What's Your Name?

(210 Posts)
manicinsomniac Thu 22-Nov-12 17:48:40

We've done mother's, father's, grandmother's, grandfather's, children's names. But I don't think I've seen an inspiration thread based on our own (maybe we don't like our own generation's names!)

Thought it might be interesting though. For those who want to share.

Also, how common was your name when you were born? And do you like it?

I'm a Rebecca. I think it was in the top 5. Certainly top 10. I was frequently in situations where we had to decide who was going to be Rebecca, Becca, Becky, Bex etc just to distinguish. I still really like it though. But I don't like Becky and am not that sold on Becca and Bex either.

KatyAnn28 Thu 22-Nov-12 17:53:15

I'm Katy (not short for anything)

No others at school but in my Girl Guide group there was me, 2 x Katies and a Katy-Jo

Have never minded my name to be honest but have never really loved it either.

manicinsomniac Thu 22-Nov-12 17:54:30

Oh, I love Katy spelled with a y. No idea why I prefer it to Katie but I do.

lycisca Thu 22-Nov-12 18:05:35

Eve. I've never met another, although of course Eve, Evie and Eva are pretty popular nowadays. I guess I quite like it's rarity in my generation, in so far as I think about it.

lycisca Thu 22-Nov-12 18:06:42

'its' rarity.

blameitonthecaffeine Thu 22-Nov-12 19:19:33

Amy

I quite like it. Always known a few but not too many.

ellesabe Thu 22-Nov-12 20:11:33

My mum is always very scathing of people who give their children common/popular names.

My name?...Laura.

Apparently it was practically unheard of when I was born and everyone else copied her hmm

12ylnon Sat 24-Nov-12 14:18:11

My name is kessia 'keh-sea-uh'. It's a biblical name, given to my great aunt, but with a made-up spelling (thanks ma and pa!) I was always really disappointed as a child that they never had any of that cheap tourist tat with my name on. I've only heard of one other kessia with the same spelling and pronunciation as me.
I still get sick of repeating myself, spelling it out numerous times and getting wierd pronunciations. I'm growing to like it though, in glad I don't have a popular name.

Gemma.

Was one of at least three at school and all jobs Ive had.

Have a rarer MN but my parents decided to go popular common instead of brave and unique.

vamosbebe Sat 24-Nov-12 14:26:34

Rachel.

Apprently in the Bible she cried at a well. Hmm.

In Hebrew it means 'ewe', my Irish surname means 'hurtful' grin a great combination. I like my name and only know pne other Rachael (different spelling) who is my age.

Vajazzler Sat 24-Nov-12 14:29:27

My name is Louvaine. Never met another person with my name but a search on fb shows I'm not the only one.

BikeRunSki Sat 24-Nov-12 14:33:29

Alice - very unusual for my age group.I hated it when I was growing up andbused to tell people I was called Laura. I always get a bit giddy when I meet another Alice about my age.

caffeine you have the same name as my 1 yo DD, and those are the reasons we liked it.

noisytoys Sat 24-Nov-12 14:36:53

Kirstie. There were a few Kirsty's in my school but none with my spelling (we are in England it is more common in Scotland)

Kate, not anything else, just Kate. Its meh, but I loath when people ask for my full name, or ask me to pick another shortening because there are 6 other Catherine, Kathleens etc using Kate.

BananaBubbles Sat 24-Nov-12 16:59:20

I'm a Michelle.It was very common when I was born,but my parents chose it because it was the feminine form of my late grandfather's name,so they would have used it regardless of how popular it was or wasn't at the time.

I do like it,and can't imagine being called anything else,but I do hate it when people pronounce it as mee-shell.

IsSpringSprangedYet Sat 24-Nov-12 17:05:31

Lisa

There were five of us in our year at school. Mum said she named me so as there was a very pretty Lisa in her year at school shame I didn't live up to the reasoning, and I would have been Luke if I was a boy.

noseinabook Sat 24-Nov-12 17:09:23

Brigit. Hate it. Have to spell it out to everyone. the only other time I've seen it spelt like that is on The Likely Lads - one of the wifes was played by Brigit Forsyth. Really, REALLY can't stand it.

stupidcoconutmilk Sat 24-Nov-12 17:28:17

Katharine, always been known as Kate, people are always surprised to find out my full name (also have 3 middle names)

I'm a Nikki. There were a few of us about (I'm 23) but I didn't know any other's spelt the same way. My sister, since marrying, has 2 sister's called Nikki (Nickie) though grin

I like my name, prefer my sister's names though. My parents had a very short list of names that they liked that were both Persian and English. Mine is the most English sounding and 'common' for our age groups.

In Persian nomenclature my name would mean 'Nice' or 'Good'. No middle name. My full name translates to Good/Nice Hunter hmm I'm a vegetariangrin

countrybump Sat 24-Nov-12 18:11:41

Emma

Very popular name when I was at school. I neither really like nor dislike it. I get called Ems by most close friends.

gufflings Sat 24-Nov-12 20:12:24

Rebecca.

Really like it, although lots of people can't spell it. Think it was a top ten name for my generation but there weren't loads of us at school. Quite often get called Rachel instead! Or Becky (hate).

BigGiantCowWithAKnockKnockTail Sat 24-Nov-12 20:15:19

Erica. Always hated having an unusual name at school. Still not that keen now. I've never really liked being different.

Sargesaweyes Sat 24-Nov-12 20:15:21

I'm a Laura. Named after my great grandmother. I neither love it nor loathe it.

Spookey80 Sat 24-Nov-12 20:17:07

I'm Kim. I neither like or dislike it, it's ok.

