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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January 27, 2015 06:51 PM
In Response to Street names!

I studied abroad in Costa Rica years ago. At that time, addresses were based off of landmarks. So my address went something like "Supermercado La Rosa, 25 m. west, 50 m. south" followed by the name of the suburb. It was the most confusing thing ever, because if you were unfamiliar with the area and didn't know where La Rosa was, you were doomed. And heaven help the post office if La Rosa were to go out of business! I have no idea if this system has been updated, but it amazed me that the hundreds of thousands of residents could find anything ... ever.

January 27, 2015 05:46 AM

Nicknames for Elisabeth are not inevitable. I chose to go by Liz in college, but went back to Elizabeth in grad school. Go for it! Elisabeth is a beautiful name, but I'm just a wee bit biased.

January 27, 2015 05:37 AM
In Response to Sister names for Kylie

I believe Kendall and Kylie are the K Kardashians' younger sisters, so I'd avoid using Kendall. Other than that, I think Georgina's suggestions are terrific.

January 26, 2015 03:39 PM
In Response to 4th Boy Name

What a wonderful story! John has good taste in names. Congratulations.

January 26, 2015 11:15 AM

LOL! You are too funny.

My Venezuelan cousin just had a baby boy this morning named Oliver. While not a name typically used in Spanish-speaking countries, I think it works well in both languages.

Other crossover names: Andres, Alejandro/a, Javier, Jose, Daniel, Felipe, Rafael, Antonio, Sara, Maria, Marina, Fernanda, Valentina, Constanza, and Benjamin.

Honestly, though, anything goes. The Hispanic children in my children's schools have names ranging from Lizcet and Rikelme to Brandon and Kimberly. Or even Doris and Fanny.

January 24, 2015 07:47 PM
In Response to Naming Third Daughter-

It seems strange to me to choose the name Scarlet if you're doing it because it's in the Bible. I'm no biblical scholar, but it seems to me that the biblical references to the color scarlet are largely negative (the colors of the beast in Revelation, the color most closely associated with sin, etc.). For the record, I have nothing against the name Scarlet(t) and think it's very pretty, but if you're choosing it because of its religious meanings, you might want to rethink it. (Unless I'm missing something big about the name's religious connotations, which is certainly possible.)

Moriah and Eden seem like better choices. My daughter had a girl named Moriah in her class a few years ago. No one called her Mo, and as far as I know, those closest to her spelled and pronounced her name correctly. She's the daughter of a prominent local minister.

January 23, 2015 09:10 AM

Peter and Myra? Percy and Muriel? Percival and Maude? Good luck!

January 23, 2015 09:05 AM

I knew a guy in college who was from Cyprus. His name was Christos, but he occasionally went by Christ, pronounced the way Miriam describes.

January 23, 2015 07:59 AM
In Response to Book Club

I'm reading The Inheritance now, which is a collection of short stories by Megan Lindholm and Robin Hobb. Lindholm and Hobb happen to be the same person. In the forward, the writer explains (and I'll try to redact this for length, but it's all awesome), "When I began writing SF and fantasy for adults, I initially wrote as M. Lindholm. I was very happy with that sole initial in front of my surname. In 1978, I submitted a story to Jessica Amanda Salmonson that I hoped she would consider for her small-press magazine Fantasy and Terror. To my shocked delight, she wrote back saying that she would like to use it for her forthcoming feminist fantasy anthology, to be entitled Amazons! But she felt strongly that women writers needed to declare themselves as female. She urged me to put a name rather than an initial in my byline. I wrote back to her that I'd never been fond of my given name, Margaret, and taht the nicknames such as Maggie, Peggy, Marge, and so on had never really felt like my own, either. I added, almost as an afterthought, that Megan was not so bad. Months later, when the book came out, I was a bit astounded to see that I had a new byline. Megan Lindholm it was. I confess to having mixed feelings about it, then and still. ... Leaping forward in time yet another decade and a bit more. It was a time of change in my life ... and I was writing a story of a type I'd never attempted before. This was to be a big fantasy, on an epic scale, and written from the first-person point of view of a young man. I was writing in a style that I felt was completely different from any I'd ever used before. Perhaps it was time to make a complete break with the past. The idea of changing my pseudonym greatly appealed to me. Although I remained very fond and proud of my works as Megan Lindholm, the drama of adlopting a 'secret identity' was irresistible. I jumped at the chance to become Robin Hobb. ... When Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb was first published, I spent weeks with my nerves in a knot, wondering how this new series by a 'new author' would be received. The results were beyond my wildest hopes. I will never know how much the name change had to do with the success of Assassin's Apprentice and the other Hobb books that followed it. I don't think there's a way to quantify that. ... To this day, they remain separate writers in my mind. They may use the same battered keyboard, the one with the letters worn off the buttons. They share office supplies and an assistant, and even do very similar online updates. But they are not the same author, but rather two writers with different styles, issues, and choices of tale. I think each writer continues to attract a different readership, though some readers tell me they enjoy stories by both writers. Even today, when I get a story idea, I immediately know if it belongs to Lindholm or Hobb, and the story is written accordingly."

