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
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April 20, 2014 02:46 PM

Joshua, Jonathan, Lucas, Luke, Joseph, Aidan, Colin, Thomas, Theodore

April 20, 2014 02:44 PM

I can imagine that they'd have to call the boys by their middle names lest they have to say something like Robyn's Brady. Can you imagine the headaches these kids will have when they get to working age and have separate bank accounts, credit cards, etc.? It seems like they'll have to move to different states just to minimize the chance for bureaucratic confusion.

April 19, 2014 08:38 PM

Rose seems like the easiest change, so I'd put that at the top of the list. Do any of these names feel more like you in your heart of hearts, or is this more of an intellectual exercise? You could try the coin toss test--pick Rose for heads, Lyra for tails and flip a coin. Do you have a moment of panic when the coin is about to land because you know one will be rejected? That kind of gut check can be very illustrative. If you don't, try adding Gemma to the mix and see what happens. Good luck and keep us posted!

April 19, 2014 08:33 PM

Sounds good! Congratulations!

April 19, 2014 02:19 PM
In Response to And baby makes 8

Congratulations! Just in time for Easter. I called my son Peter "Steven" a lot in the beginning because my mom kept calling him that. My cousin's son is named Steven and she just couldn't get the name out of her head, which then got transferred to me.

April 9, 2014 07:27 PM

My daughter's middle name is Bronwyn. I've always loved the combination!

April 8, 2014 02:01 PM
In Response to Thoughts on Charlotte?

Oh, I'm so jealous! If I ever visit Washington, I'm crashing your party. :),

I do have a friend named Charlotte who was born in Georgia in the early 70s. She's the only Charlotte I know who's even close to my age.

April 7, 2014 08:41 AM

Wonderful news! Thanks for the update.

April 6, 2014 02:06 PM

Percy is the little green fellow (I'm talking about the train, hee hee).

April 5, 2014 08:32 PM
In Response to Thoughts on Charlotte?

I love the way you put this "I'm not afraid of the popularity per se: it's what the popularity means". In the case of Charlotte, I think it means that a lot of parents have happened upon this beautiful classic that evokes a bygone era. The nice thing about names is that you can evoke the era (and for Charlotte, that could mean anything from Jane Austen's England to the Gilded Age to the glamorous 40s) without all the baggage. You can forget all the predjudice, poverty, social inequality, etc., and just concentrate on the nice image of a simpler time, even if you know that's a lot of hogwash. I picture a Charlotte reading a book on a hillside, lounging by a roaring fire, romping next to a brook in a pinafore, or climbing a tree. I don't picture a teenager taking a selfie while poolside in a bikini, even though some of the current generation of Charlottes are at that age. The name is just too classic and too rooted in literature for me to have present-day images erase my rose-colored historical vision of it. That's probably why I prefer names with a long history: they aren't overrun with images of the current bearers and their bad behavior! Because it always takes ten positive associations to outweigh one strongly negative one for me. To sum it up, if your husband loves Charlotte that much and you like it, go for it! (Unless, of course, you have a boy, in which case I'd advise against it, lol.)

April 5, 2014 08:13 PM

That strikes me as strange, given that as most kindergartners these days are familiar with Percy the train (one of Thomas's buddies). Teens will know of Percy Jackson, and adults should know of Shelley. Well, I suppose that last one is a stretch. My first association is with Percy Walker, but I recognize that most people will never have heard of him.

April 2, 2014 11:20 AM
In Response to Baby #6 is here!

I love it! Blessings to all of you and especially little Gus.

March 31, 2014 10:10 AM

I used Laura's Expert Name Matcher tool and came up with the following:

Boy: Rudolf, Florian, Edmund, Rupert, Linus, Benedict, Dominic, Lucius, Bertrand, Leander, Welton, Thurston

Girl: Germaine, Marcella, Filomena, Sabina, Vivian, Amalia, Ines, Gladys, Winifred, Adela, Marguerite, Aurelia

Nature names like Banyan and Cypress for a boy or Magnolia and Hazel (or Marguerite) sound good to me, since Sylvan and Rose both fall into that category.

March 31, 2014 09:59 AM
In Response to Do you like your name?

Their parents sure liked alliteration! Kelly Katrina and Kelly Carl. What a made-for-Hollywood romance! Too bad it didn't work out for them.

March 31, 2014 05:35 AM

First off, I don't think it's bad to change the baby's name. If you find that Olivia doesn't fit, for either her or you, and that another name fits better, then you should consider changing it. Try Stella out for a few days and see how it feels to you. I think both names are lovely and sound nice with Molly.

March 29, 2014 07:00 PM

They're both great and both sound good with your other children's names. As mom to a Peter, I of course vote for that. We called our son Peter Pie, which was adorable. His nursery school teacher didn't approve of using pet nicknames in the school setting, but even she couldn't resist that one.

March 29, 2014 06:49 PM
In Response to Bonaventure

Kahlua, Amaretto, XX, Coors, Wine, Schnapps, Champagne, or Curacao? Those all seem ridiculous, although I suppose Kahlua has a certain panache. And an Amaretto could go by Amy (something to put in that other thread!).

March 29, 2014 06:40 PM
In Response to Bonaventure

I have no idea. I'll have to contact my friend and ask her.

March 29, 2014 06:23 AM
In Response to Do you like your name?

I have a good friend name Michelle who just started dating a Michelle. They're taking a lot of ribbing! You're right, it could be even more confusing.

March 29, 2014 06:18 AM

As I get older, I have to confess that I'm starting to mix up everyone's names. I call my husband by my brothers' names, my nieces by their cousins' names, etc. And none of these names sound anything alike. If you have that tendency at all, you might want to come up with an alternative to Charisee. Although I think it fits really well with your other kids' names, it fits almost too well! Chasidee and Charisee would become the same name in my addlepated state. Maybe you're one of the lucky ones who isn't afflicted by that, however!