The Benefits of Having a Weird Name

Hi, my name is Sable. No, not Stable.

04.18.17
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Hi, hello, my name is Sable. Yep, Sable. No, not Stable.
Yes, that’s my real name.
Wanna see my license? Okay.
Yes, I know Sable means “sand” in French.

When I meet people for the first time this exchange is not uncommon. Rude, sure, but usually voiced in a complementary manner. I barely go to Starbucks anymore (the whole cup-name thing vexes me, and also I’ve finally admitted to myself that I just don’t care for their coffee). Yeah, I’ll spell it out if it’s a “write your name down to wait” situation, and sure enough, even after spelling, I will often see it written as “Sabel” or “Stacey” or one time, “Salad.”

Seriously, what is in a name, that any other name would sound like salad?

My name, though rare (I have yet to meet another Sable IRL!), is still a word that exists in the English lexicon. It’s a type of animal and fur coat from that animal, it’s a color, it was a mid-range sedan from the 1980s to early-2000s. I won’t ever find it on a novelty-sized, vanity license plate or personalized gift-shop toothbrush, but I’ve gotten over that.

I grew up cursing my name due to its unconventional weirdness, which made me a beacon for ridicule. In grade school, I begged my mom to change it because kids always called me Stable. Part of me thinks they weren’t necessarily trying to be mean, that they honestly rejected the notion that a person’s name could be Sable.

After seeing Who Framed Roger Rabbit, I decided I would be Jessica. It was a “normal” name and Jessica Rabbit was, like, the first woman in power I witnessed in pop culture (it was the early ‘90s). My mom did not entertain this frivolity. She said she named me Sable because she heard it on Dynasty and thought it sounded cool, and also it means “consecration of God.” That was about as much deliberation as went into naming her only daughter. She also told me that one day I would grow to love it. I hate when my mom is right.

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It was only after coming into my own, shedding the insecurities of being the shrimpy nobody in high school and the liberal-arts nobody in college, that I became quite pleased with my name — proud, even. This was the height of manic-pixie-dream-girl-ism; having a unique name was very de rigueur. Mine was hard to forget.

Once the teasing made way for compliments, my timidness about saying my name diminished and I could utter it without that upward, questing inflection, always a half apology for accosting someone’s ears with an unfamiliar, slightly more-difficult-to-dictate name. Side note: Unconventional names are always a great litmus test for the types of people you know you’ll get along with. I’ve never been a staunch name-corrector, but I will repeat it once so I know the person understands. Never learning how to correctly say your name is fairly indicative that a person is at best possibly deaf, and at worst a complete sociopath.

Sometimes a name makes a person and sometimes it’s the other way around. I’m not sure in which camp I fall, but having settled into Sable quite nicely in my adulthood, it feels like I’ve earned it. What was once a chip on my shoulder has become a one-of-a-kind signature.

Like any identifying feature that’s unconventional or unusual, it can be a process to absorb the perception of others and not take the bad-feeling stuff to heart. But honestly, having a weird name is cool because it’s yours and nobody else’s. You won’t turn your head when someone calls out your name only to realize they’re talking to someone else. You won’t have to go by the initial of your last name as well as your first name in group situations where there are multiple people with the same name. I’ve never once heard, “Oh, she is such a Sable,” the way I have about other names. Its outsider status means it doesn’t connote anything that I don’t necessarily represent. I can literally make a name for myself! Sometimes names are indicative of where you come from and sometimes they reveal nothing at all — only who you are once you show it. It took a while to come into it, but what I hated about my name as a kid I love now. It’s unique to me and my own brand of whoever I choose to be.

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  • Macon

    I’ve only ever met one other Macon IRL, but I know there are others out there. When I was younger, I assumed I would go by my middle name when I grew up (I had a teasing experience similar to yours). Now my name is so tied up in my sense of self that I actually find it really jarring to see my name on someone else.

    • Blythe

      Same! I haven’t met many Blythe’s but when I do I feel like they stole it from me?

