Childhood Name Favorites?

I remember I thought [name_f]Fidelity[/name_f] was a cool name for some reason when I was little. I don’t remember where I heard it, probably from a commercial.

I also remember really liking [name_u]Kirby[/name_u] and Arslan. I liked [name_u]Kirby[/name_u] because of the character, and Arslan because I thought it sounded cool. I still think it sounds cool.

Two names that I liked when I was little, and still like now, are [name_m]Thaddeus[/name_m] [name_m]John[/name_m] and [name_f]Johannah[/name_f] [name_f]Sybil[/name_f].

When I was really little, the names I planned to give to my children were taken from words: [name_u]Ocean[/name_u], Sunrise, [name_m]Tiger[/name_m], [name_u]Winter[/name_u], etc.
By the time I was about ten I still liked names to have an immediate imagery, but it was important that they sounded like names as well. I liked [name_f]Dawn[/name_f], [name_f]Helen[/name_f], [name_f]Faith[/name_f], [name_f]Raine[/name_f], and [name_f]Beatrice[/name_f], and for boys the only one I can remember was [name_m]Felix[/name_m].
At twelve I liked most of the same names (except being very embarrassed to have ever liked [name_f]Raine[/name_f]) and had lots of new favourites. Among them were [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f], [name_u]Seren[/name_u], [name_f]Imogen[/name_f], [name_f]Clover[/name_f] and [name_f]Eira[/name_f] for girls, and [name_m]Casper[/name_m], [name_m]Colin[/name_m], [name_m]Timothy[/name_m] and [name_m]Clovis[/name_m] for boys.
Over the next few years I gradually refined my style to what it is now.

I was obsessed with the name [name_f]Bethany[/name_f] when I was little. I wanted that to me by name. No clue why. lol I quite dislike the name, now. xD

I remember calling myself [name_f]Bella[/name_f] as a child, and I actually got my brother to use the name for me, for a short time. It was “short for [name_f]Annabella[/name_f]”, even though my name is [name_f]Paula[/name_f].

My cousin [name_f]Erin[/name_f] and I used to pretend we were a couple of old ladies who had a radio talk show. We would record ourselves on cassettes, just being silly talking about life. My name was [name_f]Iola[/name_f] Emfinger and her’s was [name_f]Wilhelmina[/name_f] [name_u]Percy[/name_u].

I always used the name [name_f]Sadie[/name_f] when I played house. [name_f]Erin[/name_f] and my little sister always fought over the name [name_f]Rose[/name_f]. My sister actually wound up using it as her daughters middle name.

When I was in 5th grade, I remember loving the name “[name_f]Ansley[/name_f]” for my future daughter. It remained a favorite until I met a boy named [name_f]Ansley[/name_f]. I love unisex names now, but he completely ruined the name for me.

I just remembered so many names that I used to love! I used to insist that my family call me [name_f]Beth[/name_f] (they didn’t) and I loved the name [name_u]Avery[/name_u] for a girl and [name_u]Nico[/name_u] for a boy. I can’t quite remember how old I was when all of this happened.

SO many names. I’ve been name-obsessed since my childhood, I think.

I remember loving these names: [name_f]Klara[/name_f], [name_f]Amanda[/name_f], [name_f]Chloe[/name_f], [name_u]Allison[/name_u], [name_f]Maddy[/name_f]. None of them are really my cup of tea anymore, which is interesting. But also worrying because I’m not sure how much more my taste will fluctuate now. I’ve been happily in love with the names in my signature for over two years though.

Thanks for all the replies - I wasn’t subscribed to the thread so I hadn’t noticed until now!
@bonefireazalea I like Shellra haha
@evelinrose Wow that’s a diverse/eclectic group of names! Celerity is interesting especially if you were young and probably didn’t know what it meant - I had to google it, swiftness/speed - it wouldn’t be too bad except it kind of sounds like “celery.”
@bobcat108 108 pages?! My goodness. Longest thing I’ve ever written was from NaNoWriMo and about 70 pages, and it was the roughest kind of first draft. I do like [name_f]Sonia[/name_f] nn [name_u]Sunny[/name_u]!
@handlion Those are unique toy names; ours were all pretty boring, like I had an elephant called [name_f]Ellie[/name_f]. So creative. Ooo, I love your signature heads off to Names That Make You Go WOW
@gildedlioness I like a lot of A- girl names as well - A, E, L, and when I was 11/12 like I’ve said pretty much every name I used had an E in it.
@naominy [name_f]Johannah[/name_f] [name_f]Sybil[/name_f]'s really pretty
@impwood I like your younger self’s taste in names! (And most likely your current taste as well.) I actually kind of like [name_f]Raine[/name_f]/[name_u]Rain[/name_u]/[name_f]Raina[/name_f] hahaa and I think the 10-year-old ones go together well and the 12-year-old new favorites, nice imagery from the combination. It’s a good balance between wildly unusual and common (not that there are names of both kinds but that each name… yeah).

