Oh Noooooo! Which names do you hate to see getting popular?

It’s the scourge of every self-respecting berry: A name you love, a name you’ve treasured forever and maybe hoped to keep as your own special gem, hits the Top 100….the Top 10….or even, nooooooooooo!, Number 1.

What name does it most pain you to see leaping up the popularity list right now?

Did your heart sink, for instance, when the lovely Sophia hit Number 1?  Did you groan when Kourtney Kardashian named her new baby Penelope, surely lighting a rocket under that classic name which was already getting more popular?  Or maybe youve always planned to name your first son after Great-Grandpa Aidan, only to see that Irish classic swamped in the sea of Aidens and Aydyns.

For many of us, a name getting too popular ruins it as a viable choice.  We’ve had friends and colleagues email us asking us to back off from recommending their children’s names — Eliza or Milo or Finn — because they’re getting too popular.  A little bit of style confirmation can be nice; too much and a name gets lost in the glare of attention.

Tell us which wonderful names and longtime favorites you most hate to see getting more popular — which have already been “wrecked,” which are in danger of overexposure now, and which you’re afraid might trend in that direction.

We’d also love to hear about why you hate to see these names cross over from stylish to wildly popular.  A child’s name you were hoping would remain distinctive?  A favorite you’ve planned to use for years and now feel you have to cross off your list?  A family name like Rose or Grace you’d always planned to use in the middle that now feels like filler?

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namelover77 Says:

August 14th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Lily, Jade and Grace! I adore those names.

Darci Says:

August 14th, 2012 at 11:11 pm

I’ve had to cross several names off my list because they got too popular. I’d been planning to name my daughter either Addison or Josiah, depending on gender, until those names started rising so quickly a few years ago. Currently, I’m sad to see Josephine and Bennett so popular. I’m also keeping an eye on Iris and Phoenix, and hoping those don’t rise too much higher.

Greyer Says:

August 14th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Stella. I’m terrified of it getting more popular, because it’s my favorite girls’ name and I’m still several years from having kids! I also love Sophie (not Sophia, just Sophie) but wouldn’t use it due to popularity.

LivyToo Says:

August 14th, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Milo. It’s only in the 330-somethings but I can see it reaching the top 100 in a few years. It’s already jumped up the chart so drastically! Noooo!

Tressa Says:

August 14th, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Clara. I was set on using that name for a future daughter as a nod to my favorite literary character, Clare, of The Time Traveler’s Wife.
I’m devastated because of its recent rise in popularity.

OnceUponaName Says:

August 14th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

I’ve always loved Alexander but unfortunately it’s no. 8! I found that most of my faves are in the top 1000 which is such a disappointment. I just hope August and Lydia don’t get any more popular!

Mara_lyn86 Says:

August 14th, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Lucy is a name that I love. It is getting more popular but I still want to use it as a middle name to honor my mother-in-law.
Matilda is a name that I am sad to see getting more popular. It is okay that a lot of people want to use it because I always thought it was a lovely name. I kind of dislike how it is labeled as a hipster name because I hate that term.

susan.n Says:

August 14th, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Charlotte is that name for me. It’s climbed in popularity so rapidly these last few years that I’m worried it will eventually go into the (yikes!) top 10. I’ve loved the name since I was a kid, but I loved the fact that it was classic but still special and different.That my child would be the only Charlotte and not one of three Isabellas. But unfortunately it’s becoming wildly popular, sigh. I’m still going to use it for a future daughter, but I wish it wasn’t so popular.

I also agree with Mara_lyn86 ! I’ve always adored the name Matilda ever since I read the book when I was younger. I loved the idea of Matilda nn Millie. I hate that it’s considered clunky and a hipster name because I’ve always loved the name and never once did I consider it hipster.

Sugarfoot Says:

August 14th, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Hadley, Harper, Violet, Ruby, Eden, Finlay, Evie, Freya, Emerson, Charlotte, Henry, Milo, Felix, Finn, Kellan, Ryker, Hugo, Asher

ErinLW Says:

August 14th, 2012 at 11:48 pm

I love Grace and Emma, and I also really like Natalie (all in the top 20, unfortunately). For boys, I really like Aidan, and my favourite boys name ever, Liam, is also quite popular.

BrittBerry Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 12:09 am

For girls I’d say Alice, Clara, and Mollie. Alice and Clara are both rising and Mollie (Molly spelling) is already in the top 100! 🙁 same for Oliver, my other boy names aren’t in the top 100 and i’m not too worried about them rising quickly.

wishiwereajules Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 12:27 am

Kairi! Why must everyone love Kairi!
It has sentimental value to me, as it means Ocean and my first dog’s name was Ocean, and without the video game, I wouldn’t know some of my best friends.
It’s getting popular (along with other names in video games/graphic novels/anime) around where I live. Everyone you ask has a different video game name for their future kid around here. Now that its getting more popular in the forums, I’m really questioning if by the time I get around to kids (I’m a teenberry, so like ten to fifteen years) it will be the next Emma or Chloe, popular enough to be a top ten but not number one, and dated horribly.

Also for girls, Juli- names, Elizabeth (Elise, Ellie, etc), frillier names like Arabella and Sophia, along with Natalie, Naomi, Nell, etc.

Boys is more the fact that girls have stolen their names, but I really don’t have to big a problem with boys names, because ot’s mostly justplain old Joshua, Blake, Jackson, Hunter, and Brandon/Brayden for boys around here.
Boys names from video games are as bad as the girls though, so thats even better for me.

