Did You Have an Almost Name?

Question of the week: Was there a different name under consideration for you before you were born?

For me it was Lydia or Laurel, both of which I kinda prefer to Linda.

So, have your parents ever revealed to you the other choices they had discussed?  Was there a whole list, or just one main contender?

Was it a close call?  At what point was the final decision made?  Did your almost name almost make it onto your birth certificate?

Do you think it would have fit you as well—or better?–than the one that won out?

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heidi Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 2:13 am

I was almost a Sonja – a lovely name, but I am completely and totally a Heidi. Happy my Mom changed her mind at the last minute!

Whitney Gigandet Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 2:14 am

My mom seriously considered “Rio,” after her favorite Duran Duran song. I won’t lie; I rather like the ring of it, and I have considered using it as a tribute to her as a future daughter 🙂 I’ve never liked Whitney much but I love Rio’s spunk.

And if I were a boy, she has (jokingly, I think) mentioned she would have named me Rider, since my maiden name was Knight. I would have been Rider Knight, instead of Knight Rider — like the TV show. Again, I think it’s kind of cool 😉

Scrambledmegs Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 2:43 am

I would’ve been another Caitlin, had my cousin not been named Katharine right before I was born. I prefer Megan now, but when I was in elementary school I desperately wanted to be Cait.

Whit Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 2:44 am

Oh, I love Lydia. I do think it might be a bit better than Linda.

I was almost Samuel/Sam, which would have been perfectly fine, but in the long run, I’m glad I got Clyde.

Charlotte Vera Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 2:49 am

My parents have told me that if I was born in April I would have been named April (my father’s choice, not my mother’s). I’m rather thankful I was a July baby! I have nothing against the name April, I just think being named after the month in which I was born to be a bit prosaic and cutesy.

Susan Chesney Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 3:13 am

I would have been Phyllis, but my mother named me Deborah Sue at the last minute. I’m glad she did because I really don’t like Phyllis. Sorry, all you Phyllises out there!

Stefanie Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 3:29 am

I don’t know about alternatives to my name, unfortunately, but I do know that when my mom was born, my grandparents named her Irene. My grandpa left the hospital for a bit to go to work or something and when he came back, my grandma had changed it to Ilene, because she liked it better. I think my mom liked it better as well (as I certainly did/ do). My mom’s been dead for more than 20 years now, but my 7 week old old niece has been given Ilene as her middle name to honor her.

Scrambledmegs Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 3:53 am

My mother was almost a Phyllis, and is also thankful not to be. She’s Carolyn, but told me that when in grade school she wanted to change her name to Ruth.

Zarah Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 4:32 am

I was initially going to be called Georgia May, but my parents settled on Zarah Rose in the end.

If I’d have been a boy (which my parents thought I was going to be right up until the moment I was born!) I would’ve been called Ben.

Ghoti Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 5:35 am

My parents have mentioned two boy names and a back up girl’s name… I’ve always been thankful not to be Birgit. (Boy’s names Kai first choice, back up Knut, probable middle name James… I love Kai James too)

Robomantic Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 5:39 am

My mom wanted to call me either Calypso (which my dad said would get me made fun of) or Charlotte, Charlie for short (my dad vetoed that one because there was some bad associations with a lady my grandma didn’t like named Charlotte, lol. So I ended up Christina Grace (though I’ve gone by Tina since I can remember). When I was little I think I would have preferred either of those names, but I’m a Tina now 🙂

Heather Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 6:06 am

My parents almost named me Isabel after Port Isabel, Texas. I so wish they would have! I would like to name a future daughter Isabel, but it’s become a bit too popular now.

My mom was almost a Dixie Jean, but my grandfather insisted on Deborah instead. I kind of like Dixie though. My mom is certainly spunky enough to pull it off 🙂

Kathy Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 7:15 am

Both my dad and grandfather wanted to name me Barbara. A very unusual choice for a baby born in the mid-70’s. My mom overruled them because she didn’t want my initials to be BM. Thank goodness for moms!

Abby Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 7:26 am

I would’ve been Kerry, only my father had a book about a dog named Kerry. Canine associations or no, I think I would’ve liked it better than Amy, if only because I wouldn’t have shared it with so many other girls.

But then, my younger sister is Teri – so her name would’ve been different, too – funny to think that your almost name sets off a chain reaction, and before you know it, everyone has a different name!

Lara Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 7:42 am

My parents never actually mentioned any other name, probably fearing that I’d end up liking them better. They thought I would be a boy up until I was born and then I would’ve been a Mika or Jasper. Way better than my boring Lara. But I’m not a boy, unfortunately. 🙂

Stella Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 8:06 am

My parents were considering Montserrat and Samantha. But then I think my parents realized my nicknames could have been Monty, Rat, or Sam. I got a really girly name instead: Cristina Ashley. It’s clear my parents were battling with how Mexican my name should be or how assimilated. I think they ended up with a good compromise in the end.

Sheridan Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 8:19 am

I was nearly Paris or Portia! Thank goodness they agreed on Sheridan!

Regi Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 8:26 am

My mom didn’t have any other girl names picked out for me. Just what I got stuck with. She has told me that she briefly thought about naming me Regina (my grandma’s name), but it wasn’t her style. Had I been a boy I would have been Dakota. Which I’m rather glad I’m not. I know more dudes named Dakota than I can count on my hands. I wouldn’t have minded being a girl Dakota nn Koti or something like that, though. Not something I’d pick myself, but I could have lived with it.

Spamwich Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 8:53 am

My mother was convinced that I was a boy. My parents did not want to know the sex, but my mother’s “motherly instinct” was that she was having a boy. All throughout her pregnancy I was referred to as “David”. So when I was born, they had to scramble for a little girl name. I know it’s not a favorite on here, but with the exception of it’s popularity (I was born mid-80s) I have enjoyed being a Samantha. I know they were throwing out Nicole and Ashley in their panic, so good choice Mom and Dad!

caitydaisy Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 9:04 am

My dad wanted Samantha, but my mom had a dog named Samantha growing up so that was out. They also liked Sarah and Emily but those ended up being my cousin’s names. Then they thought about Megan, but liked Caitlin better for which I am very thankful (I’m 25 so it wasn’t quite as popular then at all). I much prefer Cait to Meg, and there were a ton of Megans in my school and college.

Lola Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 9:06 am

Oh yeah, Dad wanted Rebecca, Mom, Alice or Lucy. I got Laura. Mom heard it “somewhere” and liked it. Pop said “fine.

I’m glad I didn’t get Rebecca (no offense to any, it’s just not me). But think I’d have made a fabulous Lucy. Laura doesn’t even suit me much, I’m absolutely a Lola. (which is how my brother said Laura when he was 2). I almost considered Lucy for Josie, but ultimately, Lucy’s me… not her. 🙂

Rosie Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 9:12 am

My parents had settled on Jessica or Jacqueline until they saw me for the first time. My lips were in the shape of a rosebud and they decided then and there to name me Rosemary – Rosie for short. Since then, their pet name for me has been Rosebud. I’m happy with Rosie and can’t picture being a Jessica or Jackie.

SadieSadie Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 9:23 am

I was almost a Gabrielle but my mom couldn’t live with Gabby so I became Sarah nn Sadie instead. If I had been a boy I would have been Andrew or Scott. I don’t mind either but Andrew is more classic!

Andrea Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 9:24 am

Andrew Junior. They thought I was going to be a boy.

Becca Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 9:25 am

My name was almost Sarah. My parents decided when I was born. If I had been blond I would have been Sarah but I had brown hair so I am Rebecc ( nn Becca ) not to offend anyone named Sarah or that is blond but I’m glad I am not a Sarah! I have known different Sarahs and they just weren’t that great of friends. Also I don’t think I ever had a friend named Rebecca so that was a plus cause I knew alot of Sarahs so I would have ended up Sarah S. sorry again I dont mean to offend!

Lydia Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 9:32 am

I don’t have any almost-names, my mum wanted a daughter named Lydia since she was a child and ‘knew’ she was having a girl as soon as she fell pregnant. My dad wasn’t allowed a say.
My sister however proved more difficult and had several names in her first week of life. She was Leonie for a few days which would never have suited her. She ended up with Kerrie which my dad picked from a list my mum wrote.

Andrea Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 9:33 am

My mother is officially named Margaret, after her mother. My grandmother told me she wanted to name her Julie, but my grandfather apparently filled out the birth certificate information while Grandma was still asleep and gave my mom the name he wanted to give her. I think my grandmother had some naming regrets over that one. My mom has always gone by Peggy but I think Julie would have suited her as well. She isn’t really a Margaret. My grandmother perfectly fit her own name, though, and never had a nickname.

Thalia M Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 9:36 am

My mom, dad, and 2 brothers (aged 15 and 20 years older than I am) all discussed my name, and couldn’t arrive at an agreement. My dad liked Lydia, my brothers liked Molly or Rachel, and my mom liked Dana. In the end, they named me Jennine (UGH), my mother’s name, with a slight spelling variation. I would have preferred any of the 4 names they considered to the one I ended up with! I love the name Jeannine for my mother–it just seems like HER name, not mine.

Caroline Ruth Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 9:43 am

I was almost a Jade. My dad was a really big fan of the name. Im not sure how my parents went from Jade to Caroline.

Angela Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 9:48 am

My dad vetoed my mom’s suggestions of “Liesl” and “Tatiana”.

Rose Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 9:53 am

My mum very nearly named me Maggie-Rose, but chopped off the Maggie at the last minute because of a rather distasteful dog by that name that my grandmother met shortly before my birth. I ended up with just Rose, which has always suited me fine (except for that one year in elementary school when I wanted to be Jenascia. I choose to ignore that year). I don’t think my name really suits me. When I think of the name Rose, the girl who shows up in my head to suit the name isn’t me. It is very in keeping with my own naming style though, which is quite funny. My mum was ahead of the times!

