Rate Your Own Name
How much do you like your own name?
Quantitatively, we mean. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest of the low (in my book, Ethelbert) and 10 being the most wonderful gorgeous amazing name in the universe, what number do you give your own name?
As baby namers and name afficionados, it’s intrinsically interesting to analyze our own names. Rating your own name can also help you think about what qualities you want in a name for your child. And reading how other people feel about their names over time can help you make a better informed choice of a name for your baby.
I’d rate my own name, Pamela, maybe a 6, but Pam only a 4.5. Pamela is pretty and has literary credibility, I think, though I’ve always found it a bit prissy and precious for use in everyday life. Pam is definitely friendlier, but also plain vanilla and time-stamped to the middle of the last century, when Pamela and its down-to-earth nickname were in the Top 20 for girls’ names.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you rate your own name?
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on February 11th, 2014 at 11:57 pm
I’d give my name a 4. It’s a boys name and it’s super annoying when people ask my mom about her SON. I live in a mostly Vienamese, Hispanic, Korean, and African American town and Jayden happens to be really common with black & Hispanic people. Whenever people find out that I’m a girl they assume my name is spelled Jaiden, which is crazy since Jayden is the most common spelling. The only reason I gave my name a 4 and not something lower is that it isn’t yooneek and there are never pronunciation issues(which I really appreciate since it usually takes people about 2-3 attempts to pronounce my surname).
on February 12th, 2014 at 12:06 am
I’d give my name a 6. Gabrielle is really pretty now that I’ve grown up a bit (when I was younger I despised it). The biggest problem is mispronunciation and misspellings.
on February 12th, 2014 at 12:23 am
I give my name a 5,5 because I’m not crazy about it and it’s growing in popularity where I live.
on February 12th, 2014 at 12:28 am
Overall, I’d give my formal name, Agatha, a 5 – right down the middle of the road. It’s pretty to my ears, but I read a lot of negative comments about it being ‘ugly’ and ‘old’, which can be hurtful. Although I usually receive comments about how well I wear the name. Aggie, on the other hand, I would rate much higher at 8. I choose to be called Aggie virtually all of the time, and I adore the way it sounds. It’s vintage and a bit spunky, but it fits right in with Maggie, Molly, Abby and Addie. It’s unique while remaining familiar. It’s easy to spell and pronounce as well. The only thing keeping it from rating higher, is that it’s a bit “cutesy”, especially in the professional world.
on February 12th, 2014 at 12:32 am
I give my name an 8. I didn’t like it when I was in grammar school because all kids just want to blend in at that age but I grew to fall in love with it! I appreciated the uniqueness because I was unique. Though I don’t think I have the personality of an audrey. I’m loud and outgoing and a bit if a spaz sometimes. I think of Audrey’s as quite and appeasing and having it all together.
on February 12th, 2014 at 1:03 am
I’d give Alice an 8. It’s classic, has lots of wonderful namesakes, is easy to spell and say and is well known but not overly popular. My only problem is that I get called ‘Alex’ or ‘Alison’ all the time when I meet new people.
on February 12th, 2014 at 1:13 am
I think my name (Julia) deserves about a 6. It’s a pretty enough name, I suppose, but I’ve never liked how popular it is. Standing out and being different is important to me, so I guess naturally I’ve just never liked sharing my name with so many other girls.
I don’t think Julia is a bad name, though. Just kind of unoriginal.
on February 12th, 2014 at 1:16 am
I actually love my name, Candace, so I would rate it 10! I think it is pretty and has a nice meaning!
on February 12th, 2014 at 1:27 am
I would rate my name (Judit) a strong 8!
Like the name because it is really simple to say, and write. Is easy to use in different countries, for wich I’m currently extremeley thankful for. I just hate all the nicknames that people are trying to use, and I always correct them that my name is Judit. Not Judy, Judie, Judi, Judee, Dee, JD, Jugi, Juji, Jude, Jee, Dit, Jude, Ju, Jud, Udith, or any other weard thing. 🙂
on February 12th, 2014 at 1:28 am
I’d give my name, Natasha, an 8. It’s not my favorite name, and growing up I hated it… But I’ve learned to appreciate it and I wear it very well… I can’t imagine myself with any other name. I’ve grown to like it a fair bit.
on February 12th, 2014 at 1:29 am
I think my name, Petrea, deserves a 9. I really love my name because it stands out and makes me feel special, but I have been called Petra and Patricia and Petraya on numerous occasions, and it is often spelt wrong! But I am really happy that I’m not just another Olivia or Amelia (:
on February 12th, 2014 at 1:48 am
I’d give Grace a 6, I think. Whilst it suits me, I think it sounds rather plain and I’m not a fan of word names. This is the reason I will not use a word name (think ‘ungraceful’ ‘good graciois’).
I’ve never hated my name, I can see the appeal, but I’d never use it myself-especially not in the middle!
on February 12th, 2014 at 2:20 am
10. It’s Kate and I love love love it. I think it suits me and people who take my name for orders sometimes say, “oh! you look like a Kate!” Plus it’s got historical and literary cred and I love how it sounds spunky, smart, and classy.
on February 12th, 2014 at 2:31 am
Hmm, I’d give it a 6. I was slightly before the huge Megan popularity, so it was a pain when every other mother was calling out “Megan!” to her young girl in the supermarket. Also had problems with spelling. Meghan? No. Meggin? Hell no. Meganne? (Where do you come up with this people?)
Here in France it is bit less popular, but commonly spelled with an E at the end.
on February 12th, 2014 at 2:44 am
I think my name, Kiah deserves a 9. I really like standing out and I think it’s a pretty name but I have really common problems with how people pronounce my name. It’s pronounced Kee-ah (like the car KIA) not Kai-ah.
on February 12th, 2014 at 3:41 am
My name is Dha.na and I give it a 7. I like that it is not frilly, not popular and I like the uncommon spelling. In general I’m not crazy about the letter D and about the two same vowels, makes the sound a little plain. But overall I think it’s a good name, special but not weird. When someone says my name I know for sure they mean me and not one of many others, I like that the most.
on February 12th, 2014 at 3:46 am
I’d give my name Elizabeth a 7. I love the classic feel and that it never ages, along with the endless nickname options! I go by both Lizzie, Betty and my close family often call me Lillibet. However, when I was younger, I always felt as though I had a boring, old name. And other children my age would often agree. Now I’m older, I’m growing to love my name. Strangely though I’d rate my middle names Rhiannon and Lucy as both 10s!
on February 12th, 2014 at 4:04 am
I’m going to give my name a 9. It’s not particularly spectacular, but it suits me and Sam is a good nickname. I am 29 nearly so I was given the name just before it boomed in popularity so I don’t meet a ton of Samanthas. The name is just really me.
on February 12th, 2014 at 4:22 am
My name is Rowena and I’d rate it a 10. I love my name, it’s elegant, sophisticated and mature sounding without being dated and I think it suits me perfectly. It took me while to appreciate my name though, and for a while as a child I desperately wished I had been named something a little more mainstream.
on February 12th, 2014 at 5:36 am
I think I’d give my name, Jemima, a 9 or 10! I really love my name – it’s unusual without being made up (it’s from the Bible), there are plenty of nicknames, and it’s just a beautiful name! (To me, anyway ;))
I’ve never been teased for my name, and new acquaintances always compliment me on it. The only annoying thing is that people simetimes misread it as Jemma – there’s a whole syllable you’re missing! All in all, though, I absolutely love my name. I love that if anyone shouts, “Jemima” I know that it’s me! It!’s definitely made me prefer uncommon/unusual names.
on February 12th, 2014 at 6:20 am
I’d rate my name, Mallory, an… 8.5 🙂 I have only met a few other Mallorys before, was the only Mallory in my school and had many plays made on my name “Marshmallory” “FeMallory” but never anything malicious (wait, there was a boy who called me Malice as nickname haha) or bullying. I get many compliments, some people who have never heard it was a name before which surprises me. I must say I don’t like the way everyone says it though, I like it mail-ler-ee (rhymes with salary) not mail-LOR-ee .. I really liked having a unique name growing up and even now.. The name means “unlucky” or “ill-omened” which I actually find to be funny 😉 Will be playing the lotto tonight, whenever I lose, I jokingly blame the name
on February 12th, 2014 at 6:24 am
I’d give my name an 8.5; I do quite like Lara. The only detraction is that, bizarrely enough, for such a simple name, most people absolutely butcher it. I had a long day in NYC yesterday and went to two separate Starbucks’ for coffee. The first one called me Clara and the second called me Lauren. I’ve learned over the years to respond to anything even remotely resembling ‘Lara.’ I DO love the fact that I was always the only Lara in all my classes throughout school. And I love that it’s a name that appears in Greek Mythology and is so familiar in the more popular Sarah/Tara/Cara/Dara form but remains (with the exception of that pesky Tomb Raider), so unique. I wear Lara proudly!
on February 12th, 2014 at 6:29 am
8.5 because, even though Millie is popular in England now, when I was born it really wasn’t, and the only Millie I ever knew growing up (the same age as me) was actually Amelia “Millie”. Sometimes I dislike the nickname-y-ness of my name because all throughout my childhood I’ve had “Is that short for… Amelia/Millicent/Mildred?” But at the same time, its not that bad, and I still get “taken seriously” which I know is a big parents’ worry when they give their child a nickname-y name.
