Strange Love: What’s your craziest name crush?

Over on the message boards, Yael asks: What’s your strangest, craziest name crush?

We love this question — thanks, Yael! — and so we’re opening it to the wider group.

What name do you love that just doesn’t make sense? ย What weird and wonderful name speaks to your heart, even when your mind says no no no?

Can you make any sense of your wacky name crush? ย Or would you just blame baby name craziness?

So tell us: What’s your strangest baby name love, your craziest baby name crush?

Illustration from the wonderful book Love Monster by Rachel Bright.

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jess181 Says:

July 1st, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Lucifer. I love the look and sound of it, but could never use it ๐Ÿ™

jessieo Says:

July 1st, 2014 at 11:08 pm

I have no idea why but I’ve been obsessing with Floy. I’m trying to get it out of my system by using it on my Mum’s dog for a while ๐Ÿ˜›

Orchid_Lover Says:

July 1st, 2014 at 11:11 pm


It’s so…ethereal. And probably way too difficult.

manneniah Says:

July 1st, 2014 at 11:13 pm

I love Traffic for a girl

lesliemarion Says:

July 1st, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Taffeta. It is too silly and fluffy, but I love love love fabric and taffeta is a rhapsodic sounding word and name. I also love Organza, but ditto the above, plus it sounds like orgasm.

And Cuthbert, which I adore.

rge286 Says:

July 1st, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Agnes, Phaedra, Linus.

britley Says:

July 1st, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Phillipa and Sherlock

SoDallas3 Says:

July 1st, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Probably Wish, it’s so wordy and everything, but I recently read a novel that mentions a character who is know as Wish. It’s incredibly literal and I’d never use it; but I think it’s a cute nickname. I also like really like Valor, Merit and Winter.

lawsonhaley Says:

July 1st, 2014 at 11:42 pm

I have a few, but my worst are Doris, Myrtle, Ethel, Eirlys and Marigold for girls, with Addison, Harper, Percy and Kenneth for boys.

lua Says:

July 1st, 2014 at 11:47 pm

Avenue – I’ve heard of “Ave” being pronounced Avenue before (I think…maybe I’m making this up). I only like the full word version. I know it’s not really a name, but if you forget it’s a type of street and just look at the spelling and sound, then it’s very pretty

PenelopeAnn Says:

July 1st, 2014 at 11:51 pm

Jezebel. I’m not even religious, but the association with the name is enough to totally put me off ever using it. But everything ELSE about it is perfect. It’s got a similar beginning to the ultra-feminine Jessica, with a similar ending to the way-too-popular but still exotically beautiful Isabel. Sprinkle in a zazzy Z and the swirling fun of writing this name in cursive is almost irresistible.

I also have a very strange love of calendar names. June is the only one I can get away with but I also love January, November(nn Nova-how cute?!) and December, as well as Wednesday(Wendy?) and Thursday.

SoDallas3 Says:

July 1st, 2014 at 11:51 pm

Oh and I love Province as well…

indiefendi Says:

July 1st, 2014 at 11:55 pm

Off the top of my head I’d say Rocket and Alabama (though Alabama is actually usable)

halloweengirl Says:

July 1st, 2014 at 11:59 pm

I really like Arrow for a boy, Its a family name on my mums side. But I would probably never use it due to the tv show of the same name.

ImpossibleDream91 Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 12:02 am

For girls: October/November, Ophelia, and Louisiana mostly, and For boys: Artemis, Lysander, Lestat, and Regulus
Who knows though, maybe I could muster enough courage! I do love those names…

KatieSpills Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 12:04 am

Marigold–I just love the nickname option of Goldie! Plus as a Catholic, it has significance to me as a symbol of Mary. I think I might actually use it if I could get my husband on board, but he thinks it’s too out there.

Snow–this one is out of left field for me as I’m not usually drawn to word names. But I just love the sound and simple beauty this name evokes for me.

faithnamer Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 12:09 am

Bo, but the spelling and how feminine it is makes it unusable.

nativoyoung Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 12:16 am

Bernice–I love it SOOOO much, but even I understand why the rest of the world thinks it is ugly.

Lynnsf Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 12:21 am

I love Wolfgang and Remington for a boy.

I do love some of the top 10 girls name and I guess that isn’t crazy, but I couldn’t use a name that popular.

ladyhatshepsut Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 12:28 am

I love Chrysanthemum and Clementina for a girl. Chrysanthemum is way too long and difficult to saddle a person with but I think Clementina could possibly be usable.

I’ve always looooved Balthazar for a boy. To me it sounds strong but kind. DH loves it too. Maybe one day we’ll be brave enough to actually use it.

Myosotis Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 12:33 am


Sherlock (as a first)

Some of the non- seven letter names in that list have a very small chance of becoming middles in a non GP combo. Sherlock is.

