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!

My Favorite Names
My Recent Blog Comments
November 25, 2015 08:21 AM

Joan, Jean, June, Nan, Paige, Claire, Belle, Bette, Faye, Fern

November 25, 2015 08:07 AM

I prefer Saylor as it reminds me of author Steven Saylor, one of my favorite mystery writers. But truly, it's so not my style that I'll limit my comment to that.

November 25, 2015 08:03 AM
In Response to Multiple Spellings

Haley vs. Hailey vs. Hayley -- Haley. I like simplicity (a rule I will break soon enough)

Lily vs. Lilly -- Lily. Lily is the flower name; Lilly seems more like a nickname for Lillian. If I were going the nickname-as-name route I'd use the spelling Lillie.

Mackenzie vs. Makenzie -- Mackenzie. The former seems like a surname; the latter just a spelling to sound like the surname.

Isabel vs. Isabelle vs. Isobel -- Isabel. This is my niece's name, but it's the spelling I liked best anyway.

Sophia vs. Sofia -- Sophia. Sofia makes me think of sofa.

Riley vs. Rylee -- Riley. See my note on Mackenzie.

Arya vs. Aria -- Aria. Arya makes me cringe, George R. R. Martin notwithstanding. It's only one letter off from Aryan, and I just can't go there. (I did recently meet an Indian-American boy named Aryan and I plastered a good old fake smile on my face when we were introduced.)

Michaela vs. Mikaela vs. Mikayla vs. Makayla -- Michaela.

 Eliot vs. Elliot vs. Elliott -- Double 'l' double 't' for the win! (Hypocrisy noted as I have now broken my simplicity rule.)

Dylan vs. Dillon -- Dylan. Dillon makes me think of Matt Dillon and as a Gen Xer I can't go there without also filling the nursery with Molly, Judd, and Ally.

Xander vs. Zander -- Xander. I like the cool 'x' (although I prefer this as a nickname to Alexander than as a stand alone name).

Julian vs. Julien -- Julian. Julien is too close to julienne.

Colin vs. Collin -- Colin.

Lewis vs. Louis -- Louis. I like the English pronunciation with the French spelling. Shrug.

Jackson vs. Jaxon vs. Jaxson -- Jackson. Big surprise, right?

Conor vs. Connor vs. Conner -- Connor. 

November 24, 2015 05:13 AM

Golly, I love this last response. Our FB feeds this year were alternately rainbow hued and displayed the colors of the French flag--and I even had one friend who managed to blend them for a checkered profile picture. Caitlyn and Charlie are both names that became positive lenses through which to understand the larger societal forces at work. (I recognize that marriage equality is not the same thing as trans acceptance, but the two movements are headed in the same direction.) And choosing Charlie as name of the year would still acknowledge the horror of looming and past terrorist attacks without calling attention to the perpetrators and their efforts to co-opt Islam.

November 22, 2015 08:46 PM

Thanks so much for the reply. I love it!

November 22, 2015 02:22 PM

I'm no help--I like all of those names, although I'd spell Ayda with an 'i' (Aida). I do have a question about Tendai, however. I have a female student with that name this semester. Are named gendered in Zimbabwe?

November 21, 2015 03:26 PM

Fascinating. Thanks!

November 21, 2015 08:24 AM

Cecil was the lion that was killed by the American dentist earlier this year. This does seem like a worthy candidate in that Cecil's killing highlighted the practice of big game hunting in Africa. Caitlyn was a much bigger story, however, with ramifications that will directly affect more people, who either are transgender themselves or who know or will soon meet transgendered people.

Although the story of Isis/Isil/IS/Daesh does strike a horrible tone, the name really is the story. And it's a story that highlights the importance of names.

November 21, 2015 06:24 AM

It's amazing that we don't have any kind of authoritative body that "rules" on these subjects. France has the French Academy and Spain the Real Academia Española, but we have a set of internet grammar sites that disagree with one another. Why do you think that is? Is it good or bad? What are the implications for the English language and its inevitable evolution?

November 20, 2015 08:39 PM
In Response to James Hendrix

Use it as a middle name. I say my kids' middle names all the time, but mostly in the house. That way you'll still get to say James, but won't have to deal with the Jimi Hendrix comments.

November 20, 2015 06:14 AM

Sadly, that was also my first thought upon hearing the name. I guess they felt that Charles didn't call to mind the preacher, but really? They could have used Spurgeon as the middle name!

November 20, 2015 06:13 AM

I'm with you! I have never seen the show but it's hard to avoid knowing about the family. They're like the Kardashians in that regard. It was interesting to read about their religion, however. They don't attend a mainstream church (no surprise there), but apparently there's very little information in the public sphere about their church/denomination. I find that interesting since their faith is front and center in their public persona. Since I've never watched the show, I can't speak as to whether or not they do much proselytizing, but apparently they don't advertise their own church very much because it's hard to find information about it.

November 19, 2015 05:59 AM

Charles Spurgeon was a Baptist, not a Mormon. The Duggars (and presumably the Seewalds) are also Baptists, but not mainstream. I checked and they identify as Independent Baptists, one of the many offshoots of the mainstream Baptist church.

November 18, 2015 08:28 PM

Not far off, apblue. We could have a Triangle meet up!

November 18, 2015 10:30 AM

Central North Carolina. We live in a very cosmopolitan part of the state and my son's school has students from over 25 different countries in it. So it might not be representative of what you would find if you live in a more homogeneous area with only one or two socio-economic/ethnic/racial groups contributing to the naming culture.

November 18, 2015 07:52 AM

Stick with Ava Louise. It's popular for a reason! I just checked my son's school--out of 724 students, only three are named Ava. One each in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. I realize that's only one tiny data point, but it goes to show that popularity isn't what it used to be. The school's most popular names? Katherine (7), Michael (7), William (7), Jonathan (6), Kevin (6), Kimberly (5), and Daniel (5). And three Marlons (go figure). The popular names Olivia, Isabella, Noah, and Mason had two or fewer students. My point is one that others have made before: your Ava Lou will not share her name with many of her peers. Ava is no Mary, Barbara, Linda, Lisa, or Jennifer.

November 17, 2015 05:45 AM
In Response to Melrose?

That's interesting! I went to school with an African-American Malvina, born in the late 60s. I wonder if her parents were influenced by the singer.

November 16, 2015 08:49 PM
In Response to Melrose?

My reaction was that it is a masculine-sounding name. I couldn't figure out why until the name Patrick swam into my head. He's the protagonist of a trilogy by Edward St. Aubyn (great writer). That is unlikely to be most people's first association, and the 'rose' part of the name should tip most folks off to the fact that your baby is a girl. Go for it!

November 12, 2015 08:34 AM

Melina works really well as a nickname for Marie-Helen@. If you're willing to deal with a hyphenated first name, recognizing that many computer systems will strip out the hyphen, go for it. Otherwise just name her Marie and give her two middle names.

November 12, 2015 05:53 AM
In Response to Hester: disaster?

"I don't think Scream Queens is going to have anything near the staying power of The Scarlet Letter"

Thanks, Miriam! I just choked on my cereal. That's an awesome sentence. :)