What Name Do You Love….

.....that you used to hate

names you love





The more time that goes by, the longer the list grows of names that once I hated and now have learned to love. (Sorry, Yoda got ahold of my keyboard.)

What names do you love now that you used to hate? Did something happen to change your mind or did they simply grow on you over time?

Tell us about all the names that jumped up on your personal rating scale.

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Kibby Says:

April 10th, 2018 at 11:08 pm

I hated it. The sound, the reminder of a girl I went to school it, it just felt clunky and ugly.
But now, naming a daughter Philippa is my main priority, I want a little girl named after my late father more than anything. His memory makes me love the name.

lesliemarion Says:

April 10th, 2018 at 11:24 pm

I’m sure that before I discovered nameberry and expanded my already large favorite names bank, I hated Old Man Names (Harold, Howard) and Clunky Female Names (Gertrude, Eunice) and had far less of a taste for word names (Harvest, Gala), place names (Quebec, Corsica), trait names, (Constant, Patience) to me exotic names (Juliusz, Yamileth).

And as I’ve said before, all the misspelled and vowelish and horrific (to me) names (Heettheerr, Aeiou, Messiah) have pushed me into appreciating Just Plain Old Names (Mary, Frederick, Jonathan) that I would not have liked before. And no, that may not be PC, but it is not racist or anything ist. I just like words spelled correctly, at least one consonant per name to ground it, and am not into names like Mayhem or Wrecker.

NameLover 11 Says:

April 10th, 2018 at 11:24 pm

Madelyn. I used to hate it, now I really like it.

Erin Beth Says:

April 10th, 2018 at 11:54 pm

Miriam, Edith, Claudia, and Ruth: I used to these these names sounded harsh and clunky, but now I think they are strong and beautiful.

tfzolghadr Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 12:20 am

I used to think Roland was too rolly, but now I think he is just right. I used to think Casper was too ghostly, but now I think he is perfect for the living. I used to think Beatrice was too clunky, but now I see only grace and spunk.

AnandaWren Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 12:31 am

Iris & Mabel – I used to think they were clunky and not at all pretty-sounding, but my taste in girl names has gotten a lot less frilly over the years.

galaxywasted Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 1:59 am

Used to be “meh” about Cleo. Now I’m absolutely in love.

NaomiNY Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 2:58 am

I used to not like Edward or Alphonse all that much, but I changed my mind after watching Fullmetal Alchemist when I was a kid. Now I like them both 🙂 And I wasn’t too crazy about Alfred until I watched Hetalia, and I like the name now. I didn’t like Benedict, but after Benedict Cumberbatch, I love that name now 🙂 I think I might like it more than Benjamin.

EloiseT Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 3:54 am

As a combo of a few of you, have swung back to classic and 70s-80s names like James, Jonathan, Lauren and Jane. I used to dislike names like Maud and Edith. Still a tad fusty to me but I appreciate them on others! Didn’t much like Frances at one stage for being too prim and it’s now my daughter’s middle name. Agree about Casper – now one for the living! (Alas, Beatrice still makes me rather queasy.)

EloiseT Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 3:55 am

(Oh and this site has given me an entirely new appreciation of word names!)

ceruleanstardust Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 4:00 am

Really old-fashioned names like Gertrude, Bernadette and Wilhelmina. Whilst I wouldn’t say I love them, I do quite like them.

Sorceress Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 4:21 am

Olivia – more like I didn’t notice the name for a long time.

Kew Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 5:23 am

I have lots of these:
I remember reading Betsy-Tacy as a little girl and thinking that Ginevra (the name Betsy’s annoying older sister wants to call the new baby) was a rather ugly name, but now I think it’s incredibly romantic and charming. Similarly, for me at that age, Gwendoline could only be “Gwendoline Lacy” from Malory Towers and Ethel could only be “Ethel Hallow” from The Worst Witch (both unpleasant characters!) but now that the childhood associations have faded I love both names.
I also thought that Margaret was only for old ladies (my parents seemed to have dozens of elderly friends with the name), but now it’s one of my favourites, and I scorn the view that names can only suit one age group. Imogen is another name that I disliked when I was small but had become head-over-heels in love with by the age of twelve, and still like.
Amelia morphed from unappealing to beautiful when I met a lovely one.

