What Are Your Guilty Pleasure Names?
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What are the names that you know you shouldn’t love, but can’t help yourself?
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on July 27th, 2015 at 11:17 pm
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!
on 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!
on 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
on July 28th, 2015 at 12:08 am
on July 28th, 2015 at 12:11 am
I forgot Roscoe (Boy) and Rapunzel (Girl)
on 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…
on July 28th, 2015 at 12:16 am
Avery (on a boy)
on 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:
on July 28th, 2015 at 1:26 am
Melisande, Gwyneira, Sofonisba, Valentin, Evelyn (m), etc!
on July 28th, 2015 at 2:06 am
my first choice for a son is my favourite guilty pleasure name. Hephastion.
on 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
on 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.
on July 28th, 2015 at 5:06 am
Ardahan, Saruman, Yemliha and Kays
Alara and Mariye
on July 28th, 2015 at 6:39 am
I think I only have one – Sunday.
on July 28th, 2015 at 6:45 am
on July 28th, 2015 at 6:53 am
on July 28th, 2015 at 6:57 am
on July 28th, 2015 at 7:10 am
Porter and Dallas for boys. Harper, Lola, and Skye for girls.
on July 28th, 2015 at 7:38 am
on 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).
on 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.
on July 28th, 2015 at 8:03 am
Pansy posey petal dolly
on July 28th, 2015 at 8:03 am
Also- Juniper! Ashe Juniper trees are an issue here in Central Texas. And Coriander!
on 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.
on July 28th, 2015 at 8:16 am
Girls: Ruby July, Clementine, Meadow, Dulce, Tuesday, Astrid
Boys: Miles Hart, Atlas, Darius, Harvey
on July 28th, 2015 at 8:44 am
For girls; Xanthippe, Zoë, Claire, Boheme, Rhian, Phoenix
For boys; Odin, Bodhi, Henry, Severus, Zooey, Phoenix
on 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.
on 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.
on July 28th, 2015 at 9:26 am
on July 28th, 2015 at 9:39 am
Persephone, Calliope, Zelda, Clementine, Audrey, Maude, Elsa, Beryl.
Darcy, Montgomery, Elliot, August, Luca.
on July 28th, 2015 at 9:42 am
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.
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.
on July 28th, 2015 at 9:42 am
Ashleigh (just think it’s prettier than Ashley)
on July 28th, 2015 at 9:46 am
Sparrow (this name is so awesome to me)
Catrinel (way better than ol’ Catherine)
Brooklyn for a boy!
Piper for a boy
Ming (if only I could find a middle name for it)
Elsa (come on you know it’s beautiful!)
Benicio (or if I stretch it, Benedetto)
that’s from the top of my head.
on July 28th, 2015 at 9:59 am
Ilsa (not Isla, Ilsa.)
Abalone (for a girl)
Juana (female form of Juan)
on July 28th, 2015 at 10:00 am
I also forgot:
Cliona / Cliodhna
on July 28th, 2015 at 10:20 am
For girls it’s Emmylou, for boys it’s Merritt or Merrick.
on July 28th, 2015 at 10:40 am
For a girl, Bellatrix, and for a boy, Jaiden.
on July 28th, 2015 at 10:54 am
I wanted a boy a and a girl- Zed and Raven.
on July 28th, 2015 at 11:06 am
on 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.
on 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
on July 28th, 2015 at 11:15 am
on 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:
on July 28th, 2015 at 11:29 am
Ooh— and I forgot Calypso. I love that name!
on July 28th, 2015 at 11:39 am
Berry, Mars, Inigo, Magda, and Cricket.
on 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.
on 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:
When the time comes, I’ll choose sth Slavic or Latin.
on July 28th, 2015 at 12:44 pm
I have a lot more names but those are the only ones I really feel I can’t use
on 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.
on 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:
Twins: Winston and Salem. Younger brother was Marlboro.
Sisters: Kryzl and Kryztl
If I could rename myself, I’d be Adrienne. YO!
on July 28th, 2015 at 2:21 pm
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.
on July 28th, 2015 at 2:35 pm
on July 28th, 2015 at 3:06 pm
I have a few names that I consider to be fairly mainstream that I wouldn’t normally use but do like:
And a few that are more unisex sounding that wouldn’t fit with my existing sib-set stylistically:
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:
on 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
on July 28th, 2015 at 3:54 pm
on July 28th, 2015 at 4:42 pm
I have a thing for food names and word names and names that belong to problematic people.
Naveen (the Disney prince is a boy)
Ahil (from Achilles)
Vladimir (I love the short form Vlado too)
on July 28th, 2015 at 4:54 pm
GIRLS: Arietta, Genesis, Jacquetta
BOYS: Chester, Lysander, Roger
on July 28th, 2015 at 5:13 pm
My list is so long I’ll stick to girls only.
