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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July 1, 2015 11:01 AM

Wow! Of those 63 names, I have only met people with six of them (Bartholomew, Horatio, Jethro, Lemuel, Bathsheba and Halcyon). I don't know any of the six of them well enough to ask about their names.

July 1, 2015 06:10 AM

Even the most phonetically-challenged relatives can learn to approximate the correct pronunciation! My mother-in-law has serious issues in this area and called her nephew's son Gwaremo for the longest time (his name is Guillermo). To her credit, however, she knew that she wasn't saying the name right and asked me about a dozen times how to pronounce it. She eventually produced something that even non-sympathetic listeners immediately recognize as Guillermo.


I don't think there's a way to modify the thread's title, but I'd be happy to add an "ETA" comment if you'd care to compose one. I'm sure any of the moderators on here would do that for you. :)

June 30, 2015 04:15 PM

I find that names come up frequently in conversation, but that's probably because I steer the conversations that way whenever an interesting name gets mentioned. I don't think anyone outside of my family knows that I read this site obsessively, however.

One of the first books I bought with my own money was a baby name book, so my obsession began early. I put a check mark beside the names that I particularly liked or that friends and acquaintances had. Hmm, I need to find that book!

June 30, 2015 04:07 PM

I know a family like this. Dad pronounces her name Leena and Mom calls her Layna. Mom's native language is German while Dad's is English. The girl in question is 10 and doesn't seem at all phased by it. 

Come to think of it, my American aunt calls my cousin Sara (pronounced like Sarah) while her Cuban husband calls her Sara (pronounced the Spanish way). Kids raised in a bilingual environment learn flexibility from a young age.

June 30, 2015 05:23 AM

I would be unsure. My first association is Lex Luthor, and I have known no Lexes in real life, so I'd lean toward assuming the person was male, but I wouldn't be positive.

June 29, 2015 05:52 AM
In Response to Baby at Tea Room

That is really funny. Had our daughter been a boy, she would have been named Christopher. By the time our sons came along, the bloom was off the rose. As you know, our youngest has the same name as your son.

June 29, 2015 05:50 AM
In Response to Dylann

I've been on vacation for the past two weeks and have missed much of the news (although I of course heard about this atrocity), but really?! Scarlett and Ashley?! I am gobsmacked.

June 24, 2015 06:33 AM
In Response to Seren

One of my daughter's preschool teachers pronounced her name Say-rah. That's the only time I've noticed an alternate pronunciation for the name.

June 23, 2015 07:00 AM
In Response to Genevieve

I couldn't place Queen Genevieve and had to click your link. That is NOT what I was expecting! Thanks for the giggle.

June 23, 2015 06:05 AM

Coming late to the party on this thread, but I wanted to chime in that I have a friend whose 8-year-old son is named Wolf and he is about as cool a kid as you can imagine. He's the type of kid who could become a mega star some day and everyone would assume he had chosen a stage name because the name fits him so well.

June 22, 2015 07:05 PM
In Response to Evil twin set?

My nieces are identical twins and their fights are something out of this world. If they were able to fight about their names, they sure would as they compare everything.

June 22, 2015 11:13 AM

Ondine was a character in Toni Morrison's Tar Baby. As I recall, the novel was set in a French-speaking Caribbean island.

Re: Pepper--several years ago I had a student who had a toddler daughter named Pepper.

June 22, 2015 10:54 AM

My guess is that Audregene is the daughter (or son!) of Audrey and Gene. I wonder which of the people you listed got teased the most for having the "weird" name.

June 22, 2015 10:28 AM
In Response to Evil twin set?

In addition to the first names, with those particular middle names, it does seem like the one brother is being set up to dominate over the other, doesn't it? 

June 10, 2015 10:43 AM
In Response to Your favorite L.V.

I removed the extra 'l' in vowels for you.

June 9, 2015 11:34 AM
In Response to Baby name question

She must like it as she's used for it for 70 years! Only friends from school use her given name.

June 9, 2015 05:47 AM
In Response to Baby name question

My mom's nickname, by which she is almost universally known, has absolutely nothing to do with either of her given names. If something is calling to you that's completely unrelated to McKenna, it's not out of the question that you go with it. In my mom's case, her mother started calling her Bonny because she was a "bonny wee lass".

June 9, 2015 05:42 AM
In Response to Will or Chase?

Congratulations! Your children have lovely names.

June 8, 2015 08:16 PM

All of these would be -line to me except Madeline, Evangeline, and Jacqueline, which are -lyn. I pronounce Pauline with a -leen sound.