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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March 22, 2018 11:00 AM

Yes, the one Yael I know does get the Yale pronunciation a lot. She just accepts it unless she's going to be interacting with the person a lot, in which case she corrects the pronunciation.

March 22, 2018 07:04 AM

I think it would be tough to go through life as a Jael in the US because so many people would pronounce it 'jail'. A few years ago I had a student named Kun, which is pronounced 'gun'. He said it was difficult, but not awful, until the day he was in an airport with a group of friends and someone called out his name loudly. Chaos ensued and after that he started going by a nickname unrelated to his actual name.

March 20, 2018 07:52 PM

Other literary recommendations:

Girls: Dulcinea (has the advantage of having many of the same letters as Universe!), Rocinante (to carry on the Cervantes theme), Celestina (to continue with Spanish literature), Flanders (a unisex name to reference Moll for girls or Ned for boys!), Eternity (not really literary but sounds feminine, sounds good with Universe, and is a perfume to boot)

Boys: Pangloss (because it's all for good and good for all), Pantagruel, Werther, Lazarillo, Tristram (because we all start as a humunculus)

Congratulations and good luck! ;)

March 19, 2018 07:05 AM


March 12, 2018 12:34 PM

Congratulations! How old is your daughter? What is her current name? If she's more than a few months old, I might try to pick a name that has similar sounds to her current name to make it easier for her to recognize it. That could be a way to break a tie between some of the great names you have on your list. I like all of them and think every one of them works fine as a crossover name (unless she is from a region that doesn't speak Spanish, in which case I am of no help). I like Amaris but am not sure how to pronounce it: a MAR iss, a MARE iss, a mar EESE?

March 8, 2018 06:05 AM

I understand the distinction and your worry, but as a name enthusiast, I am all about expanding the pool of names! I love names and learning about names from other cultures is delightful. So I set aside any such qualms and embrace names from all over the place just because it's my thing (as long as the line of religious and/or cultural significance has not been crossed). I'd be thrilled to meet a little Nisha, especially if her parents had a good story to go along with her name. Perhaps you're asking the wrong group of people, or perhaps I need a bit of a course correction. :),

March 8, 2018 05:58 AM

I have long loved the name Faye and am so happy to see it getting some play. Congratulations!

March 7, 2018 06:29 AM

Does Nisha have any particular cultural or religious significance? I think that the label of appropriation applies more if the answer is yes. Would you assume cultural appropriation if a South Asian named her children Olivia and Mason? I'd just assume that she had some connection to the US or the West and liked the names. Names like Bodhi or Cohen fall into thornier territory because they have deep religious and cultural meaning to certain groups of people. If Nisha is the Indian equivalent of Olivia, I'd have no hesitation using it. Just be prepared to have the occasional conversation with those in the know--it will be an opportunity to make new friends!

March 3, 2018 05:23 AM
In Response to Talk to me about Sarah

It's a beautiful combination and you can't get much better than naming your daughter for the Little Flower! And I like Thomas as a top choice for a boy. Keep us posted!

March 2, 2018 11:39 AM
In Response to Talk to me about Sarah

Congratulations! You know I have long loved Theresa for you, but I know you don't like the alliteration with your surname. How about Sarah Therese? As the mother to a Sarah, I heartily recommend it. Despite the fact that the name was in the top 10 the year she was born, she has rarely met another. 

March 2, 2018 11:29 AM
In Response to Middle name help

It definitely predated Beauty and the Beast. I grew up saying it with the --eese ending and I was already in my early 20s when the movie came out.

February 24, 2018 09:36 AM
In Response to The name Jesus

Except in Spanish it's Jesús.

I have no idea, but as an aside, I once had a teacher whose name was H@ys0ose. Yup. (Disguised because I just googled him and his name is unique.)

February 24, 2018 09:31 AM

Wow! I have long hated Twitter, but this might cause me to reactivate my account. Thanks.

February 23, 2018 03:34 PM

Congratulations! I think you have a lot of great names already and a lot of food for thought, but I'll throw out one more name for your consideration. Since you already used a literary reference for a middle name, you could consider using Salman (as in Rushdie) to honor both the author and you (of course, you'd have to like Rushie in order to go this route). I think Cormac Salman or Elias Salman both sound nice. Good luck making your decision!

February 20, 2018 07:15 PM

My son's friend Mabel has a little friend named Talia. And he has a girl in his kindergarten class named Cleo. So I associate all three names with adorable little girls. Another pronunciation of Talia is Ta LEE uh. The possible mispronuncations might sway me toward Cleo, but in the abstract I like Talia better.

February 19, 2018 01:09 PM
In Response to My triplets

Yes, it's amazing!

February 16, 2018 05:06 AM
In Response to Spanish Virtue Names?

José María (and María José for girls), Jesús, Guadalupe (if by "Spanish" you mean "Spanish speaking"; this name only really works for Mexicans), Epifanio (my dad went to school with a boy named this, but I've never heard of another one), Angel

For girls: Encarnación, Inmaculada, Remedios, Araceli, Consuelo, Concepción, Soledad, Rosario

I'm assuming that by religious you mean Christian (and there's always the name Cristián)...

February 13, 2018 06:28 PM

It sounds good! Just so you know: Henry James is the name of a famous author. In my estimation, that's a positive thing, but you should be aware of it.

February 13, 2018 06:23 PM
In Response to Elizabeth vs Veronica

This is so interesting to me! In my 8th grade class there were FIVE girls named Elizabeth Ann/e! Beth, Liz, and three Elizabeths (out of about 150 kids). Crazy. 

February 12, 2018 08:44 PM

My friend Bruce Willis had the same problem on Facebook. He uses his middle name instead of Willis to get around it. He lived life in blissful anonymity until Moonlighting debuted when he was in high school. When my mom was pregnant with one of my younger brothers, my parents chose a perfectly good name. I realized that when paired with our surname, however, his name would be a homonym for a famous southern Civil War figure. That was not what my parents were going for, so they chose another name. I wouldn't intentionally set my kid up for that kind of hassle.