What name do you just not get?
Maybe it’s a name that’s zoomed to the top of the popularity charts, but you just don’t get why so many people are rushing to use it.
Or maybe it’s a name that people whose taste you respect — hello, fellow berries! — adore, but you just don’t get the appeal.
Or the thing you don’t get might be why more people don’t like or use a name you find lovely.
So what name do you just not get, and why?
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on July 22nd, 2014 at 10:44 pm
Anything ending in -ayden. I also personally really don’t like unisex names.
on July 22nd, 2014 at 10:53 pm
I personally don’t like word names. Nature names are fine, but word names like qualities, places, etc. I don’t like. I also don’t really like the Greek names, though I’m slowly warming up to Andromeda and Cassiopeia. I also love names that used to be considered boys’ names that are now used on girls for boys. Names like Mackenzie, Vivian, Casey, Kelly, Ashley, Evelyn, Courtenay (love this spelling as opposed to any of the others) I really love, but I’ve received a lot of criticms for it, like “How could you do this to your son?” Well, first of all, I can. Second of all, it’s not a punishment to name my son Vivian. I guess it’s just one of my quirks. Also, a lot of people love Isabel and its variants, but I’m more partial to Isobel. Loved it before Downton Abbey and will continue to love it long after (unless it becomes trendy, which I doubt).
on July 22nd, 2014 at 10:54 pm
I don’t get Penelope, Clementine, Judah, Romilly, Ryker, Maisie… and so many more.
On the flip side, I’m always surprised that the name Wren isn’t used more. Most people seem to like it, but that hasn’t boosted its popularity on the charts.
on July 22nd, 2014 at 11:17 pm
Seth and Jonah. They are my two most disliked boys names and I seriously do not get the appeal of either of them. Also Spencer beacause it sounds very whiny and reminds me of a pencil sharpener, and Cooper because it just seems like a dogs name.
For girls I don’t get Chloe, Aubrey, Skylar/Skyler/Schuyler, Giana/Gianna, Kayla, and Lydia.
on July 22nd, 2014 at 11:17 pm
Cutter. WHY would someone want to name their child “cutter”?? Do they want them to grow up to be a cutter or something? It’s horrible! I just don’t get it. If someone could explain it to me that’d be great.
Same with Killian. Why name your son a name with “kill” in it? And it doesn’t even sound like a nice name; at all!
on July 22nd, 2014 at 11:18 pm
I don’t get Harper. At all.
A few others- Elliott on girls. Daleyza, Hunter on girls, anything that ends in -son on a girl, Camden (probably because I’m from NJ), Cash/Dash, Dashiell
on July 22nd, 2014 at 11:25 pm
I went through the most popular names for babies on nameberry and these are the ones I don’t get.
Girls: Penelope, Genevieve, Nora, Clementine, Harlow, Willa, Poppy, Isis, Daenerys, Lola, Kinsley, and Frances.
Boys: Wyatt, Beckett, Ransom, Oscar, Ronan, Hugo, Dashiell, Ryker, Knox, Axel, Griffin, Nash, Arlo, Cassius, Otis, & Lincoln.
on July 22nd, 2014 at 11:27 pm
the yn ending (Jordyn for example). It’s so tacky to me.
I don’t understand the love for Sophia–it’s so cliché for “pretty girl name”.
Finn is growing on me but I think it’s weird as a full name. Short for Phineas or Finley, etc then I love it.
I won’t even start on the boys names on girls thing. Maxwell Drew Johnson killed me.
I’m truing to figure out the love for Emma, I don’t dislike it but I don’t get why it’s so popular.
Caden and Jaden et al. I. Do. Not. Get. I quite love Hayden and Brayden though.
The bastardizations of C names I don’t get. Caleb should not be Kaleb, etc. Just NO.
Rose as a middle name is so boring and I don’t get why people don’t branch out.
on July 22nd, 2014 at 11:32 pm
I don’t get Aubrey… At. All. To me it just sounds awful. Awful on a girl and even worse on a boy.
I really don’t get the “unisex” name craze in general. Or rather, the trend of giving male names to females and male names to females. There is no “unisex” name, only the misuse of names. To me, anyway. Call me stuck up if you want. Why do this, especially at this point just for the sake of it. Elliot on a little girl? No. Is nothing sacred? And I don’t get that so many lovely boys’ names are now considered effeminate just because they are amiable and likeable. Sam, Charlie, Casey, Jamie. All boys’ names to me. Nothing “unisex” about them, other than the fact that they are being misused as female names.
I don’t get most “place” names. Really, I don’t get much that is trendy. My tastes are fairly conventional. The most contemporary name I would consider would be Zachary. And it’s not the most current or cutting edge anymore.
on July 22nd, 2014 at 11:34 pm
And vice versa, I meant to say!
on July 22nd, 2014 at 11:36 pm
I really dont get Nora or Norah. or ellie for a beautiful name like Eleanor or Elisa or especially Elizabeth which has so many good short forms.
on July 22nd, 2014 at 11:45 pm
I don’t get Clementine, the “clem” part really irks me. And the male names on girls and girl names on boys, that I find so annoying
on July 22nd, 2014 at 11:50 pm
There are so many because I am a name snob… haha!
-Arabella, I do like Arabel, though
Just to name a few. I just never really saw the appeal in any of these names. I honestly cannot stand when a name that I consider to be a “name with potential” becomes too popular. That’s exactly what happened with Hadley and Harper.
on July 22nd, 2014 at 11:56 pm
Boys: Dashiell – I really don’t understand how this is becoming so popular. It sounds made up & girly. Just Why?! When there are so many classic, strong boy names?
Austin – This name has always irked me for some reason. Ended up marrying one haha (well, it’s his MN)
Girls: Abigail – it has just never sounded appealing to me
Either Gender: Peyton
on July 23rd, 2014 at 12:05 am
I know that there’s probably more than what I can currently think of, but I really don’t get Penelope, or boys names on girls! When I say this, I’m talking about names such as Riley, Logan, etc – not Vivian, Evelyn etc which haven’t been used on girls (at least extensively) for a while now.
On the other side, I love Antigone, I think it has such a beautiful sound, but most people don’t like it at all.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 12:32 am
-The name Jasper sounds like a cowboy and I’ll never be able to take it seriously.
-I know 5 baby boys named Jaxon right now. I can’t handle using an “x” in Jackson to force the nickname “Jax.”
-Too many Addisons, too many Sofies.
-Too much “Adalyn, Adaline, Adylynn, etc.” Out of hand.
-Penelope, Clementine, Juniper = cat names
-Genevieve gets on my nerves. Stuffy and pretentious.
-If you named your baby after a car, brand name, or a verb…it’s probably bad.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 12:32 am
Penelope and Poppy. I just think I don’t like a lot of P names. I also don’t like Clementine and Amelia. Not sure why though.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 12:42 am
I don’t get Sophia at all! I have never cared for this name and can’t understand why it is so popular. Growing up I knew a Sophie and felt so bad for her that she had such a horrible name. Who knew that 20 years later, every other little girl would share her name!
on July 23rd, 2014 at 12:47 am
on July 23rd, 2014 at 12:53 am
I have NEVER seen the appeal in Maggie, or any variation of the name. I think it’s ugly! I also don’t get Megan or Meghan. Maybe I just don’t like G’s!
on July 23rd, 2014 at 12:55 am
Penelope and Pheobe
on July 23rd, 2014 at 1:20 am
Mercedes and Portia… Sound like the cars…
on July 23rd, 2014 at 1:36 am
Madison, Addison, and Peyton…
on July 23rd, 2014 at 1:56 am
Hadley. Seriously, someone explain this one to me. I loathe it. Also, Willoughby. Really? It’s the surname in an SNL sketch featuring Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Scarlett Johanssen, and Amy Poehler as Jane Austen-inspired sisters pining for a rich old geezer named “Mr. Willoughby.”
Also, I don’t get the whole Tinley/Tinsley/Kinley/Kinsley thing, or Anniston, or the Adaline/Adalynn names. And anything that is spelled strangely for the sake of being unique…please stop. Using accepted variant spellings for aesthetic purposes (K/Catherine, Eliz/sabeth, Mary/Merry, C/Kaitlin, Hailey/Haley, Gryphon/Gryffin, and I’ll even allow Ashley/Ashleigh because Ashleigh looks pretty) is one thing, but just changing random names for the sake of changing them is often disastrous.
Names like Brandy, Brandon, Brad, Chad, etc. They’re just kind of…there.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 1:59 am
Side note: the changing of C to K in any name that is not Catherine or Caitlin also reeks of the Kardashians (specifically their “mom-ager” as she’s the one who named them, I suppose) at this point. I used to think it wasn’t a terrible trend and had no strong feelings about it, but their ubiquitous presence has just ruined it completely.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 2:03 am
I don’t get the appeal of names like Hunter, Cutter or Killian at all. Why would a parent want to give their child such a violent sounding name? I also do not get Penelope or Clementine. I dislike the trend of spelling C- names with a K (e.g. Kaleb, Katherine). I have never understood the love for Wyatt. I sounds whiney to my ears.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 2:15 am
I don’t get creative spellings. Even standard spellings get mispronounced, why make things harder for the child?
