What Are Your Guilty Pleasure Names?

Time to confess the names you just can't help loving.

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We bet you’ve got (a lot) more than one. We want to hear them all!

What are the names that you know you shouldn’t love, but can’t help yourself?

Bring us your so-bad-they’re-awesome names, the childhood favorites you just can’t quit, the kree8if spellings you secretly like better than the originals.

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laurashgre Says:

July 27th, 2015 at 11:17 pm

For Girls:
October
November
Baize
Merr
Izara
Tallulah
Michael
Story
Ondine

For Boys:
Abner
Bowie/Bodie(Bodhi)
Thiago
Noaz/Noam
Eero
Salinger
Japheth
Ryatt

Thing about all these guilty pleasures of mine however, is that i’m not so guilty about them; I can still see myself with a little one running around with most of the names I mentioned!

catherine_abai Says:

July 27th, 2015 at 11:29 pm

Mackenzie is a name I actually kind of love, even though I know it’s sort of taboo sometimes! It is trendy and overdone, but I just really like the sound. Isobel Mackenzie is actually one of my favorite combinations.
I also have a weakness for -leigh names. I just think they’re pretty! Carleigh is my favorite, but that’s probably because I live near a street called Carleigh Lane.
Tempest is another name I love that I fear sometimes is a little too out there!
And for some reason, I don’t know why, I love Jefferson- for a girl. It seems crazy and I don’t know where I got the idea, but I secretly love it!

alchemicallypurplefairy Says:

July 27th, 2015 at 11:53 pm

Atalanta is one of my ultimate guilty pleasures. I like the Greek mythological character and the way it reminds me of the Atlantic Ocean.

Also: Harrison, Aviva, Lorelei, James, Bellamy, Flora, Eleanor, Silvie, Priya, Selene, Pascal, Cosmo, Calix, Celeste, Verity, Chloe, Edith, Winona, Anais, Camille, Scarlett, Marguerite, Seraphina, Noa (for a girl), Peony, Arden, Marisol, Julia, Oberon

Blue_Eyed_Hufflepuff Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 12:08 am

Girls:
Tallulah
Briar
Astoria
Eulalia
Wednesday
Clio

Boys:
Apollo
Phoenix
Thor
Linus
Blue
Rufus

Blue_Eyed_Hufflepuff Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 12:11 am

I forgot Roscoe (Boy) and Rapunzel (Girl)

MandyJai13 Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 12:12 am

I have a very love/hate relationship with GP names, I’m sure most of us do! Here are a few from my list…

Girls:
Channing
Cove
Coral
Kensington
Saffron
Solstice
Spencer

Boys:
Apollo
Harbour
Hawk
Maxen
Nile
Pitch

emily_rose Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 12:16 am

So many!!

Avery (on a boy)
Algernon
Bartholomew
Bernard
Bertram
Cornelius
Crispin
Duncan
Ferdinand
Finch
Gable
Hamish
Icarus
Lafayette
Laramie
Leland
Madigan
Oslo
Percival
Rugby
Zebedee

Abilene
Bernadette
Ferebee
Ferelith
Ida
Ingrid
Indira
Keturah
Lucretia
Mildred
Millicent
Mazarine
Ottilie
Valencia
Zenobia

lesliemarion Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 12:43 am

I don’t feel guilty about any of these but these are some of the wilder ones I like:

Female:
Tangerine
Citron
Petronella
Citronella
Ludovica
Ludmila
Baize
Cricket
Taffeta
Valencia
Nandina
Begonia
Magenta
Ermengarde
Friedegarde
Hildegarde
Hortense
Gertrude
Zamora

Male:
Tangier
Morocco/Moroccan
Androcles
Pendleton
Argyll
Parkin
Taliesin
Bertram
Cuthbert
Farquahar
Nesbit
Pym
Meteor
Mojave
Comfort
Plenty
Ivanhoe
Flavius
Zinedine
Sylvester

SimoneKadele Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 1:26 am

Melisande, Gwyneira, Sofonisba, Valentin, Evelyn (m), etc!

krh21 Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 2:06 am

my first choice for a son is my favourite guilty pleasure name. Hephastion.

2ndtimemommy2014 Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 2:41 am

I have many more, but these are 50 off the top of my head.
Boys: Racer, Lorcan, Foxwell, Bandit, Rhevv, Thor, Dragon, Finland, Breaker, Severin, Yates, Jupiter, Ewan, Cutter, Bartholomew, Princeton, Willem, Vice, Tiller, Bear, Titan, Michelangelo, Timber, Aslan, Leif

Girls: Vixen, Destry, Mayberry, Bellatrix, Tomorrow, Hadassah, Andromeda, Gwenlian, Hex, Chapel, Nevaeh, Meriwether, Swan, Polexia, Sunshine, Maddalena, Etsy, Henley, Ilsa, Zipporah, Briseis, Maizy, Ixora, Margalo, Guinevere

Patricia13 Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 3:26 am

My guilty pleasure name is Eowyn. I Love it but it might be too Lord of the rings.

elifsu Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 5:06 am

For boys
Ardahan, Saruman, Yemliha and Kays

For girls
Alara and Mariye

Lo Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 6:39 am

I think I only have one – Sunday.

