Names?

*Lisa* - posted on 06/04/2010 ( 43 moms have responded )

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Do you like your name? Or did you always wish you were called something else??

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Jaime - posted on 07/16/2010

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I agree! LOL, when I was in Mexico they botched my name horribly. And understandably so, their accent and the way my name is spelled made it difficult for them to pronounce the 'j' sound...so I was "Hymee-Lay" instead of "Jaime-Leigh"! GAH!

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I don't mind if people screw it up once or twice but after a while it gets old.. When you've told the person 10 times how to pronounce your name and they make no effort, it sucks!!!

Jaime - posted on 07/15/2010

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Mylene, when I worked as a cashier at a restaurant before I had my son, I remember a customer by that name and I pronounced it the way it looks MY-LEEN...she was not impressed. I wasn't at all attempting to be rude or ignorant that the 'y' in the name is pronounced with a long 'e' sound...but I'll never forget that and consequently when I saw you pop up on PBS a while back, I was like "I know how to say THAT name!" LOL

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I don't have much of a problem with my name.. well DIDN'T have a problem I should say. Having a french name and living in western Canada really sucks. lol. No one seems to be able to pronounce my name properly even if I repeat it 10 times. I've been called everything from Mia to Melanie, even Susan (wonder how the hell they got that one)... It is pronounced ME-LEN.

My kids will have names that can be pronounced in both English and French, there is no way my kids will have to get their names massacred for their whole life. ahahaha

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I was going to be named Michelle Anne, but there were already several of those around so I got Sharon Michelle. During my teens I wished I had been called Michelle, but now I am quite happy to be Sharon. :-)

Jaime - posted on 07/05/2010

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I went to school with a guy named Mike Hunt...and he seriously got called to the office a lot...only they called him Michael for some reason.....hmmm LOL

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I quite like my name. Sara Lynn. I think Sara is a very pretty name, and I'm glad my parents didn't tack the "h" in the end. They claim that the spelling came from a bayou. Bayou Sara. It's a real bayou near our home, but who knows if that's where the spelling really came from. Lynne is my mother's middle name, but my dad didn't like the silent "e" so he dropped it. I guess he doesn't like unnecessary letters. Funny because he spells his name Gregg, not Greg.

Anywho, my maiden name is Potts. That would always get people going when a new baby was coming into the family. Jack Potts, Clay Potts...my mom's name is actually Penny Potts. But that wasn't planned. Some of my guy friends in high school thought it would be funny if I marred a Moker. So my name would be...

Sara Potts Moker

Say it fast. They went so far as to look in the phone book for a Moker. Didn't find one, thank goodness.

Jaime - posted on 07/05/2010

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I'm good with my name. I was named after my great-grandfather James (Jaime) and my mom's youngest sister (Barbara Leigh) -- Jaime-Leigh. My mom was pretty cool about giving us original names, but nothing abundantly eccentric. My oldest sister is Meghan Kristine, I'm Jaime-Leigh Alice, my brother is John Wesley Jr., the twins are Victoria Linsey and Carol-Ann Michelle and my youngest sister is Kayla Diane...not too shabby! I absolutely love the name Nora...if I ever have a daughter that will be her name.

Joanna - posted on 06/13/2010

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My maiden name was Herring... I got so many fish jokes, it wasn't even funny (a boy at school called me "pickled herring" and it used to make me so mad!). But now that my last name is Good, we get so many baby name suggestions that people think are SO clever. Everyone wants us to have a boy named Johnny B. *eyeroll*, yeah, that's a new one alright.

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ROFL.... You'd think Purdy would be a girl's name... but then, you'd think Marty would be a boy's.

That's a good one. I bet his parents like Abbott and Costello.

Krista - posted on 06/13/2010

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There's a fellow from my hometown whose name is Purdy Good.

I shit you not.

When he introduces himself, it's like a bad "Who's on first?" routine:

"I'm Purdy Good."

"That's nice, but what's your name?"

"Purdy Good!"

"No, no, I didn't ask how you were -- I asked you what your name is!"

"I'm Purdy Good!"

"Yeah...um, bye....."

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I had one like that too... Marty Dick. You can just imagine what the kids at school did to her. Poor girl.

*Lisa* - posted on 06/12/2010

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Nice one! Snott! I always felt sorry for the girls at school who had terrible surnames. Like my dear friend Melissa Hor... Jessie Snodgrass... real names!

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LMFAO -- OMG, my sides hurt!

I love you, Traci! You've got one wicked sense of humour that always makes me laugh. Usually out loud too, which is NOT good since I'm usually on here in the middle of the night and sitting in a dark room so I just look like a total loony... oh wait... nevermind! I'm so glad we had that tiff with whoever it was and got a chance to get to know one another.

Now stop stalking me! ;-)

Traci - posted on 06/11/2010

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I don't mind my name, Traci Lynn. If my Mom had her way, I would've been Paula Marie, and I would've hated that name. If my grandpa had his way, I would've been Susan Nancy. Which is funny if you know the back story, which of course, I'm obliged to tell you now.

