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Posted: 4/9/2014 7:44:18 PM
As an Alana, I have gone through life meeting very few. And when I do meet one, they usually pronounce it differently. Or it is pronounced the same but spelled Alanna.

And facebook is very good at focusing its ads towards your "needs". So I received an ad for this Tshirt in my feed today. Over 150 different Alanas responded.

I loved reading the responses from "I thought I was the only one" to "this thread is scaring me".

But I'm still not going to order it....


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Posted: 4/9/2014 7:47:13 PM
I go by Cindi, but my first name is unique enough that I have never found another person with that name and Google searches don't show anyone else with it either. My sister is the same...we had very creative parents.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 7:57:04 PM
I don't think that Laurel is real common (popular, ever, lol), but I don't think it's rare.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:00:00 PM
My last name isn't *super* common but it's far from rare. My first name was very popular for a few years (shortly after I was born). Google reveals there are a few people in the world with my first name/last name combo.







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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:00:07 PM
Yes!
Nettie is not common at all.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:02:59 PM
Ha My first cousin is named Laurel. Born in mid 60s.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:07:46 PM
First name, no. Last name, yes. My first name is Jennifer. I'm guessing it was in the top 10 the year I was born, 1975. I graduated with 5 other Jennifers.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:07:52 PM
I used to think my name was very uncommon, but I have a friend that knows two people with the name Dori. So I'm scrapbooking Dori (or Dori A) and the other Dori is snowmobile Dori (or Dori B ).

There is also a Dori that works for my company and of course Dory from Finding Nemo People make a point of telling me when they know someone with my same name

It's more common to find someone that uses Dori in place of Dorothy or a longer name. Dori is my birth name, it's not short for anything.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:09:06 PM
I have a name that is 2 names in one, and is all one word. Invariably, people call me only by the first part of my name, and if they do take note of both names, they spell it as two words.

My friend has the name situation - her name is Marylyn. Not Marilyn and not Mary Lyn. My son's ex was Julianne. Not Juli Anne. More like Julian.

I decided I was going to name my kids names that could not be confused, but I made a huge error with Jeffrey. 90% of the time people write Jeffery. His name is not Jeff ERY. Not to mention Geoffrey..... I should have anticipated that, but prior to choosing that name I haddn't even heard of Jeff ery.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:11:22 PM
I only know of one other person currently with my first name - the one I was named after. I did a Google search once and only found them in the 1800s.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:15:42 PM
Like my screen name says, my name is Tricia, not Patricia. I've met a couple Trisha's, but I've only met one other Tricia IRL. We were 11 and 12, I think, and not only the same first name, but the same middle name and the same glasses. We were on the same softball team.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:15:42 PM
I used to think my first name was Rae but after discovering the internet I find out that it is not.
My first and last name combo however is very rare. I know of two others in the world and they are both men from Poland! Lol


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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:19:35 PM
Both my first and last name are pretty uncommon. Growing up I always had to correct the teacher on both names on the first day of school!

My married name is also rare, and worse it is the same spelling as an actual word but is pronounced completely differently, so nobody ever gets it right. So I still have the same problem.

I always get the, "hello, is this Rachel?" on phone calls and stuff. I usually respond, "yes, this is Rachelle" just in case it's someone I will be interacting with later. It is way more awkward to correct someone on your name after you've known them for a couple weeks than to correct them in the beginning!

ETA: I have never met anyone or heard of anyone who wasn't a close relative who had the same last name as my maiden name. While it was pretty straightfoward to pronounce, nobody got it right because they said a more common name that was a few letters different instead or used a spanish pronunciation.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:19:51 PM
I've only known about 3 other people personally with my name. I don't think Rhonda was ever very popular even with the Beach Boys song and that was released after I was born.




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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:20:12 PM
My name is Margaret. I'm 46 and in my lifetime I think I've only met three other women my age who have the same name.

