Constance [Connie]

About Me

Retired R.N. Wife and mother of two adult children, M@tth3w and K@th@rine, and two grandchildren, 16 year old K@yl@ and 2 year old Z@ch@ry. I've been a name enthusiast since I was a child. We live in north suburban Chicago.

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January 23, 2013 05:18 PM
In Response to Rabbit name?

So I wrote a long post and it's disappeared. I'll make this short. We had a funny, fun loving rabbit. His name was Stewart, our Rabbit Stew. Loved his name. 

May 13, 2010 06:58 PM

hyz and larksong, i believe i've posted this husband's grandmother, born in the late 1800's, was named chl0e [a name oft used for daughters of this family who arrived on our shores aboard the mayflower]. chl0e was nicknamed cl0ver by her family, and this is the name i associate most often with her. so this nickname has some "legs".

May 4, 2010 09:24 AM
In Response to Name Spotlight: Sawyer

hyz, i first posted that i hear "eeng", or perhaps it was "eeeng", in england, but then realized that a better, simpler way to express the sound would be "ing". all three were my attempts to explain the sound i hear. congrats again on the wee one. looking forward to hearing the names you are contemplating. connie

May 3, 2010 04:23 PM
In Response to Name Spotlight: Sawyer

hyz, i don't know how to post links. my computer skills are limited, but here are a few sites to listen to: i definitely hear the word as eenglish, or actually, more accurately inglish. let me know what you think. connie

May 3, 2010 03:03 PM
In Response to Name Spotlight: Sawyer

i just looked at several sites that pronounce words for you, and "eeenglish" or "inglish" [the "ing" sounding like the ending of "king" is what i hear. is this just my ear? how do other's among you pronounce "english"?

May 3, 2010 02:55 PM
In Response to Name Spotlight: Sawyer

i also pronounce english "eeenglish"...a definite long e. i live in the chicagoland area, and believe it's the accepted pronunciation here.


hyz, oh, so interesting...our perception of sounds within a name. i must admit to a personal predudice. i have loved the name matthew since i was a child of about 10 and first met a young matthew, and was smitten with both he and his name. i knew, even then, that i would some day have to name a child matthew...and 20 or so years later i did...and to this day, love the name. i don't hear the "eww" sound that you do...i hear matthew as "math-u", not "math-eww", and 37 years after choosing this name for my son,have never once found a boy's name i love as much. our second child was a girl. her name is k@th@rine...another name i've loved forever and never tired of...had she been a boy, she'd have been named for my father, mich@el, another classic male name i really love...but matthew will always be my favorite. i've often wondered why names become so special to us as individuals. why certain sounds are more pleasing to us than others. so, a question for all of you. do the names of family members "sound" better than random names to you? or are you more drawn to names that are unique and unfamiliar within your family? are you more likely to feel an affinity for unusual name, or are you more comfortable with more common names? what makes a name appealing to you: sound, spelling, familiarity, meaning? how do you choose your children's names? where do you begin?


haddie could be a nickname for hadley.


happy news, cabybake! welcome young max.


very exciting news, hyz! congratulations to you and your husband. i'm looking forward hearing your name ideas for the little one.


zoerhenne, this post made me smile. my husband's grandmother, chloe, was often called clover as a nickname.


katharineeleven, i also see angelina as lacking in class. i feel awkward saying this, because you love the name, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. just a difference in taste. in support of the name, i've recently met a darling little girl with the name, and it knowing her may eventually change my negative opinion a bit. that said, it always amazes me how a change of a letter or two can make a difference in names to me. i dislike angelina, but love angelica. dislike george, but love georgia.

April 16, 2010 06:05 PM

oh, chimu, what wonderful news!! wishing you smooth sailing through your pregnancy. it will be fun for all your "sisters" on bnw to be a part of the journey.

April 7, 2010 09:16 PM
In Response to The New Belle Epoque

a long time lurker and occasional participant. because of my age [mid 60's] i often find myself at odds with current naming practices, but always love hearing what people are currently naming their babes. i'm really enjoying all the sextuplets lists. here's mine. pure fantasy,but fun: lucia [pronounced lu-sha], guinevere, felice, camilla, sebastian, augustine.

March 29, 2010 11:39 PM
In Response to The Name Not Taken

beth the original, oh my word! i just love gladiolus hollyhocks! wish i had someone or something to name; i'd ask your permission to appropriate this bit of whimsy. zoehrenne, it's been a long time since i've actually laughed out loud at an on-line entry, but your suggestions of twins zylaphone and cantelope made me do just that. thanks for the chuckle.

March 16, 2010 06:30 PM

zoerhenne, there must be a great many of them. just for a start: benjamin, xavier [depending on how you pronounce it], elliot, everett, gabriel, jonathan.

November 23, 2009 10:41 AM

in the past few days i've noticed it's much easier to navigate this site than before. paging up and down is very smooth. has there been a recent change to bnw ?

November 20, 2009 06:45 PM

hope my daughter's not reading today. we spell her name k@th@rine, not k@therine. a small point, but when it's your name, important.

November 20, 2009 06:41 PM

long time no talk to, ladies. it's been a busy summer and fall. i do keep up with your ever interesting postings, and today have to add my two cents. as a mid-60's [but young at heart] grandmother, my taste in names is often out of sync with you young moms. my adult children are m@tthew and k@therine [guess i'm a traditionalist]. i have to say, up front, i've not read the twilight books. imagine my surprise, then, when i suddenly realized that after reading these postings, i think i like the name....twilight. nickname, twila, or twyla, as in tharp. i'm going to lie down with a cool cloth on my forehead till i recover.

August 21, 2009 06:41 AM

emilyrae, yes, my name was very much like harry harrison, "con" being the first three letters in both my first and last names, and, of course, in my nickname. altogether too much, and has led to a life-long aversion to alliterative names. anna, i don't think another "c" name would have made a difference; i just personally don't care for repetitive first initials in names. my name, admittedly, was taking alliteration to an extreme. i'll have to reconsider if i'd have felt less negatively if only my first initials were the same.