Abeltrotter Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 6:45 am

Girls:
Delta
Clementine
Phoebe
Marigold
Maple
Talulah
Maryjane

Boys:
Wilder
Max
Gus

Abeltrotter Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 6:53 am

Boy:
Rowdy

Abeltrotter Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 6:57 am

Girls:
Thisbe
Prunella
Xanthippe
Xanthe
Plum

gumtrees Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 7:10 am

Porter and Dallas for boys. Harper, Lola, and Skye for girls.

brookesher17 Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 7:38 am

Tallulah
Bellamy
Calliope
Cleo
Serafina
Persephone

eoxima Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 7:47 am

Aubrey, Kennedy and Makenna for girls, and Mason for a boy. They’re GP names because they’re too trendy and popular, something which I want to avoid. I think Aubrey is so cute for a girl, and I’d also probably use the Aubree spelling – yikes x2 for berries! Kennedy and Makenna are honour names but I probably still wouldn’t have the guts to use them anyway (to honour Kenneth).

brianerose Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 8:00 am

I second @alchemicallypurplefairy- I love Atalanta, NN Atlee!

Others: Moss, Sphere, Cerulean, Io, Murdox, Slate, Parallax, Spark, Solstice, Pollox, Wisely, Mountain, Prairie, Tacita, Wildrose, Nightsky, Tide, Arbor…. A lot of nature-y words that I think would be darling on a person, but also don’t seem very realistic.

Abeltrotter Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 8:03 am

Pansy posey petal dolly

brianerose Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 8:03 am

Also- Juniper! Ashe Juniper trees are an issue here in Central Texas. And Coriander!

GoodHope Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 8:09 am

Does it count as a GP if you’d use it? If so, mine is Saige. I feel vaguely guilty because it’s not the conventional spelling (with a double whammy since it’s a word name) but I love it enough not to care.

I also go crazy with Megan spellings. Meghan, Meggan, Meagan…I love them all more than the original.

joquinta Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 8:16 am

Girls: Ruby July, Clementine, Meadow, Dulce, Tuesday, Astrid

Boys: Miles Hart, Atlas, Darius, Harvey

mlbina Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 8:44 am

For girls; Xanthippe, Zoë, Claire, Boheme, Rhian, Phoenix

For boys; Odin, Bodhi, Henry, Severus, Zooey, Phoenix

JustBrowsing Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 9:17 am

for girls: Lilith, Avalon, Cassia, Gwendolyn, Elowyn

for boys: Phoenix, Griffin, William (wonderful name, unusable by circumstance, but still my #1 pick)

Most of the girl names are usable, just a little too out-there for my sleepy little town… but I may consider them for a middle spot.

ClancyOfTheOverflow112 Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 9:19 am

I would love to use any of these, but I’m not sure if I’d be brave enough! My guilty pleasures for boys are Apollo, Asa, Atlas, Arden, Auden, August, Calloway, Emery, Kit, Lennon, Morrissey, Orion, Rafferty, Stellan, Sullivan, Tadhg, Tennyson and Willoughby. For girls it’s just Hattie, Romy and Sadie.

I think I’d be most confident using Atlas, August, Kit, Lennon, Rafferty, Tennyson and Sadie.

Leonoraa Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 9:26 am

Astoria
Monday
Vesper
Scotland

Barnaby
Severus
Mingus

peach Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 9:39 am

Persephone, Calliope, Zelda, Clementine, Audrey, Maude, Elsa, Beryl.

Darcy, Montgomery, Elliot, August, Luca.

Zoey_Walker53 Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 9:42 am

Girls:
Theodora “Teddie”, Helena “Henna/Lena”, Indira, Celestia, Andromeda “Romy”, Lark, Bay, Viola, Adelaide, Poppy, Primrose “Posey”, Esmerelda, Henna, Clara, Zelda, Lilith, Raine, Sienna, Peri, Dove, Petal, Antoinette, Sunflower “Sunnie”, Wildflower.
Boys:
Jasper, Apollo, Augustus, Spruce, Atticus, Hawthorne, Ezra, Indigo ‘Indy’, Asher, Winter, Lyric, Wolfe, Sage, Sky, Larkspur “Lark”, Hudson, Jonas, Dandy, True, Rainn, Cyrus ‘Cy’, Cornelius, Zen, Constantine, Julius “Jules”, Jarvis, Remus ‘Remy’, Sirius, Onyx.

Mega_Muffin Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 9:42 am

Girls:
Scholastica
Artemisia
Persephone
Aphrodite
Tanith
Sophronia
Wisteria
Desdemona
Verdandi
Euphrosyne
Ursula
Ashleigh (just think it’s prettier than Ashley)

Boys:
Melchizedek
Justinian
Vasili
Naphtali
Benvolio
Wenceslaus
Celestine
Orpheus
Seraphim
Xerxes
Melchior
Severin

indiefendi2 Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 9:46 am

Sparrow (this name is so awesome to me)
Indio/Indie
Kalila
Memphis
Catrinel (way better than ol’ Catherine)
Daisy
Aislinn
Azul/Blue
Artemis
Matilda
Francisco
Brooklyn for a boy!
Rocket
Skyler
Poppy
Piper for a boy
Ming (if only I could find a middle name for it)
Alabama
Elsa (come on you know it’s beautiful!)
Obadiah
Benicio (or if I stretch it, Benedetto)
Cordelia
Mercy
Ianthe
Baylor

that’s from the top of my head.

