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My name is Elizabeth and I named my first cat Buffy. I was 6. I guess I named her after myself. I still love the name Buffy.
― Anonymous User  10/7/2017
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My parents named me Buffy after the famous TV show "Family Affair" in the 1970's. I decided to post here to share how horrible it was to have that name growing up. I just researched info about the show & the actress who played the part of Elizabeth "Buffy" Patterson-Davis. This makes me mad all over again. Why didn't my parents name me Elizabeth instead of Buffy? It's very ironic since I just found out tonight that the character's 'real' name was Elizabeth & Buffy was just the character's nickname... which I didn't know before. I changed my name legally to Elizabeth as soon as I turned 18. I couldn't change it fast enough. I always felt deep down in my soul that I should be Elizabeth and that my parents had made a grave mistake. It was absolutely horrible having the name Buffy in a small town in rural Iowa. I was teased & bullied incessantly. I've heard it ALL! I'm sure you'll laugh after reading this but it was no laughing matter to me. I came home from school EVERY SINGLE DAY crying on the school bus. These are the things I heard: I have a dog named Buffy (How lovely for you. Do you qant an award?). You're named after our dog (I'm pretty sure I was born before your stupid dog). Oh, I thought you were going to be a dizzy blond cheerleader. Fluffy Fleas (big favorite of the stupid, vicious, mean boys). You're uglier than a dog! Were your parents on drugs when they named you? (Technically yes, because they were alcoholics.) Puffy Buffy. Muffy. Were you a love child of the 60s? (No, I was born in the 70s.) To make matters worse, my parent's business was raising dogs. During my childhood, the name Buffy was commonly given to small breed dogs such as poodles, shih tzus & Lhasa Apsos. When I traveled rarely with my parents for business, even people in other countries laughed at me when I told them my name. People would say, "No, really, what's your real name? Not your nickname. What's the name on your birth certificate? What's your given Christian name?" And much to their incredulity, I would insist that was my name. My mom was supportive of me wanting to change my name but my father absolutely was against it. He was offended, he took it as a personal affront to himself. I finally told him to get off his high horse. Live one day in my shoes. I was the one who had to live with this ridiculous name. I wanted to be a music teacher. I knew how cruel children could be and I wanted to be taken seriously by administrators, colleagues, parents & students... pretty much everyone. I've never regretted changing my name. I wish I could have done it sooner. Until the day my father died he would never publicly or privately acknowledge the fact that I changed my name to Elizabeth. Til his last day on earth he called me Buffy. When he called me Buffy I would not acknowledge him. He was so rude & disrespectful. After Buffy the Vampire Slayer came out, things got even worse for me. I'd get prank phone calls in the middle of the night in my dorm room from stupid, drunk college boys asking me, "Is this the real Buffy? How many vampires have you killed tonight?" Well, needless to say, the whole ordeal made me very strong. I stand up for myself and I won't take crap from anyone. I have compassion & understanding for those being bullied & picked on. I will not allow that behavior to happen in my classroom or with kids around me in my personal life. I'm strong now but the memories of the pain & hurt are still there. I struggled for many years with depression, suicidal thoughts, low self-esteem. My depression got so bad that I would fake being sick just so I wouldn't have to go to school. Luckily, the open-enrollment act was passed in 1990 & I got the hell out of that school & finally got the fresh start I so desperately needed in a big school in a big city & became the butterfly I was meant to be & spread my wings and flew. Parents need to very carefully choose their child's name. They're either setting them up to fail or succeed. Unfortunately, my parents were stupid, selfish & had their heads up their butts. Fortunately, through our court system, I was able to fix their mistake. I was inspired to change my name to Elizabeth from Queen Elizabeth I & from the cute little red head Elizabeth on the TV show The Waltons. Another side note, quite interesting, is that Queen Elizabeth I & I share the same birthday and we both have golden red curly hair and pale skin. Elizabeth is a much more refined, classical and dignified name. I was never a Buffy. I cringe if someone from my past calls me that. It literally makes me want to throw up & I'm quick to correct them. If you want to piss me off, just call me Buffy! If you know what's good for you, you won't.
