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nancy02664
03-25-2007, 10:49 PM
I have a blog on baby names, and I'd like to start a series of 'interview' posts on how well people like their names. I'm hoping this information will be helpful to expectant parents weighing the pros and cons of particular names. The interview questions are below, and I'd love for anyone with an opinion on his/her name to participate.
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

Please answer based on how you currently feel -- though, if your opinion on your name has changed over time, I'd love to hear about that as well. Also, any other information that you'd like to provide (occupation, interests, the names of your kids, etc.) would be great.

You can send me your answers via PM, the feedback form (http://www.nancy.cc/contact/) at my site, or by posting to this thread... whatever you prefer.

I'll try to create a post for each person who responds, though I can't make any guarantees. (Who knows -- I might get 88 people named Betty responding to this post. If that happens, I probably won't need any more opinions on the name Betty... :) ) Also, if you'd like me to add a photo (of yourself) or a link (to your site) to the post, please mention it -- I'd be happy to do that.

Chumplet
03-26-2007, 12:00 AM
1. What is your first name? Sandra. If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Sandy, Sam, Witch

2. Where do you live? Ontario, Canada, born in Quebec

3. How old are you? 1959

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. Meh.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? It's easy to pronounce

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? It's boring. Plus, people call me Susan anyway.

Ali B
03-26-2007, 12:08 AM
1. What is your first name? Alina (Pronounced Uhleenuh) If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Ali ( Sounds like Ally)

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? USA

3. How old are you? 27 What year were you born? 1979

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.") I love my name.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? I just found out there was an Alina tribe in Afganastan hundreds of years ago, so that's cool.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? It's hard for some people to pronounce and remember.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
03-26-2007, 12:10 AM
1. What is your first name? Jenny If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Jen

2. Where do you live? Oklahoma

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 53, 1953

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. I hated my name when I was a kid, but I've grown into it and love it.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? It's got family history.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? Everyone thinks it's short for 'Jennifer' or 'Genvieve' or 'Guenevere'.

AnnieColleen
03-26-2007, 12:14 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? First name: Colleen. Nickname: Annie.

(Yes, my middle name is Anne. My dad wanted the initials CAM and my mom wanted 'Annie'. That was their compromise.)

It's a little weirder than that, actually; I go by Annie informally or with people I know well and Colleen at work or when I have to sign something.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?
USA/Midwest for region of origin. In Texas now.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
I'm 28.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")
I like it; it suits me.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
Both names are relatively uncommon. (I get weirded out being around people with the same name. :)) Both suit my personality, or different aspects of it.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?Please answer based on how you currently feel -- though, if your opinion on your name has changed over time, I'd love to hear about that as well. Also, any other information that you'd like to provide (occupation, interests, the names of your kids, etc.) would be great.
The first name/middle name thing confuses people. I don't know how I'd change that, though, because I like the initials and how it flows together. So I just confuse people. It makes a long signature. I use initials (C.A. M________ or CAM if I can get away with it), but haven't mastered the incoherent scribble most people use ;).

Kentuk
03-26-2007, 12:24 AM
Charles. Terry 51 California for now might ramble on. Army brat born fifty miles north of NYC.

Four generations of Charles but none of us used it.

Terry is an old family name. It's better then Charles but people think its short for Terrence and 'T' seems to be a hard letter for people to distinguish so its always Jerry, Larry & Gary.

Peggy
03-26-2007, 12:24 AM
1. What is your first name? Peggy If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Occasionally Peg.


2. Where do you live? California.

3. What year were you born? 1967

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. I like it.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? It's nice having an uncommon name. Odds are if I hear someone say "Peggy", they mean me :)

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? I didn't like it that much when I was a kid, partially because it was uncommon, and partially because it's much too easy to change it to "piggy". These days my main complaint is that "helpful" people feel the need to remind me to "use my legal name" when I'm filling out forms, since Peggy is usually a nickname for Margaret.

stormie
03-26-2007, 12:29 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Anne



2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? NJ, USA, three blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. I think everyone has that memorized by now.:D



3. How old are you? What year were you born? I forget. Really! One time my mother looked at me askance, but I swear! Time just flies.... Funny thing is, my mother had three different birth years for herself listed at the hospital.



4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.") Not too many people remember it. They'll say "Hi Joe" (my hubby), "Hi Lucy" (my sister), "Hi, um,um...." (to me).



5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? I'm a Catholic, and I was named Anne before I was born. I ended up being born on St.Anne's feast day. When I was four, I thought I WAS St.Anne. I went around blessing everyone.



6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? People don't remember it. Or me. <sigh> And I don't like it if they leave the "e" off of it. I am Anne with an "e." My MIL still doesn't realize this.

scarletpeaches
03-26-2007, 12:43 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Nichola. Most people call me Nicky (without asking).

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Where I was born - Dundee, Tayside, Scotland

3. How old are you? What year were you born? I was born in 1976 so that makes me 30, but my 31st is coming up at the start of May.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.") I think my name sounds a bit common; it was unusual when I was first born, but there are more and more Nickys out there now, plus the fact it's Nicholas without an S on the end reminds me that I 'should have' been a boy.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? I mentioned that it feels common now, but I suppose there are no 'bad' nicknames you can get out of it. It's a 'fade into the background' name.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? Please answer based on how you currently feel -- though, if your opinion on your name has changed over time, I'd love to hear about that as well. Also, any other information that you'd like to provide (occupation, interests, the names of your kids, etc.) would be great. At first I kind of liked my name but over the years I've met and got to know so many other Nicolas (never with the same spelling as me, with the H) that it seems a bit common now. Also, people tend to shorten it to Nicky without asking, which I don't like, as it's a forced intimacy. Personally, I think Nichola is my name, so that's what you should call me. Or 'Nick'. It's a more masculine sounding nickname than the girly 'Nicky', and I am not overtly girly. Plus, Nick reminds me of 'Auld Nick'. ;)
Just to add this on, but the story of how I got my name is a bit weird. The night before she went into labour my mother dreamed of having a blond-haired, blue-eyed boy called Nicholas, a name she had never thought of before. She always said if I'd been a boy she'd planned to called me Robert, after her favourite brother. But out I popped (sun-roof, not car door); a dark haired, dark-eyed girl. A disappointment from the first. So she lopped off the S and called me Nichola. My entire life has been spent saying things like, "There's an H in it." - "N-i-c-o-l-a-h?" - "No." *sigh*

Melisande
03-26-2007, 01:01 AM
1. What is your first name? Belinda. If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Dino.(Don't ask.) But only by close friends.

2. Where do you live? USA(Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Sweden

3. How old are you? What year were you born?1956

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")I used to hate my name, it was unusual. Later I learned what it meant, and thought "cool, now I can accept it".

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?It is still fairly unusual, and people tend to remember it.


6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?People always get it wrong and I am being called all sorts of names.

wyntermoon
03-26-2007, 01:47 AM
1. What is your first name?

Stacey

2. Where do you live?

Virginia, USA

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

38, 1968

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.

Anyone lose a cheerleader in here?

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

Not a huge fan of my name, I was called Tracey most of my childhood or wondered why I wasn't a boy.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

I'm a constant disappointment to my name. "Stacey" conjures up the image of smarmy blonde cheerleaders with perky, er, smiles. I'm a short, curvy redhead with a wicked sense of humor and have never been in a human pyramid.

nancy02664
03-26-2007, 02:15 AM
Thanks so much, everyone! I will get started on the posts and let you know as I publish them (probably one per week).

(Here's the first post (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/03/25/laura/), to give you an idea of what I'm doing.)

Pagey's_Girl
03-26-2007, 02:17 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
My first name is Georgia, but I've always been called by my middle name, Beth. My father's mother lived with me & my parents until her death, and I was named for her, so having two Georgias in the house would have been a little confusing. I also picked up the nickname Maddy about eleven years ago.(I adopted one of my character's names as a chatroom handle and it stuck, then got picked up in the "real" world when everyone at work needed to differentiate me from the "other" Beth in the same area.)

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? I live in SE NY, but my entire family is from Arkansas.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
1968 - gonna be the big 39 soon.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.
I've come to like it over the years.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
I've come to like the full version for the same reason I used to hate it - it sounds like it's straight out of Dogpatch, Arkansas.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
I never really felt like "Beth" fit me, although people always tell me it's pretty. It also gets butchered a LOT, especially over the phone. I get called Bess, Bessie, Betty, Becky, even Liz/Lizzy because everyone assumes it's short for Elizabeth. (Ironically, it's not Elizabeth because my mother despises the nickname "Liz.")

And yeah, if someone yells "Maddy!" I'll turn around now, too. :)

scarletpeaches
03-26-2007, 02:17 AM
Do you need photos of the people you interview? I'd be happy to send one if it's necessary.

pamelajo
03-26-2007, 02:39 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

My first name is Pamela, middle name is Jo, hence my user ID. Most people call me Pam. My siblings call me Pammy, which I hate.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?


I live in Colorado and was born in North Dakota.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

36, 1970

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")
I like that no one names their kid Pamela anymore.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
Well, me and Pamela Anderson have a lot in common, and ever since Borat, there have been many men from Khazikstan who want to make sexy time with me.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
It rhymes with ham, it's a nonstick aerosol spray, and I still get called Paula all the time.

Marlys
03-26-2007, 03:11 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Marlys.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Live: Midwest. Born: Upstate New York.

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 43. 1963.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.") Love it.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? I like that it's unusual. I think it's pretty. The Lynda Barry cartoon doesn't hurt. :)

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? People who see it don't know how to pronounce it. People who hear it don't know how to spell it. Since my middle name has similar problems, it's just as well that my books are published under "MJ."

Kiester
03-26-2007, 03:30 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

The name is Kieran. I have around 30+ nicknames (I aint kidding. Don't believe me? Visit my MySpace...there's a little drop down with all of my names), but all my mates call me Kiester.


2. Where do you live?

South Yorkshire, England

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

1990, so that would make me......16!

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.

It is truly awesome :D. I like my name because it's a quite rare name around my area, and I only know one other guy who is called it (my father) and it has an awesome meaning:
Little Dark One.
OOOOOhhhh!

I'm also technically Kieran the 3rd as well :)


5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

It's unique. Very unique, and has a really cool evil meaning to it, and it's also something to link me back to my heratige :).

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

There is no cons to my name. I love my name, and my name loves me :D.

Silver King
03-26-2007, 03:48 AM
1. What is your first name? Belinda. ...what is that nickname? Dino.(Don't ask.) But only by close friends.
That's so strange, since my first name is Dino, yet no one has ever called me Belinda. I've been called just about everything else, though.

Nickname: Dean

Born and Live: Florida

Age: Mid-forties

Hated the name as a kid, and it didn't help growing up in the era of The Flintstones...I don't care about my name one way or the other now.

Pros: I've met only three Dinos in my life, fleetingly, so I don't ever get confused with anyone else. (I was in a bar once with my brother, and we met two other drunk knuckleheads and started talking. When I introduced myself, one of the guys said, "Hey! That's my name, too." He introduced his brother, Marco, and they were stunned to learn that my brother's name is Marco also, and that each of us who shared the same name was born during the same month and year. This was cause for much celebration, and we ordered several more rounds...)

Cons: Who wants to be named Dino?

stormie
03-26-2007, 03:59 AM
Cons: Who wants to be named Dino?
I think Dean Martin's son was Dino. When I was little, I remember a group of "older boys" (thirteen yrs. old) who were sons of celebrities and they formed a rock group. My sister had the poster on her wall. They were "Dino, Desi, and Billy." Dino was Dean Martin's son, Desi was Desi Arnaz' son, and who the heck was Billy, I have no idea. But you see, you share the name of a celebrity's son! (Even though I think he's dead.)

I always look on the bright side of things. It's my calm, sunny personality. http://bestsmileys.com/storms/7.gif

KTC
03-26-2007, 03:59 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Kevin

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

Ontario, Canada

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

40, 1966

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

I absolutely cannot stand my name.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

Not everybody has it.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

I just really don't like the way it sounds. It's a real staccato name.

kborsden
03-26-2007, 04:10 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Kieran, everyone here shortens everything so the natural product is 'Kie'

2. Where do you live? Port Talbot, South Wales

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 25, 1981

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.
Hate it.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
When I was growing up in England-not Wales-there weren't any other kids with the same name, which made me feel kind of special.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
Everyone under 15 is called Kieran nowadays. I hear mums calling their kids and I instantly turn to see who might be calling me. I don't like the way it sounds when I say it myself.

Does that help any?

Kie

truelyana
03-26-2007, 04:13 AM
1. What is your first name? Ana

2. Where do you live? UK -inbetween London and Surrey

3. How old are you? 24/1982

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. Reveals an essence of myself as well as is the essence of my physical character

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? Simple

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? Nothing

Silver King
03-26-2007, 04:20 AM
I think Dean Martin's son was Dino.
So was his dad, who I was named after. I nearly mentioned it in the earlier post, but I got distracted by the bar story.

The younger Dino Martin flew a jet fighter in the Air National Guard. He died in a plane crash several years before his father passed away.

Saanen
03-26-2007, 05:27 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Katherine--I was Katie growing up, I go by Katherine at work, I'm Kat to many of my friends, and my family and some of my friends call me Kate

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

U.S., currently living in western PA but I want to go back to East Tennessee as soon as I can afford it--I grew up there and lived there most of my life until I moved last year. Born in Atlanta.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

born 1969

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

I love my name, and I also love my middle name Elizabeth.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

I like all the nicknames it has. I like that it's a "classic" name as well--it won't ever go out of style or make me seem dated.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

Everyone wants to call me Kathy, which is not a name I like.

askeladd
03-26-2007, 05:43 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Janet, no nickname.

2. Where do you live?

Midwest; lived in Illinois all my life.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

44 - 1963

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.

It's okay, but I wouldn't have picked it myself.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

As a schoolkid, I didn't have to suffer with being the umpteenth "Pam" or "Debbie" in the class - being relatively unique has its benefits.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

On the other hand, since it was not a common name (never was, and I don't think it ever will be), I always kind felt like "odd man out." Also, all my siblings had names which could end in "-ie/-y" like Rich/Richie, Ken/Kenny, etc., but my name doesn't lend itself to such a diminuitive. Speaking as an adult, however, I suppose that's a good thing.

nancy02664
03-26-2007, 06:12 AM
Do you need photos of the people you interview? I'd be happy to send one if it's necessary.

I don't 'need' them, but it would be great to have them. :)

I think what I'll do is, as I write each post, just PM the name-owner to ask if he/she would like to add a photo (or link). So please don't worry about sending me anything -- I'll get in touch with everyone individually.

Thank you for all of the responses so far!

swvaughn
03-26-2007, 06:45 AM
Oooh, fun poll!

1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Sonya (with a long O) Nicknames... well, I've been called Sunny and Christmas (my middle name's Noelle), but Sonya doesn't shorten well.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? USA, New York, Upstate, Mexico - born in Syracuse, NY.

3. How old are you? What year were you born? Well, I never! :D Okay... I'm 31? I think. Born in 1975.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.") I like my name because it's different and kinda exotic. I don't like saying it, but that's a Libra thing.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? As previously mentioned - it's different, so I don't get lumped in with all the other Sonyas out there (I have never actually met anyone else with the name, though other people have told me they know a Sonya that isn't me). Also, I like occasionally being associated with Red Sonya :D

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? There are a few different pronounciations and spellings. Some people pronounce it with a short O, which sounds weird to me, and it can be spelled Sonja or Sonia or Sonyia. In fact, I use Sonja as one of my pen names because it looks cool... yeah, original and creative, ain't it?

