Pollyanna
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Pollyanna means: A person regarded as being foolishly or blindly optimistic. It's still a nice name, though.
-- Sneasel  9/3/2005
This name has pretty strong associations, and it would surely lead to teasing. It's better than the ugly Polly alone, but it's not a very pretty name. The name might lead to some credibility problems, and it sounds old-fashioned.
-- slight night shiver  5/2/2008
Pollyanna was a character in a children's book of the same name. She always played the glad game, where she would find something to be optimistic about even in the most negative situations. I think as a name it's quite pretty though it'd be odd to name a girl Pollyanna today, just because it's so old fashioned. The term takes on a more negative meaning though, meaning naively optimistic and moral. The Pollyanna character is sweet, kind-hearted and sympathetic and she teaches others to be optimistic which isn't a bad thing.
-- alyce  7/14/2008
This name is not without teasing, especially considering that it means someone who's way too optimistic. It also looks pretentious and reminds me of a spoiled brat.
-- bananarama  9/21/2008
I prefer Apollonia.
-- Dawson  12/4/2010
I've never heard such a name. It seems so fake... such an obvious combination of Polly and Anna! And it is difficult to pronounce.
Much better name would be just Polina (or Pollina). Even Apolinaria would be better!
-- Hai_fisch  4/9/2011
There is a Brazilian singer by the name of Pollyanna. Her last name is Papel.
-- Kinola  5/24/2012
It's pure and wholesome and innocent. I would love to meet a little girl with this name! And kids don't get teased if they're home-schooled.
-- Anonymous User  6/17/2014
I was never teased because of my name, although many Caucasian Americans have asked me if it was tough growing up with the name Polyana. I took pride in that it meant so optimistic that people would see me as a fool, for I see a fool is one who avoids optimism no matter what the extent. I never found it to be either pretty or ugly. I like it most of the time.
-- Polyana  10/25/2014
My name is Pollyanna and I love it. I was never teased and I certainly do not think there is anything wrong with being very optimistic. When life gets tough it is much better to look on the bright side.
-- Pollyanna  4/8/2015
There is a popular ghost story about a doll named Pollyanna.
-- Anonymous User  5/18/2015
Hello,
My name is Pollyanna and I take great pride in my name. It does mean someone who looks for the positive even in the face of the negative, the eternal optimist. I feel I have become my name and that has stood me very well over the last 4 decades, as it has provided light in the face of total darkness. Optimism fuels our will to live and to become, it supports our desire, hope and confidence to overcome any challenge. I have never met another Pollyanna face to face, but I see that there are a few of us online. To all the Pollyanna's out there, shine brightly my fellow optimists for there is much life to be lived.
-- Pollyanna_B  8/24/2015

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