Since this is the dilemma section I couldn't resist

So some of you have already heard this dilemma.  My favorite girls name is Theresa with the nicknname Tess.  I have loved it for years and dh does as well.  She'd fit beautifully in with our other kids names -  Paul, Clare, Mark, Katharine (nn Kate) and James.  The dilemma is that our last name is Tys0n.  So is Theresa Tys0n terrific or terrible?  Are the repeatiing T-s sounds just to over the top.  Will she feel akward introducing herself to perspective employers as Theresa Tys0n?  Is it a name you'd want for yourself?

Our current number 2 is Stella.  Which also appeals to me but is far more popular and doesn't make me swoon the way Theresa does. 

If it makes a difference, I think I'd pick a middle name like Lily, Molly, or Chloe.

We're not expecting yet - just hope to be soon.





April 12, 2012 11:45 AM

Another Laura-I would actually turn your choices around and pick Molly, Chloe or Lily as the first name choices. However, I'm sure you know that my tastes tend to lean towards the 70/80's type of names anyway :) Theresa Tys0n doesn't make me cringe and neither does Tess T-n. Stella actually sounds worse to me because the ST sound emphasizes the T more to me. Plus Stella is just not my cup of tea especially with your others. If those were the ONLY names allowed to be picked just for fun, I'd pick Molly but if you don't want a repeating letter than Lily. This seems like the perfect time to use the Advanced Matchmaker on Laura's site so other options that would I choose:

Samantha, Natalie, Lydia, Victoria, Sarah, Rachel, Diana, Josephine, Ruth, Alice, Abigail, Gabrielle, Grace

Danielle, Paige, Courtney, Lindsey

(I put in Theresa, Paul, Mark and no repeats of letters previously used) Nymbler gives me additionally:

Camilla, Susan, Celeste, Emily, Adrienne, Helen, Rebecca, Rose

I think all the C names I listed are far enough away from Clare and Katherine to work.

April 12, 2012 12:03 PM

Oh no, Stella sounds worse!  That's terrible news. 

Molly, Lily, and Chloe aren't really examples of names I like.  I just think that the "ee" ending works well with Theresa.  So the suggestions don't really appeal too much.  I have been using Laura's matchmaker a lot though!

Katharine was almost a Sarah but dh thinks it sounds a little plain now.  I do think it's a very nice fit with my other kids though.  I really do like Grace (it would have been Mark's name) but don't like how lispy Gracie Tyson sounds.  But the real problem is how Grace/Gracie is super popular here.  It just stop feeling special and Gracie began to sound like Gravey.





April 17, 2012 5:19 PM

I work with a Teresa Tipton. I know it doesn't have the repeating s sound, but it is pretty similar, and I've never thought anything of it. 

April 12, 2012 11:54 AM

Theresa Tys0n doesn't bother me one bit, and I think it sounds better than Stella Tys0n. As for middle names, I think a one-syllable name gives a better flow than two syllables - e.g. Theresa Mae Tys0n vs Theresa Molly Tys0n.


By hwar
April 12, 2012 11:59 AM

I think Theresa Tyson is very close to being a dealbreaker, and the nickname Tess Tyson, by which she would be known most often, is a tongue twister.  My husband's first and last names have a similar repetition of letters and sounds and it is really hard for people to pronounce/remember, and they often confuse which name is the first and which is the last, or call him by a made-up name that is somewhere in between the two. I would not use Theresa/Tess in your situation.  It is heartbreaking to let go of those great names that don't fit with your surname. I have many names that fit that category, sadly, some of my favorites among them. 

Of course, you could always give the baby a different surname. Yours perhaps, or a hyphenated surname ________-Tyson, if the name Theresa/Tess is that important to you and your partner.  However, I am thinking this option will sound absurd to you.  Alternatively you could pick a middle that would "stick" to the first name nickname and become part of her first name, i.e. she would always be called Tessa June. 

