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I have a friend with this name, though she puts it as La'Precious. She's very kind and unspoiled, and exactly unlike what I would think someone with this name would be like.
-- echo_of_the_past  9/22/2005
MY name is Precious and I get asked all the time "what is your real name?" That is my real name so now I carry either an ID or my birth certificate with me so I can prove it.
-- precious_watts  12/1/2005
A famous fictional Precious is Mma Ramotswe, the heroine of the "The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" books by Alexander McCall Smith.
-- Ylva  3/7/2006
Precious is my first name, but I don't go with the nickname 'Precy' because I find that it does not fit me. I like the name 'Precious' because it is quite rare - indeed, I rarely encounter people who have the same name as I have. It kind of gives a sense of originality and uniqueness. I love this name a lot!
-- Precky  3/17/2006
MASCULINE? This name is FEMININE.
-- Anonymous User  8/17/2006
I'm sorry, but this name sounds artificial (and I can never hear "precious" again without thinking of Gollum from "The Lord of the Rings".)
-- gaelruadh19  8/26/2006
Isn't the name Precious the name of a hooker?
-- Anonymous User  7/28/2007
It sounds like the name of a poodle, or a hooker.
-- Anonymous User  7/31/2007
Eek, it's like naming your kid Princess or Queen. All I'm saying is that even if the girl (or boy?) is not snobbish and very kind, when they're in school, they'll automatically be thought of as a brat.

There was a little girl in my little brother's kindergarten class with this name. I mean, I know babies are bundles of joy and stuff like that, but come on. Precious? You could have named her something that's actually pretty; such as Aurora, Bella, etc.
-- Anonymous User  8/9/2007
I am a high school teacher and I have come across several girls by the name of "Precious" in recent years. Only one fit the name. Like a previous comment, giving your child a name like "Precious" or "Princess" or "Queen" or anything along those lines almost guarantees the child will turn out the OPPOSITE. Wow. And if you think "Precious" is an odd choice, try "Very-Uniqu."
-- Anonymous User  9/23/2007
Precious McKenzie was a famous South African Olympic weightlifter. (And male.)
-- Pie  10/22/2007
I think this name is WAY too cutesy for a child, much less an adult. Take my advice: Give your kid a classic name (Elizabeth, Katherine), and give them a cute nickname (Lizzie, Kitty). I like the name, but not for an actual person. I actually named my build-a-bear `Precious`. See? I told you I like it.
-- Anonymous Blogger  11/5/2007
All I can think of when I hear this name is "My Precious". Thanks to Gollum. But I'd never name a child Precious. I wouldn't even name a cat or a dog Precious. It's way too cutesy.
-- Anonymous User  11/8/2007
My mom is a doctor, and she once had a patient named Precious (male). He was probably made fun of a lot! Don't use for a person, except as a nickname.
-- survivor_fan  1/31/2008
I would name my daughter Nevaeh Isabella Grace before I name her Precious. I wonder why random words are becoming names.
-- jasmineenimsaj  3/3/2008
It's been said before, and I'm just going to say it again: this name is ridiculous! It's tacky, trashy, silly, infantile, and anyone with this name will eventually be laughed at. The name has no maturity, class, or dignity to it, and I can imagine that people won't expect a woman named Precious to be very intelligent or educated. There will be job discrimination, there will be bullying, and there will be prejudice, and people will think the parents were insane or complete idiots. This name isn't any good as a middle name either. It's only good as an affectionate term, not as a name.
-- slight night shiver  5/2/2008
With all due respect, I find slight night shiver's post on this and many other predominantly African-American names to be extremely rude, classist, ignorant, and showing no understanding of a culture she is not part of. They reflect much more poorly on her that they do on any parents who have chosen the names.
-- clevelandkentevans  7/16/2008
There is a girl in my little brother's kindergarten class named "Precious". When my parents read the list for Valentine's Day, they broke out into laughter. That is the same effect that will probably have on any Precious named out there. You will get laughed at. I don't care how beautiful you think it is, you will be teased by your peers. And for me, it's not beautiful at all; It's trashy and stupid.
It honestly sounds like lazy parenting to me.

What has this world come to? What SMART parent would name their kid Precious? Or Princess? Or Queen? Or Nevaeh? Or "Very-Uniq"?!
I don't care how "Precious" or "Very Unique" your child is, you're setting your child up for a life of torment and you're basically showing that you're a stupid, lazy, ditzy parent.
-- Anonymous User  5/16/2008
This name was used as the pseudonym for the murdered child Precious Doe in Kansas City. The name was chosen by activists in the Kansas City African-American community to point out their belief that Black children are just as Precious as those of other races, and that missing and murdered Black children deserve as much publicity about their cases as White children get.