Jbulk21 Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 9:59 am

Concordia
Talulah
Freya
Ilsa (not Isla, Ilsa.)
Iolanthe
Chiara
Gaetana
Alhambra
Monique
Didi
Honora
Gioia
Constance
Edith
Abalone (for a girl)
Janae
Jebediah
Juana (female form of Juan)
Windsor
Esai
Jamaica
Ophelia
Nicolette
Arabesque
Abra
Calliope
Cassiopeia
Celeste
Cordelia
Gwendolyn
Reba
Poppy
Elle
Rhoda

Jbulk21 Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 10:00 am

I also forgot:

Ashleigh
Wes
Willa
Artemisia
Yolanda
Lilah
Cliona / Cliodhna
Astra
Gannon
Jeanie
Nona
Sylvester

mistletoenargle Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 10:20 am

For girls it’s Emmylou, for boys it’s Merritt or Merrick.

KaylieBree Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 10:40 am

For a girl, Bellatrix, and for a boy, Jaiden.

Catith Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 10:54 am

I wanted a boy a and a girl- Zed and Raven.

Erin91 Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 11:06 am

Girls:
Magdalena
Aurelia
Oliviana
Indira
Coralie
Winter
July
Quintessa
Odessa
Ophelia

Boys:
Nehemiah
Lachlan
Phoenix
Breccan
Salem
Matteo
Lorenzo
Alistair
Quinlan
Morgan
Olivier (oh-liv-ee-ay)
Dresden

Schickler Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 11:08 am

I find this question so interesting. It’s so very subjective! A lot of the names above are names on my shortlist and I don’t consider myself adventurous. Maybe it’s because I live in an urban, diverse, hipster area?

Anyways, my guilty pleasures are more ones that break my own ‘rules’ or ones that are outside of my cultural background: Tulia, Anouk, Paloma, Lavender, Fiorella, Beaumont, Garcia, Guinevere.

cpalmer Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 11:15 am

For boys: Aries, Arnoux, Asa, Atticus, Baptiste, Euan, Fyodor, Ishaan, Judas (I know, I know, this name’s pretty much forbidden), Nolan, Novak

For girls: Agnes, Aine/Anya, Aoife, Dair, Frida, Libra, Maris, Quinn

GirlyWhirly Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 11:15 am

Girls:
Alaska
Arizona
Lake
Jezebel
Tuesday
Winter
Snow
Piper
Pepper
Neva
Heaven
Sky
Charleston
Airy

Boys:
Hiro
Phoenix
Lake
Jetson
Ares
Apollo
Thor
Sirius

Tina_and_Bert Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 11:18 am

My GPs are not so much names I would never use, but just names that don’t “go” with my current children or names my husband makes fun of or somehow or other ‘unusable’ for us:

Girls:
Ximena
Sunniva
Tzipporah
Plum
Marigold
Fern
Paloma
Pilar
Clothilde
Fuchsia

Boys:
Algernon
Percival
Peregrine
Reginald
Mortimer
Pendragon
Lionel

SimoneKadele Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 11:29 am

Ooh— and I forgot Calypso. I love that name!

Piety Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 11:39 am

Berry, Mars, Inigo, Magda, and Cricket.

cmhinken Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 11:39 am

Ruby Hummingbird. I dont know why, I read it in a book once, and ever since I’ve loved it.

Jagienka Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 12:22 pm

My guilty pleasure names are either English or associated with a specific ethnic group and I can’t use any of them because my future child would have to live with an unusual name in a conservative country (Poland), where naming a child Jessica or Kevin is (often correctly) associated with poverty and seen a way of changing one’s social status.

Anyway, my favourite, unusable names:

Rain
Autumn
Rainbow
Leila
Haifa
Maeve
Morgana
Ondine
Owen
James

When the time comes, I’ll choose sth Slavic or Latin.

ZPK Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 12:44 pm

For Girls:
Ursula
Fawn

Boys:
Arrow

I have a lot more names but those are the only ones I really feel I can’t use

ABryan08 Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Eowyn is one of mine as well( saw this up there). I skipped this name for my daughter 15 years ago and named her Camryn instead.My other name for a boy is Mctavish.

jmsouthern Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 1:38 pm

I cannot help but smile at the following examples of real-life kids I’ve known through working in kids’ sports for years:

Ceightlynne
Twins: Winston and Salem. Younger brother was Marlboro.
Sisters: Kryzl and Kryztl

If I could rename myself, I’d be Adrienne. YO!

arabella77 Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Chaplin
Guinevere
Joplin
Kateri
Locke
Monroe
Navy
Reverie
Vivid

Anchor
Blues
Draco
Ignatius
Ilius
Knight
Ranger
Valor
Xerxes

Mostly word names, including my guiltiest pleasure of all: Ransom. I know the connotation is bad and I would never actually use it, but I love the sound.