My experience with baby names is that my taste (and my husband's taste) in names changed somewhat once I was naming an actual person and not just a hypothetical baby.  Not to mention that you might not even have a girl.  So I think, since you are making a fantasy list for a fantasy baby, it's fine to keep Theresa/Tess at the top of the list. And then when you get pregnant and are naming a real baby, it will be easier to cross names off the list that don't suit for whatever reason, because you'll be choosing a name that will need to last a real person for their entire life. 

April 12, 2012 12:15 PM

Anna-X -- During my last pregnancy I had decided to go with Theresa and was thinking May for a middle name.  Then I decided that maybe a 2-syllable name  would be better. 

hwar - I have jokingly considered using my maiden name, but not seriously.  I really appreciate hearing your husband's experiences.  Having named 5 babies my fantasy baby name list and my real baby name list are pretty much the same =)  And having a boy will be no fun at all as we've already got the name picked out =)




April 12, 2012 1:15 PM

For me, the T-T would be too much. I'm a Sh@ralyn Sha---, and I used to go by teh nn Sh@ri before I got married. That extra syllable breaks up the alliteration just a bit more for me (I actually dismissed my husband as a potential mate when I first met him because of his last name). It's why despite my love of the name, we will never have a Charlotte Sha---. I too find Stella too close to the last name also.


I like the suggestion of a "tag along" nickname like Tessa June or Tessa Grace (I really like this one--although that is a lot sof "ssssss") to help break up the alliteration. The other option is to move Theresa to a middle name and come up with something in the first name slot that she would go by.



April 12, 2012 2:03 PM

This thread has been helpful.  I guess I'll see if i can come up with something better than Theresa or Stella.  The double barrel thing isn't going to work as dh shortens names.  I'd never had a nickname in my whole life until I met him and he calls me Lo.  He's done the same thing with my parents who are Cath and Lar to him rather than Cathy and Larry.  And Katharine isn't Kate to him but Kat and James is Jam or Jam-n-toast =) 

By hyz
April 12, 2012 2:25 PM

To play devil's advocate, I think that Tess Tys0n has some vintage star-power appeal--it sounds very much to me like a name that would fit right in with Lois Lane and Clark Kent.  Snappy, memorable, attractive.  I could also see her as a news anchor, maybe, or an author.  In terms of preference, I like Stella a bit better than Theresa, but Tess much better than Stella.  If Theresa is the name you swoon over, I wouldn't discard it unless you find one you like as much! 

Oh, and I also like the Tessa June or Tessa May suggestions.  Since I don't find Tess Tys0n objectionable, I think it would be totally fine if your DH just called her Tess, and you and other family members switched between that and the longer form.  But then, I tend to switch between a lot of different affectionate nns for my kids, so it would feel pretty natural to me--maybe it's different for you guys. 

April 12, 2012 5:05 PM

I agree with hyz.  I think Tess Tys0n is snappy and likeable.  I'd stick with it if you love it.

By mk
April 27, 2012 4:05 PM

I agree. Tess Tyson is an awesome vintage-style name. I don't think Theresa even needs a nickname, it's great on it's own (the Theresas I know never shortened their name).

I see nothing wrong with the two T's in Theresa Tyson. It would never occur to me to think that odd or over the top.

I say stick with Theresa.

April 12, 2012 4:11 PM

Do you like alliteration or not? Because if you do, there's no reason to not use Theresa. It's a nice name, it fits with your other children's names*, and the only potential problem is that it is alliterate with your surname - unless you don't see that as a problem.

*I like how it "completes" the set so that Katharine is not the only long name.

I'm with Hyz that I like alliteration and find that it makes names memorable and attractive. (And snappy in a good way in case of Tess T.). But alliteration seems to divide people; you either like it or hate it. Is that an issue for you?

