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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August 29, 2014 06:41 AM

The only Lucian I've ever met is now about seven. He attended my older son's Waldorf preschool, so I'd say your guess about the demographics is correct.

August 28, 2014 08:47 AM

Don't use Anne unless you're a fan of actress Anne Archer.

August 27, 2014 09:32 AM

I have heard of girls named Hunter. It's not subtle, though!

August 27, 2014 09:30 AM

I have a good friend with sons named Ian, Colin, and Aidan. As far as I know, they don't get mixed up (at least not on sound; they all kind of look alike!).

August 27, 2014 09:28 AM
In Response to A name for a boy

Well, as the mother of a Peter and an Alexander, I have to recommend the latter. I felt slightly rueful that I hadn't named my daughter Catherine (she was born first), but they are my three "greats" regardless of their names. Alexander probably isn't dorky enough for your husband, however. How about Alec?

August 25, 2014 08:02 PM

If you live in an area where there are some Spanish speakers, I would stick with Miqueas. You will have to educated fewer people, and the likelihood that even the non-Spanish speakers know how to pronounce things even a little in Spanish will help. In my area, even people who have no familiarity with Spanish know to pronounce José, Enrique, and Juan simply because there are enough Hispanics here that there has been a general education in Spanish pronunciation. 

Michaeas looks to me like you were trying to write Michaelmas and left out a few letters. Even though I knew the spelling, I had to check three times to ensure that I had typed it correctly.

August 22, 2014 12:13 PM

Wow. Harvey-Lee is quite the loaded name!

August 21, 2014 06:02 AM
In Response to Problem with names

What country are you from? All of those names sound normal to these American ears (although some of your spelling choices are not standard, though not weird), but I'm not sure what you're asking since you don't say your country of origin.

August 20, 2014 07:34 PM

The character probably would have been born in the early 80s. Unusual, but not vanishingly rare. It was more the fact that the gay man got the feminine-sounding name that bothered me than the fact that his name was unusual for the time. The straight men all had names that were and have remained firmly on the boys' side.

August 20, 2014 02:44 PM

I just remembered that last week I read a book in which a gay male character was named Kelly. It made me nuts because the first time he was introduced he was paired with a female named Max (in the sentence, not as a romantic relationship) and I couldn't parse out the pronouns to figure out what was happening. I realize that the author deliberately chose Max's name to be ambiguous, but it offended me that as a gay man, Kelly had a name that is now almost entirely given to women. 

August 20, 2014 02:38 PM

He doesn't get a pass. The book was published in the early 2000s. But your point is a good one.

August 20, 2014 06:21 AM

I once read a book in which the name of a minor character changed from Janice to Jennifer halfway through. I spent at least an extra fifteen minutes puzzling over this and flipping back to previous sections to establish that I was correct and that Janice/Jennifer was indeed the first murder victim. My assumption is that the editor changed the name (because Janice was an unusual choice for a girl born in 1986, at least compared with Jennifer), but it could hae been the author himself who just didn't do a "search and replace".

I don't have any additions to your very comprehensive list. Three cheers! Those things make me crazy as well.

August 18, 2014 07:37 PM
In Response to Noun names for boys?

There's always Maverick.

August 16, 2014 05:52 AM
In Response to Elizabeth or Caroline?

The pronunciation of the -line names seems aritrary to me. Here's how I break them down:

Names pronounced to rhyme with 'wine':

Adeline, Caroline, Emmeline

Names pronounced like Lynn:

Evangeline, Jacqueline, Madeline

Names pronounced with 'leen' on the end:

Celine, Pauline


For what it's worth, I love both Caroline and Elizabeth. Caroline seems fresher to me just because I hear Elizabeth every day of my life. :)

August 16, 2014 05:38 AM

Congratulations! I love the name you chose. Best wishes that baby Asher will be going home with you very soon.


Could you do Lucia Rose?

Sharon (as in "rose of") might work as well. There's also Milagros (Mee lah gros), which means "miracles" in Spanish.

August 14, 2014 06:00 AM
In Response to Some sightings

Thanks for the morning chuckle!

August 12, 2014 09:32 AM

I'm with nedibes on this one. I think the chances that Enos escapes the "Enos the penis" teasing hovers around 0. Some boys might be able to deal with that, but my guess is that it would bother every Enos at some point or another. Emmett is a wonderful choice.

August 11, 2014 08:07 PM

Wonderful news, Laura! Thanks for putting in all the hours. I have appreciated all your hard work.

August 10, 2014 11:45 AM

Janaia I pronounce as Ja NYE ah

Janiah could be either Ja NYE ah or Ja NEE ah (although I'd default to the former because of names like Josiah and Mariah)

I'd go with the former.