Question of the Week: What was I thinking?

Yes, that’s the question of the week:

Is there a name that you were seriously considering for your child that you now can’t believe you ever contemplated using?

Was it a fleeting idea or did it remain high on your list?

So what were you thinking?

And what got you to come to your senses?

Care to share?



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TinaBina Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 1:25 am

Genesis and Beverly. I was obsessed with those when I was a kid haha I would never consider them now.

dillonsfan01 Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 1:32 am

I would feel very sorry for my children if I had them as a teenager. I loved the name Shailene and I would not even consider that now. I also loved the name Isabella Rose, which is still beautiful but there could have been three girls in her classroom with that exact name, it could not be more common.

Poppy528 Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 1:53 am

I loved the name Jordana and Domenique so I mushed them together into one glorious name.


catmcroy Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 1:56 am

My daughter almost ended up a Stevie (instead of Stephanie, which she ended up with). 10 years later, I’m glad I went for the long version of the name as she has used every single nickname possible for Stephanie BUT Stevie LOL

AmandaJordan Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 2:25 am

I don’t personally have a name story like this but my 4 year old does! She is currently in absolute love with the name “Rainbow Dash”, which she came up with all by herself and is exceedingly proud of. It’s a good thing 4 year old children don’t name babies. 😉

arreisenlaluz9 Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 2:54 am

@AmandaJordan: Rainbow Dash is the name of a pony on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. She is the coolest pony, so I commend your daughter’s taste. It could be worst. It could be Twilight Sparkle or Fluttershy or Pinkie Pie!

I’ve never loved a bad name, personally! :]

danahc Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 5:39 am

Sapphire. I think I read a post about gem names. A few ppl on a baby names board said how it made them think of a stripper. I still think it’s a cool name, but I don’t think Sapphire LN, Attorney at Law or Dr. Sapphire LN sounds all that great.

shellezbellez Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 5:40 am

As a teenager in the early 90s I loved names like Danielle, Chelsea, Roxie, and Caitlyn (before the Caitlyn craze). I was also on a Western kick and obsessed with the names from [i]Young Guns[/i] and [i]Young Riders[/i], so I had Cody, Dakota, Jesse, Ike, and Lou(ise) at the top of my list. I also had a thing for the name “Treasure” for awhile. Others–Samantha Josephine wasn’t so bad, but her twin was slated to be “Josephine Samantha.” Yeah. Pretty terrible! (Neither name is bad, actually, but the idea of reversing them like that…shudder!) I also really adored super-exotic names like Parvaneh and Raizel. I think I’ve been a fan of the “Beyond…” name books since the very first edition was published, so I’ve been at this awhile! (They saved my unborn children from the S-J / J-S combo I was planning, lol.)

pam Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 8:22 am

AmandaJordan, when I was expecting my third, my older son, aged almost four, tried to insist we name his little brother Rainbow Boy!

LadyCap Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 9:20 am

My brother and I really wanted my mother to name my little sister Ernestine because we saw it on Sesame Street (Ernie’s niece). Thank god Mom went with Jamie.

namelover12 Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 9:37 am

I used to love the names Kaitlyn (EEWW), Liam (its alright but too popular!), Ginger(??????) and Vaughn (nice name i just dont like it anymore)

vanessaaball Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 9:38 am

@AmandaJordan, at age 4 I actually did name my sister and it is a name from a cartoon; Jerica. She gets a lot compliments on her name and she always credits me. it’s a good thing my parents didn’t go with my other suggestion; Rainbow Bright.

If I had my first choice, my 3 year old would be Karrick, which is a fine name just not HIS name. And here in the midwest, where everyone likes to dress the same, drive the same car, and name their kids versions of the same names, Karrick was not going over very well. I don’t know if it’s an accent issue, but i had to repeat it several times when sharing it with friends and family. Plus my husband gave a firm VETO, we compromised and came up with a perfect name finally.

chelseamae Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 10:18 am

I had this weird obession with the name Nava Dean (my father is Dean) when I was in middle school. My mom STILL teases me about it!! Some other ones I love was Melody and Harmony for twins… thank god I wasn’t a teen mom!!!

If I would have came out a boy my mom would have fought to name me Teddy, even though in the long run I would have been Dean Jr.

My mother’s name is Carrie, but if she was a boy she would have been Charlie and she always wished that she would have been named Charlie anyways!

saraallison Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 10:29 am

As an avid Brady Bunch rerun watcher in my childhood, I adored the name Cindy. Several dolls received this name over the course of a few years. On the subject of children naming younger sibs: my 4 yr old wants to name our expected baby girl Spidergirl, Detective Girl, or Secret Agent Girl. Ha. The only reasonable suggestion he has made is Madeline but he insists her middle name must be Madlenka!

klcalder2 Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 11:00 am

Embarrassed about: no. Names I’ve loved that I would now never use: loads. Most of them just have to do with associations, but I wouldn’t say I’m embarrassed to have loved them. Like Devin on a little boy. Not my speed now, but it’s still a cute name.

