Do you wish your own name…..?
Do you wish your own name was more unusual…or more popular?
The general trend of taste in baby names these days is toward the unusual — many of us are looking for names that will help our children stand out in the crowd.
This is borne out by statistics, in the ever-growing number of sheer names in common use and the shrinking number of babies given the top names.
But how does this relate to your feelings about your own name? Do you wish you had a more unusual name yourself, and if so, why?
And if you have an unusual name, how do you feel about that — now, and when you were younger? Are you happy you have an unusual name or do you wish you had one that was more standard-issue?
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on March 24th, 2015 at 10:33 pm
I would leave my name just the way it is. 🙂 Where it is from, Tekla is still an “old” name, but where I live, it is pretty much unheard of. I don’t mind, seeing as it is “exotic” but still phonetic enough. Also, it’s a conversation starter! If I were to have children, I would give them unusual names as well. 😀
on March 24th, 2015 at 10:41 pm
Honestly I don’t know, My name is Madeline and I always wished they had added the extra e to make it Madeleine
on March 24th, 2015 at 10:42 pm
I adore my name, but I do wish it was a bit less trendy right now. I was born ahead of the Olivia-boom so knew none growing up, but I’ll admit it makes my name feel a bit less special when I hear it being shouted across every school yard and down supermarket aisle in the UK. It’s still beautiful though.
on March 24th, 2015 at 11:07 pm
I love my name, Leslie, so long as it is said with the z sound.
There were two Leslies in my class at school, so while it was not a weird name it was not that common. I know a few Leslies adults as well, though they all go by the s sound.
I would go for more unusual names for my children, though for my girls more old-fashioned names from my grandmothers’ era whereas for boys I would do the same and go a bit wild on middle names.
on March 24th, 2015 at 11:15 pm
I really love my name, Petrea, and I think that having a rarer name has added to my character. When I was younger there was an Australian Olympic swimmer whose name was Petria Thomas, so when people heard my name they sometimes thought of the swimmer seeing that they sound the same. I want to give my children rare names that that are easy to say and spell, because both those things are the only issues I’ve ever faced with a name like mine.
on March 24th, 2015 at 11:25 pm
My name is Kara, which was and still is a nice in-the-middle name. Sure it peaked in the 80s, so it does bother me a little that my name is tied to one or two decades. Growing up, there weren’t any other Karas in my school, but it was a name everyone knew. When I attended college (a pretty small one) there were maybe 2-3 others Karas each year.
Personally I think there are more important issues than having a name that’s different from everyone else, but I say that as someone who never went through life with a “weird” name or an incredibly popular name. Most of the names that people pick to be “different” end up sounding the same anyway. In my experience, it seems people who say they want something “unique” won’t actually bother to find a buried treasure; they’ll just slap James on a girl, spell Olivia like Alyvya, or name their kid a nonsense word or honorific title. I think it’s a reflection that American culture has gotten too individualistic for its own good, but now I’m getting off-topic.
I suppose from my own experience as an 80s-born Kara, I’d give my kids names that are not in the Top 10, but I’m not going to panic when my favorite was used 300 times the year before.
on March 24th, 2015 at 11:41 pm
I hated my name, Darshan, growing up because it was so unusual but I have grown to love it so I’d leave it just the way it is. I just wish it was easier to pronounce.
on March 24th, 2015 at 11:50 pm
My name is Kaprice and I used to hate it but I always get compliments on it these days. I just don’t like the C to K-ness of it. I used to want to be a Nicole or Brianna but I’d choose to be a Romilly, Athena, or Cordelia if I were to change it.
on March 25th, 2015 at 2:00 am
Where I live, my name is unusual, but it’s very common in the US. I’ve probably met less than 10 other people with my name, and they’re all younger than me. I’ve always hated my name, I hate the sound, the style, the letters, the associations and the potential nicknames. However, I wouldn’t change it, because my parents loved it, and still do. The only redeeming thing is that it is unusual in the UK, I’m easy to remember because I’m not one of five Emma’s. If I’m lucky enough to have children, I would like to give them an unusual name, but the style would be completely different to my own name. And they’ll probably end up not liking it, but all in all it’s the parents choice!
