Changing Your Name: What would you choose?
Changing your name is many a name nerd’s ultimate fantasy (right up there with naming a dozen children, including two sets of twins.) What name would you choose, if you could choose anything? And why?
I first considered seriously the whole issue of changing your name at a large, riotous dinner with all my college friends, when the first among us announced she was expecting a baby.
We threw out the usual compliment of ridiculous baby names for her consideration, and then started talking about how we felt about our own names.
It’s time, then, to take matters into my own hands and choose a name for myself. I think, if I had to pick this very minute, I’d become Eliza Bridget Redmond. Eliza because it’s been long and is still my favorite name, modern and classic at the same time; Bridget because it was my beloved grandmother’s name, and one she felt she had to hide when she immigrated to the U.S. as it had become an Irish joke; and Redmond, because, as much as I love my husband and even love his name, I wish I’d never given up my original surname!
If you were changing your name today, if you could wave a magic wand and have total control, what would you choose? And why?
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on March 19th, 2010 at 12:31 am
If I could change my name this instant, I’d probably call myself something sweet and simple, like Lou or Lee. There’s something so unpretentious about a name like that, like you have more freedom to define it than you would if you were an Isabella or Anastasia.
It’s all very strange considering most of my favorite names are at least two syllables, haha.
Great blog! 😀
on March 19th, 2010 at 1:04 am
Eliza Bridget Redmond is pretty! I love it. I love the last name Satran a lot, too. Pamela Redmond Satran sounds strong to me.
Okay, what would I name myself?
Eleanor – love it.
Jane – I could be a Jane.
Something that starts with an “M”, but I don’t know what. I think the letter “M” is pretty. Maybe Margaret nn Meg.
I love the name Sandy. I’m 50, so I could pull it off. Love Sandra nn Sandy. But my cousin is named Sandra nn Sandy.
My middle name would absolutely have to be after someone in my family.
Anna Cordelia – Cordelia was my Nana”s middle name. I think this is my favorite on my list. But my cousin’s name is Ann. That would be odd.
Caroline May – May was my paternal grandmother’s name.
Eleanor May – so pretty.
Jane Elizabeth – But my sister’s middle name is Elizabeth.
Lillian Grace – I could be named after my grandmother and my aunt.
Margaret Lily – a form of Lillian. See comment below.
Sandra Lillian – Lillian after my Grandmother Lillian aka Nana.
on March 19th, 2010 at 1:29 am
This is such a great question, and one that I think about ALL of the time and have an absolute answer to. I would change my name to:
Katherine (“Kate”) Elizabeth Taylor
I have come to believe that Katherine or Catherine is the PERFECT female name. Katie is such an adorable name for a little girl, and Kate is about as timelessly elegant for an adult woman as you can get. Plus, the options! As my name is Mary, it is such a fantasy to have nickname options! As far as Elizabeth, that is my current middle name, and its just class and nice. Finally, I would change my last name to Taylor or something very similar. I have such a clunky last name without a clear pronunciation (although I like it better than my former last name), and being able to choose a nice-sounding, unambiguous-pronunciation last name is probably the ultimate renaming fantasy for me.
It feels good to get that off my chest!!
on March 19th, 2010 at 6:45 am
I would definitely change my name if I could to…
Claire Elizabeth! I love the name Claire–short, sassy and sweet at the same time! (Sort of like me) Plus, Claire honors my French heritage. Elizabeth is the long form of my first name, which was way too popular when I was growing up.
on March 19th, 2010 at 8:02 am
I personally would never change my name – Chloe Hope. This is mainly for one reason – I could never suit anything else! It just fits me so perfectly! But if I absolutely had to chose…. Well, I don’t know. Maybe Violet, since it’s my favourite, but I don’t think it would suit me. I guess Holly would suit me, as it was my parents second choice, but I don,t really love the name….
Charlotte. Yes, that would really suit me. I do think it is quite pretty, too. I could never use it for a child though – sister has dibs! lol. But okay Charlotte. Charlotte… I guess I would like my moms name. Charlotte Graciella. But that is a bit of a mouthful. Charlotte Grace is just so filler, though! Okay, fine. Charlotte Graciella Lastname.
on March 19th, 2010 at 8:09 am
Right now I’d have to choose: Cleopatra Lily Frances. Cleo because it’s been my favorite name forever, Lily was my Paternal Grandmother, Frances was my Mom. Yeah, I like that. Maybe I should think about actually doing something? Hmm. 😀
on March 19th, 2010 at 8:13 am
Forgot the why! Because my name as it stands now is rather boring. Blah. I need some flash!