My birth name was Ott, and my mother is Dianna. Everyone called her 'Dot', D. Ott. So, when my grandpa wanted to name me Susan Nancy I would be.... wait for it.... waaaaaaaait for it...


S. N. Ott.

Oh, my dear, stupid family.

Cynthia - posted on 06/10/2010

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I don't mind my name, it's not too common for my age range. Most people call me Cindy or Cinderella. I had an ex-boyfriend who called me Cynthia, and it was weird :-S Of course my mom always called me Cynthia Ann when I was in trouble lol.

My mom wanted to name me Chloe, but my dad threw that out the window because he thought it was too close to my brother's name (Cory)... and for a long time I wished I would've been Chloe. But now that my cousin named her baby Khloe, I don't really like the name anymore for some reason? Lol.

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Mandie, Yeah I was so scared that I'd end up having a long labour like she did. Thankfully I didn't, but I did have a similar moment of having a husband who made an inappropriate comment after birth.

My husband actually helped with the delivery of both boys (the midwife, god love her, made him be a stirrup). When my firstborn was crowning, the midwife pointed it all out to him, which he DIDN'T want to see. Afterward, I'm holding the baby and he sits down next to me to have a proper look at him and says, "All I could think of was a cow!" N-i-c-e. His second comment was, "Why couldn't we have had a cesar like everyone else so I wouldn't have had to see all that?" He's all tact, he is! LOL

As for my name, well, it's just a name. Funnily enough I've seen cards and keyrings with my name and it's meaning, and a lot of it is quite true. So maybe I wasn't misnamed after all?

P.S. Hubby got his revenge with the birth of our second son. The doctor thought it'd be a good idea for me to look at what was going on so I could focus my pushing. So the bastard put a dirty great big MIRROR between my legs! I tried everything... looking over the mirror, closing my eyes... nothing worked and I got an eyeful! My first thought? "Holy crap, I should've waxed!!"

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OMG Donna, your poor mum! Harsh from your dad, HARSH! I actually quite like Donna- always seemed a very glamourous name to me; but I can see why you dont like it given yr dad's response to yr gender!

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Yes, the closest way to write out the pronunciation is "Sh-Vaughn". At least that's how a friend of mine pronounces her name. It's also the name of one of the chicks in Bananarama.

My name was supposed to be Rory. As a child I was constantly being told by my father that I was supposed to be a boy and that when I was born he told the doctor, "Put it back! It's not done cooking!" My poor mother... laboured for 36 hours, had an emergency c-section and all he could say was 'put it back'. He could be such a total wanker sometimes. I just hope he's not bugging her in the afterlife.

They didn't have a name for me, so where they came up with this clunker I can only guess. My father's name was Donald... doesn't take a genius! That could be why I disliked it so much.

And Michelle... there's nothing wrong with the name Katherine. Pfeiffer vs Hepburn? Hmm..... I think you came out with the winner.

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Hahahaha yep and her too- I've always loved Kate Bush but if you say that these days most people go "Who??"- makes me feel very old. And I know what you mean about the name Natasha- for me it's Natalie, used to love it til I met Satan's Bride and that was her name.

Here's a bit of a laugh about feeling old- once my hubby and I were having one of those 'competitions' with the kids about who's the oldest/got the hardest life- you know in the style of our parents "when I was your age I had to walk 78 miles to school through the snow, barefoot b/c we couldnt afford shoes"; and we'd actually started competing with each other about how much Policing has changed over our respective careers.

So my hubby goes to me "when I 1st joined The Job we had to type our Crime Reports with a typewriter and if you made a mistake you had to start again b/c we couldnt use Liquid Paper" and one of the kids yells out "What's a typewriter?" Well that shut us both up quick smart, I'll give you the hot tip!

*Lisa* - posted on 06/07/2010

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'Heathcliffe, it's me it's Kathy I've come home. So cold let me in at your window'... Kate Bush anyone??
I know 4 Jessica's and I love them all dearly! One of them is my sister :) And one of them calls me regularly even though the international call rate from mobile to mobile is through the roof! So I'm a big fan of Jessica's.
I used to like the name Natasha, until I met a real mean one! It's funny how people can ruin names for you!

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And I meant to say I always loved Katherine b/c of Wuthering Heights and my hubby loves it due to it being a special family member's name; so if our son had been a girl that would have been his name.

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I love the name Jessica b/c everyone I've known with that name has been very special- same with Wanda, it is a very unusal name so I only know one girl called Wanda and she's a real sweetheart. And Jessi your kids' names are gorgeous too.

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I hated my name growing up. I always wanted to be named Stacey or Natasha. I remember asking to be called by my middle name, Lorraine, but it didn't work.

Now, I like my name. People always tell me how unique it is or how they don't hear it that often.

Jessica - posted on 06/07/2010

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My name is Ok, but I prefer to be called Jessi. Jessica is too formal. My mom didn't want me to name my daughter Hailey because it's too "popular". But she named me Jessica in the mid 80's lol. My son's name is more unique and I love it, it's Ronan.