alexa400 Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 2:35 pm

Girls:
Silence
Temperley
Vivendel
Eirlys
Echo
Prairie
Charlotte
Reverie
Whisper

Boys:
Mckenzie
Ashley
Hayden
Rococo

jpruitt76 Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 3:06 pm

GIRLS:
I have a few names that I consider to be fairly mainstream that I wouldn’t normally use but do like:
Kylie
Kenzie/Kinsey
Delaney

And a few that are more unisex sounding that wouldn’t fit with my existing sib-set stylistically:
Ainsley
Tierney
Delancey
Rory
Romy
Remy
Merritt
Hollis
Romilly
Bellamy
Skylar
Quinn
Flannery
Sheridan
Piper
Blake
Noa
Marlo

I also have a few that are less mainstream (or, perhaps, considered a little “old-fashioned”) that my husband would never go for but that I still love:
Zinnia
Zelda
Zadie
Tallulah
Edith
Marjorie
Sybil
Ingrid
Rosemary
Cressida
Phaedra
Betty
Betsy
Nova
Bonnie
Yvette

BOYS:

Barnaby
Augustus
Fritz
Tarek
Tarquin
Burke
Dashiell
Beau
Rufus
Remington
Otto
Ezekiel
Ezra
Arlo

peach25 Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 3:45 pm

I like a lot of surnames on our family tree that either have already been taken recently by close relatives, or are too trendy: Lawson, Campbell, Kinsey, Taylor, Fox, Greer, Lee. Still may be usable as middles.

In my dreams: Leander, Valentine, Arden, Guinevere

Baylis Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Lettice
Loveday
Scheherazade
Valentine
Hephzibah

ess91 Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 4:42 pm

I have a thing for food names and word names and names that belong to problematic people.

For girls:
Bellatrix
Bluebell
Boo
Brook
Dottie
Eleven
Everly
Flynn
Heaven
Lady
Lolita
Naveen (the Disney prince is a boy)
Noely
Poppet
Rosy
Sugar
Sunshine
Tallulah
Valey
Vanilla
Venus

For boys:
Ahil (from Achilles)
Axel
Blue
Bo
Casper
Dash
Navy
Neo
Tobias
Toulouse
Vladimir (I love the short form Vlado too)

jjayx Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 4:54 pm

GIRLS: Arietta, Genesis, Jacquetta

BOYS: Chester, Lysander, Roger

anyagreenwich Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 5:13 pm

My list is so long I’ll stick to girls only.

Velvet
Beulah
Midnight
Diantha
Fairfax
Hildegard, and guess what? I like it styled like this: Hildegaard
Starr
Tiffany
Yvaine
Marsh
Iola
Emanuelle
Sinclair
Zephyrine
Freesia
Byrd
Endymion
Madelief
Evening
Leith
Garland
Day
Verbena
Clover
Phillida
Nazarine
Keturah
Blaze
Fernanda
Prunella
Orchid
Etienne (for a girl)
Nicasia (pronounced nick-AH-sha, to rhyme with Natasha)
Varya, with Vasha as a nickname, but I’m French and Vasha is “cow”.
Bethlehem
Orphea
Delta
Rahel
Hunter
Owen
Ravenna
Sunflower
Ursula
Elettra
Batya
Basia
Gardenia
Love
Berenice
Zariah
Thoreau
Holiday
Berangere
Kiki
Connolly
Frost
Gwyneira
Sonatina
Amethyst
Snowdrop
Air
Victoriana
Feather
Nephele

anyagreenwich Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 5:18 pm

I will add one boy, actually! I love the name Lucifer.

KassemJ Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 5:33 pm

Percival
Cedric
Perseus
Achilles
Jordan on a girl
Jayden on a girl
Adamina
Edwina

ozdust Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 5:41 pm

I haven’t updated this for a while….
Girls:
Betta
Lulu
Saskia
Trinity

Boys:
Cohen
Gray
And popular names like
Ethan
Mason
Noah
Liam

ozdust Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 5:45 pm

Oh and not really GP
Declan
From before I met my SO….

Declan Clancy wouldn’t be a good idea 🙁

Brittybaybe Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 6:01 pm

I consider all of these names to be gp but I might consider using them
Girls:
Acacia
Agacia
Agatha
Agnes
Albany
Alyse
Braeden
Bryony
Brysen
Cassia
Cinnamon
December
Edith
Elizabeth r
Emerson
Ethel
Etta
Fancie
Finlynn
Flannery
Gracen
Harlem
July
Kaianne
Lennon
Lennox
Lincoln
Lively
Livesy
Mason
Sunday
Tuesday
Viola
Violynn
Windsor
Winslet
Winslow

Boys:
Addison
Anchor
Anderson
Arrow
Ashley
Beniah
Blair
Brian
Brooks
Cohen
Collier
Collins
Dorian
Eero
Farley
Finian
Hawley
Hayes
Hezekiah
Justin
Kyle
MacArthur
MacKensie
Maclean
MacCalllister
Mencken
Reason
Saylor
Waylon
Zebulon
Zedekiah
Zion

mymel0dy Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 6:09 pm

It’s fun revisiting names that I have not thought about, still love, but would not ever use. Though teenage me totally would have named a daughter London Sebastienne, and yet a son would have being named something like Isaac Maxwell. I am much more willing to be daring with my girls names and not my boys.

