What are you favorite unusable names?

A berry named Iamamiam gets credit for this question: What are your favorite unusable names?

Over on the forums where this question was first posed, answers include Hypatia and Paine, Alaska and Aristotle, Lucifer and Lucrezia.

Reasons people wouldn’t use the names they love? Association with a tragic story or character is one problem. Difficulty of spelling or pronunciation is another. And then there are those high-drama names that feel like they wouldn’t fit into the modern world.

What are your favorite names that nevertheless can never be used?

Bonus points for telling us why not.

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MaeBear24 Says:

November 5th, 2013 at 11:24 pm

I love so many names that have been used as well known characters;
Bellatrix- great name, character (harry potter) too awful!
Hermione- I feel that it is tied too much to Harry potter character again!

mysoutherncomfortzone Says:

November 5th, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Electra and Celestia.

Genevieve and Anastasia aren’t really unusable, but too showy compared to the other names I like.

And Hugo’s a bit too strange for where I live.

rainierloner Says:

November 5th, 2013 at 11:36 pm

A few of my favorite unusable names are just too popular for me to use, such as Isabella, Olivia, Liam, Jacob, Mason, and Claire. I know my child would have to go by Madeline A. or Joshua L. if I were to give them a popular name.

I don’t have the guts to use these names: Adelaide, Helena/ Elena, Marina, Atticus, Dashiell, Kieran, Hadley and Finley (both for girls), Felicity, Quinn and Emerson (again, girls), Mikhail, Nikolai, Zara, Xanthe, Seraphina, Persephone, Isla, Leo, Vane, and Rosalie.

A few people/ books/ movies ruined names for me. I can’t use the name Damien because of a man in a horror movie. Drake has been ruined by Drake Merwin from the Gone series, where he plays a sadistic boy. North has been used by Kim and Kanye, who took the name and ruined it for me. An old childhood enemy named Caroline prohibits me from using her name. The list goes on and on.

Riceisnice Says:

November 5th, 2013 at 11:42 pm

I LOVE the name Calliope. I think it is the most beautiful sounding name of all time. But I think it is pretty unusable, unless you are a very adventerous namer.

Entangler Says:

November 5th, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Alaska is one of mine, it would be strange as I’m not American and I’ve never even been there but I just love the sound and the image it invokes.

Pandora, the story of pandora unleashing evil upon the world is indeed an unpleasant one however what deters me is the possibility of people sexualizing “Pandora’s box”.

Indiana: I love this for a boy but again, I’m not American and I fear it may have too feminine a sound with it’s “Ana” ending.

Romeo and Ophelia: though a lovely name, just a famously tragic namesake.

Primrose: I worry it may not be wearable on a real human

Freya: my future children will not be of Scandinavian descent whatsoever which will likely make this name very difficult to wear.

Entangler Says:

November 5th, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Also Celeste, as my mother pointed out to me “sounds like molest”. *sigh*

Arlina Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 12:01 am

Thelonius. I even love the feel of saying it. Unfortunately I think you have to travel in very specific circles to pull it off.

sarahmezz Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 12:20 am

Most mythological names. I feel they’re mainly “too much” for the real world. Also, names already taken by close friends or relatives. For me, those include: Alexandra (and, by extension, Alexander), Anna, Beatrice and Elsa.

thatkathryngirl Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 12:26 am

My husband wants all of our children to have Irish names, so I’m always struggling to find names I like the sound of that aren’t too difficult to spell and pronounce here. Hubby loves Siobhan! I’ve had to tell him “no” repeatedly. Aibhlinn sounds so lovely to me, but that spelling definitely won’t work, and I worry if it’s Anglicized it’ll look made up.

ShandyJill Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 12:42 am

I love Colten! But the hubs hates the Indianapolis Colts & refuses to use the name.

indiefendi Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 12:44 am

(I see nothing wrong with names like Michelangelo, Aristotle, Socrates, etc. to me they promote knowledge and creativity–that’s always great to live up to!)

I love Lux but find it a teeny bit hard to imagine using it in real life–just a little bit.

I like Nirvana because of the meaning but most people would think it’s tacky as a name because it’s also a band.

I like Tennessee for a girl but I think it’s kinda clunky, I also like Alabama and Arizona but on the one hand in the movie True Romance Alabama is a hooker and I’ve never been to Arizona so I don’t know if I could name a daughter after a place I’ve never been to of course!

I like Rosary as a name but some people might find it disrespectful to use (darn!)

Names closely associated with celebrities I tend to stay away from because I don’t want people being like “Leonardo like Leonardo DiCaprio?” “Scarlett like Scarlett Johansson?” That would be annoying.

litysmama Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 1:53 am

Lillith. It sounds so pretty but has such a horrible meaning!

I have also always liked Thessalonica and Corinth (Biblical place names), but they are both fairly heavy and I’m not sure how wearable they are!

allisonhyatt Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 2:09 am

Saoirse – LOVE the name, but very hard for people in North America to figure out how to say it (any of: Seer-shuh/Ser-shuh/Sair-shuh are correct)

Zakiya – I love this name, but a friend once said “Zakiya Hyatt? It sounds like you’re having a stroke!” And I’ve never been able to use it since 🙁 Lol

Suren and Oren – we already have a Wren. Too much the same.

alexa400 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 2:18 am

Findabhair- nobody in the US would be able to pronounce it correctly, it rhymes with Guinevere (at least from what I understand)

Bellatrix- Harry Potter is most Likely going to be around for awhile and who wants their name to be associated with someone who is criminally insane?

Eglantine- something about this name I think is just charming, but honestly what would her nickname be? Egg, Egly? Not ideal…..

DaisySantos Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 3:02 am

I think Christopher Robin is a darling name, but it’s widely known as a character in A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories.

I love Evangeline Lily, but that name has long been claimed by the Canadian actress.

Tigerlily is another one I really like, but this one I feel could be a bit childish. Even then, I find myself constantly thinking about it, so I don’t consider it a definite no on my list.

arunciblespoon Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 3:26 am

Ophelia – not a 100% sure I wouldn’t use it, but the tragic history behind it puts me off.
Hermione – the Harry Potter connection makes this unusable for me
Plum – so gorgeous and delicious sounding, but I couldn’t name a child after a fruit.
Thijs – It’s a dutch name, and as i’m not dutch and nor are my future children likely to be..it would be a hard name for them to wear
Ignatius – I love this name, especially with Iggy as a nn, but it’s a lot to ask of a child to wear it and pull it off without teasing, Cate Blanchett has used it ..so I havn’t given it up completely.

ottilie Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 4:44 am

Lucifer, because my mother and MIL would die of the horror. I love it, it’s the name of the morning star in Roman mythology. I’ve got Lucius on my list instead.
Zeus, awesome name but I’m not naming my child after a serial rapist.
Cassiopeia, because she was vein and mean. Which bugs me as the name is so beautiful, it’s celestial and two of my favourite musicians has songs by her name.
Jezebel, I find it beautiful and she’s my favourite woman from the Bible, but I think a lot of people will prejudge a little Jezebel. Unfortunately. It’s still on my list, and I might use it as a middle…
Medusa, same reasons as Jez really. Medusa’s such a gorgeous name, and I always felt terribly bad about what happened to her. She didn’t do anything wrong.

Apart from that, not much I think. I’ve got Bellatrix, Desdemona and Pandora on my list for this baby…

Abby Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 6:24 am

Cary for a boy. Love everything about it, but I think it would be tough to pull off, unless you’re Cary Grant or Cary Elwes.

splatsquillion Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 6:25 am

Ottilie, is one of them Joanna Newsom? 🙂 I like the name Lowell but it just doesn’t roll with my North East Uk accent. Also Roscoe, but it just wouldn’t work with our last name and again, where we are. Husband liked Indigo when we thought we were cooking a girl but where we live now, the ‘go’ part would be pronounced so hideously by the kid’s peers (and teachers and friends’ parents) that I had to say no.

dramagrl19 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 6:51 am

Girls:

Persephone: Because of my religious beliefs, I can’t use Persephone. I might use it in the middle spot, though. 🙂

Mackynzie: People will accuse me of being a kree8tiv speller, and there will be a lot of spelling issues.