PeachyOwl Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 12:42 am

I also love Lucifer for some reason! Not that I would ever use it. I also like Persimmon like the fruit

MauveBird Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 12:52 am

Tulip, I watched a documentary for a charity I worked for and this was the English name for one of the girls in it.
Alaska mainly thanks to the book Looking for Alaska.
Theobold, Theodore is a little to soft sounding for me and I really dislike most Ed-names, so this has the strong feel I like and leads easily to the nn Ted, as for the spelling it just looks more awesome this way and gets rid of the traditional ‘bald’ ending. Don’t know if I’m brave enough to use it.
Everest is another name I really like for no reason other than it sounds awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

AprilRobin Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 12:54 am

I have a few of them actually

Boo- After Monsters Inc
Patience- One of my favorite virtue names
Lovey- It was a character in a book I once read

Garfield- Could never use it because of the cat
Boulder- I think it’s a good strong name but my husband doesn’t like it
Pheonix- Same reason as Boulder

EmiTheDuckling Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 12:54 am

Plum! I loveee Plum for a girl, and Darling!

I don’t really have crazy boy name crushes… I guess Bodhi could be one, because when it is said with a southern accent (all of my family is from Texas) sounds like “Booty”

EmiTheDuckling Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 12:55 am

Oh! After reading comments, Q/Que is one of my boy crushes because of Paper Towns!

bookworm26 Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 12:55 am

For girls:

I love all those names but I don’t know how people would react to Elspeth, Poet, and Story..I worry their a little to “out there”. And with Lennox, I’ve loved it on a girl after I saw it used by a girl on a tv show, but I know most people associate it as a boy’s name.

For boys:
Cain- I can’t get over the bad association in the Bible, so I won’t ever use it, but I love the way it sounds
Caspar- I like the name, but I always think of Caspar the friendly ghost and so does everyone else I mention the name to
Gaylen- Love the sound, but I would worry about my future child getting teased over the the word “gay” in the name
Lysander- I love this name and the Shakespeare book “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, but it’s so “out there” and people will probably always associate it with the book
Magnus- Love love love Magnus! I just worry it won’t be perceived very well.

AllisonMY Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 1:05 am

I’ve loved the name Angus for as long as I can remember, but nobody else does. ๐Ÿ˜‰ For a girl, I think Acacia (a-KAY-sha) is just about the most euphoric, melodious name I’ve ever heard, but it was too “out there” for my husband. I also love Amity for a girl but couldn’t get past the whole Amityville Horror thing. ๐Ÿ™

Nooshi Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 1:07 am

Romulus- I would definitely use this, if he wasn’t the nasty twin.
Fisher- Except it would be unfortunate if they became a vegetarian, so that is out.
Lemony- as in Lemony Snickets. Now that I think of it, Lemony Snickets sounds like a biscuit.
Finch- Not because of Atticus Finch or anything. I just like it.

Niobe- Considering the Niobe of Greek myth was turned to stone, maybe not the best choice.
Thaรฏs- I love it, but it is too difficult.
Santa- Sigh. If it weren’t for Santa Claus, I would use this in a heartbeat.

Sorceress Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 1:10 am

Briseida, Melusina, Griselda, Psyche, Clothilde, Ottilina, Amelina…

potofgold Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 1:40 am

Piper – it is everything I dislike in a name. It’s trendy (though I think this might only be in the US, I’m not sure about here in the UK), it’s a surname name, it’s an occupation name. I shouldn’t like it, but I do. I don’t even know why I like it, it just has a sweet sound.

Sarabi Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 1:59 am

Totally agree on the Lucifer front. How I wish it were usable.

Noetje Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 2:01 am

I too love Lucifer. Just think of it… Damien Lucifer. It sounds perfect!!!

Other than that my name choices arenโ€™t that out of the ordinary. Thorin, Tinuviel, Artemis, Beren, Balthazar, Melchior, Saga, Ambrosia.

WarpedBritt Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 2:12 am

Probably Narcissa

Chloejonesx Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 2:30 am

I love the name Quincy for a girl, it’s one of my really really guilty pleasures! I love it but where I’m from there’s so many basic names like Amelia, Isla, Lilly and no Quincy’s! Haha

mountainsky Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 2:32 am

Arachne. Oona. Zephyr.

CheshireKat Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 2:33 am

Paella – I really love it but it’s a well-known seafood dish
Castella – I thought I invented this but then it turns out it is also the name of a type of cake. What is it with me and names of food?
Arsinoรซ – I love it but it has a very unfortunate first syllable

Sherlock – I really love it but there’s no way I’d be brave enough to use it
Somerset – I don’t know why I love it, it seems quite feminine, but i think it would work really well on a boy

freya55 Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 3:05 am

Its funny reading lists like this- one person’s crazy crush is another person’s legitimate favourite! My crazy crush is Memphis for a girl. I love it, but i know its a bit trashy at the same time ๐Ÿ™‚

Ynnig Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 3:18 am

Atlas – I love that it’s literally a worldview!

For girls I’ve always had a major crush on Raven.

Vespertinerose Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 4:45 am

I’m Christian not Catholic, so I do not celebrate or pray to any saints, but I really really have an infatuation with the names Eustolia, Apolline, and Candelaria.

Also, I really like Audefleda (O-da-fled-ah), meaning is Noble Beauty, the Old English Spelling Flaeda (Fleda) would be a great nickname besides Oda, but it is a word name and slightly complicated at that, but I still LOVE this name.

