Elizabeth T.



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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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February 13, 2016 07:38 AM
In Response to Dutch Baby Struggles

Saskia could honor Sandra and Chandra.

February 12, 2016 12:34 PM

A few years ago my daughter had classmates named Fanny and Doris, both Hispanic. I think Fanny had a much harder time of it than Doris, as kids aren't all that aware of name trends (especially not in a school that has students from over 30 different countries), but most of them were aware of fanny packs.

February 11, 2016 12:38 PM

No offense taken! We were aiming for boring when we named Sarah. Her middle name is more fanciful, but we figured she would have a nerdy personality and wanted a name that would blend in. As it turns out, the public schools in this town are filled with kids from cultures other than ours and she has yet to encounter another Sarah in her grade. So while the name Sarah doesn't blend in, it doesn't stand out, either. 

February 10, 2016 02:17 PM

Your comment about Elizabeth and Sarah made me laugh. This weekend I met a woman named Sarah with a daughter named Elizabeth. She looked at me (mom to a Sarah) and said, "You must have a Catherine in your family." I laughed and acknowledged that indeed, my grandmother was named Catherine. It turns out this other woman also has a child named Peter. Predictable! But it's what I chose. :-)

February 9, 2016 05:42 AM

My brother emailed me triumphantly last week to tell me that his three-year-old daughter came home and announced that there was a new boy in her daycare class. My brother said, "Was his name Tyler?" She said no. Then he asked, "Was it Logan?" Bingo! I asked him how he knew and he said that his first guess would have been Henry but that there were already three in the class so he went for the other popular names instead. He lives in northern Virginia.

February 6, 2016 08:40 PM
In Response to Baby Girl name

I'm old enough to remember Leona Helmsley, but there aren't too many people around who would think of her. I suppose Leona Lewis would be the person most people would associate with the name. Neither of those two women have tainted my impression of the name, which is impressive considering Helmsley was quite the scoundrel. I think Leona sounds much fresher than Lucy.

February 6, 2016 05:43 AM
In Response to Oh Historical Records!

Good to know. Our daughter would have been Christopher had she been a boy, but I always felt the name lacked that little something. ;)

February 5, 2016 02:18 PM

How about Frey? That would be easy to pronounce in Spanish.

February 4, 2016 08:26 PM

Alice Munro is also the name of a Nobel-prize winning author from Canada. She's fantastic! Read her work whether or not you use the first name Alice.

February 2, 2016 10:05 AM

As I said earlier, I do have a friend whose parents changed her name at 9 months. Here's the full story. She was born Gretchen, but her older sister (then aged two) insisted that the baby's name was really Bridget, and refused to call her anything else. After nine months, the parents agreed and officially made the switch. I brought this up to my mom recently and she didn't even remember! I guess my brother and I were really little when it happened, but I was still surprised that it made so little impact that she didn't remember it at all (my mom isn't name obsessed, but still!). 

I'd still advise that you wait a week or two, but if you're dead set on the change, not much longer so that your husband doesn't get too attached to Ava. If you do end up changing her name, I think you'll be the poster child for "Choose the name you love regardless of popularity!"

February 1, 2016 09:02 AM

My second child's name is Peter, which was my #1 choice for him. For some reason, however, my mom started calling him Stephen. Not because she had anything against the name Peter, but because the youngest boy in the extended family at the time had that name and it was what was at the tip of her tongue. She did it so often that I started to second-guess myself, because I do love the name Stephen. Somehow he just looked like a Stephen. I was too overwhelmed with having a newborn and a two-year-old to do anything about it and over the course of a few weeks the name regret faded and I once again felt that his name was supposed to be Peter. 

My advice is to give this a few months until the worst of the hormones have gone through you. If you are still feeling this sense of disconnect in six or eight weeks, you can revisit it. I have a good friend whose name was changed when she was nine months old, and all the parties got on board with her new name.

January 29, 2016 06:43 AM
In Response to Spam names

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I tell you, when I read that last word, I thought it was something different. Yuck!

January 28, 2016 08:51 PM

If you're going to live in the US, you should be aware that there is a very famous actor named Charlie Sheen (sounds a bit like your surname). He is definitely someone to avoid. In other countries this connection wouldn't be made, and even in the US it wouldn't be the first thing people noticed, but I do think you'd get comments and stupid remarks. Leo Valentin is a great name.

January 28, 2016 08:47 PM

Yeah, I was thinking that these boys are not quite old enough to understand what they were recommending, especially for a baby brother! But I rather like some of the other choices.

January 27, 2016 12:01 PM
In Response to Helen?

There are certainly a lot of nicknames for Elizabeth! It does offer flexibility, but sometimes too much choice is overwhelming. Helen Elizabeth does have a nice ring to it, though.

January 27, 2016 11:55 AM
In Response to Four sets of twins

That is so weird! Just yesterday a friend posted an article about a 90-year-old woman reflecting back as the mom of nine children -- a singleton and then four sets of twins.


I can't even begin to imagine! And as an aside, while I love the names the NZ couple has chosen, I would get them hopelessly mixed up, especially Eden, Isla, Emme, and Indie. Ava is the only outlier, as Micah matches Mia and Lily matches Levi. I guess they'll need to have one more child named Avery just to even things up.

January 27, 2016 05:59 AM
In Response to Helen?

One of my friends, an extremely faithful Catholic, has a daughter with this name, middle name Marie.

January 27, 2016 05:56 AM
In Response to Helen?

Too bad. I always liked being named for her. :)

January 23, 2016 06:16 AM

I think you're right about the cause for the prevelance of anglicization of the names being the mono-ethnic nature of your community. My son goes to an elementary school that is about 40% Hispanic. I can think of very few cases in which the students didn't try to get the teachers to at least approximate the correct pronunciation of their names. Boys named Cristián usually go by Christian, and one boy named Gedler didn't both with trying to get others to pronounce the soft 'g' (in Spanish this unusual name would be pronounced roughly 'haydlair').


This sounds complicated! Is there any chance you could give your child a legal name but call him or her exclusively by a nickname? It might be a special name that only you use, which could increase your feeling of a bond with your child in a different culture. My husband's given name is not what anyone calls him--except his mom who steadfastly refuses to call him by the name he chose, although even she slips up and calls him by his nickname once in a while. It has only been 30 years, so she hasn't had time to adjust yet (insert wink here).

Alternatively, you could name him something else and allow his grandparents to call him George, but that sounds less likely to go over well.

Good luck! I can't imagine not having any say in my child's name. I would suggest trying to come up with some kind of compromise, however, because drawing a red line in the sand about something before your child is even born doesn't sound like a good idea. This goes for your husband as well.


ETA: For what it's worth, I know THE most adorable 11-month-old George. He is almost as cute as my own kids were. ;)