So yeah. I’ve never gone through a stage where I hated Millie – though I did go through a pre-teen stage of preferring to spell is Milly – I think I suit it, or it suits me, and I wouldn’t change it, ever. 🙂
on February 12th, 2014 at 6:43 am
I’ve always loved my name, Catherine, so I’ll give it a 10. People often spell it with a K and it’s a phonetically popular name for my generation (though many go by “Katie”), but neither of those issues detracts from it for me personally. I like the way it looks and sounds; I like my namesake; I like how classic it is; I like how people often say that they knew I would spell it “the classy way” (even though I don’t think the K-variations are unclassy at all). There’s really nothing I dislike about it!
on February 12th, 2014 at 6:55 am
I’d give my name (Michellina) a 5. I like it but I people will pronounce it Mick-elle-ina or Mitch-elle-ina and really gets to me. So because of that I’m really a big fan of it.
on February 12th, 2014 at 7:01 am
My name is Sarah and I’d give it an 8. I like the sound and love its meaning. One of my favorite books as a child was “a little princess” and I loved that the main character had my name (even if it was spelled differently). If it wasn’t so popular, I probably would have given it a 9 or a 10. What mostly used to bother me as a kid was when a girl I didn’t like would be named Sarah, because it sort of felt like that made my name less pretty.
on February 12th, 2014 at 7:19 am
I’d give my name, Sophie, a 3. It’s really quite common, in fact there are 4 other Sophie/Sophia’s in my grade. However, everyone can pronounce it and it has a lovely meaning. I went by Posie when I was little, and I suppose I’d give that a 5. I love the way it sounds and I don’t mind being called that, but it’s a bit too young for me now.
on February 12th, 2014 at 7:21 am
I’d rate my name, Amanda, an 8. I’ve always loved it and personally saw it as a classic. I feel like it is pretty without being too girly, and I feel that it suits me well. The only problem I have with it is that, as Pam put it, it feels “time stamped” in the 80s. Instead of truly feeling like a classic name, it feels like it’s started to get a bit dated…
on February 12th, 2014 at 7:36 am
I would give my name about an 8 or 9, Siobhan. I only met a few with my name and I feel it is both strong and feminine. Also, it is a bit of fun to find out how people try to say/spell it.
on February 12th, 2014 at 7:46 am
I’d readily give my name (Catherine) a 10. It’s classic and beautiful. It’s a strong name and yet, graceful. I do, however, LOATHE my nickname. But in the ’50s Cathy was about all that a very conformist society could come up with. My parents actually wanted to call me Kate but couldn’t figure out how to use a “K” nickname with a “C” proper name. I named my youngest daughter Catherine, but she prefers to be called by her nickname…Cate.
on February 12th, 2014 at 7:48 am
I’d give Alicia a 4. It’s not a bad name but there’s nothing I particularly like about it. It’s rather plain and I’ve met a lot of people who share it. When I was a kid I liked it much better, probably would have given it a 7. Now my middle name, Catherine, I love. I’d say it’s an 8.
on February 12th, 2014 at 8:09 am
I always hated my name for being mispronounced throughout my school years. As an adult, SUZANNE is a fine name. It dates me, but it is OK- I give it a 6. You may wonder how it can be mispronounced, but every teacher called me SUSAN. Susan is not a bad name, it just wasn’t my name. This is why I have such sympathy for the children with unconventional spellings. They will deal with mispronunciation for their entire life.
on February 12th, 2014 at 8:15 am
I would give my name (Erin) a 5. It’s short and to the point, but it has no true meaning to my parents. And – this is really sad – NO ONE CAN SPELL ERIN CORRECTLY! I have had been called (or spelled, whatever) Aaron, Aron, Eryn, Arin, and so many more! Ugh, I like my name, but it has a large number of down sides! 😛
on February 12th, 2014 at 8:30 am
Thanks, everyone, who’s answered so far — I’m really loving reading these. I am so jealous of you 9s and 10s — it must be a great feeling to have a name you LOVE!
on February 12th, 2014 at 8:37 am
I would give my name (Isobel) an 8 because I like it a lot. I prefer the spelling to any other spelling of the name, but I do feel like it is very common here in the UK. I also really prefer people to just call me Izzy, if you call me Isobel, chances are you don’t know me very well. But I do really love Isobel and Izzy. 🙂
on February 12th, 2014 at 8:39 am
I’d give my name, Anna, a 7.5 or 8. It beautiful and classic, works in different cultures, perfectly known without being too too common (I’ve only met a total of 3 other Annas in my life), BUT my mother decided it should be pronounced AHHH-nuh (kind of like how Ana would be pronounced in Spanish and I think in German), so I’m constantly having to correct people. And I don’t think the more common A-nuh pronunciation is as pretty as the Ah-nuh pronunciation, so that keeps me from appreciating it fully–whenever I hear someone mispronounce my name it’s not only irksome because it’s not my name, but also because it’s not as pretty! I can’t imagine being named anything else, though, so I suppose it’s a good fit and I’m pretty happy with it!
on February 12th, 2014 at 8:40 am
My name is Navy so I would have to give it a 10! It fits me being that I’m currently studying Marine Biology and I liked being the only person with my name all throughout my schooling years and even now. It’s uncommon without being too out of the box. It’s also a family name so it means something to me.
on February 12th, 2014 at 8:40 am
I would give my name 10. It’s not that I love it, but many people think it’s beautiful name and I think it’s (objectively) beautiful. I could be little more modest, but I just want to express my content with this name. It has no ugly nicknames, also.
on February 12th, 2014 at 8:43 am
I never liked my name as a child, but I’ve grown to like it. Naomi has a pleasant meaning (in both Hebrew and Japanese!). Its -i ending makes it feel a bit quirky/modern to me, but it is an old name. I have only ever met a handful of others with the same name – this is very important to me. Sometimes people misspell it, and they often mispronounce it, but overall it’s been a good name to have. I score it an 8.
on February 12th, 2014 at 8:53 am
5. I’ve always been indifferent about my name. Never loved it and never hated it. I don’t particularly like my middle name–Ann is just so boring. You would think with giving me the most popular first name of decade, they could have gotten a little more adventurous with my middle! I also don’t like the double A in the middle of Jessica Ann, but that was only a recent realization as I’ve become a name nerd 😉 My name has no meaning or family significance, so I feel like they just went with what was popular at the time. Sigh. But at least I’ve never had any problems with spelling/pronunciation/teasing!
on February 12th, 2014 at 8:55 am
I would have to give my name a 10! Josephine is elegant and classic, without being pretentious. It has an amazing history, from Josephine March, literary heroine from Little Women (my namesake), to Josephine de Beauharnais, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte.
I have always adored my name, and my incredible namesake, and I have had countless compliments on my name over the years 🙂
My Mum gave me incredible gift giving me such a beautiful and strong name; I am 22 and live in Australia, and I am yet to meet another Josephine, or another Jo for that matter!
on February 12th, 2014 at 8:59 am
My name is Cate, and I would probably give it a 6 or 7. I like the meaning and I love the C spelling especially since it looks really good with my last name. The only reason it’s not higher is because I just think it’s too simple. I want a more elegant name. But as far as naming goes, it’s not bad.
on February 12th, 2014 at 9:03 am
I’d give my name, Freya, a solid 9. It looses a point for its current popularity in the UK, but other than that, its a great name. Its a very romantic name with wonderful history as well as great strength. I’ve always had lots of compliments about it.
on February 12th, 2014 at 9:23 am
I’ll give my name, Jill, a 9. I feel very loyal to it and when I see it on TV or in books, I feel special. I’ve only met a handful of other Jills and most aren’t ‘real’ ones (according to me) because their name is Jillian. Those other Jills have ranged from my age (late 20s) to 50s, so I don’t feel like it was a trendy name. No one every has problems spelling or pronouncing my name, but over the phone people always think I say Joe. I’ve overcome this by always saying ‘Jill, like Jack and Jill’. It has a good meaning – youthful. I am the youngest in my family and a very optimistic person, so I feel like it suits me well. The only thing that keeps me from rating it a 10 is that I prefer girls’ names to be feminine and have some historical weight or significance. I’m not named after anyone in my family and Jill can seem plain sometimes. Overall, I really like my name because it really seems to suit me.
on February 12th, 2014 at 9:30 am
My name is Marisa and I HATED it when I was younger, and I went through until high school as “Ris”. No one spelled it right (2 s’s usually, but once I got the creative: Meryssa lol) or they would say it with the “e” sound, which I know is technically correct, but I pronounce it Muh-ri-suh.
However, once I “grew up”, I started to go by my full name and now I love it. It isn’t overly familiar, so I was the only one in my class and group of friends with my name, but it isn’t weird. Also, it means “of the sea” which I think is beautiful. I’d rate my name an 8.
on February 12th, 2014 at 9:37 am
I’d give Caitlin a 6, my nickname Caitie a 6.5 and my first and middle name combo Caitlin Ann a 7. My biggest problem with Caitlin is the popularity of it in the year of and the years following my birth in 1989. I’ve never felt like a Caitlin, but in my adult life, I have come to appreciate the fact that my parents liked the Irish heritage of the name, and that they chose it as a way to honor my mother, Cathy(not short for anything). I feel like a Caitie, so that makes me like the name slightly more, but various spellings of it may be even more common than Caitlin, so I kinda wish another name felt like it fit me. The winner is the name combo. My dad chose my middle name, and he chose to honor my mother by using her middle name. It turns out, he was also honoring my mother’s mother because that is her middle name as well. It also turns out that myself, my mother and my maternal grandmother are also all the 2nd daughter, so that unites us along with the middle name Ann. I appreciate the thought that was put into my name and that’s what I think is most important about naming another person.
on February 12th, 2014 at 9:41 am
I would give my name a 9. I think it is pretty. I am almost always the only Adrienne around, it is different enough that people often feel compelled to tell me if they know another Adrienne but still familiar and not at all strange. It does have a little whiff of the 80’s (I was born in ’84) but not too much I don’t think. I do get a lot of Rocky quotes yelled at me but I actually like that, I think it probably helps people remember my name.
on February 12th, 2014 at 9:42 am
I give my name an 8. The name Larissa to me is so much more unique, though I’m surrounded by Alyssas, Marissas, and Melissas. Like others, I didn’t like it much as a child, but I enjoy it now. The only real problem is it being misunderstood when I introduce myself. However, I think it matches my slightly shy but otherwise goofy personality. So I’m sticking with 8!
on February 12th, 2014 at 9:42 am
I’d give Paige a 9 everyone says it suits me, they think it enbodys an outgoing confident fashionista. I think it’s pretty without being too pretty like Annistasia. The only down fall is everyone uses it as a filler name like Renee, Lynn, or Grace. So all through school there was never another “Paige” but tons of girls carried it as there middle.
