I WISH That Was My Name!
“Uh….Daisy?” he says.
Which made us think, as many things do, of Nameberry and our Question of the Week.
What do you wish your name was?
It may not be your favorite name, the one you’d choose for a child. But for whatever reason — and I hope you’ll tell us what that reason is — the name conveys how you’d like to be seen, who you wish others thought you were.
So which name do you wish was yours?
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on April 16th, 2013 at 11:19 pm
Absolutely, positively Jane. It’s a sleek, gorgeous classic with strong literary and historical associations. Jane is the little black dress of names: it’s versatile, elegant, easily personalized, and always makes a statement.
on April 16th, 2013 at 11:30 pm
I like augusta’s choice. I’d go with a classic, as well. Either Catherine or Elizabeth. Both lovely, classy, versatile names.
on April 16th, 2013 at 11:41 pm
My choice is also a classic… I’d go with Anne. It just feel like it is pretty, but also sounds intelligent and capable. There isn’t a stereotype on the name as far as I know.
on April 16th, 2013 at 11:51 pm
My name is Sarah and I’m okay with that! But my middle name is Elizabeth and for a while I thought about introducing myself as Beth, but ultimately decided against it.
on April 16th, 2013 at 11:51 pm
I always wanted to be Katie, since about kindergarten. When I played house with my sisters, Katie was always my name. Katie is such a confident, spunky, playful sound. A Katie, I thought, would know how to swim and roller blade and would walk around confidently swinging her ponytail, and would not be shy and geeky like I was. 😉 I still do love the sound, twenty years later, and if I ever play house with my now-adult sisters again, I will still go with Katie I think. 😛
on April 16th, 2013 at 11:55 pm
When I was 5, I wanted a name with an e in it. At 16, I was adamant that Amarlie was the perfect name; whether for myself or a future child. Now, at almost 25, I have grown to really love my name – Laura. It fits me really well and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
on April 17th, 2013 at 12:03 am
I’ve always wished I was Maggie. When I got a little older, it switched to Margaret, but always called Maggie. I love how classic Margaret is, but not as heard as Elizabeth or Katherine. And Maggie! So spunky! It’s not a name that seems dated, but it still fits in well with the popular names of my generation. A Maggie is strong, but still sweet. In fact, when ever I ask people what they think the perfect name for me would be, just for fun, I usually end up with Margaret or Maggie. Man, do you think it’s too late to change my name?
on April 17th, 2013 at 12:15 am
My name is Anne, but I have always been called Annie. I don’t like Annie very much because of its childish sound and connotations that I’m not a big fan of (Little Orphan Annie, Annie Oakley, etc). So for me, the answer would be that I wish everyone called me by my real name, Anne. But if I could choose a whole new name, it would be Katherine nicknamed Katie.
on April 17th, 2013 at 12:19 am
Lauren. Very close to my Laura which my parents considered for me, but slightly more tom-boyish and (in my mind) more suited for me. Plus I don’t know any Laurens, unlike my own name.
on April 17th, 2013 at 12:21 am
My name is Alyssa and I actually don’t mind it. The only thing about it I don’t like is how popular it is. It’s been in the top 40 for the past 20 years or so (I was born in 1991). If I had to change my name I would go with Elizabeth (nn Betsy), Eleanor (nn Ellie), Amelia (nn Amy or Mia). Something with a cutesy nickname.
on April 17th, 2013 at 12:25 am
I have loved the Giovanna for years and I do in fact wish it were my name. To me it is the perfect combination of strength, elegance and femininity. It’s familiar yet exotic, which I also love. And, I think it or a similar name (Isabella, Seraphina, Sylvie, Amelie etc) would suit me much better than my given name, Dana. I do love my middle name Renée though and am considering going by it next year when I move to France for the last semester of my undegrad.
on April 17th, 2013 at 12:48 am
My name is Sarah Elizabeth. I would love to be named Seraphina. I could still be Sera if I felt like it and I would have a longer name if I wanted to go by something else.
on April 17th, 2013 at 12:54 am
My name is Sarah and I always wanted to be an Alyssa. To me, it suggested someone who was feminine but sporty and popular. She could run debate group and would always look great doing it. I don’t know why I had this impression of this name! It’s not one I’d ever consider for a daughter of mine, but for myself, I would be an Alyssa. I don’t think I’ve ever told anyone that! ha.
on April 17th, 2013 at 12:55 am
Also, there are apparently a TON of Sarahs on this site. Hi ladies!
on April 17th, 2013 at 1:00 am
I think it is somewhat disrespectful to your parents (if they named you) to want a different name. Though I do think it is normal to at some age (probably as a teenager) to wish to change it. But I do believe as an adult we should be proud of our name. Just like we should be proud of our family, our looks, etc. Our name should fit right in there! We were given that name for a reason and you would be a different person without it. Love your name and respect the people who chose it for you!!
on April 17th, 2013 at 1:03 am
My name is Taylor, and I always wished that my parents had gone with their second choice–Clare (hence the username). : ) I’d also have preferred my middle name, Margaret (I could have been a Daisy OR a Maggie!), and I’ll probably use Margaret for a child someday.
Lately, though, I really feel like I should have been a Susannah. I look like a Clare (demure and kinda preppy, well, for Seattle, that is), but Susannah has joie de vivre, and sass, and a kind of dry humor.
on April 17th, 2013 at 1:17 am
Charlotte is what I’ve always desired to call myself. Even when I was little, when my friend and I were playing spies or house or school or whatever, she’d be called Summer and I’d always be Charlie. I love the elegance. My name is Claire, though, and I like that too. Charlotte was my parent’s second/third choice for me.
on April 17th, 2013 at 1:33 am
My name is Jeanette and, though I have grown to appreciate my name, I would love to have the more exotic, sophisticated and still very old-fashioned name Antonia. But only if others promise never to call me Tania/toni!! The name should always be said in it’s glory and never shortened.
on April 17th, 2013 at 2:21 am
@alphabetdem – Yep, Sarah seems very popular on this site! Maybe we all love names so much because we’re bored with the number of Sarahs out there!
on April 17th, 2013 at 2:30 am
I think I would like a name that doesn’t rhyme too much, like Emma or Violet.