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-- clevelandkentevans  5/31/2008
OK, I'll agree that the name is a bit too, what's the word, childish for a girl. But think about it for a minute. It would make a GREAT middle name or second first name.
-- DeeDee153  6/4/2008
It's a word! To every parent their child is "Precious" but at least they take the time to actually give their child a "real" name. Please people, spare your children.
-- mary26  7/23/2008
This is the name of the creepy little poodle-dog owned by psychotic serial killer Buffalo Bill in the book and movie Silence of the Lambs. Eek. Not a good association.
-- MisquotedWarrior  10/14/2008
Yuck. Precious isn't even a name. It's tacky, trashy, and ridiculous. Your daughter may be "Precious" to you, but she will grow up and most likely will not want to be called that. This sounds like a name that a 12-year-old girl would name her baby.
-- bananarama  11/15/2008
This name is ugly and makes me think of Gollum from Lord of the Rings saying "My Precious".
-- number1212  1/6/2009
My grandparents' dog (a Lhasa Apso) was named Precious. But yeah, this name doesn't belong on humans.
-- erb816  4/16/2009
No matter how precious someone thinks their daughter is, naming their kid this contradicts it. It just shows that they were too lazy to pick anything that isn't tacky. It would be 'unique' if there were smarter parents out there, but it's not too uncommon. Putting all tackiness aside, it doesn't help in a job interview or anything serious, nor sound nice ("Presh"). For me, it doesn't help much that I knew a terrible person named this who was the exact opposite of this name.

Seriously, even if the person is precious and compassionate, do they need a cheap adjective stamped on them?
-- Kerules  8/3/2009
Sorry, but I think this is a stupid name. It goes along with parents who name their kids Princess and Unique.
-- Bajafresh  8/25/2009
Words cannot describe what an AWFUL name this is.

Gollum's probably the only one who likes it, and he's not real.

I would not disgrace a pet fly with this name. Same goes for Unique, Diamond, and misspelled (I'm NOT talking about variants like Sean vs. Shawn) names.

*Shudders*
-- Anonymous User  10/5/2009
To you, the child may be oh so Precious. But that doesn't mean you should name her that. It's a word, and she'll get teased.
"Hi, I'm Precious."
"Ok. So, what's your name?"
It's a freaking WORD, parents!
-- Black_X  5/10/2010
Yes, we know it's a word. All names are words.

But since you're all so convinced that names cannot be "words", here's something to think on: Hunter, Asher, Harper, Willow, Joy, Crystal, Lily, Rose, Robin, Scarlett, and a zillion more names are "words". They were occupations, trees, virtues, plants, birds, and FREAKING COLORS before they were perfectly respectable names.

In my opinion, people's objection to "Precious" has nothing to do with its "word"ness and everything to do with it being a predominantly black name.
-- Lomesir  8/30/2010
In the movie Precious, the character's name is "Precious".
-- Anonymous User  9/4/2010
Not really a "famous bearer," but I think that Precious was the name of Buffalo Bill's dog in the movie "The Silence of the Lambs."
-- Anonymous User  12/31/2010
Oh my god. I was using the Random Name Generator for a story, (first and last names) and I got Precious Jewel. I swear to god I'm telling the truth. This thing is weeeiirrdd.
-- rooball  1/20/2012
I think this "name" is awful. It sounds like a dog's name, especially for the kind of dog that tends to belong to rich women. But what really ruins this is the movie Precious. Because of this, I can't help but relive the horrors of seeing Precious being cruelly abused by her mother and impregnated by her father. Definitely a name to avoid.
-- Bonquiqui  6/1/2012
Definitely not a name I'd want uo use. It sounds extremely tacky, and makes me think of that really scary movie Precious - the one about the obese black girl whose evil mother beats her up and throws a TV at her. That ruins the name completely.
-- zaki95  9/15/2012
The 'name' Precious was given to 154 poor little girls born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/17/2013
I dislike this name. For the same reason I dislike my own name (a gemstone), and the same reason I dislike names like "Royal" or "Beautiful" or "Special", if anyone's even named that, or names like "Roi" and "Rex" and "King" and "K├Ânig" and "Czar" or any name CLEARLY is meant to convey some sort of royal or exalted status (when you and your child are, you know, NOT. And not even royals and aristocrats name themselves like that). And I say "clearly", because yes, many names originally came from words but they have long since been commonly known as names, but to choose a word (that is, until recently, not even a name) like that from a MODERN, COMMONLY SPOKEN language is not remotely the same concept.

"Hunter, Asher, Harper, Willow, Joy, Crystal, Lily, Rose, Robin, Scarlett, and a zillion more names are "words"."

Sure names can be words. Some words make better names than some other words. For instance, I can tell you that as a Crystal, many people think (and I agree) that my name is tacky, likewise with Willow (I don't know how much that has to do with bad fanfiction). Soon people are going to argue that words like "Awesome" make perfectly good names, or "Powerful", "Pretty", "Smart", "Superior", or even "Serendipity" (I swear there must be people named this already). "Integrity". Could be a girl's name. I don't see them as any better or worse than "Precious" for a name. I find them all pretty tacky. If you like these words, sure. All power to you.
-- Antares  4/4/2014
There are three different associations people are going to have with the name Precious - Gollum obsessing over the Ring, the serial killer's dog in "Silence of the Lambs", and the impoverished, obese, abused title character in the movie "Precious." None of them are positive. I don't know why anyone would actually want to inflict this name on their child, because even if you discount the pop-culture associations, it's still one of those "our little darling is so very special" names that people make fun of. Even if you decide to nickname your child Precious, please, PLEASE put something else on the actual birth certificate.
-- Anonymous User  8/31/2014

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