The family name you’re NOT going to pass down…

Weird Uncle Sebastian.  Nice name, but not exactly the kind of guy we want our baby to emulate.

Grandma Hortense — sweet lady, yet that name….no.

It may be a name that’s important in your family but that you just can’t bear to foist on a newborn baby.  Or maybe it’s  a name you like of a relative you don’t.  But  some family names simply don’t make the list as baby names.

What name from your family are you NOT going to pass down to a child?

And if you feel like sharing, why are they out of consideration?

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hixtwin4 Says:

November 26th, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Gertrude. My husband simply thinks it’s ugly.

indiefendi Says:

November 26th, 2013 at 11:49 pm

My grandmother’s name was Minnie. I wouldn’t use it nowadays because it’s just too old-ladyish for my taste, she was born in the 30’s of course. On the other hand there’s my other grandma Ivory’s name. I like it. I also am not passing down my grandpa’s Christopher because it’s just too everyman. So I’d use a different variation or a similar name.

My mom wanted to name me Natasha because it’s similar to my dad’s name Nathaniel but he hated that idea so when I have a baby girl I might use Natasha because I actually like the name. Not my dad so much though hahaha.

EmilyVA Says:

November 26th, 2013 at 11:51 pm

My mom wants her first born granddaughter to have her exact name. Not going to happen, if I am the mother, (probably my sister won’t use it as a first either.) It’s been way overused (my grandmothers both had strong connections. plus lots of people in my generation and even the next.) It also makes me think of my mom, whom I adore and love more than almost everyone and everything else, but she is such a big personality I want my child to be her own person.

Next up Grandma who didn’t like her name. I don’t like it either, and if she didn’t like it, I should respect her wishes. 🙂

Scruffadore Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 12:14 am

Maureen is my great grandmother’s name and it’s my grandma and mother’s middle name. My mom hates it so didn’t use in my name and i will not be passing it on to any of my children it’s such a horrible name. The name it means bitter

tfzolghadr Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 12:17 am

There are just so many… Grandma Wilma, Great-Grandma Alovisa, and Great-Uncle Skip on my side. On DH’s side (as he’s Iranian), there are oh, soooo many… Uncle Ghassem, Uncle Ghadr, Uncle Asghar, Aunt Fatima (who they insist on calling Fatty), and Aunt Kobra. Yes, Kobra… On the upside, DH has left the naming up to me. 🙂

sarahmezz Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 12:25 am

My father-in-law is named Samuel and it’s family tradition (in my husband’s family) to name the first born son after the father’s father. But our son won’t be named Samuel (for a variety of reasons). I’d love to honour my grandfather, but his given name was Antonius. However, variations could work, such as Anton or using his middle name, Wilhelm (as a middle). Joseph is my husband’s uncle and this name won’t be passed along. It’s a gorgeous name, but a less gorgeous namesake.

lesliemarion Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 12:29 am

Adolphus! My grandfather’s middle name, though in all fairness, he was born in 1900 or 1901, so his parents could not have known about Hitler.

Also my Great Uncle DeArnol — too odd for a human being, but had a truck we named that happily.

JossieChris Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 12:38 am

Harriet. My grandmother hated her name and preferred to go by Rhett. She even made a point to tell me before she passed that I was never to name my children after her. She had a great sense of humor, but she was fully serious about this. I am trying to stay true to her wishes, but I am going to figure out how to still honor her… Rhett for a boy, Hattie, Arrietta, Charlette. Her middle name was Hippolyta, my poor Grandmama.

crispy Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 1:42 am

My maternal grandmother is Moira. I quite like the name, not so much the namesake, so it’s out (along with anything remotely similar).
My mother and MIL names are out – hubby says – and his grandmother’s name is also out, because Ethel is not a very attractive name.

AggieLou Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 2:52 am

My paternal Grandfather is one of the most amazing men I have ever known – on so many different levels. Unfortunately, his name is Hubert Merle, goes by “Skip”. I’ve considered using my maiden name, Callahan instead. Possibly as a middle name.

