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 2, 2015 02:46 PM
In Response to Puppy

Awesome! That's a perfect name. :)

August 1, 2015 05:56 AM
In Response to Dreams

I woke up thinking about this thread, EVie! My dream had me returning to college only to find that my new dorm room looked like a cheap hotel room on the Vegas strip complete with peach velour bedding and salmon-colored curtains. The kicker was that I had a new roommate named Blenise. Maybe she's off on that coffee date with Juliain.

July 28, 2015 10:21 AM
In Response to Middle Names

I grew up with a (male) Trace and think it sounds masculine. I think that Trace Clay sounds abrupt, but Trace Clayton is lovely. That's what I meant. Gideon Clay sounds just as good to me as Gideon Clayton.

July 28, 2015 05:54 AM
In Response to Middle Names

Just chiming in to say that it blows my mind that all three of you chose Clay and Alayna, two names I don't consider to be very common. Wow. I think that Gideon Clay sounds good. Trace would sound better with Clayton.

July 28, 2015 05:49 AM

I agree. In English I would pronounce it V-ear-a. But in Spanish the vowels change so that the 'e' would be pronounced more like 'air'.

July 28, 2015 05:46 AM
In Response to We're at an impasse!

Those names sound right together because Ashton Carter is the current US Secretary of Defense.

Grant and Cash together to me suggest a family preoccupied with finances, but if you love Cash and can get your husband on board, you should do it. 

Do you like Colton?

July 25, 2015 03:46 PM
In Response to Quadruple the fun

Congratulations! These are wonderful names and I kind of wish you were having septuplets just so that you could use all of them. Just kidding! Best of luck with your pregnancy and please keep us updated. We love hearing about the names once babies are born (and anything else you might care to share).

July 25, 2015 07:45 AM
In Response to Major shout-out to BNW

There was a little girl named Fannie at my children's elementary school several years ago. She looked Hispanic.

July 24, 2015 06:08 AM
In Response to Major shout-out to BNW

This is depressing. Not to dispute Nancy's thesis at all, because clearly people did name their children after racist politicians, I'm curious about how common it was to pay this type of homage to politicians in general. Has the practice disappeared? I just briefly checked the stats on Palin and found that there were 39 girls named Palin in 2009 (there were none in 2007 and only 14 in 2008--but she didn't start getting press until halfway through the year). Palin does have some trendy sounds, but I don't think there's anyway to explain the name's jump onto the charts other than Sarah Palin's sudden appearance on the national scene. I wouldn't be suprised if other parents paid tribute to her with other spellings as well (Paylynn, Paelyn, etc.), although I don't have time at the moment to look this up.

Does this mean we can expect next year's stats to show a few baby Trumps or Sanderses?

July 24, 2015 06:00 AM
In Response to Major shout-out to BNW

The reason is that Americans say, "He's a Benedict Arnold" to mean "he's a traitor." It's not that Americans are particularly knowledgeable about Arnold, it's that his name became a very common expression, although perhaps now it's fading out of use. I don't think I've heard anyone say that in a long time.

July 23, 2015 08:35 AM

I'm not clear on what you mean here. Do you want a name that rhymes with Johanna? Adina doesn't rhyme with it, but I think the two match quite well. They're uncommon, pretty, and familiar.

July 23, 2015 08:32 AM

How sweet! I love his name. Congratulations.

July 23, 2015 06:08 AM

You know, I just had a startling realization. My neighbors (and very close friends) are named Eddie and Flo. It never occured to me until reading this post that their names have water associations--flow and eddy. Wild. (I realize you were saying Edie, but I'm so attuned to Flo and Eddie together that that's what I saw.) How can I call myself a name enthusiast?! Hee hee. I think I'd go with Edie just to be able to make that little word play with your daughters' names (even though the pronunciation of Edie is different).

This causes me to remember that my parents had close friends named Eben and Florence. They put Ebb and Flow on the license plate of their car, which I thought was really cute.

For what it's worth, Ditmas sounds to me like 'ditz', so I'd use it only in the middle name slot.

July 22, 2015 03:57 PM

Ugh! My apologies. I deleted the extra post and inadvertently deleted the wrong one (despite the fact that I double checked what I was doing!). PJ had posted a reply that Indiana doesn't come across as overtly feminine despite the -ana ending. PJ also knows a boy called Indy (a nickname for Indigo) and wonders if perhaps that would interest you.


So sorry! PJ, please feel free to add what I have here.

July 22, 2015 03:53 PM
In Response to Sibling Name

I think all the names on your list would work well except for Eden. John Steinbeck wrote an American classic called East of Eden. There's also a classic American film by the same name (an adaptation of the book).


My old boss is grandmother to one of those California Rainiers. I think he was born in 2008, but it might have been a little later.

July 21, 2015 10:40 AM
In Response to Major shout-out to BNW

Wow. That article on Nancy's blog was fascinating, but chilling.


I had the misfortune of going to Target three times in the last four days. On one of those trips, I heard a mom calling to her toddler, a wee Dresden. He looked as though he wanted to wreak havoc on the store, but his mom had him well in hand. :),

July 17, 2015 05:47 AM

Wow, that's fascinating. My dad was named Herbert in 1941, so it was definitely a name in the ethos. Hoobie is kind of cute.

July 16, 2015 06:36 AM

Congratulations! He has a very handsome name.