I’m Grace and you wouldn’t believe the teasing potential with this name!
on April 17th, 2013 at 3:46 am
I actually had the chance to change my name when I converted to Islam. I chose Khadija, a strong independent woman from Islamic history, since I love her story so much and it inspired me. Funny enough I would never pick this name for a babygirl, it sounds guttural and old fashioned and I would prefer a much softer and feminine name for a little (and grown-up) girl. Still I love this name for myself 🙂
on April 17th, 2013 at 4:36 am
I’ve never cared for my name, Tiffany. It was the source of a lot of teasing when I was a kid. I’d probably go for something classic, but old-fashioned like Miriam. I’m not sure why, but it just seems like a good fit.
on April 17th, 2013 at 5:08 am
It’d be Lyra. It feels more, “hardcore”and geeky, rather than Elizabeth. I hardly go by Elizabeth, unless I HAVE TO. Even at home, I’m just E and with friends Lyra or Lizzie.
on April 17th, 2013 at 5:31 am
I am a Patricia called Patty by some and Pat by others. I did toy with the nn Tricia a bit as teen but it never really fit me. There are lots of Patricia’s my age and a bit older around but that hasn’t been much of a problem. I did envy my sister, who also had a very popular name of the era, Lisa, but I liked the fact that it was short without any real nicknames.
For a while, I wanted to be Anne Patricia rather than Patricia Anne.
on April 17th, 2013 at 5:49 am
My name is Emily, which I’ve always liked except for the extreme popularity. When presented with yet another Emily in the classroom, I wished I had been named Evelyn after the grandmother I’d never met instead.
on April 17th, 2013 at 5:50 am
I love my name, “Meg”, but if I could choose another it would be Calandra. It’s a name in a book I read as a child. I always thought it was a beautiful name plus I love the possible nicknames: Callie or Cala 🙂
on April 17th, 2013 at 6:00 am
I think i’d go for a more fun, sassy name than Freya.Freya seems very sensible and grown-up to me, but maybe thats because i feel very sensible and grown up at the moment! I’d love to be a Sadie or a Lola, if only because i feel like i’d be going to fabulous parties all the time!
on April 17th, 2013 at 6:08 am
I’m different from the berries above because I honestly believe my name suits me so well and is the perfect choice I’ve never wanted to be named anything other Victoria, the name I was blessed with. I love Victoria so much, and am so happy my father chose this name for me. She’s elegant, classy and demure. If my name wasn’t Victoria I would defiantly use it for a potential daughter. She’s just beautiful. I love my name 🙂
on April 17th, 2013 at 6:25 am
I definitely love my name, Natalie, but I’ve always love the name Julia. My mom’s name is Julie and I’ve secretly wished I was named after her. Another one is Nora, which is the name my grandmother tried to persuade my parents to use. Both are likely contenders for future girls. 🙂
on April 17th, 2013 at 6:34 am
My name Alysha is rather boring and ordinary to me but at least with the unique spelling it is a bit different. I would like to be seen a creative and unique spirit. If I where to pick a name I would pick Ana because that is my initials and means will rise again and reminds me of Anastasia my fav. childhood movie. Also both my grandmothers have the name Ann in there name. As for now I go by the more playful Ally and use Alysha only in formal situations.
on April 17th, 2013 at 6:38 am
Rose. From the time I was a child, I’ve LOVED the name Rose. I was overuled in using it from my own daughter (but that’s a MIDDLE name, my ex MIL cried) but if I ever have another daughter, this WILL be her name!!!
on April 17th, 2013 at 6:39 am
I’ve never loved my name… Kelsey. I remember in middle school my mom told me she considered naming me Kelsey Elise nn Kelise after my aunt Julia Elise nn Julise. At the time, I wished she had, but now I am happy she didn’t. Now, I wish I could get my friends and family to call me Kay. I like its simplicity and I feel it is more sophisticated than Kelsey.
on April 17th, 2013 at 6:39 am
My name is Maëva. Now a lot of little girls are called Maëva (in France, yup I’m French)and it makes my name boring. I love the name Heaven and since a couple of years, I think I’d love to be called Heaven.
on April 17th, 2013 at 6:50 am
My parents blessed me with the simplest name that has a vintage flare to it: Emily. Even though you can find an Emily within a .1 mile radius, I truly appreciate my name. I do have to say that I’ve always yearned to be named either Penelope or Anya. Such classic names!
on April 17th, 2013 at 6:51 am
I’ve never really LOVED my name, but who does? Yes, Ashlyn is unique, pretty and has a nice meaning, but it’s not my taste. Plus, all of my friends have nicknames, but not me. Katelyn is Katiebear, Radia is Rads, Erica is Ricki and Taylyn is TayTay. Even the make-up name Jayva has a nickname, Jayvie.
So, if I could pick my name, it’d probably be Anais, or Willa or something fanciful and pretty 🙂
on April 17th, 2013 at 7:06 am
In general, I feel so so about my name. I don’t like it but I respect my parents’ choice and taste.
