Quick! Pick a new name

When I was a kid, I wanted to be named Susie: cute, popular, contemporary — everything the sedate Pamela was not.

Then in college, the name I might have picked for myself was Daisy.  Daisy was the carefree flower child, with long blonde hair and a battered guitar, I would have liked to have been.

Later, in a Jane Austen-reading period, I might have renamed myself the patrician-yet-quirky Eliza.  And now?  Well, while I’m thinking about it, let’s talk about you.

What new name would you give yourself right this very minute, and why?  What does it say about your current taste in names and sense of yourself?

And what names might you have chosen in the past, and why?  How has your taste in names and your feelings about what you’d like to be named changed over the years?

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bonfireazalea Says:

August 7th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Azalea! It’s my absolute favourite name right now. I love how it’s feminine and a bit frilly, it could fit in with more old-fashioned classic names like Cordelia or Georgiana because of the sound, but is still modern and spunky. I also like that I’ve only ever heard of two people with the name, and have never met an Azalea.

ashthedreamer Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 12:00 am

Erm, probably Eleanor or Annabel. I love that they’re 100% feminine and a bit quirky, but still timeless and not too over-the-top. I also love that they both have that quirky British feel, and I’m slightly obsessed about all things British right now. 🙂 I think they could really suit me, too, which is what I love most about them.

I’m not sure the other names I’ve considered in the past… Ashlyn, because I hated Ashley but thought Ashlyn was prettier, and the meaning “dreamer” suited me. I remember wanting to be Alison Grace when I was about 11–I liked that Grace was my grandmother’s MN, and I thought Alison nn Allie would suit me really well. The softness of Allie would, a lot, I think. I can’t remember any others I really liked for me. I honestly don’t think any names suit me as well as my real name does.

jenjenbarnes Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 12:06 am

As I kid, I would have given my left arm to be called Rebecca! That is so funny to me now. Recently I wanted my named to be Frances, after Francie Nolan in “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” I also wish I had some vintagey like Clementine. When it comes down to it I think I am SO a Jen. Good thing my mama picked it 😉

ErinLW Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 12:11 am

If I had to change it, I’d probably pick Katherine. I LOVE the nn Kate, and I think that both are beautiful, classic and timeless. I also really love the name Georgia, but my cousin is named that, so I can’t use it. But I like my name. I think Erin suits me.

melissaintlouis Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 12:15 am

I’ll go with Maude.

evergreen Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 12:17 am

Ooo great question, I just happened to be thinking about this the other day. My name is Emma, which I have no problem with now. When I was young I tended to love girls names that had masculine nicknames like Chris and Sam, as I was a tomboy through and through. I would definitely choose something unisex as that suits me, and something arty and a little hippie… .I would go with River…or Sage. River Sage sounds good to me 🙂

leonielee Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 12:19 am

My name is Casey, and since I can remember I’ve wished my name was Cassandra. I like that it’s gender-specific, unlike Casey, without being that much of a stretch from my current name. I also love that it has a history that Casey doesn’t have. Maybe one day I’ll change my mind, but as far as I’m concerned, I’m a Cassandra at heart 🙂

vaness1 Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 12:19 am

I think I’d like to be named something like Elizabeth – very classic, but with lots of cute nickname options. Then again, Vanessa has some nickname options, but none of them have really stuck. I used to want to be Julie… I think it suited me. I’ve never really wanted something extremely mainstream, but then again, a lot of the names I love so much for babies seem too different to fit me. So I guess I’ve always wanted something classic (Elizabeth, Julia) or something that seemed trendy and cool to me (Isobel, Tessa, Harper, Eliza, Annika, Libby, or Sadie). But I’d never change my name… mine suits me and I think I would have a hard time really making up my mind.

BrittBerry Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 12:28 am

Most likely, Autumn. It’s my favorite season; the colors of the leaves, how the tempurature is crisp but not too cold, Halloween, it’s beautiful and for some reason just warms my heart. Some of my best childhood memories were in the Fall/Autumn outside playing in the leaves or at a pumpkin patch 🙂 to me, it’s just different that time of year.

Funny enough my mom told me recently that she was debating naming me Autumn when she was pregnant with me, it was ALMOST meant to be haha

I don’t remember having any names I wanted to change to. But I never did like my name, Brittany. The name itself is fine but being called Britney Spears throughout elementary and up to middle school (such creative peers i’ve had) wasn’t much fun and it definately peaked in the early 2000’s. I don’t think I would change my name because i’ve pretty much grown into. Now if only i could change my MIDDLE name….

hello_sweetie Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 12:43 am

I like my name, Ellie, because it’s a little unheard of for my age group, but my full name, Elizabeth Ann is so common it’s painful. My mother once mentioned that she had originally wanted to name me Phoebe Sophia, which is such a great name that it actually made me sad that she didn’t go with it. I think Phoebe would be an awesome name to have!