My brothers are Farrell and Liam – Farrell would have been Tegan if he were a girl.

I was also very nearly Paige, which while not my personal favourite name, I think suits me a bit better.

Hannah Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 9:55 am

My parents had opposite sex names picked out for both me and my younger brother. However, I’ve always thought it was interesting that I am not the female choice that my parents had picked for my brother, and my brother is not the male choice they had picked for me. My brother is William Wilder and goes by Wilder, but he would’ve been Lily Margaret. I am Martha Hannah, and go by Hannah, but would’ve been Thomas Edwin. Both names I do love.

klsteele Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 10:10 am

I was either Paige or Jaclyn nn Jake… Or, if a boy, I would have been Jake. Thank God I am not a Paige or Jaclyn, but I definitely could have pulled off the nn Jake.

Claire Jennette Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 10:14 am

I LOVE my name. The only name that I may have come close to getting was Belinda. I know a few Belindas and it doesn’t suit me. I’ve never regretted either of my names though sometimes people are surprised and say I don’t look like a Claire (maybe because I’m 29, not 89?).

L_Mc Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 10:15 am

My mom actually almost named me Kirby (which I don’t like at ALL)! I ended up being Loren, which is OK, but kinda boring (at least its Loren and not the typical Lauren). If I’d been a boy I would have been Austin or Dallas (funny since our family has no connections to Texas).

linzybindi Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 10:17 am

My parents were convinced I was a boy because they already had a son and two daughters so they figured things had to even out right? Haha. Well they had Philip picked out for a boy and not too many options for a girl. I guess they tossed around the idea of Heather and Nicole but ended up choosing Erin. I never knew another Erin until I got to high school and even then there was only one. I struggled with my name for a while because I knew many boys with the name. I like it now okay but sometimes I still wish for something longer and feminine. My sisters are Angela and Leora.

Jade Diana Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 10:19 am

I would have been Liam if I was a boy. There was never any other name mentioned. For girls there was a laundry list: Charlotte, Leah, Delilah, Fiona, on and on. My father found a reason to hate all of them though. When I was younger I used to wish that they had gone with something more flowery, but now I love my name. I think it suits me.

belly Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 10:30 am

My father wanted to name me Madeline, after his grandmother who died before I was born. My mother won out with Stephanie. I like Madeline and appreciate that it is more classic, but I think I always would have wanted it to be spelled Madeleine, and I am actually very glad to be Steph rather than Maddy. I like my name.

Janine Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 10:32 am

From the moment my mother heard the name Janine thats what I was going to be. The rents joke about naming me Zepplin after Dad’s fave band but the dog got it a year before me. Zeppy would have been an awesome nn but I think growing up with it would have been torture.

If I was a boy I would have been Christopher, Robert or Samuel. I’m glad I was a girl. blargh on popular names!!

Lyndsay Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 10:36 am

I don’t know when my parents settled on Lyndsay, but I suspect it has something to do with my cousin being named Britney while my mom was pregnant. My mom’s favorite names were Elizabeth, Rose, Grace, and a few other lovely classics like that. My grandma hated all the names my mom liked, but my dad is the one who picked Lyndsay.

If I’d been a boy I would have been Geoffrey Scott, no question. My little brother ended up Jeffrey Rowe.

When my great-grandma was pregnant with my grandma, her husband had to go away on business for a while. She wrote him a letter asking what he thought of the name Billy for a girl (it was the 20s!). He wrote back “Belly is a terrible name for a girl!” So, she ended up Ann, which definitely suits her, but she (and I!) have always thought Billy would have been so much more fun, it really would have suited her so nicely.

Tara Beth Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 10:37 am

My mother fought hard for Lori Ann or Tish to honor her sister Patricia…thank goodness my Dad vetoed both! While Tara Elizabeth isn’t the most original, I am definitely not a Lori Ann or Tish. Yuck!

nelly Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 10:40 am

my mom wanted to name me tiffany. so glad my dad said no way!

sosie Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 10:45 am

I was going to be Faye Antonia but ended up as Sophie Alexandra which i much prefer!

Becca Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 11:00 am

Oh also if I would have been a boy I would have been named David after my grandpa. Which is an ok name.

Dove14 Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 11:17 am

Good topic! I was always going to be Linnea (Mom had it picked out since she was a child), although my dad had briefly wanted to name me Andrea (totally wrong for me). If I was a boy I would have been Evan Michael.
I’m very pleased with their choices and am so glad they didn’t go for a more commonplace name!

k_lareese Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 11:32 am

My mom really wanted to name me Sheena (as in Easton), but my dad said it was a dog’s name and wouldn’t hear of it. So my grandma suggested Katharine and my dad accepted that one on the condition that they called me Katie.

I have always hated the name Katie and when I was younger I always wished they had named me Sheena. But when I went away to college I transitioned to using my given name and have decided that katharine suits me perfectly! I am really happy that is my name, I just wish my parents had never used a nn, especially not katie.

suzanne Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 11:33 am

Funny. I was almost Linda but became Suzanne. My parents decided that they only liked Linda with a Spanish accent. Since they lived in the US they thought it would be a pronunciation issue. Love my name so I’m glad they chose it.

jessicajanex17 Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 11:40 am

I was always going to be Jessica Jane. If I had been a boy, I would’ve been Joshua Joseph. However, that’s my younger brothers name. If Josh was a girl, he would’ve been Julianne or Julianna.

Kendra Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

My parents knew I was going to be a girl. My mom loved the name Cassandra, which my dad hated. They also thought of Geneva, which I’d have liked minus the fact that it was my place of conception, and my mom was also partial to Jessamine, but didn’t consider that one for very long.

In general, I like Cassandra and Geneva, but I HATE nicknames like Cassie, Sandra, and Sandy; so in that sense, I’m really glad I ended up as Kendra.

Also, I think it’s very odd to note that when reading through all the comments on the blog, a lot of people use different names to post (i.e, in the “name (required)” slot) than the names they say they were given. I’m surprised that people dislike their names that much.

Brooke Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Brianna. Or, if I was a boy – Ryan Edward. Which is funny, because my boy pick is similar in style to Ryan (though not popularity) and our middle name pick is Edward, after my father. I’m glad my grandmother talked my mother out of Brianna!

awesomemommyof3 Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

My mom considered Jade and Bianca. I do not feel the names fit me but we would have been more unique than my ever popular name of Brittany.
If I had been born a boy my name would be Cory.

Patti Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I was named Patricia after my aunt. My mom wanted to name me Aimee, but my Dad told my aunt they were naming me after her before they had officially agreed…oops! If I were a boy, I would be William. I was always fine with my name, never met another in any of my classes growing up.

Kylie Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

My mom was convinced I was a boy, so I was going to be Riley. Since I turned out to be a girl, they went with Kylie. I like my name fine.

SJ Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

My mom also liked the names Hannah/Anna and Emily/Emma, but her favorite was Sarah, so that’s what she named me. I’m fine with it, and honestly I think any of the others would have been fine as well… At the time Emma would’ve stood out the most, but they are all classic names and the others were all quite common among my age group.

If I’d been a boy I would’ve been named after my dad (first name) and an uncle (middle name), and I’m really glad THAT didn’t happen. I think it would have been terribly confusing to be named after my dad, especially as his name doesn’t have many nicknames–and if they’d called me by my middle name, it was a very uncommon name at the time and that would have been awkward. And the uncle in question has turned out to be kind of a flake, so I’m not sure I’d want to be his namesake, sadly.

Lucy Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I was very nearly a Michaela – the only reason I wasn’t was because my parents couldn’t agree on the pronunciation. My dad was for Mi-KAY-la, my mum wanted me to be a Mi-KYE-la. After that I was a Demelza, which I think is adorable, but I ended up as a Lucy, a name I found dull when I was little, but I love it now. I am a Lucy. Had I been a lad, I would’ve been an Ewan or a Harry, the latter being my favourite pick for a lad of my own.

Incidently, my own brother, born when I was 8ish was going to be Ewan, but I demanded for the entirety of my mother’s pregnancy they call him Jack, my mum gave in at the last moment when my Dad sided with me ^^

EmilyNH Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

There doesn’t seem to have been much discussion over the girl name that my parents picked out, but if I had been a boy, the story is that I would have been named Jeremy David (Mom’s choice–she wanted to be able to call me Jem, after the character in To Kill a Mockingbird) or Barwell (Dad’s choice–I have no idea where he came across that one, and I have a feeling that it would not actually have been a serious contender. Maybe Jeremy Barwell?).

Mirah Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 1:18 pm

My parents were going to name me Sarah – until the list came out and they saw it was the second most popular name of the year. I’m SO glad I’m Mirah instead!

Two_In_Tow Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

My parents had decided on Susetta Marie (a combination of my grandmothers’ names), but didn’t want me to be a Susie. Then they chose Tommi Lynn. When I was born, my mom decided that she couldn’t give me such a tomboyish name, and chose Kristin instead. My dad picked my middle name, Michelle, after the Beatles song. I am so terribly glad that I didn’t end up a Susetta or a Tommi! I am very much a Kristin.

If I had been a boy, my name would have been Charles Thomas nicknamed Charlie, after my grandfathers. My husband and I actually considered that name for our son, but we didn’t want to leave out his grandfathers. Our son is very much the name we chose for him, though.

guest Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

The only “almost” names were boy names. I would have been either Paul or James if I was a boy. But I guess my Dad heard the name Jennifer and just said, “That’s going to be her name” and nothing my mom suggested ever could dissuade him from Jennifer and since she liked it too, they went ahead and used it. I like my name, despite its popularity.

