Zefina Francesca or Zeeka (Name Origin)

Dear Zeeka,

Mommy is now 33 weeks pregnant with you. I have been feeling sick these past two days. I think it’s my tummy. I have been having an upset stomach for two days now. I hope that you are not bothered by it. Oohh, I hope you are also not bothered by the paracetamol that I took the other day. Mommy will have her check up today with her doctor at Asian Hospital. Don’t worry and of course, i’ll ask her about you.

Despite the fact that mommy has been a little under the weather these pass days, I’m so glad that I still feel you tumble, kick and do that weird waving motion that you do. Your kicks are actually getting stronger, Zeeka. Daddy talked to you last night (or was it the other night) to temper it a bit, since I wasn’t feeling too good. But, it’s okay, Zeeka. I love feeling you kick. I think you’re going to be a good dancer like mommy!

People have been asking about you. They already know your name. Even your new born cousin, Kiel, knows your name. I know that in the future, you will ask mommy and daddy how your name came to be. Well, this is the story of your name.

Mommy had a hard time with her first pregnancy. She lost the baby brother/sister that came ahead of you. Mommy was sick after that and so, Mommy and Daddy prayed so hard through the intercession of Padre Pio. With prayers, God healed Mommy from her sickness.

After a year and a half, Daddy and Mommy wanted to have a child again. This time, they prayed to the Lord God through the intercession of St. Joseph. After just a few months, Mommy and Daddy found out that they were going to have a baby, and that baby was you. Mommy and Daddy promised to name you after St. Joseph and St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Francesco Forgione was his real name).

Before we could find the perfect name, we tried different combinations and variations of these saints’ names in different languages. We took a picture of how many names we came up with before we found a name that was perfect for you.
Looking for Baby Names


Did you see daddy’s suggestions? They are all too funny! He even had icons and characters the he drew for some. Those are for inspiration, he says.

Finally, your Mamu Annie and Tita Kinney suggested two names that were perfect for you. Zefina is an Albanian female variation of the name Joseph and Franceska is also Albanian for St. Pio’s name (although we decided to keep the ‘c’ instead of the ‘k’ in your name). So there you go, we decided to name you Zefina Francesca or Zeeka for short 🙂

I hope you like your name, Zeeka!

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger


  1. February 1, 2013 / 9:12 am

    That’s a very beautiful name!

    • February 1, 2013 / 9:20 am

      Hi Mommy Chessy! Thanks so much! 🙂 I love Baby Z! He’s sooo cute! 🙂 I’m sure baby Z and Zeeka will meet during our events in the future 🙂

  2. February 1, 2013 / 9:13 am

    It’s amazing how everything (or every name) just fell into place! Congratulations on your pregnancy. When is your baby Zeeka due?

    • February 1, 2013 / 9:24 am

      Hi Connie! Yeah, it is truly amazing. Baby Zeeka is due on March 21 🙂 We actually can’t wait to see her!

  3. February 1, 2013 / 9:36 am

    I love how you came up with the names! 🙂 I also love how unique “Zeeka” is. Best wishes on the last few weeks of your pregnancy, Ginger! 🙂

    • February 1, 2013 / 10:09 am

      Aaaw, thanks mucho, Janice! 🙂 Love lots ~ Ginger 🙂

  4. Chuchi
    February 2, 2013 / 12:08 am

    so that is how Zeeka came about! unique! luvet!

  5. February 6, 2013 / 1:19 pm

    Love how you came up with Zeeka’s name! 🙂 Our kids are named after saints, too! 🙂 *hugs*

    • February 6, 2013 / 1:23 pm

      Thanks, Tina! 🙂 Yeah, in our family, that’s the way choose actually. My full name is Geraldine Anne Therese from St. Gerard, St. Anne and St. Therese of the child Jesus 🙂

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