Do You Like Your Name?

Question of the week: How do you feel about your own name?

This is a topic that has been brought up  in the nameberry forums, with opinions ranging from love to how could my parents do this to me?  What we’d like to know now is:

What is it that you like or dislike about your name?  Do you feel that it fits you perfectly or not at all?  Have you ever considered changing it?

Has it affected other people’s impression of you?  Positively or negatively?

Has your feeling about your name changed over time, perhaps as it has become more or less stylish or trendy?

How has your attitude towards your own name affected your approach to naming your own children?  Would you choose something similar in style or popularity or one that’s diametrically different?

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Molly Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 12:21 am

I love my name (Molly). Its cute but my middle name is professional, although I see nothing wrong with using the name Molly in a professional setting. Molly is also a name that everyone knows but not everyone has. My parents actually named me after my Aunt who is name Mary and also one of my Mom’s best friends which makes me like my name even more. I love my name because it is spunky and sweet with a nice Irish feel. My only problem with it is that everyone seems to have/had a dog named Molly, but even that doesn’t bother me too much. I also love the nicknames, Molls, Moll, Moll-u, M, Mo. I really love my name.

tiberiuskirkwood Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 12:40 am

I adore my name. I always have. It’s not short for anything – it works at any age and is pretty, yet powerful. I’ve never wanted another name.

Brittany Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 12:56 am

I actually like my name. But I’m a professional in marketing and Brittany just has an irremovable “Valley Girl” aspect that most people can’t get past. When my parents named be there were hardly any Brittanys. I think it’s chic and cool, but sadly too associated with a Ms. Spears now.

Kelley Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 12:59 am

Growing up I *hated* my name. Not only was I always “Kelley M.” in the class, but teachers always spelled it wrong. Not to mention my mother’s primary reason for adding the extra “E” at the end was that it was “symmetrical with my last name” (my last name follows a similar pattern as Kelley: consonant, vowel, double L, vowel, Y).

It took a long time, but finally around High School I started to appreciate it more, and even understood where she was coming from with the symmetry. Even still, my two big rules for naming my own children are make it unique enough so that they’re the only one in the class with that name, and no kreyative spellings.

Luffs Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 1:20 am

I quite like my name (Lucy Amélie Florence) because it’s distinctly feminine without being too frilly and cute at the same time as being sophisticated. I’m an English & Classics student – I think my name suits me 🙂 Also (even though i’m from England where it is quite a popular name) I was always the only Lucy in my whole school, whereas there where 3 Charlotte’s in my small class alone. However lots of people have cats named Lucy :s but i’m a cat person so i don’t mind too much.

Nyx Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 1:35 am

What is it that you like or dislike about your name?
I like that my FN is feminine, a full name with nickname potential, and while common enough to be know, is also unique enough to be my own. I also love that I have my maternal grandmother’s name and a name that has been in my father’s family for hundreds of years! I dislike my MN, feeling like it was always too popular and had a snobbish feel to it. However, I recently discovered that it has become a part of me and I don’t want to change or lose it (even if I don’t like it as well as I like other names).

Do you feel that it fits you perfectly or not at all? Have you ever considered changing it?
My name fits me perfectly, and I can’t imagine using another. When I was a kid I thought about finding the perfect nickname/pen-name/alias, but never dreamed of changing my own. However, I did change my nickname at times… and even abandoned nicknames completely at one point.

Has it affected other people’s impression of you? Positively or negatively?
I don’t think that my name has had too big of an impact on people’s impressions of me. It’s not so unusual as to give people an idea too strongly one way or the other.

Has your feeling about your name changed over time, perhaps as it has become more or less stylish or trendy?
I’ve always loved my name, and the only change I’ve had is the wish to pass it down to future generations and keep the chain alive. However, I’ve only had son’s so I’ll have to hope for a grand-daughter 🙂

How has your attitude towards your own name affected your approach to naming your own children? Would you choose something similar in style or popularity or one that’s diametrically different?
I think it probably has. I always enjoyed the flexibility of having a full name/nickname, and was adamant that my children would have the same options. I’ve always leaned towards classic names that have withstood the tests of time.

Suzanna Tiffany (married to Michael David)
sons: Matthew Michael & Nathaniel “Nathan” Xavier

Deborah Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 4:26 am

My father wanted to name me Sarah Anne, after his mother who had recently died. My mother, who had no intention of commemorating her mother-in-law, decided that Deborah was the way to go and managed to get Dad to agree to it when I was new-born and amazing! I’ve always been grateful: Sarah strikes me as dull, and I’m older than most Deborahs so I wasn’t one of a crowd. Anyway, Granny Sarah had two daughters of her own and neither of them was Sarah, so it didn’t seem to impress her too much. I got her Anne as my mn, which I like.

My only objection to Deborah is the uncontrollable urge that people get to shorten it to Deb, Debby, Debs … none of which I enjoy at all.

I chose classic names for my children: Peter, Caroline, Beatrice. Not trendy, not exotic, just familiar and unobtrusive. They like their names.

Eve Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 5:46 am

Nope, I hated my name. I was bullied for it, told how masculine it was and eventually started getting post directed to Mr. It was an unusual name and so people didn’t know how to spell or pronounce it. In saying that I love unusual names but I hate unisex names or names which don’t sound like one sex or the other – probably because of my own past. When I was 21 I changed my name legally to Eve. Everyone who meets me tells me how much it suits me, it’s not a common name or it wasn’t until the “Evie” epidemic a few years ago and yet people still know how to spell and pronounce it!

Pdxlibrarian Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 7:28 am

I adore my name. I think this is why I’m obsessed with finding the perfect names for my children. My first name is easy to spell, in the lower 100 for the year I was born, and goes so poetically with my last that people sometimes ask me about it — which is fine because I like telling about my name’s story. I also love that my initials spell out another girl’s name, so I have a secret extra name.

dancer4life Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 7:30 am

I love my name (Julia). It’s a classic that hasn’t been overused, and yet everyone knows to spell and pronounce it. I’m in my early teens and I have never been in a class with another Julia, though I do know a couple. I think this name suits me perfectly because it’s sweet and feminine without being overly popular.

When I was younger, I did want to change my name to something a lot more popular: Lindsay. But now that I think about it, this is a very 90’s name that would definitely be dated.

I think my name does affect my naming style in some ways. I like names that are clearly masculine or feminine and classic but not cliche. Names like Josephine, Margaret, Edward, and Theodore, are exactly the kinds of names I like.

Laura Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 7:47 am

I really like my name. I was never teased for it although occasionally I’d be called Lori which I didn’t care for at all. Although very popular in the 60s as a 70s baby there weren’t too many with my name in school although now I have a few friends by that name. I’ve coached my daughter (who’s 6) that someday she should name a baby her daughter Laura =)

My husband and I both have so-called timeless names and it’s definately made me seek names from that category for our children.

Donna marie Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 8:23 am

I hate my name with a passion! (Donna) My mum named me after her two best friends Donna white and Donna Black. So i had no chance really, my name reminds me of a low rent white stiletto wearing essex girl from the early 90’s 🙂 no offence……………..

At school i felt very concious of my name and still am at 27, i am concidering changing my name but im finding it difficult to find one to suit also the whole issue with family and friends …………maybe its to late in the day.

When naming my three children i did have all this in mind and named my daughter Mairead after my grandma, good irish name (which she hates already at 8) people do struggle with pronunciation but i think when she’s older she’ll love it as i do or i’ll be paying for a name change haha.

my two boys have popular names Bailey and Tyler there not individual or unique but they suit them, i just hope they dont outdate like my name so we’ll see how that goes……………

Name suggestions welcome first middle and surnames………….. 🙂

Dee Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 8:37 am

I hate my name. It has an odd spelling that makes it difficult for people to pronounce. I’ve spent my entire life correcting people so generally, I go by my nickname. I’ve thought about having it changed legally but haven’t in part b/c I think my mother’s feelings would be hurt. A family member suggested my name to her and I think my mom’s original choices was much much better!

Danae Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 8:47 am

I love my name, I just always hated how it was spelled. The problem: My mom spelled it Dannie. (my dads name was Danny and she wanted to give me a name close to his because he had died on the job a few months before.) She claims their is an accent mark that is supposed to be there. I would be called Danny by everybody and get really weird looks when i would say that my name is pronounced Duh-nay not Danny. I was teased harshly for it is school. I finally decided (as an adult to spell my name Danae to fit the pronounciation. I love it and so does everyone but my mom. I didn’t even tell very many ppl I was changing the spelling and they just all caught on with no negative comments. They all think it is awesome.

So, now when I name my kids I am careful to choose a name that I know how to pronounce and that is a little unique yet heard of. My sons name is Micah. When I named him I didn’t know how popular it was. I go the name straight from the bible.

Jasmine Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 9:07 am

I love my name (Jasmine). It is unique but not so different that people can’t pronounce it or spell it. I love that it is feminine and has meaning (after my dad, who grew up in the Bahamas and always loved their scent, and my mom always loved the name). Of course now there are the Princess Jasmines but hey – I don’t mind sharing my name with a princess!

Stella Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 9:27 am

I don’t mind my first name, I don’t LOVE it though. It’s an ethnicized 80s name, so lots of other girls in my class had it but mine was spelled differently (and always spelled wrong by other people).