espana7777  6/30/2017
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As far as the comment from the former "Buffy" NKA (now known as) Elizabeth, I'd say you sound like an extremely unhappy person with low self-esteem, & the bullying that you had to endure, which I am so very sorry that you went through, was not simply because your name was Buffy. I was also born in the 70's & named after the cute little blonde haired, blue eyed girl on family affair. That is absurd that you would become more furious that your parent's named you that upon learning that the real actress died of a drug overdose. What on earth does that have to do with a name or with you for that matter? I was a blonde hair blue eyed, intelligent, non-ditsy, non- air head cheerleader, who also excelled not only at softball, volleyball, & tennis, but was also prom queen, & home coming queen. Not to mention a member of the national honor society who graduated with a 3.5 GPA. Yes, it may not be a 4.0, but still pretty damn impressive. I then enlisted & served in the United States Marine Corps after graduation. I understand, empathize, & do experience on a daily basis the questions of "is that's what on your birth certificate?" "Are you the Vampire Slayer?" Or when I was young, also from a 1 caution light town in Southern Indiana with approximately 40 students in my senior class, "Where is Jody?" Referring to Buffy's twin brother on Family Affair. Or having to spell your name for someone when giving it to them over the phone. Yes, it is frustrating & annoying at times, but big deal. There are way worse problems to deal with or get upset about. It's my name, it's unique, & in my opinion & 95% of the people I've come in contact with in my 40 years, in all parts of the world cute (as I have been told more times than I can count.) Myself & most people I know have always said that I look like a Buffy & a different name just wouldn't fit. It's perfect for me. I'm sorry it wasn't for you & support the name change if that's what makes you happy. Everyone is different, but I would much rather be named Buffy than these ridiculous, absurd, names that celebrities & average people alike are naming their children these days. Obviously not considering any future frustration or inconvenience it may or may not cause the child, but in no way the sole cause of any mental or emotional scarring the child may or may not experience in the future. Nor do I believe any parent has the intention of causing their child any pain or suffering when deciding upon a name for their child. This is strictly my opinion, and by no means am I trying to say that you were lying, but I just don't believe that someone would be bullied for no other reason then their name. With the exception of the obvious yet funny names that would make anyone giggle. EXAMPLES: Armie Hammer, Fannie Licker, Mary Cutter-Bottorff, Dick Felt, & so on. As you did mention you also experiencing the horrible comments regarding your appearance, which has nothing to do with you being named Buffy. Everyone could find fault with another's name, but it's ours. It's one of the many things that make us who we are. Being angry with your parent's over it, or saying it's the reason that you were bullied in school is ludicrous. I'm a firm believer in what comes around goes around, so hopefully those bullies got what they deserved, but essentially you & everyone that is making their judgmental, mean, hurtful& snide comments about the name Buffy are essentially doing the exact same thing. Good thing, I have a high self esteem, & a back bone or I would have been bawling my eyes out after reading the very 1st comment. Congratulation on your name change & the happiness it has brought you. AS FOR ME, I'M JUST FINE WITH BEING A BUFFY.
buffyedwards  1/11/2018
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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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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
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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
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I love the name Buffy and I love the tv show.
― Anonymous User  8/12/2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Pathetic, infantile, and doesn't sound very professional. Besides, I quite dislike Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
bananarama  3/25/2009
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*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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Canadian First Nations musician Buffy Sainte-Marie.
Honora  10/31/2006
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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
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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
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How does Elizabeth turn into Buffy?
sqirrlie  6/15/2006
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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
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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
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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
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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
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I totally agree with both of you. (no offense to all the Buffies out there)
amber monkey  3/18/2006
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Vampire slayers aside, Buffy isn't a good name for a person. Period.
Isla  3/16/2006
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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
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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

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