on March 19th, 2010 at 8:17 am
This is an interesting question. I would not change my name. In fact, I kept my last name after marrying (Susan!) less as a feminist statement and more because I really love my last name, its meaning, and the flow of my name as a whole. Perhaps the reason I am so interested in names is that I really want to give my child a name that is unique but not out there and that the child is proud to have (just as I am proud of my name).
on March 19th, 2010 at 9:28 am
I wouldn’t change my first name. I was named after my father. I’ve never particularly liked my middle name, Kay, so I’d happily change that. My confirmation name is Elizabeth, which is also my mother’s middle name, and I’d probably move that up to first middle name position. From a purely aesthetic point of view I like Elizabeth and think it probably would suit me better than Andrea, which is annoying mainly because it has three different pronounciations and I hate two of them.
on March 19th, 2010 at 9:32 am
I’d go with Phaedra. Much more exotic than Sarah, but still sounds familiar.
on March 19th, 2010 at 9:32 am
I was named for a beloved relative, but my name was also one of the trendiest and most insubstantial of its time, and I don’t think it has ever quite fit me. So I would probably choose an established but timeless name that’s not overly popular: Philip or Quentin or Henry.
on March 19th, 2010 at 9:32 am
I wish my parents had stuck with the name they had originally wanted. I was supposed to be Maret (or Marit), but instead they decided to go with Toni. Boo! At the vary least, I’ve considered changing my name to a full version, like Antonia and still going by Toni. Alas, I will likely always be “just Toni.”
monte & hannah’s mom Said
on March 19th, 2010 at 10:32 am
I like my first name, Rebecca, but would change my middle, Lynn, in a heartbeat. All of my female cousins have this as a middle name, too, which I find excessive. I’d change it to Ilene after my sweet grandmother…and my initials would change to R.I.P., which suits my Addams Family wanna be side.
on March 19th, 2010 at 10:58 am
Not that I haven’t dreamed of it before, but for a looooong time now, I have been very comfortable in my name. Jade Nicole. Wouldn’t change it. Not because it’s perfect, but it fits me and it was my mom’s prerogative to choose a name for me and I think she did a pretty good job. I hope my kids feel the same way about their names! The last time I considered my name as not-so-appealing was when I was living in England in the late 90s – Jade had become popular for little girls and I would hear my name in the context, “Jade, get over here right now!” when I was out and about. But I still felt like I owned my name. And I still do… I like that it (was) a unique name and I never knew another one personally until college (when I was randomly paired with the one other Jade in the entire college for my Bio 101 lab!). I can’t imagine any other name fitting me (or any name fitting my husband better than his name – Nigel). I guess we’re lucky!
on March 19th, 2010 at 11:07 am
As obsessed as I am with coming up with names for my future children, I have never once given thought to changing my name. I am my name, my first name anyway, which is Marcy. It’s fits who I am perfectly. I wouldn’t mind changing my mn, which is Ann, to something more unique or just less boring. My great-grandmother was an amazing woman. Her name is Mary-Everline and just about every single girl on that side of the fam has the first or middle name Mary as a tribute to her but no one has every used Everline. If I wanted to change my mn I’d use Everline. So I’d be Marcy Everline.
on March 19th, 2010 at 11:12 am
I would NOT change my first name, Shana, unless I were being forced to. My parents thought they made it up (to name me after my aunt anna) more or less and are very proud of it, of course knowing now that it is a Hebrew name for lily makes it even a little bit more special as they are beautiful flowers. I get a ton of compliments on my name too and I’ve always loved it. It gets mispronounced occasionally but i just say, it rhymes with Hannah… and everyone gets it.
on March 19th, 2010 at 11:16 am
I guess it could be worse,i but I REALLY don’t like my name. Ashley Michelle. For one, it just screams 80’s. For two, I have just never felt like it fit me. My mom wanted to name me Audrey, and I would have much preferred that.
Audrey Michaela (since Michelle is after my Dad, Michael)
Or I wouldn’t mind Michelle so much if it had a classic first name. Maybe I wouldn’t mind Ashley so much if it had a classic middle name…
I am really not a big fan of Ashley, though.
