I love that name BUT….

I love the name Sophia.

I love the sound, soft but strong, familiar yet exotic.  I love the meaning, “wisdom.”  I love the fact that famous Sophias include both an ancient goddess and a modern sex symbol.

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Sophia, the Number 1 girls’ name is just too dang popular.

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lesliemarion Says:

May 13th, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Hortense sounds like whore, so I wouldn’t choose it, but I love it.

NaomiNY Says:

May 13th, 2014 at 11:18 pm

I love the name Hunter for a boy, but one of my cousins used it for her son when he was born. And I love the name Daenerys for a girl, but people in my area would have a difficult time pronouncing it, which would make life difficult for my daughter.

grace_newgrace Says:

May 13th, 2014 at 11:33 pm

I don’t think there are any names out of my top favorites that I wouldn’t ever use but sometimes if I don’t feel like it sounds right when I say it, I double think using it. For example, I am a huge fan of Leonie but it feels awkward when I say it. The only time it sounds like it flows right to me is when I say it with a British accent! Which obviously won’t do since I’m not British heehee If only I had a British accent all the time I would be more willing to use it as a first name one day!

ella17 Says:

May 13th, 2014 at 11:35 pm

I adore the name Lola but I hate that it means lady of sorrows! Such a downer for such a happy sounding name!!

claraminta Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 12:02 am

I love the name Lavinia but I will always associate it with that really mean girl in A Little Princess.

I love so many English word names but I’m bilingual so they wouldn’t work in French. And some names like Cressida, Grace and Diana, which I love in english or Violette, Marion and Elodie which I love in French , I just don’t like how they sound in the other language.

SunKissedChild Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 12:09 am

I love the name Theodore sooo much! But I really really despise all the nicknames besides Teddy. So Theodore will always have to be a middle name.

And I LOVE the name Liesel, but everyone says it rhymes with weasel, so now that’s all I hear when I say the name.

LydiaHumphreys Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 12:12 am

I love the names Puck and Hero for a girl.
Puck is a popular name in the Netherlands for a girl but it has a masculine association here due to Glee, and being the name of a male fairy in A Midsummer’s Night Dream.
Similarly, Hero is the name from Shakespeare, and has the masculine connotation, while also being a word. It sounds too much like a name for a pet, and not enough like the name for a person.
For boys, I love the name Bailey, but it as an increasingly popular name… for girls.
I don’t mind unisex names, I obviously secretly love them, but I also don’t want outlandish names (which Puck and Hero quite frankly are in the US for girls) or names that are almost entirely associated with the opposite gender.

CocoWhite Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 12:32 am

Many of the names I like are unusable due to popularity reasons (I refuse to use anything within the Top 100). So such names like Samantha, Mila, and Chloe are definitely out for me, even though they’ve been on my lists for years. Such a shame.

Myosotis Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 12:47 am

I quite like Hunter, but I have a close friend who hates anything to do with hunting, and I don’t like the association either.
I want to love Griffin, but Family Guy.
Euphemia sounds a bit like a disease, as does Caoimhe according to my mum (I don’t agree).
Benedict is much more usable to me now, because of a certain consulting detective playing actor, so I don’t think Pope so much. But I have a huge crush on said actor, so I can’t imagine using it on a real child; still on my list though!
Then there are the names I like, but are way too popular/normal, they usually get used as middles:
Alexander
Sebastian
Ethan
Timothy
Noah
Logan
Benjamin

Charlotte
Elizabeth
Isobel
Amelia

KateMP91 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 1:10 am

There are definitely a few…

Bodhi is absolutely perfect (to me). I love the sound. I love the way it flows with mh favorite middles and surname. I love the nn Bo. BUT it is pronounced the same as my ex bf’s surname.

Fielder. And Roper. And pretty much every other -er name I have ever loved. They are great BUT they sound horrible with the last name.

Giinkies Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 1:10 am

Paisley – I love, love, love this name but my family will not let me give my child a name that has such a strong association to the fabric, especially a fabric that they do not like.
Isabella – I love but between Twilight and the popularity I will not be using this name

Sophia – I used to love this name but I have 2 of them in my neighbourhood already and they’re not the only Sophia’s that I know. So I’ve permanently crossed it off the list, and truth be told due to knowing so many of them I don’t care for the name that much anymore. I want my kid to have a bit more individuality.

MaeBear24 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 2:18 am

Absolutely love the name Beth for a girl…but it doesn’t work with my last name.

Hermione….but Harry Potter.

Bellatrix…..but an awful character in Harry Potter.

Sybil…..but it is associated with mental illness

Luna…..Harry Potter reference again, and the nickname Loony seems obvious.

Edith…..but I fear it is too ‘old lady’

Cleo…. but i don’t think it works on an adult.

Debs90 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 2:54 am

Coralie – I am using my best friend’s name as the middle and I don’t think Coralie Teri goes too well. Still might use Cora if I have a girl.

Penelope – Love It but I don’t think it goes well with my son’s name. He is called Brandon.

Emmeline – People would constantly say Emily instead

Erinm Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 3:19 am

Charlotte: such a beautiful name, but it’s number one in every state in Australia where I live. Amelia also in top 10 now
Daisy: so cute for a little girl but not so transferrable for an adult who wants to be a lawyer or banker!
James: been my fave boys name since I was a child, but it’s top 5 in Aus now. Plus I work with someone of that name.

Pistachio Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 3:51 am

Cole – It’s sweet and simple and the first name my fiance when we were expecting, but my nephew’s name is Colton. He lives in a different state, but it’s just too close.

India – I’m too afraid of offending anyone. It’s seeming more and more that I’ll never use my beloved India.

amac119 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 4:04 am

Cole – unfortunately with my surname it sounds to similar to a rude comedian

Lily, William and other L strong names – too many Ls in my surname

mdeast77 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 5:03 am

Harper – but too many people that I personally know have already used it.

laurakatex Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 5:30 am

I love love love Beatrice, prn Bee-ah-tris but everyone I know prn it beet-ris and that would forever annoy me. I love what Beatrice means, I love that it’s a classic name. It’s everything I could want except people can’t pronounce it correctly!

I love Sawyer for a boy, but my older sister likes it for a girl so if she has kids first I’ll never get to use it even though it’s very clearly a boys name and does not flow with her surname!

zalazala Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 6:08 am

I’ve always loved Isabelle and Lily, but they’re both too popular. When I was younger I knew only one of each, and thought they had very special names. Now suddenly every 5th kid seems to be a Lily or an Isabelle.

I also love Vita, but my niece is called Violet. She’s called Vee for short, and I just know Vita would end up being Vee as well. Too confusing.

nat108 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 6:30 am

I love Fox for a girl but nearly everyone else in the world thinks it’s awful. I don’t mind settling and using it for a boy but I’d love having a daughter named Fox

loislane1222 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 6:46 am

Elsa: My husband and I LOVE the name Elsa. In 2010, on a long drive home through Nebraska, we decided we would use Elsa if we ever had a daughter. Elsa went perfectly with our long, German surname. Then, about a year ago, a Disney princess display at a store caught my eye. There was going to be a new Disney princess … ELSA! I was heartbroken. I can’t make my daughter share a name with a Disney princess. I also would not want people assuming we named her after the ice queen from “Frozen.” Also, Elsa was rare in 2010 and even through 2013. Now, I fear Elsa is going to be insanely popular. So, my husband and I had to say goodbye to Elsa.

Annabel: Why do so many people associate this name with a cow? I would LOVE to use it, but I fear the cow association here in the U.S. I would use the traditional Annabel spelling (think Poe’s “Annabel Lee”), and I worry everyone would spell it wrong. I believe the Annabelle spelling is the most common in the United States. Also, in the Fox TV show “Arrested Development,” an unattractive girlfriend of a main character is named Ann. Just Ann. Another character struggles to remember her name and calls her “Annabell,” saying her body is “kind of shaped like a bell.”

Ugh. So, it is likely I will have to part with both Elsa and Annabel.

Pam Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 6:55 am

Love love loving the answers! Thanks, everyone, and keep them coming!

PrudenceA Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 7:06 am

I adore Sophia, I also love everything it means and I especially love to say it but…for all the same reasons I find it unusable.

I also love Winter for a girl but fear it would be pronounced ‘Winner’ by some.

Martha has also been a long time favourite of mine but the thought of someone using Marty as a nn makes me cringe, plus my mother detests it.

Vanessaelless Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 7:08 am

I love Lux and Sylvie but awkward surname Stuckey has nixed them both!

elizabethdittmer Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 7:17 am

I love the name Emerson for a boy. The only reason I wouldn’t use it is that he might get the nickname “Em” or “Emy” and I wouldn’t put my son through that.

frf1537 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 7:19 am

Bellatrix: she is an awful character and I can’t stand that the nickname Bella is mainly a Twilight reference now.

stephaniemay Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 7:20 am

Harper: I read To Kill A Mockingbird when I was 11 and loved it so much I decided I would name my first daughter Harper after Harper Lee, but unfortunately it seems Victoria Beckham had the same idea and I can’t name a child the same name as a Beckham, I just can’t. Also, whether or not it has anything to do with the celebrity namesakes, Harper seems to be getting more and more popular and I just wouldn’t use a crazy popular name. So Harper is well and truly out.

