Another Name...

Do you know what my name might have been if my mother wasn't so rebellious as a teenager and not listening to her parents. Do you know my grandmother wanted to name me Mahogany Essence Jones. What the heck. Now I know in '81 everybody was all proud to be black and all that, but are you serious. Mahogany Essence. I'm so glad my mom went with Eb the Celeb instead, even though she still had to be creative and couldn't spell it the regular way, I love my name. I feel it suits me well. At one point I did want to change my middle name to Love... so my name could be Eb Love since I really don't get my middle name at all or like it. It's not anything weird either I just don't think it fits me. Anyway, Question for the day... If you could change your name... what would it be?


MsPuddin April 7, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Oh, Mahogany is not that bad. It’s funny because whenever someone finds out what they were going to get called they never like it.

I hated my name growing up. Everyone always made fun of me, or they couldn’t pronounce it. It’s grown on me now and I like it because it’s unique. I wouldn’t change it for the world.

mp1 v.8.0 April 7, 2008 at 1:04 PM

I hated my middle name growing up. I thought it was so ghetto. Lamont. So Sanford and sonish. lol
Growing up if I could have changed it, it would have been to john or joe or something that starts with a j. Then I'da been D. J.

But now I'm cool with the name. I just got problems with the spelling of it.

Homer is My Co-pilot April 7, 2008 at 1:10 PM

I was named after my dad so I really can't complain about my name. the only complaint I may have is it's really plain. If I could change it I'd be Ricky Bobby... lol

Charles April 7, 2008 at 1:10 PM

I've thought about changing my name several times. I especially hate my middle name (which will never get repeated online...ever) and I wasn't too fond of my first name. I got stuck with the usual Chuck or Charlie shortenings. I wanted a strong name, or something different. But then I thought that I'm a Jr., so my name is like a tribute to my dad, and when I thought about it, thats not so bad.

Opinionated Diva April 7, 2008 at 1:38 PM

lmao @ Ricky Bobby!!!

I kinda like Mahogany Essence actually.

My first & last name translates to "wise flower" and I luvs it!

My middle name comes from my favorite grandmother and I luv that too.

What can I say...I am in love with all three of my names! I would post them, but blogger has way too many stalking azz stalkers to post my information like that.

Afrodite April 7, 2008 at 2:25 PM

I wouldn't change my name. I love Afrodite. =)

Smarty Jones April 7, 2008 at 2:56 PM

I wouldn't change it now. When I was younger, I thought it was too girly. I was a tomboy and I thought Tiffany Shenell (pronounced Chanel) was a lil too much. But now I like it, although it sounds like my parents had a thing for lamps and perfume.

RealHustla April 7, 2008 at 2:58 PM

My mom made up my middle name and the story behind it is very embarrassing. My first name is so common that there was a girl in my graduating class with the exact same first and las name. I don't think Essence is bad. I have a cousin named Paradise, I think that's cool and my daughter's teacher's name is Bliss. I like those kind of names. I can't chose one for myself right now, but I think they have their own special unique qualities.

soumynona April 7, 2008 at 3:01 PM

the name Ebony still shows an awareness of African heritage. I was just talking to one of my good homegirls (she's a blog entry waiting to happen - lol) about mahogany, I think that name is personally, fiyah! For real, when I hear mahogany Im like that girl got that oooooooweeeeeeeeee!!

Muze April 7, 2008 at 3:07 PM

i like the name mahogany.

i like my name as well. don't think i'd change it.

and yes, eb the celeb by any other name wouldn't be the same!

Sexxy Luv April 7, 2008 at 3:08 PM

Heaven Lee Divine. lol I know but I like that name, If i wasn't so whipped I would have named my daughter Heaven Lee.

So what is your middle name?

Great Post!