AnAirOfHopeForSnow Sat 24-Nov-12 20:17:13

Angharad

frazzlerock Sat 24-Nov-12 20:21:40

Molly. I hated it growing up as it was a "granny" name.
Now it's really popular I rather like it as I feel like the first one (now the grannies have died wink)

LittleBallOfFur Sat 24-Nov-12 20:21:44

Sarah. Always one of many. Never minded though, think its quite a nice name really, if a bit plain smile (although growing up loved the fact it means 'princess' in Hebrew)

frazzlerock Sat 24-Nov-12 20:23:01

I like Sarah.
Molly means "Bitter" apparently.... Thanks mother hmm

ThwartedbyMum Sat 24-Nov-12 20:27:13

Joanne, there were 3 of us in my year at school and we all had the middle name Louise as well!

DialsMavis Sat 24-Nov-12 20:27:33

Barbara, FFS!I'm only 30 hmm Thanks for that parents.... although thankfully my DF vetoed the original choice of Paris.

MommyVan Sat 24-Nov-12 20:28:37

Mairi. Gaelic for Mary. No one can spell it. Ever. Or so it seems!

frazzlerock Sat 24-Nov-12 20:36:24

Thwarted - I also have Louise as a middle name. You weren't a late 70's/early 80's child by any chance were you?

ImpYCelyn Sat 24-Nov-12 20:37:40

Lotte. Just that, not short for anything. Never met another one. Although DH came and gleefully pointed out that the Private Eye "Grim Up North" cartoon had a little girl called Lotte in it a couple of weeks ago. I'm 27, so I think I'm well ahead of the curve.

Wasn't a huge fan when I was a child, but I like it now. No one can spell it, an lots of people struggle to pronounce it though... Hopefully that'll change if it starts to get more popular.

CPtart Sat 24-Nov-12 20:44:25

Lindsay (named after a barmaid my dad knew...apparently!) Was going to be called Natalie which I love, but mums best friend beat her to it.

A little girls name in my opinion, and no-one ever spells it right!

JourneyThroughLife Sat 24-Nov-12 20:55:01

When I was a baby (I'm told) my parents couldn't think of any decent names so called me Jacqueline....I hated it. There were three of in the same class and we'd get called a variety of "Jackie" "laughing jack-ass" and so forth. So when I was 18 and legally able, I went to a solicitor's office and changed my name officially. I chose my own name, Alexandra, and have had it proudly for years, never let it be shortened to Alex.....although I have a very dear friend who refers to me as Allissandra which is lovely. People find it odd when I say I chose my own name!! I also have to produce various legal documents to prove the change because my birth certificate says one thing, and my marriage certificate says another...
When I had children of my own I didn't want them to have boring names (that they'd have to change!) so I called my daughter Theone (pronounced Thee-oh-nee) and I haven't met or heard of any other Theone's so far...

This will out me I think...

Sareth.

Rhymes with Gareth. I like it, I get called Sarry (to rhyme with Harry) as a nickname. Never met another, until a friend of my mum's named gave it to her daughter as a middle name.

confuddledDOTcom Sat 24-Nov-12 21:14:29

I was one of a million! Even living in an area where being white put me in the minority there was always another in the class! I believe that it was to do with my parents liking the name rather than because it was popular. I'm Claire!

Popular names now don't seem to be AS popular as they used to be.

Nineties Sat 24-Nov-12 21:26:32

Harriet, middle name Alice. Harriet means 'home ruler' and Alice means 'noble' - rather like that combination! smile

When I was born Harriet was the 68th most popular name in UK. Now it's higher up I think.

Every other Harriet I've met has spelt her name Harriet, however I am forever having people spell my name Harriett, Harriette, and worstly Harriott. I do like my name though even though it's now very popular.

Abigail. Most people call me Abi. I like it well enough.

Unusual when I was at school - no others at primary, one in the year below me at secondary, and one in the year below her, 120 girls per year. Much more popular now - ranks around the top 30.

2muchxmaspud Sun 25-Nov-12 00:48:32

Debi (full name Deborah)
Hated it ever since I can remember, always wanted to be called Caroline for some reason.

Only ever got called Deborah off me mam when I was in trouble as a kid.

Pendeen Sun 25-Nov-12 00:56:25

Helen.

Yes, I quite like it and not particularly common when I was born but...

My middle name is - I believe - unique. Cornish and very old.

To reveal it would definitely 'out' me. grin

evilhamster Sun 25-Nov-12 01:00:54

I'm an Æva! Said aye-vah. It took me a long time to find out how to do the Æ on the computer. There's a reason why I have it though- I'm Icelandic.

InSPsFanjoNoOneHearsYouScream Sun 25-Nov-12 01:09:03

I'm a Kelly. I hate it. It rhymes with a lot of words!

It was either Kelly or Paige though.

I was born in 1990 and there were a few Kelly's in my year. In my street there are 4 of us. In my local pub there is 3. None are from my street either!

evilhamster Sun 25-Nov-12 01:12:12

Seeing as I've outed myself already with Æva, I'll say my middle name.Elsð (Elsa in Icelandic basically). My parents evidently had a competition with all the other parents to see how many accents they can fit in a full name.

rhondajean Sun 25-Nov-12 01:13:01

Mines is obvious ^

RalphGnu Sun 25-Nov-12 01:13:29

I'm Beth, have always been Beth although it's a shortening of my middle name. Only my GP calls me Catherine.

I've only ever met one other Beth of my age. I really like it.

Fiona. Don't know of any others. Hated it growing up, love it now.

TurkeyDino Sun 25-Nov-12 01:21:33

I'm Amy. Always liked it. I've known a few others but not loads.

My dad said he named me after Amy turtle from some tv show that I now can't remember! I was almost Elizabeth but definitely prefer Amy, although I do get aims as a nickname a lot.

crazycatlady82 Sun 25-Nov-12 01:21:49

Luisa, I have only met a handful of others with this spelling as its the Italian spelling.

