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(light-hearted) inspired by another thread .. do you like your given name?

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rabbitheadlights Thu 16-May-19 17:39:47

Does it cause you any problems?
If you could pick a name what would it be?

MsMightyTitanAndHerTroubadours Thu 16-May-19 18:33:29

mine is very 60s, and no one seems to be able to spell it...oh dear lord the spellings and even the shortenings

I always wanted to be called Georgina, , a fair amount of influence from The Famous Five there, and that song Hey There Georgie-Girl.

Historicallycorrect Thu 16-May-19 18:38:12

I like mine. It's Julie. It's not too uncommon or too common. It means 'youthful' and I think it suits me.

I do get called Jule/Jool, Ju/Jew and Julia too.

EmeraldShamrock Thu 16-May-19 18:38:22

I like my name, it wasn't very popular growing it, but it was handy it can break up into 3 names, a teen one, mature one, friendly way.
I remember working on a switch, calls from U.K. customers, trying to pronouns Irish names Niamh, Aoife, Aiobheann, a real mouthful, rarely correct but very funny. grin

nrpmum Thu 16-May-19 18:39:24

I like a very short version of my name instead of the medium short version* Not keen on full name, only use it when I'm pissed off 😂

*Think Tom instead of Tommy

PillowTalker Thu 16-May-19 18:40:41



happybunny007 Thu 16-May-19 18:41:01

Yep. It’s sophisticated and unusual but not so much as to be weird.

Mrsemcgregor Thu 16-May-19 18:41:23

I’m an Emma. I’ve never been particularly fond of my name, but I do like that it’s kind of timeless. There have been Emma’s since the beginning of time I think!

MumW Thu 16-May-19 18:42:13

I'm happy with my name although it has fallen out of use and is rapidly becoming an old person's name as am I 😄

CurbsideProphet Thu 16-May-19 18:42:35

@sonlypuppyfat I feel your pain! No need to add the ie at the end!

optimisticpessimist01 Thu 16-May-19 18:44:15

My name is Amber and I like it! Not too many people my age with the name, and slightly unusual but not too far "out there"

I was nearly called Skye so definitely ended with the better option!

Gigglinghysterically Thu 16-May-19 18:49:40


"I like my name. It wasn't very popular growing it"
You grew your name? Was it from a seed or a bulb? grin

DareIAdmit Thu 16-May-19 18:50:46

Mines a bit old fashioned, the only people I know with it are a good 20 or so years older than me. I don't love it but I have a couple of nickname options which I appreciate, particularly as my middle name is even worse. I wouldn't change it but only because I'm not sure what I'd change it to and the effort of changing everything. My sisters both hate their names, one goes by her middle name now. I got bullied about my name and using a nickname but it wasn't the name it was just another thing they could hold against me. I did find it ironic that the 3 boys who hassled me about using a nickname all used one themselves, self-reflection obviously wasn't one of their strong points. But bullies will bully for any reason they can think of, it's rarely about the actual name itself.

Rarfy Thu 16-May-19 18:52:18

I hated mine when younger - it was so different and it's spelt wrong to boot. Was glad to be different as I got older.

Marlena1 Thu 16-May-19 18:54:00

I don't mind mine but someone said they hated it on a baby name thread!! I like Rebecca a lot though

HBStowe Thu 16-May-19 18:54:07

I love it. It’s traditional but quite unusual, so while it doesn’t raise any eyebrows I have rarely met another. I like the sound of it, and all the shortened versions of it (though I don’t generally go by any of these). I also think the sound of it is pretty.

cricketballs3 Thu 16-May-19 19:02:43

Love mine, slightly unusual but not 'to out there' hate my middle name though (and for some reason I'm the only one of 3 of us with a middle name)

ElsieMc Thu 16-May-19 19:03:07

No, don't like mine. It is a very common sixties name but my parents' other choices were Susan or Wendy. Sorry Wendys (and the connotations on here) but I don't feel like one. I come from a time when it was Carol, Susan, my name and Karen, Sharon. Gaye was also a girls' name back then. How times do change.

EC22 Thu 16-May-19 19:05:50

So much so my daughter has it as a middle name.

cranstonmanor Thu 16-May-19 19:06:12

I love it. It's a pretty name but has never been overly popular one decade or the other but still used enough. The only downside is that it can be written in two ways. Oh, and English people always mispronounce it so I call myself something else when abroad.

MyNameIsArthur Thu 16-May-19 19:11:11

Rebecca and Daisy are lovely names

LadyOfTheCanyon Thu 16-May-19 19:12:25

Mine is a Scottish name : quite common in Scotland but in London in 1970 there were none. It's subsequently become popular in England but there are very few English people my age with my name.

And then everyone spells it wrong anyway because of that fucking Allsopp woman.

And everyone shortens it. Which sounds ugly.
Apart from that, I love it. grin

Windmyonlyfriend Thu 16-May-19 19:12:32

I didn’t particularly like mine growing up but that was entirely because it can’t be shortened and I was so jealous of people who could shorten their names!

I don’t mind it now though.

aLilNonnyMouse Thu 16-May-19 19:17:05

I hated mine so much I changed it by deed poll to my nickname.

North West England girl with a (then) unpopular Welsh name that no one could ever pronounce or spell. My own father would spell it wrong on my birthday/xmas cards. Every time I introduced myself people would repeat it back wrong to me several times, and it really didn't flow with my middle and last names.

Love my new name and everyone has adjusted fairly well to using it.

skimask Thu 16-May-19 19:18:32

My name is Tayla and my fiancée's last name is Taylor.. I liked my name until then. I know I don't have to change my last name but I really want her last name, I'm a traditionalist!!

EastMidsGPs Thu 16-May-19 19:18:34

Nope, do not like my name at all. When I was born there were none around, it was distinctive, always commented on and asked how it was spelt. I longed to be Jane.
I shortened it as soon as I was able and think this shorter version suits my personality better. Oddly DH has always used my given name and not the shorter version. However, over the years he has taken to calling me Cariad instead so he is forgiven.

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