However, if they say I can use a pseudonym, I go by Victoria. It’s a gorgeous Royal name with big history and a lot of charm. I feel comfortable as a Vicki too!
on April 17th, 2013 at 7:09 am
You know when you’re out at a bar or somewhere, and a guy is talking to you but you really don’t want him to know your real name, so you make one up? I used Lucia (LOO-sha) in college, and I think Veronica (?!?!!!?) in grad school. Recently I did one of these small donation things where you get your name on a balloon or something at the grocery store … and I think I signed Petunia.
on April 17th, 2013 at 7:20 am
Miranda its so pretty.
on April 17th, 2013 at 7:31 am
I think I’d want my name to be Elizabeth or Savannah. Elizabeth is just so…perfect. And Savannah is exotic and beautiful.
My name is Larissa, which I still love though. I have no reason to want to change it, but if I did I would certainly be Savannah or Elizabeth.
on April 17th, 2013 at 8:01 am
I’ve always wished my name was Francine instead of Frances. Francine is so much more feminine and pretty sounding. I start college in the fall and I plan to go by Francine. 🙂
on April 17th, 2013 at 8:08 am
I’m plain ol’ Jenna and since I’ve become an adult I wish it was the little fancier, Geneveive. When I was little I always wanted to be Kirby. Why? No clue!
on April 17th, 2013 at 8:12 am
I absolutely love my name: Linnea. It suits me perfectly and I wouldn’t choose any other. In fact, the only time I wanted to change it was when I was 8, and thought I wanted to be Rose, which is lovely but certainly not for me!
I’m forever grateful that my parents chose to give me an unusual name, and also glad my mom won out over my dad: he would have named me Andrea.
on April 17th, 2013 at 8:44 am
My middle names are Mary Elizabeth. I’d always wished my first name had been Elizabeth to be called Libby. I always wanted to be a Libby… it was cute, quirky and sounded smart. And there was no mixing it up with a boy.
I started to really like my fn, Erin, around 18 years old. I’ve liked it a lot, and love to see it on babies, in recent years. But now that we have a male Aaron at work… it’s driving me nuts again. I wish he’d change his name, I like mine.
on April 17th, 2013 at 8:46 am
I’m Lindsey, but I wish my mom had gotten her way and named me Lindy. So much spunkier and easier to pronounce. I’ve been called Leslie so many times that it makes me wonder if I have a speech impediment. Plus, when I was itty-bitty and couldn’t pronounce my Ls, I would have been Indy instead of Insy… much cooler accidental nickname.
on April 17th, 2013 at 9:24 am
Naomi. I just love it. Thankfully I like my own name, Joanna, well enough, too though. 🙂
on April 17th, 2013 at 9:28 am
My name is Emilie and I love it because I’m named after my great-grandmother, but my dad used to call me Emma (still occasionally does) and I absolutely love Emma. I’ve thought about introducing myself as Emma at school, but I’ve always been to shy to do so 🙂
on April 17th, 2013 at 9:53 am
I am a Cynthia, but most people call me Cindy. I just wish more people called me Cynthia. I wouldn’t mind shedding the nickname Cindy once and for all.
on April 17th, 2013 at 10:00 am
I love my name (Sienna) but if I were to pick a name for myself it would be Samantha. I have loved it since I was a child, and love that it is feminine with a unisex nickname!
on April 17th, 2013 at 10:01 am
There are so many names I would love to have! My actual name is more modern than it is classic, and is increasing in popularity, so I’ve met a lot of little kids with my name in the past few years.
If I had to choose another name for myself, I’d choose Catherine. It’s just so classic and pretty and strong. It’s a great name.
When I’m out somewhere and someone asks my name and I don’t really want to give it to them, my fake name is Natalie Dover. Believable, but nowhere close to my actual name.
on April 17th, 2013 at 10:14 am
Lauren or Kristen, I have always felt either of those two names would have fit me better.
on April 17th, 2013 at 10:15 am
My name is Bethany…not popular at all, but neither is it completely out there. Although, I told a man my name once and he said, “You’re not from around here, are you?” LOL. I like my name, but if I had to change it, I would probably go with Charis.
on April 17th, 2013 at 10:21 am
Caroline is a long time fav. And ever since my mom told me she thought about naming me Jennifer, I wonder if I’d be different as “Jenny.” Or Cathleen aka Cate.
on April 17th, 2013 at 10:28 am
Cassidy and I’d go by Cassie for short. Its so sweet and cute.
(Though I do love my name, I at least wish my middle name was Faith. )
on April 17th, 2013 at 10:35 am
I never felt like I was a Kimberly, went by Kim. My mom didn’t put much thought into it either. I guess that is why I over think my kiddos names.I was a tomboy and loved boyish nicknames. I always wanted to be Samantha (Sam)from Who’s the Boss or Toni or Dani. I just loved the spunk of it and gave off an air of holding my own with the guys. I surprised myself though by naming my daughter a completely feminine name. There are too many girls now with boys names and I didn’t want her thinking I wanted a boy instead of her.fun post! Today I think I would love `to be a Caroline..sweet and classic.
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on April 17th, 2013 at 10:42 am
Scarlet! It’s the name most people tend to know me by already…I like the sass it gives me, plus the color red.
on April 17th, 2013 at 11:01 am
My real name is the classic Catherine and I have to admit I love it. Elegant, classic, strong and feminine without being saccharine.