  • Gwyn

    gwyn isn’t a SUPER unknown name but i pronounce it like gwen, so the misspelling is inevitable 24/7

  • Rhia

    I feel this 100%. My unusual name was tough to deal with as a kid (omg the teasing), but it’s become like an adjective that describes me and me alone. I once met Rhea Perlman on the street, she’s the first and only person I’ve ever met with the same name, but not the same spelling!

  • Blythe

    Blythe here! I disliked my name growing up, but now I love it. My favorite Starbucks cup was spelled “Blik” because that’s totally close. When I’ve shown up for appointments people didn’t know if I would be male or female? People also think it’s my last name and not my first name. Now that I’m older and in the business world people remember my name – and me. I’m also married to a man with the most basic name ever – Matt Johnson (I kept my name) – and feel a pressure to give our someday kids weird names. I don’t think a Blythe can have a daughter named Jennifer or Jessica or Sarah.

    • Lil

      I love your name! 🙂

  • Bee

    I think Sable is such a beautiful name! It sounds very old Hollywood and luxurious to me.

  • alex

    My first name is not unconventional, but my last name is very rare in the Western hemisphere. It is/was spelled wrong everywhere, and always in the same, anglicized way — my lease, my voter card, my college acceptance letter, my REI membership… even when I’ve submitted a lot of these forms electronically. smh

  • Rheanonn Perez

    i’m rheanonn (like rhiannon, whenever i ask my mom why she spelled my name the way she did she’s just like “idk i felt like it” lol)

    i was never teased about my name growing up, but i’ve had quite a few jobs over the years & sometimes i would encounter “can i just call u rihanna/R/rhea? it’s easier” like UMMM no but how about i call u asshole??? it’s so disrespectful to not even TRY to learn someone’s name 😒

    or i had this teacher in high school who tried to tell me i would need an accent over the A for him to pronounce it “rhe an nin” so most of the year he called me “rhe on nin”, until one day he was scolding me for talking during his lesson & i told him “it’s MAY & u still don’t respect me enough to learn my name, why should i respect u?” lol BURN!

    on a positive note, i agree with you! i think i’ve always liked my name. i like that i rarely encounter anyone with the same name & that i never have to go by “rheanonn p”

    frheak.net

    • Rhia

      ^ I feel this

  • Kirby

    The questions I get have become my biggest pet-peeve. People actually ask me if my parents named me after Kirby the nintendo character! (Who in their right mind would do that, I ask.) Not to mention the incredibly creepy references I hear to Kirby’s (the character) superpower (sucking). Thankfully, I didn’t start getting them until college i.e. drunk guys at parties.

    But I definitely agree–my name makes me unique and stand out, which helps since I tend to be shy, so I love it dirty-questions and all.

  • Autumn

    Autumn isn’t that uncommon now (I don’t think) but when I was growing up it definitely was. My favorite comments were from drunk guys in college: “Is that really your name?!”. Yes, weirdo. And I’ve heard every questions or joke you could make with my name. But I’ve grown to really like it. My middle name is my mom’s first name (Valois) which is also very odd. I was more embarrassed by my middle and last name growing up. But now I really like being the only one in any of my friend groups named Autumn.

    • Johanna

      I love the name Autumn. I went to high school with girls named Autumn, Winter, Summer, and Sunday in my class. And I also went to university with a girl named Mariah Carey, and boy did she get teased – but she was a pretty good sport about it.

  • Harling Ross

    “Harling. it’s like Darling with an H.” — me to everyone new I meet ever

    • Arden

      “Arden. It’s garden without a G.” –me always

      • Maren Douglas

        I feel this^^ I’m Karen with an M. Which doesn’t help bc then they call me Karem.

      • Arden Norman

        My name is Arden Rose and I LITERALLY need to explain “I’ts garden without the G” to EVERYONE I meet. They somehow still can’t get it right. I feel you’r pain!

