Do you like your name?

Hello! I am from Russia and I am writing a research work about proper names in the English language. Will you be so kind to complete these statements:

1. I like /don’t like my name, because………….

2. I like/ don’t like when they call me……………., because……………

3. If there is a story connected with your name, please, write it.

Thank you!


June 23, 2014 9:49 PM

Sure, why not.


1. I like /don’t like my name, because………….

I like my name (Laura) just fine, but I didn't like having the same name as my mother growing up.  There are also two pronunciations of my name, and mine is the less common one.

2. I like/ don’t like when they call me……………., because……………

I don't like when they call me "Karen", because that's not my name -- but for some reason lots of people call me that!

3. If there is a story connected with your name, please, write it.

My name comes down on both my mom's and dad's sides of the family, but I'm directly named after two relatives.  One of them, the picture I have of her is from the 1880s sometime, and the other one, the picture is from the 1920s.  They're both pretty, and I seem to have inherited the 1920s Laura's smirk!

July 3, 2014 12:39 PM

1. I like /don’t like my name, because………….

I like my name, Justice, because it's unique and rare without being "invented." A lot of people find my name pretty, or they find it strange. But hey, at least my name is a name and not made up. 

2. I like/ don’t like when they call me……………., because……………

Jessica, which is often what I get called over the phone at my work. Either because they're not really listening or because Justice somehow sounds like Jessica. 

3. If there is a story connected with your name, please, write it.

My name came from my great, great grandfather whose name was spelled "Justus." They changed the spelling from "-us" to "-ice" to make it look more feminine. Hope I helped! 

By nym
August 19, 2014 10:24 PM

1. I like /don’t like my name, because………….

I don't like my name (Tiffany), mostly because it is a very dated name and tends to be viewed as very feminine, while I am not a super girly person

2. I like/ don’t like when they call me……………., because……………

Stephanie because it's not my name

3. If there is a story connected with your name, please, write it.

My parents thought they were having a boy so they did not give much thought to a girls name, but they heard someone call their kid by tht name and decided they liked it. By the time I was born the hadn't chosen a girl middle name so they gave me my other's middle name (nicole)

By Mitz
August 25, 2014 7:20 PM

1. I like/don't like my name because.................

I like my name (Mitzi) because it's different. There's barely any Mitzi's walking around Out there. I've never met another Mitzi although I'd like to now, it would be great to know someone else with my name

2. I like/don't like when they call me.............

i don't like when I'm called: Misty, Missy, Nancy, or anything else. Or when I have to spell out my name so people can finally say it right.

3. If there is a story connected with your name, please, write it.

My mother wanted to name me after my grandmother whose name is Maria but my grandmother made all her chdren promise not to name any of their children after her because she hated her name so my mother found a Maria variant she liked.

September 2, 2014 11:32 AM

If it's any consolation I knew several Mitzis growing up, but then I am turning seventy later this month.  OTOH I have been called Mimi since birth, and when I was younger people would call me Mitzi in error--and I didn't like it.

By Mitz
September 25, 2014 9:12 PM

Yes the few Mitzi's I've heard of have been 60 and over. I'm not sure what to do with the last part of your comment so I will agree I don't like my name being mistaken or mispronounced.

September 27, 2014 4:11 AM

Yes, that's what I meant.  I didn't like "being called out of my name" as they say in the South.  I didn't have anything in particular against Mitzi per se.  It was just that Mitzi wasn't my name, and I didn't like people not bothering to use my name, but just calling me any random thing that came to mind.  I got called Minnie and Mindy too.  And Miriam became Marian and Maryann.

September 19, 2014 2:50 PM

1. I like /don’t like my name, because………….

I like my name, Carolina, becuase it's feminine, pretty and not over used

2. I like/ don’t like when they call me……………., because……………

Caroline, simply b/c no one likes to have their name mispronounced :)

3. If there is a story connected with your name, please, write it.

I was born in Colombia back in the 70's when the name was incredibly popular. 

September 19, 2014 3:23 PM

1) I'm indifferent to my name, Isobel. It gets the job done, but I'm not particularly attached to it.

2) I hate it when people call me Isabella because it's not my name and Isobel is fairly easy to pronpunce.

3) nope. My parents just liked the name.