I’m not asking for anything too creative, but if everyone in my life wouldn’t think I was crazy, I would totally change my name.
on March 19th, 2010 at 11:34 am
Hmmm…I *hated* my name when I was a kid. First of all, it was Heather Lynn Brown. Do you know how many other Heather Lynn Brown’s I’ve met in my life? It’s ridiculous! My mom swears she had never heard of anyone naming their kid Heather when she named me in 1975, the year Heather was NUMBER 3. Of course, she had no way of knowing that back then, in those pre-internet days. I don’t think my mom would have read birth announcements or asked around about names either. And, as well, her mom (my Nana) is from Scotland, so her justification for naming me Heather had a lot to do with the image of rolling fields of Heather flowers everywhere.
Now that I’m married, and finally (FINALLY!) I have a new last name, I’m much happier with my whole name. My new last name is not uncommon, but it’s longer and more distinguished sounding: Stevenson. I don’t spend as much time around other people my exact same age so much anymore, so there aren’t Heathers all over the place it seems. I’ve grown to love my first name. I’m a major Anglophile, so I love that my name is linked to my heritage. I love that it’s a wildflower that can endure harsh weather…maybe it’s silly, but I feel like the qualities of the Heather flower are a kind of a metaphor for the sort of person I am. (Hope that doesn’t make me sound too high on myself, but I have been through a lot and survived.)
My mom also named me Heather because she loved the song and dance to “The Heather on the Hill” in the old musical Brigadoon. Cyd Charisse and Gene Kelly dance a ballet to it in the movie, and since I grew up to be a ballet dancer and teacher, that also seems fitting.
So, I’ll keep Heather. Love my new married name. I would change my middle name, though. In my case, Lynn isn’t just a filler name that sounded good to my mom…it’s my dad’s middle name. But, I’m not too fond of my dad, and it’s just a boring name to me. I’m not sure what I’d change it to, though. Maybe have my mom’s middle name, instead?:
Heather Margaret Stevenson
Or, maybe something that sounds like my maiden name, and would give me the same initials if I did first/maiden/last:
Heather Bryn Stevenson
Ooh, and I just looked it up! It means “hill,” which is like the song my mom loved: The Heather on the Hill! Maybe I *will* go change my name now, ha ha! 🙂
on March 19th, 2010 at 11:57 am
I don’t think I would change my first name, Julia, for anything. It totally fits me! It’s very classic and elegant, but also very girly just like me. My middle name, Faith, I have gotten used to, but my parents were originally considering the mn Peace. I think Julia Peace would a more unique name and that’s probably what I would change it to.
on March 19th, 2010 at 11:58 am
I would be Ivy.
on March 19th, 2010 at 12:07 pm
Oh my god! I just realized that Bryn is a mash-up of my maiden name and my middle name…it’s perfect! I seriously might need to go change my name now….
on March 19th, 2010 at 12:09 pm
I love my name! Gabrielle Carolina, which I use as my maiden name, instead of a middle. However, when I was younger, and knew nothing, I wanted to have the name, Mary Rose. I don’t know why, but Rose is one of the names on my list now!
on March 19th, 2010 at 12:09 pm
Mary, that’s awesome. My name is Katherine Elizabeth! I like my name, but I hated how common it was when I was young. I’ve always liked Anna; it’s what my parents almost named me.
on March 19th, 2010 at 12:18 pm
As much as I always say I like my name and often feel like it is ideal, I’ve spent a lot of my life wanting to change it to something else, at various times, for various reasons. I think it has to do with trying to make up a character who isn’t me or a name that solidly conveys a personality or characteristics that I want or strive to change something I don’t like about myself, a real statement, nothing vague, something kind of amazing and conspicuously so. Karen leaves a lot to be desired in that department – and then that’s what I often say is what I appreciate about it!
I really do want to try on a lot of different hats or focus on a particular goal, and I might go about the day starting with a name in mind or trying to feel like that’s my name (and meanings are important), and it always feels like it’s just not the right one. I think it might be easier to make decisions if I could find the right name to go with a mood, to inspire me or something. I can’t figure out what I would be called. I think this is the same as parents go through. You like one name, but deciding on it rules out all the others, so it feels weird to me to adjust to it when it could still be anything else I want. I just stay Karen then. I can’t recognize myself in a new name at all.
on March 19th, 2010 at 12:44 pm
I often think about changing my name, I’d definietly want something easy to pronounce, heard of, but not popular. Maybe Martha, I would have been a Martha if I wasn’t Elena.
