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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August 1, 2014 07:14 PM

It makes me think of the car. It has a pretty sound, though. And heck, if people can get away with Jameson and Alize, then Kamry ought to be fine.

July 31, 2014 07:52 PM
In Response to Full name for Bo?

Beatriz would be pronounced Bay-a-treece. It would be a very unconventional choice for a non-Spanish speaker (which doesn't mean you shouldn't do it).

July 31, 2014 11:11 AM

That doesn't actually help me. I've never known how to pronounce Mya. Is it Mee-a or My-a? 

July 31, 2014 08:05 AM

I bet the Duke boys were in the back of your husband's mind. I was a teenager in the 80s, so my mind went there immediately. In the other thread, I recommended Daisy as a less obvious link to the Dukes, but it seems homage was not in his mind. That's probably a good thing, lol.

July 31, 2014 08:00 AM
In Response to Wroenna? with nn Wren

I think Wren is lovely. 

July 31, 2014 07:54 AM

If you go with Boheme, I'd recommend skipping Virginia. "Virgin" and "Bohemian" are just two words that don't go together, and by putting them together, you're kind of asking for people to think about the connotations of Boheme. If you're a big fan of Puccini, go for it, but I wouldn't be certain whether Boheme was a boy or a girl (that might be okay with you).

Abigail Breslin played a cute little girl named Bo in the the movie "Signs". I do think it's a cute nickname, and as a child of the 80s, I can see liking Bo and Luke together. If you want to continue that theme and aren't sure about Bo, you could go with Daisy.

Another place name that I don't think has been mentioned is Savannah.

Good luck and congratulations!

July 30, 2014 05:55 PM

Byron? Brant?

July 30, 2014 02:04 PM

I think Julia is a great choice. Yes, it's high on the popularity charts, but for good reason: it's a beautiful name! If you're worried about popularity, however, put your mind at ease. It only ranked 75 last year, the lowest ranking it has had in a while. Despite it being a top-100 name, it's really more unique than you think because it has no sound-alike names clustered around it. Juliana (149), Julianna (190), and Julianne (819) are its only cousins on the charts. That makes Julia a lot less common than a name like Kyla, which was only ranked 319 last year. But Kyla sounds a heck of a lot like Kayla, Kaya, Kylie, Lila, and Mila (etc., etc.).

July 29, 2014 06:48 PM
In Response to Nickname spelling

Congratulations! Amelie Louise is just beautiful. My son has a classmate named Amelie and people seem to handle the pronunciation of her name just fine.

I agree with NoakQuade that Ami will lead to Amy, but that the rest will have a higher likelihood of getting the pronunciation you want. My favorite is Ammie.

July 29, 2014 06:41 PM
In Response to Thoughts on Aven?

That's interesting. There's a mountain near where I grew up in Virginia called Afton Mountain. The Scots settled that part of Virginia, so might be some connection there. 

I did have a female student named Afton a number of years ago, so the name has seen some use.

July 29, 2014 03:06 PM

I'd personally avoid Dallas for either a boy or a girl because I'm old enough to remember the chatter about the old porn flick Debbie Does Dallas (can't claim to have seen it, lol). I don't know that teenagers will know that reference when your child reaches that age, but your parents will certainly have heard of it.

You do seem to like place names and I think Kismet has given you a good list.

July 28, 2014 08:16 PM

I like Bennett and Archer. Harrison and Grant together sound too presidential.


In Spanish this name should be pronounced Ahn HEL ee co. The letter 'g' sounds like the English 'h'. If you live in a community with a lot of Spanish speakers, your son has a good chance of having his name pronounced correctly. 

The only thing I meant by the name perhaps being a bit tough to have in middle and high school is that not all boys that age are angelitos, and I could see a sweet-natured boy named Angelico trying to overcome teasing by acting tougher. I think an Angelico is slightly more likely to get teased for his name than a Miguel, but less likely than a Gaylord (to pick an extreme example). If you like the name, use it! It has a wonderful meaning and a nice sound. 

July 28, 2014 05:40 AM

Do you think the ultra-frilly names are increasing as well? My sense is that names like Gabriella, Annabella, and Arianna are increasing in frequency, but I'm too lazy to crunch the numbers, especially since I'd have to do it not only for 2013, but also for select years in the past for comparison. If those types of names are increasing, that *could* indicate that the two trends are fueling each other, as parents react to the one style by going to the other extreme.


If you can handle the way Americans will pronounce it, I'd say it's a nice choice (Americans will say An jel EEKO). I do think, however, that for a teenager it might be a tough name to carry, especially if he is a bit of a rebel. 

July 26, 2014 07:35 PM
In Response to Interesting Sib Set

My first reaction was that Morgan and Brenna are girls and that the other are boys. The only ones I'd feel confident about, however are Connor, Duncan, and Owen being boys and Brenna being a girl. One poster on this site recently wanted to name a girl Connor, however, so I suppose that could be a girl as well.

The last two children seem to have less unisex names, so I'll guess Isabella and Garrett.

July 26, 2014 07:31 PM

You're right. This is all completely subjective. The two most popular boys' names last year were Noah and Liam, both of which fit into Laura's "raindrop name" category. Although both names conjure up masculine-ish images for me (the only ones I know have yet to hit puberty except for actor Noah Wyle, who is certainly masculine), they don't *sound* particularly masculine to me. And I love that.

I was trying to make an argument that the sound of popular boys' names is less overtly masculine than it used to be, but that doesn't seem to hold water since everyone's opinion of what sounds masculine seems to vary so much. 

July 26, 2014 09:15 AM

It's a fair criticism. As EVie pointed out above, "strong" basically means "a name I like". Words like "soft" and "gentle" could be taken the same way. For whatever reason, I associate the 'l' sound with a "soft" name (which puts me in the camp of thinking Isabel is a soft-sounding name) and the 'k' and 'r' sounds as "hard". Your examples of Rock and Brick are good both in meaning and in sound. So my subjective opinion is that there are plenty of examples of feminine-sounding names (Bentley) being used for boys, just as there are lots of masculine-sounding names (Harper) being given to girls. Of course, maybe no one else in the naming universe agrees with me, so the point is moot. If, however, other parents agree with my categorization and choose these names for their sons anyway, that means that choosing a traditionally masculine-sounding name is less important to them than other traits the names connote. That, in turn, means that we might be moving to a naming world with more truly unisex names.

July 25, 2014 07:26 PM

I have noticed an uptick in "softer" boys' names in the last few years. Names like Camden, Bentley, Gael, and Brantley don't roar with hyper masculinity, the way that names like Ryder and well, King, do. Granted, there are plenty of examples of boys' names that connote this hyper masculinity on the list, but I'm curious what you all think could be driving the rise of these gentler names. I'd say it was a liberal trend, but I think it cuts both ways. Traditional namers are naming their sons Gabriel, Emmett, and Gael, while more inventive namers (who are often more politically conservative) are using Bentley and Landen. I'm all for this trend as I think it diversifies the naming universe and makes life (and these discussions) more interesting!


This is interesting. I only know two girls named Maya. The first has a white American mother and a Korean-American father. The second has a Puerto Rican mother and a white American father.