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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.

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

WhatWouldSantaDo Thu 13-Dec-12 20:01:52

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

CherryCheesecake Sat 15-Dec-12 19:23:00

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


NickyNackyNooNoo Tue 01-Jan-13 00:05:14

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


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

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