on March 25th, 2015 at 2:48 am
I loved my name growing up and I still do as an adult. I have only ever met one other Roanna in my whole life. Most people pronounce it wrong and misspell it to start with but I don’t mind I just correct them. I get called Ro or Rosie. I used to loathe my middle name growing up which is Effie after my great grandma but now I love it :).
on March 25th, 2015 at 3:21 am
I love my name! The only thing I’d change about it is its popularity in Australia. It’s in the top 50 and I known a few others with my name. I still think it sounds very exotic and I still get a lot of compliments on it. I tend to like names that are uncommon but not something that would be considered odd. Usually if it’s outside the top 100 I’m happy 🙂 My name is Zara Mae ___ and I happen to love my mn especially. It was the middle name of my great grandmother (spelt May). It still surprises me how many people think it’s weird that it’s spelt Mae and not May, I personally think its a little narrow minded.
on March 25th, 2015 at 6:11 am
My name is Molly and I wish it was something more unusual. It feels naive, somehow. Or at least not particularly distinguished and sleek.
on March 25th, 2015 at 7:01 am
I was born a Lauren at the peak of its popularity in 1990. I have always, always disliked being yet another Lauren. I feel the name is clearly and obviously tied to the late 80s–early 90s. Employers always know I am in my 20s, and in the future, my name will definitely be grandma style.
My parents wanted to name me something no-frills and nickname-proof, which is what they got. It’s just not something I want.
I have come around to my name in recent years. I still don’t feel like a “Lauren,” but I don’t feel like any other name either.
on March 25th, 2015 at 7:31 am
My name, Whitney, was on tend for the time I was born, (mid eighties) but I RARELY meet other Whitney’s. I love my name though. Not just because it has uncommon sounds, but because it is my mothers maiden name. I always have loved having that connection to her side of the family, and having a lovely explanation when people asked me about it. It was cooler than “my parents liked it.”
I will say this though. It is annoying to have only one famous person have your name. My whole life it’s been “were you named after Whitney Houston?” Um, no.
on March 25th, 2015 at 7:33 am
My name is very popular in my generation and growing up I hated it, mostly because I had two other good friends named Caitlin (spelled differently but still pronounced Caitlin) and whenever we were together people called us ‘The Caitlins’ and for some reason that always bothered me. However, I don’t think I would change my name to be something more unique instead I would go to something more classic and less dated- like Margaret or Diana
on March 25th, 2015 at 8:35 am
I really like my name – Laura. It’s a bit tied to my generation but it’s also a family name (my great-grandmother). When I was young I wanted a cool nickname but now I enjoy how straight forward my name is.
on March 25th, 2015 at 8:44 am
I’m pretty sick of having so many other Stephanies around, so yeah, I wish it were a bit more unusual, even though I like the name itself. And, it upsets me that even I, a long-time name nerd, assumed that it was some sort of new discovery or creation of the 80’s, when really it is older than that, and a royal name to boot!
on March 25th, 2015 at 9:15 am
My name is Julia. I don’t necessarily think it’s super popular or anywhere near unusual, just kind of classic middle of the road.
I like my name. It fits me and it doesn’t bother me to meet other Julia’s.
on March 25th, 2015 at 9:21 am
My name is Briane Rose (Briane is two syllables and sounds like Bree-In with emphasis like Ian). I had no issues with it as a child. In fact, I didn’t notice I had a unique name because many at my school had different names as well. Now no one seems to understand how to say it. From new friends to old professors, it’s a struggle for folks. Despite this, I do love it. It’s unique and poetic, if a bit hippy-sounding. I often go by Bree if I’m ordering food and make a point to say people can call me that if it’s easier. But honestly Bree isn’t my name so I don’t like it as much. Recently I’ve been getting “Like Brienne of Tarth!” from people (Game of Thrones). I emphasize it’s similar, but not the same. My ending is “in” and her’s is “en.” Of course, this is not a bad association if you ask me 😀
on March 25th, 2015 at 9:40 am
I grew up with an unusual name that actually fits in stylistically today more than my generation and is gaining in popularity. I briefly wanted a more popular name in elementary but haven’t desired to have a different name since. I like the story my mother tells me about how she choose it and the I feel like it connects me to her so I wouldn’t have wanted to change it anyway, even though it’s not a name I would have picked for myself. I think people get caught up too much in the name being unique sometimes. Standing out and fitting in changes from person to person but also depends on the place and time as well as we are more or less concerned with these things in different stages of our lives and as our lives change. I *try*to strike a balance in the name choices for my kids. Not too popular but also familiar so that their name will work for them throughout their lives. Mostly I want to avoid spikes in popularity, I would use a popular name that is well used over a long time.