I remember everything! Oh my.
I was in love with [name_f]Annabelle[/name_f], [name_f]Penelope[/name_f], [name_f]Aurora[/name_f], [name_f]Melody[/name_f] and [name_u]Ariel[/name_u] (all because of cartoons and TV-shows), [name_f]Odette[/name_f] (because of Swan Lake), [name_f]Rapunzel[/name_f] and [name_f]Dorothy[/name_f] (because of fairy tales) and [name_f]Lana[/name_f] (because of Smalville). I also adored [name_f]Emily[/name_f], [name_f]Sara[/name_f], [name_f]Melanie[/name_f] and [name_f]Elena[/name_f], idk why.
My boys names favourites were [name_m]Eric[/name_m] (also because of cartoons), [name_m]Cedric[/name_m] (I am [name_m]Harry[/name_m] [name_m]Potter[/name_m] trash sinse 4 y.o.) and [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] (because of [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] Twist). I have a feeling that i forgot about something, but I guess that’s all for now.
I still love most of these names though.
I also saw [name_m]Athanasios[/name_m] in some book and… well… Still on my GP list. I even named my imaginary friend [name_m]Athanasios[/name_m].
Oh, there was also a children book about [name_f]Corina[/name_f], witch’s appretince. I fell in love with that name. I even insisted on calling my best friend [name_f]Corina[/name_f], because I thought it suited her. She gave up eventually (we both were like 4, so I’m not sure, but I think her real name was [name_m]Tam[/name_m])

Well, I did know what Celerity meant. At that time I had a thing with typing in random letters into my mother’s laptop and seeing what came up on the spelling check.

When I was about 10 yrs old I said I was going to have quadruplets and name them [name_u]Michael[/name_u], [name_m]Mitchel[/name_m], [name_f]Michelle[/name_f], and [name_f]Maybelle[/name_f]. :joy: In Highschool the fake baby I carried for Family skills class was [name_m]Nehemiah[/name_m] [name_m]Timothy[/name_m].

I used to absolutely love [name_f]Charlotte[/name_f] as a child, I think maybe because every [name_f]Charlotte[/name_f] I knew of was really pretty and I was jealous, but the other one I loved was [name_f]Twyla[/name_f]. I was a really big fan of it, but not so much anymore.

My imaginary friend (I would sit in front of the mirror and pretend she was my reflection) was [name_f]Katie[/name_f], so that’s pretty boring. My first ever name love was [name_f]Clarissa[/name_f], I was so obsessed with that name when I was about nine or ten and wanted a little girl named [name_f]Clarissa[/name_f] someday. I would never use it now!

I just remember that at around 11-13 I liked the names [name_f]Oceania[/name_f], [name_f]Emerald[/name_f], and [name_f]Topaz[/name_f]. I believe [name_f]Oceania[/name_f], which is pronounced O-she-annie-uh, is made up, but I’m not sure.

I had a friend, who was a boy, named [name_u]Valentine[/name_u] and I always loved his name. I also liked my friend [name_f]Penelope[/name_f]'s name because of the way she pronounced it. She was french so it was pronounced Pay-nay- lup.

I also named my toys fairly normal names. My favorite dolls are named [name_u]Berry[/name_u] and [name_f]Molly[/name_f]. I spelt [name_u]Berry[/name_u]'s name like that because I didn’t know how to spell [name_u]Barry[/name_u], not because he is a bear. I also had a stuffed toy rabbit named [name_f]Violet[/name_f].

I have a few names now that I like which I believe stems from childhood. I have an obsession with the name [name_m]Oliver[/name_m]. I also love the names [name_m]Jack[/name_m], and names with [name_u]Finn[/name_u] in it.

I used to [name_u]LOVE[/name_u] [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f]. I remember making plans for a sibset - [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f]/[name_f]Mary[/name_f] and [name_f]Alexandra[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f]/[name_f]Mary[/name_f] - based on [name_f]Queen[/name_f] [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f]'s given names, which I thought was quite patriotic, but I liked [name_f]Rose[/name_f] best with both of them! I liked the nn [name_u]Lexie[/name_u] for [name_f]Alexandra[/name_f] but I don’t remember thinking about nns for [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] . . . weird thing is I had (and still have) a cousin called [name_f]Alexandra[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f], which I kinda didn’t think about!

I also weaned myself off [name_f]Isabella[/name_f] when I was about 13 (??) because there were Isabellas everywhere. Still sort of glad I’m not in love with it, but I could’ve fallen for it in a big way. Before that I loved [name_f]Isabel[/name_f], and I still do really, it’s just not one I plan to consider using. I think I loved it partly because of [name_f]Isabel[/name_f] [name_m]Archer[/name_m] in The Portrait of a Lady ([name_m]Henry[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u]) who’s pretty and ladylike and rather individual.