Bellatrix: This is such a beautiful name! BUT, the HP references are awful.

Boys:

Aryan: Nice sound, but will have a lot of racist remarks.

Jax: Too small as a full name. But I still find it adorable.

Owen: I would never use this because I knew a terrible Owen when I was little. I still like it though.

miss_sam Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 6:53 am

Aurora… I love that name but my love of Disney would make everyone I know roll their eyes at me.. Even though it is my love of the Northern Lights that prompts the name. And Rory is such a cool nickname!! Sighhhh

iamamiam Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 6:56 am

Hypatia (awesome namesake, just too odd for actual usage imo)
Joule (kilojoule –> kill a Joule…or worse)

iamamiam Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 7:01 am

woah shouldn’t have skimmed the actual article before posting. Thanks Pam & Linda. This is cool 🙂

Kittenses Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 7:04 am

Atlas: I love the name, but my family hates it, and he might get teased.

Pam Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 7:11 am

Hey, iamamiam, thanks for coming up with an awesome question!

Lo Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 7:28 am

For me some of my favorite names are unusable because they share too many sounds with my children’s name. James eliminates Jane. Mark and Mary seem too close. Clare and Katharine make Caroline feel unusable.

CaitTheGreat Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 7:33 am

I adore Franklin, but it’s the name of a teacher that my mom really detests. There are a few names (Emma, Ava, Abigail) that I love but couldn’t use because, as mentioned above, they would always be Emma C. or Ava M. Honestly though, I don’t have very many reservations. If I like a name, I would use it.

lawsonhaley Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 7:40 am

Clementine – closely linked to the last name of a disowned relative
Soraya – negative racist feedback (unless I marry someone from the middle East, so I’ve been told)
Drusilla – evil stepsister from Cinderella
Poppy – too close to what I called my grandfather, this out even as a nickname
Juliet – already claimed by a family member
Dulcie – Dull
Dulcina – see Dulcie
Nancy & Nellie – negative sayings
Anything with Belle/Bel at the start – same disowned relative causing Clementine to be out.

Adam – see Juliet
Preston – too ‘Britney Spears’
Jamie – too feminine for a boy
Toby – too cutesy
Addison – see Jamie
Sutton – too weird

larkub101 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 7:56 am

My main one is Antigone. I read some of play in English class, and though I recognize that Antigone herself is an admirable and good character, the story is very tragic and kind of downer. So I don’t think it would be a perfect name to live up to. Plus you’ve got the whole “anti-gone” pronunciation issue. It’s so pretty though, and comes with user-friendly nickname Annie. 🙂

I really like the name Hillary, also. But it seems most people can’t get past Hillary Clinton.

And one of my solid favorites is Holiday, but other than in my fantasies, I can see how it might be “unusable” when I actually have kids someday. But for now, I’m sticking with it.

jame1881 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 8:32 am

Clover, Clever, and Dafydd. I used to think Clover was a hippie flower sort of name, but then I started to think about it, and I really love its sound. (Same thing with Wisteria. Sounds so mysterious, but feminine at the same time.) Clever stemmed from that, sounding so similar and having an even better meaning. But both are too solidly words to be names. Dafydd just doesn’t work on the American tongue, suffice to say.
Other names that I might be bold enough to use someday are Fitzwilliam, Marie-Aimee, Marie-Helene, Gilles, Valencia, and Rodolphe, though I doubt my future husband will let me use any.
Also, my favorite totally-out-there name is Territory. I always thought it was cool how it was Terry and Tori in one name. I though it would make a great name, if it didn’t happen to be a word first. Same with words like Holiday.

maggiemary Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 8:47 am

Dare I admit this, but mine is Adolphus, but of course it is completely unusable for obvious reasons. For a start, it’s said that Hitler was Adolphus on his birth certificate, although I haven’t been able to verify that.

Such a shame, as I think it’s a lovely name, with a great meaning “noble wolf”. But of course, it’s forever ruined, or least it is for now and for the foreseeable future.

MillieMM Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 8:58 am

Rudolph is probably the only completely unusable name on my list. The connections with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer are just too much. *cries* But I love it sooo much!
Other names (especially on my boys list) would probably be considered daring, but not unusable like my poor Rudolph. They include; Bartholomew, Balthazar, Phoenix, Devon, Sydney and Cassidy.
There aren’t as many “out there” ones on my girls list, but ones that I would definitely have to think long and hard about include; Guinevere, Kacey, Onyx, Saffron and Sapphire.

KirstenLouise Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 9:23 am

Caoimhe. On one hand similar name Niamh is widely accepted and has a known pronunciation, on the other I’m not Irish and I’m not sure many people would be able to get ‘keeva’ from Caoimhe! I do love the Keeva spelling too, but I love Caoimhe more.

rlinden Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 9:23 am

Hermione – there will always be THE Hermione to be compared to
Euphrosyne – difficult to pronounce (I don’t like the contemporary Efrosyni spelling) and kind of eye-rolly
Candida – I fell in love with this name as a child unaware of the horrors of yeast infections
Jezebel, Salome, Delilah – why did the awful women in the Bible have to have the best names?!
Charlotte – sounds almost exactly like our last name

abbijane Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 9:31 am

I really love Hyacinth. In Shakespearean times, Hyacinth-haired meant, beautiful, ringlet-y curls. One day in class, after my teacher said what it meant, she looked at me and said, “ummmmm, like her hair.” I made me smile all day. I suppose I wouldn’t use it because if my daughter didn’t have curly hair, the name would have no meaning.

For boys I love Pan, but that is a name prone to teasing.

chagger Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 9:45 am

So many unusable last names! Surname is slang for a certain female body part… Here are a few we really like but can’t use, as well as some good laughs.
Sawyer (saw your… This was our biggest laugh because it was at the top of our list until we realized what we did)
Ryder
Oliver (I love her)
Owen (it just sounds dirty to me)
nn Harry
Most color names
And the list goes on and on…

Mcdonak1 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 9:45 am

Pretty much any place name with the last name “McDonald” makes the kid sound more like a location. At least, that’s what it sounds like to me. (That was also my first thought when I heard that the Hiltons had a child named Paris, but I digress.) Maybe for those place names that are better established as baby names, it wouldn’t be so bad, but I just couldn’t consider Georgia as a name because it made me think that she would sound like a fast food place off of I-95.

Georgia McDonald
Verona McDonald (Italian Big Macs?)
Olympia McDonald
India McDonald
Geneva McDonald

I feel like Adelaide McDonald and Florence McDonald you can get away with a little more because they’re more established names. Maybe Madison McDonald or Savannah McDonald, too, although I don’t really like those names much for other reasons.

Also, I love Oberon, but being king of the fairies probably wouldn’t serve him well in junior high.

And Persephone would have pronunciation problems with a large portion of the people that I come across.

Onomast Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 9:49 am

For me, as a classicist, this is really a question that could fount a thousand answers. I mean, there’s really no way I could (if I wanted to) resuscitate Sextus, for obvious reasons… but so, too Pompey (too pompous), Aufidius, Otho (both sound “awful”). There are pronouncible, but ostentatious (Vespasian, Vitellius), unpronouncable and questionable in meaning (Tisiphone), hijacked (Ajax), and reserved for dogs (Brutus). My absolute favorite that I will never get away with? Pertinax.

inkonherfingers Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 9:50 am

For girls:
Columbine – I love the sound and the flower, but the tragedy is too closely associated.
Allegra – Beautiful meaning, and it’s so peppy, but there’s that allergy medicine.
Addison – I love meeting little Addisons, but can’t bring myself to use a surname on a girl.
Elodie – The “die” at the end bothers me. I may still come around to this one.
Story – Being a writer, this is magical! But I’m not brave enough.
Alleluia – Too elaborate and strange.

For boys:
Atticus – The To Kill a Mockingbird reference is fabulous, but I don’t like the “attic” association.
Bonaventure – Over the top. Way over the top. But what gets better than “good fortune”?
Lysander – Too unusual, and I can’t decide where the emphasis goes.
Hawthorne and Heathcliff – Too prestigious.
Justice – I love the meaning, the sound, but it’s too pretentious.

pkbabies Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 9:56 am

Eisley- It’s the name of a favorite band and I think it is beautiful but my husband and I have a very long hard to pronounce hyphenated name. Put all together it would be a little much.

really91 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 10:07 am

I love both Allegra and Ursula, but I think the associations are a bit too much to shake – at least where I live. Husband loves Indie for a girl, but I just can’t do it as a given name, and I haven’t found a long form I really like (except maybe Ingrid).

