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Sarah Michelle Gellar portrayed the title character of Buffy in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series (based on the movie).
-- sodivine  7/26/2005
Curse commercialism! All these names portrayed on TV could possibly be loved if it weren't for TV! Buffy just isn't a good name for a child when we see it as a vampire slayer. Unless your family's in that business... ha.
-- rubberduckiiz2  1/9/2006
Vampire slayers aside, Buffy isn't a good name for a person. Period.
-- Isla  3/16/2006
I totally agree with both of you. (no offense to all the Buffies out there)
-- amber monkey  3/18/2006
Personally, I love the name Buffy, and that has nothing to do with the vampire slayer. The cat that my nan left me is named Buffy and I think it really suits her.
-- KatrinaLee  3/31/2006
Vampire slayer or not, I really dislike Buffy (no offense). It just sounds more like a dog's name than a human.
-- Anonymous User  4/8/2006
This was my given name at birth. I wouldn't change it for nothing! I love the name. It goes with my personality!
-- buffy21b  4/25/2006
How does Elizabeth turn into Buffy?
-- sqirrlie  6/15/2006
I agree, how do they get this out of Elizabeth? I like vampires, if I ever meet an Elizabeth I shall call her this. My friend has a sister named Stephanie that we call Buffy.
-- blackgoodbye  10/10/2006
This name is just plain ugly. It sounds like the name of a dim witted person, and why anyone would name their child this is beyond me. This is a name for a pet, not a person.
-- TiffanyS  8/30/2006
Whoever has this name will eventually be made fun of. This is a horrible name because it makes me think of a wrestler.
-- Taydbug112  9/25/2006
Canadian First Nations musician Buffy Sainte-Marie.
-- Honora  10/31/2006
Buffy was the nickname of the now-deceased Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Many of her biographies are called "Buffy" or "My Darling Buffy." I think this goes some way to redeeming it - everyone loved the Queen Mother.
-- Anonymous User  11/17/2006
Not a pleasant sounding name, and too much like 'buff.' Elizabeth has probably more nicknames than any other common English name (I know it's not English in origin, but it's English), so pick one of those instead. I knew a dog named Buffy, and I think it works best as a dog name.
-- Anonymous User  4/9/2007
How do you get Buffy from Elizabeth? Elizabeth has no syllable with the sound 'buff'. There isn't even an f in Elizabeth.
-- bibi66  6/20/2007
It is explained on the previous page how Buffy comes from Elizabeth. It's a small childs way of saying Beth or Bethy because the 'th' sound is hard for very small children to manage. It's like my neice calling her dog 'shoopy' instead of 'snoopy.'
-- Anonymous User  6/26/2007
I actually like Buffy because of the series. I love vampires. However, I'd stick this to GP name only, or for a pet.
-- tigerlilly  7/7/2007
I don't think it's a very pretty name for a girl. Plus, the show is so well-known that that's what everyone would think of when hearing the name.
-- Zan11  7/13/2007
I think this is a sweet, tender nickname for Elizabeth. I wouldn't use it independently as a given name, but I think it's a cute option for close friends & family to use. Very British.
-- Anonymous User  8/8/2007
If I put the vampire slayer's name behind, I would have thought Buffy made a good name for a stripper/prostitute/hooker.
-- rv14142  8/22/2007
This name just doesn't sound right. It almost sounds as if someone was trying to say something after a root canal, biting their tongue, or with a full mouth. The name isn't very pretty, and it sounds very childish on a grown-up. A chubby girl with this name might be called ''puffy Buffy''.
-- slight night shiver  4/20/2008
*cough cough* excuse me? Buffy? Seriously, what kind of name is that? Who would want to name their child *cough cough* Buffy? No offense to all you Buffys.
-- missBridget  7/15/2008
Pathetic, infantile, and doesn't sound very professional. Besides, I quite dislike Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
-- bananarama  3/25/2009
Buffy: Honey, we need to talk about the invitations. Now, do you wanna be William the Bloody, or just Spike? ‘Cause, either way, it's gonna look majorly weird.
Spike: Where as the name Buffy gives it that touch of classic elegance.
Buffy: What wrong with my name? My mother gave me that name.
Giles: Such a good question.
Spike: Right your mother.