I don’t know what middle name I would choose but I really like the sound of Martha Charlotte 🙂
on March 19th, 2010 at 12:52 pm
I always said I’d like to change my name to Kate. I just felt the simple, relaxed but dignified nickname would work better for me than my first name which is exotic and hard to pronounce.
on March 19th, 2010 at 1:17 pm
I spent my whole childhood fantasizing about this very question. I HATED my name (Laine) to the point that I went by my middle name “Michelle” until high school. I planned to legally change my name when I turned 18, but had a change of heart. Now, I absolutely love the name Laine, especially the spelling. I hated it because it was “a boy name”, but now I think the spelling makes it very feminine. I also love that I was named after my dad and I think it is so sweet to name little girls after their father’s. It still bothers me that people cannot pronounce it or spell it correctly. People always pronounce it “Lainey” when it is obviously just “Elaine” without the “E”.
I still love Michelle and also Claire, but I would save my favorite names, Evangeline and Fiona, for my daughters.
on March 19th, 2010 at 1:24 pm
Since my middle name was “filler” name, and Stephanie was number 4 in 1984, I was never really fond of my name. My mom wanted to name me Samantha, but my dad didn’t like it. I always thought I might pick that, or something else that lets me keep my same intials of SEG. Here are some options:
I like both of those, although there are a lot of Susan/Suzanne/Suzi’s in the family, so maybe that one wouldn’t work so well, although I do prefer Sannah to any other nickname. Yes, I shall go with Susannah Emilia (Emilia is a family name).
on March 19th, 2010 at 3:04 pm
I’d love to be Julia Violet
Julia is such a beautiful, classic but somewhat unique name. For someone with a nickname as my given name (I was named after a Sharon who died young and Dad decided to use her nickname – Sharon would’ve been prettier)
Violet is my grandmother’s name. No one my my mom’s generation used it for their kids and she has 5 sisters! Seems crazy to me.
I’m hoping to use it as a mn for my own little girl…we’ll see! =)
on March 19th, 2010 at 3:51 pm
I love my name Arabella Jane. My favorite thing is that I can change it up because I usually go by Jane but I have friends who call my Ari (prn. Airy). Most of my family calls me Bella which I loved until the Twilightmania and the name Isabella became so popular.
If I changed my name today it would probably be to something Modern and spunky like Parker. I would never name a child this but I still love it.
on March 19th, 2010 at 4:24 pm
My new name would be Jane Victoria. I love the fact that Jane is a common name that is not really used much anymore. I find it sweet and unpretentious. Victoria would be a nod to my father and grandfather.
on March 19th, 2010 at 4:54 pm
What a great naming topic. As much as I got tired of people asking me what my “real” name was when I was growing up I wouldn’t trade Addie for another name. It is original and fun so it suits me well.
on March 19th, 2010 at 5:19 pm
My name is Jacey Charlotte, I don’t care much for my first name..I would probably change it to Jacinthe 🙂
on March 19th, 2010 at 5:45 pm
I love my name, and I wouldn’t change it. But if I *did*, I might go with one of these:
Gwendolyn Oake Bentley (my favorite!)
on March 19th, 2010 at 6:08 pm
I wouldn’t change my first name, because I love how unique Bridget is. But i would change my middle name. Though I’m named after my grandmother, Margaret is really not my favourite middle name….I would like something more ethnic, like Imogen or even something like Claire or Fiona. I love Fiona.
on March 19th, 2010 at 6:17 pm
I would change my name to something like Katherine and go by Kate. Short and sweet, but strong.
on March 19th, 2010 at 6:23 pm
I would change my name to something more traditional if given the option:
Lillian – after my great grandmother
Valerie – my grandmother, also my baby sister
on March 19th, 2010 at 6:27 pm
I recently changed my last name but didn’t even think about changing my first or middle name. I love them – Elizabeth Alexandra – sounds so classic, and feminine without being frilly. Elizabeth (which I only really go by) suits me, and although I wouldn’t choice Alexandra for myself, I still like it in the middle spot. Maybe something that honoured family would be nice like Elizabeth May, Elizabeth Lillian, Elizabeth Caroline, but still, I’ll stick with what I’ve got 🙂
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on March 19th, 2010 at 7:12 pm
I’ve dreamed of changing my name ever since I was a wee one. I hate it with a passion and don’t really connect to it at all. I think I’d make a good Amelia or Alice, but I haven’t found a name that seems like MY name. I just know the name I have now isn’t it!
on March 19th, 2010 at 7:58 pm
Mary, the name you chose is thisclose to my mom’s name! And she wanted to name me Elizabeth, but thought it was too much pressure with Taylor, bummer.
I think about this all the time, it’s so hard to choose!
Scarlett- I’ve sort of always thought I was supposed to be named Scarlett, though that was before it was popular.
Elizabeth- Since this is what my mom wanted to name me but didn’t, and I’ve always felt cheated out of it.