I also made up Kerianna/Keriana when I was maybe 12 to use in a story. Never wrote much of it, but hey. [name_f]Grace[/name_f] was another love, and I liked [name_f]Emily[/name_f], [name_f]Lucinda[/name_f]/[name_f]Lucy[/name_f]/[name_f]Lucia[/name_f], [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f], [name_f]Clara[/name_f], [name_f]Violet[/name_f], [name_f]Annabel[/name_f], and a few others, though I don’t think I was really in love with many of them. All fairly classic. I actually remember having a weird fascination with [name_f]Eulalie[/name_f] - I wrote a story about an angel with that name - it felt like a really strange almost non-name name and everything. I think I’d read it in [name_m]Edgar[/name_m] [name_m]Allan[/name_m] [name_u]Poe[/name_u] and assumed it was on par with Ulalume.

I have always loved [name_f]Rose[/name_f]. When I learnt one of my friends ("[name_f]Rosie[/name_f]") was called [name_f]Rosamund[/name_f], I decided then and there to use it one day because it was such a gorgeous name. I still feel like that! For some weird reason I thought her middle name was [[name_f]Rosamund[/name_f]] [name_f]Henrietta[/name_f] and fell in love with that as a combo.

Can’t remember as much about boy names. I liked [name_u]Freddy[/name_u], and still do, and [name_m]Thomas[/name_m], [name_u]James[/name_u], [name_m]Alaric[/name_m] [which I still like], [name_m]Philip[/name_m] [ditto], and some others, all from early teens-ish. 11-14, say.

I used [name_f]Ivy[/name_f] and [name_f]Eve[/name_f] fairly often. My favorite stuffed bears were named [name_f]Suki[/name_f], a name I made up at the time, and [name_u]Juniper[/name_u], because I loved the juniper breeze scent from bath and body and thought it would be perfect. I was also in love with Tzipporah and [name_u]Lisa[/name_u]. I dont remember ever liking any boy names.

When I was little, [name_f]Every[/name_f]. Single. One. of my dolls (not barbies, but baby-style dolls) was named [name_f]Aurora[/name_f], after Sleeping Beauty.

I used to pretend my name was [name_u]Ariel[/name_u] instead of [name_f]Auriel[/name_f], because nobody ever pronounced it correctly and always calls me [name_u]Ariel[/name_u] anyway. I have come to love my name and the pronunciation (ah-ree-[name_f]ELL[/name_f]).

Around 11-12 I got into names, for writing stories and imagining future babies. I liked the tribute name [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f] [name_f]Denise[/name_f], Which honored my grandmother [name_f]Rose[/name_f], great-grandmother [name_f]Mary[/name_f], and mother [name_f]Denise[/name_f]. [name_f]Willow[/name_f] [name_f]Kathryn[/name_f] was also a big favorite, [name_f]Kathryn[/name_f] for [name_m]Captain[/name_m] Janeway of ST:Voyager. I was also convinced I would have twin girls and name them [name_f]Angelique[/name_f] and [name_u]Dominique[/name_u]. I started getting into unique names through my taste in sci-fi fantasy literature, and based many of my own stories on names borrowed from these series: Menoly, [name_m]Peregrine[/name_m]/[name_m]Pippin[/name_m], Sorka. Also was into nature names like [name_u]River[/name_u], [name_u]Storm[/name_u]/[name_f]Stormy[/name_f], [name_u]Rain[/name_u], [name_f]Violet[/name_f], [name_f]Azalea[/name_f]. And [name_f]Wednesday[/name_f] and [name_f]Tuesday[/name_f].

LOL! Taste has changed a lot, but I still like unique names!

I always love [name_f]Charlotta[/name_f] as my middle name is [name_f]Charlotte[/name_f] and I wanted to be called [name_f]Lotta[/name_f]. I don’t think I would use it now.

I also used to love [name_u]Harmony[/name_u] ( one of my friends middle names) and [name_f]Hephzibah[/name_f] as it one was in a. Ok and now I know a little girl with this as their mn.

I ADORED [name_f]Nancy[/name_f], [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Ellen[/name_f] (nn [name_f]Mimi[/name_f]), and [name_f]Kathleen[/name_f] (nn [name_f]Kathy[/name_f]) , after adult women I knew growing up. I was all about the midcentury names, and I am still fond of them.

I used to love the name [name_f]Becky[/name_f], not so much [name_f]Rebecca[/name_f], just [name_f]Becky[/name_f]. Which then turned into me loving the name [name_u]Beck[/name_u] for a boy.

I also loved [name_f]Louisa[/name_f], [name_u]Charley[/name_u], [name_f]Alyse[/name_f] (this spelling was in a book I read), [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Ruth[/name_f], [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Jane[/name_f], [name_f]Evangeline[/name_f], [name_f]Sophie[/name_f], [name_u]Shiloh[/name_u] and [name_u]Jacey[/name_u]

For boys I was fond of [name_u]Noah[/name_u], [name_m]Jasper[/name_m], [name_m]Josiah[/name_m], [name_m]Zane[/name_m], [name_m]Tod[/name_m], [name_u]Elliot[/name_u], [name_u]Rowan[/name_u]/[name_m]Roman[/name_m] and [name_m]Dirk[/name_m]