What Are Your Guilty Pleasure Names?

I love the concept of Guilty Pleasure Names — names you love but know you shouldn’t, either because they’re too crazy or too tacky, too high falutin’ or maybe too trashy.

Nameberry hosts several forums devoted to the concept of Guilty Pleasure Names.  Here’s one that focuses on GPNs for girls, while this one defines Guilty Pleasure Names as Names You Love But No One Seems To Like.

And then there are the User Lists devoted to Guilty Pleasure Names, from the Strange and Eccentric to the general interest.

My Guilty Pleasure Names range from the so-popular-I-know-I shouldn’t-love-them-but-I-do — Sophia, Elijah — to choices like Joe and Tom that I know are boring but adore anyway.

But this is about you: What are YOUR guilty pleasure names?  And how do you define the concept?

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inkonherfingers Says:

April 23rd, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Guilty pleasure names, for me, are names that I love but can’t use because I’m not brave enough or I don’t like their connotation.

Girls:
Story
Allegra
Alleluia
Cameo
Raffaela
Lark
Magnolia
Oceane
Sky
Reverie
Vienna

Boys:
Journey
Rory
Zion
Crewe
Dorian
Grayson
Penn

If I heard these names on a child, I would think certain negative things for different reasons, but I still love the names in theory.

sarahmezz Says:

April 23rd, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Magnolia! I adore this name, but I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to use it (at least not in first name position)! I also love several very popular names, including Charlotte and Sophie, which I wouldn’t choose because of their popularity.

Keyla Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 12:00 am

Harry is my ultimate guilty pleasure name. Not Harrison, Harris, Harold or Henry. I just love Harry, although I usually go for the whimsical. I live in the US, so it’s not a name that anyone I know can appreciate; it’s either incomplete or better suited for an old man. I’ll probably use it in the middle spot and refer to my little man as Harry as my own personal nickname for him.

rgp19 Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 12:09 am

Girls:
Clemence (French Pron)
Aurelie
Fiammetta
Sienna
Rosalia

Boys:
Alaric
Lorenzo

maggiekathleen Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 12:18 am

I love the name Porter!

Total guilty pleasure boys name for me. It is wildly not my style, my son is named Arthur. I tend to go for clunky names that have been around for awhile.

As for girls, my guilty pleasure names have always been Agnes and Maude. One day I hope Arthur has a little sister named Agnes or Maude. Nicknames would be Essie and Maudie. 🙂

Art and Essie
Or
Art and Maudie

*sigh*

JH Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 12:20 am

Genevieve, but the French pronunciation. I couldn’t name my daughter that because she’d always be correcting people and it sounds super snooty, but I love it!

Prue. Not a fan of Prudence, but I really like Prue!

Clio. Greek muse of history and both my husband and I were history majors, but I just don’t know if I could pull it off….it’s edgier than I would normally go.

For boys, the only one I can think of would be Augustus. I don’t really like August too much, but there is something strong about Augustus that I really like.

bearcub27 Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 12:49 am

Oh gosh, so many! I might still use a lot of these someday, though. I’m too stubborn not to 🙂

Girls:
-Agnes
-Constance
-Honor
-Beatrice
-Edith
-Maud

Boys:
-Benedict (I’m an American…thanks a lot Benedict Arnold!)
-Fulton
-Remus
-Immanuel

liviajoan Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 1:00 am

Philomena, Fiametta, Athena, Zelda, Aurelia, Delphine, Persephone, Ophelia, Juno, Tiberius, Philo, Octavius, Titus, Julian, Pollux… Really ancient, strong names that would get a lot of raised eyebrows…

or

Elowen, Blodwen, Aelwyn, Caerwyn, Llewellyn, Gwyneth, Aoife, Alfie, Aoibheann, Niamh, Saoirse, Ailis, Aislinn, Orla, Seamus, Agnes, Ailsa, Elspeth, Kenna, Nessa, Una, Owena… Those crazy Welsh, Scottish, or Irish names.

dotmyiis Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 1:03 am

Oh, guilty pleasure names… I define them as the names I’d be embarrassed to share with friends. 😛 The first ones that pop into my mind are…
Girls:
Alaska
Hailey
Scout
Truly/True/Rue
Boys:
Ralph
Templeton
Shepherd
Gulliver
Tory (male)

alphabetdem Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 1:47 am

Ooh so many. A sampling:
Girls:
Under the ‘would look odd at the top of a resume’ theme: Juniper, Liberty, India, Marin (In California… it’s a county and people would be very confused!), Xanthe, Acacia, December, Odette

Under the “too popular” theme: Sophia, Ava, Amelia, Olivia, Lily, Victoria

Boys:
Aiden, Liam, Noah, Grayson, Ethan, Gavin and Caden all fall under the way too popular or trendy names but are very nice names.

Then there are some wonderful namesakes that seem too obvious and pretentious but I still can’t get over: Lincoln, Twain, Dashiell

And then there are names like Eden and Evangeline, that, being nonreligious, I would never use but are still beautiful names.

I agree with the description as being embarrassed to admit I like them, though sometimes that description applies to nb, and sometimes it applies in real life! Some of the too weird for resume names I’d be happy to stick in the middle spot though.

bnoelle Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 1:52 am

Girls-
Chelsea
Morgan
Viva
Anastasia
Story
Bronte
True/Truth
Austen
L’amour
Poet
Lily(it’s just SO popular)
Hallie
Drew
Celine(Dion??? Ruined)

Boys-
Nicholas (again with the SO popular)
Brennan
Xander
Dylan
Rivers
Tristan
Cash
Cole

tuesdaytea Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 1:58 am

Girls:
Melisande
Annecy
Ariadne
Murron (think the beautiful wife in Braveheart, although not where I first heard it)
Owen
Winslow
Caoimhe (unfortunately, the spelling would really only work if I were living in Ireland!)

