Do you like your name? Wish it was something different?
I didn't like my first name but my middle name was good so I switched them about ten years ago.
Makes me happy.
I don't really mind, because there aren't a TON of Ambers. However, some people like to tease me that it's a stripper name. LOL
I was supposed to be Martha but the delirium of birth made my mother change her mind, so I think I dodged a bullet on that one.
I like my name and I was lucky to get a email@example.com e-mail address because my last name is fairly common.
Now I'm marrying a guy with a super common last name and I won't even be the only Karen with it in his family. Bummer.
I hate my name. It's 4 letters and one syllable.
Never thought of changing it though, after using it since birth I don't know what I would change it to.
It's nice being the only FSP that I know.
I used to want to change my name to Veronica or Victoria when I was little, but now I like it.
Ms Snarky has sort of a ring to it. : )
I'm fairly indifferent towards my name at this point. I don't dislike it, but I feel like it doesn't suit me really. I feel mismatched.
I want to change my name to Mrs Hugh Jackman
Love my name. But my parents were CLEARLY smoking weed when they agreed to it. it's not common and also not made up. I met a girl who looked liked me with the same name once and really wanted to put my dad on the Maury show because I had questions! Lol
I used to think, when I was a small child and didn't know any better, that I couldn't wait to get married to change my last name. It wasn't pretty-sounding, and kids were mean and teased me about it, and made up rude variants on my name.
Now? Even if I got married (if it's ever legal for me to do so, ahem), I wouldn't change my name. My name is who I am, and is unusual enough (especially first-middle-last combo) that I'm not likely to be mistaken for anyone else.
I'm a special snowflake. Ha.
I hated my name growing up because no one else had it. I like it now for the very same reasons. However, I hear that it's coming back in style.
If I had to choose a name for myself, I'd choose the name I was given. Good job Mom & Dad! ;-P It's a somewhat uncommon name (ethnic) and both my maiden name and married name were/are very unusual, so there's never been two of me anywhere. I always wondered what it would be like to be one of thousands, like to be a Sue Smith or something. I'd hate it.
I look like a holly so it works for me
@Audrey – Had a total Twin Peaks moment there, particularly "I hear that it's coming back in style." As is that gum you like.
I like my name, although I go by three different pronunciations, depending on who's saying it.
Mine's ok. There are not that many people my age with my name.
I'm named after my paternal grandmother who died in a car accident when my dad was 15. Growing up in school I got called Barbie because kids would blend Barbara and Bobbi (which I go by). That drive me crazy then but now I'm honored to have my name.
My parents did a great job naming me and my sister. We both have fairly uncommon yet still normal names. They even considered how our first names would fit with our middle names, so all in all, no complaints.
Ooh great choice! I want mine to be Mrs. Johnny Depp!
I like that my last name is unique enough not to be common although it's constantly mispronounced. I go by a nickname for my given first name which is spelled unusually enough to also be mispronounced. When you combine my first and last people always call me Shelly or Shirley. Never had a desire to change it though even when I married.
Yes. I want to change my name to Kimberly Sommerholder. Or Mrs. Ian Sommerholder. We are both from the south, both enviromental freaks, both animal lovers who volunteer with animal rescues,both pale…. I think it would be a perfect match.
I'm torn. The name itself I loveloveloooove because it's pretty and unique. But I hate having to constantly tell people how it's pronounced (it isn't hard), how to properly spell it (it's an actual word, even if you've never seen it as a name you should know how to spell it), and it kind of sucks that if someone googles my name, I am the only person who comes up. It has made me extra extra private online.
My name is very common for the era I was born in, so when I was a child I told my family to call me Sylvia- I still get teased about that.
Love my name. No shortening or nicknames for me!
My mom never liked her name. She always wanted to be Sally. Mom passed away a few years ago, but my soon to be mother in law is named — you guessed it — Sally. My mom would be thrilled.
I like my name (Mary Ella) but, as I'm one of FOUR with that same name combination in my father's family (both names are family names), I'd kind of like something a little more original. Also, when combined with my maiden name, it's one of the most common names in the English language.
