Do you like your name?

Merry - posted on 10/15/2010 ( 47 moms have responded )

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It's a simple question, but if you are willing to go into an explanation of
Why you like or dislike your name?
Have you always felt this way?
If you dislike it, what name would you prefer?

And for those who wish to be extra helpful :) maybe you can ask your husband/boyfriend, sibling(s), friends, or children the same question!
Feel free to respond multiple times if you get the chance to ask someone else.

I'm super excited to see responses, thankyou in advanse!

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Evangeline - posted on 10/28/2010

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I love my name "Evangeline" because it means carrier of good news(as in evangelism). I am active in my church and love to preach the gospel. I had the privilege of going to Jamaica and doing a 19 sermon Evangelistic series and finally felt I fulfilled my mission in life. I love teaching the lessons at church and spent many years preaching and was ordained as an Elder in my church. Right now I am enjoying my twin granddaughters and bringing them up to love the Lord.

Anne - posted on 10/28/2010

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What a neat question. NO I did not until I met and started dating my husband. When he says my name even after over 30 years of marriage and almost 6 years of dating I still get chills.



The reason I do not like my name , and Please other Ann's or Anne's I mean not offense to YOUR name!. I was born in 1955 in a Catholic hospital to a 39 year old mom that went to Catholic school and back then the Nuns were almost as important as God. Again no disrespect intended. My mom wanted to put an e on the end of my name but the nun would not let here that was helping mom fill out my birth certificate . Well I think my mom had a small rebellious streak in her LOL because I was taught at home to spell my name Anne. Long story( I will be glad to share with anyone that has not heard this story just message me, because GOD GETS ALL THE GLORY of this story) Short, I went to the public school so I learned to spell my name the way my parents wanted me to with the e on the end. I did not hear the story about how my name was spelled until I went to get my driver's license when I was 16. When I asked my mom about it she told me why legally my name was spelled with out the e. When I was 19 and finally had the courage to get my drivers license I paid the fee to have my name legally changed from Ann to Anne. THE E is silent if you want to call me Annie than you MUST spell it ANNIE, because I can "hear" the difference in how you would spell my name if your were writing it. LOL

Krisanne - posted on 10/27/2010

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I love my name I was named after both grand mothers it was very original at the time. I did go through a teen thing where I hated my name but I would never change it ever.

Laura - posted on 10/26/2010

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I too am a Laura, while I like the name meaning (crowned with honor) and love that it is very feminine sounding (all "soft" letters, no "hard" ones like K's or T's) it was incredibly popular the year I was born (1984) and so I didn't enjoy it very much throughout my elementary and high school years. There were three Laura's in my class of 44. Now that I'm a bit older I like it for the most part, but would have preferred a slightly more unique name.

You may get a kick out of this website if you are interested in names: http://www.babynamewizard.com

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Alisha - posted on 11/24/2010

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When I was little I always wanted to change my name, but many adults would tell me it was a beautiful name so I was somewhat happy with it. Now, if I think about my name too much it gets a little weird, but overall I am happy with it and not a ton of people have it.

Deborah - posted on 11/02/2010

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My name is Deborah and I love it. I'm named after Deborah the judge in the Bible. My mom said she picked that name because she was praying that I would be a good person and at the time I was born, it wasn't a popular. I know a lot of women with the same name but most of them spell it Debra.

Michelle - posted on 10/29/2010

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Hi I love my name. It means "one who is like God!" I have always loved that because it gives me strength in times of adversity. If Jesus could withstand death on a cross and i am like that. Then i can get through the trials i face in my life. St. Michael is also my patron saint and i gain strength from him as well. Besides i do think it is a very pretty. I use to get tired of hearing people sing the "Michelle" Beatles song, but it is an ok song so its all good.

Michaella - posted on 10/28/2010

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Yes, I like my name. My name is Michaella. Pronounced like Mukellu, the vowels have the short sound. The only person that I know of that has the same name is the lady I was named after. Everyone tries to guess how to pronounce and onlyh a few get it correct.

Kae - posted on 10/26/2010

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Growing up I didn't like my name Karesa (rhymes with my mom's name Teresa!) No one could ever spell it or say it correctly. I got called Clarissa, clarice, Caressa, you name it. I even had a teacher who called me Urissa (that I still can't figure out!) I even had teachers who would tell me that I didn't know how to say my own name when I would try to correct them!! But then I gave myself a new name...(Kae) so I like it a lot! Simple to say... with a new spelling ( I took the letters from my name).

