20 Worthy Name Substitutes: Judson for Hudson

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

Popular names are popular for a reason: They’re attractive, fresh, feel right for the times.

Their only problem is that they’re, well, popular.

If you like a name that you’re starting to hear a bit too often, we’ve come up with more original substitutes that may strike the right chord.  Here are ten popular girls’ names and ten boys’ names and ideas for more unusual substitutes.

girls

If you like Adeline, you might love Adelia

If you like Claire, you might love Chiara

If you like Cora, you might love Flora

If you like Eleanor, you might love Leonora

If you like Imogen, you might love Rosamund

If you like Isla or Elsa, you might love Ilsa

If you like Lila, you might love Lillia or Kalila

If you like Maisie, you might love Mamie

If you like Penelope, you might love Persephone

If you like Scarlett, you might love Crimson

If you like Violet, you might love Plum

boys 

If you like Archer, you might love Booker

If you like Asher, you might love Asa or Ara

If you like Bodhi , you might love Bowie

If you like Declan, you might love Breccan

If you like Finn, you might love Wynn

If you like Hudson, you might love Judson

If you like Jasper, you might love Justus

If you like Leo, you might love Louis

If you like Oscar, you might love Osias

If you like Ronan, you might love Torin

If you like Sebastian, you might love Bastien

For lots more names substitutes, go here.

What are some of your name substitute ideas?

 

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The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:

October 15th, 2014 at 11:22 pm

I love Flora and Persephone they are on my list and Louis is okay too.

augusta_lee Says:

October 16th, 2014 at 12:40 am

Great suggestions! I’ll do the top 10.

If you like Jacob, you might like Jago
If you like Mason, you might like Macon
If you like Ethan, you might like Eamon OR Ephraim OR Ewan
If you like Noah, you might like Moses
If you like William, you might like Winston OR Llewelyn
If you like Liam, you might like Elias OR Emrys
If you like Michael, you might like Micah OR Micajah OR Makai
If you like Jayden, you might like Devlin
If you like Alexander, you might like Evander OR Lysander OR Leander
If you like Aiden, you might like Declan OR Adriel

If you like Sophia, you might like Diana OR Athena
If you like Emma, you might like Embeth OR Ember
If you like Isabella, you might like Arabella OR Isadora OR Isabeau
If you like Ava, you might like Aveline OR Averil OR Ada
If you like Emily, you might like Milla OR Camilla
If you like Abigail, you might like Abijah OR Abilene
If you like Mia, you might like Gia or Maia or Clio
If you like Madison, you might like Madigan
If you like Elizabeth, you might like Bethany OR Louisa

augusta_lee Says:

October 16th, 2014 at 12:40 am

Another substitute for Liam: Linus.

augusta_lee Says:

October 16th, 2014 at 12:49 am

Oh wow, totally forgot to do Olivia. How about: Olympia or Ophelia.

And two more for Alexander: Atticus or Hadrian.

Pam Says:

October 16th, 2014 at 6:47 am

augusta_lee, I should have turned this over to you for a guest blog! Great suggestions!

SeaZuno86 Says:

October 16th, 2014 at 9:27 am

If you like Maya, you might love Mahala
If you like Isabella, you might love Izara or Mirabel
If you like Vivienne, you might love Vienna
If you like Isla, you might love Ione or Iona
If you like Jasmine, you might Love Jessamy
If you like Adeline, you might love Adira
If you like Alexandra, you might love Antonia or Alexina
If you like Maisie, you might love Taisie

If you like Oliver, you might love Tolliver
If you like Benjamin, you might love Benedict
If you like Henry, you might love Harvey
If you like Liam, you might love Bram or Abram
If you like Owen, you might love Ewan

jtucker Says:

October 16th, 2014 at 9:33 am

@augusta_lee – you have great suggestions! 🙂

iwillpraise Says:

October 16th, 2014 at 9:34 am

My first pick would be Judson nn Judd before Hudson anyway.. and ever since I heard the Christian band Plum, I’ve liked it as a name 🙂 I always like these kind of posts

Joiya Says:

October 16th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Fantastic post. Just added Breccan and Madigan to my lists!
Also – if you love Adeline, you might love Adelie… similar to Adelia, but in very important ways!

miloowen Says:

October 16th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

I named a villain in my novel A Million Sherds Breccan. Will never be able to use that name again.

indiefendi Says:

