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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November 21, 2014 06:40 AM

That's interesting. How do you pronounce Cedric and Felix? To me they are sed-ric and fee-lix, and as such have different initial vowel sounds. I like them together.

November 19, 2014 07:04 PM

Paige and Piper were two of the sisters on the old Aaron Spelling show "Charmed" (the other two were Prue and Phoebe). Probably most people have forgotten that show, but that's what I thought of.

November 19, 2014 02:21 PM
In Response to Sister for Eleanor!

How about Coraline as a mashup of Coralea, Adeline, and Cordelia? It's a much less familiar name than Adeline, and strangely, I think this will lead people to pronounce the ending as 'line' instead of 'lynn'. I would pronounce Adeline as 'line' but Madeline as Madelyn, but given the fact that many more people are now spelling the name Adelyn, I suspect that's the dominant pronunciation. (And heaven help the poor souls who want to pronounce Adelyn as Add-e-line!) You might have to answer questions about whether or not you're Neil Gaiman fans, but if you are, so much the better.

November 19, 2014 02:16 PM
In Response to Baby Name Remorse

Having a baby is so tough! We want so much to be the perfect parents and to have our children come into a perfect world, but of course it isn't and we aren't. If your wife really does love the name Vera and thinks that it's the right name for your daughter, could you leave her name as is and call her Veronica? It wouldn't be the first time the nickname was longer than the name (Anneke for Ann, Polly for Mary, Antonella for Antonia, Nancy for Ann, etc.). I do know of couples who call their children by different names, typically when the parents speak different languages, but sometimes just because one parent has chosen a preferred nickname.

For what it's worth, I think Vera is a lovely and sophisticated choice. Good luck!

November 18, 2014 05:36 PM
In Response to Baby Name/Dog Name

Do it and own it. Have a special picture taken of the baby and her doggie cousin. She'll love it when she's older and the dog has passed on.

November 18, 2014 05:32 PM
In Response to Insensitive naming

Goodness. The things I learn on this site! I still contend that the parents were most likely ignorant. The terms aren't identical and their accents are probably different enough that even if they had heard the slang term (which seems unlikely unless they were very acculturated), they probably wouldn't have associated the term with a name they had chosen for their beloved daughter. But your point is well taken.

My guess is that the child herself doesn't understand the full implications of the term and is reacting to having "poo" as part of her name, which is understandable.

November 18, 2014 10:14 AM
In Response to Insensitive naming

Is it the "poo" part? I can see how a school-age child would find that annoying. As an adult, it has taken me since yesterday when you posted this to understand the connection to anything vulgar. My guess is that the parents just didn't connect the dots, especially if she's their first child. They weren't immersed in poop talk. (Although my youngest is three and that topic of conversation is still very exciting in my household; you'd think I would have instantly made the connection!)

November 18, 2014 10:08 AM

Idina Menzel/Adele Dazeem--that's awesome! I had forgotten all about that, but agree that it merits a nomination for Name of the Year. That story (John Travolta's ludicrous mispronunciation of Menzel's name during the Academy Awards) evoked so many other themes: discomfort with unusual names, especially those that sound non-Western, the whole Frozen industry, and further proof (as if we needed it) of Twitter's influence. That story was the one that got re-tweeted the most and the fictitious Ms. Dazeem quickly got her own hashtag and Twitter account. Perhaps Travolta was thinking of another talented singer, Adele. This is a story that really elevates "naminess" to an art: 1) Travolta mangles a singer's name and in so doing creates a national story about names and their importance; 2) Ms. Menzel plays Elsa, whose name is another great candidate for Name of the Year; 3) the story calls to mind British singer Adele, whose name is noteworthy for being uncommon, featuring trendy sounds, and for standing alone on album covers without a surname.

I hereby shift my support from Malala to Idina Menzel/Adele Dazeem. As for my dream of Malala beating out all others for NotY, well, I'll just have to let it go.

November 17, 2014 11:27 AM
In Response to Insensitive naming

I don't expect that immigrant parents would necessarily know every slang term of the dominant culture. Slang terms come and go and there's not any way to anticipate what terms will offend in the future. Furthermore, that's not a slang term that's commonly used (as an American, I'm actually not familiar with it myself), so Indian parents might never have come across it until they introduced their daughter to someone who was brave (or rude) enough to mention it. My guess is that the parents did it out of ignorance. Alternatively, they may have thought that although it was a slang term they'd heard, that it was an uncommon one and that it would fade over time. Perhaps they were planning on leaving Australia before their daughter started school. Their reasons for naming their daughter Pooja (after a beloved aunt, a longtime love of the name, etc.) trumped whatever negative association others had of it, if they were even aware of the term.