Miranda is a favorite of mine, but it’s my husband’s cousin’s name.

My mom would love if we used Ione, after her grandmother, but I think pronunciation would be a constant issue (my great-grandmother was “I-own”).

Every version of Lucy is off the table because I already have a Linus – which is too bad because I love Lucille.

I’m a big fan of H names, but husband’s last name starts with H and sounds ridiculous with a lot of my favorites – Huck and Hazel are both out for that reason. The last name is two syllables and ends with “er,” which eliminates a long list of others – Baxter, Casper, Grover, Clover, Piper, Winter…sigh.

oboeplayer1 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 10:21 am

Mine would have to be Reverie – I love the sound and the word and everything else about it, but it’s just a teensy bit too eccentric for me. 🙁

mermuse Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 10:47 am

Girls:

Benigna – after the Countess Henrietta Benigna Justine Zinzendorf von Watteville, founder of the first school for girls in America, a religious heroine of mine. I like the idea of nicknames Bunny or Benny/Benni or Benji…. But, I just don’t think I could do it to a girl these days

Xaviera – the “Happy Hooker”

Juliet – too tragic?

Amarantha – never sure how to pronounce it, but might use it anyway 😉

Ivy – a name I sorta claimed as my own alter ego, so not usable for a kid

Boys:

Lysander – as inkonherfingers says, it’s a little too much, maybe?

Llewellyn – been my fave for a LONG time, just not sure if I can do it

Laurence – I’ve long loved this name, and might use it anyway, but would want to call him Laurie or Lauro…. 😛 🙁

Booker – very well might use this one anyway (but I’m so afraid the kids will call him ‘booger’!)

Ferdinand – a little much — plus, I sort of acquired this as a nickname for MYSELF in high school, so…. I don’t like to use names that have been used for myself

MaryKathryn Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 10:50 am

@Riceisnice I plan on naming my daughter Calliope and I don’t believe it’s unusable at all. It has a cute and quirky nickname Callie.

I personally think Paprika is so cute and lovely. It’s completely unusable though.

nightingale Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 10:51 am

Pixie, Mitzi, Fritzi and everything else ending with sy, si, zi, etc because it doesn’t go well with SO’s last name. 🙁

Casimir – it has a word in it that would be a tease-magnet in our language 🙁 same as Heath, one of my favorite names. And same as a LOT of my favorites (Lavender, Lilac, Moon).

Noun names like Cloud, Cotton, Bunny, Ethereal and Fairy – I’m not brave enough, but I love them so much.

Luna – my relatives always connect it with “lunatic”. And they named their crazy dog with it.

Cassiopeia – I looove this and since my mom and I have a star name as our middle, I think of using this also for a future daughter. But it’s so unusual here. 🙁 I’ll just be using Yvaine.

Any name with Eve in it. The most horrible person I know ruined every bit of it for me. But I so love a lot. Everly, Evelake, Evening. Well this might change I think. Evening is just so beautiful.

Noelle – another person also ruined this for me.

Eden – it’s a famous cheese brand here.

Scarlett – it’s getting too popular.

Primrose – I loved this all before that HG hype. I fell hard for this when I first saw it as a character name of one of The Twelve Princesses, Evening Primrose. I want to use exactly this combo but I think it’s too fantasy and out there. I would just put Primrose in the middle with a more familiar first name.

nightingale Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 10:57 am

Now that I think about it, Yvaine also have little Eve in her. And it actually sounds more like the horrible person’s full first name. That sucks.

gipro2003 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 11:33 am

@jame1881- I’ve always thought it would be kind of cute to have twins named Terri and Tory since it would form the word territory! I thought I was the only one haha! But that is just a very cutesy GP idea and in no way would I act on it!

I tend to think I’m a daring namer and wouldn’t throw many names out due to associations or other people’s opinions. I have Bellatrix, Hermione, and several more aforementioned names on my list.

One name I LOVE but don’t think I would ever name as on is Caderousse. It was used in The Count of Monte Cristo and even though the name isn’t heavily associated with the book, I don’t think I could name a child that.

SaraKeiju Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 11:45 am

There aren’t many names I consider *completely* unusable [that I have on my list], but I suppose there are a few:

Elke (F) — nobody would be able to stop thinking about the huge animal. I don’t even think it’s usable as a middle name.

Elessar (M) — A lot of people probably wouldn’t get the LOTR reference, but I don’t know if that makes it better or worse. Half of me is still quite tempted by this one though….

Peregrine (M) — similar reasons to the above (to both of the above, actually)

Haldir (M) — again, LOTR….

Various landmark/landscape/nature/word names in other languages (mostly Slovene, Swedish, or Finnish), including but not limited to:
Reka, Lumi, Aamu, Rauha, Inari, Kaneli, Onneli, Sorja, Tuula/Tuuli <– girls
Gren, Bor, Jarvi, Javor, Joki, Lund/Lunt…. <– boys

And other, uncommonly used (here) names. Mostly Scandinavian or Slavic, which are my two heritages. At least I have that going for me! It makes it slightly more acceptable, right ? 😉

strawberrytree Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

For a girl, probably Portia. I love it but unfortunately today instead of being associated with one of Shakespeare’s strongest female characters it would probably be constantly misheard as Porsche.

For a boy, Darcy. Love it (and not uncommon for a boy where I live- I went to high school with a few), but my husband hates the hockey player Darcy Tucker and will not consent.

JH Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Juliet: I don’t think anyone could get past Romeo and Juliet

Lorelai: Not sure I can use it because the only other time I’ve heard it is Gilmore Girls, but I’m not sure there are enough people that would realize that…so maybe it can be used. I may even like the nickname Rory just like the show.

Poppy: It would have to be a nickname, but it’s also our friends’ dog’s name.

Heidi: It’s our dog’s name because even though I loved it, our last name starts with ‘Ho’ and I didn’t want a girl to be teased with ‘Heidi Ho’ her whole life.

Genevieve: I love how it’s pronounced in French (zhahn-vee-EV), but I don’t want to sound super snooty correcting people all the time.

There are probably more, but I can’t think of them now.

withinreason Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

There are quite a few “clunky” names I adore, but wouldn’t actually saddle a child with:

Barnabas (nn Baz)
Mehetabel
Hepzibah
Agatha (love nn Aggie)

Goddess names I love, but wouldn’t use:

Nyx
Peresphone
Artemis
Freya
Hero

emilybk Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

@Abby, my husband’s name is Cary! He’s the only male Cary I’ve ever met. When I met him, I was going through an old movie phase and thought that Cary Grant was so handsome, so his name really helped him stand out for me :). If we have a son in the future, we’ll probably use Cary as a middle name.

For me, the limiting factor is our last name. It ends in -rby, so first names that also end with -rby are out. I had a friend in high school named Darby and loved her name, but it would sound awful with our last name.

spacecow1993 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Ariadne and Brisesis. I love love love them, especially together.

