What would you name YOU?

The Question of the Week

Your name is a pretty huge part of your identity. You use it all day, every day, everywhere. It’s one of the first things new people learn about you, and one of the last things (hopefully!) they forget. It’s there front and center on every job application, exam paper, and official correspondence you’ll ever submit.

So it’s pretty crazy to think that your parents picked out your name at a point when they knew virtually nothing about you. Sure, we all know someone who took weeks, or even months, to settle on the perfect name for their little one, or who took a longlist of 20 name combos for each gender to the hospital to see which “fit” best. But, short of taking the “E” approach to baby naming, there is no way of choosing a name in the full knowledge of the person your child will grow up to be.

Which brings us to our Question of the Week: what name would you choose for yourself, if you could pick right now? (You can find the thread that inspired this question here).

Is there another name that you think would suit you perfectly? Or perhaps one that you’d just love to have?

Do you ever get called by the wrong name, and if so, what is it?

Do you think your parents did a good job naming you? Would you ever consider changing your name, and what would you change it to?

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jessiemay Says:

June 4th, 2018 at 11:40 pm

My name is Jessie which often gets assumed as short for Jessica but I’m glad it’s not. I’m pretty indifferent about my name; I don’t love it or hate it or feel any particularly strong connection to it, but I don’t want it to be anything else because it’s mine.

ceryle Says:

June 4th, 2018 at 11:44 pm

I love my name (Carrie), and even though I was named for a great-grandmother I think the style and tone fit my own personality very well—bravo, Mom and Dad.

When I get called the wrong name, it’s usually a sound-alike (Karen and Terri, most often) or the name of a relative (Ann, frequently*). Of those, Karen seems the most like me. I have an acquaintance who calls me that regularly, and it doesn’t feel totally unnatural to answer to it. And Nancy was a name I felt a kinship with, if you will, when I was a kid. But I never really wanted to rename myself and still don’t.

*What no one can figure out is why I’m called Ann so often. According to the people who do it, I don’t look like the Ann in question or remind them of her. Maybe it’s the name—maybe I just seem like an Ann!

charlieboy Says:

June 4th, 2018 at 11:47 pm

funny thing is, I did choose my name lol, and I think it does suit me

veran Says:

June 4th, 2018 at 11:49 pm

I am exactly my name! I can’t see myself anything else than Vera. I think it’s perfect for me and I really love Vera.

Meg.H.Pearl Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 12:18 am

I love my name, it’s quite unique, short and sweet. Although I do get asked a lot if Meg is short for Megan or Margaret, but no, just Meg! 🙂

mckenzie25 Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 12:45 am

Like others I’m indifferent to my name, but I couldn’t possibly imagine myself being named anything else. I pretty much only go by my full name irl, but online I go by the nickname Shay, which only a select few people call me irl

I sometimes get mistaken for an Emily, or more often Sophie
And sometimes I get mistaken for my cousin K by her friends (we’ve always looked very similar – when we were little we could pass as twins lol)

All in all I think my parents did a good job naming me…and while I don’t particularly love my names individually, I love how it all sounds together
I do sometimes wish my parents had more of a story as to why they chose my name, but they just liked it…which is why when I have kids, at least one name in each combo will have special significance to me/my family

IslandMoon Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 2:44 am

My name is Iona, and while there is nothing wrong with the name itself, I’ve never really felt it suits me. But, that could be because up until I was 10, my family and their friends called me Iggy, almost exclusively, and I still prefer Iggy by miles.

I would never actually change my first name, but if I were to, I think I’d change it to Iggy. There are other options I’ve liked for myself over the years, Flavie, Xanthe, Catriona nn Kit, but I feel like Iggy is much more me than any other name, including Iona.

indiefendi2 Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 2:46 am

I don’t think my name is worth all the ruthless bullying I endured by classmates from pre school to high school and I get more and more annoyed at how often it’s misspelled or I’m flat out called completely different names. I have a super rare name that happens to have a lot of pop culture references attached to it. Funnily enough, at TWO Shake Shack locations I’ve been to an employee have had the same name as me, we bonded over what we go through! lol.

