Confessions of a Teenage Name Disaster

Guest blogger Brooke Dowd Sacco, expecting her first child, is relieved she wasn’t a teenage mother. Sure, having a baby at such a tender age would have been hard, but what really freaks her out is the thought of the names she might have chosen back then.

I would have been a terrible teen mom. Sorry Farrah, Maci, and Amber, I just don’t know how you do it. No, I’m not referring to my parenting skills (or the lack thereof), I’m talking about baby naming skills. For me, naming my child as a teen would have been like selecting my husband in High School or getting tattooed on spring break: bad choices. Looking back through past journals and scribbly notes, the child that I would have birthed as a teen would have been named Tristan or Sayla. I happen to think those names are still quite lovely, but now that I’m four months pregnant with my first child, those are not my baby’s names.

Some teenagers have sophisticated, fully-formed taste in names — hello, teen berries! — but that wasn’t me.  Rather, like many people, my name tastes have changed and evolved over the years.

When I was very young, I only wanted a name like everyone else’s, choosing names like Jennifer, Kelly, Amanda and Nicole for my dolls.  As a Brooke, living in Brooklyn, New York in the 80s, you would think my name was fairly familiar. Hello, Brooke Shields? Calvins? Anyone?  But I remember people being puzzled by my name, or calling me Brooks.

By the time I was a teenager, though, I came to love that my name was just a little bit different. Wanting to stand out in the crowd as a teen? Sounds about right. I’m looking at you, Bentley’s mom.

Making lists of my favorite names and matching them up with the surnames of my crush du jour became a fun math class distraction. I fancied my picks avant garde, though I really just pulled Tristan from Brad Pitt’s character in Legends of the Fall, while Sayla was extrapolated from Sailor, which I’m pretty sure I stole from Christie Brinkley.  If there had been such a thing as a celebrity baby names blog back in 1999, I might have written it.

Had I given birth to a Tristan or a Sayla back then, I really can’t imagine being very pleased with those names today. I know, I know. You’re supposed to love your child’s name, and love it more over the years. But if you spend enough time lurking around the Internet baby naming world, you know that just isn’t true. Name regret, and even name changing, is a lot more common than one would think.

So how would I describe my baby naming style today? It seems to be a harmonious evolution of my tastes over the years.  I tend to like names that are totally familiar, with traditional spelling and pronunciation; not easily confusing to the ear or the eye. My picks are not at all rare, yet far from trendy. I steer clear of the top 100 (My old pal Tristan sits at #80, up 25 spots since 2000), but both of my choices for our May baby lie close to 200 on the Social Security list of baby names. Unfortunately, they are both on the rise, but my analysis tells me that they aren’t likely to break the top 100 any time soon. And no, I’m not sharing.

So what are some of your ghosts of baby names past? Do you still adore the names you dreamed up as a teen? Did you name your child as a teen and end up hating your choice….or still loving it as time goes on? How has your taste in names evolved over the years? Did you get a tattoo of your baby’s face on your midsection? Let’s talk, fellow name nerds.

As the editor of Slice of Style, KidCrave, Incredible Things and Jetsetta, Brooke Dowd Sacco is no stranger to blogging. Aside from writing for the web, Brooke has a fantasy career as a baby name consultant.

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Kathryn Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 1:28 am

When I was a teenager, I was a fan of Khrysten, Mollienne, and Averianna…are the last 2 even names?

Charlotte Vera Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 1:58 am

When I was around 10-12 I loved — LOVED — Jacqueline. Except I wanted to make the name more *shudder* pretty by changing the spelling to Jacquelyn. As I entered my teen years and my collection of name books slowly grew, I still liked Jacquelyn, but began to expand my interest of names to a few that I first encountered between the pages of books embarrassingly titled things like _Names for Baby_. I found Imogen both fascinating and strangely beautiful, and I was delighted to find Michael listed in the girls section (I think I only thought about daughters at the time!). But one of my favourites was Bronwyn; I became enamored with the name, but was certain that I would never have the guts to use it.

Now that I’m older and bolder, I’ve shed my love of Jacquelyn. My one-time penchant for boys-names-on-girls has also faded. However, I still love Imogen and Bronwen (now preferring that spelling seeing as it’s more accurate in the original Welsh). However, I also now have a friend named Bronwen, and I personally don’t really feel completely comfortable giving my children the names of people who are friends, but not particularly close.

I too am thankful, for many reasons, that I was not a teenaged mother.

linzybindi Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 2:03 am

Sooo thankful I was not a teenage mother! I liked the name Lexi Skylar…can we say stripper??? Not to mention now that I’m married my last name begins with a “D”…LSD could have been my child’s initials. OH BOY!!! Haha!

moxielove Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 3:01 am

I never really dreamed about having kids, so I didn’t dream of what I would name them, either. BUT when I was a little girl, I wanted to change MY name (the always popular Nicole) to the following at different times:
Jasmine (so exotic!)
Rosie (so I could sign my name with a flower)
George (LOVED Nancy Drew)

Riahbookaholic Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 4:00 am

Okay, I’m a seventeen year old virgin, so children aren’t in my plans for a while, but I’ve always been the type of girl who dreams of a white picket fence with dozens of kids around. First off, my name is Marriah, and I come from a family full of unique names, so that kind of translates into the names I REALLY want to name my children.
The first two are the names that my future husband won’t have too much of a say on, but I won’t name my children them if he hates them.
Rylan Michael- for a boy (Michael is my Dad’s first name).
Willow Michele- for a girl (Michele is my Mom’s first name).

Now, for two other boys names, I picked out:
Sterling Jude
Aidan Conner

For two girls names, I love:
Quinn Ophelia
Lilah Juliet

I love Shakespeare, so the girls’ middle names were kind of a no brainer.
I hope that even though I’m a teen, if I fell pregnant, my child wouldn’t hate their name. Especially since I have EVERY intention of having a Willow. I always have and probably always will.

Elowen Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 4:07 am

If I’d had kids as a teenager they would have been fine! The names I like are nice, but a bit popular for my tastes.

My picks were Lillian for a girl and Oliver or Finn for a boy.

tyreena Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 4:27 am

When I was young I was always obsessed with names the only name I remember lasting longer than a few months was……Cheyenne Taylor, hmm very tacky & just kinda odd.
thankfully I wasn’t a teen mum either!

Sarah A Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 4:51 am

I kind of had good taste as a teenager, though one name I really used to love has not survived the test of time: Spencer. I thought Spencer for a boy was just so cool! Also, my teenage love for the Backstreet Boys got me to love the name Howie and I still think Howard nn Howie is adorable. Had I actually given birth as a teenager I no doubt would have ended up being unduly influenced by my parents thus using something like Adam or Jenna. Nice names, but just not for me anymore.