Girls names for boys and visa versa.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 2:21 am
Sophie, Sofia, Olive, Olivia and all the variations of those two. Those are probably my two biggest, though I’m sure there’s more.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 2:25 am
I don’t get Ellie as a nickname for Elizabeth which is a beautiful name by itself. Other names I don’t get are…
Isabella(nn-Bella): I just don’t like this name and I don’t see why its so popular
Kayden/Cayden/Ayden/Aiden/Jayden/Jaiden: See Isabella
Addison: I don’t get why you would use this on a boy because of the nickname Addy but at the same time I don’t get why you would use it on a girl because of the son part
on July 23rd, 2014 at 2:44 am
Very surprised to see so many people not liking the name Penelope! I love that name and think it has a lot of lovely nickname options! Funny.
While there are lots of names that are not my taste, the only names that upset me are the ones that will cause grief for the child that has to live with them. Examples:
1. Alternative/ Kreative spellings that are excessively difficult. Example: Typhany (Tiffany). Imagine how many times she (or he?) will have to spell that out on the phone, in class, etc.
2. Names with a negative meaning- if a parent comes up with a name, at least Google it to make sure it has an OK meaning. Example: Charnel (means house of death, and yes this really was a name given to a child in Australia).
Some other things make me feel sad for the child, for example when an actress named her baby “Audio Science.” It simply seems disrespectful to name a human being this. But who knows? Maybe the kid loves his/ her name. Other names that bug are names like Abcde, Jaxxxon, etc.
Gender bending is so tricky- there are plenty of instances where I don’t like names switching genders but it’s part of culture to change, and I don’t think this is anything new. At the very least kids can change their names at 18, so no matter what, people have an out!
on July 23rd, 2014 at 3:23 am
I don’t get Imogen, to be honest. I don’t dislike it, but I also don’t understand how it’s the most popular name on this site. It just sounds a little weird, and it doesn’t sound like a little girl’s name to me (which is okay, but there’s also no good nicknames to use during childhood, in my opinion).
Violet always reminds me of violent, so I would never use it, even though I think it looks pretty.
Don’t like Harlow and Hadley, they just don’t really feel like names to me.
Evelyn. Don’t know why. I just don’t think it’s pretty sounding or looking. Don’t like Evie either.
Girls’ names that don’t get enough love: Louisa (so pretty, and I love Lou as a nn. So spunky) and Nina (simple, yet beautiful. Works in many different languages, has ties to many different cultures. I don’t understand why this name isn’t in the top 10, especially considering its style, which is close to other popular names).
Not nearly as opiniated on boys’ names. I agree with previous posters who said they dislike Killian. Also don’t like Silas. Sounds sort of mean to me, for some reason. Bodhi I think sounds silly, like a cartoon character.
Boys’ name that deserves more love: Elliot! Love this on a boy, not sure why people are naming their daughters Elliot(t)…
on July 23rd, 2014 at 3:24 am
Not sad about Nina not being in the top 10 though 😉
on July 23rd, 2014 at 3:40 am
I definitely don’t get these names being used so much for girls:
Anything ending in -son
Mac/Mc-anything (actually I don’t understand these names at all)
I also don’t understand the love for these names:
Most -iah names
Killian (Not only has it got Kill in it, but it looks like and sounds like Kill Ian… Poor Ian)
Ransom (I’d seriously rather go with Handsome or Hansom)
Aubrey (Reminds of cheese. I love cheese, but not this name)
on July 23rd, 2014 at 3:54 am
I love that so many people don’t like Clementine we’re going to use it and the amount of people on here who love Iit I thought it would get all popular I hope not!!
The name I do not get is noah.its so popular here in the uk every kid I meet is a noah and what do you shorten it to no?!!
on July 23rd, 2014 at 3:56 am
Oh, and I vastly prefer Indigo as a boys name, I don’t really understand it for girls (I love Indie for both genders too). But that’s probably because I first heard it on a boy in a book.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 5:03 am
Malachi and Mordecai. Personally I just find them opppressive and too try-hard gothic.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 5:07 am
I forgot the name I dislike most of all! Bronwen/Bronwyn. Sooo harsh. It doesn’t have anything pretty or feminine about it, I think.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 6:16 am
I don’t understand the appeal of Estelle, or Stella- I think they just sound too harsh. Also really fussy names seem to popular on here, for example Arabella. I think it’s pretty, but too fussy to actually use.
Also people who label boys names as ‘cowboy names’- e.g. Wyatt, Jasper, Bennett etc. I just don’t get that? I wonder if they sound more Cowboyish in an American accent..?
on July 23rd, 2014 at 6:25 am
Imogen. I don’t think it sounds nice or looks nice. No appeal whatsoever for me. Also Ava. Didn’t get it when I first heard it as a teen, didn’t get it when it was number one. Still don’t get it.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 6:29 am
Otis. I just don’t like it.
Also, I agree with comments about names like Kaiden/Caden/Jayden/ Zaiden/ Brayden, etc.
I also agree with comments on names like Killian and Cutter.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 6:30 am
Sadie. Every time I hear it I think “sadist”, so there is no way I could use it.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 6:40 am
Paisley. I just cannot understand the appeal.
To me, it sounds like a girl who dropped out of high school to run off with a trucker twice her age. (Harsh, I know. But the name does not exude class.)
on July 23rd, 2014 at 6:53 am
Tallulah I just don’t see the appeal at all. It sounds made up.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 7:03 am
Beatrice. I’ve just never liked it. I’m not a fan of many of the (sometimes clunky) vintage names that are popular here…Martha, Clementine, Cordelia, Agnes, Edith, Susan, Nancy, Matilda, etc. Though there is really nothing wrong with the name, I was a little surprised to see that Edith was so well-liked on here since it’s usually the name I hear referenced as a “name I would never give my child” in the real world. Maybe it’s because some people think it’s too old-lady for a comeback yet. I don’t think it’s a bad name, just not my style really.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 7:04 am
Any of the super popular names. I’m so tired of Jaiden/Aiden/Brayden, Jackson/Jaxon, emma &its variants, Sophia, Mac/Mc anything, Addison/Adelaide/Ada anything, Avery, Olivia, Bella, Oliver, Hunter, Morgan. ugh.
Hate weird spellings designed to make a common name youneek.
Normally don’t care for profession names like Chandler, Baker, or gender neutral names, but the number one pick we have right now is an unusual gender neutral name. I’m 8 months pregnant w/ a girl.
I prefer odd names, especially nature/noun names. If you see a birth announcement that has several middle names, including stuff like Delphinium, Galaxy, Wisteria, Coral, something like that..it’s probably my kid. ;p
on July 23rd, 2014 at 7:06 am
Here’s my list:
All names ending -aden, -ayden, -aiden
They are just too common now
Girl’s names ending in -lee or -leigh
Miracle or Ja’miracle. No. We get it. Every kid is a miracle
Also, Harley, Presley or Paisley. They reek of redneck to me.
I grew up with a unisex name and loathed it. Always swore if never do it to my kid but the closer I come to naming my own, the more I love boys names for girls-Carson, Hunter, Elliot and James to name a few.
Who’d have ever thought. . .
on July 23rd, 2014 at 7:13 am
Firstly, I HATE the name Neveah. How it was ever popular is beyond me.
I also hate “stripper names” like Destiny, Charity, etc.
Super girly names drive me crazy, like Isabella, Sophie or Emma. You just know they are going to grow up thinking they are some spoiled princess.
“Ayden” ending names drive me nuts. Someone I know even named their kid “Zayden”… Really?! It’s not unique.
Also Jackson/Jaxon… Way overdone!
And what’s with changing the spelling and pretending it’s a new name?! It’s not! It just looks trashier.
There are a few out there I don’t like because they are too popular, like Piper or Paisley. I liked them when I first heard them but I’m over them.
Finally, I’m not a fan of anything in the top 100. My son’s name was number 992 last year and I was pissed when I found out. But I’m just weird like that.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 7:14 am
I don’t get why so many berries dislike Aubrey. It is one of my fave names for a girl! It might possibly be because one of the cooled and beautiful girls I know is named Aubrey, and any other Aubrey’s I’ve met are awesome as well. I also don’t get super trendy names on boys, i.e. Ryker. It is cute on a little boy, but I just can’t picture a grandpa with the name.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 7:43 am
Question for the berries. Is Adelaide as loathed as all the versions of Adeline? I’m hoping not. But, be honest.
For names I don’t get: anything that has been changed to end in “yn” instead of the original spelling: Adelyn, Madelyn, Jasmyn, Jordyn, Londyn, etc.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 7:44 am
Most of these I just personally don`t like
Jack(I do like John and Jackson,though)
any name that starts in El-
I don`t like word or place names,unless there accepted as names.