There are some elderly women named Margaret but not even that many. It also seems like it had a tiny blip of popularity for girls recently, though I don't think I've heard of a one that actually goes by Margaret. Usually they're called Maggie.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:21:14 PM
I don't think Elizabeth is a rare name.

But my DDs was. It seems to be gaining popularity now though
Back when I named her Mila, almost 30 years ago I only knew one person with her name and it was my great grandma
But now, It seems like there are more and more.

My last name seems to be gaining popularity as a first name too. I know several little girls and a little boy with it


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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:21:20 PM
My name is Kathleen. I've always been called Kathy. Very, very common name for my age. I hated that my parents didn't just name me Kathy because that's what they call me. I was determined not to name my girls one name and call them by another. I have an Allison and a Sarah. I corrected anyone who tried to shorten their names when they were babies. They are adults now and are still called Allison and Sarah.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:23:40 PM
I've only come across 2 Jeanette's (forget spelling, just my name period) since high school many moons ago. Never in my social groups or past work environments.

And sigh, yes many Janet's....


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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:29:31 PM
I know an Alana, a Laurel and a Dori.......

My full first name is old English and had been unusual. I had met the great aunt I was named after. Other then that I have never met anyone with my name. There are several actresses with it that I know of.

ETA: I also know several Margarets and they use Margaret. And 2 other Jeanettes.. I guess maybe I know more names becasue I am older..

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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:48:31 PM
I'm the only Harmony I've ever met

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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:48:45 PM
My first name is Virginia, although I go by Ginny. Virginia used to be a very popular name, but not any more.

My married name is very unique. It was made up just a few generations ago. It has something to do with someone being ashamed of their past.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:01:17 PM
I wouldn't call it rare, but I wouldn't call it common either.
It's definitely uncommon enough that I suffered not being able to buy personalized things with my name on it.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:01:30 PM
My name is very rare for a girl. Freddi. It was a bear as a child but now I guess it is ok. It's not short for anything. Just my given name.
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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:03:10 PM
My first name is Corey. I'm 55 years old and female. I didn't meet another female Corey til I was about 30 and she was 17. That was pretty cool.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:07:05 PM
My first and last name are pretty common. So common that there was someone at ASU with my same name and at the pharmacy where I got my prescriptions they had once almost given me the wrong ones.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:12:31 PM
According to what I've googled.... Fewer than 1,589 people have my first name....fewer than 980 have my last name... And 1 or fewer have the combo of my first and last name in the US... Which means I'm the only one in the US.... Makes me easy to find




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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:14:39 PM
I'm a Lisa. It was the most popular girls name for something like 8 years beginning in the mid-60s. However, I did have a rather unusual last name. I was happy to take my husband's last name so I didn't have to spend the rest of my life pronouncing and spelling my last name. My maiden name is Spanish (I am not) and mostly found in southern border states. Even growing up in southern California I was always correcting pronunciation and spelling it out. My understanding on how we ended up with a Spanish last name is that it was adopted by my father's family when they moved to California in the 1800s.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:15:46 PM
Apparently my name is very rare because no one can get it right. It's Jan, short for Janet, but if I have to give my name for an order or reservation I get called Jen, Jane, and my favorite, which happens fairly regularly, is JAM. Yeah, like jelly. I always spell my name but that doesn't seem to help!

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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:16:25 PM
I'm a Cindy born in the late 60's. My 2 best friends in middle school were Cyndie and Cindi. I would say it's rare to hear of anyone naming their daughter Cindy these days. I swear 1/2 the time the barista at Starbucks writes Sydney on my cup.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:19:30 PM

I wouldn't call it rare, but I wouldn't call it common either.
It's definitely uncommon enough that I suffered not being able to buy personalized things with my name on it.
Me too which is one reason why I gave my kids names that did have the option to buy personalized stuff, lol.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:21:27 PM
My first name is Jayme- so not crazily common or uncommon. My last name is normal enough, but not very common. As far as Google can tell me, I am the only person in the world with my particular name combo and spelling. So I guess that is pretty rare.