It means woman warrior which makes me laugh. I'm just a big pussy cat!

xx

shock SP you're a young'un! Well, a year younger than me grin Always took you to be slightly older as you're one of the wiser ones!

HeffalumpsAndWoozles Sun 25-Nov-12 01:26:33

I'm Victoria, didn't know many others my age while growing up but strangely now I know quite a lot, including my best friend. I hated it when I was younger, 27 now and have finally decided I actually like it.

InSPsFanjoNoOneHearsYouScream Sun 25-Nov-12 01:27:21

pixie I think you have confused with someone else. grin I have never been wise!

rhondajean Sun 25-Nov-12 01:27:40

I like my name. I've never known personally anyone else with the same name, my DDs have unusuall names too, bot unique but different enough.

InSPsFanjoNoOneHearsYouScream Sun 25-Nov-12 01:30:11

pixie my mums a Nicola but has always called her self Nikki. She gets annoyed if its spelt wrong.

rhondajean Sun 25-Nov-12 01:39:12

Sp cannot think of tou as a Kelly!

HeffalumpsAndWoozles Sun 25-Nov-12 01:42:06

Ive shortened mine to Viki since i was about 14, no one ever spells it right sad Its not as if its even that hard, there's only four letters!

Possibly SP, though your do seem to be the only fanjo lurking around grin

I always get people writing my name down as Nicola, apparently Nikki isn't a real name and I must be lying about it not being shortened! Glad to know that there is another Nikki out there though grin

I worked with a Nickie a few years ago. She looked quite masculine as well and I honestly thought that she was a slightly feminine bloke from the spelling of her name blush

GirlWithTheMouseyHair Sun 25-Nov-12 01:53:47

I'm Frances, pretty unusual but not out if the ordinary though I get really pissed off when it's spelt Francis

Was never Fran, Frankie etc but nicknamed Effie by my gran (Frances Emily = FE = Effie) and my uni friends adopted it as my NN. Thanks to Facebook its now stuck and many more people call me Effie thAn Frances.

Not bothered what I'm called but turn 30 next year and reckon I'll try to start using my proper name again

Stepawayfromthesweeties Sun 25-Nov-12 08:39:25

I'm a nichola, quite a few nicola's at school but I was better coz I had a 'h'. Found out later in life that I only got the 'h' as the registrar spelt my name wrong on the birth certificate and dad didn't correct her. Needless to say one very angry mother when he returned home smile. I really like it, I get called nic quite a lot

EggsMichelle Sun 25-Nov-12 09:23:01

Michelle... Like in my forum name!

BananaBubbles I also hate when people pronounce it Mee-Shell, or call me Mish or Meesh for short, have a particularly annoying uncle who insists on calling me meeshell and makes my skin crawl! Otherwise I quite likely name. There were 4 of us in my school year, but haven't met another one since!

greenandcabbagelooking Sun 25-Nov-12 09:36:06

Elizabeth. Only ever met one my own age. I don't mind it, but I do shorten it, because I've got a long middle name and surname.

I like it because it's common enough that people have heard it, can spell it and say it, but not so common that I've been Elizabeth A in school.

Dillydollydaydream Sun 25-Nov-12 10:40:53

Another Michelle. Was one of about 6 at school! Very imaginative parents. Also hate being called meesh or meeshell!

itsallinmyhead Sun 25-Nov-12 13:24:20

My 'Sunday' name is Kathleenann.

As a small child my mother made a point of telling me repeatedly that my name was Kathleenann not Kathleen, as people tended to shorten it.

I love my name but a lot of people (especially healthcare professionals for some reason angry) tend to see my name on the top of the notes they are holding and still call out Kathleen. It's a right bugbear of mine, so......

......I've shortened it to Kat and that's how most people know me. I do much prefer Kathleenann though grin.

Everlong Sun 25-Nov-12 13:37:24

My name is a diminutive form of Elisabeth.

I'll keep it as that wink

SoYo Sun 25-Nov-12 14:22:41

Siobhan. Nobody can spell it and. I got called sigh-oh-Bon at school but it never put me off loving it! Always enjoyed having a name that was a but different. Although saying that there was another in my year (That's Catholic schooling for you!).

HaggisMcNeeps Sun 25-Nov-12 14:44:06

My name is Haggis. Obvs.

fishcalledwonder Sun 25-Nov-12 14:50:47

I'm Carrie but Caroline at job interviews and when complaining about shoddy service. I liked it more before Sex And The City came along.

manicinsomniac Sun 25-Nov-12 14:58:33

I kind of think this thread helps the argument that we really don't need to worry about name popularity.

Most of us are of the generation where Sarahs, Lauras, Emmas, Rebeccas, Claires, Nicolas, Gemmas and Michelles seemed to be everywhere but most of these names have only come up once, maximum twice.

And I think whoever said that the really popular names now are less popular than the really popular names of the 80s - people have branched out.

manicinsomniac Sun 25-Nov-12 14:59:17

* 'was right' should have been in the middle of that last sentence!

buttercrumble Sun 25-Nov-12 14:59:48

Catherine, hated it as a child but have grown to love it.......

Cezella Sun 25-Nov-12 16:57:46

I'm a Ceri (Welsh form of Kerry)

I like it, it means love although a lot of English people I meet say "Seri"

Not popular by any means, but I know of plenty of others here in Wales

InSPsFanjoNoOneHearsYouScream Sun 25-Nov-12 17:01:20

Rhonda its a shit name tbh. grin

rhondajean Sun 25-Nov-12 19:48:22

I'm still crushed from discovering Sarah Stratton isn't really called Sarah Stratton too.