My maiden name , first and last, was extremely boring. I wanted to be Theresa, or kathaine or giselle. Now, as i get older and have diff last name, im completely used to my name.i also grew into my red hair and blue eyes, which as a kid i hated- i wanted brown hair and brown eyes like evertone else! Lol
For the most part, I never minded my first name, just the spelling. I don't how many times I whined to my mother about it before she informed me that I was named after someone (a girlfriend of her older brother that Mom had admired) and that she had not, in fact, spelled it with a "Y" but had added an "L" and that I should shut-up and be grateful about it.
I love my name! People remember it. I loved my new name even more (after marrying The Short One's father), it's even more memorable. It's short and has good sounds in it. Also, it looks good typographically.
Awww – sweet story!
I really like my first name, even though people misspell it all the time (despite me signing it correctly and having it in my email signature). I'm not so enamored of my middle name. It's a very common middle name for girls born in the late 70s, early 80s. I've never liked it.
I like my name but it's very often misspelled. T-E-DOUBLE R-I
Reminds me of funny family story. I had an aunt blance when i was younger. Apparently she didnt care for her name, and told evveryone at her first job a new name/ bessie!!!! Lol. Ones as bad as the other. Anyway, jig was up when a co/worker called and asked to speak to bessie!!!! This all took place early '30's!!
@Gayeld — Aw! I was named after someone who used to babysit my mom when she was little. I always thought it a bit strange, but I'm just as happy to not have a really common first name.
@Seaward — ditto, even though I was a bit lax in the early days of the net (ok, usenet (newsgroups) pre-WWW… what a long time ago).
Mine's alright, even though nobody over here can pronounce it *L*. My full name is hyphenated and when I write it out, Canadian brains explode. It is unique though, I've never met anyone with the same hyphenated name. Or my last name. In fact, I didn't change my last name when I got married, and a few years in, my husband took my last name. His "maiden name", as we like to call it, is hideous and I would never have taken it anyway although we have discussed hyphenathing them. But that's too many hyphens, if you ask me.
I didn't like my name when I was younger. My nickname was unusual at the time, and my long name was too formal. Then a certain show came on and since then, I've gotten the same question from would-be comedians. Still get it today, sometimes. All said and done, I like my nickname, but it's now a bit girlish for someone my age.
I love my name. Super unusual and passed down through the family. It's 4 letters and 3 syllables which is a bit crazy. When I was a kid I went through a phase where I hated it and tried going by my middle name, hut it never stuck. Now I love it and would never change it.
My mother didn't have a name picked out for me when I was born. She thought of calling me Robin, because I had red red hair and looked like a little bird. Instead, she named me what every other little girl born in the hospital at that time was named. It's an *extremely* common name.
My sister was going to be named Sandra, but she was born on March 17th. One guess what her name is.
I enjoy my name. The spelling of my first name is uncommon which is cool. But my first and last name are so short that I'm always called by them both. Never just my first name, always first and last. Or by my intials, or just a weird nickname.
My name is Ellen and I hated it as a kid b/c the only other Ellens I knew were 'old'. I've never met one in my generation.
My middle name is Bara, which my parents thought they made up. I love it now and use both my first and middle names professionally. I'm published with them so they are for keeps.
@Maja, a friend of mine always intended to hypenate her last name until she married a guy whose last name was already hyphenated. She's still not sure what they're going to do when they have kids (which was the reason for her wanting to hyphenate in the first place), but she's kept her maiden name thus far.
Another friend was also going to go that route, but she took her husband's name–the two names combined would have been eleven syllables long (a Bolivian name and a Polish name).
Oh…my last name is 11 letters…way too long. Lol
I'm in my 40s. I was named (middle named) for my mom's boyfriend who was a pilot who died during WWII, lost at sea. What my dad thought about all this I never knew, since he and my mom were separated when I was born and he died when I was young. So. All my life I've gone by my middle name and had no problem with it. But a few years ago I got into a huge jam with the IRS, and was also dealing with some medical stuff, some depression, and a failed relationship. So right when the economy was starting to go into the toilet, I skipped town under cover of darkness, and moved approximately 5000 miles away from the place I'd lived, off and on (eight years of moving around for the "off" part) my entire life. When I got to the city I'm now living in, I decided to reinvent myself and I started going by my first name, which is what everyone now knows me as (even the woman I wound up marrying here.) I also changed my political and religious affiliations, as well as removing my fingerprints with acid. But the IRS tracked me down: they're incredibly thorough, and have resources at their disposal you wouldn't freaking believe. Fortunately, I lucked into a very well-paid and emotionally satisfying job shortly after relocating, and I'll have the IRS paid off by the summer. I don't talk to my old friends very often, but when I do, and they call me by by "old" name, it seems really weird.
