I made it through all 66 pages (and 978 messages) of this thread. It took several days, a massive amount of willpower, and neglecting more important activities (such as writing my thesis). If I don't graduate I blame each and every one of you. Furthermore, I would like a pat on the back. <waits for patting to start>
Because I've made it this far I'm going to contribute something
My name's not extremely common (72,475 with my name, ranked 643) but I have met a few people with it. I like that it is common enough that people usually know how to pronounce it and spell it (more or less) correctly but uncommon enough that I've never been in school with or worked with another Antoinette. I do expect a slew of new Antoinette's because of the recent movie Marie Antoinette
. The only thing that drives me NUTS about my name is when I see it spelled Antwanette (or Antwan for boys). My name has a "correct" spelling and it does not include a "w". Oh, and that people tend to pronounce it "Antanette" - it's French people, work it out.
I enjoy having a fairly uncommon name and I want to give any future children that I may have less common names. I tend to like names similar to mine - lots of syllables and very feminine sounding (like Gabrielle, Victoria, Annalisa, Tantiana). However my favorites are Lydia, Miriam (I know this one is biblical in origin), and Aine (ah-nia, which I guess is the Irish version of Anne). The only boy name that I'm really fond of is Josiah.
Finally, although I don't know anyone with a truly odd or you-neek name, I confess to liking the addition of the random 'y' to names (Jayne, Karyn, Julya). That being said I would never go around sticking an 'y' in a perfectly good name.
Grover Jansen (my p*rn name)