Girls:
Áedán
Aingeal
Aisling
Alastríona
Brenna
Cassidy
Charlotte-Anne
Eirlys
Estlin
Garnet
Griselda
Gudrun
Kestrel
London
Mercy
Prudence
Regan
Sebastienne
Sidoney
Solemn
Tansy
Tiernan
Trinity
Winter
Wisteria

Boys:
Aithan
Ariston
Balthazar
Branwell
Brennan
Caiside
Collier
Deaglán
Etienne
Eugene
Lachlan
Laird
Malach
Maynard
Murphy
October “Tober”
Padraig
Riordan
Thane
Thaniel

athena95 Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Demelza, Clio, Endellion, Gardiner, Fable and Atlas

lovelynames Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Aurora- beautiful, but could be tricky to say!
Milo
Story
Dolly

And I’ve always joked about sisters named Layla, Lela, Lila, Lola, and Lula!

SeaZuno86 Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 6:33 pm

Girls:

Cedar Belle
Ginger
Bluebell
Sookie
Clover
Aoife
Ariadne
Evadne
Mazarine
Izara
Suvi
Mirabel
Reverie

Boys:
Kipling
Omri
Crosby
Turner
Poe
Brenner
Constantine
Odin
Hugo
Ferris
Arrow
Boone

ashbee Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 6:49 pm

I love reading these! Here are a few of the ones that would raise a few eyebrows in S. Florida where I live:
Girls:
Clementine
Mabel
Theodora
Appolline nn Polly
Fenella
Minerva
Primrose “Posey”
Honey
Fern
Summer
Montserrat
Esmeralda
Seraphina
Romola
Clover
Phillipa
Signy
Manon
Saoirse
Georgiana (so grande!)
Paz
Boys:
Magnus
Sorley
Hamish
Auberon
Dax
Roger
Stellan
Arkadi
I would consider using some of them anyways!

Suzannah Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 7:09 pm

Tripp and Treat for a boy and Pleasance and Provence for a girl.

ashbee Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 8:15 pm

I forgot Demelza and Rowena. And Ephraim for a boy.

grace_elizabeth Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 8:46 pm

I can’t let go of Huckleberry Finn. It’s just so fun!

lilybee Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 8:54 pm

G: Lights
B: August, Sparrow, and Frey

armadura Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 8:55 pm

Ugh, they are most from books/movies/TV shows! Andromeda, Bellatrix, Minerva, Ginevra, Irene, Draco, Lucius, Absalom, Bandit, Robin, Perseus, Artemis, Cadmus, Primrose, Nile, Bronx, Brooklyn, Narnia, Argentina, Silver, Thunder, Dash, Dart, Ziva, Cleopatra, Nefertiti, Amazonian, Phoenix, Aragon, Arwen, Rowena, Cedric, Godric, Arya, Nasuada, Coraline, Glinda, Frida, Demelza, Brooker, True, India, Thorin, Cormac, Mowgli, Dax, Moon, Khaleesi, Bourne, Bond, Beckett, Brock, Bravery, Brom, Rowan, Autumn, Cruz, Hero. Like WOW.

lemon Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 9:23 pm

Well, I don’t really feel badly about liking any of these names, and some I could actually see myself using; they just aren’t in my top list, and are perhaps more unusual.

For a girl, unisex type names like Ellis, Hollis, Merritt, and Arlo. Nature names like Maple, Juniper, Briar, Bryony, and Tansy. Word names like Patience, Temple, Prairie, Cadenza, Ever, Lune, and Rue. Girly names like Celestine, Margaretta, Lilias, Guinevere, and most of all Marietta (I just can’t decide if I’d use that as a first name!).

For boys, my favorites are fairly run of the mill. I’m not sure I can think of any guilty pleasure names. Maybe names like Gardener/Gardiner or Lennox? Though I do find myself intrigued by Deveraux and Pierrot.

laura83 Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 9:45 pm

I love ette names: Paulette, Annette, Cosette, Claudette, Suzette.
I also love Coretta and Loretta.

eveyalecia Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 9:59 pm

*Rolls up sleeves* Alright, here we go…

Boys: (Historical/mythological names abound)
Donato
Atlas
Braeden
Donato
Draco
Edison
Eoin
Eros
Everest
Frey
Jericho
Justus
Maverick
Mercury
Napoleon
Obadiah
October “Toby” (interesting– I’ve seen that several people have this on their lists!)
Osiris
Ptolemy
Rex
Royal
Shepherd
Socrates
Soren

Girls: (I seem to really like word names for girls)
Abbigael (my favorite spelling of Abigail, but way too kre8if to use!)
Aubrielle
Austen
Briallen
Caitlyn
Demetria
Eris
Fable
Hero
Liberty
Morning
Nera
November
Ottavia
Prairie
Remi
Romilda

And names that I tentatively have on my short list, even though I know they’re a bit strange and my family aren’t fans:

Boys:
Bertram
Briar
Casper
Ezra (for some reason both of my parents really hate this name???)
Madison
Prosper
Valentine

Girls:
Glory Lynn
Liesl

namesage Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 10:21 pm

I have a lot of over the top names on my list that most of the world outside of Nameberry (and some Berries too) would think are a little outlandish, but I think of GP names more as trendy or made up sounding names that are not my usual style at all, so that being said…Shh…don’t tell, but I secretly like an -aden name. It’s Zaden. Also Brenley for a girl.