SoDallas3 Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 3:24 am

Dolores (despite the nickname Lo,) Jutta (Prn. You-TAH,) Gertrude, Ursula, Merle and Caravania… yep. Two of my many aunts are Dolores and Jutta. My grandmothers name are Ursula & Merle, Caravania is an old Romani family name and Gertrude is a great aunt a few generations back.

I would consider using Margarethe, Pearl or Elsa, as they have family connections, although I’d probably opt out Margarethe for Margot. We have some very clunky names in our family that most people wouldn’t be able to pull off; but I feel like Margot, Pearl and Elsa are vintage/trendy enough to slip through unscathed! Plus Elsa and Pearl would honor so many relatives all at once.

fiammetta Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 3:41 am

* Michael: my maternal grandpa – I just don’t like this name.
* Wendy: my maternal grandma – as above, though I would consider using Gwendoline in honour of both Nanna Wendy and my paternal great-grandma, Gwendoline.
* Annemarie: my mum – don’t like this name but would use a variation.
* Irene: my maternal grandma – I don’t mind Eirene however.
* Glenn: my dad – do not like this name.
* John: my great-grandpa – not a fan of John.
* Helen: a great-grandma. – I don’t like Helen, though I do like Helena and Helene.
* Norman: great-grandpa – cannot stand this name.
* Yvonne: my great-grandma. I love my big nan and would love to honour her – however I just don’t love Yvonne. Also not a fan of her first middle name; Irma. Her second middle, June, however is nice.

Netta5187 Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 4:27 am

Innocencia is my paternal great grandmother and Benita is my paternal grandmother. I don’t think they sound very fresh and modern. Cindy is my mother’s name. I don’t think it’s modern AT ALL! Neither does she.

I’d consider using the names Rosa (my maternal great grandmother), Alice (my maternal grandmother) and Delfina (my maternal great great grandmother).

Sunshine Kid Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 4:36 am

Probably Herbert, the name of my grandfather. He was a lovely man but I rather pass down his (and my dad’s middle name) Charles.

GingerCat Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 4:58 am

I have always wanted to honour my maternal Nana and name a little Girl Katy, however this just isn’t possible as my step daughter is Caitlin nn Caity. So I guess I will have to let my sister have that one and perhaps choose my Nan’s mn Frances instead, which is lovely but perhaps not a first name. She was named for her Father, Francis who died before I was born.

I also really like Victoria nn Plum however my selfish SIL is Vicky grump!

hazysummerskies Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 5:59 am

I definitely will not be using Fannie or Pansy for obvious teasing reasons. Likewise, I also will not be using Missouri as I think it sounds ridiculous. I actually like the middle names of these family members though: Jane, Lee, and Victoria.

Some other ridiculous names in my family I would include Perlina and Lavina. It’s funny because I like Lavinia, but Lavina is horrible. Bliss for a male is also earns a well-deserved eye roll.

TaylorBlueSkye Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 6:31 am

Adolf. It was my great-grandfathers name. He was born in the 1890s, it was just a common name at that time. But totally unusable now, sorry grandpa Adolf.

northernlights Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 6:45 am

Valentine. Though I suppose he would have his very own special day.
Luella — cute nicknames but every time I hear it all I can think is changing up the Cruella song: “Luella Devil, Luella Devil, if she doesn’t scare you no evil thing will…”
Gladys — just too dated for me!

And on my husbands side, a huge list of Dutch names that I struggle to pronounce.

isolieth Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 7:45 am

Katherine/Catherine/Kathryn/ Kathleen – until several years ago I had 5 close living relatives with these names: mom, sister, grandma, aunt, and cousin. My sister Katherine now has two sisters-in-law named C/Katherine. Enough already!