        • Puneet Dhaliwal

          ‘Puneet’ It’s like…well it’s just Puneet

    • Zarina

      Marina with a Z… Zarina, I just tell Starbucks my name is Kate

      • Meadowbrook Ow

        Hahahah ikr

      • Justina Kenyon

        I don’t like close to a Starbucks, so I only ever go with other people and I always give their name.

    • Lil

      I love your name so much Harling that my future daughter may or may not have the same name x)

      • Harling Ross

        thonx! it’s my grandmother’s maiden name

    • Azlin Armstrong

      “Azlin. Nope, not like Aslan from the Chronicles of Narnia.” At Starbucks I am Ashley.

    • Halah Flynn

      Halah — like Jalapeno, but not like the bread — and then they say “Is it spelled with a J??” or “HOLLA!!!!” I make up a new name every time I have to put it on a food order. Once, Starbucks actually wrote “Billie Jean!”

    • Francine S

      “Francine. No, not Francis or Francesca. It means freedom to France. Patriotic, you think so? No, I am not French.”– responses to new people everywhere

      • Biana

        Hahaha actually, Francine doesn’t mean nothing in French. So it’s okay, it’s just a name.

    • Justina Kenyon

      “Justina. Like Justin with an A.” Not Christina. Not Justine. Not Christine. And, no, you cannot call me Tina.

    • Nadine

      Me: “Grandma, this is Tijmen. It’s like Simon with a T”
      Grandma: “Simont?”

  • Hellbetty666

    Sable is the second best name ever and your mom is the best.

  • Nadja

    My parents (whose names are nice, plain Jon and Gaby, by the way) decided to treat naming their kids as a way to get in touch with their Russian heritage, despite the fact that they are 5th generation Americans with stronger cultural ties to New England than to Eastern Europe. They ALSO decided to disregard all phonetic logic and spell my name Nadja but pronounce it as if the J is an I, like Nadia. I have scarring first-day-of-school memories, where teacher after teacher mumbled through the J, which basically makes it sound like “Nausea”. For most of elementary and middle school, I really, REALLY wanted to change my name to Rosie.

    When I went to college, I disappointed a weird amount of international students who eagerly assumed that I was one of them (my last name is super Russian, too). Conversations tended to go like this:
    Them (in a cool accent): I’m from Argentina/Pakistan/Germany/Australia! Where are you from?
    Me: Uhhh….Connecticut.
    Them: But where are you *from* from?

    By now, I do like that my name is unique, but I still don’t think it suits me, which is a strange feeling. My name makes me sound like a James Bond villainess, while my actual personality and style are more akin to that of an elderly small-town librarian/pre-makeover Princess Mia. Poor branding skills, Mom and Dad!!

  • Cadyn Scott

    Cadyn is probably becoming more common, but I’ve still never met one. It has always been a “boy’s name” but spelled like Kaden or Caden – both of which I shudder at when people think that’s how I spell my name. (Sorry Kadens of the world)

    -b-sidechic.com

    • maiadeccan

      I LOVE YOUR NAME/SPELLING SO MUCH!! adding this to my list of favorites

      • Cadyn Scott

        Thank you so much!

  • Bravo. I can totally relate to having a “weird name” that I detested as a moody teen. Nowadays I embrace the uniqueness… even if Starbucks has never once spelled it correctly.

    Also shout out to all the old guys who think it’s hilarious to tell me their name is Libra/Scorpio/Aquarius. You the real MVP.

    http://www.milkwhitemoon.com

  • Sheila T.

    I love meeting other Sheilas because I feel like we’re all part of a secret, special sisterhood of women whose names were never on gas station key chains and have to politely giggle when people make “tequila sheila” or Australia jokes

    • Julie

      i think sheila is fairly common! i know half dozen or so.

      • Sheila T.

        please introduce me!!!!

