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Is Pollyanna a silly name?

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PuffyPigeon Sun 30-Mar-14 22:25:50

I like Polly and Anna as names in their own right but I do prefer a longer name with a shortening which isn't really possible if either is used individually. Is Pollyanna silly though?

PicardyThird Sun 30-Mar-14 22:27:37


Sorry, you can't do that.

Not so much the name itself as its associations.

HarrietSchulenberg Sun 30-Mar-14 22:28:37

Sorry but yes. But Polly and Anna are lovely on their own.

Minorchristmascrisis Sun 30-Mar-14 22:29:40

I don't normally like names like this but actually, I think it's lovely and can always be shortened to either name when she's older if you like.

Mrswellyboot Sun 30-Mar-14 22:30:38


RayPurchase Sun 30-Mar-14 22:30:50

Yes, its a silly name.

GoodEggy Sun 30-Mar-14 22:31:32

Yes. It's very silly.

Georgina1975 Sun 30-Mar-14 22:31:51

Do not like at all...the name or associations.

Vatta Sun 30-Mar-14 22:33:41

Sorry but yes it's silly. If you call somebody a Pollyanna it's actually an insult - it means they're naively cheerful/seeing everything through rose tinted glasses, it's quite disparaging.

JabberJabberJay Sun 30-Mar-14 22:33:51

Yes Pollyanna is ridiculous.

Cutesy for a baby maybe but how will she feel at 15? At 40?

Reconsider. Seriously.

PuffyPigeon Sun 30-Mar-14 22:36:08

Ok fairly unanimous! Besides Annabel, what else could be shortened to Anna?

Sharaluck Sun 30-Mar-14 22:36:20

Yes, sorry.

Polly is ok

AlarmOnSnooze Sun 30-Mar-14 22:36:46

I know one and it does make me hmm every so often. she goes by a shortening usually, and it did take me by surprise when I realised her full name.

I wouldn't use it, just not a name worth considering, imo.

Sharaluck Sun 30-Mar-14 22:38:29

Annaleise (not sure of the spelling)

PuffyPigeon Sun 30-Mar-14 22:40:12

Anastasia makes me think ugly sister. Annaleise might get shortened to Lisa which I don't like

Wenchelda Sun 30-Mar-14 22:40:21

Anna-Maria / Anna-Marie could be shortened to Anna.

Wenchelda Sun 30-Mar-14 22:43:22

Thought of some more -

Arianna. Rosanna. Rihanna. Lilliana. Brianna. Marianna. Julianna.

Middleagedmotheroftwo Sun 30-Mar-14 22:45:32

I know a Lilyella. Polyanna is better, marginally.

PuffyPigeon Sun 30-Mar-14 22:49:06

Quite like Marianna

chickydoo Sun 30-Mar-14 22:50:06

I have a good friend called Pollyanna. Never shortened, just Pollyanna. She is fabulous & suits her name. She is over 40.
An amazing lady, a fantastic name!

milkysmum Sun 30-Mar-14 22:55:19

yep it is!

rockybalboa Sun 30-Mar-14 22:57:35

Yes. Very. Love each name separately though esp Polly.

MrsRuffdiamond Sun 30-Mar-14 23:04:11

I don't think 'Pollyanna' is an insult or silly. I always thought it just denoted someone with an optimistic outlook? The more I think about the name, the more I like the sound of it!

(Would probably work best with a short surname).

ImperialBlether Sun 30-Mar-14 23:04:27


Descalzada Sun 30-Mar-14 23:05:49

well, it's better than Cassandra imo which is used more often I'd say. I'd rather be a pollyanna than a Cassandra but ........... no, i'd never give either as a name.

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