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How'd you get your name?

46 comments · save · last comment by Selina M. 1 year ago

Randi  Butler

Randi B.

United States

2400 posts

it's interesting to here some people's stories behind it. i've known people who were named after their dad's favorite food before O_o.

i mentioned it in another post but i was suppose to be a little boy. i was named after my father whom i ended up looking pretty much exactly alike.

Randy -> Rand_ -> Randi (apparently that makes it feminine).

5 years ago

Caroline H

Caroline H.


257 posts

I have family in Canada, and my dad is fully canadian. The year I got born, his great grandmother died, which was named Caroline.

0 · November 14, 2010

King Leo

King L.


1630 posts

My first name means something like "the one who follows christ" or something. My middle name is "god is with us". My parents are very religious so that explains it. haha

0 · November 14, 2010

Mal S

Mal S.

United States

664 posts

I was named after Mallory Keaton on Family Ties. hahahaha

0 · November 14, 2010



United States

152 posts

well, see, my mother liked the name "Rebecca."
and that's it.

0 · November 14, 2010

Daniel  McDonagh

Daniel M.

United Kingdom

2494 posts

my parents gave me it

0 · November 14, 2010


Vicky D.


934 posts

I was named after a Greek/German singer called Vicky Leandros.

0 · November 14, 2010

Leah Bentley

Leah B.


193 posts

My mom thought my pronounciation was a cooler version of princess Leah from starwars

0 · November 14, 2010

Chris Fox

Chris F.

United States

6948 posts

My name was one of the most popular names back in the 80s. How drab.

0 · November 14, 2010

Ellis  Dee

Ellis D.


7615 posts

I took a bunch of Acid, thought about LSD and Ellis Dee and how similar they were, laughed my ass off and decided that it would be a perfect Nome De Guerre for all of the hijinks, culture jamming and musical depravity I get up to.

Plus, its better than calling myself Svene Nebeis, Jez Faust, Kratzikal or any of the other nicknames I've given myself over the years.

0 · November 14, 2010

Carolyn M

Carolyn M.

United States

1022 posts

I was adopted, and my parents had no clue if I was going to be a girl or a guy. I suppose I would have been named Henry should I have been male; but here I am.

They almost named me Mary, and I'm glad they didn't. Essentially, I wasn't named after anyone - they just sat down with lists of names they liked, and picked one for each gender they agreed on. So, it came upon Carolyn.

0 · November 14, 2010

Alexe G

Alexe G.


1916 posts

Meh, my parents liked the name Alexandra. I was almost Florence which isn't quite as nice imo.

0 · November 14, 2010

Jen O. Cide

Jen O. C.


3610 posts

My mum's father was orphaned in England during the war, while he was still quite young. When he was in his teens, he came to Canada and had to list his parents' names on his immigration forms, and he didn't know them, so he made them up. He picked Jennifer for his mother.

0 · November 14, 2010

Michelle  Flores

Michelle F.

United States

326 posts

I'm named after a olympic runner. My neighbor's daughter is alize, named after the drink.

0 · November 14, 2010

Dana Lee

Dana L.


2347 posts

Dana= Dana Scully (from X-files)
Gilliann= The actress who played Dana Scully

You could say my mom was obsessed with X-files.

0 · November 15, 2010

Lena B.

Lena B.


161 posts

My first name means "the glow", cause my parents want me to be always happy. My second name, Savannah, was my Dad's choice. He got to know this name when he was reading the news paper one day. I wish it`d be my first name!

0 · November 15, 2010

Lydia  B.

Lydia B.

United Kingdom

252 posts

My sister was watching mrs doubtfire, while my mum was pregnant, and wanted me to be called after the girl from there, Lydia!

0 · November 15, 2010

Olivia Emily

Olivia E.

United Kingdom

195 posts

My dad likes George Harrison, our last name is Harrison, George's wife is (/was) Olivia Harrison


Yeah, my dad is that much of a Beatles fanboy..

0 · November 15, 2010

Bec Gillies

Bec G.


2 posts

My mum's favourite book is Rebecca. Except I have since read that book and found that the Rebecca in it was a terrible person... :S

0 · January 26, 2011

Berrin Ö

Berrin Ã.


78 posts

it was to be a name beginning with a b, since my family members' initials are a, c, d, e (you know, so it would look nice on the door bell).
then it needed to be turkish since my dad is turkish and he wants it that way! so they looked up turkish names in my sister's (german) primer.
it was between berrin and birsen then, and they chose berrin but the register office wouldnt take that alonce since apparently it sounds like a boys name, so its berrin birsen now!

0 · January 26, 2011

Lydia Jam

Lydia J.

United Kingdom

995 posts

I was a nameless baby for a week in the hospital, then then decided on Emily, then they changed their mind! So I'm Lydia.
They wanted to name me something which wouldn't rhyme with anything so I wouldn't get picked on, they wanted to call me Ria but they worried I would get called diarrhoea :|
Little did they know that Lydia rhymes with chlamydia.... great.

0 · January 26, 2011

☽blair ☾

☽blair ☾.

United States

1928 posts

My name is actually Kenneth Alan Davis and that's also my father's name so I was named after him. But I always use Kenneth Alan on everything because I like it better.

0 · January 26, 2011

Jule ...

Jule ..


284 posts

my name was just very popular in the 80's

0 · January 26, 2011

Eilidh X

Eilidh X.

United Kingdom

308 posts

my mum wanted a name that no one could pronounce or spell... just to spite me :P

0 · January 26, 2011

Han Moore

Han M.

United Kingdom

135 posts

I My mum was adamant that she was going to call me Caileigh (Which I'm glad she didn't because I know far too many Caileighs) Until she watched a documentary about an old lady called Hannah who used to walk miles and miles everyday for water or something. So I'm named after an old lady who had good self strength and determination.

0 · January 26, 2011

Annabelle R.

Annabelle R.


453 posts

@Ellis D.

it's Nom de Guerre :)

0 · January 26, 2011

Annabelle R.

Annabelle R.


453 posts

my mom just really liked Annabelle, "belle" means beauty in french, so yeah...

0 · January 26, 2011

Zanna V.D

Zanna V.

United Kingdom

2879 posts

Rosanna.... no idea why. think they like rose and anna and decided to whap them together and then take out the e to make it a little different? BAM

0 · January 27, 2011

Miriam V.

Miriam V.

United States

51 posts

my dad's "friend" secretary friend, that he had a thing for... 0.0

0 · January 27, 2011

Morgan G

Morgan G.


47 posts

Arthurian legends. My mom always really liked the name and went with it. My dad wanted me to be named Pamela, but my older brother's name is Patrick and my mom didn't want kids named Pat and Pam (sensible woman!)

0 · January 27, 2011

Viki Cheung

Viki C.

United Kingdom

1686 posts

Victoria Kathleen Cheung. Victoria for the road in Hong Kong we lived on, Kathleen after my paternal grandmother. My Chinese name, Wai Yi is taken from my two female cousins on my dad's side, as they're Wai Lan and Miu Yi.

0 · February 9, 2011

Gem S

Gem S.


23 posts

i was origionally going to be named rachel, but it was quite popular at the time, so they decided on gemma, because they thought it was 'origional' and had never heard it before, now i know many gemmas, so much for 'origional'. i also get called gem or gemlyn, people think gemlyn really suits me :/

0 · February 10, 2011

Selina M

Selina M.

United Kingdom

5555 posts

my mum's suggestions were dismissed all the time so she ended up sticking a pin in the book and using that name

0 · September 1, 2014


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