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!

My Favorite Names
My Recent Blog Comments
March 2, 2015 07:36 PM
In Response to Callan or Zephyr?

Callan seems much more preppy to me, whereas Zephyr seems more like the cool kid (John Bender, Judd Nelson's character) from The Breakfast Club. Without knowing the kid, I think I like Zephyr a little more because it's more interesting, but I'd hesitate to name a child after the wind in case he turned out to be ADHD or something. A particularly active boy might get some snide remarks if he shared the name of the west wind (even though the zephyr is supposedly the most mild of the winds).

March 2, 2015 02:47 PM

My suspicion is that most of the people on naming sites who would advocate for Leona over Leonie are Americans. We Americans tend to say things like "I prefer the full name on the birth certificate rather than the nickname", but naming conventions in the UK seem different. I cannot imagine meeting a little Alfie in the US. Go for Leonie if it's what you love.

March 2, 2015 07:31 AM
In Response to Meet our baby BOY!!!!

Congratulations! I love his name.

February 28, 2015 02:47 PM

Dido or Lavinia?

February 27, 2015 06:51 AM

Unfortunately I read Brietta as Beretta and did a double take. I like Levi with both Gracie and Emmy, although I'm in the majority and agree that they are nicknames and I prefer a full name on the birth certificate. I love the name Violet but would never be able to keep straight a Levi and a Violet.

February 26, 2015 07:55 PM

Fair point! Thanks for the reminder.

February 25, 2015 07:31 PM

The name Eden was given to 377 boys in 2013 and to 2,022 girls. Most parents seem to think of it as a girls' name. I am not sure how I feel about Eden as a name as to me it's quite loaded. Symbolically, it represents the place where evil came into the world (at least in a Christian worldview). Of course, you could just think about prelapsarian images of Eden, the place of perfection where animals, plants, and people lived in complete harmony. While I think it's interesting to have a name that represents both absolute innocence and corruption, it's not something I would want to name my child. To me it's almost too intellectually stimulating as I can never decide how I feel about it. 

February 25, 2015 12:11 PM
In Response to Book Club

Avoid the Soldier Son trilogy. I didn't read those books, but my husband did and he said they were terrible. The Rain Wild Chronicles is great! I loved all four books. I have the newest book (Fool's Assassin) on my bedside table, but haven't read it yet. I have to finish Tigana first, which I believe you recommended. I'm really enjoying it, so thanks!

February 25, 2015 08:19 AM

Is she willing to consider names from ancient Rome as well? Is she having a girl or a boy?

February 25, 2015 06:04 AM
In Response to Hackers!

Update: The wizards at Cafe Mom are working on a programming solution!

February 24, 2015 12:02 PM

Yes, I have a student named Karina this semester. She's Indian.

February 24, 2015 06:03 AM
In Response to Thoughts on my List?

I don't remember studying Cicero in school, but I certainly knew his name. He must have been covered in the three-week unit we did on the Romans in high school. Now, after reading all of Steven Saylor's Roma sub Rosa series, just hearing his name makes me smile. Saylor's writing is good enough that I now have a genuine interest in the period, something that wasn't true before.

February 24, 2015 05:14 AM
In Response to Hackers!

Since Sunday morning, I have deleted 419 pieces of spam. I'll wait until tomorrow afternoon to hit the "Contact Us" button, but I'm hoping the creators of this site have a programmer on staff.

February 23, 2015 09:51 AM
In Response to A name for my nephew

Amadeo or Dante?

February 22, 2015 06:17 AM
In Response to Hackers!

Nedibes, HGN, and lucubratrix, I think we need to take a few days (maybe starting today and going through Wed?) to record how many posts we're deleting. I just spent the last 45 minutes deleting posts, and the Indian spammers are still on here posting even as I type this. The pace has definitely increased over the past two weeks (and again, HGN, a huge thank you!) and I think we have at least one, maybe two or three people who are spamming this site for several hours every day (what a dreadful job!). A programming solution is needed, and I think giving some data to the programmers at Stir Cafe might help build our case.

February 22, 2015 06:08 AM
In Response to Callan or Callen?

My neighbors' two-year-old son has this name. I think they spell it Callan, but I'm not positive. If I think of it the next time I see them, I'll ask. 

February 21, 2015 12:48 PM

Lore seems like the perfect nickname for Lorelei, given the mythological origins of the name. 

I went to graduate school with a Lorelei, so I don't consider it unprofessional or lightweight at all.

February 21, 2015 12:42 PM
In Response to Hackers!

Yes, thanks for the tip! I just deleted over 200 spam messages in less than 30 minutes. It wasn't painless, but it was a lot faster than the five clicks I needed to do them one at a time.

February 20, 2015 11:00 AM

Stick around! This site is addictive and it's one of the few places on the internet where civility and kindness predominate.

February 19, 2015 03:00 PM
In Response to Hackers!

Got it; thanks! I think my kids will have yet another snow day tomorrow, which means no crazy rush in the morning (though lots of whining and moaning for the rest of the day). I'll be ready to try out these new skills. :),