NiamhEthna Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Ira, so lovely for a boy, classic, short and old fashioned in a way that could be new!
However my mother is Irish and would have a heart attack if i named my kid Ira thanks to the terrorist group the I.R.A. ….
DAMN!

namenerd8 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I love the name Sebastian but i could never use it because it’s my bestfriend’s dad’s name.

visitor3 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

These are all names I like but couldn’t bring myself to use.
Seamus. Sounds like “shame us” each time I hear it.
Portia. It means “pig.”
Katrina. The hurricane.
Iris. The flower is gorgeous. The eyeball biology, not so much.
Clementine. The lyrics to this song show poor little Clementine had a horrible death.
Angel for a boy. Not brave enough! Sounds feminine to my husband.
Evangelina. While 9 letters seems fine, 10 letters is just too long for me. Personalized items often cut off at 9 letters for whatever reason. Wouldn’t want little sister to never have anything with her name on it, poor thing.
Lucy/Lucia/etc. Poor St. Lucy had a terrible life and death, including rape, and having her eyes plucked out. Can’t get past that sad history; feels unlucky to associate that with a perfect newborn baby girl.
Diego. I always see the word “die” in it; feels unlucky. Too bad, because it is “James” which is a name I adore but my husband rejects.
Mercedes. Though a beautiful name for the blessed mother (and a name that goes so well with our LN; and the dear love interest in The Count of Monte Cristo), everyone hears the luxury car brand name.
Evita. Evita Peron was not entirely likeable.
Elvira. Mistress of the Night! And that Oakridge Boys song that gets stuck in the head.
Axel. Axl Rose! We would prove we are the cheesy 80s teens we still are in our memories.
Rye. I love the strong patriotic early American connotations with this grain and its benefits to the early colonials’ economy. But endless childhood teasing about bread and liquor… no.
Boaz. Too similar to the name of an ex of mine.
Emilia. Too similar to the name of an ex of my husband.
North. Well before the Kim & Kanye baby, I thought of this name. Maybe I can still use it for a dog!

visitor3 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Abigail. I always see “a-big-ail” like someone has a major sickness or is a major pain in the neck.
Kermit, Elmo, Al(bert), Ernest (Ernie), Grover, Gordon. Dang Sesame Street!
Otto (Ought To)

Freya_1983 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

For me, it’s Lolita. It has such a pretty sound, but it’s tantamount to child abuse to actually give this name to a child. And even if it isn’t real child abuse, people will look at you as though it is.

mermuse Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

@ JH, I love your list! In fact, most of those should’ve gone on mine. I love Heidi and Lorelei… and YES, Genevieve is so gorgeous pronounced the French way!!!

mrsdeasgroi Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Aoibhe.

lesliemarion Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Hortense, because of the first syllable.
Ichabod, because its only nicknames could be Icky or Bod.
Cadwallader, well, because.
Androcles, because it sounds too epic.
Eluned, because its spelling and pronunciation are so different.
Prunella, because people mock its fruit association.
Royal, because it is too regal for a boy now.
Ludmila, because there is still prejudice against Germanic sounding names.
Peter, because it has sexual connotations.
Bessie, because older people will think of cows.

Saracita00 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Sherlock. I’ll let you deduce the why. It’s elementary, my dear Watson.

Defie Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Ariel- As much as I love this name and the Little Mermaid, I’m not so much a fan that I would actually name my daughter after the character.

Andrina- Same problem as Ariel. It’s a Disney character name and I just can’t bring myself to take it that far.

Chloe- Already have a cousin by this name.

Isabella/Isabel- Twilight has ruined this name for me. Plus, it’s way too popular.

Jinora- Tinzen’s daughter’s name from Legend of Korra. Once again, I wouldn’t want to name my kid after a cartoon character.

Emmaline- Such a beautiful name but I can’t really see this name aging really well. I can only picture a little girl with this name and not a grown woman.

ericabz Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

@Saracita00 That is awesome!

Fitzwilliam. Yes, I am a Jane Austen fan and I do adore Mr. Darcy but his first name is just too much and Darcy has become too feminine.
I also love Jude, but I worry that people will call him Judy.
Harper is a favorite but people have said it’s too pretentious.
I was also set to name my daughter Adeline but there’s an Adeline at my Preschool and the more I said her name out loud, the more it sounded like “out-a-line,” go on, try it.
Don’t know if I’m brave enough for Sebastian (do you think “crab?”) and Beatrix.

Trillium Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

@mermuse and @JH, I know sisters Loralei and Heidi! I think they’re a go-to for parents looking for a “German-lite” name. I hear both individually quite a bit. Lorelei/lai/leigh in particular is shooting up the charts, you’d just never know it because there are so many spelling variations. @JH if weirdness is putting you off, I can assure you Lorelei “because of Gilmore Girls” is a regular phenomenon 😉

Trillium Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 2:36 pm

I forgot to add, my unusable name is Hillevi. It’s a scandinavian name pronounced either “Hill- Evie” or like Sylvie depending on where you are, and I just know it would be butchered state-side.

Giinkies Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

well obvious Bellatrix hence I created a poll about it because I love the name that much!

One that I don’t love but is virtually unusable Nastassia, she got called Nasty alot and changed her name to Tasha

cbmartin126 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I love a lot of these and don’t think they’re unusable at all! Granted, since my children were born, I’ve lived in one big city and one quirky city, so I’ve heard a lot of different names. My brother is Carey, and I don’t think he was ever teased about it. I agree with Lolita, Prunella, Ichabod, and anything relating to Hitler, but it’s easy to come up with all the negatives of a name that you love.

chi1127 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Most word names just don’t really work with our surname (Pease). So to name a few: Wolf, River, Saffron, Scarlet, Sapphire, Violet, Emerald, Olive, Ruby, Pearl, Willow,… Also, names that end in an s or z sound horrible, like Eloise and Reese. And names that end in an a tend to sound like appease, and there are way too many of those to list.

csd267 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

I love the name Timber for a girl. but, I won’t use it because of this irrational fear of her being a larger girl and clumsy, and I picture kids yelling “Timbeerrr!” when she falls over on the playground. Seriously.

indiefendi Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Oh and I’ve always thought Ryder was so cool on a girl but obviously there’s a negative connotation especially when she becomes a young adult “oh you’re a rider huh?” so I guess I’d have to settle on River, River is equally cool to me haha.

jtucker Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

So many beautiful names that are unusable for me. : (

The main one for a girl is Isolde. Isolde is a beautiful name, and for others it is usable. But my DH’s youngest brother is named Tristan. That would be awkward, here is my daughter Isolde and her Uncle Tristan?

livia Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I love Reverie too! I might put it in a middle spot still. I’m rather infatuated with Saskia Reverie Maeve at the moment but it’s probably too much V, and probably just ‘too much’, full stop. Sigh.

I also love Phoenix for a boy, as well as River and Winter (Winter on a boy!!…Just me? Ok.) These are a no probably because they’re too out there and/or too feminine sounding.

There are loads more but I can’t think of them right now! I’ll likely be back later ;D

visitor3 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 3:57 pm

I also love Letitia (as in Letitia Baldridge, the etiquette go-to for Jackie Kennedy) and Lucretia (the great Roman woman) but my husband thinks they sound like long-lost sisters of Michael Jackson.

Ginafrances Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I really have an affinity for ‘fairy-folk’ names. Fae, Bloom, Blossom, and such.

Findingmyshoes Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Scheherazade: we are whiter than white, and although I love the sound, the nn ( Zeta) and the character from Arabian Nights, but come on, it’s even I know it’s a little much.

Livi Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

I love Gaelic names like Siobhan and Caoimhe, but in the US someone with such a name would be forever cursed to pronounce and spell their names for people over and over again. Many Welsh names I love, like Angharad, have the same issue.
I really wish the name Lucifer wasn’t the devil’s name, because it has a great sound to it.
I really like Reverie, but I can’t easily imagine it being used on a real person.
Lysistrata has a nice sound, but it’s way too elaborate.
Bluebell has a pretty sound and imagery, but it’s too cutesy. Would still use it for a pet, though.

MelodyKatherine Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

One of my favorite names is Candelaria. But you’d have to have a Spanish last name and be born on Candlemas day in order for it to work, and people would probably call her “Candy”. Another name I have always liked is Berengaria; she was the wife of Richard the Lionhearted, so a bit too medieval. Ravenna is a nice place name, but most people where I live wouldn’t think of Ravenna, Italy; it would be Ravenna, Nebraska. Nothing wrong with that small town, just not too romantic. One of my classmates had a boyfriend named Courtland, which I thought was very classy. But my husband said, “Who would inflict that on a poor boy?” Might work for a girl though, it’s kind of in the Courtney family. And I like Vianney for a girl. But it is associated with St. John Vianney, who was a man, and the patron of parish priests. Might make a Confirmation name, though. Vianna might work for a girl. Silmarien is pretty, but it’s straight out of Tolkien. My coworker’s mom is named Lavanda, which I think is pretty, but she is 97, and you don’t hear of that name often anymore. Beauvais was a girl’s name in a novel, I’m afraid it would be mispronounced.

camjade1 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

One of my favourite names that someone once mentioned to me was Chamber. When I first heard it I was like “Oh My Gosh! This name is perfect!”. But when I told my mom all she said was ” It sounds like a hall of dirty spiders and cobwebs”. I guess that name won’t be on my family tree….