Along with ErinLW on the Irish boys. Liam and Aiden (Connor, too) are popular and that’s kind of sad, because I also like the Irish names (along with the rest of the country, apparently).

redwoodfey Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 12:30 am

Charlotte for me as well. I’m about 2 years away from trying to conceive, and by the time I have a girl it will be way too popular. I’ve yet to hear another name I love quite as much as Charlotte. My boys names I’m fairly certain will remain safe, although I’ve been rudely surprised otherwise before. Kestrel is a name I’ve kept hidden away for about 10 years. I moved to Alaska 4 years ago and promptly met two little Kestrels, so that’s out. The state is too small for another Kestrel. 🙁

walshe44 Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 12:41 am

Penelope, yes. And June. Apparently one of the fastest climbers in the past year. 🙁

emelis Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 12:47 am

Audrey! I loved this years ago when it was still a dorky old name.

And Lily is a name I adore but would avoid due to popularity.

Poppy528 Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 1:43 am

I can’t say with certaintity that any name is now unusable do to popularity. Using a popular names makes me feel like I’d lose cred in creativity and uniqueness. I might even have a phobia of being normal. Lily was my husband’s grandmother name so it is pretty disheartening to see it so popular. Scarlett (80) is a family surname I likewise just don’t see working out (thanks ScarJo). I’d still use Jack (44) – boy names seem more tolerable when popular.

I would really appreciate it though if we could back off on my vintage faves Arthur and August though? K plz thnx. Matilda/Millie, Olive, Beatrice, and Edith, oh ya them too.

svea Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 3:20 am

Ella (#6 in Sweden), Molly (#8), Freja (#19), Stella (#24), and Saga (#27) for girls, and Viggo (#32) and Sixten (#44) for boys. I’m especially sad about Molly’s popularity, it’s been a favourite of mine since I was a child. I wish Ella, Freja and Viggo were less common too.

maggiemary Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 3:24 am

Violet and Nora – these are the first names of my grandmothers and both have leaped up the charts in the last decade. My gran’s name is spelled Nora, I prefer the spelling Norah, and even though that is lower (Norah was #263 in 2011) than Nora (#137), that spelling only entered the Top 1000 in 2003 and is already up to mid 260s. It won’t stop me using the names, if I should decide to do so, but I still hate seeing them climb up the list rapidly.

ImpossibleDream91 Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 3:25 am

I’m devastated at how popular Lily is. I’ve loved that name for a really long time, but I’d having second thoughts when naming my daughter that just because it’s so popular. I’ve heard talk about Beatrice becoming popular again, and I really, really hope it doesn’t. Right now August and Declan are two of my top names for boys, but I’m worried for those ones too.

romanticism Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 3:42 am

There are so many names I’m worried about becoming popular. I’m still a few years away from children, so there’s plenty of time for my beloved names to shoot up the popularity charts and make me sad! I’m in the UK, and most of my favourites have jumped quite significantly in the last year. Grace is in the top 10, Ella in the top 20, and Eleanor and Francesca are also in the top 100. Mila has jumped up, even though it’s now still only at number 261, I think it’s only going to get more popular in the next few years.

On the boys side, William is already top 10 and Louie and Jude are top 100. Flynn and Finn have also jumped quite a lot in the last year.

At the moment, I tell myself that popularity doesn’t bother me all that much, but I’m not sure if that will change when it actually comes to naming a child.

grackym Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 3:53 am

Archer is my mothers maiden name and I thought it would be unique to use as a middle name, but in Australia Archer has also become quite popular in the last 5 years 🙁
Eliza is another name I’m disappointed is so popular, but I will still use this 🙂
I think Emma is gorgeous, but would Never use a name in the top 10.

milasmama Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 5:07 am

Here in New Zealand the name Mila has shot up from 370ish in 2009 (I named my daughter Mila Arden in 2010 when those were the most recent stats)to 32 in 2011 and counting. Gutted!

ninkynonk Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 5:35 am

After 8 years of parenthood and being very very concerned about this in the beginning, I now find I dont’ care at all. I don’t like names like James, Lily or Sophia anyway so the most popular of the ones I like fall outside the Top 100 up to falling off any chart anywhere.

I get a little amused when people stress about a name being in the top 100 – 200. Why is everyone so obsessed with their little Callista being the only one? I think the unique name obsession has gone too far.

I like solid names that aren’t in super-common usage but aren’t weird. Like Quentin, Gideon, Otto, Vincent, Leonora, Wilhelmina and Aurelia. I suspect they’ll never be top 20 but I won’t care too much even if they do rise.

rachel27 Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 5:41 am

Yes, I understand this completely. I’ve wanted to use the name Asher for years, now- ever since I read “My Name is Asher Lev” when I was 11. Now, it is number 113, and I’ll probably still use it, but I’d hate to see it reach the top 10.

nnelson Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 6:08 am

It’s so unfortunate that I’ve had my little stash of favorite names tucked away for a decade now; at last I’m at the age of planning to conceive and those favs of mine have seeped into the wave of popularity. Ugh. It pains me to eliminate these names I’ve adored for so long because of their mainstream status and/or sudden jump in popularity. I’m sorry, can’t name drop and provide specifics as I’m hyper superstitious. 🙂 However, I received some of the best advice from my mother the other day concerning baby names and it has brought on a sense of relief…you (i.e. we) have no control over *when* a name will go from nowheresville to Top 10; for example, we may choose a name for our little one in the 800s and see it go to 100s within 5 yrs of their life. Don’t we owe it to our little miracles to be given a name that we are head-over-heels in love with rather than be given a second best, less beloved name just because it happens to be equally as beloved by others? I guess my point it, I’m the Queen of Nameberry (total personal opinion), I want nothing more than to give my future children the most unique/uncommon names to stick out of the crowd and be *special*; nevertheless, having my future children/bringing life into the world should not be overlooked for its huge importance. Giving my beautiful miracles the names that I adore/have adored for decades is giving them the respect that they deserve. They deserve what I feel is the best. Make sense?

aunt_ning Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 6:47 am

It is always funny to me seeing names on the popularity chart. I honestly only know maybe 3 little Emilys, but I know of 15 baby Charlottes. I only know one Sophie as well. However, 2 years ago in my first grade class room I had 5 children boys and girls with some variation of the name Alex, and ALL wanted to be called Alex…that was interesting.