Sometimes I meet people who have a relative with my name or it’s their middle name, so I don’t feel so alone. Nowadays I love having a unique name but as a child I would have sold my soul to be a Nicole (or a Jessica). I was almost given one of the most common names in America but some woman stole it a month before I was born. But I think my mom made the right decision because my name just fits me even though people barely know what it means.


If I were to choose my ownname it would be something easier yet still extremely uncommon. Maybe Raphaela?

emmievis Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 3:27 am

As a person who hates her name, this is interesting!
My name is an unusual Greek name (unusual even for Greece) but I dislike the sound, meaning and nicknames. The only thing I do like about it is that I’ve never met anyone else with my name.
I actually have wanted to change my name ever since I was 7 years old, though I don’t know if I ever will. Emmeline is the name that feels the most like “me” though recently I’ve fallen a bit out of love with it because of all the Emmas and Emilys with the nickname Emmie. A friend of mine calls me Birdie (a combination of my first name and my surname) which I think is nice and I could see myself going by it, though some time needs to pass before I can tell if I truly love it that much.
Other names I’ve considered but ruled out are: Coraline and Estella (no nicknames I liked for myself), Mae/Mabel/Mavis and Bea(trice),

MusicWaves Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 7:21 am

My name is Grace. When I was a little younger I didn’t really like my name. I thought it was boring but that may have been because there were so many girls with ‘my’ name. Now I actually quite like it! Sometimes I’m not completely sure it suits me, but a lot of people think it does. If I was named anything else I would have liked being a Hannah, Olivia and Savannah (some of my favourite names:)). Some people think I look like a Riley, Emma or Maia…. But overall I do like my name and wouldn’t change it!!

benjamelissa Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 7:31 am

I’ve never really thought about changing my name. I like it. In school I always got called Michelle, but it didn’t bother me. I’d just correct whomever it was. It did get misspelled a lot, though I can’t figure out why. I did have a nickname as a child, but I prefer my full name. Funny, when I got married and renewed my license the office asked me what name I preferred to go by. And I remember telling myself this was my chance to go by my middle name, Dawn, and recreate myself. So, as I waited for my new license she asked me to sign the bottom of the document and what did I do? I wrote the name I had written all my life I started with Melissa. So, Melissa I shall forever be.

grackym Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 7:43 am

My name’s Grace, too! I don’t mind my name, but I dislike all the puns that come with having a word name; ironically, we are considering Mae for a daughter haha!

I am often told that I look like a Claire, but I think Emma would also suit me-not that I would actually change my name.

ErrantNauta Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 8:16 am

I’ve always hated my name, even growing up. I remember telling my mom in the 1st grade that I was changing my name.
But now, the problem is, there are so many names that I love but nothing seems to fit. I’ve tried having my friends, (and restaurants) calling me a few different things but nothing feels right.

beynotce Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 8:16 am

I don’t like how popular my name was around the time I was born – I was often one of a few Stephanies in a class or a camp cabin, and I’m now one of three in my 40-person department at work. However, I like that my name is meaningful and was chosen carefully by my parents. And I suppose it suits me – it’s fun and feminine, yet classic. For those reasons, I would not change it.

However, if I were naming myself, I’d be a Stella Rae, not a Stephanie Rae!

ollemeghan Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 8:24 am

As a meghan I always had multiples in my classes and jobs. I have a big personality so it always seemed like I had to try and stand out amongst the megs. I do like my name now but I think if I were to rename myself I’d be a Frankie. Maybe Francesca or Frances as a long form but Frankie just seems right!

nmm Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 8:30 am

I have a super popular name. The name itself is pretty but having so many people around with the same name made me dislike it. Most of my life people have called me by my nickname and it feels much more “me”. When I started at a new job the people there started calling me by my real name and it felt very awkward at first – like it wasn’t even my name.
However I have never felt the need to change my name and wouldn’t know what to pick. I guess I would choose my nickname if I had to change my name. But that doesn’t feel 100% right either when I think about it. I feel like I still want a more formal name to go with the nickname. It would be a lot easier to pick a male name for myself if I suddenly became a man.

