Too trendy? Or just right….

December 6, 2011 Pamela Redmond

One of our most popular blogs of the year was the one in which Elisabeth Wilborn of You Can’t Call It It transformed the Top 100 girls’ names — and the following week, the most popular boys’ names — into choices with the same feel but more distinction and style.

This is the kind of exercise that Linda and I have long offered in our books, with our If You Like X, You’ll Love…. feature, in which we substitute fresh ideas for overused favorites.  You can see dozens of such lists here.

But what if the name you want to move beyond isn’t popular, really; isn’t exactly overused but just, to your thinking, too trendy?  What if you want to take an already-stylish and distinctive name and just scooch it toward being….more distinctive?

That’s what we tried to do here.  We bet you clever berries will have lots more ideas of trendy names and possible substitutes: We’d love to hear them!  Here are some of ours:


Instead of Ariana….Aurora

Instead of Delilah….Salome

Instead of EsmeMaisie

Instead of Eden….Celeste

Instead of Harlow…. Hepburn

Instead of Isla…..Ida

Instead of Lila….Lilac

Instead of Matilda ….Magdalena

Instead of RubyRudy

Instead of ScarlettIndigo

Instead of SeraphinaSerena

Instead of StellaEstelle

Instead of Thea….Dora

Instead of VioletMagnolia


Instead of Asher….Asa

Instead of Atticus….Cassius

Instead of Cullen….Curran

Instead of Emmett….Ephraim or Bennett

Instead of Harrison….Jefferson

Instead of Henry…..Frederick

Instead of HudsonEast

Instead of Hugo….Hugh

Instead of Justice….Justus

Instead of MasonBooker

Instead of MiloMalachy

Instead of Oscar….Osias

Instead of Rhys….Rex

Okay, your turn.

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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