JShores Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 12:46 am

At this moment, I think I’d have to go with Piper or maybe Nellie, nn Nell. I’ve always adored Piper and I think Nellie / Nell is great as well. Both are at the top of my list for girls. I’ve never really cared for my own name – Jessi. It’s not gender specific, always gets misspelled, and everyone assumes it’s short for Jessica (it’s not). Oh, and it’s way too popular and plain for my liking. I usually go by Jess now. That eliminates the spelling problem and makes it a little more…contemporary, in my opinion.

ImpossibleDream91 Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 12:48 am

Alice or Charlotte. Alice because of the awesome literary connections and Charlotte because it was one of the names my mum had picked out before she decided to go with Alexandra.

McKenzieGrace Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 12:48 am

When I was little I thought Ashley was the coolest name ever! I just loved that name. If i had to rename myself at this very moment it would probaly be Bay or Violet

Lori Johnson Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 1:01 am

From age 9 to the present, Kate would be my choice. From beauty and brains to sophistication and spunk, Kate has it all. She’s everything I aspire to be.

P.S. Going from Lori to Laurie or Lauren is more realistic :).

RubyDae Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 1:13 am

I’ve always had the same problem Jessi spoke about. The unisex, popular name, that everyone asks for the full name when it’s just Alex. Not Alexis, not Alexandria. Alex.

For a while I wanted to be Ruby (hence the screen name), but now it just doesn’t fit. I’d love to channge my name some day. Right now i’d go with Pepper, a cute vintage nickname, but it’d have a hard time groeing with me. For now, i’ll just stick with my nickname my dad calls me; Alice.

Saranel Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 1:18 am

I just posted something to this effect yesterday. Lol. Too funny. My name is Sarah Elizabeth. It’s a lovely name with lovely meaning but it was also very common the year I was born. It gets old being one of a million or so Sarah/Sara/Sarai/Saralynn’s. Especially when a good quarter of them share your middle name as well. When I was about six I got ahold of my mothers baby name book and tried to rename myself Sadella. It listed the meaning as Warrior Princess. I loved it. Unfortunately it didn’t stick. Over the years I tried out Clara, Talia, Taya, and Ellie.

If I were to pick a name today I would become Opal Seraphina Elizabeth. Opals are my birthstone and I love wearing them. I also love that it means jewel and that I would most likely be the only Opal people knew. Seraphina feels like an elaboration of my name though it comes from a different root altogether. I’ve always wanted something a little frillier. Elizabeth I would keep because despite the fact it seems like a filler, it is the common thread that ties my mother, my daughter, and I together.

CaraMichelle Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 1:53 am

Right now probably Anya. I’ve always felt like an Anya.

Tay2thestars Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 2:05 am

I’ve always had trouble answering this question when my friends ask me, since I always feel like nothing fits me to a T. But that might be because I’ve always been so comfortable being a Taylor. I’m actually quite happy that I ended up with a unisex name, since I’m not the most feminine girl in the world, but what girl doesn’t like acting girly once in a while? 😉 I think Taylor fits the criteria perfectly- it’s more popular for a girl right now, so most people assume I’m a girl, but it’s also known as a boy’s name, so I wouldn’t be labeled automatically as a fluffy, girly-girl. My mom has teased be about calling me Kat since my middle name is Cathryn, but of course, it never happened. Taylor, Tay, Tay-Tay was pretty much it. I have wondered what it would be like to be called by my middle name, or a form of it though.

At the moment, it would have to be Rose Saskia. Rose, because for one, I adore the flower, and two, I think it’s versatile enough to fit the feminine and tomboyish parts of my personality without being a unisex name. Saskia, because I seem become spunkier and livelier the more I know someone. It’s sorta the same as being pleasantly surprised with an unusual middle name, since a person’s middle name is not used that often.

Also, since the flow is imperfect, I think makes it more ‘human’ so to speak. It shows that a name can be imperfect, but still be as beautiful and swoon-worthy as you imagine the perfect name to be.

SuzumeChroi Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 2:24 am

When I was little I absolutely hated my name. I wanted to be Zoe.

I think now, if I HAD to change it to something, then it would be either Maren or Piper.

But honestly, I think that my name, Abigail, suits me best. I am definitely an Abby.

svea Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 2:49 am

I’ve never really felt that my name is me, if you understand what I mean. It’s so harsh and I don’t like the sound of it. I’d probably be a Stella (feels like an updated, more spunky version of my name) or Anja (my boyfriend think that I look like one, it’s a very soft name that I think would suit me good). I’ve never thought of an actual alternative before, just the last couple of years.