Thanks for the opportunity to contribute!

Mandy-Jane
03-26-2007, 07:35 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Amanda (but have always been called Mandy). Nick-name - Mandy-Jane (but only my husband calls me that)

2. Where do you live?

Victoria, Australia

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

40. 1966

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.

I hate the name Amanda, but I love Mandy.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

It's not too long; it's easy to say (and it's sounds really cute when my kids say it.)

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

It rhymes with "Randy". And Amanda has always sounded way too posh for me.

Mom'sWrite
03-26-2007, 08:44 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

My first name is Carol. Nicknames I sometimes answer to: Cars, Daisy, Hey You. My dad called me Peanut.



2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?



I live in Arizona but I was born on the south side of Chicago (that's the baddest part of town, according to Jim Croce.)



3. How old are you? What year were you born?



41, staring down 42. 1965.



4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")



My name suits me, sometimes. "Carol" seems to evoke a sensible woman in neutral-toned clothing. When I'm feeling pragmatic, I like my name. Otherwise, it sounds like crunching feet on a gravel path to me. I would prefer something more lyrical during those times.



5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?



Everyone sings about me during the Christmas holidays.



6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?



My last name also starts with the hard "C" sound so that crunching on gravel theme is carried on throughout my name.


:)

Sandi LeFaucheur
03-26-2007, 02:06 PM
1. What is your first name? Sandra If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Sandi

2. Where do you live? Live in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada, but born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 50, 1957

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. It's all right, I suppose. I was always called "Sandra" (pronounced "Saundra"--the English way) as I child, until we moved to Canada. When my mother found Canadians pronounced it with a short "a", she couldn't stand it, so started to call me Sandy. I changed the "y" to an "i" in grade 10, trying to be more original. Wished my birth name was "Alexandra" so I could spell my name with an "X"--Xandi.
5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? Not a lot of pros.
6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? Not a lot of cons. It's a pretty bog-standard name.

Linda Adams
03-26-2007, 02:23 PM
My grandmother, Della, hated her first name. Her sister, Louisa, also hated her own first name. So when they turned eighteen, which was would have been in the 1920's, they both came up with some very masculine nicknames. Louisa became Lou, and Della became Dick. And that's how they were known for the next 60 or so years. To make it more interesting, my grandfather's name was Jack, so they were always known as Dick and Jack.

Penguin Queen
03-26-2007, 02:27 PM
1. What is your first name?
Imogen

If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
No nickname, but differently pronounced in every country.

2. Where do you live?
London (UK). Originally German. Have also lived in Argentina.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
39. 1967

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.
Used to hate it as a child, like it now.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
Pretty unusual. I like being different. And I dont have to live up to poeple's expectations of what "an Imogen" is/shoudl be like. I like the "androgynity" of it, if you like -- no gender-identifying vowel at the end. And I like its lost-in-the-mists-of-time origins. Nobody knows where it comes from.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
Pretty unusual. A lot of people have a problem pronouncing, let alone spelling it. Less of a problem in the UK, but in Germany poeple were forever saying, "What's your name? How d'you spell that?" A lot of poeple just assume that it is a male name. My health insurance company addressed my letters to Mr Imogen Herrad for years. Annoyed the hell out of me.

On balance, I do like it. I legally changed my middle and last names some years ago, & I did consider changing first name as well, but then decided not to.

Maryn
03-26-2007, 07:51 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Shelagh--no, not the argumentative, banned Shelagh. I'm the good one.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

I live in western New York state. I was born in Detroit, Michigan.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

I'm 55, born on a Friday the 13th in 1951.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.

I have a love-hate relationship with my name.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

I like that it's Gaelic and am especially pleased when someone recognizes that. I think it's just unusual enough--when the restaurant hostess calls "Shelagh, party of two" it's always us. (My husband is John.) And snob that I am, I like that when you google Shelagh, most of the hits are for a Boston-area doctor and for an astrophysicist. Good company to be in.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

Three-quarters of the people who have need to read it and say it can't pronounce it, She-Laugh and She-Log being the most common butcherings. No one can spell it. The sound of the correct pronunciation (just like Sheila) is a tad 'girly' for my taste.

FWIW, as a child and young adult I used a diminutive of my middle name, and only switched to Shelagh when I finished college and moved away from everyone I'd ever known. Shelagh seemed like an adult's name.

Maryn, who rarely reveals her real first name online, so keep it to yourselves, okay?

Kate Thornton
03-26-2007, 09:20 PM
Kathleen - I go by Kate now, but Kathy as a child. Kay to a very small circle of friends.

I live in California, but was born in Illinois

1949 - I was named for Kathy Fiscus, the little girl who fell into a well and died in 1949. It was also a favorite of my Irish grandmother.

I always liked it - Kathy was a popular name when I was a kid, and when I joined the Army, I became Kate, which sounded somehow no-nonsense. "Kathleen" always made me feel beautiful and Irish. Now I am the laid-back "K" to my close friends.

It's all "pros" - no "cons" - I like the name very much.

K - who writes as Kate

MDavis
03-26-2007, 09:42 PM
1. What is your first name? Michelle
Nicknames: Shelly, Mitch, Chuck, but I only really go by Michelle

2. Where do you live?

Virginia, USA

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 25, 1981


4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. I like it because it's fairly well known without being extremely popular.


5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
Same as above, not too long, easy to pronounce (for Americans), and I didn't know many other Michelle's growing up.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? Well, this isn't really a con, but the camp seems to be split pretty evenly down the center: Michelle vs. Michele. So whenever I meet another Michelle/ele, inevitably the question comes up--sometimes it's the other person who asks, sometimes it's me: "One L or two?" For me, if it's a 2 L person we're both like "All Right! You're one of the good ones!" If it's a 1 L...we're both polite and say "ok" but you know what the other person is thinking: "Ugh." :tongue

Also, having the stress on the second syllable makes it hard to rhyme and fit in songs like the Birthday Song ("Ha-ppy Birth-day, Dear M'CHE-ELLE"). Not a big deal, but just one of those random things you don't often think about.

SpiderGal
03-27-2007, 06:12 AM
Hi Nancy,

Good evening to you!

1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Dinsa. Well, my family calls me Dinshu, and some of my friends call me Dinsu. (confusing, huh?)

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

India

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

1987

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

It's the strangest name I, or anyone else for that matter, has heard of. But, I love it.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

There's a story behind it. My father's first name is Dinesh, while my mum's is Sangeeta. My parents took the first three letters off my father's name and first two off my mum's name, and joined them -- that's how my name was derived. My name makes me feel like I'm an integral part of both of them. And I like to joke that I am the summation of all their good qualities. And my name is different, so I feel "different" and unique.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

Difficult to pronounce, so many folks tend to call me "Dinsha". Not that I dislike that one, in fact, I love the distorted version, but I still have to correct people because then the real meaning of the name disappears.
Almost anyone who hears my name for the first time asks what it means. But then, I guess that's more of an advantage. I display great proud in explaining the story, but sometimes yes, it is irksome.

Spider (my name is strange but I love it) Gal

Elektra
03-27-2007, 06:48 AM
I have a blog on baby names, and I'd like to start a series of 'interview' posts on how well people like their names. I'm hoping this information will be helpful to expectant parents weighing the pros and cons of particular names. The interview questions are below, and I'd love for anyone with an opinion on his/her name to participate.
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Megan


2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? USA


3. How old are you? What year were you born? 20, 1986


4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")It's okay--I'm glad it doesn't sound overly girly


5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? Everyone can pronounce it


6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? It was a "top ten" name, so every single class had at least two or three Megan's in it (combined with a "top ten" last name, I've actually been in classes with girls with the exact same name as me). It means all through school I have to either be called by my full name, or go by some horrible nickname that I hate. Also, nobody can spell it correctly (I get everything from 'Meghan' to 'Meaghean'). And I know this is really weird, but it's always bothered me a little that my name is just a derivative of another name (Margaret).
There!

alisarish
03-27-2007, 02:11 PM
It is not the name but the number that your name adds up to, that is what really matters. This is not my wild imagination but a mysterious yet remarkably true system of numbers discovered by the great Greek mathematician and philosopher, Pythagoras. We know it as numerology and people today are sceptical of that mystical science. They tend to reject it either bacause, 1) They know a lot about it (Which is not true), 2) They have no idea what it is (Which is mostly true), 3) They are under an impression that it somehow negates their beliefs, or myths they so vehemently guard all their lives, social, conventional, or religious.

I always hated when somebody talked about numbers, to me they were superstitious, impractical or even conmen. I was once baffled by a man who told me about the personality and traits / type of my two seniors just by knowing their full names. I was curious but he didn't disclose how he did it and I knew for sure that he didn't know about my bosses. So I google searched and came across many occult so-called sciences, and then I saw numerology and decided to explore it further because it was advocated by a mathematician and philosopher and not by some idiot.

I then applied it to people, brands, companies, countries, movies, books, everything and believe me its amazing. I don't understand how but it is remarkable. I only do it as a hobby. I have found out that number 5 carries great misfortune and people having this number are quite vulnerable in life. I request everybody to avoid a combination of names that adds up to number 5 when naming their babies at least. I saw a book here, for example, 'Offspring', it has a very lucky number and it should do well.

I am happy that after rejection/dejection, some close friends and relatives at least listen to me now.

Cheers

jnesvold
03-27-2007, 07:55 PM
1. What is your first name? It is Jamie.

2. Where do you live? I live in Fosston, MN, USA.

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 31, 1975.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. I hate the way my name sounds when spoken, and have told my mom I should sue her for giving me such a stupid first and middle name combination.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? Nothing.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? It is very girly sounding, especially when combined with my middle name. I hate using them, but I work at a radio station in my hometown where everybody knows me anyway, so a stage name wouldnt fly.

Southern_girl29
03-27-2007, 08:25 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Tamara pronounced Tam-uh-ra, not ta-mare-ah or ta-mar-oh either. No nicknames really. I hate Tammy and will not be called that. When I was born, my uncle and a friend of the family hated the name and said until they could figure out what they wanted to call me, they were going to call me George. They still do, but they are the only two who are allowed to do it. My brother couldn't say my name when he was little, and he called me Bambi, but he stopped that as he got older.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

I was born and raised in Middle Tennessee. I still live there.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

I'm 29, was born in 1977.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.

I love my name now, hated it when I was younger.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

Not too many people are named Tamara and not everyone pronounces it the same way. I kind of like being different.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

The fact that no one can say it. I used to have a really short easy to say last name, until I got married. Now, no one gets my first or my last name right.

Sofie
03-27-2007, 09:12 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

My name is Sofie. However, Sofie is not the name my parents gave me - I legally changed my name when I was about 18.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

I live in England, just outside of London, but I was born in Sweden.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

I am 22, born in 1984.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

It's not the fanciest or most original name in the world, but it is short, simple and sweet and I like it that way.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

The pros are that it's short, sweet, not too frilly and easily also recognized. I also like it because it's quite classic and has a lot of history and tradition behind it.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

The only con I can think of when it comes to Sofie is that I chose the Swedish spelling and nobody in England ever spells it right, not even after I tell them how it's spelled.

nancy02664
03-27-2007, 10:34 PM
Thanks so much, everyone!

I'll publish an interview once a week, so I'll contact each of you as I go along to see if you want me to add anything (photo, link, more info, etc.) to the post.

Also, please don't be offended if I blog about other names before yours -- I'm going to try to keep the interview series sort of balanced (posting an unusual name for every common one, a male name for every female name, etc.), so I may save certain names for later posts.

Thanks again! (And keep 'em coming!)

Scribhneoir
03-28-2007, 09:45 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

JoAnne. Friends call me Jo. Childhood nicknames included JoJo and, for one surrogate aunt only, JoAnnie.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?


California since infancy, but born in New York.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?


45. 1961.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")


I heartily disliked it as a child, but started being fond of it about the time I went to college. I like it now, but I still prefer Jo to JoAnne. I'd really rather have been Joanna, which has always had a lovely, lyrical sound to me, compared to which JoAnne seems kind of abrupt.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?


It's not too common, but it's not too unusual, either. No one else I knew growing up had that name, and to this day I haven't met too many others who share my name.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

Cons -- too many ways to spell it and my parents didn't pick the most common spelling. I'm always having to point out that it has a capital A and an E. People often confuse it for Joan or Joni.

stormie
03-28-2007, 09:16 PM
Also, please don't be offended if I blog about other names before yours.... Thanks again! (And keep 'em coming!)
Don't worry, we will. Most writers love to write about themselves. See, there I was about four--no, maybe three--years old, standing on the sidewalk, playing hopscotch with my friends. I didn't know the rules so I just jumped up and down, up and down, on the same spot. One little boy (I can't remember his name for the life of me. Hmm...Joey? Tommy? Kenny? Billy?), well, he said....

Oops. Sorry!:gone:

Carrie Ann Eggert
03-29-2007, 07:34 PM
I have a blog on baby names, and I'd like to start a series of 'interview' posts on how well people like their names. I'm hoping this information will be helpful to expectant parents weighing the pros and cons of particular names. The interview questions are below, and I'd love for anyone with an opinion on his/her name to participate.
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Carrie is my name. Nobody ever calls me that, though, preferring to call me my nicknames like Hon, sweetie, Miss Cleo, Rainbow Brite, Mom, mamma, Care, and a few that are unmentionable here.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Trenton (Makes the World Takes) New Jersey.

3. How old are you? What year were you born? Ugghhh...33. 1974. You'll be pleased to know that Stephen King's Carrie debuted in 1975 and has given me a tagline for my personal introduction.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")
I love my name and don't hear it enough when people address me.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? It's famous but I have a personal story behind it that makes it unique. When my mother was being driven to the hospital my father needed to get some gas. When they were sitting at the pump "Hey Carrie Ann" came on the radio. The gas station man said, "Hey that's my daughter's name...she's playing right over there" and he pointed to a little girl playing next to the garage.
I guess the name stuck for them because hours later I came into the world and was quickly named Carrie Ann.


6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? I could never dislike my name.

sidenote: Alisharish said something that made me go 'hmmm'. I've looked into numerology and I'm not surprised that I'm comfortable where I am, despite the hardship (I've moved away 6 times and have always come back to where I was born). Trenton, New Jersey is a 5. My birth date number also adds to 5. Here's the clinch, though. If I want stardom I have to stay here...because all my other names, including my pseudonym, add up to 10 which breaks down to 1.

About 1's from website:
http://members.aol.com/AspireA1/index5.html

Talents/Strengths:
Natural leader,
self-sufficient,
ambitious.

Areas of Concern:
Avoid extremes of
bossiness, shyness.
Too impulsive.

General Leanings:
Standing out from
the crowd. Trying
new ideas.

Practical Expression:
Political leadership,
celebrity, or small
business owner.

So I'm bound to become a celebrity as long as my butt keeps writing and doesn't move too far from this chair! LOL!

Good luck on your article(book?)!

luvs,
Carrie:)
Please answer based on how you currently feel -- though, if your opinion on your name has changed over time, I'd love to hear about that as well. Also, any other information that you'd like to provide (occupation, interests, the names of your kids, etc.) would be great.

You can send me your answers via PM, the feedback form (http://www.nancy.cc/nancy/) at my site, or by posting to this thread... whatever you prefer.