Hortensia ,I simply LOVE this beautiful name setting aside it’s WHORE association. It’s meaning, Of the Garden, is the best meaning ever since I am a nature lover and gardening is one of my favorite hobbies besides reading.

Boris, even though it has the harsh sound and the Boris Karloff associations.

Morvoren, even though mermaids do not exactly have the best or kindest folklore image, Disney really sweetened and softened the image significantly, but the name is unusual enough that it would raise some eyebrows that and it being the Cornish spelling which is to say aesthetically more appealing than the popular Gothic Victorian Welsh spelling, Morforwyn .

Adelrune, meaning is Noble Secrete, and even though secrete(s) have a tainted image and it is a word name, I still love this word name. It could easily be shoved into the Adventure, Hope, Grace, Temperance, Ransom and Rumor category, but the affection for the name is still the same.

Granville and Beresford, I love these two very masculine names, even though they are known today as Chic five star hotels and street names on the Posh side of Cities/Towns. They have oodles of nicknames to boot, which helps sell it a little bit more than than street signs. I’d place them in the mass produced name/product category such as Nike/Valentino/Ford ect.. .

Elina Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 5:02 am

Hmm, Sherlock, Adric and Remus for boys. For girls, I’ll say Artemis and Ireland.

livia Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 5:15 am

Girls: Reverie, Valeska, Ottilie, Anais
Boys: Cobalt, Lucifer, Ignatius, Penrose, Paris, Theon, Hadrian

Abby Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 5:30 am

Veruca, as in the bratty rich girl from Willy Wonka + the Chocolate Factory. Totally unwearable – it means wart! – but oh, I do love the sound.

Caradoc for a boy, with the nn Cary.

Avalon, but probably only as a mn …

jessamine13 Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 5:36 am

Indiana for a girl. I just read a book with a main character named Indiana, and I just really like this name, but it’s too out there for my husband.

kmdharrington Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 5:54 am


Mollydolally Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 6:22 am

I really like Cashmere for a girl.

BlueEyes26 Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 6:36 am



SeaZuno86 Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 6:47 am

For girls Hedwig and Electra ( love the meaning of Electra but reminds me too much of Carmen Electra).

For boys Wolfgang and Ransom.

marisarose Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 6:56 am

Gwendolyn nn Wendy (but I can’t imagine actually using it)
Lyra (liar ….)
Epifania nn Eppie (my great aunt)
Bomina nn Bo (my great grandmother)

Oliander (sounds too feminine to me for a boy, but too masculine for a girl)
Caspian (love it, and one of my best friends used it for her son)
Remmington (I knew a boy with this name who went by Remy)

jessiemay Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 7:29 am

Girls: Boheme, Bastille, Fox, Rocket, Poet, Salem, Valentine, Sirocco, Haven, Reverie, Evanthe, Peaches, Adalita, Tuesday, Lux, Vespertine, Halo
Boys: Valor, Fleet, Bravery, Lazarus, Alyosha, Brahms, Astala, Styx, Crusoe, Wolf, Shepard, Kodiak, Savage, Briggs

But just because they’re a bit out there doesn’t mean I won’t use them! ๐Ÿ˜‰

PS @SoDallas3 my baby brother’s nickname is Wish from Aloysius ๐Ÿ™‚

Knelli Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 7:39 am

For girls:
Elphie – as a nn, thanks to Wicked.
Clarke – I never thought of this as a girls name till I watched The 100, and now I love it!

For boys:
Lucifer – Obviously
Castiel – I LOVE this name, but I dont want to look like a crazy fangirl
Rider/Jett/Wilder/ect ect – I LOVE these kinds of names, but I cant imagine using any of them… Maybe as a middle name?

petalpusher Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 7:47 am

Sundry-for a boy, from the “Moosepath League Series” by Van Reid

Eglantine-for a girl, can’t quite explain why I even like this name…

queenalynna Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 7:49 am

Gypsy – I love how it sounds (mysterious, daring), and I often wish I could live a gypsy-ish lifestyle (travel, adventure…)
Caveat – Yeah, I know it’s a word that means “warning”, but listen to it… Cah-vee-aht – doesn’t that sound great?

kmd427 Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 8:01 am

Kingston….. I heard someone say it recently at the grocery store and for the first time it actually sounded really cute! Plus my husband and I went to Jamaica on our honeymoon!

Frankie Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 8:17 am

Mine are up here already: Hedwig and Piper. The first will forever be tied to the owl in all its clunky whimsical beauty, and the latter is sadly far too popular to fit with my other kids’ names. It’s really a pity because they’re great names and I love them so much.

AnnoyedAnna Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 8:24 am

Robin-for a boy.I could never use it because a Robin would be assumed to be a girl,and Robin Thicke is not exactly the best namesake there ever was.
Andrea-I probably could use it,it`s just kind of boring,but i love the sound of it.

jenfrank Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 8:31 am

Tennille for a girl. Yes, as in the Captain and Tennille. People think I am nuts but I love it.

tiberiuskirkwood Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 8:35 am



Hokiefries Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 9:10 am

My Husband is obsessed with Pippalotta. Which isn’t sooo terrible but it’s just not common enough for it to even be quirky.