Artemis206 Tue 27-Nov-12 21:22:20

Alison. Have since found out its 80's chavvy and a teachers pet name shock

baskingseals Tue 27-Nov-12 22:05:46

Zara. i am 44. i hated it when i was younger, but quite like it now.

rosiesmartypants Tue 27-Nov-12 22:20:54

Winifred biscuit, called after my mum and great aunt....however my sisters very quickly started using my middle name Rose, as it just wasn't cool to have a baby sister Winifred....thank God some people in the family had sense!

I must admit though....it comes in handy if I am ever trying to pretend to be posh *polishing tiara* he he he grin

popsicle1984 Wed 28-Nov-12 07:39:10

Chiara

Abcinthia Wed 28-Nov-12 07:46:36

Katie. It's not short for anything.

I really like my name and have not met many other Katies. Met a few Katherines but they usually shortened their name to Kat/Kathy.

Tess - not short for anything - just Tess.

Oh and I really like my name.

I was so called name, as Tess of the d'Urbervilles is my mum's favourite book.

Like good old Tess in the book, I had a child in my late teens, but thankfully that's the only life event we have shared!

LaTrucha Wed 28-Nov-12 09:50:43

Susanna / Susie - I do like it. I did upset my Dad, who named me, terribly one day when I said 'Susie' was the kind of name you give a labrador but I don't think that any more. My middle name is Maria, after Sarah Vaughan singing the West Side Story song.

My mum wanted to call me Chloe or Candace. I would have liked Chloe and it might have suited me more. I'm glad I'm not Candace.

LaTrucha Wed 28-Nov-12 09:51:39

I like Tess too. nearly called DD it but her Spanish family would not have understood at all.

spottywelly Wed 28-Nov-12 10:37:28

Katherine. Presumably because I had a 10-letter surname and 9-letter middle name, and my parents were trying for a record.

I quite like it, other than the length (never fits on any forms!). There seemed to be a lot of Katherines born in the late 70s/early 80s, but most of them went by a shortened form, and I never did, so that was different enough for me.

No one ever spells it the right way, though! They always ask 'with a C or a K?', but when I say K, they normally assume it's Kathryn.

ToManyDicksOnTheDancefloor Wed 28-Nov-12 11:53:15

I'm Hayley, quite like it, don't think it has aged too much.

javotte Wed 28-Nov-12 14:03:42

Amelie.
I don't really like it.

PandaHeat Wed 28-Nov-12 14:11:44

Rachael.
I think it is a bit dull. It is also the more unusual spelling. I always wanted to be called something else, but could never decide what.

EIizaDay Wed 28-Nov-12 14:12:05

Iona. Used to hate it but over the years it has grown on me.

MrsBungleBear Wed 28-Nov-12 14:26:08

I'm Tara. I am 34. I've met one other Tara.

At primary school I wanted nothing more than to be called alison or Sarah or something more common! My mum always told me I'd prefer having a less popular name when I was older and she was right. I don't love my name but it's alright. I do like having a less popular name, though, and have given my kids uncommon names too.

NymphadoraTonks Wed 28-Nov-12 15:24:30

Joy, which I've always liked.

QueefLatina Wed 28-Nov-12 15:34:16

Charlotte.

I really don't like it but people always tell me it's a lovely name.

I particularly hate it when people pronounce it Char-lotte

Szeli Wed 28-Nov-12 20:00:40

I'm Michelle, been Shelly since birth - prefer Michelle tbh but it's not 'my' name.

Not very popular with my age group (25)

Primary school 1 other girl who was two years older.

High School (900 girls) 2 others called Michelle, one in my year and one two years older.

Known two other Shelly's in work situations but they were christened Chelle-Ann and was 12 years older and Shelley - about my age.

Oddly enough my boyfriend always thought he'd have a daughter called Michelle and I fancied a son called Lennon - his name. Straaaaange xxx

ILikeSquirrels Wed 28-Nov-12 20:33:02

I'm Georgina. No middle name. Hello, nice to meet you!

CharlieBoo Wed 28-Nov-12 21:30:46

Im a Lucy... Have always (apart from teenage years) liked it. Not many in my age group (mid thirties).

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Wed 28-Nov-12 21:32:02

Some lovely names wink

Possibly outing myself here.

I'm Morgaine, pronounced 'Morgarna'. It's a Welsh name, and I've never met another.

quietlysuggests Wed 28-Nov-12 21:59:03

I'm sarah too. I didn't mind it, didn't love it. There were 2 of us in our class. Its has dated ok-ish I think. I have met 3 little sarahs recently and was a little suprised as I dont think it suits babies.

kimcarl1988 Wed 28-Nov-12 22:05:33

im kimberley but every1 calls me kim i dont really like it

I'm Lois. Never met another. 99% of people I meet struggle with it and pronounce it loo-eee or loo-iss, slightly irritating!

Spectra Wed 28-Nov-12 23:18:54

Shyla
I was named after a Shyla my mother knew, and have met a few others. I have always liked my name, although I have spent my life repeating it and correcting people.

SomersetONeil Thu 29-Nov-12 00:28:15

I'm an Isobel. My parents were a generation ahead of their time! It was desperately old lady and very old fashioned when I was given it in the 70s. I was named after my grandmother and, as my Dad tells, the obituaries suddenly filled up with Isobels just after I was born; all the old ladies with the name dying off... They thought they'd made a terrible mistake!

I really didn't like it growing up - nobody, but nobody else was called it, I could never get cheap, plastic personalised tat with my name on it, and I was continually asked 'is a bell necessary on a bike?' by people my parents' age when introduced.

I like it now. I absolutely love being the only one anywhere near my age group with my name. I've never met another Isobel. I love not having an eyes-glass-over-dull name that everyone else from my generation has.

