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The name Pollyanna is a girl's name . Pollyanna and is often added to lists like Hipster British Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".
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Has become an adjective for being overly optimistic.
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Not sure about this. It's a little "frilly" for my taste but there is something about it that I really like. Going to the "maybe" list.
I've never heard Paula suggested as a nickname before. Bless you for that - it's my name. Actually, a friend did tell me years ago that another friend of hers was Pauline, known as Paula, so guess I have heard it once. I also love the name Pollyanna - and Polly. 😃
Pollyanna has a French sound to it when I say it. I love the name! It has many possibilities for nicknames (Polly, Anna, Paula, Ann) I think it sounds gorgeous.
Too tied to the character, and too babyish IMO.
Yes - It could backfire
I think this name's literary ties might be a bit too strong. The child might think she had a sort of duty to try and be like Pollyanna Whittier, even if her nature is completely different.
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