I'll try to create a post for each person who responds, though I can't make any guarantees. (Who knows -- I might get 88 people named Betty responding to this post. If that happens, I probably won't need any more opinions on the name Betty... :) ) Also, if you'd like me to add a photo (of yourself) or a link (to your site) to the post, please mention it -- I'd be happy to do that.

Here you go! :)

L'Vaeryn
03-30-2007, 04:57 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Dora, no nickname.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Virginia

3. How old are you? What year were you born? As old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth! ;) I'm 35, born in '72.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.") I like it now, but only answered to my "double" name (First and middle together) as a child.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? Very, very, very few real people have it as a name, it means "gift, and nowadays, it has a built in mnemonic for anyone who deals with children.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? When I was little, I always wanted something with my name pre-imprinted on it, like a keychain or a pencil. Now, I must hear "Dora, Dora, Dora! Dora the Explorer!" sung to me at least four or five times a week! :sigh: The things one must put up with when one works about half her time with children. :D

Anonymisty
03-30-2007, 06:05 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
Misty. It's not a nickname - I was named for the song my parents loved to dance to when they were dating.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?
I live in South Carolina, but I was born in Virginia.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
44. 1962.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.
I love my name.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
It's a symbol of my parents' love for each other and it makes me happy. I never had to deal with stupid nicknames, since my name was so short. And there aren't many Mistys running around.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
I hate people thinking it's short for something, and not accepting my answer when I tell them it's not. And I hate people mispronouncing it as Missy or Mitzi or misspelling it. M-I-S-T-Y! It isn't that complicated!
I don't ever dislike my name, though - I just end up disliking the people who can't be bothered to get it right.

BottomlessCup
03-30-2007, 06:25 AM
1. What is your first name? Christopher If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Chris, Kif, Kiffy (from my sister only)


2. Where do you live? California If you were born somewhere else, where? I was born in Indiana, but my family moved to Wisconsin days later. I lived there until I was 23.


3. How old are you? 28 What year were you born? 1978


4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. It's okay.


5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? It's easy for people to spell (other than the occasional "Is that with a 'k' or a 'c'.)


6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? It's very, very common. And I kind of think "Chris" has an overly soft sound. But I don't really think about it all that often.

ImTrish
03-31-2007, 01:29 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Tricia (often called Trish)

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Born in Western NY, have lived in Tucson, AZ since I was 12

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 38, born in 68

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.") I have always loved my name.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? I always liked that it was different, and I think it sounds friendly.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
What I don't like is that people often have trouble pronouncing it (I get Teresa, Trika, Treesa, etc.) and I hate it when people assume my name is Patricia. It's not. Just Tricia!

Pat~
03-31-2007, 01:49 AM
Well, it's like this. When I was little I was called "Patty Sue" (we were just south of the Mason-Dixon line); in junior high it got shortened to "Patty" which I hated; then by high school it got shortened again to Pat, which was just right. I like the brevity of it (I'm a poet at heart), and the only thing I don't like about it is that it rhymes with that f-word (the 3-letter one).

I'll PM you with the survey questions.

KrishnaJewel
03-31-2007, 01:52 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Krishna.

As for nicknames, I use my middle name Jewel a lot too as most westerners can't say Krishna properly and as a result I am called Nagina by a lot of desi friends as its Hindi for jewel.

Some friends dub me with nicknames of their own. For example, one friend calls me Panna, which is Hindi for emerald as I have unusual eyes, very green which become emerald green at times.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Scotland.

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 37, 1969

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

Hated it as a kid because people couldnt say it or made fun, have embraced it as an adult.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

The pros are that when I hear my forename, unless I am with Indains, I know its certainly me. In the western world, I feel unique, unlike if I had a western name like Michelle or Lisa. Also, once a person gets their head and tongue around my name, they don't forget it. In the Indian community, it is a special name as it is the name of a beloved God.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

The cons are that other than South Asians (i.e. Indian, Pakastani, etc) and a very small handful of westerners, people can't remember it and many just can't get their tongue around it. It's not complicated! Its just Krish na ...simple, just don't trill the R if you can't. Nonetheless, I have been called a myriad of things, everything from Karisima, Kareeena, Kristin, Krishma, Krishana, Krystal and beyond. One girl in secondary school called me Christmas for a year. Its a mouth full with my very Scottish surname as well...but my parents weren't to know my married name would also be long and start with the K/C sound..lol. So, as a result, I have most westerners use my middle name, Jewel.

The biggest con to my name is peoples ignorance.

I would be a mutli millionare if I had a pound for everytime someone started in with the Hari Krishna crap. Asking where my saffron robes are and other rubbish. Thats all most westerners can associate my name with, they are completely unaware of the importance of Krishna in the Hindu religion, who he was or anything else. Also they only know it as a male name, they have no idea that for a start if I put AA at the end when writen in Hindi is it female.

As a result I struggled with my name as a kid. I tried to fit into the western world when I was 12 by shortening it to Kris. It lasted one school year, I hated it. I was no longer unique in that aspect. I never realised how many Chris' there are in the world until then. As much as I struggled with the western mind and tongue over my name, I still used it, it was my name and set me apart from the western kids I knew. When I turned 30, I got a wild hair and decided to make my life easy. I dropped Krishna and went by Jewel, which is still unique. Made friends and family stop calling me by Krishna - much to the heartbreak of my parents. This went on for 6 years... I am over it now... I realise it is not my problem but 'theirs'.

So, now my introduction is a bit long and I dont say 'my name is..' because my name is me:

Hi, I'm Krishna Jewel. (If speaking to desi's - Some people call me Nagina, too.) You may call me what you like.:D

aadams73
03-31-2007, 02:44 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Alexia. But I go by Alex to my friends(if you're calling me Alexia, you're not really my friend--you're slightly higher on the totem pole than my insurance agent--and not by much.)

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

USA currently. Born in one of those Down Under countries.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

1973

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

I hated my name when I was a kid, but as an adult I love having a name that's different but not weird.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

It's not like everyone elses'.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

I sometimes have to spell it out to people.

The_Grand_Duchess
03-31-2007, 03:10 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
Donyae. I don't believe in nicknames.
2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?America, but I'm pretty well traveled and can honeslty say, don't have a common name.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
23/1983
4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")My name is awesome just like me :)

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
No one else has it. But now becuase I've revealed it and its awesomeness on a writing board theres going to be a rash of Donyaes everywehre. Crap.
6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
No one has ever heard of it so its horribly mispronounced all the time.

seun
03-31-2007, 03:19 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
Luke. The last time I had a nickname I was 10 or so. The nickname was Puke. Hilarious or what?

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?
England. Pretty close to Cambridge if you really want to know.


3. How old are you? What year were you born?
29. 30 this November:D

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")
Well, as my mother wanted to call me Seth, I'll stick with Luke. It could have been worse. My brother was going to be Rubin until my dad refused.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
It's short, easy to spell and I don't know many other Lukes.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
As I came out the same time as Star Wars, there's an obvious con.

nancy02664
04-01-2007, 08:05 PM
Here's the first of the AWers: Terry (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/04/01/terry/).

Elektra
04-01-2007, 10:03 PM
Here's the first of the AWers: Terry (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/04/01/terry/).


What? What?! Why wasn't my name first? Waaaaahhh!!!


;)

MKindall
04-01-2007, 11:36 PM
I have a blog on baby names, and I'd like to start a series of 'interview' posts on how well people like their names. I'm hoping this information will be helpful to expectant parents weighing the pros and cons of particular names. The interview questions are below, and I'd love for anyone with an opinion on his/her name to participate.
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Martha, but I go by Marty. Not Marti or Martie.



2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Southern United States, but was born in the midwest



3. How old are you? What year were you born? born in 1970. I'll leave the math to you ;) I stopped doing it.



4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")
It's an old lady's name, and the nickname is better, since I can ferret out the spamage and phone calls to Mr. Marty.




5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? I like Marty because hardly anyone has it. I like to meet other Martys, especially women, because it is a little unique and it does fit my personality better.



6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? Again with the old-ladyness of it. I know vintage names like Grace and Rose and making a comeback...but not Martha. Then there are the jokes: Martha White, Martha Stewart, Martha Washington (although I did date a man named George...).
Please answer based on how you currently feel -- though, if your opinion on your name has changed over time, I'd love to hear about that as well. Also, any other information that you'd like to provide (occupation, interests, the names of your kids, etc.) would be great.

You can send me your answers via PM, the feedback form (http://www.nancy.cc/nancy/) at my site, or by posting to this thread... whatever you prefer.

I'll try to create a post for each person who responds, though I can't make any guarantees. (Who knows -- I might get 88 people named Betty responding to this post. If that happens, I probably won't need any more opinions on the name Betty... :) ) Also, if you'd like me to add a photo (of yourself) or a link (to your site) to the post, please mention it -- I'd be happy to do that.[/quote]

Cat Scratch
04-02-2007, 02:32 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Melissa. Don't call me Mel, unless you enjoy being punched.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Born/raised in the Northwest (Washington, outside Seattle). Right now I live in Hawaii.

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 29, born 1977.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.") I'd give it a 5 because I don't hate it, but it's like my parents picked it out of a hat--it has no meaning, and no originality.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? I guess the only "pro" is that it could be worse?

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? Basically, every kid in my school was named Melissa. I had the trendiest name (besides Jennifer) for my area. On my cheerleading squad in high school, 3 out of 10 girls were named Melissa. I suppose sharing a name is only a mild annoyance, but added to this irritation is that my parents picked it for no apparent reason, other than 'Well, this sounds pretty.' If the name were in some way meaningful to them (representing a family member, historical person, fictional character, or the latin name for a concept they embraced--SOMEthing), I wouldn't care if it were ugly or if 3 out of 10 kids had the same name.

I kept this in mind when naming my coming-soon baby. We're naming her Ruby after her great-grandma. Even if she doesn't like it, or even if 9 out of 10 parents suddenly decide that Ruby is THE name to have, at least there was something behind the choice that we can't dispute: honoring a grandparent. I feel much better about it than if I named her Beth or something just because that particular day I thought it sounded pretty.

Another strange problem with my name are the alliteration issues when it comes to introducting myself. "I'm Melissa" is hard to pull off in a crowded/noisy room (like a party) without sounding like "I'm Alyssa." Calling someone on the phone and saying "This is Melissa" just sounds as if I've called someone up to hiss at them. I've had to combat both of these problems by deliberately stating just my name when I meet people, seeming, possibly, a little abrupt. (Hand out to shake. "Hi. Melissa." Emphasis on M sound.) When I call people I simply say "Hi, it's Melissa." Even if I don't know them, like the phone company, because "Hello, my name is Melissa" sounds like a mouth full of marbles, and then I always always have to repeat myself, no matter how much I articulate. Unique problem, this.

*I should add that the frequency of the name Melissa appears to be a regional NW United States thing. In Hawaii I basically never encounter anyone with my name. In fact, most people here call me Alyssa or Marissa. They can't seem to wrap their head around the name Melissa.

brianm
04-03-2007, 02:41 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

My first name is William. For some unexplained reason my parents did not call any of their children by their first names. My middle name is Brian and that is what I have been called all of my life. I intensely dislike being called Bri.

My family and some very close friends call me Boru.

I was called by my last name most of my young life because I attended a boarding school just outside of Dublin. It felt strange to be called Brian whenever I went home on holiday.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

County Down, Northern Ireland, in late spring and summer. Southern California during the winter months. I was born in Paris, France.



3. How old are you? What year were you born?

50/1957



4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

It's a great name, except when it is shortened to Bri. This seems to occur more often in America than it does in Europe.



5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

It is a well known fact that all Brians are handsome, intelligent, sexy, gifted, and irresistible. And modest to a fault.:D


6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?


Please answer based on how you currently feel -- though, if your opinion on your name has changed over time, I'd love to hear about that as well. Also, any other information that you'd like to provide (occupation, interests, the names of your kids, etc.) would be great.

Being called Bri. However, it is better than being called Bill, which occurs whenever my first name is displayed on paperwork and it is yelled out in a crowded room.

nancy02664
04-08-2007, 05:30 PM
Here is the next one, on Nichola (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/04/08/nichola/).

scarletpeaches
04-08-2007, 05:33 PM
Me's famous. :D

onetiredmama
04-11-2007, 05:11 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?



My first name is Lisa. It never really evolved into a nickname. I was always bummed about that. Although my last name is Scott so some people call me Scotty, but not many.



2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?



I was born in Buffalo, NY.



3. How old are you? What year were you born?



36. 36? Oh my god--I'm 36. I was born in 1970.



4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")



I don't hate it, but growing up I hated that every third girl I met was named Lisa.



5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?



Not many pros. It's easy to pronounce. I think it sounds good with my last name. Some people actually would call me by my full name in school. "Hey, Lisa Scott."



6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?



Like I said, it's very common. I'm a TV news anchor so my full name -- Lisa Scott -- works well. People think it's a stage name. But when I started working at my current station, there was another woman named Lisa Scott who worked in the newsroom, I kid you not. You should see how many people come up when you google Lisa Scott. I hate that. In college I took a class with 20 people; there were 3 Lisas, an Alisa and Alicia and an Alyssa. When someone called Lisa, we all looked up. I always wanted a unique name, so that if someone was talking about me, I knew it. When someone wrote "I love Melinda" on the desk, you knew who they were talking about. For a while in middle school, I threatened to change my name to something exotic like Roxanne.



Another drawback? Whenever a car commercial comes on that says "lease a new..." I hear "lisa" and look up. I also think it sounds like an "old" name. No one seems to name their kids Lisa these days.



So, I thought I'd give my kids not so common names. At the time Jack didn't seem common; I think there are more Jacks these days than Lisas when I was growing up. (Sorry bud.) And I have no idea how so many other parents came up with the name Riley for the daughters. We thought we were pretty clever with that one.
Please answer based on how you currently feel -- though, if your opinion on your name has changed over time, I'd love to hear about that as well. Also, any other information that you'd like to provide (occupation, interests, the names of your kids, etc.) would be great.

Lyra Jean
04-11-2007, 05:30 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
Lyra

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?
I live in Florida, United States. I was born in Oklahoma, United States but moved to Florida when I was two.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
I am 27 years old. I was born in 1979.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")
I love my name. I have yet to meet someone who has it. I was named after a princess from outer space. My dad read it in a science book when he was in high school.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
No one else has my name. It's latin and it means lyrical. It's also the name of a constellation and an MP3 player. It came from a science fiction story and I write science fiction. Coincidence?

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
Everyone has a hard time pronouncing my name. It's pronounced (lie-ruh). I get called Laura, Lila, Lori, Lira, Lana, any other name you can think of that starts with an L. Since I don't have a popular name I can never find personalized stuff like pencils and stickers when I was growing up.

nancy02664
04-15-2007, 09:07 PM
Here's the latest one, on Dino (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/04/15/dino-2/).

Monkey
04-23-2007, 03:17 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
Jennifer

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?
I live in Texas, US.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
I am 28 years old. I was born in 1979.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")
Hate it. It's so common that by my senior year, 4 out of the 8 or so people I hung out with were named Jennifer. One girl in my grade had the same first, middle, and last name as me. I always longed for something individual.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
It's Welsh, which is kinda cool because my husband's name is Welsh, too. It's also kind of pretty, I guess.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
Like I've already said, it's far too common. My husband and children all have wonderful names, names that to me sound special, beautiful, and exotic. I can only envy them.

I have a MySpace page, and it's not under the name of Jennifer!
Look for me under the name of Ha-Gieden. Now *that's* unusual!

