What’s the Hidden Meaning of Your Name?

By: Teresa McGlothlin
Estimated Completion Time
5 min
What’s the Hidden Meaning of Your Name?
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About This Quiz

Without you knowing it, your name has meant something all along. It has a hidden meaning that has been a driving force in your life. During this quiz, the way you answer a series of questions about names will allow us to reveal what your name has been hiding. 

You can look up your name's traditional meaning, but we're talking about something completely different here. We're talking about the kind of meaning that cannot be associated with anyone but you — well, maybe that one person out of six million that has the exact same name. Still, the hidden meaning of your name is deeper than the meaning of your first name alone. It's the meaning of all your names together. 

Throughout the questions, we are going to do a little prying about your name. We're also going to ask you to tell us your feelings about other names, including those wacky names that celebrities give their children. Once you've finished the quiz, the hidden meaning of your name will be clear. Then we'll share your results!

You won't need to tell us your name. In fact, that would take away all the fun. Instead, answer these all-about-names questions, and learn what your name is trying to tell you. What is it trying to say?

1 ordering takeout When you order takeout, do you have to spell your name out?
I usually use an easier name to spell.
I tend to use my first name.
I always have to spell it for them.
They usually get it right.

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2 adopting a puppy If you adopted a female puppy, what would you consider naming her?
Beatrice
Betty
Molly
Jennifer

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3 new name Which one of these first names would you consider adopting as your own?
Ashley
Blake
Skylar
Lyndsey

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4 same name Do you know a lot of other people who have the same name you have?
I know a lot of people with the same first name.
My name is too unique for anyone else to have it.
There's a couple of me out there.
I don't know them, but I've looked them up on Google.

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5 name traits Out of these traits, which one does your name embody?
Strength
Friendliness
Openness
Honesty

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6 intelligent surname Which one of these last names do you think sounds most intelligent?
Washington
Taylor
Lopez
Trump

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7 born with right name Do you feel like you were born with the right name?
I wish it were something else.
My name is perfect for me.
I don't mind it, but other names are cooler.
I don't feel like my name is wrong, but another name might suit me more.

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8 pet python Which name would you choose to give a pet python?
Squeezy
Satan
Sally
Scott

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9 why your name Do you have any idea why you were given the name you have?
My parents liked it, I guess.
It's an old family name.
A family member named me.
I should ask my family about it sometime.

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10 remembering names When you first meet people, do you easily remember their names?
I'm terrible with names!
I usually remember them.
It takes meeting them a few times.
I am fairly good at remembering them.

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11 pen name If you wrote a book about your life, would you use a pen name?
I would use the name I was given at birth.
I like the idea of having an alias.
I think a movie about my life would be more interesting.
I would rather write a book about cats.

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12 pet names When you are in a relationship, which of these names do you call your sweetheart?
Honey
Their name
Baby
Sweetie

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13 wrong name If someone kept calling you by the wrong name, would you correct them?
Yes! It would drive me insane.
They can call me what they want. It's kind of amusing.
I might say something the first few times.
It depends on the name they are calling me.

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14 classroom In school, you were probably seated alphabetically. Did you sit near the front or the back of the class?
I was always in the middle.
I sat in the back.
I remember always being close to the front.
I had to sit at the front because I was always in trouble.

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15 nicknames Which one of these nicknames would match your personality?
Skippy
Scout
Buzzy
Bob

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16 name association What do you most want people to associate your name with?
Kindness
Courage
Honor
Integrity

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17 celebrity child names Some celebrities choose interesting names for their children. Which one do you like most?
Blue Ivy
North
Rumer
Apple

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18 undercover name If you had to go undercover, which name would you want to use?
John Doe
Janie McBride
Bart O'Simpson
Lauren McDonald

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19 signature When you write your name, how would you describe your signature?
I have a doctor's signature.
I can read it. That's all that matters.
It's a little flowery.
My handwriting is neat and tidy.

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20 buying cereal Do you always buy brand name cereal, or will the off-brand do?
There are no substitutions.
I buy a few of the off-brands.
I only buy the off-brands.
It depends on how much money I have.

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21 lights Would you like to see your name in lights someday?
I'm too humble for that.
That's the goal!
I mean, I wouldn't say no.
Who wouldn't want to see their name in lights?

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22 smart name Do you think your name makes you sound as smart as you are?
It makes me sound smarter than I am.
I think it's just right.
I wish it were something smarter sounding.
My last name sounds smarter than my first.

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23 vowels in name Does your name have more than four vowels in it?
It has less.
It has a lot more than four.
It has four! How did you know?
Does a Y count as a vowel?

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24 middle name Be honest! How do you really feel about your middle name?
I hate it!
It's meaningful.
I like my middle name.
I use it as my first name.

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25 rugrats Which one of the Rugrats has the best name?
Angelica Pickles
Lillian DeVille
Chuckie Finster
Susie Carmichael

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26 namedropping How do you feel when someone practices name-dropping?
It's tacky!
It's OK in some situations.
I like it when people drop my name.
It's the way you get ahead.

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27 getting married If you were to get married, would you keep your last name?
I would take my spouse's name.
I might use a hyphen.
I would totally keep my name.
It depends on what the other name sounds like.

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28 baby names What is the worst possible name someone could give a child?
Seymour Butts
Eleanor
123456
Beulah

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29 dating Could you ever date someone with the same name as your ex?
No way!
I'm sure they are totally different people.
I would come up with a nickname for the new date.
It might creep me out at first.

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30 gift exchange How would you handle drawing a name you don't like for a gift exchange?
I would buy the gift anyway.
I'm sure I would put it back and get another.
Someone will trade with me.
Good! No gift for that person.

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