My favorite names for girls are Dorothy, Mary, Elizabeth and Julie. I have also loved the name Clara and Josephie (nn Josie) for years as well. None of them are terribly popular so they do not bother me. As for boys, Elijah, Joseph, Richard, Benjamin…names like that are not that popular other than Eli, so that one might have to be out.

Lena125 Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 6:51 am

I love Charlotte and I swear its getting too popular! 🙁

TaylorBlueSkye Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 7:05 am

I had to cross both of my long time favorites off my list:

Emma hit number two this year (here in Germany), but since I can’t even tolerate anything in the Top 50 I lost that one years ago. First it was kind of sad, but now I don’t even get excited anymore when I hear it (that’s exactly why I had to toss it).

Linus (“LEE-noos”) felt super uncommon when I first heard it at age 14 (10 years ago), but it entered the Top 30 and that’s that.

It’s not that hard letting Linus go (although it was my special name) because there are other boy names I really like.
Emma was a hard one because I couldn’t find any name I love equally much. I still haven’t, but I lost my love for Emma, so no hard feelings there.

thetxbelle Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 7:07 am

Josephine, ivy, Beatrice – I hope these stay out of the top 100

kdale104 Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 7:11 am

Addie… it’s been my special secret since I was a teenager. The women in my family have rhyming names so my search for the perfect name is very specific. I’ve held onto Addie as the perfect nn for hopefully a future daughter.

namenerd Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 7:12 am

Adele and Nora. I am mostly concerned about Adele rising because of the singer’s popularity.

Taz Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 8:01 am

All of the names that felt so unique when I was in high school & college are really common now….I guess everyone else liked Chloe too! When I was pregnant I ruled out anything Ella or Addy or Bella and sadly, Ruby which we thought was cute. I don’t care that much about popularity. I think top 100 id fine, to 20 or 30 is what I want to avoid.

Mego0801 Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 8:07 am

I gave up Avilyn because sound alike names were getting popular!

ashlee357 Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 8:19 am

For years I said I would name my future daughters Harper and Ella. However I would not use those names now because they have gotten to popular 🙁 Made me so sad. For boys it is Noah.

klcalder2 Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 8:21 am

After Arabella shot up 207 spots when I chose it, I think I stopped giving an ‘s’. I love her name and I love Bella in spite of Twilight. I figure I’ll just stick to what I love, even if that means my next kid has a crazy trendy name. Also, some of the names that are being mentioned are names that I’ve never even heard used. Funny how that works sometimes.

Danni Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 8:35 am

Lily, Jack, Milo, and Arabella.

author in writing Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 8:38 am

Yes: Violet Nora, Luna, Audrey, Willow, Jack, Leo and Phoebe have all seem to become very popular in recent years or on the verge of becoming too popular especially for someone who won’t be having children for another decade! I was upset at first, but since then, I’ve discovered more names that either I think will never be popular or that I love so much I simply don’t care if they are.

mermuse Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 8:39 am

I loved Ella a long time ago. And Ivy and Evelyn and Blythe and Lydia. And I’ve been surprised and somewhat dismayed to see Arthur getting so much attention. But, in the case of Arthur (and boys’ names in general), I guess it’s actually better for him if it gets a little more popular–people used to tell me my future little Arthur would be picked on to no end! Maybe now he will have a few other Arts to fight back with.

abeezee Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 8:42 am

Ava’s popularity is devastating. I remember when I read Beyond Jennifer and Jason in year 2000, and I loved Ava because it was on the fitting in/standing out list, but it has now become unusable.
My other secret faves that are moving up fast and really bumming me out…Keira, Calla, Wren, and Scarlett.

esjgreenman Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 8:47 am

My heart sank when I saw Evelyn is number 24 on the SSA list for 2011 as it is the name of two favorite aunts. I think if we have a girl in October it will be a middle or third name….

dangerkitty102 Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 8:53 am

It was our top boy name contender, but rejected now because we have FIVE friends that have used it for baby boys the past couple of years.

Lila was also my favorite two years ago when we were pregnant (ended up with a boy though). I’m pregnant again now and it’s lost a lot of it’s appeal since its gained in popularity.

chilly9296 Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 8:54 am

In my family we’ve used Carmen as a boys name (both my dad and my grandpa were Carmen) I dont know that my husband would go for that for his son but i could def see it being used for my daughter. Originally I wanted Gemma, Emelia or Audrey which are quickly climbing the charts. (my grandmothers name is Gemma Emelia) For a boy I’m stuck on William Thomas (NN: will or liam) and both are family names

lindseywhite03 Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 9:04 am

My heart was CRUSHED when Angelina Jolie used Knox for her twin son’s name. I read the news on-line at home and screamed “I HATE YOU ANGELINA!!!” A bit dramatic and immature? Sure! Called for? I certainly think so! Hahaha! Knox is my maiden name, a name that was so preppy yet edgy and perfect for me. A name that was nowhere near popular several years a go. A name that I was set on using for my first little boy. I would not be able to stand giving my son a name that seems common so I am forced to resign using this name as a FN- but will most likely still use it as a MN.

celestemilmun Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 9:04 am

Eleanor. I keep seeing it creep up in popularity each year, and I’ve been waiting to use it since I was a teenager! “Old lady” names like Hazel, Olive, and June are very popular where I live, and I fear Eleanor may be next.

rocknrollwife Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 9:04 am

Lila. I’ve LOVED the name since reading the Sweet Valley High books years ago and had always planned to use it. But now, with it being predicted to be in the top 10 within the next few years, I don’t think we’ll be able to. Devastated!

