What's the most boring girl's name you can think of?

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  1. Buttered Toast

    Buttered Toast Active Member

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    I was going to say Ann or Anne!
    I would also consider Mary, Susan, Sue, Margaret, Tracey, Joanne (cause it's got Anne in it) and Morag.
    I think Laura is a cool name as its mine lol ;)
     
  2. FireWater

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    For a "boring" name, go with something on the top 10 popularity list, like Megan/Ashley/Nicole/Sarah/etc. Or something flat and one-syllable like Ann, Paige, Jen, etc.

    It's important to keep in mind popularity name lists for the time when the character was born. A boring name would be popular, since it would be stale and commonplace. But for a cringeworthy name (like, "omg you poor thing, your mom named you THAT?") try using a horribly outdated name that also sounds ugly, like Prudence.
     
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    I like Prudence. Plus, I don't know how outdated it is. It's popularity has been on the rise in recent years, after dipping down in the late 1960s or 70s. I wouldn't call it common, though:

    Prudence.JPG

    Another site showed it up +277 points in 2016, as compared to 2015, using whatever ranking system they use :D
     
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  4. Divorescent

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    Jane, Ann, Sue, Emily, Lauren, Betty... names that are very old and short, or very popular. Did you ever have any girl's names in your school that had multiples? I had Laurens, Kaitlyns, Elizabeths... names that are very common like that can be boring.
     
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    Maude
     
  6. Oscar Leigh

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    Okay, I'm going to say it; THE BORINGNESS OF NAMES IS SUBJECTIVE!!! There, I ruined your thread for you. :p Really though, most of this is flat sounds, simplicity and commonality which are generally reliable to make something more boring but as you can see there's also plenty of diversity. Especially with life-based associations impacting subconscious notions about the names.
     
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    Jane, plain Jane.
     
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    Charlotte is for sure the most boring name

    Charlotte is so boring. When I hear 'boring name' I think 'Charlotte?'.

    Charlotte is so boring. I can't think of a name more boring than Charlotte. Maybe Mary? Dawn? May? No, Charlotte is more boring.

    Charlotte is the most boring name.

    Charlotte is the most boring name ever. In my opinion. That I can think of.
     
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  9. GrJs

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    Cindy. Pamela. Rebecca.
     
  10. J.T. Woody

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    Maud
     
  11. jannert

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    I find current faddy names boring. Cutesy names that people choose because boring celebrities have them. Urgh. Otherwise, I'm not really bothered.
     
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    Hi @Marie Anne (and welcome from me!). Not a fan of the name Charlotte then?


    (BTW This thread is three and a half years old - I would be willing to wager that @Tenderiser has moved on from this quandary)
     
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  13. Glen Barrington

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    These names are all over the place! I suspect it ain't the name that's boring! Ladies, boring will take some work on your part! Gents too, but we're talking about women specifically
     
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    I love how you feel so strongly about this that you had to say it 5 times. ;)

    Charlotte works if you're a spider.
     
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    In one of Terry Pratchett's books, there were a number of side characters called "the interchangeable Emmas". As the name suggests, they could be exchanged for one another and you wouldn't really notice.

    I actually quite like Emma as a name (having known one or two in my time...) but it's a very vanilla name.
     
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    Lucy
    Hannah
    Amy
    Sue
    Mary
     
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    I vote Megan.
     
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    Anything uber-trendy, either in recent baby names or fiction. I honestly think the most boring names in books are the prettiest, but most ridiculous (Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, anyone?) To me, the most boring names possible in a novel are any that sound like a young teenager made them up for fan fic.
     
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    Jane is the iconic generic female name, as in "Jane Doe." But it really doesn't matter, it's whatever name your character thinks is the most forgettable name. That might be regional in nature, or it may be the most repeated name in her school classes growing up. And that will be influenced by names most popular in the year she was born.
     
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    I love that you can see the exact moment the name spiked in popularity after the Beatles Song. :D
     
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    Sally.
     
  22. Glen Barrington

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    Sally is never boring!

    Ride Sally Ride
    Lou Reed
    Sit yourself down
    Bang out a tune on that grand piano
    Sit yourself down
    Lay languidly down upon that sofa

    Ooh, isn't it nice
    When your heart is made out of ice

    Ride, Sally, ride
    It's not your time or way of confusion
    Ride, Sally, ride
    'Cause if you don't, you'll get a contusion

    Ooh, isn't it nice
    When your heart is made out of ice

    Sit yourself down
    Take off your pants, don't you know this is a party
    Sit yourself down
    Why do you think we brought all these people, miss brandy

    Ooh, isn't it nice
    When you find your heart's made out of ice

    Ride, Sally, ride
    It's not your time, it's just your confusion
    Ride, Sally, ride
    It's not your time, you'll get a contusion

    Ooh, isn't it nice
    When you find your heart is made out of ice

    (Ride, sally ride)
    (Ride, ride, ride, ride, Sally ride) Ride, Sally, ride
    (Ride, ride, ride, ride, Sally ride) Hey, ride, Sally, ride
    (Ride, ride, ride, ride, Sally ride) Ride, sally, ride
    (Ride, ride, ride, ride, Sally ride, Oh-oh-oh, oh)
    (Ride, ride, ride, ride, Sally ride, Hey-hey-hey, hey-hey)

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  23. theoriginalmonsterman

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    How about Judy?
     
  24. Tralala

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    Phew. Relieved my name isn't on the list.

    If we were still playing this game, I'd suggest a really shortened name, like Jo. It feels as though the person wants to get it over with as quickly as possible.
     
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  25. cosmic lights

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    Maybe Jennifer. It's not just that I dislike it I also find the short versions boring.
    mary
    ann
    megan
    kate
    emma

    I like those names they are just so common. Interesting names can also be spelled differently like Amy. There are about four ways to spell it depending on the country.
     
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