Baby Name Question of the Week: Your biggest about-face?
by Emma Waterhouse
Our Question of the Week: What’s your biggest baby name turnaround?
We’ve all been there: an old favorite suddenly loses its lustre, or a new love appears as if from nowhere and shoots straight to the top of your list.
Whether you’ve heard a name “in the wild” for the first time, or a celebrity has just used it, or perhaps you’ve stumbled across a particularly stunning combination on the Nameberry Forums which makes you see it in a whole new light… So many factors influence our love (or otherwise) for certain names.
So, today we’re interested in hearing about the names that have prompted the biggest change of heart in you, for better or for worse.
Which names did you used to dislike but now love?
Which names did you used to love that have since lost their shine?
And what was it that made you change your mind?
Emma Waterhouse — better known as @katinka around these parts — joined the team in 2017, writing about everything from pregnancy and birth to unique baby names from fiction and fantasy. As Nameberry’s head moderator, she also helps to keep our active Forums community ticking. A linguist by background, Emma speaks six languages and lives in England’s smallest county with her husband and three young children. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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on November 11th, 2019 at 7:11 am
My sister was going to be Candida, weeks before she was born, my mother discovered that it is also the medical term for a yeast infection / thrush.
on November 11th, 2019 at 8:03 am
I used to love Jared (I think from watching re-runs of the TV show Big Valley) but the name has lost its luster for me based on a person I know with that name.
I used to really dislike botanical names (Hazel, Violet, Flora, Rose, Daisy, Iris) as they seemed old and stale but now I really like many of them and I love Hazel and Iris.
on November 11th, 2019 at 11:51 am
Alexa was one of my favorite names during my first pregnancy in 2014. Luckily, I didn’t use it because the Amazon Alexa started soon after. They really ruined that name for me!
One that grew on me is Hayes for a boy. I heard a couple people use it and I didn’t think I liked it, but now it’s at the top of my boys list! I kept seeing it and I started to love it!
on November 11th, 2019 at 6:24 pm
When I was growing up, names like John and Mary, Jane and Joseph, were pretty common. Now you never hear them, and I’d really like to see the plain names make a comeback.
on November 11th, 2019 at 11:40 pm
I didn’t really care for Truman when I was younger/as a teen, but I knew an incredibly smart and sweet boy with this name, and now I realize it’s a genius name.
on November 13th, 2019 at 2:45 pm
I loved Scott, Cindy, Victor, Victoria, etc. as a child. I highly dislike them all. I also loved Aria years ago, but it’s lost its lustre. Caspian was one that came completely out of left field and stole my heart. I generally dislike place names or names that sound overly modern/ trendy, but I love Caspian and ended up using it.
on November 14th, 2019 at 1:41 pm
Nameberry I don’t think mentioned this, i think it described it as dripping with history, but not in a good way! He was the most infamous American spy turned double agent for the KGB who killed nearly all the other agents in the field. I can’t use that name in good conscience.
Also Paul Donovan
It’s always a risk using surnames as given names as in this case. I thought Paul and Donovan paired so well together until I realized he was a forty seven year old man with bald hair.
on November 15th, 2019 at 1:55 pm
Also Atticus. i met a boy in high school named Atticus and his parents were really forward thinking at the time, so he was lucky to be the first Atticus his teachers had ever met. For this generation it’s probably better to go with Aquilo. Or just Mark.
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