If I could be anything else I think it would be Beatrice or Beatrix because whilst it’s all that Catherine is it’s a bit more unusual and with the x ending it’s fun and a little more free spirit. I also like the literary feel to it.
on April 17th, 2013 at 11:13 am
To the poster above who said we need to love and respect out names I’m guessing you have a well known, easily identifiable name. It’s easy to make such comments from your position. And you’re right I wouldn’t be the same person- I’d probably be even more successful. I’ve always wished I were an Elizabeth, Caroline or Delilah.
on April 17th, 2013 at 11:19 am
Growing up I hated my name .. Never knew anyone with it
Didn’t think it was pretty at all but as I’ve matured I’ve grown to love my name and I think I wear it well
Chantel Marie 🙂
on April 17th, 2013 at 11:22 am
My name is Alexei (im a woman, not a man) but everyone called me Mushnig. My idealle name would be Pilar-Tatiana, or Spud.
on April 17th, 2013 at 11:52 am
As a kid I always wanted to be Alexandrina (my name is Alexandra) so my mom named the doll she gave me for Christmas that. Or (and my cousin still makes fun of me for it, esp since I can still recite it by heart) Pippilotta Victualia Schokominza (Pipi Longstocking’s name in German).
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on April 17th, 2013 at 12:26 pm
My mom considered naming me Camellia, which I would have liked. Also, I would have liked having my mn as my fn, which is Fawn.
on April 17th, 2013 at 12:26 pm
Claire or Caroline
on April 17th, 2013 at 12:36 pm
My name is Maggie, not Margaret or anything. As I got older everyone started calling me Magnolia as a nickname and I kind of love it. It’s super fresh and quirky!
on April 17th, 2013 at 12:37 pm
I can’t remember ever wanting to be something else…. but I know my niece once said she wished she had been named Minnie instead of Nora (she’s obsessed with Minnie Mouse)
on April 17th, 2013 at 12:42 pm
I’m a Hannah Catherine, which is nothing unusual but I love it anyway and couldn’t imagine being called anything else. I sometimes get Han or Hannie, but I’m Hannah the vast majority of the time. I love the sound of it, its meaning and its Biblical origins and it suits me. I suppose I wish my name weren’t so common but I am definately a Hannah and would never change it.
on April 17th, 2013 at 12:49 pm
My name is Emma (obviously) and I really do think it suits me; however there are four other Emmas in my grade alone at my school which is small-and I was born before it even got to be ultrapopular. Really I feel like I could be perhaps a Louisa, but more of a Margaret nn Mab. However, no one seems to agree. 🙁
on April 17th, 2013 at 12:51 pm
And I’ve also been driving my mother to guilt lately saying why didn’t she at least call me Emmeline!
on April 17th, 2013 at 1:39 pm
My name is Rikki-Leigh and I tried to like my name growing up I really did, but as a shy girl with a ten letter hypenated name that I had to spell 15 times every time I was introduced it was torture. As a shy adult I still hate having to spell out my name for people. If it was just one letter that needed clarification that would be one thing but there a dozen possible spellings for my name. Also while I’m all right with the overall sound of my name, people always seem to shorten it to just Rikki which I really don’t care for. Anyway, I’d love to be Jane or Jean. Anything short, feminine, and easy to spell. I was always jealous of my sisters name Teresa and my mom’s name Evelyn which she hated ironically. My girls are Anne, Sara and Libby. They’ll probably love my name and hate theirs. We always seem to give our kids what we wish we’d had even if they don’t want it.
on April 17th, 2013 at 1:40 pm
As a child I hated my name, I wanted something “normal” but I love my name now. I couldn’t be called anything else as it really suits me. My Mom wanted to call me Alexandria or Elizabeth but I’m thankful my Dad got his way and I am Jolene. I love this name and my nn’s are Jo Jo and Joey. I have only once been in a room with another Jolene and I’ve never had to call someone else Jolene, I like that.
on April 17th, 2013 at 1:43 pm
My name is Eleanor (Ellie for short), and I actually do like my name. But when I was younger, I wished my parents had named me Sarah, so I guess I’d go with that! 🙂
on April 17th, 2013 at 2:00 pm
I’m a Sarah and I’ve never liked my name, it sounds so harsh in my native tongue. I’d love to be a Stella! It’s a common name among newborns, but not for people my age. It just sounds so classy and professional, and I think it would fit me. Never cared for super common, boring Sarah;)
on April 17th, 2013 at 2:51 pm
my mom recently told me if she had another girl, she would have probably been Alice or Francesca. I wish she had gone with one of those for me! I LOVE Alice and love Francesca, who she said wouldve been nicknamed Frankie, which is cute. The only turn off of Francesca is nickname Frannie, i would definetly make it known i was Frankie or Chessie, NOT Frannie!
I like my name enough now not to change it, but if i was to i would probably use Avalon, Stella, or Penelope. Avalon and Stella both fit me great, and are lovely names that are unique and not plain weird. I was told today i look like a Penelope, and when someone tried to guess my name they guessed Penelope. I love the nicknames Poppy and Nellie, and would go by one of those.
on April 17th, 2013 at 3:18 pm
Although I dont mind my name, I dont feel like it fits me as well as some other names would have. My parents named me Nicole just because they wanted to call me Nikki and (thank goodness!!!)once I was born they decided that I was not a Nikki. I am so glad because I absolutely hate that name/nickname. If I were to be any other name I think I would either be an Emily or Anne/ Annie which is actually my middle name. Ive kinda always wished they used my middle as my first because it fits me so much better.
on April 17th, 2013 at 3:23 pm
I wish my name was Juniper.
on April 17th, 2013 at 3:27 pm
Haha, as a child I always called myself Ziola or Alisha, and when I was really small I wanted to be named Cody. But right now I’m satisfied being Megan.
on April 17th, 2013 at 3:35 pm
I absolutely love my name, Gabrielle Carolina, but wish my mother had chosen a nn for me! She and I both hate Gabby, she dislikes Brie, I dislike being known as Elle, and I’m not a Belle, though I love that name! I’ve gone by Bella before, but when Twilight hit it had to go! I now go by Caro when I’m meeting new people and sometimes the name confuses them so much they just back out and ask what my first name was again? And can they just call me Gabrielle? Absolutely.
on April 17th, 2013 at 3:37 pm
I perceive my first name as a mercy; it’s feminine, confident, popular, and a tad fussy. As a child, I was mousy, out-of-place, bookish, and unpopular. So that name couldn’t have been a more ironic fit. However, it allowed me to constantly feel that I was (secretly) connected to people who were very unlike me, people I felt had managed life more successfully than I. It gave me the illusion that I belonged even when it wasn’t true.