Brooke - posted on 10/24/2010

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My Name is Brooke. Growing up it was tough not having any one with the same name... But I really like it now because it is still not used much. I have never had a friend with my name... My daughters name is Aubrey and I also really love that name. She likes it as well... Brey is a cute nick name for it.

Carla - posted on 10/22/2010

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@Crystal--when I saw in my in-box that Crystal Apple had posted, I got this mental picture of a beautiful faceted crystal apple. What a pretty name!

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vanessa daniels: dont listen to people like that, its ridiculous! you can call your babies whatever you want! if you wanted to call your son JESUS you could! for goodness sake these religious people going around making Christianity look pathetic. sigh. so sad. so very sad.

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Yes, i like my name :-) i used to hate it... "two boys names slapped together to make a girls name" Terri and Lee. = Terri-lee. ugh. hahaha i hated it...
but it changed when i was about 20... i realised that your name is important. its what the Lord destined for you. and it has a meaning and purpose behind it. it truly is a huge part of your identity and you gotta embrace it! Im proud to be me, and im proud to have a unique name! and it means harvester, and sheltered from the storm... both if you go into it, are great meanings!

id never ever change my name... its like rejecting a part of who you are.

whats in a name? ALOT more than you think!

Kat - posted on 10/22/2010

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I knew this girl once I use to work with. She is Indian who lived all her life in Australia. She was having her 1st baby & was determined not to give her child an Indian name. Baby girl was born at Sunrise & they were so moved they called her Anshalee which is Indian for Sunrise. (I may have spelt it wrong). I love the story, brings soooo much more meaning to the baby's name.

Crystal - posted on 10/21/2010

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Growing up, there weren't many other "Crystal"s around. I liked that.
Then I married an "Apple" -- fun, pretty word picture. Makes people smile. :) I'd say God definitely has a sense of humor!

Richelle - posted on 10/21/2010

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Richelle..... It took a very long time fo me to run into anyone with my spelling. Most often folks think it is "Rochelle or Rachelle", when I tell them it is an "i" not an "o" or "a" it causes all kinds of conversation. My dad and mom couldn't agree on a name for me. When I was 5 days old my dad's brother's wife came and named me. My father's name is Richard and I was the first born... so I was named after him. (Later he also got a son who is named Richard, Jr.).
My middle name is Ann. One day I figured out my grandmother, my mother and I all have middle names that start with "A". If we ever get to adopt a little girl I would like her middle name to start with an A, also.
Do I like my name.... most of the time. Sometimes I wish it was simpler but It is who I am!!!

Merry - posted on 10/21/2010

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Jayce, or jay, or jay bird, or jay jay. Some sound more masculine but for a young girl it might not matter just to have a nickname :)

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It depends on the day I guess. Sometimes I really like it and sometimes I really hate it. I didn't ever start liking it until I was about 21. A group of guys outside a street full of bars stopped me and asked my name. When I said mandy almost immediately everyone of them burst into barry manilow's "mandy". It felt a little good that my name was such a popular song that even a dozen totally gorgeous guys could serenade me on the spot. Then again, I don't like it being so popular because every where I go there's a Mandy or Amanda. Throw in the maiden name of Smith and it's one of the most common names ever. I have 3 girls...Jacey Ann is 12. She likes her name except people sometimes pronounce it Jay Cee. But it's jacey...like Lacey or Stacey. She sahres a middle name with my mom. My soon to be 6 year old is Skylar Michelle.Likes her name. I asked her why and she said because she can remember the letters in it and everyone says it's a pretty name. She has my middle name. My 1 year old is Gwendolyn Rayne. She shook her head no when I asked her if she likes her name. But that's only bcause we haven't quite learned yes. I like the name because it is another name that's not common, but fit well with the other girls names. Her middle name is kind of from her father. His name is james ryan. And he doesn't really care for his name. It's what he is called and that's about all there is to it!Jacey doesn't like that there is no cutesy nickname for her name. Skylar has Skye and Skye baby. Gwendolyn has Gwen, Gwenny, Gwendarlin, Gwenderloin, and Gwenny the Pooh.

Carla - posted on 10/21/2010

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Looked up the meaning of my name, and it's freeman or peasant! I guess I AM a peasant, but in Jesus, I am worthy.

