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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August 26, 2015 05:43 AM
In Response to Is Tessa the new Maya?

I know one Tessa, aged four. I'm pretty sure she's actually Theresa, however.

August 25, 2015 12:01 PM
In Response to Adoption name change

Congratulations! My oldest childhood friend named his son Kienen, so I'm familiar with the name. As far as I know, they haven't had troubles with people mispronouncing the name. The trouble comes when people try to spell it if they've only heard it. That can be said of many names, however, most of them much more popular than Keenan/Kienan/Kienen. Here in central NC, Kenan is the most common spelling, mostly because of a wealthy benefactor of UNC. Kenans abound, but most of them are academic buildings!

August 25, 2015 11:48 AM
In Response to Thoughts on Hugh?

In for a penny, in for a pound! Harrison Arthur is REALLY presidential, but I like it.

August 20, 2015 07:09 AM

This seems like the way to go. I have many foreign students each semester and many of them use nicknames to ease pronunciation problems. Most of the time the nickname is totally unrelated to the given name. Everyone seems to adapt.

August 20, 2015 07:00 AM

Yesterday was my first day of class for the new semester. This semester something has happened that has never happened before: there are two young women with the EXACT same name taking my class. Well, to clarify, one of the women is in the other section, which I coordinate, and one is in mine, but it's the same class. Thank heavens they're not in the same section! They are both named Stephanie and have an uncommon last name, a last name that's so uncommon that I don't think I've ever met anyone with that name before (it's a common noun in English and I suspect is a transliteration of a Korean surname). I spent ten minutes in utter confusion yesterday looking at the rolls for the two classes thinking, "I know I enrolled Stephanie through the School of Medicine [which has to be done by hand as the med school here has some weird special dispensation from using the system that the rest of the university uses] and this girl's registration says she's in the School of Pharmacy. This can't be right." It then occurred to me to check the university directory and lo and behold, there are two young women with that name attending the university--out of some 35,000 students. Crazy! I am SO relieved that they are in different sections. There's no way I could handle that. I'd have to have them write Stephanie Medicine and Stephanie Pharmacy on everything! As it is, the potential for mix up exists as the School of Medicine seems to screw up all things bureaucratic here.

August 19, 2015 05:56 AM

Years ago I had two students named Tara and Tanya. I didn't mix them up, but I did consistently misprounce both names. I expected the pronunciations to be Tear-a (as in 'tear' a piece of paper) and Tahn-ya. Instead, however, they were Tar-a (as in the sticky substance tar) and Tan-ya (as in to get a tan). Every time I called on one of them I had to pause and tell myself, "She pronounces her name the opposite of the way I expect."

August 17, 2015 10:44 AM

Thanks for the correction!

August 17, 2015 06:09 AM

How does she pronounce the name? If she uses the continental pronunciation so-FYE-ah, I'd spell the name Sofiyah (Sofiah just like like Sofia with a random 'h' stuck on the end), because I think that makes the pronunciation the clearest. If she wants so-FEE-ah, I'd go with Sophia if in the US (and not of Latino or Italian origin) or Sofia if in Italy or Latin America. 

As for whether or not to name her Sophia or Sophie, I'd go with Sophia. That way they can call her Sophie if they want.

August 16, 2015 06:34 AM
In Response to Matching Sibling Names

Candyfisherman, there is a regular on this board who plans on using Wilfred for her next son. She can chime in with some great suggestions. Paging Lucubratrix!

Those names have a very British early-20th century vibe for me. I think of the poet Wilfred Owen. His contemporary poets were Siegfried Sassoon and Rupert Brooke (ahem, lucubratrix).

August 15, 2015 07:15 AM
In Response to A new Bush

Emily, I had the same thought. Poppy Louise is just adorable, and the story behind it makes it all the more so. I told my husband and he said, "How cute! Wait--you mean they're real people?!" A lesson for us both.

August 13, 2015 06:06 AM
In Response to Keira Knightley's Edie

A friend of mine just had a baby Etta (short for Henrietta) a few months ago.

August 10, 2015 01:46 PM
In Response to Continue the M theme?

It's an old southern tradition to give girls the first name Mary and then call them by their middle names. Often the middle name is the mother's maiden name, so many girls are named things like Mary Chapman, Mary Walker, Mary Carter, etc. and are called Chapman, Walker, and Carter. Mary Charlotte would fit this trend and you could call her Lottie. From your use of the word "mum", however, I'm guessing you're not from the American south...

August 10, 2015 06:13 AM

We just started reading A Wrinkle in Time to the kids last night. I don't know why we waited so long! At any rate, Tess/a fits right in with tesseract if you want a nod to Madeline L'Engle.

August 9, 2015 08:57 PM

Good call. The -belle ending does make me think Southern belle. I live in the south, however, and have not experienced such a high concentration of trendy names. So not central NC.

August 8, 2015 09:15 PM

RachSparkles, I'm guessing you're in the US and in one of the states that is a naming frontier, like Utah or Wyoming. Those three K/C boy names really surprised me!

August 6, 2015 10:07 AM

Thanks for the clarification.

August 6, 2015 10:04 AM

Pamela was actually invented by poet Philip Sidney and was later popularized by Samuel Richardson's novel by the same name, but I take your point. I bet there was a popular cultural influence that caused it to be a big hit in the mid-20th century here in the US.

August 5, 2015 10:50 AM

Wait--Presley is a boy?! That's definitely not how the name plays in America.

I was surprised by the fact that there are two Talyahs and one Talya. How is that pronounced?

August 3, 2015 10:37 AM
In Response to Boy Name

It immediately makes me think of Destinos, the product used in thousands of high schools and college (and still running late nights on PBS) to teach introductory Spanish. But I'm a Spanish teacher, so there you have it.

I like Levi Destino.

August 3, 2015 10:22 AM

One of the characters on the CW show Arrow is named Thea. That network is a naming hitmaker, so I wouldn't be surprised if the character gives the name a little bump, bringing it into more prominence. The character pronounces her name Thee-uh.