Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ten on Tuesday (The Name Game)

1. How did your parents decide on your name?
My father originally wanted to name me Doogabock. I'm not sure of the spelling because it's not a real word. Luckily, my mom vetoed that nomination but wanted my name to be a little different, so I wound up with Stephany. I hated it growing up, but I've grown to love the unique spelling.

2. Do your initials (First, Middle, Last) spell out anything funny?
No. It spells out SMR, which always makes me think of the Smurfs.

3. Did you taken your middle name from childhood or did you take your maiden name as your middle name? (If unmarried, what do you plan to do?)
I'm taking my husband's last name when I eventually marry. I have no connection to the last name I currently have and pretty much hate it. (It's super German and nobody pronounces it right!) I would probably drop my last name, if I can do that. Just keep my first and middle name the same, with my husband's name as my last name.

4. Are you or will you name your children thematically (i.e., same first letter, all of the same origin...)
I've known quite a few families that have all their children's names the same first letter. I think it's kind of cute. I don't know if I'll end up doing the same, but it is an option I would consider. Right now, the whole multiple kids ordeal is so far in the future, I'm not even thinking about it.

5. Did you decide on baby names as a little girl? Did you stick to them or change your mind?
Not as a little girl, but probably around fifth grade was when I started really thinking about baby names. I used to be obsessed with them! But my favorites would change rather frequently, so I expect the names I do settle on for my babies will be a lot different than I imagined.

6. Does your family have any names that have been passed down through generations?
No. I mean, my brother does have my dad's name but they have different middle names. And he didn't carry on the name to his son.

7. Do you look at the meaning of the name or just the name itself?
Honestly, I don't put too much stock in meanings. I think they're important, but not so much that it hinders my decisions. For example, the name "Mallory" is one I love and it's the name of a cousin of mine. Meaning? "Ill-omened." Meanings carry very little weight for me.

8. Do you name pets with human names (Sally, Henry) or with pet names (Fluffy, Mr. Bo Bo)?
With all the dogs I've had (Minnie, Buford, Dutch), they've all been named previously so I had no input on that. (Although I did name the dog next door Rory, because he looks like one.) I had a bird, once, that I named Rachel. And a hamster named Shadow (from Homeward Bound...). I also had fish that I named Jack, Rose, Ti, and Tanic. I am nothing if not original. (And I also had a strange obsession with Titanic as a fifth-grader.)

9. Are there any names you have an affinity or dislike based on a childhood experience/someone you once knew?
There are a few names I've taken off my list thanks to other people having the same name. Sometimes, it just ruins the name, you know? And then there's the names I used to hate due to knowing someone with the name, but then grew to love after knowing someone else with the same name.

10. What are some of your favorite names? Why?
I can't give a reason to why I like these names so much, but I just love them. For girls: Aubrey, Bailey, and Lucia. For boys: Levi, Jonah, and Noah.

*Hosted by Chelsea


  1. This was one of my favourite Ten on Tuesdays! I was so disappointed last year when I met a guy who I thought was pretty nice at first, who ended up being a GIANT jerk - and he happened to have my favourite name ever. That pretty much ruined it for me!

    It's a shame too that my favourite sequence of names for a girl would spell SEKS lol :)

  2. Doogabock would have been an interesting name?! I wonder how people would have tried to pronounce it all the time?

    I've always really like the name Stephanie and I really, really enjoy it with the spelling Stephany. It just gives it a little personal touch, which I think is always nice!

  3. Love the post! Your name is awesome!
    BTW... You've been tagged!

  4. Hahahaha I love the Ti and Tanic fishes!! Also if it helps at all, my mom almost called my brother Bozo but luckily his dad vetoed that one. Sometimes parents come up with the craziest things... And my mom had no say in my name, my brother chose it! :)

  5. Levi is a super cute boys name, Noah too! Love them.

  6. Yay for girls with Ys in their names! I'm Krysten because my dad and his siblings have Ys (Larry, Robyn and Gayle). My brother Ryan has a Y as well.

  7. I LOVE the Titanic-themed fish names!

  8. Ooh, I haven't heard or thought of the name Mallory in ages! It IS a pretty one. And, like you, I knew someone named Mallory who had killed it for me (she was a major BRAT that I babysat), but then in college I had a friend named Mallorie who was the sweetest ever.

    Also, Levi is my nephew's name! Love him, love his name. :-)

  9. Names are fun! I enjoyed reading this. :]

  10. I plan on taking my future husband's last name and completely ditching mine as well, keeping my middle name - I didn't realize people actually take their maiden name as their middle name.

    I love all of your boy names! I never think of any boy names, only ones for girls. I should probably dedicate more time to boy names.

  11. Oo, I love the names Lucia and Levi!

    I have no attachment to my last name either and mine is also terribly mispronounced even though it's totally phonetic and easy to say!

  12. I try not to think about kid names for obvious reasons. My sister named me though!!! I dropped the maiden name and kept my "real" middle name. It was after my grandpa so it had more sentimental value than my maiden name plus sometimes I go by maiden married name if that makes sense. Gotta love FB for that!

  13. I really like the spelling of your name.

    In my family the name William Adam had been passed down for ages though my mom didn't know that when my brother was born. His name is Adam William. My grandfather's first name is William. I'm pretty sure that if I ever had a boy William would be somewhere in his name.

  14. You are really lucky you didn't end up being Doogabock. Your life would have probably sucked pretty dramatically for the majority of your teenage years. Steph was the perfect way to dodge that grotesque bullet.

    I hate the name Eric and urge you to also.

    ...He knows why.

  15. You are really lucky you didn't end up being Doogabock. Your life would have probably sucked pretty dramatically for the majority of your teenage years. Steph was the perfect way to dodge that grotesque bullet.

    I hate the name Eric and urge you to also.

    ...He knows why.


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