But of course, the cycle of fashion has come full circle and it - and its variations - are now so popular that it will be an eyes-glass-over-dull name to this generations' kids in another 20 years' time. If you had told me how popular the name would become when I was 8 or 9 I would just never have believed you.

saffronwblue Thu 29-Nov-12 00:49:52

I'm Jane. A true 60's baby. Lots at school and at uni with me - and nobody ever uses it for baby girls now!
My mum named me after Jane Austen.

honeytea Thu 29-Nov-12 04:40:37

I'm another Amy.

I was born mid 80's and have met lots of other Amys. I wish my parents had been a little more imaginative.

OddSocksHighHeels Fri 30-Nov-12 12:33:37

I'm Siobhan. I like my name, it's not too common but not weird either.

rrreow Fri 30-Nov-12 16:34:20

Iris - quite popular where I'm from (Holland) when I was born ('85), although in the UK it seems a but more of an old ladies name! I like it now although when I was little I wished my name was Rose.

I'm Ria.

My parents got it from a 70s TV show called Butterflies. I know a few others but they're mostly shortened from something else (Maria, Rhiannon, Rhianna etc). I even work with another Ria! but she's a Rhiannon, not a real Ria

I don't know any Rias older than me!

Loveday, hated it as a child but like it now, and yes I'm Cornish, although I've only met one other Loveday, everyone use to call me Lovejoy when I was little sad

EskimoPie Fri 30-Nov-12 17:11:26

Emma - popular but not dated. I like it; considering I was in the midst of Sharons, Michelles and Traceys through primary school, I did very well, I think grin

bruffin Fri 30-Nov-12 17:20:18

Christine- quite popular name at school but not as popular as Karen, Tracey or Susan. All early 60s names

Haberdashery Fri 30-Nov-12 19:42:35

VisualiseAHorse, I think I know your mum!

I'm a Lucy and didn't like it at all growing up. One of four in my class at primary school. I like it a bit better now as I think it's fairly classic. But I would much rather have been called something that nobody else was called.

Astralabe Fri 30-Nov-12 19:58:49

Louvaine - cool name!
And Rachel - I've always liked this name but didn't use it for my daughter, don't know why.
My name's Zoe - I've always like the fact my name means 'life', and that it doesn't really date - I know baby Zoes, and Zoes older than me (although I believe my generation, in their 30s, were the peak usage for the name to date)

hev2010 Fri 30-Nov-12 20:16:56

Heather. I love it now but always felt a bit short-changed when I was younger as my two sisters can both shorten their names in a variety of ways.

chipmonkey Fri 30-Nov-12 20:25:21

Orla. Irish for "Golden Princess"smile although, annoyingly also Hebrew for foreskin!blush

We're Irish and I was born in the US. My parents thought they were giving me a really unusual name only to arrive home and find that every other person in Ireland that that a little girl had called them Orla.

I think it's the Irish equivalent of Katie, I was never the only one in my class and even in my job until a few years ago when the other Orla went to open her own practice!

CheerfulYank Fri 30-Nov-12 20:30:46

Megan.

VERY popular in the US in the early 80's when I was born. smile

VBisme Fri 30-Nov-12 20:42:31

Victoria, I always wanted to be Lucy when I was younger, but I'm used to being Victoria now (although I'm mainly Vic or Tori).

Yika Fri 30-Nov-12 21:10:25

Sophie. Always loved it. I'm 46. fairly unusual in my day - I never knew any others at school or university.

OhEmGee25 Fri 30-Nov-12 23:28:34

Emily. I'm 25, there were three in my class hmm

rainbow2000 Fri 30-Nov-12 23:46:40

Martina only knew of one other when growing up.I rather like it now but didnt for years

sarahtigh Sat 01-Dec-12 00:05:52

Sarah, I like my name, we all have biblical names, there was one other Sarah in School with me, the only thing I did not like was no middle name

like that most people can spell name my mother has one of those names you automatically have to spell out every time, she says was the bane of her life she still hates it, so DD has a well known though not common name but everyone can spell it; was more common 50-70 years ago than now

SirBoobAlot Sat 01-Dec-12 00:26:22

I'm Erika. Never met another one with the same spelling, and only one with a 'c'. I love my name.

whistlestopcafe Sat 01-Dec-12 00:33:01

My dad calls me Kathy. My mum calls me Katie. My husband calls me Kate and I introduce myself as Katherine.

@*whistlestop*. Hi, Kat! smile

headfairy Sat 01-Dec-12 00:49:05

I was a bit reluctant to post on here but as others with unusual names have done so, here goes.

I'm Gisele. I didn't know any others growing up, there are a few now. Most people think of the supermodel who I resemble a lot or the more cultured think of the ballet but that had 2 Ls. My name is the French spelling, there's lots of them over there. It's from Alsace so there are more Germanic versions such as Ghislaine, Gisela, or Giselle.

I hated it as a child. I wanted a pretty, girly name like Lucy, or Katie. Pronounced correctly (with a soft G, like zs as in Zsa Zsa) it's prettier but English people tend to use a harder G. Strangely enough Irish people always seem to pronounce it properly.

mathanxiety Sat 01-Dec-12 07:39:00

JourneyThroughLife -- I know a Theoni (with the I at the end but pronounced the same as Theone). Her mum is of Greek extraction. It's a gorgeous name imo.

Dontbesodramatic Sat 01-Dec-12 07:57:06

I'm about to out myself.

I'm Asma. Means goddess of beautywink

merlottits Sat 01-Dec-12 08:25:22

I'm a Kelly. I don't like it particularly. It's very 70's and there are many.
I had an interesting experience recently - an employee of mine named her baby after me shock
She is not British and the name is original and probably exotic sounding in her country of origin. I embarrassed myself when she told me. Rather than looking proud I just said "uuurrrgh!!!" blush

Josephine - I was the only one all through school and I have only ever met two other Josephine's. I hated it growing up but kind of used to it now grin

gerbilsarefun Sat 01-Dec-12 08:40:54

I'm a Gill, short for Gillian. I'm surprised no-one else with my name has posted. I was born in the 60s and have the middle name Clare. I don't mind my name, but having shortened it in my teens, it feels weird if someone calls me by my full name.