Silver King
04-23-2007, 03:47 AM
Here's the latest one, on Dino (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/04/15/dino-2/).
Thanks, Nancy. That's a nice entry.

Now if any moms-to-be out there are contemplating the name, all I can say is, "Mama, don't let your babies grow up to be called 'Dino'."

laurel29
04-23-2007, 07:02 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? My first name is Laura and my middle name is Anne. To this day, when a relative of mine is irritated with me they call me Laura Anne. My nickname is Shashee... I have no idea where it came from, but that has been my nickname since I was a baby. My husband calls me Laura-lie.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? I live in Dutchess NY, but I grew up in northern Westchester NY.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
I just turned thirty on friday :( - I was born in 1977.
4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.") My name is alright, it suits me and though it is fairly common I don't run into a ton of Lauras.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? I'm used to it and I like it. I think the meaning is neat. It feels comfortable to me.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? No one ever calls me Laura, they always call me Lauren or Laurie - I hate that. I don't mind Laurel though. When I was younger I wanted a weirder name.

Sean D. Schaffer
04-23-2007, 08:23 AM
1. What is your first name?


Sean


If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?A couple friends call me Mec, because that's the first syllable of the last name of my old pseudonym.


2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?Oregon, USA.


3. How old are you? What year were you born?35 years old. Born in 1971.


4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")I'm okay with it, but it would have been nice to have a different name as a child.


5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?I like my name because I was named after my favorite actor, Sean Connery. (My parents were big on James Bond when I was born, and Mr. Connery played the said character back then.)


6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?There is a lot of emotional baggage attached to my first name. Being called 'Idiot', 'Stupid', and other more choice terms in association with the name Sean is the one reason I would wish I had a different name (some of you might remember when I did go by a different name: Ian D. Mecantie. This was partially, though not entirely, for that reason.)

stormie
04-23-2007, 04:32 PM
When I was younger I wanted a weirder name.
Yes! I think a lot of kids feel that way, to establish their individuality. There was a period of time when I wished I wasn't an "Anne." My father did say a good nickname for me would have been "Stormy" (for several reasons :D) but my mother was totally against that. I was an "Annie" in college, and to this day, certain people will call me that.

nancy02664
04-24-2007, 10:31 PM
I wasn't able to do an entry this past weekend -- I was having issues with my hosting service and was actually off-line for a few days, so I held off on the more 'involved' posts until that fire was put out. Anywho, I will get back on track for next weekend... :) Thanks again, everyone!

MissAimee
04-25-2007, 12:59 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Amy

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?Arizona and borN in Illionis

3. How old are you? 30 What year were you born?1976

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.") In grade school there was about 3 other Amy's in my class so I liking it I would have to say it's an ok name.. I wouldn't of called myself Amy

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? It's a old fashion nameWhat makes you like it? Nobody uses it very much any more

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? ?Everybody keeps asking if it's short for Amelia What makes you dislike it?because there were so many while going to school

temerity
04-25-2007, 03:48 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

My name is Merit (for some reason my friends call me Merito...it has something to do with the fact that we all take Spanish as a language).

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

USA (Northwest)

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

I'm 16; I was born in 1990

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

I absolutely love it, and I can't imagine having another name; I'd give it a 10 out of 10!

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

Well, nobody forgets my name easily. People stop me all the time to tell me that it's pretty and unique; my grade has close to 700 people in it, but the librarian remembers me and always asks me to tell her the story of how I got it. I think it's good, too, because it has a definite meaning in the real world. It's not "trendy" and it's not hard to pronounce.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

People think "Merit" is short for "Meredith"...or they hear incorrectly and think my name is "Mary."

Lyra Jean
04-25-2007, 04:33 AM
So what's the story on how you got your name? You can't leave us in the dark.

temerity
04-25-2007, 05:28 AM
Well, I was named for the cigarette company... ;)

Haha. Do you want the dramatic version or the regular one?

The dramatic story is that I'd almost died when I was born--I was three months premature and weighed four pounds and had a hole in my heart--and my parents had tried for so long to have a kid that I was going to be their one and only (and I am!)--and so they said that I survived on "my own merit."

The regular version is that my parents had this philosophy that the world is tough and you mostly have to face it as an individual (not alone, but someone won't always be there to help you)--so it was a reminder to live on my own merit and deserve everything that I get. Be honest, have virtue, etc.

It's also special (I never tell people this...I <3 the anonymity of the internet) because my mom was the one who gave it to me, and so it's kind of like a connection even though she's gone :)

Sassee
04-26-2007, 05:01 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
Sarah. I also answer to any variation of Sassee (Sass, Sasser, Sassafrass, Teh Sass, etc) since that has been my online nickname for several years.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?
Currently live near Denver, CO. Grew up near Kansas City, MO.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
soon to be 24, you do the math ;)

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")
I love my name!

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
It's easy to pronounce, easy to spell, and sounds nice.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
I think my name might have shaped my personality. Sarah means "princess," and even though my parents didn't do it on purpose, I think they doomed themselves to having me turn out with all this 'tude. I'm the first granddaughter on my Dad's side (read:spoiled) and I usually manage to get my way (though I don't throw fits. catch more flies with sugar, and all that).

nancy02664
04-30-2007, 12:48 AM
This week I did a double-interview post on Sandra (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/04/29/sandra/).

Shell
04-30-2007, 02:28 AM
What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Michelle - my husband is the only one who calls me Shelly
2. Where do you live?

Born in NY, live in CA

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

37

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.
It's a good filter for finding who the unoriginal people are to avoid at parties if someone starts singing Michelle My Belle (Beatles).

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

For a name that was the "most popular" for babies when I was born, I sure don't run across many people with it. Which is nice - I'm usually the only Michelle around.


6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
It's not a name that will age well with me, and I'll wind up having to transition to an age-appropriate nickname before too long. It's the "Heather" of the late 60's/early 70's. And for whatever reason, I don't think I've ever run across another Michelle that I've actually liked. They've all been sort of yucky.

nancy02664
05-07-2007, 08:32 PM
This week I posted on Luke (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/05/06/luke/).

Shady Lane
05-14-2007, 06:23 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

My name's Hannah. I'm usually called Hannah or Hannie.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.)

Washington D.C. Born here, as well.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

16, born in 1991. Before Hannah got explosively popular.

In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

I don't really feel any connection with my name.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

It's feminine. No one wonders if I'm a boy. I'm allowed to have my hair short without being mistaken for a guy. The palindrome thing is cool, as well.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

It's dull and plain, and just looks flat.

Melanie Lane
05-14-2007, 06:35 AM
1) Name? Melissa. I go by 'Melanie Lane', 'Feast', 'Melissa Feast', 'Michelle' (That's what a lot of my relatives call me because they don't know my name. I come from a large extended family) and my personal favorite, "Vanilla Jalepeno "I Don't Need No Microphone" Poptart" (My friends just always seem to give and use weird nicknames. *shrugs*) None of those really have anything to do with my first name - they're all about my last.

2) Location? US of A. Let's say Midwest.

3) Age? Year? 15. 1992.

4) Sum it up. I'm fine with my name.

5) Pros: I'm the only 'Melissa' in my class of 700. That's quite an accomplishment as we have about thirty 'Nick's and twenty 'Emily's and Nine 'Tyler's and so on and so forth. It gets confusing.

6) Cons: Not really any cons except for what it is spelled backwards. Assilem. Every once in a while, I'll be the butt of a joke because I never use profanity... :)

SpookyWriter
05-14-2007, 06:39 AM
1. What is your first name? Sandra. If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Sandy, Sam, Witch

2. Where do you live? Ontario, Canada, born in Quebec

3. How old are you? 1959

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. Meh.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? It's easy to pronounce

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? It's boring. Plus, people call me Susan anyway.

TsukiRyoko
05-14-2007, 06:45 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Andrea, Andi, Tsuki

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? West Virginia. I wish I was born in Amsterdam.

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 17, 1989

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.") Eh, I give it 5. or so. Not great, not terrible. I could be named Bertha or something, and in comparison, Andrea is MUCH better.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? The pros are rather elusive. Like I said before, at least I'm not a Bertha.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? Nearly EVERYONE I meet either spells my name wrong ("Andy"? "Andee"? No, ANDI! "Andria?" ANDREA! Oh for love of- just call me Tsuki.") and if they don't mispell it, they mispronounce it (On-drey-ah? No, Ann-dree-ah! Angela? Andrea! Amelia? Yeah, Amelia. Go screw yourself.)

Soccer Mom
05-14-2007, 07:29 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Soccer Mom. Oh, all right. It's Mary. Nicknames: Missy (Mistress Mary quite contrary), I also answer to Andrew's mom and Mrs. Coach :D

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Texas
3. How old are you? What year were you born? Sigh. 1967. That's right. I'm forty in three months.
4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.") boring. It's dead boring.
5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? Anonymous can be good. I have a boring last name to go with Mary Ruth. Just try to find me in the phone book! And it is a family name. I'm named after an a great aunt and an aunt.
6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? see '4" It's an old lady name. But my grandmothers were Edna and Martha, and we do have several Bertha's in the fam, so it could have been worse.

nancy02664
05-15-2007, 12:05 AM
The latest victim is Dinsa (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/05/13/dinsa/). :)

FoolsTP
05-15-2007, 12:52 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Michael but some call me Mike

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

I was born in Long Beach, California, but now I live near Woodstock, NY

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

18, 1988

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.

My name is awesome. I would've been upset if I was given a girly name (my brother's middle name is Haley).

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

Everyone likes Mike.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

I don't really like names that start with M.

nancy02664
05-20-2007, 09:02 PM
And here's Kevin (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/05/20/kevin/).

Also -- several people I've blogged about have meant to (but haven't yet had a chance to) send me a photo. I just wanted to say that the option is always open, so if you can't send me a pic right away, feel free to send one later on -- I'd be happy to go back and update your post.

nancy02664
05-27-2007, 11:16 PM
This week's post was on Alina (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/05/27/alina/).

nancy02664
06-04-2007, 12:48 AM
This week I posted on Merit (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/06/03/merit/).

Sophia
06-04-2007, 01:37 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Sophia, pronounced SO-fee-a.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

Live in the UK; born in India.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

32 / 1974.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

I generally love it. My Indian relatives pronounce it in a way that makes me feel like I should be someone else, and I feel uncomfortable then.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

When I was very young my Dad showed me a TV guide with a picture of Sophia Loren with her name given along side it. It was the first time I'd seen anyone else with my name and I remember staring at it to make sure it was the same. It became associated in my mind with glamourous, sexy, sophisticated Italian superstars after that, which I liked. :) I also liked that it was fairly unusual. Nowadays, Sophie has become very common, but I rarely come across other Sophias .

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

It generally gets pronounced Suff-EE-ya, which sounds completely wrong to me. It is neither the Indian way of pronouncing it that my Mum and my relatives use, nor the more Westernised way that my Dad pronounced it and I absorbed as being the right way. Also, a lot of people seem to assume it is Sophie, or automatically change it to that. I don't mind as that has always happened in friendly situations, and Sophie is no problem to say, but I always notice when someone says my name correctly and think very highly of them for it. :)

nancy02664
06-11-2007, 07:19 AM
Today's post was on Christopher (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/06/10/christopher/).

nancy02664
06-18-2007, 02:14 AM
And here is Melissa (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/06/17/melissa/).

nancy02664
06-25-2007, 01:01 AM
And this week, I posted on Misty (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/06/24/misty/).

Akuma
06-25-2007, 10:21 AM
Some extra info just for you. I'm a sucker for questionnares (sp?).

1. First name: Nicholas
Nicknames: Kick, Stump, Hobbit, Czar Nikolas, Nick the Dick. And Nickle Pickle.

2. Location: Colorado, born in California

3. 18
March 1, 1989

4. My name's all right. It's served me. But I really would have preferred choosing. Like, I don't know, something bizarre. "Clock". Or "Akuma". :)

5. Pros: A good middle ground, it seems to me--not too exotic, not too bland. Short and to the point. Names are usually like that, though.

6. Cons: The grade school act of rhyming your name with something derogatory. Genius. Didn't really bother me--I knew at the time grade school was, well, immature. S'pose it depends on the child's self-esteem.
Although, admittedly, if I hear someone blare that old Nickelodeon song at me, I will be sorely tempted to stranglethemcrushthemhowdoyoulikeithuhwhossingingn ow ?!

Ahem. Good luck with your efforts, Nancy.

Lady Esther
06-25-2007, 11:59 AM
1. What is your first name?- Jehoia. (Pronounced: Ja-hoy-ya)

If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?- JC, Joan (because I told people to call me this), Joanie, J-Bird (only called this by my brother and sisters).

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?- Baltimore, Maryland, USA

3. How old are you? What year were you born?- 19, 1987 (birthday is in December)

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. - I hate my name, always have, always will.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?- It's biblical, and I usually like Biblical names. Many people think it's pretty and unique but...


6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?- 9 out of 10 people pronounce it wrong, even when I break it down. I like names that are different, but I think my parents tried to be too different. (So, I changed my name to Joan, unofficially.)

nancy02664
07-01-2007, 11:06 PM
And now we've got Pamela (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/07/01/pamela/).

Jersey Chick
07-01-2007, 11:40 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Kimberly.


Nicknames: Kim (very original, no?)
Schmoo (only my husband gets away with that though)


2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?


New Jersey - the central part - where it isn't entirely paved over yet :)
3. How old are you? What year were you born?
Eeek! 35. B. 1971
4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")
I don't really like it, but I'm growing into it, I guess.
5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
It's kind of "cheerleader" cute -
6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
I was one of about 30 Kims in school. Seriously, one of my best friends was Kim, so we were Kim Squared. I never thought it was very original. I still don't think it's very original. (thanks mom ;))

JoNightshade
07-02-2007, 01:28 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

My first name is Nicole. The only place "Nicole" actually shows up, however, is on my birth certificate and drivers license. I also use it for my writing. Everyone I know, and I mean everyone, calls me Nikki. My parents intended to name me Nikki but decided to give me Nicole in case I ever wanted something more formal.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

California.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

1981.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

It's all right, but I don't really think of myself as "Nikki." I think of myself as "me." ;) I have no attachment whatsoever to Nicole.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

It's fairly unusual, although it's been getting more popular again lately. I rarely meet or read about anyone named Nikki, although there are a fair number of Nicoles. I also like the fact that, when said aloud, it could be a boy or a girl's name. I'm not very "girly" so I'm glad I have an asexual name.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?Please answer based on how you currently feel -- though, if your opinion on your name has changed over time, I'd love to hear about that as well. Also, any other information that you'd like to provide (occupation, interests, the names of your kids, etc.) would be great.

Personally, I wish I had a name with some history or meaning behind it. My parents chose that name because my mom used to go to school with some girl (not even a friend) named Nikki, and she always liked the sound of it. When I name my children, I plan to choose a name because it has a certain meaning or historical/literary connection. Something that has a story behind it. Also, when I introduce myself, ALL people over the age of 60 think my name is either Mickie or Vickie. I used to correct them, but recently I've just given up. Maybe Nikki was not a common girl's name when they were young or something, I have no idea.

Inky
07-02-2007, 01:51 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Karey / nickname Eli (for my middle name, but only by husband) Oh, and Kemosabi by my friends in the hood....yep yep, I've buddies alllll over the place...