Sarah A Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

I went to school with a girl named Elaine whose name had originally been Karen; her parents changed her name when she was about 6 months old because they ‘just liked Elaine better’. I was fascinated by this story because my mother’s name is Karen and my grandmother’s name (and my middle) is Elaine 🙂

Interestingly, I have tried to talk to my MIL about this because I’m curious what other names they were thinking about for my husband and his siblings. Her answer? Well, his father didn’t want a junior and I just KNEW he was a boy from the beginning so he was Michael. End of discussion. Oh well!

care1032 Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

If I were a boy my name would have been James Joseph which sounds alright. Until they announced the nickname – Jimmy Jo! I woulda been a Hillbilly by no choice of my own!

Owen Scott Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I was conceived at Jenny Lake in the Teton National Park in 1960. My mother told me that they had decided that if I was a girl, I would be named Jenny — both because my mother always liked the simplicity and innocence of the name, and because of the spectacular setting of the lake itself, which rests just below the towering Grand Tetons themselves.

They had no naming plan if I was a boy, and I was told that I was named Owen because my father happened to be reading a book by Owen Wister, a western writer that he had picked up in an effort to understand the culture of Wyoming, which he found so foreign, having fled NYC with his young wife the year before. And so Owen it was.

20 years later, in 1980, I made something of a pilgrimage to Jenny Lake and camped along its shore. There I was shocked to discover that the second largest Grand Teton is named … Mt. Owen. This is something that my parents never told me, and when I returned to NY to tell them about it, they said that they never even knew.

So, it appears that regardless of what sex I ended up, my name was written in the terrain at the Grand Teton National Park.

namefan Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Kendra: I think the reason that some people (besides those that actually do dislike their names) use different names to post comments with is to help remain more anonymous on the Internet. For example, I don’t dislike my name but I post my comments with namefan (the same as my username on the Nameberry boards). (I do mention my actual name on a regular basis though.)

JossieChris Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

My parents last child, my brother Chad, was going to be Sammie Joe if he was a girl after my father, Joseph. I am going to carry on the name for my girl.

Devon Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

My dad wanted Andrea or Samantha while my mum wanted Candice or Devon. Neither could agree but when they almost lost me at birth, my dad was just so happy we were both ok that he gave in to my mum and they called me Devon. He didn’t call me by my first name for like 2 weeks since he still didn’t like it! He came around to it in the end! I’m really glad that Candice didn’t make it because I really don’t like the name and it’s the name of my mother in law.

For my brother he was almost a Logan. My mum sometimes kicks herself for not doing it since she still loves Logan more than Andrew but couldn’t get the nickname Loganberry out of her head. Andrew so would have made a good Logan.

My mum was almost Fraser, but my granddad vetoed it so they went with Anne. I’m glad they didn’t name her Fraser because it would not have gone well with her siblings. William, Elizabeth, Fraser & John? Don’t think so.

Holbs Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

I had 3 almost names for girls, plus one if I’d been a boy:

Xanthe Rose
Rebecca Renae, which my mother would have nn’ed me Reb
Hazel Selma which my mother would have nn’ed me Haze

Kyle Andrew

Kind of weird how the styles don’t really mesh… but my actual name turned out all right.

Teresa Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

My parents had settled on Madeline and were going to call me Maddie. I have two older siblings 7 & 10 years older than me. My sister was really against the name Madeline because the stinky kid in her class was a Madeline.
So they changed to Teresa for Saint Teresa of Ávila.

If had been a boy, they wanted to name me Patrick. Instead they named a cat Patrick and five years later gave my little brother the middle name Patrick.

The funny thing is that I go by a completely different name a nickname I got when I was a kid. So I don’t even think of myself as a Teresa. I think I could have been a Maddie just not a stinky one.

Jaime Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

I’m told that my parents wanted either Jessica (which they ditched because neither liked the nn Jessie) or Jacqueline (also ditched when they couldn’t decide on the spelling). Had I been a boy, I was going to be Stephen Douglas. However, as my dad says, in a “fit of modesty” he named me Jaime (he is James). They also say that it’s for my grandmothers whose middle names were JAne and MarIE (and the spelling was due to my mom being a French teacher and liking how close it was to J’aime, meaning “I love”). My middle name was always going to be Louise after my great-aunt (also my mother’s middle name).

My little brother was going to be Jennifer had he been a girl or, again, Stephen Douglas. However, once again my father was overcome with the desire to name a child after himself (sigh) and so my brother is a Jr. And, thus, we are the sibset of Jimmy and Jaime.

My parents ended up continuing the J name theme even across all of our family pets over the years (they ended up using Jacqueline/Jackie and Jessica/Jessie for two of our family dogs). My mother was the only non-J in the family…having been given the rather unfortunate name of Gay. She always desperately wished that her parents had gone for their other top choice – Susan.

Hollyann Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

First off, I was supposed to be a boy. My parents had Thomas Jay (TJ for short) picked out (Thomas after my great-grandfather and Jay is my dad’s nickname).
However, I surprised everyone and am a girl! My parents had two names they picked out for a girl. The first, Andrea Devon (Andy for short) was my mom’s choice. She love the name Devon, but my dad wasn’t a huge fan so it was banashed to the middle name. My dad, however, like Hollyann Beth (Beth so that I would have the same initials as he does as his name is Harry Benjamin). He heard the song “Hollyann” off Boston’s Third Stage album and fell in love with the name. My mom was unconvinced but didn’t worry too much about it because, like I said, I was supposed to be a boy.
But I am not, and when I was born my mom had to have a c-section. She was all woozy and out of it and when she woke up my dad had already named me Hollyann Beth because he said I looked like a Hollyann. Which is for the best, anyway, seeing as I prefer Hollyann way more than Andrea 😉

rachelmarie Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

My name was pretty much always going to be Rachel, because my mom has always loved it and knew she would name her first daughter that. The only other possibilities were Michaela or Alexandra. Michaela was vetoed because they liked Rachel more, and Alexandra was out because my dad’s sister-in-law was pregnant at the exact same time my parents were pregnant with me, and they already decided on Alex.
If I were to be a boy, I would have been Brandon. Since my parents didn’t want to know the gender before I was born, it was down to Brandon Michael and Rachel Marie. I am so glad I’m a girl, and that they chose Rachel. I couldn’t see myself as anything else.

Janine Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

My almost name was Genevieve, which I would have loved because I was one of three Janines in my class.
If I had been a boy, I would have been Michael, which is a bit too common for my taste.

Filipa Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

My parents also considered Inês, Sílvia, Ivone and Eduarda. At last minute my dad picked Ana Filipa!

Tara Ann Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

i was almost named Savannah, my mom loved it but it was too long. and she also considered Darby but my dad hated the name so she came up with the name Tara and my dad loved it. i really love my name, ive only met two other people with my name, one being my cousins girlfriend.
if i was a boy my name would have been Andrew Jackson(Mom) or Andrew Buford(dad). they couldn’t agree on middle names. im glad i was a girl though.

Alexa Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

My name was going to be Dominique. I am so glad my mother went with her first choice of Alexandra, because it suits me much better. My ‘official’ nickname is ‘Alexa’ (my mother never calls me anything but ‘Alexa’), but I love that I have a plethora of other nicknames to glean from my lovely name. Interestingly, I was christened ‘Alexandra Joy,’ but my mother changed it on my birth certificate to ‘Alexandra Lee,’ because she thought it flowed better, which I hate. She could have at least gone with the ‘girl’ spelling or used ‘Laith,’ but that would have been too out of the box for her.

Molly Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Had I been a boy I would have been Winthrop! Aghhh! Very Thankful I was a girl. But my parents almost named me Elizabeth (which I love!)

Nicole Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

I was almost Ashley, Francesca, Robin, Julianne, and Paulette. I don’t mind Robin, and I like Julianne (although that later went to my cousin). The other names, though, I hate!

catmcroy Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

I was almost an Ingrid (still annoyed my dad vetoed that one – at 5’11” I’m definitely statuesque enough to pull off Ingrid!) or a Matthew. Nothing wrong with Matthew; it was just way too common in 1979.

wayland Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

My mom wanted to name me Mavournin, which means ‘my darling’ in Gaelic, but she figured that no one would be able to pronounce it, so I got Maureen instead. I kind of like Mavournin, but have no issues with Maureen. If I’d been a boy, though, my Dad was seriously threatening to name me Dwight. Ack!

Roz Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

I was almost Terrence William…mmm Terry Willy

Alyssa Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I am Alyssa, I could have been Tiffany. Definitely prefer what was to what could have been. Tiffany always sounds like a cheerleader name to me.

E @ Oh! Apostrophe Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

I was always Emily, but my husband’s mom almost chickened out of naming him “Liam Thomas” and was about to put “Thomas Liam” on the birth certificate when the doctor (also a Thomas) talked her out of it. Liam was pretty out there back in the early 80s!

Beverly Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Almost Lana Jo ugh. Glad I’m stuck with Beverly Carol

Madi Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

I was going to be a Jessica, until my parents friend named their daughter Jessica a month before I was born (and we have the same last name). I’m very glad. My dad loved Veronica, which I really don’t like, but he also liked Ivy Rose or Violet, after my great grandmothers, both of which I love more than my own name (Madeline).

WriterGirl Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

When my mother was pregnant with me my father wanted to name me Riley.

When they were having my brother, he wanted to name him Riley.

When we got a dog, he wanted to name her Riley, despite the gender issue.

When asked what his favorite name was, he said it was Cegan.

Go figure. 🙂

CourtneyC Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

I was going to be Ashley basically the entire time my mom was pregnant with me…but because it was epidemically popular the year I was born (1988), my parents switched it at the last minute. I much prefer Courtney…I haven’t had to deal with being one of several Courtneys throughout my career at school, but I’ve had quite a few classes with an Ashley A., Ashley B., Ashley C., etc.!

