What are your guiltiest guilty pleasures?

The best names you'd never use

Here at Nameberry, we love hearing about your “Guilty Pleasure” baby names — the names you secretly adore, but would never have the guts to actually use.

Over the years, we’ve come across countless reasons why certain names get confined to strictly GP territory: they might feel too trendy or too try-hard, too popular or too pretentious, too “out there”, too ostentatious, or just a little too odd…

But are any of your secret name crushes downright outrageous?

Inspired by this fun thread from the Nameberry forums, today we’re asking you to spill the beans on your most outré, out-of-this-world, utterly outrageous baby name loves.

What’s the single most over-the-top name on your Guilty Pleasure list?

What’s the most shocking or controversial name that you just can’t help but love?

What’s the one name you’re most embarrassed to admit your secret admiration for?

And are there any truly outrageous baby names that you love so much, you’d use them anyway?

Over to you, Berries! Fess up in the comments below, or come and join the discussion on Facebook or Twitter.

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mill1020 Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 12:00 am

I kind of love Beulah. Would never, ever use it!

mamanmia Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 1:35 am

Eponine. Love it so much, would never have the guts to use it

vivi_simone Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 1:44 am

Not that these would go together in sibsets, but I love them individually.

Boys:
Moss
Darwin (beautiful name and meaning, but controversial)

Girls:
Magnolia
Wednesday
Winifred
Pear

Having a very unique and hard-to-spell name myself, I couldn’t actually use any of them. 😉

Monkeyname Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 2:55 am

Berengaria or Berengar

emmievis Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 3:48 am

Fantine, it sounds too much like elephant, infant (its meaning, actually) and Fanta but I still like it

GPU Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 3:59 am

@vivi_simone, Wednesday is one of mine too! It’s very pretty but would never ever use it

esylt Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 4:01 am

Galadriel and Endellion

Lara88 Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 4:38 am

Euphemia and Eugenia, Nancy, Augusta, and unisex names on boys like Audrey and Evelyn

Greenbaby17 Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 5:15 am

I love the name ‘Scout’ for a girl but don’t know if I would ever use it!

jessiemay Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 5:22 am

I adore unusual names so I don’t necessarily have any that I would absolutely never use, but these ones are probably my guiltiest pleasures.
Girls: Velvet, Zephyrine, Holiday, Mars, Django, Evening, Peaches, Rococo, Saffron
Boys: Saint, Aurelius, Wolfgang, Brahms, Drummer, Bravery, Styx, Toulouse, Silver

jjayx Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 5:33 am

Recently fell in love with Rhisiart but I don’t think I could ever see myself really using it.

custard Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 6:01 am

Rebel for a girl and Rocket for a boy.

tp b Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 6:07 am

Blasius, nn Blaze. It’s a family name.
My brother + I both like it. Our wives don’t. Good way to get them laughing.

blueylit Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 7:19 am

Recently fallen for the name Ruslan since learning of Ruslan Romanov but don’t think I could ever see myself using it, esp as it’s from the same etymological root as Aslan (as in Narnia) :/

Other somewhat unusable faves are Adonis & Michelangelo (or Donnie & Milo) for boys and Addolorata & Thames for girls

nora.rosenberg Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 7:47 am

My name list mostly contains names I would definitely used if blessed with a child. However, some of them do not “match” in terms of style or are “out of my comfort zone”. I don’t say I’d never use them, but I would probably stick with a more normal name. My guilty pleasures may not seem too “guilty” for the majority of Nameberry users but they are for me and my family.

So, for girls: Valletta – Elsinore – Imentet – Alcmene {love it in Greek, but don’t like the pronunciation in my country} – Mélisande and maybe more but I can’t think right now

For boys: Aeson – Aravind – Myron – Nereus – Salvador

{for names like Aravind and Imentet, I am not aware of any negative connotations. I just like the sound of the names. I apologise in advance}

leahpl Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 7:54 am

Topanga is probably my top girl name of all time, but I don’t know if I’m brave enough to ever use it.

leahpl Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 7:55 am

Plum for a girl is another guilty pleasure of mine.