Really, it’s mostly boys names and they’re all names I’d picture on a ‘bro’. You know, popped color, beer in a red solo cup, talking up how awesome they are at any 360 shooter game. Yeah, that kind of a guy. Then boys names on girls. That love passed quickly, though.

Lola Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 11:13 am

I’m so glad I had boys when I was 19! If they’d been girls, they probably would have been Sappho & Xanthe. I was obsessed with those names when I was pregnant with the boys. I still like Xanthe but Sappho? Not so much. Xanthe actually went on the list for Josephine and had she been born fair haired like Simon she’d have been Xanthe. As is, dark curls made her Josie. 😀

Some for boys that got dismissed: Simeon, Tomas, Willem & Nicolas. Tomas & Willem are still middle material for us but Simeon’s too close to Simon & Nicolas, too common.

tcandelaria Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 11:20 am

We seriously considered Cicada for a while. I still like it, with Cady for a nickname. However, I doubt a little girl would appreciate being named after a bug!

Titus245Mama Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

If I had been a boy, I would have been Austin, so growing up, I always thought that I would name my first son Austin. By the time I got around to having my own babies, Austin seemed to be the ubiquitous bratty kid name (not to mention all the less-than-noble namesakes), so it had to go.

CaliRN4kids Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 1:43 pm

When I was pregnant with my son, one of the names both my husband & I loved was Liam. My ex-husband’s name is William, but always has gone by Bill, so we really didn’t make the connection until I found this site & saw that it was a short form of William. I immediately shuddered & informed my husband. The connection was so obvious that we missed it entirely. We both still love the name, but to name our child after my ex would be terrible!! So we took the name that my brother was going to name my niece had she been a boy since they were done with kids, a cool and unusual way to honor him I think. I love all the stories about kids “naming” their sibs – I cared for a little boy that went by Nemo (technically his MN) cuz his brother loved Nemo & wanted to name him that, so his mom compromised & placed it as the MN, but that was his NN. Cute! My best friend’s coworker’s name is Sunshine – WHAT were THEY thinking??!!

AmandaJordan Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Oh! It’s a my little pony? She isn’t really into that so I am surprised that she knew of that name! Ha. So funny…probably heard it from her older cousin. 🙂

Nyx Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I can remember loving the name Cinnamon Teal… but not for a child, for myself! I was so young that naming a child was a far-off thing, but creating a new name for me was something much more immediate. Glad I never tried to get anybody to use it!

mjeezy13 Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

At first, I really wanted our daughter to be named Marley. She would have been named for Bob Marley, but I was afraid the younger generation would assume she was named after the dog. Also, I realized I loved the namesake waaaaaaay more than the name itself. So she became Fiona instead, fortunately, because she is so completely a Fiona.

GracePheiffer Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

When I was 14 I thought the most beautiful name for a girl was, wait for it…..

River Treasure

So glad I was not a teen mom.

KickinKay Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

I wanted to name my son and daughter: Violet Rose and Scott Calvin. In other words my favorite flowers and the name of the guy who was Santa on “The Santa Clause”. I still like the same kind of names I liked when I was a teenager. If I had a kid then it wouldn’t be that bad:)

miloowen Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

The only name that I had and discarded was for my son. We were living in Canada and I was feeling very American. I went into labour just before the 4th (he wasn’t due until August) and my husband was leaving to give a concert in Halifax…we joked that he would be born on the 4th while my husband was away. I said if he were, I would name him George (Washington) Thomas (Jefferson) Benjamin (Franklin). Well, he was born when my husband was in Halifax, but not on the 4th, and he only got Thomas out of the deal….My sister was adamant that if her first was a boy he would be Rurik (the first tsar)…we were appalled. Can you imagine saying Rurik when you are three or five? Fortunately, after he was born, he looked like a Peter, so that is his name (even though it is another tsar).

thetxbelle Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

@vanessaaball did you name her after Jem and the Holograms!? Thats too funny. I have always wanted to name a fish Jerrica Benton aka Jem

Sarony Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Had I been a teen mother my child would have been named Remington (Remy) if he was a boy, and Skyler or Oliviana if she was a girl. I am sure my future children will thank me for changing my mind…especially the girls.

BritishAmerican Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

So I’m glad my husband didn’t go for my suggestion of Ember for our daughter in 2005.

And whilst I still think Maisie is cute, I’m glad we gave our daughter a less ‘cutesy’ name in the end too.

