Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Name Games - {#TuesdayTen}

According to the Social Security Administration website, in 1977, the year I was born, the five most popular girl names were Jennifer, Melissa, Amy, Jessica and Heather. Lisa, the name I was given, was apparently #12 that year. 

According to Babycenter.com, the most popular girl names of 2014 were Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Ava, and Isabella.  These are very different form the names of the 70's! 

Why am I telling you all of this? Well, today, March 3rd is Unique Names Day. So, we thought that, for Tuesday Ten, it would be fun to think about our own names. The original question we asked was "If you could change your name, what are ten others you might choose?"

Well, I struggled with that question. Although "Lisa" was pretty common in the 70's, I don't mind it. My middle name is Elaine which happens to be my mom's name, so I wouldn't want to change that. If I ever did consider changing my name, my two favorite female names are Rachel and Elizabeth, but, since I gave those two names to my firstborn daughter, I couldn't really take them myself.

I decided to ask my girls about their names. My oldest, you know - the one I bestowed my two favorite names upon - she told me that she doesn't like her name at all and would definitely change it if given the chance. She wasn't quite sure what she would change it to, however. 

My middle daughter is Megan Julia. (Sidetone: According to my parents, I was almost Julia which is a combination of my two grandmothers' names, Jewel and Eula. For some reason, my parents changed their mind and I used the idea for my second daughter!) Megan had trouble coming up with alternative names for herself as well, but eventually proposed the possibility of Jessica or Lauren. 

Finally, there's my youngest, Emily Margaret. "Emily" has always been another favorite female name of mine. When my older two were born, though, Emily and Emma were extremely popular, so I hesitated in giving that name to my own child. By the time I had a third girl, though, it's popularity had faded and I was out of options. If Emily had the chance to change her name, she would choose Isabella, Elizabeth, Kelly, or Ginger.

After the conversation with my girls, I was still at a loss for a list of ten, so I did what most anyone would do nowadays - I turned to the internet. I remembered not long ago taking one of those little quizzes to find out what my princess name would be and figured there must be tons more name based quizzes. I was not disappointed! 

1. Based on a series of 10 completely random questions including what I do when I'm alone in an elevator and what I might have permanently tattooed onto my forehead, this Buzzfeed Quiz determined that my actual name should be Emmylou.

2. Lucida GrandeThat's what this quiz has chosen for my celebrity name stating that I would "remember my roots and always make time for signing autographs."

3. Another Buzzfeed quiz tells me that, based on my affinity for the beach and my perspective on true love, my Disney Princess name should be Ariel.

4. Yet another quiz states that I am "clumsy and awkward and hate being the center of attention. But, I'm brave and big-hearted." Therefore, if I was in a Harry Potter book, I would be called Neville Longbottom.

5. Based on my choice of a scarf and board game, this Buzzfeed Quiz determined that, if I was in the movie Frozen, my name would be Elsa.

6. If I was a character on Friends, this quiz on Buzzfeed says my name would be Rachel. (Confession: it actually said my name would be Gunther, but I could't accept that, so I took the quiz over to get a different answer.

7. This quiz puts me in an episode of Full House and says my name would be D.J. Tanner. (Although, I'm not quite sure how it calculated that result based on my choice of a cereal, an ice cream flavor, and an emoji.

8. Apparently, if I was a fast food restaurant, my name would be Dunkin Donuts. At least that was the conclusion this quiz came to after I answered a few questions about my preference in movies, beverages, and dessert.

9. Henrietta would be my "posh British name" according to this quiz which states that my LinkedIn profile would list "socialite" as my job title.

10. Ironically, this quiz asked what I would name a son and what I would name a bar if I was to open one in order to determine that, if I was a sea creature, I would be called a clownfish(Yes, I know that's not really a name, but I'm running out of options here!)

And, because I got a tad carried away taking these ridiculous fun quizzes, here is a bonus one for you.

Bonus - This quiz says that, if I were a superhero, my name would be Black Panther. Honestly, I have no idea if that is an actual comic book superhero or not, but the description says that I would "have a bold personality and command attention whenever I walk in the room." Also, the Panthers were my high school's mascot, so I'll go with it! 

So there you have it - 10 11 names I could go by according to some extremely scientific Buzzed quizzes. While these were lots of fun to take, I think that, for now, I'll just stick with Lisa. It's served me pretty well for the past 38 years and I'm not all that fond of change anyway!  

Did you take any of these quizzes? C'mon! Of course you did!! Which one did you take and what name did it give you? Tell me in the comments! 
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Janine Huldie said...

You totally brought me back and yes I am more the guilty of wanting my name to be Jennifer instead of Janine when we were kids, since we are indeed the same age and it was literally the most popular name, but like you now I wouldn't change it forthe world, but still the quizzes look fun and may try a few. So thanks for that 😉

Dana said...