sashaaas Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 5:46 am

I also used to hate common and even semi common names like Isabella, Samantha, Imogen, Annabella, Gabrielle, Penelope and Estella but now im obsessed!. I used to love Liberty, Victory and Winter and now i hate them… its funny how things change

Selkit Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 5:58 am

I used to hate names that I perceived as being “old lady” names, like Cordelia and Edith. Now I really like both of those. Cordelia is gorgeous and flowing (and I love the meaning), and I love that Edith has substance while also coming with spunky nickname Edie.

paw Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 6:37 am

Mary – I just to think it was common and plain. Now I think it is fresh and classical yet simple.

Alice, Hazel, Maude- all seemed old-fashioned and frumpy to me. Now they seem adorable and lively with the added benefit of knowing they age well.

John – very much like Mary,it struck me as common and plain. Now I think it is a great alternative to the over used Jack, Jackson, and Jonathan.

Smollie Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 6:57 am

Lily. I hated the name Lily. I’m not a fan of the flower (or the smell of them!) Plus, for me at least, the flower’s association to them being regularly used for funerals was always my first thought. However, quite literally 2 weeks ago, I randomly changed my mind about Lily as a name and now I think it’s really sweet. I don’t think I’d ever use it because it’s still so popular, but I wouldn’t say no to it.

mymel0dy Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 8:45 am

Frederick, it was one of those boys names that just seemed old and clunky and not at all wearable to me. Now it has become a total name crush and one of my favorite boys’ names. Though I prefer the nickname Rick/Ricky to Fred/Freddy

On the girls’ end, I really can not think of a name I used to hate that I now love. I think Wren would come closest but I never actually hated it. I just never thought about it until I saw it all over the place and now it is one of my favorites.

saoirse123 Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 9:20 am

The name Georgia: used to this was such an ugly name. I wouldn’t name my child this, but now I think it is a lovely name.
I think I have gone in the opposite direction with more names, though: names I loved and used for toys and pets as a child are now names I find either boring or distasteful.

mermuse Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 9:41 am


ladimon Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 10:02 am


ecpt Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 10:12 am

Add me to the Edith brigade. I’ve also grown to love Alice, Matilda, and Sybil, names that a few years ago I wouldn’t have given the time of day. I don’t know if it’s all NB influence or just getting older (ahem.. much!) and “appreciating” a name….? I still find that I’m much more forgiving on girl names than boy; I have a very large/diverse pool of girl names I really like whereas my taste in boy names is much more “set.”

CaitlinBrittin Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 10:20 am

Diana! I used to think this was an old fashioned name but now I see that it actually very versatile- it has a wonderful meaning, great history and even some awesome modern connections (hello wonder woman!)

-EagleEyes- Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 10:33 am

Calvin, Frederica, Maisie

RL Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 12:10 pm

Daphne – and that was only 10 years ago that I hated it! Since then I’ve seriously considered naming my daughter Daphne/Dafna.

LuMary Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 12:48 pm


rosemilk Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 2:09 pm

Another vote for Casper! There’s a young Casper (Caspar) in my family and I think the name is great 🙂

Felix and Oscar are also names I used to only associate with cats and garbage cans – now I feel they’re great boys names and don’t even think of the characters anymore.

ollemeghan Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 3:26 pm


megan.mb.rodriguez Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 4:29 pm

Names I used to deem “old” names (names that aren’t used often anymore); not to be confused with names I define as “classic”, “timeless”, or “old-fashioned”. Female names like Ingrid, Imogen, Esther, Winifred, Meredith, Dorothea/Theodora, etc. I used to think these names were horrid, and now they’re all on my current list. Female names I absolutely do not like are ones that were super common among my peers growing up; like Ashley, Alyssa, Courtney, Brittany, etc. Male names I don’t have any that I ever disliked that I like now. All of the male names that I didn’t like back then I still don’t like; Hubert, Gilbert, Jedediah, Godfried, Bart, Keith, Craig/Kraig…. They’re all just so unappealing to my ears.