BellaTheWriter Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 9:19 am


chi1127 Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 9:24 am



I’m sure there are more. I just can’t think of them right now. I tend to try to forget them

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 9:35 am

I feel like this blog was made for me! I love strange names that probably can’t be used. I have the feeling people don’t believe me, but I am telling the truth when I comment to say I love a strange name. For girls I love Rainbow, Flower, Happy, Sunshine, Petal, Wisdom, Alizabeth, Alivia, Tulip, Blossom, Strawberry, Fatima and Gryffin. Seriously though, Gryffin should have a girl page. It sounds like a unisex name to me. Phoenix is my favourite girl name. For boys I like Rocket, Zailey, Blade, Ashley, Addison, Allison, Courtney, Power, Sasha, Whistler, Wheeler, Carver and Princeton. My favourite boy name is Jaxon. I am not kidding at all. I would love to talk about this more. : )

iolite Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 9:38 am

These are names I like the sound of and don’t really know why, and others I love but could never use because I don’t think they’d be accepted where I live. I have so many!


SuperZombieMom Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 9:53 am

Another for Lucifer here. The name is beautiful to me. I’m not religious but I live in a very religious area so I could never use it. I also love Judas and Alucard.

cmhinken Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 10:01 am

Ugh I have so many! I think I have a soft spot for the occupational names for boys; Calder, Wilder, Porter, all great middle names but hard to get my fam on board for a first name. I also lovee French names on boys ie Hugo, Guillaume, Pier, but those don’t work well in Spanish. I also love Taleisin, Marlowe and Radley.

My girls list is less categorical. Azalea and magnolia, I love Jubilee and Calais, and I also read in a book somewhere a character named Ruby Hummingbird and I loved it but that’s a little too out there to use

Mischa Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 10:05 am

If I had twin girls at this moment (now that would be a miracle!) they would be called Loveday and Marigold. I think they just look and sound perfect together. Lovey and Goldie.

joel613 Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 10:18 am

For a boy: Obadiah-I’ve always loved it but no one nowadays would call him by his full name and what are the options for a nickname? Obie?-That’s either a theatre award of a feminine napkin! Bad. Odie?-That’s a dog or short for overdose! Even worse! I’d still use it for a middle though.

For a girl: ZaSu-The father of actress ZaSu Pitts took the last letters of his one sister Eliza’s name and the beginning two of his other sister, Susan and invented this quirky name. Loved her and love the name but even her studio had her do a short to teach the public how to say it properly (Say-Zoo) what chance would a kid today have?

Euphemia-It drips Southern Gothic charm but it would be tough even in these varied name times to carry on the playground.
Muriel-I can practically hear the mah jongg tiles but I think this is lovely and lyrical, it might take one more generation for it to come back though.

miloowen Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 10:24 am

I think some of my Brewster family genealogy names would fit this bill. I love them but I’d never use them, except on a character. A few I really, really like:

Boys: Love, Wrestling, Dwell, Comfort, Freedom, Union (In fact, I just bequeathed “Dwell” to a client of mine.)

Girls: Hopestill, Solace, Silence, Constant, Amity, Mercy

skyblue6604 Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 10:45 am



I love these names but I can’t see myself naming one of my babies this…..

mill1020 Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 10:55 am

I’m not a crazy-names kind of gal, but I do kind of love Orleanna (made up by Barbara Kingsolver, I think).

peach25 Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 11:03 am


marypoppins Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 11:12 am

I have a total crush on the name ELVIS. But yeah, never gonna happen.

Someone mentioned Icarus above – I actually know a 3 year old called Ikarus! And a Hedwig (though she’s in her 60s).

jamynn Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 11:15 am

I have always liked Primrose and Crispin. They’re not really my style, but they’re unique. I wouldn’t use them, though.

aranciaincinta Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 11:18 am

Azalea Hatfield, nn Hattie (Hatfield is my grandma’s maiden name) … but alas, DH doesn’t like it, and I also worry about saddling a child with two rarer names at once. Sigh.

And for boys and girls alike, a whole slew of names that begin or end in “S.” Our last name starts with S, and for me it’s either too much alliteration or the first and last names run together to much. And what if our child were to have a lisp??? Just can’t do it. So no Seamus, Sebastian, Siena, or Sofia for me ๐Ÿ™

NaomiNY Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 11:25 am

My name crushes:


benotnormal Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 11:35 am

Probably cheesy but:


I would use them as firsts if I had a nerdy spouse like me who loved them just as much as I do.

kitchi1 Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 11:40 am

I love Rumor (g) and Lucifer (b).

Lucifer looks and sounds so beautiful, but I would never give this name to a child!

Rumor sounds super cute, and I love it. Roomie is a cute nickname, too. However, I wouldn’t be able to use it because a rumor isn’t really something you’d want to be named after.

Many names that people think are “weird” or “unusable” I love, and would use. Such as Wednesday, Gertrude, Gladys, Clementine, Story, etc. etc.

mckaylalove Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 11:43 am

Tiberius. The thing is, I can see myself using it, so I don’t think it can be classed as simply a name crush anymore.

Oakly24 Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 11:44 am

Kavanaugh, it’s super clumsy and huge for a little kid but for some reason I love it!