SirBoobAlot Sat 01-Dec-12 08:59:02

Gerbils, my mum is Gillian, shortened to Gill. She hates her full name.

maxylou Sat 01-Dec-12 08:59:42

I'm Kirsty born 1982 ..lots in my school.. I quite like my name but always wanted to be called Sophie grin

peachypips Sat 01-Dec-12 19:04:09

I am Joanna- always used to get annoyed when people called me Joanne! I like my name but everyone calls me Jo of course. Don't mind as it makes me think of Little Women- Jo rocks! Born in 78 and had one other Joanna and a Joanne in my class at school.

LittleFlower888 Tue 04-Dec-12 17:55:49

Anna

eachtigertires Tue 04-Dec-12 18:43:19

Amy

TheQueensChristmasDinner Tue 04-Dec-12 18:56:08

Stephanie. Have always been known as Steph but recently have started using my full name again. Quite like it.

MKG Tue 04-Dec-12 19:31:33

Marta, I've always been the only one.

OkayHazel Wed 05-Dec-12 01:28:09

I'm Felicity. Go by Fliss to friend and family.

Always Felicity for new people and business.

Wetthemogwai Wed 05-Dec-12 01:56:36

Hahahaha chipmonkey I have an Orla and never knew its Hebrew meaning! It's still a beautiful name though smile

I'm a Rachel, the only one in my year and at uni but there was a rachael at college. Not fussed with it either way but people are forever spelling it wrong

qumquat Wed 05-Dec-12 18:42:35

Another Laura here, late 70s baby. I love it now, but when I was little I wanted to be called Lily or Molly - my family fell about laughing at what ridiculous sounding names they were.

GreatCongas Wed 05-Dec-12 18:56:08

I'm Bronwen

Always liked it
It's unusual enough that I've only ever met one other (though know of others) and known enough that i dot get people looking at me like I'm odd (thanks neighbours)
Spelling is annoying and sometimes it feels a bit stolid but overall I'm happy

Time to name change again

stifnstav Wed 05-Dec-12 22:59:24

Another Stephanie here. Usually shortened to Steph or Stiff!

I'm a Victoria, really like it now I'm older even had it as my daughters middle name. Alot of people don't know it's my name tho as I'm know by another name.

jumblequeen Thu 06-Dec-12 17:59:08

I'm Kyle.
Have had to live with being addressed as Mr / dude / mate for all written correspondence and Kylie in person... but I've never met another female Kyle. it is unisex, according to my parents anyway!

juneybean Thu 06-Dec-12 18:41:05

I'm a Jennifer, my mam said there were lots of us but I've not come across too many.

AreAllMenTheSame2 Thu 06-Dec-12 18:41:31

Im a Sharon. When I was younger I hated it, I allways asked my mum what possessed her to call a baby Sharon. I think it suits an older lady, not a baby, toddler, child or teenager. But in my twenties now and have grown to like it smile

AreAllMenTheSame2 Thu 06-Dec-12 18:42:43

AND people always spell it 'Sharron' drives me mad!

curlyclaz13 Sat 08-Dec-12 12:55:47

Clare, I am 32 and I was one of 5 at school, I don't like it. Parents choose it so it couldn't be shortend so it gets lengthened instead. In the last two jobs I have alos worked with Claires which causes confussion so much so that my current boss asked me to use my middle name Elisabeth but that is not my name !

Normaflore Sat 08-Dec-12 22:08:40

Bernadette

As soon as I say my name people automatically assume I'm either Irish or French hmm. The last 20 years or so (since moving to the UK) I've been saying sorry and making excuses for my parents as to why I have this name without the "correct" nationality... Other than this I'm fairly OK with my name.

sammysaidso Sun 09-Dec-12 07:33:27

Samantha Jane, surprisingly only knew one other Samantha growing up and only two other people with a double barrel name.

Top1000NameChange Sun 09-Dec-12 11:15:36

Jessamy.

I had to namechange, as i have WAY too much personal info on here.

I love my name. It's frequently misheard (I get a lot of "Stephanie, did you say?") and misspelt but it's never bothered me particularly. Once people "get" it, it's easy. Spelt phonetically etc.

My pet hate is people calling me Jess when I barely know them <precious>. But my close friends and family rarely call me anything else.

meddie Thu 13-Dec-12 11:40:14

I,m a Julie.
Hated it when I was little as everyone around me had names like Christine or Caroline which were very popular and sounded so 'exotic' at the time
now I love my name, though I very rarely get the full version, mainly Jules, which I kind of like.

Reiltin Thu 13-Dec-12 11:55:21

Niamh.

foofooyeah Thu 13-Dec-12 12:05:02

Some lovely names on here

Mine is Alexandra

CheungFun Thu 13-Dec-12 12:13:38

I'm a Roxanne, I have met two others a similar age to me. I used to hate it as people would sing the song at me very out of tune but I like my name now and I'm glad I wasn't given a boring name smile

ArkadyRose Thu 13-Dec-12 12:37:19

Arkady, after the female protagonist in Isaac Asimov's "Second Foundation" - though it's actually a male Slavic name meaning "the Prince".

bugoven Thu 13-Dec-12 18:15:18

Amelia but known as Mia since I was about 10. Never met another of either name until I was 25. Now both are regularly in the top 10 I think.

weegiemum Thu 13-Dec-12 18:17:10

I'm Susan (born 1970).

Family call me Sue, which I hate. I like Susan!