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Live in Germany, born in California

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 42/ 1965

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")
Being a sixties child, it's alllll wrong. I should have been asked.
5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? To help remember my name, I say: Like the movie, Carrie, you know, Stephen King. Some back away. Most laugh. All remember it.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? Karey, to me, is a cutsey figure skater, or gymnist. And, if having to be stuck with this name, why not the feminine way of spelling it: Carrie? 'Karey', to me, looks chunky. I would have preferred Sloan, Morgan, Max (NOT short for Maxine), Rain, MacKenzie. I made darn sure to give my daughters GREAT names!

Jay Byrne
07-02-2007, 02:40 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Jason. Not a nickname but everyone calls me 'Jay'.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

Baile Atha Cliath aka Dubh Linn aka Dublin, Leinster, Ireland.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

27. I popped out in 1979.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")
I can't imagine being called anything else.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
I stole the Golden Fleece and commanded the mighty Argo!

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
It rhymes with 'Gay'. :tongue

Chalula88
07-05-2007, 12:24 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
Ellen Nicknames: Elle, Ellie

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?
Ohio
3. How old are you? What year were you born?
17, 1990
4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")
I like it because it's really uncommon, but most people have heard of it before so no one asks me how do you spell/pronounce it.
5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
Adults have always told me how lovely it sounds and it sounds really classic and timeless.
6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
Nothing in particular, it's not an especially fun name though.

nancy02664
07-09-2007, 04:18 AM
And here we have Brian (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/07/08/brian/).

Bo Sullivan
07-09-2007, 04:30 AM
I definitely don't like my name: Barbara. It means "stranger" and that is what it feels like to me. I have been a stranger all my life.

Bo Sullivan
07-09-2007, 05:06 AM
“You are beautiful Azurean, but not as beautiful as me.”

“Who are you?” called Azurean as she stared into the water, and a beautiful face appeared before her, and the voice from his reflection told her that his name was Echo.

“I am Echo. I am beautiful; I am the very vision of beauty.”

From my Amazon Short, The Mysterious Island.

nancy02664
07-16-2007, 11:12 AM
And here is the post for Mary (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/07/15/mary/).

RLB
07-16-2007, 11:25 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Rachel, no nickname (though my ninth grade geometry teacher called me "The Chull")


2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Right now I live in KY. I was born in TN, grew up in FL


3. How old are you? What year were you born? 29, 1978


4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.") I like my name. It's the best former First Lady name out there (though Ladybird runs a close second), and Rachel was the pretty sister in the Bible. I'd give it an 8 or 9 I suppose


5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? I don't run into many Rachels... not that they aren't out there, it's just not as common as others. Also, had I been a boy, I would have been Allen Newton [last name] IV. (though that is my poor brother's name...)


6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? everyone tries to spell it with that extra "a" in the last syllable

nancy02664
07-23-2007, 09:37 AM
Today's post was on Imogen (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/07/22/imogen/).

MonaLeigh
07-26-2007, 06:39 AM
1. What is your first name? Lisa Marie If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Lee, Lise, Leelee, Mona



2. Where do you live? Upstate New York


3. How old are you? 37 What year were you born? 1970



4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.
I like it. Although, sometimes I think it's boring. I was born in the 70's and I could have had a cool hippie name, instead of being named after Elvis's daughter.


5. What are the "pros" to having your name? I only know one other Lisa. What makes you like it? It's me.



6. What are the "cons" to having your name? No cons. What makes you dislike it?

Azraelsbane
07-27-2007, 10:30 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

LeAnn. I don't have a nickname at the moment, though when I was in 4th grade I insisted that most of my friends call me Michael. Don't even ask, the mind of a deranged 4th grader is not pretty.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

Jacksonville, FL

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

24, 1982

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

I rank my name a 3 out of 10. I've despised it my entire life. I always wished I had been named Elizabeth.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

There are none.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

I can't find it spelled correctly on key chains, and it's one of those double names that makes me sound like I belong on the Beverly Hillbillies.

PenTeller
07-27-2007, 06:56 PM
1. What is your first name? Ashley

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) USA

3. How old are you? 20 -- 1986

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. I'm a victim of tv fanatacism.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? Nothing that I can think of.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
First of all, I was named after a soap opera character (yes, that one). It's an immensely popular name, but still no one knows how to spell it. No one can remember it, either. And yet so many other people have my name that if someone were to call it out in a room, twenty of us would turn around.

Yes, I do hate my name. Why do you ask?

nancy02664
07-29-2007, 08:52 AM
I'll have to skip this weekend's interview due to the Blogathon, but everything will be back to normal next weekend...

(Thanks for all the new replies, btw!)

nancy02664
08-06-2007, 12:01 AM
This week we have Lyra (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/08/05/lyra/).

nancy02664
08-13-2007, 08:37 AM
And this week we've got Carrie (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/08/12/carrie/).

JoniBGoode
08-14-2007, 07:08 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

I'm female. My first name is pronounced "Johnnie" but spelled Joni. Everyone who meets me wants to call me Joannie (as in "loves Chachi") and I'm constantly correcting people.

I've invented a few jokes about it ("It's my own private test for literacy. If you can read, you mispronounce my name. You passed." and "When my brother was born, my dad wanted to name him Beverly", which happens to be true.) but it gets old. I was named after my mother's beloved grandfather, who died shortly before I was born. If I had been male, they would have given me the same name (but spelled differently.)


(BTW, my mother put her foot down and my brother has my father's name: James. I do, however, have two sisters. One has a boy's name and one has a unisex name.)


2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?



Both of my parents are from the American South, where there is a fine old tradition of giving girls names usually reserved for boys. I have aunts named Bobby Jo and Jerry. I have a female cousin named Billy. I was raised mostly in CA and currently live in the Chicago area.



3. How old are you? What year were you born?
Almost 52, 1955.


4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")



I'd give it a 10 out of 10 when spoken correctly, and a 2 out of 10 for spelling.


5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?I can't imagine having any other name. It's unique and a little edgy but not weird. I even enjoy the gender confusion, when an employee tells a caller, "You'll need to speak to Johnnie about that" and the caller replies, "Please connect me to him."


6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

I LOVE my name but hate the way it's spelled. I've always felt that way. I would urge parents to spell their child's name the way it sounds, and not to get too "cute."

I would think that Dad copied the spelling from Joni Eareckson Tada, but he had never heard of her. And she was only about 5 years old when I was born.

Please answer based on how you currently feel -- though, if your opinion on your name has changed over time, I'd love to hear about that as well. Also, any other information that you'd like to provide (occupation, interests, the names of your kids, etc.) would be great.

My mother used to say that if you have an unusual name, you inflict one on your child. I gave my son a unique name, which he hates. He goes by his middle name, which is Paul.


You can send me your answers via PM, the feedback form (http://www.nancy.cc/contact/) at my site, or by posting to this thread... whatever you prefer.

I'll try to create a post for each person who responds, though I can't make any guarantees. (Who knows -- I might get 88 people named Betty responding to this post. If that happens, I probably won't need any more opinions on the name Betty... :) ) Also, if you'd like me to add a photo (of yourself) or a link (to your site) to the post, please mention it -- I'd be happy to do that.

XX

nancy02664
08-19-2007, 11:50 PM
And here is Jehoia (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/08/19/jehoia/).

Ren
08-23-2007, 03:42 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Lauren. I go by Ren though.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Currently I live in Missouri, but I was born in Florida.

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 19, 1988

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.") Its fairly awful. I'd give it a 2 out of 10 at best.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? People rarely spell it wrong.....

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? It doesn't suit me. If you call it out in a public place 7 or 8 blondes turn around. It came from a soap opera (as did my middle name of Ashley. Apparently this was common in the 80s, I went to school with a girl who had the same name from the same place.) It is boring, unimaginative, and too "girly" for me. I would much rather have had a strange name like..... Willow Starshine Rainbow or something

Unique
08-23-2007, 03:59 PM
But then again... maybe not. (I have a tendency to be a smartass but I won't do that now... er.. here.)

1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
Laura. I almost always go by some nickname or another. People who don't know me well may call me 'Laura' but friends, lovers, husbands - almost never do. I don't know why. Everyone seems to have their own nickname for me (and they all fit). My friends here call me by my name sometimes but most of them haven't met me in RL.

Some of them: Unique, Mink, Moo, Chop, and others I can't recall at the moment.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
46.x (?) 1960

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

My name in conjunction with my birth time - did not do me any favors. I did not like it when I was a child - I wanted to change it. I've grown into it somewhat but it is a very hard (and so I'm told ..) powerful name. I'm seriously considering changing it to Unique permanently and legally. My mom tells me that she wished she had named me Laurel instead. They misspelled it in a birth announcement after I was born and she liked that better. I think I would have been a softer person with that name.

If you want to name your girl Laura - be careful. That's all I have to say.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
Strong and powerful name. It should be obvious why I like it.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
Strong and powerful name. It should be obvious why I don't like it.

so that's my story and I'm stickin' to it. :D

burgy61
08-24-2007, 12:26 AM
1, Michael, nicknames, Mike or burgy.

2, Michigan.

3, 45, born 1961.

4, I like my name.

5, I like the fact that it is an old biblical name. I remember who I am named after and I try to live up to that name.

6, Mikey, he likes it. That Life commercial annoys me, I was never called Mikey. Other then that there is no cons.

acharity
08-24-2007, 12:36 AM
1. What is your first name? Ashley If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Usually just Ash

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Ontario, Canada

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 21, born in 1986.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.") It's okay... I can't see myself having any other name, really.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? A lot of people think it's a pretty name ^^ I guess it is.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? It's very common... verrrrrrry common, lol.

acharity
08-24-2007, 12:40 AM
6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
First of all, I was named after a soap opera character (yes, that one). It's an immensely popular name, but still no one knows how to spell it. No one can remember it, either. And yet so many other people have my name that if someone were to call it out in a room, twenty of us would turn around.


Oh, the pain... I, too, am named after that damned character ~_~ People always spell it, Ashely, which drives me nuts.

nancy02664
08-27-2007, 06:49 PM
This week was a double-header with two Ashleys (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/08/26/ashley/).

nancy02664
09-03-2007, 07:14 AM
And here is Colleen (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/09/02/colleen/).

melaniehoo
09-03-2007, 10:12 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Melanie.

You can call me Mel but only if we've known each other for awhile. Do NOT introduce me that way. My brother-in-law taught my niece and nephews to call me Meldanie, which I think is cute now. My best friend - and she alone - calls me Schmell

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?
Born: Pontiac, MI. Lived in MI, DC, MD, VA, Chicago; Now in Mexico

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
32, 1975

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.
I've always liked it because I was named after a character in Gone With the Wind. I didn't run into many other Melanies, except middle school where there were 7 of us! Here in Mexico I've become Melania. Or Melly.


5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
It's fairly unique, ends with the 'ee' sound. In my 20s I had a plan to sneak into Melanie Griffith's home and convince Antonio I was really his wife. :)

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
Rhymes with Smelly - that took a long time to shake, despite moving a lot. I hate the name Melody and I get that sometimes. People like to spell it Melony, Melonie, Melany - I don't think it's that difficult.

girlyswot
09-04-2007, 05:00 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Rosalind. Almost invariably called Ros.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

Currently in Philadelphia but born and raised in Stafford, England.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

33, born 1974

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

I really like it. My mother wanted me to be called Sophia or to have my middle name (Sarah) as my first name. Rosalind's unusual enough to be distinctive without being bizarre or silly. Though no one in the US can pronounce it correctly (the short o is just too much for them). I was named after the character in As You Like It and she's a strong, independently-thinking woman I'm glad to be associated with.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

Oh. I think I already answered that!

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

None in the UK. Here I really struggle to introduce myself to people (this is partly an accent issue). Generally I get called Rose or sometimes Ross by people who've just met me. That's irritating. I also don't like it when people spell it Roz. And most people can't spell Rosalind either.

desertcomet
09-04-2007, 10:27 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Bobbi, no it's not short for Roberta. I hate it when people call me Bob.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Born in Montana, live in the Midwest.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
1987

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.
At least it's different.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
It's not a common name. I've only met three other women with my name and one of them was short for Roberta. I like the uniqueness of it.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
It's a boys name no matter how you spell it. People always mistakenly spell it Bobbie or Bobby. I hate being called Bob. My maiden name was similar to Buchet (I think that's how it's spelled) so when the Water Boy came out kids in school called me Bobby Buchet.

Writer14
09-04-2007, 11:53 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
Christina. Though many of my friends call me 'Montana'

2. Where do you live? If you were born somewhere else, where?
I live in Cape Coral, FL. But, i'm a proud New Yorker. =]

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
15. 1992

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.
I like my name a lot. A 10 on our 1-10 scale.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
pros' to having my name are that its becoming less common finally. =]

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
People mispelling it or calling me 'Christine' or 'Chrissy'. I have nothing against those names, but its NOT MINE. lol

nancy02664
09-10-2007, 09:10 PM
And here is Rosalind (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/09/09/rosalind/).

nancy02664
09-17-2007, 07:03 AM
And here's a post on Alexia (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/09/16/how-do-you-feel-about-your-name-alexia/).

maxmordon
09-17-2007, 08:26 AM
I have the most jodidamente common name in the history of the world: José is just too common. I can't remember I have been on the streets and someone has screamed José and it wasn't me

nancy02664
09-24-2007, 08:26 PM
This week I did Daquiri (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/09/23/how-do-you-feel-about-your-name-daquiri/).

musicalzoo
09-25-2007, 10:42 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? debra (never EVER use), debbie

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? raised (and live in) NC, born in CA

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 29, 1978

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. debbie is ok (at best), debra sucks
5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? who said i liked it? :)

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? sorry, I can't be specific, but I just don't like it....i get called 'betty' a lot over the phone ( or used to when i was working and answered the phone)

donroc
09-25-2007, 10:52 PM
Back in the 1950s, humorist Roger Price (creator of DROODLES) wrote a book titled WHAT NOT TO NAME THE BABY. As an example I remember, if you name a son William and call him that he will be a bit stuffy; call him Bill and he will be a regular guy; call him Billy and he'll never mature.

Howard will marry Nancy and they'll move to the suburbs. Name a boy Vince and he'll end up in a pool hall.

It was a hoot.

www.donaldmichaelplatt.com

brittanimae
09-27-2007, 02:10 AM
Brittani


I have a blog on baby names, and I'd like to start a series of 'interview' posts on how well people like their names. I'm hoping this information will be helpful to expectant parents weighing the pros and cons of particular names. The interview questions are below, and I'd love for anyone with an opinion on his/her name to participate.
1. What is your first name? Brittani If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?


2. Where do you live? Canada, although I lived in the US until a few months ago, in Utah, Connecticut, Philadelphia, and Cincinnati (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Utah


3. How old are you? 29 What year were you born? 1977


4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")


My name has always sounded like a peppy cheerleader to me, and I consider myself to be somewhat sophisticated and intellectually inclined. I pronounce my name Brit-tan-i--with 3 syllables, although others rarely follow suit. I'd give it a 6 out of 10. (oops 3 sentences)



5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?


It's a happy name. I think it makes people smile



6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?


I think people associate it with people who are not very bright. Also, it's spelled weird.
Please answer based on how you currently feel -- though, if your opinion on your name has changed over time, I'd love to hear about that as well. Also, any other information that you'd like to provide (occupation, interests, the names of your kids, etc.) would be great.

You can send me your answers via PM, the feedback form (http://www.nancy.cc/contact/) at my site, or by posting to this thread... whatever you prefer.