There were moments I wished I were named something that inspired me. So, in grade school, I loved the idea of being named Josephine (from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women) or Eleanor (after Eleanor Roosevelt).
on April 17th, 2013 at 3:52 pm
My middle name is Juliet and Scarlet is the name my mother wanted to give me. I’ve loved both since I was a girl. I think either would suit me as they’re both strong, elegant and feminine – a stark contrast to my dated, clunky unisex name!
on April 17th, 2013 at 4:02 pm
I’d chose Remy 🙂 I always wanted a nick name when I was little and one of my friends called me Remy one time deciding it was my nick name. Its completely unrelated to my name, and honestly not a choice I’d have picked among so many great names.. But it suits me 🙂
on April 17th, 2013 at 4:06 pm
My name is the dreaded Agnes… I always wished my parents had given me the Welsh diminutive Nesta instead. So romantic!
on April 17th, 2013 at 4:15 pm
Growing up with a dated, unstylish name, I always wanted one of the popular names- especially Jessica. Although I haven’t grown to love my name I appreciate that I was named for my mother’s grandmother who was very important to her. To have that connection means more to me than just the style or sounds of my name. We’ve given our daughters both family names and I hope that as they grow up, they’ll appreciate the family ties if not the names themselves ( I love their names though!)
on April 17th, 2013 at 4:20 pm
Changing my name is the story of my life. The first time I can remember announcing I’d change my name when I turned 18 was in third grade, at age nine.
My parents laughed and said I’d grow into it. But five years later, Reine has only gotten worse. It’s not even used as a name in its own country (ala France) and my parents didn’t even pronounce it correctly: the childish Rainey instead of Wren. And with the crazy pronunciation, it looked like a kryative spelling.
And so, in just a few months I will become a Lucy with my parents’ consent. Such a pretty, classic name; a name that fits me. Energetic but timeless; could be a tomboy or girly girl.
on April 17th, 2013 at 4:32 pm
Oh, yeah, Lucy! Totally! I also like Eliza and Lizzy.
on April 17th, 2013 at 4:54 pm
Probably Anna, not my top name but still a favourite, it’s classic, fresher than Anne/Ann, has family connection for me, Biblical, and sort of exotic but also very well known. I think I’d be ok as an Anna.
on April 17th, 2013 at 5:12 pm
Probably something classic and with an E, like Elizabeth or Eliza—I just love the nickname Lizzie!
on April 17th, 2013 at 6:11 pm
I’d probably be Hazel, Reine, Elowen, or Bryn.
on April 17th, 2013 at 6:40 pm
I have a very masculine under top 1,000 name for 100 years. Even worse, my name is that of a major road I’m my area, so I was teased about people ridding me in school. I’d love for my name to be Quin. It’s simple and still not too girly. Plus Quin ages well and sounds professional.
on April 17th, 2013 at 6:40 pm
Then again, I’d also like to be Thea, Aurora or Gwyneira…
on April 17th, 2013 at 7:04 pm
I’ve always wished my parents would have put more thought into naming me. I like the name Erica well enough, but its merely the feminine form of my fathers name, Eric. The low self-esteem caused by his unreasonable temper and alcoholism during my childhood still haunts me to this day, yet I must be reminded of him every time I hear my name.
A good friend of mine once remarked that he thought Silvia or Silvanna would be perfect for me, and I’ve loved it since. Maybe I’ll offically change it someday; Silvia Danielle has a nice ring, I think.
on April 17th, 2013 at 7:09 pm
My name is Madison. I like it alright, I don’t hate it or anything. But I automatically get the nn I’d Maddy/Maddie and there are so many of those. I used to tell people my name was Odette when I was younger. I still love that name and I think it would fit me. Definitely a front runner for a daughter 🙂
on April 17th, 2013 at 7:10 pm
My middle name is Lavyre. My mom made it up. I love the uniqueness of it but no one can ever pronounce it or say it! At least no one else has it. Lol
on April 17th, 2013 at 7:25 pm
I don’t know. That was my problem with trying to find a name when I was considering changing it. I wanted something feminine, beautiful, yet understated, innocent, strong. I wanted something that would convey who I am now, what I have overcome, and who I want to become. The closest I really got was Annabel, Eleanor, or Lillian, but I’m not really convinced any of them really fit what I was looking for. They’re still pretty stinkin’ close, though. 🙂
on April 17th, 2013 at 7:36 pm
I’d love it if my middle name, Elizabeth, was my first name. There are a whole host of nn’s in there that would suit me better than my first name does. If I had to have a name that dates me to the era I was born, I would have preferred Megan, the alternate name my dad had chosen. Jane or Jill would have been even better, but I can totally see myself as a Meg.
on April 17th, 2013 at 8:17 pm
I’m a Kelly. My mom chose this name because she thinks it is pretty. I think it sounds very 80’s-ish.
When I was little, I wanted to be Chloe. I thought it sounded fresh and spunky.
Now, I think I would pick something ultra-feminine with a sweet nickname. I like the idea of Magnolia that a previous poster mentioned. If that were my name, I think I’d go by Nolie. Or maybe Rosemary, and go by Rosie or Romy.