Judah: Judah Bow was a character in my favourite book growing up (can you tell I read a lot) and I loved him and the name, but my sister married a Judah and now I simply cannot imagine it on anyone but him, not to mention it might come off a little weird if I were to name a son the same name as my brother-in-law. Such a shame because Judah would’ve sounded beautiful with my surname!

marthajoyous Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 7:44 am

I love the name Temperance, the sound and the virtue of the meaning (self-control), but its association with the anti-alcohol movement in the US probably means it is out for us.

Bethechange626 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 7:45 am

Ysabella- LOVE this spelling and name BUT it is still pronounced like the super popular Isabella

Nefertiti – LOVE the connection and sound BUT it’s a whole lot of name for someone to own

Fatima- LOVE however i have no connection to Islam and there is also the FAT part in the beginning.

klutes Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 7:47 am

I love the names Eleanor and Louis for siblings, but with my love of One Direction, Eleanor Calder and Louis Tomlinson would be in the front of everyone’s mind if I ever used them. I’m considering still doing it and just making it a bit better by spelling it Elinor…

Saracita00 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 7:47 am

Esmeralda. I wish she could just be a gorgeous gem-inspired name and not drag the Hunchback drama around with her.

erinmichele618 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 7:53 am

I love the name August for a boy, but a very good friend of mine was the victim of an incredibly violent crime committed by a man named August. I could just never, ever, ever use it.

hungrymuse Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 8:12 am

We have a Dutch last name that unfortunately sounds like “Tuna”. I love the name Zelda, but I feel like our poor daughter would get called “Smelled a tuna”. My husband loves Katya, but I think it would just turn into “Caught ya, Tuna!”.

chellemma1 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 8:21 am

Ian – probably my all time favourite boys’ name but I have several relatives and friends called Ian/Iain and I think I know a bout 15 Ian/Iains and that’s just too many.

Fiona – same situation as Ian.

Calum – it is very popular and I have a close family friend called Calum. I think if I used this name everyone would tink I was naming my child after him and people would get offended that I didn’t name my child after them!

Malcolm – I have a close friend called Malcolm and to me this name is just his. Much as I love it I can’t picture it on anyone else.

Persephone/ Ariadne/ Lyra – They are beautiful names but are so much more out there than the rest of the names I like, if I used one of these names for a daughter I’d have no idea what name I’d use if I then had a son.

chellemma1 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 8:21 am

Ian – probably my all time favourite boys’ name but I have several relatives and friends called Ian/Iain and I think I know a bout 15 Ian/Iains and that’s just too many.

Fiona – same situation as Ian.

Calum – it is very popular and I have a close family friend called Calum. I think if I used this name everyone would tink I was naming my child after him and people would get offended that I didn’t name my child after them!

Malcolm – I have a close friend called Malcolm and to me this name is just his. Much as I love it I can’t picture it on anyone else.

Persephone/ Ariadne/ Lyra – They are beautiful names but are so much more out there than the rest of the names I like, if I used one of these names for a daughter I’d have no idea what name I’d use if I then had a son.

solace Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 8:29 am

I love the name Asa but it’s only one letter change from becoming Ass.

robisonga Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 8:30 am

Cullen–BUT Twilight.

Harrison–BUT our last name is FORD. Crap. (Same for Henry, and Tom…)

meyera4 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 8:33 am

I love the name Finn, but it is an exact rhyme for my surname. Such a shame.

My favorite girls name is Wilhelmina, but I worry about the spelling and pronunciation. Also, just a few weeks ago my sister-in-law had a baby and named her Filomena. She pronounced is differently but I know it will end up rhyming with Wilhelmina. I haven’t completely given up on it yet, but I may have to 🙁

erickaaphillips Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 8:43 am

I love the name Olivia if we had a second girl but my best friend who has had losses wants to name a daughter that. I feel like it would be a slap in the face if I used it since more than likely I could have a second while she struggles. 🙁 then my daughter’s name is Madison and literally didn’t know it was a popular name. Then after she was born, I heard it 3 times. Luckily she will be homeschooled so no issue! 🙂

TheFutureMrsB Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 8:47 am

Isaiah but OH and I already agreed to Isaac.
Grigori but I have no Russian heritage.

KristinJay Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 8:58 am

Oh, I definitely have some! Lily, Sophia, Isobel and Eva were on my list twenty years ago (yes, I was one of those kids who named multiple imaginary children), but have gotten so popular that I would never use them now.

Our last name is Duckworth, which means that any D name sounds like Donald’s cousin, so no to Declan or Duncan although I love them. (My FIL was actually named Donald Joseph, born the year before Disney introduced the famous duck… he went by DJ his whole life, and we only passed on the Joseph part for our son’s middle.) The last name also means that a lot of word names don’t work – Gray Duckworth: ugh. My great-grandmother was Margaret who went by Daisy, which is so lovely, but that obviously wouldn’t work either.

When I was pregnant with my first I liked the idea of Charlie, but my husband’s best friend from childhood married a Kristin as well and has a son Charles (Chuck) – DH thought that was way too similar.

Other names have gotten crossed off because they’re too similar to our boys’ names, although I think the ones we used are my absolute favorites so no real regrets there.

GoodHope Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:01 am

I love Alexandra. It’s gorgeous, stately, it has a great meaning, and it’s loaded with historic, literary, and mythological references. To put a cherry on top, it’s also my mother’s middle name. I’d love to pass it down to a daughter of mine, but…I hate Lexi more than I can express. Even though I know there are a dozen other nickname options (as well as the possibility of using Alexandra in full), it’s too big a risk for me. Just the thought that I could end up with a Lexi is enough Alexandra off my list.

MarissaMichelle Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:06 am

There’s some names from literature that I love — Caspian, Tristan, Brigan — but they either don’t have a meaning at all or their meaning is something I don’t like (and name meanings are really important to me). I might use one as a middle, but not sure.

Freya_1983 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:07 am

Aside from names that are just too popular…

I love Ira, but…the Irish Republican Army.
I love Noam, but…Chomsky.
I love Lotlita, but….the book.
I love Portia, but…Porsche.

jtucker Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:08 am

Girls
I love, love, love Isolde; but my husband’s brother is named Tristan so it became an instant guilty pleasure name.
Isla – both DH and I think it’s quite lovely, however, where we live many people speak Spanish and English and I do not think that people would pronounce it right and it would bother me to not end to correct people all the time.
Boys
Dante – love it! So handsome sounding however it doesn’t work with our last name at all.
Orlando – same as Dante, doesn’t sound good with our last name.

BonnieLyn Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:08 am

I love Lily Isabel and Alice (none of which were popular when I had children in the 80’s) but I married a man with the surname Little. All strong L names were out.

I had always wanted a girl named Anna nn Annie but that was my DH’s ex-girlfriends name.

I would have loved a girl named Jennie ( my darling grandmother’s name) but it WAS the 80’s and DH preferred Jennifer. Couldn’t do either.

hmmmmm – Do you detect a pattern?

stephanieamilea Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:12 am

Stellan –

I think it is different but familiar-esque, appropriate for a three year old, a cool middle-aged man, and one day, an old grandpa. It is exotic, while still easily pronounceable and it just looks and sounds so cool!

BUT my hubby hates it and says it is reminiscent of ‘Stalin’. Uh oh.

iolite Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:18 am

I love the name Archer, but The Archers is a radio drama in the UK that my dad is obsessed with and I just know for sure that if I ever used it, they’d forever associate his name with the Archers. I also love Ava but it is so popular and I know there would be lots of other kids with that name. There are also so many names that I love that I think my family would consider way too weird or posh, my mum used quite unusual names for us, but I think she’d consider the names I like to be stepping over the line.

lindsW Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:19 am

I love Noa, but we live in Louisiana and I know I would spend my life and my daughter would spend hers explaining that no, she’s not a boy; Noa is actually a popular name for girls in Israel.

annekeo Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:26 am

I’m absolutely in love with the name Hero (girl), but my husband hates it.

I also always loved the name Elsa, it was the name of a little sweetheart I babysat when I was younger and also a nice tribute to my aunt Els, but Frozen. And to make it worse, my name is Anna. Even so, it’s the only name so far my husband and I agree on, so it still might win.

dovah Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:29 am

I love Laszlo, but my husband hates it. Apparently it’s an annoying character in the GTA franchise, and he hates it so much that he won’t even agree to it on a pet. It’s been reduced to a character name in a novel I’m writing.

I also love Charles nn Charlie, but my cousin recently named her daughter Charleigh, so that’s off the table.

senseandsensibility Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:34 am

Lena – that was my favourite name since I was like 11 yrs old and I’ve read some books where one of leading characters was Lena. BUT then, my aunt got pregnant, and I even said to her: I would like to call my future daughter Lena; she replied that it is not the name she would consider for her child (her typos were Lydia, Eva, Maria, etc) and guess what? – she ended up with little Lena. And now, I associate this name only with my little cousin. Plus, it’s in the top 3 now in Poland where half of my family lives.

indiefendi Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:39 am

I recently fell in love with Hero but I think at times it might be too much for a kid. I think once a girl reached her 20s she would come into it.

I love Alabama but I think where I live she would get teased because “bama” means “uncool” around here.

I really love Liv but I think it’s too short

I Kinda like Sophia but it’s too cliche to me. It’s the go to name/middle name if you want your daughter to be pretty.