Montana my middle name I’d give a 9 also. I have never heard it on anyone else and the state montana is absolutely gorgeous so I can’t complain. 😉
But my first name Jessica would be a 7 it has a pretty sound but, It doesn’t really suit me. Also is pretty common.
on February 12th, 2014 at 9:44 am
I’d give Rachel a 6.5! It is a very nice name – It’s classic, it has history behind it, it’s feminine without being girly and people in English speaking counties never mispronounce it. The bad points are that it’s not all that easy to pronounce in other languages – I think there is a lot to be said for international names these days; It’s very popular – wherever I go I’m never the only Rachel; it often gets misspelled as Rachael and it doesn’t really have any good nicknames.
on February 12th, 2014 at 9:53 am
I’d say Margaret is a 8, because it’s a good, solid name with great nickname potential (Maggie, Meg, Peggy, Maisie, Daisy and yes, even Pearl, as it means ‘pearl’). It doesn’t win points for originality, but it’s a classic ‘blue jean’ name, that I think fits any girl as you can shape it to fit you (i.e. choosing a nickname that works).
on February 12th, 2014 at 10:13 am
Gabrielle is a 9 for me. Yes, I’m always having to remind people of the extra, feminine ‘le’ at the end, and yes, people are constantly asking if they can call me Gabby (while simultaneously sharing with me that it’s the most beautiful name… Strange) but I cannot imagine having any other name and I do find it enchanting. My middle name, Carolina, is a perfect 10; pronounced like the state it is a reminder of home, while still feeling fresh and interesting and all mine. When I meet people who are desperate for a nickname I give them ‘Caro’ and I would give that a 7.5
on February 12th, 2014 at 10:24 am
I am a Jennifer born in the 70s and would give my name the full 10 points! I have no problem at all with it being overused. It’s a beautiful name and was obviously popular for a reason. I have always loved it and never wishes I was called anything else.
on February 12th, 2014 at 10:30 am
I love the name Bethany. It’s not common, but not weird. I would give it a 9.5. People do mistake my name for Brittany and Stephanie occasionally though.
on February 12th, 2014 at 10:58 am
I like my name, Marissa, and I think I’d give it a 9. Only reason I don’t give it a 10 is because it annoys me when so many people ask if my name is Melissa after I introduce myself.
on February 12th, 2014 at 10:59 am
I’d rate Marcella a 10. I’ve always loved everything about my name and never wished for another. I like that it’s feminine and neither trendy nor common.
on February 12th, 2014 at 11:04 am
I think Laura is a 10 of a name. Although there were always three or four Lauras in my grade, I started to recognize its historic depth and character when I took Brit Lit in high school and read Petrarch. It also has the word ‘aura’ in it, and that’s kind of cool. Laurels and victory speak to me because I’m obnoxiously competitive. Plus, the letter L is my favorite, and I can’t see picking a first-middle name combo for a future daughter that didn’t contain at least one L.
on February 12th, 2014 at 11:24 am
My name, Lacey, is just alright to me. I’d probably rate it a 6 or a 7. I think it fits me, and it’s uncommon enough in my area that I was the only one in my school with that name. That being said, it’s not something I would necessarily like if it weren’t my name. I like that my first and middle name have a good flow- Lacey Machelle (just a different spelling of Michelle). Given that my last name is two syllables, it makes for a perfect 6 syllable name, and that I am thankful for. (Thaaaanks mom).
on February 12th, 2014 at 11:24 am
My name is Chandra. I rate it a 3.
1. No one can pronounce it correctly. I pronounce it Chan (as in Jackie Chan) druh. Most people say in like Shaundra or Shandra (I’ve even gotten Sholanda)
2. No one can remember it because it sounds kind of familiar (Sandra) but, they know that it isn’t exactly Sandra. I can tell people try to avoid saying it because they know they’ll butcher it.
I like my middle name, Sage much better.
on February 12th, 2014 at 11:25 am
I’m Stephanie, and I’ll give it a 7. It’s pretty, it has a nice nickname, but it could be more elaborate and, as I grow older, I’m actually getting more annoyed by its popularity among my peers.
on February 12th, 2014 at 11:26 am
Oh, and I DO love the meaning!
on February 12th, 2014 at 11:30 am
Stacey Jayne- maybe 6.5.
It’s really plain (fn & mn) but I like Jayne after my godmother 🙂
on February 12th, 2014 at 11:56 am
Heléna – maybe a 7? I didn’t like it growing up, I wanted everybody to call me Lanie- my nickname until I was around 5 years old. But my mom said it just didn’t fit me anymore, and once people heard Heléna they called me that. The constant mispronunciation was irritating. I just wanted a simple name.
Now I’m fine with it. I wouldn’t choose it for my daughter, it isn’t my style. Isn’t that funny? But I’m used to it.
on February 12th, 2014 at 11:58 am
When I was younger I use to dislike my name Leonora. But now I love it. I think it’s a beautiful, strong, classic – but still unusual name. And it was my great grandmothers name, so theres a history behind it. I’d give it a 10. 🙂
on February 12th, 2014 at 12:04 pm
Katherine gets a 9 or 9.5 to me 🙂 growing up I wanted a ‘cooler’ sounding name, which to me then meant a trendier one (typically unisex/male) but I’m glad I don’t have any of the names I loved back then. I like the nicknames and they’ve aged well (Katie as a child, Kate or Katie now, Katherine on resumes and bills). How strongly I like the classic quality of my name definitely influences my (future) baby name lists. My middle name is admittedly often a filler middle but it’s my mom’s middle too which I like.
on February 12th, 2014 at 12:06 pm
Oh, but also I could never imagine myself as a Kathy or Kat…. Also probably doesn’t get a solid 10 because people mishear my name as Kay, or cade, or any number of odd things, but that’s probably just my problem with enunciation!
on February 12th, 2014 at 12:08 pm
My name is Marianne, I’d probably give it an 8. Its not the most gorgeous name out there, but I’ve always really liked it and thought it suited me well.
on February 12th, 2014 at 12:12 pm
My name is Polina and I’d give it a 7 (which is a lot for me because I can only think of four names that I’d rate 10 and they are all boy names). It’s popular in Russia now, but when I was born it was rare (but familiar) and I only know two other Polinas. Polina sounds beautiful to most Russian ears and I often get complimented on my name. It’s easy to spell and pronounce in other languages so no problems while traveling and many foreign people seem to love it, too.
The downside for me is the most obvious Russian nickname, Polya. I don’t hate it, but don’t love it as much as Polina. It’s not really a problem, though, because it doesn’t take people long to remember to call me by my full name or to use other nicknames (I like Polishka).
on February 12th, 2014 at 12:21 pm
I really like my name, Rachel! I give it an 8!.. It’s classic, in the bible, and spelled correctly ;).
on February 12th, 2014 at 12:27 pm
I give my name Amanda a 6.5. I think it’s a beautiful name. Girly but not too frilly. It has a great meaning. But it was overly popular in my generation and it feels dated to me. I hated being Amanda S or Amanda #5 in college. Besides having met a 1001 Amanda’s over the years, I’m the only 1 in my circle of friends so I’m happy about that. I would give my middle name Jane a 10. It’s a timeless classic. It’s my mom’s middle and my paternal grandmother’s name. I like that it honors them and I would give it to a first born daughter as well.
on February 12th, 2014 at 12:43 pm
My name, Josephine, I give it an 8 since I was the only Josephine in my school.
on February 12th, 2014 at 12:44 pm
My name is Laura. As an adult I’d give it a 9. It’s classic, pretty, and straightforward. Pronunciation and spelling are both fairly straightforward. My only complaint is that since few babies receive the name anymore it’s a bit of a mom name. As a child I might have given it an 8 because I always longed for a nickname and disliked being confused as a Lori or Lauren. As a child I never appreciated that it was my mother’s grandmother’s name but as I’ve had children of my own I’ve really appreciated that connection to my family tree.
on February 12th, 2014 at 1:17 pm
I give my name (Holly) a 9.5. I love my name. I like that is a plant name and it is related to Christmas which is my favorite holiday. The only reason its not a 10 is that I wish it was a tiny bit more original although its not extremely popular. I can think of only a handful names that are both a little prettier and original.
on February 12th, 2014 at 1:20 pm
I give my name (Elise) a 9. It’s pretty, strong but feminine, and elegant. I really like it, but I hope it doesn’t become too popular!
on February 12th, 2014 at 1:22 pm
I give my name a 9, i always always loved it and it would be a ten if it weren’t for the many many misspellings and mispronunciations! Which I am happy to take as I do love my name, i never met another Niamh growing up and I am glad of its rising notability now as it is pretty awesome.
on February 12th, 2014 at 1:31 pm
My name is Anne, and I would rate it 6.5. It does have a lot of literary and historical references (almost too many), but I’ve always thought it was horribly plain and old-fashioned. I love hearing it on other people, but it doesn’t work for me. I’m too opinionated and stubborn to be the gentle and demure person that Anne makes me think of.
on February 12th, 2014 at 1:39 pm
I would give my name, Loretta, a 9. I love my name and have never had anything but compliments. I’ve only ever met 2 other’s with my name. One is my age (early 20’s) and the other was my high school teacher. The reason I didn’t make it a 10 is because I hate being asked if I was named after Loretta Lynn… I wasn’t.
on February 12th, 2014 at 1:54 pm
I’d rate my name, Aine, 9.5. It only loses 0.5 because it hasn’t really got any obvious nicknames, which bothers me less now but I didn’t like it when I was at school and all my friends had nicknames but I didn’t. I love the meaning, the sound, the fact that it honours my Irish heritage, and that it is uncommon and unique (at least where I live, I am aware that is more common in Ireland though not in the top 20, maybe, it’s definitely not it the top 10 anyway). I don’t care that I have to correct people on how to say and spell it, it’s definitely not forgettable.
on February 12th, 2014 at 2:08 pm
I would give my name a 9. I think Emily sounds pretty and classic without being too frilly. The only reason I wouldn’t give it a 10 is the onslaught of Emilies about 15 years younger than me. I was so disappointed when my name got so popular!
on February 12th, 2014 at 2:15 pm
I would give my name a 3. It is too common, and I grew up with a handful of other Alyssa’s in my class, along with Melissa’s/Marissa’s/Larissa’s. Although I like the meaning, it never made me feel original at all. I always told my mom she should’ve named me Lorraine Alyssa rather than Alyssa Lorraine.
on February 12th, 2014 at 2:34 pm
I once told my mom that my name (Alison) is the best birthday gift I’ve ever been given. It’s feminine but not frilly, medieval yet perfectly at home in the here and now, has literary cred and a wonderful meaning, is easy to pronounce and remember…I love pretty much everything about it. Even the nickname Allie is one of the best nicknames out there.