October 16th, 2014 at 1:54 pm

If you like Emma, you might love Emmanuelle
If you like Joseph, you might love Aleph
If yoy like Riley, you might love Rooney
If you like Brooklyn, you might love Camden
If you like Jacob, you might love Judah
If you like Harlow, you might love Rowan
If you like Annabella, you might love Liabella
If you like Elizabeth, you might love Magdalena
If you like Emily, you might love Romilly
If you like Liam, you might love Lennon
If you like Nicholas/Nicolas, you might love Nicasio
If you like Benjamin, you might love Benaiah
If you like Isaiah, you might love Micaiah
If you like Brooke, you might love Lake or Blake
If you like Aaliyah, you might love Alaïa
If you like Dianne, you might love Dionne
If you like Brianna, you might love Briony
If you like Daniela, you might love Danica
If you like August/Augustina, you might love Julian/Juliana, Juno, Maia, Autumn, etc.
If you like Scarlett, you might love Sonnett
If you like Athena, you might love Demetria, Iris, Artemis, Selena, Thalia
If you like Shiloh, you might love Hero
If you like Angelina, you might love Carolina or Nicolina
If you like McKayla (or however one spells it), you might love Micaiah or Malaika
If you like Rose/Rosa, you might love Lotus
If you like Margaret, you might love Cordelia (which is not pretentious at all!!!!)
If you like Anna Marie, you might like to switch it up and try Anna Muse, Ana Julia, Anna Brooke, Anna Sophia, Santana
If you like Ariana, you might love Arizona
If you like Virginia, you might love Alabama
If you like Claire, you might love Blaire
If you like James, you might love Judah
If you like like Madeleine, you might love Maddalena, Madalina or Madden
If you like Jessica, you might love Jessenia
If you like Alyssa, you might love Alessia
If you like Sophia, you might love Sofina or Seraphina
If you like Jennifer, you might love Genesis
If you like Carmen, you might love Camden
If you like Baylor (either sex), you might love Colt, Rhiannon, Rosalind, Ryder, Hunter, Phillip
If you like Luna, you might love Lumina or Luminita
If you like Dylan (either sex), you might love Canaan
If you like Ashlyn (however one spells it), you might love Teagan
If you like Moses, you might love Obadiah “Obie”
If you like Abel, you might love Ari
If you like George, you might love Maximilian
If you like Leonardo, you might love Michelangelo, Angelo, Diego, Raphael, Tobias, Enzo, Riccardo
If you like Sean, you might love Cowan
If you like Catherine, you might love Catrinel
If you like Zoe, you might love Zosia
If you like Hannah, you might love Zanna
If you like Eden, you might love Zion
If you like India, you might love Francia
If you like Mila, you might love Nolita
If you like Wren or Lark, you might love Sparrow
If you like Tatum, you might love Troian
If you like Bradley, you might love Bryant
If you like Alessandra, you might love Elisabetta, Luciana, Emanuela, Raphaela, Antonia, Liliana, Adriana, Nicoletta, etc.
If you like Mark, you might love Marco
If you like Caia/Kaia, you might love Naia, Gaia, Gaelle, Cara, Lia/Leah, Rosanna
If you like Isabella, you might love Violetta
If you like Gisele, you might love Raquel
If you like Valentina, you might love Mariella
If you like Charity, you might love Amity or Justice
If you like William, you might love Calum
If you like Hilary, you might love Helena
If you like Alicia, you might love Aliana
If you like Vivian/Viviana/Vivienne, you might love Vida
If you like Diana, you might love Diora
If you like Adele, you might love Nouvel
If you like Anastasia, you might love Araminta
If you like Juliet, you might love Elise
If you like Henry, you might love Kendrick
If you like McKenzie (either sex), you might love McCartney
If you like Sage, you might loe Gage
If you like Presley, you might love Everly
If you like Memphis, you might love Angeles
If you like London (either sex), you might love Croydon
If you like Matilda, you might love Mattea
If you like Liv, you might love Lux
If you like Naomi, you might love Nakoa
If you like Alice, you might love Carys
If you like Dakota, you might love Scout, Hunter, Artemis (when I think of Dakota I think of hunting hahaha)
If you like Henry, you might love Hudson (I know that one is obvious but I didn’t want to stretch TOO far, I also think you might love Alec)
If you like Elsa, you might love Mila or Ivana
If you like Anneliese, you might love Marliese
If you like Patrick, you might love Pax
If you like Bianca, you might love Aurelia

Ok I know that was a lot!!! Haha this was really just a stream of consciousness and was super fun! Hope you like my ideas! Xoxoxo

SparkleNinja18 Says:

October 16th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Bohdi isn’t even in the top 1000. I have no idea why that one already needs a “less popular” alternative.

augusta_lee Says:

October 16th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Thank you 🙂

LuMary Says:

October 16th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

This is hard because if I really like a name, it’s difficult to move to somethin lesser. A comment on Archer to Booker. I’m suspecting a few reasons why people like Archer is not only because of the A and occupation trends, but because we’ve warmed to Archie but don’t like Archibald. In the States, we’re less likely to embrace the familiar Archie as the full name on the birth certificate. At any rate:

If you like Isabella, you might like Ida.
If you like Ava, you might like Ada or Ida.
If you like Eleanor, you might like Edith.
If you like Chloe, you might like Phoebe.
If you like Ruby, you might like Opal.
If you like Reilly, you might like Rooney.
If you like Logan, you might like Lachlan.
If you like Samuel, you might like Simon or Solomon.
If you like Harper, you might like Fifer.
If you like Grace, you might like Hope, Honor, or Mercy.
If you like Megan, you might like Muireann or Mairead.
If you like Henry, you might like Edward.
If you like Liliana, you might like Lucretia, Letitia, or Louisa.
If you like Leo, you might like Peter.
If you like Leo, you might like Martin.
If you like Asher, you might like Abraham.
If you like William, you might like Robert.
If you like Noah, you might like Micah.
If you like Rose, you might like May.
If you like Theodore, you might like Chester.

LuMary Says:

October 16th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

If you like Maisie, you might like Maidie.

indiefendi Says:

October 16th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

I made a whole thing for Henry

If you like Henry, you might love:
Morrisey
Odin
Enzo
Hendrix
Kendrick
Arden
Leon
Preston
Alec
Finley
Emery
Everly
Phineas
Jack
Fabian
Archer
Otto
Jude
Julian
Maxim
Lawrence
Atticus
Carlisle
Rowan
Vincent
Paolo
Bennett
Gavin
Soren
Edwin
Jameson
Tobias

LuMary Says:

October 17th, 2014 at 9:48 pm

If you like Grace, you might like Charity.
If you like Olivia, you might like Antonia.

LaurenMcKinney Says:

October 18th, 2014 at 5:41 pm

If you like Ryder, you might like Ritter.

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