She wanted me to be named "Agnes."

Perth, Australia
September 13, 2016 7:44am CST
I have heard this story a few times now but it still makes me laugh and feel grateful that my mum and dad stuck to their guns! There was someone in the family called Kate and if I recall, was my mums Aunty. Anyway while my mum was pregnant with me, this Kate woman was telling, not suggesting, but telling my parents to name me Agnes. I don't mind the name really but I don't think it would have suited me. Especially since it's quite an old fashioned name for a baby being born in the 90s. Kate was apparently really annoyed that my parents didn't want to use this name. I have no idea why this name meant so much to her but at the end of the day, it's not even her decision. It's 100% my parents choice. Like I said, the name Agnes isn't really that bad but I much prefer "Danielle." Was your name picked out easily by your parents or were there a few names being tossed around?
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@Happy2BeMe (72069)
• Canada
13 Sep 16
My aunt wanted to name me Marnapuss Marlene! Thank god my parents didn't go with that. Mom wanted to name me Roxanne (Roxy for short) but then they decided to name me after a lady who run the local store. It worked out good because when I was a kid I would always get free candy at the store because I was named after her.
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• Perth, Australia
13 Sep 16
@Happy2BeMe oh my! ok I am so glad you weren't called that either lol Not for my benefit but for yours! I worry you may have been teased for that in school! HAHA bonus!
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@Happy2BeMe (72069)
• Canada
13 Sep 16
@VivaLaDani13 oh I am sure I would have been. I always wanted to have just an ordinary name like Susan or Shelley. Those names were popular back then. I ended up with a name that was different and I didn't like it when I wasn younger but now I appreciate that they took the time to give me a different name. My sisters all have common names.
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@Ritu96 (902)
• Sonipat, India
13 Sep 16
agnes doesn't suits u.Danielle is a nice name my mom gave me this name Ritu...thre is no story behind it....
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• Perth, Australia
13 Sep 16
@Ritu96 Yeah I can't look at myself now and think of me as Agnes. Although I guess that's hard since I'm used to Danielle lol Ritu is a cool name!
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@Ritu96 (902)
• Sonipat, India
13 Sep 16
@VivaLaDani13 you should thank your mom...she didnot name u Agnes
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• Perth, Australia
13 Sep 16
@Ritu96 Yeah I said thanks to mum and dad when I first heard this story.
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@irishidid (8521)
• United States
13 Sep 16
I don't know how my name got chosen as I had my name already when I was adopted and my adoptive mom didn't change it.
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• Perth, Australia
13 Sep 16
@irishidid That's fair enough. As long as you're happy with the name too I guess.
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@irishidid (8521)
• United States
13 Sep 16
@VivaLaDani13 Hated it for years but now I wouldn't change it. LOL
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• Perth, Australia
13 Sep 16
@irishidid haha aw I'm sorry! Did you think of names back then that you wished you had?
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
13 Sep 16
My dad named my brother and my mom named me. My dad told me he hated the fact that Mom named me after him. He said she could have come up with a better name than that. So it's a bit rare that I was named after my dad instead of my older brother. The first born usually gets that honor. Dad also told me that he gave my brother the middle name of Augustus but Mom just wrote down Gus on the paperwork. Dad was not too happy about that either.
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• Perth, Australia
14 Sep 16
@RichardMeister oh dear! So was it because she preferred Gus or was it just a misunderstanding?
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
14 Sep 16
@VivaLaDani13 Dad said it was because she was too lazy to spell it out. But who knows for sure. Mom will be turning 92 this October but I'm sure she wouldn't remember why.
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• Perth, Australia
14 Sep 16
@RichardMeister Hope your mum has a good birthday though. My mums birthday was....well still is...I feel weird saying it's someones birthday when they aren't alive anymore. Hers is on the 23rd of October. I can't remember how old she would have been though.
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@JudyEv (115704)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Sep 16
I'm not sure how I can to be Judy or more correctly Judith. Mum never called me Judy as she said she had had too many milking cows called 'Judy'. It seems strange that she still used Judith. She must have known many would shorten it.
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• Perth, Australia
13 Sep 16
@JudyEv I actually like the names Judith and Judy. They both sound classy and pretty to me..
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@JudyEv (115704)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Sep 16
@VivaLaDani13 Thank you. You now have even more brownie points!
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• Perth, Australia
14 Sep 16
@JudyEv lol yay!
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@zebra2222 (5079)
• United States
21 Sep 16
Agnes definitely is a name whose time has passed. Glad you weren't named that.
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• Perth, Australia
21 Sep 16
@zebra2222 Definitely. No doubt I would have been teased in school for it if it was my name. Really happy it's not my name.
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@Daljinder (20928)
• India
18 Jan 17
@VivaLaDani13 I am happy too. How awful it would have been to have a friend named "Agnes" ?
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• Jacksonville, Florida
13 Sep 16
Yeah I'm not a big fan of the name Agnes, it's okay but as you said old fashioned. My name was the first name they picked and they both liked it so they went with it. =)
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• Perth, Australia
13 Sep 16
@LovingMyBabies Your name is a beautiful name. I've always like it! Do you prefer people calling you by your full name or Jenny / Jen for a nickname?
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@hereandthere (27844)
• Philippines
13 Sep 16
if she loved the name agnes so much then she should have used it on her children. when you see her, does she mention it?
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• Perth, Australia
13 Sep 16
@hereandthere I don't even know this woman nor know if she is even alive. Not sure if she ever had children of her own. I will have to ask my dad again when he comes back home.
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@Daljinder (20928)
• India
13 Sep 16
Mother Teresa? Really? Grand aunt wanted you named after Her? Not that anything was wrong with Mother Teresa. She was a spectacular personality! lol Edit: Sorry I forgot Okay so how my humongous name came to be (scowl) I don't like my name but I like to use it (if that makes any sense) Over here, father's sister gets the first right to name the newborn. (Though she can give the rights up if she desires and parents can also opt to name their child differently if they don't like the name. But it rarely happens) My only aunt named each of his nieces and nephews! That will be 3 kids of her eldest brother (my father), 2 kids of her middle brother and 2 kids of her third brother. I was the first kid so there was no way I was going to escape lol I am her favorite and very close to her also. So she named me after her best friend who was named Baljinder. She named me Daljinder! My nickname "Honey" was coined by her too.
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• Perth, Australia
13 Sep 16
@Daljinder Was Agnes her real name? awwwwwwwwwwwwww what a sweet story though! AHHHH so nice!
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@Daljinder (20928)
• India
13 Sep 16
@VivaLaDani13 During my school time,,,we learned the name as "Agnes Gonxhia Bijaxiu" (can't spell her name...too complicated) Now I just saw and the Agnes it is spelled differently. But I clearly remember studying as "Agnes" as a kid. thanks.......! lol It was!
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• Perth, Australia
13 Sep 16
@Daljinder aw wow ok I learned something for today. Which I may only remember the Agnes part lol
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@pammooratan (4684)
• India
16 Mar 17
Once my maternal uncle named me Akhilesh. But latter it was changed with my name.