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June 17th, 2012 02:50 PM #1
Hating first names and how you'd react if your kid hated the name you picked
I found out awhile ago that my Grandpa's name is actually Donald!!! He always goes by his middle Gene, that I grew up thinking it was Gene, tell my dad said nope it's Donald and that's why my Uncle Ron, was named Ronald because he hated his name so much, he didn't pass it on to his son. I thought that was interesting and funny!
I also discovered that my cousin Shelly's real name is Amanda and know one knows where Shelly came from, but she HATES Amanda. We've been calling her Shelly since she was 5ish.
So I was curious as to if anyone else on here hates their name or if they know someone who does and what they choose to be called and why?
Also I was wondering how the parents or how you would feel if your kid hated the name you chose?
I know I'd probably be heartbroken if my kid didn't like the name I chose. My cousin's parents don't care since they call her Shelly all the time. I don't know about my grandpa's parents....
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June 17th, 2012 04:04 PM #3Senior Member
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I know people who hate their full name and use a nn almost exclusively, like a Victoria that only goes by Vicky. I've never known anyone who hates their first name, though I guess unless it was someone I was close to I wouldn't even know that, say, Sam wasn't even their real first name and it was actually Kelly; if they introduced themselves as Sam then I'd know them only as Sam.
I think it's inevitable some people will hate their name, I hated my middle name for ages when I was a kid because I thought it was an old lady name (the only person I knew who had it as their first name was a friend of my grandma's) but now I've grown to appreciate it and will likely pass it on to a daughter. Different people have different styles, and if you've got a different style to your parents (classic vs surname names, for example) you might not like that your name's in a style you wouldn't have chosen yourself.
June 17th, 2012 06:27 PM #5
I almost hate mine. I'm going to legally change it sometime soon. I'm currently searching for a new one.
I've grown to accept it a bit, but I'm extremely unhappy with it. I do like that I'm the only one I've known for 16 years, then I met two others, but they spelled it completely different. Since then, which was 3 years ago, I've never met another.Laurel - 2O - Aries - Slytherin - University of Toronto
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June 17th, 2012 06:32 PM #7Member
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June 17th, 2012 08:40 PM #9
I know a few. My great Aunt Jody, whose like 70 something, has been Jody since I can remember. My mom knows her as Jody. I was going through my geneology and found that her real name is Lula Josephine. She HATES Lula, hates Josephine, hates Jody, but loves Jo. She can't get anyone to call her Jo, and has settled for Jody. She was born at a time when names like Lola, Lula, Annie, and whatnot were popular so I don't understand her hate for it, and Lula is totally her name. Her personality fits with Lula tons more than with Jody or Jo. My grandma said she'd beat me if I ever called her Lula. >.<
Also, I have a cousin who only goes by Thumper. I just recently found out that his name is actually Theodore. I don't think anyone knows him by anything but Thumper.
My grandmother hates her middle name. She's Dana Lou. She hates Lou and wishes she had a more feminine middle name like Louella or something. She was born in the 40s so I think that was fairly common and her 8 siblings all have 1 syllable middles too, but she hates it.Mother, Hellenic Pagan Priestess, and Resident Greek name expert ^_^
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