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July 13th, 2013 07:42 PM #6
Writing stories. I always liked to write and in late elementary/early middle school a group of my friends and I got together and started writing collaboratively (basically, we all had our own characters and stories set in the same world, and every now and then their storylines intersected but we all wrote from our own POV). I loved picking out names for characters so eventually I asked my mom to buy me a name book, since this was pre-internet :P originally I loved weird, gender-bending, nationality-swapping, misspelled or just plain made-up names but after I got my hands on that first name book there was no going back.
My mom is the only one who knows about my name obsession but she isn't weird about it because she knows I'm talking hypothetically and not actively trying to have a baby to name. She's one of the rare parents who can separate name obsession from baby obsession, I guess lolcontemplating combos:
August David Dodge · August Henry Dodge · Barnaby Viggo Paul · Barnaby Atlas Paul
Leona Vesper Lynn · Vivian Lillie Revere · Florence Patricia Mae · Zelda Katherine Rose
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July 13th, 2013 08:06 PM #8
I was also fascinated with names. When I was a kid as young as six and playing video games, I'd never name the player after me. There were so many better names out there than mine (Reine), I thought. Usually, they were just names that struck my fancy because they sounded nice. I had no clue about their origins or meanings.
I think the first time I ever announced to my mom that I would change my name was when I was eight. She just laughed and said I'd learn to love my name. Being in second grade, I was pretty irritated, but I'm really glad she didn't let me rename myself then, because I would have gone with something like Twilight River. When I was in fourth grade, I started Googling the meanings of names I liked and those of my friends, as well as to find names for characters in my novels that never got past the twentieth page. I began to unintentionally memorize names, origins, meanings and popularity.
For my birthday right before sixth grade, I got an iPod Touch, and that meant Internet surfing without the watchful eye of my mom. I joined a now dead baby name forums, and fell in love with it. Soon, I realized that Amber Twilight was what Jamie Oliver might name his next daughter, so my style quickly changed to more unusual, classic names. I became very active on the forums, but I thought it was highly unusual and people would think I was pregnant or something.
Around this time, I also started looking for the perfect name for myself. I'd wanted to change my name for a few years now, and so I began to look for names that were 'me'. A name that had everything Reine didn't. It had to be classic, easy to pronounce and spell, but I didn't want to be more than one or two of the name in my grade. It had to be spunky and smart at the same time. I also had to make sure it was a name my mom liked so she would get behind me on it. Kate and Ellie were my front runners for a while, but Kate was too common and Ellie too childish.
In seventh grade, I got a laptop for Christmas, and I started going onto the Yahoo! Answers baby name section. The forums I hung out with were dying, so I loved the activity of Y!A, even though I knew most of the people were probably trolls. I noticed that some people were linking to Nameberry, and I checked it out. On here, there were a lot of people who weren't pregnant or expecting but just loved names- like me. It wasn't totally weird, it was just an unusual hobby.
I found out that people thought my hobby was really cool, especially since I could list meanings of the top of my head. But, when it came to naming future kids, I soon realized that my favorites like Cordelia and Evander were scorned. So I would tell people my favorite popular, 'normal' names like Alice and Kai.
About a year ago, I got into anime, and the first anime I watched (Fairy Tail) had a main character named Lucy. My favorite song was also Lucy by Skillet, and I fell in love with the name. It also fit my criteria for the perfect name for me. And, to my surprise, people I'd known for years actually thought it fit me. When I meet people, though, I usually just tell them my middle name is Lucinda, as it saves explanation since Lucy isn't my legal name yet.
That's my name nerd story. Kind of long.~lucy reine~~ celestine eira ~ mary simona ~ elizabeth echo "ellie" ~ eleanor heaven "lena" ~ vivienne ailsa ~ felicity emma "fay" ~ catherine aiko "rin" ~ elsa verity ~~ jasper red ~ evander lachlan 'evan'~ kai nicholas ~ ezra link ~ avery thomas ~ michael satoshi "mischa" ~ finn jeremias ~ ezekiel hayden ~ alexander rowan "sacha" ~
~ tisiphone aria ~ alecto elpis ~ miya lucida ~ addison matteo ~ corinthian tidus ~
July 13th, 2013 08:26 PM #10Senior Member
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- Mar 2013
I've always wondered whether my fascination with names comes from the names themselves or my borderline-obsession with wanting to be a mum. I love the sociology behind names, how it affects them growing up and such. But I also just love kids and want to be a mum so badly. I also love kid fashion and dressing them up and doing their hair all perfectly...I am weird, I know.
I often wonder if my name obsession comes more from the sociological angle or more from the fashion angle...whether I just love new things, or whether I just want to show off how creative and cool I can be.I hope to be a mom one day. For now I enjoy being a name lover.
My apologies for any typos; i post from my mobile phone.
July 13th, 2013 08:36 PM #12
I have no idea. I think I just always loved names. As a little girl, I always named my dolls, and made sure they had a first and middle name. Plus, I hated my name, so I always was interested in other beautiful names. I went through a phase where I liked "youneek" names. And I was obsessed with the names Alexis, nn Lexi, and Madison/Madeline, nn Maddy. As I got older, I realized my name obsession wasn't very "accepted" with my friends. I also became obsessed with Harry Potter, and my favorite names were EXTREMELY Harry Potter influenced.
I found nameberry shortly after my fifteenth birthday and boy, did my name taste grow.
Now, only my cousin knows I'm on nameberry and about my name obsession. She thinks it's a little weird, but still accepts it. Although my name taste is still very... "witchy", it's a lot better than what I started with.Sari, lover of names.
The enchanting little witches: Euphemia, Cressida, Ottoline & Hermione.
The charming young wizards: Bartholmew, Zephyr, Cosmo & Lucian.
July 13th, 2013 09:15 PM #14
Oh my gosh, I have that same book! It's how I became a name nerd! I just had a small interest in names, and I wanted to know the meaning of my name, my brothers' names, etc., so I bought the book from a resale shop when I was about 8. I read through it, and Bam! I became a name nerd! I joined NB right before my 13th birthday. I'm glad so many people have the same interest as me. lolMadison, 14-year-old name nerd! My style is all over the place, my favorites change all the time.
Boys: David, Eric, Finlay, George, James, Jude, Lee, Michael, Paul, Richard, Rory.
Girls: Emmanuelle, Frederica, Jayne, Juliet, Lauren, Mary, Molly, Nora, Raffaela, Stella.