For me, its nicknames as given names. Maggie, Gracie, Nate, Ben, Tommy, Jimmy, Katie, Libby, Evie, Alfie, Archie, Theo, etc., etc... there are so many of them and more and more people are considering them without fuller names! I just don't understand that trend at all. There are only three names (at least, that I can think of off-hand) that I would actually consider using that are diminutives/nicknames: Jack (because I utterly refuse to contribute to the John frenzy in my family tree! Besides, if my brother wants to have a 4th--he's a 3rd--then he can have John/Johnny and I can have Jack. :) ), Kate (but only as a MN... because Arianne Eleanor Catherine is way to long. Just Kate honors more family pretty much equally, too), and Tess (because, for some reason, it just stands on its own for me. I can see a Tess as a businesswoman just as equally as I can see a Grace. Tess and Gracie just aren't on the same level to me. Tessie would be another story, though...).
Other random names:
Jasper (I can see this on an old man, but not on a baby/kid/teen. Does that count?)
Lacey (I can't imagine a Grandma Lacey. I wish I could, because I love the name, but I just can't.)
Zoe/Chloe (I don't even know why, because these names go way back. But I can't picture them past a seven-year-old)
I have to agree with some of the previous posts- Kaylee etc, Nevaeh, also nn names like Maddy, Emmy, Gracie. Brittany, Kayla, Kylie, Cody. Any misspelled name such as Karsyn. Kiki, Mimi, Didi, Bibi. Some nn names are better than others.
For some of the previous posts- I'm a Lyndsey, I have to agree that it doesn't seem like an older name, although there is Lindsay Wagner and Lindsay Crouse to consider, who are older.
Aidan- I think of this is a man's name because of Aidan Quinn.
Campbell- I know a woman named Campbell who is 54, she carries it well and it seems very professional (she's in training to be a counselor).
Chloe- this one seems to age fairly well for me, but not Zoe
Piper- I actually see that as an adult name because of the adult Piper character on Charmed
Off the top of my head- Bentley. Ugh. I don't see him getting far in business. :(
BMW (joke. Kind of, I expect there is one out there)
MacKenzie and other Mac/Mc/Mak names
London, Paris etc
Last names as first names on girls.
Thats really funny a lot of the names you have mentioned I know adults with those names and could never imagine them as a child.
Not Princess but that is just weird.
I agree, I know quite a few Lindsays (various spellings), Kayla's, Cameron's and Jimmy's and I never thought their names were childish.
Originally Posted by mrskips
I do think a lot of nicknames don't age well, but that's why I'm a huge fan of giving the child a longer name and using the nickname when they're young and then letting them change it when they see fit.
Originally Posted by hayley88
Amber, Melissa, Lauren, Laura, Amy? Really? I know so many adults of various ages with these names, they all sound pretty adult to me...especially Laura and Melissa, I don't know any very young Lauras or Melissas
It's not so much that I know children with the names, I know young adults. None of whom are older than 23, so with the ones you quoted back to me...I can only imagine them being fairly young. But I suppose it depends on where you live, as to the age range attached to specific names.
Originally Posted by jinxgirl
I'm a Melissa, and I'm WAY older than 23! Along with Amy, Melissa was a hip name in the late 60's where I grew up in Texas. Come to think of it, I'm named after a great-grandmother whose father was a Confederate cavalryman, so it's a pretty old name. But anyway, this question of names that don't age well made me laugh because I was trying to imagine a little kid saying, "Grandma Brandi? Can I have a cookie?" LOL!