Boys:
Kimi (Finnish boy’s name, so if I move to Finland! But unfortunately I have a girl friend whose is also nicknamed Kimmy. . .)
Kolya
Roy
Hamish

helloheidi Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 2:11 am

I have no problem sharing any names, but these are names that I love but would never be brave enough to use, or have become too popular to use.

Girls:
Avalon
Daenerys
Filomena
Jade
Louise
Marlena
Ophelia
Winter
Zoey

Boys:
Cillian
Duncan
Errol
Henry
Jack
Jorah
Malcolm
Stellan

AmelieAmour Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 2:31 am

GIRLS;
Emma
Sophie
Isabella/Isabelle
Ciel
Amour
Melisande
Anouk
Anastasia
Zoya
Cosette
Acacia
Fiammetta
Edith
Margaux
Alexandra
Mireille
Manon
Ophelie
Isaline
Elisabetta
Vita
Vie (French pronunciation)
Anais
Victoire
Josephine

BOYS;
Roux
Django
Alexander
Kai
Marcel
Louis
Henry
Giovanni

IsabelleMarie Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 4:40 am

Isadora
Violetta
Magnolia
Oceane
Isolde
Cressida
Corisande
Federica
Seraphina

dindlee Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 5:09 am

Kassiani. Ooh how I want to use it!
And Aiden. Such a handsome name but ruined by the aden trend.

M2Mom Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 5:43 am

Winter for a girl! Love the sound but it doesn’t work with my W last name. Plus, hubby would not have gone for it.

upswingbabynames Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 5:45 am

One of mine: Elio. If not for Ellio’s Pizza this name would have many more fans. I curse the pizza company! Kidding. But I love the name.

Another one: Elroy.

Aurra Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 5:49 am

Girls:

Valkyrie
Ezra
Brennadee
Caoimhe (Not a single ounce of Irish blood in me)
Saoirse
Sakura (I may be planning to go teach in English in Japan, but it’s going to raise a few eye brows to see a Caucasion girl with a Japanese name)
Isabella (Curse you, Twilight!)
Adelaide
Yui (prn You-ee)
Ariadne (on the border of usable and GP)
Ever/Everleigh
Henrietta
Aoi (Looks so pretty on paper!)
Lucida
Halo
Katniss

Boys:
Auron (Final Fantasy FTW)
Storm (Adore this on a boy- strong, masculine nature name ruined)
Link (Not Lincoln, just Link)
Mario (Sense a video game theme?)
Cameron (too popular and bad meaning)
Drayden
Addison
Avery

Littlemeg Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 5:57 am

Girls:
Calandra (there is already a Kalie in the family)

Luna/Lulu (so cute!)

Circe (I’m an American and most American are not familiar with the pronunciation)

Boys:
Eli (I wish it wasn’t so popular)

Maple10 Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 5:59 am

Names that aren’t serious enough for a doctor/lawyer:
Juniper
Calliope ( although this is a grey’s anatomy character)
Marigold
Lavender

Too popular/ trendy:
Skyler
Ruby
Amelia
Charlotte ( love Lottie!)

Taken!
Viola
Elsa
Cordelia

Sigh…

No boys names that I can think of.

betakaratene Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 6:01 am

Hermione (too harry potter)
Virginia (LOVE but only 1 state away/friends and family live therre)
Gray (too 50 shades and the -cen, -den, -don, -son endings are too Pottery Barn Kids for me (extremely popular in my area!))

And the super popular but love them anyway:
Elijah
Emma
Sophie
Madeline
oh there are so many!

ottilie Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 6:09 am

For girls Psyche, Eurydice and Vindemiatrix. I think they’re a little too much maybe. For boys, Boniface, Marinell and Florizel.

Arlina Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 6:39 am

James for a girl – part of me thinks its sooo tacky but i love it anyways!

Ezra for a boy – too feminine for the society I live in

and lots and lots that are far too popular to use these days but that i still adore

kaz86 Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 6:56 am

Girls
Jezebel-Love the sound and prefer it to Isabel but because of all the associations that come with the name it’s unfortunately a no no.
Andromeda-A childhood favourite but it might be too much for a child to pull off.
Alecto-Bit too unusual? And not sure whether it’s ok to name a little girl after a vengeance goddesses.
Satine-I was told this was too lady of the night.
Lilliandil-A made up name?
Boys
Cassidy-Love this name for a boy but am being forever told it’s a girls name.
Atreyu-From the neverending story and will always be linked to it.
Draco-Think it’s a cool name but don’t want people to think I got it from Harry Potter.
Gendry-Loved it after hearing it on GoT.
Grey-Bit too unusual for a boy?

larkub101 Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 6:57 am

Claudia and Holiday. I adore the sound of Claudia but the meaning and lack of nicknames makes it less appealing. Holiday is a fave of mine, but I know it would be ill received in many cases.

maggiefromcanada Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 7:45 am

My guilty pleasure names for boys are longer biblical names like Malachi, Ananias, and Isaiah. For girls, there are some with pronunciation issues in English, like Agnès, Françoise, Saoirse, and Nadezhda. And then I love Euphemia and Minerva (nn Minnie), but I know my husband would never agree to those!

ashadore Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 7:47 am

Alouette – because of the cheese brand 🙁
Lazarus – taken
Jack – to plain, but I just love them.

JessicaT11 Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 7:52 am

I’m all over the place with my guilties.