SophieLiz456 Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

My mom wanted to name me Hannah. Thankfully she decided sophie and plus my dad doesnt like hannah. If i was a boy i would be henry and my dad wanted to call me hank. Which is really bad but i wouldnt mind henry.

Charlotte Vera Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

If their neighbours hadn’t recently had a little girl named Laura my grandparents would have named my mother Laura, to complement her sisters’ names (Lois and Luella). However, since they didn’t like any other L names my mother ended up being Vera — much more unique!

Nickelle Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I was very nearly Nicole but right before I was born my dad found the name Nickelle and when I was born they decided to go with that. I used to hate my name. I was forever getting people pronouncing it wrong and I was dyeing to be Natasha or Abigail or Felicity which I thought were all beautiful and elegant names. Now I’m rather indifferent to my name. I like that I don’t share it with a thousand other people but I get comments all the time on how different and pretty it is and it just doesn’t sound that special to me.

Helen Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

i’d have been max if i was a boy. it’s ok, but it would have sounded strange w/ my last name.

hans Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

My mum has a lot of names picked out for a girl(they never thought I was going to be a boy, I guess motherly instinct). My mum’s favourites were Molly, Hannah, Isabelle/Isabella, Sophie/Sophia, Chanel, Amelia, and she loved Jessica, she always wanted a little daughter called Jessica. Unfortunately our last name rhymes exactly with Jessica, 3 syllables and all, so my mum picked Sophie. However, my mum was knocked out after birth as they nearly lost me and my dad filled in my birth certificate with Hannah Louise. As it was on my mums name list I guess she didn’t mind too much but I think deep down she wished I could have been a Sophie nn Soph. But my parents wanted names for us that didn’t have a nickname and weren’t common back then (early 90’s), so Hannah fits the mould. I would have liked to be Isabelle or Sophie, but I really like Hannah, I’ve only ever met two more around my age(20) and was amongst a group of three out of a whole college, and I think my parents were ahead of the name trends as Sophie/a and Isabelle/a as well as Hannah are incredibly common for children these days.

My brothers were going to be Kaytlin May(to honour my Mum and Grandma) or Zoe May(which I think is cute, and again ahead of the times) if they were girls. For my first brother mum liked Eli, but went with Kalon because she liked the greek spelling and meaning. For my second brother, my mum didn’t pick anything because she was certain he was going to be a girl, and they decided on Jake last minute. Kinda glad mum picked Kalon instead of Eli because Hannah Eli and Jake together sound like a bible sisbet 🙂

Dallas Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

My parents say they drew straws to choose between Christi Brooke and Drew Ashley. They drew Christi…and I grew up in the Christi craze of the 70’s so Drew has always been appealing to me.

Kathryn Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

For a girl, my parents really liked the name Erica, but I already had a cousin Eric, so that was vetoed. They also liked Sara. I ended up Kathryn Rose.

If I were a boy, I would have been Joseph John after my father. This ended up being the name of my little brother. The girl name they picked out for him was Emily.

Emily Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 11:04 pm

I was going to be a “Monica” the whole pregnancy long… Then I was born right smack on my grandfather’s birthday, and his name was “Elmer,” so my parents decided to name me “Emily” so that it would be kind of after him. My grandmother used to call me “Elmerly”! But my Mom always said she thanked God I wasn’t a boy because then she would have had to name me Elmer.
I find “Emily” to be a kind of plain name, doesn’t evoke much, maybe that’s why it’s become so popular, so I guess it works for me, it could probably work for most people. I think in most ways I would have preferred to be a Monica, but I did think my grandfather was a great guy, I loved him very much, so the connection to him does make the name special for me.

4onica Says:

December 16th, 2010 at 12:28 am

I was going to be “Sarah” or “Andrew”, but then a close friend of the family had twins and named them Sarah and Andrew. So now I’m Veronica! Which I’m SO happy about. It fits me much better and I wasn’t part of the 14 Sarah’s in my class…

Michelle Says:

December 16th, 2010 at 10:08 am

My mother told me that her #1 name for me was Vanessa, which my father didn’t like. Out of exasperation, she suggested that they just name me after him, and that’s how I ended up as Michelle.

I really like Vanessa, but I don’t really think that it suites me. I would’ve preferred the name she wanted to bestow on me as a child, Margaret nn Maggie.

Ruth Says:

December 16th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

My dad wanted to name me Rebecca, but my mom didn’t like the nn Becky. Then my dad suggested Ruth and my mom didn’t like the nn Ruthie but she must have said yes. It’s funny because my friend calls me Ruthy. 🙂 I’m so glad I’m not a Rebecca! I don’t think I would have made a good one, I’m a Ruth all the way! My dad also wanted to name my little sister Rebecca but my mom still didn’t like it so they named her Sarah. I think she makes a good Sarah but she also would have made a good Rebecca.

If any of my sisters had been boys we would have been named Henry Winston which I love! 🙂

Emmy Jo Says:

December 16th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I’m Emily Joy, and there was never an “almost” girl name for me.

My sister’s “almost names” are more interesting. She ended up Melody Jean — and since she is very musical, it suits her perfectly. Other names my parents considered for her were Dorothy, Laura (after the Dick Van Dyke show), and Abigail. I’m especially intrigued by the idea of a 1984-born Dorothy. But I’m glad she’s Melody.

Our younger brother is James Edward III. If he were a girl, they would have felt compelled to carry on the three-syllable ends-in-Y pattern. We would have been Emily, Melody, and Merrily.

Rebekah Says:

December 16th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

My dad liked Samantha, but that was vetoed by my mom. Elizabeth was also in the running. Had I been a boy, I would have been a Joshua. Instead, that went to my younger brother.

happymom5 Says:

December 16th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

My mom’s favourite name had always been Rachel. Unfortunately by the time she was ready for children, Rachel was on the top ten name list! When she was pregnant with me, my father and her had decided on Jacob Corriander Poet for a boy and Racheli (Rah-ghh-eli) Esther Alufa for a girl. I like my name. It is different and one noone forgets it.

Stephanie Kay Says:

December 17th, 2010 at 2:53 am

I actually have two “almost” names. When my mom was pregnant with me, she was absolutely convinced that I was going to be a boy named Daniel James. She wouldn’t even consider girl’s names, since I was destined to be male. My dad, on the other hand, figured they should have a female name just in case, so he came up with Shawna-Desiree. That’s it. No middle name, just that hyphenated monstrosity as my whole first name.

Mom didn’t much care for the name Dad came up with, but it didn’t really matter to her, anyway. After all, they were never going to use it, right? Everything went swimmingly until I was born and she realized that her little Daniel was missing a crucial bit of anatomy. As she faced a life of calling “Shawna-Desiree” off of back porches and across playgrounds, Mom began to panic. Dad was walking out of the hospital room to announce my birth to the rest of the family when she burst forth with, “How about Stephanie Kay?!”

Apparently, my dad just made a non-committal noise as he left, but the name stuck. I (thankfully) wound up being Stephanie Kay, after my uncle, Stephen, and my mom, Lisa Kay. I still sweat when I think of the bullet dodged with that one! (Shawna-Desiree? Honestly!)

melissasue Says:

December 17th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

My mom was planning on naming me Sarah Grace after both of my grandmas, but she said everyone in the family thought that was strange. Not sure why because they are both common names. My dad liked Kimberly, but I ended up Melissa Sue. Melissa fits me, but it was quite popular as a child of the 80s. I’ve been stuck with Missy most of my life.

Freya Says:

December 17th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I was always going to be Freya. 🙂 I love my name. If I was a boy, I would’ve been Liam. My brother Matthew (Liam didn’t suit him as well) would’ve been Erin if he was a girl. 🙂

ahappyrobot Says:

December 17th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

At first, I was going to be Nicki Spring. Ugh. But, my grandmother was able to remind my mother that I’d eventually become an adult, so I was named Nichole Jean and called Nicki almost exclusively. I HATE Nicki and it never thought it felt like me… I was about six when I stopped answering to it all together. Jean is after my aunt Michel Jean.. who didn’t get her name until three days after birth, and my grandparents just settled on the feminized version of their agreed-upon boy pick, Michael John. If I was a boy, I’d be Matthew Christopher.
My brother William would’ve been Ashlyn, Wesley and Max both would’ve been Lindsay, and sister Kaleigh would’ve been Max.

Maggie Says:

December 17th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

The two other girl names my parents seriously considered were Mary Frances and Catherine Eileen. Had I been a boy, I’d have been Charles Nelson or James Thomas, which are my brothers’ names.

courtlett Says:

December 18th, 2010 at 12:38 am

I was going to be a Cassandra up until a few weeks before I was born when my dad confessed he would always call me Cassie and my mom couldn’t live with that, so I ended up a Courtney instead. I think in my younger years I would have preferred being a Cassandra, butI am so glad now that I’m a Courtney, especially since my step-sister is a Cassandra. That would have been so confusing!!

dancer4life Says:

December 18th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Before I was born, my mom was convinced on the name Jessica, but the middle name changed the 1st two trimesters. First, it was Jessica Meredith; second, it was Jessica Lindsay. I much prefer Jessica Meredith. Anyway, one day when my mom was at the library she discovered that Jessica was the most popular girl’s name! (I was born in 1995.) I don’t know how my parents came up with a new name, but I’m now Julia Faith. I’m glad they chose Julia over Jessica. Jessica is just too trendy, imo.

CassieCake Says:

December 18th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

If I was a boy I would probably be Drew. My mom also liked Bradly. The back up girls name was Alissa, But my dad was set on Cassie.