Anonymous April 7, 2008 at 3:09 PM

I've actually grown to love my name, but growing I hated my middle name (Vernita) and love it today. Actually me and my aunt share the same middle name. But I am so glad my mom chose not to name me Piper (Her childhood best friend)

DollFace April 7, 2008 at 3:26 PM

I didn't like my name as a little girl because people couldn't pronounce it. But I love it now and wouldn't change it for the world!

Divine Blackness April 7, 2008 at 3:27 PM

I loathe my name.....ugh. A bit too White for me, chile. And it's one of those names that aren't going to match up well when I'm older. You know what I mean?

Like Katie....that name is really only fitting for teenage girls and 4 year olds. Kinda like how you don't see those same 4-year olds with names like Joyce, Cynthia or Mildred.

I'm going to be an 80-year old that answers to, "Brittany". WTF mannn? April 7, 2008 at 3:57 PM

I actually LOVE my name.

April Caprice Davis

I only have issues with people during this month and sometimes the month after.

Everyone is always hitting me with April jokes and expecting me to laugh like its the first time I've heard them.

I have to burst their bubble by telling them that I'm 30-something and I've heard their joke at least 15 or 20 times before.....LOL.

lea78 April 7, 2008 at 4:08 PM

at least u were gonna get Mahogany, my grandmom wanted to name me either Tawana or Elizabeth. I am not neither, not really a Crystal either, but they went with that one. I think I am more of a Semaj or Sade. I always liked names that began with an s

Anonymous April 7, 2008 at 4:14 PM

I didn't like my name growing up b/c it was too common. I hate hearing someone yell my name and I turn around only to find out they are calling someone else. And that someone else could be a dude. I told myself when I got of age to do it, I was going to at least change the spelling of my name from Tracy to Traycee. Don't that look better? lol Now the spelling doesn't bother me as much.

Anonymous April 7, 2008 at 4:34 PM

I always liked the name Stephanie. My mom wanted to name me Kertrice Lynnae but she was "in love" so I was named Ieisha (after Stevie's Wonder daughter and the song "Isn't She Lovely") but then my family had to be different and spell it all crackish.

Middle my grandfather's middle name which attributes the spelling. And for the first time in a long time, I'm gonna share it cuz I don't normally. It's Meighan. Pronounced like the white girls Megan but once again, with a bunch of extra letters.

Growing up, my family actually called me by my middle name. Till I requested them to stop.

But the names that I love are:
Zhana or Tseday (the T is silent) I'd like to be named either of them.

Anonymous April 7, 2008 at 4:47 PM

I used to want to change my name when I was younger, but that's because my mom told me that my first name was a last minute decision -- Lauren. I wanted to go by my middle name -- Michelle.

However as I got older, I loved my name again, thanks to Ms. Lauryn Hill. But I wanted to change the spelling, and actually sarted spelling it different -- Laurin or Lauryn.

Canon Adonis April 7, 2008 at 5:03 PM

I'm a Jr. It's not that I don't like my name, because I usually go by the shortened way of saying it, but if I could change my name, I think I'd legally have it changed to Caesar.

I want to have two boys and Name the oldest one Osiris and the younger Adonis... or if they're twins, it might not matter. IDK about a daughter, though.

Deutlich April 7, 2008 at 5:18 PM

I used to want to change it to Renee (my middle name) but I really dig what I've been given.

1/3 of what I used to be April 7, 2008 at 5:46 PM

I love my name! It suits me. I hate that Rocky made it famous but its cool lol.

I like Mahogany but eb the celeb is cooler :-)

JayBee April 7, 2008 at 5:53 PM

my name is okay, but since i was named after him*, i'll be ending it with me. my first born son was gonna be JayBee III, but dead that shit now. if i were going to change my name it would be malachai. that's actually the name of my alter ego.

TravelDiva April 7, 2008 at 5:58 PM

LOL. My name was going to be Shalon Chantrell and my brother's name was going to be Kareem Abdul Brown. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed.

