Tell Us About Your Berry Alias!

Linda and I were talking about our beloved Berries the other day, naturally calling people by their Berry names since for the most part we don’t know their real names, when suddenly dawn broke.

Hey!, we thought.  Here we are, a name site, with lots of regular visitors who are fascinated by names and think and know a lot about the subject, and yet they’re known by names they’ve invented for themselves.  So where did those names come from?

That started us thinking about how the internet had given rise to a whole new era of self-naming and name invention as well as reinvention, giving us all the opportunity to devise new names for ourselves via our email addresses, our screen aliases, our Twitter handles, the Facebook middle names and respellings meant to throw school administrators and prospective employers off the track…..

We wondered if the web’s demand that we rename ourselves might be making people more interested in names in general and also more open to non-traditional names such as word names, color names, animal names, invented names and yooneek spellings.  If you’re an academic onomast looking for a subject for your Ph.D. thesis, that might be a good topic; please let us know your findings.

Meanwhile, closer to home and real life, we wondered how and why all of you chose the names you use on Nameberry.  Some of you may not be willing to share the secret meaning and codes embedded in your Berry aliases, but if you are, we’d love to hear it.

We’re also aware that some of you chose Berry names on the fly and now would love to change them, though our system (ironically enough) does not make that easy.  So tell us about that too!

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GigiGibbons Says:

August 21st, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Gibbons is my married name, but Gigi was a nickname given to me at a former workplace. It was family owned, and the family was of Arabic descent. My name is Jane, and it’s pretty basic but one of the wives there had a hard time pronouncing it. “Zsa..Juh.. Gi.. Oh I just call you Gigi.” They still call me by that whenever we meet in the odd place.

The name never caught on with my family, and now I have a little cousin with the same nickname. But if I were to change my name legally (and haven’t we all fantasized about the same notion?) it would be Gigi Gibbons.

conley Says:

August 21st, 2012 at 11:50 pm

My middle name! A family sur name.

ashthedreamer Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 12:14 am

It’s fairly simple, lol. I’m Ashley, and I’m a head-in-the-clouds dreamer. And ashthedreamer sounds better than ashleythedreamer does. 🙂

Claredelune Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 12:22 am

Good post idea! Clare is my almost-name, one I think would suit me much more than actual name: Taylor. My parents went for a family surname thinking it would be highly unique–not so! Though a wee bit ahead of the curve in the late 80’s.

As for the rest of the alias: beautiful music by one of my favorite composers. 🙂 (Sigh–so many positive cultural associations. I still feel a little wistful.)

I’m going hardcore classicist/traditionalist for my own children, let me tell you. 🙂

ElleAyeEssAy Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 12:25 am

My username sounds out my name Lisa but I’m not a fan of my name and Elle has always been an alter ego name to me 🙂

rollo Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 12:28 am

There was a boy at school with this name and I always liked it.

alibaba Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 12:40 am

My name is Alison. Some people call me Ali and my best childhood friend calls me Alibaba. I love crazy nicknames. Her name is Wendy and I call her Windex.

Worchazer Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 1:41 am

My screen name should have been Wordchazer, but I mis-typed it so we have Worchazer instead (and I can’t change it…grrr). I’m a freelance editor and proofreader (a chaser of words) who obviously registered on an off day. Explains why I always read everything through twice when I’m editing.

ebenezer.scrouge Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 2:44 am

Well Ebenezer Scrouge is a nickname I have and I like it. Because my name is Ebony.

grackym Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 3:17 am

Gracky is my phonetic nickname from my husband, he just pronounces the C in Grace as a K and makes the E a long eee sound! Lol pretty original
The M is just my last initial though-interesting post!

mrssarasmith Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 3:57 am

I go by my real name on this site but I use Satine as an alias a lot! It fits because my maiden initials are S.A.T. and I love Moulin Rouge! I also think Satine is a gorgeous name. It’s on my guilty pleasure list : )

Maple10 Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 5:56 am

Maple is a name my hubby uses sometimes for the color of my eyes. I love how unique it is, but now that Jason bateman used it, it might gust catch on.

TheFutureMrsB Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 6:00 am

My screenname came from my boyfriend/fiance. I was supposed to be meeting his uncle and cousins a few days after we got engaged but we weren’t telling anyone we were.
The night before I met them he said he wished he could introduce me as the next Mrs. Baker. Since we have almost 2 & 1/2 years til our wedding in the future I’ll be Mrs. Baker, hence thefuturemrsb.

xiabelle Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 6:09 am

Xiabelle is a name I’ve used on the internet for probably close to 20 years! It has no real meaning, but was inspired by the naming conventions for the dryads in David Eddings’ books, which I happened to be reading when I made it up. Their names start with X and I thought ‘I like dryads’ and I thought it had a pretty sound, so there you go.

AureliaGwendolen Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 6:10 am

Aurelia and Gwendolen are both names I love, and since this is a naming site I thought it would be nice to incorporate names into my handle.