Isabel Says:

December 19th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Yep- Eleanor nn Ella. I love the name Ella and it’s less popular than Isabel where I live, so I prefer it a *little*. However I prefer Isabel to Eleanor, and it’s always a little annoying when you go by a preferred name- I would have had to say “No, I go by Ella” so much.

My sister’s almost-name is Cecily, which I love. (Her name is Gemma) If either of us were boys, we would have been William nn Will.

Rebecca Says:

December 19th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I was going to be Dale or Robin if I was a boy, Rebecca or Lucy for a girl and I ended up being Rebecca first name Lucy middle name. My boyfriend was going to be Patrick until his mum decided on Neil after a blue eyed postman!

Jenny Says:

December 19th, 2010 at 11:20 pm

My dad is from Brazil, so when my parents were choosing names for me (and then the rest of my siblings after) they wanted names that would translate well in Portuguese – or at least be easy to say.

Thus we have a number of almost names.

They were seriously considering Monica for me, which as a child I would have hated and now as an adult I would have loved. I can see myself as a Monica. I like my name alright, but I still don’t like the popularity of my name in my generation. I deal with way too many ‘Jen, Jenny, Jennifer’s.’ Popularity aside, I do like my name. I wouldn’t have minded Monica either. (Had I been a boy, they were thinking of Simon.)

My brother was going to be Marcus, but ended up Nicholas instead. He likes both names, but ultimately prefers being Nick than being Marcus. We have a lot of hispanics in our area and know a lot of Marcuses. And Brazilians are NOT hispanic – contrary to overwhelmingly popular (and misguided) belief. The association would have been tedious.

My other brother was maybe going to be William, but a cousin ended up with it instead, so he ended up with David. He was born while we were living in Brazil, so we have always said it the Portuguese way (dah-VI) which made it different a fun. Now his friends call him David, and we in the family still call him Davi. He liked both – and VASTLY prefers it to William.

And our little sister Natalie had a few almosts, but my mom knew all along that she really loved and wanted Natalie above all the other options, and my dad didn’t really fight her on it. He’s a huge fan of the name now. And she hasn’t had to deal with very many other Natalie’s, so she adores her name.

Danni Says:

December 20th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

My parents had thought i was going to be a boy (which i am not) so they had in mind the name ‘daniel nicholas’ but while my mom was pregnant with me, she constantly was calling me Danni. (she had four kidney stone in her last 2months, which means 4 surgerys with me in her). Anyways when I was born and definetly not a boy they decided to call me danni nicole and I love it, i just wish there was a hyphen

April Says:

December 23rd, 2010 at 2:33 am

My mother had the name Penny picked out for me.Which I wouldn’t have minded.When I was born(which was in August),my grandmother really wanted my mother to call me April instead of Penny.So I wound up being a child born in August with the name April Mae(Mae named after my great-grandmother,Lillian-Mae).I like my name though cause most people that have the name April are born in April but I am not!So most people are fascinated by that.

mary-la Says:

December 24th, 2010 at 2:57 am

My mom really wanted to name me Claire or Clara or Sarah, all of which I prefer to Mary. If I had been Clara, my mn would’ve been Belle, in honour of my great-grandma Clarabelle. My dad also liked Clover and Daisy -_- Daisy May, Clover and Clarabelle – I’m glad all of them were shut down, since I’m not a cow. (No offense meant to any Clarabelles, Clovers or Daisy Mays out there!)

Cara Says:

December 28th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

I was almost ‘Alyssia’ until my mom read the name Cara in a book. If i was a boy i was going to be called Nathan, which is ok too, but overdone. . I love my name, although when i was little i longed for something more ‘normal’.

Kacy Says:

December 30th, 2010 at 2:22 am

My parents almost named me Claire Jordan. Although I now prefer my name, Kacy, when I was younger I had always wished my name was Claire Jordan nn CJ. *shudder* Also, my mother wanted to name 2 daughters Cozette and Rosette nn “Cozy” and “Rosie”. Me and my sister Rachel would have been mocked for life! My brother Cole would have been named Nicholas. Not bad, just very common. My sister was also almost named Caroline, which I strongly dislike compared to Rachel.

Tracey Says:

December 30th, 2010 at 2:45 am

I was going to be named Dawn but then my Grandmother named me Tracey after Katherine Hepburn’s character in Philadelphia Story! Too bad I didn’t follow her character as being a rich solicialite! I would have preferred Mahalia, after the great gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, although I can’t carry a tune to save my life! LOL

Sam Ren Says:

December 30th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Two names that came up were Sarah and Ainsley. Apparently Sarah reminded my father of a stripper… There are no less than six Sarahs in my class, so I was fine with that being out of the picture. I love Ainsley, and my parents were all for that, but my great-grandmother was dead set against it for some reason and wouldn’t allow them to name me that. Samantha Renee was their final choice. I go by Sam, usually.

Meg P Says:

December 31st, 2010 at 11:15 am

Lydia or Erin! Nice to hear of another almost-Lydia. I ended up a Megan…in the early 80s. I don’t think any of these names fit me, but Megan is probably the closest.

Michelle Says:

January 3rd, 2011 at 2:03 pm

My mom originally picked out the name Brittany for me but my father didn’t like that it was also a name of a dog breed so they agreed on Michelle, I happen to like both!

strawberry Says:

February 22nd, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I was almost named Malia but at the last minute my Dad suggested a variant of the name of a flight attendant he worked with, Jana, and I got stuck with Jenna, which I have always loathed. My mom said she regrets not naming me Malia, but I don’t think that name suits me either, though overall I like it better. I legally changed my name to Jennifer, which I don’t really like either, but it would be too difficult to name myself something completely different and to try to get everybody to start calling me something else!

Namenutt Says:

February 23rd, 2011 at 8:10 am

Some sweet and entertaining stories! Lol! Mine is nothing exciting. My mother always liked Bronwyn or Bridget for a girl and Brendan for a boy. I dont mind Bridget or Brendan, but I really like Bronwyn and always wished it had been my name. However I got Hazel Jean – mother’s mn – as thats what my Dad suggested and my mom liked it so thats what I am. I used to hate it as I only came across old ladies with it as a child. But I’ve grown to love that it is unusual and I really am a complete nut anyway, so no other name would suit! I also once fancied changing it to the French form of Aveline, but such a flowery name really does not suit me! My half-sister’s Mom decided that she was ALWAYS gonna have a girl and would call her Eleanor after her her own Mum, Nellie. I love it.

Coley Says:

March 4th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Had I been a boy, I would have been Brady Wayne. Brady wasn’t very popular in 1979, so I don’t know how my mom came up with it. My almost girl name was Summer Brandi….I actually don’t mind Summer and think it suits me…but Brandi-definitely not me! The lady next to my mom named her daughter Brandi Summer (what are the odds?!) So instead I became Nichole Tia, which I used to hate. I wanted to be Kelli, Staci or Jessica!!!! Haha. Now I like my name, it wasn’t that popular when I was growing up, it wasn’t until I was much older that I met another Nicole/Nichole. My older sister is Jaime Kae, was going to be Kristin Katie if she had been blonde. My younger sis Heidi Charlena Marie was going to be Bambi Lynn. Thank goodness my dad said no way!!! My brother Micah was always going to be Micah Nathanael, brother Jonathan David was going to be Cooper (grandma’s maiden name) but my mom got vetoed again. Had he been a girl, he was going to be Joelle Veronica…lol. My sister Abigail Jane was going to be Emily and the baby of the fam, Josiah Benjamin was going to be Benjamin. All in all, I think my parents did pretty well in the name department!

Julia Says:

March 5th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

My parents had a deal that if I were a boy I would have been Walter after my dad’s dad. My mom didn’t like the name and said that if I were a girl she’d get to pick whatever she wanted. My mom then prayed every night of her pregnancy that I was a girl – and tada: I’m a Julia! Whew!

Jacqueline Says:

March 6th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

My mom wanted to call me Samantha but my dad thought the nn Sam was not appropriate for a girl. I don’t know, nor have I ever asked about possible boy’s names although I was a surprise. Funny thing about being a Jacqueline is that I have always had a zillion nn one of which is Jack. I guess my dad didn’t think that through!

Jonathan Says:

March 7th, 2011 at 1:02 am

i was gonna be Malachi, my grandma was gonna be Patricia “Patty” if she was born on st. patricks day but she was born the day after so she is Gail, and my cousin was going to be Jorja Ruby but is now Kaiya Shae.

crazynamegirl Says:

March 14th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

My parents were really close to naming me Athena, which seems dumb and corny despite the fact that I am genuinely 1/4 Greek. Even though I don’t really like Athena, it would be much easier to live with than the name they settled on. Nobody can pronounce it. Even nameberry has it wrong!

linda Says:

March 15th, 2011 at 12:04 am

crazynamegirl: Do you want to tell us so we can correct it? If you want, you can send to

Karla Says:

March 18th, 2011 at 5:16 am

My dad said I was going to be a girl, and gave my mom the choice of Tina, Tilly, or Karla (not Matilda – just Tilly). Tina and Tilly were his older cousins that stayed with his family when he was little, so my mom picked Karla. When I asked my mom what my name would have been if I was a boy, she said that there wasn’t one. When I asked my dad what my name would have been if I was a boy, he said probably Michael. lol 🙂

Leslie Owen Says:

March 23rd, 2011 at 5:14 pm

My mother wanted Deirdre which I would have loved. She was talked out of it though and I ended up as the only female Leslie in my town for years….Had I been a boy, I would have been two family names, Wadsworth Brewster, so I am SO glad that did not happen. My first sister my mother wanted Tore (which is Norwegian) but was talked into Victoria. The next sister my mother asked me if I liked Pamela or Samantha and I voted for Samantha (I was 8). My sisters would have been David and Philip if they’d been boys. My own son was going to be George Thomas Benjamin because I thought he was coming on July 4; he ended up being Thomas Caleb on July 9. We never picked out a girl’s name because I knew from the minute I found out I was pregnant that he would be a boy. He hates Caleb, though….