My mom and grandma both have Ann in their names, and I’ve always been a bit jealous. My grandma’s middle is Rose and I’ve always really loved that…. so
Scarlett Elizabeth Ann or Scarlett Elizabeth Rose… I would probably go with Rose. As for last name, yeesh, that’s a hard choice. I think I’d pick something from my family tree, maybe Toogood, Scarlett Toogood is a fun name.
on March 19th, 2010 at 8:24 pm
I like my name; I wouldn’t change it. But If I did:
Julia or Juliet
Claire (though it is a little popular)
Iris (my middle name)
on March 19th, 2010 at 9:11 pm
I’d be Lorelei Brigit.
I didn’t have to think twice. Lorelei is my absolute favorite name ever, but I wouldn’t give it to a child because A) it has connotations with destruction and ‘sirens’, and B) it’s MINE. Brigit would be my middle name because I have always felt a deep connection with Ireland and the goddess Brighid – so much so that I moved there for a while.
Last names are harder: I’d probably choose something that is a real last name but also is a word, like Winter or Season or Stone.
This makes me want to change my name. I actually did when I was in junior high: all my friends called me Trinity.
on March 19th, 2010 at 9:30 pm
I’m not a huuuge fan of my name but I wouldn’t change it. I was named after my grandmother and it’s so important to her, she and my mom would be very hurt should I speak of changing it. I think I would change my middle name though. I’m not a big fan. I would chose:
on March 20th, 2010 at 12:15 am
I think that the name Caroline would suit me. It’s funny, because although I love classic names of that fashion, I don’t think I would ever actually use that name on someone–it just seems that personality-wise, it seems like me. I would never go by Carrie, though. Maybe Lina or Caro, if anything. It would have to have a classic middle name, as well, such as
Is is just me, or are a lot of the names people are choosing on this blog very traditional? I’m seeing a lot of Elizabeths and Katherines. Originally, I would have expected a lot of “out there” names, but most of these are pretty classic.
Also, if I were to switch my name (Sydney Kaye) to something similar, I think I would choose Sidonia Fay (the first because it is a legit form of Sydney, and the second because it rhymes with Kaye, but has a more interesting meaning.)
Another thing I really wish: when my great(x?) grandparents moved to the US from Germany, they switched their name Wott (pronounced Vott) to Watt, which, in my opinion, is not that pretty. It’s too bad that they didn’t just keep the same pronounciation and spell it Vott. I think V’s are more exotic!
on March 20th, 2010 at 12:45 am
I really like my name as an adult. Katharine Ann. I went by Katie as a young girl and Kate when I got to high school. I still use Kate today. Only my younger brothers and sisters call me Katharine.
I didn’t like Katie as a little girl because it felt like a little girls name. Kate felt so much more adult. My mother wanted to spell my name Catharine but I was born in the midwest circa 1974 and that was a bit adventurous for the times. She instead chose the Katharine Hepburn spelling. My maiden name is similar to Hepburn so it works beautifully. I still use my maiden name professionally because it’s such a great name.
I have to spell out Katharine for everyone. I think it’s worth it though. I’ve only met one other Katharine and we worked together. We had the same initials and it was confusing to our other co-workers.
on March 20th, 2010 at 2:20 am
I really want to change my name! My name is Deborah Elizabeth B******. A fairly long, and rather dated name. My first name (I go by Debbie) has so many spelling variations that people often ask how to spell it. And no one ever gets my last name right either. *sigh* But I’ve always loved that my initials are DEB, and that there is pretty much no other Debbie my age. Most are in their 40’s.
If I ever got the courage to reject the names my family gave me, I would either change it to:
1: Valentina Danielle Grey (Danielle after my Dad’s name, Daniel)
Or 2: Alaska Jubilee Grey (I love this name! It’s unusual, cheerful sounding and easy to spell!)
on March 20th, 2010 at 3:35 am
You know, I’ve thought about this for awhile, and I’ve never found anything that I could actually see myself in! My name is Lauren Elyse, but my mom wanted to name me Maggie Simone. But, at the end of the day, I don’t know if Maggie would really suit me at all! I don’t think I’m really the type to go by a nickname, so maybe that’s why.
So, I just looked in the mirror and got the craziest idea in my head. I love Caroline – I think it would suit my personality well, as it is clean, crisp, polished, feminine but not frilly, and classic, not to mention I love it with my siblings’ names (Benjamin, Sarah, and Caroline?). But, when I looked in the mirror, it wasn’t right at all! A funny thought popped into my head – you need a name that ends in a Y! And, then, as if from nowhere, the perfect name dawned on me! Emily.
