Question of the Week: Your first name love?

Can you remember your first crush on a name?

That’s the Question of the Week: What was your favorite name as a child? 

Is it an embarrassment now or an everlasting fave?

Do you remember what made you love it so much?

Is it a name you would still consider using?

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Noetje Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 1:42 am

Romy after Romy Schneider. I was I huge fan of all the Sisi films and I knew for sure I wanted to name my future daugther Romy.

holey Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 2:14 am

Renee (coincidentally the name of my beloved first-grade teacher), Desiree, Bethany and Rebecca for girls; Isaac for a boy (I bestowed Isaac upon my Cabbage Patch Kid). They all sound very dated and uninteresting to me now, though I still think Bethany is rather pretty.

Saranel Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 2:28 am

Sonja. I thought it was so beautiful and unusual. Of course I was also pronouncing it Sahn-ja. I loved that name. All of my diary entries from elementary school are written Dear Sonja. Of course now I know its pronounced like Sonia and there was a girl in high school by that name who I did not care for. So its out. However it is a form of Sophia which was one of my favorites in high school before it got so popular. Maybe I’ll use it as a middle.

oldsienna Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 4:38 am

Tatiana. I thought it was so beautifully exotic and feminine! It’s not quite to my taste now, though. : )

Nook of Names Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 5:14 am

The first name I remember loving is rather embarrassing — Tina. In my defense, I was only about four and it was the 70s. After that it was quite conventional for a while; my dolls were given whatever name was top of my list at the time, which makes it easy to remember what they were: Lucy (two of those), Annabel, and Abigail.

Amusingly, my Small Child’s fav name for some time has also been Lucy. For a while she planned to have two little girls, both called Lucy, and went around talking about the “two Lucies” for ages. Now they’ve changed to Emerald and Sapphire, though. Much more adventurous than I was at the same age :).

pam Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 5:50 am

Noetje and Nook — I remember loving both Romy and Tina too! Romy because it was so simple and cool but I’d never heard a name like that before, and Tina because, well, maybe because it rhymed with ballerina? I remember my reasons less than my passion!

romanticism Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 6:10 am

Naomi was a favourite of mine when I was a child – I had a friend by that name, and it seemed so exotic compared to my own (rather boring) name! During my teens, I loved Evan for a boy, and I’m not sure where I discovered that one! I just remember liking its distinctly ‘American’ feel. I think I liked Bianca and Evie for girls. I still like Evie, especially as a nickname for Evelyn, but looking back, my taste in names has most definitely changed!

samjaymc Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 6:28 am

My first name crushes were on Chloe and Cameron (for a boy). I still like them, but I wouldn’t use them.

shieldsc Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 12:01 pm

My first name crush was Kimberly. That was always my pretend name when I played with my friends at about age 5. When I was a little older, I started using Kathreleen because it offered so many nickname possibilities (Kat, Kathy, Kathryn, Kathleen, Kate, etc.). I thought I was pretty clever.

dotmyiis Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I remember loving Lavender from the movie Matilda. My first list included Clementine, Ivory Rain (sigh…), and Hope Desiree… The only one I still like is Lavender!

Pansy Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Samantha. I loved that one from elementary school until I started high school. It’s still a nice name, but not one that I’d ever use.

KrisMichelle Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 12:13 pm

My first name crush was Courtney. I remember getting a life-like baby doll for Christmas when I was four, and I named her Courtney Michelle. I wished all through grade school that my mother had named me Courtney instead of Kristin. I must say, there is still something about Courtney that appeals to me, but I would never use it.

i.heart.nerds Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Gabriella nn Gabby was my ultimate favorite name that I wanted to rename myself when I grew up. There was also Bianca and Cassidy.
The boys were Cayden (about ten years before I ever met an Aidan), Jackson and Austin (which is my little brothers name)

chelseamae Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I’m 22 now, but when I was in middle school I used to play Oregon Trail all the time on the computer and I LOVED the fact that I could make up all the names of the family. One day I came up with the name Nava Dean, I do not know how I came up with the Nava part but Dean came in honor of my father.

I must have talked about Nava Dean A LOT because my mom still teases me to this day about naming my first daughter Nava Dean.

Now I like classic and more sophisticated(?) names like Beatrice, Freya, Helena, Elinor, Georgina, Chaplin, Rupert, Archibald. Even Jemima is growing on me lately!