Myosotis Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 8:12 am

My weirder GPS are:

Valkyrie
Cadmium
Pompeia
Arsinoë
Belladonna
Evangelise
Pallas Athena (as a combo)

Sherlock
Icarus
Hemlock
Alchemy
Mordred
Indigo Blue (as a combo, Indigo is one of my top names and 100% usable in my opinion)

thesilenceinbetween Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 8:12 am

Same on Berengaria, @Monkeyname!

Also:

Bellatrix
Edwina
Hermione
Madonna
Mariposa
Nadie (Spanish for “no one”)
Persephone
Violante

Endymion

wandsworth Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 8:35 am

Names from fantasy series are high up on my GP list. Rhaegar and Bellatrix come to mind at once.

mymel0dy Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 8:41 am

Griselda has for a very long time been my guiltiest of guilty pleasure names. I absolutely love it but would never use it. A more recent guilty pleasure name for me is Roelien, which is apparently an old-fashion Dutch girl’s name. As for boys I only have maybe one and it is Eugene, however, I have a list of what I call theory and practice names. Names I love in theory and would consider but in practice would likely not use.

ecpt Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 9:30 am

Some of GP crushes lately are: Salinger, Rodanthe, Adeste, Bristow, Knoll, and Chastain.

unculturedswine Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 9:41 am

My guilty pleasures are the “teen mom” names Raelynn and Oaklynn.

Steph794 Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 9:45 am

I absolutely love the girl name Selah and boy name, Ezekiel, but my mom finds them a bit strange. 🙂

Greenbaby17 Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 9:59 am

I have also always wished Midsummer could be used as a name 🙂

Suzannah Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 10:33 am

DH would have never gone for any of these (and I probably would have chickened out as well):
Anemone
Jerusha
Aphrodite
Forsythia
Ave” (ah–vay) I knew someone with this name and always loved it.

Birdie Largo Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 11:06 am

Briseis nn Bree. A little too far-fetched for me. Artemis for a girl, too. Tarquinn for a boy.

beynotce Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 11:15 am

I have pretty adventurous tastes, so there aren’t many names that I love but wouldn’t be up for using – the trick is convincing my picky partner! Our chosen middle name for a girl is an “invented” name (it’s a word in Spanish) is probably the most out-there name we can agree on. As for names that I, personally, love but wouldn’t be brave enough for?

Tenebrae (F), Ransom (M), Gethsemane (F), Kiley (M), Kaelix (F – this spelling only; I *would* use Calyx, but it’s not quite as pretty to me), Solo (M), Sabbath (either).

I’m sure there are others that aren’t coming to mind!

merlynhawk Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 11:25 am

My GP names are more pagan-y. My favourites being my username, Merlynhawk, also love Rowanoak, and one that is being used sometimes these days but I would never have the guts to use and that is Artemis.

sportasal Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 12:55 pm

So many! Nala, Evening, Vesper, Sparrow, Tiberius, Rush, Paris (b), Kipling, Cove, Thorin, Boone, Deveraux, Arcturus, Meridian, Cypress….I wouldn’t necessarily say no to GPs as middles though!

cheesy-biscuit Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 1:20 pm

Bluebell, Blaize, December and Sunday, Paris.

Monkeyname Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 1:34 pm

Ember and Ismerie are others!

IslandMoon Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 1:55 pm

The only names I love that I truly consider GPs are Ferelith for a girl and Ramesses for a boy. Though I made a post about Ramesses a few weeks ago and somebody commented that they actually have met a few little boys called Ramesses, so maybe it’s not so bad after all.

IcyRosey Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Well, since I’ve already got a May, my guilty pleasure names are that simply because they would sound absolutely ridiculous if siblings to a May.
The names though are; Pandora, Andromeda, and Jacen

CocoaPuff Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 2:15 pm

Plum
Oak
Seaborn (my husband’s 17th century English ancestor sported this name, wonder if he was born en route to the colonies. Either way, I love word names and family tree names, even if we live in the mountains 🙂

nuttymussel Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 4:24 pm

Eugenia and Ulysses, definitely.