At least part of what's written above is bullshit.
@karen I feel your pain! Who wants to go Smith or Jones if yours is exotic? My family is basque- I don't want to give it up. I'll go socially by his… But legally by mine!
I'm glad no one here has tried to change their name to Princess Consuela Banana Hammock.
@Karen — I know of someone who ran into that same problem and decided to give any female children one last name, and any male children the other. (I can't recall exactly how that shook down.)
Growing up I hated my name, I wanted something cooler and more common/popular. But once I got to college I started to really love my name and now I would never change it. The only problem I have with it now is that no one can ever seem to remember it when I introduce myself.
And when people call me Jill. My name is Jillian and if I wanted you to call me Jill I would have introduced myself as such.
I like my first name (Krista) well enough, not overly common but nothing weird/offbeat either, however many people cannot pronounce it correctly. I get called Krystal (which I hate), Kristy, Kristen, Kristine, even Christopher sometimes. My name is not that difficult but I guess people hear what they want to hear. Growing up, I was nicknamed Kris or Krissy but never felt they fit me, so that's why I don't go by them now.
Seaward same, I am the only person in the US, possibly world, with my name. For that reason I never ever use my last name in anything I do online, like Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, even my emails don't have my last name in it.
I didn't like my first name when I was young/growing up because there were several of us in my grade AND because my name is in a popular song (it's not Sharona…), but I'm good with it now. I took my husband's name in part because my maiden name is more common and there was more than one of 'us' (i.e. Jane Smith's) in the U.S. when we were getting married (thanks, Google). I like my married last name; it's short and moved me up in the alphabet!
One of my best friends is an Ellen! She blew my mind the one day when she signed something LN!
@LottaColada, or Crap Bag?
I don't know how accurate these are, but you can try http://www.namestatistics.com/ or http://howmanyofme.com to find out how common your name is.
Hate it! Really, really hate it. So, when I married and divorced I kept my X's name. Now I'm linked to convicted felons! FML!!! I would rather be The Equation, seriously. I feel fortunate there are many others with my exact same name so maybe this huge embarrassment will just get lost in the crossfire. I'm changing to something else soon. Not yet sure what and not yet sure how. It's time though, way past time for the change.
I hate my real name so much I won't even tell you what it is. I have always hated it. I thought I was named after an aunt and I couldn't figure out why because she and my mom never particularly cared for each other. One day I asked my mom why she picked my name. She said that my dad wanted to name me after his boss's wife. He was always a big suck up to people he thought were important.
I have the second most common last name in the english language. So it is impossible to Google stalk me. There were 3 people with the same name as mine in high school and 6 in college. Which makes anonymity easy. The downside is it makes any genealogy research impossible.
Yay! Lol at LN. My nickname is EL or Doc.
My 5th grade teacher was an Ellen and she had to be at least 80 years old when I was in 5th grade. She was probably only 50 but she seemed really old to 10-year-old me.
I HATE when people call me Helen or Eleanor. Nothing against ladies with those names, but my name is Ellen.
Oh yeah. My last name: true story, folks: My paternal grandpa was down at the tavern getting his drink on while Grams was having my Dad. Gramps filled out the paperwork and misspelled his very own last name!! My Dad and his children all got the *new* name: it was never changed! LOL
Growing up I was the only child I knew of with my first name. Upon meeting me, teachers and other adults would commonly call me similar names. I would usually get either Mary, Margie or Nancy, my name is Marcy.Over the past decade or so I've encountered my name far more frequently and when I would hear my name spoken my ears would prick up. It's taken a while for me to become desensitized to it.
First name; indifferent. It's just so common for the time I was growing up, that I hated it then and wanted to change it to Roxy! I had 3 close friends growing up with the same first name, so we all went by our last name. Which I love, because it is very uncommon. Think I know just about everyone on this earth that has it. Seriously considering hyphenating when I marry because I don't want to lose it.