on March 25th, 2015 at 9:43 am
When I was little no one lease was called Hannah and in my life I have only met two other Hannah’s of my age (and I know of two others who are friends of friends), but for the last 20 years or so it has been very popular so there are lots of little people and teens and early twenties girls out there called Hannah. In some ways this is great as it makes it easier to say my name – I always used to feel quite anxious before saying my name and would really over emphasise the “h” so people wouldn’t think it was Anna.
“What’s your name?”
and so on. It’s funny now to think that the name was that unusual here in the UK but my mother is from the US where biblical names have a longer tradition. My brother was called Ben – many people in the Uk assumed we must be Jewish because of our names. My mother was just ahead of the game. The girls in my primary school class were called Poppy, Amelia, Alexis, Charlotte, Alex, Tamsin and Claire. I used to wish I were called Poppy. Now those parents really were ahead of the times.
on March 25th, 2015 at 9:45 am
My name is Helen, and while it is still thought of as an “old-lady” name where I am from (I was named after my grandma), I still love it. I only know of three other people with my name (an older lady, a baby, and a teenager) so it’s not that popular.
For the most part I love my name, and I would never want to change it, but I do wish sometimes that I had a frillier name to soften it (my middle name is McKinzi). I have always loved the Helen of Troy association, even of she was an adultress.
on March 25th, 2015 at 9:59 am
@Lo – I’m another Laura of that generation whose also named after my great grandmother. I think our parents were onto something…!!
on March 25th, 2015 at 10:48 am
Though it’s not the name I would have chosen for myself, I think Margaret suits me well and was a good “sweet spot” name: a classic, timeless name that everybody knew, but not a lot of people were given in my generation. There was only one other in my fourth grade class, and we actually became best friends because of our shared name! (And since she liked to be called Maggie and I preferred Margaret, there was very little confusion in the classroom.)
I did go through a period of wishing my name was the much more popular Stephanie, though, which I thought was prettier and more youthful-sounding.
on March 25th, 2015 at 11:08 am
My name is Taryn. I hated it while I was growing up. No one could pronounce it or spell it though it really isn’t difficult. People, especially teachers, would often say rude things about it like, “WHY?” Or “What were your parents thinking?” So I very much wished for an easy name, one that would pass without comment.
At the same time, I felt oddly proud of it being unusual. My dad in particular really cultivated this feeling of pride in our odd names. One of the things that I have found that happens when you meet a new person and you have a less common name is that the new person will often exclaim, “Oh, my cousin’s new girlfriend is also named Taryn!” I always found this extremely vexing. I hated my name, but I didn’t want to share it.
As an adult, I have grown to like my name. And it no longer bothers me when other people have the same name. It also seems much more acceptable to people now. Maybe this is due to the growing popularity of less popular names? I don’t know. Also now when people tell me they know another Taryn, it is usually a new baby.
on March 25th, 2015 at 12:09 pm
I love my name and wouldn’t change a thing about it. The only thing I’ve ever wished about my name is that others wouldn’t find it so boring. I love love love my name but the amount of people I’ve met or seen that have said they find it boring is more than I can count. I think it’s a beautiful name, why do people find Sarah boring?
on March 25th, 2015 at 12:10 pm
My name is Amanda. I’ve never loved it and tried to get my family to call me Jean (my middle name) to which everyone in my school made fun of because it was “old”. So, I went back to Amanda (Manda, rather) and gave anyone who called me Mandy dirty looks. My Dad, in true hippie fashion, wanted to name me Star Jean. My maiden name was pretty unusual on it’s own so I guess they were kinda forced to go with something so boring 🙂
on March 25th, 2015 at 12:13 pm
I was named after a cousin of my dad’s & the name was really popular in the mid-20th century. In school I was one of at least five in my grade (& there were only 100 girls in my grade; the only more popular name was Karen) & I disliked my name intensely. Once I went off to college, though, I rarely ran into anyone w/my name or a variant, & by my early 20s I was fine w/my name. But I doubt my name will come back until my great-grandchildren’s era, if ever.