Buffy: Don’t you start in on my mother!

Sorry, I just had to put that in. I adore Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But I have to agree with Spike about her name - it does sound infantile, and it's not the name I would have picked for a character like Buffy.
-- Anonymous User  4/7/2009
Whoa! This comes out of Elizabeth? Okay, I never knew that. But anyway, cool name! If my name were Elizabeth, I'd definitely go by this!
-- MtotheK  6/5/2009
I have a student in one of my classes that goes by Buffy. Her real name is Rionne and the nickname doesn't suit her in the least. I think she just wanted a more girly sounding name.
-- wbbuff  5/24/2010
I really don't like this name. I've never watched the show, I think Sarah Michelle Gellar is a terrible actress, and it just simply sounds bad as a name.
-- Hannah_E  6/27/2010
This name is some sort of... I don't know, I can't explain it. But I really like this name, it's not like pretty or anything, but it seems somewhat strong. I don't know, I'll never even consider naming my child Buffy, but I don't necessarily dislike it either.
-- sddorme  8/5/2010
I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I would use Buffy as a nickname for Elizabeth, however, I don't think it would be taken seriously as a given name.
-- Anonymous User  1/26/2012
I absolutely love Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but I wouldn't ever name anyone this. Joss Whedon himself (the creator of BtVS) has said that he chose the name 'Buffy' so that it would sound silly and not badass (for lack of a better word), to contrast with the actual traits of the character Buffy, which I think is quite clever and fits in with the themes of the show (little blonde girl kills monster instead of monster kills little blonde girl like expected.) So when you first hear the name Buffy, it sounds stupid, but don't judge a book by its cover ;)
-- Amalthea  6/14/2013
I actually really like this name, if I had a friend named Elizabeth I would probably call them Buffy. I see a lot of people don't really understand how this comes from Elizabeth so I will try to explain: This comes from a baby's pronunciation of the name. If you asked a child to say Elizabeth, chances are they would say "Elizabeff" or "Elizabuff". Thus creating the nickname "Buffy". I hope this was helpful!
-- Cosmicdaze  3/26/2014
It is just a nickname for preppy types - usually blonde, blue-eyed wearing high end clothing. Buffy H graduated top ten in our class, cheerleader and track star - now a Dr and still goes by Buffy to her friends and family. Don't knock a name because of a movie or short lived TV show.
-- Henry76  1/20/2015
I like the name Buffy because it is unique and when it is mentioned you know exactly whom its referring to, no last name needed. I think the name fits the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer and character very well because, like the character and the show, the name is not what you would expect. The show seems very silly at first but once you watch it and get into it for a while you realize what an awesome show it really is. Anyone can knock the name or the show but usually those are people who have never watched the show before. And it was not a short-lived tv show, it was on for seven seasons, which for me was all through middle school and high school, that is not a short time.
-- Anonymous User  4/6/2015
Haha, okay, I can admit this name is silly. But I adore it, mostly because of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It's cute! I wouldn't ever use it as a straight-up given name, but if I ever named a daughter Elizabeth, it'd probably be on the nickname list...(we're big on nicknames in my family, everyone has several). Buffy is a pretty b.a. character to be named for!
-- Anonymous User  5/17/2015
I love the name Buffy and I love the tv show.
-- Anonymous User  8/12/2015
I too am a Buffy, real name Elizabeth. However, I have been called Buffy since birth. Not that hard to see how you come up with Buffy from Elizabeth. Eliza"buff" to Buffy. I have NEVER been called Elizabeth, and cringe whenever anyone tries to call me that. I hate Elizabeth. I have never been teased about my name, the show made it interesting for a while, but very rarely do people refer to the show anymore when they first meet me, as they know I have heard it to death. People are used to unique names these days, and as far as unique names, Buffy isn't that unusual or unique. I have never had issues using Buffy in a professional context either.
-- Anonymous User  12/23/2015
I think Buffy is an awesome name for someone with the confidence to have it! Especially if your full name is Elizabeth, Buffy is a fun way to shorten it. I like it!
-- Brozzzi  7/3/2016
I remember when I first heard of Buffy the Vampire Slayer I thought that it was about a clown who hunted zombies. It's a good show, but that's not the impression you want a name to give.
-- Anonymous User  1/15/2017

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