I love my name. Its Irish. Its unusual and means unique or the only one (which is cool because I am the eldest of 8 siblings).It also means number 1 in some languages.As you can probably tell confidence was never an issue for me.
My parents didn't pick out a name before I was born, due to being superstitious (long story, but I understand why they felt that way), so when I arrived, it took them about 3 days to come up w/what they did. At varying points I was almost Bonnie Jean, Annie Laurie, and Deirdre; mom really liked the last one, but knew it would be abbreviated to Deedee, which she HATES with a passion–that, and the Irish legend behind the name is so tragic. There was a soap opera character at the time named Robin, which made her realize that it could be a girl's name (for many years, it was a boy's name; it doesn't seem to have become mainly a girl's name until the baby boomers were born), plus robins are her favorite bird; Colleen was because she wanted something Irish to go w/my last name & for my dad's Irish background. (Yes, I'm fully aware that "Colleen" isn't an actual Irish name in Ireland; if you really want to be pedantic, go ahead and take it up w/my mom–it'll be amusing to watch her tell you to go fuck yourself. Can you tell I've gotten crap from too many people about this?)
I hated my first name as a kid, because it seemed so plain and boring, and not nearly feminine enough; at one point in junior high, I was going to try to convince people to call me Colleen, but gave up pretty quickly. I have to admit I'm still not crazy about my last name, or my first/last name combo, as there are way too many people with exactly that name, at least one of whom is already famous (and a writer to boot, which is something I'd like to do). 99% of the time I sign my full name, but it's a bit long & awkward. I was kind of hoping I'd marry someone w/a last name I liked better than mine, but since that's never going to happen, I guess I'm stuck w/the name, as changing it w/out getting married would probably upset my dad too much. *sigh*
When I was a kid I was Andy, which I eventually grew to hate. Andrew feels much more right.
I like my name, it has Anne Margaret in it (named after my Great Grandma) but I wish I would have kept my maiden name (it wasn't really done 30 years ago) because I f'n hate my in-laws and told my husband if he died first his last name was going in Braille on the headstone (only my cousin will be able to read it and he will laugh forever).
My mother had decided to name me Natalie, which was after Natalie Wood. The evening I was born, she somehow stammered Anna Marie, after my grandmother. I've been Anna ever since.
My name is Una (pronounced oonah)
Oh I totally feel your pain. My first name is Marianne. All one word. NOT Mary ann(e). Don't call me Mary. It's not my name and I won't answer. My middle name is Rae. For the longest time I would be teased about have a boys middle name. But now I like it. It has a good flow. Marianne Rae. Also my mom wanted to name me Tammy. Tammy Rae. Shoot me now!!!
Haha Robin, that sounds Irish alright, but I know at least 3 Colleen's and they are all over 30.
I love my name. The formal name is long and elegant, the nickname that my folks chose is the best of many possible options.I was always the only one in class with my name.My middle name is very different. It starts with an O and has proven to be a good guessing game for people. One fellow at work guessed for twenty years and never got it.
Those sites are cool. Only four people have the same combination of first (Marianne) and last name.
I once met a cat named Una…
but my name is always met incredulously. Always with a double take and "Is that your REAL name?"
but yes, I love it.
@JSierra. That's how my mother feels about her name. Hate's it when people call her Chris, especially when she didn't invite them to. To this day, I don't call anyone by a "nickname" unless they make it clear that's their preference.
I hate my first name. I was named after an uncle, and I'm a female. And it's only three letters, but everyone misspells it. The only redeeming quality is that two actresses have had the same name.
@Snapdragon. It's funny, because after 30 years of never knowing anyone with the same spelling (although I worked with someone who spelled it Gail and had the same last name as me,) I ended up working in a place where out of 300 people there were two other "Gayle"s.
@ Gracie (my daughter's name, btw) I went through that stage in high school. We lived in Morgan Hill for a year and everyone knew me by that name. Then we moved back to the town I'd gone to 8th grade in and I figured I'd keep it up since I really didn't know many people there. Two weeks before classes started, I was at the high school buying gym clothes and someone in line behind me (who I totally didn't know) yells out "Hi Gayle!"
@Shakey – Jennifer? And for your sister, Patricia? AKA – Patty?