C in DC Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I was 4.5 y.o. when my mother was pregnant with my sister. I kept telling her that I wanted a brother named Brian. In middle school, there was some miniseries with a boy named Chauncey. For a long time, it was my name crush. Years and years later, I worked with a Chauncey, who reinforced my positive feeling for this name, although it’s one I’d not use IRL.

I don’t really remember having any name crushes for girls’ names.

laurbails Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 12:41 pm

When I was 5, I had two teddy bears named Dennis and Theodore, my favorite names. Wouldn’t use Dennis now as I have a good friend called Dennis, but perhaps Theodore!

tct1219 Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Moonglow (for a girl). If I were a celebrity and if I could get my husband on board, I would probably use it.

GoodHope Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I’ve been crushing on names for so long, I honestly don’t remember my first. I do remember, though, back in 1989-1990 or so, I was determined to name a boy Cody and a girl Keely…and I considered changing Cody to Kody so they’d “match.”

And, yes, I’m a little embarrassed now, particularly about the K thing.

Wildsyringa Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 1:07 pm

When I was about 8 or 9, Isabel, Sophie and Chloe were the three names I had picked out for my future daughters. Apparently, everyone else had the same idea, too. While I still love the names, I’d definitely go for something less ubiquitous today. My taste in names hasn’t really changed much over the years.

mamaPrincess Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 1:15 pm

KrisMichell, I used to love Courtney too!! Also Brianne and Maxie, and Kristina. I always wanted to be Kristina!! I think I liked those names bc my first name is so plain…Interesting, though, bc I liked a lot of common boys names, like Jason, Matthew, and Michael. But my tastes have definitley changed…my kids all have names you dont hear very often.

Lola Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 1:23 pm

When I was 2 I demanded to be called Cleopatra. I still adore the name but since I’ve used Leo, Cleo is possibly out for me. I didn’t use it for Josie because Leo was still in the house but now that he’s out on his own (and married to boot!), Cleo’s back in the realm of possibility for me!

For boys, my first crush was Porfirio. It was on a box of something in the basement and I think it’s got a wonderful sound! I’d still use it for a middle. I’ve liked Felix almost as long and I still toy with him as a possible first name. He fits much better with my kids! 🙂

OliviaSarah Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Jack and Sarah.

Jack, well… because I knew like 12 of them growing up. It was also my great granddad’s name, and would have been my name had I been a boy. I still love it, but it’s WAY too popular for me now. I’ll probably end up using it as a middle name for a future son.

I have SO many memories of talking to my imaginary friends as a very young child, who where usually named Sarah. Sarah was also the little girl in ‘The Little Princess’ which my TOTAL favourite book at that age (It’s still one of my faves, actually!). Plus it’s yet another family name, and my middle name. I’m not really keen any more – it’s nice, but bland.

adoptimist Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I grew up loving the name Emily. I swore from the time I was 7 that I would name my firstborn daughter Emily. Even today I love the name, but sadly wouldn’t use it because of it’s popularity.

DayKen95 Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 2:19 pm

My very first name crushes were Sky, Star, & Angel(g). I never even thought of boy name haha! I actually helped name my sister since one of her middle names are Sky. I still do really like Sky but extremely dislike Angel for a girl and love it for a boy.

I loved all names that had to do with nature or sounded “pretty”. I was around 3 or 4 when I started to like those name so there wasn’t a deep meaning. In around 3rd grade my first boy name crush was Tyrelle since that was my crushes name :~D.

kristenj15 Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 2:32 pm

In third grade we were asked what we’d change our name to if we had the chance. Mine was Topanga for the character on the tv show Boy Meets World. Pretty ridiculous then and now.

I also really liked the names Katrina, Dakota and Ana. None of which I’d use now.

1988Redhead Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 2:54 pm

My favorite name as a young child was Lisa, I named everything Lisa. Even my kitten, which was a boy. In my defense they told me it was a girl at first. It wasn’t, but didn’t change the name. It’s not my taste anymore.
I also liked the name Tess/Tessa as a young girl. Lilly and Sarah.
Also I was quite obsessed with girls names that could be shorten into a boyish nickname…such as Maxine-Max, Alexis-Alex, Jacqueline-Jack or Jake, Samantha-Sam, etc. I always wanted a brother and it’s very possible that I thought I would never be able to have boys because my mom didn’t have any.
Jo- loved th name for a girl, was determined I was gonna use it as first name or a middle name.
Don’t think I’d use any of these anymore…Except Tess/Tessa

clairels Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I alternated between Tiffany and Crystal, only I always spelled it Christal. I realize they both sound like “expensive” names, but I really just liked the sounds. As soon as I grew up and met actual people with these names, though, the bloom was off the rose. The champagne also didn’t help.

