I love the name Jude as a nickname and I think it's a really amzing name meaning 'happy/praise'. I had thought about Judah but like Jonas instead of Jonah and Tobias instead of Tobiah, I much prefer Judas to Judah; except, I cannot call a son Judas due to the whole Judas/Jesus association. Same goes with Lucifer. Lucy I liked for a girl but if I hear 'JuicyLucy' Loose Lucy' or 'Lucykaboosey' one more time, I will commit crime D:
Madeline is another I personally couldn't use due to Madeline McCann connotations. There are a lot of gaelic names I love but can't use due to the political state of my country and opinions of local older people.
I also ADORE the names Sweeney (little hero) and Todd (fox)....but "These are my sons: Sweeney and Todd" or worse "This is my son, Sweeney Todd (LN)" somehow I don't think would go down to well.
I never thought about Lana spelled backward.... I do remember in American Pie (was it?) where some guy says Naomi spelled backwards is "I moan" and that turned me off that name.
I loved the name Ariel growing up (pre-little Mermaid) but it has been ruined by the Little Mermaid.
I recently suggested Eleanor, nn Nelly to my husband and he said no way b/c of the rapper Nelly (we live in St. Louis so it's even worse : (
Most of my animals have... unusable names.
One of my cats' names is Desdemona. I felt fine using it for an animal but for a person would be a little bit different. I wouldn't use it for a person because 1. of the Othello character. Brutally murdered and all that. 2. It means 'misery'. Meaning doesn't really mean much t me, but still. 3. It has 'demon' right in the center of the name. It's distracting.
A few years ago I had two sibling cats that passed away within a year of each other and their names were Viscera (blood and guts and all that) & Carrion (dead meat, carcass). I named them when I was 7. lol
Pets are fun to put unusable names on but if I met a person with those names, I'd be shocked.
I agree with everyone about Lolita, which is so sad because I adore the name. Honestly, the character alone wouldn't turn me off, it's the fact that society miss-uses it to refer to everything sexually preconscious; I know that any child names Lolita would be tormented.
(I say miss-uses under the circumstances that Dolores Haze was quite frankly raped. She was the victim, despite what most people thought when the book was first published. Sadly, people still hold onto the old fashioned and sexist view of her character and turned it into a derogatory term. Anyway, I digress).
Lolita as a nn for Dolores is one I can't use, either! :( That said, at some point the associations will wear off. The book and its fame may always be around because it is a modern classic, but the associations won't be there forever. Like Silas Marner - people still know the book but the associations are no longer stuck to Silas.
Another one for me is Medea. Unusable since 300BCE. :(