JessicaT11 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Our last name starts with a T, so any name ending in a T sounds odd. I can’t use Eliot (which I love), or Kate (which I also love for a nickname, middle, or actual name). We can’t use Abigail because Hubs had a crazy ex-girlfriend with that name, (and he ruled out Hannah/Anna because of a less crazy ex-girlfriend). And I like Chloe but its the name of our neighbor’s dog; I’m still deciding if that bothers me enough not to use it someday. Those are the ones I’m really upset about.

I really like Sawyer for a boy or girl but I don’t know if I’m that brave. And I have the same problem of liking place names of places I’ve never been (London, Savannah).

And I gave a relative a some grief for picking a name after a noun (but that’s a whole story) so if I picked Plum, River, or Robin she’d never let me hear the end of it (plus it wouldn’t match our daughter’s name)

I also like Lily, but someone close already mentioned really liking it, and I didn’t start liking it until recently so I’d feel bad for stealing it.

mrs0331 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 5:44 pm

I really love Saoirse, but I can only imagine how hard that would be to have people learn to pronounce! We also love a lot of the Greek and Roman God and Goddess names. But they may be a bit too much for a first name.

Other names I like but can’t use are because they are too popular (like Olivia). We are trying to come up with names that are very similar to those we like, but maybe are used quite as often.

opheliarhiana Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Names I Love I Wouldn’t Use – And Why
Cassiopeia – mouthful
Monica – Lewinsky
Arwen – just… no
Hero – sounds like it should be a boy’s name
Phoenix – to reincarnation-y for this Presbyterian 😉
Maeve – hard to say in a list of names (Eloise, Maeve, and Tarah – I don’t know; it just sounds weird to me.)
Tasha – I don’t know, but I’ve thought I couldn’t use if or years.
Guinevere – infidelity (I would be ok with almost any derivation – Gwyneth, Genevieve, Gwendolyn – but I’ll probably go with Ginevra instead)
Bellatrix – Lestrange
Lucius – Malfoy
Homer – Simpson
Ophelia – suicide
Medea – kills her own kids
Georgiana – It just sounds fussy and pretentious

However, I totally think I will use Mercedes as a middle. It means mercies, which I love.

treesandlove Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Lysistrata and Andromache. They would be hopelessly butchered, but come with adorable nicknames; Lissie, Andie, and Romy.

j2baby Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

I really love the name Fleur, which means Flower in french, but its also the name of a harry potter character, and a little…. uppity?
I also like angel names. like omg Gabriel, and Lucifer are actually names I love but obviously people would associate Lucifer with good feelings, and while I have nothing wrong with Gabriel my husband does.

kristalite Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

There are a few I just love but I wouldn’t use because they are a bit odd, there might be weird associations with them, I could get sick of them, our child might hate it, it might not be taken seriously in a professional sense down the line, ETC!!!

Here is my list (and who knows, maybe I will be brave enough to use one when the time comes):

Juno – this is my favorite. My husband pointed it out to me as a name he loved for a girl before he was married, this was a few years ago. I raised my eyebrows at it but 3 seconds later I thought it was the cutest, quirkiest name and especially loved that HE loved it. In the end, I feel it is somehow not classic enough and will raise many, many eyebrows among family and friends (which almost makes me want to use it more!)

Zosia – lovely but not classic

Violet – again, lovely, but seems too girly

Dash – I just think it sounds cool. I like the hard/strong start with the soft finish for a boy’s name. But that’s the problem – could come across as TRYING to be cool with that name.

Olivia – way too popular. A name I loved for many many years that has been ruined.

Thatcher – I’ve already been mocked mercilessly for loving this name! and it goes so well with our family name, too…

Paris – negative association

Mila – association with Mila Kunis (not really a bad thing but still…)

Ashley, Chelsea, Britney, Jessica – always liked how these sounded and enjoyed saying them. Way too 80s/90s now and overdone. I went to school with SO many Jessicas…

….and many ‘an’ or ‘en’ ending names because they rhyme with our last name!

njm222 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

There are a number of names I love but can’t use, mostly because of kids I knew in school. For example, I love the name Dakota (for both boys and girls), but I knew a girl by that name who was really creepy and mean. There’s also the nickname “Maddie” and any name that can have that nickname – she was a girl who I couldn’t stand in elementary school. For boys there’s Travis (a gross, mean boy from second grade and also an abusive boyfriend of a sibling) and any name ending in “ayden”, like “Brayden”, and probably all names ending in “eyton”, like “Peyton”, since my nephew’s name is Aidan.

marinadancel17 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Lilioukalani. It looks much more complicated than it is. “Lee-lee-oo-kuh-lah-nee” The Hawaiian in me loves it, but its a mouthful. And strange looks would be given. And it would definately be shortened to Lili, which I find does not have the essance of the beauty of the name in whole.

MamaJoys Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

I love nature and word names, especially ones that have the sort of whimsical sound. All my name issues seem to be with the girls.

One of favs is Canary but when I asked for others opinion, as well as my best friends… I sadly got nothing but negative responses. Maybe I was a little optimistic, but I love the idea of the nn Nary for that one. Mostly the unwelcomed feedback I’ve already received is keeping me from using it.

Juniper, Willow, Aspen, Magnolia, Acacia, Hazyl…even Almond and Maple. I love tree names!!! They paint such a beautiful, whimsical, strong picture. But as I’ve tried putting sibling sets together, and figuring out middles that would work? Well, just not so sure how these names would work on an actual person, especially in adulthood. But I really like Juno as a nn for Juniper. And Magnolia and Almond are my favorite trees after Cherry Blossoms. I’ve resorted to some names that have tree meanings, but Hazyl and Acaia are still up in the air, and I may use Willow as a nn.

One of my first fav word names was Sailor. But again, unwelcomed feedback and weird looks. I especially liked spelling it Saylaur. But again, thought I should look for names that had a meaning that related to the ocean.

Love Neptune for a girl. I think it’s totally out there, but so awesome! It holds a lot of personal meaning for me. There’s a place in SoCal that my parents used to go all the time when I was growing up, called Neptune’s Net. Somehow, now, I’m feeling a lil unsure about it. I love the name Thalassa which has a similar meaning, so I might just so with that and maybe nn her Neptune. Lol.

I love Lulu for a name, but I like it more for a nn. Just not sure what the long version of it would be.

Rosevelt with the nn Rose. I think with one “s” it’d make it more wearable on a girl. Still, it seems a bit of a heavy name though.

Essence. Not sure how this would work in the real world. But I do like the sound of it.

Whimsy. Yes. Lol. I love whimsical sounding things and that sort of childlike feeling you get from this word. But I wonder how serious she’d be taken, or how big of a teaser this name would become.

I really like Lotus and Orchid, but I wonder of the sexual connotations associated with these flowers. But I think Lotus might be more usable.

And of course, there’s the fruit. I love Lemon and Plum. Lemon just sounds so cute and fresh, I can see a sweet baby yellow nursery with lemon printed bedding and curtains. And Plum has such a whimsical vibe about it that I adore! My trouble is, pessimistic feedback for Lemon, and it being a fruit or naming her after that character from Hart of Dixie. Though I love how her dad calls her Lemonade, I think that’s so cute! With Plum, my concern is the teasing. Especially with my dad… “What kind of name is that!?” lol.

Finally, my issue with the boys names? I’m really liking the name Desmond and Reminton. But my issues with these are: Desmond sounding too old fashioned for a boy and lil feminine, as well as what his nn would be? And Reminton, I saw in a post, but have no idea what it means. I don’t like the name Rem-inG-ton, I like it without the “g.” Also, not sure how wearable either would be.