April 12, 2012 5:02 PM

We were always in the don't like alliteration camp, and I think it's only as we've named more kids and have more trouble finding names we both like that not using a mutual favorite gets harder and harder.  If we really liked alliteration we'd have used Theresa and Thomas for our first 2 kids!  Also it's not just the alliteration that's the trouble it's that pesky repeating "s".   DH is not into bold choices -- you should see his tie collection!   On his own he'd never be considering a Theresa or Tess Tys0n.  So then it's up to me to reassure him that it's snappy and cool but I'm not so sure myself.   I agree that Tess/Theresa is a great compliment to Kate/Katharine.  


April 12, 2012 5:56 PM

another Laura, I know I"ve commented on your dilemma before but I adore Theresa Tys0n.  Stella Tys0n just doesn't sound as good to me. Pluse Theresa goes with your other kids names so much better (in my opinion).

I can take or leave alliteration but in this case it works well.  I think Theresa Molly is my favourite fn/mn combo of your picks.

April 12, 2012 6:25 PM

So I'm reading all the comments aloud to my dh on the phone one of you had shortened the name to Tess T. and dh cringes and says no, we can't name her testies.   Is he being juvenile or is he on to something?  He claims that you go by your first name last initial a lot as a child.

April 12, 2012 6:42 PM

Well, I hear it too... but in the unlikely situation there's another Tess in her class she could always go by Tessa or Theresa. Are your other children commonly known as Paul T, Clare T, Mark T, Kate T and James T?

April 12, 2012 11:11 PM

While I can see his point I think the simple solution would be to either use her full name or Tessa T.  I still think it's a snappy name combo.

April 15, 2012 5:17 PM

Hmm, well, that would definitely be a problem ONLY if she goes by Tess rather than Tessa.  And then it'd probably only happen in 5th or 6th grade when they start to learn scientific terms for the human reproductive system.  So it's a definite risk, but a small one, I think.

April 12, 2012 9:00 PM

another Laura-I'm sorry I was not able to offer another name you liked. I've been with you through this journey for a while and it seems you have your heart set on Theresa. I didn't mean to suggest that it was not a good name for you. I am just not a fan of alliteration having been an St- St-before marriage. I do like Theresa better than Stella though. I also like the suggestion to do a double barreled name. I agree that Tess T is tease-worthy but I also noted that if you choose Tessa June then you could do a nn like TJ. I think TJ would be cute on a little girl and make it easy on your DH to shorten her name as much as possible yet she could still be Tess(a) in other situations if you like.

April 12, 2012 10:57 PM

zoerhenne - I didn't plan on posting about it again because I know several of you have already commented on the whole situation, but with the option of posting it on a forum entitled dillemas presented itself I just couldn't resist. 

I really do appreciate everyone's comments and I'm sure I will read and re-read everyone's comments as we continue to weigh the pros and cons of Tess Tys0n.

I agree that I don't think Tess T. would come up very much.  DH was a teacher for awhile and was probably use to classrooms where several kids have the same name so they put their first name and last initial on the paper.  I'd be surprised to have two Theresa nn Tess in the same classrom and in those case she could always just write Tyson.


By hyz
April 12, 2012 9:16 PM

Well, I hear the problem with Tess T., but I really don't know how often it would even come up.  I can't think of any time that either of my kids have been called by FN lastinitial.  It probably does/will come up if you have a common FN, or if you have a very long LN, but I can't see that being a big threat with Tess OR Tys0n.  I don't know.  I understand the hesitation over it, but I can't see it being a deal breaker.  

April 14, 2012 2:34 PM

When was the last time you heard of a baby named Theresa? I think it's very unlikely she'll ever be called by her last initial. I love the name Theresa and would have lobbied hard for it had Alex been a girl. My husband's first name begins with a T and he has never been bothered by the alliteration. As a matter of fact, he was born with a different name and chose his new name when he was in college (he hated the person for whom he was named, disliked the name, and chose to name himself after his grandfather).


Pick Theresa!!!!! It's a great name and is very underused.

