I have a plain name and tend to prefer plain names, they are practical and I like that. I think there’s such a thing as too plain, but it’s subjective too. I don’t have any daughters but sometimes think there are beautiful long “fancy” names that are irresistible, and yet I have always enjoyed the practicality of my name. I think [name]Sara[/name] is one of the best names ever, but I agree it’s also very common and may have to admit it’s kind of a [name]Jane[/name] itself. I can’t fathom a [name]Jane[/name] - that name really does seem ultra-plain, as does [name]Ann[/name] or [name]Anna[/name]. [name]Jane[/name] is also kind of wild and weird and dark - I get this from several places on tv, the friend of the female character is [name]Jane[/name] and she’s very moody and sarcastic. [name]Anna[/name] just reminds me of this awful girl from high school, she was the only [name]Anna[/name] and she was [name]Anna[/name]-oying. [name]Anna[/name] also calls out for some bel or liese or something. I think those longer forms are very pretty, but not what I would ultimately choose (pretty sure about that).
In the way that I like plain, I also like a little different from everyone else (except [name]Sara[/name]). I like [name]Nila[/name], and [name]Helen[/name] is a good example - I find myself unable to really “love” the name [name]Helen[/name] through and through, and “fixing” it by making some adjustments to it, like [name]Helena[/name]. And then I get all tense because is it really necessary to embellish it? Is it to fit in better or do I really prefer it a little dressed up? I definitely prefer [name]Suzanne[/name] to [name]Susan[/name], and it doesn’t make me tense. Maybe because [name]Helena[/name] has 3 syllables. However, then, I like [name]Elena[/name]. I don’t know what it is about 5 letters, if I add the A, the H just has to go, and everything’s alright again.
I am trying to think of other short names I like. I guess I dabble in some dated names like [name]Sandra[/name], and lately [name]Lisa[/name] but my mind is a blank right now. Maybe I just like an A at the end, but I still like names like two syllables, and kind of spare as possible, also tending to like “household names” that aren’t used much anymore, and probably aren’t coming back for a while, so in some ways to stand out from the current crowd, but I also never stopped loving the way those names sound. I also like to find simple yet exotic names, I guess in the vein of [name]Nila[/name]. A name doesn’t need to be longer than that to get attention or to be feminine, and generally easy to hear and easy to pronounce and spell. I guess you could say I like plain but trying not to be boring about it. A name like [name]Emma[/name] or [name]Ava[/name] might have been really unusual and just my speed and then came up the charts, so it has that simplicity transmuted into ordinary. I would like to capture the essence of [name]Emma[/name], or really [name]Karen[/name], without copying it.