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
December 9, 2016 05:59 AM

I read the name as "Sick Sessions" and my mind immediately went to receiving treatment for psychological problems, but it could also have gone to S & M type things. I try to be open minded about other people's naming choices, but this one really challenged me on that front.

December 8, 2016 08:58 PM

All I can think of is that this is a twisted joke about pyschotherapy. If you're seriously considering this name, I'd strongly urge you to reconsider.

December 3, 2016 09:35 PM
In Response to William or Williams?

I agree with you about the difference between Williams and Thomas. Thomas is a very familiar name and pluralization/possessive issues aside, everyone is familiar with it and no one thinks Thomas is a plural for Thoma. Williams sounds like a surname or a possessive for an article owned by a William. It's unexpected and therefore confusing. I have a friend whose husband is named Evans and they run into the same sorts of issues. I would grow weary of that kind of confusion if it were my name.

December 2, 2016 12:23 PM
In Response to Boy to go with Teddy

I also have the Uncle Remus association, but I wouldn't be surprised if people born 20 years later have never heard of the character. That's a good thing, in my opinion.

December 1, 2016 08:54 PM

Ditto! My condolences. What a season to experience such a loss. :(  Best wishes for a restful holiday season and some happy naming discussions in 2017.

December 1, 2016 08:52 PM

This is the only serious political discussion I have read in 2016 that has not devolved into a screaming match between trolls. Let me be the first to nominate Baby Name Wizard as the name of the year (sadly the name does not reflect the tenor of 2016, but I'd like to throw out something positive!).

December 1, 2016 05:36 AM

Karyn makes a really good argument for Alt-Right. I'll just add the observation that it is the supreme irony that the term itself is the politically correct way of saying white supremicist. Considering that much of the election hinged on people's underlying reactions to the whole idea of political correctness, I find that the name Alt-Right itself just encapsulates how complex and confusing are the mental pretzels into which the American public has twisted itself.

November 30, 2016 01:11 PM
In Response to US-UK names

My family would be Abigail, Atif (or Jason if using his legal name), Emma, Christian, and Mohammed. I quite enjoy the juxtaposition of my sons' "English" names!

November 29, 2016 08:49 PM

Sebastian Said works well and provides some continuity with the name on your birth certificate. I think you've found a winner!

November 28, 2016 08:09 PM

My answer depends on whether or not you are comfortable with competing pronunciations of your name. If you'd prefer that everyone pronounce your name more or less the same, go with Santiago. It signals your Latin American heritage and is close to Said. If you want to distance yourself from your Latin American roots, go with Samuel. If you're a fan of Bolívar and want to emphasize your Venezuelan roots, go with Simon (although as someone who wants to vomit just thinking about Maduro and Chávez, I'd advocate against Simon just for that reason). [Note: In a non-Venezuelan context, I think the name Simon is great.]

November 28, 2016 10:30 AM
In Response to Veronique is here

"And to the parents of the not-immediatly-beautiful, perhaps they will one day have a great arts career or help save the world from Nazism. We need both."

You're so right. I love this community.

November 24, 2016 08:55 AM

Sergio does not "go" with either Ackley or Hosn. But really, who cares? I know people with names that don't match. It's a great conversation starter. What matters is that you feel the name suits you.

November 23, 2016 03:51 PM

There are a lot of fantastic suggestions here. It seems that 2016 has been the year of the name! I don't remember having as many potential candidates in past years.

I like the idea of paying homage to Hamilton in some way. The play came out in 2015 but didn't really gain traction in the popular imagination until 2016. I'm expecting a rise in the number of babies named Schuyler (or maybe Skylar), Eliza, Angelica (but not Peggy!), and possibly Miranda (for Lin-Manuel) and Hamilton. No, the meaning of these names hasn't changed, but the understanding of Hamilton's place in America's founding moments has certainly deepened. And now, as 2016 draws to a close, the show finds itself in the midst of the current political maelstrom.

November 23, 2016 08:02 AM

Venezuelans are adventurous namers. Here's an article that highlights some of the more unusual choices Venezuelan parents have made: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/07/weekinreview/07romero.html  I can personally attest to this as some of the Venezuelans I know have really obscure names.

November 22, 2016 12:14 PM

Ooh, David is inspired! But I also like Sergio. My son has a classmate with this name and all the kids call her Serge (sounds like 'surge') ee oh. He accepts it, although he may prefer the original pronunciation. If you can deal with the differing pronuncations, I'd say that it would be an easy change. You already have friends who know you as Sergio and although it's uncommon in the US, it's not unheard of. Last year it ranked a respectable 331 on the Social Security list.

I have Venezuelan family members and have to say that you got off easy in the unusual names department. Some of my cousins' friends have names that are extremely obscure, to put it mildly.

November 21, 2016 05:46 AM
In Response to Veronique is here

Congratulations! I like it. It's unusual but not weird. While I personally think Victor is too close as I'd trip over the names, they do sound nice together.

November 18, 2016 11:09 AM

I'd agree with this except that Woodrow Wilson doesn't sound as alike as Willow Wilson. I don't mind alliteration either, but I find this combination to be a bit much. I'd either go with Emma or find another name (Wilhelmina? Winnie?) that you like as much as Willow. Emma Willow sounds nice and the unusual middle name will help to sort her out from any other Emma Wilsons out there.

November 16, 2016 04:00 PM
In Response to Harlequin

Thanks for the clarification! I have never heard of this character. To me, Harlequin screams romance novels. Harleen sounds like the word 'harlot', which actually kind of fits into the Harlequin bodice rippers. Perhaps the comic book character is reclaiming the cultural territory on this one, but I'd be leary of giving my daughter a name that connoted trashy romance novels.

November 14, 2016 12:55 PM
In Response to It's a boy! (Just one)

I agree! All the best.

November 14, 2016 11:57 AM

I grew up with a family of nine boys. The dad was a local politician, and an article in the local paper proclaimed that he was the father of "eight fine boys." From then on the sons had a running joke about which boy was the bad one.