I don`t really have a problem with “too popular” as long as it`s under top 30
on July 23rd, 2014 at 7:56 am
Braylee, Kaylee- and kore of the sort
Brayden, Jayden- and more of the sort
Boys names for girls and girls names for boys
Lee & Leigh ending names
Completely made up names
I could go on for days
on July 23rd, 2014 at 7:58 am
Also Millie and Martha
???????? Those are my grandmas names
on July 23rd, 2014 at 7:59 am
I’m sorry last one of mine,
Also, Camden. Like what even is that??
on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:03 am
I think I must be too much of a name lover because I can find something to appreciate about almost every name, even the ones I don’t personally like. With the exception of the insanely misspelled, made-up, or bastardized (e.g. Jaxxton, Briggsly, Dravyn, etc.), of course.
The only name I really do not “get” is Sloane. There’s nothing remotely attractive about it, it makes me think of public toilets, and it calls to mind words like slow, loan, slug, sleaze, and slay. Nope, I just don’t get it.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:03 am
For a while, everyone was crazy about Isla, and I just didn’t get it!
Also, Mia. I’ve been really disappointed in the names of Queen Elizabeth II’s great-grandchildren.
And yeah, definitely don’t get Finn as a name for a boy or a girl.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:05 am
The rise of the -Aden/-Aiden/-Ayden names (there was such a boom with these rhyming names… but WHY?), the popularity of the teen mom names (how does Teen Mom make Jace and Bentley sound appealing to people?), creative new spellings of popular names (such as the variations of Jackson), made up names like Nevaeh. Oh, and Maeby. It’s a JOKE on Arrested Development, not a solid choice for a real person.
I’m also not a fan of word names in most cases, but I’ll admit that I don’t have a hard and fast rule for this… for instance, I like a lot of nature names.
Years ago, I met a woman who told me that she named her daughter Alize Jade for a liqueur and Camel Jade cigarettes. I had no reason to doubt her, but I also had no response. Some people just like certain sounds.
Meanwhile, I love names that start with the letter P which appear to be a lot of people’s pet peeves. Taste is really a personal thing.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:06 am
Names I like that I don’t get why everyone hates:
K for C names. I love names like Karol, Klaire amd Kourtney. I hardly associate them with the Kardashians because I’m not real big on pop cultures. In fact, I think Kaitlyn is just not acceptable.
Jaxon: Jaxon is a creative spelling that makes sense and I will use it if I ever have a child.
Definitely my type of question! I was just about to make a forum post on this. There are so many names I don’t get that everyone else just loves, I’m like why!?
Henry. It’s just plain old sounding, yet people are so obsessed with it!
Isla. I swear the other day I saw about 10 people considering it for their daughter. It isn’t even that pretty.
Dashiell: it’s so popular on here but just sounds made up.
Any name from Harry Potter. Severus, Luna, Draco and especially Hermione. Don’t get me wrong, I like Harry a Potter, but nine of the names sound very good. But apparently there are megafans out there that actually like them.
OTHER popilar names: Clementine, Romilly, Penelope.i just don’t see the aeppeal.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:14 am
I used to abhor Harlow but now I adore it. Harper though. I will never get why people like it. It sounds annoying.
I would never use Hadley because I had a teacher name Mrs. Hadley and she had such a WASP air.
I love place names but if you’ve never been to London or have zero connection to India or China, Asia, Paris, etc. then why are you naming your kid that? Place names must have meaning in my opinion.
The Lyn names I don’t really care for nor have a strong opinion.
I can’t stand kre8if spellings. Jackson is Jackson not Jaxon. Cameron is Cameron not Kamryn. Make it stop!
I LOVE Adelaide. Adeline on the other hand I don’t really like and apparently it’s super popular on here. (I love Adelina though).
Penelope is so clunky but I don’t hate it. It’s a shame that it had to be Kourtney Kardashian to make it popular.
I have a C-to-K name myself but I generally HATE H A T E HATE that trend. (Except for Karmen and a few others.)
Boys names on girls I’m quite liberal about. But please don’t be one of those moms who thinks it’s cute to name your daughter Connor Sophia or whatever. Oh God. As for feminine sounding names on boys I’m pretty much the same way I just don’t want gender-confusion.
I don’t get Maggie either.
I don’t get why celebrities try to use STUPID names like Moxie Crimefighter and Audio Science and think it’s funny.
Stella is a boring name I don’t get.
I don’t get boring middle names like Marie, Rose, Grace, Elizabeth, etc. Family name or not can people innovate a little more?
I don’t really understand the love for Clementine. That name is so clunky.
Er names I’m 50/50 about.
Some explain Nevaeh to me. I hate that f-cking name.
I used to not get Luca but now I think it’s so cute.
I know there are names I can never win my family over so I keep those in my guilty pleasure list.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:18 am
Also I love Camden on a girl but everyone thinks it’s a boy’s name. That name is so girly to me. And Camden, NJ isn’t all that great anyway why is this name even popular? I hate Camden on a boy.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:18 am
Brittany, Maggie, Harley, Presley
on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:19 am
Clementine. And -son names on girls. I mean, they literally have the word SON in them. I just don’t get it.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:20 am
Kaylee/Kayleigh, Kyla, Kayla, Kylee – sound like perpetual babies. They don’t sound like adult names to me. Clementine and Imogen might work in Britain and Australia, but don’t sound right with an American accent.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:29 am
I can not stand misspellings of names. My boyfriends daughter is Kasandra and it drives me insane, it is not spelled correctly.
Also, overly popular names, the sheer amount of Alexandria’s, Alexa’s and Alexis’s that I know under the age of 10 is ridiculous.
Although, I don’t understand the hating on Killian, but maybe that is because the Church I have attended my whole life is St Killians, so it is a name I am used to, and do like.
I also do not understand the love for Isla and Imogen and Mauve. They just don’t sound good on my ears either. Also, Margaret, I hate this name with a passion and cringe every time I hear it on a poor innocent child.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:37 am
Basically any name that had a very rapid (too rapid) rise in popularity. (Except Imogene, but I am a photographer so that’s probably why :)That rise is gonna fall!
on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:54 am
I don’t get all the terrible pretentious names berries seem to love like Thaddeus and Seraphina and all that ancient heavy weird ass jazz. I can’t stand male names on girls. Misspelled names. Made-up names. Surname and word names. Uber-popular names. Basically i quite like nature names and fond of classics, that’s all.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:55 am
I dont understand why everyone likes Imogen…
However, I dont mind ‘misspelled’ names. Who’s to say that a certain spelling is right and the other is wrong. Although, I tend to prefer the more traditional ways to spell a name. But the only time I dont get it is when the spelling makes it hard to understand. You should be able to look at a name and pronounce it.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:56 am
The popularity of Poppy baffles me. Am I the only one who thinks it’s a word for “Grandfather”? To me, Poppy is about as cute on a little girl as “Gramps”.
Place names rub me the wrong way too. For example, is it really likely for someone to have such a deep spiritual connection with the New York City borough of Brooklyn that they feel compelled to name their child after it?
NEVAEH! So gimmicky, right up there with the mythical “La-a” (Ladasha)
Jackson/Jaxon: Not only overused, but the meaning is literally “son of jack”. Is the kid Jack’s son? No? Do you think there may possibly be a more apt name out there somewhere? Heck even if the baby IS Jack’s son, that’s a little too matchy for some tastes.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 9:02 am
Agree with Knelli –
I hate the name Imogen. It is the opposite of lovely-sounding to me – yuck. I don’t get why people like it AT ALL.
I am also anti-Irish baby names. I have nothing against the Irish, mind you, I just find that particular trend sort of annoying.
I don’t get why people aren’t into Zella, which is my daughter’s name. I always thought it was cool because of the Z, and was unique while still being easy to spell and pronounce. I have to think it’s because it seems like a takeoff of Bella or Ella – but in our case it’s not – my Z is named after her feisty, chemistry-studying, behind-the-boathouse-smoking, ice-cream in the morning eating, now-deceased great grandmother.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 9:07 am
Cadence. I cannot stand Cadence. I have no idea what about it appeals.
There are many name trends I’m not that fond of, but I can cope with. But Cadence. Irrational hatred of the name Cadence.
I adore Imogen, but I can understand why some people don’t. I mostly love it because I have met lovely Imogens.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 9:15 am
I don’t get James on a girl and Barnaby for a boy.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 9:27 am
I really don’t get Imogen. It doesn’t sound like a name to me. When I first read it in a book, I thought it was some company or brand name, like one of those really cheesy pun names. Little did I know that they were talking about the main character’s mom.
I don’t get Penelope or Calliope. Maybe it’s the “pee” ending. I hate Poppy too.
I really hate Addison. It’s a disease. I love Adalyn and Adeline though.
I don’t get the appeal of popular names. I HATED growing up with a popular name. I’m wondering why someone would purposefully do that to a child. Sophia, Emma, Ava, Olivia, Emily, Elizabeth, Ella, Jacob, Jayden, Noah, they’re all so boring to me. I see no appeal whatsoever.
I don’t get Helen or Helena. “Hell” is the first syllable. Wtf? Also Killian. Who would want “kill” in their name?
