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Answer this…. (A new weekly feature!)

January 12, 2015

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I actually really like my name, though there have been times in the past when I have wanted to change it. I was born Natalie Jane and it does hold a bit of a special meaning. Natalie is after my deceased brother Nathan, and Jane was my Mums best friend. I like the way it sounds together.

When I was younger (I’m talking like 8 years old) I loved the names Belinda, Melinda, and a name my sister often went by Tiffany. Then in my teenage years, I fell in love with the name of one of my sisters friends, Serica. Around this time, I was given the nickname Natatree and that was one that really stuck.

Natatree Darling was my online name for so many years and to this day, I still get called Natatree by old friends. I guess if I HAD TO change my name, that would probably be what I would choose.

Your turn to answer!
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  • Chel Pablo

    I love your name – Natalie. 🙂 I also think Natatree is cute and all kinds of quirky!

    If I could change my name (Michelle), I’d change it to Amelie. <3 My favourite movie! I'd give that name to my daughter ( if I ever have a daughter.). 🙂

    http://www.amelieinoz.blogspot.com

  • I love the idea of this feature Nat! Keen to play along 🙂 When I was a bit younger my friends and I took to calling each other by our full names (too many Sarahs, too many Kates, too many Matts etc) so I’ve been known as Sarahbrown (one word) by a lot of people for a long time, so much so that it’s strange when some people call me by my first name only! At times when full names were too much of a mouthful, we would often shorten to initials, so I became ‘SB’ – which a lot of people came to know me by in the future. When I started my business, I wanted it to be a reflection of me, and I called it ‘Esbie’. So I guess, if I were to change my name, I would change it to Esbie – but then I would no longer be SB!

  • Stefanie

    I’ve always loved the unusual names, Melody, Autumn, Summer, Winter, Spring (seasons seem to make great names XD) but one of my favourites has always been Alexandra. My mum has always said if I’d been a boy she’d have called me Alexander but the thought didn’t translate to the feminine form which is a shame because it can be shortened so many ways: Alex, Lexie, Alexa, Zandra, Andy.

    My name Stefanie can be shortened to Stef but it’s a catch-22 because I’m not fond of the long version but the short version is a bit abrupt and people tend to use it whether I want them to or not. Someone I didn’t get on with once shortened it to Steffie without asking if it was alright – it would have been if we were friends.

    My biggest frustration with my name is that people constantly spell it wrong. It’s traditionally spelt Stephanie and that’s what people are used to. I would keep my middle name though, Marie, I don’t mind it and I was named after my mum’s Italian school-friend Maria. 🙂

  • Pumba

    Sounds like a great new feature.
    I hate my name (Kate) – so boring.
    Currently pregnant and so looking for names – a few I love are Eden, Imogen, Felicity, Fenella, Paloma and Willa… but you have really stumped me with what I would rename myself.

  • Trees

    It’s an interesting question, my name is Teresa – but I prefer my nickname Trees (not so far from Natatree right?). I can’t imagine being called anything else! I’m very thankful for my middle name also which is Laura – I know so many friends are horrified by their middle name but “Teresa Laura” actually flows pretty nicely. I also used to want a cooler and more interesting name, but my name Teresa is constantly misspelled as Theresa – I can’t imagine having a really uncommon name!

  • I’ve always liked my name even though no one spells it right. Even when I spell it out to them. I’ve never really thought about changing it but, because I publish under a pen name, I got to pick a whole new name for myself.

    Because my sister is 13 years younger than me, when Mum was preggers, I so wanted her to call my sister Lola. Instead, she went with Anita because Lola was just too weird and embarrassing, she thought. Ha, my sister hates her name because it’s always used in stupid jokes like Anita Beer… and loves the name Lola!

  • amandagorton

    This is going to be a fun feature!!
    I would change my name to Rebecca – yes nothing creative or even remotely similar to my real name but all my life people have mistaken me for ‘a Rebecca’

  • Liking the new feature. Gosh, I have NO idea what I’d call myself. I used to like Gemma because it wasn’t widely used, but now it’s gained popularity (down to me obvi). When I was a young teenager, I wanted 4 girls called Melody, Symphony, Harmony and Rhapsody, but I can’t say I’d want any of those names myself or that my opinion is the same (phew thank goodness the 13 year old me never had babies). I like ‘Quinn’ for a boy or girl and am a big Dr Quinn fan, so maybe I’d be called that.

  • I do love my name. I was named after a little-known Roy Orbison song about a pearl diver. If I were to change my name I might call myself Amber. I’ve always liked the name and thought if I ever had a daughter I might call her that.