The name that I love if I could have a different name would be Kailyn.

Katherine - posted on 06/07/2010

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Natalie is very pretty, but also very popular these days. I like Krista.

Krista - posted on 06/07/2010

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I don't love my name, but I don't particularly hate it either. I wish it was more melodic or exotic-sounding. It's really just kind of...there. My sister's name is Natalie, and I wish they'd named me that instead!

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And Geralyn I LOOOOVE the name Niamh- so pretty but yr prob right, if it's spelled 'Neve' more people will pronounce it correctly.

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My daughter's name is Sarah and I love it b/c it means 'Princess' in Hebrew- she's my princess b/c she came just when I had given up on being a mommy. I'm so glad to hear alot of you girls like it as a name b/c lots of people told me it was a bit boring at the time she was born- mainly b/c alot of people were giving their girls quite exotic names at the time.

I've always hated my name, which is actually Amanda but I was never called that growing up (unless I was in trouble) but weirdly my hubby calls me Amanda and I like it. I didnt like Mandie either as it sounds a bit 'cheerleader ditsy' (no offence to any cheerleaders). I was meant to have been called Lucy but my dad didnt like it- which is a shame b/c I quite like it.

Geralyn - posted on 06/06/2010

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Siobhan is the Gaelic spelling, and its pronounced very differently than applying English pronounciation rules. I like Gaelic names but I think you run the risk of having people mispronounce it all the time (unless you are in Ireland or Great Britain perhaps... lol). Like Niamh is pronounced Neve (long e). We are considering that name for our daughter due in August, but I think I'll spell it "Neve"...



When I was 8, I told my parents that I wanted to be named "Barbara" totally out of the blue... lol. Not sure why, except my friend's mom was named Barbara.... Its funny how influences and name preferences change over time, too....

Joanna - posted on 06/04/2010

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My parents almost named me Katherine (they would've called me Katie). I don't think I would've minded, I always liked the name Katie... but it was really popular in my school so I would've been like 1 in 10 Katie's in my class.

Kate - posted on 06/04/2010

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l've always loved my name- Kathryn Jean. Growing up l was Kathy and now l hate that. My boyfriend and best friend started calling me Kate 7 years ago and now l use that name. Since l moved to Missouri someone called me Katie Jean and l really like that, too.

My sister hated her name- Carol Elaine. l'm glad they named her that and not me.

Katherine - posted on 06/04/2010

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I loved the name Sarah!!! Another fav of mine. Siobhan is very pretty. I wanted to name Alyce Vaughn. Just Vaughn. Or Brinley. But hubby didn't like "different" names.

*Lisa* - posted on 06/04/2010

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My friend's friend's name is Siobhan, pronounced sha-von or sh-vaughn. I wouldn't be surprised if it's pronounced in different ways as lots of names are.

I always liked the name Rebecca! And Katherine is such a classic name. Reminds me of some Jane Austin book. And I didn't know many Joanna's growing up! But had like 4 other 'Lisa's' in my year at school.

When I was going to school I frequently wanted to change my name to whoever was my best friend at the time. Plus I always really liked the name Sarah. I'm just really glad my mum didn't name me my middle name... Rose-Anne. Eek!

Katherine - posted on 06/04/2010

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I hate my name, it's so snooty. I wanted to be name Michelle. Don't ask why, because I don't have an answer. Or something exotic like Arianna and be called Ari. LOL

Beck - posted on 06/04/2010

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I always thought my name was ok but boring, so I would have LOVED for it to be spelt Rebekha instead of Rebecca. Though now as an adult people ask what my name is they just spell it correctly or say 'one b, two c's" and I say yep! Easy. I now get Beck from 90% of people. I feel really formal when people call me Rebecca which is probably why my relationship was so strained with my sister in law for so long (amoung MANY other issues) she called me Rebecca and I was like friends call me Beck, make an effort! lol!!

I wanted something a little different when I named my kids but not something that was odd or that they had to spell all the time.

P.S I thought Siobhan was pronounced Sh-Vaughn?

Joanna - posted on 06/04/2010

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I like my name, it's not bizarre but still not a usual name growing up (only person in my school to have it).

And I thought Siobhan was pronounced kind of like Shi-bon.

*Lisa* - posted on 06/04/2010

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Bahaha! Donna you took it to the next level!! I can't believe you actually re-named yourself!!
Yeah Siobhan is a toughie. Pronounced Sha-von' right?

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I live with my name now, but I remember in high school I hated it. My best friend and I made up new names for ourselves and to this day we still use them. Before coming up with my favourite name, I would change the spelling of boring old Donna Jean. In fact, I still have some of my schoolwork somewhere with the name Dawna Geane written on it. Yes, I had patient teachers.



Incidentally, my other names were Jorja (which I always thought was original until I saw that Sara Sidle on CSI's real name is Jorja), Niko and my fave... Siobhan. Mind you, we used the name Siobhan for probably ten years before we actually found out how it's really pronounced. LOL

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