Kristi - posted on 10/20/2010

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I do like my name - I was named after Christy, the book by Catherine Marshall. My mom hadn't heard the name before, but of course now it's common...but she spelled it differently to be different than the book...I like what the name stands for - Christ-like, and the character in the book...and most of all, it's my husband's favorite name, so God must have told my mom what to name me and knew what He was doing!!

Merry - posted on 10/20/2010

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JoyDawn, that's the most beautiful story behind a name! Truly an amazing namesake

Tracy - posted on 10/20/2010

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I like my name though while I was growing I wished for a more exodic name with nicknames. Tracy is Anglo-Sax meaning Courage. What I find is it is fitting. My hubby discribed me with the same exact word before he knew my name's meaning. Several years ago my mother asked me if I was happy with my name or if I wished that she had named me something different.....the answer is, "I like my name, it is my name, it is who I am."
My name was populare in the late 60's and early 70's but did not run into another Tracy till high school.....even noting it's popularity it still gets spelled incorrectly most of the time......who cares, I still know who I am and who they are addressing.

Vanessa - posted on 10/20/2010

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I was going to name my daughter, Rebekah, if I had had one. Then I was advised that I couldn't because we weren't of Israeli descent. I think believing in everything in the Bible should be enough, but go figure.

JoyDawn - posted on 10/20/2010

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I love my name! my dad named me JoyDawn. My mom ahd a still born baby in january and I was born in December the same year. In Psalm 30:5 it says ," His anger lasts for a moment, but his favor lasts for a lifetime; Weeping endures for a night but Joy comes in the morning." The morning is Dawn so I became JoyDawn as a reminder that God always brings Joy after hardship. I hate that people always spell it incorrectly, but I LOVE the significant meaning behind it.

Rebekah - posted on 10/20/2010

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Sorry I forgot to say that Rebekah means Captivating and I think Ruth means Friendship. Our son's name is Joshua and we will NEVER call him Josh. Joshua means The Lord is my Salvation and is the Old Testament form of Yeshua (Jesus). Joshua was a great warrior and loved God. He became the leader of the Israelites when Moses died and led the Isrealites into the Promised Land because he trusted God and was not afraid. We call our Joshua Our Little Warrior because he was born with Spina Bifida and is such a trooper!

Rebekah - posted on 10/20/2010

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I LOVE my name but when I was younger I did not. My name is Rebekah Ruth. The spelling of my 1st name is the Hebrew/Old Testament spelling. I have studied the 2 womwn in the Bible that I am named after and this is what I found. Rebekah ( mother of Jacob and Esau, wife of Isaac, who was the son of Abraham and Sarah) was very beautiful outwardly but obviously lacked in other areas (helped Jacob deceive his father, Isaac). Ruth (daughter in law of Naomi was an incredibly beautiful woman on the inside. So I like to think that maybe I have some outward beauty but more importantly, much inward beauty.

Vanessa - posted on 10/20/2010

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No, I've never liked my name. It's long and has a lot of syllables and most people spell it wrong. Because of my long first name, Vanessa, I was not given a middle name, which left me with the initials VD. Imagine growing up in the 60s & 70s with initials like that. To this day, I still can't get anything monogrammed. Ha!

Sandra - posted on 10/20/2010

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At first I didnt like my name... It is just like so plain.Sandra Santana growning up.. SS.. but now I do I guess since I am older....

Genieve - posted on 10/20/2010

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My name is Genieve and I like my name, but since it is French and unique I have to repeat my name almost all the time when I meet people. It's a little annoying, but I am used to it now. Most think that it is Genevieve, but it's not. When I was younger I didn't want a unique name because I also had a unique look (platinum blond hair) and was shorter than everyone my age. I didn't like being different than my peers. But now I do and I really like my name :). It's pronouced Jenny-Ev but with a French accent :)

Priscilla - posted on 10/20/2010

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I have grown to not like it but ...hmmm...I dont hate it as much as when I was a kid. My name is Priscilla. Adults called me Prissy. Kids would sub the RI in my name for a U....so there YA GO! I am hispanic so people who cant speak english well or at all, ROLL the R in my name and well Priscilla in Spanish does not sound NICE! Its actually a very annoying sound it makes. When I named my kids I tried to use typical names, with ATYPCIAL spelling! hahaha I have Rebekah Nickole, Erykah-Marie Josephine, Monikah Loraine and Jesykah Israela. I dont think those are ugly names...you cant really spin them off into like my husbands name...Martin. They called him Marty, kids would say "MARTY FARTY!" Or I have a friend who is Hindu...her name is Kavita...they used to call her Kavita Cacita...not nice :o( So I really thought about my girls names. Still, now Ive grown to not hate my name. My husband callse me......Cilla Bean :o)