I will never change it tough, I don’t dislike it that much, just feel a bit alienated from it, and I wouldn’t want to upset my parents. On the plus side is the lovely Bob Dylan song that I was named after (Sara).

Ellii Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 3:10 am

i love so many names, but i’ve never really been sure if they were names for me. i’ve always been told i look like a Vanessa or an Adrianna, or even an Arianna; but since i’m a Tehanna, and there aren’t many of us out there, i have no idea if my name actually fits me. i do remember that i wanted to be a Savannah when i was younger – it was just so sweet and summery sounding.

Rin Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 5:03 am

I always find it so difficult to answer this question! I never thought of myself as being particularly attached to my name (Kathryn), sometimes I think it is so boring!
If I were going to change my name I’d want something exotic (to me).

Anoushka/Anouk
Cushla
Zuleika
Thirza
Naomi

Maple10 Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 5:35 am

When i was younger i dreamed of being called Ellie… more spunky and less common than my biblical classic (although quite popular these days)I thought perhaps i could stretch it as a nickname for Rachel which doesn’t really have nicknames ( rach doesn’t count ). I think names are so much a part of your identity its hard to change them to something unrelated … thats why i plan to give my children names with plenty of nickname options so they can customize it to fit their personality.

mama2flowers Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 5:47 am

I gave my first daughter a potentially double barrel name and I love that she wants to be called Lily Mae at school. I’m not southern, but I have really fallen in love with these names. They sound so sweet and femine. Ideally my name would be Elisabeth Jane and I would go by Betty Jane. Interestingly my name is Sarah Beth, but I have never considered using my middle. Maybe I should!

sydnergy Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 6:16 am

Eirlys… Decided against it for our future dd, but I’ve fallen in love with it! Wish it were my name

aunt_ning Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 6:38 am

At this moment, if I had to pick a name just because I absolutely love it, it would either be Josephine called Josie or Elizabeth because of so many nickname potentials. As a child I adored the name Skylark, still love it but would never saddle a child with it. But I do love my name now, it took many many years for that. I was always jelous that my sisters are Amanda and Kristina, popular names for the mid to late 70s, and I was stuck with Jeannie. A name from the 1920s, it just didnt seem to flow with my sisters names at all. Now, I love it. I have truely seen the last 8 years or so how much it really ment to my great aunt Jeanie that I was named after her (though I really wasnt) so now I love it because it has a really sweet sentimental reason

pam Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 6:44 am

Aunt Ning, I know what you mean. My favorite aunt was also named Jeanne, short for Eugenia, and while I would definitely have hated that name as a child, I would be happy to have it now. Ditto the names of my grandmother or mother, Bridget — who called herself Bea or Beatrice or (still ugh) Bertha — or Margaret, though I would prefer Marguerite. That family history and personal connection becomes more important over time, and I’ve seen that with my children and their family names, which they value more as they get older.

PinkPenguin87 Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 7:05 am

As a child, my name pick was Melanie. I don’t know why, I just loved it. As a teen, I was all about Kirsten. It was peppy and cute, everything my old-fashioned Elizabeth was not. If I had to change my name right now, I think I’d go with Roxanne, nn Roxie. It’s the name I’m considering for a future daughter and I think its so cute. Apparently, peppy names are my style.

beasher17 Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 7:15 am

Natalie, just because of the fact everyone says I look like a Natalie, I mean I also like the name a lot. I also LOVE the name Annika, oh boy how I would love to be called that.

TheFutureMrsB Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 7:24 am

My first name suits me just fine but my middle name is Elizabeth. It’s a gorgeous name but it is the middle of at least 4 other girls in my class at any given time.
My parents played around with a lot of names for me ranging from Hannah Paige to Shy Anne. None of the really fit me although Sammie might have been the closest. So the biggest change I might make would be to change my middle name to Sioux (yet another name I almost got in the pair of Cheyenne Sioux).

usagurl4 Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 7:38 am

I remember there being a short period in my life (junior year of hs)that I would change my name to Lucy May. I loved the classic tint with spunkiness peaking through the glorified 50’s image. And May? Well, it just sounds so darn pretty matched up with Lucy.

Now, however, I am absoulutely in love with my given name- Mary. I would never change it. Believe it or not, for my age group Mary is virtually not heard of in my neck of the woods. I only met one other Mary my age!

Mary means so much to me. If I had to define myself, the first thing I would say is that, “I’m just a Mary”. Mary is classic. Mary is biblical. However, Mary was so popular through out time that there is no sterotypical personality that comes with the name. No plain Janes. No whimiscal Sallys. Every Mary is unique and I just absolutely love it.

