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frenchielala Thu 26-May-16 19:41:55

Do you like your name? I actually love my name despite a recent thread where it was pretty much torn to pieces. It was unusual for its time (more common now) and is part of the reason I would like to give my daughter a slightly unusual name (for 2016) too.

Curious about how you feel about your name and if it has influenced your thoughts about baby names.

allegretto Thu 26-May-16 19:43:03

I've always loved mine despite it being really common in the 1970s.

Sgoinneal Thu 26-May-16 19:47:45

Same here allegretto. Hated being one of many when I was younger, but feel I 'own' the name now if that doesn't sound too off.

I've given dcs very traditional but not overly used names in the hope that they like them but don't feel like one of a cast of hundreds.

TrinityForce Thu 26-May-16 19:48:45

No, I hate my name.

It's the name of someone 20-30 years older than I am, so not fashionably old just old.

katemiddletonsnudeheels Thu 26-May-16 19:50:57

No, it's awful.

I am actually known as my middle name and always have been and would you believe this nearly ended up in a disciplinary at work.

My actual name - my middle name I have always been known by - is impossible and everyone gets it wrong.

BoboBunnyH0p Thu 26-May-16 19:51:56

I like my first name it's a classic but I don't often meet another. However I feel my middle name is boring and a filler name, which is why both my DCs have long beautiful middle names that we would have used as a first name.

LadyAntonella Thu 26-May-16 19:52:17

Not really, no. It's a really common name but just doesn't have a particularly nice sound to me. I rarely am called by my full name though and I like my nns.

Luckystar1 Thu 26-May-16 19:53:55

I love my name. It's not very common but very well known. It's short, easy to spell (as a child), easy to say.

It is quite old woman though, but I don't care a jot.

hownottofuckup Thu 26-May-16 19:53:55

Yes, more now than when I was younger. But I never really minded it even then.
It's more popular now then when I was young.

pollyblack Thu 26-May-16 19:55:59

Yes have always liked mine, its fairly common but pretty timeless.

One thing i hate about my name is that i don't have a middle name!

CharminglyGawky Thu 26-May-16 19:57:45

Love my name, it is well known and recognisable but uncommon at the same time. Every time I have seen it pop up on here it has had loads of positive comments.

There are similar names that my name is often misheard as which can be annoying, but it is easy to correct people and I often don't bother if I'm unlikely to ever meet the person calling me the wrong name again!

Brokenbiscuits86 Thu 26-May-16 19:58:52

Same as TrinityForce most people with my name are generally about 20 years older than me, not really sure what my parents were thinking actually. My favourite girls name is Emmeline, wish I was called that instead!

StrawberrytallCake Thu 26-May-16 20:02:06

I love my name it's classic and has managed to stay popular for a couple of decades but when I meet other people with my name I manage to completely disassociate myself from it. As if they were called another name! Same with DH's name - I have seen a few on tv shows with the same name but never think 'oh that's DH's name' unless I see it written down, then it's odd.

littlemonkey5 Thu 26-May-16 20:04:09

Nope, hate it. I have 3 versions of my 'name'


Mum calls me the first, Dad called me the second, I call myself the third. My middle name is Charlotte, would rather have been called Charlie tbh.

When I chose my DCs names, the first one was because I liked it, the second after a very dear BF. Not sure why we chose DS2's name, we hadn't spoken of any names and were still choosing his name after he was born. Same with DD2. I always wanted 'Adam' if we had a boy but knew it didn't 'go' with our surname so we had to rename DS1 & 2. But when DS3 popped out, DH decided to register DS3 as 'Adam'. I still feel uncomfortable about it, but never mind.

When we were thinking of names, we went with ones that we knew would be career names. We knew that Trixie Lulu Fluffypants could be whatever she wanted in theory, but it would be weird introducing herself if she chose a career outside of the entertainment industry. (sorry to all the Trixie Lulu Fluffypants out there). We chose 'safe' names.

Waterhill Thu 26-May-16 20:04:37

Mine's okay...

DerelictMyBalls Thu 26-May-16 20:06:21

I love my name, though it is a bit too common for my liking. Hated having to be known as Firstname Lastname at school! It has a pretty sound, though, looks nice written down and there is a famous book (and film) with my name as the title, which feels very glamorous to me! grin

sonlypuppyfat Thu 26-May-16 20:07:26

Classic biblical name that gets shortened then some twat sticks an ie on the end which makes it as long as it was originally

Footle Thu 26-May-16 20:09:29

I like mine. It's often suggested for new babies here. In nearly 70 years I've only ever met about four others , but it's very easy to spell and say, and to understand, including in other countries. Sorry I don't feel like telling you what it is though !

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Thu 26-May-16 21:43:15

No I hate it. I've never really forgiven my parents For calling me it. It's the most plain boring name in the world. It can't be shortened or anything.

CanadaMoose Thu 26-May-16 21:55:17

Kind of, it's grown on me, but I don't think of it as an "adult" name. It's fairly modern and popular in Canada and the States, but relatively unheard of in the UK. I've seen it mentioned on Mumsnet once and it wasn't given a passing glance.

People in the UK tend to hear my name, ask me to repeat it, and then call me something vaguely similar unless I correct them all the time.

I think my middle name is ugly.

1horatio Thu 26-May-16 22:01:03

Yes, I actually love it. (Is this conceited? I'm just complimenting my parent's taste...)
When I was around 5 I decided my name needed to end in a (there's a version that ends in a and one in e). I was very persistent and everybody ended up using the a version. I even had to go to the secretary to change it back to the e version before graduation... smile

I did dislike it for about 2 weeks in 4th grade (I wanted to be called Vera, I think) but that's it.

JimmyGreavesMoustache Thu 26-May-16 22:03:26

Not in the slightest
it's a bit 80s, a bit Essex, a bit frilly.

I feel much more like a Frances or a Jane or a Mary or something.

Creatureofthenight Thu 26-May-16 22:06:59

I don't mind it now, but I don't think it suits me. It was an unusual name when I wad little, and I really disliked it, I just wanted to be Sarah or Kelly or something normal!

sooperdooper Thu 26-May-16 22:15:44

Yes I like my name and I very rarely meet other people with the same name although it's not madly unheard of - it's also hyphenated which generally seems frowned upon on MN but I don't care grin

MotherOfGlob Thu 26-May-16 22:17:23

Nope, hate it. Don't even have a middle name to use instead. I was named after a 'glamorous neighbour' who happened to be 30 years older than me. The name is not glamorous, it can also be a man's name. I live in a region where locals shorten every name, which makes it sound even worse sad

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