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
March 26, 2017 08:01 PM

I came across the name Madelaine this weekend and thought of you immediately!

March 26, 2017 07:51 PM

Mav for Maverick?

March 24, 2017 02:40 PM

I have two friends with daughters named Charis and both families say CARE-iss.

March 16, 2017 09:19 AM
In Response to Help With A Boy Name

Hee hee

March 16, 2017 09:16 AM
In Response to Help With A Boy Name

Did you write the name Gretchen or include 'etc'? For some reason that seems to be the only things triggering the spam filter these days. You can always send the text of your post to bnwmod@gmail.com and one of the moderators will post it for you.

March 15, 2017 07:58 AM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

Best typo ever!

March 15, 2017 07:51 AM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

Jack as a flamboyant gay man = Will & Grace

March 14, 2017 07:49 PM

Egads! You're right. For that reason alone I think the names Cleopatra and Ptolemy are coated with 'ick'.

March 14, 2017 07:47 PM

They can call her Mac for her initials if they decide they want a nickname.

March 14, 2017 11:47 AM

Wow. I hadn't heard that about the Biden family. Drama!

March 13, 2017 01:26 PM

They are great names that sound good together.

March 11, 2017 09:39 AM

I prefer Marina but immediately thought of Marina del Rey, California. If the geographical reference bothers you (and I don't see why it should), go with Maya.

March 9, 2017 06:08 AM

I can't imagine a little Ona would be bullied on the playground unless the bully's parents were of a particularly strong puritanical bent and had very innappropriate conversations around their little bully. Onan was the son of Judah, who was supposed to impregnate his brother's widow, Tamar. He instead "spilled his semen on the ground" (Genesis 38:9), which gave rise to the term onanism. Over time, that has come to be associated with masturbation. Apparently there were a number of popular pamphlets published during Colonial days in both Europe and America warning against the evils of onanism. That being said, this is not a term in current use. I only remembered it because my sister-in-law had read one of those pamphlets at one point and was talking about it over a holiday dinner (she has a flair for the dramatic). I would not hesitate to name a daughter Leona--it's a lovely name--but Ona might give me pause as it's an image that is hard to erase once mentioned. Sorry I had to pass it on to you!

March 6, 2017 09:25 AM

"We didn't get any jaw-dropping comments on our name choice, but I'm reminded of various baby-name interactions where my internal response was entirely negative, so I was left mostly speechless." In those situations, I always default to "What an adorable baby!" And if I'm quick on my feet, I can add something like "Thanks for sharing your story. That's so interesting!"

March 6, 2017 06:09 AM

I think nicknames develop organically once the baby arrives. I wouldn't sweat it. Call him Granger and wait and see what happens. He may become Ranger because he learns to walk at seven months. Or he may become Junior because he resembles dad so much. 

March 5, 2017 10:50 AM

This behavior goes far beyond the name and shows you the character of the people making the criticism. Tell them that it's a chance for them to broaden their understanding of the languages of the world, the different sounds that English makes in different parts of the world (yes, Siobhan really does start with a 'sh' sound and 'bh' really does sound like 'v'). I would furthermore express to them that they are damaging their relationship with you and their future grandson/nephew/ ... and that the onus is now on them to behave with respect. Good luck! We had a *very* mild version of this in my family, but it was really a case of an aunt not being able to pronounce the name Guillermo. She tried, she really did, but it came out Gwermo every time. She just couldn't do it, and would occasionally mutter about not liking the name because it was so difficult to say. No one could really take offense, though, because she never made any negative remarks to the immediate family and because she genuinely tried to pronounce it. Eventually the boy started going by Will, which pleased her tremendously. But that was his choice and had nothing to do with his great-aunt's comments.

March 5, 2017 09:07 AM

Wow. That's really horrible! Unless a name is actively offensive, like poor little Adolf Hitler Campbell's name, I think it is completely inappropriate to say anything negative about a child's name. If the child has not yet been born, and you think that there might be a problem with the name in question, I do think it's fair to mention that tentatively. Ultimately, however, this is the parents' decision and family members and friends should keep out of it. (Years ago someone on this site posted saying that she was planning to name her daughter Miasma. Other people mentioned that the name might be problematic, but did it in a respectful way. The mom cannot say she had no idea what the connotations were for others.) Good luck!

March 1, 2017 01:59 PM

I think it's the song. But hey, if Clementine can stage a comeback despite an eponymous song, Susannah should be able to as well!

February 27, 2017 09:00 PM

What IS it about Gretchen? You're not the first person to whom that has happened. 

February 26, 2017 08:34 PM
In Response to A son named Jayne

Science fiction once again leads the way! I figured his parents were Firefly fans. I looked up Bellamy (the CW show The 100 features a male character named Bellamy--and a female character named Clarke) and discovered that in 2014 there were 5 baby boy Bellamys and in 2016 there were 23. Girl Bellamys now number in the ... wait for it ... 100s.