LilySong Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 6:13 am

LilySong comes from the meaning of my first & middle names. 🙂

foreverelectra Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 6:25 am

My 2nd daughter died right before birth. The middle name we gave her is Electra, which means “shining, bright.” So, ForeverElectra is a nod to her and to my outlook on faith and life.

Mego0801 Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 6:27 am

I *always* wanted a cool nn to go by, so Junior year in High School when a few friends started calling me ‘Mego’, I seriously encouraged it lol 🙂 My birthday is August First, so Mego0801, I’ve been using it everywhere since HS. Love reading about everyone else’s name! 🙂

aunt_ning Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 6:45 am

Mine is actually very simple. I am an aunt, and when I was choosing a new email address my niece was a baby and learning to talk and Jeannie came out Ning Ning for some reason, and then a friend mentioned to me that Ning Ning is essentially Chinese for Jeannie so Aunt_Ning I became, so Aunt Jeannie is my name and my alias lol.
No clue how she got Ning Ning from jeannie though, the other kiddos at the time always called me NeNe, and then my littlest nephew now calls me GG,

pam Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 7:15 am

I’m loving these! I feel like I’m learning so much about all of you via your alias stories. Keep them coming!

isabel_r Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 7:19 am

haha well my name’s isabel and my last name begins with an r. boring, right? I got the idea from school, where, since pre-k, our internet usernames have been First initial_lastname, but I did the opposite because of internet safety and all.

Aurra Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 7:22 am

My name, Aurra, is Aurora without the ‘o’, and my favorite nickname of it. It’s on my GP list.

chicamerlin Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 7:25 am

My pets are my kids right now (lol), so I took my dog’s name (Chica) and my cat’s name (Merlin) and put them together. I made this account in somewhat of a hurry so it was the only thing I could think of at the time!

watermellie Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 7:53 am

Haha. Well, my name is Melody. Most ppl call me Melody but my BFF calls me Mellie. So, she turned that into Watermellie (watermelon, get it?). So, my username is watermellie! And I absolutely loove it. No regrets here.

sosie Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 8:01 am

My name is Sophie but ever since I was little my parents have called me Sosie which I actually prefer to my real name!

LexieM Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 8:03 am

Lexie is my nickname (real name is Alexandra) M is the first initial of my second middle name.

N3011 Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 8:05 am

My user name represents the day me and my fiance started dating N for November and then 30 for the 30th of 2011 (11)

StrixOniro Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 8:10 am

My username means ‘owl dreamer’ in greek. I can’t remember if it’s ancient or modern greek, though. But I chose it because I love owls, and I’m sort of a dreamer.

Jennai Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 8:36 am

My initials are J.A.K. and I used to make up names. One of them was Junaiko. Then it changed to Junai and then more closely to my actual name Jennai.

babiesK Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 8:44 am

Alas, mine is rather boring as well. My last name begins with
K and I first came here for help naming babies! We’re done now, but nameberry definitely helped solidify two of our children’s names and spellings (it wasn’t around for the first). Now I come back because it’s hard to quit!

Natural Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 8:52 am

Boring as it may be, it’s because I have natural hair. And I just so happen to see this gorgeous woman with a chubby baby, with tightly coiled/curly hari in an advertisement on Nameberry. Lol

Natural Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 8:52 am

I meant hair*.

AmandaRhiannon Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 9:01 am

It’s just my first and middle names.

flashy09 Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 9:01 am

After my racehorse (sired by a horse called Flashy Bull), who was born in 2009

peach25 Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 9:12 am

Love peaches,and it’s the name of my cat (the Giant Peach). I’m also an older berry, as evidenced by my given name, Nancy, which was going around like the flu in the 50s-60s. My pal growing up was Nancy, who became Nanci, and my college roommate was also Nancy. We still call each other by our last names, or silly “Russian” nicknames — Natasha and Sonya — from when we were reading Russian lit.

Greyer Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 9:29 am

My first username on the site was Grey, which is my favorite color. It seems boring, but I associate names with colors, and my name also has grey in it.

Then some kind of error happened and I couldn’t log into my account, even after emailing the admins, so I created a new one. I wanted people on the site to still know who I was, so I chose Greyer.

On other sites I go by the alias Kai, which is the first three letters of my first name.

Saranel Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 9:37 am

My name is Sarah. I am a huge fan of Tolkien and his various created languages. Sarah means princess and the elven equivalent is Aranel. The two names with the same meaning seemed to flow very well into each other so Saranel I became.

Kibby Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 9:39 am

My full name is Kimberly, my Fiance calls me Kib or Kibby
, a practical cute nickname for Kimberly that’s not the common Kim or Kimmy most call me.

labmama Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 9:42 am

I have loved reading everyone’s responses here! I chose Labmama for a few reasons:

-I’m a mama-when I joined, I had one daughter; now I have two.
-I work in a lab as a Medical Lab Technologist.
-I grew up in a beautiful part of the world, called Labrador, although I’m not there right now. We call it The Big Land, and I’d encourage everyone to at least google it!