Nell_Johnsonx Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 11:46 am

Fanny and Adolphus.

Fanny sounds so delicate, playful and vintage to me, but alas it’s slang for butt in the U.S. and for vagina here in the UK.
Adolphus I just love the meaning of ‘Noble Wolf’ but I fear it’s too close to Adolf to ever actually use.

rainierloner Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 11:51 am

Wolf is a name I have loved for a very long time now but I don’t think I could ever use it as an actual name…

mermuse Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 12:22 pm

I’m known to friends for being wild about using names that others would never dare. But, there are some that even I wouldn’t dare (or would I?)!

Girls: Taffeta, Iolanthe, Iridot, Clover, Cricket, Loveday, Laragh, Strawberry, Yvaine, Jonquil, Pelagia, Bettina, Athaliah, Xaviera, Zivanka

Boys: Wolfgang, Llewellyn, Laurie, Stanhope, Taliesin, Cordovan, Hawthorne, Dash, Swithin, Ace

aunt_ning Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 12:43 pm

For boys I love Word names, like Canyon, Cyrus and Wilder.
But can never use them, Canyon people would say is too out there, and I am a big fan of Billy Ray Cyrus and Laura Ingalls Wilder so people would assume that is where their names came from (and they would be half right)

Girls, I like boy names for and boys I like names that are more feminine today
like Kyle, Bo, Ryan for girls and Addison, Ashley and Shannon for boys
but Won’t use them because I don’t like confusion when it comes to names

I also love Literary names like
Hemmingway, Frost, Sherlock, Harry, Eloise, Hermione and Cuthbert (Marillas last name from Anne of Green Gables)

Old hollywood names like
Gable and Wayne

And names like
Jethro and Juniper and Avery, Azalea, Malone, Bailor

Lissie_Love Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 12:59 pm

If I ever had twins girls, I would absolutely love to name them Solstice and Sonnet. Both are beautiful word names with nice meanings but my family finds the names a little too out-there

mars Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Hermione. But I would use it in a heartbeat if I thought I could get away with it.
Gertrude always gets used as an example of a terrible/ugly name but I actually kind of like it.

Quinn is kind of this for me, I know it’s actually quite popular but it’s very different to my usual style, I just really like the sound of it for some reason.

unicornluvgirl Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 1:26 pm

I love Love! It’s so cute for a middle name.

meyera4 Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Hilda. I don’t know why because it’s not necessarily pretty, but I love the idea of a little Hildie.

withinreason Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I have my hopelessly clunky-but-almost-hipster-cool name crushes:

Lazarus (I would maybe use this in real life:)

Out-there nature names:
Magnolia (Nolie for short)
Sparrow (for a girl)

Word/Idea names I adore:

Orchid_Lover Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 2:33 pm

For boys, Almanzo, Amadeus, and Slate. And Indigo, although I want to think that is usable.

fairchild Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Gertrude. A definite old lady name, usually found on lists of names that will never come back, but I like it. I even like Gertie and Trudy.
Theophilus. A bit much maybe, but great meaning and great nickname “Theo”.

samtay Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Lennon (family aren’t huge beatles fans)
Sebastian (I always picture the crab from TLM)
Lucifer (obvious reasons)
Jaxon (yooneek spelling)

Saoirse (love the name but i don’t think it would work well)
Persephone (too mythological?)
Margaux (love the name but i don’t like any of the spellings)
Hermione (my daughter would sadly not be a British wizard)

arabella77 Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 3:12 pm

For boys, Hazard and Pilot. I read a book with a cute little boy named Hazard in it, and I’ve loved it ever since, but it’s really out there and doesn’t have the best meaning. Pilot is just wacky, but I still think it’s adorable. For girls, I second Jezebel. It’s absolutely beautiful, but the Biblical association kills it. I have the same problem with Delilah, but to a much lesser degree.

MillieMM Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Rudolph, isn’t he gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜€

caroblaise Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Crushing on Sunshine. WHY?!?!

katelet Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 3:49 pm

I love the name Poet for a girl, and Arctic for a boy.

senseandsensibility Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 5:08 pm

My GP is Provence. My big crush is Gaynor. Love Taran and Vega.
Also crushing on Lavender, Endellion, Melisent, Yazmin and Solstice.

megawatt Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Hermione, Alaska, Augustus and Sirius–characters from my favorite books!

Candler Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 5:41 pm


Why? I have no idea…

franklyjennifer Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 5:42 pm

I love the name Scorpius after hearing it in Harry Potter. I would never use it on my kid though so maybe a future pet?

cgwaltney Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Rufus and Ursula!

MissTrash Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Phoenix – I would LOVE to use this but I’m not sure I have the guts to use it as a fn.
Marley – I just think it’s too much for a big Bob fan.
River – Just a little too hippie maybe?

Nala – Loved this name forever. But it’s just so Disney.
Padme – Love the sound but couldn’t do that to my daughter.
Tigerlily – Again… Disney.
Selah – Love this name but everyone will think she’s called Sailor unless they see it written down.
Nymeria – Game of thrones :/
Lupe – Loopy Lupe??