I ended up being named after my great grandmother because she died right before I was born. So my middle name is "Ella." I HATED it growing up because teachers always pronounced my first and middle together and it sounded soooo corny to me! I've grown accustomed to it now. LOL.

I don't know if I'd want to change it. I know when I'm on "travel" names are Maria and Sasha. Long story.

A journey to find me April 7, 2008 at 6:05 PM

I used to hate my first name cuz It sounds like a white girl. My middle name just sounds country as hell.

But I looked up what my first name meant and it means "Deserving of great love". So now I like it lol.

But I will NEVER forgive my mother for the middle name. I don't know what she was thinking! lol

Moody Gemini April 7, 2008 at 6:36 PM

I never liked my first name. Mainly because when my parents went away from trips they could never find the magnet with my spelling...Tonya not Tanya and they would buy Tony and write in the A!!! UGH. I have always identified with my middle name Lee. Tomboy for life! Plus it is a tradition...1st girl's middle name is Lee. 5 generations going.

Still_Pocahontaz April 7, 2008 at 6:49 PM

I would probably go with Harmony,Sahara or Savannah…You think Mahogany Essence is bad, my mom said she thought about naming me:

Dwaniqua…her name is Dawana

Yeah…..tha hell…LOL

My club name is Monica

My grandparents always called me Pocahontas

Stacie von Kutieboots April 7, 2008 at 7:26 PM

my mom was going with penelope... my dad wanted a unisex name. he obviously won but i've always wondered what kind of person i would've been as a penny :-)

N. Steven April 7, 2008 at 7:29 PM

when i was growing up, i used to detest my name. now? i've grown rather attached to it. but i did find out that my mom would've named me Derrell/Derrick.

its bad enough that people think i look like that dude from "Save the Last Dance".

Anonymous April 7, 2008 at 7:44 PM

growing up, I wanted to change my name since i couldn't fin no name tag stuff up in the stores.. but as i got older and learned that my name stands out from most people i grew to love iit.. it fits me... My name is d'lee N i'm PROUD!

The Flyyest April 7, 2008 at 7:56 PM

i would want my name to be Sha'Zhoniquia Rick'Elle Jenkins....

hahahahahah sike

i kinda liked my name

Dakisha LaRae Lottie although i got teased at the DUH kisha part and the LOTTIE DOTTIE we likes to pahty!!!!

but the older i get the more i love my name...(ex nay on the DA)

i love my middle name tho...and a few people call me by my last name...

kayellejaye April 7, 2008 at 9:34 PM

My mother planned to name me Kelly because she wanted me to have her initials...KLJ. But that was too "normal" so she decided to make up something. Growing up I wasn't crazy about my name because it was different and I didn't like the spelling. People would say it wrong and it's only 4 letters!

I like it now. Especially since it's more common and it's actually a word in other languages.

I couldn't imagine having another name. If I ever get married, my husband is gonna be real mad at me.


Jadore.Tokeyo April 7, 2008 at 10:20 PM

My name is very common..Nicole. either that's someone's first name or everybody's middle name. I always wanted something unique like...Germany
Middle name, I love, it means beautiful in spanish, thanks to my puertorican grandfather

12kyle April 7, 2008 at 10:45 PM

Your middle name is Shawntina! LoL

I love my name. Growing up, I never met another black person who had the name Kyle until I got to college. And it was a girl who shared the name with me!

I wouldn't change it. I love it. If I had to change it, I'd change it to Biff or Stetson. LMAO!

aLwAySz April 8, 2008 at 1:00 AM

I'd change my name to something Roman or Japanese, like Alexander or Akira.

Thanks for the blog comment and the link. I like estelle and Cee-lo is a mean MF. The song has a mellow, motown, feel to it.

dejanae April 8, 2008 at 1:58 AM

I always wanted a boy name
a strong one too
like Jake or Michael
figured thatd be the shit
wanted my middle name to be Charisma

i.can't.complain. April 8, 2008 at 3:46 AM

i like me name.

but i kinda like boy names for girls

so, maybe for a week i would be michael, ryan, or james.