TinaBina Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 9:53 am

Well, my name is Tina so by no choice of my own 80% of the people I meet that are 10 years older than me or more feel the need to sing me ‘Tina bina bo bina etc”. Ya, because before you said it doubt anyone has every thought of that. Original lol. Anyways I was running out of options for “names” on sites and hate to throw random numbers in, so since my last name initial is B now, I figured why the heck not.

trich323 Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 10:02 am

I usually use Arduinna as a screen name. I have a Dictionary of Celtic Mythology that I used to read when I was a teenager, and I always liked the idea of a goddess of boars!

I think the name was taken when I created an account, and I was in a hurry to create an account an post on something so I just picked something thinking I would be able to put more thought into it later (oops). Trich is basically a JLo-ization of my real name. Yawn.

QuinnTheEskimo Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 10:07 am

Quinn is my middle name and it’s what my family calls me a lot of the time. Quinn the Eskimo was my “theme” song growing up so it just seemed natural!

Auntie_A Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 10:40 am

Well, I’m an aunt & my first name starts with an A. I actually hate being called auntie but it sounded better than just aunt a. I also thought of using “double A” (for aunt + {my name}) because that’s what I first wanted my niece to call me…it never caught on though. 🙂

eechick Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 10:41 am

I would change mine if I could. This was the first site not school related that I got a username for, so I wasn’t very creative with it. eechick was my middle school IM name. E is the first letter of my first name, and chick was a name I was called by our neighbors when I was a toddler.

encore Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 10:43 am

“Encore” is kind of a personal thing from my childhood. It’s not a nickname for me or anyone else, just something close to my heart when I made this account. But since then the people associated with this word have made me realize why I am no longer in contact with them. So it’s kind of a bad thing for me now.

My real name is Erica. I would probably just use that if I could change it.

JessicaT11 Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 10:53 am

My whole life I’ve been referred to as Jessica T. Its funny that most people on here would rather loose an arm than pick a name for their child that might get them referred to as “First name Last initial”, but I embraced it for myself. I guess I’m not very creative when it comes to my own identity.
The number 11 has a special meaning I’d rather not share.

caty_beth89 Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 10:55 am

Mine is kind of boring too. My full name is Cathryn Elizabeth. I was never called Caty Beth, but I had one of those My Twin dolls that I named Caty Beth when I was a kid. I was born in 89.

Roux Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 11:03 am

My name is Rachel and family and friends have often called me Rachie-Roo, or just Roo. But then I realized that Roux also means red-haired, and I have red hair 🙂

samjaymc Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 11:07 am

Mine is kind of boring. My full name is Samantha Jayne. My last name begins in Mc like McDonalds. So shorten my full name Samantha Jayne Mc________, and you get my username

niteowl13 Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 11:10 am

I love owls and the #13 is my lucky #. It’s niteowl cuz I am sooo not a morning person and tend to stay up late a lot. I spelled it nite to be youneek LOL 🙂

niteowl13 Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 11:13 am

Side note: I probably could have incorporated my real name in there since it is usually available, but I wanted to be anonymous.
PS – My name is Glenys

spotlightstarlit Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 11:18 am

Yes, I would love to change mine as it was an old email address! I was a stage actress at the time.

If I could change I’d change it to Caro, the one nickname I enjoy of all my possibilities.

sillysheila Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 11:19 am

My username is a nickname my husband has for me. I call him Silly Billy, he calls me Silly Sheila. We’ve each said that we are at our happiest when we can make the other laugh, so we act rather silly sometimes. These nicknames have no bearing on our actual given names. We actually have several nicknames for each other, our daughter, and even our dog. I adore nicknames. They allude to a sense of familiarity and friendship. They are almost secret names, a gift we give our best friends, dear family, and closest confidantes. It’s a way to show our love and fondness.

ErinLW Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 11:22 am

erinlw is just my first name and my middle and last initials. Kind of boring, but it works. I’d change it if I got the chance, but it’s not a huge deal to me if I can’t.

mermuse Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 11:23 am

mermuse = mermaid + muse

like, a mermaid who is also a muse?

or the muse of the mermaids?

Whirligig Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 11:54 am

My username is the name of my first boat. I used it for everything. But if I had the opportunity to change it then I would be radicaldaisy. This is after the felt daisy I illegally sewed onto my school blazer. It has become my symbol of rebellion and my right to be unique.

Starcatcher668 Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 11:56 am

Well, I have a tendency to kind of, well, travel to La-La land. My friends always call me Starcatcher too, so I just decided to use it for my Nameberry username. And 668? Just some random numbers…

MamaMaassy Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Our baby coming in December will call me “Mama” (Egyptians standard name for mothers) and Maassy is a shortened version of our last name – and no, believe it or not there’re no typos in that, lol.

I also used to call my mother-in-law that, but now it’s mine, lol.

juniperle Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 12:23 pm

My mom would call me Juniper and I added my middle and last initial, L&E. Voila, Juniperle!

maggiemary Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Well my name first name + middle name is Margaret Mary and I mainly go by Maggie, so maggiemary it was. I figured that there must be THOUSANDS of Margaret Mary’s in the world, so it’s not like my user name can identify me!

froggie_luvah Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Oh, this is easy. I love frogs. A lot. I’ve even got the license plate to prove it. When I signed up for my very first hotmail account froggie_lover was taken, and so I was forced to be creative.

capturedcastle Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Inspired by the book I Capture The Castle (my dad says the main character reminds him of me), and St. Teresa of Avila’s “Interior Castle”. Castles within and without, fortresses of isolation or introspection.