My aunt has long wanted one of us to use two family surnames as first names. Problem is, they are Arrigan and Ferrell, which sound like unflattering descriptions. Hi, I’m arrogant! Hi, I’m feral!

lucy101 Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 7:49 am

Mary. I love my grandmother, she’s a sweet as they come, but her name! Back then in the 30s I swear every girl was given that name or some variegation of it (hence all the grandma Maryanne’s, Marie’s, Maria’s, etc, etc.) I just couldn’t do that to my daughter. I don’t even think I could go there as a middle name *sorry Nan!*
There’s also my mother’s name, Darlene. Upon nameberring this name I got “attending crochet classes at the senior center with friends Arlene and Marlene.” I don’t think this name is quite ready for revival.

lawsonhaley Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 7:51 am

Belinda – family member that my family has stopped all contact with
Cawkwell – no.
Arthur&Gordon – there was a line of Arthur Gordon’s in my family, none of my aunties carried it on, and it’s safe to say I definitely won’t.
Susan – great aunt who’s 100 years old and, in all 18 years of my life, she has NEVER known who I am…
Wilfred – great grandfather’s name, I’d use Frederick instead
Egbert – I think this explains itself
Vera – I prefer my great grandmother’s first name Lillian (which she hated).

really91 Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 7:57 am

My grandmas were Marvis and Mildred, neither of which is gonna happen. Luckily, both had the same initials (M.L.), so I can work with that. My mom has mentioned she’d love to have a granddaughter with the MN Rose, after my dad’s beloved aunt – I just don’t think I can do it when it’s so overdone. Husband doesn’t like Rose in the FN spot…so far. I may do some campaigning.

lizibet2 Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 8:04 am

Millie. It’s my Nan’s middle name and although I ADORE the name Millie, baby’s last name would be Molloy. I don’t think I could name my child Millie Molloy.

And although I love my mum I couldn’t deal with Maureen, nor my MILs name; Maxine.

But I do love my partners grandmas name – Hazel. Unfortunately, he’s not so keen.

BeeCee Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 8:14 am

Oh dear, my sweet, adorable, and sadly, recently departed grandfather was a man by the name of Jeness. I haven’t got a clue where my great-grandmother searched to find that number or why she was so dead set on it, but it haunted him all his life. When grandchildren thought of passing it on to their children he hollered, “Oh, please, don’t!”… I can’t say I blame him – a story says he actually accepted the appellation of one of his hometown’s layabouts to escape it!

Strewn about my family tree are also the showstoppers Freegift and Experience.

Experience? Seriously?

jessamine13 Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 8:37 am

On my side Ethel, Robert (more because of the personality than the name), Mary and Margaret (again personality), Arthur and Severin (personalities- I’ve got quite the family) and Lee.

On my husband’s side Marvin, Bertha, Norma, Norman, and Barbara (personality and I don’t like it).

My great-grandma’s name was Tressie, and although I won’t use it, I always thought it was an interesting name.

MissTrash Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 8:40 am

My maternal grandmother’s name is Joan. I just can’t make myself like it. It sounds too much like drone. My nana doesn’t like it either. She said she always wanted to be called Jane. Her middle name is Marion and I won’t be using that either. Sorry Nana :/

My paternal grandfather is called Raul. That won’t be used. My paternal grandmother is Elizabeth. I could use that as a middle name but I would probably change it to Elisabetta.

Others I WOULD use are Eric, Nellie, Almeida, Carmen and Eira.

Pam Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 8:47 am

LOVING these. Thank you all for such great stories. Keep them coming!

jacquigirl Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 9:11 am

On my mom’s side:
Jean/Joan (twins!)

On my dad’s side:

Tina_and_Bert Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 9:43 am

My father’s brother’s name was Laurence, and I always planned on using it for a son. I like the name and it would’ve been meaningful, as my uncle died very young, but when my father abandoned my family somewhat abruptly, I no longer had any desire to honor his side of the family. So, no Laurence.

My grandma’s name is Oda, which really just makes me think of odious, so, no matter how much I love her, no little Oda for me.

Also, my mom’s name is Kimberly. Even though she was one of the first Kimberlys (she was born in the 50’s), the name just seems so squarely 1980s, Valley Girl Cheerleader. I would never name a child that. Same thing with my MIL’s name, Barbara. It’s just kind of stale and dated to me.

