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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May 29, 2016 01:36 PM

That thread should go down in the annals of BNW history as one of the best ever. But man, I'm now exhausted. I think I masked all mentions of S@rk!55!@n for you, but you should check in a day or so. The thread ends with Miriam mentioning the granddaughters of playwright William Saroyan, Strawberry and Cream. Truly, it's an epic dive into all things naming.

May 29, 2016 12:52 PM
In Response to She's here!

Aw, how sweet! Congratulations!

May 28, 2016 12:56 PM
In Response to Help with a Spelling

Oh, dear. But then you might get people pronouncing the name kill-Owen, which is not felicitous.

May 23, 2016 03:03 PM

Anyone who notices will be educated enough to think it's cool. Go for it!

May 21, 2016 05:54 AM

No clue, but she usually goes by her middle name, Ann, or T-Ann.

May 20, 2016 11:45 AM

You won't believe this, but my favorite teacher's husband is a descendent of that man and has the same first and last name! Worst name ever in my opinion (besides my husband's Aunt Trauma). He goes by Phil.

May 20, 2016 06:12 AM

Bushrod Washington--in today's political environment, in which it is apparently acceptable to banter about the size of one's package on national television, well, he'd fit right in, porn name and all.

May 20, 2016 05:07 AM
In Response to Thiago

I would assume that Tiago is a nickname for Santiago. It has not yet hit the top 1,000 names as a standalone name. Thiago could be a nickname for Santiago as well, although I'm confused by the superfluous 'h'.

May 19, 2016 10:08 AM

You are to be commended for not knocking down small children or abandoning your own child on a swing to ask for specifics. But I admit to feeling a bit sad that you didn't. ;)

May 17, 2016 12:40 PM

That's fascinating. In my accent it might as well be spelled Shay Crayg. They have almost the exact same sound.

May 17, 2016 05:28 AM

I agree with this if Craig is the surname. If it's a second middle name, then I don't think the repeated sound matters. But Max Craig sounds better to me than Shay Craig.

May 13, 2016 11:00 AM

Congratulations! That is wonderful news. I had wondered what name you had settled on. I didn't see the thread you listed (for some reason I wasn't copying the right URL, I guess), but I went to your username and found this thread:


I think I got all the instances of Ja5per and Th0rne changed in there. You'll need to do another search in a day or so to see if we have masked everything for you.

May 13, 2016 05:27 AM

If popularity is a concern at all (and it doesn't need to be), think of it this way: If you're concerned about adults finding the name fresh and new, choose Rosalie. If you're concerned about your daughter's peers thinking of her name as fresh and different, choose Heidi.

May 12, 2016 12:09 PM

The only time I would say that there is a firm law is for siblings. I can't support siblings having the same name, although I know it has been done (I do know a family that has two daughters named Mary, but they combine Mary with their middle names to distinguish the kids, and then there's George Foreman). Other than that, I would say each family needs to negotiate its own rules. Some families (and cultures) celebrate repeating names while others don't.

May 12, 2016 12:04 PM

You are set on it or aren't? You wrote 'are' but somehow I think you meant aren't.

At any rate, some surname-type names: Mason, Briar, Cooper, Tanner, Carter, Jensen

Other names: Josiah, Sebastian, Cyrus, Jasper, Felix, Connor

May 12, 2016 11:57 AM

I like DC's top three: William, Henry, and James. How literary!

May 10, 2016 05:27 AM
In Response to Name etymology

I know nothing about etymology, but those in the know on this site usually recommend Behind the Name. I have never seen the name Zaylee before, but it might be a creative respelling of the French name Zélie.

May 10, 2016 05:23 AM

Only Anastasia will give your daughter a shot at not having to constantly correct the spelling of her name. I have a friend with this name who goes by Tacia, pronounced Tay-sha.

May 9, 2016 08:25 PM
In Response to Twin girl names

I think that's exactly why siblings get named things like George and Eliot, Beatrice and Ramona, and Sawyer and Huck (or Tom and Finn). The parents aren't necessarily aware of the relation in literature or pop culture, but they have heard the pairing at some point. I think it's wise to run sibling names past a series of people to be sure that these connections either don't exist or don't matter if they do.

May 9, 2016 08:22 PM

Maybe the Polish name Gosia plus Leigh? Gosia is pronounced Go-sha.