Anotherkate Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Grace, but for a few reasons (originally bc of an ex girlfriend’s name, but then it became too popular, and finally someone saying it reminded them off ‘grease’ kinda was the final straw!)
James because of an ex boyfriend of mine (shame because it is a lovely classic name, until I remembered the association- he was a short term bf but when I was young and awkward so it brings up those awkward memories!!)
Would love to use Liam as a nn for William (major family name) but too popular.
Names ending in S (first initial of last name), which is annoying because of so many boys names I like (and harder to find boy names I love to replace them)… The worst is Hollis, which I LOVE, but sounds like holly when said in full. Eloise I love except it sounds like elowee.
I also like Holling but can’t (yet) get past that it sounds like a truckers job.
My friend (married and living in Ireland) had mentioned a name she loved but couldn’t use. Caiomhe, because while it is usually pronounced like keeva it CAN be (and more importantly IS, by her Irish in laws) pronounced as kweeva, and she and I agreed it sounds almost vulgar like that. I do love the more common prn tho!

peacock14 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I like Edgar and Cullen, but thanks to Twilight, it’s too closely linked to use both (Edward Cullen; Edgar and Cullen)

RainbowBright908 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 9:45 pm

*Saoirse- beautiful name, beautiful meaning, IMPOSSIBLE for Americans to pronounce!
*Casper- shot down because my husband thinks of Casper the Friendly Ghost.
*Zinnia- shot down by my husband for a multitude of reasons, though it’s my #1 girl name. He thinks “that’s a flower, not a name,” and that it would hold her back in life by being too “weird.”
*Daire- I worry that it would be difficult to pronounce, and that it could invoke teasing because the pronunciation “Dara” sounds too feminine. I think the fact that it’s not a common name in the US adds to the fact that it sounds feminine. Why many Americans assume “-a” names are automatically feminine is beyond me, but I worry about the teasing nonetheless.
*Elijah- I love the sound, but my husband and I have agreed not to bestow A) top 100 names or B) Biblical names on our kids. We’re not Christian, so a Biblical name meaning “Jehovah is God” just doesn’t feel right for us. We’re OK with Biblical names in the middle position if and only if it is an honor name.
*Noah, Ezra, Micah, Jude, Lucas, Simon, Nathaniel- all Biblical names. So many of my boy favorites are Biblical, but I couldn’t bring myself to use them unless I knew someone by that name.
*Cecelia- the fact that it means blind totally ruined this beautiful name for me, even though it’s a family name. Celia (meaning “heavenly”) is a beautiful stand-in. I just love the sound… Cecelia. I could say it a hundred times a day and still love it!
*Evelyn- was in love with this name for a girl until learning it was originally a male name. Husband agrees, it’s off our list now. Also, it is quite popular, which keeps it off our list as well.
*Beatrix- Husband automatically said, “Potter?” I may be able to convince him of Beatrice, but I really like the -x spelling & pronunciation much more.
*Caoimhe- Even the bulk of nameberries couldn’t likely figure out to pronounce this as “Keeva.” Spelling it Keeva, IMO, makes it look like one of these modern invented names.
*Enya- Eithne looks too much like my toddler got a hold of my cellphone to text daddy, and I don’t want a child associated with the singer, as much as I adore her music.

In general, I’d say many Irish names are unusable in the US unless you fiddle with the spelling, but then the beauty and richness and history of the name goes kaput along with the traditional spelling.

katieree331 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Adonis. I love the way it sounds, I always think strong and sophisticated but I just can’t imagine it being accepted. Desdemona, but not for literary reasons. I actually have quite a few Shakespearean names on my list, I am a thespian after all. I just hate the nn Desi, I like Leonidas but hate Leo. Any name I choose either has to have a nn that I like or can’t be shortened.

Anotherkate Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

For those worried about Saoirse, my friend has young daughter by that name and people totally get it. When it’s written down, yes it’s harder and people don’t know it, but most of the time she’s introduced her child verbally, and it’s not that difficult. I think you can get around pronunciation worries easily enough by either saying what it rhymes with/is like, or by phonetically sounding it out in parentheses, like when introducing yourself to a mommy playgroup, “hi my name is X and I have a 6 month old daughter named Aoife (said like, “ee-fa”)….”

themonarch Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Chester
Oh how I love Chester, I grew up certain I would have a little Chester one day. Sweet for a boy, handsome on a man, with the edgy Chet or soft Chess for a nickname. And then I heard someone say “Chester, Chester, child molester”. Yes, every name can be teased, but there’s a difference between “Rufus the Doofus” and “Chester the child molester”. It’s just too horrible.

Lux
I couldn’t use this for a first, because of the rhyming words starting with F and S. No-one needs to invite that kind of teasing. But it’s on my list for middle names.

Adolf
Like another poster commented, it means ‘noble wolf’. How beautiful. And I like the sound of it. My great great great grandfather was an Adolf (well before the heinous Hitler), and played a special part in our family history. It would be nice to be able to honour him, but there’s no chance of that happening!

civic1209 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Halo- I love this name, I just love angelic names but this just affiliates too much with the video game. I would use this name for a girl and I wouldn’t want people to think I named my daughter after a video game…I named her after something an angel has!

Scout- After “To Kill A Mockingbird” love this name for a girl. Scout was such an adventurous and wicked character in this book but I think it makes it seem like a girl with this name is a a goody two shoes, girl scout, which is a no. Maybe a middle name?

Spike/Spyke- Cute name for a boy but I think this is just prone to ridicule. I think its a very fun, punk and powerful name but also don’t think he would be taken very seriously with this name.

Divine1 Says:

November 7th, 2013 at 12:22 am

@ Ericabz– My niece is Adelina (a-duh-leen-a). That might be usuable for you rather than Adeline “out of line.”

A name I really like is Chrysanthemum. I loved it every since I read the book. Well it’s too long & idk ppl might pick on her.

@Mama Joy– I knew of a little girl named Essence Unique & her sister was Pressence (not sure the spelling or MN). Her name fits her and it’s so cute. Also, I knew of a girl named Passion.

Zaqueo (zack-e-o; hubby doesn’t like because of the “zack” sound)
Caspian sounds like “cats peeing.”

I like how Desdemona looks but it seems a bit weird.

cadeence Says:

November 7th, 2013 at 12:23 am

Freya – I adore the sound of it, but unless I don’t marry a Scandinavian guy, it’s gonna be unusable *cries*
Edward – I loved it, until I saw a news report about Edward Snowden. I had to watch it a million times for some reasons, so I consider this name ruined for me.
Mikhail – Love it, but our region’s governor’s name happens to be Mikhail Yurevich, and he is #2 at the rate of worst governors of our country.

Divine1 Says:

November 7th, 2013 at 12:25 am

Oh yeah, I like Zofia/Zophia, but can’t stand the ever popular Sophia/Sofia. It just ruins it for me.

Divine1 Says:

November 7th, 2013 at 12:58 am

I keep forgetting names!
Another name I like for a boy is Ptolemy. I love its’ reference and the sound, but unfortunately it does not fitmy sibset and might be difficult to carry as a name.

taliesin Says:

November 7th, 2013 at 1:09 am

Linus, Kermit – obvious reasons.
I have always loved Gwyneth, but it has now been ruined. This is a name could have been improved had there been a few more people with it instead of just the one. I love Monica as well and there have been several Monicas, rather than just the infamous one.

I don’t agree that Calliope and Celeste are unusable at all. And I know several guys nn Jamie, great name and I would use it as a nn for James any time.

I love Emily, Amanda, Olivia and Jessica as well but I would wait for more time to pass before using them. Same with Zachary and Dylan.

LauraJ88 Says:

November 7th, 2013 at 5:20 am

For me, there are very few names that will be off limits when I have kids. Some are obvious; no names that can be associated with anyone evil (real or literary), no misspelled names, no family names as first names (avoids claims of favouritism), no trendy names or anything too popular.

Names that I ultimately won’t feel right using but love:
Bellatrix – love the meaning “female warrior” and think it would potentially made a fab twin name for one of my favourites (Matilda and Bellatrix; swoon), but unfortunately, it is too closely tied to the sociopathic Harry Potter villian.
Silas – love that it is a sneaky nature name (means “wood, forest”) and love the Weeds character, but in my brain, it turns into Sylar, the villian in Heroes and I don’t want to risk anyone else making that association.
Alicia/Alysha – ruined by a girl I went to high school with. Would loved to have used Alicia as a middle because I love Alicia Keys but I just can’t do it.
Samantha – ruined by my cousin who slept with my first boyfriend, while we were still together.
Robert – the first boyfriend. Also another cousin’s name, but he is not the first association I have so this is out.