@jacquigirl That’s so funny about the Jean/Joan twins–I have an Aunt Joan who has an identical twin Jean! Wouldn’t use either name, ha!

ollieollie Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 10:06 am

Crabtree…There are three males in my lineage with this as a first name.

I can’t.

CaitTheGreat Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 10:06 am

My family actually has relatively classic names. Lots of Marys and Alices and Josephs (we have just a touch of Catholic roots). The only name I would never consider is Roland, my granddad’s first name. It just doesn’t have an appealing sound to me. I do love the nickname Rollo, though.

selkiepunk Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 10:08 am

Oh so many… in my family tree we have, but are not limited to:
Mary-Martha (either one on it’s own would be great, the combo of the two is a little much for me)
…and so many more!!

kkilgallon Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 10:31 am

My grandparents, who on both sides of my family are named Mary and John, were horrible baby namers and the lineage of names I could dig through to honor family members is just atrocious.

Dennis- my father’s name, is hated by even him. All he ever says is that it spells “sinned” backwards. He goes by “Denny” and even my mother refuses to call him that. There will be no little Dennis or little Denise.

Female family names include: Mary Irene, Rosemary, Kathleen, Maureen, Eileen, Colleen, Judith (the name of one aunt and the middle name of two others), Louise, Barbara, Jane, Rhonda, Patty-Anne, Kitty, Delia: No. Please no. I don’t think Kathleen is that bad but it’s too close to my own name and I hate the nickname Kathy, especially when people call me that! I do like Rosemary but even my grandmother hated it plus she has 4 granddaughters named after her already.

The in-laws have nothing better to offer.

ricalini Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 10:36 am

My great-grandmother hated her own name. She later had grand children and great-grandchildren named after her, but I don’t think she would have liked it! She wouldn’t want anyone else to have to have the name! I happen to think it’s lovely, as do many people, but she wouldn’t have wanted to pass it on! Coincidently, my boyfriend recently told me he liked the name for a future child without knowing it was my great-grandmother’s name. Very funny!

Alyssa428 Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 11:10 am

My mother-in-law once tried to talk me into naming a boy Eugene. It’s my husband’s and FIL’s middle. No. Just no. For several different reasons. That family name stops here.

Erin91 Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 11:19 am

Mom’s side:
Dorothy- my grandmothers name. I love her dearly, but not her name. Her middle name is Marie , which i love, but i hate that it means “bitter.”

Dad’s side:
Lloyd- my grandfather. Again, i love him very much, but i can’t bring myself to love the name. To honor him and my dad I might use their middle name Jay.

katieree331 Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 11:33 am

There are a few on both my side and DH’s side for various reasons. Some are too old fashioned for our taste, easy to make fun of, or just too common. Some non-usable names for us include Gertrude, Jarvis, Kermit, Claude, Mary, and William…

GrecianErn Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 11:57 am

this has so many funny comments! And some of these names are awful!

On my side… there are 2 names I wouldn’t use:

My grandfather (beloved, but died prior to my parents’ marriage): Harold – I can’t get past calling him “Roldie” from “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” – We actually discussed naming a boy Harrison as a way to pay tribute, and it’s still on my sister’s boys list.

My great grandfather Kenyon – it’s odd on a farmer from Iowa. His grandsons are Kenneth and Kenny… no one used Kenyon in the last 3 generations.

On my husband’s side – there aren’t any good names!
Lila – My Mother-in-Law – I love her name… but we have issues that she is solely responsible for
Lily – I love this popular name, but one of Lila’s boyfriends called her Lily, and my husband HATES the name.
George – good name, on my side… he was my husband’s father – and a totally horrible bad dad.
Leslie – It’s his 86 yr old uncle’s name… But it’s really a girl’s name
Byron, Craig, Stanley – Best uncle ever! Totally stepped into the Dad spot – just older names that we wouldn’t give to a child. And it would infuriate the MiL to have one of our children named after one of the in-laws.
Carol – Sister-in-law, too dated. But we loved Caroline for baby girl.