I don’t get the appeal of Carter on a girl. It’s my favorite boys’ name. Why, just why on a girl??? Are you seriously that short on girl names? Shouldn’t be, cause you keep stealing them from the boys!
On the flip side I hate “girl” names (unisex names I grew up with girls named) on boys: Avery, Alexis, Ashley, Aubrey, Allison, Madison, Bailey, these are all girl’s names to me.
I should probably stop now.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 9:36 am
Paisley. It’s the ultimate “what the hell” name for me. I have heard like three or four baby girls with that name in the past year. It’s a fabric pattern, not a name. When I think of all the lovely names to give your child…sigh.
Also, here’s a more extensive list that just irks me to no end.
Any boy name on a girl, especially those that are classically masculine (Andrew, James, Emery, etc.)
Anything that ends in -lee or -leigh
Isabella (though I do like Isobel)
Any sort of noun name (Trinity, Comfort, Serenity, etc.)
Made up spellings
Strange virtue names (Chastity, Silence, etc.)
Anything that ends in -ayden or -aiden (Which is sad, because I did like Hayden, as in Hayden Fry, but it’s so overdone now)
Liam (so unoriginal)
Occupation names (Hunter, Parker, Carman, etc.)
Ryder/Ryker and company
Turning Cs into Ks ugh
“Royal names” (Prince, King, Duke, etc.)
on July 23rd, 2014 at 9:39 am
I don’t get the name Emily. I just really don’t. No matter how it’s spelled, Emilee, Emili, Emilie, etc.. I just don’t like it at all, never have.
I hate boy names used on girls. Madison, Avery, Riley, James.. Those are all guys names. Why would you name your baby girl a boy’s name?
And I’m not a fan of Imogen.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 10:09 am
I don’t get. People who hate names just because they aren’t their taste. I get not liking names, I don’t like Phoebe for instance. Why? It looks pretty but to say it it sounds like Fifi, it’s like nails on a chalkboard to me. But I still think it’s a perfectly respectable name even if I don’t like the sound of it. I certainly don’t feel sorry for their kids or anything. I just don’t get why people are so hateful sometimes.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 10:10 am
I absolutely loathe the K–ee names that are so popular for girls: Kayleigh, Kylie, Khloe (Chloe), Kinley, Kenzie, etc.
And for boys I really don’t like all the x-on names: Jaxson, Braxton (seriously? Like Braxton Hicks contractions?), Paxton, etc.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 10:29 am
Nevaeh. It just weirds me out for some reason.
Peyton/Payton. It’s over used and doesn’t have a nice sound.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 10:41 am
spmccarter: no – I love Adelaide!! (I only like Adelyn as a sister to Ellia, two precious little girls that I am acquainted with, as I think it’s a beautiful sibset! 🙂 )
Yes, yes, I agree that we all have met one (or more!) too many Sophia’s, Emma-Grace’s, Olivia’s, Madison’s, Addie-Rose’s, Noah’s, Michael’s and Aidan’s.. but I’m gonna put a different twist to this challenge, Pam & Linda! I just “don’t get” how some awesome names have such terrible meanings. I “get” that sometimes, for instance, a blind person in history was named Cecilia – but I don’t think its fair that the name live out its days with the meaning blind!! Some others that fall in this category are: Cameron which means crooked nose, Gideon means having a stump for a hand (I say we change it to “mighty man of valor”, see the Holy Bible, Judges 6:12), and Claude/Claudia means lame. I like the name Maeve, but there’s no way I’d name a daughter anything meaning “she who intoxicates”. And I wonder why Corbin means raven/crow?
on July 23rd, 2014 at 10:54 am
I really don’t get the name Haller for girls. I’ve never liked it. And my dislike was deepend when a mean, annoying girl at my camp names Haller came in and was literally telling people that she was perfect. So…I don’t think I’ll ever warm up to the name Haller.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 10:56 am
Nevaeh. Still can’t get over Nevaeh. All other names/trends I can tolerate, even if I don’t particularly care for them (switching C to K, kre8ive spellings, -aydens, unnecessary Ys)… but I loathe Nevaeh.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 11:02 am
I can get behind almost any other name and appreciate how it means something to someone, but Nevaeh is cheesy beyond belief and instantly makes me judge the parents low-class and self-important. Use Neve. Use Eden. Writing something backwards literally makes it an opposite in my mind. So you’ve named your daughter Hell.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Some names that I personally do not get or like at all are:
Nevaeh/Neveah- I get that it’s Heaven spelt backwards but I just don’t see it as a name at all, its kind of too forced.
Isabella/Bella and all the Twilight names, I will never like them, simple as that, as soon as the movies came out everyone was naming their kids Bella and Edward.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 12:20 pm
I don’t get Hudson. Son of a…HUD!
I’m not into Harper, either. I know it’s got the musical meaning but I still picture a harpoon!
on July 23rd, 2014 at 12:20 pm
I dislike when people try to make a common name unique with different spelling, I know two weird versions of Olivia – Alivia and Liviya. My name is super common with a million different ways to spell it and I find it annoying to have to spell it out every.single.time.
I like Clementine and Imogen but I understand those that don’t.
I don’t get:
Boys: Declan (sounds weird), anything ending in “den” Kayden, Jayden
Girls: Character names – Daenerys and Katniss. Why would you do this?
Boys: Classics Henry, Jack, William
Girls: French names Gigi (Georgia), Eugenie, Genevieve
on July 23rd, 2014 at 12:29 pm
I know many berries love Cordelia, but… I just don’t get it. I don’t like the name Cornelia, because of the first syllable being “corn”. Love the name Delia, but when you add a “Cor” in front of it, all I can see is “CORD- elia”. CORD.
Also, I don’t really get the appeal of Soren, which I know that many berries like as well. All I can think of is “We’re soarin’! Flyin’! There’s not a star in Heaven that we can’t reeeeeach!”
on July 23rd, 2014 at 12:44 pm
Unisex names on girls
on July 23rd, 2014 at 1:00 pm
I have so many names I hate (To many to say really)!
Ava = Hate everything about it sound, look and how it’s pronounced and its so over used. Like come on there are so many nice names out there why do you have to pick a horrible one (Ava)?
Hugo = Just sounds ugly and strange!
on July 23rd, 2014 at 1:03 pm
Thisbe (I cringe EVERY time, it makes my toes curl)
Jackson (and all variants)
on July 23rd, 2014 at 1:43 pm
Boy names on girls. I really hate the trend.
Girl Names: Sydney, Madison, Mackenzie, Kennedy, Reagan, Bertha, Emma, Ava, Mona, Paige, Neveah, Destiny, Trinity, Lillian, Clementine, Elena, Lilith, Delilah, Julisa, Jayla
Boy Names: Brody, Wyatt, Colton, Carsten, Cutler, Killian, Raymond, Ralph, Keith, Cameron, Sebastian, Aidan, Tyler, Mason, Jackson, Omar, Bentley, Corbin, Brennan, Bridger, Boston, Denver, Elmer, Geralad, Harold, Arlo
on July 23rd, 2014 at 1:43 pm
Oh and Genevieve
on July 23rd, 2014 at 1:52 pm
Imogene. The first time I ever came across this name was in a novel, and every time I read it I thought “Uff da, what an ugly awful name!”. Everybody on Nameberry seems to be absolutely in love with it though, and I can’t understand why from any angle.
Kre8tif spellings. Made-upish names rhyming with Aiden. Hayley and other names that rhyme with it, I don’t think they will ever sound grown up (but maybe they will be the Shirleys of 2040).
on July 23rd, 2014 at 2:12 pm
Easton. I don’t get it and I know of 3 in my area. One is about 2 years old, one was just born this week, and one is due in a few months (but is already named!).
on July 23rd, 2014 at 2:21 pm
With all of those I just do not like how they sound.
Alexander nn Xander/Zander- seems like someone is trying too hard to be different. Alex will always be my preference as a nn for Alexander.
Caspian- Does not have an appealing sound to me.
I really dislike when people try to find a nickname for a name that is short and clearly doesn’t need one. Like…
Or when people love a short name but want to find a longer name so they can use the short name as a nn. Just use what you love! Example…
on July 23rd, 2014 at 2:27 pm
I don’t get Charlotte and William. I never have and I don’t think I ever will, Charlotte I hate more than William because it has NO nicknames that I like, plus I dislike the general sound, where I dislike all of William’s nicknames except Billy and I only slightly hate it’s sound.
Elisabeth Rae Said
on July 23rd, 2014 at 2:27 pm
Olive and Clementine. I just don’t get the appeal. Olive is unattractive to me, and Clementine screams country bumpkin.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 2:38 pm
Isabelle/Isabella- Hate! Break it down. Is a bell(e). Why would I name my daughter after something so loud and obnoxious? (Ex: a school bell). I get it that it means beautiful, but it still does not appeal to me at all.
Penelope- I’m sorry, but this name sounds like a species of insect. Plus the “pee” ending doesn’t help it either.
Paisley- The pattern is not the prettiest thing in the world, so why would you name your child after it?
James/Elliott/Drew etc..- I would be afraid my daughter would feel like we wanted a boy if we gave her a masculine name.