I love Khaleesi but I think if it could only work if I were a GoT superfan.

I love Hayden but people think it’s a “boy” name first. The name is so girly to me!

I love Patricia but people think it’s old. Well it’s prettier than Mildred hahaha.

I love Sparrow but I’m scared people might not take my future child seriously with the name.

I really really love Alaia but it sounds like “a liar” sometimes.

I love Margaret but I think it’s way too formal.

I love Amelie and Aurelia but I think the pronunciations are a bit confusing

I love Harlow but I used to think it sounded like harlot.

I love Naia (spelled this way) but the name is waaaaaaaaaaaaay too common around me. There’s Nia’s, Nya’s, Nyah’s, Nyiah’s, Naya’s, etc.

I love Amara but I’d probably never use it.

I love Emery but people always say it’s sounds like a messed up pronunciation of Emily (a name I don’t care for)

I LOVE Nouvel but people become so pedantic and say “but it’s masculine!” ugh that’s so annoying when people do that.

I love Madden but on a girl. It might be boyish to people of course because of John Madden and the Madden games.

senseandsensibility Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:41 am

oh, there is also Emma – I associated it with Jane Austen’s “Emma”, which I love. BUT it’s obviously too popular now.

indiefendi Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:41 am

And I forgot Noa! I love that name but we all know the plight of a female named Noa when other people don’t know the history of the name.

PomegranatePie Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:43 am

My biggest girls’ regret would be Stella, used by my SIL for our wonderful and gorgeous niece, and oh how I love that name! My boy’s name is Angus… and we live in Texas. ‘Nuff said. 😉

miloowen Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:49 am

My daughter was born almost nine months to the day after my great-grandmother Sofie-Katarine died. I would have loved to use Sophie or Sophia but with our surname, it just didn’t work — it would have made her sound 100 years old, lol. Of course this was a long time ago, when Sophia/Sophie was not as popular a name.

I had planned to name my son George Thomas, after my grandfathers and great-grandfathers, but then my sister married this guy named George who was such a lowlife…at the time, it just wasn’t a choice I could make. I still regret not using George though.

indiefendi Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:57 am

Ahhh I just remembered Elsa, I loved it when I saw there was a Victoria’s Secret model named Elsa Hosk. I thought her name was so cute. Then last year of course Frozen came out so yeah, outta the picture. Ironically Elsa Hosk looks like the human version of Queen Elsa!

And India–oh India. I would really love it if every fifth girl around me wasn’t an India. I would definitely use it on my daughter. But the name is just ruined for me by now. I know tooooo many Indias. *sigh*

MandaLynn726 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 10:02 am

I love the name Charlotte but between it’s popularity and our last name giving her a Charlie Fry reference.. It just wouldn’t be usable.

Also love Eli, but with Fry – not so much! ugh

faw93 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 10:10 am

Kelley – people say it’s too much of a surname. And the arguments on how it should be spelled are so not worth it. Hubby wanted Kelly, I wanted Kelley. Also it’s a little too close to Kailey(in my opinion) as I have a sister named Kaylee.

Brielle – people like to refer to it as a butchering of Gabrielle.. which I honestly am not of fan of Gabrielle. Saying brielle enough, all I can picture are mermaids (like Arielle) after so long.

Kyler – My mother said that it sounds like if you yelled Kyler out in a classroom you’d be searching for a female raising their hand instead of a Male. And I once dated a Tyler back in the day which Kyler and Tyler way too similar… Hubby didn’t enjoy that connection of names.

namenerd8 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 10:14 am

I love the name Sebastian but it’s my bestfriend’s father’s name. Any children we have would be like cousins so I could never use Sebastian.

Anotherkate Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 10:15 am

Eloise….. I LOVE Eloise but her last name would start with an S, making it sound like her name was actually Elowee.

Lanier is a gorgeous name for a girl in my opinion but my boyfriend says that I say it too close to ‘linear’ and now that’s all I hear.
I like a lot of names that end in -a but my favorite middle name option is Anne. Not bad enough to nix it completely but enough to make me keep thinking/looking…

acoker95 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 10:28 am

I have four favorites that really fall into this category: Amélie, Elijah, Jillian and Emma.

For Amélie, my main “but” is pronunciation. She isn’t pronounced quite the same as Amelie, and living in the Southern US I know that’s how she would always be pronounced, if even that correctly. Amelie is never really seen here, much less Amélie. I would use the French pronunciation ” a-may-lee” as opposed to “a-me-lee.” I like Amelie, but I love Amélie. The other “but” I have with her is simply how French the name is, especially in my preferred combo [Amélie Genevieve Anne]; none of my other favorites feel quite so French.

I have not completely done away with Elijah, but I have reserved him for middle name only [Beckett Elijah Tate, right now] because my best friend from elementary/middle school has a one year old named Elijah and we’re still close [I planned the baby shower, was there when he was born] so it is definitely unusable as a first now. Just as well though because he is wildly more popular than most of my other first name picks for boys.

Jillian is one that I haven’t completely done away with the possibility of. She sticks out like a sore thumb amongst all my female favorites, but she is one of two names [the other being Eloise] that I have been completely in love with since early middle school. I’m not ready to let her go quite yet.

I’ve placed a “but” on Emma, but it may be removed. I adore Emma, but I already love and plan to use far too many vowel names. Plus, Emma Grace is my favorite Emma combo [we would call her by both names] and it feels VERY VERY used at this point. Seeing as I plan to use Annabel Katharine “Anna Kate,” it would be too similar anyway.

acoker95 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 10:28 am

I have four favorites that really fall into this category: Amélie, Elijah, Jillian and Emma.

For Amélie, my main “but” is pronunciation. She isn’t pronounced quite the same as Amelie, and living in the Southern US I know that’s how she would always be pronounced, if even that correctly. Amelie is never really seen here, much less Amélie. I would use the French pronunciation ” a-may-lee” as opposed to “a-me-lee.” I like Amelie, but I love Amélie. The other “but” I have with her is simply how French the name is, especially in my preferred combo [Amélie Genevieve Anne]; none of my other favorites feel quite so French.

I have not completely done away with Elijah, but I have reserved him for middle name only [Beckett Elijah Tate, right now] because my best friend from elementary/middle school has a one year old named Elijah and we’re still close [I planned the baby shower, was there when he was born] so it is definitely unusable as a first now. Just as well though because he is wildly more popular than most of my other first name picks for boys.

Jillian is one that I haven’t completely done away with the possibility of. She sticks out like a sore thumb amongst all my female favorites, but she is one of two names [the other being Eloise] that I have been completely in love with since early middle school. I’m not ready to let her go quite yet.

I’ve placed a “but” on Emma, but it may be removed. I adore Emma, but I already love and plan to use far too many vowel names. Plus, Emma Grace is my favorite Emma combo [we would call her by both names] and it feels VERY VERY used at this point. Seeing as I plan to use Annabel Katharine “Anna Kate,” it would be too similar anyway.

Tina_and_Bert Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 10:34 am

Rufus! I love it, and to me it sounds like a happy, spunky little boy who turns into an artistic, mysterious man (Thanks Rufuses Wainwright and Sewell!) BUT everyone I know thinks it sounds like a dog name. And, that makes sense to me, too. I also really like the name Mortimer (especially because of Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend), but I can’t think of a nickname other than Morty and it does sound a bit fuddy duddy, even with my positive literary association.

There are a lot of girl names that I can’t use, merely because we’ve gone very Anglo sounding with our names so far, and some of the names I like are too “exotic” for the sibset: Dolores, Inez, Sunniva, Eluned, Ximena, Oona, Aviva, Paloma, Tzipporah.

peach25 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 10:34 am

I love the name Madeleine but dislike Maddy as a nn. Alyson is a longtime favorite but I have a niece who goes by Aly. Harper after Harper Lee but way too popular.

lindseyust Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 10:35 am

I love Channing for a girl, but we already have a daughter Tatum…and well Tatum and Channing in the same family might be a lil’ too much.

cgwaltney Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 10:37 am

I really wanted to name our daughter Ursula but, I couldn’t get past the reference of the villain in The Little Mermaid.

tfzolghadr Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 10:39 am

Caspar and Eliezer, but neither goes with our surname. Elias, but it’s popular and it sounds like a hillbilly name in Iran. 😛 Christian, but it means something bad in Turkish. Celestina and Jessamine, but DH hates them both. Camellia, but it’s too close to our top choice (Emiliana) and I think “smellia Camellia”. Parisa, but DH’s cousin’s cousin is named Parisa… they don’t get along. Lois, but it doesn’t go with our surname. Zara, it’s too close to the surname.

anniebee Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 10:42 am

Ophelia – sounds like oh-feel-ya
Charlotte – sooo many people picking this name right now. she was on my list for literally ten years. I thought for sure I’d name my daughter Charlotte. Then several years ago it just got SO popular, it broke my heart. Ugh.
Azalea – I don’t even know why. It’s almost there for me. Maybe it’s that any attempt at a nickname sounds silly?