I do feel like the many spelling variants–some of them just awful–detract from it a bit, so I give it a 9.
on February 12th, 2014 at 2:44 pm
I would give my name an 8. It’s very unique and I’m almost 110% no one else has it. There was a phase in my life when I didn’t like it as much. The only problem that I have is that my name is so unique that almost no one has ever pronounced it right when they see it. I also think that it really affects my chances of getting jobs because my name is so out there. I also can’t ever find my name on souvenirs and stuff. I’m not even exaggerating either. My name is Ybb. Try to pronounce it.
on February 12th, 2014 at 2:46 pm
rainierloner my name is also Erin but I would rate it higher than a 5 🙂 I know very few other Erins and I never really understood why as it’s simple and pretty (well I think so!) I do have issues sometimes as I work in customer service on the phone. If I introduce myself fast, people think I say ‘Anne’, ‘Ellen’ or ‘Lauren but most Aussies spell it right once they know what I’m saying 🙂
I have never been teased, had unfortunate nicknames or wished I had another name so on that basis I would rate it 9.
on February 12th, 2014 at 3:19 pm
I would give my name a 5 or maybe a 6. To me Shannon is pretty boring and definitely not melodious; it’s curt ending and usage on boys just kind of makes me dislike it! I think it is a tad boring, but for some reason, I also feel it fits me…
on February 12th, 2014 at 3:23 pm
Sabrina May AKA Sab ……… 10/10 Love my name.
on February 12th, 2014 at 3:30 pm
I’d give my name, Emily, a seven overall.. I’d love to give it a ten, but there were always other Emilys around and it drove me nuts. My whole name is Emily Brooke so I went by Ebie for a while simply to cut down on the frustration of hearing my name then realizing no one was talking to me. My mom swears that it wasn’t a popular name when she gave it to me. I’m 26 now, and the name has grown really well with me, and I enjoyed the nicknames of Em and Emmy.
on February 12th, 2014 at 3:31 pm
I would give Michelle a 5. I’m really rather indifferent to it. I don’t hate, but I don’t love it either.
on February 12th, 2014 at 3:49 pm
I think I’d give my name (Skylar-Bree) an 8.5. Adults usually compliment its originality. I’ve always loved that no matter where I moved I was the only Skylar in my school. I’ve only met three others. I love the nickname Sky as well, and all the puns it can make. I also think it fits my quirky, out-there personality–my friends have made the word “Skylar” into an adjective to describe acting weirdly, or make amalgams like Skyroll (Skylar-eyeroll). However, it is getting a bit more popular nowadays, as it was #87 in 2012. Also, to my eyes the name “Skylar” is a a little trendy and informal. Although I like the “Bree” part, I rarely go by it, and never use it when introducing myself. (Sometimes I forget that I even have a double-barrel name). It just looks pretty on paper.
on February 12th, 2014 at 3:54 pm
I’d give my name, Kaylah, probably a 6. I honestly do like the sound of it and I think the name fits me. The problem I had with it is that Kayla was so trendy at the time of my birth and I still can’t imagine my own name on a judge or a grandmother. Worse than that is the spelling that has always been a pain for me to explain, now I like that it makes my name unique and I have come to prefer the spelling, but alternate spellings are truly a pain to children.
on February 12th, 2014 at 4:07 pm
I don’t really like both my names (Mary Clare) by themselves, but together, they look pretty. They’re classic, and Mary actually isn’t too common a name now for young people, so I don’t get confused with anyone else. Individually I would give Mary a 5, and Clare is a 7.5, but together it bumps up to an 8.
on February 12th, 2014 at 4:15 pm
I’d give my name, Rachel, an 8 or 9. I love my name and was lucky to be the only Rachel in my grade at school. However it seems theres a character with my name in every tv show or movie I watch. As for my nickname I give it a 10, Rae is such an awesome nickname.
on February 12th, 2014 at 4:21 pm
Carrie – 9! would never have rated it so high when i was younger and wanted a popular girl name like Isabel or Alexandra. would have been a 6-7 then. now i love it. its heard of but uncommon – ive only met two other people with my name and both were spelled differently.
and i get to claim duel meanings – the English diminutive Carrie = free woman through Caroline/Charles and the stand alone Carrie from America meaning melody. and as we all know from the recent post, i loved finding out the Ingalls youngest daughter was called Carrie when i watched the reruns of Little House as a kid : ) only down side is it sounds like EVERYTHING. Carrie, Larry, Harry, Mary, Sherry, Karen, Kay, etc etc. and people have butchered the spelling. but ive gotten used to over pronouncing it when i first meet people: ‘Care-rie’. it really shows the creativity of the human brain when they only make out a portion of a name – they add in random sounds to make it into something familiar! ps the horror movie has only been brought up 1-2 times so far lol.
for my middle, Rebekah, definitely a 10. love and appreciate my parents for the historical and Biblical meaning which the kah spelling follows (from the Hebrew Ribkah/Rivka).
on February 12th, 2014 at 4:33 pm
I would give my name about a 6 or a 7 I guess. My name is Tiera pronounced like the word tear and a. I like it okay, but almost everyone mispronounces it (They say Tee-air-a)So much so that i’m used to it and usually don’t correct people anymore. Sometimes I’ll be telling someone I just met how to pronounce my name and someone else I know will hear and be like “But I’ve been saying it wrong for years!”
on February 12th, 2014 at 4:38 pm
I’d give my name a 9! Kathryn to me is a beautiful name. I love how it’s spelt and how it looks when written on a page, to me it seems more elegant than Katherine/Catherine. I love the plethora of nicknames and currently use three: Kat, Kathy and Ryn. The only downside I’ve found to this name is having to spelling it to absolutely everyone.
on February 12th, 2014 at 4:39 pm
I would give my name (Katlynn) a 3… I have always been one of the many Kates and Katies throughout school… Its pronounced Kate-Lynn… Not Cat-Lynn, Cat-Leen, etc… As common as my name is people have always mispronounced it due to the way it is spelled… I even had a teacher “correct” the spelling of my name on a test once! I like my name but it is way too common! I have always been one of a crowd never one of a kind… I wish I had a unique or at least uncommon name.
on February 12th, 2014 at 4:49 pm
I’d give Claire a 10! I’ve always loved my name, and only know a few others with my name, but it’s familiar. It’s also my grandmother’s name, so I’ve always loved that connection.
on February 12th, 2014 at 4:55 pm
I’d give my name (Giulia) a 10. I absolutely love having a name that is legitimate, yet unique. Yes, it has pronunciation and spelling issues, especially in the USA, but once people learn how to say it, it is a classic name.
on February 12th, 2014 at 4:57 pm
I’ve always loved my name – annabelle – I’d give it a 9 just due to people!e often spelling it wrong but all my life people have commented on it being a pretty name!
on February 12th, 2014 at 5:04 pm
I’m Katherine. I typically go by Katie, but my family calls me Kate.
It’s far more popular now than it was when I was younger, but it’s truly timeless.
I love my name so much, I want to use it for a daughter!
on February 12th, 2014 at 5:09 pm
I’d give mine an 8. I think Erin suits me very well. It’s short and sweet just like me! lol. One thing I don’t like is that people misspell it all the time. That’s not my parents fault because they used the original spelling for a female. There’s just too many spellings for such a simple name. Haha. Also I kinda don’t like that my name is unisex, but I am glad the boy and girl spellings are different. I went to school with more male Aaron’s than girl Erin’s, so I did get referred to as a he a couple of times in high school. (by someone who didn’t know my last name. haha)
on February 12th, 2014 at 5:16 pm
I think I’d give mine a ten, too. Though I wouldn’t use it for my own kids, I do like the name, especially on me. I can’t imagine myself with any other. A lot of people on nameberry have said Sadie was…I forget, ‘spunky’ was the word people used most often to describe it. A number of people when I met them have made very nice comments about it, and I haven’t heard it very often at all.
on February 12th, 2014 at 5:20 pm
Definitly a 10!
My name is Celeste Yvonne and my nickname was originally Cici.
What I dont get is how people spell Cici wrong, seriously, its not that hard! Unfortunately, nobody likes my name at my school and that makes me sad. 🙁
(I still like mine best though :D)
on February 12th, 2014 at 5:25 pm
I’d like I’d give my name — Ashley — a 2. Its far too common and I honestly feel no connection to it whatsoever. I legitimately hated my name as a child. However, when you throw in my middle name I finally feel separated from the masses and would bump up my rating to a perfect 10! Too bad going by my first and middle name — Ashley Brett — is something that never caught on.
on February 12th, 2014 at 5:30 pm
I’d give Marisa a 1.5. I have never liked my name, even as a child. Throughout the years it has been spelled Marissa, Marrisa, Merisa, etc. and pronounced as Ma-rees-a or been mistaken for Melissa, Alyssa, and Korissa. I hate the way it rolls of the tongue and can barely tolerate hearing it from other people. To me it just isn’t a pretty name. The only redeeming fact is that I have never met another Marisa, though I have been mixed up with rhyming names. My middle name is a solid 5, the only reason it not being higher is that it is a prominent male name (Kai). To avoid both names, I go by my last name.
on February 12th, 2014 at 5:48 pm
I would have to give Bethany a solid 7. I always used to hate my name as a child and wished that my parents had gone with their other choice which was Olivia, but now with its popularity I’m grateful they didn’t! I don’t quite love being called Brittany quite a lot by new people, but my name is nice enough. Beth is a different story though, it gets a 3 at best. It feels a bit too harsh and masculine for me (maybe because it rhymes with Seth? I don’t know).
on February 12th, 2014 at 5:50 pm
I’d give my name Tara a 7, it’s a solid name that I have grown to love, I have met around 4-5 other Tara’s in my life and apart from in primary school I never had it misspelled. The only downside is that it can sometimes be misheard as Cara, Lara, Sara.
on February 12th, 2014 at 5:52 pm
I used to HATE my name but now I love it. for my first name (Hilary) I’d give it a 9. It is familiar but not too common and it isn’t too trendy or too unusual. It has a good strong meaning and solid history. MY middle name (Tyler) I’d give a 7, it used to bother me how trendy it was and how it meant something really dull (tile maker) but now I really like it because it flows well with my first name and it is a little bit androgynous. Overall I’d give my full name (Hilary Tyler) an 8.
on February 12th, 2014 at 6:15 pm
Well, I’ve always hated my given name, Leslie, even though I appreciate it as my mother’s attempt to buck tradition (in a way). Most of the Leslie’s I knew when I was growing up were middle-aged men, except for the one tall willowy blonde who moved in my junior year ….yeah. She loved Leslie Caron and that’s the name I got. I got some rather stupid & unsavoury nn’s as a kid and found that European publishers had a difficult time pronouncing it later, when I began to do the whole book fair thing in publishing.
So I give my name a 4. I guess. Both my kids have traditional names that are translatable and have good, solid nn’s and they both like their names. My sisters got the better names — Victoria, Samantha, and Joanna.
I would have preferred Branwen or Tamsin, I guess, if I could name myself. However, I love my Hebrew name, Michal. That’s a 10.
on February 12th, 2014 at 6:44 pm
I would give my first name, Julia, a 9. I love Julia because it has a rich ancient history, and the flowing sounds absolutely gorgeous to my ears. I tend to like “u” sounds, long e’s, and J beginnings, although I don’t know whether that’s because of my name or whether I like my name because of those preferences. Chicken and the egg. Julia is a long name to say but it’s short on paper, which I like as well, and there’s a beautiful Beatles song that I associate strongly with it, and in fact was one of my parents’ inspirations behind naming me. My mother’s top choice was Lily, which to me is much less powerful and substantial than Julia, and my father’s was Martha, which is too heavy and not nearly pretty enough. My actual name strikes pretty much a perfect balance between those two, in my opinion.
