Elizabeth T.



About Me

I have loved names since I was a small child and am so glad to have found a supportive naming community that shares my obsession!

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March 28, 2015 06:29 AM
In Response to Too many to name!

Congratulations! I think you have a great starting list. I'd avoid using another 'C' name just because I think it puts you squarely into reality TV territory. You're already going to be the object of a lot of looks and comments whenever you leave your house, and having six matchy names I think just adds to the spectacle. You have already picked two great names that you love. Pick four more (no easy task, I recognize!) without being constrained by a theme and you'll be all set in the naming department.

March 27, 2015 10:08 AM
In Response to Spelling Issue

Luke pronounced Leia's name as Lee-ah through the first half of Episode 4. The switch happened part way through the film. I have always wondered about that.

March 27, 2015 10:06 AM

I had a student named Amia last year. She pronounced it the way you desire and as far as I know didn't have problems with the other students pronouncing it correctly.

March 25, 2015 08:13 PM
In Response to Chang My Son Name

My Russian professor in college was named Ilya, so I have a strong male association with the name. 

March 25, 2015 05:56 AM
In Response to Spelling Issue

Leeya looks like it could lead to an awkward pronunciation (lee - ya, as opposed to lee - ah). It also looks made up, which is not to everyone's taste. I'd go with Colleen, Kathleen, Eileen, or Aileen. Those all contain 'lee' and will be spelled correctly (at least Colleen and Kathleen will; the latter two might get confused).

March 23, 2015 08:19 PM

Now that is hilarious! For the record, my mom had no clue what my brother was talking about and wouldn't have recognized Kirk's name, either, and 3/4 of her kids were (okay, are) Trekkies.

March 23, 2015 01:33 PM

Ah, yes. When on a family vacation to Alaska, my then-teenaged brother exclaimed excitedly, "We're in Valdez! This is where Commander Riker will be born!"

March 23, 2015 01:28 PM
In Response to Anneliese or Ariadne?

That is so interesting. I found a Forvo video that had the -nay ending, although the on-screen text wrote out the pronunciation as ending in -knee. I can't imagine pronouncing 'knee' as 'nay', but that's how it sounded to me.


I live in the US and have only ever heard Ariadne as having the same ending as Phoebe and Penelope.

March 23, 2015 01:21 PM

You are wise. Just be sure to stop in and let us know after he arrives.

March 21, 2015 08:20 PM

I live in the south and would pronounce Emmeline with a -line sound. But the south is a huge and varied place!

March 21, 2015 08:19 PM

I once knew someone named Tasseli. I suspect her parents invented it, but it seems very name-like.

March 21, 2015 07:31 PM
In Response to Help with baby names

Congratuations! Eunice and Farrah are both girls' names in English, so that's why you got those reactions. Jasur is a really nice name.

March 19, 2015 01:15 PM

I'd be curious to know the sex of the songwriters.

March 19, 2015 08:31 AM
In Response to Help with baby names

I think Jasur and Faruh are the least likely to cause problems in the US (I can't speak to other parts of the English-speaking world). Yunus sounds fine, but the spelling puts me in mind of the word 'anus', which possibly would be problematic for a child due to teasing. Feruz looks too close to the word 'ferocious' to me, but again, it sounds find. I think a child named Feruz would be less likely to be teased for the name than one named Yunus.

March 19, 2015 08:19 AM

That's interesting. We got the birth certificate in the mail, but a woman came around to collect the paperwork and went over the spelling with us. These women (we had a different one for each kid) were very meticulous, especially with our daughter's name as the woman helping us was unfamiliar with the middle name. This probably varies from state to state and from hospital to hospital, and I imagine the procedure for registering a home birth is much less controlled.

March 18, 2015 07:26 PM

I love all three of those names. In isolation, I think I'd choose Ivy, but with your girls, I'd go with Emmeline. Since Ivy shares the 'y' ending with Cecily, I'd give the edge to Emmeline. That way each girl has her own first and last initial. The same is true of Isabel, but Emmeline has been used less frequently. Whatever you choose, however, you'll have a wonderfully-named daughter. Good luck!

March 18, 2015 07:17 PM

I find that I often type brain when I meant to type Brian, so it doesn't really shock me, but you'd think that the poor parents would have realized when they saw the name on the birth certificate and changed it before everything was made official. I'm sure the people who come around with the birth certificates are a circumspect lot lest they insult parents, but I do wonder if some of the little Brains got renamed Brian when the person gently said, "You do realize the name you are pronouncing Brian is spelled Brain?" I'd consider that a public service announcement! But maybe most of the Brains were data-entry errors at the Social Security end of things. But still ... sheesh! Can you imagine those poor guys and all the annoying conversations they have had over the years?!

March 18, 2015 06:07 AM

I just remembered that I know another family with this combination of names. Brothers are Nick and Gus.

March 17, 2015 03:49 PM
In Response to Lia as a first name?

If my third had been a girl, I would have lobbied hard for Leah Jessamine.

March 16, 2015 07:33 PM
In Response to Naming sixth boy.

Wonderful news! I love his name and think it's a perfect fit with his brothers' names.