ClaireDarling Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Well, my first name is Claire, and Darling is for the surname of Wendy, Michael, and John in the stories about Peter Pan. I have always been enamored with Pan, and use darling on my twitter account as well.

Saracita00 Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Saracita is a pet name my grandfather made up when I was just a tiny girl. It was a play on words using Spanish, English, and my given name; he told me it meant, “my little Sarah,” or “little sweet Sarah.” I credit him for most of my name-nerd and word-geek tendencies!

00 is for 2000, the year I was married.

GoodHope Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I wanted a username that didn’t incorporate my real name, any numbers, and wasn’t recycled from another site. While I was pondering, my son was playing with his globe–spinning it, putting his finger down, and asking me questions about wherever it landed. He ended up on South Africa at just the right moment, and the Cape of Good Hope caught my eye.

Considering it was chosen on the fly, I really, really like it. I love that it sounds upbeat and positive.

I sometimes wonder if everyone thinks my name is Hope! It’s lovely, though, so I could hardly complain.

BritishAmerican Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I’m British because I was born and grew up in England.
I’m American because my husband of 11 years is American and we live in the US. So I became a naturalized US citizen in 2006.
Hence BritishAmerican. 🙂

I like the username because it doesn’t use my real name, though I’ve mentioned my name on all the names sites I visit anyway! Plus the name is usually not already taken as a username.

little.lottie710 Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Little Lotte is a song in the Phantom of the Opera, and that’s my favorite Broadway musical. 710 was the number assigned to a homeroom I had, and really liked.

The End. 🙂

madellanlove Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 2:18 pm

My username happened when I was teaching at a daycare one year. My name is Madeleine, and one of the kids always pronounced it Madellan (stress on the second syllable). I decided I liked it, and so it became my username on this site!

madellanlove Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Oh and Love is my middle name.

Supermomwannabe Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I was a single mom for about 3 years and decided that I needed super powers, you know like x-ray vision and stretch arms and things like that. Since I couldn’t actually be a Super Mom (like Super Man), Supermomwannabe I became.

OnceUponaName Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Since I was only on for a couple weeks with my other alias, I actually did change mine. 🙂 I love fairytales (and the show) and thought “name” would go well instead of “time”. I guess I should have looked it up first though- it’s a line of children’s products!

MeleriHaf Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I studied the beautiful Welsh language in college, and then spent a summer in Wales studying further. There are so many fabulous Welsh names, but many are too hard for Americans to say. Meleri is one of my favorites, but it sounds too much like malaria. Since I can’t use it in real life on my own(currently hypothetical) children, I can use it as an internet handle. And since my real name is a Mel name, I can keep the same nickname.

And Haf is Welsh for summer. It’s pretty and it flows well.

Dearest Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I had just discovered the word. XD I wanted something simple, straight-forward and sweet, and I wanted a vocabulary word, no ‘decorations’ like extra letters, or hyphens or something long like a title. There was another user on the site I first used it called Pearl, and I always thought that was amazing. Dearest does the same for me 🙂

adelaideivy Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Adelaide Ivy is the combo that I currently have set aside for any future daughters. 🙂

periwinkle Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 3:50 pm

My middle name is Perry and when I was younger, I never really thought it sounded nice as a girls name. I’d been called Perry since birth but at the age of ten I told my parents that I wanted to be called by my first name which is Nora. I Love Nora and I get so many complements on it.
Periwinkle was a nickname my uncle gave me and it changed to
Nora Periwinkle.
And occasionally my Mum will still me that.


dancingwithdad Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I once got an email that talked about the word GUIDANCE describing it as G = God, U = you, I = the word “I”…God, you and I dance. As in God’s guidance in our life leads us in the dance that is life. I live overseas where email can be watched and sometimes the word “God” can be a trigger. So I started using “dad” instead of “God” in emails. After getting the guidance email, I came up with dancingwithdad…dancing with God.

JEMama Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Mine is sort of boring, my initials are JEM and I am a mama so I combined thoae two things.

amylette Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 4:48 pm

My name is Amy. Amylette is the name I used of my blog. It combines my name and one of my favourites – Colette!

emmyk12 Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Mine isn’t too exciting–I’m Emily, nickname Emmy to close friends and family and to the kiddos in my daycare. K is my last initial and 12 is for my birthday. 🙂

LadyCap Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 4:53 pm

A few years ago, I played Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and fell in love with the role. Theatre folk usually refer to the role as “Lady Cap.”

Aurora Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Aurora is the name I would choose if I ever have a daughter.

Taz Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Taz is what I called my daughter before I met her! She moved around so much, it just made sense…we called her Kiki too (as in kicky) but I picked Taz for whatever reason.

My name is Tara so now I think Taz works for me.