Ellie Says:

March 25th, 2011 at 11:02 am

I was either going to be called Antonia or Athena. Thank God my dad changed his mind and decided to call me Ellie. Growing up, there were no Ellie’s around at all and everyone thought my name was weird but I always kind of liked it! Prefer it to Athena any way!

SuzyBella Says:

March 26th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

If I was a girl, I was to be either a Tabitha or Bridget. If I was a boy, I was to be Brian. I don’t consider myself a Tabitha, but could quite possibly be a Bridget. The Nurse at the Hospital convinced my mother to name me Amy Suzannah. I quite like my middle name, especially with the ‘z’ instead of ‘s.’ I have never felt like an Amy.

Lynn Says:

April 3rd, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I was thought to be a boy so my parents were going to name me Brandon. But I turned out to be a girl! :)I love my name more than Brandon now but when I was younger I wanted my friends to nickname me Brandon! Lol!

Valkyrie Says:

April 6th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I remember my mom sharing lots of “almost names”. Some of them were Jacqueline, Jocelyn, Janelle, Janice (or Janis, not sure on spelling), Lindsey, Lacey (ugh!), and Lucy (after Lucille Ball, as suggested by my dad. My mom quickly rejected it.). How I came to be Natalie (after Natalie Wood) is a mystery to me.

I could have seen myself as a Janelle or Janice, but I am so thankful my parents didn’t go with Lacey.

I also recall some of my brother’s “almost names”. He ended up being Wesley, but could have been Samuel, Elliot, or Job. (pronounced “Jobe”, like the Biblical character) I can almost see him as an Elliot, but Samuel or Job seem off.

Tara Says:

April 6th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I was almost a Lydia as well, which I’d much prefer over Tara. It was my mother’s grandmother’s name, but my father didn’t like it. If I’d been a boy, I would’ve been Noah.

Kandice Says:

April 9th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

I was almost Kourtney Nicole and I’m so thankful that my parents went with Kandice Elizabeth… I’m definitely not a Kourtney…

Doralee Says:

April 18th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I was going to be either Serena or Cecilia. I love my name even though I get teased about the cartoon character. I am named for my aunt who named her son after my dad, her brother. My mom added the lee on to soften the sound. But I wouldn’t have minded either of the alternatives. Cecilia does mean blind and I am legally blind with out my glasses or contacts. But I think my name fits me. People have even talked about it and said nothing else would fit me.

Olivia Says:

April 19th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I was going to be an Octavia or an Amelia. But no, they where too interesting. That’s why, *Sigh*, I’m an Olivia.

Dixie Says:

April 26th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I was almost called Betty, which i like, but I much prefere my name Dixie. I thank my lucky stars I wasnt a boy, because i would have been a Zozemous !!!!!!!!!!

Olivia Says:

April 27th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

The back-up name for me was Mallory, suggested by my dad but vetoed by my mom for not being bilingual (we’re French Canadian). I’m very happy to be an Olivia (mn Debbie), I love my name… It’s going to sound dated soon with so many preschoolers named Olivia these days, but I was always the only Olivia in my class.
If I were a boy, it would have been John Derek (after my father). For my sister (Michèle Céline), my parents had Remi has the boy option.

Gina Says:

May 1st, 2011 at 2:42 pm

My parents were pretty much obligated to name me after my grandmother, but my mom once mentioned that if she didn’t have to do the “honor Grandma” thing, I would have been a Sarah or Rebecca. I think I prefer Grandma’s name, honestly! If I were a boy my name would have been James.

Peri Says:

May 5th, 2011 at 9:12 am

When My Mum had me, she had a list with, Pheobe, Paige, Sarah, Peri and Belinda. Due to complications with my birth they knocked her out, when she awoke my older brother who was 12 had made the decision for her and told everyone what he chose my name to be. It was a surprise to both my parents but the stuck with it.
My older brother was called Brett Andrew on his birth certificate, But another mum in the same ward liked it and called her son Brett, then 3 weeks later My DM met a friend who also had called her son Brett…She changed it instantly to Adam John….it still causes problems 38 years later with birth certificates ‘Brett Andrew otherwise known as Adam John’

mary Says:

May 5th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I was certainly either going to be an Erin or Colleen; two names I absolutely hate. At the last minute my mom became sentimental. She named me after my nana: Mary. Thank God. Mary is a classic and pretty name.

idkmybffjas Says:

May 6th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I was almost Mercedes or Sable, both of which were my father’s idea. My mother on the other hand wanted to name me after her favorite story from childhood, Aladdin. Ergo, Mom won and I’m Jasmine.

And honestly, I love my name

Tara Says:

May 17th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

i know my mother was always the one who chose the names and apparently she knew without a doubt that I’d be a Tara. My mother’s name is Kristine but she told me that before she was born, her parents were considering Ronita, which was a mish-mash of Ron and Anita, her parents names. Even though it wasn’t me who almost had that for a first name, my middle name is my mother’s name and so i would’ve hated if i was a Tara Ronita instead of Tara Kristine

Toni Says:

May 26th, 2011 at 10:38 am

I was almost Marit until they decided to name me Toni if a girl or Tony if a boy. I would have MUCH preferred Marit.

Hannah Says:

June 1st, 2011 at 7:43 pm

My parents had only a few ‘almosts’ with me. They almost named me Leah, which I honestly think would have fit me better than Hannah does, and not just because I know so many people with my name. I was also almost Riley, and while I like this name, it doesn’t suit me at all, I’m very girly.

If it counts, they jokingly told my grandmother that they were going to name me Shaniqua.

DancersVenture Says:

June 10th, 2011 at 3:43 am

Soon after I made my debut to the world, my mom & dad gave me the name ‘Jaime Kathryn’. That was my name for about a day–until my Mom-Mom said she thought ‘Jaime’ was too masculine (she had a male companion named James at the time). So my name was changed; a close family friend of my parents had suggested the name ‘Leslie’ back when my mom had been pregnant, and I suppose that stuck with them, because my name is Leslie Dana (my middle name is my mom’s name). I do prefer Leslie Dana to Jaime Kathryn, I must say! Thanks, Mom-Mom!! 😉

jules Says:

June 21st, 2011 at 8:47 pm

my mom wanted to named me Daria. Up until a week before I was born, my name was Elyse. Then my mom remembered the name Julia.

I like Elyse better than Julia, and anything is better than Daria.

Felicia Says:

June 29th, 2011 at 2:51 am

My parents both had names picked out. If I was a bot my dad wanted Michael (after himself) Farris and my mom wanted Brick Austin. If I was a girl my dad wanted Starla Darlene and my mom wanted Tabatha Diane. I ended up being a girl and since my parents could not come to an agreement my grandma picked my name for them. I must say I like the name Felicia much better than Starla or Tabatha.

Eloise Says:

June 30th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

They were going to call me Anne. Thank goodness they changed to Eloise!!!

Emma Says:

July 1st, 2011 at 9:23 am

My Great Aunt wanted to call me Prunella after her but my mum objected to that. My nan wanted to call me Margrot and my Grandad, Denzilenna. My mum wanted to call me Samantha, or Charlie. My dad wanted to call me Gwen, Alys or Carys.

alicia Says:

July 4th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I was going to be a Claudia, my mother loved it but my father decided I would have my mom’s name so Alicia I ended, and I really prefer it to Claudia.

Sarah Says:

July 6th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

My name was always going to be Sarah. My mother named me after 2 little girls she had babysat for (my middle name is Elizabeth), so it’s not bad, but is very common. I hear the name Sarah Elizabeth quite often and was always one of many Sarah’s in school, which I hated. My name would have been Scott if I’d been a boy. My older brother, Kevin, would have been Sarah if he’d been a girl, so Sarah was a stuck name.

My twin sister, Laura, was going to be Julia, after my great great aunt, but somehow Laura was chosen for no particular reason. Her name is Laura Christine, since my mother wanted to make sure my sister and I had the same amount of letters in our first and middle names so we wouldn’t fight about it. We never fought about that. Everything else though!!

Lauren Elizabeth Says:

July 9th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I was almost Murron Elizabeth (Pronounced like Lauren with an M). After the main female character in the movie Braveheart. However just as I was being born, my father declared that I would be teased and most likely be called Moron. It could be miss-pronounced. So my mum changed it to something close to it. I would’ve much preferred to be a Murron just because there are so many Lauren’s out there. I don’t think I would’ve got made fun of, even with my name of Lauren I’ve gone by Ren ever since I can remember.

If I was to be a boy, my parents were going to name me Cole Andrew.

Ellie Says:

July 19th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

I was going to be Jaclyn or Mallory. I’m glad my parents stuck with Elise 🙂

Charshi Says:

July 20th, 2011 at 3:35 am

I would have been Jessica, which I definitely wouldn’t have appreciated, considering at the moment there’s four other Jessica’s and a Jessamy in my grade. I’m happy my parents stumbled across Charlotte and decided upon that instead, even if it is common now 🙂

littlebrownpony Says:

July 21st, 2011 at 9:14 pm

If it were up to my dad, my name would have been Amy Elizabeth or Elizabeth Amy (Beth.)

My mother held out for Greer, and in the end, he caved. For better or for worse, Greer Elizabeth is what I got. Once in a great while, though, my dad will call me Beth.

