Skip to main content

Name Explanations

A lot of people ask us where in the world we came up with our childrens' names. Well, I will tell you! Starting with the Bug, his full name is Lukka Karl Elijah Mast.

No, I did not name my son for someone on ER (I've never even seen an episode!) or The Godfather, but it is originally an Italian name spelled Luca. It means "Light". I first heard the name while reading Audrey Hepburn's biography. She had a son named Luca and the moment I read that name, I adored it. I love the way it sounds! The reason I chose the "K"s instead of a "C" is first of all because I love the way Lukka looks, I love the "K" sound and knew that if I had a daughter (or another son!) I would have to have a name with a "K" in it!
Stefan's family heritage is German (of course, Canadian, too!) but the men on his side of the family have two middle names, so we wanted to stick with the tradition. Stefan's first middle name is also Karl, and it is his great uncle who still lives in British Columbia (I believe). Like father, like son.
(edit: My MIL just told me more ((Thanks!)): Karl is also Opa's father's name so it is Stefan's great-grandfather. It was his first name and he named his first son, it is dad's middle name, Stefan's middle name.)
The second part of the family name came from my side. This is my grandfather's name on my dad's side, the only grandfather I ever knew, as my mom's father passed away when she was young. We also like that it is a biblical name.
Obviously, this is Stefan's family name and my last name.

Anikka Julyn Sky Mast
This little beauty was first heard (no, I'm not kidding) on one of my favorite movies as a kid...Pippi Longstocking! I loved the name even when I was little! There are many different spellings of this, like: Anika, Annikka, Annika, etc. Stefan and I were also undecided on how to pronounce the name...phonetically like, "ANNA-ka" or more 'European' sounding, "Ah-na-ka"? Stefan liked the first, I liked the second (my main reason was because I loved the nickname, Ani, after my favorite musician, pronouced "Ah-ni"), but we decided on "ANNA-ka" because we didn't want her to have to correct people her entire life when they said her name wrong. The spelling is the way it is because it matches Lukka with two "K"s! Anikka means "Grace".
This is the first of her two middle names, still trying to stick with the tradition, we swayed a bit on this one. It is a combination of family names--our mother's first names! Julie (my mom) and Jocelyn (Stefan's) mixed together we came up with a hybrid name Julyn, pronounced just like, Julian. I love this because it honors our mothers with their names, but I love Love LOVE the nickname "A.J." for a little girl! Again, perfect for us!
This was my original middle name I wanted to have before I even met Stefan (yes, I really did have my kids' names picked out before I even met the man I was going to marry!) Stefan was against this being the only middle name because it had no relevancy to our families so, once we figured out the first middle name, he was Ok with it. Honestly, the reason for this name is because I think it is beautiful. And I don't need any other reason!
See above.
Hope you enjoyed that little glimpse into our (somewhat) complex naming decisions!


Jess said…
love it! i have always loved the name luca (lukka) and had never heard anikka before, you are proving to be very good at this naming thing ;)....and i agree about sky, if only my parents would have been so cool, hehe
kylee said…
I love the names you've chosen so thanks for sharing! It's fun to see how people come up with baby names. Two of the names on my list that I've had since eh....age 15 :) ...also come from Children's movies. I guess they just stick with ya!
Christy said…
I know a couple of girls with the name, Anikka (one k spelling, though), and they pronounce it ah-ni-kuh. I'm glad you did this post so now I know to call your sweet girl ANNA-kah.
The Bontrager's said…
hey! this was a great idea! my mom was wondering about the names so i just copyied your whole blog and sent it to her work e-mail! LOL!
:-) i for a fact LOVE their names, they couldn't be better!! love you! :-)

Popular posts from this blog

How To: DIY Sand/Water Table

How To: Build A Sand/Water Table for Under $30!
Sorry this took me so long to blog, but I had to have a tool list and full instructions before I could do so.
A little history on my love for the sand/water table. I love the idea behind tools for tiny hands, i.e. the Montessori Method, and like to have Lukka 'figure things out for himself', even when he is playing. I try to have the most simple and basic toys available for 3 reasons: a) simple toys generally have less parts, which means less of a hassle for me
b) simple toys inspire way more creativity and imagination than do 'exact replica' toys
c) they are much more aesthetically pleasing to look at, therefore, not making every nook and cranny of our house an eyesore!
I know the last reason is just for me, but it's true. Plastic things don't generally last 1/2 as long as wooden or fabric toys, and they are unattractive. For this reason, I started to look for a wooden sand/water table as opposed to a plastic one …

The Rule of Threes

Costco aftermath
This is what my kitchen looks like for at least an hour after a Costco trip. I haul in everything after an exhausting journey through the busiest store (seemingly) in this country and I just can't do a dang thing more. For an hour. While I get a breather. And eat some obligatory reward chocolate. Eventually I'll get to those piles and everything will be put in it's proper place, but usually it stays like this for that necessary hour. 
                                                                          *** I don't think I'm alone in sensing that our culture has gone hog-wild with unrealistic expectations in just about every department, and I want to tell my friends, and anyone else who will listen, that we can only do so much in a day.  My husband once told me a friend of his pondered the busy-ness of our modern lives and said something to the effect of, "God gives us just enough time in the day to do only the things we need to do." …

17 in 2017 // What Happened? What Didn't?

one of Ani's goals: learning to bake!
This year was a great one--we did SO much as a family and I really think by setting up some 'Things to Do' with the kids in my goal list for 2017, we made them happen rather than thinking we could do them 'someday'. We traveled a lot in 2017; we hit every state on the West Coast including Alaska! We started our 6th year of homeschooling and went a bit rogue in a few subjects like Math. I started and finished a beloved book series with the kids. There were a few things that didn't happen because of circumstances, but almost everything else DID happen, and I'm proud of that! Intentions + action for the win! 

What Happened

*Learn to make pakora and butter chicken (crock pot): This might be cheating but a friend of mine sells Epicure spice blends and they just came out this past year with a pakora packet. It's healthy, fast, gluten-free, and delicious and I'm counting it! I also made the most delicious butter chicken…