mymel0dy Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 8:51 am

Truth is I have never and likely will never like my name. That said, several years ago I had the option to change it and could not think if what to change it to. If I could go back till birth I would have named myself Alexandra, since the reason my mother spelled my name the way she did (my name is Arika) was that she wanted to name me for my great-grandfather Alexander. I love the nickname options with a name like Alexandra and would likely go by Andra instead of Alex. Though in the last year or two I had someone call me Veronica by mistake and I kind of like it. I sometimes use Veronica when I go to Starbucks or something. So maybe I would name myself Veronica.

Eliane Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 9:38 am

I would have loved to be called Nadezhda Desislava because I find it disappointing that my mother who is Bulgarian didn’t give me a Slavic name but chose a Swiss name as we live in Switzerland. I would have loved to carry a tiny piece of Bulgarian culture around with me everywhere I go.

tree_loves_eth Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 10:19 am

I thankfully have always liked my name, but that doesn’t mean it’s been easy being a Petrea. I generally respond to Patricia, Patrice and Petra as often as I do my own name, but there is no better feeling than when strangers tell you you have a beautiful name. While I wouldn’t mind having a more streamlined nickname ( Pet and Tree just don’t cut it), having a rare name has allowed me to create the ‘image’ people think of when they hear my name, which in of itself is very special.

shivshiv Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 11:50 am

My name is Siobhan, and there were 3 OTHER Siobhans in my school. It wasnt popular at all when i was young and i was teased because of it a few times. I love that i have the nn Shiv from it. However, if i were to change it, I think there are 3 names that stand out and theyre not exactly ride or die favourites. Eliza is one id take for my own any day! Ruby is another that i had an obsession with since i was little, i think i was 5 when i started ordering people to call me it and was adamant that that was my own name. Poppy is another with a lot of meaning behind it.

katinka Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 11:58 am

Some of you have amazing names, wow!

Mine is a timeless, traditional, unobjectionable name. I like it well enough and I do think it suits me. My full name is very classic, very expected, but I have to admit it’s a lovely name that flows well.

However, I’d have liked to have been called something a bit more distinctive, with a bit more verve. Nothing crazy, but something a little bit prickly like Eve, Eliza, Liv or Katya. And I’d quite like to have had a more interesting middle, or rather middles (I have two).

josephinedagnall Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 12:36 pm

My full name is Josephine, although my family and friends mostly just call me Josie. I have no problems with the name itself – it’s just annoying that my nickname is pronounced jo-zee by so many people (it’s supposed to be jo-sea, with a soft s sound). I didn’t know that many Josephines growing up (the name is only #253 in the UK, so a lot less popular than in America).

It’s difficult to choose a name I’d love to have, as all my favourites are names I could see on future children, not myself. As a child, I used to tell people my name was Rosie, not Josie, because I disliked my given name so much, but I’ve just come to accept it now. If I were to change my name, I’d probably choose to go by Eva (pr. ee-va), although I might get just as annoyed by people calling me ay-va as I do by people calling me jo-zee!

At school, my name was misspelt more often than not – It was often written Josee, Jose, Josey, Josi – and I’ve even been called Juicy and Gypsy, which I don’t understand, because my given name isn’t that hard. I’ve also had Josephine pronounced jez-o-fine (fine to rhyme with dine) and jess-a-feen before, which is a little strange to me.

I would say that, overall, my parents did a good job naming me, as they gave me a traditional, unobjectionable name that ages well. I always used to prefer my sister’s name, Amelia, to my own, but with it becoming so popular, I’m starting to change my mind.

It’s taken me a long time to embrace my name, but now that I have, I’m glad they chose it over Franziska, Gabriella, Sophie, and all the other names they considered for me.

Lulu1998 Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 1:30 pm

My name is Laura. I didn’t like it when I was younger, but I do now. I live in Brazil, where Laura is a timeless classic, never too popular and never too obscure, exactly the sort of name I would choose for myself. I almost got called Helena though, which I would have like very much as well. My name is one that doesn’t leave room for nicknames, which bothered me as a child, but I don’t mind it now.