MidnightSkies Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Well my middle name is actually Midnight (yes, seriously). And I am simply love looking out at the sky at night. So MidnightSkies wasn’t that hard to think of. Not very interesting story but hey I have no regrets on my Nameberry alias. I love it so much that I have started to go by my middle name! 🙂

– Charlotte Midnight (aka MidnightSkies) 😉

1234plus1 Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I joined nameberry when I was expecting the 4th member of our family and wanted something anonymous. Yes, it’s bland I know 😉 now we are awaiting the 5th member!

southern.maple Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 5:49 pm

When I made this account, all I knew was that I wanted to incorporate a tree name into my username. All of the tree names I wanted to use were taken, so I figured I would have to add an adjective to the mix.

I went with maple because of stories my grandmother tells from her childhood. She and her dad used to go hiking in the woods together, and they’d always stop underneath a certain maple tree to rest. She would play and he would work on his wood carvings. I chose Southern because, well, I’m Southern and my entire family has been in the South for well over 200 years. Therefore, I’m southern.maple. 🙂

CharacterNamer Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I chose it on the fly: I thought I would use Nameberry mostly to name characters, hence CharacterNamer. My other aliases are either Latin, really weird, or Cathalia, a name I made up (Taking Catherine, a name sort of like mine that I like much better, and adding a Greek-sounding, Fantasy-sounding, frilly ending, so I can use Catherine nicknames but sound ethereal)

melsaliesas Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Melsaliesas is a nickname that my younger brother gave me when we were kids (my name is Melanie). He was “budsaliesas” and my sister Sharyn was “sharsaliesas”.

Lo Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 6:23 pm

My name is Laura and I grew up without a nickname so of course I was envious of those with ones. When I started dating my future husband he dubbed me Lo and he calls me that most of the time. My maiden name began with the letters Co so before we were married I was sometimes even Loco.

PinkPenguin87 Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 7:32 pm

My favorite color is pink, my favorite animal is a penguin, and I was born in 1987.I’m a simple kinda gal 🙂

Poppy528 Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I assumed I would need to differentiate myself from the multitudes of Poppies on the interwebs (silly name virgin). And while 528 is significant, I’d rather just be Poppy. I think Starling, Tinsley, Lundy, or Sinclair would be cute web names too

s_dimples Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 8:16 pm

My alias is actually my American Sign Language name. I have been signing since high school and at some point they give you a sign unique to you so that you don’t have to spell out your name all the time. So since my name starts with an S and I have dimples – they (my deaf friends) combined the two for my sign name.

Snow_White Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Snow White is a nick name of mine that I have had since a child, because I look like her, I love apples and winter( hence the snow part of the name) and it has always been my favorite fairy tale.

RowanaSabe Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 9:21 pm

My screen name is inspired by a fantasy novel I was reading when I joined. “R” and “S” are also the initials of my name, so I found it very agreeable.

CassieCake Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 9:25 pm

My name is Cassie, and I have type one diabetes, so people are always joking that I am extra sweet or that I can’t eat cake (I CAN eat cake)… But anyway, it’s one of the many nicknames invented by my silly co-workers.

Kyri Laina Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I used to have an account on and once, when I was playing a BNG, I had to use a link to name B/G twins. The names I chose were Kyri Laina and Laedin Kerridon. I almost was going to use these names for twins in a story I wrote, but then I changed their names. When I made this account, Kyri Laina was and is a favorite of mine, and I wanted to make a Berry name that wasn’t what I usually used for website accounts.

Lucky Lindy Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 10:06 pm

People never seem to get my name right, sometimes I say, “Lindy, ya know like Lucky Lindy or Lindy Hop”… and about 10% of the time they understand what I am talking about.
Sad, sad.
Others times I say “Cindy with a “L” instead of “C”, but that isn’t as catchy, ha!

brynnash Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 10:09 pm

I’m brynnash. My first name is Brynn and my middle name is Ashley (which I really dislike), but I like brynnash. I don’t think I would change my username, even if I could. brynnash is easy to remember and explain.

katybug Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 10:41 pm

My name is Katy, and my freshman year in college was the second year that all students were issued an email address at my university (so yes, I am very old!). The system generated address was, and all of the girls on my dorm floor wanted to change hers to something more personal and fun. I was stumped and asked for advice, and a boy named Bill suggested katybug, “like ladybug,” and I knew it was the one. I adopted ladybugs as my personal symbol too! I joined Nameberry relatively early on, and was thrilled that katybug wasn’t taken yet.

imperioustigerlily Says:

August 22nd, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I use imperioustigerlily everywhere. It’s actually a nod to Alice in Wonderland. Garden of talking flowers that sing “All In the Golden Afternoon” in the cartoon, you know? I’m a fantasy author, so Alice is, of course, important to me. imperioustigerlily just fits me really well because I’m really tall (about six feet, give or take an inch), crazy skinny, and pretty confident, which made one of my high school English teachers call me “imperious” one time. So, when I re-read the L.C. book again over a year ago, imperioustigerlily just seemed to fit 🙂

Nyx Says:

August 23rd, 2012 at 12:27 am

Nyx is the Greek goddess of the night. Since night is usually the only time I get to myself (because of my two young sons) to peruse names and such, it just felt like a good fit. I also love that it is short, sweet, quirky and a homophone for nix (nothing).