Boys: Angus, Hans, Mackenzie, Jayne, Gale, Jacob, Sinjin

Girls: Eglantine, Hillary, Emersyn, Bonnie, Hopestill

sharwell Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 8:06 am

Girl:
I love Elliott, but I’m not brave enough to use it. I just want to call my little girl Ellie! So we’ll go with something more mainstream…
Boys:
All the names I am liking are popular in my area!
Jack
Mason
Ryan

jtucker Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 8:28 am

Hmmm… I only have a few guilty pleasure names for girls, I tell people I like them I just am not brave enough to use them and/or my family and husband look at me like I am absolutely crazy

Clementine – It’s so beautiful, but I think that lots of people would be like, you named your child after the orange?

Kella – Absolutely love this name for a girl. It’s an Irish name, however, afraid that here in America people would say do you mean Kelly?

iheartnames Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 8:46 am

Girls: Avery, Averil, Anais, Quiterie, Carys, Adair, Jordis, & Jadis

Boys: Owen, Nicholas, Cameron, Osric, Xavier, Dominic, & Orion

littlemissmariss Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 8:47 am

My GP names are names I love but can’t use for a number of reasons (too odd, to popular, not brave enough, OH doesn’t like, etc).

Saoirse
Aoife
Roisin
Clementine
Marley
Story
Primrose
Wilhelmina
Winifred
Harriet
Henry
Theodore
Jacob
Elijah
Rory
Nikolai

Quite a few I’d use if my OH wasn’t so set against them. The Irish ones on top are hard because I love them but the spelling really throws people for a loop. The old fashioned ones are purely because OH doesn’t like. My first daughter would be Clementine “Clem” or Harriet “Hattie” if not for him 🙁

sophiekihm Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 9:40 am

Pomeline. I adore her, but she doesn’t fit in with the rest of my names (Nell, Frances, Elsa). She’s a bit too eccentric, nobody else seems to like her.

hilary_jeanne Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 9:41 am

I have some guilty pleasures that I know I could never use as names. And some people probably think I’m insane for even thinking about them! But, hey, I’m me. 🙂

Some crazy ones – Sparkle, Lady, Satchel, (really love this name, but everyone tells me they think of a bag), Bear, Wolfe, Glisten, Maybelline, Zeus, Rufus, Love, Pandora, and so many more.

I love these but they are just too common for me – Chloe, Sophie, Isabella, Frederick, Claire, Lily, Zoey, Alexander, Liam, and more.

livia Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 10:04 am

Camden. For boys…and girls. *hides* I know I shouldn’t, but I really do…

Also, Saoirse. I love the sound and the way it looks written down, but it’s a very patriotic Irish name. 🙁

Persephone, Anastasia, Seraphina, Adelaide…they’re so beautiful, but way too frilly and over the top.

For boys, I like Aidan. I was so sad when I realised how trendy it was, because it’s so soft-spoken and quietly masculine and easy to spell and pays homage to my Irish family in a much more subtle way than, say, Saoirse would. But popularity is one thing, trendiness is another and it’s soooo trendy, I couldn’t.

chelsi_robin Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 10:05 am

Wakefield (nn Wake) for a boy. I read it in a book and I’ve secretly loved it ever since.
Winslow for a girl.

dregina Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 10:11 am

Rosetta! How I wish it was usable.

brynnash Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 10:30 am

I, like so many others, really like Aidan, but it’s just overused and expected now.

I also LOVE Amory/Emory for a boy, but wouldn’t use it because it sounds too feminine to mainstream US ears.

AmeliaWilliams Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 10:54 am

Hermione is too Harry Potter. Emma is so ridiculously popular here. Scout and Atticus, too hipster. India, too controversial to really use.

mclola Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 11:02 am

I have a lot of GP names. I’ll just name a few

girls:
Avalon
Gloriana
Eithne
Aoibhe
Eilidh
Brigh
Miette
Clarity
Truly
Bronte
Nayeli
Romanique

boys:
Rune
Gale
Scotland
Atreyu
Cornelius
Jonquil
Loxley

amberamca Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 11:05 am

Boys:
Dylan (too popular, husband hates it)
Phoenix, Rhett, Alvaro, Joaquin (too out there for me to actually use)
Forest (the movie ruined it for me)
Rowan (taken)
Finn, Orion (We have a “Mc” last name, and I think these would sound over the top Irish)
Muir (one of my heroes, but it sounds like “mew-er” when said aloud, like a cat!)

Girls:
Indigo, Luna (too out there, husband hates them)
Inez, Rosalia (pronunciation issues)
Delfina (too out there, possibility of Deli as a nickname?)
Sierra (sadly dated, but I love the mountain range)
Zoe (doesn’t go with our last name)
Liliana (Lily is too popular these days)
Frida (I’m a big Frida Kahlo fan, but I don’t think I could do it)

emekct Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 11:21 am

My guilty pleasures are often just the unusable given my particular circumstances.

Girls-

Caelyn – spelling is non traditional and since there’s a family Katelyn it’s out.

Morgaine – lovely and unfortunately crazy outdated.