Finuneby Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 8:01 am

I LOVE my name, so I wouldn’t change it. Kate. I would change my middle name though. To something like Elizabeth, or Annelise.

skateblinder Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 8:06 am

When I was younger I was in a class with a girl named Alana and I thought it was the most gorgeous name I had ever heard! But that was a while ago and I would not pick that for my self now. As a child I had dolls named Sadie, Isabealla and Francesca (also my cousins name). I think now I could be a Melanie, or perhaps a Sam or Kate… nothing too crazy, and a name that cannot be shortened to a permanent nickname… ie. Kate not Katherine nn Kate. As that is how my name is now. I also always thought Jo was cute – mostly for the character of Jo from Little Women.

ghostofjupiter Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 8:11 am

I’ve said for a while now that I’d rename myself Alice Geneva Primrose.

author in writing Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 8:43 am

As a child, I wanted to be an Amber, Bridget or a Morgan. I also liked Sabrina, Alexandra and Cassandra and of all things, Ginger. I really hated my name in those days! When I was a teenager, I preferred Rose/Roselyn/Rosalind/Roseline/Rosalie and my nickname in those days was Scarlet…it took me a long time, but I’m happy with my given name these days. I have a difficult last name and with my first, it’s absolutely stellar. Although I still go by Scarlet. I would change my middle name, not sure what I would change it too though.

At the very least, I’m determined to give my possible-future children the best names I can come up with! They’ll probably hate them anyways, so I might as well love them.

jame1881 Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 8:43 am

As a kid, I never thought of renaming myself. If I was forced to pick a new name, I would pick Melanie. It’s traditional yet not overused (I’ve only known one) and sounds similiar to my name. My high school French teacher called me Melanie by mistake several times my freshman year, and I just got used to responding to it. Thus, I would pick Melanie.
Glancing over other posts, I see it’s a rather popular choice. Go Melanie 😀

klcalder2 Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 8:46 am

Honestly, I would change it to one of the classics that’s more popular right now. Emily was the first name that came to mind. I also think Anna suites me very well.

I have a cheerleader name and I am SO not. Then my middle name is just so standard. I think I’m also drawn to names that yield nn’s because mine doesn’t really. It sounds like a nn.

As for my past, in elementary school, I bet it was Kimberly or Ashley, two girls I looked up to. In middle school and maybe a sliver of high school it was something unisex (but the actual name changed a lot). Since then, it’s classics.

Jessa Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 9:36 am

As a child, I wanted to be named Josephine or Christina. Names I like for future children don’t fit my perception of who I am. So I’ll pick from names I haven’t set aside to use on children (since stealing one of their names would kind of spoil it, eh?).

Josephine still does a fairly good job of naming me. I feel I could get away with being Phillipa or a Laura.

What does that say about my own naming preferences or style? It certainly betrays my preferences–classic, feminine, familiar, yet refined.

saraallison Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 10:32 am

I have always like my name, fn and mn. I like that its classic and pretty (Sara), and I like the meaning and that it’s a family name. I like my nn too (Allison), but a part of me would have liked to have had my fav gma’s name as my mn, Frances. I like thre ring of Sara Frances. So I guess thats my pick. If I HAD to change my fn, I’d prob do Elizabeth. To me, it has a comparable feel to Sara, and I do love it. 🙂

saraallison Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 10:33 am

Oops, I meant to say, “I like my MN too (Allison).” Allison is not my nn, just to clarify, it’s my mn. Thanks.

shieldsc Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 10:43 am

When I was little, I wanted to be Kathleen. As a teenager, I wanted to be Vesper. I really love my name (Sabrina) so it’s hard for me to think about changing. If I did, I would go with Ophelia — a favorite name but one I would hesitate to give to a child.

OnceUponaName Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 11:13 am

Probably any of the girls names on my short list- Lydia, Guinvere, Zipporah, Eleanor or Margaret. Maybe even Sherlock. Nah, too weird. I’m going to using a new nn soon- either Kate or Cat. When I was little I was always coming up with new names for myself, making them up with random sounds that sounded like it might be a name.

Mara_lyn86 Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 11:15 am

When I was in elementary school I wanted to be a Sonya, in high school I wanted to be a Imogen now I would change it to maybe Elizabeth and go by one of the cute nicknames. Elizabeth is common but there are so many cute nicknames that it makes the name so fun.

AmandaRhiannon Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 11:20 am

I would simply switch my first and middle names. Rhiannon is much cooler than Amanda.

ajwoolf Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 11:23 am

Lilah. It’s not trendy like my real name. It’s very beautiful and timeless.

Chantillylace Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 11:26 am

I’ve gone through spells of wishing my name was Cassidy and Melissa throughout my teen years. As a kid, I would’ve been happy with ANYTHING besides my name, Chantal.