I'll try to create a post for each person who responds, though I can't make any guarantees. (Who knows -- I might get 88 people named Betty responding to this post. If that happens, I probably won't need any more opinions on the name Betty... :) ) Also, if you'd like me to add a photo (of yourself) or a link (to your site) to the post, please mention it -- I'd be happy to do that.

reigningcatsndogs
09-27-2007, 02:29 AM
I have a blog on baby names, and I'd like to start a series of 'interview' posts on how well people like their names. I'm hoping this information will be helpful to expectant parents weighing the pros and cons of particular names. The interview questions are below, and I'd love for anyone with an opinion on his/her name to participate.
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Mary. Unfortunately I do get Mare, reason enough for no one to ever use this name again! In school I got Murphy. I thought of using my middle name Frances, except Fanny is as bad as Mare!!


2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? I live in BC, Canada. I was born in Ontario


3. How old are you? What year were you born? 45, 1962


4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.") I hate it but considering my sister is Ethel Martha and I have an aunt Genevieve Anastasia, and uncles Estel and Cecil and Milton Girvin, I consider myself the lucky one in the family.


5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? It was easy to learn to print. when we go by alphabetical order for something, I am neither first nor last.


6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? It rhymed with my last name (please don't do that to your kids), and it is used in too many nursery rhymes and songs, especially at Christmas time because so many people don't get the difference between Mary and Merry!! I am not contrary, I have no big wheel, and don't even ask about the little lamb thing.Please answer based on how you currently feel -- though, if your opinion on your name has changed over time, I'd love to hear about that as well. Also, any other information that you'd like to provide (occupation, interests, the names of your kids, etc.) would be great.

You can send me your answers via PM, the feedback form (http://www.nancy.cc/contact/) at my site, or by posting to this thread... whatever you prefer.

I'll try to create a post for each person who responds, though I can't make any guarantees. (Who knows -- I might get 88 people named Betty responding to this post. If that happens, I probably won't need any more opinions on the name Betty... :) ) Also, if you'd like me to add a photo (of yourself) or a link (to your site) to the post, please mention it -- I'd be happy to do that.:D

Kathie Freeman
10-01-2007, 08:07 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Kathleen, Kathie

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? California

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 59, 1948

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.") I'd give it a 7. I went through a phase in my early teens of spelling it Kathy and Kathi to be like everybody else, but went back to Kathie when I "grew up" because it's different.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? Kathleen is a grand old Irish name.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? Kathy was very common among girls of my age when I was in school, always someone in my class with the same name, though most of them were named Katherine.

DeleyanLee
10-01-2007, 08:31 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
The name I was born with was Andrea. It is presently Cassandra. I generally go by Andi everywhere but at work.


2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?
USA, Midwest.


3. How old are you? What year were you born?
1960


4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")
I hated my birth name so much, I legally changed it as my 40th b-day pressie to myself. Whole thing--first, middle, surname. Got rid of it all.


5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
I like my present name because I gave it a lot of thought and waited to do it legally until I had just the right one. I didn't like my birth name because it was so not me, not at the core, not on the surface, not at all.


6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

I don't dislike it at all. LOL! It's a wonderful name.

My son, FWIW, is also debating on changing his first name now that he's an adult. He's the 13th consecutive James (but not James XIII) and because of his lack of/negative relationship with his father and grandfather and doesn't want to carry on their legacy.

Hollow
10-02-2007, 03:09 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
Corrie

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?
Born in Philly, live in Georgia

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
18, born 1989

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.
I hate it.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
Uh... it's a type of glacier?

"Corrie glaciers, though larger than niche glaciers, are smaller than valley glaciers. They still occupy hollows on the face of the bedrock in mountainous regions. Once ice accumulates to sufficient thickness in a niche glacier its erosion action scours the hollow out even more to form smooth amphitheatres on the valley walls. These armchair shaped features are commonly called corries, cirques, or qwms. Some corrie glaciers will spill over the corrie lip and feed into valley glaciers, and many valley glaciers have corries as their starting points."

Just looked that crap up... and apparently accorind to BehindTheName.com, Corrie is the feminine PET version of Corinna and Cora. Lovely.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
Well for one, I'm a Jr. And my biological father is a deadbeat. You do the math. It also seems to be a very uncommon spelling of the name. I tell them Corrie they spell it Cory, Corry, Cori, Cori. And if I have it written down sloppily it can appear to be Connie. Had to suffer that all through school. Plan to legally change it pretty soon.

Glad to help.

writin52
10-08-2007, 02:57 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

My first name is Mary, but since my middle name is Louise, I'm usually called Mary Lou. My family, for some unknown and eccentric reason, have always called me Meg.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

I live in northern Ontario Canada and was born even further north.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

I was born in 1952. I am 54.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

I am not a big fan of Mary(too goody goody sounding), but I like Mary Lou, although if I hear the Everley Brothers song one more time I may commit mayhem.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

I like it because it is quite unusual, I don't know many Mary Lou's and none spell it like mine.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

See the comment above re Mary and my name ad nauseum in two songs.

leah
10-08-2007, 03:15 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

My name is Leah, which is not my birth name. I hated my birth name so much I changed it 2 years ago. Sometimes I go by my nick name Lee

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

I currently live in Alaska, but I was born in the midwest

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

I am nearly 52, i was born in 1955

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. I hated my birth name, far too common and it did not feel like me. ( it was Linda) So I changed it to Leah 2 years ago



5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

It just feels more like me. Many people tell me it "fits" me better. It is softer on the tongue and not so common.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
My old name was far too common. My mother still can't seem to make the effort of calling me my new name, but everyone else has made the transition. I think next time she calls me my old name I will just ignore her lol

leah
10-08-2007, 03:18 AM
Corrie ( Hollow) I encourage you to RUN down to the court house and get your name legally changed. It is a breeze to do and I feel like a whole new person!! See my other post. I just wish I had done it sooner.

Leah

nancy02664
10-09-2007, 02:46 AM
Here is the latest interview, with Ocean (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/10/07/how-do-you-feel-about-your-name-ocean/).

(Thanks to everyone who has recently responded! I'll get to you guys as soon as I can.)

Sunkissed27f
10-09-2007, 04:07 AM
This is a little late....I hope you are still taking these. Some one bumped it up....
Here goes:

1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
Annaiole Marie Levine.
Yes that's all my names. :tongue
I will answer to the nicknames Anna or Levi.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? I was born in Genoa,Italy, I now live in Alabama.

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 27, 1980

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")
It's very original, so I like it!

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
I haven't met any one else with it. The whole first name not just Anna, and even then I have only met 3 other Anna's.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

It's hard to pronounce, people often mispronounce or spell it.

WVWriterGirl
10-12-2007, 07:00 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Linley, and sometimes friends call me "Lin".

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? I've lived in the same small town in West Virginia for my entire life.

3. How old are you? What year were you born? Almost 32, born in 1975.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.") I absolutely detest my first name.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? It's definitely different. The only other "Linley" names I have come across are surnames, not first names. I like that a compromise between my parents gave me my name; I was adopted, and at the orphanage they were calling me "Beth". Afraid that I would be "confused", my parents kept the Beth as my middle name. My dad wanted Lynn for my name, and my mom wanted Ashley, so they combined the two to get "Linley".

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
No one can ever spell my name correctly on the first go. I've been called everything from Liz to Lisa to Leslie to Linny. I get mail all the time for Mr. Linley, which is just annoying. I've also been put into boy's gym classes ("Leslie" is a popular male name in my area) in high school, which was not only annoying but embarrassing.

takkunelwood
10-12-2007, 07:33 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Amy. There is no creative nickname that has come from this. I once started my own nickname in high school, but only 2 people use it anymore.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

Texas, born and raised and died of boredom

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

21, born Aug 1986

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.

It's as boring as a baked potato with no fixin's.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

It's easy to remember and only been misspelled three times, to my knowledge. (Any, Aimee, Ammy)

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

Paired with one of the most generic last names ever, it's also easy to forget and there are a ton of me everywhere.

emsuniverse
10-12-2007, 08:29 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Emily. People call me Em.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) Born, raised and currently living in Missouri.

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 21 (1986)

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. Not that particularly fond of it, but it could be worse.
5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? I was named after my great-grandmother, so I consider that a pro that it's a family name. Also, people can pronounce it. Always a plus.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? When I was born, Emily wasn't a common name. Now Emily/Emma is one of the top names in the United States. It's not a unique name. It also makes me sound very sweet and proper. Talk to me for five minutes and you'll figure out that I'm not. :)

imagoodgurl4
10-13-2007, 03:12 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

- Stefanie (with an F). Nickname: Stef (I actually prefer this).


2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

- Boston, MA for the past 4 years. Born and raised in Connecticut.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

- 22. Born in 1985

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.

- I hate it.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

- I love the way it's spelled. S-T-E-F-A-N-I-E.
- My dad's name is Stephen, so it's kind of like I was named after him.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

- My name is constantly misspelled. I will tell people it's Stefanie with an f and I get spellings like: Stepfanie. Steffanie. Stephfanie. Steffany.
- My name also rhymes with Bethany. So somehow I get called that a lot.

Red-Green
10-14-2007, 07:06 AM
1. What is your first name? Bryn If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Brynette (family only)

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Born in Oklahoma, live in Kansas.

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 36, 1971

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. Ambivalent.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
It's uncommon. I've met exactly 2 other people with the name--one a man and one who spelled it Brynne.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
It's a man's name, and I'm not a man.
I'm named after Bryn Mawr University, and people always ask, "Oh, did you/your mother/someone else in family, go to Bryn Mawr?" No, in fact, I don't think anyone in my family has even been to the city of Bryn Mawr.
It's perpetually mispronounced/misconstrued as Brine or Bryan.

Blickensderfer
10-15-2007, 10:52 PM
This is a neat feature, Nancy. I love your blog - I've named all my kids but will probably visit on behalf of a character or two in the future!
I'll play along -


1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Belinda. My parents called me "Bendie" when I was young. I thought it was unique, but I recently met a Melinda who goes by "Mendie" so I guess not.


2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) Born in NC, now live in GA

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 46, 1961


4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. I've always liked my name. I think it's pretty, and I've only met three or four other women who share it. You also have to factor in the sheer gratitude at not being named "Bobbie Leigh" like my older sister. (She HATES her name, and was a prime mover in my parents choosing "Belinda" for me.)


5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? It's pretty, not very common and not hard to spell if you just think for a moment first.


6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? Some people say Melinda or Brenda instead. Just this week I had a meeting with a woman I've known professionally for nine years and she called me Brenda throughout.

Gaia
10-15-2007, 11:54 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Gaia - have plenty of nicknames but most of the time people call me Gaia


2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) Currently living in Denmark

3. How old are you? What year were you born? I'm 25 - born in 1982


4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. I love my name

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? People remember it, it's unique - at least I've never met anyone else by that name so I feel like I have it all to myself, other people seem to like it a lot.


6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? The usual misspelling and mispronunciations that can be pretty annoying - people calling me Kaia or Gayer or even Mayo (wtf?!?).

OctoberRain
10-16-2007, 12:14 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Jennifer. But my friends call me Jenny. Those who don't me well call me Jen, which I hate.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Born in Toronto, Ontario but just relocated to Seattle, Washington.

3. How old are you? What year were you born? Just turned 33.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.") My name is okay. I've never felt strongly about it one way or the other.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? People know how to spell it. Although I did meet a girl once with the same name, pronouced the same way, but spelled it "Genyphyr". YIKES!

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? It's so common. Growing up, there were multiple Jennifers in every class I had. So then I'd be Jenny, another one would be Jen, yet another would be Jenn, and if there were multiples of that, we'd resort to using last name initials. Then I'd be Jenny P. Which sucked, because then I'd get teased: Hey Jenny Pee'd!

And then there was the year when Jennifer Lopez put out "Jenny from the Block" and it's all I heard.

nancy02664
10-17-2007, 10:02 PM
Here's the latest interview, on Katharine (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/10/16/katharine/).

jannawrites
10-17-2007, 10:41 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Janna. No nicknames. I threatened friends within inches of their lives if they called me Jan. Don't get me wrong - Jan's a fine name... it just doesn't suit me.


2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

Missouri, born and raised


3. How old are you? What year were you born?

28; 1978


4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

I'm very happy with my name. I like hearing people say it, for some reason. (I know, I know... that's two sentences.)


5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

It's not too common, particularly with the way my parents chose to spell it.


6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

None, save for the ease of shortening it to Jan...

nancy02664
10-23-2007, 05:04 AM
And here is the latest, on Corrie (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/10/22/corrie/).

nancy02664
11-06-2007, 01:05 AM
Here's one for Jae (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/11/05/jae/).

Metaphor
11-07-2007, 01:31 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
Poppy

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?
South of England

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
I was born in 1994. I am 13.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.
I like my name: It's pretty, and not too common.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
As I said earlier, the thing I most like about my name is that it is unusual. Although I believe that it is gaining popularity, there aren't very many people my age named Poppy, so in school there aren't a million other poeple with the same name as me. It is pretty, and has a lovely meaning: after the flower poppy, which is very beautiful.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
There aren't many nicknames, as it is quite short already. Also, there is a fair bit of teasing potential: Poopy, poo, pop-eye, etc, which can get a little annoying.

oneblindmouse
11-08-2007, 01:09 PM
Name: Jane Georgiana. I was called after my great great grandmother.
Nickname: Have always called myself Georgina. Some friends call me Georgie. Absolutely hate being called Jane, as my father used to tease me as a child and call me Plain Jane.
Address: Madrid, Spain
Age: 52
I've never liked it, though after half a century I'm more reconciled to it.
It's nice to be called after an ancestor (apparently exceedingly beautiful (!), and I love my initial. It's also relatively unusual, being so Victorian and old-fashioned.
I hate having a name that a lot of people mispronounce, and I hated being teased at school with the nursery rhyme "Georgie-Porgy pudding and pie, kissed the boys and made them cry..."

She_wulf
11-08-2007, 05:37 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
Amy, more people make nicknames up about my last name which is almost as short, as easy to spell (yet they still get it wrong)

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?
Maryland

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
1966 - No comments!

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.
Ppppbbbtttt! I wish it were more "exotic" and longer.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
I'm raising an eyebrow here. Don't get me wrong, I'll answer to my name, it is just somehow "wrong" sounding to me. I didn't pick it. I'm trying very hard to think of a pro...Nope. none yet.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
Too short, there's a couple REALLY awful songs made with it in it, too common (there were five Amy's in my graduating class, accounting for almost 6% of the total and 14% of the females in the class. We were Amy A, Amy C, Amy L, Amy R, and Amy S - Quite confusing...don't even get me started on the last name variations the cruel kids came up with) and like I said before, it doesn't sound right to me. Maybe I'm a changeling.

Oh, and people ALWAYS ask me how it is spelled! Geez! That's like asking an "Ed" how his name is spelled. Or "Tom" (my brother's name)

BTW, Mom had a long name. One of those double first name ones with an even longer middle name and a huge last name. Of her children, none of us have a first name longer than four letters. The last name is four letters too. It's surprising I even learned my alphabet.

Side note: both of my daughters have LONG names. The curse continues....

Zelenka
11-08-2007, 06:04 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Jessica, called Jess by close friends, JR by parents, Jessie makes my skin crawl.