Though, I’ve never, ever met a Lila and it’s not in the top 100 for my state, so maybe there’s hope for us to use it? (And never leave Ga…)

littlebrownpony Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 9:28 am

I felt that way about my son’s name (Owen)–I had loved it since I was 11–back in the early 90’s, when it was still pretty uncommon. But by the time I got pregnant, it was Top 50, and I almost didn’t use it because of that! But ultimately, I’m glad I did, because I do love it and it totally fits him. I can’t imagine him with any other name.

gracenote Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 9:34 am

Popularity of a name isn’t ever something that really bothers me… I was one of three Lauras at school and wasn’t scarred for life (we actually thought it was quite cool, to be honest!). I wouldn’t allow the popularity of a name let me stop me from using it if I loved it – but on the other hand, the fact that Grace has become such a filler middle name really bothers me (mainly because I have the ubiquitous Anne as mine!). It’s a name that has a lot of very special meaning to me but I feel as though I should put something a little more unusual in the middle spot now…

AmandaRhiannon Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 9:53 am

I’ve liked Colton and Greyson for awhile, but they seem to be getting more popular.

Jessa Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 10:19 am

Family names have regrettably skyrocketed–Evelyn, Harry (Henry), Ella.

Henry has been very popular among friends. It’s a pity because “Harry” has always gone with Henry in my mind. That has pushed us to think of Harold. Not nearly as resilient a name, but probably a much safer choice.

LadyCap Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 11:08 am

Cora has started to show up a lot in the circles around me, to my disappointment.

AEIvy Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 11:14 am

Adelaide. I don’t know why, but I just think that it is the most beautiful name; along with Eleanor, also popular. Part of me wants to cry for them being popular, though Eleanor is always going to be. Adelaide is just getting that way again, I think, and it kind of bums me out. Still would use it, though. Just like June, Hazel, or Sophia; also all pretty. Of course, what I like now probably won’t be popular when I eventually decide to settle down, so! 😉 There’s that.

Lo Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 11:23 am

Jude. I love it as another short New Testament name. But even though there aren’t Judes on every playground it has a Hollywood vibe to it that doesn’t suit our family.

Elias. Is a family name that I might have gone with but Elis and Ellies abound in my community.

AEIvy Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 11:26 am

Oh. I forgot. Amelia, most of all. She’s a hero to a lot of little girls (like me, always wanted to be as cool as Amelia Earheart), so I don’t blame folks for using it, but…well. Yeah.

Elisabeth Rae Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 11:42 am

Alice and Lucy! I’ve always considered them vintage gems but they seem to be rising and rising, especially Lucy. I thought I was safe with Alice but it doesn’t look that way.

I’m hoping my other favorites, Juliet and Maeve, don’t rise as quickly.

kassieb11 Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 11:43 am

Emma and any variation of Emma, My grandmothers middle name is Emmalina I have loved that name since I was 10 and when I found out she got that middle name from another family member it was even better! I live in a small town and have never actually met an Emma so until my name obsession became extreme I had no idea how popular it was, now its too much number 3 on SSA!! So my favorite name had been moved to the mn spot.

spotlightstarlit Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 11:46 am

I’m an odd duck. My daughter’s name will be Elizabeth. I have met two Elizabeth’s in my life, but history and literature is filled with wonderful Elizabeth’s. My recently departed grandmother loved that name and it was her diminutive. It is also my favorite name.
Likewise, for boys, popularity doesn’t faze me. However, Evangeline was recently struck from the list as it seems to be moving by leaps and bounds, and I don’t want to feel like I’m giving my daughter a name that was only ever popular in a surge. Elizabeth is a classic, and I try to look for those timeless sort of names.

LexieM Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I was reading a ‘berry post the other day where the writer pointed out that “just because the name isn’t popular in the US doesn’t mean it hasn’t been in the top 10 in England for decades”. I think my point is this: If it’s the perfect name it doesn’t matter where it ranks in popularity. Yes, I’d rather Isla, Elliot and Owen weren’t so popular but I just see it as a challenge to keep an open mind and keep searching for alternatives. Who knows the name I’ve loved since I was 10 might not be the right name for the child I’ll have in the future -> and what kind of ‘berry would I be if I stubbornly refused to consider any other options?

RubySophia Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Devastated that Evelyn has become so popular.

auroradawn Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

The fact of popularity is not the problem. It would be snobbish to toss a lovely name like Sophia simply because it’s Number One. The overexposure to certain names, as TaylorBlueSkye mentioned, can eventually produce boredom, which is the reason why I would not now use Aiden or Jacob (or Sophia.) I suspect it’s the same story for most of the previous posters who say they can’t tolerate any name that rises too high. When I see yet another birth announcement for Aiden James, I yawn, even though I really like the name Aidan and a few years ago when I first started seeing the name, I was excited. Popularity doesn’t make a name bad. It can make a name boring, and I don’t want to give my future children boring names.
That said, I’m a little saddened by the rise of Adelaide, Eden, Haven, and Jasper (among others.)

Renee5322 Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Evelyn… I adore that name and have loved it from the moment I discovered it. Sadly it just keeps getting more popular every year. I fear by the time I have kids it will be the new Madison. 🙁

Also, Josephine. It’s not on the top 100 yet but it keeps climbing every year. So tragic!!

tavn Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 2:20 pm


Loooooooooooooooved the name before Jessica Alba used it on her little girl. Now I just can’t use it. I love the name Alba too (more than Haven). I can’t name one daughter Alba and the next Haven.