Boys-

Carrick – love that he was prince of the fairies in an old Irish fairytale but it sounds made up in modern times

Deacon – It’s a religious title in my families faith of choice

William nn Liam – Best friend has recently named her son Liam

Mclevine Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 11:24 am

I have got a lot of GPs! Some of these are:
Noah (very popular and also sounds strange in my mother tongue)
Blakely (for a girl – I know it’s trendy but it’s also so lovely:))
Stacy (it’s really dated but I love it)
Adam (can’t use because with my last name it will be the same as one celeb’s name)
Hermione (too HP and the first sound is a extremely offensive word in my mother tongue)
Penrose (it’s actually a boy name but almost everyone think it’s a smooth of Penelope and Rose)
There are loads of them, but these are my favorite ones;)

roselang Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 11:46 am

I’m due in 6 weeks with a boy and I want so badly to name him Ulysses. I love this name so much, but no one I talk to, friend, family, or random person, thinks it’s a usable name. Oh well, I can dream.

peachpie Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 11:55 am

Allegra, Magnolia, Susannah, Lily, Saoirse, Roisin, Deirdre, Clementine.

kat77 Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Soleil for a girl. I just love how it sounds, and “sun” is a lovely image, but way too out there to really use. No one would ever pronounce or spell right in America, and french speakers would find it strange I think. oh well.

chelseamae Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Ursula, Frazier, Fenella,

Humphrey, Hodges, Rusty,

Maerad Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Oh goodness… My guilty pleasure names are defined as ‘Names/Words I think are great that should never be used on a real child’.

Girls:
Sunset
Sonnet
Velvet
Therapy (I know, I know, but think about the SOUND Theh-rah-pee, Thera is really cute!)
Obedience (Obi for short)

Boys:
Cavalier
Chivalry
Mycroft

ilovenames89 Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Mine are:

Girl:
Livia
Thisbe
Zoe
Sophia
Isabella
Isadora
Thea
Romney
Elora

Boys:
Lorcan
Bray
Flynn
Jacob
Wylie
Aston
Leonidas

kimberley13 Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Love this question! There are so many names on my LOVE list that are either unusable because of popularity, husband veto, family veto, or because I’m just too chicken to use them!

Girls Names I’m Too Chicken To Use:
Romilly, Arietty, Lelaina, Ottilie, Marine, Cressida, Gemma, Aviva, Mabel, Juno, Millie, Lavinia, Aster, Reverie, Cleo, Bronwyn Marlaina, Isolde, Calliope, Luna, Leona

Girls Names Too Popular For My Taste:
Marley, Rowan, Elodie, Avery, Sophie, Madeline/Madeleine, Ainsley, Lily, Adalyn, Kaya, Emma, Claire/Clara, Charlotte, Eloise, Felicity, Delilah, Delaney, Arden, Mahri, Fiona

Boys Names I’m Too Chicken To Use:
Phoenix, Sage, Weston, Bodhi, Atreyu, Indigo, Emerson, Flynn, Caspian, Felix, Archer, Arlo

Boys Names Too Popular For My Taste:
Liam, Gavin, Drew, Xander, Max, Jonah, Miles/Milo, Avery, Sebastian, Arden, Leo, Benjamin,

tori101 Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

For me GP names are names that are too ‘out their’ for me too use but I still love. As for me names need to be usable and wearable, thus popularity isn’t really an issue for me because it means that the names work, and would work for any potential children.
So for me my GP names are:
Persephone
Valentina
Isadora/Adora
Aibhlinn
Nola/Nova/Noa
Wilhelmina
Saoirse
Aisha
Amira

Rio
Alejandro
Raphael
Santiago
Abraham
Solomon
Cash/Sterling

Their are loads more but here are just a few..

tori101 Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

For me GP names are names that are too ‘out their’ for me too use but I still love. As for me names need to be usable and wearable, thus popularity isn’t really an issue for me because it means that the names work, and would work for any potential children.
So for me my GP names are:
Persephone
Valentina
Isadora/Adora
Aibhlinn
Nola/Nova/Noa
Wilhelmina
Saoirse
Aisha
Amira

Rio
Alejandro
Raphael
Santiago
Abraham
Solomon
Cash/Sterling

Their are loads more but here are just a few..

EmilyVA Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

A lot of the Puritan virtue names that I love seem too out there (and I am not sure if I am brave enough to use them):
Patience
Solace
Temperance
Remember
Reverence
Comfort

Also
Sunday

Names that are taken
Keri/Kerry etc.
Ellen
Rose etc.

Bird names
Wren and Lark

Mythology names
Psyche
Hebe (pronounced heeb)

Too trendy
Kaelyn
Keely
Braeden
I will say Nameberry is helping to overcome the guilt. People like so many names that my narrow-minded and judgmental family hate that I becoming more accepting and inventive with names for my future children (not having any at the moment).

Brigid16 Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Names I’d hesitate to use because they’re unusual, old, ethnic or geeky:
Minerva
Ginevra
Philothea
Thekla
Althea
Azalea
Magnolia
Lavinia

Sirius
Alasdair
Dashiell
Marius
Thaddeus
Arthur
Walter
Constantine

Names to popular to use:
Emma, Rose, Stella
Isaac, Henry, David, Jack, James, John

I will probably use some of these anyway. Common-but-traditional is okay in my book, especially for boys. Unusual-but-strong can be saved by a good nickname–Philothea has the nickname of Thea, for instance. I feel like I could use one of the names I like that were in Harry Potter if they fit the sibset and and I only used the one.

My idea of a perfect name is something like Marian–beautiful sound, looks lovely written, familiar, traditional, not overused, has stories/namesakes.

nanthrax Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 2:52 pm

I love Marisol and Luz, which would be ridiculous with my anglo last name.

Also Harriet and Ursula, but I’m not sure I’m willing to bestow them on someone who may not love them as much as me.

I love Isabella but the world doesn’t need many more of them these days.

ciottolo Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Tuppence, Mabel and Maude. Although all three could be middle names, so I’m not sure if they really count!

For boys, Edric, Wilkie and Alban. I’m just not sure that anyone apart from Little Lord Fauntleroy could pull them off.