bounceparty Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Isabella! I’m only 14 but I first started loving names when I got an American Girl Doll at age 7 and had to choose a name… I named her Isabella but called her Izzy. Then I switched her name to Isabel, Izabel, Izabella all the time!

namemuststay Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I really loved names like Jacob, Matthew, and Charlotte. I loved Charlotte. I wouldn’t use them now; too common – my tastes have expanded, so to speak.

encore Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I have always loved the name Mia since I was little. I probably would have used it if it wasn’t for a girl I know. That’s all I think of now.

starophie Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 3:53 pm

ahh, i was obsessed with color names. violet and rose were my tops: violet because i loved the color and thought the flower was ~exotic, and rose because it’s my birthflower. scarlett, jade, and i feel like cerulean were all on that list. i really liked pokémon and crayola crayons 😉

i also only liked nickname names, because i hate the full version of my name. now, i feel like it’s nice to have a choice, so i’m more into names with a ton of nickname options.

i think the name that got me into naming was josephine, after i read little women. still one of my favorites!

mmora Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I’m loving all these childhood name crushes! The very first name I loved, the most beautiful name I’d ever heard was: Wendell Eugene. I thought it would make a lovely name for a little girl. I remember being really embarrassed when I found out that those were both boy names. When I was about 8 or 9 I read the Babysitter’s Club Little Sister book where Karen wants to change her name and I completely agreed that Chantal would be an awesome name.

PrincessNoriBori Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 4:29 pm

When I was little I was determined to change my name, and my favourites for myself were Amy, Natasha and Natalie. I don’t necessarily hate Amy, I actually like Natasha, and one of my favourite names is Natalia, which is a variation of Natalie. Hmm, I didn’t have that bad taste…

klcalder2 Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I’ve loved Sophie since kindergarten due to a friend from my first years in school. She had such a bold personality and I’m not sure I’ve met anyone so loyal as she had been. The other name that honestly began my name obsession is Catherine. That came from reading Wuthering Heights in 7th grade.

Reeny Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Sarah. I too had an imaginary friend called Sarah, before I was school age. I vaguely recall asking my mum call me Sarah when we were out in public! I still think it is beautiful but it is much too popular for my taste now.

corsue Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Tanya in elementary school and Lisa in High School

I have no idea why though I still think they are both nice.

ladybug99 Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 5:16 pm

for girls: Louisa, Olivia, and Malia…. None of these are really my style now
for boys: Mason, Bryce, and Hunter…. I’d only use Mason

bostonian girl Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I think I was roughly 9 or 10 when I had my first all-time-favorite name, and it was Jenny. I have no idea why, I just really, really liked it. (I’d still use it today.) Later I glommed onto Toni, because at about age 11 I became a mortifyingly rabid Captain & Tennille fan. When playing with a friend of mine, I had begun by renaming myself Jenny; then I switched to Toni and did it so much that she eventually asked why I never used Jenny anymore! (She wanted to name her future daughter Sunshine; to this day I wonder if she ever really did.)

@shieldsc: My real name is Kimberly and I was never too thrilled with it, since it was such a common name for girls in those days. The friend who complained about my choice of alias for play was also named Kimberly … I rest my case! 🙂

QuirkFlower Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Katie. Every time we played make believe I was always Katie. I remember feeling that it was so versatile (except of course I didn’t know that word) and just very me. I still think I’m a Katie, which is funny since my middle name is Catherine.

gracenote Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 6:22 pm

When I was a kid, I named almost every stuffed animal I owned Delilah. I’m not sure why, or even where I got the idea from as I had never met a Delilah – still haven’t, actually! I remember loving Lydia too, but that was because my parents told me that I might have been a Lydia – and I thought it far prettier than the name they did settle on! I do still quite like the sound of Delilah, but I wouldn’t use on a child due to the not-so-nice Biblical connotations.

As for Lydia, I loved her until very recently, when I heard my teenage cousin refer to a girl in his school year as “Chlamydia Lydia”… safe to say that that one’s out!