Ianthe Says:

August 24th, 2012 at 12:25 am

I chose Ianthe on the fly and when I was really discovering all the amazing names out there. I would probably change it now, but I still think it is delicate and lovely!

moxielove Says:

August 24th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

My kitten Moxie had just died when I discovered this site, and I was heartbroken and missed her. I was also 3 months pregnant. Moxie is a name I’ve always loved but was certain that my husband would never go for it so we used it for the cat (she was Lago for a few days before we changed it to Moxie b/c here was a 6 pound kitten eho would run up and swipe at our 60 pound boxer. Lago I think is greek or latin for rabbit, and she hopped like a little rabbit).

My husband later said he WOULD have gone for the name Moxie for our
Ittle girl but I don’t believe him (easy to say when it ain’t gonna happen, right?)

Valkyrie Says:

August 24th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Despite any negative associations that may come to mind with Valkyrie, I got the name from the female warriors of Norse mythology. I also used it because I wanted a mythological name to reflect my love of myths.

VelvetCyberpunk Says:

August 24th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

In the early 00s I got a fancy computer and it came with a bunch of free AOL. I didn’t like the name they suggested so I tried a bunch of cool names but they were all taken. Then I thought of Velvet Cyberpunk and I liked it. It’s been my online name ever since. It’s also the name of my main character, so yeah, I love the name.

EmiTheDuckling Says:

August 25th, 2012 at 9:48 am

Well, a lot of people I know call me Emi, which is from my first name Emily. I prefer Emi to Emily because Ive always hated my full name. The Duckling is another nickname from a friend of mine. In the 8th grade I was very weak and once in athletics, we were in the weight room. Well needless to say, I didnt do very well. I started blacking out and I was only lifting 45 pounds. So my friends started calling me weakling, but they decided that was too harsh, so they started calling me duckling!

Renee5322 Says:

August 26th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Renee is my middle name, and 53 and 22 are my favorite numbers. Pretty boring, I know. 😛 I definitely would change it if possible but I usually use this name for every site I’m a part of,

Maerad Says:

August 26th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Very simple really, Maerad is the name of my favourite book character. In the book it’s pronounce My-rad, but I’ve always thought May-rad was prettier, so when you read my name, read May-rad 😛

My real name is Caroline, which I’ve learnt to tolerate.

My BFF is Abigail though and she’d be Abicadabra if she were on Nameberry (I’m trying! Usually she just lets me relay the blog info). I think Abicadabra is a cool user name.

Fahrenheit Says:

August 29th, 2012 at 9:30 am

When my friend and I were in school we made up “secret” code names for our many letters we would pass back and forth during the day. My name is Ferrin so I became Fahrenheit, and her name is Kelsie so she became Celsius. =)

arunciblespoon Says:

September 2nd, 2012 at 11:26 am

As someone fascinated with odd words, Lear is my go to for the wacky and wonderful. I like the idea that noone really knows what a runcible spoon is but that everyone has some sort of private image of what it is, which fits my idea of an annoymous screen name – noone knows who you are but they probably have an imagined image of you in their head.

Eos82898 Says:

September 2nd, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I just like the name Eos. It’s Greek like me and kinda similar to my real name. It’s my latest internet name. Others have been Drusilla and Paloma. Octopi have always been one of my obsessions, so I like using the number 8.

Poppaea Says:

September 14th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Since I’ve been reading on Nameberry how classical (meaning ancient Greek and Roman) names are becoming popular, I started thinking about the classical names I like and remembered this one. Poppaea isn’t a true ancient name; it’s a famous character in a Baroque opera, and of course the nickname would be Poppy! I thought it was cute. My real name is Emily, and I love it because I am OLD and got the name when it was highly unusual. Am still adjusting to it having become a cliche. In my heart, I still believe it’s rare and special.

moonkai Says:

September 26th, 2012 at 1:29 am

“Moonkai” is a moniker I have had since around age 11. One of my best friends grwing up is Hawaiian, and she used to call me “kai”(means ocean) because of my blue eyes, and, as a little girl I was fascinated by the moon and the ocean and always imagined they had an unrequited love affair, so my nickname symbolizes, to me, the eternal mystery and pull of love.

Corny, I know, but I like it.

Haili73 Says:

September 27th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

My real name is Michaila, and my parents spelt it that way to avoid confusion with my dad, Michael Allan. (Can you imagine-Michaela and Michael A.?) But also so that I could be nicknamed Haili. (micHAILa) I just took the Hail and added an i. 73…I’m not sure where that came from. I usually like 96 or 31 or 3 for the number after my name if I need one, but I guess I just liked 73 that day…

GrecianErn Says:

October 2nd, 2012 at 10:52 am

In my sorority (GO XO!) we all had nicknames. My big sister’s name was Marinee, nn Mern. As her little sister, someone shorted Erin to “Ern”. So we were Mern & Ern. 15 years later, we still get called by those nn by our sisters.
So… when I needed a handle on the Messenger programs that popped up back in college, I picked GrecianErn… since Greek life was a huge part of who I was, plus my college nickname. It also reminded me of the Grecian Urns used in the Disney movie “Hercules” which came out around then.
I’ve been using this as my Internet name for 15 years and some people still can’t make the connection, which is fine by me. 🙂

Gwen5 Says:

October 6th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

My name’s GWENdolyn and every time I’d play a sport when I was a kid, I had to choose my lucky number 5.