Zoey_Walker53 Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 6:14 pm

I consider myself a bit if an ‘out there’ and ‘hippie’ namer, but there are some names, my guilty pleasures, that I feel would be far too much for my future little one. These are them:

Willoughby ‘Will’,
Julius ‘Jules’,

Celestia ‘Celes’,
Primrose “Posey”,
Sunflower “Sunni”,
Zinnia ‘Zinnie’,
Theodora “Teddie”,
Persephone “Persie”,

Zoey_Walker53 Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Oh, I forgot Tigerlily! I’ve been obsessing over Tigerlily for a while now.

Abw0329 Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 6:15 pm



Araminta ๐Ÿ™‚






Magdalena ๐Ÿ™‚



Littlemeg Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 7:15 pm

I love the name “Love” and I always thought that I would use of for a middle name. Unfortunately with my married name I just can’t use it ๐Ÿ™

augusta_lee Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 7:33 pm

I love the name Valkyrie, but it’s definitely out there – plus I worry about potential German nationalist/white supremacist connotations (I’m Jewish). Elektra is gorgeous, but there’s the eponymous complex to think of. Phaedra is one of my most enduring crushes, but she’s hardly a sympathetic character in myth and theater – the wife of Theseus, she falls for his son Hippolytus, setting in motion a chain of events that end in her suicide. Jemima is another great name that’s sunk (at least in the States) by unfortunate associations. Solace is lovely, but tinged by sorrow. Ursula is gorgeous, but there’s the sea witch to consider. Antigone is beautiful, with a strong, prickly sound and a great namesake, but as someone with an oft-mispronounced names, I worry that my daughter will constantly be called Anti Gone. Similarly, mightn’t Thisbe become This Be, Ismay Dismay, and Salome Salami? And Vesper will probably forever be confused with a Vespa.

And then there are the boys. Balthazar, Amadeus, Erasmus, Lucius, Tamerlane, Emrys, Angelo, and Ferdinand are fabulous, but perhaps a little too dramatic for a real-life kid to wear. Ditto Atlas (though he’s an enduring personal Top 10 favorite). And Waldo…well, I might be the only one who sees the appeal of Waldo.

NaomiNY Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Some more:
Delano (from FDR’s name- Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Benedict (I think some people I know will think of Benedict Arnold)
Gunther (too German for my family’s taste)
Julius (I think this would be too heavy a name to give my son, because of Julius Caesar)
Odin (another heavy name, a Norse god)

Kahlan (KAY-lin)

namesage Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 7:37 pm

I think it’s interesting to such such a wide range in what others consider “crazy”. Also NB may have skewed my perspective on names. I see so many names tossed around on forums that seem so perfectly reasonable to me, but that my friends and family would probably freak out about! I’m pretty sure most of them still think names like Clementine and Wren are really “out there”.

Most of my names are what I would consider “quirky”, but not necessarily crazy. A couple that are probably a little too much…

B: Tiberius, nn Tiber
G: Evanescense, nn Evan

Maura Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Irish names

Boys – Caolan, Malachy, Ciaran, Finbar, Ronan, Nathy, Cade, Cillian
Girls – Saoirse, Ceallaigh, Nisha, Caoimhe Eithne, Aoife, Siobhan, Fia

mamabear01 Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 8:19 pm

I don’t really like any crazy names. But my husband does.
He loves:
Galileo (we are so not Italian)
Alistar (like Crowley)
Fernando (all I can think is ABBA)
Ryker (which makes me think of streetfighting video games).

MissusAytch Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 8:45 pm

I feel like half of my name lists qualify as strange loves. Some aren’t necessarily strange on Nameberry, but qualify as wacko for my husband:

Girls: Snow, Jerusalem, Door, Porcelain, Blodwen, Chrysanthemum, Ophelia, Salem, Deliverance (nn Liv), Lux
Boys: Ptolemy, Jericho, Ichabod, Caalyx, Heathcliff, Leonidas, Amadeus, Tarquin, Beowulf

And then there are the ones I love but wouldn’t use because they’re so… the opposite of strange. Particularly Amanda (nn Mandy), Jenny and Angela.

And last but not least my current hard-core name crush, Georgia, which is totally 100% out of the question… because my dog’s name is George. ๐Ÿ™

MaeBear24 Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Pretty much anything from Harry Potter!

Lucius (probably the most usable)

catherineross Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Mine are all for girls: Morning, Novella, Calais, Lux, Fable, Poesy (nn Poe).

Chrisco Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Maud! And Phillip, which is odd because I’ve always disliked it.

miriannco Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Fable, Echo, Wild & Plum

broberry Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 9:33 pm

So many! Some more out there than others.
It’s so interesting to read this thread; one persons crazy is another persons bland.

Sloane – Don’t care, still plan on using it!
Acacia nn Ace
Bryony nn Bryn
Isolde nn Izzy
James – Love this as a girls name.
Liseli (lees-AY-lee) nn Lise – Beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚
Lyra (lie-rah)
Niamh (nee-ehv)
Saoirse (seer-sha)
Tempest – Stripper-name be damned, I love it!
Valkyrie nn Val

Knox – Brad and Angie ruined it for me ๐Ÿ™
Oakley – If only it wasn’t a sportswear brand
Jericho – Afraid of the nn Jerry… ew
Otis – Celebs, please stop using this. It’s getting too popular.
Pascal nn Pax – ‘unit of pressure’ association :/
Sylvester nn Sly
Tycho – I love STEM references, but this one may be a little too out there.

