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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Unfortunately Isis is unusable right now. Do you really want people thinking you have chosen the nickname of the terrorist organization?

I think Elle and Lisa work well, Elle in particular for the reasons Karyn stated above. I might try to use Laís with trusted friends and colleagues, but use the nickname for casual acquaintances or people whom you don't expect to see again. 

January 19, 2017 08:11 AM

Araminta! Paging JnH's mom! It's finally happening.

January 18, 2017 08:46 AM

At first I assumed that 'max' was short for 'maximum' and had somehow gotten coded incorrectly because of that. The other spikes on the 15th disprove that, however. Could it be that the programmers decided that babies with names so rare that they show up fewer than five times got coded as Max or Will (or whatever) and lumped in on the 15th as a default?

January 16, 2017 11:57 AM

How about Madeline or Madeleine? The only Madelines I know pronounce their name Madelyn. The French spelling gives you a different pronunciation and it's not that common. Jessamine can also be pronounced Jessamyn.

January 14, 2017 09:04 PM

I agree with you. I think that gender reveal got popular as the title because a "sex reveal party" connotes something altogether different!

January 14, 2017 08:50 AM

Huh. Do you think that people who say "gender reveal parties" are making a political statement? I always assumed it was just that people were squeamish about using the word sex.

January 14, 2017 06:19 AM

I meant cases where the poster said something like "I'm due in three weeks and don't know the gender yet". I know some people are uncomfortable ever using the word 'sex' but it seems so pervasive here that I think the spam filter must be the reason for it. I don't think 'gender' is what is intended in cases like the sentence above.

January 13, 2017 09:13 PM

That must be why everyone on this site says gender instead of sex! I couldn't figure that out as it seems so forced sometimes. The other mods and I have discussed getting to the bottom of this but haven't taken much action so far. Please continue to let us know when you all have problems with the filter.

January 13, 2017 11:25 AM

Thanks! I think one of my kids has read those as the titles sound familiar. I'll have to check them out.

January 11, 2017 08:27 AM
In Response to Twins!!!

Romany is the name of a group of traditionally nomadic people (formerly known as the Gypsies). I'd axe that name. It would be kind of like naming a child Kurd. 

I like Winter and Skye for you.

January 10, 2017 07:37 AM

Thanks! I have never read Erdrich but have always meant to.

January 10, 2017 07:35 AM

I agree. 

January 8, 2017 02:15 PM

I'll point out that my daughter's name was ranked 8 the year she was born. She is now in ninth grade and for the first time knows another Sarah. She's never even had another Sarah in her school, much less in the same class.

January 8, 2017 08:58 AM
In Response to Shiloh and...

If these characters are siblings, I would eliminate Zara because it's too similar to Zahara Jolie-Pitt (with a sibling named Shiloh at birth).

January 8, 2017 07:40 AM
In Response to Our baby boy is here!

Congratulations! We almost named our second Joseph (it became his middle name instead) and I have always loved it. And Jo-fish is just adorable.

January 6, 2017 10:27 AM

There is another pop culture influence going on with Felicity. One of the major characters in the CW's show Arrow is named Felicity. I have no doubt that the show is influencing the name's climb. One of the other major characters is named Thea, which is also climbing in the charts. (Other characters include Oliver, Laurel, and Roy.)

January 6, 2017 10:22 AM

I haven't yet read Tana French's latest book, but I quite agree with your assessment of her writing. I'll have to put my name on the list for the latest!

Kate Morton does a great job with names in all of her books. Check them out if you haven't already read them.

January 5, 2017 08:33 AM

Was it common for women to be in the guilds?

It's always interested me that Lydia is described as being a purple seller, since in contemporary English 'purple' is strictly an adjective.

Thanks for your explanation!

January 4, 2017 07:56 AM

Miriam, what does it mean to be a purple seller? Every time I hear the name Lydia I think of that and have always wondered about it. A quick google search doesn't give me the rich history I know you can. :)

December 19, 2016 07:40 AM
In Response to Middle name for Laura

Definitely Sophie or Susannah