Livi Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Laverne. My grandmother with the name was an amazing woman and I love her dearly, but I’m just not wild about her name. I’ve thought maybe Lavinia would be a good tribute, though.

lizroxy24 Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

My husband’s mother’s name was Gumercinda (he is from South america) I couldn’t with good conscience pass that on so we gave my older daughter Gabriela as a middle name sort of after her. My great grandma was a Roxey and she hated her name so my mom gave me the middle initial R. after her. I love Roxey so my second daughter has that as her middle name. Roxey apparently had a sister Marzula and a brother Alvin.
My other grandparents names that may be more difficult to use or out of date are: Phyllis, Van, and Shirley. My mom is Shirlene, the family tried to get my grandma Shirley to name my mom after herself but she didn’t want to be known as Big Shirley for the rest of her life, not that I blame her. She was a fantastic person so if baby #3 turns out to be a girl she may end up with a version of Shirley in the middle spot.

CsprsSassyHrly Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

My grandmother’s name, Petra, is one I just can’t bring myself to use. I already have a first cousin named Petra, after our grandmother, but they both hate the name. My grandma goes by the Spanish diminutive Petrita, and my cousin goes by Pety.

I also could never bring myself to use Enrique/Richard/Ricardo or anything else that could be shortened to Rick(y). My biological father is named Enrique but goes by Ricky. We’ve had a very tumultuous relationship since he slithered his way back into my life (21+ years too late, I might add). Staying on that note, his kids names, Adam (which is a favorite of mine) and Andrew (which is just eh), would never get used on my kids. My relationship with him has also nearly ruined my love of Margaret, since his mother is named Margarita. But since any daughter of mine would go by either Maisie or Greta if they were named Margaret, I’ve overlooked that connection. Suffice it to say, if you haven’t gotten the idea, he and I don’t get along much.

Emilio is another I could never bring myself to use. That was name of my now ex-stepfather, who my relationship with was actually worse than that of my biological father. My brother is actually also named Emilio and I adore him (I also only ever call him the Spanish affectionate term “mijo”, unless I’m mad at him). Because of him, I would consider using a take on a name close to Emilio, Leo or Milo for example.

Josephine, after my aunt, Josefina, because, though she does everything out of the goodness of her heart, she comes off as manipulative while she’s doing it. Although, I do absolutely adore the name Josephine.

Estella/Stella/Estelle. Now she was my brother’s girlfriend so she wasn’t actually in the family but things ended so horribly between them that, despite my absolutely adoration of Stella, I could never bestow that name on a daughter.

Geez… I didn’t realize there were so many names I WOULDN’T use on a child! And here I thought I’d have trouble thinking of any beyond Petra.. 🙂

I was going through some of these and I’m surprised how many of them I actually like. Gertrude, though not my favorite name, I adore simply because of the nickname Trudy, which feels incomplete to me. I didn’t see Miriam listed here, but it is apparently a take on Mary, like Maureen and Marie, who a couple of people mentioned they didn’t like because of the meaning “bitter”. I love Miriam and Marie. Maureen has even grown on me over the last few years.

clairels Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Almost all on my mother’s side, beginning with Malvina, my great-grandmother, her daughters Bernice and Henrietta, and son Gene (not Eugene, just Gene). Plus:

Axel, My great-grandfather (some people like this name, but not me).

Ralph, my grandfather’s middle name. I might change it to Rafe, though.

And great-uncle Sy (or was it Cy?)