My younger sister, who now has no interest in names, had a name crush on Jack. Again, I don’t know why – but for two years (very impressive seeing as she was only five at the start of that phase!), she insisted that she was called Jack and wouldn’t answer anyone who called her by her real name! She’s still just as stubborn today…

Brightonbabixz Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Nikki and Bree. Every time I played make-believe with my sisters I was always Nikki or Bree, I have no idea why i liked it, probably because it was wayy more common then my real name (Brighton) I don’t like Nikki but I still LOVE Bree!

tct1219 Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I just remembered my imaginary friends from when I was 3 or 4: William and Mary Catherine. Both great names but I’m too afraid to give my children names that are too popular.

grace.kasten Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I remember loving Hayden. For a girl. I called myself Hayden all the time, it was before Hayden Panitierre so I don’t know where I got it, but I loved it.

mjeezy13 Says:

September 21st, 2011 at 11:52 pm

As a child I absolutely loved the name Jasmine (from Aladdin of course). I can remember playing with Cabbage Patch Kids with my childhood best friend and vieing for which of us got to name ours Jasmine for the day. I still love the name, but it’s so popular and at the same time seems kinda dated to me now. (But maybe it just seems dated to me because I liked it so long ago.) I could never use it, along with my other childhood favorite, Chloe.

catmcroy Says:

September 22nd, 2011 at 3:01 am

Rhiannon, which I still love but don’t think I could use because I know a lot of little Rhiannons (Pagan/SCA circles, I rest my case).

Charshi Says:

September 22nd, 2011 at 3:22 am

Laura was the first girl’s name I really loved; I think I would have been about ten and every story that I wrote had a main character called Laura in it. I don’t think I’d ever use it, purely because I don’t like it at all anymore, but I do remember loving that name to death while it lasted 🙂

pam Says:

September 22nd, 2011 at 6:57 am

Just want to say how much I enjoyed reading everyone’s stories! Wendell Eugene — that is hilarious. But it’s interesting to see (and remember) how hearing or reading about a name can open up this whole new vista that’s so fascinating to a child, and it helps me understand why names are so powerful. Thanks!

behindblueeyes Says:

September 22nd, 2011 at 9:06 am

When I was 6 years old I picked out the name Claudia and when I was grown chose that name for my daughter. My next favorite was Mia, I chose that when I was 15 and I named my daughter Mia. I was very disappointed when Mia became one of the top 20 names because I swore that I would never name any of my kids a name in the top 20 and preferably not even a name in the top 100. I console myself by thinking that I was ahead of my time, even if no-one knows it because I chose the name in the 1980’s.

CountryLizB Says:

September 22nd, 2011 at 2:46 pm

The first name I remember loving is Stephanie Sue. Stephanie from a series of books that I read. The girl had curly red hair and I loved that. Sue for my mother.

torrie Says:

September 22nd, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I have gone through a lot of name phases in my short 27 years but my favorite as a child. I attempted to rename myself Nevada before I was in junior high. I still sort of love it. And since my husband’s first initial is N and mine is V, part of me still wants to use it as a middle name for a girl. 🙂

Harplayer Says:

September 22nd, 2011 at 11:41 pm

My first name love was Esther from the bible. I was absolutely positive I was going to name my first daughter that. That name crush lasted until I turned 15 and met 3 Esthers all at the same time each with their own very distinct personality. I still think it’s pretty but would not give it to my daughter for a first name… maybe a middle though

tavn Says:

September 23rd, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Shawn. I was like 8 and swore my son’s name would be Shawn.

Mary-la Says:

September 24th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Aurora or Lily. Or maybe Constance, Opal and Abigail, but that would only be because my dolls were named that. Constance and Abigail from a R.L. Stine book and Opal after the white sparkliness of my barbie and the stone. And I do still like Aurora, Lily and Constance.

victoria047 Says:

September 28th, 2011 at 4:06 am

When I was about 4, I told my mother I was going to name my daughter Washerette. Seriously. It was the name of a laundry mat where we lived and I liked the way it sound. Obviously, tastes have changed.

Kricket Says:

October 2nd, 2011 at 3:53 am

I remember liking Makenzie and Bethany. Both of which, I wouldn’t use now. 