I disliked my middle name so much (Ashley) that I refused to learn how to spell it until I was 8 or so. I would mix around the l and the e. I just find it really boring, unfortunately it was my mother’s choice to counteract my ethnicized first name.

When I marry I will move my family name into the middle position and take my husband’s family name.

It’s very important to me that my children’s name tells a story of some kind, not just… we liked it.

Lola Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 9:30 am

Another Laura here. I firmly like my name now but hated, no, loathed it as a kid. I hated the obvious nickname choice: Lori/Laurie, hated that it was over vowelly. I hated that it was super girly (tomboy here) and I hated that it wasn’t a very dramatic choice. I still hate writing it out, even now. That -aur gives me fits. But I do like my name now that I’m grown.

I love my Lola, though. Gotten because my kid brother couldn’t say ‘r’. I loved being the only Lola around as a kid, loved the songs associated with Lola (yep, I can get pretty boyish if I wanna & go ultra femmy too). Being “Lola” got me teased a bit, until people learned I punched in retaliation. After that, no problem! My only beef now is that I know Laura was the “compromise” name for my folks. Dad wanted Rebecca (blah), Mom wanted Lucy or Alice. Laura was, as she said “a name I heard around and liked”. But never offered where she heard it. I’ve figured she probably got it from the soap “Dark Shadows” which was huge when she was pregnant with me. Diana Millay played Laura Collins. Nice that Diana played a Laura. Wish Mom or Dad were still around so I could confirm my suspicions. At least I wasn’t Angelique (although that would have been dramatic enough for me)!

As for whether that influenced my naming my kids, I used family names for them. Leo & Simon have always been comfortable with their names and love them even now that they’re grown. With my daughter, I wanted another family name but one that was more versatile than mine. One she could change nicknames every day for a week if she wanted (and often does). I think I got it perfect. Josephine loves her name. Loves the fact that it has a half dozen or so nicknames, loves the princessy way it is in full and loves being the only one at school with her name. (yep, the whole school). And best of all, there’s only one standard spelling, so we never get “So, how do you spell that”? I’d follow the same formula for any others too. It works for us.

kjoebbb Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 9:42 am

I’ve always hated my name. It’s not that I actually hate the name “Kristen” itself, I hate the variations of the spellings I’ve been stuck with for years. I’ve gotten Cristin, Crystin, Kristin, Kristy, Krystal and Crystal, Kristian, Christian, and God knows what else. As far as suiting me, I think it fits. I’ve tried to imagine myself with other names, and I think a couple worked but Kristen seems to be ok.

Gwendolyn Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 9:52 am

I love my name now, but when I was a kid I wished I had been named Ashley or Amanda instead of Gwendolyn. I got teased about it all the time, and kids used to call me Gwen Stefani all the time. Now I’m glad that I don’t have a typical name for someone born in the 80s. Its a little different but still elegant, but it has a coo nickname, and I think it fits me perfectly. I also like that it reflects my Welsh heritage.

I think it has positively affected people’s impressions of me. When I introduce myself people often say they like it, and this has become a much more common occurrence since “old lady” names have come back.

When I name my kids I would like to give them old-fashioned names like mine that can be shortened if they choose.

Lizzy Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 9:59 am

I have grown to like my name, Elizabeth. I used to hate it, and thought I was way too unique for such a normal name. But now I can appreciate that it is classic, has lots of nickname options, and is easily recognizable. I like that I am able to use Elizabeth professionally, and still have a spunky nickname (Lizzy) with my friends.

Becca Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 10:02 am

I’ve always liked my first name but I’m not too fond of my middle name!
My middle name is Dawn and my bro and sis would tease me alot saying it was a boys name ( obviously spelled diff though ) and that bothered me. It doesn’t bother me as much now. I wouldn’t change it though.

Good question!

ycw Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 10:20 am

I don’t like my first name (Jessica) chosen just for pretty/like reasons. I’ve always gone by Jessi, which no one spells right. Whenever I hear of a baby being named Jessica, I think, hasn’t that already been done to death?

I love my middle name, Jane. I am a fourth-generation Jane (third for middle name). My daughter is the fifth. I have contemplated going by Jane, but DH doesn’t like the idea of me changing my name.

As a kid I liked Jessi, hated Jessica, and disliked Jane as boring/plain.

Sometimes I worry I’ve done the same thing to my daughter by naming her Hannah… but we named her for the Bible story, not just because we liked it (though we like it too). My son is named after his daddy, and I love his name and have never regretted it, even though it’s confusing to have all 3 Peters together every Sunday (DH is Peter Jr., his dad is Peter, DS is Peter III).

I like family names and Biblical names. My daughter is only 2 so she loves her name. Her favorite letter is H, though she likes “P for baby” too. My next will probably be Benjamin Mark or Rebecca May (all family names).

Lauren Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 10:45 am

Growing up, I was the only Lauren in my age range. (There was one 3 grades above me and one 2 grades below me.) I didn’t realize until I grew up and moved to a place where my name was more popular just how much I liked being the only Lauren. (The woman I nannied for had the same first AND middle name as me! Talk about confusing!) The thing I loved most about my name, to this day, is how I got it. I am named after my dad (Lawrence) so I have always loved telling people I was a “Jr”. lol.

Danni Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 11:15 am

What is it that you like or dislike about your name?
I think what I dislike most about my name is that my mother chose it at the last minute (as in literally when the nurse brought in the birth certificate) because my grandmother was upset about mom’s original name choice, instead of going with her gut instinct and choosing the name she loved. She planned to name me Harley, which granted comes with its own baggage, but the name meant a lot to her. She chose Danielle because it was the first name that came to her when Mimi got angry about the name Harley. I like my mn, Michelle, because it is my mother’s name. However, Danielle Michelle rhymes and sounds too cutesy. Like using the name Mary Shari or Harry Barry.

Do you feel that it fits you perfectly or not at all? Have you ever considered changing it?
Danielle does not fit me at all. I, and most people I have asked, associate the name Danielle with a very uptight, snooty image, which is not me at all! I am very down-to-earth and open-minded. I go by Danni, a name that fits me much better because it sounds so approachable and friendly. I have considered changing my name officially to Danni, but it doesn’t necessarily sound professional. If I wasn’t considering a career in law, that wouldn’t matter, but I don’t think hiring a lawyer named Danni sounds like a good idea. Danielle will work better in a business environment.

Has it affected other people’s impression of you? Positively or negatively?
Not particularly in either way. However, most people I meet agree that Danielle does not suit me at all, especially when they have only known me as Danni. Danielle is a pretty name, people tell me, but on me it sends an incorrect message about the bubbly, friendly person I am.

Has your feeling about your name changed over time, perhaps as it has become more or less stylish or trendy?
I’ve never thought it fit me, even as a kid. It’s definitely a trendy name in my opinion — very late 80s, early 90s.

How has your attitude towards your own name affected your approach to naming your own children? Would you choose something similar in style or popularity or one that’s diametrically different?
Yes! Though my mom likes my name, she still wishes she had trusted her instincts and gone with Harley. I want to learn from her experience and go with names that feel right to me, even if they are vastly different than my family’s naming style. None of the names I like “match” the style of Danielle — they are much more exotic and yet classic.

SJ Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 11:17 am

I was given a classic, Biblical name that was very popular at the time I was born, so I was always one of several in every class. Also, my last name is very common, so together my first and last name almost sound like an alias! I’ve met several people who have the same first and last name and have gotten mixed up with them on occasion. However, this doesn’t really bother me as I’ve found I prefer to not be the center of attention or have people form opinions about me just based on my name.

I was given my grandmother’s name as a middle name. When I was younger I hated it because at the time it was very old lady-ish and unfashionable, but gradually I grew to appreciate it. Now it’s VERY popular as a given name, which is quite ironic to me. It starts with a somewhat unusual letter, so even though I have a plain first and last name there’s this slightly odd initial stuck in the middle that makes it more distinctive.

Even though I don’t really mind having an unassuming kind of name, I would probably give my children names that were of a different sort. I prefer names that are familiar and classic, but not overly popular–I don’t like trendy names that date a person to a particular year of birth, and I’m also not comfortable with really bold, out-there choices. It would also be nice if my child were the only one with her name in her class, but if I loved a name that happened to be popular I would use it anyway.

Joslyn Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 11:26 am

I have the best name in the whole world. I am having trouble finding a name for my baby because I just can’t find a name I love as much as my own. What I love about it was that my parents got creative and combined their names to create it (Joseph + Lynda = Joslyn). Whenever I say my name I always get, “what a beautful name”. And when I tell the story of how my parents came up with it they love it even more! My middle name (Christina) after my aunt, gives the name have a melodic sound. And I have the cutest nickname from my dad, Jossie Chris. In school no one had my name and it was great when I finally meet another one from time to time and always asked how it was spelled feeling that Joslyn not Jocelyn (2 syllables vs 3) was the more refined and proper spelling. My best friend since elementary school always loved my name and choose it for one of her twin daughters. I love that is was actually a boys name as was my sister, Ashley. The nicknames were minimal, the one that stands to this day is Jaws because I play tennis and they call me a shark on the court, always moving! Why can’t moms name there daughters after themselves? Maybe that is the answer for my baby! Professionally I use the name Joss as it works better with my married name. And my husband has a daughter named, Jesslyn. Which was really weird for us at the beginning, but now he has a Jossie and a Jessie, which he loves..he says no to Josie, which I think would be too cute! If you choose my name, I promise she will love it forever.

