I live in Europe so my names are a bit a different:
Marie and Sophie in the middle spot. I swear, I'm "this" close saying "of course it is" if another person tells me their daughters middle name ist Marie/ Sophie.
The whole middle name idea was out of fashion for decades, now it's becoming fashionable again and within 10 years filler names have developed. 20% of girls with middle name get Marie or Sophie as their middle name and then there are also the third and fourth most popular middle names that are surprisingly: Maria and Sophia...
Also: Julia. It feels like EVERY GIRL that was born between 1980 and 1995 is called Julia (it has been number 1 for about 15 years).
And the Julia of the 90s: Hannah.
When I met the last Hannah I thought "great, now I have to make up another nickname..."
As an Amber, I know exactly what you mean. Funny, but it's always been kind of useful having a name with those associations because if someone behaves according to assumptions people have about my name, I know they're not worth my time. What's even weirder is that the cruel girls I want to swat at school (but don't!) have beautiful, wholesome names like Harriet nn Hattie, Serafina nn Sera, Mia, Victoria, Veronica, Grace and Beatrice. Really classy stuff. Obviously I couldn't use any of those names, regardless of their style.
Originally Posted by name_walrus
A name that REALLY claws and crawls into my gut is Katniss, because I read the Hunger Games series and I didn't like it. Which, by the way, tips Gale, Peeta, Cressida, Octavia and Effie off the table. Even if Katniss is a rare name, it doesn't SOUND distinctive. Do you know what I mean? Who is Katniss next to similar names like Agnes, Frances, Katherine, Katrina, Amaryllis and other names with those sounds? No one big.
I dislike Nevaeh but I don't think it deserves all the bashing it gets.
I don't like the name Olivia because of the way it sounds. Uuughliviah. Makes me feel a bit ill. But otherwise, I wouldn't discourage anyone from using it.
When I see and say Jayden/Jaidon/Jaydon it feels like someone fills my stomach with a mixture of sherbet and factory-fresh neon plastic. Jaden/Jadon are more bearable spellings, and I prefer the rest of the members of the Aidan Association.
I support the notion that generally accepted nicknames should be nicknames, not legal names. If your name is Lizzie, everyone'll assume you're Elizabeth. I don't count this for names like Anya, because it's not a common nickname for Anna in English-speaking countries. If you call yourself Abby, I would think you were Abigail.
I am LOVING this topic!! thank you so much for posting!
for me I just cant take another Carol, Carole or any other form of this name! Don't get me wrong, I have a very close friend named Carole, but this name is just everywhere in every spelling possible. I used to work in a Dept. store and worked with 4 women with different variations of the name and that was in just my department alone.
I also have to add that the names Kayla, Alex, Ashley, Jessica, Britney, Sarah, and Anna in all variations have become so common that its completely lost its appeal. These names are nice but that's as much as can be said about them
Olivia,Emma,Ava,Addison,Ellison,Madison,Jordan,Kylie, or classic names that once were unheard of but are trendy again. and unisex names.
I also want to add to my rant the names John of EVERY variation, Shawn (I used to like this name but its SO overused it has lost all appeal) Jason, Matthew, Mark and Joshua.
These names just need to be retired already! and I need to add that Jane, Mary/Marie (of EVERY form), Jean/Gean, Sue, Paige, Blanche, Sylvia, Diane (every variation), and Barbera are the most, sorry to say, boring names I have ever heard, Jane being the worst. It just comes across like there was no thought put into it.
ok I think im done now lol
Plain names that people love to say are "strong" example: John, George, Fred, Edward
Obnoxiously girly names: Seraphina, Anastasia, Mirabella
The Grandmother trend: Gertrude, Evelyn, Rose, Alice, Beatrice
The tacky rhyming names: Brayden, Jayden, Caylin,
The 90's girl names, my least favorite: Britney, Katelyn, Ashley, Tiffany, Kristen, Nicole
I'm not gonna lie, I HATE the name Katniss. Every time it shows up in the "Today's Most Popular Names" section of the homepage it makes me wonder why people like it. It sounds like catnip every time I hear it.
@ calypso I hate those names too.
@supermrspackman I think that it is partly because of the series of books and the movie The Hunger Games. The main character in that book is named Katniss. Just like when Stephanie Meyer names the main characters in The Twilight Series Bella, Edward, Alice, Renesmee and so on then those names became popular and still are so I think that Katniss will stick around for about 5 or so years.