Right now, I would either choose Natalie or Anneliese. Anneliese is a respelling of my middle name.

spotlightstarlit Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

When I was seven I was dying to be named Mary Rose.
Shortly thereafter I became a name girl and decided my favorite names were Lily and Rose, variants of which (also Mary) are on my name lists today.
My name is Gabrielle, my mn Carolina. I ADORE my names, but wish my mother had considered how much she hated every nn therein, excluding Belle, which I thought of when I was a freshman in HS (we moved a lot, so I had to meet new people all the time just dying to call me Gabbi or Gabby) and ultimately I think it’s best left to Isabel or Isobel, the second of which is also on my name list.
My mother recently recalled that Lily Carolina was her back up name, if I wasn’t a Gabrielle, or if Da hated it. I’ve wished, not seriously, a few times since that she had named me Carolina Lily, as I look at myself in the mirror and the one nn that seems to fit is Caro.
If I were going to choose off the cuff, I would draw from my Celtic roots and rename myself Rhiannon Eira, but Gabrielle and Carolina really, truly are my names. However Gabby, is not.

rabia_chrisden Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Right now if I were to pick a new name I’d choose either Zelene or Aydan or Lulia. I’d use Zelene because I love the sound of it & it’s not every day that you see a name that begins with a “z”. There’s something so refreshing about the letter “z”. I’d choose Aydan because I think it’s kinda spunky, a bit sassy on a girl. I think if my name were Aydan it’d showcase my adventurous side. I’d choose Lulia because I love the sound of it & I’d love the nickname Luli/Luly. If I were to choose just one it’d be sorta hard but a decision must be made so I’d choose: Aydan..for right now any way

GrecianErn Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I always wanted to be Libby. My middle names are Mary Elizabeth, which are a family tradition. so I’d always wished that my mom had dropped my first name, and called me Libby for Elizabeth. 🙂
30 yrs later, I love my first name, Erin. I just wished my mom had gone with her gut and spelled it “Erynn.” (My dad was in the military, stationed on Iceland, when i was born. Hence Mom making all the decisions.)

RoseByAnotherName Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 1:22 pm

First I wanted to be Rose, hence the username, like Rose Tyler from Doctor Who. The character and I are similar personality wise and in appearance.
Then I wanted to be Anna, like Anna Smith from Downton Abbey
Now I am dead set on Gwen, like Gwen Stacy from Spiderman.

ajenemie Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Niko! It’s strange and a bit out there (not to mention punk rock), but still sounds very stylish. I’ve gone through phases with names, though. When I was a kid I wanted to be Regina, Aleta, Violet, or even Akira because I thought Abby sounded to blonde. I always wanted to be a brunette. Another thing- I wish my name was “Abbie”, the androgynous spelling, not the peppy artless “Abby”. That’s something I actually might change.

LilyLunaPotter Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I love the name Isobel with the nickname Izzie, with that spelling because of the Grey’s Anatomy character. She’s my favorite character, and I see a bit of myself in her. Isobel is a classic with a unique spelling, and Izzie is quirky, cute and a little boyish. If I weren’t going to be named Olivia, I would definitely be Izzie!

LilyLunaPotter Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 1:32 pm

@GrecianErn, my best friend and next-door neighbor’s name is Eryn! I’ve never met anyone else who spelled it with a Y, let alone two N’s, so that would have been very unique for sure!

Kyri Laina Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

When I was younger, the name Millie was my absolute favorite and I used it for everything. So I would say that Millie was the name that I wanted to have when I was younger.
My mom told me that a few of her favorite names that she might have named me if my father agreed were Samantha Grace, Chloe, and Lucille. For a while I wanted to be named Chloe.
My parents eventually agreed on the name Madelyn, but didn’t change the spelling until they watched “Everybody Loves Raymond” and saw that the actress who played Ally Barone spelled her name “Madylin” and that’s how they got my name.
Now I love my name and its uniqueness because of its spelling… so I can’t think of another name I’d want to be named right now!

watermellie Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Well, I would would want to change my name to Catalina, no nickname. But I love my name even better, Melody. Maybe as a middle name…

MeleriHaf Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I’ve always liked my first name, but I wish I had a family name as a middle name. My brothers all do, but my sisters and I just got middles that flow. There are tons of awesome women in my family history. I would love to share a name with one of them!

Pansy Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I love my name and wouldn’t ever want to change it but if I had to (like I entered into the witness protection program or something) I would probably go with Ivy. It’s always hovered at the top of my list and I just love everything about it.

SwirlyO Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

This is easy, I’d be Isla, it’s not over popular (my name is Olivia) but not to out there. Isla isn’t on my list but its on the one, If I had to change my name.

