Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton
pne

Names poll

At lunch today, we talked about the names we would have had if we had been born the opposite sex, and I thought I'd make a poll about it. (FWIW, my parents didn't have an alternate name for me, but they did for my middle sister, who they thought would be a boy. The gynæcologist, who had predicted her sex as male, ended up buying some girl clothing for my mother when he ended up wrong :D)

For "parents", read "people who gave me my name(s)", if appropriate.

And I realise I've forgotten an option on one of the last questions: "I go by a given name other than the first given name, but my parents intended for me not to go by my first given name but rather by that later given name" (Example: they wanted you to have the names Thomas and Andrew, to be called Thomas, but felt that Andrew Thomas sounded better than Thomas Andrew). Comment if that's the case.

Poll #969380 names and sex

If you had been born the opposite sex (e.g. if you had been a boy instead of a girl), would your parents have had a name picked out for you already?

Yes
43(62.3%)
No
10(14.5%)
Don't know
16(23.2%)

More details, if you know them and want to share:

My parents knew what sex I would be (e.g. from ultrasound pictures)
0(0.0%)
My parents thought they knew what sex I would be, but it turned out I was the other one
1(1.5%)
My parents didn't want to know what sex I would be until I was born
0(0.0%)
My parents had a name for me before I was born
0(0.0%)
...more than three months before I was born
0(0.0%)
...more than six months before I was born
0(0.0%)
...before I was even conceived
0(0.0%)
...before they even met one another
0(0.0%)
My parents picked out a name for me within 24 hours of my birth
1(1.5%)
My parents named me more than 24 hours after my birth
0(0.0%)
My parents had a boy's name and a girl's name ready, just in case
3(4.5%)
My name was mostly my mother's idea
1(1.5%)
My name was mostly my father's idea
1(1.5%)
My father picked some of my names, my mother picked some others (e.g. each parent picked one given name)
0(0.0%)
My parents both agreed on my name(s)
2(3.0%)
At least one of my names is that of another relative (middle name Ermintrude after my great-aunt, or whatever)
1(1.5%)
I got a unisex name
0(0.0%)

What would your parents have called you if you had been born the opposite sex? (If you know, otherwise leave blank)

And what did they call you? (Optional; leave blank if you don't want to give your real name)

Do you like your name?

Yes, I love it
5(7.6%)
It's fairly good
2(3.0%)
It's OK
2(3.0%)
I've grown used to it
1(1.5%)
I wish I had a different name
2(3.0%)
I used to hate it when I was younger but I've come to like it
0(0.0%)
It's a fairly rare name
0(0.0%)
...and I like it that way
0(0.0%)
...and that sucks sometimes (e.g. because I have to spell it all the time)
0(0.0%)
It's a fairly common name
0(0.0%)
...and I like it that way
0(0.0%)
...and that sucks sometimes (e.g. every other child in my school class had the same name)
0(0.0%)
It's neither particularly common nor particularly rare
0(0.0%)

How many given names do you have?

Mean: 1.99 Median: 2 Std. Dev 0.56
1
10(14.7%)
2
50(73.5%)
3
7(10.3%)
4
1(1.5%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
0(0.0%)

I go by...

my first given name (or an abbreviation or nickname derived from it)
58(85.3%)
my second given name (or an abbreviation or nickname derived from it)
2(2.9%)
my third or later given name (or an abbreviation or nickname derived from it)
0(0.0%)
a name that's not my legal name (e.g. a nickname)
4(5.9%)
a name that's my legal name but not one of my birth names
1(1.5%)
my family name
0(0.0%)
Something else that I'll explain in comments
3(4.4%)

Tickybox?

A tickybox killed my parents, you insensitive clod.
6(9.7%)
I don't have a name, you insensitive clod.
4(6.5%)
Gah, why did you have to remind me of my birth name that I've tried to purge from my mind!
2(3.2%)
Tickybox!
15(24.2%)
Mongoose.
12(19.4%)
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