Do you have an unusual name? Have you heard any uncommon name lately?

[name]Do[/name] you have an unusual name? Have you heard of any uncommon name lately?

Here’s a description on mine, which turns out to be rather unusual:
My name is [name]Maria[/name] Queralt. It’s a name that always goes together in the place where I live (Catalonia, Spain). There’s actually few people named like me where I live, but once you go visit a different place people just stare at you like ‘Whaaaaat??’. Because there are so many compound names with [name]Maria[/name], and it’s too popular I just go by Queralt. My friends couldn’t spell my name for years, but now they have started to get used to it. They went from ‘Karal’ ‘[name]Caral[/name]’ to ‘Queral’ and to finally spelling it right.
And then when I went to the US last year, every time I met someone I had to say my name out loud over 5 times, and then I had to spell it. I even considered using [name]Maria[/name] as my name, but I just couldn’t respond to it. Once I got tired, I started getting used to being called something close to [name]Coral[/name]. At a point where everyone pronounced my name differently, I started to get confused of how the real pronunciation of my name was like and I pronounced it differently every time I was asked, which was weird. At a point, I’ve realized that the people who pronounce it best are my family, my friends, and people who know another Queralt (which are few).
At the age of fourteen, I’ve gotten over how weird it is, but I’m proud that it represents my catalan origin.
I still check if it’s in Nameberry a few times a week… hoping that some day it will appear there unexpectedly…

I have a fairly unusual name (unless you live where I do)… any comments on it? [name]Both[/name] good and bad, I won’t get offeded or anything :wink:
[name]Do[/name] you have a special name like me? Have you heard of any unusual name lately, one that has caught your attention? That’s what this post is meant to be used for. [name]Just[/name] share any unusual or not-so-unusual names!

Hello! My name is [name]Ingrid[/name]…and I only have known one other [name]Ingrid[/name]…and she was an elderly woman. :slight_smile:
My name’s really unusual (especially for people my age) and I dislike it. Yes, I know that a ton people harp on about how pretty the name [name]Ingrid[/name] is, but I don’t get it. [name]How[/name] can my name be pretty—with it’s awkward beginning and harsh ending?
That’s why I sometimes wish that I went by [name]Izzy[/name]—but it’s far too late for that now… (I’m thirteen) My middle name starts with a F and is [name]German[/name]…and I
dislike it even more than my first name.
And I like your name—it’s rather unusual, but it sounds unisex…do you have a nickname?

My middle name is [name]Fawn[/name], which I’ve always loved and have gotten really positive comments on. It helps balance out my extremely popular first name.

I wish I had started going exclusively by “[name]Fawn[/name]” instead of [name]Ashley[/name] at some point in my life, to help me stand out from the sea of Ashleys. But this never occurred to me until I was in my late 20s, and now it just seems stupid.

My name is [name]Ashley[/name] [name]Marie[/name], not unusual at all, lol. [name]Both[/name] were super popular in the US when I was born. [name]Just[/name] found out this week though that both names are family names–my uncle is [name]Bruce[/name] [name]Ashley[/name], and his brother is [name]Ashley[/name] [name]Bruce[/name], and then two of my grandmother’s sisters have the MN [name]Marie[/name] ([name]Wanda[/name] [name]Marie[/name] and [name]Patricia[/name] [name]Marie[/name]). My parents picked it “just because it sounded good”, but I like that it has accidental family significance. I never knew my aunt [name]Wanda[/name], but I met my Aunt [name]Patty[/name] once, stayed at her house for a couple days, and she was just lovely, so I think it’s a nice namesake to have.

Yes, I do.

My first name and middle names are [name]Monday[/name] [name]Echo[/name] Reniva-[name]Brie[/name]. I hate it.

I go by Mon, but I so badly want to rename myself.

I had a very common given name, but my maiden name was bizarre. It was a Polish name respelled to make it easier in English. It didn’t simplify the name nearly enough, and the upshot is that even native Polish speakers can’t understand it or recognize it as Slavic.