AprilRobin Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Eliza May, Husband’s grandmother’s name

Cora Jean, My great-great-grandmother’s name and who me and my sister got our middle names from

Carlotta, My Sister-In-Law (everyone calls her Carly)

Carl, my Husband’s name (Him and Carlotta are twins)

Juniper, my sister’s name

lduff2011 Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Carl– Don’t really like the name but love the person.
Earlene–Also don’t like the name but love the person
Hazel–Also don’t like the name but love the person
Dolores–Absolutley hate the person and the name with it turns me off everytime now!

nlane825 Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Pennie. Its my grandmas name and I’ve always wanted to use it… Until I got married and my last name is now Lane. Yep Pennie Lane like the Beatles song (and I hate the Beatles by the way). So that name is out and I am sad.

namenerd8 Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 2:02 pm

I love my grandmothers but I would never use their names. Dorothy and Ruth, they just seem way too much like old lady names

ascorsonelli Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 2:07 pm

My paternal grandfather’s name–Huey.
Maybe if we had triplets?? Dewey and Louie could round it out….. Ack!

MissyTee29 Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

A lot of names in my family are Yiddish so they are unusuable because they sound straight out of Fiddler on the Roof. One great-grandfather was Chaim, in English as Hyman, so that’s just…no. The other was Haskell, which in English is related to Ezekiel, which I actually really like but I can see it becoming too popular in the next few years.

Grandfather was Lester, which I think is so ugly and he wasn’t the nicest so that’s out. Thankfully, other grandfather was Samuel which I love.

My grandmother was Hella, her sister was Bella, and they had aunts Ella and another Hella. I really hesitate to use any kind of “-ella” name because it is such a joke at this point but the two Hellas were my favorite people so I’m trying to think of ways to honor them. Possibly would do Halle, Helli, or Helina as a middle name.

I love Clara but my mother has deemed this unusable because her aunt Clara was apparently “not pretty and never well-dressed”. So I’ll have to let that one go.

explorach1 Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

My aunt’s name is Margery, goes by Margo, and she’s begged to have a namesake. There’s been a Margery every other generation for a while, and there is a quilt to be passed down. It isn’t going to happen.
I loved my grandmother Helen, and will probably use Helena or Helene as a mn if we have a daughter.

Whig Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Names I wouldnt use:

John – paternal grandfather – I will admit, it came up during boy-naming discussions, but it’s just to simple for me
Jonathon – loved this, but it was the middle name of an ex and I would not be able to get past that one
Louis, Henry, Patrick, Christian, Dennis – all names that have been passed down on DH’s side… seriously, every guy names their son after himself. Nothing original comes out of that family!

Amelia – love the name, don’t love that I would want to call her Ames/Amy as this was one of DH’s exes and I am petty enough to be bothered by that 🙂
Annette – maternal grandmother, it fits her but isnt for me
Lucy – love it, but we had a dog named Lucy and we parted on bad terms

NameLovingWriter Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 2:51 pm

David is a much used name on both sides of my family – two uncles and three cousins plus it gets A LOT of use as a middle name, but I don’t really like it. The same thing with Don and Dean, a maybe James, but to a lesser extent.

My dad’s side of the family uses Marilyn a lot after my grandmother who died when he sons were very young but I’m not that close to that side of the family and I don’t have the greatest relationship with my father.

Also my family has a tendency to use D, followed by J names. And my mom (whose name starts with a K) gave all of her kids K names.

I really don’t like the idea of family names all that much. I’d want any child of mine to be themselves and not feel like they were living in someone’s shadow. I mean I might if I really, really loved a specific name on it’s own but I still probably wouldn’t.

rach1212 Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 5:44 pm

I have a few!!
Henrietta- just can’t see calling a baby/you girl this!
Thelma- just no.
Daphne- you’d think my family were the stars of Scooby Doo! Lol
Marjorie- blah

Maybe I just don’t like female names?

beeba Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Berry – My grandfather’s name.
Joan – my grandmother’s name. I think it’s too outdated.
Plin – My great-grandfather’s name. I can’t see this as a legit name.
Buena – My great-grandmother’s name. Same as above.

AriaL Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Otis (paternal grandfather) & Gladys (maternal grandmother). Yeah, no thanks.

CherrieSue Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Frances – I don’t like this name.
Phyllis – ditto.
Isabella – I love this name but it is way too popular now, sadly.
John – far too common.
Richard – I don’t like it or its nicknames.

