When people hear our son’s name, the reactions are quite varied. Â We hear everything from an enthusiastic “Oh, I like that!” to a puzzled “Well. That’s different.” Â It is a bit unusual, so I understand why people would be curious about where it came from, and why, or how we chose it…
And, no. It is not a family name. (That is the most common guess/assumption.)
Titus:Â In Latin, it means â€œA great defender.â€ In Greek, it means â€œHonorable.â€ His first name comes from the New Testament book of Titus, one of the Pastoral Epistles.Â The recipient (Titus) was a Greek convert to Christianity.Â He was the apostle Paul’sÂ “true child inÂ a common faith” (Titus 1:4), and became a faithful fellow worker in the ministry of the gospel.
Ryle (pronounced rye-el): Â His middle name is in honor of John Charles (J.C.) Ryle. J.C. Ryle was an Anglican pastor in England, in the 1800â€™s. It is said “that perhaps few men in the nineteenth century did as much for God, for truth, and for righteousness, among the English speaking race, and in the world, as [J.C. Ryle].”Â Â Today, his books, commentaries, and sermons are favorites in our home.
Our prayer is that he would grow up to truly live out the meanings of his name. That he would be a man of honor, and a great defender of the faith…like these faithful men of God whose names he bears.
â€œShow yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemnedâ€¦â€ ~Titus 2:7-8