2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?
Scotland

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
28, 1979

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.
It used to be really cool before it suddenly became really popular

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
Never really thought about it. I like that it's kind of non-descript, in that it doesn't give much away about my background, social class etc, or at least I don't think it does. Oh, and Jason Isaacs said it was a nice name, so there... :D

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (especially since my surname sounds kind of similar) and Postman Pat's cat being called 'Jess'. Got that for years. I hate 'Jessie', as I said, probably because most people who call me that do so to patronise me.

nancy02664
11-15-2007, 10:14 PM
Here is an interview with Anneliese (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/11/12/how-do-you-feel-about-your-name-anneliese/).

suzi
11-18-2007, 04:04 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Suzanne - everyone calls me Suzi, some Suz

2. Where do you live?

New England

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

48/ 1958

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.

Suzi fits me, I never use Suzanne... far to formal

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? Its an easy name to remember, say and spell


6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
I think because it is very informal sometimes people aren't comfortable saying Suzi so they will call me Susan..which I really don't like.

ello
11-18-2007, 05:21 AM
Ellen
People call me Ell, Ella and E.
I live in Maryland - right outside of Washington, DC - originally from NYC.
I'm 40.
I've always been ambivalent about my name. Never struck me as anything special, but it definitely isn't common so whenever I do meet another Ellen, it strikes me as a cool coincidence.
The pro of my name is that it is short and simple.
The con is that I hate it when people call me Alan or spell my name Alan. That's a boy's name!

nancy02664
11-19-2007, 08:23 PM
Here is Cassandra (formerly Andrea) (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/11/19/how-do-you-feel-about-your-name-cassandra/).

JudiB
11-21-2007, 09:09 PM
As a child I hated that my name rhymes! Judi Bailey. Always sounded sing-songy to me. Now that I am oh-so mature, it doesn't much matter.
I'm 59, live in Lakewood next-door-to-Cleveland Ohio, born in 1948.

dancingandflying
11-25-2007, 08:55 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
danya (pronouced don-ya), no nicknames except random, inside joke ones.

2. Where do you live?
born on the east coast of the us, now in the west.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
i'm 15. born in 1992.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.
i've grown to love it and can't imagine having a different name.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
it's different, hebrew, and connects me back to my dad's family.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
no one can say my name correctly when they first meet me, continue to forget how to pronouce it, and it gets me nicknames like 'danya the explanya' (like dora the explorer) from people that can never remember my name.

peace out.

Danger Jane
11-25-2007, 11:36 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
Nancy. People call me Nan and Nanny most commonly out of all my nicknames [there are a lot of them].

2. Where do you live?
Massachusetts.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
18. Born in 1989.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.
It's interesting and I mostly like it.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
Not too many teenagers named Nancy in these parts. It's a good name, has family history, and sets me apart among my peers, at least.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
It's pretty anachronistic so my friends have a periodic laugh at that. But really I don't dislike it other than it's pretty common.

nancy02664
11-28-2007, 02:50 AM
The latest interview is with Linley (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/11/27/linley/).

Pomegranate
11-28-2007, 04:43 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
Bettina. Most people use my whole proper name. My family and friends that date from college or earlier call me Tina. Don't call me Betty.


2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?
Southern California, born and raised.


3. How old are you? What year were you born?
45, 1962.


4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")
My name is beautiful and unusual.


5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
It sounds pretty, and it's unusual. There aren't a lot of Bettinas in the world so when we connect it's like belonging to a little club. When people ask about my name I get to tell a story about being named after a lovely English woman who was kind to my mother when she was single, 19, and pregnant. Apparently my name, a form of Elizabeth, is more common in Germany and Italy than in America.


6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
Strangers almost never spell it or say it correctly the first time. I get called Belinda, Bonita, Bertina, and Betty.

WendyNYC
11-28-2007, 04:54 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Wendy. No nickname, unless you are my dad or my friend from kindergarten. Then it's Wen.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

Manhattan, NY for 8 years now, Los Angeles before that, originally from MO (Go Tigers!)

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

36, 1970

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

Meh, it's ok.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

It's not too girly, not too mannish.


6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

Aside from the fact that it was made up by J.M. Barrie? It screams "Helllllooo, child of the 70s!"

nancy02664
12-03-2007, 01:36 PM
Here's a double-interview with Kieran and Kieran (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/12/03/how-do-you-feel-about-your-name-kieran/).

nancy02664
12-11-2007, 09:33 AM
Here's the latest interview, with Almond (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/12/10/almond/).

kellysarah
12-11-2007, 05:09 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
Kelly. Most people call me Kel within about 5 minutes of meeting me. I prefer Kel.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?
I live in the UK.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
I'm 24, born in 1983.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")
I love my name, and can't imagine being called anything else!

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
It's easily shortened and people know how to spell it. There's also a story behind why i'm called Kelly, and I've been told by my parents that it wasn't a planned name- apparently, I looked like a Kelly, so that's what I became!

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
Lots of people my age have it- at one point, there were about 4 of us in Primary School with it! I tried to change the spelling to Kellie at one point, but was told I wasn't allowed.

RubyRoo
12-14-2007, 04:19 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
Rowan but everyone except teahers calls me Roo.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?
England, UK. The name is either Welsh or Irish, but Celtic all the same!

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
Born in 1992

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")
I love it, because it is unusualy, but not ridiculous!

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
It is unusual, so you will hardl ever meet anyone else with the same name, as opposed to have about 8 hannah's in one class. (However, in a strange twist of fate a boy from my nursery had the same first and middle name as me, and his brother has the same name my brother would have been given (Linden) with his ACTUAL first name as a middle name (Elliot). Weird eh?)

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
I am a girl, and it is predominently a guys name... which causes alot of confusion on medical records, school uniform etc plus I have the same full name as the ArchBiship of Canterbury, which is just scary!

geologism
12-17-2007, 06:35 AM
1. Aleksandra (I go by Alex, usually)

2. I'm Polish, originally, but now I live in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.

3. 18, b. 1989

4. It's okay...

5. Not too many people have the same name.

6. "Alex" is often confused as a boy's name, and my name is so often misspelled as "Alexandra" that I've just let it go and started using that spelling for American school crap.

HeronW
12-17-2007, 08:02 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
--Pamela, Pam or Pammie but the latter only by my partner!

2. Where do you live? --Israel, Rishon Lezion
If you were born somewhere else, where? --New Britain Connecticut

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
--50, 1957

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.
--It's me, I like the classical sound of it, the shortened Pam is fine.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? -- it's not that common

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?--The Pamela known to most Israelis is Pamela Anderson, not exactly a role model for reason and talent.

nancy02664
12-18-2007, 07:20 AM
This week's is Patience (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/12/17/patience/).

ACEnders
12-21-2007, 08:54 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? April - sometimes my mom calls me Apie. I get all kinds of jokes though - april may june, "were you born in April? No? Then why'd your parents name you April?" "because they like the name" april showers, those are the big ones. And everyone thinks they're funny when they make a joke even though I've heard it a million times.



2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Virginia


3. How old are you? What year were you born?I'm 26, 1981


4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")I love my name and can't imagine being called anything else.


5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?My name is different. The jokes get old, but I just roll my eyes. If it makes people feel better to tease me, go right ahead. I like my name because it's unique. I like my full name because I ran one of those online searches and no one else in the world has my name! How great is that? Also, it's a pretty name..it reminds people of spring, and everyone love spring time.:)


6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? As I mentioned... all the nicknames and jokes..."Where's May?"Please answer based on how you currently feel -- though, if your opinion on your name has changed over time, I'd love to hear about that as well. Also, any other information that you'd like to provide (occupation, interests, the names of your kids, etc.) would be great. I used to hate my name because of people teasing me. I'm a writer, a secretary, no kids yet and I'm not giving away the names I have picked out. :tongue I grew up dancing all my life, but now I write and love photography and anything outdoors.

You can send me your answers via PM, the feedback form (http://www.nancy.cc/contact/) at my site, or by posting to this thread... whatever you prefer.

I'll try to create a post for each person who responds, though I can't make any guarantees. (Who knows -- I might get 88 people named Betty responding to this post. If that happens, I probably won't need any more opinions on the name Betty... :) ) Also, if you'd like me to add a photo (of yourself) or a link (to your site) to the post, please mention it -- I'd be happy to do that.

Let me know if you do anything with my name!

nancy02664
12-24-2007, 09:55 PM
And here is Carol (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/12/24/how-do-you-feel-about-your-name-carol/), from back on page 2 (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=59173&page=2) of this thread. (See, I'm getting to everyone, slowly by surely!)

LIVIN
12-25-2007, 12:14 AM
1. What is your first name?

Corupticus

If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Hell no, my name rocks!

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

The land of transformers

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

We don't age, but I was manufactured in 1980.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

MY NAME ROCKS!

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

It's more than meets the eye.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

Those d@mn autobots

robertpri007
12-26-2007, 10:52 PM
My name is Bob, wife's name is Judy. What we both hated about our names were all the variations used while growing up: Bob, Robert, Robbie, Bobby, Judy, Judi, Judith, Jude, etc etc.
Trying to avoid that annoyance, we named our boy, Barry, thinking there is no variation. Sure enough, it was quickly shortened to "Bear". Urgh!

joyce
12-26-2007, 11:12 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? My first name is Joyce, no nicknames


2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? I was born and still live in Central Florida.


3. How old are you? What year were you born? I am 49 and was born in 1958.


4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")
When I was growing up I hated my name because nobody had it. Now I like it.




5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? I have met very few people with the name Joyce in my life. Now I like having a name I don't run into often. People I meet generally think I'm happy because of my name......their right.


6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? Hate to admit it, but I haven't ran into any cons that I can think of. I have ran into people who want to spell it Joice though.

Uncarved
12-26-2007, 11:17 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
Tina, just Tina not short for Christina.

2. Where do you live?
Georgia

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
I'm 38, born in 1969

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.
It's alright. There are some I would have preferred to have, but eh, I'm living with it.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
It doesn't suck as much as some I can think of.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
everyone thinks my middle name has to be marie for some reason, and that I'm really a christina. Gah.

Bekah
12-31-2007, 10:01 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
Rebekah, Bekah or Bek for short.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?
Virginia, but I was born in Arkansas and lived there until I was almost sixteen.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
I'll be 22 in a few days; I was born in 1986.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.
I love my name and think it suits me well.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

I don't have to worry about someone hearing it and thinking it sounds stripperish. I can give permission to use a shortened version if I want to encourage familiarity, or insist on the full name if I'd rather not.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

I don't like being called Becky, but people usually don't try more than once.

nancy02664
12-31-2007, 07:06 PM
Here's Nicholas (http://www.nancy.cc/2007/12/31/how-do-you-feel-about-your-name-nicholas/).

nancy02664
01-07-2008, 10:15 PM
And here is Rosa (http://www.nancy.cc/2008/01/07/rosa/).

nancy02664
01-14-2008, 05:14 AM
And this week's is Bryn (http://www.nancy.cc/2008/01/13/bryn/).

Paichka
01-15-2008, 10:29 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Brittany, or Britt for short.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

I was born in Virginia.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

I'm 25, born in 1982. I believe Brittany was like, the top female baby name that year.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name.

My name is rather like me; perfectly serviceable and fairly pretty, but I wish it was more interesting.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

Uhm.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

It means "from Britain". What a frapping crock. There's 900 bazillion baby names out there, with meanings like "precious gift" or "warrior" or something, and my unimaginative parents had to pick a name like Brittany, which not only is BORING but also a frapping popular name as well, so I had 6 other little girls in my elementary school class with the same name.

How bloody unoriginal. I'd rather have been named Aislynn.


NON SEQUITOR: I recently found out that my favorite name for a little girl, Sophia, is one of the most popular baby names right now. I'm still going to name my first daughter that, so I can call her Sophie. (Isabella and Margaret Mackinzie are for my 2nd and possibly 3rd daughter; Gabriel, Lucas and Marcus for boys.)

cheers!

Finni
01-15-2008, 01:05 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?



2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?



3. How old are you? What year were you born?



4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")



5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?



6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
Please answer based on how you currently feel -- though, if your opinion on your name has changed over time, I'd love to hear about that as well. Also, any other information that you'd like to provide (occupation, interests, the names of your kids, etc.) would be great.



My first name is Tifaney, nickname is Finni or Fenni (its an ongoing joke in my circle of friends, some pronounce the middle part of my first name with a short i sound, some with the short e)

Right now I live in Western NY, I was born and raised in Boston, MA

I am twenty-eleven years old, born 1976

My name does not fit my personality or how I look, though the odd spelling makes it somewhat bearable.

Pros:
It isn't Rose or Gertrude.
I like what it means: an appearance or manifestation of God. I am not Christian, but I am spiritual and the meaning of my name is significant for me.

Cons:
I was a child in the 80s, and that stupid pop girl had my name. I was teased and asked if I was going to sing at the mall.
Its way too girly for me. And its very common.
People have an obsession to shorten the name to 'Tiff' which really bothers me.

I am interested in learning different things, such as math, physics, languages, biology, history, different religions. I like to read and write. I'm interested in woodburning, making hemp necklaces, and collecting fossils. And I really enjoy rescuing reptiles.

Occupation: I was a nurse, I was a biologist, and I worked in an animal lab (not a lab that ran tests on animals). Right now I am disabled and I write every day.

I hope this is useful for you.
I'll send you a pm regarding a picture.

Joycecwilliams
01-17-2008, 05:56 PM
My first name is Patricia.

However I was never called Patricia, Patty, Trish or anything related to that name. For some reason my family and teacher's called me by my middle name Gayle. When I was in the 5th grade, the teacher was taking attendence and called for Patrica and then my last name. I didn't answer. I didn't even KNOW my name was Patricia. I thought I had a cousin in the class. So I was looking around at all the other kids.
I have to use the name because it is my "legal name". However I don't like it. Nothing to do with the name, but after all those years... I just don't feel like a Patricia.
Please advise people not to do this. It is confussing when filling out paper work, and you get tired explaining it to people.

I was born and raised in NJ but live in NH. I only live in states that contain "New"

I am 56 years young. :) born 1951

I like my name Gayle, not Patricia. However my husband used to call me Trishy as a pet name and I liked that. Think it was because of the way he used it more than the name.

I like the name Gayle... it comes from Abigail which means joy of the father. I feel I am a joyus person and it fits.

Can't think of any cons...

nancy02664
01-21-2008, 08:17 AM
And here is Annaiole (http://www.nancy.cc/2008/01/20/annaiole/), from back on page six (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=59173&page=6).

Thanks for all the latest responses. I will get to everyone in turn -- though I may have to pass on Corupticus. :)

fridayschildofwoe
01-24-2008, 09:23 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? Tari

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Born in GA, raised in west TX, now living in NM.

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 1964

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.") I like it because it makes people do double-takes. It is pronounced "Terry" so I don't get much of a reaction by just speaking it, but when it is seen in print there is ALWAYS a comment.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? The spelling is so unique, it is a conversation piece.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? I don't dislike it, though sometimes I wish the pronunciation was as unique as the spelling. :)

orion_mk3
01-27-2008, 01:04 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? It's "Alex," which most people assume is a nickname, but isn't. My mother feels very strongly that you should name someone what you're going to call them, not give a longer name and constantly shorten it for daily use.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Born and raised in Michigan, USA.

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 24 years old, 1983.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.") I like my name, though I do wish that it was less androgynous.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? It's short and pretty memorable--I'm usually the only one with the name in any given job or classroom, and even when there is another one it's usually short for something.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? A few years after I was born, it became fashionable to name girls "Alexandra" or "Alexis." As such, many females appear to share my name, and it's become one of the most androgynous names in the language. In high school, my mock trial case materials always used androgynous names, and "Alex" was a favorite. I have never been mistaken for a female based on my name, though, thank goodness!