If you follow the show 16 and Pregnant you can get a small sample of the names teen parents are choosing. They really run the gamut, from Liam and Austin to Destiny and Genesis. Last season there was a Neveah…surprise, surprise!

linelei Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 6:24 am

If I had had a girl as a teen, it would have been Avalon. I still like that name very much, but now I see more than just the name: I see a child being called Lonnie, now matter how hard I try to stop it. I don’t know, it’s just not as magical to me anymore. A boy would have been either Owen or Rune – I hadn’t decided yet whether I liked original or more common names.

Robomantic Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 7:13 am

For boys I was obsessed with the names Cyrus, Isaac, and Loki for a girl and overwhelmingly obsessed with Rhiannon or Ryan (possibly spelled Rian or Rhian) for a girl. Cyrus and Isaac are still alright, but not my thing (plus my friend is naming her baby Isaac here soon) and I still love Loki, but not sure about saddling a kid with it (though I am tempted). Rhiannon is great too, but honestly I’m just not finding any good way to shorten it and I don’t like anything that sounds like Brianne or Brianna.

Robomantic Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 7:14 am

I meant cyrus, isaac and loki for a boy, the others for a girl.

Tarat3232 Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 7:49 am

Tatiana Marie
September Lynn
Jocelyn Rose

I still really like September, but the rest are just so not my style. It also never occurred to me that boys were even a possibility!

Danni Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 8:02 am

When I was a teenager, I planned to name a future son Harper James. I still love the idea of Harper on a boy, but now that it’s so popular and dare I say trendy on girls, there is no way I would want to name my son that. I can’t remember what girls’ names I liked then, but I also remember liking Tristan, which really isn’t my style anymore. My taste in boys’ names still runs on the softer side of things, like Harper, names like Milo, Robin, and Allen, but hopefully I have at least 7 years before I have to worry about actually naming children!

ycw Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 8:54 am

I remember liking:
Raye, Toni, Lex/Lexie, Alonely (a LO na lee), Lindy
Not sure whether Toni or Lexie would have ended up with a full name or not. Jane would have been the middle–mine, mom’s, grandma’s, and her mom’s first name. Unless I went with Jane Sarah.
Later, I liked Damia, and Mara, after scifi characters.
Earlier, I liked hideous collections of ks, ls, and ys. Think Krystyllyn, only not as familiar and pronounceable.
For a boy, I liked:
Vik (no full name), Dante, Luke… not sure on others.

Some doll names: Abitha “Abby”, Lillian “Lilly”, Jan & Dan (twins), Sara “Sari” (not sure if there was an h or not), Jon
Quints: Bonnie, Don, Connie, Ron, & Lonnie (no full names)

Twins or higher would definitely have rhymed. It would have been more important than whether I even liked the names.

My actual children, at 25 and 26:
Hannah Jane and Peter Sidney III

Likely for next child: Rebecca May, Leah Rose, Virginia Rose, Benjamin Mark, John Ernest
Twin names: Rebecca May & Benjamin Mark; Elizabeth Susan & Rhoda Lucy; John Ernest & George Alfred

As you can see, my tastes have changed a bit.

klsteele Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 9:12 am

Mine were not that bad.

Lucy Chase
Asher Kerr

I still love Lucy, but a really close friend now is named Lucy and Asher really isn’t by style anymore.

jaime Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 9:23 am

The first time I remember picking out a baby name I was seven…and the name was Skye Blue (for a girl)…lol. As a teen I was absolutely in love with the name Lucas, which isn’t so bad, but it isn’t my top pick anymore either. For a girl the names tended to drift toward waify and edgar-allen-poe-ish, anywhere from Lenore to Annabelle Lee…again not to bad. I wouldn’t pick the names today but I wouldn’t have major regrets either 🙂

Jade Diana Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 9:25 am

When I was a teen, which in all honesty was not to long ago, I was dead set on Leah Jade or Charlotte Diana for a girl. For a boy it would have been Leo Dane. I still would be happy with a little Leo, but Leah and Charlotte are way to popular for me now.

SadieSadie Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 9:40 am

My top boys names were:
Caden Austin Ephraim Ephraim after family the rest because I liked it.
Jackson Avery Levi
Girls names tended to be trashy!
Heaven Leigh
Etc… Shudder!

Lara Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 9:45 am

I am actually still a teenager. I’m seventeen, obsessing over names with a meaning. Right now I would name my boys (and I’m only ever certain about the boys, they haven’t changed over the years) Aaron, Liam, James, Emmett, William, Remus (yes Harry Potter. :)), Dean, Prosper, Bonifazius, Adam, Owen, Victor, Pavel, Eliott, Mischa, Gideon, Sirius, Vincent, Elias, Arthur, Charles and Lysander, it’s pretty modest and a bit boring I admit but most of them are family names. 🙂
The girls are a bit harder. Georgiana, Luisa, Rosemary, Liv, Emma, Alice, Anna, Pauline, Marlene, Helena, Eleanor and Hermione.
I love Shakespeare, you may have noticed. 🙂
I don’t plan on getting pregnant anytime soon, but even if, my kids won’t be called Nykole, Jaclyn or Jaysen.

Vanessa Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 10:17 am

I remember really loving boy’s names for girl when I was a teen. Ryan, Michael, James, and Avery. The only one I would consider today is Avery, but unfortunately it is too popular for my liking today. My sister really like Ryan for a girl and she is welcome to take it. I was a fan of Tristan as well, it had to be the Brad Pitt factor because I don’t care for it all today.

neuilly Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 10:59 am

My two loves throughout many years of middle school (and maybe freshman year of high school) were Emma and Savannah. I wasn’t going to have any boys, so it didn’t matter 😉

I actually still love both, but would use neither. Savannah is far too trendy and has connotations I don’t want for my child. Emma is still beautiful and timeless for me, but it is way too popular.

Lydia Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 11:12 am

I remember loving Bianca for a girl and Leicester for a boy. Cringe!

Becca Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 11:34 am

When I was a teen which wasn’t that long ago I really loved the name Isabella ( I still do ) but it is way too popular for me now! I don’t remember very many others because that was THE ONE! lol! I do remember liking Charlie/Charli for a girl too ( I still kinda do ) but I’m nor really fond of boy names girls now! I didn’t really think about boys names. So if u had been a teen mom I think I would have been ok with my choice even though it’s super popular now.

k_lareese Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 11:36 am

As a teenager I actually had decent taste in girl names. If I had been a teenage mom to a little girl I would have ended up with a Marguerite (Maggie) or an Adalia (Addie). As of right now, I would still be happy with those names. Because being married means that there are two opinions on names, I haven’t used either name though.

Boys names are another matter. I have always struggled with boys names. As a teen, I liked the name Dylan Mitchell and also dabbled with the thought of (shudder) Jaden. I would certainly not like either of those names now.