on March 25th, 2015 at 1:14 pm
I actually really like my name, Mabel Kay, even though it can be considered an ‘old-lady’ name and there’s nobody in my age range with it, I’ve always loved being unique and different. It can be annoying sometimes, though, because usually when I meet somebody new they automatically think that my name is ‘Maple’. 😀
on March 25th, 2015 at 1:46 pm
My name is Heather and I’ve wanted it to be different since I was in Kindergarten. I was born once my name started decreasing in popularity a pit, though it was still in the top 50 when I was born, and I do love the movie The Heather’s, but it feels too popular to me. I knew one girl with my name that was my age when I was growing up and I hated it, I loathed sharing a name with someone else. Now that I’m older and finishing up college, I hear it even more and it’s super annoying. I would totally use my middle name if it wasn’t so bland and boring (Ann). I also just prefer unusual names, and most of the time I won’t even consider looking at names for children if they are in the top 1000.
on March 25th, 2015 at 2:01 pm
Well I really love my name Elizabeth because you can shorten it so much hence why I go by Beth. I do love the name Alice
on March 25th, 2015 at 2:14 pm
My name is Emily. Which, is like the most common name ever but it doesn’t bother me. I was named after my grandmother, who was named after her grandmother…and so on and so on…I am the sixth “Emily” in my family so it makes me feel just a tiny bit important.
on March 25th, 2015 at 2:34 pm
My name is Amanda, which was very popular in the 80s and 90s, but I was born in 1999, and only have one other Amanda I’m my school. Having a popular name doesn’t bother me, and I rarely meet other Amandas. I just think you should pick the name you love, with popularity put aside, whether that name is Sophia or Ophelia (I actually like both).
on March 25th, 2015 at 2:40 pm
My name is Dannah. I wouldn’t consider my name very odd, but growing up, I loathed my name because it was not a popular or a “princess-y” name. Also, there were no Dannahs on tv or books that, as a little girl, I can point out and tell other people about. So I felt a bit isolated because of that.
But as an 18 year-old, I can’t even imagine having any other name. I love it! I love the spelling as well. When I’m ordering, my name is often (if not mostly) misspelled. I got my name spelled correctly just once! And I even love the occasional “Dannah Banana” thing.
I like that my name feels familiar, yet unique.
on March 25th, 2015 at 2:55 pm
I’m named Emily. I used to hate my name, and still sometimes do, only because of its popularity. But, I’ve come to love it. If you say it the right way, in a sort of musical tone, it has a nice lilt to it. 🙂 I love the song called “Emily” from “The Americanization of Emily”… Frank Sinatra’s version and Barbra Streisand’s both make the name sound really pretty. And, when combined with my one-syllable middle name, it sounds really southern, and when I was young my family always ran the two names together (and still do at times). So, yeah, maybe it’s common as dirt, but it’s not a bad name. I’ll definitely take popularity into consideration when naming my own kids, but if there’s one that’s just really special, I won’t mind if it’s in the top 100.
on March 25th, 2015 at 4:25 pm
My full name is Meredith and I’ve always considered it outdated. It was more popular in the 1980’s and I was born in the mid 90’s so it seems like my parents missed the mark a little. Sort of like naming a baby Nicole, today. I knew of two other girls in my school with the same name. All the others were older and I have never met anybody younger than me who is named Meredith. I mainly dislike the sound of my name. The Dith sound is not pleasant to me at all. The original Welsh pronunciation is much nicer to me but nobody says it that way in the U.S, unfortunately. So I just go by Mara. (Rhymes with Sarah) sometimes I even use my middle name Skyy, which I like much more as well. I wish my first name were just Skyy, but I guess Meredith Skyy sounds better than Skyy Meredith.
