How do you feel about your name, Elizabeth?

“I feel comfortable with my name,” says Elizabeth, a 46-year-old from Victoria, Australia, who was named after the Queen of England.

It is a name that suits me, a Virgo, and in Chinese horoscope, a fire horse – it is a strong yet feminine name, classical but not dowdy or frumpy, and a name that can be regal, or trashy!

My name has had a big influence on my interest in politics of naming, as well as the serious decisions in naming my own children, dogs, chooks, reptile pets… Even cars bikes and homes!

She doesn’t care for the nickname Liz, though.

I hate that most people I meet, even though I always intro self as “Elizabeth”, assume it’s okay to call me Liz. I hate Liz on me, although I don’t dislike it on other people.

Does she like that babies today are being named Elizabeth?

[Y]es, it is nice to hear that some babies are still named Elizabeth — although I think contemporary Elizabeth babies are luckier, as there is much less likely to be a whole flock of them in any school or class! I think, like in my posts about my son, Oliver’s name, that Elizabeth is a name that works for all ages, can translate to any occupation, but has a strength a regality to it, but also like Oliver, suffers from diminution.

In Australia, the name Elizabeth is less popular now than it once was. In Victoria specifically, it was a top-ten girl name back in the 1920s, but it barely made the top 50 in 2012. In the U.S., the number of babies named Elizabeth is also declining, though the name’s ranking is still (deceptively?) high.

Finally, here’s the unique story behind Elizabeth’s middle name:

Previous middle name, Joy, after Christian marriage renewal camp; Jesus, Others & Yourself, (1965) of which I am the product. Changed middle name by deed poll, 1993 to “J”. I did not like the religious overtones, nor the repetition of my mother’s adopted given given name (she was Shirley, but became Joy in 1991). I like the look of the letter J, I like that it can be pronounced as a word, I like that it confuses bureaucracy, even tho that was not intentional!

“I like that it confuses bureaucracy” — awesome. :)

Thanks so much, Elizabeth!

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