Starcatcher668 Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

My name is Ingrid, and a lot of people say that it’s pretty, but I don’t like it very much. I would much rather have my name be Katarina. I think that its pretty and very underused, all that I like in a name. 🙂

agxobsessed Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I would definitely change my name to Adriana, this was the name I would of had if my dad hadn’t liked my name more, Andrea. I used to really dislike my name a few years back but now I can tolerate it, I hate the meaning so much though {manly}, I’m def a girly girly. So yeah, if my parents wouldn’t be angry and it wouldn’t be totally weird for my close friends and family to suddenly start calling me by a different name, I would change it.

freehal Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

As a child I wanted to be named Lindsey, but after a while I grew to like my name. Haley is a little more common than I like ( I wish other people hadn’t stolen MY name 🙂 but it suits me better than anything else I can think of. I just wish my mum had changed my middle name . Haley Ann is fine, since Ann is my Grandmother’s middle name it is not a filler, but I wish that she had added an “e” to make it Anne, which I think looks much prettier.

amandaberry Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Natasha comes to mind at the moment. I use it as an alias at Starbucks and like it because of its Russian origin. It’s got a mysterious feel, after the Russian spy Natasha from Rocky& Bullwinkle. And it’s unique and exotic without being unfamiliar.

KrisMichelle Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I think I’d like to be a Katharine with the nickname of Kit. It was only recently that it was brought to my attention that Kit could be a nickname for my given name, Kristin, and I wish I’d have thought of it as a child. I think I could very much be a Kit. When I was little, I always pretended my name was Diana because of the late Princess of Wales and Diana Barry from Anne of Green Gables.

GigiGibbons Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Gigi without a doubt. Gigi is a nickname I got a long time ago from one of my jobs. It never caught on with my family and friends, and now I have a little cousin with the same nickname. But I still think about legally changing it since I love being called by it!

namelover12 Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I remember when I was 6 I wanted to be named Cassie instead of Emily. Also when I was in third grade I wanted my name to be Maggie (what my mom was going to name me) but that was because I had a friend named Maggie who had the same middle name as me and I thought it would be cool to share a name with her. And recently I’ve been waning to go by my middle name, Mae. It is classic and feminine an not popular at all. But I’ve always wanted to change the spelling to May.

StrixOniro Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

If I were to change my name it would probably be one of these:
-Rosanna (nn Zanna)
-Lexi
-Phoebe
-Guinevere
-Thalia
-Katri

StrixOniro Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 7:56 pm

When I was 4 I wanted to be a Rapunzel and when I was about 6-10 I wanted to be a Jennifer, although now I like its older form Guinevere better.

emmybee Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Luna, or Eirlys, if I had to pick something!

When I was little I wanted to be named Jasmine, then I wished I was Kirsten, then Nicole. In High School I wanted to be Lilyanna. Now I’m just glad to be me, and I like my name (Emily). I generally go by Emmy, but have been tossing around going by Milly when I move out of country next year.

Hilary Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

When I was a kid I wanted to be Jennifer nn Jenny, then Cheryl, then Jeannette. I hated having an unusual name that was historically androgynous.

I like my name well enough now and wouldn’t change it, but in a total fantasy world I’d having a distinctly feminine name with a cute nickname:

Penelope nn Pippa (my husband is endorsing Poppet)
Margaret nn Maggie
Emily nn Emmy
Roseanna nn Rosy
Liliana nn Lily
Caroline (no nickname)

augusta_lee Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Absolutely, positively Jane.

poods Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

My name is Grace. My mom considered Sadie, Keziah, and Keeley for me. I think she chose well.
If I had to pick a new name though, I’d choose my Grandpa’s pick, which was Molly.
I’ve always felt that I would have made a good Molly.

foreverfreebird Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Hmm…my name is Katy, and while I’m used to it and wouldn’t change it, I feel like a more formal name would fit me better. I wish it was short for Katherine, but it is not. My middle name is Adair, which I’ve always liked as it is unusual, unlike my extremely popular in my age group first name. I do answer to Adair; Ada would be a good nn. So, if I had to rename myself, it would probably be Ada Katherine or something of the sort.

Briar Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 10:20 pm

As a kid I wanted to be named Savannah “Savvy” (have you guys seen Savannah Smiles? So cute). In high school I used Savannah Butler as my alter ego improv character. She was very southern, lol.

I was almost named Daphne which I love and it totally would have fit me, I could also see myself as Vivika “Vivi”, Eve “Evie”, Ivy or Acacia (my real name is a veriation).

This is something I really need to put some thought into anyway because I need a pen name for my adult novels (I write YA/MG under my real initials).