Hamilton – I really love this name but it was the name of a beloved cat. My family is always naming cats human names! My partner won’t do Sadie for the same reason.
Gilbert – I adore this name from Anne of Green Gables, but it also, sadly, reminds me of Who’s Eating Gilbert Grape and is still just a hair too clunky.

arkhorton Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 10:50 am

I loved the name Rhiannon as a girl after reading a book about a Welsh heroine by that name. I love the history and the meaning of the name, as well as its personal connection to my heritage. But, then I realized that everyone would start singing that Fleetwood Mac song around her. I finally got over that when Rihanna became a huge pop star. Even though those names are unrelated, whenever I told people about my love of Rhiannon, people would always say “Like the pop singer?” Sigh…oh well.

MillieMM Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 11:00 am

I love the name Rudolph BUT it’s a reindeer. Oh well, here’s hoping I marry someone German.
I love the name Kimiko BUT it wouldn’t look right on a non-Japanese child. Hmm, maybe marrying someone half German half Japanese.
I love the name Phoenix (on a boy) BUT too many people think of the place rather than the beautiful mythological bird, plus for a lot of people it’s a girls name.
I love the name Addison (on a girl) BUT it’s apparently too trendy. Oh well, I’m starting to love Adelaide more anyway.
I love the name Anna or Arianna BUT my sister has called Anneliese for her daughter, and Anneliese and Arianna are too close for cousins IMO.

J_Anne Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 11:01 am

I love Casimir and its a family name which normally would be a plus, except my uncle, the most recent bearer of the name, has this sort of feud thing going with my mom, and choosing his name for my future child would get her glaring at me and likely calling him by a nickname or his middle name.
I love Lucia, pronounced Lu-sha, but most people in my area assume the 3 sylable pronunciation and go Lu-CHEE-uh, which is pretty too but not what I’m going for.
I like Artemis for a girl, but due to the Artemis Fowl books, most people assume boy for it.
Also, I love Lilith, but my sister has a Lilly and I feel like the names are too similar.

mooch Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 11:30 am

Caroline. Oh, I love Caroline but I when I mentioned to my mother it was one of my favorite girls names, she told me I absolutely could not use it, because that is the name of my step-father’s ex-wife. He was there when she said that and he said that it’s ridiculous, I should use whatever name I like, but she’s still really against it, so I can’t imagine using it without causing problems.

And I’ve always quite liked Hunter but my cousin just had a little boy named Hunter. So I’ve happily crossed that one off my list because I adore him and his name suits him so well.

Anaxandra Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 11:32 am

Olivia and Henry but too popular
Eileen but the song
Harold but Harry (in my accent it’s said the same as hairy)
Oscar but hot dogs

I haven’t completely given up on Harold or Oscar yet, but they didn’t make the short list.

Jenniferrrm Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 11:57 am

ELSA!!! FROZEN TOTALLY RUINED IT!!

I was a caregiver to a wonderful elderly woman named Elsa. I love Elsie for a little girl and Elsa as a woman’s name. For the past 6 years I called my unborn baby girl Elsa. Now that it is time to actually pick names, it is really hard to let Elsa go.

I also really love Vera, but my husband says it reminds him too much of Jim Carey on In Living Color. : (

dindlee Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Cecilia. If I could get over what it means and it rhymes with my last name.

TrixR4Kids Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Veronica–My favorite girl’s name, but completely unusable due to our last name starting with a “D.” Not giving my precious girl initials of VD.

Lorelei–Has such a beautiful, lyrical quality with a mythological history. But in Germany it is the equivalent of naming your child something like Goldilocks, Rumplestiltskin, or Lancelot. Don’t want my child being a laughing stock when she travels to or lives in Germanic countries.

Patrick–Classic, traditional, and manly without being dull. But my husband knows someone from work with this name who has a somewhat serious drinking problem. I think my husband now only associates the name Patrick with the coworker.

eperdument Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Elva and Elsa
Brunhilda BUT- in the original story she kills a 3 year old. Based on a warrior queen known for her bloodthirstiness
Ever BUT- too stripperish
Everlore – too hippy
Elysian BUT- what?

alphabetters Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Genevieve – was always our choice for a third girl but it’s too overused in Quebecois culture that we live amongst, and I’d prefer the English pronounciation, as well as the fact that I would not want the nickname “Gen” (so 90’s!!!), so out the window it goes!!!

marisarose Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Micah – but my son’s biological father is Michael, so my husband and I would be upset if he was nn Mike

Nathan/Nathaniel – my husband’s high school bully was Nate (no idea if Nathan or Nathaniel) and made his life hell. So bye bye my beautiful boy name!

Lyra – from his Dark Materials, but it sounds like Liar

Grayson/Jefferson – my husband hates names that sound like they should be last names. Apparently it’s like naming a child Johnson.

Analiese – someone pointed out what word the first four letters spell

Elaine – the name of the Lady of the Lake, but my cousin is Alayna

epowell Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Elsa…but need I sing “Let it go” one more time.

spotlightstarlit Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

I love Annabel… BUT my mother says it only reminds her of a cow. I tried to get her Poe-suaded, but alas, alack!

Cullen… BUT Twilight

Zephyr… BUT does it lack a masculine edge a 20-year old would desire?

Isobel… BUT can I have an Elizabeth and an Isobel? And will people always put an ‘a’ in the middle or give her an -elle?

Jemima… BUT I’m worried my Southern family would by stupefied.

Virginia and Virgie… BUT Virgin.

Phoebe… BUT is it going to get too popular?

Artemis… BUT does it belong on a contemporary video game femme?

Hero… BUT Shakespeare’s Hero was a victim of purity culture and as my graduate work revolves around purity culture I think my daughter would be confused.

Lavinia… BUT I know its pronunciation would be a problem in the South. (LUH-VIN-YUH, rather than Lah-VIN-ee-uh)

Lela/Leela/Leila… BUT can I get over the fact that even my mind wants to pronounce those Lay-luh, rather than Lee-La?

Mirabella… BUT will the -bella one day date her?

Portia… BUT I can’t discern if the true meaning is pig or portion.

Violet… BUT sometimes it sounds like ‘violent’ to me.

Jethro… BUT ‘Thro’ reminds me of throw-up.

Lazarus… BUT is it too soft, or Landon-soft?

Maximus… BUT the Max names are really popular right now.

Reeves or Reeve… BUT I can’t decide if I like the meaning, ‘bailiff’ or not.

Kerenza… BUT credenza

Illyria… BUT no one gets this name

Dulcie… BUT its too sweet

rachelbrein Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Allegra, its now a mass produced Rx allergy drug

Bungo Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Jemima but my (American) husband always says “Aunt Jemima!” I’m English and it’s not a big brand in the UK so no-one there would care but we live in the US now and I just know his family would mention it all the time!

Harriet – this was a strong contender for our daughter until I realized that with our surname “Watson”, it sounded a bit like “hairy tw*t son” and as soon as I heard that I couldn’t ever unhear it so that also nixed any name beginning with “T” as I would hate our child to be called “Tw*tson” etc. If you aren’t sure what I’m saying here, it’s a word for a woman’s bits, used as an insult.

I also love surnamey first names for boys like Jackson, Harrison, but with a “son” at the end of our surname too, it’s too much.

iluvry Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

I love Ezra but an old crush used that name for his son.

dylmar Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Crispin because it’s so…. crispy

Chelsy Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

I love the name Penelope but hate that one of the nicknames given to people with this name is Penny. I do not like Penny at all.

julie_s Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Isabel – It was my fiance’s grandmother’s name. She adopted him when he was a toddler, because his parents were…not the greatest. She was his mom and she meant everything to him. It still hurts me to hear him talk about her, because I know he misses her so much (she passed away around 13 years ago when he was about 12 or 13 years old). I love the name, I think it is beautiful. BUT as you all here are aware…Isabella/Isabel etc. is in the top 5 names and has been near the top for years. He really wants to give our baby girl that name one day, but I just cannot bring myself to him my child a name that is that popular…

Alyssalorraine Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Audrey – I know sooooo many little Aubreys & Aubrees. It is too close and would be so confusing.
Aurora/Apollo – My close friends decided to give these amazing names to their dogs.
Chloe/Liam/Greyson/Easton – Too popular in my area.
Jezebel – Really bad references.
Esme/Jasper/Emmett – Twilight references.
Mallory/Rhiannon – Absolutely adore the sound of these names. But I can’t get over the fact that I went to school with horrible girls named this.
Natalie/Sage/Blair/Jagger – My family members or my boyfriends family already used it.

hellothere1 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 2:30 pm

I have always wanted to name my children after my ancestors. But my closest family members I wish to honors names have become to popular! Such as Evangeline, Victoria, Elena, Leo, Adelaide, and George!

Melusina Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Fëanor – a slightly obscure character from Tolkien’s works that for various reasons means a lot to me. Yet I can already guess how everyone’d pronounce it like Fee-nor or Fay-nor while in correct Elvish it’d be like FAY-ah-nohr, and not even quite that, actually. And we haven’t even talked about the spelling yet with that ë… (Also people who read the Silmarillion would probably ask me why I’d ever name my son after /him/…).