Florence/Mabel/Eleanor etc..- She won’t grow into the name til she’s 90!
Henry/Rupert/Edward etc..- The 1800’s called, they want their names back!
Brayden/Jayden/Cayden- Aidan I don’t mind so much, but any other variation of the name I don’t like (anymore).
Bentley- Oh how I hate this name! I don’t like the way it sounds or looks. Just because you can’t afford the car does not mean you should name your child after it. lol
Cash- Again, just because you’re not very rich doesn’t not mean you should name your child after money.
Samuel- I like Sam by itself, but the “mule” sound in Samuel bothers me a bit.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 2:48 pm
I agree with a lot of people – I don’t get the “unisex” names, Hunter (especially on girls), -ayden names, replacing c’s with k’s and i’s with y’s, Mck- names, most -lyn names and-lee names….
But, I also don’t get Jackson/Jaxon. It’s the last name of a very famous yet tragic family (Michael, Janet, Tito, etc…). And it’s just… weird. I adore Jack, but Jackson is ew. I also don’t get Carter, Cooper or Connor.
For girls, I don’t understand how many Berries like Dorothy and Magnolia. They just sound so ugly to me! DOR-THEE. Nothing cute about it. The MAG-NOLE… so unattractive. Same with Aurora. Uh-ROAR!-uh… no thank you.
While I hate girls names on boys/unisex names, I cannot STAND when sometimes people on here insist on loving names that were ORIGINALLY boy names like Aubrey, Lindsay, Leslie, Harper, Avery, etc. They will argue when people say they only know girls with the name because it’s REALLY a boy name. Ok, great. But the point is, the girls have taken over ownership so if you name your poor, sweet little boy one of these names just to make some silly point on your part… well, that’s just ridiculous and cruel. At least in my opinion. Fine, keep it as a boy name you love, but don’t subject an actual human boy to trudge through life with that name.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 2:58 pm
I remember just a few years ago everyone started naming their child Isabelle or some form of this name. Its not a horrible name but it just seemed really overdone. I didn’t get it. And I don’t seem to like names that start with U, T, X, or Y. I just don’t know why. I don’t like male names, like really masculine names, on a girl or names that I view as “old lady names”. Also, I don’t like super girly names on a boy. I do love girly names (at least I think these are girly) for girls though like Analeigh, Seraphina, Scarlett, Celestia, Lilliana, Mirabelle, Arabella, Ariana, etc. I also prefer things in semi-normal spellings. No random x’s, or k’s. But I believe everyone has their own taste and are entitled to it.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 3:00 pm
I hate Poppy. It just sounds sickeningly cutesy to me. In fact, I dislike cutesy names in general.
For boys, I generally dislike trendy names on boys, more so than on girls. They all sound like dog names to me, i.e. Cooper, Ryder, Cash, etc.
And there are some Nameberry-beloved names that I just don’t see the appeal in, like Annabel, Wren (Yes I know, but it just sounds and looks so whiny to me), Audrey, Imogen, Olive, Lydia, etc. The Annabel spelling (I like Annabelle) looks fat to me, and I just dislike the others.
And of course, any Ys in unnecessary places take the cake. And names that are cheesy words spelt BACKWARD i.e. Nevaeh, Evol, Legnae. Why backwards? If the word is so important, just name them the word if you must!
Seeing a lot of hate for Genevieve and Nora/Norah, two of my favourites. Oh, well…
on July 23rd, 2014 at 3:05 pm
I will never, ever be on board with the “preppy girl” eighties/nineties names: Ashley, Courtney, Kelly, Kelsey, Brittany, Tiffany, Katie, Kylie, Emily, Alyssa, Jennifer, Michelle, etc. WHY would you pick any one of those in this day and age when there are SO many beautiful choices out there? They just feel like generic brands to me. Same thing with Sophia, Olivia/Alivia, etc. Bored.
I have a hard time with boys’ names that just feel like they were slapped on the birth certificate because we associate them with boys: Tyler, Jacob, Aaron, Samuel, Chad, Scott, Jonathan, Andrew, Brandon, Matt/Matthew, James, Luke, Michael, Jason, Todd, Tim/Timothy, Ben, etc. Maybe it’s just because I grew up hearing them over and over in school and at home, so now they sound like white noise to me. I understand that you might want to honor someone with one of these names, and that’s wonderful – but to me that’s what middle names are for.
When you have a finite number of opportunities to name a child, why spend them on names that have been done hundreds and hundreds of times? Don’t get it. Never will.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 3:08 pm
My neighbor just named her baby Gwenleelynn. It’s a tongue twister and sounds awful.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 3:09 pm
Taylor, Madison, Morgan and the like for girls. I’m not big on unisex names anyway but those are so closely identified as last names with a very masculine feeling I don’t get the popularity.
For boys Talon and Cannon have got to be the stupidest names I’ve heard. I mean Talon is a claw and Cannon a weapon of destruction, that’s what you want your kid to carry around the rest of his life?
on July 23rd, 2014 at 3:41 pm
I hate the fact that when my daughter was born, no one had ever really noticed Caitlin except people who liked Dylan Thomas and the parents of the Welsh kid I babysat. Then within three years of my daughter’s birth, not only is it everywhere, but it’s misspelled and mispronounced and just Wow.
Dashiell Hammett was my grandmother’s first cousin. His name is pronounced da-SHEEL. Not DASH-ull. And everyone called him Sam anyway. Then there’s Harper. Guess what? Miss Lee’s first name is Nelle and that’s what she’s known as. Her grandmother was Ellen so her parents named her Nelle. She used Harper because she didn’t think anyone would buy her book under the name Nelle.
Everyone else has pretty much complained mostly about the same misspellings and boy names on girls and the rest. Although some “c” names are “k” names in certain languages. Katarine, Karoline, Kjersti, Karl — those are Norwegian spellings. Same goes for German, and Greek, and other languages. Caleb does look weird as Kaleb — but in Hebrew it’s Kalev.
Names I love that no one else does: Mildred. Bertram. Berte. Waldo. Helen. Martha. Hugh. Imogen. Solveig.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 3:51 pm
Hmm well I hate obnoxiously spelled names but I also hate:
Tyler (know about 20 of them and it reminds me of Tylenol)
Talon (enough said)
Hunter, Blaise, Killian (they just all seem so violent to me)
basically any boys name with a K or X
Jaxon (trying to hard to be unique even though every other little boy is a Jaxon)
Persephone (ugly and over the top)
Taylor, Bailey, Madison, Riley (just so blah and boyish)
Brooklyn, Paris, London (weird if you ever visited them)
on July 23rd, 2014 at 4:15 pm
Emerson on a girl is one that makes me shake my head
on July 23rd, 2014 at 4:27 pm
Piper! I think this name is all kinds of unappealing. It doesn’t sound pretty, it has a stupid meaning (unless you want your child to be a pipe player/flutist I guess), and it is associated with Sarah Palin. The only nickname I can derive is Pipe, which is a little too Freudian for me. It rhymes with diaper (most names rhyme with something but this one could definitely inspire playground teasing). I’ve been hearing of more and more little Pipers out there, and with all the lovely girls names out there, I just don’t get it.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 4:40 pm
Mason reminds me of Freemasons and that freaks me out.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 5:04 pm
Wyatt. I just….ugh.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 5:07 pm
Names that start with an X but are pronounced with a Z, the names sound beautiful because the Z sound is pretty unusual (to me) but I don’t get why people don’t just use a Z. Also, brand names like Chanel or Mercedez. I understand that these were names before they became tied to the brands but I just don’t like them.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 5:10 pm
I despise both Evelyn and Dexter.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 5:51 pm
So sad to see all the Penelope and Clementine hate! They’re two of my all-time favourite names. Go figure!
Names I don’t get:
-Misspellings: any gratuitous Ks, Ys, Xs or double letters… please don’t!
-Boy names on girls: I really dislike this trend. The boys’ name pool is shrinking rapidly!
-Adelaide: to me, it’s just a city (I live in Australia).
-Sawyer: on either gender. It sounds like a strange pronunciation of “sour”
-Wyatt: sadly, I just see a middle-aged cowboy. I don’t know why!
-Ransom: why would you name your child a kidnapping-demand?
-Josiah and Isaiah: I think it’s the Australian accent, but these names have always sounded so whiny to me.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 6:10 pm
I’m not against all -son names, but I am SO OVER these two. I know two different women who have named their sons Jackson in the last 5 months, but at least it wasn’t Jaxon or Jacqsunn. I grew up in the 80s, and I believe Madison to be the new Jennifer.
What bugs me most, I guess, are people who are so unaware of name trends. It’s hysterical to me that Finley and all its variations was the example name for this article. I know of six women in my circle of friends and acquaintances who gave one of their children this name in the last year, among them a Phinnley, Findlay, and Finleigh. How can people not know that they’re choosing a trendy name of the moment, and if they do, why don’t they care that their child will likely be one of seven Sophias or Emersons in their class?
on July 23rd, 2014 at 6:20 pm
Ok, there’s names I “don’t get”.