By the time we got to our two boys I only had good suggestions! 😛

d_ford Says:

December 14th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

In my late teens/early twenties, I was obsessed with the names Fox (after Fox Mulder) and Christian (Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge) for boys and Mercedes (ANTM contestant) and Angelina (obvs) for girls. I’m not embarrassed about them but thank goodness I never had kids then! Now my tastes run more classical.

LucyKate219 Says:

December 15th, 2011 at 12:31 am

I have to say, I am a little offended by all the “Glad I wasn’t a teen mom” comments.

I was a teen mom (although I’m in my early twenties now)and I definitely don’t think age is a factor in poor naming.

My girls are named Elena and Violet. Elena was never going to be called anything different, from the moment we found out she was a girl she was Elena.

Violet was completely different. I considered Aubrey, AnnaLynne, Milla, Sonet and Lillian for her. Nothing hugely wrong with any of those, just not HER name. Looking back, I feel that Aubrey and AnnaLynne were particularly uninspired. What was I thinking!

pam Says:

December 15th, 2011 at 12:36 am

LucyKate, so sorry you were offended by the Teen Mom comments! It’s true, Teen Mom has become shorthand for lots of negative qualities which is unfair stereotyping. And you’re absolutely right, poor naming is an equal opportunity offense!

IndianRuby Says:

December 15th, 2011 at 2:39 am

When I was about 11 or 12 I was obsessed with Mandolin for a girl… Although I think I kind of wanted to spell it Mandolynn or Mandalynn. I had no grasp of what I was doing name wise. Luckily I didn’t have kids back before I discovered name forums or I’d be regretting it now.

LucyKate – Elena and Violet are beautiful! I love Elena <3

MorganaLeFaye Says:

December 15th, 2011 at 11:09 am

I’ve just found an old list of mine from when I was about 10 (I’m only 14 now) and I am shocked and appalled by some of the names on it! Some of them I just don’t understand at all now- Jessalyn, Skylah, Nevaeh (!), Wynter- and some of them are just not my style any more- Jenna, Serenity, Alyssa, Brianna. However, there are a few exceptions. Evelina is on there, which doesn’t seem to fit in with the others at all, and one of my current favourites, Emmeline, is there too. Also, I wouldn’t mind Wynter if it was spelled Winter.

Thankfully, Nameberry rescued me from these names. But really, Nevaeh. What was I thinking?

Nyx Says:

December 15th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

@LucyKate219 – Please don’t take the Teen Mom comments personally. I think that what most people are saying is that while they were younger, their tastes were wildly different from where they are at now. For them, those differences equaled a poor naming choice.

That being said, I think that the majority of them might have made a different pick if the Teen Mom scenario actually came about. It’s a LOT different picking out fun names that you love and actually thinking about a name that YOUR child will have to wear for the rest of THEIR life. Also, don’t forget all of the input you receive (not that it’s necessarily wanted) on all aspects of your pregnancy and future baby… regardless of age!

sweetennui Says:

December 15th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Oh wow, I love the names you all have listed! Hilarious stuff! When I was little, I loved the name Jubilee. I also took names from my favorite soap opera: Corvina (nickname Cori), Kelsey, and Kendall Michelle. As a teenager, I saw the name Teioney in the birth announcements and loved it even though I had no idea how it would be pronounced. If I’d had a baby girl when my husband and I first began dating, her name would have been Bonnie (after Bonnie Parker) or Avalon.

emilymaryjane Says:

December 16th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I don’t have any strange name stories but apparently my sister who was six at the time wanted to call me Fairy Ruby and when she was eight when my second youngest sister was born my mum and dad kinda gave in and Ruby is her middle name

Valkyrie Says:

December 23rd, 2011 at 6:28 pm

When I was in high school, I was dead set on naming a daughter Xanadu. (like the Olivia Newton-John song) Can’t say I’d go with it nowadaysl it’s purely GP only.

plainname Says:

December 29th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

When I was about ten, I wished that my mom had named me Nicole. Now, looking back, I’m like, wow.

emilymaryjane Says:

December 31st, 2011 at 11:59 pm

When I was younger I wanted to call a child Princess but spelt Prynciess AAAAAHHHH

dovah Says:

September 21st, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I don’t remember ever liking names that I wouldn’t like now, but my cousin (same age as me) always told me she would name her daughter Destiny. Even up until we were in high school. She recently had her first child, and when she was deciding names early in the pregnancy, I asked her if she was using Destiny as her girl name. She laughed at me like I was crazy. Thank God.

She ended up with a little boy named Owen.

SiaMia Says:

April 12th, 2013 at 8:59 am

Balcony. That’s right…Balcony. For a girl.

When I was a child, all of my dolls were named Balcony, and when I went to the park, when my mom couldnt hear, I would tell other kids that Balcony was my name.
After that, I dreamed of naming my son Jacob Michael (after a cute popular boy in my class of course)

My tastes have changed since then thank God.

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