Taffy Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 11:28 am

Who doesn’t love a sticky mass of sugar and butter?

Myka Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Growing up, I hated my name. There were two boys and another girl in my grade with the same name but they all spelled it Micah. It didn’t help that all of them were more popular than me so my name was yelled up and down the hall continuously. Additionally, my name was always mispronounced.

My middle name is definitely unique (Noel) but I can’t always utilize the accent mark that is supposed to go above the “e” so it just looks like the boy’s name.

Now that I am older, I don’t mind my name so much except that it is still mispronounced regularly and associated with boys. My husband gets so upset when people mispronouce my name, he insists that it is spelled phoenetically but obviously most other people don’t see it that way.

As far as naming my children is concerned, I have always insisted on a unique name that is easy to read. That way my kids don’t have to deal with what I had to. I am thinking Callista or Alaina for a girl and Reese or Rhett for a boy. I like certain throwbacks to literature and the meaning behind Callista (most beautiful in greek) is just fabulous. I guess you can say I am not so much a traditionalist.

Filipa Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

My name is Ana Filipa and i love it. People call me Filipa (sounds like Feeleepa), Pipa, Lipa. It’s a classic name here in Europe, used by queens, but also fashionable and sounding really fresh. And that’s me 😀

Linelei Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I’ve grown to like my name (Lianne), although I hated it when I was a tween/teenager. I felt it was too down-homey, and it didn’t help that all my Texan relatives pronounced it that way, or that a country music star with the same name became popular when I was a tween. I was a California girl! I didn’t want to be associated with honky tonk and bbq.

But it grew on me, because the spelling was really unique (NOT yooneek), and I was named partially after my mother, who I adore. I’m still not sure it entirely fits me, but I’ve come to terms with it.

My feelings about my own name have definitely shaped how I plan to name my future kids. First of all, I like unique names, and names with some sort of personal meaning within the family. I also realize that, no matter how much thought I put into a child’s name, they will probably hate it at some point. Which is fine. I’ll just make sure the name has nickname potential so the child can express themselves.

n Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

My name is Nanette. As a kid, despised it. Couldn’t find any light switches with my name on it…what good is a name like that? I threatened to change it to my middle name when I grew up. Which was Stacy. My mom said “we’ll see.”

And then I grew up and saw that my name was much better than I thought. I hardly ever meet anyone with my name and if I do, I am seriously annoyed. I am fully used to be the only Nanette in the room.

We named our daughter Amelia, which was just getting popular at the time. Unfortunately, she will most likely never be the only Amelia in the room. She has already informed me that she prefers the name Emma, the most popular name of the decade. I give her about twenty years before she changes her mind.

Jennie Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 2:06 pm

I definitely used to hate my name and sometimes I would go weeks where I wouldn’t answer to it. I went through every incarnation of it, except for Jenny which never felt right to me: Jennifer, Jenni, Jenna, Jennilynn, Jen, Jenn, etc. I settled on Jennie in high school and it really fit me, so here we are.
I don’t necessarily hate my name anymore, but I really wish that my parents had put more thought into it. My mom can’t even remember where she first heard the name or why she picked it. I think that is really sad. I think about my future kids’ names daily. Even if they hate their names, at least they won’t be able to accuse me of not thinking about it enough first.

braveangel2 Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Name: Angel

I love my name! I’m completely narcisistic about it. My mom was going to name me Jasmine (nn Jazz), and my dad wanted to call me Heather, but when I was born, she looked at me, and said I told her my name was Angel.

I like that it’s a word name, easy to spell, pronounce, and not super popular. I’ve met maybe 5 Angels in my lifetime. Most are named, Angela. It’s great for personalized crap because it’s on almost everything. I have several songs about me, a brand of jeans, lingerie, cities, and Christmas is my wonderland.

I do feel the name is a good fit, but it’s hard to know that it’s not because I’ve worn it for so long. I like that it’s the name number of letters as my mom’s name, not that she took that into consideration.

I’ve never considered changing it…I couldn’t find anything I liked more or even competed to me.

Most people remember me…but that’s more a product of my personality and not my name. Although it is pretty awesome being Angel on Facebook because I’m easy to find in my group of friends. However if you actually search for my name, you’ll get a zillion imposters.

The worst comment I usually get is “you should have been named devil” or “you’re no angel”

The best comment is “You’re such an angel” and that happens way more the any of the devil comments. Probably because I sugar coat any stinging comments with some self-depreciating humor.

My name has never been super popular for girls. In the SSA history, it hasn’t broken the top 100. Now for guys (there are quite a few hispanic guys named, Angel – although I’ve only met one) it’s currently at #37. So I suppose my name is unisex, but I don’t know that many non-hispanic males with my name.

Buffy’s Angel being the ficticiuos exception.

It has definitely affected my naming approach. We had a girl name picked out, but the popularity (#1 in popularity for for several years) made us pause. We found a lesser-known, similar name and I love that it’s not in the top 1000. I guess I was looking for that quality, and it was higher priority than I thought. Our number one boy name reminds me of my name. We went through A names because I love my A name, and it took an hour, but after running through everything, I practically shouted the name, August. It’s a noun, a good boy name that, like me, he will see in quite a few places.

Kathleen Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I’ve always loved my name, but I do wish my parents had spelled it with a C. The K is just soooo 70s.

Velvet Cyberpunk Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I adore my name (Teresa) but I didn’t always like it. When I was growing up I thought it was to formal and dull. I now think it’s beautiful and in my whole life only one person has ever said my name doesn’t fit me. I think it sounds regal and sophisticated, and it sounds like a writer’s name.

Alice Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

I really love my name, Alice cos i think it’s a pretty and sweet name but its also quite a strong name as well. I like the nickname Ali as well, which my friends often call me. When i was younger, i didn’t like my name because i’d never met another Alice who wasn’t past retirement age, so i thought it was an old fashioned, horrible name, but as i got older i started to appreciate it more. My mum thought she was being really original when she named me, but then when i was 14 i ended up being one of four Alice’s in my year at school which was really confusing! Now its not so bad as the other three Alice’s have gone to other various colleges and sixth forms so i’m the only one in my year again 🙂 i’ve never heard of any Alice’s older than me (i’m 16) but there’s an epidemic of younger Alice’s so it’s a fairly common name now but i still love it. Unfortuantly theres no other girls names i love as much as Alice, so when i eventually have kids its going to be hard to find a name!

Devon Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

What is it that you like or dislike about your name? Do you feel that it fits you perfectly or not at all? Have you ever considered changing it?

My name is Devon and I love that is short, strong and to me, is very pretty and feminine. It obviously reminds me of England and since I’ve been trying to move there for years, I love the connection. Also, my grandmother was the one who suggested Devon to my mum. My grandmother and I are very close so it’s great. Plus my middle name is her maiden name. It’s no wonder we are the closest out of all her grandchildren.

What I don’t like about my name is that it’s unisex. I don’t see how it could be since I think it sounds so girly. It always wigs me out when I meet male Devon’s or Devin’s. If a boy is going to be named my name, spell it Devin. Also, I ALWAYS get mistaken for a boy. I can’t tell you how many times someone has seen my name and when they meet me they say “oh, I thought you were a boy!” Hardy har har. Also, when I email customers and clients the sheer volume of replys that start off as “Mr. Carruthers” makes me want to CRAZY!

Has it affected other people’s impression of you? Positively or negatively?
I don’t think it’s affected anyone’s impression of me. Unless you count being assumed to be a boy. That blows. In grade 6 I was bullied beyond repair. In order to try and gain some self esteem I entered into the school triathlon. After it was all said and done, I was looking for my time. I scanned the girls list about 20 times and I couldn’t find it. Knowing my name, I checked the boys list. Sure enough, I was there. I came in 37th in the boy’s grade 6 division. That really helped my confidence.

Has your feeling about your name changed over time, perhaps as it has become more or less stylish or trendy?

I definitely love my name now and I hated it growing up. Constantly being assumed as a boy was really hard for a young girl. I wanted a pretty girly name that everyone had like Jennifer or Michelle. Those were the popular girls and here I was stuck as a chubby dork with a “boys” name. As I got older, I appreciated that I didn’t meet that many other (girl) Devon’s and that I would have hated to have been Jen S.

How has your attitude towards your own name affected your approach to naming your own children? Would you choose something similar in style or popularity or one that’s diametrically different?

I think my name has definitely influenced my choices for naming (future) children. I want my future kiddos to have names that are not common but not totally out there. I would definitely consider naming a daughter an androgynous name however I would definitely give her a very girly and feminine middle name so that there would be no confusion. My husband’s name is very common and he’s on the same page as the original names but that are not out there or really unusual. I am drawn to more classic names but I want to use the less common ones. Except for William. I love it and would die if I wasn’t able to use it.

Annelise Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

I love my name, even though I have to spell it and repeat the pronunciation for EVERYONE. (To be fair, it is weird: Ah-na-lee-za, not Ann+Elise). But it’s worth it for all the compliments and the simple pleasure of having a beautiful name! I see that it’s becoming more popular, so I guess other people agree with me!

babynamesrule Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

I hated my name as a kid, (Carrera) and so did all the other kids I went to school with. I remember classmates saying why my parents didn’t name me something “normal.” It was a source of ridicule and contention with me and my classmates, and I grew up wishing I was an Ashley or a Julia, which my parents had considered before throwing conventionalism to the wind.

