1. I came VERY close to being named Allison.
    I do like the name, though I don't think it suits me as much as my actual name. And yes, my father is a big Costello fan, so I probably dodged the bullet of having everyone sing my name all the time.
  2. Another name under consideration was... BEATRICE.
    I have no idea where my parents got this. Maybe I could have learned to rock it in an ironic sort of way, but... Dear lawd, I managed to dodge a second bullet.
  3. My mom ended up being relieved to have a girl because she didn't really like any of the boys names they had considered for me.
  4. Had I been a boy, my dad liked to push names he thought would make flashy soccer player names.
    For instance, Dominick (it works with our surname) and, I kid you not, VALENTINO. (He came to his senses three children later and my brother has a somewhat more traditional name.)
  5. I'm curious! What were some names you were almost given?
    OR: if you've changed your name from the one you were given as a baby, how did you decide your current one?
  6. I was supposed to be Christopher Lee as they were hoping for a son. Ooooops. So went with Christina Marie instead. 😁
    Suggested by @marginally_amazing
  7. Mary Elizabeth (nicknamed Mary Beth)
    The ultimate Catholic name!! Mama loved it (she came from gigantic Irish Catholic family), but Daddy talked her out of it. He has two sister he doesn't get on well with (named Mary Anne & Beth) & he didn't want them getting any ideas that he named his 1st born after them. So they hit Irish names in a baby book instead, & I end up with Deidre (which means "the girl who is always sad" 😳)
    Suggested by @dreadpiratemama
  8. Christmas my last name is Carroll, thankfully they went with Jennifer.
    Suggested by @elmospimpingme
  9. James Rollins III
    That silly ultrasound at 20 or so weeks showed my arm in the penis area. So they thought I was a boy. They were suuuuper bummed when they found out they were having another girl. The baby book name they chose was Christian Nicole. Then I was born and screamed so effing loud my dad said, she's a Christina(aaahhh) Nicole. So, boy, then baby book, then a name with a scream at the the end.
    Suggested by @Boogie
  10. Melisandre
    This didn't work out because my grandmother heard the name and said, "Oh, like Smelly Melly" and then my mom couldn't unhear it. So I became Lauren instead.
    Suggested by @sofamiliar
  11. Shannon or Bridget
    Clearly trying to honor the Irish heritage. My dad wanted to consider Alice after my deceased grandmother, but after my grandpa laid it on thick for them to choose that name, my mom rebelled and they went with Colleen. Honestly I'm not wild about any of the three options, but I think they picked the best of the worst.
    Suggested by @colls39
  12. Benjamin Hull
    My parents thought I was a boy until the day I was born. They came up with Mary Kathryn on the spot. :) Hull is a family name, I still kinda like it.
    Suggested by @marykathryn
  13. Brianna and then Stephanie
    My parents had decided on Brianna before I was born, but apparently my tiny baby face didn't look like a Brianna to them so they ended up naming me Samantha. The weirdest thing was that after I was already named people kept accidentally calling me Stephanie INCLUDING MY MOM. My 19 year old mother was convinced that she'd named me the wrong thing. I'm sure my dad talked her out of going through the name change process and they left me with my original birth name.
    Suggested by @samcarman
  14. Emily
    Just like most of li.st, my parents and older sister were disappointed by my being male. 😆
    Suggested by @NumbahTwo
  15. Samantha
    I'm not sure what made my parents change their mind. Another option was Emily.
    Suggested by @sarahmccoy
  16. Clarence if I was a boy
    *shudders* thank goodness. Growing up Frances wasn't the best, but happy I wasn't Clarence.
    Suggested by @francium
  17. Cinnamon or Roxanne.
    No kidding. My mother seriously almost named me Cinnamon. How different my life might have been with that moniker. Pole dancer in all likelihood, definitely a Spice Girl.
    Suggested by @angela3950
  18. Rhett Elden
    If I would've been a boy. I'm thankful that I didn't get this name but it would've been cool to share a name with Rhett McLaughlin of Rhett and Link.
    Suggested by @laneeeee_sue
  19. Debbie, or Michael or Daniel
    My parents wanted to be surprised on their first baby's sex, so they had to plan for both possibilities. It was Cathy or Debbie for a girl, or Michael or Daniel for a boy. I came out looking like a Cathy. I would have been okay with Daniel if I'd been a boy, but I know a lot of Michaels who are jerks. People mistake me for "their friend Debbie" a lot so I must live in an alternate timeline somewhere as her...
    Suggested by @silverwolf634
  20. Hannah
    Suggested by @AwesomeEm77
  21. Logan
    If I'd been a boy. SO glad I wasn't (for many reasons 😉), because I loathe that name.
    Suggested by @mamie
  22. Batman
    Swear it. Tim Burton's 'Batman' had just come out and it had a big effect on my dad's life. My mom shot him down...
    Suggested by @Nicholas
  23. Caleb, Martha, Sparkle
    My parents didn't know my gender ahead of birth, but definitely knew I would be Caleb. My dad pushed hard for Martha, in honor of his mom, but my mom couldn't deal. My older brother must have sensed I would be a girl because Sparkle was his choice from the get go!
    Suggested by @onceiwasawolfe
  24. Penelope
    My dad LOVES that name and is still furious that's not what I'm called
    Suggested by @drugs
  25. George
    I was the third girl. They only picked out a boy's name. I would have been named after my dad - that honour went to my eldest half-brother not my younger brother. They feminised it and named me Georgina.
    Suggested by @solitarygigi
  26. I was almost lucky enough to be named Kermit. Yes, as in the frog. 🐸 that would have definitely made sure I wouldn't have gone into the Marines. Thankfully, it was almost!
    Suggested by @GavMaLav
  27. Scout
    Would have been too much to live up to. Also my cousin's dog was named Scout.
    Suggested by @allysonarno
  28. Atticus
    Thank god I was a girl. My mom loves To Kill a Mockingbird, but not enough to name a child Scout.
    Suggested by @sarahb
  29. Had I been a boy, I would have been Scott.
    Suggested by @Dashelamet
  30. Beryl
    @kate_dom OMG, how did I forget this! My dad was a scientist who worked with precious gems and minerals. He really wanted to name me Beryl (believe it's pronounced burl), but my mom said no, because kids would call me barrel. Thank you, Mom, bullet dodged.
    Suggested by @Dashelamet
  31. Victoria. Which would have had so much more nickname potential. Instead I'm a Laura, but go by Lore, as I kinda hate my name, lol.
    Suggested by @kaelliope
  32. Sebastian or Seth if I were a boy!
    I'd be okay with Seth.. 🤗
    Suggested by @Evie
  33. Wesley Dean
    But my parents were hippies, so.... Dude it is.
    Suggested by @HisDudeness