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  1. #6
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    Oct 2011
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    My dad wanted to name me all kinds of stupid things. Finally a co-worker suggested my name; my dad liked it, and my mom was just relieved it wasn't completely ridiculous. The same thing happened again with my sister's name (which was fairly unusual twenty years ago but is now in the Top 10). I wish there was some kind of story or even a little thought behind my name.

    Matilda Sailor or Faye Matilda | Sylvie Wren or Simon Adler | Alice Violetta or Atlas Dov | Julian 'Jules' River or Juniper 'Joon' Lovelace | Roscoe Fox or Marlowe Fritz | Jane Lucinda or Lucien Wilde | Louisa Valor or Eloise March | Ivan Elliot or Iris Cordelia | August Jack or Jasper Hale | Dashiell Jude or Judah Reeve | Thea Marina or Marigold 'Maggie' Wynn | Finnegan Wallace or Felix Raphael

    Just a grad student dreaming ahead...

  2. #8
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    Jul 2012
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    The story changes slightly every time I ask, but basically this: As soon as my mom found out she was pregnant she knew that I was a girl. She and my dad never entertained any name other than Emily for me, because a) "it was just my name" and b) they loved that it was pretty, unusual (ha!), and a little old-fashioned. My middle name was more of a struggle. My dad wanted Felecia for some unknown reason and my mom hated it. Madison was a family name that my parents were considering in that off chance that I was a boy, and my mom suggested it for my middle name last minute and it stuck.

    My sister was going to be Charlotte Mackenzie, but our great-grandfather Charlie died a few months before she was born. My parents didn't want our family thinking she was named after him and have to deal with any hurt feelings because I wasn't named after anyone. They named her Sarah instead. My mom and my sister really wish they'd stuck to Charlotte. Sarah would have been Joshua Hamilton had she been a boy.
    ♂ | Samuel ◊ Edward ◊ George ◊ Arthur ◊ Ezra ◊ Dean ◊ Micah ◊ Gideon ◊ Tobias ◊ Jasper
    ♀ | Helen ◊ Cora ◊ Anne ◊ Jane ◊ Edith ◊ Georgia ◊ Gwen ◊ Catherine ◊ Lydia ◊ Phoebe

  3. #10
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    Oct 2012
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    Bascially from what I've heard (though I think this was probably several conversations):

    My mum - What about Catherine? (my great granny)
    My dad - I don't really like Catherine, but it can be the middle. (It is.)

    My dad - What about Elizabeth? (my mum's first name - she goes by her middle)
    My mum - No. Awkward rhyme with common nickname and first syllable of first name.

    My dad - What about Victoria?
    My mum - No. they'll call her Vicky. I hate the name Vicky.

    My aunt - Suggests Hannah cause she can't use it herself cause of her surname.
    My mum - Loves it, suggests it to my dad.
    My dad - Loves it. Biblical, great meaning, doesn't know any Hannahs (I'm guessing this means they thought it was uncommon!).

    Hence my name.
    My furry darlings ~ Bodie the border terrier & Portia and Penny the guinea pigs

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  4. #12
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    Jan 2013
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    My parents put little to no effort in to my name. They just went with what they liked. They didn't even talk about names till I was born. I know they considered Karen, Sarah and Ellen for me. I was very nearly a Sarah, but my mum changed her mind.


    Mama to Amelie Clara (2008) & Daisy Madeline (2013).

    Lucy, Ivy, Maya, Rosabel, Victoria, Alice, Molly, Juliet, Annabel, Sofia.
    Charlie, Arthur, William, Isaac, Noah, Finn, Vincent, Alexander, Zachary, Oscar.





  5. #14
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    Nov 2012
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    My mum originally wanted to name me Robin (which mainly is used as a boys name here in Denmark) because the European Robin is her favourite bird. My mémé absolutely despised the name though, and I think I have her to thank for not being named Robin right now. She then contemplated naming me Selma after her great-grandmother, but for some reason she decided against it (sadly, I absolutely adore that name). Finally she watched some film and in the credits she saw Zelia and apparently instantly knew that it was the name. Elvira, which is my middle name, is after my great-grandmother whose name was Laura Elvira.
    Zelia/Elja • Nineteen • Name and history nerd from an early age • I have a blog.
    Trying hard to export beautiful old Danish names, magical Danish nature names and exotic Greenlandic names.
    Current favourite combinations: Henry Ásgeirr Edmund • Amaury Charles Fyodor • Alexander Adelin Lórien
    Cosima Ingrid Zenobia • Matilda Ivalo Galadriel • Gaia Margaret Undómiel

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