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Thread: Why the hate for Emily?
February 28th, 2014 12:31 PM #1
Why the hate for Emily?
Okay, this isn't directed at anyone, but I'm sick and tired of people referring to Emily as "boring" and "generic". Emily is a lovely name with an abundance of history. It is classic and will never be out of style like say, Jennifer or Linda. I'm not saying this just because it's my name -- I'm just stating the facts. Before you start ranting Emily, think about the roots it has. Think about Emily Dickinson, Emily Brontë, Emily Post, Emily Carr, Emily Hahn, and more. Think about the many years Emily has been in favor. Think about its rhythmic sound, and just forget about the popularity! Geez, it really isn't so bad being Emily G. Just some food for thought.~Emily
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February 28th, 2014 12:50 PM #3
I like Emily too, but people are allowed their own opinions, no matter how much we disagree with them. Each to his own and all that. Though, I find the opinion that a name is 'boring' usually goes hand in hand with the anti-popularity attitude which is abundant on here. If Emily was a rare and hardly used in recent times, then it'd probably be deemed an interesting, beautiful, melodic, underused classic. It's a shame really. There are many many pros to popular names that far outweigh the cons in my opinion.
February 28th, 2014 12:55 PM #5
When a name is everywhere, even a very beautiful name, it becomes boring. Not because the name is plain, but because it's overused. People might like it, but they've heard it so much they just want to hear something fresher.
I think Emily is lovely, it's one of my favorite classic names. I'd rather meet an Emmeline, though.
And I have to disagree that it's one of these names that never go out of style, sorry! I don't think that it'll ever become as dated as Jennifer, but look at the popularity graph. Emily wasn't as popular in the 60s as it is now. Names that truly never go out of style never left top 50 (Elizabeth, James).Polina ・ 18 ・ university sophomore
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February 28th, 2014 01:25 PM #9
George, Alexander, Catherine, Anne, John, Alice, Samuel, Edward and Joseph, among many others, could not be considered 'classic' or 'never out of style'. I think there are many factors that contribute to making a name classic, not just constant popularity. So Emily feels classic to me
And I have to disagree with everyone that Jennifer is very dated. That seems to be a North American thing only!