Actually, August Lee, I think the reason Eloise is a new favorite with this generation of parents is BECAUSE of her association with the little girl at the Plaza, even if the association is not conscious. The Eloise books got lots of fresh attention in the 80s when today's parents were growing up. And of course aside from that there's that fashionable El- beginning. Love your signature names, btw -- so many of my personal favorites!
Eloise at Christmastime when I was on holiday when I was 16 or so and I fell in love with it then.
I have revised all the descriptions on your list, except the two gender-related ones, which we are addressing en masse. Thanks for drawing our attention to these outdated (sometimes misguided) entries.
We're in the process of reevaluating all the unisex listings.
Oops--the spelling of Lautner has been corrected. Thanks.
We agree--and 'sissified' is now gone.
I've realized this as I look up some names. For instance, today I looked up Jeffrey because it's my father's name and I intend to use it as a middle whenever I have children. It's description: "yes, there actually were Jeffreys/Geoffreys in the Middle Ages...but now they're just middle-aged." I understand it's a name from my father's generation but I just think it's so off putting to have descriptions like that! There are so many names that other berries adore that I find to be so outlandish and weird, but i'd never say anything so sassy about them. I think a lot of these need to be changed!