My dad likes very 'solid names' (if my mom hadn't miscarried, my older brothers name would have been 'Ned' Nathaniel Edward), and he always loved the idea of me being called Cate. And they wanted to honor my grandmother's mother, who is Geneva, but he didn't think Cate Geneva sounded right, but Catelin Geneva sounded nice. My mum and grandmother loved Catelin from the beginning, and they were adamant about me being named Catelin. Though kinda 'late in the game' my dad fell in love with Eve, so that was really the only other name I might have ended up with. But my mum and grandmother were so in love with Catelin, they wouldn't listen to him lol.
My mom got married at 17 and had me at 18, in 1979. She was in love with a name from a western romance novel: Dulce Jeanette. That's what she wanted to name me. Dad said no. (Thanks, Dad!)
They both fell in love with Kristen, and that's my name. But they wanted me to go by my middle name like my mom. (Ugh. No thanks, Mom and Dad; it's a pain in the ass.) Mom wanted my "silent" first name to be Natalie. Dad hated it. So they gave me the same silent first as my Mom: Marla. Ugh again.
If I were a boy, I would have been Justin Mark. Justin because they liked it: a cowboy name. Mark after my dad. Instead my brother got the name 17 months later.
If I had been a boy, my name would have been Stash. My parents were hippies.
I was always to be named Janine Marie, after my Mom's best friend. Her friend always went by DeeDee (random), but Mom thought her real name was so beautiful. I'm not sure I agree, I think it sounds like a New Jersey woman in her 50's :/
If I was a boy, I was to be named Kenneth Michael, after my Dad's two brothers. My younger sister would've been Kenneth Michael too. By the time my brother was born, he was Garrett Michael. No idea what Uncle Ken did to fall from favor... ;)
If I was a boy I'd have been Nicholas and I was almost Natalie or Natasha, I am Nicole...
I guess my parents had a thing for 'N' names back in '81!
My mum swears she had no idea how popular Nicole was at that time or she'd have definitely called me one of her other favourite names, being from a small town I was actally the only Nicole until I went off to high school with about 5 others!
My almost name was Shanna Elizabeth but my grandmother told my mom I would never learn to spell it. Little did she know I would be able to spell Czechoslovakia by age 8.... My name is Shannon Lee. I love it bc my middle name is after my dad Leon. I hate t bc it's unisex. Nothing frilly about Shannon. I loved the name Elizabeth growing up and my mom now calls me Shannon Elizabeth Lee usually bc she says it suits me. If I were a boy I would have been Jonathan. My grandfather's name was John. I used Jonathan as one of my son's middle names bc I've always liked it. In high school I decided my name needed to be more girly bc it was too common and unisex ....so I went by Shae for a few years. I liked more feminine vereions of my name like Shea or Shannelle or even Shannyn. I won't choose a unisex name for my children. If I were twins my mom says she liked Emma/ Emily and Eve/Evie. I think being an 80's baby named Evie would have been awesome. I always thought my name was much too common.
When my Mum was pregnant with me, my parents were choosing between the names Sarah and Kelly for the longest time (Mum loved Sarah and Dad loved Kelly). Eventually, my mum won that argument and I'm very glad! I recently asked my Dad if he still likes the name Kelly (I'm currently considering names for my first child) and he said he's gone right off it so, luckily, we all dodged a bullet there! Had I have been a boy, I would have been named David John (my brother's name) or Stephen John. So, I'm Sarah Elizabeth and my brother is David John. Had he been a girl, he would have been Anna.