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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October 23, 2016 08:42 PM

I have several relatives who have the exact same name (first, middle, and last). The only time I find it really confusing is when one of them comments on Facebook. Usually a quick glance at the profile pic will clear it up, but sometimes they changes their pictures. And sometimes they all change their pictures to the same thing (Je suis Charlie or Black Lives Matter come to mind). That gets confusing and then I have to guess based on the content of the post. But in the worst-case scenario, I just have to click on the person's wall and then it's immediately obvious. By the time your daughter is old enough to have a FB profile, the whole world of social media may be different.

October 23, 2016 07:14 AM
In Response to Dilemma solved

Congratulations! That's a great story and Arie is very pretty.

October 20, 2016 09:49 AM

I'm not sure I would have noticed had you not pointed it out because my mind automatically pronounced Jordan as Jordyn. I'd keep the -dan spelling.

October 18, 2016 01:56 PM

My cousin's daughter has the exact same name as her mom. For a long time we used to call them "Big ___" and "Little ___", but now the daughter is taller than the mom and it feels weird to call the mom "big", so it has gotten more difficult. We have to say things like "___the younger".  

October 17, 2016 06:04 AM
In Response to Brother for Owen

I grew up and went to college in Virginia, so John Randolph for me is an historical name. That doesn't matter at all, but that's the association I have with it. If your son were to attend college there, he might be stoked to see that there are buildings with his name.

October 13, 2016 09:03 PM

As an aside, my husband and I are watching a SyFy show called The Expanse and I was delighted when a group of the characters named their ship the Rocinante. A Don Quixote reference! Love it.

October 13, 2016 12:07 PM

Agreed! And none of the regulars really knows much about African naming traditions, but I know we'd all love to learn more!

October 13, 2016 12:05 PM
In Response to New Name

It looks like the name of a band. 

October 13, 2016 08:42 AM
In Response to Preschool Names

I'm much more familiar with the 'c' spellings, but the 'kh' does clarify the pronunciation. "Ch" is a very ambiguous cluster of letters in English. When seeing an unfamiliar word with a 'ch' in it, I wonder if it's pronounced like "chair", "Charlotte", "Bach", or "eucharist".

October 12, 2016 04:08 PM

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October 12, 2016 09:26 AM

I think I'd use the same name. Sure, there will be some tongues wagging in the family, but it's not as though Elizabeth is an uncommon name, and Mae is a family name. I would speak to your cousin once the baby is born and explain your reasoning. I would then make sure to take pictures of the name twins and just be up front about the whole thing. I have numerous relatives who have the exact same name (first, middle, and last!), albeit from different generations, and although it is confusing, no one feels offended. We do have to have the occasional clarifier ("No, the Felipe who lives in Florida, not the one in New York" or "Vivi the mom, not the daughter"), but it is not a big deal. And unless your daughter attends school with her second cousin, she will not really even be aware of it except at large family gatherings.

October 12, 2016 09:19 AM
In Response to Preschool Names

Kharis looks like an alternative spelling of Charis, much like Cassandra and Chloe can be written as Kassandra and Khloe. Greek names that can be spelled in different ways in English.

October 10, 2016 10:21 AM
In Response to Hometown name

The presidential names jumped out at me immediately. There's nothing wrong with that, but if you use the name, you might want to research the presidents Harrison and President Lincoln just to be prepared with some admirable facts about them if people make snarky remarks. As for Lincoln the town, I don't think it's a problem. If you came from Oilville or something, that would be problematic, but Lincoln is a lovely name.

October 10, 2016 06:05 AM
In Response to It's a BOY!

Wonderful news! You chose a great name. Enjoy getting to know wee Martin.

October 6, 2016 03:29 PM
In Response to Changing my first name

My cousin Marcela goes by Marco, so Marcela seems like an obvious choice to me. Personally, I'd switch to Margo, though, as that is so similar. It seems like it would be an easy change.

October 4, 2016 10:30 AM
In Response to Trump Kids' Names

He's the one who is apparently good at computers. ;)

October 4, 2016 10:29 AM
In Response to Trump Kids' Names

Thanks for the giggles, EVie. Very well put.

October 4, 2016 10:26 AM

Charlotte is often called the banking capital of the south, but it is not the capital of North Carolina. Raleigh is, which would also make a good entry on this list.

October 1, 2016 07:34 PM
In Response to Middle name for W4lt3r

I like Thomas a lot, but if you're still looking, there's always James.

September 23, 2016 06:13 AM
In Response to Need feedback please

It would help visually, but if someone introduced herself to me as Rayna Fishman, I'm fairly certain my mind would start associating water images. I enjoy word play more than the average Joe, I suppose.