September 21, 2014 4:30 PM

1) I'm neutral towards my given name. My cousin is Alexander, but goes by Alex so it's confusing to have an Alexa and an Alex, especially since we have the same, uncommon last name and I'm only a few months older than he is. However, I go by Lex and I love it. I think it's cute, well-fitting, and I like the short length compared with my long-ass last name.

2) I don't like being called Alexa, Lexi (or any variant of it), Alexis, Alexia, Alexandra, Alex, Allie. There are so many ways to screw up my name and none of them are fun.

3) My parents wanted a boy. They were going to name me Alexander Cicero so my initials would be ACE and they could nickname me Ace. Then I was a girl, and they freaked out and just went with Alexa anyway. Alexander is a family name on my dad's side. My mom is called Katherine, as is every eldest daughter in her family for many generations back, and I was the first one to break that trend, and I feel kind of guilty about that, but I like not having the same name as my mom.

September 25, 2014 4:02 PM

I like my full first name Because I particularly like 'E's and the 'z' as well as I think it's a pretty name; a classic name that has been in the top 100 for a few generations (is it still?) it's also my grandmother and great great grandmothers name which is pretty cool.  When I started school I was the only one in my class who could write the letter  'Z' correctly - hehe - everyone else wrote it backwards :)


EDITED TO ADD - quick google search - very much in the too names - ranged from in too 5 through to 25 over several generations :). 


My first and middle names are after my grandmothers - which I have always been proud of. My first name after my maternal grandmother who died when I was 11. My middle name is after my fathers mother who died before I was born. I've liked the fact im named after her, because I'm pretty sentimental, and I feel a link to her, having her name, even though we never met . I've visited her  grave often over the reads to 'chat' to her, and feel a bond to her because of our shared name.

I didn't like my shortened name or my last name because I think 'Liz' sounds HARSH. I asked to be called it aged 15, when it was trendy for my peers to have adopt a nickname. My step family also called me 'dizzy bitch' - so shortening it meant I didn't associate it with that. At least 'dizzy' was better than 'Elizabeth / dizzy bitch'.


I don't like my surname as it's not nice sounding. It's not awful, it's not an unusual  or spells anything like 'drinkwater' or 'Cockburn' - it ends in 'tin' so I just don't like the way it flows - or doesn't in this case.

I don't like being mistakeningly called 'Lisa' - as I have a colleague with the same surname and her first name is Lisa (and mine liz) I've had years and years of being called her or people thinking I am her. And in the job I'm in it's even meant being woken up in the night due to mistaken identiy - not to mention running around having to get results re-sent to ME or having to forward papers to her!!!  


im strongly considering chanigng my name - middle and surnames, to a name I have picked because the flow is better, I love the way they sound, and will probably go back to 'Elizabeth'. Reflecting on my paternal grandmother and doing away with her name I do feel a bit of sadness - BUT - I've spent 4 decades with her name as my middle name; and nothing changes that fact. 40 plus years is a good period of time to 'honour' someone I think.  And I will always have the fact I spent the first half of my life being named after her :). (And no it's not a name I'd pick or keep - I don't 'hate' it - but it's one syllable and I prefer more flowing, rhthymical names - again, I feel it's a bit harsh / abrupt sounding.

September 27, 2014 10:30 AM

Your step family sounds horrible.

September 29, 2014 10:11 PM

1. I like /don’t like my name, because………….

I like my name (Shatavia) because it is so unique and cool.

2. I like/ don’t like when they call me……………., because……………

I disliked when individuals pronounced my name incorrectly. It doesn't appear simple but it actually is if they tried.  It's pronounced Sha-ta-vi-a!

3. If there is a story connected with your name, please, write it.

In my life I have gone by both my first and middle name. It all depends where I am and/or who I am with. With my family it's my middle name Shirie and with work and other professional environments I go by Shatavia. When I was in school I went by Shatavia and not Shirie. When I had friends over they were sometimes confused because they didn't understand why I went by too names, but I like it. I am getting married in 2015 and my fiance still uses Shatavia and not Shirie because he hasn't gotten used to the idea. We have known each other since 2002. 

October 1, 2014 11:04 AM

Hi! I thought this was a good post to write on because my name isn't typical and I just joined and wanted somewhere to "introduce" myself. 