Mariah Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 11:40 am

When I was a teen I remember loving: Ayla, Eva, Caroline, Christopher, Liliana, Violet. Classics appealed to me (aside from Ayla, which I liked from Clan of the Cave Bear 🙂

I think I would have been happy with any of them if I’d named a child one of those names.

Lyndsay Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 11:51 am

I wish I had some name lists from when I was a teen, but I haven’t come across any. I do remember that my best friend and I swore that whoever had a girl first would name her Lexington because it was just the coolest name imaginable… we’d call her Lexi. She actually did end up having a baby as a teen, but she named her Mackenzie and calls her Mack.

Hmm, I think Eliza was one of my favorites in high school, I still love that one. But other names I loved were Brooke, Blossom, Belle and Bridget. And I always loved Cordelia because of Buffy. I also loved names that I later found out were trendy, like Gavin and Madison. Cordelia, Eliza and Belle I still really love. And if I’d used Bridget, Brooke or Gavin I think I would still like them. Not so much Blossom, lol.

Oh! And my absolute favorite boys names were Brandon and Brendan, I could never choose which I preferred. When I met my husband, he had a nephew named Brandon, so I was kind of bummed that I wouldn’t get to use it. I still love those names though, I’m glad I get to have one in the family.

Lyndsay Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 11:54 am

Oh and Chase! Because of the movie Drive Me Crazy, Adrian Grenier played the uber hot Chase Hammond. I still love the name itself, but I have met countless little Chases, so I’m glad I didn’t get the chance…. maybe that’s part of why I picked Dash, though…

Also, loved Olivia SO much. Basically, I loved all the names that are now in the top 10… obviously everyone else did too!

Leah Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 11:58 am

I had good taste as a teenager. Although, that is probably because I started visiting name sites like this one when I was 13. Ten years later and my top choices have changed, but I believe in part that is due to the influence of my SO. Ive realized, you really cant name a child until you find the person you want to have children with. Had I of had a child when I was a teen they would have been Anna Elizabeth (very classy, but a little plain for me now) and for a boy probably something like James of Grant. I definitely wasnt the Ayden type.

audrey Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

I did use the name I loved as a teenager. It is in the top 100 now, but wasn’t then. It’s a variation of a family name, so now matter how trendy it gets, it’s still extra special to us.

My boy names were Trevor and Troy. I don’t feel strongly one way or another about them now, although I’d never use Trevor now since I know so many.

Stephanie Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I was convinced I’d have a Lachlan and a Dannyva (pronounced Duh-nee-vuh). So not my style today. Though the other name I loved (as an older teen) was Havana… and today I have a Savannah Harper. So maybe I was onto something…

Brooke Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I’m loving all of your comments! It JUST occurred to me that my mother named my sister as a teenager. Duh! Genevieve Victoria is a fine name (and a family name). Kudos Mom!

Megan Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

My names weren’t so terrible, but have become UBER popular since I used to obsess about them 15 years ago:


Janice Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Desmond, Sophia, Jackson, Jezabelle, Jules, Janessa, Damien…… Thank God. I would have been going to social security to change them.

Megan Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

PS: named my girls Penelope and Vivian…and often wonder what my teenage self would think of those names!

Filipa Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I was born in the early 80’s, and although i’m portuguese, when i was 10, my favourite names were Kelly, Donna (BH90210), Jessica and a little before that, I loved Stephanie, because of the Princess Stéphanie of Monaco. As a teen, i became obsessed with Beatriz and Margarida. I still love it, but they are too popular for my taste!

Kirsty Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I’m still a teenager, so I suppose my taste in names still had time to change. However, when I was younger (about 9 I think) I was absolutely certain that I was going to call my children Heidi, Opal, Kachri (I really have no idea) and Fred.

Millikate Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Ha! It’s fun reading these posts. Its a good thing some of us didn’t have kids when we were younger. 🙂

My boy name is the same as it was then, which was unusual then, but now its in the 200’s on the list. I still love it though.

My favorite name for a girl was True. It was a character on some sci-fi show I used to watch with my dad. I still think its cool, but now I would only use it as a middle name.

SJ Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I was really into “tough guy” names – Damien, Brick, Pike, Brogan, Mace or long names that could extrapolate shorter ones – Chadbourne, Roderick, MacKenzie (before that one got claimed by girls).

Nyx Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I can’t remember any of the girls names, but I know that they tended toward the trendy/popular side, which I am not nearly as fond of now! I like a timeless classic, and if it’s in the top 10 or under 200 on the list doesn’t matter. What does matter is that it has been around for the past few centuries 🙂

OK, back to my childhood favorites. I can only remember two… If I had a boy I wanted to name him Christian or Kelly. Today, I shudder to think of possible using Christian… but still really like the idea of Kelly on a boy (doubt that it would ever be used though).

CC Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

When I was about 9, I had the names Evan Lee, Devon, and Kevin Andrew picked for boys. I must have really liked the -in ending lol. I don’t really remember having any girl names picked.

When I was a teenager, I had Skylar Jade picked for a girl and Damien Slade for a boy. I’m sure I had more, but those are the only two I can remember, at the moment.

Kate Joslin Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

I DID not want kids as a teen, I was deadset against being a mother till I met my hubby at 26..then things changed. However I remember always naming my barbies Gina. Classic, easy on the eyes and ears yet somehow now all I can think of is in the 49 year old Virgin speed dating scene when one of the womans names was Gina pronounced jai-na as in “va”.
However I had a friend who had a daughter at 19 and named her Taylor and 2 years later confided in me that she wished she picked something else.

While my first childrens names can be compared to a teen mom’s naming catastrophy I am still happy with my selection, Alisyn & Aliyah. Cut on the chopping block was Natalie & Nadine and I wanted it to be Vera & Aliyah but hubby was deadset against Vera. =o(
For the next set of twins (I am planning for males of course) my selected names are Trent & Logan. Again comparable to teen thoughtlessness these names are dervied from my favorite Xman and the singer of Nine Inch Nail. While I continue to grow older I refuse to mature!

Rebekah Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I’ve always loved names, and made lists and lists of them as a teen. Willow and Echo were frequently near the top–both names I wouldn’t dream of using now. I also remember going through a “flower names” phase, considering the merit of names like Amaryllis. Heather Christine was another favorite, and quite representative of the era. I also disliked my name as a child (though I love it now), and I remember Vanessa being one of my favorite alternatives.

At 28, now that I’m close to having my own child(ren), my tastes fall mostly in the “antique charm” category, with names like Ruby, Violet, Clara, Ella and Coralie near the top of my list. So suffice it to say I am glad I did not name anyone at the age of 16!

(Also, it seems my name obsession has always focused on girls. I imagine this means I’m destined to sons only.)