ZoeVictoria Says:

October 9th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

My daughter’s name. 🙂 I don’t like the name my parents gave me, and I feel very recognizable with that name, so I chose this…

AnaJo Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

The only name my hubby and I can agree on for a girl is Anastasia JoAnne (yes with a capital ‘a’)which is lovely! So if, Lord willing, we have a girl her nickname will be Ana Jo hence my alias.

cilla Says:

October 14th, 2012 at 4:38 am

Mine is a nickname given to me by a friend 22 years ago

AquitaineEleanor98 Says:

December 12th, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Love love love history and Eleanor of Aquitaine is my all time favourite queen consort. 🙂 She was amazing and also a great namer! Her children had great names considering she lived 850 years ago. Her kids names included girls named Alix and Matilda and boys named William and Geoffrey. All 4 are on my name list! I hate my own first name but Eleanor is my dream name 🙂 so that’s sorta how I chose. 🙂

ruolan Says:

December 20th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I love that this thread has gone on for 4 months! I don’t know how I missed it back in August.

My username means “like an orchid” in Mandarin. My teacher picked names for everyone in the class before she met us, but it suits me in many ways. I use it every chance I get.

Emmeline Says:

December 25th, 2012 at 10:59 am

I chose my name because it is the name I wish I had. My real name, Emma is a bit boring, but Emmeline is just perfect.

thompssn Says:

December 31st, 2012 at 8:35 am

I missed the thread when it first came out too. My user name story is very boring. I use this name for almost everything. When I started college (many moons ago) that was my school-generated email user name. The first 6 letters of my last name followed by first and middle initial. I got so used to typing it that I just kept using it after I got out of school and even after I got married and changed my last name.

emmie113 Says:

January 5th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Mine’s extremely boring and I want so desperately to change it. Emmie is my nickname and I added 113 because it is similar to my birthdate and I’ve always used those numbers for usernames, email, everything. So, this is my username for most sights and I kind of created it in a hurry but I wish I could change it!

sparrowfinch Says:

January 8th, 2013 at 1:32 am

Just ran across this and apparently it’s still fair game to post, so I’ll go ahead. I’ve had a lot of unfortunate internet handles over the year and finally I think I found a good one. Essentially, I just think it’s distinctive, pronounceable, and cool sounding. Just two birds jammed together. I like birds. When in doubt, put a bird on it. 😉 Added bonus is that Finch is the last name of, well, the Finches in To Kill a Mockingbird, which is one of my favorite novels. I’m a big lover of literature and also training to be a lawyer like the head of the Finch clan. 🙂

sarahmezz Says:

February 3rd, 2013 at 1:31 am

My username is extremely boring. My first name is Sarah and my surname starts with Mezz. Ergo, sarahmezz.

zoewithdots Says:

March 1st, 2013 at 8:49 am

My name is the greek Zoe (which I have always loved). It has a diaeresis (two dots over the ‘e’) that indicates that the last vowel sounds different from the one before it ie. the dots show that Zoe is pronounced Zoh-ee, rather than Zoh.

It’s a big deal to me because without the dots, a lot of people call me Zoe (said like Joe). A lot of people also refuse to spell it with dots, even when written by hand because they’re too lazy. My name has dots. I’m proud of it. Use them.

Hence zoewithdots 🙂

tinuelena Says:

March 9th, 2013 at 12:40 am

I’m a Lord of the Rings fan… so my username is Elvish! Tinú- means “daughter” and “-elena” means “of the stars” in Tolkien’s Sindarin dialect. 🙂

SammieBug Says:

March 19th, 2013 at 11:00 am

Well my name is Sammie, and when I was little my parents used to call me their little bug. The nickname stuck and now my whole family calls me Sammiebug, buggie, or just plain Bug.

Star-Fata Says:

March 27th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

I was obsessed with fairies when I was thirteen, and that was the first time I needed an internet alias. Star-Fairy was taken on the website I used, so I looked up a foreign language/english website and tried my luck.
Fata is italian for fairy.
Star Fata is now the name I use pretty much everywhere, it’s pretty, distinctive, and unusual enough that no one else has ever tried to use it.