January 22, 2015 11:48 AM
In Response to Names!??!?!?

Westley is the name in the Princess Bride, but Wesley is close enough that I think you could get away with it.

January 21, 2015 08:08 PM

Sometimes I just stay silent, because I can't pretend to like names that I don't. Others are much better at diplomatically stating their reservations--I let my silence do that for me. Your names, however, are uniformly awesome (in the Elizabeth style book, lol). I know what you mean about nametags. Over Christmas I bought a camera at the K-Mart in my hometown and was waited on by a young woman whose nametag read Cliché (complete with accent). I desperately wanted to ask if that was her real name, but couldn't figure out how to do it in a way that didn't sound rude. I was left to concoct scenarios in my imagination.

"My" Lorna was the head of the nursing department at one of the local universities. She would now be in her mid-60s. She was a very no-nonsense sort of a person who knew how to run a productive meeting. I would not describe her as romantic, but the context in which I met her was anything but. I agree with your characterizations of Edmund and Lorna, but agree that most people wouldn't categorize them together. But really, who cares? Let them wonder and explore the wonderful world of naming! I think that Rosalie and Edmund might both be Twilight names, though (or was it just Edward?). I really should read those books so I know what people are talking about, but I just can't bring myself to do it.

January 21, 2015 05:55 AM

My favorites are Lorna and Rosalie. I've only met one Lorna in my life, and when I met her (at a meeting), I sat across from her thinking gleefully, "A real live Lorna! I'm at a meeting with someone named Lorna!" I hope she didn't think I was a freak as I must have had a weird look on my face. A story only another NE could understand, right?

On the boys' side, I'm on team Edmund and Emmett all the way.

But there's not a single name on either list that makes me cringe even mildly. Well done! Fingers crossed that your husband comes up with some good lists.

January 20, 2015 02:53 PM

I have friends with a son named Bram. I was startled (I hope not visibly) when they announced the name because their surname is similar to Stoker but means something really violent. The connection to Dracula was instantaneous. 

January 18, 2015 07:42 AM
In Response to Me...Again!!

I quite like Quest! That could work for a girl or a boy and could lead to some great converstions. 

January 17, 2015 08:57 PM
In Response to Me...Again!!

My daughter was just at a slumber party with a girl named Queen last night. I think Quintessa is more regal sounding, however. It's a bit less obvious. If I were your sister, I'd continue the theme and go with a Q name, but call the baby by his or her middle name. The Qs aren't my favorite.


January 14, 2015 07:01 AM

I think they work well together. They sound very different to me and I guessed your desired pronunciations correctly. Best of luck!

January 11, 2015 05:39 AM

Makes him sound like he's a hunter of lambs. 

January 10, 2015 11:40 AM

If you use Hunter, don't give him the last name Lamb. 

January 6, 2015 10:24 AM

I think Margot is one of those names that is getting a lot of buzz that hardly anyone is using. It only ranked 944 last year (after being out of the top 1000 since 1966). Will it ever become Ava? It doesn't seem likely, since it has never ranked higher than the upper-500s, and that was in the Great Depression. Margo and Margaux don't rank at all. I do see Margot become more popular in the next few years, but the chances that your daughter will encounter more than one in her class are very low.

January 6, 2015 08:11 AM
In Response to Baby brother for Norah

Wonderful news! Thanks for checking back in. I always love hearing the end of the story--the naming story, that is. Avi is great, and when he starts to read, you can introduce him to the books by the author of the same name.