Plain STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) names I love are:
Isaac nn Ike (b) – Sir Isaac Newton
Halley (g) – Edmond Halley (Halley’s Comet)
Nikola (g) – Nikola Tesla
Pascal (b)
Dalton (b)

CharacterNamer Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Bellatrix- I love the whole thing with the stars, and it’s like the best possible combination of Isabella and Beatrix. But Bellatrix Lestrange is basically the worst namesake a child could ever have!
I also must say that Lucifer sounds nice.

strangeasang3ls Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Dorcas, Ebenezer.

Plutophelia Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Camera– I would never use it but it sounds really pretty. Hey, try it yourself. erase all meaning of the word from your memory and then say it aloud. CAMERA.

HayThereJana Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 10:29 pm

I LOVE so much mythological names!

Aphrodite Pollux
Gaia Orion
Harmonia Zeus
Bellatrix Deimos
Artemis Hermes
Calliope Phobos
Hestia Castor
Megaera Remus
Athena Hades
Minerva Jupiter

bee49 Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 10:40 pm


Sodapop (as in The Outsiders)

Pawlo Says:

July 3rd, 2014 at 7:44 am

For the people fascinated with Lucifer… I had a friend that said that he would name her daughter Lucia Fernanda (Spanish people love to use two names when referring to a person) so he could nickname her LuciFer. So there.
In college when writing small plays and short stories I love being able to name characters. I self censored myself using “Cristรณbal” (Christopher in Spanish) instead of “Cristantemo” (Chrysanthemum). Margarita is also a flower name I used for a character and ended up being my niece’s middle name.

CsprsSassyHrly Says:

July 3rd, 2014 at 8:34 am

@Orchid_Lover – How is Ismeria pronounced? is-mer-EE-uh? (Like Maria, but with an ‘is’ sound in front of it and the -er sound instead of the -uh sound) Or is it instead is-MARE-ee-uh? (The sound of mare, like a female horse instead?) I really like the second pronunciation more, but I can see people having problems with it. It is lovely though. I knew a girl in junior high that was named Ismerai, pronounced IZ-mer-eye. Nobody had problems with her name. Strangely, her brother was Judah, which has a very different feel and sound.

Orchid_Lover Says:

July 3rd, 2014 at 9:27 am

@CsprsSassyHrly I’m not sure what the CORRECT pronunciation is (or that anyone really knows) If you look on Facebook it appears to be most common in hispanic cultures–particularly Cuban perhaps? These people usually have the accent mark over the e which leads me to think they stress the second syllable. So the way I like to pronounce it is Is-MER-ee-uh…with the Is being close to Iz and the MER being close to MARE

Orchid_Lover Says:

July 3rd, 2014 at 9:33 am

I looked on FB again and actually many of these people are Brazilian.

namesnerd Says:

July 3rd, 2014 at 12:11 pm


…nothing really “wrong” with them, but I’m told they’re weird.

amndrs Says:

July 3rd, 2014 at 2:17 pm


Lidewij (pronounced lee-duh-vye)

Still may use these, though. I adore how Lidewij sounds too much!

tree_loves_eth Says:

July 3rd, 2014 at 5:10 pm

I love Eurosia (u-ROW-sha), a saint name, bit it’s too close to Eurasia for me to use.

And Zebedee, I love this name, but I feel it’s too cutsie for a grown man to have!

labelo Says:

July 3rd, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Vesper and Zephyr. I have an irrational love for them both, as they don’t fit my naming style at all!

I’m also fond of Basil, but it would be considered very strange (and often mispronounced) here in the Southern US.

LuluBoo Says:

July 4th, 2014 at 9:23 am

I love Satchel! But obviously I would never use it, I don’t even know what gender I like it for.

JossieChris Says:

July 4th, 2014 at 10:12 am

Wednesday Nn Winnie

elza0911 Says:

July 4th, 2014 at 11:36 am

I had this love of Carnation for a girl. Flowery yet not as feminine. I told my mother and she said if I ever used it she’d be calling the girl Carnie . . .

Since I was a kid I’ve had the craziest crush on Sylvestrie. Growing up my grandmother had a friend with that name. She must have been 80 at the time, and she drank lemon tea and made grits my gandmother was in envy of. I could never use the name, but I love it all the same.

elza0911 Says:

July 4th, 2014 at 11:36 am

I had this love of Carnation for a girl. Flowery yet not as feminine. I told my mother and she said if I ever used it she’d be calling the girl Carnie . . .

Since I was a kid I’ve had the craziest crush on Sylvestrie. Growing up my grandmother had a friend with that name. She must have been 80 at the time, and she drank lemon tea and made grits my gandmother was in envy of. I could never use the name, but I love it all the same.