I’m also afraid that I can’t use Emilia, Valeria, Annabella, and literally every other four-syllable ending-in-an-a very-feminine-sounding girl’s name because they are simply “too much” to my very plain, very Dutch surname :-(((

ashthedreamer Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 2:59 pm

The three I can think of off-hand:

Joshua – I love everything about it–the sensitive, kind, Biblical feel, the jaunty, sporty nn of Josh, the sound of the full Joshua on my tongue, the way Joshua can suit just about any type of guy, even the way it comes from the same name that Jesus does, so it also honors my faith (and my best friend). The meaning. Everything. With the exception of my cousin, who utterly ruined my chances of ever using it when he did something awful to me when we were kids. le sigh. I know all the people who know about it would be like, “Really? Like your cousin?” and it wouldn’t be for that at all. :/

Grace – love everything about this, too (including how it honors my grandmother!), and I’d love to use it up front… but I hatehatehate the nn Gracie, and I hate that she would automatically be Grace R./Gracie R., since there are already two young Graces (and at least one grown Grace!) in my church, and she’d inevitably Gracie at one point, because the other two young Gracies have been Gracie at one point (and one of them still is).

Eilidh – it’s a form of a family name, and I love it’s Scottish roots and adorable sound (AY-lee), but ugh, it would be pronounced so badly here! 🙁

AriaL Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Hawthorne/Hawkins – To my ear, both of these sound regal, grand, and so, so cool. But I’m afraid no one would take him seriously. Still not convinced enough to throw it out…yet.

Lux – I LOVE that it means light. I have always imagined my future home with large windows that let natural sunlight in as I prepare lunch and watch the kiddos play in the backyard (dreamy, I know). But it’s so short, I sometimes pine for a longer, more feminine name to use this for.

Harper – Spunky, fresh, and oddly old fashioned in a way. But….the Beckhams and so many others have used it making it sound so overly trendy.

Jackson – This is one of my two maiden names (I have a biological dad & a step dad). I love the sound, and the man this name represents. This will forever be my safety name, ONLY for the fact that it is so darn popular. I mean I can’t blame them…it’s a great sounding name!

Fiona/Sawyer – Fiona is beautiful, feminine, and fresh. I love Sawyer’s tie to literature and the fact that it sounds nautical, handsome, & fun. But my family is HUGE on using nicknames just as much as the given name. And these names just don’t naturally lead to any nicknames. At least, none I care for. Maybe one day I can find some I love.

Holliday – Oh, I love this name SO MUCH. But I can just imagine the looks she and I would get if I was cheering her name at a little league soccer match or at her college graduation. Le sigh.

Ford/Jones/Miller/Smith – So/too SURNAMEY. Tear, tear.

Wow, didn’t realize how many I had. Apologies for the lengthy post! Loving seeings everyone’s input!

wanderland Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Tyler… But I’ve met too many not particular nice Tylers that is has too much of a negative association in my head.

littleone Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

O’Neill, but DH says it reminds him of the obnoxious basketball player (in his opinion), so he refuses to consider it. I’m still hoping he’ll change his mind (5 wks to go)!

shelly68 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Theodora-But I hate Dora as a nickname

Ahava-But Nobody likes it

Eden-May sound too stripperish

Charity-Love the meaning, don’t love the association

Joachim-Afraid it will be miss-pronounced allot

Boaz-Would love to use Boaz Joachim, but the Masons ruined both for me.

Lissie_Love Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 3:25 pm

I love the name Ophelia, but when you say it out loud it kind of sounds like you’re saying “oh feel ya”

degrasswizkid Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

I love Ophelia, but I can’t bring myself to use it due to the character
I love Puck, but I all I can think of is that it rhymes with the “F” word, and it reminds me of Puck from the Real World: San Francisco (and we all know how that turned out…)
I love Penelope, but it’s becoming too popular…
I love Rosalie, but it reminds me Twilight

shelly68 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Also Sotiria which is a Greek name that has been ruined by mythology as so many other beautiful Greek names…such a shame!

And Noble Gent-Probably too cheezy

chi1127 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

I love the name Eloise, but it rhymes too much with Pease. I love the name Hansel, but I worry there would be too many Gretel comments. I love the name Sikozu, but it’s too problematic. I love the name Hugo, but it doesn’t work with Pease and looks like a description of an obese person. I would love to use my maiden name Wolf somehow, but it really doesn’t work with Pease. I could keep going.

daninurse Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 3:57 pm

I love Wren for a middle name for a girl (because I like longer names as firsts usually)….. but I always think of that movie Splice and the creature is named….SO I Just looked it up and the alien in the movie is named DREN apparently and this whole time I thought it was Wren wow….so that helps this names case a lot.

I love Edith and Mabel …. but they do remind me of older women and Downton Abbey.
I love Bluebell but……too close to Blue balls and too cutesy for a real first name (to me)
I love Dexter but….nickname would likely be Dex and this is too close to another rhyming word for me sometimes..
I love Jemima but…would not like her to hear about the Aunt Jemima maple syrup (huge where I live) everytime she said her name

I love Dahlia but… its relation to the black dahlia murders.

Love Ruby but…. I have known like 3 dogs with this name including my stepsisters

Lila and Aria – love them both but too popular now

AnnaO Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 4:14 pm

I love the name Daisy, but it’s just too popular, and my husband says it verges on stripper.

I love the name Catherine, nn Kitty, but again too popular, and my husband says Kitty verges on stripper.

I LOVE the name Cressida, but really, I don’t have a weird obsession with the significant others of the Windsor boys, and everyone will assume I do.

I love the name Astrid, but Ass.

Skyesime98 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 4:22 pm

I think this applies to nearly every girls’ name I’ve ever loved.
There’s the the Roman/Greek names ending in O:
Leto: in some versions of her story she was raped by Zeus O.o
Echo: her story is a bit pathetic lol, and I also think a child by this name might be taunted incessantly with kids repeating rude things in her ears.
Hero: it’s a masculine word in English. Although I think I could be able to get past that.
Juno: though the next generation won’t get the association as much, I feel like I’d get too much side eye from parents who only associate it with the movie. Also, because of the movie, it’s a lot more known than other names I like and I feel like that’s…unfair or something…lol
Sephora: although it’s not a popular girl name, the makeup store overshadows everything.
Xanthe/Xanthia: still a favorite, but I dislike the overlapping Z sound with my favorite boy’s name, Zephyr
Vesper: rhymes with Zephyr. Of course I could find a name that rhymes with something as uncommon as Zephyr 😛
Paloma: beautiful in Spanish (I’m a Spanish student), but I don’t like how heavy it sounds in an American accent. Also I know a lot of people associate the “oma” ending with cancer.
Delphine/Delphina: super pretty on paper, but a somewhat awkward sound at times.

AngelicaPickles Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Sophia, Charlotte and Seraphina, but they’re too popular

Wren, Dove, Hope and Lark but they all sound weird since our LN is also 1-syllable

Lucas, but my brother used it for my nephew. I also think Luke is too close for cousins to share as FN’s.

Josephine, but my nightmare of a FIL is named Joseph.

Saoirse, but my husband thinks it’s too “out there”. I also worry that my hypothetical daughter will be stuck with constantly spelling it out for the rest of her life.

Sapphire, but more than 1 person has told me that it sounds like a stripper name.

mill1020 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Isabel, for the same reason as in the blog post. Sadie, but the first three letters spell “sad” and I’d hate for that to be her destiny.

Jwhit16 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Love my name, Jessica. Love the way it looks and sounds. Love that it was first used by Shakespeare. HATE how common it is. :

joel613 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

I have a few but my main one is Obadiah. Love it, the sound, the look and the history of it but the nickname possibilities are Obie, too close to the feminine product, Odie, Garfield’s dog friend or Di, either short for Diana or literally not living, none of which I think a male child would be happy about.

My other two are Enoch and Rudyard, great names and I love their literary connections but a bit too unusual for the modern child.

lleahdoll Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

My husband mentioned the name “Emma” as his favorite girl name when we first started talking future kids’ names. I had to break his heart and tell him NO, absolutely not. Besides the fact it’s ridiculously popular, it was also my mother’s stripper name.

So, no to Emma.

My husband and I also love Sophie but it’s so popular (not compared to Sophia but they’re too similar).

Poppy84 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

My biggest BUT is my husband’s opinion!
There are dozens of names I would love to use BUT my husband hates them.
I really like the name Fletcher (and my husband does too) BUT our son is Archer, so not only are they both -er names, their meanings are WAY too connected.

Erin91 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Francesca- I love this name, but it’s too close to Frances which is a former family member that NO ONE in my family likes to talk about.
Arianwen, Elowen, Leonie- Gorgeous names, but I think there would be pronunciation issues. Plus they haven’t gotten good reactions from family.
Kieran- I’m afraid it’s too close to my name, Erin
Caspian- Too unusual

Kray Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Joshua – Its my husbands brothers name

Byron – Byron Bay is a place in Australia (where I live) and our surname is only one letter off Bay so just wouldn’t work

arc Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 6:34 pm

I love the name Gemma, but when I say it with my American accent I just cringe. It’s such a beautiful name but it sounds so much better with an English or Irish accent.

tulip_85 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Micah/Michael – Absolutely love but I don’t like Mike or Mick which would be the obvious nicknames I’m sure he would get

Jasper/Wyatt/Emmett/Caspian/Cole/Dexter/Crosby/ Asher/Piper/Wren – All names of characters on reasonably popular TV shows or movies. I like these names but I don’t want people to think he/she is named after a character on TV/Movies. Most of them I liked long before I’d heard of the characters.

