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!

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August 29, 2016 07:56 PM

Oh dear! I just deleted the double post, but in so doing apparently also deleted the replies! I am so sorry! If you replied, please do so again. :(

August 29, 2016 07:53 PM

I feel that I pronounce them quite distinctly, but I'm not sure that's actually true. Context helps most of the time!

August 28, 2016 05:49 AM

This semester I have a student named Dawn. She pronounced her name Don. I realize that many Americans pronounce those two names identically, but this is not typically true in the south, and this girl has a southern accent. It startled me when she said her name. 

August 25, 2016 07:55 AM

Chet! Wow. That's refreshing!

August 23, 2016 05:25 AM

The series isn't finished yet, so we don't know what will happen with Arya. I think that using the name Aria is safer. It's pronounced the same but doesn't have the same association on paper, even if it does when spoken aloud. Plus, I can't get over the fact that it's only one letter from Aryan, which immediately makes me think of Hitler. Aria just makes me think of music.

August 22, 2016 11:42 AM
In Response to Sibling dilemma

I think any child who takes middle school Spanish is going to learn this quickly, since teachers usually try to pick the Spanish versions of the English names (and as an aside, that task must get more difficult every year!). I became Isabel in middle school Spanish class.

August 22, 2016 06:16 AM

These girls would have been born in 1966 or 1967, so Nancy and Barb are reasonable. Nancy was ranked 37 in 1967 and Barbara was ranked 33. I went to school with girls with these names (and was born in the late 60s). The thing that's unusual is that both of those names were about to enter steep declines. Had the writers chosen names in their ascendency or peak, they would have chosen Lisa and Jenny.

August 20, 2016 08:14 PM

Sweet! Congratulations to your friends. I like the way the names work together.

August 20, 2016 08:40 AM

Congratulations to your family members and to nedibes for guessing correctly!

August 18, 2016 11:33 AM
In Response to Sibling dilemma

I echo what Miriam said. This would be akin to naming your daughters Mary, Marie, and Maria.

August 17, 2016 08:53 PM

That is hilarious! And boy can I ever relate. Just yesterday my daughter told me that her favorite names were Tiffany, Crystal, and Amber.

August 16, 2016 09:04 PM

She was really happy with her characters. No other explanation needed. ;)

August 16, 2016 09:02 PM
In Response to Name Baby M!!

Fifth or sixth child? Can you give us some hints as to the girls' names?

August 16, 2016 02:14 PM

Felix, Xavier, Marcus, or Hugo?

August 16, 2016 12:52 PM

I know a family like that, too. The third daughter was Stephanie and the fourth child, first son, was Steven.

August 16, 2016 05:43 AM

I have met a little Agnieszka recently. Her peers (about six years old) pronounced her name something like Annyeshka.

August 13, 2016 05:59 AM

I would pronounce them all Lay-la. Lila or Lyla = lie-la

Lela - I wouldn't know what to guess

But as you can see from the other responses, there is no guarantee that you'll get the pronunciation you desire with any of these spellings. Choose the spelling that pleases you the most and be prepared for the occasional mispronunciation.


I'm from Virginia originally.

August 11, 2016 06:08 AM

How old are you? If you are over 18, you can make the change legally on your own. Your family may never accept your new name, but your friends will adjust. New acquaintances won't know you by any other name. Over time, you will become more Rosey and less Sophia. My husband changed his name when he was in college. He's in his late 40s now and his mom still sometimes calls him by his birth name. Everyone else, even his sisters, call him by the name he chose. 

I am very curious how anyone could butcher the pronuncation of Lilly. Please tell us!

August 10, 2016 03:22 PM

I know a Simone who is never nicknamed. I think it's an elegant-sounding name.

August 10, 2016 01:32 PM
In Response to Identical Triplets

It seems to me that all three names are trending upwards. I think they're well matched in that regard.