Some I might use:

sunshinerose Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Rita! My grandmother hates her own name and told me not to name our baby after her.

mysoutherncomfortzone Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Sandra, my paternal grandmother’s name. I used to think that I might like to honor her with a little Cassandra someday, but now my cousin’s named her daughter Kassidy, so it might be confusing if I name one of mine Cassandra.
My maternal grandmother is LuVerne. Definitely not.
My maternal grandfather was Charles, but everyone called him Chat (pr. Chot). He has a son named Charles, who goes by Buddy, and a daughter named Charlene, who does by Charlie. So it might be too confusing for me to welcome a little Charles or Charlotte into the world, and the Charlie nickname is out anyway. Maybe as a middle though.
My mom’s name is Jennifer, which I wouldn’t use because it’s the name of every other person my age’s mom. Might make a nice middle.
But my great grandmother’s name is Rosa Lee, so Rosalie or Rose is usable, maybe Lee or Leigh (my mom’s middle) for a middle.

shelly68 Says:

November 27th, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Grandma Cornelia was called Corny. I love the bible story about Cornelius, but I just can’t do it.

athena95 Says:

November 28th, 2013 at 12:14 am

My maternal grandmothers name is Donna Barbara. Either name just won’t work for me. They are too ‘matronly’. One of my sister’s mn is Donna so I will just leave it at that. My other Grandma is Rose and but I would definitely use that as a mn; it is a timeless classic. My Grandfather Richard, a definite no no as he liked to be called Dick. That just won’t cut it in this day and age.

Nimwey Says:

November 28th, 2013 at 2:02 am

My favourite grandma is named Helga. I like an awful lot of names that don’t appeal to modern ears as much, but I don’t like “Helga” enough to give it to my kid even as a second name. It’s my mum’s second name, and it just sounds wrong. It’s got a good tough sound to it, though. I’d use it as a character name without a second thought.

Funnily enough, my other grandma, whom I found a thoroughly unpleasant person, was named Gwen, and I really like redeeming names I like the sound of when I’ve never met a pleasant person with that name. So I would consider that one. I think Gwen’s really cute, and if anything was wasted on my grandma.

Gwen’s husband was Paul, and I’ve always hated the sound of that name, like a lot of people I guess, but I’m starting to come around to its unique sound. I’d honestly consider it for a second name.

On that side of the family I’ve got some aunts, uncles and cousins with names about as ugly as their associations for me. The worst I can think of are Evangeline, Holly, Megan, Karina… erk.

Maura Says:

November 28th, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Adolph was one of my great grandfathers but it reminds everyone of Hitler. It should be a crime to name a child Adolph these days
A lot of my female family members were named M names, like, we have 6 Marions, 3 Marys, 2 Mauras, 1 Maureen, 1 Marin. 2 Mollys, 1 Melissa.
Marion was carried on through the generations too-we all love it and don’t think it’s a dated name at all.

RubyDae Says:

November 29th, 2013 at 3:44 am

My grandmothers’ are Donna and Ruth Joan (jo-anne), Love them, can’t do it.

I have a friend, who I consider a second mother, named Paula Lousie. I’ve tried to think of creative ways to mash the two names since I don’t care for either, so far I’ve come up with Lola (Lo, from LOuise, and La from pauLA). It’s a stretch, to say the least.

I have two dear aunts named Lisa and Melissa (once my grandparents came up with a name I guess they stuck with it) whom I’m trying to think of heirloom names to pass down. Li…? So far I’ve got nothing.

My great-grandmother sounds like she was named after a fairy, Tinetta nm Tim.