Names that I like but that have been used or claimed by friends:
Malachi
Athena
Phoenix – this one will almost definitely be used as a middle name one day, just not a first.
Anastasia
Harrison
Indiana
Elijah
Bianca
Joel
Isaac
Elizabeth
Pamela – Mum’s name; definite middle
Colin – definite middle name
William – another definite middle

Names of friend’s/my exes that I love and am not sure if I feel comfortable using, despite how much I love them:
Nathaniel – I would use the nickname Nate for this name, as an homage to my favourite character from Six Feet Under. The problem is, Nathaniel was my best friend’s ex boyfriend’s name and I wouldn’t want to upset her.
Joshua – my most recent ex. Love the name and we’re still mates but it’d be far too awkward.
Aaron – another best friend’s ex.

Alywen14 Says:

November 7th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I love the name Tamsin– except that she and her newborn were members of the Donner party. Lets just say they didn’t make it out of there. Name ruined.

lovingElizabeth Says:

November 7th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

As much as I love&grew up with Harry Potter, there are certain names I love but could never use due to their ties with that series: Lily, Seamus, Hugo&Victorie being the main ones.

Additionally, two of my favorite names are Elizabeth and Emma, but I would never use them due to their popularity.

wickedjr89 Says:

November 7th, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Celestia is one I love but it’s a character on My Little Pony (not a bad thing) and I see many people saying “Celestia Molestia” yeah….no.
Gabriel – Ruined by an abusive ex (also Gabrielle/Gabriella as it’s just the feminine versions)
Abigail- Okay name, until someone pointed out it has the word big in the middle….

kateinindia Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 10:30 am

Amos. Love it so much but I guess it sounds too much like anus. sigh.

helengrace Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Dagwood, Topanga, and Hermione

CandaceMarie321 Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I love the name Kjersti–but it is just too Scandinavian for the US. My Dad is really pushing for it anyway.

For boys I would love Cary. I get an image of such a handsome, suave, man’s man (a la Cary Grant or Cary Elwes), but my husband gets the image of any of the many Carrie’s we went to school with or the Stephen King character.

greenypots Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I love the name Aurelia-Rose but it’s just too out there for where i live. Plus if Aurelia was shortened to Rory she’d be called Rory-Rose and that doesn’t sound right to me!

KittyMomma246 Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Sparrow- I’d love to name a girl this, but I feel like she might get made fun of… :/
Lilith- so elegant, but such an awful background story.
Aurora- the northern lights, so pretty, but possibly a name that would get her made fun of? also: disney
Evelyn- love it, but some definitions have said it means “bird woman”? Also name of an ex bf’s mom.
Isabelle/Bella- ruined by Twilight… I also have a cousin named each.
Clementine- kinda clunky & overly Southern… might get made fun of.
Wolfgang/Wolf- like the composer, & I love wolves… but yeah… clunky & would get made fun of.
Anastasia- a bit too long, & now I’ve met a girl w/this name, & she’s okay but… eh. :/
Naomi- just found out my bf has a aunt w/this name, soo I wouldn’t want them to have the same name.
Violet- love it, flower, purple, invisible girl from The Incredibles, possibly a little too popular though…
Vincent- like VanGogh, the artist, although he did commit suicide… & bf doesn’t like it for some reason.
Lemon- fruit… would get laughed at.
Lime- same story as Lemon. 😛
Shiloh- celeb baby name now… :/ also, a bloody battle in the civil war…
Gabriel/Gabrielle- the female version is my own middle name, soo… 😛
Emmaline- nn would be Emma, which is a bit too popular for my taste & is also my aunt’s beagle’s name.
Kimball- sounds too much like the super-popular Kimberly/Kim, & then there’s the word Ball… :/
Patrick- ruined by a guy I knew in High School. 😛
Peter- association w/male genitals… lol, also a little too popular? Also the name of bf’s cousin.
Toby/Tobi- worried that he wouldn’t be taken seriously as an adult, w/a nn for a first name?
Charlie- love it so much, but much too popular… also, it’s traditionally a nn, not a first name. 😛
Scout- possible association w/girl scouts? also, now a celeb baby name.
Delilah- negative backstory… also, a friend named her cat this.
Benjamin- kind of long & clunky… a little too over-used too.
Harley/Harli- association w/motorcycle brand & possibly violent motorcycle gangs… :/
Lolita- possible association w/pedophilia? :/ darn.
Sherlock- probably a one-man name… it’s elementary, my dear Watson. lol
Sebastian- kind of long… also, crabs. 😛
Ariel- beautiful, but… The Little Mermaid is all people would think of.
Chai- not sure if I’m brave enough. 😛
Kai- same story as Chai.
Pandora- awful backstory… & now it’s an Internet music player too.
Temperance- love this, elegant, & Bones association, but… a little bit of a mouthful.
Katya- reminds me a bit too much of all the over-used K & C names for girls….
Annabelle- too simplistic… Anne is over-used & Bella was ruined by Twilight.
Brennan- kind of afraid people will always be calling her Brianna or Brenda. 😛
Sage- really cool, but was almost my own name, for “S And G Eternally”, for my split bio-parents initials.

AS Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Evangeline-Love tha sound, nn Eva, and angel in the name. Yet, every time I mention it people. Look at me like I grew an arm
Luna-Love the sound, meaning, and great HP character. But, Friend’s dog’s name, and mother thinks it is too close to lunatic and tells me there would be definite teasing in Brazil
Ariel-Love meaning, lioness of god, and the perfect sound. Unfortunately annoying mermaid that doesn’t listen to parents, not great role model.
Coraline-Great name that honors my aunt, like nn Cora meaning heart. Too freaked out by the movie to use it.
Jack-Very manly and fun but too much teasing material
Aurora-Love the Northern lights and the meaning but sounds too strange where I’m from
Eleanor-Like the nn Leo and sunny meaning but friend says it reminds her of a pig on a kid’s tv show.
Astrid-Love how daring and beautiful the name is but a comment made on The Office makes me turn it down,
Juliet-Beautiful sound, almost too good to pass up but another foolish teenager that is not a great role model

raevynstar Says:

November 9th, 2013 at 7:47 am

Atticus–Waaay too associated with the book.
Augustus–Associated with TWO books! 🙁
Nip–sounds like dog food, and could be short for…But I can’t help liking it a little!
Drake and Jonas–I’ll just put these together because they’re both tied to books.
Maxwell–A bit too stuck with the video game character.
Herbert–Why is this so hated????
Tomlin–Stars with this as a last name have ruined it!
Klaus–Yes, another book reference, and in the same camp as…
…Lemony–What kid won’t think of Snicket?

littlemonster985 Says:

November 10th, 2013 at 10:58 am

I am in love with the name Katrina. But due to the hurricane connection, I’m afraid it would be hard to use.

elodie_leona Says:

November 10th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Aida-i’d really love to use it someday, but it always reminds me of a girl from high school and i can’t get her out of my head. I just wish someone would hypnotize me!
Kellan-people always bring up Kellan Lutz and how i shouldn’t use it because of him.
Channing-i love this one even more, but hey, another hollywood connection.
Brooke-i love it, but it’s been way overused and it’s still popular
Brody-^^^^^^^^^^^^
Logan-too popular
Aiden-too popular
Noah-^^
Liam-^^
Emmett-Twilight connection
Tristan-too popular and means sad
Caspian-book character
Owen-too popular
Eva-i only like it pronounced Ehva, but Americans say Eeva, and i don’t like that.
Blake-too popular
Luka-too similar to Luke which is really popular
Leo-too popular
Asher-^^
Sienna-^^
Aaron-^^

hufflepuff Says:

November 10th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Tamriel – It’s like Ariel and Tamsin mixed; unusable for being the made-up name of a province in the totally awesome Elderscrolls video games. Sounds soooooooo pretty though.

