Post # 16
I was totally expecting some off the wall name since you didn’t actually include it in the OP but Imogen is perfectly normal. It’s been around for a long time, people will know how to spell and pronounce it.
Your daughter will have zero troubles with that name.
Post # 17
I live in the US and that name is not strange to me at all! I’ve met very few people with the name, but I don’t think it’s a weird name. It’s cute! I hope you feel more confident about a name choice soon 🙂
Post # 18
I know heaps of Imogens to the point where to me it’s a very common name!
Post # 19
Imogen is nice and not unheard of. I knew a girl named imogen and she got ‘immy’ for short.
I was expecting a much more obscure name to be honest.
Post # 20
Lovely name. Not too obscure, and not too common either.
Post # 21
I love the name! It’s not too uncommon but also different enough to stand out.
Post # 22
Haha, thanks y’all! Apperently I must be too sheltered. I was getting concerned that it may be a rather off the wall name, at least in the US. I feel a lot better about it now, I appreciate all the support for it!
I agree that some names could be an issue if they aren’t spelled how they sound…I also love how the names Sinead and Siobhan sound too, though they’re not exactly English friendly….if I didn’t know better, I’d completely mispronounce them based on their spelling, which is why I wouldn’t use either of those despite how lovely they are. Imogen is pretty straight forward.
Post # 23
Imogen is adorable. Uncommon but not bizarre or made up. She will not have to repeat it 5 times, I promise you. I’ve heard it pronounced both “I’m a jean” and “imma jean”, so you might have to correct someone reading it, but that’s true for tons of names.
Post # 24
I think Imogen is a great name! I know a lady named Imogen who goes by Immy, so there’s a cute nickname too.
If you’re not sure try the Starbucks test: Give (Baby Name) as your name when you order a drink at a crowded coffee shop. See if the barista has trouble spelling it. Then when your order comes up hopefully another barista will shout it out. So you can see if it is easy to pronounce. You’ll also know if it sounds silly shouted in a crowded room, which is important because you may be shouting it a lot when your baby is a toddler.
We had fun with this when I was pregnant. We weren’t secret about the name, so mom and sister did it too. My daughter’s name is Elise, which people are hopeless at spelling (Ellyse, Elyse, Elis) but everybody can pronounce regardless.
Post # 25
I think you’re overestimating the originality of it. Someone in my family has that name
Post # 26
My daughter’s name is pretty obscure. There is one moderately known man in pop culture with the same first name and it has never caused a problem. It’s a name. Every one has to ask what a person’s name is. I don’t see where there is difficulty. I have met one person in 33 years with the same name as me. I haven’t suffered. Name you kid what you want.
Post # 27
I don’t think it’s obscure at all—at least not in my circle. I’m an American, but I’ve heard that name in books, movies, and real life off and on for as long as I can remember.
Post # 28
I was friends with an Imogen in highschool and I was so jealous of her name.
Its a great name, go for it! No REGRATS!
Post # 29
When I hear the name Imogen I think of Imogen Heap, who is one of my favorite musical artists. She was also the producer for Taylor Swift’s 1989 album and won a Grammy for it so there’s that too.
In other words I have no issue with the name, I’d even choose it myself. And if she wants to have a nickname when she’s older she can go by Gene or Gen, depending on how you pronounce it.
Post # 30
I think it’s lovely. Somewhat unique but familiar to many.