Ms. emmotions April 8, 2008 at 7:36 AM

well i kinda like my name but if i ve to change i probbaly will go for....olive?

mahogany aint that bad, its sounds romantic ..ah ! lol

Miss B April 8, 2008 at 9:58 AM

I like my name...never wanted to change it. It annoys me when people call me MYA instead of Mia(mee-ah).

Now my middle name?? I hated it for A LOOOONG time...I just grew to like it. Its different, kinda country ghetto. But its my mother's middle name and she didn't want to go with Nicole, so whatev.

How about my mother was going to name me Chamere?!?! WHA? I'm glad my grandmother stepped

The Jaded NYer April 8, 2008 at 10:51 AM

I have no desire to change my name; I one point I was thinking of publishing under my mother's last name because it sounds more Latino than mine (which is an Italian last name) you know, so I'd be more marketable, but nah, I'll stick with mine.

swag_ambassador April 8, 2008 at 11:51 AM

i really dont know what otha name i would give myself.. i guess i just look like an eric.

SimplyComplex April 8, 2008 at 1:07 PM

lol Funny. Me and you have the same name. And like yours, my mother had to be creative and spell it differently. And my dad wanted to name me Mahogany instead but my Grandmother said there was this crazy man that lived up the street and she didn't want me to be named after him. And then in a final attempt to sway my father she said, "And what would her nickname be? Hog?"

Eb the Celeb April 8, 2008 at 1:11 PM

@ Everyone... I like the name mahogany too... I just felt that Mahogany Essence was just being a little extra with the black pride

@Kyle - You knwo damn well my middle name is NOT

@simplycomplex - funny you say that because one of my homegirls from high school's name is mahogany and we nicknamed her

Anonymous April 8, 2008 at 1:55 PM

I honestly can't see myself being anything other than Autumn. It just wouldn't be right.

Mizrepresent April 8, 2008 at 4:38 PM

Love my real name, which is Diana, i didn't even know it was Diana for almost 22 years of my life, until i got my birth certificate...all along i had been calling myself, Diane. Now, i never use Diana...(named after Miz Ross). Hate my middle name, won't even go there, but since it was my grandmothers...i'm gonna respect and hold on it.

Suite B April 8, 2008 at 5:25 PM

I always wanted to change my name to Lisa...why i have no idea but I did

Still_Pocahontaz April 8, 2008 at 6:56 PM

@ The flyyest...I intend on naming my next daughter La Rae, hubbys middle name is La Rue.

Cool Post Eb

The F$%K it List April 8, 2008 at 9:58 PM

When I was younger having the first name Krishna was a curse. People called me Hare Krishna, Captain Krishna (a wrestler) and I hated it

As I got older and asked questions about why and found out who Krishna was (Highly praised Hindu God, very young and playful) I grew to love my name. I've only known two others with the name both men.

karrie b. April 9, 2008 at 10:08 AM

mahogany? kinda stripperish.

i like.


MP April 9, 2008 at 4:45 PM

I wouldn't change my name for anything in the world! My father wanted to name me Tammi. I think I hate it more than I don't like him!

Ms. Behaving April 9, 2008 at 4:53 PM

Everybody seems to think I have a beautiful name so...I doubt I'd change it.

[Just for the record tho', I happen to love the name Mahogany.]

Anonymous April 10, 2008 at 4:52 PM

Seeing how i'm named after my father and I hope to build a legacy with my name I don't think i'd change it...even if my first name combined with my last is country as all hell.

BB April 17, 2008 at 12:14 PM

I have a very common name...Brittany. Now everyone calls me Britney Spears. I remember in 6th grade there were 4 girls named Brittany in my homeroom. My mom was going to name me Ciara. I'm glad she didn't, I like Brittany better.

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