I have to say that I just don't see you as Black Panther! I never thought about what I would name a second daughter - we found out James was a boy before we even started of thinking of names. Three would definitely be hard! I like you as Lisa - you should keep it. :)

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

They were fun - completely random questions, though, so I'm have no idea how they calculate these names! :-)

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Yeah - choosing a name for the third was tough. We went with Emily because it had been on our list for a while and was about the only one left that we agreed on. Margaret, her middle name, comes from one of David's aunts who was like a grandmother to him. She passed away just a few weeks before we found out we were pregnant, so it was an easy decision to add that. If we ever had a fourth, I have no idea what we would name her!

MamaRabia said...

We all take those quizzes over when the answer is wrong!! Don't worry about it! I still can't see you as a Neville, though!

Kenya G. Johnson said...

LOL to Dunkin Donuts. I saw one of those quizzes pop up today but I didn't take it and I rarely play along. I remember some quiz came up once upon a time ago and whatever it was the name was pretty close to my name. Oh I know, it was the quiz about if John Travolta messed up your name. But hold on, I am going to take the Dunkin Donuts one and report back. P.S. I resurrected an applicable old post to link up.

Kenya G. Johnson said...

Well I got Dunkin Donuts too! I wonder how close our answers were. It said something about telling people to cut the crap which I absolutely wouldn't/don't.

Kenya G. Johnson said...

I just took one of that Lisa linked to above and I want to retake it. LOL!

Kenya G. Johnson said...

I changed six of the answers and still got Dunkin Donuts. One of the answers that was the same was ice cream for my dessert. #stupidquiz

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Ha! Yeah, there is absolutely no rhyme or reason to how they come up with the answer. I did a re take on several and still kept getting the same answers. I remember that John Travolta one - I should have looked it up for this list! :-)

Eli J. Pacheco said...

Dizzying, all. I'm the dad who gets his kids' names right on the third try (not impressive - I have three kids!) I do like the idea of a comic-book hero named EmmyLou who, when the city needs her most, becomes the Black Panther.

Imagine the outfit.

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Ha! The EmmyLou part of the outfit I could pull off. The Black Panther part - not so much!

Tamara Bowman said...

ha! Hello, Dunkin Donuts. I like that.
So I was always Tammy to my family and friends. Even when I switched it up as an adult, some people could never adjust. Ever! I would totally adjust for them!
In high school I decided that my name would be Claudia! It lasted a whole day.

TheMissusV said...

My mom had 7 names for me but she was advised by the NSO officer to just choose 2 because it would never fit in the form!!!

Jill Robbins said...

So, can I call you black panther now? LOL.

Chris Carter said...

Gunther!!!! LOLOL I LOVE that you took the test again to get another name. Rachel is MUCH better.

I hope your firstborn eventually is honored by her name and cherishes it like she should. <3 I'm guessing that breaks your heart a little bit, Lisa.

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

I don't think Claudia suits you or Tammy. Although, If I'm Dunkin Donuts, I might have to start calling you "cookie!" 😜 (Except that ind of sounds like a stripper name, so maybe not.)

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Seven?!? Wow!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Sure! :-)

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

A little, but it's just her way - she is always trying to go against the grain and I think it's a little bit of that adolescent angst, too, in which they don't like anything their parents do. At least for 5 more years she would have to have my permission to actually change it which she won't get. Hopefully, by then she will have outgrown her dislike.

Tarana said...

This was a fun read! My favourite name has always been Tanya.

Nicole/TheMadlabPost said...

Dunkin Donuts would be a funny name. I kinda like Emmylou, for some odd reason it has a cute ring to it. When I think of those popular baby names of 2014 that you mentioned, Chicago P.D. & American Family comes to mind for Sophia while I think "Harry Potter" when reading about the name Emma, and Scandal pops up when the name Olivia comes to mind...but I know (or at least, I'm hoping) pop culture wasn't the inspiration behind all the pregnant women who gave birth last year. Ha!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

I have a good friend named Tanya! :-)

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

My youngest daughter's name is Emily and, occasionally, we do call her EmmyLou, so I thought it was funny when I got that one. Also, I have some friends who really did name the son, Aidan, after Aidan form Sex & the City!!!

Kristi - Finding Ninee said...

Names are hard! I wanted Carter for Tucker but my husband said it sounds wimpy and dorky. Tucker's basically the only name we both liked. I don't think I'd want to change my name either although Neville Longbottom is pretty tempting. I do love all of your daughter's names too.

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

I love my girls' names, too, (obviously) and I wind they did as well! :-) I have a nephew named Carter.

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