Sunflowerist Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 7:39 pm

Lydia, Grace and also Vincent 🙂

grackym Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 7:58 pm

I always hated May because I was so sick of hearing it in the middle spot. But when I actually thought about it, I realised how lovely she is and we plan to call this baby Mae if she is a girl!

lnxn09 Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 8:17 pm

Imogen. I didn’t see the appeal but it’s on so many name list that it just grew on me.

sweetasjam Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 8:32 pm

Martha, Miriam, Edith, Agnes, Susan, Rufus, Ralph, Dimitri, Asa

Pam Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 8:49 pm

Thanks, everyone. Really enjoyed reading these responses. They make me think that we really are about to move away from the more elaborate romantic vintage names like Sophia and Sebastian that have ruled for quite a while now and toward more solid, down-to-earth names like Edith, Esther, Martin, Frederick. I find my own taste going through the same transition.

mermuse Says:

April 11th, 2018 at 10:23 pm

Oh, yes, I knew I was forgetting about something–Edith has definitely done a 180 for me!

(But, Pam, I won’t be giving up my elaborate romantic vintage names any time soon 😉 )

josephinedagnall Says:

April 12th, 2018 at 12:38 pm

Stephanie. I used to hate it, because I couldn’t see beyond the character from the show ‘Lazy Town’ that I watched as a child. Now, though, I can appreciate it for its beauty, and barely think of the character anymore. I’m not sure I love it enough to use it on a future child, nor is it quite my style (I generally dislike -ie endings), but I would love to see it on someone else’s child.

mellyjeyne Says:

April 12th, 2018 at 9:41 pm

Esther, Ruth, Gigi, Darlene, Kevin, & Brock. I had no reason to dislike these names, however I haven’t cared for them since childhood. In the past several years they’ve all somehow grown on me. I’m not sure I’d choose them for my own, but I feel fond of all of them now.

vivi_simone Says:

April 13th, 2018 at 12:24 am


I was horrified when I heard someone say (in 2011) that they were naming their baby girl Willa.

Now I think it’s lovely.

TheHumanCanvas Says:

April 13th, 2018 at 7:39 am

It’s so interesting that everyone’s going for more sturdy names now! It’s interesting, because my tastes have been heading the same way. I’m also gaining a liking for Scottish names that are well known in Scotland, though not rampant. I’m also gaining more respect for names that are easy to spell. Right now I like Calvin and Angus for example. Neither are uncommon in Scotland, and they’re perfectly pleasant sounding, easy going, easy to spell names.
I used to avoid Scottish names, because I thought they were unimaginative (for me as a Scot), but now I think there’s something very natural about naming your child something from your own nationality. While I used to go for unusual, international and often difficult to spell names, it no longer makes sense for me to pick a name that no one will recognise, or manage to pronounce and/or spell correctly.

Angelinasb24 Says:

April 13th, 2018 at 1:56 pm

Ruby, Juliet, Beatrice, and Georgia- Ruby I found to be too “bold”, or “outspoken” (if that makes sense?); I hate(d) how common and overused the “Julie” names were, and felt Juliet was too close to that (which I felt sorrowful for- I am an avid Shakespeare fan); Beatrice was aliken to Juliet; Georgia I just could not find any appeal for. They’re growing on me overtime, though. <3

eshe7fantasy Says:

April 14th, 2018 at 1:24 pm

Edith, Greta, Victor, Margot, Penelope

Josie1497 Says:

April 14th, 2018 at 10:35 pm

Gilbert — It seemed so ugly and outdated but now I love it and find it inexpressibly sweet, probably because of my love for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

Valerie — always used to strike me as outdated, with a strong 80’s vibe, but now I really like it

StephMich03 Says:

April 15th, 2018 at 5:10 am

I used to hate really long names, but now I love them! Especially when they have cute nicknames.
I guess I used to think of them as old people names.
My favourite names atm are:
Sapphira (Sapphie)
Rosalia (Rose)
Evander (Evan)
Vermillion (Millie)

BronwynParry1 Says:

April 15th, 2018 at 5:36 pm

I didn’t used to be a fan of Sebastian but now I love it. The name I am set on for my first son is Sebastian James.

rayleemarie Says:

April 16th, 2018 at 7:45 pm

I used to hate the name Adelaide but, just in time it has really grown on me and I’d fully consider naming my future-daughter it and nicknaming her Addy

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