Hildegard, and guess what? I like it styled like this: Hildegaard
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”.
on July 28th, 2015 at 5:18 pm
I will add one boy, actually! I love the name Lucifer.
on July 28th, 2015 at 5:33 pm
Jordan on a girl
Jayden on a girl
on July 28th, 2015 at 5:41 pm
I haven’t updated this for a while….
And popular names like
on July 28th, 2015 at 5:45 pm
Oh and not really GP
From before I met my SO….
Declan Clancy wouldn’t be a good idea 🙁
on July 28th, 2015 at 6:01 pm
I consider all of these names to be gp but I might consider using them
on 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.
on July 28th, 2015 at 6:20 pm
Demelza, Clio, Endellion, Gardiner, Fable and Atlas
on July 28th, 2015 at 6:31 pm
Aurora- beautiful, but could be tricky to say!
And I’ve always joked about sisters named Layla, Lela, Lila, Lola, and Lula!
on July 28th, 2015 at 6:33 pm
on 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:
Appolline nn Polly
Georgiana (so grande!)
I would consider using some of them anyways!
on July 28th, 2015 at 7:09 pm
Tripp and Treat for a boy and Pleasance and Provence for a girl.
on July 28th, 2015 at 8:15 pm
I forgot Demelza and Rowena. And Ephraim for a boy.
on July 28th, 2015 at 8:46 pm
I can’t let go of Huckleberry Finn. It’s just so fun!
on July 28th, 2015 at 8:54 pm
B: August, Sparrow, and Frey
on 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.
on 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.
on July 28th, 2015 at 9:45 pm
I love ette names: Paulette, Annette, Cosette, Claudette, Suzette.
I also love Coretta and Loretta.
on July 28th, 2015 at 9:59 pm
*Rolls up sleeves* Alright, here we go…
Boys: (Historical/mythological names abound)
October “Toby” (interesting– I’ve seen that several people have this on their lists!)
Girls: (I seem to really like word names for girls)
Abbigael (my favorite spelling of Abigail, but way too kre8if to use!)
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:
Ezra (for some reason both of my parents really hate this name???)
on 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.
on July 28th, 2015 at 10:28 pm
Also Duke and Ace in a different type of GP way.
on 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.
on July 29th, 2015 at 12:39 am
Arizona (Call her Ari )
on July 29th, 2015 at 12:42 am
Oh,And for girls,Also the names “Ohphelia ” and “Tilley” and “Matilda”
on July 29th, 2015 at 1:49 am
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.)
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.)
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.)
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.)
Ignacy (See Czeslaw)
Nehemiah (Not sure if I’d be able to use this. I love it, though.)
Olivier (French form of Oliver. Pronounced oh-LIV-ee-ay. I like this better than regular Oliver.)
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.)
on July 29th, 2015 at 1:51 am
I forgot to add Temperance and Mercia for girls, and Concord and Dublin for boys.
on 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:
on July 29th, 2015 at 7:58 am
Tristan (its my brothers name, otherwise I would use it!)
I can’t think of more off the top of my head!
on 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…
on 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….
on July 29th, 2015 at 9:46 am
How could I forget Lux and Cruz!
on July 29th, 2015 at 2:56 pm
Jasper and Jemima. Everyone i ask hates them but I love them lol
on 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.
on 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…
on 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
on 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.
on July 29th, 2015 at 8:27 pm
Nala (one of my favourite girls names, but is just so DISNEY)
Isis (pretty sure this is unusable now)
on 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
on July 30th, 2015 at 1:25 am
Poplar (my favorite tree, half Poppy, half Piper, but too closer to Popular!)
on July 30th, 2015 at 8:22 am
Mavis for a girl and Fletcher or Fisher for a boy.
on 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.
on 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
on July 30th, 2015 at 12:27 pm
Olivia ( I know not “out there” but just too popular for me)
on July 30th, 2015 at 12:28 pm
Oh and Odin!!!
on 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.
on 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.
on 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”.
on 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.
on August 1st, 2015 at 12:08 pm
on August 1st, 2015 at 8:40 pm
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
on August 1st, 2015 at 8:52 pm
Prudence & Ophelia
on August 2nd, 2015 at 7:34 pm
Love guilty pleasures!
Wildflower, Wisteria, Wildrose – kind of hippy!
Analeigh – would surely use
Birdie, Kitty, Doe, Dove, Fox, Lynx, Sparrow, Canary, Phoenix – animals!
Honey & Darling – as middles only
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
Meadow, Moon, Marigold
Blue, Gray/Grey – colors
Hawthorne – as a middle
Rembrandt – another middle
Sterling – would surely use
Lynx, Bear, Fox – animals
Nile, Caspian, River – water related
on August 3rd, 2015 at 6:05 pm
For a girl my guilty pleasures are:
For a boy:
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.
on 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.
on 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!
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on August 24th, 2015 at 9:17 pm
I love the name Orville, even though it’s old and is associated with the Wright brothers.
on 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
on 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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