Erin Beth Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 5:28 pm

Sybil, Portia, Muriel, Lucretia, Augusta, Aurelia, Verona, Flannery

Courtney Elisabeth Roberts Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 5:38 pm

I’d maybe use some of these they just don’t fit what I want in a name but I love love love them.

Girls:
June??
Judith
Celicy/Cicely??
Trudy
Maude
Elinor
Jean
Nancy
Esme
Lois
Vivian
Priscilla
Clementine
Velvet
Violet
Sylvia
Avery
Edith
Summer
Ruby
Mandy
Virginia??
Joan
Edwina
Lilith
Celeste
Prudence
Helen
Iris
Josette
Margo??
Stella
Rosemary??

Boys:
Hugo
Frankie
Adrian
Finlay
Spencer
Hugh
Alexis
Francis
Walter??
Ralph
Remy
Felix
Vincent??
Jeremy
Cameron
Lawrence
Oscar
Milo??
August
Phineas
Simon
Quentin
Elliot
Jude
Benjamin???
Arthur??

brittanyanitarose Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 5:39 pm

I don’t know if I truly have a GP list because I’ll use any name I really love and Most the name a I seriously consider are probably GP’s to someone else.

Okay I take that back, I have a bunch of names that I don’t use because of Alliteration or because they would be too matchy with the end of our surname. So I guess that counts as my GP list. Names like:
Hypatia (though a part of my is still remotes to use it in spite of the alliteration)
Hermione
Henrietta
Hespera
Helena

Icarus
Heriot
Amadeus
Phineas
Hugo
Atticus
Cornelius
Ignatius
Atlas

Names that probabky seem GP to most people that I would totally use, either as a first or middle:
Galatea
Altalune
Eponine
Minerva
Corisande
Undine

Belvedere
Voltaire
Winslow
Meadowlark
Oleander
Ptolemy
Descartes

xroisin_mcgx Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 5:42 pm

This is going to sound weird but I love the name Dandelion for a girl but I would never be brave enough to name my child that.

Mia17 Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 5:59 pm

Mostly names from too small of cultures that it would almost be stealing since I am not of those cultures.

Nanook/Nanouk (shouldn’t steal native names)
Sitka
Nootka
Svala (so pretty but I’m not Icelandic :/)
Isleif (pretty but unheard of and rarely used on girls)

Coddiwomple Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 6:11 pm

My one caveat with not using a name is if it is going to be appropriative or disrespectful for me to use. Otherwise, nothing is really too “out there” for me.

fungusamongus Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 6:29 pm

Koh-i-Noor, as in the diamond, was my ultimate guilty pleasure name for a while. Nowadays, I’d say Lakshmi and Lalage.

@Suzannah, Ave is gorgeous!

Hannah K Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 7:14 pm

Being young and unmarried myself, with no children but those in the novels I write, I can go wild without guilt. But some names I save in a special place in my heart, for maybe someday…
Girls: Vienna, Dejalee, Skye, Estella, Zellie, Gianna, Valencia, Astana, Natalle, Ris or Rissa.
Boys: Zyatt, Zaire-Daniel, Oscar-Jay, Blaire, Paris, Dublin, Dash, Sterling, Blake, Casper (a town near me, but I’m afraid people would think of a friendly ghost!), or Caspian. Zelynn and Finnley.
I love reading all your posts and awesome names!

danirose01 Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 7:31 pm

Balthazar- appears several times in my husband’s family tree, I think it’s a fun name but probably a lot of name to handle.
Blaise/Blaze- on a girl. Would use on a boy though.
Mazarine- I happen to love it but I couldn’t imagine myself being brave enough to use it.
Dorothy- still feels old ladyish to me.
Wolfgang- perhaps too cool for me lol. Also our last name ends with g so this wouldn’t work anyway.

mclola Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 7:59 pm

I actually have quite a few

girls: Theodosia – Holiday – Nataline – Alabama – Hildegard – Andromeda- Antigone – Eulalia – Aremé – Einmyria – Illyria – Minerva – Daylily – Hummingbird – Nightingale – Skylark – Stardust – Wildflower

boys: Jonquil – Shylock – Stanislaus -Calcifer – Eryx – Evergreen – Ballad – Aloysius – Escher – Hawthorne – Aeredin – Casimir – Ludovic – Everhart – Everest – Lafayette – Constantine – Prosper – Chaucer- Daystar – Moonlight – Midnight – Twilight – Wintertale – Rosewood