  • Johanna

    It took me a long time to “grow” into my name – it’s a pretty adult name for a kid, and it didn’t help that my extended German family kept reminding me that “uh, in Germany it’s considered an old-fashioned name. No one uses it anymore.” Thanks, cousins! I get Joan, Joanna, Joann, John (um, what?), Hannah, Anna, Ann, and a whole lot of other names. Yea, stop dropping whole letters out of my name. As a kid, I was teased for being “Johanna Banana” which would make me cry. Then it was “oh, from that Cool & the Gang song, Joanna?” Yea, not so much. There is an H in my name, damnit! As I got older, it was “oh, like the capital of South Africa?” Um, ok. Then it was “Oh, from the Bob Dylan song, Visions of Johanna?” That was kinda cool, even though it wasn’t the reason for my name. For me, Johanna is a family name.

    I occasionally come across another Johanna, which is startling, because I grew up with it being so rare and apparently difficult to pronounce (!) and most people just ignore the “h” altogether. I often tell people “the H is not an accident – pronounce it.”

    And Sable, I agree with you. The time someone takes to learn your name is a measure of the chance that he/she will be someone you will want to know…or not. I always, always, take the time to learn someone’s name properly, because I’ve spent decades having my name relentlessly butchered.

    Oh, and at Starbucks, I use my father’s first name. Nelson. No one blinks an eye at that. Huh.

    • ESW

      Nelson is my Dog’s name!

  • Abby

    Oh boy, I know this feel. My first name and my last name are the same. At least I did it to myself? I definitely didn’t understand that this would go from “aww so cute!” to “WOW so annoying!” when I got married very young.

    • ESW

      OMG LIKE LAUREN BUSH LAUREN OR FORD MADDOX FORD I LOVE THAT

  • maiadeccan

    i”ve always thought that a cool aspect of a unique name is that whenever anyone hears/reads the name in any context, you’re likely to be their primary association – for better or for worse, but i’ve always thought that was kind of cool vs. when i hear “Jessica” i think of 100 different people and characters and celebs

  • Mariel

    Mariel here… and I feel this 100%. People have such issues with pronouncing it. I don’t quite understand why, it’s just like Mary plus an “elle”. And omg the amount of times people thought I was named Mario. I hated it as a kid, but now I do quite like my uncommon name.

  • Sarita Williams

    Sarita, present! The headline for this article stopped me dead in my tracks, and I totally relate to what you wrote, Sable, which is a very pretty name. I had a lisp, and a stutter growing up, so pronouncing my name was a serious challenge – I can’t tell you how many times people have called me Sarina or Sharita growing up. I used to let people get away with saying my name incorrectly, but when Serena Williams became famous – my last name also happens be Williams, I demanded that people pronounce it Sa-ree-ta! Even though I get teased for the way I enunciate my name, I don’t care anymore. I’d rather get teased for having people correctly say my name than being called the wrong thing all my life. Thanks for the great article and how great it feels to have unique name.

    • meme

      I love your name! You probably know this but in Spanish it’s short for Sara and I find it so sweet.

  • Cadence. A musical term that refers to a beat or rhythm. My piano teachers loved it. My second grade teach never once said or spelled it correctly in an entire school year, and I have an irrational prejudice against the name Candice as a result.

    • Cadyn Scott

      I was named after a “cadence.” My sisters both have musically inspired names as well – Marley Blue (Bob Marley, of course) – and Harper Lily (Ben Harper, because I’m pretty sure she was conceived after his concert.)

      b-sidechic.com

  • Maren Douglas

    I also wanted to change my name to that of a cartoon rabbit !! (Lola from Space Jam). Although I can’t say that it was because I didn’t like my name so much as I just really loved Space Jam.

  • Millie Lammoreaux

    I’m a Jessica. You don’t want to be one of us! There are already too many. (I’m assuming you were born in the mid-80s, Sable.)

    People automatically assume they can call you Jess. No dude, don’t bro me before you know me! And then if you decide to just embrace the Jess, the people at Starbucks will someone think your name is Jeff. It’s all bad, I tell you.

