Who is Taytay?

I’m a tall fellow living in Austin, TX.
I programmed You Need a Budget, affectionately known as YNAB.  It’s really good budgeting software.

You know how sometimes you search and search for a solution to a programming problem, and you promise when you find it, you’ll post it so that everyone will find it easier next time?  Me too.  I’m finally creating that blog…

Why the name Taytay?

In 1978, Taylor was the last name of my parents’ best friends, and they were foreward thinking folks and they named me Taylor even though 564 other boys names were more popular.  That’s pretty cool, even though most people thought I was Tyler. Of course, thanks to the tendency of almost every parent to name their little girl “Taylor” in the mid-nineties, I now frequently hear my name at public places and turn around to discover that it’s being directed to a 12 year old girl.

In high school, what started as a joke name by my friends and Uncle eventually stuck, and I became known as “Taytay”.  It’s not exactly masculine, but this has its advantages on Xbox Live where no one suspects that I am a threat. Remember those 12 year old girls I told you about?  Well, they seem to like the nickname too, and thanks to the fact that I have a catchall email address at taytay.com, I am constantly reminded how many little girls named “Taytay” there are out there. I get their registration notices to MySpace and various other doll, pony, and childrens’ sites when they chose poor fake email addresses like “me at taytay.com”.  But I still think “Taytay” is cool.

Write to me

You can write me at “taytay (at-sign) taytay (dot) com”.

8 Responses to “Who is Taytay?”

  1. Mauricio June 5, 2010 at 8:49 am #


    The story about how your parents named you is hilarious!
    And it’s a funny coincidence that I found your site while I was looking for this domain for my little baby Florencia. She’s 10 months old and she doesn’t stop shouting ‘tay tay tay tay…’ to everybody/everything, so I recently started to call her Taytay.

    Another coincidence: I’m also a software developer. I live in Punta del Este, Uruguay (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punta_Del_Este) with my wife and daughter. Well, now I’m gonna take a look to your site.

    Best regards!


  2. tayler February 2, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    ok my name is Tayler and all my friends call me tay tay so then i went to tay tay.com and i found this and i have been woundering what this website even does so please tell me what this website does thank u !!!!! :)

  3. TAYTAY February 11, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    that is my name but can u make me a website

  4. taytay March 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    i am a little boy and my mom dada and family call me that also my friends

  5. dagrom May 10, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    haha great story and i’m totally going to add Taytay to my xbox live friends list?

    • Taytay May 11, 2011 at 7:59 am #

      Sure, but sadly I let my “Taytay” gamertag expire some time ago. It’s “TheTaytay” now. :)

  6. Taylor brown March 25, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

    My name is also Taylor Brown. I am a 30 year old male, and my mom did it to me just a few years before the girl name was popular. I’m also a bit bitter that I received “17″ magazines addressed to Ms. Taylor Brown in high school. However, the only person allowed to call me taytay is my little sister. To make it a bit stranger, I’m also a software engineer and hope to live in Austin one day. Evil doppelgänger?

    • Taytay March 25, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

      Wow! That’s pretty awesome! You even nailed the last name! Well, it’s obvious at this point that we’re doppelgängers, but hopefully not of the evil sort. :) Here’s hoping you can make it to Austin one day!

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