I hated having a common given name, and was equally frustrated by my complicated surname. I’d really have liked to be [name]Hepzibah[/name] White.

@starcatcher668 I know two girls with your name, and they are teenagers! And I like how it sounds :slight_smile: I don’t really have a fixed nickname… It feels like I can’t get anything short or cute from it!

@tintri I like your middle name!! It sounds really special, haven’t heard of it before! And [name]Ashley[/name] - even if it is popular - is a really nice name!

@ashthedreamer I really like the fact that your names come from older family members… it makes them feel more special!

@mon_bon I’ve never heard of anyone named like you! [name]How[/name] did it come up? Were the people who named you really into days of the week?

@abby I understand how that feels! My surnames aren’t the most normal in the world either, when I went to the US everyone wrote it/spelled it differently!!

My last name is very unusual, my first name is [name]Lyndsey[/name] (not so unusual) and my middle name, the name I go by, is [name]Rose[/name]. Uncommon as a first name, I’ve never been around someone else who has it as a first name.

Some very unusual names I’ve heard in elementary schools lately:

[name]Adley[/name] (f)
Kurtlyn (f)
Blaiden (m)
[name]Chaney[/name] (f)
[name]Horace[/name] (yes, really, as a middle name)

@jinxgirl My oldest sister’s first name is Roser… it’s the catalan form for a rose bush, fairly common here. I also know tons of [name]Rosa[/name]'s, which is the catalan/spanish version of [name]Rose[/name]!
I once knew a couple who were expecting a girl who they later named [name]Iliana[/name]… I like it, but to me it sounds like a mix of Illinois + [name]Indiana[/name] :wink:
those names really stand out for unusualness! I never thought a girl would end up being named [name]Sunshine[/name]… :slight_smile:

I have a super common name. I love how special it is that your name is only popular in the area you’re from. I also find it fascinating that you yourself pronounce it differently now. That happens a lot when people come to the states. A lot of names were changed by officials or sometimes people would change their own names to “fit in.” When my own ancestors came from Finland they changed their last name from a long Finish surname that meant “people of the hill” to just plain [name]Hill[/name].

@jessicat11 Thanks!! I enjoyed going to the states, and having the name I had was a special experience!! Everyone really tried to get it right, and my teacher was delighted when I handed in an essay about our names…
I think that everything that has happened to me while growing up (going to the states, meeting people which thought my name was [name]Coral[/name] and finding that baby girls are being named like me nowadays) has helped me love my name more and more everyday :slight_smile:

My name is [name]Kylie[/name] [name]Jean[/name]. I’ve only met two other Kylies, so in my general area, it’s quite uncommon. My mn, [name]Jean[/name], is also my mom’s, grandma’s, and great-grandma’s mn (Ronnette [name]Jean[/name], [name]Caroline[/name] [name]Jean[/name], and [name]Bessie[/name] [name]Jean[/name]). I tend to go by [name]Kylie[/name] [name]Jean[/name].

I don’t know if it’s because it’s relatively uncommon or what, but everyone messes up my name ([name]Kyle[/name], [name]Kaylie[/name], [name]Keeley[/name], [name]Kelsey[/name], etc.) or butchers the spelling ([name]Kylee[/name], [name]Kiley[/name], Kilie, Kyelee, [name]Kyleigh[/name], etc.).

I don’t like my name much, but it’s better than being another [name]Brittney[/name] or [name]Jamie[/name] or [name]Taylor[/name].

@lita28 I think [name]Maria[/name] Queralt is such a beautiful name! I love that it is so unique, but also so feminine.

@ashthedreamer I have a cousin named [name]Ashley[/name] [name]Marie[/name], and another cousin named [name]Emma[/name] [name]Marie[/name]. I suppose I’m biased, but I like both. I like [name]Ashley[/name] [name]Marie[/name] better than [name]Emma[/name] [name]Marie[/name], though, just because [name]Emma[/name] is so common where I live.