My middle name, Catherine, I would give a 10. It’s one of those rare names that is absolutely perfect to me. It’s a family name, in honor of my aunt who died when she and my mother were teenagers, and who herself was named after my great-grandmother. It also has wonderful historical namesakes, in particular Catherine of Aragon. I find almost all the spelling variations (Katherine, Katharine), nicknames (Cathy/Kathy, Catie/Katie, Cat/Kat, Cate/Kate, and my personal favorite Catlin) and international versions (Katrina, Katerina, Kathleen, Caitlin) incredibly fascinating as well. There are just so many options with the Catherine family of names–it’s dizzying. I would strongly consider Catherine (the family spelling) on a future daughter, or at least as a middle name.
My full name, Julia Catherine, is a fantastic combination, I couldn’t be happier with it, and I hope I can give my kids such great names. while it may be too “popular” for some Berries, it’s never bothered me too much. My first name is somewhat common–there are three Julias out of 80 girls in my high school class, but I’m used to other people having my name, and it does not feel overused or ubiquitous. Catherine and variants are still more common, I know, but there are so many nicknames that it’s easy to get around that and still have a unique identity. Besides, I’m not as turned off by popular names as some other people on here.
on February 12th, 2014 at 6:46 pm
I love my name! I don’t know what I would rate it, maybe a 10! Although it’s always getting mispronounced. It’s Leah not Leia! That wouldn’t bring it down at all though. I love my name!
on February 12th, 2014 at 6:48 pm
I am Emma. There are a lot of us, but funnily enough I have never come across many. I like it. It’s classic, and warm. So I would rate it an 8.
on February 12th, 2014 at 6:52 pm
I’d give my name Halle an 8. I like it because it flows so well with my last name, and even though I went to a large school, I never knew anyone else with my name. But, it’s always mispronounced as Haley or Holly or even Hail. It hal-lee!!! Although its uncommon, its pretty similar to Hailey/Holly/Sally/Ally and that makes it seem less original. But, I do think it fits me and I do like it.
on February 12th, 2014 at 7:00 pm
I’d rate my name, Lucy, an 8.5. The only thing that bothers me about my name is that at my school there are over 5 Lucy’s and it seems everyone I ask at school, knows someone named Lucy. Also since it’s rising it popularity, it’s lost some of its uniqueness, and I always wished I had a rarer name. Otherwise I love the meaning, sound, and spelling of my name. And it ages very well.
on February 12th, 2014 at 7:02 pm
I would give my name, Nicole, a 9. Yes, it was terribly popular in the early 80s when I was born, but I love it just the same. Nicole is strong, yet very feminine. It has French flair and class. Admittedly, it is a “mom name” now, but that is OK with me. I was named after Saint Nicholas, since my birthday is VERY close to Christmas. I love that connection. No one ever called me Nikki twice, which I loathed — I would give Nikki a 2.0.
on February 12th, 2014 at 7:03 pm
I rate my name, Leslie, a 10. I love that it is Scottish (as am I, among other nationalities). I love the “Z” sound in it (can’t stand it pronounced with an “s”). I like that it is pleasant and heathery as nameberry says. I like its coolness, how very unprincessy it sounds. I like how it sounds with my middle name, the cool-sounding Diane, and with my last name, which is Scottish too.
on February 12th, 2014 at 7:26 pm
My name is Sarah. My rating is an 8. Sarah is a nice name. It’s a classic name. But it’s not a 10 and my reason is that it’s just so darn common. Sarah was #1 the year I was born (mid-1980s) and remained extremely popular throughout the 1980s. So I went to school with a bunch of Sarahs. I dislike having to say my full name when calling or texting people because they know several other Sarahs. My mother’s name is Trudy (not unheard of, but fairly uncommon) and I’m jealous of the way she can call someone and say, “Hi, it’s Trudy”, and they know exactly who’s calling! I wish she’d thought of that before naming me lol.
on February 12th, 2014 at 7:26 pm
I give my name (Sara) a 10. It’s classic, I love its sound and meaning. The popularity doesn’t bother me. As a child, I enjoyed switching the spelling to Sarah occasionally just for the fun of it. I have considered using it for a daughter someday; don’t know if I will, but I like double names a lot, so I like the combo of Sara Katherine. Fun post.
on February 12th, 2014 at 7:27 pm
My name, Angela, I’d personally put at a 5. I hated it when I was younger but now am definitely at neutral stage. I’d like it better because it is easy to spell & pronounce for others, & I don’t get asked if I’m a male, etc. But, the listing on this site describes it as ‘terminally dated’ which is very hurtful.
on February 12th, 2014 at 7:27 pm
I would have to give my name a 8 or 9. People always tell me that it suits me well and goes great with my twin sister’s name (Sydney). It’s a unisex name and I’ve met many boy Taylors but it just feels like a girls name to me… maybe I’m just biased lol. Its short enough and I love my nn Tay.
on February 12th, 2014 at 7:30 pm
@Annabelle – Snap!
on February 12th, 2014 at 7:34 pm
I’d give my name, Emily, an 8 or 9. It’s got the literary connection, historical use, and is feminine without being overly frilly. I’ve always like the nicknames Em or Emmy. I do dislike how many of us there are, though. Especially now that it is popular among the younger set – I meet lots of little ones named Emily these days!
on February 12th, 2014 at 7:44 pm
I’d give my name an easy 10. I love it, hated it as a kid but I love it now. Jolene is unusual be well known thanks to Dolly Parton. I’m a huge Dolly fan too so it’s great.
on February 12th, 2014 at 8:08 pm
I’d give my name, Sofia, an 8. Growing up (and even still) I have rarely heard of my name being used in my age level. But I hate that it’s becoming more popular. I usually go by Sofia, but my family and boyfriend call me Fia. My middle name, Rose, is a much lower score-5. The name is just a filler middle name. But I think that both my names together, Sofia Rose, is a solid 7.
on February 12th, 2014 at 8:22 pm
I give my name a 10 too! Oriana is feminine and my nickname Ori is fun and unique. I didn’t like that it was different when I was a kid but now I’m so glad I’m not another Jennifer. I’m all for using a name you love whether it’s popular or not, but I’m very glad my dad picked Oriana!
on February 12th, 2014 at 8:27 pm
Out of 47 girls in my grade, 5 are named Emma. That’s 10.6% for those not mathematically inclined. One out of every ten girls is named Emma. That’s a lot of people WITH MY NAME. I like the name in a vacuum all right–always thought it was kind of bland–but I wish I had a name and an identity of my own. I’ll rate it a 4.
on February 12th, 2014 at 8:45 pm
I would rate my name a 6 or 7, I suppose? I have grown to really like it–it has a natural, earthy sort of appeal (to me, at least!), due to its meaning–ash tree meadow. It’s very calming, and feminine, in a very natural sort of way. It’s not frilly, which I like, and I love that it’s English, and that it reminds me of George Mueller, a great man of faith who ran an orphanage called Ashley Downs (the one thing that truly made me love Ashley! I love all things English, and I find Mueller’s story a great one to look up to, and I’ve always been very passionate about orphans, and I’ve wanted to adopt for nearly 15 years now). I don’t like that it’s so generic, and that so many people find it so trendy and dated. I don’t really know that many other Ashleys (one or two, honestly!), so it doesn’t seem either dated or trendy to me, and I’m not a fan of the stereotype that all Ashleys are the stereotypical ditsy cheerleaders. I feel like Ashley suits me incredibly well, but I’m the absolute opposite of that stereotype. Also, I share the name with my uncle, and blach. Who wants to share a name with their uncle?! I feel like having a unisex name has hindered my femininity, which I don’t like. I wouldn’t change my name (I do like Ashley, honestly!), but when I’m on my own, I see myself wearing a more feminine, unexpected name like Annabel/Annabella or Elise/Lise really well. I think any of those four options would suit me really well, and it’s really quite frustrating that most of the people around me don’t seem to think it’s okay to dream about wearing another name, haha. I think I could get Lise as a nn from my real name (as a huge stretch), but the others are just pipe dreams, honestly. Most of the time I’m happy with my name, but I would really love having something more feminine and more unexpected/timeless. (And something without a ditsy cheerleader vibe!)
on February 12th, 2014 at 8:55 pm
I give my name a 9. Though I do love how unique my 5-letter, 3-syllable first name is, not many people know how to pronounce/spell it correctly. Also, with names so close in nature to my own (such as Ariana, Ariel, Aaron, Adrian, Orion, etc.) it really bothers me when I get called these as alternatives since some people won’t even try to attempt the pronounciation.
on February 12th, 2014 at 9:15 pm
Why comment but not say your name? Kind of defeats the purpose, no?
on February 12th, 2014 at 9:27 pm
My name is Lyle Elizabeth, and I love it. I was named long before the whole boys-names-for-girls craze, so it was very unique growing up. I’ve still only ever met one other female Lyle! I’d give the whole name a 9, only losing points because it is occasionally mispronounced, and when I was younger I got asked if my parents had wanted a boy one too many times.
on February 12th, 2014 at 9:39 pm
I’m proud to be a Jennifer! I was born in the early 1960’s and there weren’t many Jennifer’s around yet, at least not where I grew up. My parents said they were going to name me Cathy, and at the last minute, my dad chose Jennifer. Elementary through high school, I was the only Jennifer in my class. (Elementary through 8th grade, I was the only one in my school). I’ve had a lot of nicknames (Jen, Jenn, Fern, Jeff, Nifer) and answer to them all. I’ve never been a Jenny, though I think it’s a pretty name, just not me.
It’s funny-I teach at the college level, and always have one or two in my classes each semester, and they are usually late teens/early 20’s. I don’t know many other Jennifer’s my age.
on February 12th, 2014 at 10:04 pm
My name is Lisa and I’m actually surprised I haven’t seen it on here yet! I would rate it a 7. It’s definitely starting to seem dated (I was born in 1986) and was pretty popular when I was younger, which sometimes I loved and sometimes hated. Overall though it’s short, simple and girly. Definitely not an original but I think it suits me well and that’s why I would say it is a strong 7 😉
on February 12th, 2014 at 10:18 pm
I give my name, Amanda, an 8… Even though it dates me to a very specific time since it was #1 and #2 around the time I was born. I’ve always thought its a very pretty name, and fits the girly side of me so well. Somehow, a name that has the word man smack in the middle still manages to be feminine. My NN, Mandi, gets a 6. It’s more friendly and casual, but not as feminine as Amanda.
on February 12th, 2014 at 10:31 pm
I would rate my name, Cameron, a 6.5. The only nicknames are Cam and Cami, and Cami doesn’t fit me and I don’t really like Cam (I don’t hate it, either). People never hear me accurately when I say my name, and when just reading my name people assume I am a boy. There are six Camerons at my school, including me, and half are boys, half are girls, so it is fairly common. I find it hard to pronounce, as well, but once people know my name they pronounce it in a variety of ways, but all are acceptable. If I isolate it without bias as a name, Cameron is alright. It’s almost glamorous because of Cameron Diaz, and has a nice enough sound. I do wish my name had more nicknames and was more feminine.
on February 12th, 2014 at 10:44 pm
My first and middle name is Dariya Michaella. It’s unique and fits me perfectly…perfect 10!
on February 12th, 2014 at 10:59 pm
I give Amanda a 6. It’s never misspelled, or mispronounced, but there are several of us. It’s not very original, and it’s very date specific as well. I have gotten to the stage in life that I’m okay with it and frankly can’t think of anything else I would rather go by, so there’s that. I do NOT do “Mandy” as a nickname. I give Mandy a 2. Do not care for that at all, and unfortunately it’s inevitable someone will use it to address me.
on February 12th, 2014 at 11:06 pm
I’d give both my nickname and formal name an 8. I’m Angela (called Angie). It’s a pretty, feminine, recognizable name, and my name is Rolling Stones song. Can’t get much better than that.
on February 12th, 2014 at 11:07 pm
@Audreyannie- I think of the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring Audrey Hepburn, when you described yourself.