1. I like my name. I'm Teal, which as everyone knows is a color very popular these days and I think it sounds cool and it's different. Sometimes I wish I had something less unusual, so if I'm out at places where people ask my name but I don't think I'll ever see them again (Starbucks, etc) I usually lie hahahaha 

2. Everyone thinks I say Taylor when I say my name is Teal. Idk why..

3. I do have a cool story with my name, I just updated my info on my profile page so I'll repeat that. When I was born the color wasn't as popular/well known as it is now, and I'm the youngest child so my parents wanted to do something using everyones initial so they took my parents (T + E) and my older siblings (A + L) and came up with Tela (like Tila) but my mom thought it would get misspelled and mispronounced alot and she liked the sound of Teal so they went with it! 

October 1, 2014 5:48 PM

1. I don't like my name, because it is very popular and very boring to me. My name is Emma, and I think it's pretty and all, and I really like a lot of old fashioned names, so I think I would probably like this name a lot more if it weren't my name, since i hear my name all the time, so I loose interest in it. For the past five years, my name has been in the Top 5 Most Popular Girls' Names List, and I know lots of people with my name.

2. I don't really have a nickname, and no one ever misspronounces my name, so I don't know how to answer this question really. I think Emme (or Emmy or Emmi) is a great name, but no one's ever called me that.

3. My parents just chose the name Emma because they liked it, but they later learned that my dad's great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother (I'm pretty sure these are the right people) were named Emma.  

October 5, 2014 1:35 PM

1.  I would say that I'm neutral or indifferent to my name...which happens to be Faron (pronounced Fair-N or Fair-Ren). 

2.  I HATE when people call my Fallon (do you see any L's in my name) or Farrah (again not my name). 

3.  My mother was going to name me Jessica (which was hugely popular in the 80's)....and since I was going to be an only child (didn't happen!), we would be the three J's: Joe, Jay(ma) and Jessica.  But it turns out I have a first cousin named Jessica on my dad's my mom dicided to go with Faron.  I think she got it from some TV show she liked. 


December 7, 2014 11:42 AM

1. I like /don’t like my name, because………….

My name is Merri-Grace. I go by Merri-Grace. I love the flow and the classic sound. I absolutely hate the spelling. I used to like it when I was younger, but the older I get, the more I hate spelling it out for people. It is such a pain. I secretly wish I could legally change the spelling, but I think it would really hurt my parent's feelings. I wish they had just spelled it Mary-Grace. 

2. I like/ don’t like when they call me……………., because……………

I don't like it when people just call me Merri. I like my full name best, and when I moved away to college I insisted that people call me Merri-Grace.

3. If there is a story connected with your name, please, write it.

I don't think there is a story. My parents were just creative.

December 19, 2014 6:18 PM

I'm curious, where are you from? I have a co-worker from the U.S. east coast, where there is no merry/marry/Mary merge; his wife is named Kerry, which to them is an entirely different name from Carrie--they can *hear* the difference, and think it's ridiculous when people ask how it's spelled. I myself can't hear the difference at all (in videos with the different pronunciations of Mary et al, I can sort of tell that they're different when pronounced in sequence, but couldn't pick one out from the others when said in context). Maybe you could think of your name as being an actually different name from Mary, with the emphasis on the happiness meaning rather than the traditional name? Merry grace is a beautiful sentiment, as well as a beautiful name. Or you could always move somewhere without the merger, and learn to pronounce it like it's spelled ;-).

February 7, 2015 12:32 PM

I am from the Rocky Mountain region, so I can't hear the difference between Merry/Mary. My parents were going for the happiness meaning. I just don't like the i :) Other than that I love my name. 

December 19, 2014 9:41 PM

I have a love/hate relationship with my name (Alexa). I love my nickname Alex because I feel it is both casual and smart, but I'm not so keen on my full name, mainly because where I'm from people view it as being very girly and frilly, which is something I'm not.

I have a twin (Maria), and although we don't look very much alike especially now we're older, people still confuse our names! Therefore I don't like it when poeple call me Maria. I also don't like it when friends and close family call me by my full first name for the reasons I mentioned above.

My name is a family name in a way. My grandfather and uncle are both Alexander, and my cousin is Alexandra. Obviously I couldn't be called Alexandra due to my cousin, so Alexa it was.

January 10, 2015 5:03 AM

I like my name, Amber, because it is classic and refers to colors/hues as well as tree sap which encompass two of my favorite things - nature and color.

I don't like it when I am called Amanda or Anderson, because Amanda is too plain and Anderson is a male name.