Now, I love my name. No one else has it and everyone associates my name with my likeness. When people roll their eyes at me and say “That’s so CARRERA,” I feel proud. It’s not a name, it’s an adjective that only I and a few others who know me understand.

Cheyann Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

I used to hate it with a passion! Even up until a few months ago. I was seriously considering a name change, but soon realized no matter how much I hated the name (and spelling) I *am* Cheyann. My entire life people have misspelled it (I even misspelled it as a kid!) and that’s always bugged me. But there’s really no denying that my name suits me rather well, and I’m even coming around to liking it — it helps that all my teachers spell it “right” (a first ever!). Also, I have to give my name props for turning me into a “name nerd”; if I hadn’t disliked my name for so long I never would have cared about names at all, and I might have named my daughter something like Rylee.

Andrea Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

I don’t love my name, but I was named after my dad so it has significance. I like that it’s a familiar name but has never been ultra popular. It would be hard for someone to guess my age based on seeing the name because it’s always hovered somewhere below 70 and above 25 on the popularity charts for the last 50 years. I never had another Andrea in class and it’s rare for me to be in the same room with one. I dislike it because it has different pronounciations and people use the wrong one or they call me “Angela” instead of “Andrea.” That happens more often than you might think.

Helen Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

i’ve always liked my name–probably because i was always the only helen in my school. was never terribly offended when people told me only old ladies are named helen. as for nicknames–one kid once called me hell (never did again), and my cousin always called me helly when we were little, which has resurfaced and more friends these days are nicknaming me that (don’t mind it).

catydidd Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I hate my name. I don’t even have a name my family agrees on! I have one name on my birth certificate (Caitlyn Noelle) and I was christened with another (Mary Caitlin). No one agrees on the spelling or which name is correct. Frankly, it seems like they didn’t care enough to bother giving me a proper name. And where did the random Y come from in Caitlyn? It serves no purpose. I despise it when names are misspelled on purpose.

catydidd Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Honestly, people call me so many different things (Cait, Caitie, Mary Cait, Caitlyn, Mary) that I’ve given up having a preference. It blows.

Lauren Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I love love love my name. Sure, there are lots of other Lauren’s out there, but I never had any in my classes at school, so popularity was never a problem. I think my name is classic, sophisticated, and pretty. A big plus is that Lauren can definitely be seen as a name taken seriously on resumes or applications. My mother had considered naming me Lindsey, and I’m definitely glad she chose Lauren instead!

Kaitlin Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

I was born in the middle of the wave of Caitlin/Caitlyn/Kaitlins, so I don’t have the distinction of being one of the first to have the name. Frankly, I find “Kaitlin” and all its variations trendy and terminally dated to the later decades of the 20th century. I don’t like the K- I’d much rather spell my name with a C. The K feels illegitimate; If it were a more ethnic name from a language that has that hard K sound (ex Katya or Karolina), I’d be ok, but it’s not. People misspell my name all the time and (it shouldn’t) but it personally offends me when people spell it “Katelynn,” because that’s so, well, obvious. Everyone I know knows several other Kaitlins and I’ve always been “Kaitlin A” in classes with 4 other Kaitlin/Caitlyns. Even worse, my younger sister has a VERY distinctive place name. We’ve never met someone with the same name, and I think it sounds sophisticated, clean, and traditional without being boring. People sometimes don’t know how to say it and they FREQUENTLY misspell it, but I’d be okay with that for a bit of individuality.
On the other hand, I was sort of named for my mom; we have the same initials (Karen Margaret and Kaitlin Marie) and I love that. That’s really it though. I sometimes go by Kait, but people spell that wrong all the time too (Kate). I feel like I just can’t win.

Eva Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I LOVE my name. It was teh name of my great grandma, who I knew. People tell me I’m a lot like her. I like my name. It’s uncommon w/ out being weird, at least for people my age. I love the three letters, the v sound, and the way it looks. and i love the sound

CassieCake Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

I love my name now. I really hated it when I was a kid (I wanted to be Alysa or sage), but I think it fits my spunky, crazy personality. I also like that there are so few Cassie’s.. There are a far number of Cassandra’s, but my name is just Cassie. IDK how I feel about the NN Cass, my dad and sister are the only ones who ever really used it, though there have been a few people here and there that will shorten my name to Cass.

Carolyn Says:

September 8th, 2010 at 11:58 pm

I never felt my first name, Carolyn, really suits me…but the last syllable of it also rhymes with my one-syllable last name, which is just not a good thing to do to a child. My mother thought it sounded like a movie star’s name, but a rhyme is a rhyme is a rhyme. I added two middle names to put between them later, as an adult. To Brittany: your first name is one of my all-time favorites! No matter what goes on with the Spears character, Brittany’s a beautiful name.

Julie Says:

September 9th, 2010 at 12:18 am

Hated my name as a child, still not that thrilled with it as an adult. I grew up with 7 other girls named Julie and since there aren’t many of obvious nicknames, I was always Julie S. or Julie Lastname. I would have preferred a more formal variant (Julia, Julianne or Jillian) or one of the other names my parent’s considered (Paula and Gretchen.) I tried changing my name in college, but never found a name that “fit me” better.

As far as my own kids, I am trying to find familiar names that are uncommon for their generation. We’ll have to see how that works out in the end.

Erin Says:

September 9th, 2010 at 1:30 am

I don’t particularly *like* my name, but I prefer it to all the other names my parents had picked out — Lauren, Anna, Celise, Erica, or Jackie, I believe were the contenders — so I guess that’s a vote of confidence. My dad wanted my middle name, Leigh, to be my first. The only problem I’ve ever encountered is, as a Catholic, neither of my names are saints’ names, and that kind of made me feel left out when I was younger. But I got over it.

Robynkit Says:

September 9th, 2010 at 2:37 am

To Erin–
You have one of my favorite girls names–not too common, not uncommon and I always think of Ireland when I hear it. I don’t usually think one thing or the other about my name (Robyn), it’s okay. I always wanted a more feminine name though. . .like Melanie, so that’s what I named one of my daughters. The other daughter is named Rachelle which is also a name I never tire of hearing. I love their names.

holly Says:

September 9th, 2010 at 10:13 am

I hate my name. I have issues with the childlike sound of it, particularly since it is “holly” in its entirety, with no longer, more professional-sounding version to fall back on. Also the utterly stupid nicknames people come up with and the dumb rhymes (holly dolly etc). Cute on a small child, maybe. On a grown woman who happens not to be a bimbo celebutante – not so much. The vast majority of the hollys I’ve met have been of the canine persuasion, which I think is pretty unflattering especially when people first meet you and find it important to tell you that holly is their dog’s name too – like they expect me to feel special that I share my name with a freakin dog! In general, I don’t care what my friends call me since random nicknames are pretty normal among friends, but it really bugs me that the stupidity trandscends my private life and interferes at work, as its hard to take someone seriously if the entire office refers to them as Hollsy-wollsy. I am contemplating adding a middle name that I like and can use for work (current middle name is rather bland in a tending-towards-ugly kind of way). I have a preference for something pleasantly bland that doesn’t stand out, mostly because I’m sick of receiving unwanted attention about my name, and partly because renaming myself something random like Stardust Isabella Moonbeam Cinderella Smith, or something ‘cool’ like Morgan Lola Smith would be at best considered silly (although admittedly fun and funny to do, and would generate some hilarious reactions I’m sure) and at worst would be seen as juvenile and self indulgent.

phaedra_p Says:

September 9th, 2010 at 10:51 am

My real name is Melanie. 1975 called. It wants my name back.

Christina Says:

September 9th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

I’ve always loved my fn, Christina, (minus the Steel Magnolias phase where I thought “Shelby” would’ve suited me better) but didn’t appreciate my mn, Ruth, until I was older. I love that my parents named me after both grandmothers & that Christina was never shortened into Chris, Christy, Chrissy or Tina! I really like the meaning behind both of my names, too. I hope my husband and I choose names for our children that are both unique and are meaningful as well. Although our kids may never HAVE names since we cannot agree! (example: Husband wants Horatio, I want Gideon) This naming business is not easy but I think my parents did a great job! 🙂

JLyn Says:

September 9th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I enjoyed reading these posts. I didn’t like my name, Jill, when I was younger because it was too short which didn’t flow well with my maiden name. Also, many of my friends had longer feminine names with cute nicknames. I feel the name suits me well now and sounds good with my married name. I did give my girls longer feminine names with cute nicknames. I found out a few years ago from my mom that she liked her short nickname Sue over the formal Susan and the cutesy Susie she had has a child, so that is one of the reasons for my one-syllable name!

smismar Says:

September 9th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Hate it. My given name is Toni. It’s constantly spelled wrong even after I spell it for people (but people hear what they think they should). I really dislike that it’s a nickname and not a true formal name. I get asked at least weekly what my “real” name is. And people hear it and automatically assume I’m male and are surprised when they meet me in person. As a field engineer once, I had a customer get irate that the company sent “some girl” instead of the “Tony” they were told would be arriving to fix their machine. Of course, I went to work and fixed it just fine, but the customer was still upset based on their ASSumption.

I’m now back in school and a year away from being a physician. I’ll be keeping Toni, but I add my middle name (Grace) to almost all of my official documentation.