KimiGrace Says:

July 4th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Daenerys. I’m using it. I don’t care what my family or friends say or how much they squawk about using a Game of Thrones name. I absolutely love the character and am in love with the name. Favorite full name is Daenerys Jasmine, but will probably just wind up calling her Dany or Dany Jaz. ๐Ÿ™‚

I also really love Itasca for a girl, because my dad is with the DNR and I grew up going to Itasca State Park. Lots of sentimental value.

Mia42 Says:

July 4th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Sibset of Leia and Luke- Star Wars reference

poppyella Says:

July 4th, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Bellatrix, I think it’s such a gorgeous name and is a cute way of having the name Bella without it being “Isabella” and is a great reference to my love for space and stars, but since she was used as a deatheater in Harry Potter I could never use it

CC11 Says:

July 4th, 2014 at 11:51 pm

These names arent usable to me due to either meaning, nickname, common use or what they are synonymous with (brand, tv show etc)

Girls: Starling, Cerulean, Evergreene, Stardust, Calysi, Arcadia, Halcyon, Persephone, Atlantis, Lazuli, Callipso

Boys: Hades, Ozymandias, Dyson, Atlas, Onyx, Constantine, Saba, Wolverine, Tesla

SadieJosephine Says:

July 5th, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Benvenuto. D’artagnan. Bonaventure.
Not to mention Judas and Lucifer. Being raised in a conservative Christian home, I’ve known Noah’s, Sarah’s, Benjamin’s, Caleb’s, Rachel’s, and more, but these three are on the taboo list in this culture. So where did I get such a love for them both?
Thalia Grace, a character from Rick Riordan’s books.
Names like Aviendha and Nynaeve, Faile, Moghedien…these are all characters from a series of books called The Wheel of Time by a man named Robert Jordan(the last two co-authored by a Brandon Sanderson).

somedaybaby Says:

July 5th, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Harvey as a girl’s name

Debs90 Says:

July 6th, 2014 at 8:48 am



CaribbeanQueen Says:

July 6th, 2014 at 10:58 am

Girls: Jemima, Chrysanthemum, Eunice, Geraldine

Boys: Elmer, Crispin, Mack, Gunther

ladimon Says:

July 6th, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Girls: Eponine, Danneel, Genevieve, Guinevere, Persephone, Sappho, Lucien
Boys: Alaric, Ezekiel, Enjolras, Grantaire, Ares, Nikola, Arlo, Lucien

loislane1222 Says:

July 7th, 2014 at 5:52 am

I love, love, LOVE Henrietta, but I doubt I would have the courage to use it.

I was a huge fan of Henrietta Onodi, an Olympic gymnast from Hungary. She was so very artistic, but also strong and bold.

I also love Henrietta’s nicknames: Etta, Ettie, Henri, Hennie.

Other slightly “weird” names I adore: Amabel, August, Augusta, Benvolio, Cecile, Edgar, Elspeth, Isadora, Pilar, Vaclav

PhoebeCate Says:

July 7th, 2014 at 9:25 am

I like Hepzibah for a girl, with a nn of Eppie. Just a little too out there. I love Rubella too, if it wasn’ t a viral infection!

Chloe14 Says:

July 7th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

I don’t really call them my name crush but names I love but probably would not use:


Star-Fata Says:

July 7th, 2014 at 4:24 pm

I’ve been collecting names since I could write, so there are a few I’ve fallen in and out of love with.
For girls, I liked names from the Narnia books, like Aravis, Lasaraleen, and Swanwhite. I also liked the idea of Stella-Maris, a old nautical term for guiding star. Plumeria, Faithfull, Davidia, Seawillow, Sunwillow, Della are all names I liked.
Leila Faithfull was an artist whose name I liked, Plumeria has something to do with flowers, Davidia was in a set of ‘tree tarot reading cards’ as the tree of peace, and Della is from Della Ribbia, colour of Maddonna robes.
Seawillow had an interesting story behind it, and I made up Sunwillow. Benaleia is a name I made up when bored and playing around with Star Wars names.
Now? Names I love but would never be able to use include Briary, Truth, and Remember.
My hypothetical sons get off lightly- the most adventurous names they’ve escaped are
Tisroc (may he live forever)

blaqblonde143 Says:

July 7th, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Fuchsia and Kynaston

Kayray Says:

July 8th, 2014 at 9:45 pm

It has ALWAYS been: Cossette. I adore the movie Les Miserables- and my love for the name there. But I wouldn’t name my daughter this.
A newly found name I like is: Maxine- but then again I don’t- but do. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks for the question!

alchemicallypurplefairy Says:

July 21st, 2014 at 8:58 pm

The names Althea, Zipporah, and Isis have really grown on me! For boys I like Kai and Orlando a lot right not.

LuMary Says:

August 28th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Bartholomew. Sounds like an 18th or 17th century New England schoolmaster.

mallowd Says:

September 13th, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Id consider a crazy name crush a name I really like but I a little out there for names. These fit that description for me and yes I would still use them. All for girls…Poema Plum Lavender Bliss Reverie Echo. Theres prolly other random words that could make good names but ive never thought to much about it. Ive added ismeria to my list and even something like rubella if it wasnt what it was. Camera doesnt do it for me haha. I really like obadiah, no nickname needed, and Hezekiah but not really my style and kind of crazy today.

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