I'd also like to share an interesting story I heard when the subject came up at work one night (it contains a bit of medical terminology some may find risqué).

My co-worker told the story of the worst name she'd ever heard, though it may be an urban legend. She claimed that a nurse friend had told her of a mother who had a difficult birth, and briefly lost consciousness. When she awoke, the mother claimed that she had a perfect name for her new daughter, one that she had heard whispered to her while she was under, perhaps by the very voice of God: "Placenta."

The physicians, horrified but too embarrassed to correct the beaming young lady, suggested other names but she was adamant: the baby was to be called "Placenta." Eventually, they convinced her that the name wasn't feminine enough and amended it to "Placentia," the best they could do under the circumstances :)

nancy02664
01-27-2008, 07:43 PM
And here is a double interview with two Ellens (http://www.nancy.cc/2008/01/27/ellen/).

nancy02664
02-03-2008, 08:24 PM
And here is the young Poppy (http://www.nancy.cc/2008/02/03/poppy/).

Angelinity
02-03-2008, 08:50 PM
no

tinselcleo
02-03-2008, 09:30 PM
1. Jamee...I've been called Jam, but mostly J

2. Live in Georgia. Born in Ohio

3. 33, 1974

4. I love my name, it's always fit with me and my personality and I'm one of not too many girl "Jamee"s in the world

5. It's easy to pronouce :). But what's cool is that I have never met anyone with the same spelling as Jamee ever!

6. I can never find stickers or pencils or those really cute list pads with my name spelled correctly in them...Jamee is very hard to come by.

Appalachian Writer
02-03-2008, 09:49 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?My first name is Willie, and I'm female. With a name like Willie, you don't need a nickname.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?Virginia

3. How old are you? What year were you born? At this moment, I'm 54, born May, 1953

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")When I was younger, I disliked my name intensely, but as I grew older, I sort of grew into it, appreciating its unusual nature and the great conversations I had that all began with my name.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?As I mentioned earlier, my name is unusual, prompting many conversations with many interesting people. At this point in my life, I can't imagine having another name.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?As a young girl, I was teased by classmates, especially when I was around 10 or 12. Unlike some children who are bullied, I didn't run off, sucking my thumb and complaining. I lashed out, almost becoming a bully myself. (Thank heavens my mother kept a tight rein on me.) I grew tough because I had to.

Chickenscratch
02-03-2008, 10:10 PM
1. What is your first name? Johanna. (With a silent H, sounds like Jo-Anna) These days, my friends call me Jo or J-Lo (last name starts with Lo). As a child, my parents called me Anna. Then the movie Annie came out, and in fourth grade I switched to Johanna. Drunks can't pronounce three syllables, so as a bartender I changed my name to Jodi. As a writer, I've remained Johanna (way better byline).

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Born in Memphis. Now live in Wyoming.

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 33; 1974.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. I love my name. It gets complimented all the time.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? It has a flair; it's not so common as to be boring; it's sort of a traditional Southern "double name" and doesn't need my middle name to make it seem complete; it lends itself to the androgynous nickname Jo. I think having a gender-neutral nickname gives a girl a feeling of power in a male-dominated world. I would never want a girl to feel that she has to be feminine because she's named something girly.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? Lots of people pronounce it with an H, even after being corrected. Lots more people leave off the A.

Mod35tBabe
02-08-2008, 04:53 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
Stefanie and Stef

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Born in New South Wales and now live in Victoria Australia but am moving back to NSW soon

3. How old are you? What year were you born? 21 - 1986

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")
I like my name and i like the spelling

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
It's different and I get compliments from it
6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? People spell it wrong even as they're writing it as I'm spelling it out for them

nancy02664
02-10-2008, 09:22 PM
Here is an interview with Marlys (http://www.nancy.cc/2008/02/10/how-do-you-feel-about-your-name-marlys/).

SideKicker
02-10-2008, 09:44 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Laura. I go by a lot of nicknames though. I think the most used would be Lala or Lalee.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

Los Angeles, California. Born and raised.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

26, 1981.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

I really like my name. I used to want something more unique or romantic when I was growing up. But now that I'm older I'm glad I don't have something crazy.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

I rarely find another Laura in everyday life, so I guess it's unique enough. And, at the same time, it's simple. Plus I like the letter 'L' in cursive, it's a pretty initial.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

People often call me Laurie or Lauren. I hate it when that happens. And there are a lot of Lauries and Laurens around. Or they spell it Lora. Which bothers me a lot. But I don't really blame that on the names, more on my obsessive-compulsiveness.

Hillary
02-10-2008, 10:35 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Hillary. Though a lot of people seem too think that's cumbersome, and call me Hill.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

Born, raised, and currently living on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts (USA).

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

I'm 24 years old (soon to be 25), and I was born in 1983.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

My name suits me, but like with every longterm relationship, we've had our disagreements.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

It's not totally outlandish or "trendy" so I don't feel like an idiot. It's not difficult; the most confusion people have is the "One L or two?" issue, so I don't have to spell my name all the time. It's not boringly common, either, so I don't know thirty people called Hillary. It's a "happy medium" name.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

Current candidate in the presidential race aside? Well, other than Hillary Clinton creating fodder for the less-than-comically-gifted to poke friendly fun at my name once in a while, the only real issue with my name is that people tend to mix it up with more common H names when I first meet them. If someone has encountered me once, and tries to come up with my name the next time they see me, I occasionally get called Holly or Heather. After I correct them once, though, it seems to stick.

Yasaibatake
02-13-2008, 02:07 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Brittany. The only nickname I've ever had was Biri, a shortened version of the katakana (Japanese) equivalent.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

I live in Kansas, but I was born in West Virginia. All but the first three years of my life has been out here in Kansas.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

I'm 21 years old, born in 1986.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

It's not my favorite, but it's not terrible either.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

My parents picked it because they thought it sounded "manly" enough that I could be a CEO or something if I wanted, but they still thought it was pretty. Plus the vowels are spaced out just right so it translates well into various languages.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

I HATE being called Britt. Then there's the seperate issue of people thinking it's funny to call me Brittany Spears (or however she spells her name) and asking me why "I" did whatever Spears did recently. Also related to Miss Spears, she does spell her name differently, and people assume that's how I spell my name, even though her name is technically the varient. For a long time, my boss thought my name was spelled "Britnie".

I was a French student for a very long time and got a lot of jokes about Brittany, France.

My boyfriend's name is Brett...guess what the masculine form of Brittany is? Lots of jokes from his family about that one, including the hated combined nickname Brit-bret.

There were several other girls in my high school with my name, but that never really bothered me very much since we didn't hang out with the same crowds. What's worse is when my younger brother has friends (or, once, a girlfriend) also named Brittany.


(Hi Paichka! You're right about the from Britain thing, though...especially when my whole family is from Germany. You'd think my parents would have noticed that.)

Priene
02-13-2008, 02:59 PM
I dislike my name so much I've got a Deed of Name Change sitting right here in front of me. Two signatures and I'm rid of it forever...

nancy02664
02-20-2008, 05:06 AM
Here is the latest interview, with Krishna (http://www.nancy.cc/2008/02/18/krishna/).

Priene, I'd love to know more about your name-change, if you don't mind talking about it. (What was your original name? What will the new name be? How long have you wanted to make the change?)

Priene
02-20-2008, 07:57 PM
Priene, I'd love to know more about your name-change, if you don't mind talking about it. (What was your original name? What will the new name be? How long have you wanted to make the change?)

Nancy, I've sent you a PM telling you about it.

wendygoerl
02-22-2008, 12:09 AM
1. Wendolyn, usually Wendy
2. Shawano, Wisconsin
3. 1974
4. The older I get, the more people try to "correct" my name!
5. It's derived from "wanderer," which I think is a fitting description of me.
6. I didn't have a problem until after I graduated high school, but once I got in college people started thinking it was a typo of "Gwendolyn" (meaning "fair")!

Skyraven
02-23-2008, 07:07 AM
[quote=nancy02664;1218826]I have a blog on baby names, and I'd like to start a series of 'interview' posts on how well people like their names. I'm hoping this information will be helpful to expectant parents weighing the pros and cons of particular names. The interview questions are below, and I'd love for anyone with an opinion on his/her name to participate.
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
My name is Heiddi. No, that's not a typo. :) At home, my name was pronounced Hay-dee because my aunt couldn't say Hi-dee in english. So my mother told her to call me Hay-dee and this pronounciation stuck with my parents, godparents, and my mother's friends and any other family members along the way.




2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?I live in Bronx, New York, though my mother was from Puerto Rico and my father is from Ecuador.


3. How old are you? What year were you born? 30, 1977


4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")



I'm used to my name already and have come to appreciate it. Especially the story of the extra "d" in my name. Apparently, my mother told the nurse what my name was and the nurse added the "d" to it. My parents like it and it stuck. I wasn't even supposed to get the name "Heiddi" but that's a story for another day. :)



5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? It's original in terms of spelling and easy to remember.


6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? I don't like it when people call me "Heiddi from the mountain" like the kids' story. Or when people say "Heiddi-Ho, ha ha ha!" from the Chucky movies.

nancy02664
02-25-2008, 03:53 AM
This week I posted about Georgia (http://www.nancy.cc/2008/02/24/georgia-beth/), from back on page 1 (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=59173).

PS - Thank you, Priene!

leah
02-25-2008, 05:46 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

Leah, some call me Lee and that's ok with me

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

I live in Alaska currently. i was born in the midwest and never wanted to stay there.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?

I am 52, born in 1955

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")

I love my name, but it is not my birth name. I legally changed it in 2005 from Linda to Leah and i have no regrets.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?

-It is far less common than Linda and most people say it fits me better.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

I can think of no cons at this time.

Priene
02-25-2008, 03:17 PM
Thank you, Priene!

You're welcome.

By the way, I've now done it. It's a peculiar feeling. Like growing a new leg. Or something.

nancy02664
03-06-2008, 06:17 AM
Here the interview I did with Robin (http://www.nancy.cc/2008/03/05/robin/).

We're coming up on the 1-year anniversary of this thread. Maybe we should celebrate? :)

StephanieFox
03-07-2008, 04:47 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
I go by Stephanie. I used to go by Stephie, but when I moved to D.C., I got, "Stephie? What? That's a strange name. I've never heard that name before." So I started using Stephanie and it kinda stuck. I'll answer to Stephanie, Stephie, Steph or Jennifer (which is what people who can't remember my name usually call me.)

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?
I live in Minnesota, USA. I was born in Ottumwa, Iowa and have lived in MO, VA, OR and now MN.

3. How old are you? What year were you born?
I was born in 1952 at the end or the Truman administration, which makes me 55.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")
It's a nice name. It goes with my last name quite nicely.

Note: my middle name is Peggy. I won a $20 bet once from someone who said that it couldn't be my name – it had to be Margaret. They were wrong.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?
Someone told me that my full name, "Sounds like a writer."

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?
When I was a kid, it was a very, very unusual name and I couldn't find any things with my name on it.

lute
03-10-2008, 02:15 AM
1. What is your first name? Michelle If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? 'Chelle

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Arizona, USA

3. How old are you? What year were you born? Born in 1989, 18 years of age.

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.") I"m indifferent to it. I'd rank it a 5 on a 10 scale. Not bad, not great.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? I think the name is pretty, it reminds me of a Beatles song that I love with the same title, simple.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? People singing, "Michelle" from the Beatles every time they see me, it's common and easily forgettable.

Elladog
03-10-2008, 10:04 PM
1. What is your first name? Amanda If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname? I had a Mandie phase when I was about 11, but it never stuck.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where? Ontario

3. How old are you? What year were you born? Born in 1976

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. I think it's nice.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? I think the name is pretty, and I like that it's classic.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? I hated it when I was little, because I didn't know any others, and I could never find any stuff with my name on it. But then a few years later it became way too popular, and now I'm disappointed at how common it is.

nancy02664
03-12-2008, 02:46 PM
The latest interview is with Remy (http://www.nancy.cc/2008/03/12/how-do-you-feel-about-your-name-remy/).

kikazaru
03-12-2008, 08:51 PM
There is an article in the NYT's called "A Boy Named Sue and the Theory of Names" that might be of interest to you Nancy.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/11/science/11tier.html?em&ex=1205467200&en=62fc51cb986e27eb&ei=5087%0A

Ameme
03-18-2008, 07:47 PM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?
My name is Megan, but I usually go by "Meg" at school, work and amongst friends my own age.

2. Where do you live? I was born in Ohio, but currently live in Northern Virginia

3. How old are you? What year were you born? I'm 25, born in 1982

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. I love my name. I use "Meg" simply because there were a lot of Megan's in classes and one at work, so it seemed the simplest solution to avoid mix-ups. I actually like my middle and last name best. If I ever get married, I don't think I'll change my last name, and I'm kind of protective of my middle name...few people know what it is. :)

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it? I like the translation of it. The shortened version makes me feel efficient (I'm weird, I know).

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? Everyone is constantly misspelling it. There are so many versions of the name: Meighan, Meagan, Meghan, etc. Even family members (aunts, uncles, cousins) misspell my name.

nancy02664
03-19-2008, 09:08 PM
And here is an interview with Sean (http://www.nancy.cc/2008/03/19/how-do-you-feel-about-your-name-sean/), from back on page 3 (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=59173&page=3).

nancy02664
04-09-2008, 04:17 AM
Here are Lydia (http://www.nancy.cc/2008/03/26/how-do-you-feel-about-your-name-lydia/) and Bobbi (http://www.nancy.cc/2008/04/02/bobbi/).

PS - Thanks, kikazaru!

CDarklock
04-11-2008, 04:07 AM
1. What is your first name? If you go by a nickname most of the time, what is that nickname?

I changed my name, so I'll answer for both my current name and my original name where appropriate.

Current: Caliban.

Original: Patrick.

2. Where do you live? (Your country is fine, though your region/state/province would be even better.) If you were born somewhere else, where?

I live in the Seattle area, and have been here 10 years. I was born in Columbus, Ohio but spent little time there. I moved around extensively before settling in Virginia for 13 years. I consider myself "from" Virginia.


3. How old are you? What year were you born?


38. 1969. Why is this two questions?

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. (Ideas: "I'd rank my name a 6 out of 10." "I like my name, but I wouldn't have chosen it myself." "It's awful, so I only go by my middle name." "It's fab, and I can't imagine not having it.")


Current: Love it.

Original: Hate it.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? What makes you like it?


Current: I chose it myself. It was the name of my D&D character in 1976. Yes, I am that big of a geek.

Original: Eh, it was Irish. That's the best thing I can say about it.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it?

Please answer based on how you currently feel -- though, if your opinion on your name has changed over time, I'd love to hear about that as well. Also, any other information that you'd like to provide (occupation, interests, the names of your kids, etc.) would be great.

Current: Appears middle eastern, rhymes with "Taliban", and therefore occasionally creeps people out.

Original: Most damningly, my mother used to screech it at me from vast distances.

DWSTXS
04-11-2008, 04:55 AM
1. What is your first name? Doyle

2. Where do you live? Dallas, TX

3. How old are you? 1962

4. In one sentence, sum up how you feel about your name. Don't like it because too many people won't bother to pronounce it correctly, either that, or they are just morons.

5. What are the "pros" to having your name? It sounds like it might be a good name for a writer.

6. What are the "cons" to having your name? What makes you dislike it? Too many people mispronounce it.