namesage Says:

July 28th, 2015 at 10:28 pm

Also Duke and Ace in a different type of GP way.

gmdx Says:

July 29th, 2015 at 12:11 am

Month/Day names: I especially like November ‘Nova’, Thursday ‘Thor’, and though it never made my gp list, I squealed when someone named their daughter Christmas.
Greek Mythology Names: Nike, Pallas, Orpheus, and of course Andromeda, my very first gp name.
Virtue/Word Names: Honoria, Hero, Story, Poet, Noble, etc.

jkjkjkjkjk Says:

July 29th, 2015 at 12:39 am

Girls:
Alaska
Arizona (Call her Ari )
Vera
Azalea
Hadley
Rebel

Boys:
Drimmix
Deaken
Peyton
Tucker
Archer
Easton

jkjkjkjkjk Says:

July 29th, 2015 at 12:42 am

Oh,And for girls,Also the names “Ohphelia ” and “Tilley” and “Matilda”

NaomiNY Says:

July 29th, 2015 at 1:49 am

Girls:
Rowena
Wilhelmina (I guess this would be a no-no with part of my family…probably because of Kaiser Wilhelm, and Wilhelmina is the feminine form of Wilhelm)
Henrietta (Heard this on the anime “Gunslinger Girl”, and have liked it since then. Her nickname would be Etta or Hattie.)
Dorota (One of my best friends from middle school was named Dorota. I think the name’s awesome, but I don’t think my maternal grandmother would’ve wanted her given name (Dorothy), in any form, to be used as a first name for any of my future daughters for some reason. Oh, well, maybe it can be used as a middle name.)
Unity
Ulyssa
Lucasa
Pandora (My sister is as into Greek mythology as I’m interested in WWII. I wouldn’t want her or any of my family to think of the story of Pandora’s Box when saying my daughter’s name. Plus, it’s the name of a music streaming site.)
Honoria
Mayten
Zenobia
Heidi
Yarrow
Nerissa
Saskia
Alyvia
Theophania (an old Greek name, I believe. nn Theo or Thea. I love it, but wouldn’t be able to use it where I live.)
Thomasina (Feminine form of Thomas.)
Alumina
Illumina

Boys:
Czeslaw (I would LOVE to use this to honor my heritage, but, where I live, I don’t think anybody would be able to pronounce it.)
Bazyli (The Polish form of Basil. I kind of like it better than the regular Basil.)
Quintus
Ignacy (See Czeslaw)
Nehemiah (Not sure if I’d be able to use this. I love it, though.)
Jacenty
Marius
Anakin
Atem (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
Henryk
Mycah
Eddard
Edmund
Olivier (French form of Oliver. Pronounced oh-LIV-ee-ay. I like this better than regular Oliver.)
Cato
Cain (I know he’s the bad brother from the Bible, but I still think the name’s cool.)
Hezekiah (another name that I think is awesome, but am unsure of whether or not I’d be able to use it)
Benedict (I’m afraid people would only think of Benedict Arnold when hearing this name. Personally, I think of Benedict Cumberbatch the actor.)
Ulysses
Melchior
Madigan
Emmerich
Royal
Alastor
Albus

NaomiNY Says:

July 29th, 2015 at 1:51 am

I forgot to add Temperance and Mercia for girls, and Concord and Dublin for boys.

iarlondwen Says:

July 29th, 2015 at 3:51 am

I was convinced as a child I would name my eldest daughter Sicily Marie. Spelling Sicily like the island because I liked place names, but inspired by Cecily, meaning Blind, which with Marie= Blind Sorrow. I thought it was terribly romantic and poetic…. luckily I grew out of that.

Following that I have a deep love for:

Scholastica
Hypatia
Bodhisatva

Scarlettfiona Says:

July 29th, 2015 at 7:58 am

Girls-
Theodosia
Murphy
Liesel
Hermione
Marceline

Boys-
Tristan (its my brothers name, otherwise I would use it!)

I can’t think of more off the top of my head!

tfzolghadr Says:

July 29th, 2015 at 9:01 am

I wouldn’t say they’re terrible or too out there, but too strong (or ethnic) for the surname…
Girls:
Allegra
Hero
Cressida
Aida
Adia
Ginevra
Violetta
Amaryllis
Hyacinth
Jessamine
Patrice
Terese
Evelina
Noemi
Savina
Serafina
Junia
Juniper
Sunniva
Tove
Vesper
Celestina
Celestia
Bryony
Eloisa
Eleanora

Boys:
Satchel
Sachin
Teague
Levent
Evren
Emre
Eliezer
Casimir
Tadgh
Malachy
Equinox
Oleander
Leander
Lars
Leif
Ozias
Leonidas
Ogden
Zephyr
Caelum
Horatio
Gawain

rstiltner17 Says:

July 29th, 2015 at 9:33 am

I secretly love the name James for a girl! I’m sure if I ever let my husband or family know, they’d think I was crazy! But there is just something about it….

indiefendi2 Says:

July 29th, 2015 at 9:46 am

How could I forget Lux and Cruz!

coley2704 Says:

July 29th, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Jasper and Jemima. Everyone i ask hates them but I love them lol

lilybee Says:

July 29th, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Tziporah or Zipporah is just the wackiest name but I can’t get over the Zip nickname! I just think its adorable.

