If you hadn’t noticed, I love Jensen’s name. His name sounds so beautifully when said out loud and the loops look so perfect wrote out. When I hear other’s say his name, it’s the sweetest sound. He always was my Jensen, even before we knew he was a boy. It’s been our connection to him from the start.
After being asked about his name, I realized I’ve never really told you the story behind his name. Fair warning, it’s not as exciting as you would think. It’s actually a little silly, but it all came together so perfectly.
One of my favorite shows ever is Supernatural. Last year, I binge-watched it all on Netflix and have seen the series multiple times. It makes me laugh, some parts can scare me, and then it can make me cry. Brings out a whole range of emotions that I think every TV series should. At the beginning of each episode, the names of the actors comes across the bottom of the screen. Since I constantly am reading, I kept seeing one name in particular: Jensen Ackles. Jensen Ackles plays Dean Winchester in the TV show and he’s my favorite character.
Before we even know I was pregnant, I would comment on how much I love his name. I felt like I was saying Jensen instead of Dean when I was talking about the show. It was crazy. I had never heard of the name before and I thought it sounded so unique and perfect. So, when we saw that positive test and started thinking of baby names, I instantly thought of Jensen. It was the first name I suggested to Anthony and we just completely fell in love, from day one. I actually called him Jensen before we even knew he was a boy.
Grey was a little more tricky to come up with. I had to persuade Anthony on Jensen’s middle name. Originally I wanted Jensen Dean, but Anthony said that was too much like Supernatural. But heck, it sounds good too! There was another huge part of me that wanted to keep his name similar to my family’s middle name. We have a lot of Ray’s and I knew I wanted to keep the tradition. But as always, I had to have a little twist for my sweet boy. I started saying names and words that rhymed with Ray and stumbled upon Grey. I changed the a to an e to keep with the e’s in his first name. It was the perfect combination and had a great ring to it. Thankfully Anthony said yes.
His first and middle name just stuck with us: Jensen Grey.
I can remember the second we found out he was a boy and my mom shouted out, “We have our Jensen Grey!” Such a sweet memory for me to always have. Even though it’s probably impossible, I swear he knew his name. When I would say it, he would wiggle around. That’s probably just my wishful thinking.
His name is really fitting to his perfect, little face too. As a baby, he even looked like a Jensen. I only ‘know’ one other Jensen, but I swear his name fit him. One day when I share his face with you all, you’ll completely agree.
That’s the story behind his name. Sweet and simple, but the ease of coming up with his name mirrored his whole being.