Nickelle Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

I’ve wanted to be a mother for so long I have gone through a looong list of names. Had I been a teen mom my child would most likely have been Lilac Elizabeth. I hadn’t even thought about a boys name until a few years later when my child would have been Rose Elisabeth (I discovered the S spelling for Elisabeth and fell in love with it) or Elijah Jameson. Those were far and away my favorites for years but later I contemplated Sydney, Autumn, Freya, Tatiana, Jewel, and a slew of others for girls. Also a daughter born to a young me might have been in danger of being Honeysuckle or twin girls could have been Happy and Honey. They were guilty pleasures of mine. I do still love Rose and Sydney but I have fallen in deep abiding love with the name Maeve which will be my daughter’s name should my year of TTC result in a daughter anytime soon. My boy will be either Michael or Noah. I never thought about boy names as much and so my list of likes is short.

Susan Chesney Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

When I was a teenager, my favorite names were Giles and Ginger Jane. Don’t like those so much anymore, although I do love Jane.

Lyndsay Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Just remembered that the boyfriend I had when I was 14-15 was a musician and wanted to name our future kids Melody and Harmony. I was totally into it.

Michelle Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

I’m a teenager (with a couple of kids in the way, way distant future) but a relatively old naming soul. Favourites include John “Jack”, Sylvia, Helen, William, Henry, Alice, Clara, Anna, Thomas, Nora and Patrick. However, I still cringe at former favourites such as Sarah-Haile (a variant of Hayley), Landon (purely after the “A Walk to Remember” dream boat), Ryland for a girl, Marsten and Schuyler Miller.

peppersweet Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

As a fifteen year old nameberry, I hope to say that I have good taste in names. Currently, my name crushes (two years old and going strong) are Irene and Walter. Old-fashioned and grandparent-like, yes, and going down the charts. I don’t plan on having kids for at least ten years, so by then my little Irene and Walter will have the kind of name I’ve always enjoyed having- so old it’s new again. I also admit to loving Veronica and Jeremiah.

Nicole Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

I’m fifteen, but I like to think my tastes are pretty sophisticated. However, before I became name obsessed, my favorite names were not so great. The only the name that has stayed on my list is Hazel—it’s my favorite girls’ name and has been since I was eight. Others on my list for girls were Mallory, Taylor, Kayleigh, Gabrielle, Autumn, and Laurelyn (hee hee). For boys: Patrick, Hunter, Michael, Gunther, Benjamin, Kevin, Trevor, and more popular 90’s names. Now my favorite boys’ name is Isaac.

Nisey Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

I shudder at the choices I would I have made just four or five years ago. I liked Ijada ewww! And I can’t even remember how to pronounce it. My boy would have been safe, probably would have named him Andrew or something biblical. But a long lasting favorite of mine is Charisma. I’m thinking if I had a daughter now that would be her name. Not bad, however my taste has been refined in this short amount of years. I like names like Lilia and Cora and Norah. For boys I like Erich and Nicholas and Claus, even Henry. This is getting lengthy but a girl at my school just had a baby girl, named her Serenity! Now how pretty is that?!

Kitty Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

I’m fourteen, and I’m not going to say I have truly sophisticated taste, because the names I currently like no one seems to have ever heard of – example Rhode and Cairo for girls, Caelum for a boy. Rhode is not only the name of the state (which btw I have no connections with) but also the name of a lovely litte island in the Mediterranean, related to a world wonder (Colossus of Rhodes), and is a Greek sea goddess and I love mythology. Cairo has never been a boy name for me and to my ears sounds very chic. Caelum is something I stumbled upon a few years ago and is the name of a constellation. My less odd faves are Lydia, Sophie, Alexander, and Evan. Oh yes, and this may not even make a difference, since I’m certainly not planning on being a teen mom, and if anything, I plan on adopting.

Leah Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

This post is so neat!

I’m actually still a teenager, so I’m not sure how much name taste will change. If I had a child right now (which I’m definitely not planning on), he/she would be either Kieran or Baylen Patrick, or Charlotte Elizabeth. I know that Kieran and Baylen seem trendy, but I’ve liked those names for a long time! I don’t see myself stop liking them any time soon, but we’ll see!

pam Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

I can’t tell you how much I’m loving reading all these comments. Thank you everyone! I love to hear what the teen berries are thinking. You guys have the name taste of the future and I am looking forward to being an old lady, rocking on my front porch reading YOUR baby naming books and websites!!

Olivia Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

oh man, i liked gems like:
eryn summer
taylor echo
casey noel
brooke katelyn

ryder wyatt
elijah dominic (can you spot the lord of the rings persuasion?)
levi tye

needless to say, i’m much more satisfied with my favorite names now.

Brooke Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Lyndsay – I’m happy to hear that Brooke is among your favorites : )

Filipa – BH 90210 may or may not be on in my house right now.

Lara – You have quite a long list! I’m sure you’ll still be able to consider one of those when you’re ready.

Megan – You were definitely onto something 15 years ago!

There are so many teen berries! I realize I was probably not alone back in the mid to late 90s…I just didn’t have a great community like nameberry!

Aubrey Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

If I’d had children as a teen, they would have had the awful names!! I was a liked boys names for girls, something I still like, but not as a full name. If I’d had a girl it would have been Jordyn or Alex, but that would have probably been spelled Alyx… the others were Ava/ Ayvah (an amazingly popular name) or Zoey/Zoie…I also had some other spellings for these names that were even more hideous and I assume thats the reason I’ve blocked them out. Clearly, I also enjoyed throwing y’s in the mix. I liked Julian for a boy back then, but its really not my thing anymore.

Leah Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

I had my son when I was 17 and before I was a name nerd. I am now 20 and my son’s name is Connor Mark. I still love my son’s name because it’s so him, however I would not pick it now. I thought Connor was a lot less popular than it really is. I was shocked when I looked up it’s ranking! I have met many little Connor’s since I had my son but none before! I would pick his middle name all over again because it’s a family name. I don’t think my pick was too bad for a 17 year old though. I know tons of girls who went with jr’s and now the dad is no where to be found. I have also known tons of young mom’s who went with different spellings like Maysen and Sammie (a boy). But I love my son so much and he is the only Connor in my eyes 🙂

Emily Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

When I was in elementary school I remember making a list of my “future children” with their first & middle names, ages, hair/eye color and hobbies, because you know, those really get picked by you! 🙂 So for example I’d have a tomboy, and a boy who liked soccer, etc. I think the list was 18 kids- with a couple of sets of twins in there. I don’t remember what all the names were though, but I do remember that my two favorite cabbage patch dolls were named Teresa & Phillip, both names I don’t like at all anymore. Later my name obsession was Cecelia, which I still like okay but not as much as before. My husband really doesn’t like it (potential to be called “Sissy” is a downside to him) so that’s definitely out for any future kids. Our one child is Kevin- we like traditional names that people will be able to recognize & spell, but not ones that are top 10 names and run the risk of having lots in the same class etc.
Oh, and I love reading about what some of you wanted to change your own names to- when I was in about 6th grade, I though my name “Emily Jean” was way too normal and boring so I started spelling it “Emilie Jeanne” for a more exotic flair!