Mega_Muffin Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 8:44 pm

My husband will usually at least humor me and consider my “out there” suggestions for middle names, but the two that were automatic vetoes for him were Scholastica and Melchizedek, so I consider those my most guilty pleasures.

rayleemarie Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 9:40 pm

They’re definitely a lot of naames I love but, likely wouldn’t use although I don’t know if they’d be Gp’s for a lot of people. My top 3 are…
1. Ivan for a girl nn Ivy for some reason I can’t bring myself to go for just Ivy
2. Persephone or perhaps even odder what I believe is made up Perstephone as in Stephanie but, I can already hear the “How do you spell thats”
3. Atticus, a favorite on nameberry but, it might be a bit out of my comfort zone for personal use

As other people have mentioned I aslo love Wednesday but, it’s quite suprisingly not out of my comfort zone

jtucker Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 9:58 pm

Ooh, love seeing these awesome replies.

Mine would be,

Girls
Jubilee
Mary Margaret
Hermione
Topanga
Sparrow
Selene
Merida
Lilac
Persephone

Boys
Milo
Rebel
Lucian
Hawk
Rex
Lazarus
Thorin
Rowdy
Josey
Hector
Rodrigo

EmersonWildWood Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 10:12 pm

Wulfric, Huckleberry and Wildflower are my guiltiest of guilty names. I adore them. I love this post!

jtucker Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 10:16 pm

Ooh, forgot.

Girls
Elsa
Galadriel
Tillie
Juliet
Adina
Coco
Bea
Birdie
Trixie
Piper
Rahab

Boys
Dash
Akila
Thanos
Lake
Valentine
James no “Jem”
Orion
Everest
Frost
Viggo
Blaze
Magnus
Crispin
Maverick

jtucker Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 10:19 pm

And forgot Raven for a boy.

Madaris Says:

June 29th, 2018 at 11:33 pm

Girls: Mintie, Ever, Endeavor, Echo, Cedar, Taliesin, Maple, Evangeline, Paladin, Pandora, Lux, Xanthippe

Boys: Enzer (found on my distant family tree)

LissThom Says:

June 30th, 2018 at 1:38 am

Boys names:
Quill
Newt
Cedric
Archer
Fox
Fletcher
Maverick
Huck
Orion

Girls:
Aurora
Scout
Luna
Autumn

lucyyy Says:

June 30th, 2018 at 4:50 am

I love some ASOIAF (Game of Thrones) names such as Daenerys or Sansa, which I think are beautiful, and Sansa could very much pass as a regular slightly uncommon name, but I still wouldn’t have the guts to use it, sadly.

For boys I really love the name Tadgh, which is an Irish name that rhymes with tie. But because of the difference between spelling and pronounciation I don’t know if I would use it because I don’t want people butchering the name.

pepperandprincess Says:

June 30th, 2018 at 5:53 am

Epiphany or Primrose

NaomiNY Says:

June 30th, 2018 at 6:02 am

Girls:
Jubilee – As in the X-Men character. Cool namesake, but I can’t see myself using it for a future daughter.
Persephone
Demeter
Raelynn
Arabella – Even though this is a Harry Potter name, I can’t see myself using this because my parents don’t like it due to a certain person who resides in the White House now (one of his grandkids is named Arabella, btw).
Desdemona
Andromeda
Armistice – Westworld character. Cool character, but unless I was due to give birth this November 11, I can’t see myself using this name.
Bellatrix – Great sounding name, but…Bellatrix Lestrange gave it a not-so-great connotation in my eyes.