  • My mom actually caved and let me change my weird name when I was a teenager. I was born Monisha, which is a Nepalese name (my dad is Nepalese) and I got teased so much. Apparently it sounds ghetto because of the nisha. Also nobody ever knew how to pronounce it. I always knew my name was coming up in attendance because the teacher would take a long pause and look confused. So I asked my mom if I could switch to the name I was baptised with, Maria. She accepted but I had to keep Monisha as my middle name.
    Not going to lie, life has gotten a bit easier as a Maria. Sometimes I regret it, but I don’t think I’d change it back. But people usually still giggle, even adults, when they find out my middle name.

    • Kiki F.

      Okay. No. Calling something “ghetto” is not cool. Almost as uncool as you being so uncomfortable about having a name people thought was black-sounding that you changed it.

      Lame.

  • Gillian

    I never experienced Gillian as a difficult name growing up, until I moved to London. I think Europeans struggle with it – I have given up correcting it from the male Julian! I feel lucky when a courier writes Julia. Sometimes it’s just easier to pretend and go with Alice.

    • orthostice

      Gillian is a super popular name in England for women born in the 50s/60s (my mother-in-law is a Gillian), but 9999% of those Gillians will go by Gill or Jill which is probably why everyone is misnaming you as a Julian. You’re probably significantly younger than the other Gillians in the UK too, adding to the confusion.

  • Isadora

    My name is Isadora, which isn’t so unusual that people don’t believe it’s my name but unusual enough that I do have to spell it surprisingly often. It’s strange because sometimes I get the feeling that people think my parents made it up, unless of course I’m around bunch of dancers, then I get asked about Isadora Duncan.

  • Antillanka

    Well, at least LOTS of you (down in the comments) get to have your true name as your profile name ^^ (and don’t have to make up some nickname because your real name was taken long, long ago ¬¬)

  • Sable sounds fierce! I usually tell people ‘it’s like Metaphor, without the phor’ and that I find rather cool. And whenever someone ask me to spell my name for something minor, I just let them spell it and see what happens.

    I recently met a dude named Kale and he seemed rather displeased when I asked “Like the vegetable?” with a huge grin on my face. 😀

  • Calla

    A friend’s little brother was convinced for two years that Calla was a nickname and my real name was Fiona. (I’m not sure where he got this from.) Later, my high school boyfriend got into a fight with his dad because “there’s no way Calla is her real name.” Regularly get Kara, Carly, or Carla, and also weirdly get Helen a lot, presumably because people don’t understand what I’ve said and just make it up. My coffee name is Sam.

    Colleagues have heard this half of the phone conversation a lot:
    “It’s Calla.”
    “No, with an ‘a’. Like the lily.”
    “Thank you. It’s Greek.”
    “No, I’m not Greek.”
    “My last name? I’d better spell it…”

  • Meadowbrook Ow

    This article was lovely!
    Having a strange name used to make me feel so imposing on other people – I used to say that ‘Meadow’ was an acceptable abbreviation but it really isn’t. In recent years, I’ve told people straight up – this is my name and what I would like you to call me (“the two words ‘meadow’ and ‘brook’ put together”). Simply because it’s foreign for you to say does not make it acceptable for you to give me something slightly easier to comprehend.
    Thank you for writing this sweet article. 🙂

  • Frankie Karrer

    Frankie isn’t necessarily uncommon anymore, but when I was younger I was definitely teased for having a boys name! I came to love it though, and it has become kinda trendy now that Drew Barrymore named her daughter Frankie.

  • Naomi

    Sable – I feel you on Salad. My name apparently doesn’t show up in WI often, and I love the confused stares I get if I don’t spell out my name at a take away spot. I once had a woman come out with my food and mumble “Una Nina?”. My name is Naomi. No joke.

  • BarbieBush

    My name is Alexandra and somehow SOMEHOW few people can accomplish repeating this back to me. Not an exaggeration, 80% of people repeat it back Alexandria. WHY. Neither of those names are difficult or uncommon but it is so soooo annoying since I get it so much and I don’t understand it.

    I correct people once and after that I strike their existence from my brain and condemn them eternally.