Annie Says:

September 9th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

For my entire life I’ve gone by Annie, which I liked as a child and like even more now that I’m an adult. My full given name is a little more complicated, though….Richelle Anne. I was named after my father (Rick), both in that Richelle is kind of a feminine take on Rick, and because his full name is George Eric, but he always went by a nickname of his middle name. I have mixed feelings about exclusively going by a nickname of your middle name. It has caused a fair amount of confusion at times (especially in my school years, and dealing with anything paperworky/legal), and having to repeat the story of how I was named over and over (and it comes up more often than you might think!) can be annoying. It’s also kind of strange to me that the name I fully identify with is not at all my legal name, whereas I have virtually no emotional connection to my actual given name. On the upside, I always know it’s a telemarketer calling me if they ask for Richelle! 🙂

Alyssa Says:

September 9th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I’ve always felt fairly ambivalent about my name. I rarely came across other girls with my name growing up (although Alyssa has gotten quite popular recently) so I always felt like the name came to fit me rather than that I came to fit the name, if you know what I mean. I didn’t feel like I had a stereotype to fight. I’ve never considered changing it.

I feel fairly sure my name never did affect other people’s expectations, although maybe if it continues to gain popularity or some pop singer with my name makes it big it would. To my knowledge it’s never had negative repercussions for me.

My feelings about my name have probably grown less fond as I’ve grown older. Just because I think as a person I’m more complex than I was at 10 when I just thought it was “sooooo pretty!” I’m a pretty straightforward person and Alyssa has always seemed a little frilly to me. But I’ve done just fine with it.

As far as how it’s affected my approach to naming my kids, I think I am more apt to choose a name people generally feel less free to use kreyativ spellings on. I used to get so mad when I came across an “Alisa” who pronounced it the same way I did. I’ll try to stick to names that generally have one established spelling. Also, the similarity to “Melissa” when you say it out loud has been a problem, particularly since my brother married a Melissa. It can get confusing at family gatherings. I can’t say I’ll refuse to use any name that rhymes at all with another, but I’ll try for something that is not just a variation on a theme, I guess.

I will say that I always used to come across things as a kid that said the root of my name was Alice and I wondered why someone tacked on all those extras to something that was already so pretty. I felt like maybe my name wasn’t as serious, or people would think I was as frivolous as Alyssa sounds compared to Alice. My husband always asks me why I want to have a longer, more sophisticated-sounding name when we plan to only call our son/daughter by a particular nickname. I think it’s partly because I would have liked that option. I may love Etta for my daughter, but as a grown woman named Etta, I may wish I had the option to be taken more seriously with a name like Henrietta.

ChristyHeather Says:

September 10th, 2010 at 4:44 am

I had issues with my name from the minute I could speak. I used to tell other kids my name was Fenella, which was a fairy out of a book I had.

first day of school my teacher told me that Christy was not a name, and we don’t use nicknames here, so I was called Christine until I mentioned it to my parents and they corrected the teacher. No-one would call me Fenella.

When I was 25 I changed to Heather, and then changed back at 28 when I had a lot of paperwork to get through, (visa applications etc) and going by a different name caused confusion and stat decs.

My husband likes Christy. he thinks it is perky and cute. It doesnt suit me! I have pale skin, dark hair and dramatic green eyes. I don’t look ‘perky’ or ‘cute’. I am studying to be a librarian. My name should be Fenella.

Carolyn Says:

September 10th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

I can appreciate my name now that I am older. The only issue is that everyone seems to think it’s interchangeable with Caroline. In my experience, Caroline is pronounced with a long “i”, like “pine”.
Even the nameberry.com definition for “Carolyn” claims it’s a phonetic version of “Caroline” and that it is more “down-market”. I’ve never seen these kind of harsh comments made for any other names on the site.
In my case, I was named after my mom and aunt, and would never wish for any other spelling or pronunciation.

Helen Says:

September 10th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

@kaitlin — curious what your sister’s name is…

Elizabeth Says:

September 10th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I love my name. It’s popular, but Elizabeth has been popular for ages– it’s not a name that dates me immediately to the 1980’s, unlike my counterparts Jessica and Ashley. It’s classic, feminine, and lovely. It gave me the option for loads of nicknames, although I’ve always gone by strictly Elizabeth. I am eternally grateful that my father won the battle of the first name (my mother wanted to call me Jaclyn.)

My middle names are both family names– Mary for a paternal great-grandmother, who was a spunky woman I’m proud to be named after, and Kaia for a maternal grandmother, whose name has been in the family for generations.

Heather Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

I’ve never felt like a Heather. I’m named after the flower, but there are lots of us, it has no nicknames, and some Heathers ruin for the rest of us. I realize that’s true of most names, but it seems worse with Heather.
I really don’t like the fact that it’s difficult to pronounce in most other languages because of the “th” sound. So in French, it becomes a “z,” in others it becomes a “d” sound.
I did consider changing it when I was much younger, to one of my mom’s other name choices: Jillian or Kestrel. I have since reconsidered.

Wendy Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Not a huge fan of my name. I never felt like a Wendy (mn Anne), and used to regularly tell my Mom that I would be changing my name when I got older. To me it sounds like either a buxom blond or someone dull and forgettable. Not me. My mom was full expecting a boy when she had me, and had not picked a single girl’s name. So my Grandma said “What about Wendy?” (no idea why) and that was it. So meaningful and well thought out. 🙂
I am just the opposite. I spend countless hours mapping out my kids’ names. At least one name has to have real meaning and the other has to sound good with it and be one I love. I still wish I was called something else. Something with a great meaning (“Wanderer”? Seriously?), or at least unique…

Reba Says:

September 23rd, 2010 at 1:55 am

I love my name (Reba Cerise Hayes) I haven’t always, but that was more when I was a little kid wishing my name was Melanie, Chrystal, or Britney. Now that I have grown up I realize how nice it is to have an uncommon name, a name that really meant something to my parents. However most people assume I was named after the country artist (which I wasn’t) and then other people mispronounce it like ‘re-buh’ and then others think it is short for Rebecca. All in all I think giving your kid a beautiful (if sometimes weird) name is always a good thing, and I am so happy my parents gave me mine:)

Charlotte Says:

September 24th, 2010 at 10:19 am

When i was younger i hated my name, teachers would pronounce the ‘lotte’ in a very posh way and it irritated me! My middle name is louise which is too popular for middle names, i know 3 other charlotte louise’s! And i think their was 3 other Charlottes in my year! Also i do gymnastics and their is 4 others in my group, it gets very confusing! My nicknames over the years have been ( Charlie, Charlo, Lottie [which my mum hates!], Lo, Charlee, Charli, and now most people call me either, Char, Charly or… Chuck [i don’t know where that came from] ) I love my name now though! really truely love it 🙂

Angela Says:

September 25th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

My name is Angela Lea. I have always liked my name. My first name is from my great grandma Angie. When I was born my parents decided to honor her because she was such a great woman; however she told them they could name my Angela with 1 stipulation, I could not be called Angie. She had been called Angie since she was born and didn’t even find out her full name until later in life. Angela is known enough that everyone can spell it and there are no problems pronouncing it. It’s also not very common so I’ve never had a class with another Angela in it. My middle name was my grandmother’s (on my mom’s side) name: Leola. Plus a lot of people spell Lea – Lee and I find that it’s a bit more feminine with the a.

DancersVenture Says:

September 29th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

My first name is Leslie, and my middle name is Dana (My mom’s first name).
I like my name for the most part, but I do bot like that it is considered a ‘unisex’ name! I feel it fits me pretty well, though, I suppose!
I think that someday I will try my best to give my babies names that are only under their gender!

The girl next door Says:

October 11th, 2010 at 7:12 am

I adore my name.

My parents named me after Queen Victoria (hense my name is Victoria) because they met in history A level class and were learning about the Victoria era and the Queen herself. Furthermore, my Dad depsite his rough persona was/is a secrete train spotter and loved Victoria Station for some odd reason I prefer the Queen Victoria story associated with it though 🙂

I feel my name is simply stunning, it’s a great classic that looks really beautiful it’s common and well known however it isn’t overly common I have met other Victoria’s of my age and older Victoria’s too which I like too. It’s too the point and simple yet very sophiscated with a range of nicknames however it’s always lumbered nicknames wise with Vicky which I hate so am normally referred to as Victoria. I also adore the meaning ‘victorious one’. Lastly I like the fact that it goes with my surname and no one can really stereotype somebody called Victoria.

I think that’s why if/when I have children I will become even more obsessed with finding the perfect name because I want to do just good job as my parents did for me.

pamela (Pam) Says:

October 21st, 2010 at 12:35 am

I like my name for the most part although I was 1 of 3 Pam’s in the same class all through school. I have never met anyone named Pam born past the early 1960’s. Most that I have met were born in the 1950’s (I was born in 1958) and a few in the late 1940’s. I think Pamela sounds better than Pam although only my parents and a few other relatives called me Pamela.

Annabel Says:

October 28th, 2010 at 6:56 am

I love my name ( Annabel Grace ). When I was a kid I adored my name because it was so girly and pretty. As a teenager there was a time I didn’t like it because I thought that it was a name for a little girl. Now days I love it! I haven’t met anyone my age with the same name (I think it’s becoming ‘trendier’ just now) . At work I’m called Anna but Bells or Belle by my family and friends.