I would rate my name name a 9.5. I REALLY love my name, but in my youth I liked being different as a person but I wanted my name to fit in by having an older name like Winifred. Something that seemed to have more history, stability, and didn’t seem new. Honestly, my name, Winter, has over a thousand years of use, and I don’t think in my youth that I realized that my name was really an old school classic. For many years I believed what I was told that Winter was unappealing; with its crisp clean feel, the romantic imagery of falling snow in a pine filled Forrest or meadow, even a princess-type name made for a fairy-tale.
Now, I overlook such comments, I like the diverse imagery and appeal to my name. It reflects me and many ways. I know my name isn’t a new fade or kr8t1ve spelling, it has roots, and was the adults ingrained prejudice towards my name. I know my name isn’t for everyone, but for others out there, it might be. Its beautiful and full of possibilities, but what I like the most about my name, is that my name reflects God’s handy work. I’m a religious person, and just am in awe of such breath taking wonders or maybe I’m easily satisfied by the simple things in nature, like falling snow or the details in a rose. Either way, our ancestors were too, and they took on Winter as a surname and eventually it lead to the sn becoming a first name option. That appeals to me, that I share in a common respect for nature with our predecessors. It adds something extra special to my name. So that is why I rate my name a 9.5. 🙂
on February 12th, 2014 at 11:35 pm
My name is Angel. Not Angela, not Angelina. Just Angel. I love my name and give it a 10. It’s easy to say, easy to spell, and surprisingly not popular at all. Everyone always says, “Oh, you look like an angel,” which makes me smile every time.
on February 13th, 2014 at 12:01 am
I rate my name, Évelyne, a 9. I have always loved my name and I think a big part of why is having had so many compliments on it over the years. I was born in the eighties so it was great to have an uncommon name growing up amongst all the Stephanie’s and Melissa’s… It is strange though to see my name (and the English Evelyn) rise up in popularity!
on February 13th, 2014 at 12:10 am
I’d give my name, Jennette, a 9. I’m named after my grandmother. Though it’s missing an a, it is pretty and relatively unusual. I’ve only met a couple of others and only after I reached adulthood. I also really like my nickname Nette (net-ee). It’s reserved for close friends and family and is pretty and unique as well.
on February 13th, 2014 at 1:28 am
Ha! I loved reading the other comments from the others who share my name. Kate. I LOVE my name. So I’ll chime in and also give it a 10. Its classic, independent, timeless, ages well. I laughed when I saw someone else say they wanted to name their daughter Kate, because I always did too, but thought that would be too vain. I just loved the name. The only regret, is that I sometimes wish I was a Katherine, nn Kate, but I prefer Kate over Katherine, I just liked the formality of it. If I were to ever use it for my daughter I would use Katherine or use Kate as a middle name.
on February 13th, 2014 at 2:06 am
I give my name, Hailey, a 9.5. I love it, and it suits me! My middle name deserves only 6, because it’s very popular as a first name and doesn’t flow with my last name. Think: Hailey Madison ***son. I didn’t give Madison anything lower, because it has nickname possibilities, than my first name doesn’t have (Maddie, Missy, Maisie, Sonny).
on February 13th, 2014 at 6:34 am
I despise my name. Ashley is way too popular (born in the early 90’s), and is just a common name. I hated being one of eight Ashleys in a classroom at any give time, and it hasn’t gotten much better since I started attending university. My significant other’s name is Johnathan, and w both agree that it is a terrible idea to name your child the number one name of the year. Growing up I felt terribly ordinary and hated being “The Ashley with the red hair”, “the tall Ashley”, or heaven forbid “Fat/big Ashley”
on February 13th, 2014 at 8:36 am
I’d give my name, Catherine, a 9. I thank my parents every day for choosing it because it suits me perfectly; It’s classic, elegant, has lots of historical, literary cred and it manages to be feminine without being frilly. I’d give my nickname Kate or Katie a 10 for its fun, easy going sunshine connotations. The only reason Catherine didn’t get a 10 is because it can sound too serious sometimes but that’s easily countered with Katie.
Btw, hey there to all the Kate/Katy/Katies and C/Katherine’s who also love their name in the comments above 🙂 I salute you!
on February 13th, 2014 at 9:35 am
If you’d asked me this when I was in middle school, junior high or high school, I probably would’ve given my name, Irene, a 3 or 4. I hated it. I had some nicknames thrown at me (by friends or the older brother of a young girl in a church class I helped my aunt with). There was Irene the Rhino. Irene the Urinator. But, what I hated most about it was the “Irene? That’s an old lady’s name!” comments. Which felt true since I was named after my mom’s favorite aunt.
Now, I’d probably give my name a 7. It seems impossible for teenagers to spell. At fast food restaurants, where they now ask for your name, it’s been spelled Ireen, Irean, Areen, Airean, Aryn, Iryn… Which is very odd cause I thought it was a more classic name that people would just know how to spell. I work in a call center and I also have some issues with people hearing what I say my name is. My opener is “Thank you for calling the Northeast Financial Aid Answering Service. This is Irene, how can I help you?” The usual response is “Hello, Arian…” Arian? I’ve tried to stress my name “This is IIIIREEEEENE” but it doesn’t always work. I still feel like it’s an old lady’s name, but I’ve come to love the fact that I was named after someone my mom loved and that, to me, trumps the “old lady” comments. Plus, I don’t hear too many people my age with Irene, which does make me feel a little special.
on February 13th, 2014 at 11:06 am
I have a unique word name but spelled with a K instead of a C. I used to find that annoying but I’ve grown into it and kinda like it now. Everyone thinks it’s pretty. I give it a 7 or an 8.
on February 13th, 2014 at 11:15 am
My name is Cecilia and I would give in a 9.5. I love my name it is pretty and has a history. My parents got it from the Simon and Garfunkel song, but it has also been used in my family. It is familiar and has jumped up in the popularity ratings, but I actually only know one other Cecilia. The meaning isn’t amazing (it’s blind), but most people don’t pay attention to the meaning anyways. My parents also fixed this (accidentally) by making my middle name mean love so my name means “blind love”. My only problem is finding good nicknames. I don’t love Cece, but i kind of got stuck with it when i was younger. Overall it is lovely.
on February 13th, 2014 at 11:15 am
I love my name, Caroline. I think it’s pretty, feminine, elegant, and strong. It has many literary and historical connections too. The only drawbacks are that it’s fairly popular (being in the top 100 the year I was born) and it’s often mispronounced as Carolyn. I would rate it an 8.
on February 13th, 2014 at 11:39 am
I’m a Catherine Elaine. I love Catherine, but my parents decided to call me by my middle name. I’d give Elaine a 6. It’s okay. I was the only Elaine in my entire school (born early 80s). It had the delightful bonus of being called “Elaine the pain” People mispronounce it frequently as “A-lane” as opposed to ‘E-lane” but I never bother to correct it. I hate going by my middle name and just wish my parents had stuck with Catherine.
on February 13th, 2014 at 3:38 pm
My name is Madison, and I’d give it an 3. There are wayyy too many Madisons in my age group. Last semester, there were 4 other Madisons in my class alone. And I don’t especially care for the nickname options, I go by Madi sometimes, but I would have liked to be named Madelyn instead. It could have been a lot worse, so that’s why I gave it a 3.
on February 13th, 2014 at 4:22 pm
My name’s Anna. It would be great, except I live in England, where it is currently an extremely popular name. This, and the fact that there is only one nickname for Anna, (Annie, which I don’t like), means I have always found it difficult to ‘make it my own’, as it were. I’ve never really identified with it at all.
However, it does go really awesomely with my surname, which is two syllables and starts with A, – more than a few people have said it sounds like a pop star name – so a lot of people call me by my full name and I like that. Because of that, if i did change my name it would be to something similar. Another plus to the name is that it is, in fairness quite nice sounding, as well as being simple and classic.
Soo.. in balance, I’d give it a 3.
(My middle name, Ramona, I give a 7… the only downside being i cant hear it without thinking of Mona the Vampire)
on February 13th, 2014 at 4:27 pm
10! My name is Rachel, and I love it! I could not imagine being called a different name and I struggle to choose a daughter’s name that I’d like as much. It is classic, strong, and feminine without being frilly. It is easy to pronounce, and known but not overly popular. People often compliment me on my name. It has many fun nicknames, which I love! I am called Rae, Rae Rae, Rach mostly, but people have fun playing with my name.