Amanda - posted on 10/19/2010

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i hate my name when i was younger it was amandy or mandy and thats not my name anymore then when u say my name amanda u should sing the boston song amanda or the other song mandy... my mom still calls me mandy and it drives me nuts... when i was a baby i was bald and every1 would ask my dad what his lil boys name was so he started callin me sam and still does i dont mind being called that at all

Marilyn - posted on 10/19/2010

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Yes I Love My Name
Marilyn after Marilyn Monroe
(middle name) Rose after Rose Kennedy
(last name) Sears! a completely famous name ..LOL..

Kat - posted on 10/18/2010

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I dislike my name. I have always disliked my name. When I was a child it was unheard of. At times people couldn't even pronounce it properly. At least now with more unusual names out there people are learning to pronounce different names. If I could choose I probably would have chosen Emily, which was my Grandmothers name. I think I wondered when I was little why my Mother didn't use that name. Emily is now my 1st daughter's name.

Meredith - posted on 10/17/2010

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Yes, I like my name!! When I was growing up people always asked what I went by for short, the answer my mom drilled into my head was and still is Meredith!! My mom said if she wanted to call me something else she would have named me something else! I appreciate that now. I also love my middle name, LN, pronounced Ellen. Through school it drove me crazy, but again I appreciate it now. So much that my sons middle name is ALN, pronounced Allen!!

My husbands name is Keith, and he doesn't like it at all. My brother was named after his real dad and he hated it so much he had it legally changed!!

Morgan - posted on 10/16/2010

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I like my name now, but it took me a while. When I was younger I really wanted a girly name like Melissa or Michelle or something like that because I didn't think mine was very pretty and girly sounding. (there was a boy in my ballet class named morgan too). My dad wanted to name me Jade, but mom overruled that and it became my middle name, which also took me a long time to appreciate. But I really like both of them now.

Stephanie Jo - posted on 10/16/2010

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I have always loved my name. I am the baby of the family.When my older sister was born my mom named her Carol.My other older sister,Debbie,wanted to name her Caroline but my mom said no it was too long of a name for her to learn to spell in school.So I came along and guess what my mom named me Stephanie! I always tell my sister its because she knew I would be smart and able to spell the name!

Victoria - posted on 10/16/2010

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I love it now, Growing up I didn't. Everyone called me Vicki which I hated, then they started to call me Tors, which I didn't mind as much. Once I moved to Canada (I was 16) I only every introduced myself as Victoria & very few have called me anything but since, some family still call me Tors or Tori/ Toria which I'm okay with, but over the years I've learned to love my name. Learning that inherant with in the name is the character, Jesus-Jehovah Salvation, Christ-The Anointed oOne & His Anointing, Emmanuel-God with us.....Victoria means Victory or Victorious One which through Christ I have become.

Carla - posted on 10/16/2010

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My name is Carla Maxine. I hated the Carla, cuz in school they called me Car or Carl ;) The Maxine was something I tolerated because it is my beloved aunt's name, although she is called Macky.



When I was younger, I either spelled it with a 'K', thinking that looked more exotic, or Carlotta, which is the Mexican version, because, again, that was exotic!



I was prophesied over about 30 years ago, and the Lord renamed me 'Valora', mighty woman of valor. I kinda like that!



God bless, honey!

Merry - posted on 10/16/2010

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Yes I love my name, I used to hate meeting any other lauras when I was little because was always seen as the other Laura because I was shy and had no friends. But ever since my mom was little she loved the name Laura from Laura Elizabeth ingalls wilder. So when she was pregnant with her first baby she decided that if it was a girl it just wasn't her Laura, the baby was too calm quiet and gentle, and Laura was supposed to be spunky feisty and spirited! So that baby turned out to be my sister Bethany! I came next and from pregnancy she could tell this was her Laura!
So I love it a lot and always have, but still feel jealous having to share it with others, but nearly as bad now!

Naomi - posted on 10/15/2010

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Hi... yes I like my name. It's unique, but not soooo unique its unheard of. My only complaint is no one seems to spell it correctly and many people say Ni-o-mi instead of Na-o-mi. But, over-all i think its a beautiful name. Do you like your name, Laura?

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