Tempanie Says:

November 5th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

My mother named me Tempanie after actress Tempany Deckert and everyone say’s it’s beautiful.
sometimes i wish i was an Anne or a Sarah but others i love it.
It’s nice to know you’re different

Edie Says:

December 4th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Nope, I hate my first name. It’s Edie, pronounced Eedee. Growing up I had to endure constant taunts from classmates at school who would call me Eddie, especially when an ignorant substitute teacher would mispronounce it in front of the whole class. I am a female. The name Eddie is usually spelled with two Ds in it so how the heck do people get Eddie out of Edie???? Go figure. Not only that, now that I am an adult it still gets mispronounced. I have people who don’t know me call my house and ask for Eddie. My mother named me Edie because her mother’s name was Edith and she thought it was a cute nick-name and wanted to honor my grandmother with a variation of her name. I honestly think I would have preferred Edith and I have even been called Edith as well by mistake. I have also had people mistakenly call me DeeDee or Evie. When I was born my dad wanted to name me Karen – far better name than Edie! But, unfortunately my mom won out. She never stopped to think of the fact that people would mispronouce it and that I would catch hell in school because of it. I really wish that I had changed my name a long time ago.

Isabel Says:

December 19th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I really like my name (Isabel Jane). I think it’s classic and really pretty, with a so-so nn option (Izzy- some of my friends call me that). It’s not uncommon, but unfortunately it seems to be the most common where I live- there are 2 other Isabel’s in my grade alone! (One spells her name Isabelle, though). I think it’s a pretty and classic name, and once I leave my area I doubt I’ll run into as many Isabel’s anymore. It seems to be somewhat of a “cult” name while Isabella is the mainstream variation. 🙂

Elsa Says:

December 31st, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I love my name. It is short, it sounds to me like positive and sweet. It suits me perfectly plus it is the most diferent name of all my family. All of them have normal spanish names but mine is exclusive. I have been always the only Elsa in my class and its perfect that someone who loves different names so much have a different name. When my mom told my grandfather she was going to name me Elsa, he was like, NOOO!! What kind of name is that? Ive never heard that name, thats not a normal name, why cant you just name your daughter Maria or something like that? Oh god, thanks mom for naming me Elsa instead of Maria or some overused tipical spanish name!!
Elsa is starting to become more and more popular in Spain though.

Hannah Says:

March 15th, 2011 at 11:48 pm

My name is Hannah, and I think it’s nice enough, I’ve been told that I look like a Hannah, however, I know so many girls my age named Hannah, it’s ridiculous. It’s not like I even have a choice for a good nickname besides like, Anne, but that doesn’t fit me and is even /more/ common.

I also don’t fit the name’s description, which means Grace, and I am not particularly graceful.

I’d rather go by my middle name, Olivia, but it would take a lot of getting used to.

Kalee Says:

March 23rd, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I love my name now (pronounced like kaylee) but when i was younger desperately wished that it was spelled with the y because it was constantly getting misspelled by everyone, teachers, classmates and even distant family members. But as I grew up I came to love it because of it’s uniqueness and the story behind how I got my name, which came from my older sister’s name. Woldn’t trade it for anything!

KM Says:

April 23rd, 2011 at 2:02 am

I did not like my name growing up. My legal name is Kimberly (Elizabeth), but I have always been Kim. I always thought Kimberly was so much prettier. My mom wanted to name me Kimerly or Kimily because she didn’t really like the ‘b’. Thankfully she didn’t, although maybe that wouldn’t have been shortened?

I tried going by my full name after college. Even having it on my office door and business cards and my work phone listing – people who had never met me would still call me Kim. Now I don’t mind it, it’s just boring – better than Kimmy which I got occasionally as a kid. My husband – James – constantly has a problem with people shortening his name. He will introduce himself as James and people shake his hand and then call him Jim or Jamie. He has always gone by James. Thank goodness we’re not Jim and Kim!

My children have more unique names. We try to go for unique but not weird. They’ll tell us if we succeeded someday! I have a Mckenna Claire, a Barrett Scott William, and a Cadence Victoria. The first two have family names for their middle names but all of their names were just “right” to us. I have met several little Mckenna’s in the past 6 years, but often with kreyativ spellings so her name is often mispelled. My son is the only Barrett we know, but it so suits him. Cadence gets called Candice frequently because apparently not many people know the word cadence (rhythm). I hate nicknames, maybe because I don’t like mine. I really hope I don’t end up with a Mickey, a Barry and a Cadie someday!

catmcroy Says:

April 29th, 2011 at 1:41 am

I really hate my soon-to-be-former legal name. (it’s Susan). It’s always felt very short and utilitarian…kind of like a jean skirt. And I hate all the nicknames for it…and all the words that rhyme with it ALSO suck (cruisin, bruisin, snoozin…and as a severely bullied child, I heard ALL of them from my classmates). Oh, I hate that it’s a total old lady name too – I am 32 and everyone I’ve ever met with it has been at least 60. I tried going by Suzanne for awhile but while I love the Leonard Cohen song (and in fact I may use it as the middle name for a future daughter since my fiance’s grandmother was also a Susan). When I tell people my legal name, the universal response (from everyone but my parents who foisted the thing on me) is “oh you so don’t look like one”. Unfortunately while I ADORE my middle name, I can’t use it because…it’s my mother’s name. Blah.

It did definitely turn me into a name nerd, though. And I love the timeless elegance of my name-of-choice. Catherine. It’s been in use for centuries and still sounds fresh. The C spelling is very French and since I am bilingual (English and French) that is also important to me. My daughter is a Stephanie Elizabeth. Partly for Stevie Nicks (who is still one of my all time favourite singer/songwriters), partly for the meaning of “crowned with light”, partly for the fact that it is a medieval French name that is still familiar to English speaking ears but isn’t super common. And it has great nicknames. She’s currently a Steph by her own choice.

Elise Says:

May 11th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I have never liked my name. It’s too harsh sounding, I have to repeat and spell it all the time. It’s not Elise by the way; that’s a lovely name. Think Ranveig, Hedwig, that direction and you see what I mean (sorry if I offend anyone).
I chose normal well known names for my children because of this reason. Kids always find something to tease you with, but an ugly name makes it even easier! I cringe when someone says my name out loud and cannot understand why my parents named me this. When I moved, I started to introduce myself with another name and I am in the process of having it legally changed. I couldn’t do this earlier since the country where I was born simply doesn’t allow it easily.

Katie Says:

May 24th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

My legal name is Katherine and I’ve never disliked it but I have *always* gone by Katie. It’s kind of awkward to use one name on official documents and be called by another name and also have to correct people when they call me Katherine.

I didn’t like it so much in elementary school there were always several Katies in my class and my last name started with “P” so I had to go by Katie P which of course is hilarious to 6 year olds.

I chose much rarer names for my children, not in the top 1000, not “made up” names just rarely used. But awesome 🙂

Edith Says:

May 25th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

I grew up in Asia during the late 90s. Most of the people I meet have never heard of my name (it’s old-fashioned, like Myrtle and Sybil)- I’ve personally never met another Edith.

I used to hate it because people here pronounced it wrongly and I had to constantly spell it out. I wanted a simple Asian name more well-known in this area, or just a more common Western name.

Now, I guess I’ve grown used to it, if not exactly grown to love my name. It’s unique in my generation and pairs well with my middle name. I’ve seen EDITH in a list here as one of the old-fashioned names that should make a comeback? So who knows, my name might be “cool” or “trendy” in the future! Maybe. 🙂

*person* Says:

May 30th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

My name is Claire, I like it but the ‘R’ gives is an unwanted “after-sound”, but I like Klaire and Klair, even though it actually doesn’t change the sound it still sounds different to me! >X-[
I love my middle name “Hilda Remenda” and I like my initials ‘CHRO’

Hannah Says:

June 4th, 2011 at 10:12 am

I’ve always really liked my name. When I was born in the 80’s no one had this name! Now everyone I meet tells me ‘Oh, I have a daughter/granddaughter/niece named Hannah!’ And when I take my toddler to the playground I’m constantly turning around to hear my name yelled by another mom. I still like my name and who knows, maybe once all the Hannahs are grown everyone will think I’m the same age as them. I can dream, right? 😉

Brighton Says:

June 12th, 2011 at 3:00 am

My name is Brighton (Brighten) Andy and when I was 9 I HATED my name! My mom was CRAZY for unique names. I have 4 other siblings named Irie, Island, Blayze, and Grayson. I tried to get everyone to call me Andie and that was a TOTAL backfire. Every single teacher in my school misspronounced my name and when my peers first heard my name, they had a field day. Everytime I would walk in the halls someone would shout out “Hey Brighton why don’t you brighten up my day” But then I really hated my name when the guy I liked called me Brittan. But now as I get older I really love my name. It’s unique and not like all the other Elizabeth’s and Emily’s out there (no offense)

Joanne Says:

June 21st, 2011 at 3:22 pm

My name is Joanne and i think its a silly name, i often ask my mother what on earth was going on in her mind when she named me! She says its a nice name, erm no it isnt.

Elizabeth Says:

June 23rd, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I don’t have strong feelings towards my name. There are a lot of nicknames that can be used for it, so even though it’s always one of the most popular baby girl names, you can make it your own. These are all the names that I answer to: Beth, Liz, Lizzy, Iz, and B.