MaewynMannix Says:

May 16th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Character name from one of my long-forgotten books I started to write…

livia Says:

May 17th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Olivia is my middle name, and the name I wish my parents had actually called me. I figured Olivia would probably be taken on here though, so I put livia instead. Sorry it’s not that exciting. 🙂

KelsLovesJesus Says:

June 15th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

I’m Kels, nickname for Kelsey, and I love Jesus.

jem Says:

October 15th, 2013 at 7:07 am

Mine’s very boring: my real name is Jemima and I’m often called Jem as a nickname. I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired!

littlewren Says:

November 10th, 2013 at 11:18 am

Wren comes from a combination of my alias on another site, Birdie (which had to do with my age-7 obsession with birds) and my middle name, Renee. Renee + Birdie = Wren.
And the “little” is because I’m a bit short. Fourteen and 5′ 1-3/8″. And pants are always way too long on me, which probably came to mind because I’d just been checking my measurements when I made this.
So littlewren.

DinahElsie Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 1:28 am

I loved the names Dinah and Elsie but my husband wouldn’t let me use them on future children. So we named our first cat Dinah Elisabeth and I call her Dinah Elsie 🙂 so that is my username, my real name has become incredibly common recently, my name is Zoe. Although I was the only Zoe growing up.

Laulau Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 3:12 am

My first name is Laura, hence the nickname LauLau, (which was originally given to me by my grandmother).

tiberiuskirkwood Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 8:54 am

Kirkwood is my last name, and Tiberius Kirk was James Kirk’s grandfather in Star Trek. I also think Tiberius is an awesomely regal name.

eoxima Says:

July 30th, 2014 at 7:26 pm

The ‘e’ in eoxima is from my name, Eryn. I used to use ‘e0x’ a lot on just random sites but I didn’t want any numbers, so at first it was just ‘eox’. That looked incomplete so, as a spur of the moment thing, I added ‘ima’ and ‘eoxima’ was born.

munro Says:

July 31st, 2014 at 5:46 am

It’s a combo of my favourite sounds and I was going through a Marilyn Monroe phase but I liked the look of Munro better.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

August 1st, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Here is the truth behind my username… it’s not my name at all! It’s a combo of two favorites of mine, Theodora and Phoenix. At the time, I thought it sounded like the title of a certain Harry Potter book, buy I think I may have mot chosen the right one. No one has commented on it, so maybe the resemblence was all in my head.

lleahdoll Says:

September 26th, 2014 at 12:58 am

My first name is Leah. I really only had two nicknames growing up (Leah’s so short you can’t really shorten it much more… which I always hated), one of them which is Leah Doll. So, I started using it as a username. I added the extra “L” at the beginning to make it more unique so I wouldn’t have the same username as someone or run into not being able to use it when making a new account on a website. So far, so good!

mountainsky Says:

September 27th, 2014 at 8:31 pm

I had never been farther west than Chicago, and in my early 20’s I first visited the Rockies. There is something about being a mile (or more) in elevation where it feels like you are so close to the clouds and you might just touch the sky. My name is homage to that feeling.

Sassy Says:

June 22nd, 2015 at 6:17 am

My initials are S.A.S.S so I use Sassy a lot when I need a nickname for something. It just kind of fits :).

iwillpraise Says:

June 23rd, 2015 at 11:49 am

Since I was little, I’ve loved to sing and have found a way to share my passion publicly as often as I could; so much so that one of the ladies at church (who has since passed, but was like a grandma to me) lovingly referred to me as “our little songbird” for many years… I didn’t realize until recently, but this very name has solidified my gravitation towards all things bird: from decor accents to the discovery of real bird nests/eggs, all the way to my love of bird names! … although I’m sure my mom’s love of nature has lots to do with it too! I live 8 hrs away from my parents, and when I enjoy nature, it makes me feel close to them. She and my dad also sing to the Lord of all Creation 🙂

Today I lead worship at my church. I am totally convinced that “praising” is a lifestyle anyone can choose regardless of their situation; when I praise I am happy! praising changes everything, when I am unhappy! Originally, this idea came from Jesus’ words from Luke 19:40 “And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.” These days, I use b4rockscryout and iwillpraise interchangeably 🙂

CrazycatMama Says:

July 27th, 2015 at 12:15 am

Crazycat is my nickname from my fiance… after a cartoon called KrazyKat and Ignat. Mama, cause I’m a mama of 3 adorable kids. 😉

sablemae98 Says:

April 29th, 2017 at 3:28 pm

There’s this number system thing called numerology, it’s a form of divination similar to astrology. I was learning it a while back and my name’s numbers are 3/1/5. So I chose a name that had the same number sequence. (S A B L E = 1+1+2+3+5 = 12 -> 1+2 = 3) I ended up keeping the middle (Mae) and chose Everett (5+4+5+9+5+2+2) for my last.

handlion Says:

September 12th, 2018 at 11:44 am

This is an old post, but I’ll do mine: I love British panel shows, and one of my favourites is a show called Would I Lie to You? The panelists tell stories about themselves which are either lies created by the show’s producers that they then have to bluff on the spot, or true stories about themselves. The other team has to guess which. There are a lot of crazy stories that end up being told on the show! One of them involved (supposedly) a small, wind-up lion toy that could sit in the palm of your hand, which was then referred to as the “hand lion.” For some reason, that phrase amused and enchanted me. Hence, handlion.

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