-the aylee ending girl names, especially Kaylee (IS there a correct way to spell it?),
-Abigail (The sound is just hard to say and jarring. People say Mildred is bad, but this passes?)
-the nicknames for names trend in the UK that results in many of their top girl names sort-of sounding like they belong on cows
-Girls names that are unnecessarily long because they have an “ana” at the end. Some are worse than others but they just aren’t my taste.
-made-up spellings- Yes, I get that many old names have multiple spellings, but guess what? The days of the English language not having standardized spelling are over! Get the memo! I’d take a completely made up name over a made-up spelling. What does the made-up spelling add to a name?
-Girls being given male names with the justification being that the name “sounds girly”, and then people insisting with no proof whatsoever that the name is ONLY a girls name today, and that boys with the name will undoubtedly have a horrible life, no matter how progressive society has become with regard to not teasing about names, gender stereotypes, etc
-Most surname names for girls or guys but especially the trend of the two syllable name ending in n for boys. That trend actually in some ways diminishes genuine 2-syllable n-ending guy names that I like such as Justin, Tristan and Nathan. I only really understand surnames as first names if the name is attractive in itself and feels like it SHOULD HAVE BEEN a first name. Most of the surname names actually being used today do not seem to be this to me. Related,
-McKayla. That name is hilarious. The name was not a surname to begin with, but some people think the aesthetic of it improved if it looks like one.
Naming your child after an ethnicity or American Indian tribe: Dakota, Cheyenne, Gypsy, etc: How can people refuse to see how these names are as…um…unsuitable as naming your kid French or Chinese?
Things I like that others don’t.
-I guess a lot of people don’t like place names or words, but I have no problem with them. I don’t like how negative comments directed toward some of the tackier ones tend to get classist.
-I also don’t get the hate sometimes directed toward stereotypical “Black” names like Jamal, Lakeisha or whatever. The ones that ARE made up usually have a combination of vowels and consonants that is pleasant to hear and say.
-I love the name Mildred, and always see either a cute girl from the 1920s who became a good, wise and loving grandmother, or a medieval princess.
-I don’t get why it is considered oh so terrible and horrendous to have names from the same family sound too similar. Even…very similar. I mean if I had twin girls I might consider Julia and Julie.
-I like a good number of names which might have been described as “Fashion Limbo” in Pam and Linda’s books: like Howard, Carl, Bernard, Nancy, Yvonne, Diane off the top of my head. Then again, I’m 22, so according to the theory of “Fashion Limbo”, I probably SHOULD like these names, he he.
Ok, I have saved the ultimate name I don’t “get” for last: Madison.
I don’t really hate any name but this.
It’s not just that it’s a surname ending in son for girls. That trend is annoying and distasteful to me, but no other single name brings on such loathing.
It’s …gag-inducingly ugly. And this has been in the top 10 for years and years! I actually get a sick taste in my mouth when I say it. It sounds like the word medicine I guess. Some people on a different board were saying the name was “pretty”, and I felt like crying.
I would literally name my daughter Skunk Cabbage before I named her Madison.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 6:20 pm
Nora. I just find the sound so ugly. It sounds like snorer or gnawing, and yet everyone seems to love it. Also Naomi. It sounds ugly too.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 6:28 pm
Parents of Ava seem to think they’ve chosen something unusual but it’s going to date so quickly.
Atticus screams pretentious, try hard and attention seeking to me.
Kayla, Makayla, Kaelyn. Blah blah blah.
Mew mew miaow, Mia Amelia. I just hear cat sounds.
Phoebe, Fifi, Fiona. The fee sound makes me think of feeble.
Bentley. Bentley?! Who ARE these people who choose BENTLEY over ALL the other names?
on July 23rd, 2014 at 6:35 pm
Wow, a bunch of these names I really like, and I can’t see how something “doesn’t get” them!
I must note on the boys names on girls thing, by the way. I understand why so many people dislike this trend, but really, it would have many good benefits for a girl to have a boy’s name. Men are more likely to get picked for the job, and other things similar to that. That irks me terribly, but it’s true. Why else do you think J.K. Rowling went by…well, J.K. Rowling? It sounded like a guy’s name, and so there was a better chance of people reading her book. So boys names on girls thing isn’t bad for me, it’s pretty clever, although I personally would choose a girls name for my girl, just because there’s so many female names I love!
Honestly, I don’t think there should be “girls names” and “boys names”. They’re names.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 6:37 pm
Sorry for commenting AGAIN…I wish we could edit our posts!
I just wanted to let sashapizzarova know that her use of “bastardization” cracked me up! I’ve never heard that one before!
on July 23rd, 2014 at 6:43 pm
For girls, Sophia is probably my least favorite. I didn’t like it before it became super popular and I like it even less now. Isabella bothers me too, along with Nevaeh, Imogen (why is this so popular here??), Maggie (dog name) and Addyson (the y spelling makes me cringe).
Boys names tend to annoy me less, but I’m not wild about names like Ransom though, that’s just weird. I also just heard about a family friend who is naming one of her male twins “Midnight” and that just makes me sad. Especially when I think of all the cool, subtly goth names you could use instead.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 6:50 pm
I like most names. The only ones that bug me are unisex names that lean female for boys. Having a more masculine name for a girl with a clear middle is fine to me, but I think boys get teased with a female name. Examples: Kelly, Chris, Pat, Noel, Kim,
on July 23rd, 2014 at 7:22 pm
I am sooooooo tired of EMMA ISABELLA, SOPHIE (SOFIE, SOPHIA), JAYDEN and FINN-names. It’s like no one has any originality anymore!
l live in The Netherlands and it seems the Top 10-names are (pretty much) the same everywhere
on July 23rd, 2014 at 7:47 pm
There are a lot more but those two just really bother me, haha. I don’t find them pretty, in look or in sound.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:26 pm
I’m sorry to offend anyone but, I HATE unisex names and this is coming from someone who has a unisex name their self. Because most unisex names lean towards more masculine or feminine. And of course my name happens to be used for more boys than for girls. So mamas please spare your kids and give them a name that suits their gender.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:28 pm
Olive. Just why? You might as well call your child Pickle. I don’t like unisex or surname names but I understand their appeal.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:35 pm
There are quite a few, but one of the main ones is Imogen. It’s so popular on nameberry but I really don’t like it much at all. Even if I did like it, I would never use it
on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:46 pm
I agree with a lot of the divisive names above (the Ayden family, the Nevaeh types, the Mac names) but also:
Anything ending in Ella or Bella. Especially Arabella – I vaguely remember a children’s book with a very unpleasant Arabella Piggy but can’t find it on Google now.
Grace – I don’t get why it’s the go-to filler MN. It feels religious and heavy to me. And I would much rather give my child the middle name of Nevaeh and have it mean something to me than give them the exact same middle as half the girls in the class just because”it flowed pretty”.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:47 pm
I hate the trend of giving girls names that end in “-son” (i.e. Madison, Addison, etc.).
And my taste tends to follow the Nameberry mainstream pretty closely, but I absolutely do NOT understand why Eleanor and Lillian are so popular on here. To me, they both sound prissy.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:56 pm
I don’t get these names:
Jonathan (I like John, though)
on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:58 pm
I also forgot to add that I also don’t get Millicent, Ronald, Isabella, Esme, Tripp, or Jett.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 9:07 pm
Talon. I met a preschool boy with the name and it just sounds too claw-like and violent. I see the appeal of anything with a violent or gun related connection.
Another vote for Nevaeh. As someone else said above, it also makes me think heaven backwards = hell. Plus you always have to think how to spell the ending, so you don’t accidentally write Neveah.
Also agree with the suggestion of Cash. It sounds tacky and makes me think of money.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 9:10 pm
There are several names I wish I liked, but I don’t.
Violet is very nice but I always think violent,
and Imogen is great, she’s one of Shakespeare’s only strong female characters, but the name itself just sounds like a puffball. Apparently it might be a misspelling on the First Folio authors’ part of Innogen, which is even worse–it makes me think of innie navels.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 9:14 pm
Violet. Sophia, Olivia. Anything containing “bell”
on July 23rd, 2014 at 9:31 pm
I don’t get…
*Anything that rhymes with “-aiden” (can’t stand those names)
*Anything that ends with “ett” (Everett, Bennett, Emmett…)
*Anything from “Twilight” (duh)–though it’s not so much the names, but the reason behind wanting to name a child from “Twilight”
*Andrew (it’s not a terrible name, really just seems overrated)
*Jacob (still don’t understand why this name was #1 for so long…)
*Most place names (I’m cool with older place names like Georgia) I cannot handle the name Savannah
*Anything that ends in “-lyn”
*Anything that ends in “-leigh” (I’m cool with Everleigh though, but I prefer Everly)
*Chloe (I probably hate this name the most out of girl names)
*Crystal, Bambi, Barbie, Tiffany, Whitney (see where I’m going with this…)
*Anna (I honestly don’t know why I hate this name so much…)
*Lacey (any spelling)
*Maisie (any spelling)
Names in general:
*Any name with unnecessary letters
on July 23rd, 2014 at 9:40 pm
Nevaeh. Just Nevaeh.