I guess that’s why I picked Amelia for my daughter. We call her Millie.
on April 17th, 2013 at 8:36 pm
My name is Nora and I’d choose Ruby. It’s my past away grandmother’s name and I think it’d be nice to have! If not Ruby than I would pick Eliana or Sydney! 🙂
on April 17th, 2013 at 8:42 pm
If I wasn’t Kaylah, my mom says my name would have been Piper. I kind of wish it was because it’s so spunky and I don’t know many people whose name starts with a P, it just seems like an all-around cool name.
Other than Piper, I’ve really wanted to be a Katherine. It’s just so classic and sleek and I’ve never met a girl with that name who wasn’t gorgeous. A couple times when I was younger, when strangers asked me what my nickname Kay stood for I lied and said Katherine because I love the name so much.
on April 17th, 2013 at 8:54 pm
Well, when I was little I hated that my mom didn’t name me Cinderella 😉 and I spent most of middle school trying to be someone other than Jennifer. I’ve gotten comfortable with my name as I’ve grown up though.
I do wish my middle name were May (like my aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother… why am I Jennifer Beth instead of Jennifer May? Why can’t I have that link to my ancestors? It’s just like my aunt’s only daughter was given a middle name of Kay. It’s like they were deliberately bucking the tradition, but trying to keep close… And maybe they were.)
on April 17th, 2013 at 9:12 pm
I like Piper too 🙂
I never liked my name, Isabella, growing up because I thought it was weird, but now that it’s ultra-popular I wish it wasn’t! But I like being a teenage Isabella now, I’m starting to introduce myself as Isabella more often now instead of Izzy.
My mom liked Olivia, Charlotte, and Francesca for me (she liked a lot of popular names before they were popular 😉 ) Anyway, a lot of the names I really like I don’t think would suit me, but I can see myself being an Alba or a Calla nn Callie. For some reason most of the names I like I can only picture on a pale skinned, blonde person, which is not me at all.
on April 17th, 2013 at 9:18 pm
I’m perfectly happy being named Courtney so don’t spend a lot of time wishing I had a different name. However, my mom said she always loved the name Bridget and would have wanted to name me that except my dad’s childhood dog had that name so it was on the “definitely not” list. I always thought it would have been a name that fit me pretty well and would play up my Irish heritage – and I used to think I’d name a daughter Bridget…until I met my husband, whose sister is named Bridget!
on April 17th, 2013 at 9:31 pm
My name’s Allison, which when I was younger I hated. My parents considered calling me Erica or Waverly (both names I love!). So, I would love to have either of those names. They’re both gorgeous, while I feel Allison is so plain. Now, I’m ok with the name, but still dream of being called Erica or Waverly.
on April 17th, 2013 at 10:14 pm
Alexandra, I think. It’s lushly feminine but not fussy, grownup but not too heavy or serious, familiar but redolent of Eastern Europe, and long (I tend to prefer long names) but teeming with nicknames.
I’m writing late, but if Pam and Linda are still reading, I’m curious what you would rename yourselves?
on April 17th, 2013 at 10:24 pm
I wish my name was something edgy like Clementine or Penelope.
on April 17th, 2013 at 10:31 pm
I sort of wish my full name was Gwen instead of Gwendolyn– it just fits me so much better! If I could rename myself completely, I’d choose Cleo.
on April 17th, 2013 at 10:33 pm
My name is Serena, and when I was little, I wanted to be Sally. Now, I’ve grown into my name. But if I were to rename myself, I’d probably be a Charlotte, Emily, or something else that’s classic.
on April 17th, 2013 at 10:50 pm
My mother almost named me Emma, but decided it was too popular and went with the next best thing, Emily…I was literally one of five Emilys in my kindergarten class. I like Emily, it suits me better than many other names popular in the mid-80’s would have, but I always wanted to be Emmeline instead. Similar, but with just a bit more spunk.
on April 17th, 2013 at 11:36 pm
I’m Amber and I love my name. I know it’s dated, no surprise, I was born in the eighties. I hated it when I was younger because it seemed like in every movie the girls who were mean and/or easy were named Amber. Now I love it, though, and I think it’s perfect for me. I’m a bit of a hippie, and Amber is just enough of a nature name without being over the top.
Speaking of over the top, though, I would love to change my middle name, Dawn, to something a little more common! Amber Dawn is just too much, in my opinion. Rose, maybe?
on April 18th, 2013 at 2:20 pm
My names Megan and it so common I actually know about 30 or 40 different Megans, I would love to have the name Poppy because it’s just so unique and elegant.
on April 19th, 2013 at 12:08 pm
When I was little I wanted my name to be Rachel.
Stranger- “And what’s your name little miss?”
Me – “Rachel.”
No hesitation. It creeped my family out. My name is Stephanie. Not even close.
on April 19th, 2013 at 12:15 pm
Stephanie, that’s really funny. My son Joe was a big Thomas the Tank Engine fan and once a little old lady asked his name and he said without hesitation, “Thomas.” We laughed and told her no, Thomas wasn’t his name, it was just a character he really loved, whereupon she said, “What’s your name really, little boy?” And he said, “Henry.”
on April 19th, 2013 at 3:15 pm
I wish my name was Hermione. I love the sould of it. I just think it fits me more than some other names. But if I was trying to pick a more common name I would go with Samantha.
on April 21st, 2013 at 9:41 pm
I like my name now (I didn’t, growing up), but it’s never really felt like me. It’s so feminine, pretty and kind of romantic… not that I think I’m not feminine or pretty, but I’m more of a classic, bookish type. 🙂 I have always LOVED my middle name, Anne, but I like it *as* a middle name.