@mamaPrincess-  My first name is Kristina! I don’t see that spelling often so, of course, I had to comment 🙂 I met a lady from Holland also with the same spelling. I go by my middle name so when someone calls me by my first, it takes me a second to recognize it. Haha. I have secretly wished that someone would use the nickname Kris but it has never happened 🙁

@Brightonbabixz- I also adore the name Bree! I loved it as a child also, I have no idea where I came up with it at though. I love that it’s boyish and feminine all at the same time. Just gives me warm fuzzies 🙂

eloise Says:

October 12th, 2011 at 1:03 am

I distinctly remember being nine and wanting my pregnant aunt to call her baby Crystal. Fortunately the baby was a boy, not that I think she would have listened to me anyway!

When I was in my early teens I wanted triplets called Jade, Scarlet and Amber. And when I was in my older teens I had something like Sunshine Rainbow Fairy Moonbeam (not that, but something as least as stupid as that) picked out.

My husband told me that his first born son will be called William. He told me that when we had been seeing each other for only a few weeks. Well ten years on he has not changed his mind! We don’t have any kids yet, but at least I don’t have to tax my brain cells on picking out a boy’s name – William it will be!

lexical Says:

October 14th, 2011 at 1:26 am

My firsts were Mia (prn. mee-uh) and Jacqueline (prn. jack-a-lin). Both which I think are hideous now…LOL. Those were the names I used to go by when playing pretend! I wanted something more unusual than Jessica…I’m one of those cursed people who was named the most popular girls’ name in the US the year I was born. There were always at least two or three other Jessicas everywhere I went. Awful. I hope to avoid that fate for my children. Even if it means a return to more traditional names in the face of so many “unusual” ones.

I had baby dolls named Lily and Laurie. Both names I would never use today, lol.

Valkyrie Says:

October 17th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

When I was little, I absolutely adored the name Charlene. I got the name from Disney’s Dinosaurs. To this day, I still have a bit of a soft spot for it, but it’s not in my top 10 or anything like that.

pinkpenguin Says:

October 30th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

When I was about 7, I wanted nothing more than to have twins named Daniel and Danielle. *shudder*

EllenElizabeth Says:

December 2nd, 2011 at 12:45 am

Tina/Tia was my favorite. Looking back, I have no idea how I ever liked that name. It sounds so old to me now. Lets say my tastes have changed a lot.

akky3210 Says:

December 4th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I always loved Rose; I don’t know why.

emilymaryjane Says:

December 16th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Mine was Dorothy I was obsessed with the wizard of Oz I wanted to call my sister that but when my parents wouldn’t let me (They had named her Anna Ruby for my third oldest sister who wanted to call me Fairy Ruby) I gave her the nickname Dodo which twelve years later she still has

R_J Says:

December 17th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Monica, Chloe, and Juliette. My eight-year-old self also really wanted to name my future child Legend! I would pass on all of these now.

emilymaryjane Says:

December 26th, 2011 at 2:53 am

Another early name crush I had was Freda it was the name of a baby on sesame street and I named a doll that. Another one that I loved was Emma my nieces name it is still a fave but Freda is just embarrassing. Same with Dorothy in my last post. And the fact that my poor sis Anna is STILL called Dodo I am sorry Anna (and my doll Freda)

Alex27 Says:

April 17th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Well I have always loved the name Lilly… but then I named by dog Lilly so….

erin13 Says:

May 25th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I first watched Beauty and the Beast when I was about 5 years old and all through my childhood I swore I would name my first born daughter Belle. I still think it’s kind of cute, but more of a guilty pleasure now. Maybe I could get away with using it as a middle name though.

Lainalou Says:

June 20th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Tristan, for a boy. It’s still a name I want but my husband doesn’t like it.

inkonherfingers Says:

July 6th, 2012 at 1:15 am

My first name love, at age 10 (only six years ago), was Jessica Renae. They’re both pretty names, but oh so dated!

HerMajesty Says:

November 7th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

My first loves where Zack and Raechel or Rebekah. Looking back, I don’t know how I elevated to Eugene, Drucilla, and Yvaine. They will always hold a special place but I will most likely never use them.

starophie Says:

November 21st, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Violet (Vi), Rosemary (Romy), Felicity (Lissie), Matilda (Tillie), Harriet (Etta), and Lucy (Lulu) were the only names on my very first name-love list. I decided at age six that if I had children, they would all be girls!

I still love all of those names, and their nn counterparts, but I’ve branched out a bit to include boys’ names, too 😉

Oh, I used to be really into color names – I wrote a story about a family with thirteen children, and all of them had names associated with different colors (Scarlett, Sage, Indigo, Violet).