If I had been a boy, I would have been Matthew! It was the only boy’s name they could agree upon!

katialoves Says:

July 31st, 2011 at 2:42 am

lucy was my mom’s 2nd choice

elizabeth Says:

August 3rd, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I was almost a Phoebe Sophia which I’ve always loved over my current, overly normal, general name of Elizabeth Ann. Thanks mom.

Rory Says:

August 10th, 2011 at 8:03 pm

My mom and Dad liked Eithne and Honor. Then it was Lily. Now I’m Rory. I like Rory but I prefer Lily, even though it’s not as unique as Rory.

AussieSteph Says:

September 17th, 2011 at 6:16 am

My parents were debating between Elizabeth and Margaret – they could not agree on nn for Elizabeth (Mom: Libby, Dad: Betsy) or Margaret (Mom: Maggie, Dad: Meg/Megan).
In the end, I was born on the Feast of St. Stephen so they put an end to the nn debate and named me Stephanie!

AussieSteph Says:

September 17th, 2011 at 6:18 am

I cannot imagine being a Libby or a Betsy or a Maggie….maybe a Meg but I really do feel like a Steph!

anniebee Says:

September 28th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I was either going to be Anne Elizabeth or Elizabeth Anne. If I was Elizabeth, I would have gone by Betsy. I’m glad I got Annie! I would have been a Michael if a boy and my brother Matt would have been a Jennifer. Looks like my mom likes ubiquitous names!

aunt_ning Says:

October 12th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

My mother wanted to name me Maggie Lee, but my sisters hated the name so my mom told my older sister to pick out a name and my almost 10 yr old sister said Jeannie Marie…and that is what I became. My mom says if I had been a boy I would have been Richard Jr but my dad says No way, he never wanted a Jr because he is already Rich and the only other nick names are Richy or Dick… Though now a days I think about it for a son and love the nick name hardy from it.

Ariel_Michal Says:

October 17th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

My parents did not know my gender before I was born, so they had both male and female names under consideration. Other girl names they considered were Hannah and Gabrielle (I’m glad I ended up with Ariel). If I were a boy I would have been Benjamin, which is my younger brother’s name.

emjae Says:

October 26th, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I was named aftery deceased grandmother, Mary Jean, which I think was a very nice thong to do. I have been called MJ as a nickname more often than not, just as she was. Although I have always enjoyed the connection, I don’t feel that the name suits me at all, and I absolutely hate being called just Mary. Some of my parents other ideas included Erin (which is pretty but a little to common for me). Some other options that I really like and would prefer were Remy, Toby, or Rory. I still wish I could change my name, but I would feel bad if I did. : (

danahc Says:

November 2nd, 2011 at 3:46 am

Shannon and Brooke. Shannon I’m ok with but Brooke…NO! My parents settled on Dana finally, only to find out that it was my dad’s ex’s 1st name. Thanks a lot for that one!!

Cclb119 Says:

November 2nd, 2011 at 10:23 pm

My name is Celia-
I could have been Sage as a girl (not horrific but not awesome either)
I would have been Silas as a boy (scream in terror)

Malaria Says:

November 22nd, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I don’t think my parents really had any other choices for me, but all my other siblings had different names until anywhere from a week to after they were born. My brother is Daryl, but they had to change their choice from Andrew because they got a cat a week before he was born and I named it Andrew. My sister was Alyssa Marie until the last second, when my mom went into labor and she decided on Ella.
And the youngest was Elliot/Eldon until six months in when my mom decided it was too close to Ella. We wanted Evan, but my dad shot it down. We finally settled on Samuel Paul, and fell in love with baby Sammy. But my mom was really out of it after she gave birth and dad filled out the paperwork. He is now Evan, which is still a little weird, even now that he’s four.

heyjudecharlotte Says:

November 27th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I was supposed to be a boy (I’m the fifth of eight. The other seven are boys), and my parents were going to name me Jude Charles. Turns out I was a girl. My dad was the one to fill out the birth certificate. Apparently (as my mom tells the story), he misheard her when she said that she wanted me to be “Julia Charlotte”. He thought she said she wanted me to be “Jude Charlotte”, and so wrote that down. And thus I was given my name. I’ve decided that I’m rather partial to Jude. But I normally just go by “JC” nowadays. At least I get a funny story to tell about it, right?

emilymaryjane Says:

January 1st, 2012 at 12:19 am

My parents were considering for me Tiarn, Annabelle (Anna is my little sister), Theodora (Nn Teddy), Caitlin and Lucy. I love Annabelle but I like Emily better. Once they decided on Emily they had to decide on my NN. My parents don’t like obvious nicknames so my nickname became Milly. So at the time my fam was Charmaine Anne Marie (great grandmas mums side) (Charlie)Jacqueline Elizabeth Ruth (dads grandparents)(Jaxie), Michaela Catherine Rebecca (Mums name)(Miki) Mollie Peta Devyn (dads name) (Mo) and Emily Mary Jane(Milly) Me. My middle names Mary Jane are after my two grandmas. I love my name.

Sighing out Emily Mary Jane
Em, Emmy, Milly, EJ and EJ12

Hannah francesca Says:

January 15th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I was almost called Georgina but I think I prefer Hannah If I was a boy I would have been Thomas Alexander (that’s my younger brothers name)

saraallison Says:

January 18th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

My mom thought about Stephanie for me. SOO glad they went with Sara. I love how classic and beautiful my name is, regardless of the popularity. Yes, I was Sara T in a lot of groups, and there were the rhymy names (Cara, Tara) but I always felt like the classic, original version. Also loved that my name didn’t have an h on the end; I liked to think it set me apart from the more common (in my area) Sarah. 🙂 Also I was named after a great great gma, so the meaning made my name special to me too.

SuperMrsPackman Says:

January 28th, 2012 at 1:17 pm

My parents almost named my brother Rusty. To me it sounds like a crusty old man name. I think they made the right decision to make my brother Cameron. It suits his personality much better because it sounds more official yet it can be fun. 🙂

Kat_Taylor Says:

February 9th, 2012 at 12:05 am

My parents didn’t make any discisions on my name until I was born. But, if my brother Tyrel had been a girl his name would have been Kylie-Rose

Demi Says:

February 21st, 2012 at 5:07 pm

My parents wanted to name me Zuleika, until my older brother objected and demanded I be named after his teacher. I’m so glad they listened to him. Zuleika still makes me cringe.

iwillpraise Says:

March 27th, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I was born in 1986 and my name was almost Courtney; my mom decided she couldn’t live with the nn Court, so the other choice was Nikki Marae– not sure the spelling. I’m pretty sure Nikki wasn’t going to be short for Nicole, though it does make me wonder…

Instead, mom and dad decided that Kimberly, whom they had known and babysat years before, had to have been the cutest little girl and named me after her. After all, Kris (my older brother) and Kimmie sounded great together. And then my middle name was for the nurse at the hospital and another lady at church, both named Jean. At that time, I don’t think my parents knew that Jean was also a variant of John, my dad’s and his dad’s name! When it was all said and done, I liked sharing the same initials with my brother too.

Though 10 years earlier, he was almost named Lorne Kristopher because of my mom’s liking for Bonanza and Lorne Greene. Dad never cared for it though and I’m not sure what other choices they had for him. But as soon as he was born, mom said he was none other than a Kristopher John. I think he was probably even more glad than my dad about that.

My mom’s name is Norlene. There’s a few around, but it’s nevertheless very unusual. She never knew where her mother got it from and ever since I can remember, she always wished to have been a Michelle. However, when I started my name interest, I did some digging and found out it is related to Honora and means Lady of Honor….which is the same meaning as Kimberly!! So I have part of my mom and my dad, and share initials with my brother 🙂 how cool is that? I love my family!

MaeBear24 Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

My name is Maeghan (pronounced may-gen). Which is welsh and I love it.

Mivanwe was apparently under consideration for me…which would not suit me at all and is in my opinion hideous!

If I were a boy I would have been Elijah (which I love) or Timothae.

rgp19 Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

My mom wanted me to be named Fabiana. But my dad vetoed it, thank god. My brother had a crush on a girl named rachel, so he suggested that. My mom used traditional hispanic names that could blend in both cultures, so I became Raquel. Which I like better. I dont believe my mom had a boy name picked out, she knew I was going to be a girl.

SoDallas3 Says:

April 13th, 2012 at 2:05 am

I was going to be Claudia after the book series by Anne Rice and the film Interview with A Vampire. My mum really loved the name and tried to convince my dad. And for a boy I was going to be Joshua. But I ended up being named Jessica instead.

p0lkadot Says:

April 19th, 2012 at 1:00 am

I was almost a Perrin, but I was born Margaret. They are very different, so it’s kinda funny. But I like both.

ErinLW Says:

May 11th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

My dad liked, of all things, Tatiana, and I am definitely NOT a Tatiana. My mom liked Taryn and Devon, neither of which I really like either. If I were a boy I would have been Finn (my brother is Finn.) I ended up Erin Louise, which I think suits me perfectly.

samanthakathryn Says:

May 18th, 2012 at 10:09 am

I was almost Michelle, and I really don’t like that name so I’m glad I ended up with Samantha! If I was a boy I would have been Kevin, which I don’t like either.

JadeRain Says:

May 18th, 2012 at 9:08 pm

My mother recently told me I could have been a Jessica, or a Lauren. Not bad names, but I don’t feel like a Jessica , or a Lauren. I feel exactly like an Amanda!