    • AlexandraBk

      THIS IS MY LIFE! I have met many other Alexandras in my life and never once an Alexandria. I don’t understand it either.

      • BarbieBush

        omg thank you for validating this for me

    • Alexandra09

      YEP, 99% of the time the response is with alexandER or alexandRIA. NO. Alexandra.

  • ME. It’s a family name, but I hated it growing up. A-LAY-duh, a-lee-dra, a-del-a, a-LIE-duh, Alicia. It’s a-LEE-duh, and it’s mine 🙂

  • Maya Thebee

    I have only heard this name once before – there was a character named Sable on Dynasty, the 80s soap. She was played by Stephanie Beacham. Fabulous.

  • Cleopatra Not

    When anyone at Starbucks asks me my name I say “Cleopatra” (not my real name), I am usually stared at, sometimes asked: Really? Me: “no… ” or asked: how do you spell that? Me: “anyway you want…” From experience I know I would get the same reaction if I used my real name.

  • Amanda

    My first name is super normal, but my last name (I feel weird posting it online, but um…it’s one of the sounds that Bill the Cat makes in the Bloom County comics) isn’t. It’s an abbreviation of Ashkenazi – it was shortened when my dad’s great-grandfather immigrated to the US from Eastern Europe. And I freakin’ HATE it. It’s only three letters but no one can pronounce it or spell it. I have genuinely thought about changing it back to Ashkenazi so people can at least go syllable-by-syllable and figure it out.

  • Mon Valdés

    Montserrat here… it’s a Spanish name, and even Spanish speaking people have a hard time with it… almost no one gets it right the first time… and for (my second) last name I always have to spell it – ALWAYS!

  • Bernadette

    I like my name and never got used to introducing myself as a shortened version. But where I live most people introduce with first and last names (it’s kind of like a small town I guess? families know each other?), and I just can’t. My last name includes some unconventional vowel usage and I just want my first name to be heard! I got britney, bridget, brenda, all through high school/college. Love my name, wish people listened better. Enjoyed this piece a lot!

  • Ilsa

    Ilsa with an I! (in my country the norm is E as in Elsa)

    • Ilsa

      I’ve gotten Salsa more often than you’d think possible. Pretty close to Salad!

  • K

    While I didn’t like my name when I was a child, it’s become really a part of me, and I hate it when people ask me if there was a short form for it because they find my name too complicated to pronounce. I think it’s rude and they should at least try; but if people who I really like just call me by the first letter of my name it’s OK. 🙂

  • Aoife – EEE.FAH. The most common girl’s name in Ireland but widely unknown! I like it (especially when I’m overseas) but can make one feel quite basic at home :O

  • Pamela Bruno

    Mine isn´t weird, but when I lived in the US I pronounced it the way you would in Spanish and no one could get it! Everyone loved the way I pronounced it though… they said it made a basic name sound cool haha. I got “Amelia” at Starbucks a few times which was really weird because it’s not even close to Pamela.

    • Pamela

      Pamela here!
      It happened the same to me when I lived in England! They wouldn’t get it! Once a girl asked me how do I spell Pamela? And she managed to write Pamalla … it wasnt that hard! I opted for Pam, because if I used my first name Debanhi it would be worst.

  • Sable Guttman

    I have yet to meet another Sable in real life as well, although I know they exist. This made me EXTRA excited because I too, was named after Sabella Colby from Dynasty.

    • Sabletoothtigre

      OH MY GOD

  • Merrynell

    I’ve been called Maribell and Marinella but my favorite has got to be:
    Me: “Hi, I’m Marinell”
    “Oh, that’s pretty. Kinda like Marinara?”
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  • constance

    Constance here. Worst starbuck name: couscous

  • Kata

    Kata. Pronounced Kay-duh.

    It’s like you crept into my brain and wrote down every thought I’ve ever had about my “interesting” name. Except you’re braver than I am; I gave in to peer pressure in high school and let people call me Katie for four years to end the constant barrage of “what’s your name?!? That’s weird.” (Ultimately backfired when I went to college, and my former high school peers tried to tell everyone my real name was Katie and I was just trying to be special by making up a new name.)