🙂

AquitaineEleanor98 Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I liked Melanie, Annabelle and Guilia when I was younger because I was tired of writing my name with the first letter of my last name. Example Sarah B. I wanted something pretty and girly without being cheerleader-ish (my name is Ahley, about as cheerleader as you can get) and though I still like those names I love love love my grandmothers middle name. Gwendolyn. Gwen as a permanent nick name. I loved how it sounds old and almost King Arthur-ish, a la Gwenevire, but also a little spunky and fun. If I could I’d change to Gwen in a heartbeat. 🙂

AquitaineEleanor98 Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Oops 🙂 Ashley not Ahley!

witchgreens Says:

August 8th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

As a kid I always used to pretend that my name was Melissa (it’s Melanie). I was also a big fan of Crystal and Chantal. Not names I would choose for myself these days. I think I’d be Ramona. I love a lot of more flowery or exotic names but I don’t think they suit my face.

Mego0801 Says:

August 9th, 2012 at 6:45 am

There was a time around age 3 that I refused to go by anything other than ‘Puppy’! When I was over the Puppy phase I loved the names Natalie, Rachael, and Crystal, they all seemed so magical to me lol 🙂 Now I love my name (Megan!!), I don’t think I would trade it for anything! I wish there weren’t so many other girls with my name though (with so many different ways to spell it)!! Oh well!!

paulientje Says:

August 9th, 2012 at 8:47 am

Lenore Dubois
nicknamed Lena 🙂

Theatrenut23 Says:

August 9th, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I’d call myself Lina, after my paternal great-grandmother. None of my siblings’, nor my, names honor any paternal relatives. And I love Lina. 🙂

Maerad Says:

August 10th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Hmmm, as a child I desparately wanted to be a Bianca. Then Kestrel – I think she was the main character in a book I was reading.

Now I think my parents were right to call me Caroline… Although I still mostly go by my nick name (Caz).

Maerad is also a character in my favourite book, which is why I chose that as my membership name. I like the name May-rad, but in the book it’s supposed to be prn My-rad which I’m not overly fond of.. #
I think I could be Maerad with the May prn, if I had to change my name now.

jessesgirl Says:

August 11th, 2012 at 1:14 am

When I was younger around 10-12 I would have loved to have been an Isabella nn Bella and I thought I would someday give that name to a daughter…. and then it got popular!

Right now I wouldn’t change my name. I have never disliked my name and i think it suits me. My name is Rebecca but called Becca. I can’t think if another name that would suit me. If I HAD to change it I would want something with at least one nickname. Maybe Francesca.

When I was younger I disliked my middle name Dawn because my brother and sister made fun saying it was a boy name ( spelled differently) but I don’t mind it as much now. Never really thought of a new middle name.

If I would have been blonde I would have been a Sarah. So glad I wasn’t blonde because I knew so many Sarah’s. No offense to any Sarah’s out there!

hmmm…. Says:

August 11th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

i actually have always liked my name so never coveted another!

arunciblespoon Says:

August 11th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I’m a Catherine and I love my name, I go by Kate or Katie quite often. It’s feminine but not frilly and feels elegant, the nicknames give it the chance to let its hair down. When I was little I wanted to be Elizabeth – now I prefer Beatrice and Hermione which are still classic but slightly less used. I’d quite like to be something edgy like Juno, Calliope or Thisbe but my secret name crush is Clementine.

MinnieAbby Says:

August 12th, 2012 at 7:35 am

Elizabeth, nn Ellie. Its weird, I never thought of the name Ellie until now and I like it.

edenlyla13 Says:

August 12th, 2012 at 11:06 am

Probably Ella or Vivian. I just find those names suit me better than Eden does. My mom was considering Ella but it just didn’t fit with the family name Lyla as a mn. My frinds have also said that they could totally picture me as an Ella.

Scrambledmegs Says:

August 13th, 2012 at 1:06 am

I am split between the classic Beryl Elizabeth and the genderless Sloane Graham. It really depends on the day, what I’m wearing, or how I’m feeling. My own name is so trendy-for-the-time that anything more unique or adventurous would do the trick.

Alana20 Says:

August 14th, 2012 at 3:20 am

When i was very little i desperately wanted to be called Pearlie (because it sounded so feminine and princess like) as i got older i really wanted to be called Miley (because i loved Miley Cyrus) and i remember when i was 11 i was obsessed with the name Zoe. But now i like so many name’s it’s hard to pick one but maybe….Lilly, Ruby, Autymn, Sierra, Mackenzie, Willow, Zoey, or many other’s.