So Haven’s officially ruined for me. 🙁

Starcatcher668 Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Lily, Harper, and. Molly!!! Especially Lily.

maisie29 Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

We have a very common last name, so I’d like to avoid my children having super common first names. I don’t want their voter registration and doctors office records to be confused with other individuals born the exact same day with the exact same name (this has happened to me on several occasions, even with a different middle initial).
That being said I am saddened by the popularity of
Lucy – dh’s and my grandmother were both named this and I adored Narnia heroine
Alice – my other grandmother’s names and Wonderland wanderer
Jane – dh’s mother’s name
Jack – dh and my favorite boys name (we agreed on it when we started dating 8 years ago)

Mairead Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

The name Jack. I’ve loved the name for years, but seeing so many Jacks and Jacksons all around makes the name feel so common that it loses what makes the name so perfect to me. I also have my two secret names, Clark and Truman. It would kill me to see those two get popular!

linzybindi Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Oh my sweet Bennett. I used this name for my son when he was born almost 5 years ago. When Jane Krakowski named her son this last year I almost cried! Definitely put it in the spotlight.

A few others…Jude, Declan, Ivan, Sullivan, Reed, Eliza, Josephine, Lena, Nora, Phoebe, Violet

I think I will cry if Blythe cracks the top 1000 next year!

adelaideivy Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Madeleine and Isabelle were my favorites for a long time, but I abandoned them about 7-8 years ago when Madelyn and Isabella exploded. Very sad times.

Recently nixed from my list due to popularity: Annabelle, Lucy, Violet, Harper, Evelyn, Ruby; Everett, Henry, Oliver.

Ones I’m worried about: Isla, Clara, Lila, Vivienne; August, Leo, Milo.

loraena Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

My daughter’s name, Ellie. We had NO. IDEA there would be so many other Ellie’s & Ella’s running around when we named her in 2007. Of my other favorites, Charlotte is at the top of our list for use and it’s definitely climbing faster than I’d like to see. And Sophie of course. Thankfully my favorite boy names are much less common.

tuesdaytea Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Since I was a little girl I’ve always loved the the name Tristan for a boy. I don’t really mind the popularity of the name, but I would be quite sad to see this name switch from popularity as a boy name to a girl name and then no longer be suitable for boys.

arunciblespoon Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Beatrice which is already climbing at an alarming rate, Hermione which isn’t yet but I have a feeling will, Iris and Clementine which seem to be mentioned more and more and Arthur and Benedict. Popularity would put me off a name, but I think if I loved it enough i’d still use it, seems a shame to waste it – although Archie is off the list.

All the names I thought noone would ever like or want to use seem to have become popular right around the time I want to have children.

ellenelle Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Lila, Evelyn, and Violet were the first to rise and I still like them a lot, but I have moved on. Recently I’ve been super tuned into Cora’s ascent (like, 80 spots in this past year).

Sachiko Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

CORA. My husband and I loved this for years and finally used it last year on our fourth daughter. Suddenly Cora is everywhere.

It doesn’t help that people know I’m a namegeek, so they are very smug when they tell me they just saw another Cora birth announcement. (we can punch people like that, right?)

This is half tongue-in-cheek: what’s the ratio of descriptive to prescriptive here at Nameberry? I so adore the books and the site, but then I also know plenty of other moms are reading it, too, and we’re all thinking in unison, “Hey! Cora! That’s different. They said so.”

I yelped when the Afflecks named Seraphina. Felt like a junkyard dog watching someone take a steak away. That was my name, darnit. Sigh.

Worchazer Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Hands off Rachel and Fiona, please. Also Paul, Francis, William, Stephen and Timothy. I know they’re all traditional names but even so… A friend of mine in junior school was a Sharon Louise, both names of the moment. Her daughter is Jessica. My German friend was one of around 8 Claudias in her class. Her daughter is also Jessica. One of my colleague and I share a name, she is about 18 months older than me. One of her daughters is Charlotte.

I have a feeling that names such as Lily, Adele and the Irish names are influenced by the British music scene. I also suspect that Viggo is popular thanks to actor Viggo Mortensen, much like Harry, Hermione and other Harry Potter character/star names. Colton may be riding on Colton Dixon from American Idol. Knox was used as a character name in Dead Poets’ Society.

The other female name that I am seeing around a lot at the moment is Zoe. Alex is big for either boys or girls, and I’m right with those who say they’ll scream if they see another Aidan, Jayden, Grace or Ava.

niteowl13 Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I cannot believe how high on the list Evelyn and Cora are! For boys, I love Jacob. How did it get to be so popular? I blame Taylor Lautner. grrr
A ten year old me, after seeing the movie Splash, wanted a daughter named Madison.
I never knew then how popular the name would become.

brynnash Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Honestly, I’m kind of chuckling at some of these comments. People are like, “OMG my favorite name is SOOO popular” and are upset about it, but really, it doesn’t bother me much because I’d rather see babies named Evelyn, Violet, Henry, and Liam than Kaylee, Brayden, Nevaeh, and Rylan.

I think sometimes people get too stuck on the national rank of the name. As long as I don’t know or know of another child with the name, I’d use it. The only time popularity would be an issue for me is if I was planning to use a name, and suddenly had a swarm of family members or friends or acquaintances use that name. I also would probably steer clear of a “Top 10” name or so if I had other choices I loved because I don’t want them to be known as “Olivia M” or have to choose a nickname to distinguish themselves as an individual. But if I really fell in love with the name Jacob and couldn’t find another I loved as much, I’d use it.

LilyLunaPotter Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Lily was a favorite of mine since I was a little girl because of Harry Potter… it’s become so popular now, though! No worries, haha, Luna is a similar feel and also the same meaning for me personally.

Also, I was somewhat disappointed to see my own name, Olivia, get so popular. It was stylish when I was born (in the 90’s), but now it’s (obviously) insanely popular.

ashthedreamer Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 7:07 pm


It’s just… perfect. It’s spunk, sweetness, vintage appeal. Ugh. Eliza makes me sad. 🙁 It wasn’t my first favorite, but it was one of my favorite names since I can remember, and now it’s just. Ugh.


I don’t mind that Isabelle’s popular because it was popular when I found it. But I loved Eliza because I thought it was virtually unheard of, but now everyone and their mother and grandmother and second-cousin and brother-in-law and sister and who knows who else wants to use Eliza! 🙁 I don’t think I’d ever be able to go back to it again.