on March 25th, 2015 at 5:41 pm
@tarynkay I know 2 Taryns
I have problems with people spelling my name wrong, but nobody ever said anything bad about it to me,
It’s Glenys. I am named after my mother’s friend and she was named after her mother’s friend. Having an unusual name made me obsessed with names from a young age. I always wanted to be named something classic like Kate or Beth, but now I think my name is pretty awesome!
on March 25th, 2015 at 5:49 pm
My name was extremely odd for my time period. It’d be like naming a kid Andromeda Starshine in this day and age. I don’t mind having an odd name- and never really did- even when I was made fun of an taunted on the playground by ignorant boys named things like Tim and Ben. But, I will say a unisex feel to my name has always been something that has bothered me. Why I’m on the frilly side of baby girl names.
on March 25th, 2015 at 5:52 pm
My first name is Eve, but my friends nearly always call me Evie(This is my name on my passport, at the doctors and for quite a lot of other things) or Evelyn(Not quite sure why…). I have never really liked my name, but I have never met another Eve, even though it is quite popular, I have always wanted to change my name when I get older.
My middle name is Frances, I used to not really like my middle name but I have grown to love it’s positive associations, lovely sound and vintagey feel. When I reach sixteen, I think it is likely that I will change to my middle name.
on March 25th, 2015 at 6:06 pm
My name is Renata and as a child, I hated it. However, I’ve come to like it, it’s not too weird nor too popular, sounds elegant, is of Latin origin and means ‘reborn’. I was named after a Regina and my parents considered Anna, Aniela and Emilia, out of those names Renata is really the most acceptable. Toddlers call me ‘Ata’.
on March 25th, 2015 at 6:34 pm
I always wanted a more popular name when I was growing up (my name is Marisa and it was the Jennifer heyday). While I can now appreciate the benefits of a less common name, I’d still choose something more classic. FWIW, my mom still loves my name.
on March 25th, 2015 at 7:19 pm
I have a slightly more unusual name- Laurel. I didn’t meet very many growing up and I was always the only one in my classes.
I love having a unique name. I love seeing people’s face when I tell them my name. A lot of people respond enthusiastically and tell me what a beautiful name it is. I love seeing people try and fail to spell it correctly (I still have a kick at starbucks with this). I’ve always loved standing out from the crowd. I would have been happier with an even more unusual name like Calliope or Artemis.
The only thing that I’m a little disappointed with is that it doesn’t nickname easily. Even though I’m not fond of nicknames, friends in high school still try to give you one and “Lor” doesn’t sound very nice. *shrug* Ah well! I’m very happy with my name, with or without a nickname.
I was always glad I wasn’t ever called Laurel D. because there were too many in one class. I guess it depends on the personality. If you want to blend in or stick out. I’ve always wanted to stick out so my name was perfect for me.
on March 25th, 2015 at 8:06 pm
Definitely more unusual! While my name is okay, it’s very tied to my generation and is considered very dated. I dislike that it’s so unisex, too. I share my name with my uncle, which I definitely don’t like! I would have loved having an unusual and feminine name, like Aurora, Annabel, Lena, or even Grace (which is more popular, but it’s still classic).
on March 25th, 2015 at 8:12 pm
My name is Mary Clare (but only my parents call me that; most people call me just Mary), and I didn’t really love it when I was young because I didn’t know any other Marys who were my age. All the Marys were older women who would pat my head and say something about how happy they were that their name was still around two or three generations later. It’s fitting because I was named after my paternal grandmother (Mary Ellen) and maternal great grandmother (Ellen Claire).
I wanted to be called Samantha (I don’t know why) or Madeline (after the book character). I think most (but not all) people go through a period of time where they feel uncomfortable with their first or middle name and they grown into it, or accept it. I was that way. Now I’m glad my name is high enough on the popularity list that not every child has my name, but not low enough that it’s unfamiliar or hard to spell. I think it’s number #115-120 or so, but it was the top girl name in the nation until the 1960s.