Eos82898 Says:

August 17th, 2012 at 12:04 am

That’s such a hard question! I love the name Eos. It’s the Greek goddess of dawn. I love how it’s soft but not too feminine. I also am quite attached to Paloma, which is my name for Spanish class. I like Eos better, though, because it’s really rare. I’ve been thinking about changing my name for a long time. My real name is Greek and not so far off from Eos, so my parents might only have a small heart attack. Maybe Eos Zenobia or Eos Peridot (PER i doh).

januaryjames Says:

September 26th, 2012 at 10:01 am

What I’d give to be an Aurora (Rory for short) or and Arden or a Rhiannon!

watermellie Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I’m not entirely sure. I feel Melody fits me to a T, so weird imagining being a “something else”. Maybe Katharine? I’ve always loved that name, and I feel it’s quite fitting. Also, Amelie. OOH, that would be nice. What I really want is a middle name.

Story is that my family forgot to give me a middle name. So, I think Rowan would be cool.
Haha, this is funny.

Buttonhead101 Says:

October 24th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I can’t remember ever wanting to be named something else as a little kid (I’m sure I did though) but if I was to give my self a new name right now it would be Freya. Because of my Norwegian heritage, and I love the stories about the goddess Freya.

tiberiuskirkwood Says:

November 14th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

I loved being named Kate as a kid. Its my full name, as my mom didn’t particularly like the Katherine or Kaitlin origins, but the snappy classic shortness of Kate. Though I went to elementary school in the 90s, there were only other Katies, not Kates. To this day, I get angry if people add a second syllable to my name (though it doesn’t happen a lot)!

MissusAytch Says:

January 18th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

As a kid, I wanted to go by Kris instead of Kristen. That didn’t last long. Then I wanted to be Natasha. And later Eris, goddess of chaos.

My mom almost named me Natalie and sometimes I wish she had. I could see myself as a Natalie. I can also see myself as an Autumn for some reason. Or a Winter.

I would love to have a very distinctive, feminine, enchanting name. If I had to pick right this second, I’d say Diana.

Netta5187 Says:

March 2nd, 2013 at 3:18 am

If I had to choose right now, I’d rename myself Antonia. It sounds so regal and classy to me. My real name is jeanette and originally I was to be named Colette, which I much prefer to Jeanette. It sounds so romantic and stylish.

My father originally wanted to name me Madeleine, Emily or Ashley, which ended up being my middle name.

When I was growing up, I wanted to rename myself Amber Lucia, which my mother responded negatively to, saying it sounded like a trashy porn star name! lol I actually am glad I’m not an Amber. It is soooo far from my tastes now!

Lizzard21 Says:

March 28th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

If I could be called any name, I would just go by my middle name – Elisabeth with nn Lissie. I’ve tried getting people to call me that, but it never caught on. I guess I’m stuck with Grace for now.

saraallison Says:

June 5th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I like my name (Sara) and would keep it. But let’s say I had to go into witness protection or something and had to pick a new name. My first thought is Kate. I love the simplicity and classic-ness. I think I would prefer to legally be Katherine, but I’m undecided. I would def want to be called Kate. My second thought is Elizabeth (clearly I go for old classics!). But with Elizabeth, I would want to be called primarily by the full name. The occasional Lizzie or Eliza would work for me, but not Liz or Beth. Also popping into my mind are Olivia and Anna. Love reading everyone’s choices!

Luvinbeingmomma Says:

June 5th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I loved the name Alyssa in middle school, and even convinced a few people that was my first name, and I just went by my middle. I don’t think I would choose it now. It doesn’t seem to fit me.

Lauren was my first thought. It is one of my favorite, timeless names…but I think I would choose Kathryn. I think it might just be the perfect fit :). I love it’s softness, that it is beautiful in full, and that it has some really nice nicknames (Kate, Kit and Kat are my favorites). I think I would have people call me Kathryn or Kate though.

We both love this name and are considering this name for a future daughter.

KRS1970 Says:

June 5th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

I LOVE my name, Kimberly, so I’d keep it, but as someone mentioned, if I went into the witness protection program, some of the names I like are Samantha, Meredith, Catherine, Heidi (yeah, I know, it doesn’t go with the rest, but I’ve always loved that name) and Jill (not Jillian, though) However, if I HAD to change my name just because, Catherine wouldn’t make the cut because I have a cousin with that name and Samantha might not make it either because of another relative. Yet another cousin has a friend named Joslyn Grace and I think that’s just beautiful…and Grace was my great-grandma’s name, so it’s pretty special!

To the one who posted about Azalea…the music director at my church has a granddaughter (about 7 or 8) named Azalea, but I don’t know the middle name.

littlewren Says:

November 10th, 2013 at 11:30 am

Birdie. I use it as an alias on another site and I identify pretty strongly with it.

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