Zoey_Walker53 Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Girls:
Clover,
Harriet,
Peony,
Posy,
Hero,
Isis.

Boys:
Cletus,
Campbell,
Dandy,
Hollis,
Jacoby (Brother’s name is Jake),
Forrest,
Ollivander,
Remus,
Sirius.

beeba Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Girls
Pamela, Kalila, Altalune, Pallas, Thalassa, and Mariposa
Boys
Jedidiah, Zachariah, Perseus, Ozzy, Salem, and Wolf

N3011 Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Girls:
Gabrielle
Kaylee

Boys:
Kaiden

All too popular 🙁

auroradawn Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Cute blog picture!

My guilty pleasure names are the ones that defy the imagined image of myself as the mother of a child with that name. There’s a variety of reasons–difficult foreign spellings or pronunciations, bad or overwhelming associations, and names that, when it comes right down to it, just sound too frilly or pretentious when imagined in my day-to-day surroundings.

Some of mine:
Girls:
Aramanthe
Aoife
Bartolomaea
Berit
Eowyn
Narcissa (I love it so much! But I can’t–I just can’t.)

Boys:
Aragorn
Faramir (LoTR fan. Yeah, I admit it.)
Manly (could work as a nn)
Mortimer
Percival
Tadhg (Love Tadhg so much–sob :()
Turlough, nn Tully (so cute!)
Uri

Netta5187 Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

GIRLS
Sopraffina (not a name, but sounds like one! It means ‘high class and excellence’ and is the name of a restaurant next door to my job)
Monserrat (ppl would butcher the pnc)
Polly (flimsy, but cute name)
Berenice (diddo like Monserrat)
Ethel (So old it’s old. But I love it anyway!)
Ingrid

BOYS
Gideon
Ted/Teddy
Francis (too girly???)

chicamerlin Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

I have so many!
Too Out-There (For me anyway)
Octavia Corin
Havana Dion
Vesper Soren
Lux Beau
Scout Castor
Ever
Calanthe
Clio

Too Popular/Trendy
Madison (I can’t believe myself!)
Harlow
Morgan
Emma
Chloe
Emily (Love!)
Harley
Madeleine (Ditto Emily)
Ripley

chicamerlin Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Oh by the way, I meant to space the names on the top list but it didn’t work….those are not name combos, the names on the left (Octavia, Havana, etc) are the girls’ column and the ones on the right (Corin, Dion, etc.) Are the boys’ names. My apologies to anyone who may have thought I was a weirdo for liking those combos 😉

coolteamblt Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Orion Amelia and Genevieve Valentine are my favorites for girls that I just can’t ever use. For boys, it’s Barnabas and Joaquin. I also love Owen, but it sounds ridiculous with my last name.

bernadette Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

A ton of people say Magnolia is a guilty pleasure name–it definitely is!

Keeley, Emily, Logan and Elodie are either overused or they will become popular soon. Having a name that isn’t super popular is important to me…but then again, I love Caleb, Elisabeth, and Evangeline. Please let them drop in popularity!!
I used to like Schuyler (pronounced like Skyler) but rarely anyone will pronounce it correctly. When I first saw the name, I did!

MissusAytch Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Thanks to my husband’s more conservative name taste, virtually all of my faves are GPs now.

Girls

Sybilla
Zara
Roxana
Aquila
Chrysanthe/Chrysanthemum
Lucilla nn Lux
Winter
Snow
January
Katerina nn Kira
Vesper
Eva – so popular! 🙁
Isolde
Ophelia
Pallas
Prudence
Jerusalem
Anastasia
Salem
Edith
Atrella
Amadea

Boys

Ezekiel
Jericho
Japheth
Finnegan
Killian
Jareth
Virgil
Mahler
Beowulf
Wolfgang
Arthur

katybug Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

I love clunky names!
Ursula
Thora
Hannelore
Ariadne
Agatha

Gordon
Harvey
Victor

mountainfarer Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Girls:
Boheme
Hermione
Atalanta
Ariadne
Lux
Magnolia
Juniper
Apollonia
Luna

Boys:
Byron
Ulyssses
Griffin
Grey
Harry

aannasherman Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Girls:
Winifred
Henrietta
Clover
Lux
Opal
Harlow
Averil

Boys:
Thaddeus
Crosby
Paxton

StaceyJaneMarie Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

My list is like a hundreds of pages long but some of my favorites:

Abel
Abraxas
Aries
Atlas
Atticus
Brantley
Brogan
Daquan
Dimitri
Ezekiel
Ferdinand
Fletcher
Geronimo
Guillermo
Hans
Hezekiah
Jethro
Malachi
Micaiah
Montgomery
Nehemiah
Obadiah
Story
Tadhg
Vladimir
Wilder
Yaniv
Zechariah

Abigaia
Alexandrine
Amarantha
Andromeda
Antoinette
Bonita
Braelyn
Clover
Cornelia
Destiny
Elvira
Emerson
Esperanza
Eudora
Fatima
Gertrude
Grazyna
Gretchen
Griselda
Jemima
Juniper
Keiko
Kiyoko
Lolita
Magnolia
Margarita
Mercy
Nadezhda
Paloma
Persephone
Rhiannon
Seraphina
Shoshannah
Soledad
Svetlana
Tecla
Thisbe
Wilhelmina
Zipporah
Zoraida

rgp19 Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

@roselang: I know people who are named Ulysses, I don’t believe it is unusable.

audrey13 Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

My guilty pleasure names are all over the place! I love them, but don’t think I’d use them for one reason or another…

