I found Bill Pritchard’s July 28 commentary, “Not a Betty in the bunch,” quite interesting, but I was surprised that the name Lisa was not mentioned as one of the most popular baby names for girls that started in the 1970s right through to 2019. I think I could guarantee that my daughter was one of the first babies named Lisa.

I say that because I was seven months pregnant when I was inspired one day by that name while watching my husband in his art room, painting a replica of the famous Mona Lisa. I thought to myself, what a beautiful name Lisa was, but I was not that crazy about the name Mona.

My husband agreed with me and a few minutes later I said to him, how about naming our baby, if it’s a girl, Lisa Marie? He was all for it, and our Lisa Marie was born in 1956. The doctors and nurses all remarked what a beautiful name it was as did those friends that received our announcement cards. Ten years later, Elvis Presley and his wife named their baby girl Lisa Marie and after that, the name Lisa became a popular and common name and still is today.

In closing, I just want to add that Bill does not have to apologize as he stated, “for having left anyone’s name off the short list.”

Eleanor Hettich


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Lisa is the name of my childhood friend's younger sister, born 1955, and she was the only Lisa, which I envied, being one of four Debbies (in my previous Pgh class I had been one of seven). A good name is unique but not outlandish. I've never understood wanting to jump on the bandwagon. Other overused names were Susan Kathleen Patricia. I said I would never name a kid Maryanything and then I did, because we adopted late, Mary was new again and my husband's grandmother's name. She had bequeathed a savings bond that had matured and we used it toward adoption costs. At the time, China adopting parents were keeping an Emily database and those in it were urging others to join them in naming their daughters Emily. As an adoptee myself, I considered this the height of cluelessness, as if they came off an assembly line or something. Is it too much trouble to dream up an original name? Or is it a need to feel that you've joined a club so it's not so scary? Did not get it at all.


We named our young girl, Diane Marie.

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