I don’t mind a little creativity with spelling, but calm down with all the Ys (eg. if it ends in _aydyn). Basically I should be able to pronounce it without it being a licence playte puzzle. (See what I did there?)
If your kids name ends in some form of ayden, or aylee (no matter how you spell it) I will never remember it. But I get it.
Name I love that I’m sure no one else would get …. Stanley.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 10:04 pm
Or any possible variant be it Aiden, Jaden, Brayden etc… I just do not see the appeal of this name.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 10:35 pm
I don’t like Aubrey, especially when they NN her Aubs. Charlotte, NN Char. Yuck. Kaylee, sounds chintzy and made up.Gail, sounds like fish scale. Olive. Charlie for a Girl.Sophia. Jaxon,jaden,Ruben,Darwin,Christopher,xander,rider,ryker,Tyler,drew,ace,axel for a boy. Janessa for a Girl or joslyn or Janine
on July 23rd, 2014 at 10:53 pm
Strong, traditional male names on girls (Carter, Jackson, James)
“Cute, princessy” names (Destinee, Angel, Desire)
Crazy, creative spellings.
On the other hand, I think Myrtle is beautiful and Angus is charming, names that many others cannot stand.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 10:54 pm
Not to be rude or anything, but I CANNOT stand the names Jayden (Jaeden), Aiden, Payton (Peyton) for any gender. Kaylee, Brilee/Brylee/ Briley, Ashley, Brittany, or Skyler… sorry guys that just makes me mad when I hear those names 🙁
on July 23rd, 2014 at 11:04 pm
A lot of teenage mothers I’ve met have named their children Jayden. Because of this, I’ve stereotyped this name as a ‘teen mom’ name. It sounds very immature and I don’t think it ages very well.
I grew up with a lot of Brittany’s and I’ve never understood the appeal of this name. It’s clunky and, in my opinion, dreadful. It’s one of those names associated with a preppy teenager or a cheerleader. Like Jayden, I don’t think it ages well.
on July 23rd, 2014 at 11:11 pm
I love the name Doris, mostly because it was my beloved grandmother’s name but I feel like the name is just generally disliked by people. I think it’s a cute classic.
on July 24th, 2014 at 12:03 am
Mackenzie – sounds terrible for a boy let alone a girl
Nevaeh – probably the worst name in existence in my opinion.
Imogen – Never liked this name it looks and sounds ugly to me
Sienna – Not exactly an attractive colour – or name for that matter!
Piper – doesn’t appeal to me
Wren – why would you name your child after a bird?
Names with a H on the end just because e.g Dianah
Cash – rhymes with – and sounds like trash
Chase – Not a fan
Wyatt – old cowboy name and makes me think of Wayne which I also dislike very much
Braxton – Braxton hicks contractions
Surname names: Riley, Connor, Cooper and Jackson/Jaxon in all its forms!
on July 24th, 2014 at 12:18 am
I keep hearing the name Lorcan being suggested and it sounds like “lurking”. Like “Who is Lorcan in the shadows there?”
Also keep seeing this name Tarquin?!?! For a boy?! I have no idea.
Never was into the Mc(anything) names, although I know a lot of lovely children who have them. It always bewilders me when I hear of a new one…like, weren’t we done with those? Guess not.
I agree with someone above about “regular” boy names just seeming like white noise. Jacob, Noah, Adam, Jason, Brandon, etc… Not bad names but just…I would never.
It’s impossible to please everyone. My first son is Calvin and I could tell that certain people (my best friend included) just hated it. LOL. Oh well. He’s a great kid and Calvin seems like a fairly normal name these days (possibly bc it’s climbing up the “hipster” baby name charts? Whatever), so I’m still delighted with my choice. =)
on July 24th, 2014 at 1:02 am
There are so many names I don’t “get”…I’m such a name snob :-/ People will probably burn my house down for even thinking this but most of the popular, classic girl names, I just can’t stand, I think they’re so ugly! Ex:
Ugh!!! They sound so homely and they, for whatever reason, always seem to remain on top.
I also loathe cutesie made up names. There are so many good names that I just find it crazy that people feel the need to make up dumb sounding names. I’m from Utah so basically everyone does this, oh well it makes my daughter’s name sound 63846x better next to all the crazies! Ex:
Just no. Please stop.
Boy names that the parents try WAY too hard to make them sound hard core. Ex:
Those poor babies.
I could go on but I’ll stop 😉
on July 24th, 2014 at 1:41 am
Also, I was happy to see that neither of my kid’s names were mentioned on this list! Phew!
Vivien (girl) and Max (boy) are my babies 🙂
on July 24th, 2014 at 2:46 am
*I don’t understand really masculine sounding surnames on girls.
*All the –adens
*Where I live there are about a half million variations of Kambria, Cambria, Cambree, Kambrea, etc. I do not get it.
*Weird/bizarre spellings of common names, or the, throw a dart at a board of syllable sounds, and just smash any 2 or 3 of them together to make a brand new name thing. It does not look original or creative, I always think first, “Poor child.” and second, that the parents must not be literate. Honestly kids are already growing up thinking you spell ‘you’, ‘u’, etc, can we at least start off teaching them phonics and correct spelling?
*I never understand when someone says a name won’t grow with the child, when they’re perfectly normal, correctly spelled, long standing names. Child is named. Child grows. Name grows with child.
on July 24th, 2014 at 5:29 am
I don’t get why people love the fussy, slightly European sounding girls names – Isabella, Sophia, etc.
I don’t get the use of two middles – unless you honoring family in some way. Three long frilly names is pretentious and clunky and there is no room for the second middle name on most forms.
I don’t get the love for Elliot for a boy as it strikes as rather feminine sounding – I think it is name that will go the way of Leslie and Vivian.
I don’t get virtue names – it is almost if you trying to typecast some sort of morality play … “We need Chastity, Prudence, and Verity over here”
on July 24th, 2014 at 7:48 am
Imogen – I hate both the look and sound of this name and don’t understand the love people give it. I hope I meet someone that makes me change my mind but right now I loath this name.
Finn/Finley (any variation) – For boys or girls. Its just a odd thing to use as anything but a last name.
There’s plenty more but these are the two worst.
on July 24th, 2014 at 8:53 am
I also hate Pretentious names, I used to do customer service for a tax company and would make my boss/owner laugh so hard when I would talk to someone, or have to make an outbound call to someone with a very pretentious name. I would say Well, someone’s mother had very high hopes for their child, hope they met them lol, or things along those lines.
on July 24th, 2014 at 9:15 am
The rhyming phenomena… it’s mortifying to me.
Ayden, Jayden, Brayden, Kayden, Zayden, Rayden, Hayden… not to mention the myriad of spelling alternatives for these names. And they’re all in the top 1000 names in the U.S. Actually a bit heartbreaking for me because I adore the name Hayden, but its association to the rhyming “-ayden’s” is just too much for me. And Zayden? What kind of made up name is that?
And don’t get me started on Neveah… that just makes my insides cringe.
And in general, if there’s a classic spelling to a name, that’s what I prefer. Too many alternate spellings that IMO just make it seem like someone doesn’t know how to spell.
on July 24th, 2014 at 11:26 am
I don’t get why people have to freak out about some “made up” names. I have no problem with it. Once in a while I hear one that I think is ridiculous, but there’s no need to be so hateful! My daughter’s name is McKinzley (I know, it makes most berries cringe) and yes we basically made it up, but it’s a real last name and we love it! Plus, it’s similar to other names that are popular. Also, changing the spelling of a name isn’t a big deal either (usually). Sometimes people make it harder to pronounce when they change it, but in general it’s fine in my opinion. Why should anyone judge another’s choice of spelling just because it’s not your style? My other daughter’s name is Madelynn and I chose that spelling because I felt like Madeline just looks like it ends in the “line” sound instead of “lyn” and Madelaine looks like it ends with the “lane” sound.
on July 24th, 2014 at 2:04 pm
I personally don’t understand why people will forget their love for a name just because of popularity. My favorite name for a boy is Noah, and it’s current position on the popularity list can’t change that. If I had a son, it would be his name. I just think it’s silly to be obsessed with a name and then never use it simply because of its supposed popularity.
I also don’t get why the “aden” names are getting so much hate. Sure they’re being overused and the variations are crazy, but parents giving these names to their kids are getting judged harshly. My nephew’s a Caiden, and I can’t imagine him with any other name. With his middle I just think it s adorable, no matter how many Aidens, Haydens, and Jaiden’s he may know.
on July 24th, 2014 at 3:42 pm
Am I the only one going ‘ouch’ about people’s comments? Like, one thing is not liking a name, but people are really taking their comments very far and personal! I have an Ava and a Noah. We picked what we liked, worked in both languages (bilingual) and what we felt fit them.