November 16, 2014 12:19 PM

I know a five-year-old Evelyn (my niece) and a two-year-old Evelyn. My grandmother was named Evelyn, so I also had the "old" image of the name, but I got over it as soon as I met my niece. Evelyn is a top-20 name now, so baby Evelyns abound.

November 15, 2014 03:23 PM
In Response to Names

Other than to say they sound Serbian? The ones with the most crossover appeal in my opinion are Milovan, Goran, Nenad, Neven, and Dejan. I have a neighbor named Nenad with a son named Bogdan. I like both of those names.

Milutin looks too much like the word 'mutilate'. There is a Disney movie by the name of Mulan, so I'd avoid that one (plus the title character is a girl).

November 14, 2014 01:04 PM

I think Elsa, like Malala, has all the sounds that make for a hit girls' name today. In Elsa's case, a potential mega hit, although some parents may be turned off by the link to Frozen. I suspect that most little girls named Elsa in 2014 and 2015 will be first children; parents with older kids will be aware of the movie and steer away from the name because of it. First-time parents, however, are a lot less likely to know about the movie, much less the protagonist's name.

November 13, 2014 07:40 AM

I'd like to nominate Malala. Malala Yousafzai has made the name familiar. Although only 9 baby girls in the US were named Malala in 2013 (up from fewer than 5 in years past), I wouldn't be surprised if the number were over 100 this year. Ms. Yousafzai's recent Nobel Peace Prize brought much-deserved recognition both to her and her cause (girls' education), meaning that many more parents will hear her name and associate positive emotions with it. In addition, her name fits in well with current American naming trends.

November 10, 2014 07:50 PM

Ooh, he's much better than Mr. Burns! What a contrast!

November 10, 2014 07:48 PM
In Response to Carter

The first two Carters I knew were girls. Strangely, both were named Sara Carter and went by their middle names (a Southern tradition). Since then, all the Carters I have met are boys, all younger than 10.

November 9, 2014 08:36 PM

My lowbrow mind went straight to Montgomery Burns (Homer Simpson's boss). The nickname Monty eliminates this association, however. And how much longer can the Simpsons last, anyway?

November 8, 2014 06:31 AM
In Response to Unisex names

A friend used to be a nanny for twins named Aidan and Avery. Aidan was the girl, Avery the boy. No one EVER got it right, even after knowing the kids for a while. At a certain point, they were both less than thrilled.

November 7, 2014 05:52 AM
In Response to Opinions

I know someone who goes by the nickname Lexi and let me tell you, she got sick of "sexy Lexi" after the first time she heard it, and that occurred at a very early age. It's an unavoidable rhyme and one that will be used. How a girl deals with that will depend on her personality, but I'd avoid doing that to my child. Alexandra, Alexa, Alexis, etc. can all lead to the in-home nickname of Lexi without the rhyming baggage.

November 6, 2014 02:30 PM

Congratulations! I was just wondering about you the other day and hoping that your absence meant nothing more than a busy schedule. I'm so glad you went with Ursula! It's a bold and beautiful choice (and I suppose since she's still a newborn that you could call her young and restless!). Please do stop by from time to time. 

November 6, 2014 07:06 AM
In Response to I need some insight

"just to be contrary" Ha! I love it!

This reminds me of a recent conversation my family had on a long car trip. We realized that there are emotions/virtues associated with each of the holidays. It might be helpful to think of the emotions when brainstorming names.

New Year's Day: hope, resolve

Martin Luther King day: respect

Valentine's Day: love, romance

Presidents' day: I think this is supposed to be about reverence for history, but it has turned into a celebration of materialism

Ides of March: foreboding

St. Patrick's Day: camaraderie, bonhomie

April Fool's: silliness

Easter: redemption

Tax day: frustration

Memorial Day: remembrance

flag day: pride

Independence day: patriotism

Labor day: industry, ambition

Columbus day: adventure

Yom Kippur: atonement

Halloween: fear/delight

Election day: despair

Veterans' Day: honor

Thanksgiving: gratitude

Christmas: joy (and of course merry and jolly!)

New Year's Eve: nostalgia

No wonder we love the holidays! It's fantastic to have set times throughout the year to celebrate or reflect on particular emotions. I have included only some religious and secular holidays on this list (and one could quibble about whether or not tax day and election day deserve to be on the list), and obviously have arbitrarily chosen emotions to represent them. What other attributes would you associate with the holidays? How about the non-Christian holidays like Hanukkah, Diwali, or Eid? What names do these emotions suggest?

What a fun question!