Category: baby name Eliza
Since that time, of course, there have been countless more shows with zillions of Â names of characters belting it out on the Great White Way, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous.Â There are so many of the former that itâ€™s been hard to narrow it down to a dozen or so Nameberry Faves, but here are our final picks:
Adelaideâ€”In Guys & Dolls, Adelaide is an endearing Hot Boxclub dancer with a perpetual psychosomatic cold due to the frustrations of a 14-year engagement.Â Not surprisingly, Aussie Rachel Griffiths chose this rapidly climbing Australian place name for her daughter; Katherine Heigl spelled it Adalaide.
Of course Elizabeth itself is a wonderfully elegant classic, but here are some of the most appealing variations on the Elizabethan theme.
If youâ€™re a long-time name nerd, I have a question for you.
Have you become more tolerant of names that fall outside your personal comfort zone?Â Or are your convictions about certain topics â€“ spelling, gender, nicknames â€“ growing stronger?
This weekâ€™s most newsworthy baby names run the gamut, from the truly unusual to the just-a-little-different.Â They remind me that Iâ€™ve become far more accepting over the years, appreciating the most common and the outlandish choices alike.Â After all, thereâ€™s a fellow called Barack in the White House and a challenger called Mitt, making it tough to argue that only people called John and Elizabeth can attain lofty positions of power and influence.
As a fledgling name nerd, I remember being fascinated by the name Elizabeth.Â It was so elaborate, so odd for a name that had been so widely used over so many centuries.Â John, sure, that was a name simple and straightforward enough for the masses to get behind.Â Anne and Mary, of course they had what it took to transcend the ups and downs of fashion.Â But Elizabeth, with its long E beginning and lisping ending, its bizarre z in the middle and its four freaking syllables?Â I don’t think so!
And yet the unlikely Elizabeth has endured.Â It’s the only girls’ name to have remained in the Top 25 (okay, 26) throughout entire recorded American baby-naming history, since 1880.Â Elizabeth hit its nadir in 1945, when it dipped to number 26, but it should be noted that its short form Betty was Number 11 that year, after having been in the Top 10 since 1921.Â Even when Elizabeth and her sisters were relatively unpopular, they were everywhere.
Most people, name aficionados and ordinary citizens alike, have favorite names.Â My own favorites are often the subject ofÂ professional curiosity, with interviewers asking what my favorite names are and why.
But the whys are more complicated.
I decided I loved the name Eliza after a college friend whose taste I admired proclaimed Eliza her favorite name.Â She knew a gorgeous girl named Eliza, and felt it combined the best of vintage charm and modern quirkiness.
I agreed, but what’s really remarkable about my love for Eliza is how long and how much it’s survived.Â In the decades since it became my favorite, I’ve named three children (none of them, alas, Eliza, as my husband dislikes the name) and coauthored ten baby-naming books, along with developing this site.Â I’ve talked to thousands of parents about their name tastes, and developed more sophisticated tastes of my own.
And yet my love for Eliza survives.Â It still feels to me like a perfectly balanced name, with its alternating vowels and consonants, its melange of hard and soft sounds with a streamlined minimum of letters.Â I love the way it calls up the images of both a Jane Austen heroine and a Broadway dancer, with the plucky Eliza Doolittle in between.Â It’s become more popular in recent years — thanks partly, I know, to how energetically we’ve championed it — and I feel a pang of jealousy whenever I meet a little Eliza.Â And yet it hasn’t become over-exposed and probably never will.
The reasons I love Joseph are very different.Â It was my dear dad’s name, and my grandfather’s name, and I got to use it for my own older son.Â I love the simple good-guy nickname Joe.Â Down-to-earth, straightforward names for boys appeal to a deep-seated preference of mine, undoubtedly rooted in my love for my dad.