Prompt: My Name

28 May

The Lissa Chronicles posted an awesome prompt about “your name.” I love names, so I thought, why not?

Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself? Photographers, show us YOU.


My name is Emily. I’m not named after anyone, though I was once told–after pestering my parents one time too often–that I was named after Emily Elizabeth from the Clifford books. I think the more likely story is that my mom saw a name she liked and gave it to me without any real associations.

My middle name is Marie, which is one of those “filler” middle names. I feel like everyone I meet has Marie as a middle name. However, Marie is actually a family name. I’m the third generation with the middle name Marie, and my great-grandma’s first name is Marie. My mom felt pressured into giving me this middle name as she didn’t like the flow of it with “Emily” because of the -ie sound at the end of both names, but she caved.

I like the sound of my name and I think Emily suits me. What I don’t like (okay, understatement: more like “despise”) is how popular it is! A few years after I was born, Emily soared to the #1 girl’s name in the U.S. and stayed there for eleven years. It’s still in the top ten. Funnily enough, I never had an issue with it in school. I remember there was one other Emily in latch key in elementary school and I had an Emily in one of my classes in high school. However, when I went to university there were something like 20 Emilys at the university (out of ~750 students). I worked with one of them and another was in my same two majors–English and History–so we saw a lot of each other. I would say a majority of my classes had another Emily in them. I also currently live in a house where 3/5 inhabitants are named Emily. (Fun fact: in university, I was Emily Two. Of my two closest Emily friends, there was Emily One and Emily Junior. Our designations were based on age.)

It’s not so bad, really, but it’s given me a taste for more unique names. I don’t know what I’d rename myself if I could. I love a lot of names (check out my favorite names here!), but I can’t think of another that suits me. Not that it matters–in the end, I wouldn’t actually change it, despite its popularity!

Answer the questions above! I’d love to see your answers.


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