Pammypoo Says:

December 12th, 2012 at 1:18 am

Elizabeth! But I never grew out of it.

Now I have a toddler who proudly introduces herself as EE wiz a BEFF! Her name makes me happy every single day 🙂

SerenRuby Says:

March 15th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Anna. And I still really love the name, and unless I drastically change my mind that’s what I will name my daughter when the time comes.

leonielee Says:

March 15th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Dagny! I had a beautiful babysitter with the name when I was young and thought it was just perfect.

purplekitty5773 Says:

March 15th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I remember liking names like Brenda (after my mom) Randi, after my step dad. it was a girl name because I spelled it with an I. And Karter after my brother and it was a girl name because I spelled it with a K… Oh how my name taste has changed really in just 4 years! I’m glad it has.

Mutant11 Says:

March 15th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

The first doll I remember naming was called Hannah. There was some kid on Barney named that and I thought it was pretty. Meanwhile I ended up going to school with a Hannah that wasn’t so nice, it killed the name.

milo2011 Says:

March 15th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

The first two I really remember were Mahalia & Zahara (Before the Jolie)

MFBerry Says:

June 12th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

When I was little I loved the name Scott because it was like ‘butterscotch’ which I also loved. I insisted that my little sister could be named Scott, but my parents shot that down lol. I got a dog and named him Scott instead.

jem Says:

June 15th, 2013 at 7:39 am

I named by Baby Born (that I received for my sixth birthday) Penelope. Penelope is still my no. 1 girls name! I think I had great taste. I also wrote a couple of ‘stories’ with characters called Elsie, Tabitha and Leo. I still love those names too.

littlewren Says:

November 11th, 2013 at 12:11 am

My first favorite that I can remember is Mia. I was daydreaming of quads Mia, Mira, Miriam and Miranda. I knew it was too matchy, but I figured hey, I was just daydreaming. Now, Mia is too popular (I was sad to see that it was in the top 10), Mira is still a favorite (though it competes with Mara and Marina now), Miriam is too biblical (plus I have the alternative of Mira), and Miranda is still alright but not quite a favorite.
Also Beth was an early like of mine. I’m starting to like it again, but my preferred full name for it (Bethany) doesn’t really work with my surname.
And I think I briefly liked Sapphire or Saffron or something along those lines.
Hardly any boys names. The only one I could think of was Carson – because “Our son Carson” rhymed. Yeah, I was like eight.
(One thing I do applaud about my early daydreaming is, I wanted me and my husband to make a smoosh-type last name – think Harrison + Miranda = Miranson, Harinda, Marrinda, etc. I’ve now switched to wanting a hyphen, but I like that I was feministy even at age eight.)

My first real boy-name faves were Ross and Lewis, quite recently. I only recently got interested in boy names as well.

littlewren Says:

November 11th, 2013 at 12:25 am

And oh, I forgot Rebecca. Feels too biblical now, and aside from that I aesthetically prefer the spelling Rebekah. But it was definitely an early love o mine.

jessieo Says:

October 6th, 2014 at 1:13 am

Dorothy! When I was a little kid I was obsessed with The Wizard Of Oz, and when Mum would take me out in the stroller and strangers would ask me what my name was I would say ‘Dorothy’, Mum would say ‘No, it’s Jessica’, and I would say ‘No it’s not it’s Dorothy’ haha. I actually really like the name again now that I am a bit older, very charming 🙂

cheeelllsss Says:

October 6th, 2014 at 1:32 am

I remember I loved names at around age 10, and I would visit the behindthename website every weekend. I loved Phoebe. There was a girl at my school who I thought was *so* cool, and her name was Phoebe. My aunt was pregnant at the time, so I suggested Phoebe, and now I have a cousin called Phoebe.
Some really early ones were Tyler and Sean (which I pronounced as “seen”), Daniel, Jacob, James and Cooper for boys, and Riley, Peyton, Taylor, Ellie, Kaitlyn and Charley.
Then later I remember loving Becky and Rachel for girls and Levi, Teddy and Alfie for boys.
None of those really tickle my fancy these days. I still like Levi and Teddy, and I think Taylor and Ellie are nice.

lawsonhaley Says:

October 6th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Annabelle and Vanessa were the very first girl names, when I was about 8, and Matthew and Daniel were the first boys names, along with Joshua, Nicholas and Charlie. I still love Matthew, Charlie, Joshua, Daniel and Annabelle.

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