Sugarbaby16 Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 2:25 pm

My name is Holly and I think it suits me perfectly. It is spunky & eloquent. I like it because even though it isn’t super unique, I am still always the only Holly in the room. I have only ever met a few other people with my name. It also hardly every gets misspelled and it’s never mispronounced. I prefer names similar to mine- uncommon yet familiar, easy to say and spell, etc

CailinRua Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 2:26 pm

I have never liked my name and changed it in 1981 to Agnetha in honour of someone I greatly admire.

marisarose Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 2:42 pm

I thought my name was odd as a kid but I love it as an adult. I recently found out my parents considered 80s staples Kortney (with a K), Whitney, Lindsay. I 100% would rather be Marisa.
My son is Liam and according to him he’d rather be Drake, Cody, or Leo. I think he’ll grow to love it though.

seraphinajane Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 2:43 pm

My name is Katherine, and I’ve always loved my name. I’ve never gone by a nickname which makes it more unique. I like the regal sound Katherine has and I like the opportunity for fun and spunky nicknames. I can’t imagine having a different name, but I do feel an attraction to names similar to mine (Elizabeth, Victoria, etc)

brittanyanitarose Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 2:57 pm

My parents gave my siblings and I all such quintessentially 90s feelings names. I’m Brittany, my sister is Jennifer, and my brother is Dakota.

I think my parents gave me a really lovely name that happened to have the misfortune of being at the peak of trendy when I was born. Because I encountered so many other girl’s with my name in school, work, etc. it’s a name that feels like you can’t really develope an identity around it. I also constantly have to spell it for people because of how many variations exist.

I fell in love with the name Echo in kindergarten and always wished it was my name, but I don’t think it pairs well with my middle names. Other names I would wear in place of Brittany are Lilith and Magdalen. I love names that are old and feminine but not frilly for myself.

As I’ve gotten older I’ve become more comfortable with my given name even if it is a bit bland and dated.

jessisteven18 Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 4:17 pm

My name is Jessica and I like it but, I’m hardly ever called Jessica i’ve always been Jess to my parents, family and most of my friends and as I’ve gotten older Jessi has sort of naturally come around.

I was named for my grandma Jessie and would have much preferred just to be called either Jess or Jessie and to be honest I feel Jessica is too formal? A lot of people have said I would suit Cat or Rachel better I really like Jess

ashthedreamer Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 4:28 pm

The story goes that I was the one that actually DID choose my name when I was born, but it’d be nice to go back and pick something I like now! lol.

My name rarely gets mistaken for anything but Ashley, but if it is, it’s usually another “A” name–Amelia, Abigail, Annabel, Amy, Amanda, Allison.

If I could change it today, it’d probably be Aurora, Eleanor, Grace, Lillian, Lydia, Emilia/Amelia! Probably in that order. I think I suit all of those pretty well. 😛

Sky85 Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 4:37 pm

My name is Skylar which I actually do like. It fits me extremely well and everyone I meet knows immediately that I play music and sports by what they say, my name gives away. Of course I get called by the wrong name at times but that’s because I have a big family and they call me one of my siblings names by accident.

Despite wanting to change the spelling so many times as a kid, I don’t think I’d change a thing about it nowadays. My name is me to a tee and I am proud to have it.

Greyblue Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 4:59 pm

My name’s Grace and I feel like it suits me, maybe because it’s a bit bland like my personality 🙂 Anyway, I’d love to be called Ginevra or maybe Eleanora – names with lots of nicknames, names that are bold

mclola Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 5:05 pm

I love my first name, Lorelei, but I don’t like my middle name. I wish my middle was after my grandmother somehow.

Conqueror1991 Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 6:29 pm

I’ve always liked my name. My name was fairly popular in the 90’s, but I didn’t know a lot of female Erin’s. I knew way more boy Aaron’s, so I did get called “he” a couple times and people are constantly trying to spell my name the boy’s way. It’s a bit annoying, but it has never turned me off of my name. I also get called “Caren” a lot over the phone. Not sure how people are hearing a C or K when I say my name, but it happens. haha. If I had to change my name, I’d still stick with something short and sweet. My taste in girls names include a lot of long and elegant names, but that’s not ME. I’d probably go with Elise or Haven if I were to change it.