Boys:
Balthazar
Horatio
Romulus
Remus
Enoch
Ulysses
Endymion

Liz Kent Says:

June 30th, 2018 at 8:49 am

I was wondering if nameberry would respond to the Norris Nuts announing their baby name to be Disco? Their children (Sabre, Sockie, Biggy, Naz) chose it for their unborn son, and there have been mixed opinions from fans. Some think they can choose whatever name they like and Disco is a good name. Others think they have gone too far, and that there are unique names to be chosen that he wont be bullied for having.

EloiseT Says:

June 30th, 2018 at 9:22 am

My GPs or just names I know would not get a look in by the H (there are dozens more):

Girls: Lavender, Irenee, Theodosia, Capucine, Velvet, Farley, Temperance, Zadie and Celestine

Boys: Hawthorne, Rainsby, Curtis, Fox, Marcel, Gavin, Orion and Boston

EloiseT Says:

June 30th, 2018 at 9:23 am

Also love Domino for a girl!

Jemberry Says:

June 30th, 2018 at 10:34 am

Theophilus
Gertrude

Namefreak35 Says:

June 30th, 2018 at 1:05 pm

Aristotle (nn Ari)
Castiel

Anthem (Not one I wouldn’t use, but I’ve never heard it as a name before)
Artemis

mommytomany Says:

June 30th, 2018 at 2:08 pm

My GP are rather boring and consists of names that I truly love and would use but belong to a closely related family member or are one syllable long which doesn’t work very well with our last name. So names like Charlotte and Leah and Wren are on that list. The more out there names I would consider actually using are Maple and Primrose and Jethro.

indiefendi2 Says:

June 30th, 2018 at 4:14 pm

My GUILTIEST guilty pleasure is Billion… nicknamed Billy. William is too boring, Billion is a bold statement. And how did we get Billy from William anyway?

simple as that. 🙂

LibelluleClaire Says:

June 30th, 2018 at 4:45 pm

My most over the top guilty pleasure would probably be Eglantine. I love the way it sounds but could never my sweet baby as ‘Egg’ just couldn’t do it.

katinka Says:

June 30th, 2018 at 5:27 pm

Most OTT: Snapdragon and Tigerlily for girls; Pendragon and Excalibur for boys

Most controversial: Sappho and Diablo for girls; Franco and Nero for boys

Most embarrassing: probably infamous “celeb” baby names like Rumer, Rocket, Satchel and Suri

GPs I’d use anyway: Endellion, Vesper, Pippin (g), Kestrel, Madelief, Sunday, Tuesday, Merrily, Larkspur, Lupin, Florin, Fenna (b), Prosper, Cymbeline, Faraday, and many many more!

saoirse123 Says:

June 30th, 2018 at 6:12 pm

For boys: Ashley (why did it have to be so popular for girls???), Huckleberry and Django

For girls: Nala, Eglantine and Capucine

LuMary Says:

June 30th, 2018 at 7:37 pm

Girl: Lulu

Boy: Ebenezer, Ichabod, Bartholomew, Howard, Norman

LuMary Says:

June 30th, 2018 at 7:39 pm

Girl: Hopestill, Hopewell

Pam Says:

June 30th, 2018 at 7:59 pm

I love love love love all these responses. I can’t resist chiming in with the one I’ve been thinking of a lot lately: Bathsheba.

HReyns Says:

June 30th, 2018 at 11:06 pm

Zelda, Minerva, Hermoine; Atticus, Wilder & Fitzgerald

Angiie Says:

June 30th, 2018 at 11:59 pm

I love out there names! I dont consider them guilty pleasures so much as unique choices.
Girls:
Elliott
Zelda
Rain
River
Ocean
Tilly
Birdie
Daisy
Phoebe
I dont have any for boys!

lesliemarion Says:

July 1st, 2018 at 12:42 am

No guilty pleasures, just names I would not likely name a child (but wish someone else would!)

