When it comes to naming your new baby, you have a lot of options. There are popular names like John and Mary, and then there are more unique ones like Orlando or Liberty. One thing that is clear from the list below is that people love giving their children old English names because they’re so beautiful! However, we all know these types of names can be overused in recent years – but don’t worry! We’ve got some fresh alternatives for you if you find yourself stuck on what to call your child.
I hope you enjoyed this list of old English names that have become clichés and the fresh alternatives to say/do instead. Remember, nothing is off limits when it comes to naming your child! So if John or Mary are no longer appealing options for you, then don’t be afraid to give them a more modern name like Liam or Bella. What matters most is picking something they love and aren’t embarrassed by – so go on and do some research!
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Don’t Call Me Mary!: Alternative Names for Old English Names (And What To Say Instead) As much as we all adore these beautiful classics from years past, sometimes people can get sick of hearing their parents calling out “Mary!” all the time. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives for some very popular old English names that have become clichés and what to say instead – so you can feel free to give your little one a fresh new name they’ll love just as much (if not more!) than their predecessors.
Old English Name: John
Alternative Names: Jonathan or Jeremy
What To Say Instead: Hey Johnny or Hi Jonny Old English Name: Jane Alternative Names: Jennifer or Joan What To Say Instead: Hello Janie Old English Name: Mary Alternative Names: Marie-Claire or Marina What To Say Instead : Hi Mariah! Or Howdy Maria! Old English Name Solomon Alternative Names Sophie, Emma, William, Harry What To Say Instead: Hey, Solee
Old English Name: Henry Alternative Names : Henrik or Henri What To Say Instead: Hi Hendrix! Or Hola Enrique! Old English Name Jane Alternative Names Jenny, Joanie What to Say Instead: Wow- your name is so unique and pretty just like you!
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In this blog post, we’ll talk about some old English names clichés and offer alternative ideas.
The first cliché is “Mary” for a girl’s name. We get it: you love your grandma or great-grandma Mary so much that you want to honor her with the same name as hers. But in today’s society of Tom, Taylor and Jordan, there are so many other options out there! Here are five alternatives to consider instead of “Mary”:
* Avalon (my personal favorite) * Aria/Eria * Danika * Daphne * Deja
With these choices available, don’t be afraid – go off the beaten path! Create uniqueness by picking a name that you love.
The second cliché is “William” for a boy’s name. You’re not going to get too creative with this one, but it does have some alternatives worth checking out:
* Liam * Ryan * Lucas * Lucian * Tyler/Tylor (*I’m partial to ‘Tyler’!)
And many others! Again, the point here isn’t about being different or unique – we just want to make sure people who read your writing are able to see names other than “Mary” and “William”. And if they can’t? They’ll think you didn’t do your research on old English names clichés..which might cause someone else reading something of yours down the line to complain.
The third cliché is “James” for a boy’s name and “Jenny” for the female equivalent. These are really common names, so if you had to pick one of these two (or both!), go with this flow:
* James * Jennifer or Jenifer (*Jennifer is my choice! It has an extra ‘h’ which means it stands out)
* Jamie * Jenni/Jennie/Jennabelle (*Again, I’m partial to Jenny!)
Jamie eventually became more popular than James in England, but only by about 20%. Still a lot, though – don’t be afraid to make your own decisions on that one. If you do choose either of those choices above? You’ll be in good company.
*James *Jennifer or Jenifer (*Jennifer is my choice! It has an extra ‘h’ which means it stands out)
† Jamie *Jenni/Jennie/Jennabelle (*Again, I’m partial to Jenny!) ‡ Jameson ‡ Jamee
(My preference would be either Jennif-er OR Jenniff-in – one of those two.) (And if you’re choosing between the last three options? Go with whichever sounds best and feels right for your family’s story.)
Jim or Jimmie as a nickname also works well here: they’re both short forms of “James” that are less common than their namesake, so you’ll stand out more
We tend to be quite quick to dismiss a person based on their name.
Don’t call me Mary! I want my full (given) name, not just the one you automatically assigned to me when I was born. That’s nothing but an old English cliche and it won’t work for me anymore.
I refuse to live up to your expectations of what kind of girl or woman you think I am, so stop trying already with this whole “call-me-Mary business. Please? It doesn’t suit any bit of who I really am.”
It’s time we break out those Old English names clichés that will never serve us well in our lives no matter how hard we try to make them work, and start doing things we actually want to do with people that are all our own. I’m not Mary–and I never was. You can call me anything you want on any given day of my life but please don’t be surprised when I show up as someone else the next time around. And if you ask me again who am I? “You’re a mystery” is what I’ll say because it’s true for every one of us (even those Old English names clichés). What’s In It For Me: How understanding takes place in human beings; how your name affects other people’s perception of you; why we should break out old cliches like