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Do you have a common or an unusual name? Do you like your name? 

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chimis 18 August, 2014 - 15:42

I'm from Vietnam. My vietnamese name is Nguyễn . In my country, it is not common, it is very special. And my english name is Jenny.
I LOVE MY NAME :)))

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Tina - Coordinator 19 August, 2014 - 14:16

Hi chimis!
Thanks for your comment but I have edited  part of it as we do not allow personal details according to our  House rules . This is because your full name may make it easy to identify you online. It's important to stay safe online and protect your identity.
Best wishes, Tina (LearnEnglish Teen Team)

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ahmedonly 1 August, 2014 - 23:09

well the names in my country are so usual and common i'm from egypt and the most common names are (ahmed mohamed mahmoud yuossef etc ) but we sometimes exceed the limits by naming things after a famous things

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Antigona 15 June, 2014 - 13:56

My name is Manuela and I like it.
It is not common in my country and for me, it is one more reason to love my name.

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MALINE 1 June, 2014 - 15:15

I have more than one name and here in México it´s really strange; once I asked my mom why she gave me more than one name and she anwered:" Just in case you didn´t like one you could chose among the others". I think that was very wise because some people dont like their name and now here in méxico if you don´t like your name you can change it!
I like all my names and I´ll give my children the same option,but I won´t named them after some brand or fictional chrarachter.

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Molnomore 1 June, 2014 - 07:33

I'm from China. I know my Chinese name sounds quite weird, and looks weird. Chinese names consist of 2 or 3 characters, sometimes 4, and apart from the first character, which is our family name, each of the rest has different meaning, conveying the wishes and blessing. Because we have thousands of characters, it is quite difficult for us Chinese to use a same name, but it happens sometimes, like I have a name same as a boy in our school. XD

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SweetRobin3 8 May, 2014 - 17:47

my name is Zamina
i think my name is sounds in english little strange so i have an english nickname : Brown :D

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Ofeliya96 8 May, 2014 - 09:35

Yana is a very common name in my country, but I love it and very happy that my parents chose this name because it is short, beautiful and very easy to pronounce

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Konstantina 7 May, 2014 - 14:04

My name is Konstantina.Well i know that it is totally weird but in my country it is very common.
I am from Greece and Greece has weird names too.For example we have a lot mythological name such as;
Aphrodite,Odysseus,Danae,Melpomene etc.
We name children after saints such as;George,John,Katherine,Helen they have a greek version
George=Giorgos,John=Giannis,Katherine=Katerina,Helen=Eleni
I like my name but i would prefer a name that reminds you of a fairy ^_^

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Molnomore 1 June, 2014 - 07:15

Greek names sound extremely poetic, peaceful, and very beautiful. I like it soooo much. ^ ^

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Niluh 3 May, 2014 - 16:27

I love what they are talking about, the topic is very fascinating. I was laughing when i heard kinds of names such Lyric and Apple, that's so unusual! And a family in Holland who named their children with the letters A,E,L and X.
My name is common especially in Bali, there are a lot of people have the same name with mine. My grandpa comes from Bali, so nearly all my cousins have Balinese names, like mine Niluh Putu which means i am the first children in family, in Bali it's custom to give children named based on caste, the first children will be name Putu or Wayan, as my name.

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NicePlastic8 3 May, 2014 - 06:30

my name is ziba and I think my name is persian origion it is very beautiful

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zuzzzu54 1 May, 2014 - 09:50

In my country ,,iuliana"is a common name.I like my name but I love the name like Agnes , Alexis

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