I love names, but I can’t think of one that fits me as well as Mary. It would be weird to change it to anything else.
on March 25th, 2015 at 8:14 pm
whoops meant to say “is NOT high enough,” not “high enough”
on March 25th, 2015 at 8:23 pm
I didn’t really like my name, Katherine, growing up because it felt so common. Even if there wasn’t another Katherine in my class, there were at least five Kaitlyn’s, Kaylee’s, or Kayla’s. One year literally half the girls had Ka- names! Even in college, I once had two other Katherine’s and one Kaitlyn in a single class of about 30 people. I feel like someone who is pretty different from the norm ( and actually had a rather dramatic “loner” image of myself as a child! XD), so it always bothered me a little. However, there aren’t really THAT many Katherine’s that I meet on a day to day basis and I’ve come to appreciate it as a classic. It has a loooooong history, lovely meaning, and nice sound so by this point I’ve made peace with my name. I would probably still like to give more unique names to my kids, but popularity won’t be my first priority.
on March 25th, 2015 at 8:49 pm
I greatly disliked my name when I was younger, but I have come around now that I am older. My name is Rebekah, which was decently common growing up though everyone else spelled it Rebecca. Oddly I didn’t mind sharing my name with others, my problem was that it sounded so ho-hum. But I always liked my unique spelling and eventually that was what made me rethink my opinion of my name and to start appreciating it more.
on March 25th, 2015 at 9:58 pm
My name is Abby. I was born in 1999, when Abigail (even though I spell it Abigael) was about #20. It took off after that. I’ve always hated my name for one reason or another. When I was younger, I hated how it didn’t end with an -uh sound, which in my mind meant it wasn’t princess-y enough and wasn’t a girl’s name (my little sister’s name is Leah and I was jealous). When I got to middle school, I hated my name because I thought it sounded old fashioned. My best friends had names like Tatumn, Caylee, Laken, Lauren, Sydney, etc. so I always thought my name sounded old next to them. Now, I hate my name because it’s so popular. I can’t stand being called Abby E. or Abby-blonde or Abby-blue shirt. And I hate that when I introduce myself, the response is always “Oh my [insert female relative/friend younger than me] is named Abby!” I wish my parents had given me a more uncommon name. The easy to spell thing doesn’t apply here either, apparently. I’ve gotten Abi, Abbey, Abbie, Aby, Abbi, etc. (and everyone who spelled my name these ways INSISTED that their spelling was the most common or correct). I don’t know if I’ll ever make peace with my name. Maybe when it leaves the top 10 and I stop hearing Abby in every elementary school classroom. Last year, 1/3 of my tap class was named Abby (3/9 girls!)
For me, the number of Abbys born the same year as me isn’t the problem. There’s one other Abby in my grade and I can only think of a couple more who are older than me. It’s the Abbys born after me that bother me. This is what I always think of when people try and use the argument for popular names “The top names aren’t as popular as they used to be! Out of 4 million babies born last year only 21,000 of them were name Sophia!” Okay, fine, but what about the year before? Or this year? The numbers add up fast, like they do for me.
on March 26th, 2015 at 2:30 am
My name is Emily, and I’ve always loved it. I think it’s very pretty, and I like that it’s classic but also fresh. I personally don’t feel like it’s overdone, or too popular to be used. Despite it being very common (especially when I was born in 1992), I only ever shared a class with an Emily once in elementary school, and rarely throughout high school and college, and I’ve never worked with another Emily. The one time there were 3 Emilys in my class in 9th grade, I became known as “Emily Star” because I had dotted my i with a star on my name-tag, which was at least better than “Emily B.” As for nicknames, for whatever reason most of my teachers over the years have called me “Em” although none of my family and friends ever did. I have one aunt that calls me “Emmy,” one childhood friend who intermittently would call me “M&M,” and quite a few of my friends still call me “Emeelee” which is meant to be a total bastardization of the French pronunciation (we all took French together in high school).
On the other hand, my middle name is, as far as I know, completely unique. My mom created it by combining my grandmothers’ first names, Valeda and Patricia, to make Valecia. I always liked that it was a sort of special secret– that when a group of girls would share their middle names (usually bemoaning the super-common Marie/Nicole/Lynn/May), I would always be complimented. Plus, because it starts with a V it’s got that extra sort of “cool edge” to it.