Pudgy2011 Thu 13-Dec-12 18:23:41

I'm Natalie Marie - Natalie after Natalie Wood, Marie is my mum's middle name. I'm Nat to most people, Natalie only to my husband for some reason!

I'm a 79 baby, and Natalie was the most popular girls name in my Catholic primary school around age 7!

Merrycuckingfistmas Thu 13-Dec-12 19:21:56

Louisa- bloody hate it!

QueenOfCats Thu 13-Dec-12 19:30:42

I'm Samantha and I hate it! Didn't know any others when I was growing up and the boys at school used to call me Samantha Fox which I hated angry

Aw, Queen. I absolutely love the name Samantha! I named my favourite doll Samantha when I was about five, and I still love it 30+ years later.

2kidsintow Fri 14-Dec-12 21:58:11

I'm a Tamzin.
Hated it growing up. Got laughed at when it was first called on a register at high school. Inappropriate spellcheck suggestions sometimes.

Now I like it. But not when I get called Tammy or Tazmin. I was the only Tamzin in school and then college, but it has become more popular recently and I've met a few others. And one of the Mums at school named her child after me.grin I don't like my name shortening, but specifically chose names for my 2 DDs that were classic names that could be shortened.

CassandraLemon Sat 15-Dec-12 00:43:04

My name's Cassandra, but I've always been Cassie. I like my name; I rarely meet another Cassie.

MerryChristMoose Sat 15-Dec-12 01:05:39

My name is Joanne. Please call me Jo.

I was born in 1974. There were three Joanne's in my class at school. Two of us had surnames that started with a 'W'. IIRC I was referred to as "Little Jo".

iheartmycat Sat 15-Dec-12 02:17:34

Can't believe I'm the first Louise to post...mid 70s baby. One of 3 in my class at high school. Was going to be called Natalie, which I much prefer.

Always wanted to be called Laura. I alway get excited if i hear of a baby called Louise now...somehow seems nicer now it's less common!

My year at school/uni was full of Michelle/Julie/Claire/Tracy's.

Zara1984 Sat 15-Dec-12 02:49:19

Kim. Hello early 80s... :/

LaurenCaddy Sat 15-Dec-12 17:03:58

I'm a Lauren.

And a 1991 baby. Mum named me after Lauren Bacall. I don't think it was overly popular atm but i think did get more so further into the 90's. I don't think its ever been in the Top 10.

My OH is an Aaron.
My Mum's a Michelle.
My Dad's a Paul.
My sisters are, Paige, Keavy, Sophie & Kayleigh.
My brothers are, Conor, Joshua, Jamie, Cameron & Jack.
My nephew is Riley.
And my daughter is Isabelle.

I think a good variety there! Haha smile

Im a Siobhan. Middle name, Sarah. I don't mind it but hate having to spell it out all the time as my last name is biddulph and I have to spell that too.
its okay in that its not too common.
my ohs name is Glenn Irvine and he always has the last letters taken off his names.
off to name change smilegrin

elsabel Mon 31-Dec-12 22:35:22

Ellie, short for Eleanor (pronounced Elena, not norrr). Always liked Ellie but not so much Eleanor. Ellie is becoming far more popular and i predict in a few years schools will be full of them!

LexiLoganberry Mon 31-Dec-12 23:51:24

I'm Joanne, hated it when I was younger, friends called me Jo, I desperatly wanted to be called Emma but now I hate being called Jo and like Joanne.

LexiLoganberry Mon 31-Dec-12 23:53:47

Forgot.... it wasn't a popular name only 2 other Joanne's in my school one of which was my best friend, much confused seemed to ensue.

OnlyWantsOne Mon 31-Dec-12 23:59:24

Emily

Nicola - one of the 5 million born in the 70's!

Usually Nic never Nicky so maybe I should revise my username grin

catinsantasboots Tue 01-Jan-13 00:23:30

Alexandra nn Ally, or Bongo (nn for Allybongo!)

nickelbabylyinginamanger Tue 01-Jan-13 00:36:43

Andrea Helen

1976.

unusual name but there was another girl in my year with the same first and middle name.

Jakeyblueblue Tue 01-Jan-13 17:36:25

I'm a Louise Victoria. Like it now I'm older, especially Victoria. Hats off to my my mum and dad, IMO they picked classic names for me and my sister. She's an Elizabeth Laura and I like that even more grin

StrawbRhi Tue 01-Jan-13 17:48:22

catinsantaboots- I know a Bongo (Ben) who's engaged to an Alexandra nn Ally!

I'm Rhiannon Elizabeth, born mid 80's. Was going to be Rebekkah right up until a week before I was born and Mum suddenly changed her mind. My Dad made her research the name thoroughly first as he thought it was the name of a witch!

I used to hate having an unusual name and always shortened it to Rhi, but now I love it. Glad I wasnt one of umpteen Becky/Becks/Rebecca in my year :D

barmysarmy Sat 05-Jan-13 19:36:34

Im a Cerys born in the early 80's not met many others even though Im from Wales although I apprieciate its a popular name there.

andadietcoke Sat 05-Jan-13 19:46:38

Hannah. Hated it when I was little, and I was always the only one. To me it was an old lady name (the nurse Hannah in Little Women, and I was named after a great aunt Hannah). Now there seem to be little Hannahs everywhere, but even despite that I quite like it now.

notjustamummythankyou Sat 05-Jan-13 19:58:55

I'm a Catherine - born 1970.

Although there were a couple of others in my year, I was always the only one in my class.

It's never been shortened, and I hate it when someone calls me cath or Cathy!

TruckerRobyn Sat 05-Jan-13 20:28:49

I'm Robyn!