My dear friend is Katheryn, and I love that so many enjoy this name on here, as it is a possible choice for a daughter.
on February 13th, 2014 at 4:39 pm
I give my name a 6. It was fairly popular the year I was born (top 50), but I was never in a class with another girl with this name. I always liked being the only one with my name in my class. I really like that it doesn’t have any obvious nicknames, and I also like that it reflects my heritage. If I had picked my own name, I probably would have chosen something more uncommon and more feminine. But overall, I am happy with my name and I wouldn’t change it.
on February 14th, 2014 at 12:40 am
I can easily give Cynthia a 10 (or at least 9). 😀 It’s a beautiful name with a great (mythological) connection. It suits me perfectly. Too bad there’s a lot of misspelled versions of it. I live in Asia and it was misspelled like 80-90% of the time. There’s no way I want to change it though.
on February 14th, 2014 at 9:34 am
@Fourthseason my husband LOVES the name Winter! Fyi 🙂
on February 14th, 2014 at 9:44 am
My name is Justine and I would rate it a perfectly solid 9. Growing up I always hated my name! My brother is a Jason and my sister is a Jessica and I always wished I had their easy well-known names. I didn’t fully appreciate my name until I got older and now I completely love my name. It suits me perfectly. I love that it is a name that people have heard yet don’t see often at all. I was the only Justine in all of my school years and to this day have only met three or four other Justine’s. Not to mention I always get complimented when people hear my name, which who doesn’t love that? I have a penchant for -ine ending names, thanks to my name, as they feel classic, feminine, and old-world. I thank my stars I was gifted with an uncommon but still “user-friendly” name! Even better, my name isn’t even in the top 1000 now which makes it even more special. The only reason I won’t give it a 10 is that it is so frequently misspelled (especially without the ending -e!) and always mispronounced (Christine, Janine) and always commonly mistaken for Jessica (thank you Starbucks!).
on February 14th, 2014 at 11:44 am
I give it about a 5. My name is Kathleen, which I don’t love but also don’t hate it. I was constantly called Katherine or even Caitlin. It is very old fashioned and dated and I am younger than most of the women with this name. It seems to be popular on this site, but I hated it growing up. I’ve come to terms with it, but I still think the name is too “old” for me. My parents tried to use the nickname Kathy which was a mom name at the time. I usually go by my full name but some people call me Kat, which I don’t mind. I plan to try hard to find an age appropriate name for my own future child.
on February 14th, 2014 at 11:53 am
My name is Kaylee, and I like it, but I dread it too, so I’d give it around a 3.5, or a 4. Almost everyone pronounces it like kale-E before I correct them that it’s Kay-lee (People have also called me Ky-lee, I don’t even know at this point). I’ve grown up in a school district with 3 different Kayla/Kaela’s just in my grade, but I’m the only Kaylee, so I’m constantly being called Kayla. My name’s also constantly misspelled, but I mean, when your name has at least 50 different spellings (I googled it, 79 different ways to spell Kaylee.), what should I expect? I also have earned the dreaded nickname “Kay-Kay,” which I’d rather never see anyone again than to hear that nickname.
My dad named me after Eminem’s daughter, but he thought people were gonna be like “dude, you named your kid after Eminem’s daughter,” so he put a K instead of an H and the rest is history.
I’m just glad my mom gave me the middle name Mary.
on February 14th, 2014 at 1:26 pm
My name is Angela, I rate it at 3. It’s boring and it’s become obnoxiously ironic as I have no religious beliefs and it begins with angel and means heavenly messenger. Yuck.
on February 14th, 2014 at 2:29 pm
It is interesting for me to see people who had popular names say they didn’t like them because there were so many other people with that name. I always wanted a popular name that girls my age actually had like Lauren, Ashley, Courtney, Sarah, Elizabeth, Jennifer, Megan, etc. I always preferred fitting in to standing out and growing up I was an awkward quiet nerdy kid. I can see the benefits of having a less common name now, but I advice anyone to use caution when choosing a less common name that sounds like a more popular one. My name is Kathleen but my whole life people have called me Katherine. I do prefer Katherine as I consider it to be more classic and less dated. I like ClaraOswinOswald’s user name. My husband and I are Doctor Who fans. 🙂
on February 14th, 2014 at 3:09 pm
@ explorach1 You said it! My name is Rachel. It’s a 10! I love the sound of it. It doesn’t end in the “uh” or “ee” sounds like virtually every other girl’s name. I have always loved being “one of the Rachels.” I have nicknames galore: Rach, Rachie, Rachie Baby, Ray, RaeRae, Rachelita, RachelitaPobrecita, Raquel, Raquelita.
My full name is Rachel Lane. My parents just picked it for sound. They lived on a street called _______ Lane when I was born, haha. My grandmother suggested my middle name while passing the sign. I love the story. I don’t take myself too seriously. Also, I am in the minority of people who like it when first and middle names run together.
I also love the Bible connection. Rachel is the mother of Israel.
on February 14th, 2014 at 4:13 pm
@juju_bee – Ah! I love your name! Justine (along with the other -ine ending names, Maxine, Colleen, and Geraldine) is one of my favorites and has been for years. I am glad to hear you like your name now cause I’ve considered dumping my family honoring names for a little Justine!
on February 14th, 2014 at 5:49 pm
@dixiegirl02 Thanks! Fiance and I love the show too! Now Clara is a name I love — familiar, classic but not top 50 : D.
on February 14th, 2014 at 6:11 pm
My name is Marilena; I give it an 8.5. When I was younger I hated it because no one could pronounce it (Mah-rrree-LEHN-ah), but I’ve learned to love it. Even if most people still can’t say it.
on February 14th, 2014 at 8:47 pm
I would rate my name a 7.5, because I feel it is a bit old-fashioned sounding. Otherwise it’s elegant and has great nicknames.
on February 14th, 2014 at 10:32 pm
My name is Meaghan, and I’d give my name an 8 and a half. While it’s pronounced ‘Megan’, a super common name, the spelling makes me stand out. It not only makes me unique, it also shows off my Irish heritage with its Gaelic-style spelling. Yes, it is misspelled often, but when someone I have just gotten to know spells my name right, it’s a sign they are a keeper.
on February 14th, 2014 at 10:53 pm
My name is Brandi. I think I would give it an 8. I love that is isn’t too popular so I’ve only met 2 other “Brandi’s” in my life. It fits me very well.
on February 14th, 2014 at 11:05 pm
I would give Emily a 9. I absolutely love my first name and I love all of the nickname options, just obviously super popular! My middle, Anice (anne-is), I would give a 3. I like it because it is my grandmother’s middle name. But I do not like it because it is mispronounced as anus, which was very embarrassing growing up.
on February 15th, 2014 at 9:36 am
I’d rate my name, Kimberly, about a 4. It’s not a curse to wear it but I really don’t feel much like a Kimberly, Kimmy, Kim, etc. I’d much rather have a classic name or even an interesting one, rather than a dated popular choice. And it conjures up the image of a materialistic flibbertigibbet in my mind for some reason. Blah.
on February 15th, 2014 at 1:03 pm
My name is Louise and I love it. Definitely a 10. It’s more unusual these days so I was the only girl at school with my name so it always felt very unique to me. It has a strong, bright, international feel to it. But I also love my nickname, Lulu, or Lulubelle, which both feel a bit more fun and cheeky. Although it was popular in the 70s (I’m an 80s baby) I don’t feel time stamped by it, maybe because it’s one of the most popular French & Belgian names now so when I travel I still hear it on people younger than me.
on February 15th, 2014 at 1:03 pm
I’d give my name a 10! Anna definitely fits me, the Biblical Anna is a great namesake, it’s a classic, & just has an overall pretty sound! Sure Anna Banana along with numerous other made up, rhyming words is quite annoying, but besides that, I’ve always loved my name! My first & middle combo is short & sweet & I’ve just always felt like it was so me! I’m in my early 20s & only knew one other Anna growing up, but have since met several, younger girls sharing my name. I like to hear of little Anna’s… it just proves that it’s still a great name that was used years before me & years after, but in my opinion, it’s not one that’s been used so much that everyone is tired of it. To me, it fits in with choices like Claire, Ruby, Emily, Caroline, Rebekah, etc. I’d definitely consider it for my future daughter if it weren’t my own name! Loved reading how you all feel about your respective names!!
on February 15th, 2014 at 3:24 pm
My name is Margaret Elcy “Maggie”. I’d give the full name a 9 because it has a lot of meaning to my parents – Margaret and Elcy were my grandmothers’ names – and I think it sounds great.
I’m Maggie 99% of the time. I’d give it 7.5 because it’s cute and spunky, but gets misheard a lot (everyone seems to hear it as Megan) and feels childish.
I like Margaret a lot; it’s classic, feminine, vintage and not frilly, but it can seem a bit dated. Like maggiemary, I’d give it 8.
The best thing about my name is that no one else in my school has my first or last name, so I always know when the teacher is talking to me.
on February 15th, 2014 at 3:52 pm
My name is Leila Frances, which I adore. I have a hard time explaining why, but I’d definitely give it a 9/9.5
on February 15th, 2014 at 9:51 pm
I’d have to give my name, Emily, a 6.5. It would have a much higher rating if it weren’t for the popularity, as it really is a lovely name and has literary connotations. The popularity really does annoy me, though. I like my middle name, Kate, much better. I always have wished that my parents would have named me Kate instead… I’ve always felt like more of a Kate, and my grandparents and many other family members call me Kate and Katie anyways. My father has always called me Emmaline as a pet name, which used to drive me insane as a child, but now I love it.
I’m so jealous when people talk about how much they love their name. I really do like the sound of my name, the meaning and namesakes, but it’s just too common for me.
on February 15th, 2014 at 11:52 pm
I give my name a 10. It’s unique but not wildly so. it’s Machion. My mother mispelled it. It should be Michon. But I love it.
on February 16th, 2014 at 1:43 am
2.0. It’s not the worst (Hannah) but can you really like your name when every time you respond to it someone says, “what? i wasn’t talking to /you/”
on February 16th, 2014 at 1:50 am
I was scrolling through here and I saw another poster say their name was Lacey, which caught my eye as it’s my name, spelled the same. Then I saw her middle name machelle, which she mentioned was a spelling variation of Michelle, which is crazy because my middle name is Meshell! What a coincidence! I don’t love my name, but I don’t hate it. I feel it’s a bit trendy and I cringe when people call it a ‘low class, or trashy name’ because I am nothing of the sort. That being said I almost never meet anyone with my name, and my husband, for whatever reason, absolutely loves my name so that makes me give it a solid 5.
on February 16th, 2014 at 2:12 am
My name is Reilly and I would rate it a 9 🙂 I love the way it sounds and it’s pretty unique. I’ve only met one other Reilly and she spelt her name Rylie. It’s a gender neutral name which I like as well. It fits me perfectly. The only downside is that people spell it wrong ALL THE TIME. I love it so much that it doesn’t even matter to me 🙂
on February 16th, 2014 at 9:07 am
My name is Victoria and I love it! So I’d rate Victoria a 10.