I guess I sort of got the best of both worlds, but I will say that having a common first name has been a relief when it comes to doctor’s offices, first days of school, introductions, etc. However, I don’t think Emily is really tied to any specific era, whereas other names like Stephanie, Madison, Jennifer, and Taylor (my sister’s name– she hates it) really are. If I had a name like that, I think I’d like it less (no offense to anyone with those names).
on March 26th, 2015 at 5:26 am
I like my name, Caroline Elizabeth. But, I’ve always wished I had a name with a nickname.(I don’t like Cara or Carrie) I would definitely change Elizabeth to maybe Eleanor. When I was little I wanted to be Jordan, and now I wish it was Shannon!
on March 26th, 2015 at 12:55 pm
I go by my middle name, Violetta. As a child, I would go by my first name in front of family- but friends for some reason were intrigued by my middle name, possible because of the “etta”. I’ve gone by Violetta ever since, to everyone but my parents. I love my middle name, and often shorten it to Vi. Although I rarely use my first name anymore, I would never change my middle name to my first name. Theres just something special about it.
on March 26th, 2015 at 1:25 pm
I hated my name as a child. Everyone called me Melissa (even some extended family members) and no one spells it correctly (adding in the extra “s”), but as an adult, I love it. It is common enough that people know it, but I’m the only Marisa I know versus the dozens of Laurens, Stephanies, and Katies. And my little man is Liam, born in 08, and had I known his name was going to be so popular I probably wouldn’t have stuck with it, but he’s the only Liam in his class, so I’m not that worried, and he goes by L’Anth (Liam Anthony) more often than not.
on March 26th, 2015 at 1:27 pm
I’m Hailey and I was born in 1987, so my parents were just ahead of the Hailey craze that is recent. I’ve always liked my name, and I wouldn’t change it. I like that I’m of the first generation of Haileys.
on March 26th, 2015 at 4:47 pm
My name is Ilithyia (Eee-lee-thee-ah), after the Greek goddess and as a child I absolutely hated it. Hated the way it was ALWAYS mispronounced, hated the way teachers ALWAYS paused when they came to my name during roll-call and then preceded to hack it apart, but as an adult I’ve grown to appreciate it more, especially since it’s not as unheard now thanks to the Spartacus t.v. show but, I still cringe when people stop and ask the pronunciation. I do get tons compliments on it though, and I occasionally run into an Alethea which is also a very pretty name. To keep things simple I just went/go by Thia (Thee-ah).
My husband and I are trying to conceive so we’ve been over a bunch of name-lists and have decided that we’re going to choose names that are uncommon but not unheard of.
on March 26th, 2015 at 7:17 pm
Funny how two people can have the same name and different experiences. I’m a Molly born in the 80s in the US and it always felt like it was right in the “sweet spot.” Around number 150 when I was born, never rose much beyond 100 except for a few stray years. Everyone knows it, but it wasn’t like Sarah and Katie, Jessica and Ashley in my school – all nice names, but a lot in each class I was in. This is especially true because when I was born, more kids had names in the top 10 and top 100 than they do now. An outside of top 100 name meant it was never common, but it was old and established and common enough that it didn’t seem odd.
Hearing people who love their names even though they’re popular makes me a bit less hung up on whether the names I like for future kids are too popular 🙂
on March 27th, 2015 at 9:13 am
I wasn’t a huge fan of my name growing up and the fact that it seemed like a million other people had it. I would get jealous when I was younger because my 3 siblings all have far less common names. While I have grown to love my name, Chelsey, more as I’ve aged, it seems super dated. Due to how trendy it was between ’88 – ’92, anyone can pinpoint exactly when I was born. I definitely meet far fewer Chelseys now that I’m out of school.
on March 27th, 2015 at 3:10 pm
My name is Scarlett and I was born before the Scarlett boom of today. I’ve always loved it. With my name choices I love Hazel, Amelia, Avery, Evelyn, Hermione, Liesel, Sage, Marnie, Clare, Marceline, Logan, Samantha, and Artemis. I go for popular, outdoorsy, or literary.
