I’m not sure what I have to say should have any bearing. I really like practical names, short, usually, but I have my limits on the short side. A handful of names, and [name]Ann[/name]/[name]Anne[/name] is one ([name]Anna[/name] too), seem so much more than practical, sort of generic. I voted “fine, I guess.”
I really, really try to see these names as elegant and timeless and very refined, as if the woman whose name it is also needs not embellish herself with an attention-grabbing name, that she herself is interesting and important enough to go by the simplest. I think this is a matter of taste - I like some pretty boring names, and some names I think have some lilt to me would belong in the very plain and generic category to someone else ([name]Sara[/name] is an example of names some people think are too boring and generic). I could say “I know it when I hear it,” this means nothing to someone else’s ears and they hear something else, the imagery comes to them from their own experiences and they think my pretty names are harsh or dated or don’t sound flowery enough and bore them to tears.
I want [name]Anne[/name] to do something, I guess. I think it stands very powerfully by itself, I feel it has some uh… lacy quality without doing anything? I am thinking of [name]Queen[/name] [name]Anne[/name]'s [name]Lace[/name], a wildflower. Where a name could be [name]Julia[/name] or [name]Margaret[/name] - I don’t know, decorative, [name]Anne[/name] just is [name]Anne[/name]. Not [name]Diane[/name], not [name]Annabelle[/name], not [name]Roseanne[/name]. Not that I think all these examples are improvements - in some sense I feel it adds too much more weight than I prefer - but some people think a name sounds better with a maximal approach, while [name]Anne[/name] is about as minimal as it gets. I want to like it, I want to appreciate it. It might come down to how it sounds - people get quite nasal when they say it, Annnn, where they don’t get nasal with [name]Julianne[/name], just has a nice N sound at the finish and no buzzing sound in the back of your throat.
I guess in a practical sense, it is a good name, but does it sound like a name someone would have wanted. [name]Hi[/name], I’m [name]Anne[/name]. Nope, just [name]Anne[/name]. For someone who loves names as much as we both do, it seems like a hard name to love - it seems devoid of detail entirely - what do you love about names? I love how they sound like “someone.” (as well as the practical powers of the names I tend to like best - for to actually name someone and not just like theoretically). Poor [name]Anne[/name]! [name]Annie[/name] is cute, I haven’t read the [name]Anne[/name] of [name]Green[/name] Gables books to know [name]Anne[/name] as you do and feel warm about this name. It just leaves so much to the imagination. I want it to be [name]Nan[/name] or [name]Pam[/name] or [name]May[/name] at least, it doesn’t have to flip me, like an [name]Annika[/name] or [name]Anneliese[/name]. These seem too excessive to me, to be honest. What you need all that fluffy stuff for? Because [name]Anne[/name] is just [name]Anne[/name]! An undressed window with probably a gorgeous view, why you want to cover that up - because I was raised to think windows require some curtains or blinds or something. So conflicted.
I knew 2 Annas and 1 [name]Anne[/name] in school. [name]Anna[/name] 1 was totally bizarre, very smart though, outspoken, kind of like [name]Anne[/name] (described below) in appearance but actually kind of a tool interpersonally, and [name]Anna[/name] 2 went by her middle name, [name]Lisa[/name] (she was very Italian) (and kind of trashy). [name]Anne[/name] seemed more like you would want, she was smart, outgoing, not really trendy or modern at all (not totally nerdy, but not really preppy, not cliquey, not concerned with all of that high school stuff but not a loner either, and not uptight and old-fashioned. If you got her going, she could make you wet your pants laughing. She seemed like a generic girl next door, you couldn’t look at her and say she was a throwback to the 50s or the 1900s or very “now” either, as far as being a teenager in the 80s. Sweet and smiley and smart and funny. I know an [name]Anna[/name] now who just immigrated from [name]Russia[/name]. She is very sweet, I think she is 16 or 17, possibly older, or a couple years younger. Her father calls her [name]Anya[/name] sometimes, that makes me like her name a lot better. I guess I had been hoping [name]Anya[/name] was short for [name]Anastasia[/name] or something, which contradicts what I’d said earlier. Annnnna and [name]Ah[/name]-nah just seem like 2 different names, at least I’m warming up to [name]Ah[/name]-nah.