Kellen_Claire Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 7:33 pm

My name is Alicia. I have always disliked it because of how much I have to correct people. It’s not Alisha, Alison, Alice, Alyssa, Alivia, or any other name that starts with an A other than Alicia. There were too many Ali’s and Allie’s in my class for me to consider shortening it. And I don’t feel like Allie really suits me either. Every new teacher, job interview, substitute, or new co-worker becomes a frustrating introduction and re-iteration (usually several times) for clarification. And don’t even get me started on people trying to spell it. But, hating my name so much is what turned me into the name nerd that I am now. I have gone through so many names that I have thought might be a better fit for me. I think that I would call myself something that people hear more often something simpler, Grace, Mary, Paige, or maybe something simple but still less common like Dara.

cameronmarie Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 8:48 pm

My name is Cameron, and when I was younger I always felt like I seem more like a Lucy, or maybe a Sophie, which I still agree with to some degree, but now I feel like I would rather change my last name than my first! Strangely enough, I feel more connected to my name now partially because I have a friend named Cameron, which actually has made me feel more tied to my name.

alliebelle Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 9:01 pm

I like my full name, just not for myself. I’ve gone by my nickname since I was old enough to articulate what I wanted people to call me. Now I feel like it represents me so much I don’t even know what I’d change my name to if I had the chance.

Here’s some ideas I could see myself liking:

– Callie Jean or Callie Jo (maybe called CJ)
– Aurelia (Ari or Lia)
– Emerson (Emmy)
– Sylvie
– Kailey
– Maya/Maia

miss.amanda Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 9:55 pm

My name is Amanda, but I get called Samantha a lot. I don’t mind because I love that name. I also love Sarah. I think they would both fit me well.

kkilgallon Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 10:28 pm

I wouldn’t change my name but being called Kate and Katie and occasionally Kay by family when my parents named me Katherine has me considering if I want my children to have long and “traditional” names or if I could just put a nickname name on their birth certificates. I hate being called Katherine but I appreciate the historical significance, timelessness, and elegant aspects of my name.

kkilgallon Says:

June 5th, 2018 at 10:41 pm

However the fake name I’ve given has always been Anna. Once a guy called me “Hannah” and I actually corrected him! Anna could be short for something else, is a traditional name like Kate while the “a” ending makes it sound more feminine.

AquamarineAmethyst501 Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 7:34 am

This is interesting for me because I’ve hated my name all my life, and in fact I plan to change it next year.
My childhood reason for disliking my birth name was that it was too common (I dreaded the “ooh” looks my primary-school classmates would give me whenever it came up in a book), but in reality it’s more complicated than that. It just feels wrong somehow, disconnected from the rest of me. It’s hard to describe. I hate hearing my name or introducing myself. Even when I imagine scenarios involving my name being said, it’s as if my mind literally censors it. When I first told my parents I wanted to change my name–when I was five or six years old–they of course dismissed it as a little kid’s phase. Now, much later, I’ve come to see that it’s far more than that, and my decision has been made.
I’m changing my name to something rarer and longer, with a meaning that honors a recent spiritual struggle I went through. I’m looking forward to the change, of course. Even still, it’s a little weird to realize that this is the last year I’ll ever be called the name I’ve been hearing all my life.

alpharelic Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 8:27 am

I am named after my great-grandmother but I always disliked my name as a child – Alice Rose. To me, it was very flouncy and floral, reminiscent of Violet or Iris or something, and I was a massive tomboy so I always felt it didn’t fit. Now as an adult I am ambivalent about it. I don’t feel like an Alice and I definitely would not pass either name onto a child. The ‘Alice’ part is acceptable I guess, but I still dislike the Rose part. To me, it is just another ‘filler’ middle name – May, Marie, Louise. I once met a pig called Alice and that made me laugh a lot…! Commiserations, piggy.