By Guest (not verified)
April 14, 2012 3:29 PM

In case you are counting votes, I think Tess T- sounds smashing. I would do it:) But then, I have a Patrick P@lmer and I like alliteration in general, so... 

April 14, 2012 7:50 PM

Theresa Tyson sounds just fine to me (both on paper and out loud). Just don't give her a middle name that starts with T and she'll be fine. My husband's father's name is David DeW--- and his cousin's name is Danielle DeW---, and nobody makes silly comments about their names.

April 15, 2012 10:54 PM

I think the name Theresa Tys0n or Tess Tys0n wouldn't even make me blink.  It trips just fine off my tongue, and it doesn't sound confusing to me at all.  But then, I've always liked a little alliteration! 

April 16, 2012 11:03 AM

I like Theresa nn. Tess and agree that it's a great fit with your other kids. But like you, I'm on the fence about the alliteration. How much is too much is such a matter of personal taste! The fact that both the T and S sounds repeat is what's making me wary; I like a little bit of echo between first name and surname, but in this case almost the entire name is echo. So, Theresa works better for me than Tess, but I wouldn't want to use Theresa and give up Tess! So, I hesitate, but ultimately I think it can work - you just have to own the choice!

If you do go for it, Theresa, Tess and Tys0n are such normal well-known names that the combination is not going to come across as ridiculous or put together just for the sake of the alliteration (e.g. Stella Stallone). Also in your favor, the sounds are all very clean ("snappy" as others have said), so I don't think you should have a tongue-twister problem (although you might try asking more people to say the name aloud to get their reactions) - for me, the consonant clusters in a name like Frances Preston give me more trouble without any alliteration at all.

I also like Theresa better than Stella both with your last name and with your other kids' names. If I remember right, you were thinking of Stella Maris as a tribute to the Virgin Mary, but since you wouldn't be using the combination in everyday use, the name would stick out amongst her siblings. Theresa feels classic if less used today; Stella (though I do like it) reads more modern, both as a recent hipster/celebrity rediscovery (see Stella McCartney) and thus a bolder style statement, and as a rhyme to the ubiquitous "Bella-family" names.

Of your suggestions, I would pick Lily over Molly or Chloe as a middle name for Theresa, but I'd prefer a one-syllable name. May is a great choice, but if you're looking for more ideas I'd suggest Joy or Jane (love the TJ option), Hope and Anne. Despite (or because of?) the alliteration, Rose and Ruth also have some appeal.

I can't remember what else you've considered and had to rule out over the years, but I love Cecilia for you (classic, another appealing saint reference; possible nicknames: Cee, Lily if you want something more modern, "Silly" at home). Also, how about Leah or Ruth, or Margaret or Virginia (lots of nickname options)?

April 16, 2012 12:49 PM

Thank you everyone so much for the continued responses.  I'm definitely mulling over all the opinions.   With the mixed reviews Theresa does get to stay on the list.  It was also helped last night as I was looking over my family tree (for the name game) and reminded that Theresa was my great-grandmother's name (though she may have been Theresia).  DH seems to also prefer a 1-syllable middle name for Theresa -- either May (Mae) or June.

Everyone seems to agree that Stella isn't a great choice for us.  DH and I have been talking about Anna as our Theresa alternative.  We both really like Leah but we do prefer names with an easily identifiable saint.  We make a big deal about saints feast days.  So much so that it would be pretty tough on a kid if their saints day wasn't on the calendar.  Leah isn't ruled out completely because of that, but its chances are hurt.

April 16, 2012 3:19 PM

I grew up with a double initial and I had no issues with it.  I know kids whose first and last names rhyme and they have a great sense of humor about it.  I don't think you have to worry about Tess T.  If your husband is really opposed to the nn Tess, you might suggest the nn Reese instead.  I think Reese Tyson sounds snappy.

April 18, 2012 12:50 AM

I also have a double initial and love it.  I get it at work a lot as a nickname which is nice for a woman in a male dominated field (they usually make up less-than flattering nicknames for each other!) When I got married I  didn't change my name for many reasons, but one was definitely because I liked the double initial. 