EmiTheDuckling Says:

November 29th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

I would LOVE to honor my grandfather, Larry Joe, but his name is just plain ugly. He hated his name and I can’t think of any names that would honor him except Lauren for a girl, or possibly Josephine. Both are OKAY names, but I just dont feel anything special for them…

emeraldiris Says:

November 29th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Donelda – my grandmother’s name. Who even came up with that name? Hideous.

merelywords Says:

November 30th, 2013 at 12:39 am

My husband’s maternal grandfather’s name was Elmer Homer. I hear he was a wonderful man, but that name combo is awful… I’d like to know the story behind his name, honestly!

chi1127 Says:

November 30th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Are you kidding? I’m a name nerd. It was be quicker to list the names I might even consider using. I’m very particular. I will say this, though. I really want to honor my grandma in the middle name spot, but I can’t stand Doris and have no idea if I may have a daughter. So, I’ll probably go with Isadora or Theodoric instead.

cgomez18 Says:

December 1st, 2013 at 1:19 pm

On my mom’s side I will NOT be using the names Maria (g-ma), or Bertha (mom), Gloria, Erica, Emma, Martha. I might consider Elena (mom’s mn) or any variation of that. For boys: Ramon, Humberto, Rafael, Carlos, Martin or Enrique. That last one is the middle name for my brother and one of my cousin’s and the first name for another cousin and grandpa. As is Carlos. No way.

On my dad’s side I don’t like the names either. Julio (grandpa, two cousins and my brother’s first name), Alfonso (duh), Antonio, Roberto, Ramon, or Nicolas (dad’s name). For girls names: Ramona, Rosa, Carmen, or Martha. Just no.

OddCreature Says:

December 1st, 2013 at 4:18 pm

I’m not in any rush to pass on either of my grandmothers names – Irene and Beryl. There are plenty of old lady names that I’d consider using, but I don’t see those two coming back into style.

Luckily their middle names are Elizabeth and Lillian, they’re both very usable.

BlueYorkie Says:

December 2nd, 2013 at 11:07 am

I come from a large family, and most people in it can’t name children. Proof? Okay! Here we go-
Khloweigh (love the lady though, and Chloe would be a contender)
Isla (love this, but they pronounce it is-luh instead of eye-luh. So now I can’t use it because I say that name wrong. Not my fault!

Then some people who I wouldn’t honor even if the name is pretty-
Isolde (now you people on the forums understand why I dislike this name so much)

sgtlizzie Says:

December 3rd, 2013 at 5:34 pm

We’ve decided pretty much any family name is out, and considering I have 8 siblings, that’s a lot of names LOL. His father though did tell us many years ago that under no circumstances were we to name our son after him: Isabel.
We’ve considered the name for a girl though 🙂

peacock14 Says:

December 5th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Ugh Grandpa Aldus DeVon and Grandma Rayda Bishop

KittyMomma246 Says:

December 19th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I have several that I just couldn’t do to my kids… they sound too funny/weird/unpleasant. lol
Rufus, Eugene, Vernon, etc.
I also have a rule: no juniors or the seconds… I would absolutely NEVER name my child after myself or my husband… or even a grandparent or any other close family member for that matter.
I want them to have unique identities & no confusion about who’s who or whose name we just called.

I would honor close family members by using a VARIATION of that person’s name, or one w/similar meaning. Josephine (for Joseph), Katya (for Katherine), etc.

I would also use the name of a family member who has since passed on.
Ida, Jack, etc.

ssterikoff Says:

January 25th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Hyman. It’s my great-grandfather’s first name. I couldn’t do that to a kid. There are a few others, but that is the standout.

There are a few relatives who were very unpleasant to me anytime I was around them, so they would never be honored.

Jessyendofstory Says:

October 23rd, 2015 at 1:29 am

I have a few,
I love my granny but Rita is just not my style, and her parents were Daphne and Earl, can’t do it! She also has a sisters named Velma and Gale.
And my mom’s name Kerry isn’t terrible but the spelling is, so that’s a no go.
There’s also my mother is law Harriet, which I just don’t like. I also don’t like my father in laws name David, but my husband wants to pass it down and I guess it’s not the worst.

Also there’s Minnie, Ausbury, Virginia, Harris, and Dewey.

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