Ripley is named after the protagonist of the Alien films. We wanted a name that, like Beowulf, had a story and a character that embodied traits we admired. Ellen Ripley is determined, persevering, a natural leader who faces her fears head-on. She is a fighter and a survivor.
Cordelia comes from the Shakespearian play of King Lear. As the story goes, Lear announces his intention to divide his inheritance between his three daughters according to the measure with which they pledge their love. Cordelia’s two older sisters swear their devotion up and down, but “What shall Cordelia do? Love, and be silent.” She is the personification of love as an action: “What I well intend, I’ll do ‘t before I speak.”
It’s probably pointless to try to express what our daughter’s name means to us. Her life may have been short, but we could not have loved her more. This is who she was; who we hoped she would be.
We love you, Ripley.