I think Tess Tyson sounds great.  And, Theresa Tyson sound nice and could easily be a CEO...

By Coll
April 18, 2012 6:33 PM

Tess Tyson has really grown on me. It's snappy-- it would make a great byline for a reporter. My sister's name alliterates with esses in much the same way-- Her first name is Casey and our last name is something like Cassidy (though that isn't it), with a hard C and an S in the first syllable. It's a very memorable name and hasn't caused her any problems.

April 19, 2012 5:02 PM

The continued responses have been great.  I'm happy when I see that there are new comments and even happier that the latest ones have been so positive.  Also as I've searched for other names we like none sound as nice with Clare and Katharine as Theresa.   I'm feeling better about Theresa Tys0n.  I'm thinking Tess might be a little more questionable but I'm also betting that I'll call her Theresa and dh will call her Tess so she'll feel comfortable with both and as she ages she can choose whichever suits her best.  Now i just have to get dh to forget about Tess T. =)  Oh, and if we actually have a girl and pick Theresa dh and I will have to duke it out as he's more of a Teresa supporter.  For now as we email about the name I'm always switching back and forth between the two.

April 19, 2012 5:47 PM

This is probably just me and you can feel free to have it not matter in the least to you, but when I see Theresa I think Ter-ee-sah and when I see Teresa I think Ter-ay-suh. However, I think the H is prettier on paper.

April 19, 2012 10:20 PM

We say both as Ter-ee-sah.  I use the people will say "Ter-ay-suh" argument with dh but I'm not sure how legit it is particularly as we live in an area in the country with a pretty small Hispanic population.   I agree that the "h" is prettier.

April 27, 2012 9:47 AM

I have had a similar dilemma, though slightly different -- my hubs and I love love love Tess, it's definitely our #2 girl name (behind the one we'll use when/if we have a girl -- Susanna), but we're not such big fans of Theresa/Teresa (negative association with two different Theresas we knew, nothing against the name itself! So many great saint namesakes!). So I have spent years trying to come up with a formal name for Tess (like you, we'd like a saint name, so not Tessa as a given name, though it's cute!).

I've come up with two options that I think I like: Maria-Therese nn Tess, and Elizabeth nn Tess. I like Therese, but it always seems sort of abrupt on its own, and I have a hard time finding mns to use with it that flow well and also have family connections (since we have don't have anyone named Theresa/Teresa/Therese in our family tree, I'd really want a family mn, and I prefer a version of Mary), which is why I like Maria-Therese. I think I might be able to convince hubs that Therese wouldn't be the mn (he doesn't like the idea of going by one's mn), that Tess would be a nn for the fn "Maria-Therese." Even still, I don't know what mn I would pair with it, if at all.

But Elizabeth -- I'm feeling really good about it. It's a family name, a great saint name, loads of mns go well with it, I think it goes great with our boys, and also with (still hypothetical) big sister Susanna ... the only weird thing is that Tess isn't a traditional nn for it. BUT -- we all know Betty and Bess are nns for Elizabeth, and I've read in several name books recently that Tettie is as well ... Betty and Bess, Tettie and -- Tess! I've completely convinced myself it works! And it totally goes with your girls, Clare and Katharine! (As a side note, I'm Katherine, I have a sister Elizabeth, and a sister Molly!)

Do either of these suggestions help? I know you love Theresa, so unfortunately it doesn't help to offer different fns, but I just thought I'd throw them out there. For what it's worth, I think Theresa Tyson sounds awesome. Tess Tyson/Tess T. is not as great as Theresa Tyson to me, but not so bad. She also might end up Tessie, which might sound better with Tyson and with T (Tessie T. is really cute!). I also love the idea of Stella Maris, but I do think it'll stick out when listed with your other kiddos. I don't think Stella Tyson sounds worse than Theresa Tyson though, I think it sounds fine.