Mom_of_3 Says:

May 20th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I was almost a Margaret Susan (after mom’s cousin and dad’s cousin respectively), but my parents decided on Catherine Lynn (after mom’s grandmothers) which is great because I am definitely not a Margaret and I despise the name Susan! Had I been a boy I would have been Jeffrey William (after dad’s brother and mom’s brother respectively).

doughrita Says:

May 29th, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Dad wanted McKenzie with nn Mac, Mom wanted Dorothy with nn Dory (she won). I don’t mind either. If I was a boy I would have been Arrington with nn Arrin.

Whirligig Says:

June 13th, 2012 at 2:38 am

My sister was going to be Caroline Ann with the reserve of Rachel but when she came she didn’t suit either of these names so my Mum had to switch to Theadora Ruth.

Sylfessev Says:

June 14th, 2012 at 9:20 am

My grandmother wanted my name to be Dora. My mother had thought my name to be Corina, but dad didn’t quite like it so they went with Ena. 🙂

NataleeMJohnson Says:

June 15th, 2012 at 9:21 am

If I had been a boy, my mom would’ve named me Nicholas. Not sure what my middle name would’ve been, but I’m glad I came out a girl. Nicholas was the SIXTH most popular boy name in the year I was born in! And there is a Nicholas in a few of my classes. So when mommy found out I was a girl, she planned to name me Lucia, pronounced loo-SEE-a, after my grandmother (who pronounced her name loo-CHEE-a, the Italian way). She didn’t want me to have a nickname, just Lucia. Then, she decided that I’d use the loo-CHEE-a pronunciation, and that I’d go by Luci for short! 😀

AmayaPapaya Says:

July 5th, 2012 at 5:20 am

I was supposed to be Courtney Jude, but when my mom was in labor (and in no condition to argue) my grandma convinced her to change it. Now I’m Amaya Darlene. My grandma stuck her first name in there as my middle name. 😀

ImpossibleDream91 Says:

July 24th, 2012 at 7:13 pm

My mum was considering Charlotte or Katherine as opposed to Alexandra. I’m glad she chose what she did, although lately I’m really starting to love Charlotte 🙂

Millienow2011 Says:

July 27th, 2012 at 4:19 am

After 10 months of name debating (I was LATE) my parent settled on Stephanie. Apparently the only name my father liked. After 23 years I asked them if they had ever considered that I would be constantly bullied for having the world fanny at the end of my name, my mother said she had never thought about it! (thanks mum!) In Britain fanny is much more vulgar than in the states.

If I was a boy I would have been called Darryl. Weirdly I married a Darren 🙂

StaceyJaneMarie Says:

July 29th, 2012 at 9:55 am

If I was a boy I’d been Adam Roy (my dad is Roy). I really do like the name. My mom said she also like Benjamin and Nicholas – my mom and I have the same taste in boys name. Other girl contenders were Rachel Lynn and Jamie Lynn but I know a lot of Rachel Lynn’s and Jamie Lynn’s growing up but so far I’m the only Stacey Marie I know, so I like it.

periwinkle Says:

September 11th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

I was going to be Vera. I like Vera but it doesn’t fit the same way Nora does.


HerMajesty Says:

November 17th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I was almost McKinzi Dawn, but I cannot see myself as anyone but Helen.

HerMajesty Says:

November 17th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I was going to be a McKinzi, but when I was born and looked just like my grammy, while mom was knocked out, my father signed the birth certificate Helen McKinzi. My mom and other grandma call me McKinzi Dawn sometimes, I don’t believe they have quite forgiven Papa yet, but I am glad he named me Helen.

Venezia Says:

November 23rd, 2012 at 6:22 am

My mother briefly considered calling me Miffy (fine for a small child but more difficult to be taken seriously as an adult). If I had been a boy she had Bruce or Red at hand (there are no words….)

Aurra Says:

December 7th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I was almost a Zoe or an Amanda. However, my parents decided those were too popular, and instead left me with a moniker that only four other girls shared in my birth year. Turns out, I only know two Amandas (and only one is in my grade) and one Zoe.

ashleyrawr Says:

December 9th, 2012 at 10:56 am

My name is Ashley, I was almost called Agnes, glad I wasn’t lol! If I was a boy I would have been Callum or Cameron.

cece13 Says:

January 9th, 2013 at 8:32 pm

My name is Cecilia, I was almost named Corinne, Anya, Corinna, & Eleanore “Nora.” If I were a boy I would have been named Bram, Cole, Xavier, & (most likely) August.

Aligator_xxx Says:

January 9th, 2013 at 8:36 pm

My brother was almost Theodore nn Theo…and this was over a decade ago, before it was popular and stuff. He ended up being Bradley nn Brad. 🙂

elrock13 Says:

February 28th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

My name was almost Greta, but my grandpa said he hated it. If I was a boy I was going to be Hosea.

Westfall620 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 1:03 am

If I was a boy, I would’ve been Carl Jacob.
Lexington Jane was under consideration, my mom thinks now it definitely would’ve suited me. But decided against because she hates the nn Lexi.
And Morgana Faye was my name until a month before my birth. But she got so much criticism on it, she settled on using Morgan for my mn.

Whimsy21 Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

I was almost a Mercedes. I like that name, but I am glad I did not receive it because I have a very Spanish last name, but do not speak Spanish very well. I think that would have been hard to explain.

SerenRuby Says:

March 23rd, 2013 at 5:18 am

I would have been Vincent if I had been a boy. But I’m a girl, so, Estelle.

liviajoan Says:

April 9th, 2013 at 12:02 am

At first I was going to be named Tristan, but then they changed their mind. Then they decided on Kelsey, even though my mom kept having the name “Olivia Taylor” pop in her head all throughout her pregnancy, but she just kept second guessing herself. Eventually I was born, and they put Kelsey on the birth certificate. It didn’t feel right to my mom, so she asked if she could change it. The nurse took white out over Kelsey, and put Olivia over it. A cute story, I think!

Silverkr200 Says:

May 31st, 2013 at 5:45 pm

My close contenders were Megan, Cora, Clara, and Brooke. I honesty like the sound of Clara… I honestly haven’t met any other Claras and I think it would be a unique but simple name. It is so hard to imagine myself as a Brooke! And my cousin is a Megan so I could never think of myself with that name;)

maddyelizabeth Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 1:59 am

I should’ve been Melissa, which I would’ve much preferred to Madison (great name, but the Jennifer of my generation). My mom wanted to call me Missy, but I prefer Lissa. My mom also loved the name River, but my dad vetoed it on account of the fact that it was the neighbor’s dog.

I seriously wish they’d gone with Melissa River, its adorable and fits me more than Madison Elizabeth

NobodyCanSayMyName Says:

March 7th, 2017 at 1:26 am

*sighs heavily* yes. Yes, I did have an almost name. If my father hadn’t vetoed it, I would have been called Bront”e. So now I’m stuck with Danica. A name that I am forced to shorten because nobody can say it. It’s a pain and as soon as I’m old enough (only one more year!) I’m changing it.

RainstreamofSpiritClan Says:

June 24th, 2017 at 6:41 am

No, almost names for me, I don’t think, though if I was a boy I would have been Charles. My mom wanted to name my oldest brother Matthew, but my dad didn’t like it, they ended up naming him Bryan (Both my brothers and my half-brother are named after my dad, he was Trevor Bryan Charles Gordon-Stuart Harding and they’re Trevor, Bryan, and Charles Gordon-Stuart). My mom wanted to name my older sister Rachel. My dad suggested Cherokee and first she said “No way!” but it grew on her. My sister hates her name and would rather be a Rachel. If she was Rachel I would definetly be the odd one out, as my name is Tiera.

ShadesOfScarlett Says:

February 16th, 2018 at 3:26 pm

My mom always wanted a girl, and she always wanted me to be Scarlett Victoria. But she did force herself to consider if I was a boy. My dad liked Nick. She liked Reed Spencer or Reed Parker. I love the name Reed now. Because I love it and as a little tribute to my mom I am definitely naming my future boy Reed Sawyer.

brontefran Says:

May 6th, 2018 at 7:01 pm

My name is Bronte (BRON-tay) and my older sister is Georgia. Had she been a boy, she would have been Adam and then I Will, but as she was a girl I would have been Adam. They almost called Georgia Claudia, and for me they considered a few names, like Sydney, and my father loved Laura, but I’m so glad they chose the name they considered most risky – Bronte!

Zakle Says:

October 10th, 2018 at 5:21 am

If I was a red head my mother would have named me Amber Rose. My grandmother wanted to name me Floppy Disk. I … don’t know why, just that happened. My actual name ended up being Elizabeth so my family can call me Beth-Anne which is what my grandmother used to call my mother.

SouthernPeach Says:

January 17th, 2019 at 10:25 am

The top three girl contenders were Kaylie, Kylie, and Keely. My mom wanted my initials to be KP for Kim Possible, and my great-grandmother was Pauline, so they already had the “P”. My parents knew a Kaylie, they knew a Kylie, so I was Keely.

If I was a boy I would have been Andrew, but I don’t know why.

calyma Says:

January 17th, 2019 at 1:14 pm

If I had been a boy, I probably would have been Jack Raymond III “Trey”. I know they considered Kevyn after my dad’s best friend before deciding on Chelsea. I think I would have preferred Kevyn to Chelsea but I go by Casey now and I prefer that to either.

When my grandma was pregnant with my mom she told people the name was going to be Claude Horace or Claudine Hortense to get them to stop asking. Thankfully, they went with Amy Eileen in the end.

missmini Says:

August 15th, 2019 at 8:19 am

Since I was supposed to be my parents’ only child, .t dax desperately wanted my first name to be Michaele Ann (pronounced Michael Anne) after both of them. My mom overruled, I was named Bailey, and two years later my brother Michael was born!

My grandfather also tried to convince every pregnant woman he knew, including my mom, to name their daughter Beulah Mae – never stuck as far as I know

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