She’s a classic choice, with an international flair and a variation of nicknames despite being known as Victoria by family (I’m known as Tori at work because my boss is Victoria and exclusively Victoria) even though this name is common and I know many Victoria’s including a variation of spellings such as Viktoria and Viktorya. It’s beautiful and well known but feels so classic and regal that despite being common she feels fresh. I love it!
on February 16th, 2014 at 10:48 am
I’d give my name a 6…Abigail is okay, I suppose, but the name always reminded me of a goose. Probably because one of the geese in the Aristocats was named Abigail, and that scarred me in my childhood. 🙂 My nickname, Abby, which almost everybody calls me, is a 5. For some reason, I just have never loved it, but it’s pretty much too late now for people to start calling me Abigail. Whoops!
on February 16th, 2014 at 5:19 pm
My name is Allison, which I would give a 7. I adore the nn Allie which I would give a 10 – but not many people call me Allie and it’s sort of too late to get people to do it now, 🙁 . Well, my best friend calls me Allie, but she’s the only one. But Allison has the sound “sin” (or does it? Do you pronounce Allison Al-li-son or Al-li-sin? I’ve never known how to pronounce it properly, and just go with something in between). Allison is also pretty popular among people my age. I’m the only one in my grade of about 180 girls, but camp there is 1 Ali, 1 Ally, 1 Allyson, 1 Alison and myself – and we’re all on staff! It’s a lot. So Allison get’s a 7.
on February 17th, 2014 at 9:20 pm
I LOVE my name (Zoe) spelled the original Greek way, with the two dots above the e. It means Life. I’ve always loved it and thought it beautiful. It also suits me so well. I’d give it a 10, but alas, due to its booming popularity, I have to give it a 9. It wasn’t so common when I was a kid, but you can’t swing a cat without hitting a little Zoe/Zoey/Zooey/Zoie/Zoee (misspellings and yooneek spellings make my head ache) these days.
Downsides though – I get called Chloe and Joey A LOT. But I still love my name enough to keep it at a 9.
on February 20th, 2014 at 2:40 am
I would give my first name Bronté a nine or ten. People have comlimented me for it before and I think it suits me 100% perfectly, I can’t imagine anyone I know suiting it but it is just so me. Some people think it sounds harsh but I like the way I pronounce it (BRON-tay not BRON-tee). I also love that it’s different- I’m the only one I know in my town with my name. And it’s not like it’s made up, it’s sort of classic and literary, after the Brontë sisters 🙂
My middle name Frances I would give an 8, it’s lovely and classic and makes Bronté even better because they sound fantastic with my last name. I don’t know any Frances and it’s more common than Bronté but i feel if it was my first name I wouldn’t have liked it as a child because it seems a bit old lady-ish. The nickname Frankie or Francie would have been cute and cool though!
on February 23rd, 2014 at 1:35 am
I would give my first name, Mikayla, a 7. I like the name and I feel like its a name that has become more popular in recent times. There are far too many variations of the name and no one ever thinks of my spelling first. My mother hated nicknames so I was only ever called Mikayla, but I run into a lot of people who try to give me some sort of nickname. I’ve also found the “y” throws some people off (which seems weird to me since “Kayla” is a fairly popular name) and I get the pronunciation “Mik-EYE-la.”
on February 24th, 2014 at 8:24 pm
My name is Stephanie and i’d rate it…a 9. I really do love my name. The only reason it doesn’t get a 10 is because it was SUPER common growing up for girls. When someone said Stephanie me and 7 other girls would say “Yeah” or “Here” at the same time. I was born in 89 and my class was born 88/89 i’m 25 now. It was slightly irritating but i’ve always loved my name despite that. I really don’t hate having a super common name even though so many people think it’s a nightmare to give their baby a common name, I really don’t mind. It’s not that big a deal imho.
It’s also really feminine, which I am not. I’m more of a tomboy. But despite all that it does fit me, I mean it’s the only name i’ve ever known and I like it.
on May 1st, 2014 at 3:36 pm
Joslyn Christina perfect Ten! Named after my father Jose and my mother Linda. Middle name after my Auntie Chrissy. A name with meaning. Cute nicknames, Jos, Jossie, Jawsy. Sounds lovely. Easy to pronounce in most languages. People have always told me how unique my name is. There were a few of us growing up and now I hear it a lot. My bestie named her daughter after me having loved my name as children. However, I hate the Jocelyn three syllable spelling and pronunciation.
on May 28th, 2014 at 8:48 am
Hmm.. I’d give Marta a 4. It was moderately popular (there was always another Marta in my class, but not as popular as Katherine or Alexandra – once I had 4 Catherine’s and 6 Alexandra’s in one class! madness). My middle name is Aleksandra, though, and I’d give it a 4 for the popularity. In a combo – Marta Aleksandra, i’d give it a 4.5 – 5. I’ve never felt connected to my name, and I am not convinced to it’s meaning – a lady, a mistress (I even read once of a ‘housewife’, meaning, yuck!). Tho I like the meaning of Alexandra (warrior or something), but it’s sooo popular I’d never give it to myself if I could – aha, also, my younger sister is Aleksandra Dominika (mn is femninzation of Dominic), and my very first cousin is also Alexandra. I also have a few friends and other cousins named that. I given myself a third name – Helena, because of my love to Lena (and Lena was not a saint). Now I don’t like Lena that much as it became no.2 in Poland, and on top of that I am not using the third name – AND I am not religious or anything. Sad, coz I’d give Helena a 7 or 8. Though, I’m Marta – maybe a bit plain name, but I’ve grown to it somehow. I am also jealous of the previous commentators who love their name and gave it 9 or 10 – it’s such a blessing to feel perfect about your own name!
on May 28th, 2014 at 8:52 am
Oh, I forgot: on the upside of being named Marta, it is very international name – I live in the UK for three years now, and I never had any problems with it. Even in the US where my father lives. And surprisingly, everybody seems natural about the lack of English ‘h’ inside.
on May 28th, 2014 at 9:51 am
I would rate Alexandra a 7.5 or an 8. I’ve loved names for a while but only recently started thinking about my own… I do really like it but I’m not totally sure that it FITS, you know?
on May 28th, 2014 at 2:06 pm
When I was younger I dislike my name. Until I got to about 16 and I started to like it. I’d give it a 5. It was very popular the year I was born.
on May 28th, 2014 at 2:30 pm
I like my name, but since I was 4 I’ve had phases where I wanted to be called anything but Della. When I was 4-5 I went by Grace, and from 4-8 grade I was Ella, Celeste, and Malcolm (yeah). But now I love my name, and would give it a 7. But I really hate when people think I’m Bella, Ella, Stella, Pella, Joella, Dell, Dellah, Delilah, Delilililia, Delilia, etc.
on July 5th, 2014 at 12:29 am
I give my name Madaleine a 8. I am named after a little red headed French girl from a tv show. This name to me is classic and beautiful. You never hear it a lot and if you do it’s spelled Madeleine not my way. My nickname maddie I give a 5 because you hear it a lot.
on July 22nd, 2014 at 12:30 pm
I give my name, Gabriela, a 3.5. I’m named after a biblical angel who wasn’t even female, even though my parents aren’t even christian. I hate my name, because parents just took a male’s name and turned it into a female one by adding some extra letters to the end of it. Not to mention, IF YOU NAME YOUR CHILD A BIBLICAL NAME, THEY WILL HAVE ABOUT FIVE OTHER GIRLS/BOYS IN THEIR CLASS WITH THE SAME NAME AS THEM. (AND ABOUT TEN OTHER GIRLS/BOYS IN THEIR SCHOOL WITH THE SAME NAME.) So unless you want them going as Sarah H. or Sarah B., I would suggest that you stay away from the biblical names, whether you’re Christian or not. Seriously. I’ve always hated this common name and wish I could change it, even though Gabriella is A BIT more common. (That’ll probably change soon though, because of all the parents racing for their kids to have the most “UNIQUE” or “RARE” names.) HA HA, I bet they don’t know that they’ll still be giving their kids one of the most common names in the book. Sorry, if you want to even come CLOSE to being “unique”, please. . . . Don’t give your child(ren) a biblical name.
This has been bothering me for such a long time; I created this account partially so I could post this. I asked my mom why she had to name me this and she responded, “Because I liked the name!”
Guess what, parents? It’s not about what you LIKE, it’s about what your CHILD will like.
So please, for their sake. . . . Don’t name them a biblical name, whether it’s “common” or not.
on July 22nd, 2014 at 1:04 pm
Oh, I didn’t remember to Include this in my last comment:
At least if you name your child Sophia or Jackson, (using them for examples because they seem to be pretty popular CURRENTLY). . . .
Still those names will eventually go out of style just like all other names. Olivia won’t be popular forever. Madison, nope. Mikayla, most likely not.
Chances are, these names at least in about 100 years will become like any other random name. (Or maybe semi-popular or “familiar sounding” if it somehow becomes more trendy, maybe promoted by an actor/actress’ child.)
You have to REMEMBER: Biblical names will never go out of style. Even the ones that aren’t being used much today will eventually become used tomorrow.
on August 26th, 2014 at 11:43 pm
Hmm, I’d give my name – Rachel – about an 8.5!
on September 24th, 2014 at 8:01 pm
I’d give my name, Darshan, a 5 because while I don’t hate it anymore I don’t exactly love it.
on October 1st, 2014 at 12:41 am
I’m an Amy, and I would give my name a 9. It is very simple and classic and not very popular these days without being obscure. I also like the nn Ames, but I only get called that by a few people, which makes it kinda special 🙂
on October 4th, 2014 at 2:24 am
My given name is Lindi and because its a nickname for most I always wondered what people would call me when I grew up. Happily they still call me Lindi. My mom’s cousin was Linda, but was Lindi for short and my mom still says my name reminds her of cookies and milk. For that and many other reasons (including its meaning) I adore my name and wouldn’t change it! I think it’s a 10.
on November 17th, 2014 at 12:15 am
I’d give my name, Petra, a 9. I like Petra as a name, but it’s not one of my favourites. I personally think that it’s prettier than Patricia. My dad named me Petra because of he meaning, ‘rock’ in greek and its versatility, because it is also a thai name (pronounced differently) which sort of means cargo ship (representing hard work). If it weren’t my name, I would probably give it an 8, but it gets brownie points for the reason behind it.
on May 30th, 2016 at 11:10 am
I cannot believe that Im the first Tiffany here, so maybe I will add back one more point just because of that to make it a 7 ?.
80’s name, too popular, all sorts of tiffany brand/movie related jokes, so so and the one and only nick name tiff.
But I guess it sounds nice as a full name, and flow nicely with my fairly short last name.
on August 4th, 2017 at 9:57 pm
So my parents named me Isabel. Turns out, I am transgender so I’ve since changed it to Roger, and obviously I really like that name since I picked it for myself. But I always hated the name I was given. I hate the “ih” sound in it, the letter b is my least favourite sounding of all of them, and everyone always thought I was hispanic even though I’m not. I also got a nickname I hate from it.
on March 22nd, 2019 at 6:58 pm
I would rate my name, Sylvia, as an 8. I love the meaning of the name, nature girl or girl of the woods, as this describes me well. I also like the nickname Sylvie but mainly just my family uses it. Surprisingly pretty much everyone is able to pronounce Sylvia, but some people have trouble spelling it. My only other complaints are that is very close to saliva and that it always spelled Syliva.
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