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All of these naming threads got me wondering. So, do you like your name? How did your experience with your name influence what you named your kids?
 

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I'll go first. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I'm one of the bazillion Jennifers born in the 70's and 80's. As a kid, I didn't care for Jennifer much, but I didn't mind Jenny/Jennie. It never bothered me that it was a common name, probably because I have a very unusual, uber-ethnic last name that I constantly have to spell for people. It was a relief to have an easily recognizable first name.
 

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No. I'm Melissa. Can you guess when I was born? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It's why I try and avoid trendy names for my kids (but failed dd1, unfortunately, unwittingly).
 

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I've always liked my name. It's different, but not unusual, and there are rarely other people with my name around. In my current workplace, the only other person with my name is a 50-something man.
 

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I love my name, too. (It's the one your DH lobbied for, Katie Bug. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> )Never met another one with my name yet!<br><br>
My husband has a very common name and actually really likes the familarity of having a name that nobody mispronounces or misspells.<br><br>
So our kids' names are somewhere in the middle on the popularity scale. I am a wee bit dismayed by the rising popularity of "Annika," but that was DH's call, not mine.<br><br>
If she turns out not to like it, she can take it up with him. And she does have a very unusual middle name. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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hummm. good question.<br>
Well, lets see. My name is Danielle and my mom named me after the son Daniel by Elton John. When I was teaching english in Taiwan NO ONE could pronounce my name (it became Dan-NEEL) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> and any abrv. version of my name sounds silly.<br>
I didn't like my name growing up; now Im fine with it but it sure has made me examine names for my dc with vigor!<br><br>
Side Note: dh's name is "Jeffrey (Jeff)" after some movie star that his mother can't even really remember; but his "first name" is William. They thought William Jeffrey sounded better than Jeffrey William, but didn't want to call him William, so he has always gone by Jeff. He curses his parents every time he's filling out government forms (you should have seen the hassle when we had to get working Visa's in the ROC! DH's name on his degree did not match the name on his passport so he had to have a new degree written up...HUGE hassle).
 

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I'm a Kimberly from the '60s but don't meet many other Kim's. I've always liked my name.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">They thought William Jeffrey sounded better than Jeffrey William, but didn't want to call him William, so he has always gone by Jeff.<br><br>
He curses his parents every time he's filling out government forms .</div>
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Me too. I was named Mary Kimberly and have always been called Kim. (long funny, family story)
 

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i like that no one around me has my name. i never have to worry about mistaken identity <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
my dh also is the only irl person i've known w/ his name (giles) so if someone is talking about "netty and giles" we can rest assured they are talking 'bout us.
 

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My parents wanted an "androgynous" name, so I was to be Kelly if I were either a girl or boy. My mom thought it was so unique in 1968, when apparently a million other moms were thinking the same thing, lol!<br><br>
I do like Kelly for a boy, though. I always wished for a really feminine name, like Sarah or Rachel.
 

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I didn't always like my name (Marie) growing up, but I do now. It suits me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Side Note: dh's name is "Jeffrey (Jeff)" after some movie star that his mother can't even really remember; but his "first name" is William. They thought William Jeffrey sounded better than Jeffrey William, but didn't want to call him William, so he has always gone by Jeff. He curses his parents every time he's filling out government forms (you should have seen the hassle when we had to get working Visa's in the ROC! DH's name on his degree did not match the name on his passport so he had to have a new degree written up...HUGE hassle).</div>
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ok...dh goes by his middle name. when ds2 was born we gave him the family tradition first name...but call him by his middle name. afterwards, after big confusion at the ped's office, dh tells me what a huge pita it is to go by a middle name....ummm...so why'd you make me do it to ds??!!
 

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I like my name, but wished it was spelled the other way. Growing up, the only people I knew who shared my name were my mother, my aunt and an old lady at school. I tried once to claim I was named after Joni Mitchell, but there was that small matter of her not yet being famous when I was born, so that didn't really work out for me...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
My goal with my kids' names were to choose names that were NOT trendy (which I did with my eldest, except that everyone else that year also chose that name because it wasn't trendy.) For also wanted names that could be converted (for instance, "Robert" could be "Robby" or "Bob", etc.) but that only happened for dd.
 

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There were a handful of "Lindsays" in my school growing up, but it wasnt super common. I like it, always have. I dont know how much it effected me wanting to give my child a more uncommon name. Ive just always gravitated more towards uncommon names.
 

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I have never had a problem with my name-Nicole and I was born in '80.....I havent met any other Nicole's personally ever...I think it suits me...It means "Victory" and I like that....<br><br>
My mama is named Kim and she was born in '61....I think that was a popular name then....<br><br>
I too, failed my DD by naming her Emma and had NO CLUE how popular it was....people kept saying, "Oh like Rachel on Friends...." I am like, "Huh? I have never seen a full episode of Friends......" Ahhh well, I love the name.
 

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I love my name...in India it means moon and in sanskrit it means eye of the peacock <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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My name is ok. I like the name itself. As a child, I didn't mind that it was popular (#1 or #2 or something for my birth year) but now that I'm an adult what I DON'T like is that it was trendy. It was low on the list, then shot way up to the top, then plummeted back down. I feel dated. It does affect the way I name my own kids because it is important to me to pick either something that is classic and timeless (whether or not it is popular) OR something that is different and much lower in popularity. For example, in the top 100 for ds' birth year, names like Andrew and Caroline were ok with me but Jayden/Braeden/Hayden and Kayla/Kaylee/Kylie were not.
 

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My name is Jessica. I grew up with at least one more Jessica in every single class and I hated all of us having to be identified as Jessica A., Jessica B. and Jessica C.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Side Note: dh's name is "Jeffrey (Jeff)" after some movie star that his mother can't even really remember; but his "first name" is William. They thought William Jeffrey sounded better than Jeffrey William, but didn't want to call him William, so he has always gone by Jeff. He curses his parents every time he's filling out government forms (you should have seen the hassle when we had to get working Visa's in the ROC! DH's name on his degree did not match the name on his passport so he had to have a new degree written up...HUGE hassle).</div>
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I have a friend who did this. She named her first son (something like) "Kieran Thomas", but only calls him Tom or Tommy. She's since discovered that it's a huge PITA for her and confusing for the boy. When I suggesed that she just change his name to "Thomas Kieran," she said that she HATED the name Thomas and would never name a child that. I don't get it since she pretty much did name her child that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 
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