert etc. Ian had previously said he didn’t want “Vanya” because he wanted a more “grown up” name. His official name was Ivan – but pronounced ee-vahn in Ukraine, but in English, sounds more like a girl name “Yvonne”. In the end, instead of having him to either correct people about the pronunciation of his name, or have people immediately ask him “where he is from” based on his name alone, we decided to Americanize his name. I posed the question about names to my Ukrainian Adoptions group to those who have adopted before us. While most tried to keep a Ukrainian name as either the first or middle, by far, kids ended up wanting to go by their American name. It made them feel like they stood out less and helped them adapt to the culture better. In the end, we have felt confirmed about his name and couldn’t be more excited about welcoming Ian Mathew Fisher into our family – the 6th Fishie! More tomorrow on our visits!

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Ian and Mom!

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18 Responses to Our 6th Fishie has a new name!

  1. Andrea says:

    yayyyyy! LOVE IT! i’ve been following your blog since i prayed for “vanya” to receive a family and i’m just so happy that he is coming home with yall! still praying that the transition is smooth for Ian! 🙂

  2. L.O.T. says:

    Love the name!!

  3. annie says:

    Ian Mathew is PERFECT!

  4. Adeye says:

    Oh I think that is absolutely PERFECT! Ian is wonderful. Everyone will have their own opinion of changing names, and we all have to do what we feel is best. It’s one of those things where you just have to follow your heart and listen to what the Lord is saying about YOUR child. But he loves his new name, and that is what really matters. And having Daddy’s middle name is perfect. We also gave all our children family middle names.

    Sooooooo happy for you guys. Goodness gracious…..could that boy be any more handsome? What a sweetie pie.

  5. Faye Neese says:


  6. Congratulations! Love the name, the pictures. So thrilled for you and Ian!

  7. Natalie says:

    His name is Just perfect. Vanya, or shall I say Ian happy with his new name and that’s all that matters.

  8. Shelby says:

    It is perfect. I can’t imagine that anyone would have an issue with you changing his name (I am admittedly a little naive about how frequently others feel free to butt into other people’s business) – especially in your case, considering he is not a baby, and you gave him opportunity to express his opinion!!! Our adopted son also has my husband’s name as his middle name. I do believe it clearly speaks to them about their “place” in the family. Our whole family has been praying for you guys and our kids often ask about “Vanya” – they will be excited to hear about his new name! Congratulations!!

  9. JD in Canada says:

    Perfect, just like he is!!!!!!!!! He looks so delightful to be with, always looks like he’s having so much fun. So expressive!!

    LOVE his name — perfectly fitting! We are going to a full disclosure meeting for our potential adoption match in two weeks. We don’t yet know her name, but we know she’s 12. We wondered if many children change names at the time of adoption… what if our new daughter has the exact same name as her new sibling? Hmmm….

  10. brenda says:

    Well congrats to Ian on his new name! I really like it. I cannot believe you might be done by Monday! Such good news.

  11. I love the name Ian. Our daughter wanted a new Ukrainian name, and went from Lyubov to Alina. She’s been home 6 months and has already said shes so glad she has a new name.
    Im so happy that things are going well for you!

  12. Anne Petitt says:

    Guess what Matthew means.. Gift of God. And he is truly a gift of God. So happy for you all he is absolutely so cute. Praising God and doing the jig. Hallelujah. God bless Anne

  13. Jan says:

    I too have followed “Vanya’s” story since Adeye posted about him. As I read this post, I couldn’t help but think about the many times in scripture God gave people a new name; ie, Abram to Abraham, Sarai to Sarah, Saul to Paul, etc. It was because He had done or was doing a new thing in their life and reclaiming them for His purpose. I love his new name, Ian Mathew Fisher! God is doing a new thing not only in Ian, but also in your family! Thank you for allowing us the priviledge to follow along with your beautiful story!

  14. Amy says:

    I have also been following Ian’s story since Adeye posted about him. His picture is posted to the side of my monitor as a prayer reminder and will stay there until he is safely home. It is an honor to witness God’s hand at work in your lives and I thank you for allowing us to share in this blessing.

  15. Rebecca says:

    Don’t know if you know this, but I got to hear sweet Ian’s voice this morning! I woke up to find that I missed a call from you — at 3:44 am. It seems like Mat & Ian were playing with your cell phone & decided to call me! 🙂 I could hear Mat saying “what did you do? … ay, ay, ay” – only to hear Ian respond with “ay, ay, ay” Loved it and a perfect way to wake up.

  16. Sharon says:

    Beautiful choice for his name! Welcome Ian Matthew Fisher!

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