on March 28th, 2015 at 6:05 am
as a child I used to be so irritated about my name because I had to spell it all the time and still people would get it wrong, I vowed to myself if I was ever going to have children I would give them really super simple and common can’t-go-wrong names like Anne or Laura. I rather like having an unusual name now, though. People still get it wrong all the time but I don’t mind so much, I also get a lot of compliments about it, and I’d give my daughter an unusual name in a heartbeat too (although my tastes vary from not-super-common-but-still-well-known like Annabel and Juliette to rarer and more “magical” names like Faedra and Nimue)
on March 28th, 2015 at 9:34 am
I loved growing up with the name Olivia, I never met another Olivia until I was an adult, so I felt special and unique as a child. I don’t like the name as much now that it is SO popular 🙁 I have tried to compensate by giving myself an unusual middle name and try to go by Olive now, which is more rare. If I was going to change my name it would be to Olive.
And I will never give my children a name from the top 50!
on March 28th, 2015 at 4:23 pm
I dislike my name and still do: Kasey. I don’t like it on either sex. It’s not all that attractive phonetically and people will always spell your name wrong because there are a million ways to do it like Casey, Kacie, etc. My parents don’t really have a good story for why they went with that; I know my dad wanted to name me after past girlfriends like Vicky or Kathy (I guess it would have been amusing for people to hear one of those and guess that I was a boomer, heh). You also get really lame Casey at the Bat, Casey Kasem, and KC and the Sunshine band jokes…that is if they’re not just calling you Cassie or Katie.
on March 29th, 2015 at 1:59 pm
I wouldn’t mind having a more common name (Grace), but there are next to no nicknames for it. At my summer camp there are always at least 3, usually 4 Graces. I got stuck going by my last name, one goes by Petunia (she played Petunia in Alice in Wonderland), one is Gracie(which I’ve hated since kindergarten), and the last is lucky enough to just be Grace.
At school it’s not quite as bad. Petunia is a year below me, but I don’t see her, and that’s a Grace that is a year above me in my math class, but that usually is only a problem when there’s a sub who has to take attendance.
on March 29th, 2015 at 4:40 pm
I’m another happy Emily… guess it’s just the best. My husband and I are considering pretty wild names for our kids, though. Thanks to the Internet, you now have to compete with EVERY other person on God’s green earth for email and domain names; and who wants to share their search engine results with a convict or even a chiropractor?
on March 30th, 2015 at 4:12 pm
My name is Morganne Lavinia. When I was younger, I HATED my first name! It’s just “Morgan” with the extra letters.. It’s very hard for a lot of people to understand, lol, there’s always misspellings and mispronunciations. But now, as an adult, I love it! It makes me unique in a way.
And as for my middle name, I’ve always loved it! I was named after my great grandmother, whose name was actually Livinia 🙂
on September 18th, 2015 at 8:05 am
My name is Rea Eleonora. I really love the name my grandparents chose for me. Rea, in Greek mythology, was the Queen of the Universe and the mother of six Olympian gods. It means “she who makes things flow well”. My paternal grandparents chose it for two reasons :
1. because of the mythological association. My paternal grandfather used to be a historian and he named his own children after historic and mythological figures (my father’s name is Rheinhart, he has one older brother named Siegfried and two younger twin sisters, Brunhilda and Herleva).
2. It is a subtle honour to my maternal grandparents, because it starts with the most “important” sound of their names (Robert and Grazyna)
Eleonora is a name my maternal grandparents chose for me for two reasons :
1. it contains the leo sound which honours my paternal grandfather, Leopold, who went by Leo.
2. my grandmother always liked Fidelio, an opera by Ludwig van Beethoven. Leonora is the main character.
I always loved my full name, I go by Leonora though (my late boyfriend and father of my only child used to call me Leonora). The pronounciation of both names is very easy. When I was a child, I wished I had a more “German” name. My teachers at school frowned when they saw my name and had nothing to tell about it. At the same time, they praised my classmates who were named Mathilda, Wolfgang, Adelheid or Siegmund, and I was jealous of them. But growing up, I stopped thinking about my name, I was never a name nerd, I started looking about names some years ago, because due to my occupation I travel very often and sometimes I am impressed of the names people in other countries have. I have never thought of changing my name, I really love it and I like that it is easily pronounced in all the countries I have been until now.
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