It often gets misheard as Alex, which I prefer as it’s more gender-neutral and less Victorian lady, so I would happily go by Alex.

My mum once told me she wanted to use the name Rowan (as in Rowan tree) for a girl but our family name starts with R so she didn’t use it. I always much preferred Rowan and think I would choose this if it didn’t clash with my last name.

So, I would probably choose Rowan or Alex.

roes Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 3:03 pm

I already chose my name, Roe. It’s not a name I’d ever bestow on a child, because not everyone would be okay with the fish egg association, but for me, it’s absolutely perfect–I come from a long line of witches and mystics and the like, and have been practicing divination since I was a child. My chart is dominated by pisces placements, and I’ve grown up along the tidepools, so I actually love the fish eggs association! There’s also a type of Eurasian deer called Roe, and I’ve always felt a deep connection to deer (and my family is from Eastern Europe). As a surname, Roe comes from the Latin (by way of French) meaning red–and I’m a redhead! Perhaps most importantly, I’m nonbinary, so Roe on paper doesn’t immediately gender me, but seeing me in person it doesn’t seem unrealistic, either. Nameberry lists it as feminine, but most bearers are men! Perfect.

Now I just have to find a suitable middle!

Birdie Largo Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 4:02 pm

My name is not Birdie, and though I love the name, I would never change mine to it. I absolutely love my name, though it gets mispronounced and spelled. It’s very uncommon, and the closest I ever got to someone with the same name was a Natallia. My siblings’ names are also uncommon and I think it’s because my parents’ names are super common. The meaning of my name is heavenly dew in Hebrew and my parents gave me that name because my great-grandmother was Jewish, also my middle was her maiden name, so I like the family aspect.

me_myself_and_i Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 7:44 pm

My name’s Nicole and I really, really like it. I’ve never met someone my age with my name, but I have met a Nicolle a year younger and a few other tiny age gaps between my name. My name doesn’t really have a huge significance in my family, my sister (Jessica) just offered it and poof, Nicole Julia was born. I love the combo and honestly have no clue what I would rename myself. If I had to, I would be upset but not super miserable, but I think I’ll stick with Nicole Julia. I’ve been told a few times I seem like a Maddison/Madison. I was in the same class as a girl named Emily a few times, so a lot of teachers got us mixed up because we both wore glasses, have light brown hair, brown eyes, and are pretty tall, but that’s basically the only time I’ve gotten mixed up.

Birdieblu Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 8:38 pm

My name’s Bailey and I love my name! Growing up I was the only Bailey which I liked. I have older brothers
Charles, Nicholas, Edwin, Henry and Blake and I think Bailey fits perfect with them. I guess my middle Kate is okay but I would preferred Catherine to Kate, when I asked my parents why my middle name wasn’t Catherine they said it was because they didn’t want Blake and I to have the same initials (his middle name is Christopher).

The only time I didn’t like my name was in 6th Grade when some kids would make fun of my nickname Bails and call my balls. That was not a great year but it doesn’t make me like my name any less.

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carmenandrea Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 8:43 pm

My name is Carmen and I hated it as a kid. I think it’s a nice enough name now, but it’s never really felt like it fit me either. In high school I ran across the name Ardenne in a Shakespeare play (as in the Forest of Ardennes or L’Ardenne) and decided I was going to change my name to that when I went to college. I didn’t. I sometimes wish I would have changed it, but now in my 30’s that seems way too difficult and I think I’d choose something a bit more classic now.

I have always been called Cameron by mistake. Which is strange because Carmen isn’t a very rare name, but every new school year or when we had a sub, I’d get called Cameron. It still happens occasionally now.

jmsouthern Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 8:51 pm

Growing up, I disliked my name. Since my teens, I’ve longed to change my name to Adrienne. My sisters both had familiar-sounding but uncommon names, while I was one of a dozen or so girls in my school named Julie. Blah.

kizzy_delgado Says:

June 6th, 2018 at 9:00 pm

I’ve grown to love my name but it’s still not my favourite. I like that my nickname is very bubbly and fun and I like that my full name is very formal but if I could go back in time and rename myself, I’d name myself Sylvie or Isobel nn Zoe. Or, because my parent’s initials are MC, maybe Ella.

