Saturday, February 20, 2010


One of the reasons I let my husband have his way relented and named my daughter Elizabeth was because of all the nickname possiblities. I knew she wouldn't have to be Elizabeth forever and I was sure one day one the other options would stick. I was always a little jealous of girls who were called one thing but had this whole other secret name reserved only for first day of school teachers and trouble time. That seemed like the thing to have to my second grade self. How dare my parents just name me and go with it!?

Anyway, I like Elizabeth as a name but I wasn't completely sure I wanted it as my daughter's name. I still, deep down, am a little regretful that Rachel is not her first name, but, well, so be it.

The thing is, well, I didn't really know how to go about giving a nickname. I don't come from nickname people. I mean, do you decide from day one what the nickname will be? Do you try out several and see which one fits? I even called my friend who goes by her middle name and asked her how that came about, still desperately holding out hopes for the Rachel to take over. What I found out was, well, you can do just about anything you want to do, which really didn't help me much at all.


Elizabeth was Elizabeth, but then sometimes also she was:

Libbet, after I read Stephen King's Duma Key and it stuck for a while,
for a very short time Betty because my friend insisted we needed to bring the Betty back,
And my personal favorite which I believe suits her the best:


She most definitely was never, ever a Liz or a Lizzie because I forbade it's use where she was concerned. I knew a Lizzie in high school and she was called Lizzie the Lezzy, meaning le*bian, and while I don't see anything wrong with that, I remember how much that girl hated it and I have hated the name ever since. Don't hate me if you're a Liz. It's just one of those things.

So recently I've been calling her Libby. Of all the names it was the one I liked the most (although I never would've guessed that three years ago). It just seemed to fit her. She was a Libby, so much so that when people asked her name, I started going straight for the Lib. It felt strange, but then it was also kind of exciting because, finally, a nickname! I even signed a few Christmas cards that way. I was a rebel.

The other day, though, my Libby and I were playing in the driveway making chalk people and I wrote her lovely nickname and spelled it out for her singing her a little song I made up about Libby, Libby, Libby that I DID NOT snag from a 70s commercial. She stopped and placed her pink and purple chalked arms on her hips and yelled back at me:

"I am NOT Libby! I am ELIZABETH!"

Say what?

After all that I she doesn't get a nickname?

I have to say I'm a little bummed.

She's a Libby to me.

So I still call her Libby. Sometimes.

Until today when she asked to be called "Princess Elizabeth"



Mommy Daisy said...

At least you can still hold out hope that she'll change her mind again some day. ;)

Jana said...

MD is right....she just might change her mind. Or come up with her own nickname if Libby isn't her favorite. I love the nickname Libby, though....there's so much personality in that name!

Miss Hope said...

Welcome to the world of the strong willed females that are yours. I am a nickname person. Just about everyone I know and care about has a nickname from me. It's just something I've always done. Someday I'll have to share my kid's nicknames with you (just not publicly).

Tell Miss Ma'am that you just have to have a special name for her that is yours. Betcha it'll seep on over and appeal to her then!

BTW...I got the nickname thing honestly. My name is Hope and my Mama always called me "Sally". To this day, I have no idea why she named me Hope.

Aunt Becky said...

Bwahahahahahaha! That's awesome.

Lynsey said...

I love Libby for her nickname....I know a girl named Catherine who is called "Cabby" or "Cab" because that's how her brother pronounced her name when she was born, and it just stuck. Love it.

BTW- this is the first time I've read your blog in ages! :( missed it!

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gingermagnolia said...

Libby's such a cute and sassy nickname!

My sister, Elizabeth, was a LizzieBiz, Lizabet, Beebee, and last but not least, Bizzie Butt. Guess which one stuck? Yup, I still call her Bizzie Butt.

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

:) Corinne will tell you her entire name if you ask her. And I remember wanting SO DESPERATELY to have a name with an "i" in it so that I could make the dot into a heart like the "cool" girls did... Sigh...

Kether said...

I've thought about this a lot with the name Elizabeth because if we ever have a girl, that is what her name will be. We're creative like that--William is Dave's middle name, Elizabeth is mine. But Liam got what would Elizabeth get? I LOVE Ellie, but my cousin has an Elia and they call her Ellie...
I don't like Lizzy, or Liz, I love Eliza, but Dave doesn't...
I should probably just wait and see what fits IF I ever get knocked up with a girl. LOL...
but what if she's like yours? I probably shouldn't stay up late at night worrying about this...