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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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.

September 22, 2016 11:53 AM

Congratulations!! This is exciting news. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you that Gabriel knows much success in the literary world so that you'll get many occasions to keep his name alive in your daily life.

3-5 names in the same style: Daniel, Charles, Joseph, Nathaniel (Felix, Cyrus, or Jasper if you're getting a little more modern)

I don't think having a Thomas and a Theodore would be a problem since the pronunciation is different. Most people wouldn't notice the theme because they'd be hearing the names rather than seeing them written down. And even seeing them doesn't immediately call to mind the similarity because the pronunciation overrides the visual (at least for me).

I also don't think Julian is problematic with a cousin named Giuliano. I have a cousin named Sara and my daughter Sarah was almost 10 months old before I realized that their names are pronounced the same in English (my cousin speaks Spanish as a first language). Every once in a while I have to say "My daughter Sarah" or "My cousin Sara", but it's no big deal.

Good luck! All of these names are fantastic. I can't wait to see your girls' list.

September 22, 2016 11:40 AM
In Response to Need feedback please

Dahlia. While I quite like Raina, it doesn't work with Fishman because fish live in the water, and water is composed of rain.

September 22, 2016 11:39 AM

That makes me happy, although I'm stupefied. Confession: I hate those books and would be happy for something else to take their place. :)

September 22, 2016 08:22 AM

I agree as well. I'm not trying to be mean or to dissaude you from a name you love, but you REALLY need to check out those books. The reference is overwhelming. And the character gets old super fast. Your daughter WILL be teased with this name for most of her elementary years. She might be able to get past it with panache, but she might really resent it. (If you don't live in the US, you might be able to avoid this.) I would just hate for you to go ahead with the name without prior knowledge of what you're getting yourself into.

September 20, 2016 06:23 AM


September 19, 2016 08:42 PM

You will be. I can't imagine a second-grade child who hasn't read those books. They are almost as popular as Dr. Seuss. If your daughter is not yet named, you should check out the books and see if you can handle the reference. If she is, you might just want to own it and give her some pictures of Amelia Bedelia.

September 19, 2016 03:31 PM
In Response to Av????

If I knew your daughter's name, I would assume Av rhymed with "save". If I had no idea, I'd think it rhymed with "have". Spelling it Ave doesn't help you, as I'd pronounce that like "Ave Maria". I think you just have to go with Av and pronounce it for people when you see them in person.

September 16, 2016 05:49 AM
In Response to Baby Sylvie

Great news! What a sweet name.

September 16, 2016 05:47 AM
In Response to Out of left field

Congratulations! Great news.

September 15, 2016 05:50 AM

Don't forget Peter Brady!

September 12, 2016 05:52 AM
In Response to Number 5

Congratulations! What a lovely name, and Max fits in perfectly with his brothers' names.

September 11, 2016 08:24 PM
In Response to Opinions please!

I agree. I immediately thought of Star Trek. I don't think the name is too far out there (not as far as the Enterprise!) at all. 

September 10, 2016 06:55 AM
In Response to Band concert kids

Yes, Karyn! "One of these things is not like the other!" I would categorize Karyn with Beverly and Susan were it not for the spelling.

September 1, 2016 10:02 AM

Some friends of ours planned on naming a daughter Whisper. They had two sons, so never got to use Whisper. I thought it seemed like a pretty but unusual name, especially as she likely would have been close to six feet tall (dad is 6'5", mom is about 5'11").

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.