Kate_Kat_Bar Says:

July 29th, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Bentley for a boy, I really like it and I even met a precious little one at church, but it’s just too popular for me. And someone very near and dear to my heart nixed Cassie while we were watching Ant-Man, calling it “okay.” Okay. There goes my Cassiopeia Maple…

stellablue Says:

July 29th, 2015 at 6:18 pm

I’ve always loved the name combination Seraphina Lior, though it seems to extravagant to ever name one of my own children. The meaning, Fiery, radiant light, is truly beautiful

BeccaBaker Says:

July 29th, 2015 at 6:26 pm

Im in love with almost any place name for either gender but I just can’t see myself naming my kids any of these names.
I love Alaska, Atlanta, Georgia, Cali, Dallas, Jamaica, Holland, Beverley, Aspen, Boston, Kingston, Ireland, Denver.
I would use all of them but I think I’ll save them for pets & possible middles.

MissTrash Says:

July 29th, 2015 at 8:27 pm

Girls:
Nala (one of my favourite girls names, but is just so DISNEY)
Zipporah
Padme
Isis (pretty sure this is unusable now)
Bellatrix
Tati
Tigerlily
Kida

Boys:
Phoenix
Hendrix
Wolfgang
Maddox
Angel
River
Prince

Mktee Says:

July 29th, 2015 at 11:52 pm

My guilty pleasure names are all words that I don’t think I’d be brave enough to use.
Girls: Winter, Story, Indiana, Lux
Boys: Fox, Wolf, Falcon

withinreason Says:

July 30th, 2015 at 1:25 am

For girls:

Poplar (my favorite tree, half Poppy, half Piper, but too closer to Popular!)
Lively
Foxglove

For boys
Wilder
Caspian
Hawk

Leigh123 Says:

July 30th, 2015 at 8:22 am

Mavis for a girl and Fletcher or Fisher for a boy.

Chloe14 Says:

July 30th, 2015 at 8:57 am

I guess, Wednesday is probably the only guilty pleasure name I have! I know that maybe hard to believe, but usually I don’t fall for outgoing names.

laurenemily Says:

July 30th, 2015 at 12:24 pm

I’m falling in love with Bellamy I’m having my 4th girl and I love the unusual but I also am starting to like Katniss (I know

megara5115 Says:

July 30th, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Boys:
Fox
Amos
Asa

Girls:
Indigo
Olivia ( I know not “out there” but just too popular for me)
Dorothy

megara5115 Says:

July 30th, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Oh and Odin!!!

DotDraper Says:

July 30th, 2015 at 4:50 pm

There’s no real guilt here. Balthazar, Basil, Bjorn, Caspian, Django, Ignatius, Laszlo, Peregrine– I’d use these in a heartbeat as middles, but my husband winces whenever they come up on my lists.

Lavender, Lilac, Tulip- same idea. He’s just not on board with less common floral names.

nerdymommy Says:

July 30th, 2015 at 5:51 pm

Some of them I can’t use because I’m not brave enough (or my husband said no ;)). Some of them just don’t work with my last name or sib set.

GIRL
Snow
Avalon
Temperance
Hermione
Ireland
Bay
Artemis
Arizona
Alaska
Ariadne
Piper
Poppy
Guinevere
Oona
Sadie
Lennox
Leilani
Ariel
Lola
Anastasia
Luna

BOY
Maverick
Marvel
Morgan
Dexter
Deacon
Lincoln
Ace
Shepard
Tucker
Seamus
Trace
Cain
Fletcher
Thatcher
Remus

EITHER
Salem
Bailey

indigomagnolia Says:

July 31st, 2015 at 8:06 pm

I’ve always loved the more phonetic Jorja spelling for a girl. For boys names that I like, but would never use would be Dragan and Miroslav “Miro”.

AnnaO Says:

July 31st, 2015 at 10:37 pm

My guilty pleasure name, Daisy, isn’t because it’s over-the-top, but because it’s a little popular and obvious. Also, my husband thinks this name doesn’t age well. (He can’t imagine a Daisy for President.)

I love it, though.

Ksl1143 Says:

August 1st, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Bay
Bernadette
Calgary
Poppy
Saoirse

Atticus
August
Cove
Leif
Maverick
Soren
Sufjan

squidia Says:

August 1st, 2015 at 8:40 pm

Girls:
Alton, Ariadne, Avalon, Blue, Briar, Coleman, Cullen, Flemming, Ford, Greer, Hudson, Ilse, Lennon, Martin, Mignon, Murphy, Navy, Ross, Sutter, Vaughn, Wednesday, Zaria

Boys: Amadeus, Ara, August, Blair, Caius, Cassio, Cato, Cinna, Darcy, Etienne, Jude, Lev, Maddox, Moon, Sirius, Valentin, Winter

LcLauver Says:

August 1st, 2015 at 8:52 pm

Prudence & Ophelia

amf0224 Says:

August 2nd, 2015 at 7:34 pm

Love guilty pleasures!