I haven’t thought about this question in years, but think if I could choose, I would agree with many on this list and go with the ever-lovely Elisabeth (I love it with an s in place of z). Perhaps not coincidentally, it’s my baby girl’s middle name. 🙂
on April 22nd, 2013 at 11:51 am
I love my name, or more precisely my middle name. I chose to begin going by it as an adult and I wouldn’t choose another, it’s perfect to me. (Rose)
on April 23rd, 2013 at 5:48 pm
When I was really little I HATED my name, Jessica, because I was a tomboy and it just didn’t fit me. It wasn’t MY name. When I started preschool my teacher called me Jessi- a name my parents despised, but I immediately insisted on being called. The boyish nn really fits me perfectly, (although recently I’ve started introducing myself as Jessica) and every time my parents called me Jessica I would say “No! My name is JUST JESSI.” And my dad began calling me Just Jessi every time he said my name, haha. I’ve grown to like my full name, even though it gets confusing having 4 Jessicas in my class.
on April 28th, 2013 at 4:09 am
I have always loved my name- Amber- it wasn’t unheard off but it was far from popular where we live, a rural area In Australia. I thought Amber Louise was the perfect name and the only thing I disliked about it was my only slightly older aunt and uncles would call be weasel or Lou-weasel because they couldn’t pronounce Louise when I was born. Unfortunately the nickname has stuck with me. My parents also consider Skye and as I am a ditsy blonde I’m a very glade they changed there minds! When I did my confirmation- catholic ceremony where you choose an additional middle name that you would traditionally been none as, I choose Evelyn I thought it was a cool classical
on April 29th, 2013 at 4:14 pm
I love my name! My parents were always set on naming me Sarah & my middle name Kathryn, spelt the way you say it. I’ve always thought it looked quite, in a way, edgy but elegant together – Sarah Kathryn.
If I wasn’t called Sarah, my mum would have named me Freya. I do like the name, but I knew a girl who wasn’t very nice to me with the same name.
She also considered calling me Emma after a colleague at work that looked to her as a mother figure.
I don’t think I would change my name, but right now I have obsessions with the two names Adelaide Marie & Kennedy Grace. I think I would suit a Kennedy & it goes with my personality, but it just doesn’t fit with my families personality on a whole, or flow with my brother’s name – Jack Robert.
Jack was originally going to be called Robert Jack (Robert is my mother’s father’s name) but it didnt flow nicely & he really didn’t look like a Robert. I love the name Jack Robert & I think he does too.
on May 7th, 2013 at 6:18 am
I do love my name but there are some I might love more. Lots of them aren’tmy fave names but I think they suit me ane somem of my fave names don’t suit me.
Here are some I’d love:
on May 7th, 2013 at 5:22 pm
Am I the only one who feels like this is one of those counseling meetings where everyone sits in a circle and tells their sob-story?
Anyway, I’m Abbigail or Abbey– though I’ve tried to make people spell it differently, like Abbii, so I wouldn’t feel like Westminster…
I’ve ALWAYS hated my name. I was such a klutz when I was little that people called me Grace, and even that was better. I’ve tried to convince others tom call me it instead of the dreadful name I was given.
My middle name is Marie, so I tried to recreate my name and go by Amarie, but it didn’t stick. I’d go by Marie if it weren’t my friend’s mother. Marie Antoinette sounds to cruel, but at this point I don’t care.
Gail is too boring for me…
I love Chandler, Fallon, and millions more.
on May 23rd, 2013 at 9:40 pm
My name is Shannon Lee. …typical 80s name. I know another Shannon Leigh too….I think my name is far to common for me. As an adult, I’m used to it and it’s fine. But at one point I went by Shae and I used to tell people my name was Shannelle. I would love a more unique, artsy, fun name for myself like Kallista or Kalliope or Aliz or Danniella… Jonalyn…..
on May 30th, 2013 at 12:34 am
My name is Katie– not Katerine or Katelyn, just Katie and I’ve never really liked it. It feels like a fragment of a name that my mom couldn’t bother to finish. At the beginning of my Junior year in high school, I thought, “I’m going to go by Kate. I like Kate better anyway.” And since then I have been Kate which I suits me more anyway. If I could change it though, I’d be Nora or Hazel. Why couldn’t my mom have been as obsessed with names as I am?!?! 😉
on July 3rd, 2013 at 4:45 am
I’m a Valeria. My name is rather popular where I live but not as popular as Alexander and Anastasia (we say it like a-na-sta-SI-a, not a-na-STAY-sha). I kinda like my name, but my name is hard to say for English-speaking people I met on Internet, so I usually go by Valerie or Valli or Alli.
If I could change my name after I move to England, I would change it to Emma.
For middle name, I would like to have either Haylie or Kaitlyn.
on October 30th, 2013 at 6:27 am
My name is Haleigh. I don’t like how there are so many names that rhyme with it (the youneek namers always like sticking random letters in front of the pronunciation and pretending it makes their child special), and I’m not really a fan of the kre8tive spelling. I wish my parents went with one of their first choices: Taylor (my dad’s idea), or Rumor Danielle (my mom’s idea. I’d probably go by Danielle or Dani.) I also like Jamie, Parker, or Jessica nn Jess for myself. I would even prefer my middle name (Noelle) over my first.
on November 6th, 2013 at 12:02 pm
I actually like my name! Sadie Josephine–I’ve only met one girl in my entire lifetime who bore the same first name. And choosing a name would be virtually impossible–there are so many! Although, I suppose Hyacinth(the meaning) would make sense, although my dad would never have allowed it. My mom wanted me to be Asia LeighAnn, and my dad insists I was almost Cherubida Rose……
on November 6th, 2013 at 2:42 pm
I love my name (Leslie) for its Scottishness, its zesty “z” sound, and for its “pleasant heathery feel” to quote Nameberry!