I LOVE my name. It's long so it can be shortened with good nick names, it's classic, timeless. Im going to pick something similar if I ever have a girl.
@ Karen. *snort* My last name is…. Wait for it…. Smith. I don't have to look at those kind of sites. Even with the Y there is always another one out there.
I love your name, but then I love Dodge Challengers
My name is niamh and there's no one in d us with same first and last name which is cool but live in ireland and im sure theres thousands with the same name here!!
I loathe my first name, just loathe it. Its a name that was rare in the early 70s but has become a popular trailer trash and stripper name. My middle name is Lea, and while thats okay, it feels old to me and its nicknames suck. I would have loved to have had a distingusihed name like Victoria or Margaret, but my grandma (who named because my mom couldnt take any responsibilty for me even then) who named me obviously had zero aspirations and hopes for me.
@Gayeld, neither my last name nor my future last name are as bad as Smith (yikes!), but mine is English/Irish in nature. My fiance's last name is Mennonite (so, German) and he grew up in an area of Virginia that has a high concentration of Mennonites. I looked up his parents' last name to find their address and in his VERY small town, there were two different Karens (different middle initials) with his last name that are unrelated to him.
That's probably why I had to go with karenmarieHISLAST for an e-mail address for when I switch–I couldn't get anything better.
Also, I love the name "Gayle" probably because of my infatuation with Crystal Gayle.
I like my name.
I had a new name picked out for myself by 10.
@ Karen. And I'm a double Smith, both sides of the family. LOL! on the Crystal Gayle. There was a Crystal Smith in my class in 8th grade and the last two years of high school and we'd always end up side by side in the year books.
Funny about the Mennonites, I grew up in a very small farming town in the central California. Lots of Mennonites. That one dress of theirs always weirded me out.
Can't say I love my name ( Veronica) – the name of snobs & bullies in uk comics when I was growing up!! & u can't abbreviate it. Would have preferred Stella Maris or MarinaHave my own daughters now , Judith & Susan (or as they are known judy and susie )
Well my first name is (obviously) Laura, which is fine I guess. I know tons of Laura's and my husband works with two so it can be confusing. I married into one of the WORST last names imaginable, my children get made fun of at school and clerks always try to say it differently as not to offend me – I always laugh and blame my husband. Because of the last name, I appreciate my first name more.
@Vroo I have a cousin Veronica. She doesn't like it either so calls herself Vera or Ronnie.
If I had to change my name I know what it would be. Fitzwilliam Darcy. I'd be a huge hit with all the old spinsters.
@ its just u haha thanks for that – wish I'd known about this before. In my family I was called veruca (as in salt) hubby calls me Vroo which is a nicer version
@It's just U: Thanks, and I guessed your name had to be Una before you posted it. As I understand it, Colleen comes from the Gaelic word for "girl", which is why you probably wouldn't find anyone in Ireland proper w/that as a name, although I'm guessing times have changed.
@Freckles: I've heard of the name before–is it pronounced Neev? A friend of mine gave her twin daughters authentic Irish names, but I'm not sure I can spell them well enough to post them here, although I can pronounce them (Kee-va & Seer-sha). Metro Boston may be one of the only places outside the British Isles where people won't automatically mangle her girls' names!
I've never had a problem with my first name. It's unisex, which I kind of like. But I could never tell my husband that I miss my maiden name! It's Italian, which has always been a pretty big part of me, and I married a German. Not that I don't like my German married name, I just miss the ring to my veryyyy Italian maiden name.
I guess I didn't have to change it at all, but I suppose I'm traditional in the sense that I want to have the same last name as my children, and hyphenation would make my name an even bigger mouthful than it was before I got married!
Yes, I like my first name. Kelly. I hated my last name. It's a Jones/Smith/Johnson type. I married similar, so never got an upgrade.
My mom and dad were positive they were having a boy and didn't pick a girl's name so when I was born it was a surprise.
They named me for a family friend's kid's doll for goodness sake. I've never liked my name–and for a while when I was a kid I tried to go by my middle name but it never "took" and in the end I kind of just live with it.
I don't think my name is particularly common -but everywhere I have ever lived there has been someone else with my name at my pharmacy–all over the country so there must be more of us than I think.