Galilee (for a boy) – People suggest this for a girl’s name but I just can’t swallow that after reading Clive Barker’s novel Galilee, where the main character is male. But since the consensus is that this is a girl’s name, I can’t use it. I only like it for a boy, and Galileo isn’t quite the same.

lunarblue Says:

November 17th, 2013 at 7:52 am

Cassio – might make more people think of Casio than Shakespeare
Scarlett – no problems in itself but I already hope to have a daughter named Ruby, so it would be too much

Fourthseason Says:

January 8th, 2014 at 2:13 am

Hortense is one of my GPN. Buuuut on a name forum it stated that Hortense was voted the worst name in America. Even though it was once popular pre-1950’s, it is hated. This just killed it for me. I really love this name.

Fourthseason Says:

January 8th, 2014 at 2:20 am

Also, I’m forbidden to use the name Gweneth or Gwendoline. Apparently, we have a great great family member with that name and I guess she got around with men. So noooooo honoring her, even though they are beautiful names.

Adriennejune Says:

February 12th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Clarice! Hannibal Lecter.

Erin91 Says:

February 12th, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Francesca- Too close to Frances, which is the name of my maternal grandmother. I have never met her, but I have no desire to if she is still living.
James- I probably COULD get away with using this name, but I don’t feel comfortable using it. It’s my dad’s grandpa’ name (My great-grandfather. He went by Jay most of the time) and from what I heard, he wasn’t that great of a person.
Nathan/Nathanial- My grandmother’s uncle. He is or was a drunk.

Chloe14 Says:

February 26th, 2014 at 2:11 pm

I love all these names and I would use them for future children but some maybe unusable.
Prudence – No one has ever heard of this name where I live. (Usable)
Piper – Its used a lot now. (Usable)
Phoebe – It maybe hard to use as one of my best friends is called this. (Usable)
Paige – It is used way to much. (Usable)
Brenda – People think of old people when they hear this name. (Usable)
Rene – People would spell it wrong. (Usable)
Winona – People think of the actress with this name. (Not Usable)
Aimee – My other best friend is already using this name. (Usable)
Shannen – People would say its spelt the other way not the way your spelling it. (Usable)

Boys:
Matthew – Its very biblical. (Usable)
Harry – Used way to much. (Not Usable)
Riley – Used a lot. (Usable)
Wyatt – Not used very much. (Not Usable)
Brandon – Not used enough. (Usable)
Brodie – Not used very much. (Usable)
Dylan – Used a lot but spelled another way. (Usable)

number_1_auntie Says:

March 5th, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Boys:
Caspian- I think this is such a handsome sounding name but “Prince Caspian” from the Narnia series makes it unusable to me. also, it’s just a little “fantastical”.
Abraham- I love the biblical reference but I fear it is kind of “old” sounding. and the “ham” ending could cause some teasing.
McKinley- I love this name but it may be a little too feminine for a boy.
Felix- I just don’t have the guts but again, I think it’s handsome.
Leo- the lion, dicaprio, the astrological sign. maybe as a middle name?

Girls:
Adelaide- I recently fell in LOVE with this name but many people I know don’t like it. Also, it might just be a little too clunky/awkward. but i think it’s beautiful.
Lucy/Lucia- this is just such a graceful name but a little too “popular” for me.
Luna- Harry Potter reference.
Winslet- romantic name but she would always get “like Kate Winslet?” (who is a fabulous actress, might i add).
Valentina/Evangeline- i think both of these names are beautiful and romantic but maybe a little too “uppity” or exotic for where i live.

Chloejonesx Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 2:35 am

Caroline- bad family stuff
Quincy- it very very unpopular here
Amelia- too many babies called it
Noah- way to many babies called it
Dylan- my cousins name
Molly- my cousins name
Everly- here it’s classed as made up(which it is) but it’s pretty popular some places so I class it as a normal name
Ava- way too common
Lincoln- everyone always says Abraham
Lincoln- for a girl, apparently it’s extremely too manly
Mia- mee ah, everyone always says My-ah

AMSnipe Says:

July 2nd, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Amy, Alison, Hailey – love the sound of these, but too 80s/90s
Gabriel – love the nickname Gabe, butt he full name is too religious for us
Holland – my husband is Dutch, so it’s a little on the nose
Ainslie – a classic name, but sounds made up
Grace, Atticus – my sister’s possible baby names
Stella, Lois (nn Loie) – like these, but somehow ruined for me by connotations from the Simpsons (“Can’t you hear me yell-a!” and “Lowenstein…Lowenstein”)
Kate – too common
Jacoba (Coby) – the name of a family member, but not one close enough to name the baby after

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:

September 24th, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Lilith-gorgeous name but the demon connection

Bellatrix-While this name is on my list I don’t think I could ever use it because of the Harry Potter character

Ozma-I love the wizard of Oz books but I feel like this name would cause teasing when she got older

Poppy-Like I said about Ozma I love the wizard of Oz so when I hear Poppy I think of the field of Poppies.

NaomiNY Says:

September 27th, 2014 at 11:52 pm

Girls:
Katrina- Hurricane Katrina
December- I love this as a name, but I’m afraid she’d be made fun of.
Myrcella- Pretty name, but people would associate it with Cersei’s daughter on “Game of Thrones”.
Ulyssa- People would probably laugh at her.
Heidi- “Heidi-ho!”
Kinsley- Maybe I could use this as a middle name, but not as a first.
Holiday- It’s the name of the town I live in. And it’s not exactly a great place.
Lamia- People would see and read it as “lame”.
Assyria- Sounds nice, but it has the words “@$$” and Syria in it. And with how things in Syria are right now, I wouldn’t want my daughter to have it in her name.
Sierra- Sierra Leone.
Britta- I’ve liked the name because of “Community”, I know people in my area would automatically think of the water filter.
Epiphany- As someone whose father’s side of the family is Catholic, I don’t know how well this would work as a little girl’s name.
Kristen- A few years ago, I knew a horrible person with this name. She ruined it for me.

Boys:
Leonidas- Like this name, but I can’t use it because of the movie “300” association.
Henryk- The Polish form of Henry, but I can’t use this because it sounds dangerously close to Heinrich (which was the first name of the Nazi Himmler).
Ryker- Looks too close to Ryder. Oh, well, maybe I can use it as a middle name.
Tristan- Might not be usable, because most of my friends would only think of Yu-Gi-Oh!
Damien- The Omen
Uriah- Uriah Heep from David Copperfield
Isaiah- A few years ago, I knew a horrible person with this name. He ruined the name for me.

kendallrhea1 Says:

September 28th, 2014 at 12:13 am

I love the name Ellery (for a girl) but my mom pointed out that it’s so close to “celery” and now I can’t go back

ARead Says:

October 1st, 2014 at 8:39 pm

@rainierloner and @larkub101 and @MamaJoys and @number_1_auntie : When my daughter (Adelaide) was dedicated at church last month, three of the seven other girls dedicated that day (yeah, all girls!) were named Holiday, Finley, (both maiden names of female relatives), and Sailor. Lots of people are extremely complimentary about Adelaide’s name (more than just the obligatory “oh, that’s nice”)!

@lesliemarion – Ludmila is not Germanic, it’s Slavic

@JessicaT11: my daughter is Adelaide and I’ve never been there. You don’t have to go to a place to name your kid that name! Or you could use this as an excuse to visit an awesome place like London or a Savannah!

Mine I wish I could use but can’t:

Alaric-husband hates it, plus sounds like “Al-uh-Rick”, like you wanted to talk to Rick, but accidentally started out saying Al’s name first and then changed your mind

Inigo- husband hates it

Calliope- husband hates it

Lorelei- love love love it but Gilmore Girls ruined it (I loved it first!!)

gaelis Says:

October 13th, 2014 at 9:16 pm

My favourite book has ruined a few names actually
Goodbye Ralph, Jack, and Simon. You will be missed.
And especially Roger, which is sad, because I like it as a name and I like him as a character.
But now I can only associate the name with him, so it’s kinda like
‘Ehhh I really wouldn’t name my kid this because the dude from Lord of the Flies is already a Roger and I can’t really get rid of that association’ I dunno kind of a dumb reason considering he was my favourite character but here’s my two cents

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