Ophelia
Persephone
Winter
Bluebell
Snowdrop
Wildflower, Wisteria, Wildrose – kind of hippy!
Analeigh – would surely use
Anouk
Birdie, Kitty, Doe, Dove, Fox, Lynx, Sparrow, Canary, Phoenix – animals!
Celestia
Honey & Darling – as middles only
Ginger
Ireland, Holland, Vienna, Alaska – places
Lavender, Indigo, Lilac – colors
Amethyst, Emerald, Peridot, Opal – gemstones
Tallulah, Tilly, Thisbe, Tansy, Tulip, Twila
Primrose & Rosette – unique roses
Posy, Peony, Poppy, Petal, Plum, Poet
Sachi, Solstice, Snow, Story, Sailor, Saskia
Juniper, Juno, Junia
Lilou
Meadow, Moon, Marigold
Echo
Scout

Anchor
Alistair
Blue, Gray/Grey – colors
Clover
Ciel
Kodiak
Hawthorne – as a middle
Huxley
Rembrandt – another middle
Soren
Penn
Oakley
Sequoia
Zephyr
Piers
Sterling – would surely use
Orion
Lynx, Bear, Fox – animals
Nile, Caspian, River – water related
Echo
Crosby
Darcy
Ever
Everest
Archer
Indigo
Casimir
Lysander
Poet
Quill
Aspen
Aries
Scout

Aurora_Bunny Says:

August 3rd, 2015 at 6:05 pm

For a girl my guilty pleasures are:
Rosemary
Nevaeh
Aurelia
Annalise
For a boy:
Asher
Harley
August, Gus for short.
October. I have no idea.
Nirvana for either gender. I would never use it, but I love the sound and meaning of it.

CaitlinBrittin Says:

August 6th, 2015 at 9:22 am

I love reading everyone’s guilty pleasure names! what a fun post!

I typically love very traditional names (like Jane and Louise) but I do also love Sunday and Lavender for girls! Some people might think these are pretty tame but compared to my usual name style they are a bit different.

hg28 Says:

August 7th, 2015 at 11:20 pm

My guilty pleasure names are Wolf for a boy and Hero for a girl. I wouldn’t give these names to a real child, but I love them!

Knelli Says:

August 20th, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Girls:
Delphine
Elphaba
Tulip
Petunia
Pru
Poppy
Posey
Monty
Murphy

Boys:
Wolfgang

Dtretrb Says:

August 24th, 2015 at 9:17 pm

I love the name Orville, even though it’s old and is associated with the Wright brothers.

mallowd Says:

September 5th, 2015 at 11:56 pm

Honestly, I don’t feel like I have any GP names. Anything I like I’d be willing to use at the very least in the middle spot. There are names too trendy or popular that I like, but I don’t feel guilty about liking them. One that caught my eye someone else listed, was Whisper. I never thought of that as a name, but really like it all of the sudden, but of course (though I love word names) I would not use this. A few others I’d at least pause on for various reasons are: Echo, Elspeth, Isolde, Meadow, Prairie, Alouette, Chrysanthemum, Effie, Desdemona, Feline, Ophelia, Rafaela, Fiyero, Mailer, Wylie

germanstar Says:

September 18th, 2015 at 3:27 am

I don’t have many guilty pleasure names. I mostly like classic and gender distinctive names (names that do not indicate gender are forbidden by law in my country), I don’t like word names, so I didn’t have any problem thinking that the name I had chosen would be rejected. However, there are some names I think are guilty pleasures :
Neval and Elif -> I used to live in Turkey for a period of six months (due to my occupation I have to travel very often and sometimes stay in a country for some months). There I collaborated with many people but my closest colleagues were two women, Neval and Elif. I really love their names, and I wish I could use them in order to remember them but also the wonderful country, Turkey.
Holland -> I don’t think that a place name would be accepted in my country but Holland does not remind me only of the Netherlands and my favourite flower (the tulip) but also of one of my favourite actresses(Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly – Breakfast at Tiffany’s). I just can’t help loving this name.
Loreley -> The sound is nice and the landscape is wonderful but, as a German, I would never use a name of a siren who distructed seamen and caused their ships to crash on the rocks (Heinrich Heine – Die Lorelei) or of a rock which retained the echo of a betrayed woman who falls to her death in Rhein (Clemens Betrano – Zu Bacharach am Rheine) However, this name is so sweet I wish I didn’t know of these associations and I could use it.
Gwendolyn -> I really like this name but the pronunciation in my native language is difficult.
Vienna and Verona -> I LOVE both cities (mainly the architecture), but I think that ithey would not be accepted in my country.
Agatha -> The names sounds sooo old that I can’t help loving it. However, when I learned Greek, it reminded me of the word αγκάθι (pronounced like Agatha, but instead of the -a sound in the end, there is -ee), which means thorn. I know that it is a Greek name meaning benevolent, but I can’t help associating it with the Greek word for thorn.
Seraphina -> I used to have a puppy named Seraphina when I was a child so I can’t use it on a human baby.
Liesel -> My favourite nickname of Elisabeth. Although it is a commonly used nickname in my country, it’s pronounciation is like Diesel with an L- and I immediately think of Diesel.

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