Yes, it’s Emily. I’m as surprised as the next person! But, coming from being called Lauren – uber-popular, yes – being called Emily wouldn’t really be an issue. To me, it is classic enough – um, Emily Bronte, anyone? – to work with my siblings’ classic names, yet it still sounds polished, put-together, and fresh. So, what would my whole name be? Well, naturally, I’d choose Emily Caroline, but maybe I’d humor my mom and choose Emily Simone. No! Perhaps I’d go with Emily Margaret. Yes, that’s it!
PS If I could choose a “pen name” of sorts, I’d choose Eliza Marian Cecily Waldorf, if you ask me right now. Maybe two minutes ago it was Hazel Helena Forrester…
on March 20th, 2010 at 5:33 am
I [DID] change my name!! I was given the HORRENDOUS name of “Kevina” by my parents and after many, many, many years of bullying the final straw came when I started receiving post to “Mr Kevin A.” People, incorrectly, assuming that I had just placed the “a” too close to the end of my first name…. When I was 21 my parents, who knew how much I loathed my name, paid for a legal deed poll for me to change my name. I chose Eve and to this day love it. I love unusual names but some just go too far. I don’t know anyone else my age called Eve, and I like being different and not stupidly so…
on March 20th, 2010 at 2:26 pm
I would change my name to Reese. It just has so much more spunk than Katie (and there aren’t as many of them). Hopefully I will have a future daughter that I can name Reese.
on March 20th, 2010 at 2:52 pm
I love my name. I could never change it. My name is elegant and pretty. Joy Leticia. My middle name is in honarage of my Grandmother who’s name is Lettie. My mom felt lettie was too old for a little girl so she changed it to the longer form. My last name is the most popular so I love my name.
on March 20th, 2010 at 4:16 pm
i’d change my name to Mercury because i love Freddie Mercury! ‘nuf said. 😛
on March 20th, 2010 at 7:37 pm
I don’t think I would change my name. My mn is after my dad and my initials are his initials backwards. If I did change my name, I’d change my name to Elizabeth Kate, both family names. I love that Elizabeth has so many nn’s!
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on March 20th, 2010 at 7:59 pm
I don’t think I could ever give up my first name. I know it’s becoming really common now, but I love the name’s history and think it suits me. One thing I have always wanted is another middle name. I used to dislike Vera a lot, since it’s my mother’s name and thus automatically boring. Now that I’ve grown to like the name, I still can’t help wishing that I had two middle names instead of just one. I think, if I could choose, I would be:
Charlotte Vera Eleanor
If I was ever forced, for some strange reason, to change my first name against my will, then I’d go with my all-time favourite name: Imogen. Or maybe Adelaide.
on March 20th, 2010 at 8:28 pm
Well, I wouldn’t ever actually change my name since I’m named after my multiple family members (Jaime: dad James, plus grandmother middle names JAne and MarIE…and the spelling due to my mother having been a French teacher and total francophile). Middle name is Louise after a beloved great aunt (it’s also my mom’s middle name). I added my maiden name (Stuart) as a second middle name.
However, if none of the family significance were there, I’d definitely go for something short and sassy – Tess, Brynn, Nina, Marit, Grace, Nell/Nelly. I do also adore Margot, Eliza and Greta.
on March 20th, 2010 at 8:53 pm
I hated my name growing up. There was only one other Claire in my entire childhood. Now I wouldn’t change it for anything! Ann, my mn, is kind of boring, but it’s for my grandmother, and it goes with a long German last name. If I had to change? Maybe something a little more feminine, like Flora.
on March 20th, 2010 at 11:14 pm
I don’t love my name…. Cristina Ashley. In fact, I hated Ashley so much growing up that I misspelled it for years because I didn’t care how it was spelled! “Ashely.” Cristina isn’t bad, in fact it sounds really nice with my last name, which also ends in an A. However, since I look white (I’m Mexican-American) people always misspell it “Christina” which I don’t like at all. I’m not Christian!
If I could change it, I would probably choose something with a similar feel, like Julissa or Celina. I would have loved to have been named after my grandmother Aurora. Then my nickname would have been Rory instead of Tina!
I am glad my parents didn’t choose one of the other names they were thinking of… Samantha, Montserrat are the 2 I remember. They choose names for me and my siblings that honored our heritage but allowed us to pass in white culture, so with that in mind they did a good job. I can’t help I dislike Ashley so… it’s meaningless.
on March 20th, 2010 at 11:51 pm
My all time favorite name is Melanie and that’s what I named my daughter and it’s also the name I always wanted for myself. It’s not too common and it is feminine without being fifi. My oldest daughter’s name is Rachelle, which I adore, and my husband picked out. It is, again, not common but not terribly unusual, and very pretty and feminine. So my name would be Melanie Rachelle.