Matejo/ Bodhi/ Pascal/ Saoirse/ Leilani – All unusual names where I live, but associated with particular country/culture and would be constantly asked if we had country/cultural history in the family. Which we don’t. Sometimes feels like it’s either disrespectful or just weird to use these.

Connor/ Christopher/ David/ Olivia etc. etc. etc. – I’m a teacher. Huge list of names are out because I associate them with particular children and don’t want to use.

Tobias/Toby – My mum said it reminds her of a giant toe. Now when I hear the name I hear that.

Balthazar – used as the name of a demon in the movie Constantine and TV shows Charmed and Buffy

Some names I love I feel that the kid would have to have the right kind of personality/be confident enough to pull it off. Other names (eg. virtue names) that I like, I feel come with expectations that a child will be a certain way and pressure or teasing for them if they’re not (eg. think a clumsy girl called Grace).

Everly / Riley/ Ainsley/ Paisley/Any name ending in -lee/-ly – I want to use Lee/Leigh as a middle name for either gender as it’s a family name so it sounds silly. Same goes for names that make another name when combined with Lee/Leigh (eg. Emma would be Emma Lee which sounds like Emily).

Most single syllable name because they don’t tend to work with our one syllable surname.

Llumeneres Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Ophelia- beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, both written down and said out loud, but… “Oh-feel-ya!”
Theodora- Love it, but… No one outside of Nameberry does.
Sophia, Isabella, Olivia, Abigail, Charlotte, James- Popularity issues.
Leo, but…. Leo DiCaprio. Afraid my generation will be inspired by him to call their sons Leo, and it will become even more popular.

EmmaF Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 7:02 pm

James, which is so unfortunately popular
George, and I’m afraid it’s going to be
Frederick, but for heaven’s sake my last name starts with an F, and that’s too comical . . .

Mega_Muffin Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Nicholas/Eleanor/Helena – Would actually use these if it was solely up to me (especially Nicholas, my favorite boys’ name ever), but DH thinks they’re too close to our nephew’s and niece’s names, which are Colin and Elena. (Okay, so I agree that Helena is way too close, but, still…)

Charlotte – Kind of rhymes with Margaret, which is my name.

Solomon – The last syllable almost rhymes with our last name, so it sounds kind of silly.

Ottilie – But I only like it pronounced the German way – Oh-tee-lee-ah. We considered spelling it Ottilia/Otylia (Polish version) instead to make the pronunciation we wanted clear, but I still really preferred the way Ottilie looked the best so we passed on it and decided on Catherine Ophelia instead.

Gabriel/Gabrielle – I love Gabriel, but DH prefers Gabrielle, so we decided to take them both out of consideration. Just as well, since I recently learned that if my sister’s recently born son had been a girl, she and her husband planned to name her Gabrielle. I assume they plan to save it in case they ever have a daughter, so either version is definitely out of the question now.

Casper – We already used Balthazar for our son’s middle name, so it’s a bit too theme-y for my taste to use another Magi name for a future son. (We did briefly consider the very similar Caspian, though.)

Lillian – Way too similar to William, our son’s first name.

Finnian – Ditto.

Marian – A little less similar to William, but still too close for comfort.

Pemdas Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

I love Mason but by the time I have kids it’ll just be old and outdated instead of popular

kris10tolbert Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 7:34 pm

My husband and i love the name Edison, but know people would shorten it to Ed or Eddie, which we do not like.

We also were considering Beckham for a boys name, but i worry people would shorten it to Becky…

bearcub27 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 7:39 pm

I love Benedict…but the traitor.
I love Rufus…but dogs.
I love Remus…but Harry Potter
I love Elinor…but my sister stole it.
I love Emma…but popularity sucks.
I love Rowan (for a boy)…but unisex.

AprilRobin Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

I have four names that I love but can’t use which are Lavender, Elsa, William, and Rosario

Lavender: I loved this name growing up and it was my favorite color BUT then I read the Harry Potter series and the character of Lavender ruined the name for me

Elsa: I went to middle school with a girl named Elsa and I fell in love with the name BUT I can’t use it because of Frozen

William: I love this name and the nickname Will BUT I can’t use it because my sister claimed it for her second child

Rosario: This is the name of one of my favorite actresses and it is a unisex name so I could use it for a boy BUT my DH says that we can’t use it because it sounds like a girls name and that he woule be teased

glitterandrocknroll Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

I love the name Emily but it is waaay too popular. Kind of the same for Sebastian and Aiden, but I think I might still use it one day if I ever have kids. I also REALLY love Haley, but again, too popular, and my cousin named her daughter that.

Kbrowder Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Monica, BUT Lewinsky.

jmsouthern Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Adrienne. It’s always been my favorite name – the one I would’ve liked to be myself! A friend of mine asked me, when my daughter Calyssa was born, why I didn’t name her Adrienne. One reason: “Yo, Adrian!”

Shaye Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 8:24 pm

I love names that are different and based on my culture.

Boys
Amir – (we will spell it “Emir”)
Yahir
Navin or Naveen
Yvan

Girls
Raya
Elia
Asha – (we will spell it “Aasha”)
Shyla
Irie or Arie

timmay Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 8:26 pm

I have a thing for the name Delilah BUT the history behind the name is just to controversial and I’m afraid my daughter would be bullied because she’s like the song “Hey There Delilah”.

Nbas Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 8:30 pm

My husband and I loved Augustine for a little girl even though it is a boy’s name. My mother declared it the ugliest name in the world and wouldn’t let it go so it ruined it for us.

I love Madeleine and Charlotte but both are way too popular.

I also love Sydney for a girl but husband did not like it. I love the name Tamsin but befriended a girl named that so I think it would be weird to use it now, since it is pretty unique.

Nbas Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 8:30 pm

My husband and I loved Augustine for a little girl even though it is a boy’s name. My mother declared it the ugliest name in the world and wouldn’t let it go so it ruined it for us.

I love Madeleine and Charlotte but both are way too popular.

I also love Sydney for a girl but husband did not like it. I love the name Tamsin but befriended a girl named that so I think it would be weird to use it now, since it is pretty unique.

Nbas Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 8:32 pm

I also love Persephone and the nickname Persie but can’t get past its mythology roots.

Courtin Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 8:34 pm

I have wanted to name a daughter Mackenzie for over a decade. But 2 years ago my sister-in-law chose Kenzie for her daughter. For the last 2-3 years I’ve wanted Asher for a boy. This winter she chose Asher as the middle name for her son! I can’t even say she stole them, because I never told her names I like!

So now those are out 🙁

KiwiMarie Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 8:37 pm

It frustrates me that so many people had their favorite names ruined by family members not liking them! I say go with the name you love and hand your family’s two cents right back to them. Nbas, I think Augustine is great for a girl! I read a book where the character’s name was Augusta and she went by Gus, which I think is very charming.

KiwiMarie Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:15 pm

There are so many names that I love despite some glaring flaw.
Amity — love the name, love the meaning, easy to say, BUT it sounds like enmity, which has the exact opposite meaning and I can’t unhear it!
Aurelia — such a lush, feminine name, but my brother went to school with a very annoying girl named Aurelia and that ruined it for me.
Mireille — I love love love this delicate French name. It sounds so lovely and it looks pretty too in writing. The problem is that in English the way it looks and the way it sounds don’t match and everyone would massacre it. I can’t bear to have that happen. Maybe as a middle?
Almendra — sounds so great in Spanish and falls flat in English.
Mariposa — same issue.
Mazarine — lovely but sounds exactly like Nazarene. Not what I was going for.
Linnea — the name of a girl in college where my first thought was “what a beautiful name!” She later killed herself in a horrible way, which shocked our community because nobody saw it coming. Needless to say, I could never use it, but I still think it’s lovely.
Navy — I love this as a color name but not with the military associations! I might use it for a pet.
Ravenna — this was my #1 until I saw Snow White and the Huntsman, which was the name of the evil queen who could transform into a flock of crows. Instead of a lovely Italian city with incredible art, all I can think of now is ravens!
Sheridan — great surname name that rolls of the tongue…if it wasn’t for Nicolette Sheridan. I can’t stand the woman.
Stella — I just want to yell “STELLA!!!!” at the top of my lungs. The urge never goes away.
Verity — love that it’s a sneaky word name but it only sounds good with a British accent! In ‘Murican it sounds like “Vairr-dee,” which really subtracts from its charm.
Viola — again with the British accent. I prefer the British stress on the first syllable with the hard “I” (like Violet) but Americans have no idea how to say this word. I have a friend with this name and I’ve heard vi-OH-lah, vee-OH-la and many others. Why not just name my kid Violet? Because I like the “a” ending :-/.
Brio — I love this name!! It sounds as vivacious as its meaning, especially with a rolled r for dramatic effect. Downside: my brother and I played with BRIO toys that had the logo all over them. I hear this name and think of wooden train sets.
Calix — I love that it’s unusual and is an indirect botanical reference, but I hear “gay-licks.” Silly, but I can’t unhear it.
Cyrus — 1. It just sounds smart. 2. Great historical reference. 3. The masculine version of my name (Kira) and yet doesn’t sound just like it. 4. …Miley Cyrus :-(. I might still use it anyway.
Nehemiah — One of my favorite books of the Bible and a great man, but no good nickname! Niam might work, but then I think it sounds like knee ’em.

ash1114 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:16 pm

I totally love love love Chloe! I can’t use it though because my sister’s dog’s name is Chloe 🙁
I couldn’t give a dog’s name to my daughter. I also Love Sheherazade, but it’s too much exotica for my small town.