Boys:
Tobias, Orion, Gideon, Caspian, Tennyson (Tenny), Lincoln (Link), Hawthorne (Hawk), Harrison, Torin, Pax, Phoenix, Kai, Archer, Soren, Gatsby, Xavier, Cassian, Cyrus, Corin, Ellis, Sawyer, Sullivan, Malachi, Atreyu

Girls:
Gwendolen, Anastasia, Magnolia, Ruby, Luna, Sapphire, Mireille, Bryony, Lorelei, Piper, India, Dahlia, Bronwen, Aurelia, Bronte, Rowan, Harlow, Hattie, Primrose, Adeline, Adelaide, Monet, Senna, Amalia, Rory, Isadora, Juniper, Ariadne, Autumn, Marin, Avalon

Also kind of love:
Seren, Rue, Ever, Jem, Story, Fable, Echo, Honor, Eden, Indigo, Arwen, Haven, Emerson, Morrow, Winter

cpepper Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

I know these are ridiculous.

Vanilla (come on, it has a pretty sound!)
Tatiana
Melisande
Zinnia
Azalea
Lulu

River
Elmo
Lorenzo
Rafe/Ralph
Timothy
Birch

tct1219 Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 10:37 pm

I would actually use these but my husband would never agree:
Moonglow
Maple
Aviva

Williamson for a boy (too pretentious)

wolv Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 10:43 pm

One of my guilty pleasure names is Severine; I love it, can’t get it out of my head, but can’t imagine using it. I also love Raven, and

Otherwise, the names that are truly guilty pleasure are Indian names–that since I’m not South Asian seem inappropriate to use:

Sanjay
Anjali
Karuna
Vaishali
Radha
Rohini
Adhira
Sujata

hbeagle27 Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Vladimir.

shieldsc Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 11:00 pm

I love Ophelia so very much. It is my biggest guilty pleasure name. I so wish that Shakespeare would have chosen a different name for his insane, tragic character!

karianne Says:

April 24th, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Ulric

kikismommy Says:

April 25th, 2013 at 12:41 am

Boys

Justus
Fisher
Palmer
Brooks
Mckinnon
Porter
Dannon
Agustus
Danner
Dedrick
stellan
Mason- too popular
Romeo

Girls

Magnolia
Loiuse
Ashanti
Tallulah
Scout
Miley
Nahla
Elle
Marley
lula

LinaJames Says:

April 25th, 2013 at 6:29 am

I define my guilty pleasure names as names that I adore but probably won’t use for various reasons. i.e. too popular, weird associations with it, or my husband won’t ever go for it!

Girls-
Penelope
Beatrix
Luna
Marlowe
Kaylin

Boys-
Kai
Joaquin
Fox
Gavin
Jack

Unisex-
Poe
James
Rowan
Blake
Payton

jame1881 Says:

April 25th, 2013 at 10:36 am

My guilty pleasures are mainly word names (I wouldn’t want to be called Mercy if I wasn’t merciful), nickname-y names (Millie can’t open a law firm as comfortably as Millicent), and super-old names (Mildred).
Girls:
Mercy
Clover
Millie
Quenby
Mildred
Marie-Aimee
Seraphina
Boys: (here come the weird surnames!)
Fitzwilliam
Gilles
Rodolphe (might actually use someday, but probably not)
Quilliam
Zerrick

Declare Says:

April 25th, 2013 at 11:01 am

Girls: Allegra, Anchoret, Augusta, Beladore, Calixta, Congalie, Cressida, Darrow, Downet, Gilace, Grayle, Ismay, Izett, Kerensa, Ketherin, Kinsella, Laduska, Leora, Merit, Niamh, Odessa, Philomela, Reyne, Themis, Ursula, Veraine, Verity

Boys:
Arrigo, Macartan, Revelin, Tarlach, Thorlo, Ultan

GrecianErn Says:

April 25th, 2013 at 11:19 am

Guilty Pleasure names… Names I love, but are either too popular, in-laws have them or have been given looks by friends and family:

Sarah – popular
Sophie/Sophia – popular
Addison – popular
Liam (nn for William) – popular/cousin’s baby (I’ve only met once)
Anna or Ann-something – in-laws
Colin – popular + in-laws
Spencer – in-laws
Oliver – popular lately in Iowa

Beatrix – crazy looks
Ever – crazy looks
Penelope – crazy looks
Sebastian – crazy looks
Griffin – crazy opinions from the MiL
Phoebe – MiL hates this, and voices it
Felix – want it on a nephew, just not my baby (does that make sense???)

My favorite name right now: Matilda
My sister gives me the crazy look, and I’m afraid to mention it to anyone else, but I am in love with it.

tasia_janay23 Says:

April 25th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

I am in love with “different” names (mine is Anastasia, sisters Kianna and Darien.. it was fate)

Girls:

Traditional:
Henrietta, Aurora, Odette, Ginnifer, Annabelle (nn Belle), Seraphina, Colette (Les Miserables.. swoon), Aurora, Florence, Jane (plain, but i love it), Ruthenia, Lucienne (nn Lucy), Esther, Edith, Abigail (popular), Charlotte (popular), Stella (popular), Violet (popular), Meredith, Gemma, Giselle, Sybil, Gwyneth, Noelle

Spunky and Daring:
Irelyn, Faye, Aislin, Alice, Juniper, Chlo, Wren, Lark, Clover, Rue (Hunger Games..), Linnea, Grae, Thalia, Sadie, Olive, Siobhan, Nelle, Lou, Maeve, Haven, Iris, Elsa, Fiona, Noa, Cassia, Rianne, Fable, Halle, Garnet, Navy, January, Sunday, Minuet, Echo, Calypso, Elowen, Althea, Hyacinthe, Rio, Bae, Eden, Boheme, Emeraude, Ciondra, Merlyn (yes, like the wizard), Merida (disney..), Neve, Aveline, Cameo, Elspeth, Winter, Margaux, Sakura, Soleil, Indigo, Saira, Veraine