Valkyrie Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I was quite surprised when Lilith hit the top 1000 in 2010. It’s barely rising since then, so I’m not too worried. I just hope it doesn’t break, say… top 300 or so. I’d like to think the history behind the name would steer people clear of it, but knowing how quickly Delilah rose in ranks over the past decade, it’s got me wondering.

abeezee Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Maybe it’s become impossible to find that lovely secret name that is not too popular? More and more parents are looking to do such which is drawing us all to look further and find the same names. And with the internet, blogging, and media attention to star babies, that favorite secret name is bound to get out eventually.
After my own phases of liking cutesy, feminissima, unisex, or unusual names, I find myself with time just reverting back to the extreme classics because they seem to be the only names they will withstand the trends and never go out of style. 🙂

Alina Marie Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 8:13 pm

The worst for me have been my own name, Ava, Sophia, and Arabella. Names I really liked, but can never use now. Such a pity! Although unless I want my children to have names like Lampshade and Garage, I’ll have to come to terms with the popularity or at least lack of obscurity of names I love.

Emmy67 Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Liam, Declan, & Lucas for the boys. Hadley, Charlotte, Clara, and Aubrey for girls. With my first son, he would have been Aubrey if he was a girl – then after he was born the name skyrocketed! My second son would have been Clara, which is also rising so quickly 🙁 I doubt that we will have a third, but I’m still a little sad that Liam and Charlotte have gotten so popular!

bluemarten Says:

August 15th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Matilda and Beatrice. Several of my other top choices have gotten too popular in the past few years. I’ve always love the grounded strength of Matilda, and Beatrice is my grandmother’s name. Both are still far enough down the charts to use, but I worry Matilda will follow the British trend and spike in popularity. Beatrice I suspect is relatively safe from entering the top 50 or 25 in the next 3-5 years. Though, I thought that about a number of grandmother-ish names that are now back on the charts.

upswingbabynames Says:

August 16th, 2012 at 8:51 am

I’m done having kids, but still hate to see my favorites get too popular. I don’t really mind if a name gets to the top 200 or even top 100, but I hope it stops there. I get nervous when I see names get in the top 50.

I was bummed to see Owen get more popular.

I see Felicity rise quickly and that disappoints me too.

I’m not sure why these names becoming more popular bums me out because I will never get to use them anyway.

I felt my heart sink when Sophia hit the top 10. Now that it’s #1, I’m over it.

Years ago, I wanted to name my son Max, but ended up abandoning the idea because the name became too popular. Now I’m over Max too.

beautifulspoon Says:

August 16th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I love Sophia, Penelope and Noah but would never use them for my children because they are way too popular. I have loved Haven for a long, long time, but ever since Jessica Alba named her daughter that, I would never use it now. I’m waiting on someone to overuse my favorite names right now and then I’ll throw them out, too!

melajust Says:

August 16th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Archer, Sawyer, Audrey, Scarlett. I thought I made up the name Archer in 2007 when I was pregnant with my first born. I based on it the Jungian concept of archetype, but now it’s rapidly climbing the charts–WTH?!

erzulie33 Says:

August 17th, 2012 at 12:15 am

ELIJAH and EDEN are both names I’d planned since childhood on using for future kids. They have sadly become so popular.

Also, for girls: Cora, Evangeline, Ivy, Sophia, Ruby, Violet, Lucy, Alice.

For boys: Ethan, Leo, Jake, Jack, Asher.

Sigh. Great names, all, but I would never use any of them now.

erzulie33 Says:

August 17th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Forgot Levi, too.

l0emkb Says:

August 18th, 2012 at 9:04 am

Clara is the name of my Great Aunt, and I have wanted to incorporate it into a future name since I met her in 2004.
And I’ve liked the name Arabella for as long as I can remember, but almost all -bella names just seem too trendy now.

evelynrose Says:

August 19th, 2012 at 3:17 am

Ella. It’s our no. 1 choice but now we’ve to cross it out from the list.

brittanydanielle Says:

August 19th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

I loved Avery for a BOY, but now little girl Averys are everywhere! Not cool!!

mrssarasmith Says:

August 20th, 2012 at 5:23 am

Ava, I love short and sweet names But with a last name like Smith she’d probably be the second or third Ava Smith in her class or grade. I don’t mind top 50 names so much but I try to avoid the top 10.

Aurra Says:

August 20th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I love Alexandra. I think it is one of the most beautiful and exotic names for a girl, except it has been in the top 100 for years and it doesn’t look like it’s going to leave anytime soon.
I also like Isabella, it is a strong name, but Twilight ruined it.
Also, Mia. I know one girl my age named that, and I fell in love with that name.

Other names: Evelyn, Amelia, Layla, Leilani, Aliyah, Allison, Katherine, Eva, Ariana, Naomi, Jacob, Noah, Michael, Ryan, Nathan, Christian, Hunter, Chase, Jason and Ian.

nate_evie Says:

August 21st, 2012 at 11:26 pm

I know many, many Ellie’s, Ava’s, Audrey’s, Kate’s, Lily’s, Alexander’s, Max’s, Jack’s, Henry’s, and Finn’s, which killed them all for me. Neither of my kids have a kid in their class with their name, though only because my kindergartender chose his full name for kindergarten instead of his preschool nickname. In his camp, he has a girl with his sister’s nickname and her brother’s full name is his name.

jessieo Says:

August 23rd, 2012 at 5:34 am

I had my heart set on the names Ruby and Archer for years and years! Well needless to say I became a bit miffed to see Ruby rising so fast, would never use it now. Thought Archer was safe till I realised it’s becoming popular now. It’s a conspiracy I say!

millymom619 Says:

August 25th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Isabel was the first to go. It was my great-grandmother’s name and I told her before she passed that I planned to name my first daughter after her. But Isabel was already WAY over done by the point my first was born and Twilight was just coming out, so I knew it would become even worse.