June2013Mom Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:24 pm

I have SO MANY of these. Here are the first few that popped into my head (all girls names because I had a baby girl recently):

Emma, Abigail, Amelia – too popular
Posey, Poppy – LOVE these (and to a lesser extent Daisy too), but I can’t picture them working past age 10 or so
Violet –
Emmeline – almost named our daughter this, but we love it pronounced “een”, and didn’t want to constantly correct people pronouncing it “ine.” (and I hate phonetic spellings so that was not a solution)
Susanna – hate the nickname “Suzie”
Jane – afraid other people would think it was too plain
Willa – too close to “Willy”; plus afraid kids would make “Free Willa” jokes if she was fat
Edith – husband hated it

SamanthaMarie Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:26 pm

– Sawyer
– Parker
– Noah

– Can’t use them because they are awkward with my last name.

June2013Mom Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Forgot to mention Ruby – would have been perfect (my husband and I had our first date at a restaurant called Ruby Slipper), but we named our dog after it, which was a disaster experience. The dog chewed everything (including the dry wall), peed everywhere, constantly got out of the yard and eventually ran away.

Georgette Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

June, May, Autumn, Summer but…we already have a son named August so no more time of the year names.
Morris, Bernard, Vigil, Irving, and Ernest(!), Myrtle, Gertrude(Trudy), Georgette, and Charlene but….too unfashionable.
Solveig and Bjorn but….too Scandinavian.
Cosette but…..it is very French, my husband insists it is too French.

Mom2one2 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 10:24 pm

Aria-I really liked this a few years ago but the more popular it becomes the more I see/hear Area and it just seems like such a strange name to use on a real child. I hear it a lot now-it’s definitely better on paper.

Names associated with brands…
Archer, Eve, Tyson

Names that are likely to be mispronounced by other children…Asher (so handsome) but I know several kiddos that can’t make the -sh sound and Asher becomes Asser:/ just can’t use it because of that.

Genevieve-the gen part does sound dated even though it’s a cute way to get to Evie.

Grayson-too many little Grace/Gracie’s

Georgette Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 10:26 pm

Also…
Clarice but…Hannable Lector
Lolita but…pedophilia
Bert but…Ernie

interndayna Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 11:01 pm

Daenerys is such a beautiful name, and I even love the nickname Dany for it. But here’s the thing- it’s only one syllable away from my own name, and it would just sound terribly selfish. Ivy is wonderful as well, but I’ve already written a character that I’ve built quite an attachment to named Ivy. It would just be sort of awkward having flashbacks of all the things she (the character) did when I look at my daughter. I have a dog named Lucy, so any derivative or relative of Lucy, which I love, is completely off the plate. Mercutio is such a nice boy’s name, but I’d hate to have to explain to my son that I didn’t name him so that he’d get killed in the streets of fair Verona. And Carson is a very nice name, except I know a real jerk named Carson. And Harper, but as a boy’s name. It’s mostly been a girl’s name recently, but to me it’s a unisex name that culture’s put a feminine twist on. His middle name would be Lee.

lookingahead Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 11:07 pm

We had a boys name chosen, Arthur, it is a family name and we love it. However, my graduate school days were spent under the head of a department with the name Arthur who spent a significant amount of time lying to me. Now I just can’t do it.

JH Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Liv – too insubstantial

Emma and Emily – too popular

Alice – my maternal grandma’s name, which I love, but I named my son after my maternal grandpa, so that might be too weird.

Charles, Caroline, and Claire – Nephew and nieces’ names

Madeleine – my husband doesn’t like it

Genevieve – unlike another poster, I dislike the American pronunciation and love the French way…but I’m American

Elizabeth – My husband’s cousin’s name (she has the same last name as us)

Rose – as a middle name. Still might use it, but it’s a pretty common one now too. My husband and I met in Portland, OR (the city of roses) and had roses at our wedding, so it’d be a nice touch

brynnash Says:

May 15th, 2014 at 4:41 am

Genevieve – My husband hates it and thinks it sounds like a stripper name (okayyy…???), and I would be worried that people would call her Gen/Genny, which I can’t stand.
Audrey – My sister-in-law wants to use this name because it is her grandma’s name…and I don’t want to be a name-stealer!
Berit – My brother named his dog Berit, which took it right off the table for me 🙂

David – Both my dad and my husband’s dad are named David, and I really dislike using a first name as an honor name (weird personal thing, I know…) so I can’t use it as a first name. However, if we have a son, it will be his middle name! 🙂
Theo – One of my all-time favorites, but we are atheists and my husband is uncomfortable with the name’s meaning.

Scruffadore Says:

May 15th, 2014 at 7:45 am

I love the name Levon but my cousin has a son called Levi the names are too similar

senoritashan Says:

May 15th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

I will probably still risk it, but I hate Penny for Penelope, but I love Poppy and the full name of course. I think I would just go for it!

C@29 Says:

May 15th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Calliope – I love everything from this name except the -pee ending. 🙁
Bellatrix – still on my list but mostly as a GP name, thanks to Harry Potter reference. AND there’s too many Bella out there.
Caroline, Veronica, Angelica, etc (I believe I forget some names) – because I know too many of them.
Ceridwen, Illyria – I don’t think my BF or future husband will ever let me use these beautiful names.
Luca – I’m bilingual, Luca sounds like.. another word with unfortunate meaning in my native language.

Mamamags71 Says:

May 15th, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Lucas – it rhymes with our last name.

Ava – way too popular. I had 3 in my class this year before I went on maternity leave.

Beatrice – I love the Italian pronunciation of be-uh-tree-chay. Would constantly have to correct, even with nj’s high Italian population.

Jane – our last name is one syllable, so it was just too plain.

shamrokk Says:

May 15th, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Isla, but I have yet to see a day where it’s not on Nameberry’s “Today’s Most Popular Names” list. Uuugh. Also going to be even more popular than it already is as people get tired of using the popular Bella and Ella =o/

shamrokk Says:

May 15th, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Isla, but I have yet to see a day where it’s not on Nameberry’s “Today’s Most Popular Names” list. Uuugh. Also going to be even more popular than it already is as people get tired of using the popular Bella and Ella =o/

obow Says:

May 15th, 2014 at 8:38 pm

I might use this name despite the criticism, but Gisele. My brother says the first syllable is… “suggestive” if you know what I mean. I love it and think that we’d use the nn Ele or Gigi. Most people love it but his opinion means a lot to me! I’m trying to convince him, and it’s still our #1 choice. So though there is a “but”, it’s not outta the question.

munro Says:

May 15th, 2014 at 10:41 pm

I’ve taken a liking to Florence BUT there was this girl in high school who I could not stand with a name that ended with the same last 4 letters.

Vespertinerose Says:

May 16th, 2014 at 3:42 am

I have MANY Guilty Pleasure names that just wouldn’t work for today.

1.) Milborough- the ending could lead to horrible Sexual comments/nicknames, but I thought Bunny would be a great Nn choice.
2.) Hortensia – the whore connection
3.) Salacia- Salacious gossip..enough said!
4.) Sofonisba- Old Archaic and difficult to pronounce, and no one has ever heard of the artist or the suffragists, maybe I’ll use it as a middle name.
4.) Boadicea- The potential BOOTY-CALL nickname.
5.) Caristiona- Beautiful Name but from appearance, it looks difficult to pronounce let alone spell.
6.) Morforwyn – I usually get the huh? response
7.) Etheldreda and Ethelfleda – LOVE theses names but they just aren’t vogue and people think that they aren’t real names.
8.) Elvira and Drusilla/Drucilla/Drusilda- everyone thinks these names are morbid and evil, thanks to Disney and Hollywood.
9.) Alcesta- everyone thinks your saying incest as if the AL doesn’t separate it enough.
10.) Clytemnestra and Eplinike- a fun name to say but she was a murderer- Eplinike is fun to say as well but is just doesn’t look like a name plus the Nike connect because it is on the end of the name.
11.) Chandrakanta- it sounds like a spell you would see used in movies or games like in Skyrim
12.) Polyhymnia- a great middle option if your not daring enough to use it as a first, but people think it sounds like a chemical or some fancy term to something equivalent to polymer.
13.) Edith, Enid and Ethel- When I married my husband I had loved these names for a very long time. I then did research on his family, and I swear the whole family was named Edith, Enid or Ethel, the other half were Karen/Kathy/Katherine.
14.) Jane- sweet simple, now over used and even perceived boring.

Vespertinerose Says:

May 16th, 2014 at 3:45 am

OH Also:

Hatham- sounds like Hate them
Beresford- the Bare Butt jokes would be endless
Cadogan- is always mistaken for Cardigan.

CsprsSassyHrly Says:

May 16th, 2014 at 9:27 am

I have so many on the I love but can’t use list. It actually bums me out.

For me, Stella. Which I’ve fallen in love with but my brother dated an Estella and things didn’t end well so I don’t know how he’d feel having a niece named Stella. It double kills me because it means star, which would be a good way to honor my aunt, whose name also means star.

Elyse is another favorite of mine, but I have a cousin named Elis (pronounced the same) who I don’t get along with at all.