A last couple random thoughts -- I like a shorter mn for Theresa -- May or Mae is my favorite (can be considered a form of Mary), though the suggestion of Tessa June really sang to me, very sweet! And if you'd consider calling her by her mn, I know a Molly Theresa.

April 27, 2012 10:58 AM

Traleerose-I love the logic and thnk it works perfectly! Tess is a great nn for Elizabeth. I also second your suggestion of Molly Theresa. 

By EVie
April 27, 2012 3:12 PM

I actually know an Elizabeth nn Tess. I always thought it was a bit of a stretch, but clearly it's worked well enough (she's an adult in her 30s). If it feels right to you, I would go ahead and use it. Also, in Jeffrey Eugenides's novel Middlesex, Tessie is used as a nickname for Theodora. 

April 28, 2012 11:20 PM

Thanks so much for your thoughts. I had read once on a message board about Tess as a nn for Elizabeth. I guess it could work. Elizabeth is actually on my long list mostly b/c I really liked it paired with Laura - my name obviously but also a family name. And I don't really have a favorite nickname for Elizabeth either. The only trouble is I actually think it's the sound of Tess Tys0n as much as if not more than Theresa Tys0n is what makes me worry. But I'll give it some thought.  I think if we ever rule Theresa out completely I mighty come back to Elizabeth nn Tess.

Since I brought up Laura as a middle name is there any chance that Theresa Laura Tys0n would work?  I haven't fallen in love with any combo yet and I would like to use my name.  I'm named after my great-grandmother and my dad is a Lawrence.  My FIL and dh's mn are both Lawrence as well.

It's funny that you mentionned Maria-Therese and Molly Theresa b/c I've been thinking more about Mary lately and was wondering about using using Mary Theresa except I do love the idea of Mary Grace as well.  I actually like Molly Theresa better than Mary Theresa.  I think Theresa, Mary Grace, or simply Grace with Marian middle name like Regina are all more likely than Stella now.  

Would you pronounce Therese with a "z" sound at the end or an "s" sound?

It seems like the general consensus is in favor of Theresa Tyson with some mix reviews on Tess Tyson.  I think that could work out okay because I don't intend for her to be exclusively known as "Tess".  With my daughter Katharine we stared out just calling her Katie and before she was 3 I was already calling her more by her full name and now lately by just Kate.  Dh has shifted to Kat and the kids call her a mix of Kat/Katie/Kate/Katharine.  So a Theresa/Tess/Tessie/Tessa would fit in quite well .

April 29, 2012 11:24 AM

another Laura-I like Molly Theresa the best of the combos you listed unless you were to use Laura in the fn spot (which I highly doubt you are) but Laura Grace, Laura Therese both flow well for me. I pornounce Therese with the S sound (Terr-reese). Theresa Laura isn't perfect for me because of the repeated -uh endings.

By Guest (not verified)
April 29, 2012 2:09 PM

I pronounce Therese with a z sound at the end: teh-rehz

I've never hear it with an s sound.


April 29, 2012 2:22 PM

Both are acceptable.  teh-REHZ is the French.  I was wondering which traleerose planned on using with Maria-Therese

April 30, 2012 8:58 AM

I'd use teh-REHZ, though argues that teh-REHZ is the pronunciation if you're using the accents over the two e's, as in French (which I wouldn't do), and without the accents it's teh-REH-zuh, as in German, a pronunciation I love but I know it would never be said correctly by anyone (and I'd change Maria to Marie in that case). (Not sure what behindthename's credentials are?) I have heard ter-REESE once or twice, and once with the nn Reese, which I did think was pretty cute. However, we have a friend Theresa and my mom always shortens her name to ter-REESE, so that pronunciation has always sounded nickname-y/incomplete to me.

I like the idea of you trying to work your name in, and Theresa Laura Tyson isn't terrible. But I think I like the sound of Theresa Lauren better, and with your dad's name being Lawrence, it's like a combination of your name and his.