Arethusa, Turquoise, Eureka, Florida, Svetlana, Emmaliese, Marilla, Nesselrode (good cat name), Veranda, Julep, Taffeta, Cricket, Viridiana, Pallas, Gudrun, Ermengard, Friedeganrd, Hildegard, Winifred, Hortense, Gerrtude, Fig, Pomeline, Nastassja, Alchemy, Gertie, Adele, Esclarmonde, Velma, Thalassa, Sappho, Ceres, Connemara, Malgosia, Majorca, Nettie, Saskia, Magritte, Eulalia, Coral Bell, Orinthia, Peony

Galway, Venedictos, Nikostratos, Nehemiah, Jurgen, Viceroy, Vandyke, Chancellor, Otto, Ottoman, Rigoberto, Adelberto, Gilead, Grayling, Horton, Drew, Chambers, Farquhar, Corcoran, Halloran, Rigby, Digby, Cleary, Everard, Stanislas, Laszlo, Bertram, Cutherbert, Endicott, Ademir, Theobald, Palermo, Taos, Persia, Will, Nickleby, Harmon, Aloysius, Plenty, Comfort, Thaddeus, Proust, Gunther, Adler, Salmon

lesliemarion Says:

July 1st, 2018 at 12:43 am

Actually I typed Ottoman and it switched to Ottoman, but hey that’s a cool word to not name a boy too! And of course Cuthbert is better than Cutherbert.

lesliemarion Says:

July 1st, 2018 at 12:44 am

Ottomar! Computers who spell for you are annoying.

Cleo-Cat-tra Says:

July 1st, 2018 at 9:24 am

Names that I would love to use, but not sure I would or names I know my SO wouldn’t agree to since he likes more traditional names.

Jubilee (To me naming your baby this would be like celebrating their birth or life, sense Jubilee is a celebration)

Cordelia

Saphira (Really love this name, not sure if I’d be brave enough to give it to a baby, so I gave it to my cat.)

Mystique (Though more of a middle name to me)

Luna

Ivory

Dreama

Helena

And for boys name would be

Draco

Kane

anne buckley Says:

July 1st, 2018 at 4:18 pm

I have always liked Carolina for girls. Also I like Odette.

Greyblue Says:

July 1st, 2018 at 5:17 pm

My guilty pleasures include Sunset, Whitby, Carisbrooke, Elsinore, Seabreeze, Hareton and Heatchliff

As for guilty pleasures I might be tempted to use: Hero, Ocean and Azarius

skpgirl Says:

July 1st, 2018 at 11:01 pm

Yay! I was so excited to see my thread linked-thank you! My favorite “outrageous” name is Fox for a girl. I love Fox Eugenie, but I’m afraid I might regret it in the future.

Care Says:

July 2nd, 2018 at 12:29 am

Girls; Fallon, Francesca, Allegra, Elynn, Vimarie, Teagan, Tane, Whimsy, Alyssum, Larkin, Myken, Runic, Sabre, Aminata, Cady, Corabeth, Devyn, Fifer.

Boys: Bodhi, Jamerson, Lochlan, Remmington, Tiberius, Caius, Saxon, Samson, Woodfinn, Bracken, Byon, Jaron,
Perigrine, Curran, Sumner, Xandru.

aubryluna Says:

July 2nd, 2018 at 6:01 am

Odd names are not unfamiliar to me. SO’s name is Bryer, and our son’s name is Zealand. These are the GP names even I wouldn’t use tho lol. But maybe one of you will!!!

Academy. Aotearoa. Arizona. Avail.
Banshee. Bridey. Cherish. Eilonwy. England.
Galileo. Garden. Kopelani. Laghs. Lazuli.
Liberache. Motley. Quartz. Velvetine. Yena.
And Sutton, my SO’s mother’s name. Can’t do it!

If we had another baby and I got to choose the name, I would go with Ocean (f) or Quinn (m).
Thanks xx

Sunday_Cami Says:

July 2nd, 2018 at 6:09 am

Guiltiest of guilty pleasures –
Girls: Alaska, Melba, Snow, October, Echo, Idony, Bunty, Wisteria,
Boys: Salvador, Merlin, Sholto, Somerled, Denali, Kelly, Wolfgang, Rune

Names that we’ve considered and love but I’m not sure I could actually follow through and give to my child:
Girls: Dusty, Hero, Emerald, Thomasina, Calliope, Shelby
Boys: Shepherd, Hart, Ocean, Fox, Basil, Isadore

ashbee Says:

July 2nd, 2018 at 11:29 am

A lot of these have been mentioned 🙂

Bathsheba. Especially after reading Far From the Madding Crowd.

