Category Archives: Names


I can still see and hear my dad as he explained to me that I was named “Elis­a­beth” for his mother. Even into his very old age, he could not speak about her in other than a whis­per. The pain of her loss had not less­ened with time, per­haps because she died pre­ma­turely. I remember […]


It is becom­ing less and less com­mon that peo­ple ask me if I was named after the movie star Eva Marie Saint. Peo­ple used to ask me that fre­quently, but not so much any­more. I wasn’t named after her any­way; my name is a com­bi­na­tion of Eva, which was my great-aunt’s name, and Marie, which […]