Isabel Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Yeah teen berries! 🙂 I’m 13. If I had a kid right now (of course I’m not going to) I would name a girl Celia Rose or Eliza Rose, and a boy Oliver Howard or Henry Robert. (all MN’s are family names). So not a total disaster…and Nameberry has absolutely helped me refine my taste!

namefan Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

I’ve really been a “name nerd” only for the past decade or so, but before that here’s some names that I liked (with comments on some of them):

For girls, my favorite combo for quite awhile was Melissa Ann (the same name as one of my friends). Although dated now, I still like it.

I also got a guilty-pleasure spelling that I like from someone I knew: Lyndsie.

On the subject of dated names, I had one that I liked (and still do) which was dated even at the time: Nancy.

Also, an interesting story was when I saw the name Kirsten but was trying to figure out how to pronounce it.

For boys, my favorite for quite awhile was Ryan. I still like it (also for a girl in a guilty-pleasure way); I’m trying to decide whether it’s overused in a bad way, or a “new classic” name whose enduring popularity has establised it as such.

Nyx – I think that Kelly is a good name for a boy (it’s my name, and I’m in the Nameberry minority in terms of my gender).

babynamesrule Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

LOL sooo glad there’s a teen mom post. It is a guilty pleasure of mine. Seriously, Bentley?

I have always loved names but my taste as a teen was…not the greatest. Though, maybe for the time, kind of innovative? 10 years ago, being 15, my favourite girl name was Kayley. Now every little girl is named Kayley, Kaylee, Kaylie, Kayleigh, etc…and I don’t much care for the name anymore.

Jack was my favourite name for a boy, and it still is. Boy names I have always found harder.

Love the future children thing, Emily!

Sunshinetuna Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

When I was 10 I was in love with Steven (he was a cute boy in my class) and Katie (cause I really wanted that name)
By the time I was 16 I liked Lea and Nicholas.

Now I have a Matilda and an Eloise.

julie Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Two that I remember liking in 8th grade were Natthew and Shanika. I really liked smooshing together two familiar names to make something “kreeayetyve”.

In about 10th grade, I liked Emma, Paige, Megan, Faith, Audrey, Ian, Simon, Oliver and Stuart. 20 years later, I’m not planning on using any of these, but I still like them.

Kathryn Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 11:20 pm

In the 8th grade, I named my Baby Think-It Over (from my Family and Consumer Science Class) Wyatt Matthew. If I had been assigned a girl, my choice was Leah Mackenzie. I still like Wyatt, Matthew and Leah…but not so much Mackenzie. I think both are nice names though. I was also contemplating Skyler and Logan for a girl.

lemon Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 12:44 am

Can I just say that some of you have made some great naming choices? Matilda and Eloise? Amazing. Such great childhood literary figures, too! And, did I catch wind of a Penelope and Vivian earlier? Fantastic! Love the repetitiveness of the “ENE” of Penelope and “IVI” of Vivian, too – a strange thing to like, I know…

I guarantee I’ve posted somewhere on this site about names I used to like, but I don’t think it was anything atrocious. As for names of my past dolls, the favorite was Charlotte, and her “baby sister” was Mackenzie. My own twin sister had a blond version of my brunette Mackenzie doll – her’s was named Madison. Um, we were creative. Ha! Still love Charlotte, but mom thinks it’s “uptight.” What?!

Oh, apparently I’m not alone in only thinking of girl names. And, I pretty much only had girl dolls – is that weird? My sister had a whole gaggle of boy dolls, and all of them had M names. She had Mark and Matthew and probably some others – apparently she was into evangelists or something? Actually, I think there was a sibling set of adorable boys at our school called Matthew and Mark, so maybe she got the names from them…

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L_Mc Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 10:24 am

I was a HUGE Star Wars fan growing up, and I always liked exotic sounding names or character names because of it. The following were ll on my list: Luke, Han, Leia, Lando, Kenobi (as a mn), Orion, Oriana, Aurora, Calista (a character in a SW novel), and many more that were space inspired. I don’t hate any of those (except maybe Lando), but the only ones that I’d still consider are Leia, Orion, & Calista.

Lucy Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Teen berry here ^^ My current male picks are Cassius, Harry, Alexis, Oscar and Cosmo. Girls are Eliza, Amelie, Beatrix, Celia, Bronte, Eloise, Molly and Indie. I’ve recently fallen for soft sounds for males, such as Cosmo, and I couldn’t care less that Alexis is essentially a female name in the US now, since I live in England, where it is anything but. Being of English stock means I also love the name Jack, but named my brother that during it’s 14 year or so reign at the top of the charts.

namefan Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Lucy: If you look at the UK stats (for 2009) you will see that Alexis is actually female-dominated there too, in fact more so (with a higher girl/boy ratio) than the U.S*. It probably seems more masculine since it ranks much lower for girls where you are though.

*The U.S. stats may be skewed since Alexis is still masculine in the Hispanic population. You can also see the difference along language lines in Canada, with the majority of male Alexises there being francophone. Form the stats I’ve been able to obtain from other English-speaking regions, in most of them the girls come out ahead for Alexis.

namefan Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

A minor correction: When I said the majority of male Alexises in Canada being francophone, I don’t know if it’d actually be a “majority” but rather the name is used mainly for boys among the French-speaking population and girls in the Anglophone population.

hans Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

When I was a younger (13 or so) I was certain I was going to have 3 daughters named Kaley, Ashley and Bridget… I think I got the names off 8 Simple Rules and thought Kaley was the greatest name ever. As I got older I started to like more classical names, such as Jude; Isabella; Edward; Alice etc(looong before the twilight phenomenon came about) but now all those names are so popular or have bad connotations that I could never use them. Im now 20, and love classic, underused names. Favourites include Cordelia, Ivy, Imogen, Persephone, Sirius, Ariadne, Lucinda, Ramona, Olive, Ophelia, Helena, Pearl, Lana, Saskia, Lavender, Estella, Sylvie, Willa. Im so glad my name taste has matured in that time

Nicole Says:

December 15th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

I loved the name Paige when I was younger. In my late teens, after reading Mists of Avalon, I wanted to name my girls Igraine, Morgaine, and Eilen. Good Lord.

Joan Says:

December 16th, 2010 at 2:44 am

Embarrassed to admit this, but when I was in high school in the early 90s I loved the names:

Cassandra nn Cassie

My taste has changed so much–my one-year-old daughter’s name is Helena nn Lena.