Names from books: Daenarys, Hermione, Lyra

Names that are too popular: Aurora, Emilia, Hannah

Weird names from my family: Wolf, Lazer

Names from other cultures that I feel I have no claim to: Appolline, Severine, Ludivine, Saoirse, Roisin, Iona

Names people call old lady-ish: Alma, Estelle, Deborah, Louise, Margaret

Yhirgacheffe Says:

July 2nd, 2018 at 7:27 pm

Nice to scan through such a diverse and intriguing lists of names.
Eurydice: My sister and I have liked that name for a girl our whole lives, but no else we know can imagine that as a name.
Lucifer: I really like that name Lucifer, ‘bringer of light’, but that would be too cruel to chain my child to (rejecting the ‘Boy Named Sue’ rationale)
Gaelic names with interesting spellings, but which are pronounced much differently than an American would think:
Aisling /ASH ling (Ashling)
Laoise /LEE-sha
Méadhbh /MAVE (Maeve)
Naoise /NEE-sha ( Neesha )
Oisin /USH-een (Osheen )
Ruadhri, Ruari /ROO-uh-re (Rory)
Anything Game of Thrones…no wait, I would use those.

Nysha Says:

July 2nd, 2018 at 10:35 pm

I love Bellatrix, but the Harry Potter association will never go away. As a teen, I picked out Harmony Rose, which I still think is beautiful but doesn’t pass the Supreme Court test.

For boys, I love the name Arthur. It’s a family name that everyone in my family, including the current bearer, hates. Plus, I dislike the nickname Art with a passion. My teenage male twin name for Harmony was Heritage Raven, I don’t like it as much as Harmony but it’s still a guilty pleasure.

Bluegirl266 Says:

July 3rd, 2018 at 5:55 am

Cricket! It’s pretty out there, but with the right personality, I think it’s pretty wearable. Considering me and my husband are both pretty quiet introverts, I don’t think that our kids will have that spunky personality needed for such a fun name.

mionepuff Says:

July 3rd, 2018 at 10:13 am

My Guilty Pleasure Names Are…
Adeline
Cora
Daphne
Ingrid
Josephine
Juniper
Lennon
Ophelia
Penelope
Presley

Arlo
Calvin
Dawson
Dexter
Finley
Ford
Hendrix
Knox
Milo
Sullivan

at06 Says:

July 3rd, 2018 at 4:12 pm

I definitely love any Hunger Games or Harry Potter character names.

Eliane Says:

July 4th, 2018 at 5:14 am

Berlin – it’s my favourite city and I think it sounds like a lovely girl name but I have enough common sense to not use it.

Heival Says:

July 4th, 2018 at 10:20 am

My guiltiest guilty pleasure is Emerentiana. Feels way too big for a kid but it still has lots of nice nickname possibilities like Emma, Emmy, Em, Tia, Tiana, Yana… It sounds way bigger in my non-English native language as well.

Anna Beveridge Says:

July 4th, 2018 at 4:41 pm

Personally I’ve always loved virtue names, like Charity, Patience and Faith, even Temperance and Mercy! But I feel they would all be pretty heavy names for children – what if little Patience turned out to be really impatient?! I think a good way to use names you feel are too ‘out there’ is as middle names, so I would definitely consider these names as middle names for my children.

Sarah25Jane Says:

July 7th, 2018 at 4:18 am

Girls:
Magnolia
Gertrude
Heidi
Primrose
Winter/Winter
Ezlyn
Bellatrix

Boys:
Ike
Vance
Cornelius
Carrington
Eden
Zion

carmenandrea Says:

July 26th, 2018 at 11:19 pm

I may have watched too much Tumbleleaf with my toddler, but the name Maple has really grown on me!
A few others I love, and might have used if my husband didn’t balk at them are:
Hero, Juniper, and Isolde for a girl and Faulkner, Gardner, Garland, and Birch for a boy.

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