RubyPandemonium Says:

June 7th, 2018 at 9:33 am

My parents named me Conally Leann, and I have struggled with it my whole life. My primary issue was with my middle name, as it seemed redundant to have the “lee” sound twice. My plan was to change it to Conallyanne to maintain the integrity of my parent’s original selection and choose a new middle name when I married, but I couldn’t decide and panicked at the last minute. So I went with Conally Anne, and now I’m stuck with a name that I dislike only slightly less. My first name is beautiful to me now that I’m older, not only for its uniqueness but because my parents loved it. It occurred to me as an adult that it sounded like a trendy last-name-as-a-first-name, and I finally began to accept it.

tfzolghadr Says:

June 7th, 2018 at 9:52 am

Miriam. I am soooo a Miriam. But my parents named me Tiffany.

Bobcat108 Says:

June 7th, 2018 at 2:47 pm

In high school I was one of at least five Sherrys/Sheryls/Cheryls/Sherris etc. in a class of only 100 girls & I really disliked my name then. Once I graduated, though, it’s been rare for me to meet someone w/any of the variants of that name, & it’s been a long time since I wanted to change my name.

If I did want to change my name, what would I choose? I thought about this for quite a while…my name style tends toward longer, more elaborate names that have nickname possibilities. But I’m not sure that this style suits me & my personality. In the end, I came up w/three combinations:

Willow Renée: To me, Willow seems like a quiet dark-haired girl who loves to read, which suits me well. The sound of Renée has always appealed to me, & the meaning of “reborn” would suit the idea of renaming. Plus my favorite babysitter was a Renée…she was a very kind person & I have really fond memories of her.

Tamsin Rose: Tamsin is British, level-headed, & loves the sea. I’m not British, but I love British history & culture, & love the ocean. And I try to be level-headed. 🙂 Roses are one of my favorite flowers, & even if Rose has become a “filler” middle name, it’s so much nicer than Ann(e), Marie, & Lynn, which were about the only options when I was born. Plus one of my favorite toys was a little wooden doll named Rose (she had a book that told her story of being put away in an attic for a long time & then rediscovered & loved by a little girl).

Alexandria Constance: If I wanted to choose a feminissa name, this would be it. This is my favorite form of Alexandra; I’d likely use a nickname on a daily basis though…probably Allie (after a character in a Three Investigators mystery). Constance is a character from one of the Sue Barton nursing books; I don’t like the nickname Connie, so I wouldn’t use it as a first name, but the quality of being constant appeals to me.

whatdoyoulove Says:

June 9th, 2018 at 9:50 am

My name is Caitlin. I was born in 1987 and I’ve met a ton if Caitlin’s/Caitlyn’s/Katelyn’s etc… but it’s hard for me to imagine being something else. It’s funny, on Nameberry whenever the name Caitlin is mentioned people don’t seem to like it because it is overpopular/somewhat dated now and I always get a pang of sadness when I read comments about it! It seems like one of the most commonly disliked name here 🙁 My Mom loved the name so much and so I am proud to be a Caitlin.

Other than that I love the name Claudia and have since I was a kid. I learned the name from The Baby Sitter’s Club books, haha. So in an alternate world I would be Claudia, nn Claudie 🙂 I consider using it for a future child.


tabitha Says:

June 9th, 2018 at 10:40 am

My name is Alys, which is the Welsh or Old French variant of Alice. It’s pronounced Alice, but I get from Alyce to Alias to Alex to Aly’s – as if I’m a plural!
When I was 10 I was very frustrated by no one knowing how to say or spell my name, so my parents said I could do a trial for a month of a new name (very compassionate of them!!)
I chose Alysha, which really was no clearer for anyone, and before the month was up I snapped at my Uncle calling me Alysha and said “My name is Alys!!”

I think I just needed time to grow into the name.