Salome Says:

December 21st, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I remember I wanted twins called… ready for it?… Summer Dawn and Sunshine Daydream. Yeah, that was my hippie phase.

Diana Says:

December 23rd, 2010 at 12:37 am

I’d have to say that I still like most of the names I liked when I was a kid. I’ve always loved male names, such as Jack (I’m still set on that name for my first boy), Liam, and Orion, which is a new addition. I also liked Dante, but I don’t think I’ll ever name my kid that.

As for girl names, I’ve always had a hard time with them, but I’ve always liked Violet, Alice, and Lucy, but recently I’ve decided that if I ever have a girl, her name is going to be Olive. 🙂

Tristen Says:

December 23rd, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I got stuck with Tristen before it was ever popular…even for boys. Think 1970 and beatnick wannabe parents. Hated it! Nobody ever got it right! I was going to legally change my name to Kristen as soon as I was 18. Now, thanks to Mr. Pitt’s role, my name is finally recognized so I’m ok with it now. As a teen, I would have made the same mistake my parents did. Oh, how I dreamed of a boy named Ski and girl named Star. Ugh! What was I thinking? Fortunately, we named our son after my father. Nice. Traditional. Stephen. It’s all good.

GER Says:

December 29th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

if I’d had my daughter as a teenager, she would’ve been Nicole or Jessica- both fine names, but really dated. If I’d had my daughter in college, she would have been Skylar, which I cannot stand anymore. I now have a Grace, which, although it’s climbing in popularity, is at least a solid, classic name.

Kacy Says:

December 30th, 2010 at 2:16 am

I named my daughter when I was 20: Kelsie Elizabeth.
I named my son when I was 22: Chace Christian.

I love both names because they have cute first names that are normal but spelled slightly incorrectly. Then they have long, strong middle names. And, neither of their names are stripper or gay! Although both names are somewhat popular now, it doesn’t bother me because I really love both of them.

p.s. I have ALWAYS disliked my name because it is kind of a stripper name and everyone always drastically mispelled it! 🙁

Linnie Says:

January 1st, 2011 at 4:43 pm

As a teenage name enthusiast I’m going to boldly say that I have good name taste. It hasn’t changed much since I started making list when I was 8. Then again, my mom always said I was 13 going on 30. I liked classics, simple elegance and still do. Well, my girl’s names haven’t changed much… my boy’s list has gone morphed from super trendy to classic and biblical.

Girls (when I was 12):
*Lorelai (Yes, Lorelai has been a love since my addiction to Gilmore Girls)
Lyle (Yeah, I’m over using Lyle for a girl. That has morphed to Liesl…)
Irelyn (I’m ashamed to say that I still have a twinge in my 1/4 Irish heart for this one.)
Kitlyn (I wanted a name that could be nicknamed Kitty… but not Katherine so I decided that this was perfect… I don’t even know if it’s a real name)
Rowan (wouldn’t use it but still like it)
Luca (Still love this but I have put it back where it belongs; the boys list)
Ava (loved it in the early 2000’s before it stole the charts!)
*Genevieve (My best friend’s little sister is Genevieve Florence)
*Mazie (I think this will remain on my list for the rest of my life.)
The Boys (at age 12):
Keegan (I stated my love for this name when I was in the 5th grade and then all my friends started naming their dolls that. I was so mad)
Todd (I flip back and forth on my current feelings for this one)
Cole (and as I’ve gotten older all I can think of is Santa)
Atticus (I had just read To Kill A Mocking Bird… I like what it represents but can’t see myself calling out to a child on the playground)
Wrigley (Like the gum? Yeah, *shudder*)
Rudy (Which has now been replaced by Rory in my heart)
*Hayes (Should I chose not to keep my maiden name)
*Marty (I broke the golden rule and named my dog Marty… but I still adore the name and, should I name my child this, it will be far after my teenage pet. He’d be named after McFly, not the dog)
Indie (We named the dog Indiana! Yep, you’re looking at a pop culture fanatic).

These days I have a love for Irish Gaelic names for girls (and names from the US 50’s) and old Hebrew names for the boys. I like the original spellings because I like keeping the history in the name. I think I’ve always had a love for names because they have so much to say about sociology and psychology. The weight that naming a child carries is heavy. Yes, I love names and no, Mom, I’m not pregnant.

Girls now:
Aoife (My mom thinks I’m crazy. I told her it’s the #1 name in Ireland and she told I should move there if I ever want it pronounced correctly EE-fa)
Caoimhe (Kee-Vah)
Éibhleann (Eileen, like my favorite song of the 80s)
Ruadhri (Rory… but this is on my Unisex list)

Yishai (Jesse)

Okay, well I’m gonna go now because I got over excited and could just ramble on forever.

Becky Says:

January 3rd, 2011 at 4:38 pm

If I had a baby as a teenager, I would have ended up with a girl named Skylar Jade (Skye for short), or a boy named Brandon Connor. My boy name tastes haven’t changed that much, but my tastes in girl names have definitely changed! Skylar Jade is waaaay too trendy. I can’t imagine a Skylar Jade ever applying for a professional job, other than maybe a career in cosmetology.

Jamie Abigail Says:

January 7th, 2011 at 11:44 am

First I just want to say I love the name Tristan! I think it super cute!

Anyways, if I had a girl when I was a young teen I may have named it Katrina (which would be a disaster now!..literally..), Mallory (no longer a fan!), and Mikayla (I could tolerate this one).

A boy would have been Taylor (typical 90s..) or Micah (..ehhh..).

mary-la Says:

February 15th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

If I were to have a daughter right now (at 16 years) I would name her Beatrix “Trixie” Hermione Alianne. If I were to have a boy, I would name him Alexander “Xander” David. If I were to have girl-girl twins, Millicent “Millie” Eleanor and Melinda “Mindy” Violet, if I were to have boy-girl, Xander and Trixie again, if I were to have boy-boy twins, Daniel Peter and Michael Robert.

My favourite names are Beatrix (Trixie), Violet (Vi), Eden/Edith (Edie), Willow (Will), Ivy, Millicent (millie), Melinda (Mindy) and Aurora (Rory). Also, Michael (Mike), Daniel (Danny) and Alexander (Xander).

Terah Says:

March 5th, 2011 at 5:09 am

Some of my favorite names when I was a young teen and preteen were Skyler *cringe*, Kansas (I watched Sugar & Spice a lot), and Paige (still not horrible, I just don’t like it anymore) for girls. My favorites for boys were Cole, Noah, and Matthew. I still really like all my boys names.

