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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September 29, 2014 07:24 PM

That is too funny. You will have to do some snooping and see if you can determine whether or not this child ever had any siblings, and if so, what their names are.

September 28, 2014 07:33 PM

That is beyond amazing! I think you two have got to start trying for Allistair soon, lucubratrix!

September 27, 2014 09:10 AM
In Response to The newest Clinton

I like how Charlotte echoes Chelsea's name. Lovely!

September 27, 2014 09:08 AM
In Response to She's 9 days old....

One of my friends went out at night for the first time when her son was six months old. She exclaimed to her husband, "Wow! Look at that gas station! There must be something going on because all the light are on. Maybe they're hosting some kind of event." Then she had this weird realization that at night gas stations DO turn on all their lights and that she was living in the proverbial twilight zone. This story perfectly encapsulates what it is like to be a new mom: you feel as though the planet has tilted on its axis and that you're the only person who notices it.


I found that the thing that helped me the most was finding a peer group of other new moms. My town offered such a group (someone visited me in the hospital and gave me a flier) and with only a small amount of exaggeration I can say that those women were lifesavers for me. My oldest child is 12 and I still consider them to be my closest friends. Do some googling and see if there is anything near you (or better yet, have one of your family members do it for you--they'll enjoy being helpful and can even take you to the first meeting). Going back to work will be helpful, but finding women who are going through the same trials will help you to adjust to the new normal even more so.

Little Aria(dne) Marina Liliana Serafina yourmaidenname Wallace will be beautifully named.

September 27, 2014 08:43 AM

I have my first Addyson in class this semester. She's a college student, but I'm guessing her parents were ahead of their time in choosing that particular name. I expect to teach many more within five years.

September 27, 2014 08:40 AM
In Response to Narrowing it down

Do you have a reason for liking Rousseau or have you just chosen it for the sound? If you really like the philosopher, I'd stick with that, but otherwise I'd go with Lilianne.

September 27, 2014 08:30 AM
In Response to Do you like your name?

Your step family sounds horrible.

September 26, 2014 06:38 AM
In Response to She's 9 days old....

Do you think part of Dad's reluctance to hyphenating the last name is because on some level he feels his relationship to his daughter is tenuous? I notice that you only refer to him in relationship to your shared child. If you're comfortable letting your surname be relegated to the middle-name slot or dropped all together, and if you think that giving in on the surname would strengthen the father-daughter connection, I'd advise just using Wallace. 


Good luck in deciding the name. Honestly, all of your choices are top notch. They're all fashionable without being trendy and lovely names. Being a new mom is TOUGH!

This is cheesy, but have you asked your daughter what her name is? I've heard of some people doing that and feeling that the child gave a clear sign which name he or she should receive. It might come to you from her in a dream, in the way she coos when she hears the right one, or in the moment she opens her eyes when you say it. Maybe if you make the decision jointly, you'll feel more confident that the choice is the right one.

September 25, 2014 11:35 AM
In Response to Peregrine anyone?

It makes me think of Peregrin Took, Hobbit. I like it, but I'd want to be sure any boy bearing the name could revel in science fiction and fantasy.

September 24, 2014 09:52 AM

I disagree. English speakers may not automatically associate the name Lucas with the Spanish-speaking world, but it is a common name in Latin America. Americans on the west coast may be more familiar with this if they have traveled to Cabo San Lucas on vacation.

September 23, 2014 06:15 PM

I pronounced Winterbey as Winter-bay. I'd go with the Winterby spelling to get the pronunciation you want. 

September 21, 2014 07:36 PM
In Response to Avin?

I would assume Avin was a girl, but only because two or three recent posters on this site have commented on liking the name Aven for a girl.

September 21, 2014 02:10 PM
In Response to More Graveyard Names

My guess is that after Mrs. M's death, Mr. M. took up with a barmaid. His children were so scandalized that they refused to bury him with their mother. Alternatively, he was arrested for Mrs. M's death and lived out the rest of his days in jail. Again, the children refused to bury him in the family plot. Or perhaps he wandered too close to the edge of a volcano while on vacation and was not recovered.

September 18, 2014 09:13 AM

Love it! Just yesterday I was thinking about the name Earl. I only know one, and he's in his early 40s. It was not a common name when he was born either.

September 16, 2014 07:52 PM

Thanks for the primer on Hawaiin names. I have always been fascinated by the Hawaiian language (and threatened languages in general) and am thrilled to hear that there are still some native speakers around. 

September 16, 2014 07:39 PM

I didn't know Chance, Judd, or Moss, but knew the rest of them. As always, it was nice to learn something new!

September 15, 2014 12:00 PM

Congratulations! I love his name.

September 11, 2014 07:06 PM

<p>I absolutely loved the Rain Wild Chronicles. Althea and Brashen do appear, albeit briefly. I gave my husband the most recent Fitz book for his birthday. He read it in three days, but said it is not a classic adventure story. It's more just tales from Fitz's life. I'm excited to read it, especially as it's so large that it's obscuring my view of the clock next to my bed! Start with the Farseer books and work your way through. You're in for a treat. And I'll add Lorna Doone to my list; thanks!

EDITED: My computer crashed after my first entry. This is my reconstruction. :)

September 11, 2014 06:58 PM

I LOVED the Rain Wild Chronicles. Althea and Brashen do appear in them, albeit briefly. I just gave the most recent Fitz book to my husband for his birthday. It's now sitting on my bedside table, where it obscures my view of the clock. It's thick! My husband enjoyed it a lot, but he said it is not a classic adventure tale. But hanging out in Robin Hobb's world (or worlds!) is a wonderful way to pass an afternoon (or seven). I recommend starting with the Farseer books and working your way through. You won't regret it.

September 11, 2014 06:32 PM

I like Caitlin Louise Mae, but think you need to be prepared for a lot of comments about Louisa May Alcott. It would be fun to introduce her to Alcott's books; she'd feel a special bond with them.