These days I appreciate having an unusual name, and it’s not that hard to correct people on the pronunciation. I think I also like that it is short and sweet, so not too long to spell out if necessary. I like also that it has roots in history – there’s a very old Princess Alys which is pretty cool when you’re a kid.

I think having grown up with an unusual name I’d want to give any future children *slightly* unusual names, but not invented names or too long or strange, based on my experience of an existing name with only 4 letters!

Tabitha is one of my two middles. My sister has three haha!

Great question Nameberry.

islaofthesea Says:

June 9th, 2018 at 11:27 am

I always hated my birth name. And once I was old enough, I finally found the courage to tell my parents that I respected their choice, but the name they gave me was not MY name. I changed my name to Isla, a name that suits me and is my true name. I think everyone should be able to choose their own name without judgement from others, because names are important to identity and only you know who you really are! <3

Courtney Lee Says:

June 9th, 2018 at 1:45 pm

My name is actually Sarah (despite going by Courtney Lee here, that’s a pseudonym), but my middle name is Celeste and my parents intended for me to be called that. Many people still call me Celeste but in other settings I’m called my first name, Sarah. I think Celeste fits me perfectly but I do prefer to be called Sarah and I’m not sure why. I think the names Celeste and Courtney are both good choices for me. I would name myself either of those.

bananapancakes Says:

June 9th, 2018 at 10:32 pm

My name is Mika, and honestly, I couldn’t imagine being named anything else. Often, I give Starbucks the name “Molly” because I despise being called “Micah” which is how a lot of people pronounce it (even people who have never seen it written down which bothers me but whatever). I also usually don’t correct doctor’s offices and utility companies from calling me by my first name which is a fairly common name, especially, in the 80s and 90s but is much older than that so everyone knows it. I love my first and middle names and don’t think there is anyone else with that unique combination but could never imagine being called by my first name by friends and family. Even as a child, I was happy with my name and thought it suited me. I never wished to be named something more common.

bananapancakes Says:

June 9th, 2018 at 10:38 pm

Also, here on Nameberry, it says that Mika is a Japanese name that means “beautiful fragrance.” My grandmother gave me this name and she is Japanese. She said to me when I was a child that it means “beautiful and odd.” I said, “oh beautiful and unique…I like that.” She said, “no, odd.” Ha ha ha ha I’ve loved it even more ever since.

Kate4hisglory Says:

June 12th, 2018 at 3:22 pm

My first and middle are Katherine Grace, and when I was little, I thought they were both old lady names. I went through many seasons, being obsessed with names since I was very young. I went through seasons where I wanted to be named Josephine because of my favorite character in my favorite book, Little Women. It wouldn’t have worked, my brother’s name is Joseph. In third grade, I briefly went through a period where I wanted to be a rock star with pink hair (thank you Gwen Stefani) and change my name to Watermelon. As I read more books, I longed to be named after different heroines. My mother claimed first that she plucked my name out of thin air, then she claimed I was named after an aunt (but she spells her name differently). My father’s explanation is more plausible. My mother is a huge John Wayne fan, and he says I was named after the characters that Maureen O’Hara played in many of his films, the Katie’s and Katherine’s and Mary Kate’s. And my little brother is Sean because of Sean Connery and John Wayne playing many Sean’s in his movies, so that makes more sense. I will say, I grew to adore my name, and would even pass on both first and middle to different daughters one day. And my first and middle are better than my other three siblings firsts and middles, so that makes me happy, too.

aje88 Says:

June 13th, 2018 at 10:20 pm

Another Alicia here, and I really like my name. First of all there are rarely any other Alicia’s around but it still common enough to be recognized. Second, it is a bit exotic and works well for Spanish/romance language speakers. Third, I like the symmetry of how it’s spelled. I am not too bothered by people mispronouncing it (I go by Ah-lee-sha, and I don’t correct when people say Ah-lee-see-ah, however I despise Ah-lish-ah). It can also be spelled so many ways but again, not too much of an issue. I would imagine Kaitlyn/Caitlin/Katelyn etc. have it WAY worse!

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