I think it's starting to get more common - i know of 2 males Robin but no other females Robyn! I like my name - i get called Rob or Robby for short i'm happy with either - people say Rob is for blokes but you could say that about georgina/george Antonia/Toni

TreadOnTheCracks Sat 05-Jan-13 20:35:20

Sonia

YoSaffBridge Sat 05-Jan-13 20:41:04

Anne. I don't think it' ever been that popular! And I'm a lot younger than I should be with this name. I'm not entirely sure what my dad was thinking when he named me. There's nothing about 'Anne' which says 'late 70s' to me!

YulaBaker Sat 05-Jan-13 21:55:03

Janine, I'm 29 and only met one other Janine, much older than me. There are plenty in fiction tho.

absentmindeddooooodles Sat 05-Jan-13 22:07:29

im a chloe. wasn'y very popular when i was born, then a few years later lots more started to appear! Still havn't met very many though. Quite like the name smile

ZipItShrimpy Sat 05-Jan-13 22:50:21

I'm a Lorna, not fussed for it either way really but certainly don't hate it.

Harrysmummysarah1 Sat 05-Jan-13 23:07:32

I'm Sarah would of been Simon had I been male

sugarlugosi Sat 05-Jan-13 23:14:00

Siobhan - the third on here but I've only met 2 others in the last /9 years. I hate spelling it all the time but I don't mind it as a name now I've grown up xx

mija1 Sun 06-Jan-13 19:04:01

Sherika

I'm Carly and I do like my name, always spelt wrong which is annoying, and often get called kylie!

Sasparillo Mon 14-Jan-13 11:36:48

I'm a Sarah Jane. Very popular in my year group but I still like it, a bit boring but I've never had a problem with it smile You don't get many baby Sarah's now though, no idea why, it means princess smile

KatyPeril Mon 14-Jan-13 11:49:21

Lucy.

confusteling Mon 14-Jan-13 12:24:27

Linda. I was born in 1991 and all the Lindas I've met are well over 40!!!

It's a lovely name though, a few friends are Spanish/Portugese; over there Linda means "pretty" so reading their facebook posts is always entertaining - the moon is Linda, that picture's very Linda, what a Linda scene etc..

I'm more commonly known though as Lindy Loo (after a song) - most people, usually those over 40, automatically refer to me as Lindy Loo..

Middle name is Alison which is more common, and my Confirmation name is Anne/Annie which is a family name.

Vajazzler I either went to school with you or one of the others! West Country by any chance?

DonderandBlitzen Mon 14-Jan-13 12:47:30

Amanda. I don't mind it. Never been embarrassed by it

FranglaisMadam Mon 14-Jan-13 12:47:49

Hayley - never really liked it. Brother is to blame as my parents let him choose my name, and he chose it in honour of his schoolgirl crush at the time!

emblosion Mon 14-Jan-13 14:18:27

Emma Louise (usually just called Emma, Ems, Em, Embo etc) don't mind it, but hated always being one of several in my class at school/uni. I've come across less Emmas as I've grown up, we must have dissapated...

zingally Mon 14-Jan-13 14:39:32

I'm a Sally.

There was a couple of us at school, but I haven't met any recently, adult or child.

hopeful92 Mon 14-Jan-13 16:39:47

Mine's Stephanie. Prefer Steph, and get called "Steffi" by family (started by a little girl I used to babysit for when I was 14 and continued o by nieces&nephews).

I'm a bit indifferent to my name really, never really thought about whether or not I like it, which I suppose is a good thing 'cause it means that I can't despise it...

cyclecamper Mon 14-Jan-13 16:45:10

Joan. I only once ever met another one my age (at uni). I don't mind it - although I regularly get called Jo, Jane, June, Joanna, Joanne and on a few occasions Joy. I like all of those so I don't mind. I object to Joany though - people use it to talk down to me. It usually says more about them than me though!wink

thegreylady Mon 14-Jan-13 17:11:05

I on the other hand am old smile
Valerie

thegreylady Mon 14-Jan-13 17:12:57

my dd was born 1974 and is Joanna

thegreylady Mon 14-Jan-13 17:16:21

fwiw I hate Valerie which is my mn I was always known by it though-my actual first name [and third] is Sarah smile

thegreylady Mon 14-Jan-13 17:21:54

I've read the whole thread and my absolute favourite so far is Jessamy with Loveday a close second smile

Serena2013 Mon 14-Jan-13 17:27:32

Have namechanged for this as so far I'm the only one...
My name is Serena, which I love. It's unusual enough that I have only ever met one other but it is easy pronounce and not too difficult for people to spell.

googietheegg Mon 14-Jan-13 19:32:20

Anna. I quite like it and have always felt like it fits anywhere. My sister is Kate, which I like too.

Pickles101 Tue 15-Jan-13 03:09:03

Joanna. Get called Jo by everyone but am Annie to my dad. Personally I hate it.

emmyloo2 Tue 15-Jan-13 07:01:15

Emma. Always liked it. Is quite popular (I am a 70s child) but I have always liked being called Emma. It's simple and quite pretty.

I am trying to settle on a name for my DD due in May and I want a name like Emma which is classic and stands the test of time. I am thinking Elizabeth.....any Elizabeths out there who like their name?

TheFallenNinja Tue 15-Jan-13 07:38:34

Gavin. Mumsnet is my guilty pleasure smile

rainbow2000 Tue 15-Jan-13 09:19:22

Martina but there wasnt many of us around.I dont mind it now but growing up i didnt really like it.

liftthatup Tue 15-Jan-13 15:35:30

Julia. Like it much more as I get older. Have only met one other- think that was the problem when I was young and wanted to be called Judy like the cool girls...

sooperdooper Tue 15-Jan-13 17:09:32

Shelly, not very popular either when I was at school or now - I have met a few others but they usually spell it with -ey or as a nn for Michelle

I like it, it's not popular enough to have too many people with the same name, but not so unusual people have never heard of it

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