My name is [name]Selene[/name]. I haven’t decided if I like it or hate it. It’s a family name from my mother’s side. It is for the Ancient Greek goddess, the personification of the [name]Moon[/name]. I love the meaning and the symbolism, but when I started googling it, I found out that lots of people don’t like it.

I pronounce my name Sel-EEN in English, Sel-EHN in French. The Modern Greek pronunciation is Se-[name]LEE[/name]-nee, but the Ancient Greek pronunciation is Se-LEH-neh. My best friend is from Greece, and her first language is Greek, and she pronounces it Se-LEH-neh (Se-[name]LEE[/name]-nee, she says, sounds to her like the [name]Moon[/name] in the sky, whereas Se-LEH-neh sounds like the goddess of the [name]Moon[/name]). I love the Ancient Greek pronunciation, but I hate having a name that has so many different pronunciations. I would go by Se-LEH-neh all the time, but since my middle name starts with an A, it doesn’t flow if I do. But I don’t like Sel-EEN as much, since the EEN names ([name]Darlene[/name], [name]Colleen[/name]) sound dated and old.

I’d love to know what people here think of the name [name]Selene[/name] (and how they pronounce it).

[name]Maria[/name] Queralt is very pretty! Cool to have such a special name.

Selenea; I love your name! [name]Selene[/name] is one of my favourite names, I love greek mythology. I pronounce it se-LEH-neh, that’s what sounds right to me, I studied the classic languages in university so that’s what I’m basing it on. I think se-[name]LEE[/name]-nee is pretty too.

My name is [name]Agnes[/name] [name]Ottilie[/name], and I’m named after family members (my brother and sister too). I’ve always been called [name]Ottilie[/name], my parents just didn’t like the rhyme to [name]Ottilie[/name] [name]Agnes[/name]. I’ve had a love/hate relationship to my name all my life, it sounds good in norwegian, but I don’t like the way [name]Agnes[/name] sounds in english, and a lot of people have trouble pronouncing [name]Ottilie[/name]. But I like my name now, and I would’ve regretted changing it (I was on the verge of changing it when I was 18).

I’ts [name]Abigail[/name], but I go by [name]Abby[/name]. VERY popular.

I wish I did. :frowning:

@kyliejeanx3 I know how it feels to see people spelling your name wrong… I’ve gone through it!

@selenea Thanks for the compliment! I like your name, it really reminds me of Greek mythology! That may be because I studied the Greek gods last year… I still think it’s very special! The pronunciation that popped out of my mind was Sel-EEN… but it was just a first impression! :slight_smile:

@ottilie Thanks! But it’s the first time I hear the name [name]Ottilie[/name], so for me, it really is special!! I also have usual love/hate moments with my name… but up to now, I’ve decided nothing will make me change it. I just can’t imagine myself having another name!

@minnieabby and @maggiemary sometimes, I wish I had a really common name… Having a popular/unusual name always has its ups and downs!!

@[name]Ottilie[/name] I love your name! I had only heard it for the first time recently, and instantly loved it. I also like that one of the names in your list is [name]Eos[/name] - as you might imagine, it’s one of my favourite names. I haven’t actually met an [name]Eos[/name] in real life, but keep hoping it will catch on. I love Greek mythology, and I love Ancient Greek names (I like Modern Greek names as well, but have never found a single one that I don’t much prefer pronounced in Ancient Greek).

Mine is Shealah. Pronounced like [name]Shayla[/name].

I don’t know where she got [name]Monday[/name] from, but I do know that she was thinking of calling me Sophina, and I’d much rather have that than [name]Monday[/name]…ugh. But she did find out she was preggo with me on a [name]Monday[/name]…maybe that has something to do with it??

Her best friend was called [name]Renita[/name], so I guess she changed the S to a V.