  • Evan PerryAward Pagano

    Evan Award here. Yes, I am female. Yes, like an award you win. No, you may not win the Evan award. Yes, I love my name 😍

    Married in august, still debating name change…

  • Maria Amaranta

    My mother hid from everyone that my first name is Maria and told everyone to call me Amaranta until I was 8. She didn’t want anyone to call me anything else, and ignored my grandmother when she told her it was too big of a name for such a little baby. I’m thankful now because whenever someone calls me Maria I completely forget that’s actually my first name and I honestly love my name, its original!

  • Sugar Magnolia Wilson

    Sugar Magnolia, after the Greatful Dead song. I’ve always been referred to as Magnolia by friends and family though. I get called Marigold by the vast majority of people who’ve just met me and some people can never sort it out in their heads, no matter how many times I’ve corrected them! I shorten it to Maggie or Mags to make it easier for people, and even then I get ‘Mag’ instead of Mags which for some reason really annoys me! ha. Mongolia was the running joke at school.

    I’ve totally grown into it though, and am really thankful my parents didn’t name me something more common. The vast majority of reactions I get to my name are really positive, and that’s a lovely thing.

  • meelaynuh .

    Milena but pronounced meelaynuh, usually at parties you can find me explaining it to someone by thumping my fist against my chest and saying it’s kind of like a caveman saying “ME. LAYNUH.”

  • L Winfree

    My parents completely made my name up. So far I’ve never met anyone with my name and I live in fear of meeting pregnant ladies who might want to steal it for their offspring.

    Having a unique name makes me feel extra-loved, knowing that my parents put so much time and thought into coming up with one of the best gifts they could give me. My mom made a point of coming in on the first day of school every year to make sure the teacher got my name right. No nicknames or shortening, not ever!

  • Hayley

    Not an uncommon name, but a very uncommon spelling: Hayley. No, my name is not pronounced “Hal-ee”; my name is pronounced EXACTLY how it’s spelled thank you v much

  • Nikka Duarte

    Sable I love this! And I love your name! I feel this, “Nikka” can be so weird at times. I grew up in a few different places but I’m from Colombia, and “Nikka” (Nee-ka) rhymes with mica which is female monkey in Spanish. So that’s fun. Also, when I moved to the U. S. at 14 I was confused why no one could pronounce my name until I realized it is spelled kind of like the n word. By that age though I had already fallen in love with my name so politely correcting people came naturally 🙂

  • Justina Kenyon

    I have always been one hundred percent on board with my name. I love that I very, very rarely meet other people with my name (like twice in my whole life) and that I’m named after my great aunt. I actually get kind of upset when I find out that other people have my name.

  • Tylyn

    My name is Tylyn.
    I usually get Thailand, Taylor, Taylen, and most recently, Treylen.

  • tiabarbara

    I always got told how “different” and “nice” my name was growing up, and got asked “Do you know what that means in Spanish?” at least 10 times a day when I lived in the US. I do get a little jealous that I never copped a cool nickname, and whenever I answer the phones at work I get called Pia, Mia, and once even Sophia. But at the end of the day, I’m so thankful that my mum didn’t give me a “popular” name, or I’d be just like everyone else.

    edit: name according to Starbucks – Tiar

  • fraulinea

    I like this. Sable is a unique name. I can very much relate ’cause I have yet to meet another Frauline (fraw-line) irl. My name gets butchered so many times even after explaining my name. Usually I say “It’s the German title for a young woman, but spelled and pronounced differently… and no I’m not German” and if I’m at Starbucks, I just say the name Mary so it’s easier, but one time I got a cup that read “Merry.” ???? -___-

  • Willa Konefał Davis

    I also went through a phase where I asked people to call me a different name (“Nicole”) (I was really young). I wanted a trendy name like the other girls in my class! Now I love my name, and being the only Willa most people know. Angry @ all the little babies being named Willa now! Jk kinda