We did try! We debated from the test was positive and even after they were born. Not everyone wants super unique, special names! Some people like familiar. We can’t all be Antigone, Fable and Revere!
on July 24th, 2014 at 5:20 pm
Xili, no, you’re not the only one. Forum threads with this kind of topic always get the most replies and some people are only too happy to unload, as if they’ve been rehearsing the insults in their head until they’re perfectly crafted and dagger-sharp. Not everyone and not even the majority, so don’t freak out on me Berries.
For me, I don’t “get” Brayden, out of all the Ayden names. The Bray just doesn’t do it for me.
I also don’t get Story. It seems like a really awkward word name. I can see how some words make the transition to names, but I am surprised at this one.
On the flip side, I mentioned this is a forum thread, but I think Rhiannon is a name that doesn’t get the love it should.
@dreamweaver2040 “Lorcan in the shadows” omg. I laughed out loud.
on July 24th, 2014 at 8:02 pm
For me, I never quite understood the appeal of Wren or Eliza. Although I did recently meet the sweetest little girl named Eliza and I may have changed my mind on that one.
The other thing I never understood were the people who so obviously are picking names to be “unique” or “different” or “trendy” or “hipster”. And I am not taking about kr8tyve names, but names like Reverie, Persephone, Gulliver. While each of those names are wonderful and lovely – the amount of people who claim to be enraptured with these names and then end up naming their child Jackson James and Mackenzie Hope (also great names!) drive me crazy!
on July 24th, 2014 at 11:02 pm
Why does everyone like Imogen? I think that’s so tacky sounding
on July 24th, 2014 at 11:04 pm
Oh and all y’all need to stop complaining about unisex names. Some people like it. I’m a girl named Tyler and it’s really rude what you all our saying. Some people actually have unisex names, they are a real thing. Get over it
on July 25th, 2014 at 12:47 am
Adding H to the end of a name. Not something like Hannah or Noah, but Lila to Lilah and Nora to Norah. It makes it feel breathy and unclean to me.
on July 25th, 2014 at 11:28 am
Like many above I don’t get Penelope. It’s really old fashioned and not in a good way. To me it’s on a par with Barbara and Lynne – names of my mothers generation. However I think it’s much more popular on here than in real life. I’ve certainly never heard of any baby Penelopes around here. Also, Lola is a strippers name. Don’t do that to your daughter.
I live in the UK and there isn’t such a trend for ‘kreative’ spellings here or so many Jaydens and Kaydens. The one that drives me crazy though is Harry. Its not such an unattractive name it’s just become so ubiquitous. Seems every other baby boy I meet is Harry. And you can guarantee that if he has a brother he’s called Thomas or Oliver. It’s the total lack of imagination that annoys me.
on July 25th, 2014 at 2:27 pm
I, like some people above, don’t understand the appeal of Aubrey. It’s actually weird because I adore Audrey and they look and sound so similar, but there’s something about changing the d to a b that makes it not feel as classic and timeless to me, the way Audrey does.
I think I’m one of the few people that actually doesn’t like the name Paisley. It just doesn’t have any appeal for me. Posy/Posey is growing on me, but Poppy irritates me to no end. Love Miles, don’t understand Myles and Niles (despite my affection for Niles on Frasier).
Beatrice/Beatriz. I just don’t understand how people can find these names attractive. For me, their spelling look is all wrong and the sound just seems harsh.
I’m on the -aiden bandwagon. I liked Aidan when it first came out, possibly because I had a short-lasting crush on one in middle school. But now, with the additions of Jaiden, Kayden, Braiden, and who knows what else people have decided to put in front of it, it no longer holds an appeal for me. Which is actually pretty frustrating cause a cousin of mine named her youngest son Jayden. EESH…
On that note… Any name that has things added in front of it like that. Are we all allowed to do that? Can Oliver become Broliver? Can Emily become Jemily or, even worse, Kemily?
on July 25th, 2014 at 9:48 pm
The names I really don’t understand are ones that are so obscure they don’t make sense…hard to understand when said or hard to spell/pronounce. These names fall into three categories 1. Made up completely by the parents…generally as a smoosh name (ex: Jazzlynly) they do not feel special or substantial and I’m always afraid I’m saying/spelling it wrong.
2. Obscure names I only hear sporadically on nameberry (often these get good reviews but honestly I don’t see why)
I hesitate to give an example and hurt anyone’s feelings but Aphrodite would sort of be one..as a gp I totally get it, but In real life…really?
3. Names that really are difficult to pronounce/spell in the location where the child will live. I love names that have a connection to family, but little Aoife is gonna have a tough time with her name in the US. Use it if you love it-it’s absolutely beautiful, but your child will have a tough time with it…so really I don’t get why any parent would choose to do it. Just my .02 though.
on July 25th, 2014 at 11:53 pm
Oh! And I love -belle and -Bella names. Annabelle, Isabelle, Arabella, Belle
I think they’re beautiful and I don’t understand why they don’t get any love on nb
on July 26th, 2014 at 2:07 pm
Esther and Imogen are rly ugly to me.
Any -ayden names.
My cousin named her baby Brys0n, which she apparently stole from her sister. Don’t get why either of them liked that one.
My aunt named her daughter Brayl33 Rh3a (pr. Ray). So desperately unique, and they’re mispronouncing the middle.
on July 27th, 2014 at 11:48 pm
I just don’t get Peyton/Payton on either gender. I don’t find it appealing on any level.
on July 28th, 2014 at 1:28 pm
Going through the nameberry top 100…
Khaleesi – Sounds cheap.
Penelope – I find this name so ugly-sounding, I really don’t understand the appeal it has to ANYONE.
Amelia – All I can hear is a-MEEL-ya. Meal. Like Meal worms.
Beatrice – BEAT-rice. Bleh.
Maisie – Cute, until the girl grows up? Thirty-year-old woman named Maisie?
Eloise – “Elo-Wheeze.”
Daenarys – Like Khaleesi, sounds cheap, looks cheap, and should only be used in the GOT world.
Emily – I have no idea why I dislike this name so much, but I do.
Harper – I find the “arp” sound in it ugly.
Katniss – Hated the Hunger Games, so…
Daisy – Same thing with Maisie.
Atticus – Loved TKM to death, I want to like this name so, so badly but I can’t! Reminds me of a dusty old attic, and has no decent nicknames.
Silas – Silo. A place to store grain.
Jasper – I dunno, but I don’t like it.
Beckett – Bucket.
Ransom – Forever associated with kidnappers!
Oscar – The only thing that comes to mind is Oscar the Grouch, from Sesame Street.
Luke & Lucas – Puke & Mucus
Nathaniel – I think, out of all of these names, I dislike Nathaniel name the most.
on July 30th, 2014 at 4:58 am
I cannot stand the name Coralie. Or anything around that Cordelia. Cordie. Whatever. UGH. I can kind of get down with Cornelia.
Anything TOO cutesy. I like a lot of vintage names but like… Maisie? Sadie? Those kind of names just do not age well. It’s cute from birth until about early college… and then what? Dr. Daisy? Nah. There are some boy names like this too… like Jagger and Axl and stuff like that. If you want to give your kid a fun, punky, rocker name or something twee and cute, make it the middle name.
Anything with a creative spelling. Naming your kid Raychul does not change it from the name being Rachel. It will save your kid a lot of time and frustration constantly spelling their name for people and also keep them from looking like an idiot who was raised by people who can’t spell.
Anything where the -ley or -lie ending on a name was been changed to -leigh. Ashleigh, Kyliegh, etc. Ew.
on August 3rd, 2014 at 10:52 pm
Aida/Ada (just doesn’t sound like a name to me)
Coco (this is a pet name or a stripper name, sorry)
Wren (reminds me of “hen”)
Clementine (as a middle name I love it, a first name? not so much)
Any name ending in -leigh (stick with the original like Ashley, Kylie, Hailey, etc)
Axl (really? axle is a car part. can’t get over it)
Rhys (I hate it. so much. how is it even pronounced? Rise? Riss? Rizz? nope not for me)
Slate (is this even for real?)
Payton/Peyton (just feels tacky to me for a boy or a girl)
Chase (what’s next, Fetch?)
Kylan (really don’t like Ky names to be honest)
and for the love of god, I will never understand place names. Paris, India, China, London, Afrika/Africa. Nope, no way, no thanks. I do love Britton though. And I can understand names like Sydney or Austin. I’ll just never get behind the country names or major major cities.
on August 6th, 2014 at 2:07 pm
I have another name I thought of today and I must add it. BJ. As a nickname or a full name. BJ is a nickname for “blow job”…why, just why, would you want to name your child THAT?
on October 1st, 2014 at 9:48 am
I really don’t like:
For girls: Clementine, Mckenzie, Makayla, Harley, Madison, Addison, Skyler/Skyla, Kaylee, Lily, Emma, Aubree, Leah, or any other unisex, tomboyish name.
For boys: George, Harry, Jonathan, Avery.
on October 8th, 2014 at 8:30 pm
Any spelling of Caitlin other than the original. AAAAHHHH
Really, any changed spelling – children should be original and special because of who they are – they don’t need a special spelling
Don’t understand how Sophia is still so popular.
Old names sound old and maybe should stay there: Ethel, Gertrude, Tobias, etc…
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