Boys:

Traditional (all fairly popular):
Liam, Nathaniel, Henry, Oliver, Victor, Emmett, Gavin, Aidan, Charles, Owen, Landon, Rowan, Peter, Blake, Declan

Spunky and Daring:
Cadric, Rykiel, Archer, Gareth, Maxen, Henrik, Zaccheus, Finnick (hunger games..), Aethan, Cypress, Jonathas, Lysander, Thaddeus, Falcon, Orion, Anchor, Rune, Zephyr, Pascal, Cassius, Pheonix, Barrick (nn Bear), Maddox, Roman, Ember, Malachi, Griffin, Jasper, Kiernan, Seamus, Lincoln, Odin, October (nn Toby), Thoran, Felix, Perseus

joolie24 Says:

April 26th, 2013 at 11:26 am

Lyle – I love this name for a boy (but it could work on a girl too!) Simple, easy, familiar without being popular. Reminds me of other western/cowboy names (ie Wyatt). Unfortunately my husband will not go for it!

hermioneameliastyles Says:

April 26th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

My guilty pleasures are:

Girls:
Camryn
Hermione
Bridget

Boys:
Niall
Louis
Harry

traceytruby Says:

April 27th, 2013 at 9:19 am

Lulu, Kiki, Coco, Tallulah and Scout. All adorable but possibly tricky to live with:). Ava, Emma, and Hannah are my too popular choices! For boys maybe River, Rain and Zion. Again, so cool but might solicit a few too many comments throughout life!

proudtosayy Says:

April 27th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

I have so many GP names, but these are a few of my favorites.

Names that I’m too chicken to ever use:

Girls: Chasity, Daisy, Geneviere, Gardenia, Kiara, Lulu, Clementine, Clover. And I completely love Ophelia, but anyone I’ve mentioned this name to has told me I was crazy.

Boys: Dimitry & Ezekiel.

Names already in my close family/similar:

Girls: Seraphina, Payton, & Camilla.

Boys: Caleb, Michael, Bradley, & Asher.

Names that are just too popular:

Girls: Ava, Sophia, & Emma.

Boys: Gavin, Liam, & Emmett.

NaviZ Says:

April 29th, 2013 at 7:50 am

Waldo, I love it. The spunky “o” ending, paired with the connection to Ralph Waldo Emerson…sigh. Alas, at some point in the child’s life someone, somewhere will have to ask where he is…

For a girl, today I’d say Octavia. I’ve always loved it, but it just seem to be too much.

SarahKathryn Says:

April 29th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I have so many guilty pleasure names. I love every single one of these, but my friends or family déteste most of them.

Girls names I absolutely adore:
Evelynn Rosie Anne
Kennedy Grace
Elsie Desiree
London Addison
Jessica Marie – I’ve loved this name since I was a little girl, but Jessica is just too popular. I think I’ll crack and name my daughter Jessica-Marie, but I will make sure not to let people call her Jess.

Girls names I love but don’t know if I’ll use:
Avalynn (Rosie Anne?)
Evie Angelica
Ashlynn Marseille
Holland Mackensie
Riley Anne
Bailey May
Adelaide

Girls names I lve but are too popular for me:
Faye
Lucie
Madison/Madyson

Boys names I adore:
Noah Jack – even if people don’t like this name, I know I will definitely call my son this. I think Noah is just gorgeous, and Jack is after my dear brother.
Maddox Parker – it’s just unique
Taroh Theodore – I saw Taroh on a programme I watched last year and fell in love with it.

Boys names I love but don’t now if I’ll use:
Roman Oliver
Blaise
Jackson Flynn
Lyndon
Theo Lyon (like the place)
Felix Arthur

The one boy name I love but is too popular for me is: Ethan. If I did name my son Ethan, his middle name would be Charles.

CatieLynn Says:

April 29th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

My guilty pleasure names are all for girls, and all names that I love but would probably never use because they’re too out there!

Callista Berlin
Isis Amelie
Jetta Blue (this I might use)
Raleigh Delilah (this one too)
Mailee Soraya
Sonnet Alivia
Abia Eileen
Matisse Madeline
Sorrell Amelia

Lilikaberry Says:

May 1st, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Because they’re way out there:
Artemis, Caoimhe, Madrigal, Lilika, Kiska, Gallifrey, Nebula, Alaska, Icelyn, Rhapsody, Hollyn, Irelyn, Caprica

Too hard to pronounce:
Caoimhe, Niamh, Boheme, Seychelles, Versailles

Associations:
Jezebel, Genesis, Elektra, Jolie, Chastity

BerryBry Says:

May 7th, 2013 at 6:26 am

Soooooo many countries:
Girls:
Egypt
Namibia
Canada
Libya
Italy
India
China
Bolivia
Sweden
Mongolia

Boys:
Finland
Norway
Denmark
Nepal

And some nature ones:
Magnolia
Camellia
Azalea
Hyacinth
Conifer

Emma_lane Says:

May 11th, 2013 at 11:47 am

My guilty pleasures are mostly literary boy names that sound too pretentious for everyday life

Fitzwilliam
Willoughby
Darcy
Alastair

jessesgirl Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Sophia/ Sophie ( too popular)
Lulu but (too nicknamey on its own. )
Charlie ( yes for a girl & the show good luck Charlie ruined it)
Isabella ( too popular 🙁 )

I can’t think of any boy names at the moment

Silverkr200 Says:

June 4th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I actually don’t have any for boys but for girls:

Amandine Sophronia- I invented the name by accident and loved it but it is such a mouthful!