Margaret is an on the fence name for me. I love it and love all the possible nicknames (Greta? Yes, please! Maisey? Don’t mind if I do!) but my biological father’s mother is the Spanish form Margarita and I don’t get along with him well enough for him to think I’m honoring him or his family.

Allegra is another on the fence name for me. I grew up on Allegra’s Window so that is my main association. Plus, who can beat the meaning “joyous”? But, my cousin says since the allergy medicine is called Allegra, she would be made fun of. I still love the name so much, I can’t decide if that’s enough to kill the name for me.

Elias and Elijah are favorites but I have a cousin that goes by Eli so, even though I’d prefer the full name over a nickname, I worry it’ll get shortened.

Grey, though as a nickname. I love this as a nickname for my hypothetical first daughter. But my mom says that, since we’re of Mexican descent, she’ll become Gris (pronounced grease). Whaaaa?

Agnes! I adore this name but my cousin says it sounds too much like Angus or worse, anus…

James… I’ve loved the name ever since my elementary school crush on one but, in my family, James would become Jaime, which I don’t like… Along with the nickname Jimmy or Jim… I love James, just not what it becomes.

Cassius, Dashiell, Finlay, Gideon, Dexter, Tristan – I love these names but I don’t know if my family would approve of them since we’re all apparently supposed to name our kids Juan, Jose, Maria and Guadalupe.

Virginia, I love the nickname Ginny, but worry about Virgi. And since my mom had a best friend that has since stopped talking to her, it may not be the best name.

I knew I had a lot but I didn’t realize I had THIS many! My goodness…

cyoung325 Says:

May 16th, 2014 at 11:09 am

I love the name Naomi but when I suggested it to my fiance he pointed out that it spells “I moan” backwards and now I can’t get that out of my head! I also used to like Charlotte quite a bit until I started to see the word “harlot” smack dab in the middle! I do love to hear both names on other couple’s children.

sorciereblanche Says:

May 16th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Magnolia BUT I’m pretty sure her name would be shortened to Maggie and that’s too similar to my own.
Rosalie/Rosaline/Rosemary BUT my middle name is Rose and that kinda feels awkward to me,
Levi BUT its getting popular and I was only gonna use it because I love love love the Attack on Titan character
Sophie, Charlotte, Alice (still debating though) BUT they are becoming really common.

sorciereblanche Says:

May 16th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Magnolia BUT I’m pretty sure her name would be shortened to Maggie and that’s too similar to my own.
Rosalie/Rosaline/Rosemary BUT my middle name is Rose and that kinda feels awkward to me,
Levi BUT its getting popular and I was only gonna use it because I love love love the Attack on Titan character
Sophie, Charlotte, Alice (still debating though) BUT they are becoming really common.

interndayna Says:

May 16th, 2014 at 11:05 pm

My love for Antigone is gonna get me. I’ve always loved that name, but the fact that the words antagonize and antagonist come from her name would not be cool.

BabyNameCrazy95 Says:

May 17th, 2014 at 1:43 am

First one I think of is the girls name Indiana as I love the nickname Indie but people will always think of Indiana Jone’s so I can’t use it x

sarishah Says:

May 17th, 2014 at 7:02 am

I love Alys and Lila, but the former looks too slight and the latter is too common. I also love Levi, but the slight chance of anyone hearing it and thinking of Bristol Palin’s ex makes me cringe.

CaribbeanQueen Says:

May 17th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

I love Dudley but it has “dud” in it… love Gunther, but it has “gun” in it. Love Jemima, and its meaning, “dove”, but there’s the syrup connection, plus I’m black and it has a slave connotation. Similar situation with Amos. I absolutely love it, but not only does it carry the racist connection to Amos and Andy, but on another name site, Amoses were chiming in on the name and one said he was called “anus” on the playground.

KjStormy Says:

May 18th, 2014 at 5:59 am

I love Honour for a girl but I have a male cousin with that name and I also like Skipper for a boy but everyone seems to hate the name and say it’s not a real name.

kitchi1 Says:

May 18th, 2014 at 9:56 am

* Hazel – Love, love, love it, but it’s my cousin’s name, so I can’t use it. I can just see my aunt and uncle talking about how I used their name and how weird it is and everything. I don’t really want to be that person they talk about.

* Sophie – it’s too popular, and my mom doesn’t like it.

* Joey – that’s my other cousin’s name (who’s a boy) and my mom would make fun of it since it’s originally a boy’s name.

* Rosemary – my sister’s name is Rose and my ferret’s name is Rosamund. We also used to foster a dog named Tara Rose. There’s so many Roses that I can’t stand hearing the name anymore.

* Florence “Florrie” – I can’t stop thinking about this one girl called Flor when I think about and I don’t want to name her after that.

* Isobelle – Too popular.

* Violet – Too popular

* Persephone – No one can pronounce it right.

* Daisy – Too close to my other sister’s name.

* Victoria/Vittoria – My friend’s name is Victoria. I love Vittoria most.

* Stella – Too popular.

* Leigh – Too boring, I guess? I like it.

And then for boys it’s just one name, but I’d rather not share it since it’s so unique. I think the boy’s parents made it up. It’s super cool though.

aylasoma Says:

May 18th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Jonah & Noah are my favorite boy names because they relate to the Bible and both have to do with animals, which I love – HOWEVER, my married name is Soma. Jonah Soma rhymes way too much, same as Noah.

Elsa – has been on my husband’s and my list for the past four years, BUT then Disney’s “Frozen” decided to use that name for one of their main characters, and I refuse to name a girl after a common name – which Elsa is now super popular because of the movie.

Ava & Chloe – way too popular now.

I wish people would stop making my favorite baby names popular!!!!

kkilgallon Says:

May 18th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

I would name my child Portia in a heartbeat if it didn’t mean “Pig, hog, or door”. That is such a cruel meaning attached to such a wonderful sounding name.

Israel is the other unusable name I am in love with. I grew up Catholic but I am Jewish (arguably) from the mother to mother connection and would love to honor my heritage. However my children will have the last name Cool, which sounds like a practical joke in itself. All the “Cool” boys are supposed to have a name that starts with “R” so Israel would get bumped to a middle name.. This makes it even worse. We both like Ruairi.. but Ruairi Israel Cool will turn into Ruairi is real Cool in a second and not only is that cruel to him it’s disrespectful to the Nation and People of Israel.

Mack is the other name I love that goes horribly with Cool. I don’t have a full name picked out for Mack yet as I think I’d rather use Mack as a nickname. Mack sounds like your plumber, your police chief, your mechanic or your bartender: your working man, which is totally fine. But you think a little differently about your judge, your lawyer or your doctor when his name is Mack. Especially if his name is Mack Cool.. and then there is the reference to the Irish mythological hunter Finn McCool. Without the Finn part Mack Cool is going to walk around feeling like he’s missing part of his name all his life

Kesims1 Says:

May 19th, 2014 at 12:50 am

So I absolutely love the name Finnegan, shortened to Finn of course, but everyone seems to think that people will think his full name is weird considering I’m not 100% irish.
Apparently I have a thing for Irish names because I also love Ailsa (pronounced ail-sah) but it sounds so much like I’m trying to say Elsa in a weird way when I say it in my south-Midwestern accent.
Also, while many nameberries like the name Ember for a girl, but most people think otherwise.
The only name people seem to like of mine is Porter so hopefully that’ll still be an ok name by the time I have my first child.

Kesims1 Says:

May 19th, 2014 at 1:14 am

I also love Emma, but wayy too popular. And if I use Emmaline my family thinks it’s wayy too out there.
Also, I loved Liam and Zane since I was little, but now they’re both names of members of one direction and well, I can’t have that.
Also I like the name Castiel, but supernatural

kiki18 Says:

May 19th, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Tessa BUT theirs this horrible girl at my school named Tessa…
Brielle BUT I used the name so much in my stories that I can’t use it on a girl
Kennedy BUT all my friends and family tells me that its a boys name 🙁
Emma BUT its way to popular and I know at least ten Emma’s
Sophie BUT it’s to popular and I know thousands of Sophies

jeswen33 Says:

May 28th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

I love Winifred. But my husband hates it -even the nn Winnie because of the the bear. And my first daughter is named Reese – so it really doesn’t match.

I love Claire, and it matches well with Reese, but too popular.
I love Tess, but I’m Jess.

I’m currently loving Paige, but if it becomes too popular that might be out too.

Naming babies is hard!

MissNiko Says:

May 28th, 2014 at 2:47 pm

I planned on using the name Elsa for a daughter in the future, since it’s my grandmother’s name and I always found it beautiful- and on top of that it was hardly used here in the U.S (and my grandparents are from scotland) but like @loislane1222 said, Disney used it for Frozen!!! Now it’ll probably be on the 100 list in the U.S if it isn’t already, and now I don’t know what I’ll do!!! 😮

jroll2lo Says:

May 28th, 2014 at 3:15 pm

I love the name Linus, but everyone thinks of Charlie Brown because it’s the only Linus they know of. My husband can’t get past it…

GirlyWhirly Says:

May 28th, 2014 at 11:10 pm

Jetson but people will think of the tv show.

Paxton but hubby hates it.

Tuesdae, but she will probably get teased a lot.

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