But if I had to change it, I would become Geneva: adventuresome, alpine, slim, and vital. Geneva Eluned, to acknowledge both my Swiss and Celtic ancestry.
on November 6th, 2013 at 6:00 pm
Caroline. It was almost my name and I would have loved it if it were.
on November 7th, 2013 at 3:57 pm
Elizabeth or Emmaline. There’s just something about these names that I love.
on November 11th, 2013 at 4:57 pm
I hate my name to I am Hannah I like some older names and some newer names.
.Sue .Michelle .Eva .Freja .Grace (my cousins name) .Bethany .Sarah .Maia
on November 13th, 2013 at 1:20 pm
I don’t mind having the name Alexis – it’s different and I love that. My twin’s name is Alaina and she hates her name – but they go well together. I’ve always been an old soul and my Nana’s name was Ruth, which is also my middle name. I would have loved if my parents gave me Ruth as my first name. I love that or Rose 🙂
on November 14th, 2013 at 10:22 pm
Jogging by a man once, he called me Susan. I thought yes Susan would be nice- It’s classic and strong. And how cute Suzy is for a little girl. Not Sue though…I hate Sue.
on November 18th, 2013 at 5:55 pm
Elizabeth, although to be fair I begged my parents to give this name to my baby sister. I remember crying and begging them to change their minds (I mean, I was 6).
on November 20th, 2013 at 12:12 am
Though my name is Elizabeth, I always go by Liz (hence my username). But sometimes I wish my name was Margaret/Margot. It seems so elegant and beautiful. I do enjoy that Margaret is my middle name though.
on November 20th, 2013 at 11:39 am
For the longest time I wanted to rename myself Autumn Rose. I have such a boring and popular name that I wanted something a little more feminine and unique. I was super excited when I decided on calling myself Autumn, and then all of a sudden all these girls named Autumn popped up. I was crushed. I still like the idea of something a little more feminine so if I had the choice now as an adult to rename myself, I’d choose Isla.
on November 20th, 2013 at 6:26 pm
I wish my name was Charlotte or Nicole or Isobella(not Isabella). I love long names so you can have a variety of nicknames.
on November 20th, 2013 at 9:05 pm
Honestly I think my sister and I should have switched names. She is Hanna Belle and goes by Belle. I think I could be a Hannah. My name is Kendra Kay. I like Kay so I would be Hannah Kay and she could be Kendra Belle or I could be Kay Hannah (love) and she could be Belle Kendra lol.
on November 22nd, 2013 at 6:37 pm
My name is originally Michelle because my father named me after Michelle Piefer, but I have have mixed feelings with the name. I go by the nickname Mia. I like Mia short for Michelle necause it suits my personality since I dance and it seems beautiful and sassy.
on November 23rd, 2013 at 11:37 am
I actually love my name, Kristen. The only problem is that a) you have to spell it out most of the time, and b) I know quite a few in the mid-west (though I was the only one in Tennessee that I knew of at my school while I lived there). I’ve always loved my middle name, Noel, so I think I’d go by that. It’s pronounced like Noelle or Noël, but still different. In fact, for the first time, I just met someone with the exact same nn as me who spells it the exact same way!
If I were to change it completely I’d be Miriam nn Miri, I think. I’ve always loved the biblical connotation and it’s such a feminine name. And I’ve never met a Miriam before, so definitely on the unique side for me.
on December 9th, 2013 at 8:31 pm
My name is Winter Fawn. Noone believed my name was Winter Fawn and often questioned me… I was very mature for my age as a child, but extremely tiny with a high pitched sqeaky voice. People ALWAYS overlooked me and underestimated me because of my size until I spoke, which with a sqeaky voice didn’t help. I felt noone would listen to me, hear me out. It took a lot of effort to be heard and taken into consideration. I felt that my name didn’t aid my petite disposition, that it made it worse. My mother nn me Winnifred. I desperately wanted this to be my real name not my nn. It felt it was Mature, Elegant, Strong, and feminine. I think it would had given me a better leg up in the world, and someone was more inclined to believe that my name was winnifred, as oppose to Winter Fawn, and just possible listen to me. Now, Im proud of my name, wouldnt change it, but would choose more antique relics for me kids instead of the hip, more spunky names that are going around. Winter is pretty, old, and elegant but has a spunky modernfeel to it and was a boys to begin with, so not very feminine.
on February 15th, 2014 at 10:02 pm
I think my name would have to be something classic, pretty and intelligent-sounding but not uptight. I would have a very hard time choosing but I think I could narrow it down to either Amelia, Jane or Lucy. Or Emmeline. My dad has always called me Emmeline as a pet name and I just think it’s perfect for me. It sounds like my real name, Emily (slightly), yet it isn’t nearly as common. And it’s just so pretty.
on April 28th, 2014 at 1:18 am
Matilda. It’s a nickname one family from my hometown uses and they basically don’t know me by my real name (Michaila).
I love my name, but the weird spelling has given me grief my entire life (yet I wouldn’t dream of ever being a Michaela or, heaven forbid, Makayla. I’m Michaila through and through). I like being the only one with my name and after moving to college, I realized that there are a lot more people named Michaila (even a few who spell it like me!). I’ve never met anyone else named Matilda, and I think it’s a great name. I love the book character and she is basically me…plus mind powers.
Also, Matilda sounds really cool with my very German last name, Gerlach, which I’ve never been a huge fan of.
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Elisabeth <3 Always loved that name.
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Kari (pronounced like Car-e) it was a favorite name when I was growing up
Jenny after my favorite movie growing up (Oliver and Company)
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