Nevaeh- so many people would get it wrong… *sigh* such a pretty name

Zenia- I saw it once on a video game ad and loved it:) but still… Where I saw it explains why I can’t use it!

Goldie Gardenia Germanium Hydrangea- Goldie feels like a pet name to me and the other three, while very pretty, I could never pull them off:)

BabyNameCrazy95 Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Occupation names like Baker, Shepherd, Miller and Archer come to mind as well as Navy, Enderson and Denver as for Girls names like Reese a common boy name or Cove as well as Ember, Lyra , Nova , Elodie and some names people think are too plain or outdated like Claire Lucy or even Meredith place names like California Arizona or Vienna are some favs xx

lesliemarion Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I love Taffeta and Taffy, Cricket and Skipper, and other such silly names. I realize they sound more like spaniels and setters and fluffy cats than human beings, but I still love them.
Other trivial-sounding names of which I am inordinately fond: Midge, Madge, Polly, Lolly, Dolly, Holly, Bessie, even, God forbid, Mitzi.
I think it is the nostalgia factor, plus I really love animals!
I also like some pretty snobby sounding names. Clancy. Chauncey. Beauregard. Beaumont. Wellington.
And then there are the Names That Should Never Be Used: Claret and Madeira (spirits), Fig and Quince (fruits), and Morwenna and Morgana (devilish sounding).

But nowhere in my forbidden fruits are misspelled names or truly evil names. No Abegyle or Jawn or Rayne, and certainly no Bloodrayne, Stalker, or Assassin!

littlewren Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 11:26 am

GPs for me are:
1. Probably too crazy to use
2. Too trendy/popular to use
or 3. Problematic associations
Currently…
1- Ones I’d actually to some extent consider: Crimson, Essence, Ambrosia, Meadow, Saoirse, Oasis, Cameo, Hero (g), Katharene (prn. KATH-uh-reen; I fear it’s too “made up” to use).
Ones I definitely won’t use but I like: Vanille/Vanilla, Taffy/Taffeta, Ribbon (it has such a pretty sound LOL)
2- Mackenzie, Mia, Skyla
3- North, Carlisle nn Carly/Liss (too Twilight), Lolita (keeping Lola though)

eperdument Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 11:41 pm

All of the top choices for my baby are on other people’s guilty pleasure lists! Either this means I’ve picked awesome names and have the guts to use them, or a lot of people have issues with the names I take seriously. Seriously, what’s wrong with Aurelia?

Here are the top contenders for my baby, and I don’t feel guilty:
Aurelia (Aurélie)
Lorelei
Adelaide
Adeline
Althea
Azalea
Danae
Asteria/ Astoria
Elora
Phaedra
Adara
Alondra
Danae
Elodie
Odette
Kerrigan

These I may actually be too guilty to use as first names:
Story
Ever
Echo
Cambria
Elke
Fable
Myth
Lore
Idea (I day uh)
Eimyrja
Estoire
Evraelle
Gretel
Indira
Indra
Key
Lael
Moss
Odelette
Colette
Cosette
Vesper
Wonder
Elfe
Ambra
Belle
Claudette
Nera
Elthia
Annora
Niobe
Mila
Ephyra ee-FEER-ah
Caspian
Iriel
Nola
Nimira
Neveah
Ottilie
Arwen
Anwen
Auralei
Ava, Avaline
Ayla
Abrielle

NameLovingWriter Says:

November 24th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Thisbe maybe nicknamed Isby.

-I think its so sweet but not overly delicate
-It feels both new and ancient (like it has a story behind it, which it does. Pyramus and Thisbe where the original Romeo and Juliet)
-And it has a cute playful vibe to it

But I feel like it would be mocked, and mispronounced, be not understood, and wouldn’t fit in with the other names I really like so I would never use it in real life.

Fourthseason Says:

January 8th, 2014 at 2:43 am

I love these names:

Hebe – as in the child has hebe jeebes, which ruins this great name but LOVE it
Wintress – My name is Winter, but my husband thinks of a She-huntress
Frostine – too fussy and out there
Fable and Story- but too many people could ask what their fable and story is?
Hortensia – It was posted on a forum that is the most Hated name in America..sigh, I still love it!
Vesperina – Vesper evening prayers, but I think I’ll use it anyway, we are religious 🙂
Snowdrop – people really frown with this one, I love its frilly Lavishness
Wisteria – told it sounds like a hippie choice, but I think she just stepped out a gothic victorian novella 🙂
Artemisia – I love this name A LOT-but my horrible English teacher ( nicknamed-wicked witch of the west) carried this name, Totally ruins it for me…Tear… Sniff.. Snifff 🙁
Leocadia – I’m told it sounds like a disease not in circulation
Lionella – possible honoring my mother’s side of the family that isn’t regarded very well. Mother was adopted within the family, but her biological father’s last name is lyon. Ugh! Still pretty, may be a mn.

tiberiuskirkwood Says:

September 16th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Guillaume, Paloma, Clementine, Vesper, Penelope, Evander, Ronan, Royce…

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:

September 24th, 2014 at 6:01 pm

I have a lot of them actually
Girls:
Ozma
Poppy
Bellatrix
Ursula
Kit
Jessa
Teagan
Fallyn/Fallon

Boys:
Hugo
Edgar
Tyson
Mitchell
Shane
Jordan

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