I had my son when I was 16 and his name is Aiden Thomas, so I don’t think I did too badly with his name. Except for its extreme popularity now. 16 months later I had my daughter and named her Madalynn Ann. I don’t think I did too bad with her name either, but I had a really hard time picking her name out when I was pregnant. For both kids their middle names are family names. So overall, I don’t think I did too bad. 🙂

Melissa Says:

March 6th, 2011 at 1:03 am

I was born to be a Mom so I definitely had baby names picked out when I was teen. For some reason I only picked out girls names. My teen Mom names were: Mercedes,Tiffany and Shelby (I was HUGE fan of Steel Magnolias back in the 90’s). I cringe at the thought of actually naming a child any those names today! I ended up with two sons named Samuel Benjamin and Ryan Lee. Should I have a daughter some day, I like the names:Kamryn Michelle and if I ever have another son, I like the names Simon or Roman.

Olivia Says:

April 20th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

If I was to have daughter now (Which is not even legal, considering I’m 13) she would either be a Ramona Arabella Violet ‘Mona’, or a Margaret Evangeline Maeva ‘Margo’. If I had a son, he would be an Alec Leopold Nicholas, Nicholas and Alec being family names.

Gina Says:

May 1st, 2011 at 3:01 pm

When I was in high school my favorite names were first Olivia, then Adriana. Andrew has been my favorite boy name for as long as I can remember. I don’t think I ever really had “bad” taste in names as a child or teenager. I remember liking names like Brittany and Cayley but also realizing that those types of names wouldn’t sit well with my family or in upper middle class suburbia.

sammyj Says:

May 17th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

I LOVED the name Zachary when i was young, probably around 10 or so, after zac hanson (mmmbop anyone?)and its still on my name list today!! although my husband hates it, so i dont think a little zac will be running around my house anytime soon….
The only other names i LOVED when i was young was Alexander and William. (William after my uncle who passed away)… and my son’s name is Alexander William…. so i guess i had a pretty good naming style with boys names 🙂
Girls names on the other hand never stuck around for more than 2 minutes so cant really comment, but i think they were more modern choices… my husband had run for the girls names when i was pregnant with our son and he would have been a little Shayla… pretty name but not my style at all!!!!
Girls names are just so difficult for me, always have been (maybe im not supposed to have girls lol)

Lea Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 5:36 am

When I was about 10, I wanted nothing more than to someday have twins named Daniel and Danielle. Shudder. I also thought spelling it Danyelle would be just so creative and adorable. It goes to show how much out tastes change over the years. And who knows? I’m only 21, by the time I have kids my tastes might be completely different than they are now.

Jeanne Says:

July 13th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

When I was probably around 10, I named my Cabbage Patch dolls: Crystal Flame, Eilonwy Heather, Ginger (can’t remember the middle name for that one), and Sodapop Ponyboy. Can you imagine!!!? I also really remember liking the name Dina in late elementary school – I haven’t heard that name in years!

RitaPumpkinina Says:

October 16th, 2011 at 9:29 am

I’m still clinging on to my teenage years lol.
Always been obsessed with names… When I was younger though for girls it was always Brooke or Bronwen, neither of which are my taste now and later I liked Polly (still love) and Bethan. Then I liked Seruba nn Ruby Rose and Polly Xenia.
For a boy I LOVED Zeke for so long… meh. I also liked Isaac and Theodore which are both cool. Later I liked True — SO glad I didn’t have a boy when I was 15 haha.
If I had a kid now, she would be called Amber Ingrid and he would be called Jasper Cedar heheh. Though factoring in my boyfriend’s picks I could have a Tiffany-Rose Rinoa and a Leon Orion.
Also like Willow, Hazel, Opal, Beatrix… Boys Eli and Felix with a wealth of middles from James to Nova and Hemlock…

CharacterNamer Says:

October 25th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

As a teenaged berry, I happen to think my name tastes aren’t that bad, and never have been, though they do edge on the popular side. (which, if I keep my tastes as I have for a while, they won’t be nearly as popular as they are now)
For girls, list in order:
Emilia or Emily/Emilie- Emily was going to be my name, but it was insanely popular so my parents opted for the less popular name Cameron. However, there happen to be six Camerons at my school, boy and girl, spread between three grades. Same exact thing with the name Keira. This year, though, three Emilys moved here, so I guess that is a big enough impact.
Isabella- Loved this name starting when I was around 8, a couple years before the Twilight craze, along with any other names mentioned in there. I have a feeling that Stephanie Meyer and I share VERY similar name tastes.
Rosemarie, Lilia, Violetta, Camellia, Willow, Hazel, Olivia- I really like nature names with a bit of a twist. I would NEVER name twins or multiples these, but I think that they would be nice if they were really spaced out.
Madeline and Catherine- If I did have twins, at the moment these are two of my favorites, from twins named Maddie and Katie, who were simply adorable, and I fell in love with their names. I think they are an excellent sibset, and I think they are wonderful names by themselves. I love the many nicknames for Catherine- Katie, Cate, Cathy, Cat…
Carina/Catalina- Love this (Italian??) gem, for whatever reason.
Alice- I have always dearly loved the Alice in Wonderland books, and think Alice’s name is ready to take a big leap into popularity soon.
For boys, most of the first and middle names have the same ending, with firsts –er, and middles –o. But I do like some others.
For boys, list also in order:
Jasper Milo, Asher Theo, Carter Leo, Archer Cosmo- Might not be able to get away with this many similar names, and my tastes will probably change. I most likely will like the name Jasper Milo for a long time though, the others are more for if it fades out or future DH doesn’t like it.
Colin- Met a charming elementary school boy last summer with this name, and I discovered what a nice name it was.
Haven’t given boys names that much thought, but I like names that are popular among children a bit younger than me, like Michael, Mathew, Max-? (can’t remember the end of the name at the moment!) Jason, Arthur, etc.
I didn’t realize how lengthy this got!

emilymaryjane Says:

December 27th, 2011 at 3:54 am

i am a teen (14) so my child probably would be Mollie or Eamon though at 12 I loved Sally (cringe). My first name love Zoe or Yasmine. Actually she was going to be called Zoe-Yasmine =). My friend was worse she liked Gypsy.

Hayley88 Says:

January 20th, 2012 at 10:58 am

As a teen for boys I loved James and Alexander – not ground breaking but classic.

However I can use neither now as they’re both the names of my OH’s brother. Who I detest. So I’m thinking slightly more outside the box.

For girls I went through a phase in my early teens of really liking Emily and a bit later Emma. Both were inspired by people I knew. But I’ve moved on since then I suppose, thouigh both are good names.

I don’t think that if I’d been a teenager parent I’d be too upset about the choices I made, on the whole they’re good names (there don’t seem to be many little Emma’s or Alexanders in the UK at the moment either).

Kat_Taylor Says:

February 6th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

My favourite names were for boys: Gideon, Sirius, Xander, and Maximilian. And for girls: Genevieve, Bryn, Beck,and Anastasia.

Now my favourites are for boys: Helix, Sherlock and Matthias.
For girls: Juliet, and Molly.