  • I have serious issues with names. I hate mine so much. It’s not a bad name it’s just nobody gets it right. I am Jessie. Just plane Jessie, but everyone thinks it’s short for Jessica. That is the name I really hate. Ever since I was a little kid, teachers and classmates would call me Jessica and no matter how many times I corrected them, they still called me Jessica. Sometimes on purpose. They’d say that they already have a friend named Jessica that likes to be called Jessie so they’ll call me Jessica to tell us apart, ok? NO! Ugh! If I was ever in need of the ability to explode someones brain with my mind, that conversation would have been it. Once, when I transferred to a new high school, I told people that the “J” was pronounced like a hard “G” so my name was actually Guess-ie. One teacher believed me and started calling me Guess. He will always be my favorite 🙂 Now days, in a lot of places I tell people to call me JJ. It’s my initials and there is no way they can mess it up. I don’t really like JJ but it’s a thousand times better than Jessica. I think if I could change my name, it’d be to either Joss or maybe Jude… I guess I like the J’s 🙂

  • Amelie is such a beautiful name! I used to love the name Michelle when I was younger though, I think I went through a stage of wanting every one elses name.

  • Hahah, I had a few of my high school teachers call me Natatree, you see my best friend in high school was also a Natalie, and we also had the same last initial. So we were both Natalie M. It worked out easier for them to call me Natatree and her Natalie! Guess is like some weird cool name that I think a celebrity would name their child 😛 I like JJ though, that sounds cool. Joss and Jude are both awesome names, and J is actually one of my favourite letters!

  • Amber is an awesome name, plus it’s such an awesome gem! I’m off to listen to that Roy Orbison song now!

  • I like the name Gemma! I can’t say I know anyone named Gemma personally, but I guess it is more common these days. Ha! That would be some very matchy-matchy kids! I love Melody, but I think thats cause I’m such a huge Doctor Who fan! Oh, Quinn! I like! If I was to have a child, I have a girls name I love, but I can’t figure out a male name! Now I want to re-watch Dr Quinn!

  • Rebecca is a good strong name! Whenever I think about if I have children, I always get drawn to long strong girls names!

  • I went to school with a girl who spelt her name exactly like yours! Yay for pen names, I guess thats why I loved having an online alias for so long, I could be a bit more mysterious.
    Hahahaha! Oh thats great! I would never think of that joke with Anita, but it works well, gosh, she’d never live it down! Then again, whenever I hear the name Lola, I instantly start singing that song in my head. Lo-lo-lo-lo-loooola!

  • Trees is such a great nickname! I’d get called ‘tree’ for short sometimes. I used to go around hugging trees, thats how my nickname came about. Your name flows nicely, I like the way mine flows together.

  • Aww, Kate is a nice name. Short and sweet! I have a couple baby names I like, but I think I’d get so anxious trying to pick a name for a baby! I also tend to love a lot more girls names then boys! Eden and Felicity are my faves of those. I tend to love looong somewhat old fashioned girls names, Penelope, Matilda, Veronica and my absolute favourite (which I would call my baby, if I was to have one) Abigail!

  • I love names that can be shortened in many ways! I love Matilda for that, you can get Matty, Mat, Tilly, Tilda, etc. I loooove Melody and I never really thought about it, but yes, Seasons are great names. I always loved the idea of the name Adelaide, and I’m not overly a fan of ‘place’ names.
    I think its tough when names are spelt differently, I do like it though, but most people just spell it how they are used to. I often get people spelling mine Nathalie.

  • Sarah is a reallllly popular name, I know there were like 5 at one time in my year at School! I was best friends with a Natalie, with the same last initial, so the teachers picked up on the Natatree nickname for me. I like Esbie, totally unique but still a lot of meaning and a throw back to your original name!

  • Stefanie

    Ooh Matilda’s a good one, it reminds me of the Roald Dahl book and a great character 😀 Adelaide’s an interesting one, it’s one of the few place names that work, India is another one that works well.
    That’s odd with the Nathalie thing, I’ve never seen it spelt like that so for other people to, odd.

  • Hehe, from what I remember it was a bit of a dirge. 😉 When I was on MySpace I messaged his son (Orbi, the one who used to go out with Kat Von D) and told him I was named after his dad’s song and he sent back a really nice message. Awwww.

  • Do I have to change my name? I used to hate it, but these days I’ve grown to love it. I’ve met other “Millie’s” before, but I’ve never yet met another Millicent. I also prefer being called Millicent to Millie (though I’m not offended like I was when I was a kid and people would call me Millie…)

    The biggest pet peeve I had when I was a kid with my name (aside from the nicknames people gave me – I don’t really like having nicknames for myself and apparently never have), was that when I would tell people my name was Millicent, they’d look at me blankly for a minute before nodding: “Ah! You mean Melissa.”

    No. I mean Millicent. *restrains self from hurting those people*

  • Nessbow

    Mmmm, this is a great question! I honestly don’t think I’d change my name even if I could. I used to hate the name Vanessa, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve come to love it. But if I had to pick another name for myself, I think I’d go with Maeve, because it’s one of my favourite names.