Pollyanna---I can't separate this from its sticky-sweet image and the fact that it's become a term for a goody-goody. Even if I could, I really dislike Polly
, and that alone would cause me to dislike Pollyanna
Diane--Hmmmm. This is my middle name. The funny thing is, I can recall my mother rhapsodizing about how much she loved this name, and I don't recall her ever doing that for my first name or the first names of any of my sisters! Always made me wonder why she made it my middle name and not my first name. Anyhoo. I never thought much of it, to me it just seemed in the category of other popular in the fifties dated names. I can remember when my mother-in-law asked me what my middle name was, and when I told her Diane
, she said, "Ooooh, pretty! Have you ever thought of going by that instead of your first name?" I thought, "Um, no, I never have, there never seemed any reason to, what are you saying, that my first name is that bad, shut up, woman", which is the kind of response my mother-in-law often elicited from me. She really knew how to push my buttons. I'm sure she didn't intend to.
So then I tried to see what is so pretty about Diane
, and I think I somewhat succeeded, I've separated it from its datedness, and yes, it's kind of pretty, but I still don't think it's beautiful or anything. I prefer Diana
Belle---Eh. It's a lot better than Bella
, but I don't find it all that attractive.
Arielle--It's unobjectionable. There's nothing about it that I hate, and I don't see any reason that somebody shouldn't be named this, but it's not something that grabs me.