OddCreature Says:

February 6th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

As a teen mum I would have probably ended up with a boy named Bailey, and a girl named Astrid.

I still love Astrid, though hubby would never let me use it. But the shine has come off Bailey for me. Because of the alcohol association. I love a Bailey’s on ice, but not enough to name my child that!

Alwayslovednames Says:

February 12th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I was a name a holic as a teen. So my future twins Gwendolyn and Andolyn were stuck with those names that I would really not use now. For a while I loved the homey peasantry of hannabeth and still plan to use my granmother’s name Elizabeth for a middle name, maybe even the polish, Eljebeta (el-sh-beta). For boys, I was just never going to have them but at the start of college fell in love with the countrified Beau and Colt for boys, and now I am not so sure of them as first names maybe middles. Right now I am a fan of Wren Tziapora for a girl and Milo Fleming for a boy….. Well I guess I’ll have to get pregnant first lol. Boyfriend and I decided on Grace Elizabeth and Hayden William a while ago in a conversation, but I feel they’re both over played right now : / thoughts?

ebenezer.scrouge Says:

February 23rd, 2012 at 3:19 am

I’m 13 and I love classic with a modern twist names Isobel “Bella”, Sophie “Soph”, Miranda “Mia” and all El names “Ellie” for boys Eamon and Tiago. Though when I was five my baby would have been Zoe-Yasmine and my dolls are Freda (after a sesame street character) and Emma (I now prefer Emily)

Capricorn_Cuti Says:

August 18th, 2012 at 1:10 am

I am a teenager and I really dont plan on having kids anytime in my life. But I write so I’m always on here looking for names for my characters in my stories. Since I have started writing, I constantly find names that like. For boys names I like Ryan, Finn, Dashiell (Dash), Derek,and Cyan. For girls, I like Brianna, Dani, Dawn, and Gwen. Naming is hard enough when it’s just for fictional characters; I think it would kind of stress me out to name a baby…

LuluBoo Says:

September 11th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I’m 13 and I will list some of my favourite names.

Payton Delilah
Bella Valentine
Madeline Luna
Matilda Florence
Cecily Joy

Jonah Ross
Lucas Benjamin
Ross Hugo
Toby Sebastian

These names will probably be cringe worthy when I’m older !

noplacelikehome Says:

September 24th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

As a teenage nameberry, I would like to think that the names I would choose,if I were ever to be a teenaged mother, probably would be:
Girl: Thea,Fleur, Lorelei, and Tabitha.
Boy: Daniel, Finn, Charles(nn would be Charlie), and Thacher( odd spelling,but it’s an old family name)

I like somewhat common names that have been allowed to go under the radar.I really don’t get the trend of young parents naming their children outlandish names in order to appear original or cool.

GrecianErn Says:

October 12th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

We were just talking about this!

When I was younger, like 13 or 14, my choices were:


Other than spelling my name (ERIN) the way my mom had intended it, the boys’ names scream “Days of Our Lives.”

Thank goodness. Even 10 years ago… It was Jack and Lainey (Madelaine). Before my husband… now we have a Weston, and the girls name we had for his pregnancy was Greyson… which, 4 yrs later, is no longer on our list. It’s funny how times change.

littlemissmariss Says:

October 22nd, 2012 at 12:42 am

If I were a teen mom… hah! I had very nice boys names, and I can definitely say my taste hasn’t changed much there. I had Thomas, Matthias, William, Ryan, etc as choices. Thomas and Ryan changed from personal associations, but Matthias and William (and more) are still on! <3 So if I had a boy, he would have had a traditional, sturdy name choice.

However, if I had a girl… oh my 🙁 I had a few good names on my list, but I also had some interesting choices. I tended to mix names. I had Journey Olivia on my list for a while. Ever since I was like six I loved the name Katherine, but i wanted a creative spelling. My idea of a "cool name" when I was younger was a long one. So I spelled it Kaitherynne (thinking it looked fabulous). Ick. I like Katherine now still, or even Kate or Katya, but definitely not Kaitherynne!! There were a fair amount of trendy names on there, such as Hayleigh, Isabella, etc. But yeah.

In terms of names, glad I wasn't a teen mom – especially to a girl! ;)Now I'm gunna have to pull out my old name lists and peek at them.. <3

Haili73 Says:

April 22nd, 2013 at 11:22 am

Okay, so I’m 18, so I’m still technically a teenberry. Whatever. Thank goodness I’m a writer, because once I use my favorite name for a character, I can’t ever imagine using it on a real baby.

Let’s be grateful I didn’t get pregnant in 7th grade: a daughter would’ve been Aloysia nn Ally. Aloysia did end up in a novel with a twin brother named Zebulon nn Zeb. (Other characters: Gail Marielle, Trenton Skye, Owen Harold, Linadel-Clara Kayleen Jillian-Anya Selena nn Kayleen, Francisca, Jenea, and Ulysses. Yeah. Seventh grade).

Throughout most of my early high school years, I loved Mercy Christine and Orion “Rion” James. While I still like those names, I don’t think I’ll ever use them. Rion ended up a character (twin to Shepherd) but Mercy hasn’t made it into a story yet, so she’s still useable.

Now, I’m leaning towards more sophisticated names with cute nicknames: Antonia Jude nn Annie, Rosalind Briar nn Lindy, and Briallen Therese (in that order). For boys, I like Gabriel, Nathaniel, Matthias, Sebastian, and Thomas.

billie_154 Says:

May 6th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I’m 16 and will not be having children ANY time soon 🙂 Right now, I love:

Genevieve Pearl
Lucy Annabelle
Philippa Bren
Vivienne Alice
Maggie Elizabeth

Samuel George
Theodore James
Barnaby Charles
Dougal Winston
Sebastian Blake

My parents don’t like them, so I’m excited to see what I think of these in 10 years time!

kcdemarest7 Says:

May 13th, 2013 at 2:38 pm

OMG! I wanted to name my daughter Orchid after a character in Street Fighter!! If I were ever to name a girl after an Orchid I think I would go with the trending now.. Cataleya. I have a family member named Catalina NM Cata. I also like BellaDonna after the song, and I named my Pappillion.. wait for it… LolaBridgitta after Gina Lollobridgitta. I shouldn’t be naming anything much less a baby!! So glad I wasn’t a teen mom either!! lol

Luxuriana Says:

May 26th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

When I was a teenager, I was dead-set on naming my daughter Mysti Dawn and my son was going to be Urban Odyssey (no, I’m totally not joking.)

But when I gave birth at 15 to my eldest, I ended up naming her Regan (after the girl from The Exorcist. Again, I’m not joking) Mashell (after my best friend at the time), which is much better than the other name, beside Mysti Dawn, that I was considering: Genesis Shawna.

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