Sunday Summary 5.20.18I woke up this morning to discover that it’s Eliza Doolittle Day. Observed every May 20th, it celebrates the heroine of musical-turned-movie My Fair Lady. Audrey Hepburn starred in the 1964 movie version, which won the Oscar for Best Picture.

The two-cent synopsis: a highly educated and quite snobbish professor takes a bet that he can teach a girl from the wrong side of the tracks to pass as a well-bred member of society. (As this NPR article points out, it’s a concept that doesn’t stand up to our present-day realities.)

The odd couple pulls off their social experiment. Romance, naturally, follows. But in an early song, when Eliza is just starting to shed her Cockney accent, she sings:

One day I’ll be famous, I’ll be proper and prim
Go to St. James so often I will call it St. Jim
One evening the king will say, “Oh, Liza, old thing
I want all of England your praises to sing”

Next week on the twentieth of May
I proclaim Liza Doolittle day
All the people will celebrate the glory of you

So there you have it: Eliza Doolittle Day.

As it happens, I’ve been thinking about this name quite a bit. Ever since Octavia broke into the US Top 1000, I’ve been binge-watching the series that helped boost it: The 100. And the star? She’s named Eliza Taylor.

Eliza rose to #140 in the new rankings, but I still say it’s a Sweet Spot Girl Name: not too popular, not too rare; modern-sounding, but with roots; rich in nicknames, but likely to be used in full. And the fact that your daughter would have her own day when we sing her praises?

Royal Wedding Guest NamesTotal bonus.

Here’s the post on Eliza, if you’d like to read more.

Elsewhere online:

That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!

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