I was named before birth. My parents were sitting in their apartment at the kitchen table going over lists of names. Dad kept rejecting my mother's suggestions. The electricity was out so they had the room lit with candles scented Amber Vanilla. Dad was insistent on Nicole as my name, but mom was adamant and tossed out Emily and it was rejected. As a joke she tossed out Amber after the candles and he immediately agreed. Thus I was named after a candle from the dollar store and became one of the many Amber Nicoles in the US. I've personally met 7 others in my short life so far and that's probably the only thing I dislike about it.

January 20, 2015 1:30 AM

1. I HATE my name.  First, it's a boy name.  Second, my name is Austin.  I live in Texas.  The capital of Texas is Austin.  I grew up with most people wondering if I was conceived in Austin (nope) or if my parents really wanted a boy (I was adopted into my family at age 13 after losing my biological family, but I highly doubt they named me Austin because they wanted a boy.  As for my adoptive parents, they played no roll in my name, but I have several adoptive brothers and I don't think they regret my gender either.)


2. My mom (adoptive) calls me ABG (my initials before marriage) or Austin Brya (fn/mn) or just Aus and I like that.  My mother is REALLY big on nicknames, which probably influences my desire to have good nickname options for my own children.  She rarely calls any of us by our first name.  


3. There is not really a story behind my name.  My biological sisters were Jordan (older) and Rowan (younger).  I think our parents just liked masculine names.

February 16, 2015 6:12 AM

Yes,ofcourse I like my nmae very much becuase my name is not so a common name.

And I like to be called with full name because it is already a short name.

March 11, 2015 5:16 PM

1. I don’t like my name Jessika because it is too common, in fact it rated number 1 girl name for the 1980’s hence why it is so common. 

1. I like my name because I do have a unique spelling which has been a curse at the same time i.e. never finding anything with my name on it, having to spell it for everyone and not able to receive my own checks because my employer mis-spelled my name. 

2. I don’t like it when people call me Jesse, because I have a male cousin named Jesse and I am not into unisex names. 

I also dont like when people mispronounce Jessika "i.e. Jezka" irritates the crap out of me. 


3. The weird story behind my name is; My Mother decided to let my father name me, leading up to my delivery my father decided on Amber. Once I arrived my mother looked at him and asked “Ok what is her name?” my father yelled “Jessika” “Great!” my mother replied, my father then tried to back out of naming me Jessika but my mother refused to let him change it. I guess I was a split second away from being Amber Nickole instead of Jessika Nickole. 

By Fly
May 16, 2015 8:47 AM

I only joined this forum today, so this is also by way of an introduction, as well as being very glad to help with research :)


1. I like /don’t like my name, because………….

I like my name (Simone). It's uncommon, but not unheard of, and most people don't have trouble spelling it (unlike my surname)! (Although someone did once spell it "Symmonne"). It's Hebrew, and it means "harkening", feminine of Simon, from the Bible. The only celebrities with this name that I know of are Simone de Beauvoir (philosopher, feminist, author) and Nina Simone (stage name of a singer). I don't mind these associations, though I'm not particularly familiar with either of them.

I'm glad I'm not one of the many Stacey, Samantha, Stephanie, Brooke, Shannon, Jessica, Maddison, Taylor, Ashley/Ashleighs that were in my year group at school. While those names are nice (and I adore "Samantha" particularly) I never had to be Stacey C or Jessica T.  The only other Simones I've met were one of my teachers, a portrait photographer when I was a child, and two more (the same age as me) as an adult.

2. I like/ don’t like when they call me……………., because……………

I like the normal pronunciation "si-MOHN" (rhymes with phone, drone), but I hate it when people say "si-MON".  Normally if someone pronounces it wrong and you then say it yourself they will then copy your pronunciation, however "si-MON" persists for some reason I have yet to figure out. I also like the Germanic pronunciation "si-MOHN-eh".

Luckily, people don't usually attempt to call me Simona, Ximena, Ximone, Simonetta, Simonette or any other variations. When they do they are hastily dissuaded of the notion.

I don't mind Sim as a nickname, but only when it occurs naturally from close friends. I never write or introduce myself as that.  Mone as a nickname is ONLY okay from young children yet to grasp the "s" sound - from them it's cute :)

i don't really like the Timon (Timon and Pumbaa, Lion King) association, but no one has ever really called me that so it hasn't been a problem. "She moans" on the other hand, is terrible and I've only ever mentioned being called that to two people in real life.  Not great as a child, utterly horrific and embarrassing as an adult.