I haven't changed my last name to Dh's yet, but there seems to be one person with that name.





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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:21:56 PM
I hear you re: giving your name out like Coffee Bean, Starbucks....I've since learned that I just give either Jen or something simple that I don't have spell lol.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:22:59 PM
Lana is not common and I have only met one person who pronounced it as I do

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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:23:07 PM
I'm laughing because I know a Dori from my son's baby group and a Harmony as a teenager (sister of a friend). No female Coreys though...


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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:24:00 PM
Rainy day woman... I've not googled how my name stands in the world... Now you've got me interested

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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:24:05 PM
My daughter is a one and only, unless she goes by her nickname. My maiden name is a made up one and only.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:26:11 PM
I went to school with an Alana, tricia. Dori was my aunt and her daughter was laurel.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:31:48 PM
MY maiden name was common and my married name was even more common, so that worked...


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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:38:26 PM
Baby name wizard is an excellent name to look upname trends since 1880.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:42:20 PM
My name isn't that uncommon, although you do not hear it on babies much now, and, even when I got my name in the 70s, it was on a downward trend and was a little dated.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 10:20:17 PM
I have both an unusual first and last name--a Google search finds less than 1400 of my first name in the US and I'm the only one in the country with my first and last name.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 10:26:28 PM
Mine is Karin.. not Karen. I hardly ever correct anyone who spells it wrong since my last names (maiden and married) are both a bitch to spell. Maiden was 9 letters and German, married is 10 letters and Italian. Good luck.

I got the slightly different spelling from my mom, Sherren (Sharon).


Lana is not common and I have only met one person who pronounced it as I do



How do you pronounce it? I have a friend named Lana (rhymes with banana) instead of Lonna.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 10:34:17 PM
I'm Kjirsten. I've never met another one. I did find a character in a book with that name once though.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 10:34:50 PM
My first name is pretty common but it used to also be a boys name in the 1970's so I've run into men & women w/same name over the yrs.

My son showed me How many of me? one day. It tells you how many people have your first name, last name. Lots of fun!

There are only 2 of me in the world! Each of my kids - only one of them each, even though their first names aren't unusual.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 10:44:43 PM
My first name is rare. How many of me? said I'm it. I've never even met someone with a same sounding name and a different spelling. Mine is not hard to pronounce, but since the bulk of it is a boy name, it throws people at first.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 11:05:12 PM
my first name in writing is not too rare, but most everyone pronounces it with the french/spanish way, and my family pronounces it the german way... I have never met anyone who uses the german way.

my sister is named Edith..not common in 1965. I grew up having to spell my first and last name.

my aunts name was Jerusha...and I gave it to my dd as a middle name...not too common at all. her nickname was
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Posted: 4/9/2014 11:10:42 PM
I used that baby name wizard with just my first name and I got "No names (my name) ranked top 1000 in any time in history" lol so I'm pretty sure I've got a very unique name. However 5 years ago I met someone with a variation of my name, sounds the same but spelled different. I like being unique!




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Posted: 4/9/2014 11:41:43 PM
I am fairly unique but using the links here I've figured out that 0.013 % of the population have my first name. How Many of Me say there are 14 with my first and last name combo. Hum? Fun!


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Posted: 4/9/2014 11:47:20 PM
My name is super common but as my mother and I tell everyone, "dad spelled it" I might have met one person in 38 years that spells it the same. When I finished my college placement tests and passed them in the lady said in a sweet, patronizing voice, "Oh look, you were so nervous you spelled your name wrong!" Appalled I grabbed the test to check and seeing nothing amiss said, "I don't know, it's spelled just like my father spelled it on my birth certificate! You'll have to take it up with him."

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Posted: 4/9/2014 11:58:00 PM
I worked for a Kelly. Her first name was Deborah and the teacher in first grade took it upon herself to call her by her second name Kelly. Now she goes by both but professionally she goes by Kelly. If a teacher decided that for my child without consulting me, I would be a bit unhappy.
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