Jana Says:

July 19th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I’ve always loved my name. It’s easy to pronounce, pretty sounding, and not very common (I’ve only met a handful.)

I’m having my first baby (a girl) soon, and I hope to be able to give her a name that fits those criteria!

Alice Says:

July 21st, 2011 at 12:13 am

I really love my name. I’m 36, so growing up I was the only Alice in my class. The name suits me perfectly, I think, although growing up everyone kept calling me Alison. Uh…no.

Olivia Says:

August 3rd, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I’ve always been back and fourth on my name, Olivia Catherine. It’s feminine and elegant, but it sounds to me a bit formal sometimes. My mom didn’t like nicknames when I was a little kid, so I’ve always just been Olivia. I’ve never really had a nickname, and always wanted one. It’s often mispelled and pronounced both *O*livia and *Ah*livia, which bothered me, because I felt like I didn’t just have one, definite name. Strange, I know, but… this is when I was younger. In addition, when I was born (I’m a teen) “Olivia” wasn’t popular, but now I’ve met dozens of Olivias that are a bit younger then me. Not a problem right now, but when all of us are adults, Olivia will be an extreamly common name. In short, I like my name — the sound and the feel of it — but there’s a few things about it that I don’t preticularly like.

Chloe Says:

August 3rd, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I have always loved my name (Chloe) . Its feminine while not being very or exactly ultra-femme (I’m fifty percent tomboy , fifty percent girly). I am twelve, and I’ve gone to two different schools, both of which were where I was the only girl there named Chloe. I live in the U.S.A. Although, I know where Chloe is ranked, tho’ and it irks me how high its getting. Commercialism, generic, and commom are not my things. But, when I was born, there were no Chloe’s. Now, its everywhere! Or, some places…My mom was ahead of the curve. My mother was going to name me Cassidy, and my sister Chloe. My sister’s name is Caitlin and she will be twenty soon.(She was named by my father, who is very obvious and loving of his Irish heritage and culture). I recently looked up Cassidy and thanked God I wasn’t named that! No offense! I previously thought Cassidy was a pretty, perhaps dated, perhaps common,unused -at least in my experience- name. But I put a lot on what a name means, and what it means to me, even if other people don’t know the meaning. Then, the …apperance of a name comes ..to me.I found out Cassidy was an old cowboy name.
I also previously thought that one day, if I have kids, I would name one of my daughters Cassidy…now I am not so sure. (My mothers name is Conni, my sister and I also have C fn’s..I’d like to make that a tradition.)
Although, I also go by Chloe Victoria, which is my fn and mn, and I love the easy feminine flow of it.
My mom said she named me Chloe, because she liked it. My middle name is Victoria because one of my maternal aunts thought the original mn of mine (nobody remembers though, what it was) was too quote, unquote modern. Basicially, ’cause my Aunt is old-fashioned.
Overall, I like the way my name and\or names flow, are feminine, but not overly so, and feels to me.
I don’t like how popular, (for lack of a better word!!) it is now, and how it might be on a path to common-hood. I as well don’t like how I have heard of a lot of dogs named Chloe and that thousands of people have mispelled and misprounced my name, oh yeah, and either have commented about my name being the name of a Bratz doll or that my name is the name of a Kardashian.

I have a billion nn’s , only four or so of which are thanks to my fn.-The common misprounciation of my name has opened up the nicknames Cholee and Chaloee-I don’t like the latter one, but I do like the first one ….

Chloe Says:

August 3rd, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I would name my kids something similar, it has changed people’s impression of me, negatively because its the name of a Bratz doll and a Kardashian, I would never change it, except maybe to permanetly joint my mn and fn, and it fits me perfectly!

Bee Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 1:57 am

I hated my name when I was young: Bailey. It was a boys name where I was growing up and while there were a few other female Baileys I met, they all had the Baylee/Bayleigh/Baylie spellings, where I apperantly had the “boy” spelling.

But now I’ve come to love it. My mn (Ann) is very traditional and classic, but my short and sassy fn suits me perfectly. My nickname is Bay, which I find adorable.

Me Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 3:35 am

Growing up, I hated my name. I still do. It’s one of those names that is old fashioned but not timeless, and the worst part of it was, my parents didn’t give me any nicknames to fall back on. Plus, you can’t really shorten it to anything. It gave me hell in school (no one else had my name, which is both a blessing in disguise and a milder form of torture) and the name always gave me a serious sounding persona, which doesn’t suit me at all. I never warmed to the name, and I never really acknowledged it as my own – it just didn’t sound right. I often wonder what was going through my parents’ heads when they gave me my name, because ALL the other suggestions were much better than the one they chose.

So I’m changing my name very shortly to something that is timeless, can be shortened down and is immediately followed by a middle name. And, if one day I have kids, I’m going to do the same: a classic, timeless name, followed by a slightly unusual middle name in case they don’t like it. I only wish my parents had done the same.

sunshinetina Says:

September 3rd, 2011 at 12:03 am

My name was going to start with an M. That was a given. All of my siblings have M names, so of course mine would too.

My first name Martina, is a family name, that at the time my birth, was also the name of 10 other women in my family. The next oldest Martina was 10. Since I was born, there have two more births, with rumor of one more on the way. I’m not super keen on my name, but I dont hate it either. I also prefer to be called by my full name rather then a nn.

I think my family assumed that I would name either of my girls Martina, but I really wasn’t into that. And as my husband says, the family reunion has all the Martina’s it can handle.

As for my middle names one is again a family name, the other is abhor. I hate it so much, I am in the process of dropping it.

OliviaJayne Says:

November 29th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

When I was younger I always went by Livvy instead of Olivia. I always felt that it sounded too pretty and girly on me as I was a proper tomboy at the age of 4 onwards. It is only now that I have got older (I’m now 24) that I dont mind being called my full name because I am not such a tomboy anymore. My fiancee also calls me Olivia as his sister is called Libby. I think that I will carry on liking it now and hope to maybe give it as a middle name to a possible daughter 🙂

emilymaryjane Says:

December 16th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I never used to but now I love my name Emily when I was younger I always went by Em, Emmy, Milly or EJ even though I was the only Emily I knew I love my name now though that I am 14

Alex27 Says:

April 16th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

My name is Alexandra and I love it! I think it is very regal and professional! I would never change it and there are lots of nicknames associated with it! In school I was called Alex and it suits me perfect! Then people started calling me Lex which I wasn’t too happy about

nameobsessednichole Says:

April 18th, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I really like my name. I go to school with quite a few Nicole’s, and it can get confusing but I think it’s a nice name that everyone know’s and can pronounce. I think my name fits me, but I cannot picture myself as a Nicole. I am most definitely a Nichole. I’m glad I got this spelling, it gives me a little something different from every other Nicole.

KateM91 Says:

May 29th, 2012 at 11:36 pm

I love my name. Kathryn Marie. It’s classic, has tons of variations and nicknames. I generally go by Kate, but people call me Katie, Katia, Kathryn, Kit, Kat, AND Kit Kat. I’ve even been called Ryn. I love the possibilities of classic names. I feel that Kate is professional and mature while Katie is girly, Katia is sexy, Kat is fun, and so on.

When naming my children, I’d like to pair classic names with spunky newer ones. Like, Benjamin Kick. It will leave him with a lot more options as an adult.

KAM Says:

July 10th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

My name is okay, but it is quite popular. Almost nobody calls me by my FN (but that will probably change as I get older and need a more professional one). I love my middle name, a smoosh of two family names (and popular middle names). I’m actually considering going by the last part of it. I tossed a potential nn out to my mom (Kat) and she said everyone would think I’d got it from Katniss. What do you think? I like it as a strong tomboyish nn but don’t want Katniss following me …..

Jamie98 Says:

July 21st, 2012 at 5:07 am

I really hate m name. My name is Gladys and it is so out of style. I’ve always hated it. Who the hell in the last 2 decades has named their kid Gladys? None!

moonkai Says:

August 3rd, 2012 at 7:40 am

My first and middle names are Shauna Lee. I always liked Shauna because it is easy to pronounce but not very common. The spelling is a unique one as well, although i do get tired of people trying to spell it “Shawna”. My middle name is meh…I wish I had a cool middle name like my sister, Briana Cecile. I also always thought it was cute that my sister and I had rhyming names.

jjmonkey Says:

August 19th, 2012 at 1:42 am

i hate my name, Linda Ann, its to old fashioned and its was to please my gandmother, i want to change it to Liliana as my nickname is Lily, should i change it?

AquitaineEleanor98 Says:

October 28th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I really don’t like my name. Ashley Madison. Both my f.n. and m.n. are very 80s/90s and not at all trendy now. I am a teenberry and currently have three girls with the same f.n. in my classes, and probably 5 or 6 girls with my m.n. in my year. I hate how my name is very “cheerleader” à la Candie or Kimmy and I have no idea what my professional name will be. When people hear my name they expect a popular blonde kinda girl. I’m not. I’m a bookworm with dark hair and no interest whatsoever in going to party’s or on dates. I want to change my name to a variant of my middle name, but my family is large and old fashioned so I will have a tough time convincing then to call me by something else. There is also a website thats name is my f.n. and m.n. and I’m not sure I want the connection to the website as it isn’t the greatest website to be connected to. I also recently discovered that both Ashley and Madison were place names AND male names before becoming female names. I hate that. I wish my mother had called me something more feminine like my sisters Elizabeth and Claire. I have always envied their names. To top it off, I have always wished I had a nickname. My older sister goes by Liz and when she was younger, Lizzie. I have always wanted a name with a nickname option. And “Ash” just doesn’t cut it. I ask my mom almost daily why she named me Ashley and her reply is always, “because we liked it.” But we don’t like it mom, we don’t like it one bit.

