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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My Recent Blog Comments
February 24, 2017 06:24 AM

Yes! D'Argo and Chiana are very usable, as is Aeryn. Rygel, not so much.

February 24, 2017 06:19 AM

My condolences on the death of your dad, Laura. 


katjsh, could you explain this sentence? It makes no sense to me but I'm very intrigued: "My daughter made a friend this year whose name is loas and pronunced as Ick-ma-knee, only when writing do they call her gigi."

February 22, 2017 09:43 AM

That is hilarious!

February 21, 2017 07:50 PM

Cambria, Tasseli, or Taslene for a girl.

Calder or Palmer for a boy.

February 19, 2017 05:44 AM

Miriam got blocked by the use of Gretchen as well! Thanks. Laura provided the mods with an email address for the tech team. HungarianNameGeek wrote a note to them with some suggested fixes for these ongoing issues; we are awaiting their reply.

February 16, 2017 02:08 PM

Chisels or Fistula! Egads! Had I been drinking, I would have just spat. What an image.

February 16, 2017 02:07 PM

Congratulations! She has a lovely name.

February 15, 2017 08:49 PM

I can't fathom why 'stretch' would trigger the spam filter. Weird. At any rate, I think your proposed solution is a good one, and that in fact, 99% of the people you meet either won't be aware of the pattern or will accept your explanation at face value. And those that think about it more deeply are likely to be either puzzle lovers, who will appreciate the great lengths you went through to follow the pattern, or name enthusiasts, who will also love the story. Since this is clearly a name you have considered carefully and are bestowing with great love, I can't imagine the child will feel anything other than blessed to have the name.

That being said, the only other solution I can think of to combine the two patterns in the middle name is to find a modified sort of portmanteau name that works for both. For example, if the family honor name was Renee and the theme was birds, you could conceivably use Wren to meet both criteria. 

Good luck! And congratulations. Please keep us posted. This is an interesting problem.

February 14, 2017 08:40 PM

Spurgeon has a little brother! Henry Wilberforce, born on Feb. 6. What do you think, name wizards?

February 14, 2017 08:36 PM

"Leila Larue sounds like she is going to come out in patterned leggings and a messy mom bun!" Thank you! That made me chortle.

February 14, 2017 08:32 PM

Oh wow. The poll worker who handed me my ballot in 2012 was named Australia. She was about 60. I asked her about her name and she said that her mother didn't have a name picked out. The woman in the bed next to her kept talking about taking a trip to Australia. She told me that she had also considered changing her name but had come to like it as she got older.

February 13, 2017 01:31 PM

Wow! Thanks for the update. No one suggested that! I enjoyed rereading the thread, so I really appreciate the fact that you updated us.

February 12, 2017 03:20 PM

An excellent choice irrespective of her sister's name. Congratulations!

February 12, 2017 01:05 PM

I would go with John. Johnny (with two 'n's) is a common nickname, so with John you get both names.

February 11, 2017 10:39 AM

Thanks for the heads up. The moderators are not removing spam right now so that we can assess how much is making its way onto the site. We have been communicating with Laura about the issues and hope to get some resolution soon.

February 8, 2017 04:15 PM

I'm trying to imagine what you would be hawking with that post! Post-Greta eyelashes! Gretchen enhancements. Margaret muscle-building products. Really, it boggles the mind.

February 6, 2017 07:27 AM
In Response to Nelly or Nellie?

Emily, did you get hit by the spam filter today? The mods have been in touch with Laura, who got in touch with the tech department at Cafemom, to try to fix these issues. Could you describe what happened?

January 31, 2017 06:12 PM
In Response to Pharrell's triplets

Wow! I'm guessing two boys and a girl. Dash, Rocco, and Journey. I'd love to see something like Greg, Larry, and Melinda, however. That'd get everyone talking!

January 26, 2017 09:12 AM

Zaxton debuted on the charts in 2009 and in 2015 was given to 17 baby boys. Wise wizards, do you think this trend will burn out before Zaxton gains enough momentum to make the top 1,000?


Unfortunately Isis is unusable right now. Do you really want people thinking you have chosen the nickname of the terrorist organization?

I think Elle and Lisa work well, Elle in particular for the reasons Karyn stated above. I might try to use Laís with trusted friends and colleagues, but use the nickname for casual acquaintances or people whom you don't expect to see again.