3. If there is a story connected with your name, please, write it.

As far as I know, my mother just liked the sound of "Simone". :)

February 23, 2016 5:25 PM

I like my name (Agnetha) because it suits me better than my original name ever did and because it is the name of someone I admire greatly.


I don't like being called by my original name. Nor do I like being called 'Agatha' or similar because such is not my name.


The story behind my name? I never liked my original one so I changed it to the name of my favourite singer.

February 23, 2016 10:31 PM

(First of all, contrary to my username, Moriah is not my name, Morghan is)

I  like my name because I think it's unique, Morghan, the H is silent and its not a very common name.

I hate it when I'm called Megan, it's nothing like my name and it happened through preschool to the 3rd grade by my teachers..And more recently, fellow students have decided it would be oh so fun to call me Morgan Freeman....I hate it, sometimes it makes me hate I was ever named Morghan, and other times people will call me Morg-han like prnounce the H...

The story behind my name was my mom was a big Merlin, King Arthur, Camelot story type of person, and she really liked Morgan Le Fey, and so at first decided on Morgan, but added and H to it for a reason I don't know.

February 26, 2016 12:54 AM

1) My name is Kaleigh, and although I like it, I prefer the spelling Celeidh, as it's more authentic. 

2) I have grown up with people constantly calling me the wrong thing. Callie, Kelly, Calai, are just a couple examples. So, I go by Cat intead. 

3) Kaleigh (Celeidh) is a form of Catherine, which is my Father's mother's name. 

By EVie
March 15, 2016 4:49 PM

Do you mean cèilidh, pronounced KAY-lee, the Scottish folk dancing? (Or céilí in Irish). That isn't derived from Catherine--it's from a Gaelic word meaning "companion." Or is Celeidh a different name that I'm not familiar with?

April 17, 2016 4:56 AM

1. I like my name (Gemma), but not really for any particular reason. It's just a nice name.

2. I like it when they call me Gem because it reminds me of gemstones.

3. There is no story connected with either my first or middle name.

April 22, 2016 12:44 PM

Hi there, my name is Zenoba and have been called Zebbie my whole life never have I been called by my birth name.  I love Zenobe because it was given to me by my grandfather who I lost to early.  He told me he went to see a pianist but her name was Zenobia so he took the i out which left me with Zenoba I am a female and 50, my mom nicknamed me Zebbie which is all I every been called and she wasn't a flower child so I have asked how she got my name and she said she wanted something different for me that know one else had/has.  I have to say I yet to meet a Zebbie or Zenoba.  Then 10 years later she had another girl and put a few thing together.  Her name is Mollaleaha because she like the name Molly and the other have is from a Hawian Flower.  There is a brother in between us named TOM, yes TOM.  Anyway, When we was young the other kids could find pens, keychains, and other things with there name but not us.  I dont mind, I love that it is different! 


1.  I LOVE both of my names!  They is different!  I guess what I dont like is that I can not find a meaning of it and I do feel that Zenoba is an old lady name and the reason I love it is because it is all I have left of my grandpa.

2.  I like that my family and close friends call me Zeb, but I dont know why it does bother me if others that I dont know that well call me that.

3.  The story is stated above.

May 21, 2016 6:10 PM  

June 17, 2016 12:15 PM

1. My name is Eleanor and I like it a lot, because I love classic names. It's traditional, yet timeless and doesn't go out of style (at least imo). Unlike some other traditional names it doesn't feel like a grandma name to me. Also my brother picked out my name, even though he could hardly pronounce it as a little boy. He used to call me somwhat Elno

2. I usually go by Lenny and I like that nickname. I don't know why, maybe it's just because I'm used to it. I hate when people call me Ellie. Everyone who knows me calls me Lenny, but people who don't tend to call me Ellie. I don't like the sound of it and I grew up with a horrible classmate whose name was Elizabeth nn Ellie. So I've got bad associations with that name. 

3. My older brother got to pick out my name. My parents let him choose between Eleanor, Louise, Anna and Sarah. She decided to name me Eleanor, I later got to choose our youngest sister's name from the remaining list. I picked Louise for her - and she loves her name too.