HerMajesty Says:

November 4th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I love my name, it is beautiful and I couldn’t see myself with any other. But because of what my name is, I get a lot of “Oh, what pretty name!”, “MY grandma/great something or other is named that”, and “I didn’t know people still used that”. When people tell me its a granny name, I smile and say ‘I know’ because I WAS named after a grandma. Mine.
I am fifteen, and Proud to be a Helen. I like to think of myself as having “The face that launched a thousand ships”, that helped me come to love my name, and my cool Norse goddess/school illegal nn Hel.
I obviously do not have children yet, but I do prefer rare and older names. I just hope my (future)kids will see the beauty if their names as I did.

ShaunaBee Says:

November 29th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I, too, am a Shauna. I have two middle names, which are Beth and my mom’s maiden name. I love it all! When you say it all together, it sounds perfectly Southern. I was worried the Southern flow of it would be ruined when I got married, but my husband’s last name works perfectly!

I think Shauna is absolutely beautiful. I was named after a dear friend of my mom’s who died far too early. I hate the misspellings I get, like ‘Shawna’, ‘Shana’, ‘Shaunna’, and sometimes even ‘LaShaunda’. Seriously. I don’t know how it gets that misspelled. People tend to assume, when they see or hear my name, that I’m black. I don’t know what that’s about, either.

Beth sounds like a simple middle name, but the reason my mom had for choosing it was awesome: I was named after the ballad ‘Beth’ by KISS! I loooooove that song!

kmouser1 Says:

January 2nd, 2013 at 4:04 am

My name is Kayleigh, which I’m pretty sure was not on any chart when I was born. Growing up I only knew one other, spelled Kaylee, who happened to be my step-cousin (weird, I know). I finally met a couple more when I got to college, one even spelled the same, which I thought was exciting, not insulting.

I wouldn’t say I ever hated my name, or even disliked the fact that I didn’t know anyone else with the same name. The thing that bothered me the most, and still does, is that no one can spell it based off hearing (which I guess is because it isn’t super popular, although I think now it’s around the top 50) and a lot of people can’t pronounce it. I don’t know any other pronunciation of “Kay” and “Leigh” that makes sense, but I hear Ky-Luh, Ky-Lee and Kay-Luh a lot. Kay-Luh? Really?

kmouser1 Says:

January 2nd, 2013 at 4:07 am

Also, here’s a fun fact about my name: my mom’s middle name is Kay and my dad’s middle name is Lee, but they say they named me after a song…

junibelle Says:

January 22nd, 2013 at 5:04 pm

My name is Juniper Belle and I love it. People call me Juni, Juna, or June, and I don’t mind. I’ve met one other Juniper and I have not had trouble with spelling or mispronouncing. I think I look like a Juniper, and I feel like a Juniper and that is most important.

adnama Says:

January 24th, 2013 at 2:16 pm

My name is Amanda. I like it now. I wish I had a more unique name when I was younger though. Surprisingly, there weren’t too many other Amanda’s in my elementary school.. but once I got to highschool there were a lot. And in university there were three Amanda’s in my residence that also had my last name!! (super popular last name before I got married).

brontefrances Says:

February 24th, 2013 at 4:32 am

I love my name, just hate the mispronounciation Bron-Tee, my name is Bron-TAY (spelt Bronté). I love that my Mum was brave enough to use it on me and that I’ve never met another Bronté!! I’m glad I’m not Georgia like my sister or Will like my brother, both names that became reasonably popular in our area at the same time my siblings were born… Plus Will is always assumed to be William… (he’s not).

I love that my name is educated (the Brontë sisters) and Bronté Frances sounds so formal and fancy, and that my middle name is classic and I think it sounds feminine, even though both names are unisex in a way. I’m glad my Mum called me Bronté after Andie MacDowells character in Green Card, and didn’t call me Andie because I think I am definitely a Bronté! I’m glad mum didn’t use it on my sister because she is pale and Blonde and suits Georgia so much more than I would, she blends with the crowd whereas I stand out, and I think Bronté is much more a brunette’s name(:

I couldn’t picture myself with any other name really, to be honest.. It’s probably my all time favourite name although I don’t want to call my daughter Bronté jr. Because its my name, somI may have some difficulty finding a name I like that is just as unique, yet still a legit and beautiful name.

Weird though that I get so many comments like “Wow you are lucky to have such a great name!” or “Wow that’s different, I love it!” and yet no one else seems to use my name for their children, and no one else has my name?? They must be lying to me… Or maybe I leave such a bad impression on the name. Some people think it sounds harsh and masculine but I disagree!! I love it!!

ShadowFall7 Says:

May 11th, 2013 at 10:37 am

I absolutely hate my name.

It’s Abbigail. Nothing’s worse than having the word big in your name. On top of that, it starts with the word ab.

I haven’t any proper nicknames, as I hate those too: Abbey (Westminster) and Gail (To sophisticated and masculine.)

BreezyBear Says:

June 15th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

My first name is Brianne, and I absolutely love it. I have a simple family name as my middle name (Mary) and I’ve always enjoyed the balance. Despite having to deal with constant mispronunciations and misspellings, I have always enjoyed having a unique name.
I do get called a fair share of incorrect names though: Brianna, Brittany, Bry-anne, Bry-annie, Brian-anne, Brienne, Brionna, and my favorite: Fran. I’ve also seen every spelling imaginable. =0)
I have to give my parents credit for having the guts to choose something other than Jennifer or Jessica, which were super popular at the time. I also feel strongly about giving my future children unique names so that they’ll feel special and like a creative individual. (And to have the character-building experience of correcting people!)

LilyShannon Says:

October 5th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I absolutely loathe my name (Margaret Anne). It is old and boring. Every time I hear “Margaret”, it just sounds gross and disgusting. I’ve only heard it said prettily ONCE, by an English model.
All the other times, “MAR-GAR-ette,” two ridiculously heavy sounding syllables followed by a softer sounding syllable. And my middle name is just plain boring. I have no idea what my mother and father were thinking when they named me this. At school, it was not the best either. If a substitute teacher did happen to pronounce my name correctly during role call, they always messed up my German last name. I don’t understand it.
Even though I was the only Margaret in the whole school, I would particularly call the name “unique”. Maybe, out-of-date. At college, not many Margarets, but still. I also don’t think I embody a Margaret, but I also don’t know enough Margarets to know otherwise.
At school, I went by Maggie starting in the 6th grade. Currently, I am afraid to continue using the “childish version” and I’m afraid to start back using my real name. I would never want my kids to go through a situation like this.
I am currently expecting two in February, a boy and a girl. Could I maybe have some feedback on some names my husband and I are thinking of?
-Michelle Audrey or Celine Nicole
– Micah Cohen or Kiran Matthias
We are at a stalemate…
Thanks!

Louarna Says:

August 9th, 2014 at 1:41 am

I love my name, Louarna. My second name Sherryl (pronounced Shirelle) could have been spelled better. :/ My sisters are Shailey and Kyla. I like mine best, but my sisters probably like theirs best, too. 🙂

jem Says:

August 9th, 2014 at 2:20 am

I love my name (Jemima). It’s interesting and beautiful (in my opinion…) I do have some pronunciation and spelling issues, but nothing too major (except at Starbucks for some reason). My middle name, Frances, is sensible but vintage. All in all I adore my name!

Thegratiana Says:

August 9th, 2014 at 11:50 am

I love my name, Delana Adell, my parents were sweet for using my grandma’s name. I hated having such an unusual name as a child. I wanted to buy a pencil case with my name printed on it, and my little sister could find her name. I have never had any issues with discrimination with my name, but people mispronounce it all the time. It is D-uh-lay-nah, not D-e-lah-nuh or Dell-uh-nuh. There was also a brief point in highschool when people thought my name was Debra. That was weird.

mallowd Says:

August 9th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Am I the only one wondering the names of some of these people who changed them or didn’t specify what they are? This is a safe place:) Anyway I love my name, Dana! I’ve always liked it growing up, but probably like even more in recent years. I graduated with one other
Dana, and have certainly come into contact with other Danas (mostly when I worked retail), but I’m never around another Dana. I like that everyone has heard the name though. Most people pronounce it correctly (day na) although some people ask if I say it “day na” or “dan a” and it’s spelled the most common way and it’s more popular for girls than boys, although it’s still unisex. I also love the way it looks written whether in all caps, all lower case, cursive, or print haha! That could be the case even if I had a different name, but I definitely think Dana has some pizazz! It’s not overly interesting, but I think it’s fits me. The name game works perfectly with my name “Dana, Dana bo bana…”. and I like my nicknames (mother calls me Dana Doo). Even when my boyfriend is surprised about something and says “damn Dana” or when my friend loves to say “damnit Dana!”. Never really had a bad experience. Would like my kids to have fun, a bit unusual names:)

mallowd Says:

August 9th, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Side note I love my middle name as well, Leigh, but usually have to spell it out.

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