So I named her Amelia. No way a name like Amelia could get popular, right?! Umm…wrong. That’s the 2nd name I was upset to see get so big.

But – DH’s grandmother, who had passed just before our wedding, was named Grace. So that was given at Amelia’s middle name. Umm…yeah. At least it’s just a middle. I’d wanted her middle to be June and we see where that’s going now (thanks to the wonderful Design Mom and her beautiful Flora June, I think), so it would not have been much better.

Now, considering a 2nd daughter’s name is becoming hard.

My son’s name is not very popular just yet, but it’s definitely getting a lot of talk on Nameberry lately. I’m not even going to mention it, just so as not to trigger people loving it. I’m praying it stays strong on the “handsome, but not overused” side.

And yes, I mourned Sophia, as well. That was our original name for a future daughter, but I saw the popularity coming as DD was growing in my belly. Guessed that one right, at least…

dakritree Says:

August 26th, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Eliza and Zoe for me. So sad, since Eliza is a family name I have always loved and Zoe I first fell in love with from the comic Baby Blues back in the 90s. I dont mind my boy names skyrocketing. My hubby didnt mind being one of ten Davids, so I figure guys are better at letting that sort of thing slide. I just remember hating that I was the one Kristin with an i growing up, among a sea of Kristens.

ivorypom Says:

August 27th, 2012 at 12:17 am

I fell in love with the idea of naming a future daughter Stella when I was 16 after reading Great Expectations and obsessing over the Interpol song “Stella was a diver and she was always down”. Then it started getting more popular, then my boyfriend-now husband named his scooter Stella (“how can I tell our future daughter that she was named after a scooter?!”) and then his mom told me (the first time I met her!) that Stella had been “reserved” by my sister-in-law because it was a family name. Oh well, I got over it and now I have what I think are awesome boy and girl names picked out. The boy name is rarely mentioned anywhere, it ranks in the 700s, and the girl name gets a few mentions on lists and some celebrity baibes, is kinda trendy, but it’s not in the top 1000 and frankly, it doesn’t seem like most people who seem to love it so much have the guts to actually pull it off 😉 The only thing I’m a bit bummed about is the middle name we’ve chosen for a boy is kind of popular (Elliott) but it has special meaning and it’s just a middle name anyway, so it’s fine. My first baby is due in December and I can’t wait to put one of these names to use!

gimmeacd Says:

August 27th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

I don’t care about a name’s popularity. I think a child would think it’s cool to have another classmate with the same name, rather than having the teacher and others butcher their name for being too unique. I am going to name my child my favorite name because I love it, not because of its popularity.

QueenB Says:

September 2nd, 2012 at 10:02 am

I’ve been in love with Finn for ages but everyone makes fun of that name “like shark fin?” forever so keep my mouth shut but now I can hear Finn everywhere and everyone loves it grrrrr

The other name that means lots to me is Penelope (nn Poppy, my husband’s fav name all time) and yes Kourtney took it and now I stuck with names ;(

BMG Says:

September 5th, 2012 at 5:07 am

I’ll confess to being a long time “Penelope-lover” whose heart sank when I heard the Kardashian announcement and knew that a) it’d rocket in popularity b) people would assume I’d taken inspiration from Kourtney and Scott.

I don’t think that reflects well on me either – I’m obviously more selfish (and snobby?) than I’d care to admit. Either way, Penelope, after being my favourite for about 10 years, is now off the list. 3 months to pick a new name!

June1070 Says:

September 13th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Well BMG, I feel the same way about Penelope, but at least the Kardashian announcement came BEFORE your baby!

Poppaea Says:

September 14th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Lily, my grandma’s name. And Cora, a name I gave my doll a few (ahem) decades ago. For boys, Tobias (thought I discovered it) and Malcolm/Miles/Milo. I think part of the sting is that we all think we’re original and different, and it’s humbling to realize so many other people have the same idea.

ruolan Says:

September 15th, 2012 at 1:13 am


Grandpa names in general: Walter, Leon, Miles

I have to say though, I proved myself to be a true name-ophile by loving the names before they hit the top 100. It’s just a challenge to find the next great name without choosing the next “it” name.

Blairmarie Says:

September 15th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

My Beautiful Grandma’s name is Isabel Grace.Growing up in the Adirondack mt. in upstate NY, I never new another Isabel “Issy” and neither has she. Probly why she never liked it. there were allot of Mary’s and Loretta’s Theresa’s, and Dorthy’s. Now that I’m grown and appreciate what a wonder person she is to have in my life I’d love to name my daughter after her. It’s to bad that her name will be overshadowed by 5 other lil girls in her class with the same name, :(.

AShearer Says:

September 20th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I completely understand posters scoffing at the mini freak-outs some of us have over names we love no longer being unique enough, because, yeah, in the grand scheme of things not many children are in therapy because there were five Matts in their class.

However, growing up as an Amelia who only met maybe one or two others in my whole childhood, and they were never my age or in my school, I really appreciate the feeling of knowing your parents gave you something unique (while at the same time, not being a crazy unknown/unpronouncable name). So personally, it bums me out to see how popular Amelia is becoming, even though obviously I love the name so I’m not surprised that it’s gaining steam.

We named my son Everett in honor of my grandfather (it’s my grandpa’s brother’s name) in 2010, and didn’t tell anyone the name until he was born, and never knew anyone else with it, so it seemed to fit what Amelia had been to me as a child. Then, once he was born Everetts seemed to fly out of the woodwork!!! Our pediatrician, at our first visit, said in all their years as a practice they had never had a single Everett as a patient, and in the SAME WEEK as our son’s birth, there were 2-3 other Everett’s born to the practice! Go figure! 🙂 I’m glad that our choice was not only based on uniqueness, but in honor of my grandfather, because that will make his name special to him no matter how many other Everetts he meets!

