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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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.

July 23, 2014 12:51 PM

Jamie, Roberta, Thomasina, Kendra, Paula, Daniella, Stephanie, Eugenie, Fredericka, Geraldine, Alberta, Nicolette, Ernestine ... Heck, I even know a Keitha!

None of these names would cause me to think that of the parents, but three of them in the same family (or two of the more unpopular ones such as Alberta and Geraldine) would make me wonder.

My grandmother once told me about a family she knew like this. The family had four daughters who were all given very boyish nicknames (I think they were Joey, Charlie, Teddy, and Jackie). Finally the mom had a son. And she named him Herman, because he was "her man". 


July 22, 2014 04:02 PM
In Response to 3 Baby Bears!

I've been reflecting a bit more on the feel I get when I hear those three names used together. The image that comes to mind is from a book pitched to ten-year-old girls, along the lines of Sweet Valley High or even the Bobbsey twins. Make sure your husband reads these comments--we aren't the only ones who will be thinking this!

July 21, 2014 08:27 PM

From Laura's Expert Name Matcher tools: Avery, Aubrey, Payton (or Peyton), Kennedy, Taylor, Finley, Piper, Reagan, Kendall, Mallory, Delaney, Presley, Riley, Addison, Harper, Harley, Madison, Sydney, Hailey, Jordan, Makenna, Hadley, London, Kinley, Kelsey, Sienna

You seem to like surname-like names paired with a traditional middle. I like the combination Avery Grace for you. Or maybe Delaney Evelyn.

Good luck!

July 21, 2014 08:20 PM

Reese Witherspoon's daughter is named Ava. I don't think this should necessarily deter you from using the name, but thought you should know.

July 21, 2014 09:03 AM
In Response to 3 Baby Bears!

Those are cute names together, but is "cute" the adjective you really want to associate with your three teenagers? Your three colllege students? They won't be babies for very long, although I would imagine that with triplets their babyhood might seem to last fifteen years. My nieces are identical twins, and I third what has already been said: multiples need separate identities. They spend so much time being identified as part of a set (and compared and contrasted to one another), that I think the first gift you can give them is names that don't match. Names that are stylistically similar? Great! But not names that make people giggle, which is what I fear would happen to triplet boys named Red, Rudy, and Rusty.

July 21, 2014 08:48 AM

My cousin's son has Darwin as a middle name. His first name begins with Ra-, so he is called Radar. He rocks it.

July 21, 2014 08:02 AM
In Response to Untrendy name choice

Here's another untrendy name: Muriel. This morning I met a two-year-old Muriel, only the second I have ever met. The first died five years ago at the age of 95.

July 20, 2014 06:41 PM

Joan is a male name in Catalan, so my suspicion is that baby boy Joans in the US are born to Spaniards. For an example of a famous male Joan, look up Joan Miró.

July 19, 2014 10:06 AM

Full disclosure: I actually know someone with this very name. He's the husband of my beloved 5th-grade teacher. I always thought it was an exceptionally cruel name (he goes by Phil), second only to my husband's aunt, who is named Trauma. Now, thanks to Miriam, I know that he comes from a prominent family and that his name is a family name (because what are the chances of a Pennsylvanian being given that name who is NOT from that family?). That makes me feel better about his parents. :)

July 18, 2014 03:06 PM

Mariane Pearl is the wife of slain journalist Daniel Pearl. I'd avoid that combination. I like Marianne Faye and Marianne Blythe a lot. Alice Margaret is lovely.

July 17, 2014 03:51 PM

If your surname is Chase, you should NEVER ever name your son Philander. Just sayin'!

July 17, 2014 09:50 AM
In Response to Middle name dilemma

Your mother is overreacting. Middle names are not commonly known. Even I, a hardcore Name Enthusiast, would be hard-pressed to list my friends' middle names. (I do know the middle names of most of my friends' children, but this is just because I asked when they were born. In one memorable instance, a friend sighed mournfully that she really loved the name Amelia and wished that she had bestowed that name on her younger daughter. I reminded her that she HAD, as Amelia is her daughter's middle name. She was mortified, but conceded that I was right.)

Giving your child a family name that has great meaning to her father is a gift. Treat it that way and your mother will fall in line (and if she doesn't, that's her problem).

July 16, 2014 03:02 PM

I also immediately thought of the term jonesing. That seems like a heavy load to put on a child. Every name can inspire teasing, of course, but Jonesy just seems tailor-made for drug references. "I'm jonesing for you, baby!" 

Joan or Joannie would be very uncommon and unexpected choices that would not obviously lead to that particular jest.

July 16, 2014 06:44 AM
In Response to Carolina vs Caroline

Mia Carolina is too singsongy for my tastes, so I prefer Mia Caroline.

July 16, 2014 06:43 AM
In Response to Middle name for Hazel

Calling all regulars! What is it about this particular post that makes it so appealing to spammers? I suppose this calls for expertise that most of us don't have, but I am genuinely curious. Do spammers look for particular word combinations? It seems too coincidental that this is the post that consistently gets spammed.


July 16: And again today... Something about the name Hazel must be irresistible to spammers.

July 15, 2014 06:51 PM

Wellington makes me think of the Battle of Waterloo, but I kind of like it. There was a boy called Wells on my son's soccer team, so there are some children out there with the name.

July 15, 2014 06:48 PM

I love it! Louisa is fantastic and paired with Charlotte it's even better.

July 15, 2014 08:21 AM

From Laura's expert name matching tool:

Isabel, Emilia, Lucia, Phoebe, Carolina, Josephine, Genevieve, Adelaide, Catalina, Marina, Violet, Lila, Helena, Lydia, Irene, Mariana, Daniella, Camilla, Ruby, Stella, Rose, Adeline

I chose names that weren't in the top 100. Good luck!

July 14, 2014 08:35 PM
In Response to Girls name help

Just chiming in to say that I knew a Lexi growing up. The Sexy Lexi thing got old about one half second after it was said the first time. And it was said thousands of time, accompanied by stupid guffaws each time. Tough for a girl in middle school. I'd personally choose Alexis or Alexandra and use Lexi at home.