It's funny how people don't like when people "nickname" their name. My mom has always told me that she and my dad specifically chose my and my brother's name so they DON'T have nicknames or variations. I appreciate it actually. Lots of people shorten my name, but formally you could never shorten it.
While I appreciate that my name is unique, I'm very jealous of people able to have online anonymity. With the very unique spelling of my first name (I've met ONE person in my 30 years with the same spelling even though my actual name is not all that unusual) and my very unique last names, I've always been the only person to show up with my name on Google, both maiden AND married. It's a pain the ass.
I won't even use my real first name on here because the spelling is so uncommon, and if people follow my comments enough I fear they might be able to pinpoint that it's me! That's why when I didn't know what name to use here on blogger, I did what most people do and I turned to Dolly for inspiration.
HATE IT! There's just WAY too many Ashley's in this world. I'm always a number
My mom told me it was between Ashley and Taryn when it came to naming me. Why she didn't go with Taryn will forever bother me!
I actually love my name. Kept it through my marriage. I've been told my whole life that it sounds like a movie star or clothing designer name.
It's not Lola. (Although I would have been fine with Lola too, even though it would sound odd with my last name.)
Audrey I love your name. It's my sister's name. She was named after our mom's best friend.
I couldn't care less about my first name. I didn't care for it growing up, but I'm used to it now. My family always called me by the initials of my first and last names.
I love, love, LOVE my last name. It's ethnic, lyrical, part of who I am and I wouldn't change it for the world. I've had many people tell me it's a beautiful name. If and when I get married, I'm keeping it. NON-NEGOTIABLE.
I have a 3 letter, one syllable first name which I hated. I never felt it was feminine, but I've never had a nickname, so it must suit me. It also gets lengthened.
I like my name but Katy seems so like a little girls name, kind of annoying in your mid thirties but will probably be cute when I'm 50. My hubby and Mum call me Kate, sometimes my Dad but he still calls me Katy Watey too! Love my last name didn't change when I was married because of Green Card but would probably change to my husbands if we ever have kids. Katydid is a nickname, I've also been KitKat before too for a few years.
It'sJustU I am the oldest of six, it's nice to see some others with big families as well!
Gayeld you would be surprised at how many people still call me Jill despite me actually getting angry and snapping at them to never call me anything again. I had a friend in college and I swear it was impossible for her to say Jillian.
When I was in kindergarten I tried to change my name to Wanda, like the little girl from the Magic Schoolbus. It got so bad that my teacher sent a letter home for my parents to sign saying they knew about and were allowing the name change. Needless to say, they didn't sign and Wanda died along with my dreams of ever riding on a magic, shrinking school bus with a chameleon.
I disliked it so much more when I was younger because there were 5 million Jennifer's growing up..now I'm just meh.
My mother hated my first name, always called me by my middle name. Found out as I was older that my dad named me. When people see me in person they always think I should be way more exotic then I am. When asked I always say that I was named after a whore in the bible. Bathsheba is my name and I do know there is more of us out there but have never met one yet. Oh and there is also a song called the butt bogie… Im big birthas little sister…
I adore my name, it's unusual and it fits me well. If I have kids they will probably on the odd name train too
Didn't care for it when I was younger, I have come to appreciate it after only running across 3 others in real life, 1 real life d-lister & 1 soap character sharing my name.
I never liked my birth first name…never felt it fit, and there were five others (with different spellings) in my graduating class of 176. So I legally changed it in 2000 and have never regretted it.
The only "rub" was that I was named so my initials matched my father's, and he died when I was two. In order not to completely break my mother's heart, I kept the initial the same…severely limiting my new options! Made it easy for the friends who always called me by said initial anyway, though.
Jsierra I did the same when I was about 8. I wanted to be called "Dallas". I wouldn't repsond to any other name. My family still makes fun of me for that one! I was 2nd in 5 girls.
Caoimhe and Saoirse. Lovely Irish names. Saoirse is the Irish word for Freedom.
When I was a kid, I wished it were different b/c I could never find the correct spelling on name plates and license tag key chains, but I loved it as an adult. People in college and later co workers used to love saying my entire name for some reason. I waited a long time to change it after I got married. Didn't want to let my last name go.