My girl picks are shooting up the charts as well, so I’m not going to share them, as I’m due in March and every mention on a blog or site is just going to keep them at the forefront of people’s minds! 🙂

AnaJo Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Isabella is a name that I’ve loved since I was a child. Still planning on using it, but a little saddened that my future daughter might be known as Isabella V. or by some inventive nickname. Such a beautiful name though…

fraukeiser Says:

October 17th, 2012 at 12:27 am

I am terribly annoyed by the recent popularity of June. She has just been making leaps and bounds in popularity!

The other names I have planned — Augustus, Maude — have remained steadily above the 700s, but June is skyrocketing from out of nowhere!

ap123 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 8:53 pm

I’m so paranoid about this that I have crossed names off my list as soon as I hear that a celebrity uses one, simply because of the chance that they might get popular. Violet was my #1 for years – until Violet Affleck came along. Ruby then moved up from #2 – only to be followed by Tobey Maguire’s daughter a year later. I get wary when a name reaches the top 200, and boys’ names are even harder because I love some that have made such leaps!

Cheele Says:

April 4th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Haha yeah. I’m paranoid. But I think my absolute favorite girls’ names are good to go. And I predict they will for a good while. Maybe even forever. Boys’ names… not so much. There’s one I’m especially worried about just because when I first thought of it, I thought it was NO where to be seen. Started checking stats, and “oh noooo!”. It’s in the 600’s and rising. I think it will stop though. But, like someone else said, it’s just not as important for the boys to be unique for some reason.. A have a couple of classic favorites in the top 150, but it doesn’t bother me.

Tbh, I don’t really much care for the top 100 girls names AT ALL. There’s a few just below the top 100 that I like, but I don’t predict them getting any higher, so I’m good.

Tiggerian Says:

April 9th, 2013 at 2:35 am

I named my eldest Tristan – checked all the list and it wasn’t on it, but then the lists from the year he was born came and there it was! In the top 50… Gutted! (before I lived in the UK)

I’d loved our youngests name, Noah, for years too and checked the lists. It was there but not too popular – it had been #1 in my native country for some years, but the fact it wasn’t too popular in the UK meant I felt it was usable.. well! 2 years on and its #15… urgh!

Hayley88 Says:

May 12th, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Arthur (no.68 in the UK). I was so disappointed to find it was becoming so popular. Ditto with Matilda. Bit concerned that Aurelia is also on the up.

gailk Says:

August 5th, 2013 at 11:23 am

I was so upset when the royal baby was named george… That was my favorite guy’s name at that point

explorach1 Says:

September 1st, 2013 at 7:50 am

We named our son Quinn in 2011. I love this name for boys, and wouldn’t mind it growing in popularity, *for boys!* The fact that it is now so popular with girls is very disappointing! However, we love his name, and wouldn’t change it no matter what!

pattyanniee Says:

September 28th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

So sad to see Lily, Abigail and Emma among the tops, because I love all those names. I’ve always pictured my future children being the only one in their class with that name, so I may have to look elsewhere for less-common names.

Stellabellablue822 Says:

October 18th, 2013 at 2:01 am

I have been hording the name Declan for over 10 years when I first met a boy in high school with the name. My other boy names were Sage and Lavin. Which are still rather uncommon, but not really my tastes anymore. Ten years ago, I always wanted to name my daughter Bella-Louise (Yes, her hyphenated first name). Bella is totally out. Louise is still in the running for a middle name some where down the road. My Daughter is almost 2 and her Name is Cora Jean Valentina. I haven’t ran into another baby/toddler Cora, But people tell me all the time that they know a So-and-so with a Cora. Each one of her names is very special and comes from family lines. Cora will be having a baby sister in a few weeks. Her name is Daphne Helaina (Hel-AY-na), fortunately Daphne is still in the 400’s in ranking and isn’t all that common either. 🙂

eperdument Says:

January 19th, 2014 at 4:14 pm


To harp on: To repeatedly and boringly speak about a topic. To complain about something many times.
Also the last name of a most vehemently despised Prime Minister of Canada. He renamed the government of Canada to be called the Harper Government. He’s a complete ego maniac, and he’d love that you’re naming your daughters after him.

kmdharrington Says:

March 2nd, 2014 at 6:51 pm

i hate to see Aria rise on nameberry. i hope it doesn’t become too popular by the time in the next 15 or so years

mLbrooker Says:

May 10th, 2014 at 4:05 pm

For the most part I’m willing to use a name as long as it’s not in the top 50 but the surges in popularity for Ruby, Nora, and Lila devastated me.

rolwell Says:

June 5th, 2014 at 11:15 am

I’ve always loved the name James, but it’s such a constant in the popularity charts that I wouldn’t want to use it.

actingfun Says:

September 18th, 2015 at 2:37 pm

I’ve loved the name Jayden as long as I can remember (which is age 2). Now it’s considered “tacky” or “trendy.” Piper is climbing up the popularity charts, and now it’s at #75. Other names that aren’t too popular now but are clearly trending are Ainsley and Ashlyn. Ashlyn will probably make it to at LEAST the top 50, while I still have hope for Ainsley! I also really love Ava and Anna, which have been continually popular for a while now. For those, I find rarer names that have those as nicknames, such as Avila and Anastasia.

deusvult Says:

July 15th, 2017 at 2:21 am

Fortunately for me, I have a strange taste in girl’s names (Wednesday, anybody? What about Electra, Ithaca, Quinta or Thomasin?), and for boys my favourites are so old some are almost obscure. I don’t see Ezekiel, Isaiah, Leo, Lysander, Malachi or Otto all moving a lot, though some of them might. (Those aren’t even the most obscure on my list. What about Ichabod or Tiberius? Even I’m not that cruel!)

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