A Conversation for Talking Point: What's in a name?

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Post 1

Natalie

I never really liked it - don't like the sound of the letter 'N' (!) and I had a slight problem with the 'T' as well in an area where glottal stops were the thing. Also, it means 'birthday of our Lord' and I was born in May.

When I was at school it wasn't very common. But when I was about 18 it became massively common and it was impossible to go shopping without hearing it shouted by some irate mother.

So my theory is that at least my name doesn't age me (which is good as I'm doing a brilliant job of that on my own!)


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Post 2

NPY

Well at least you didn't have 5 others in your school class with the same name. When I was at school, there were 10 of us in the same year with the same first name. Got kinda confusing and annoying. I've always abbreviated it, but it's still muddling.

And there are so many kids now with it, so I know what you mean when you're down the street and hear it shouted.


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Post 3

Br Robyn Hoode - Navo - complete with theme tune

My name has never been hugely popular (well, not in the UK, that I know of) it's one of those always there but not always used ones... I remember meeting my first other Maria when I was about 8. I wasn't impressed! It confuses me when I hear my name being called and it's not for me because it happens so rarely.

I love my name, but I also love my adopted nickname... Which thanks to the 'net is how I'm often known to new people.


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Post 4

NPY

Well your lucky that it's not so common.

Nice name though.


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Post 5

Serephina

I've always hated my name, I was the only one in my year at school with it though, possibly in the whole schol!


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Post 6

Br Robyn Hoode - Navo - complete with theme tune

not panicing: I know i'm lucky, One thing I've never liked sharing is my name!!! I've known so many people with similar names (usually men... Andy and Tony are really common around here, and Sarahs i know a few of too..)


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Post 7

NPY

Yeah, some names seem to be very popular. Know a lot of Katherines (various spelling and abbreviations though), Lauras, Joannes, Sarahs, etc. People can be so boring.....


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Post 8

me01273

My name is very common(David), but I don't mind. It suits me.
If I have kids in the future, I would like to call them something more traditional, like Jack or something. I don't like these new names, some of them just sound ridiculous.

David


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Post 9

NPY

Though some older names could be quite ridiculous too. "Agnes" might get a few odd looks. Something like "Millie" or "Tabbatha" might be nice though.

Don't like it when people just call their kids after themselves, so you end up with "big Joe" and "little Joe". Can be so un-imaginative.


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Post 10

cps_stfc

Christopher is one of those silly long names, and I think people with more than 2 syllables in their name often sound ridiculously 'posh', not that I particularly like this feeling I seem to have developed. I am though generally known as Chris, much more short and snappy. This is however confusing when others are talking about things like Christianity, or, even worse; at Christmas; it's like everybody is saying your name at once...


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Post 11

NPY

Probably doesn't help if you've a really long surname too. Or a really short one. Like something double-barrelled or mono-syllabic.


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Post 12

Kyra

My surname has 14 letters and 4 syllables - I'm planning on changing it as soon as I can be bothered to find a JP. I'm so sick of having to spell it, I just give people my driver's licence now, so they can just copy it. I hate my first name too, so I'm going to shorten it at the same time.


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Post 13

NPY

So what would you like to change to? Something monosyllabic?


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Post 14

LaMaestra

Never liked my original name so I use my 3rd name - Agnetha.


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Post 15

Kyra

No, I'm changing my first name from Rebecca to Beka, and my last name is going to be from my great grandfather, a two syllable, perfectly normal name smiley - magic


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Post 16

NPY

Sounds good. Know lots of people who shirten Rebecca to Becca/Beka or Beccy.

Agnetha's a good name too. Not too many round here though.


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Post 17

LaMaestra

It is quite rare. It is the Germanic form of Agnes.


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Post 18

NPY

Ah! Funny the way names are connected across languages even if they don't always look/sound similar.


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Post 19

LaMaestra

A lot of languages are connected, though they might not look it.


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Post 20

NPY

Yeah. The links between Latin-ish languages like English, French and Spanish are really easy to spot. Things like German throws in a few unexpected ones sometimes.


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