I like your Marian ideas, whether fn Mary or Grace Regina/similar. There are so many options to choose from! Almost all my dad's female first cousins on his mom's side are Mary ___: Mary Ann, Mary Bridget, Mary Alice, Mary Kate, Mary Kathleen. And Marian too, sister of M. Alice, M. Bridget, and M. Kathleen. They all go by their mns (except Marian, who goes by M!m!). The mn we've chosen for our girl name (Susanna) is Mariae, the genitive form of the name Mary (Maria) in Latin.

April 30, 2012 9:02 AM

I think Theresa Grace is a beautiful combo too (Marian without Mary -- Our Lady of Grace). Also, I missed that your husband's and father-in-law's mns are both Lawrence -- makes me like Theresa Lauren even more!

April 30, 2012 1:26 PM

I do like Theresa Grace though I'm not sure if that just adds to our "s" situation.  Also I know it's silly as we won't keep having kids forever but I've always hesitated to use a first name contender in the middle name spot.

I used to push for Lawrence as a middle name for one of our boys but the problem is that dh doesn't like his middle name.  I don't like mine either so I can sympathize.  So now I've switched to trying to use it on the girls side.  I know I should like Lauren but somehow it has an 80s vibe to me.  I've acutally considered using Laurence for a girls middle but I doubt I'd actually do it.

I've never seen Mariae before.  I'm going to have to look into that.  I've never been a 100% sold on any of our Marian middle names for Grace.  How is it pronounced? 

April 30, 2012 2:25 PM

I just thought of Theresa Lorena T--. Theresa Lauren is stopping. It needs that extra syllable. And I can't  remember whether you ruled out the double barrelled name of Mary-Grace or Mary-Theresa?

April 30, 2012 3:15 PM

No we haven't ruled out a double barrell name although I don't think I'd bother with the hyphen.  I definitely have a soft spot for Mary Grace.  Right now I'd say my top 3 are Theresa _________, Mary Grace and Grace Regina.  DH likes Anna and Lucy.

April 30, 2012 3:10 PM

I totally agree about not putting fn options in the mn spot! I should've said I was pronouncing Lauren law-REN, but I agree with zoerhenne that Lorena sounds prettier (Laurena? is that too weird?). I don't mind the idea of Laurence as a mn for a girl at all, especially with such a feminine fn.

I've never seen it used as a given name before either -- I got it off the title of the apostolic letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae. I say "MAR-ee-ay" (not sure if "mar" conveys how I say it -- like car ... maybe MAH-ree-ay conveys it better?) -- my mom says it that way and she grew up with the Church Latin, so I assume it's the correct pronunciation.

Another one I love is Immaculata ... such a mouthful, but I know a little Fa!th Imm@culata, and the longer I've known her the more impressed I am with her name. Such meaning! I love saying her full name, it sounds so pretty to me. It would go equally well with Grace I think.

May 1, 2012 8:47 PM

Ooh, ooh...Theresa Faith sounds lovely how about that?

May 2, 2012 7:25 AM

That is really,really nice.  I've considered it but somehow thought it sounded too religious but I guess it's not any more so than Mary Grace.  I'll put it on the list.

April 27, 2012 6:24 PM

I'm not a big fan of alliteration generally (epecially P and B names for some reason) but find your chosen name is completely fine to my ears. I have friend's with a T0m Tottm@n and I think that's really nice as well.

 Being a female baby she may only have this combo for the first quarter of her life too... Just a thought.

May 21, 2012 6:21 PM

So on the middle name question:  What about Theresa Eve?  I haven't gotten dh's feedback on it because he's not liking Theresa Tys0n very much these days so I'm trying to reduce my pestering a little bit. 

I think I had been playing around with the Lily, Molly, etc middle names b/c I liked the long "e" sound in the middle with Theresa but I agree with the consensus that a 1-syllable name fits better.  Then I remembered Eve.