If I could choose a random last name, it would be something much like the first and middle names: something not too common but not uncommon, complicated, or weird–but having a nice sound. Probably Sinclair or Childress (don’t know anyone by those names :))
on March 21st, 2010 at 12:56 pm
Yeah I love the name Melanie also. its cool. I guess you wanna try this baby names website
where you can find your baby names based on father’s and mother’s letter.
on March 21st, 2010 at 2:07 pm
If my name weren’t Isabella, it would be Veronica. I like my name, but I like Veronica better. I think Isabella is too delicate to me, and I also dislike how the E is pronouced where I live (as in bet). Veronica is so much more grown-up and has an “evil” feeling that I like very much =)
Emma (deliverysurprise) Said
on March 21st, 2010 at 2:13 pm
When i was a little girl there was a period drama on tv, set in the 20s, called ‘The House of Elliot’ starring 2 sisters called Beatrice (Bea) and Evangeline (Evie). I chose the name Evangeline then as my favourite and when playing I was called Evangeline and my baby (doll) was called Chloe.
I think i would be happy with this name choose even today, besides the fact that it has become more popular, but then i am an ‘Emma’ – anything would be better on that front.
I suppose i’d want to be called any of the names i have on my ‘girls name’ list: Harriet, Bridget, Penelope, Pippa, Beatrice….
on March 21st, 2010 at 7:39 pm
If I could get away with changing my name, I’d change my name to Cana Lyn. I think. I’ve always used it as an online moniker and a penname. I came across Cana somewhere (and pronounce it kahnah, which is probably wrong but okay) and my mother’s middle name is Lyn.
One name change I could get away with: Going by Cait instead of Caitlan. My parents originally intended for me to go by Cait when I grew up, but I am so used to my full name that it’s hard to swap over.
on March 22nd, 2010 at 3:07 am
Eliza Bridget Redmond is a stunning name!!
Right now, I would change my name to Susanna Jane.
on March 22nd, 2010 at 3:21 pm
I hated having such a common name growing up and always being one of three Stephanie’s in my class. Now it would seem weird to have another name. I like my middle name (Ryan) and would probably keep it, but maybe I’d pick a cooler first name like “Zadie” or “India”…
on March 22nd, 2010 at 10:59 pm
If I could change my name, I’d definitely be Eliza Genevieve, although a few years ago I would have used my teen stage name, Victoria. Oh, why oh why couldn’t my parents have named me Eliza, or at the very least, Julia?
Great topic! 🙂
on March 23rd, 2010 at 4:24 pm
I was named at the last minute after my grandfather–feminine spelling, of course–but if I could I’d go with my mother’s original choice: Noelle. Its something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I really wish I could. Bah.
on March 25th, 2010 at 11:39 pm
I would love to change my name to something with more family significance.
Probably Josephine Lillian. It does seem a bit long, but both names are from deceased family members.
Josephine from my late grandfather Joseph, and Lillian from my aunt on mother’s side and great-grandmother on father’s side.
Ahh if only.
on March 27th, 2010 at 5:31 am
It’s so interesting to read all the posts from people who love the name Caroline! My name is a form of it, Carolyn, and for some reason I’ve never really felt comfortable with it, but also never realized how nicely people view it – until now. I wasn’t given a middle name, but later chose two, so now I go by Carolyn Arianna Rose. You can add any middle name you want, you know – it’s legal to do that in the U.S., so long as you don’t use it to defraud!
on March 31st, 2010 at 6:33 am
Right now I would choose:
Samantha Truly McAllister
on March 31st, 2010 at 6:33 am
You can add a middle name without going to court?
on April 17th, 2010 at 12:31 pm
I’m laughing! You can all join the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) and choose your own name. I have SCA friends I only know by their chosen names. These names tend to be historical (it’s a medieval re-creation group), but funny thing is, many of the names are showing up on the trendy 2010 predictions list. Also, there is a certain tendency to impossible Gaelic/Celtic names. It’s where I learned to pronounce Siobhan (Shu-vohn).
In the same context: there was a very famous ship sunk towards the end of the middle ages named the Mary Rose. They brought it up a few years ago and have found wonderful bits of medieval stuff for study. I was thinking about that name – Mary Rose – and thinking what a pretty name that is. I don’t think my grandchildren will get named that, but it is pretty.
yuki cross Said
on April 23rd, 2010 at 10:08 am
i want to change my name to yuki cross
on April 24th, 2010 at 12:21 am
although my name suits me for the most part, emily, and all my friends say they could never think of me as anything other, it is much to common for me. if i had to choose my own name it would be chelsea rae. i think that is trendy enough not to sound stuffy but sophisticated enough never to go out of style.
on April 25th, 2010 at 10:28 pm
If I could change my name right now it would be
Scarlette Ember-Rose Tabor, Scarlette because I just love that name, same with Ember and Rose and because I love double middle names, and Tabor because it is my last name now and I’ve always liked it!
on May 27th, 2010 at 4:38 am
My name was a little hard to grow up with. Cassie, not Cassandra, just Cassie. It rhymes with gassy and well there is a “bad word” in the middle of my name (the other kids thought that was soooo funny.)
So I spent a good amount of time hating my name. Now I kind of like it. There are a few Cassie out there but their names are usually Cassandra. So I get to define Cassie in a way. I think it is an upbeat, positive name, and it goes with my fun loving personality.
Still, I think it’s fun to think of what you would rename yourself. I think I would go with SAGE, my mom wanted to name me this and of course this was way before SAGE became popular. My dad won the naming war and dubbed his little red-headed bundle of joy Cassie.
My sister started going by Breezy in high school because there where were a lot of Brianas and Briannas that went by Bree or Bri.
Natasha Marie Said
on July 7th, 2010 at 1:16 am
I don’t think I would ever change my name, I love it too much.
However, if push came to shove, I think I would settle on Natalia (a variation of my name and of similar sound), if only to be rid of the nn Tash.
Alternatively I am quite fond of Elizabeth. It is my mothers middle name and my great grandmothers name.
So from Natasha Marie, I would become Natalia Elizabeth.
I don’t know!!! Said
on February 22nd, 2011 at 1:54 am
I despise my name (it is *impossible* for people– at least American people–to get right, and it rhymes with phoney, bologna, macaroni, et cetera). However, my parents are very upset about the whole idea of me changing my name, and names altogether have become a taboo topic in my family. Another issue: I kind of don’t know what I’m changing my name to, but my top three are currently Topaz, Briony, and Beatrice nn Bea Bea ( pronounced the Italian way– Bee-ah-TREE-chay). Topaz is sleek, modern, and just plain awesome, Briony is nice and has a pleasant meaning (also a bit like my current name, so people might get used to it more easily). Beatrice is my paternal great-great-grandmother’s name, and my mom is half Italian, so I think it would please everybody. I intend to also give myself a middle name, which my parents neglected to do. I was thinking something naturey like Grove or Cascade. I am going to drop my last names when I get married because I hate those, too.
on April 16th, 2011 at 7:08 pm
Despite it’s popularity, I actually DO like Olivia. If anything, I would change it to the more vintage sounding and a whole lot less popular ‘Olivie’.
If I had my way, I would be an: Olivie Violet Batey.
Olivie simply because I think it’s prettier and less popular than Olivia, but ultimately I think that I suite Olivia and would never completely change it. Violet because it’s just so beautiful yet very simple and sweet, as well as sounding sophisticated and playful at the same time. Batey was my mother’s maiden name, which I am planning on using for my own children’s middle names otherwise it will be completely lost in time.
on April 26th, 2011 at 7:20 pm
I’ve considered Hazel (since it is my second middle name, so it makes sense), Beatrix, Genevieve, Eden and Haven.
I did rename four of my friends one gym class
Me (Mary) became Millie
Michaela became Mindy
Mercedese became Martha
and Meghan became Magnesium, Large Quantities of. Poor Meghan.
on June 7th, 2011 at 1:29 am
My name is Brittany Noelle. I was born in 1984 and my mom swears she’d never known anyone who’s used the name Brittany before. It came from a combination of Britt Ekland, Morgan Brittany, and the region in France, Bretagne. I hated my name growing up and I didn’t really learn to appreciate it until I was about 21. I have, however, always loved my middle name. I was born two weeks before Christmas and I think it just really suits me. So i’d probably just drop Brittany and go by Noelle. Although, I’ve been told by several people that I look like a Hannah and the other names my mom was considering for me included Hannah Elizabeth…so maybe Hannah?
on October 23rd, 2012 at 12:48 pm
If you are seriously looking to change your name I did with a free guide at http://howtochangeyourname.com. For every State in the USA whether you were just married or divorced.
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