What name do you only pretend to like?
True confession time: What name do you, did you, have you only pretended to like?
Maybe it was the name chosen by a family member or friend.
Or the name selected by a neighbor or someone you met online.
Or you might pretend to like a name that everybody else seems to like….except you really don’t.
Here’s where you can expose your own baby name fakery, and why you feel you had to pretend.
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on January 13th, 2015 at 11:27 pm
Rafferty. Someone in my family used this. I can’t stand it, and it hasn’t grown on me.
on January 13th, 2015 at 11:33 pm
Sometimes I throw NB favorites onto lists so people don’t think I’m totally crazy. It’s not really that I don’t like them, I just don’t REALLY like them- does tgat make sense? For example, Aria and Arabella often appear on my lists,but when it all boils down they probably wouldn’t even make my favorites.
Something I feel bad about – an acquaintance named her baby a really common trendy name. I said it was cute, but really I hardly like it. Luckily I don’t often meet the person
on January 13th, 2015 at 11:33 pm
My husband suggested Amelia last night, and I said it was pretty. I really don’t like it, although it certainly isn’t the worst name in the world. I’m too nice to make him feel like his opinion isn’t appreciated and encouraged, I guess…
on January 13th, 2015 at 11:53 pm
Some of the popular vintage names fall into this category for me. I really don’t like Hazel, Betty, Edith, Arthur, and Walter though I certainly didn’t express that feeling to the parents I know choosing them.
on January 13th, 2015 at 11:54 pm
I have a cousin naming her daughter Blaykelee. I think it is truly awful, but at the baby shower I agreed it went perfectly with big brother Blayze (another name I don’t care for).
on January 14th, 2015 at 12:06 am
No matter what the name, I always say it’s lovely. It’s not that hard a stretch, all the following are very nice names, I just can’t stand them: Annabelle, Emerson, Kayla, Stella, Theresa.
on January 14th, 2015 at 12:12 am
My friend named her son Quagmire. After the character from Family Guy.
on January 14th, 2015 at 12:18 am
My best friend wants to name her daughter Raeanne and I said it was very pretty but I just don’t like it at all! I don’t think it flows nicely.
on January 14th, 2015 at 12:35 am
I feel bad about this I really really don’t like my niece and newphew’s names. First, my sister’s name is Melissa so she named her daughter Meliyah. I feel like that’s lazy and vain. Second, her son is Marty. Just Marty. Like Martin is even a good name so why Marty? I love them both to death so that’s why I feel bad about.
on January 14th, 2015 at 12:46 am
Quagmire!!! That’s bad:( poor baby.
on January 14th, 2015 at 1:07 am
There is a recent Dakota in the family. I hate it. I try so hard to not care but its one of those names that just grates my nerves, like nails on a chalkboard. It hurts my mouth to actually say it. I even politely tried to get them to use a nickname, but this baby will be the only person in the family who won’t have half a dozen nicknames. Since the child is still an infant, I can easily get away with just calling her Baby. But one day, I’ll have to actually use the name. Poor child, saddled with a such a horrible name. I constantly wonder if anyone else in the family feels this way about the name.
on January 14th, 2015 at 1:47 am
I try to be conscious enough to realize that though I may HATE (at least) 50% of the names I see and hear, most of those names were chosen after a lot of careful, thoughtful, emotional deliberation, and so I try to be respectful of others’ choices in that regard. I don’t give my true opinion unless it’s asked for, so yes, I lie a lot; or rather, I avoid the truth, especially if the name is already on the baby. When people are trying to choose a name and ask “Is this name too long?” or “Does this flow nicely?” I can give a straightforward answer without adding on, “And also, I hate it.” I probably tell my honest opinion more on Nameberry than I ever do in real life. It helps to realize that likewise, most of those baby-namers would also absolutely abhor most of names I like, so I mostly refrain from asking any opinions.
on January 14th, 2015 at 2:19 am
Arabella-A friend used it for her girl. I can not stand it!
on January 14th, 2015 at 2:32 am
on January 14th, 2015 at 3:30 am
Sophia, Olivia, Ava, and Emma make me wince. I try to nod and smile if I run across them – particularly if the parents are beaming over their “unique” choice and genuinely don’t realize what they’ve done. But I just do NOT see the appeal. Period, at all. I wish parents would get over them and actually went so far as to ask my sister-in-law to prevent my brother from landing on one of these.
Oh, and Zoe/Zoey. I don’t know why, but I find this one extremely irritating. A good friend chose it for her elder daughter, and I told her I liked it (obviously!) but to me it just sounds like a noise, not a name. And an overly precious noise at that, which sounds cute at three but will not age well on a fifty-year-old with a doctorate.
on January 14th, 2015 at 4:49 am
All of the -ayden names; Hayden, Brayden, Jayden. Can’t stand them. They’ve all jumped the shark on being considered “trendy” at this point and they just don’t sound all that appealing to begin with.
on January 14th, 2015 at 6:13 am
Charlotte and Amelia. Two names that EVERYBODY seems to like but I literally wince when I hear the name. Usually when I ask a child’s name and they reply with something totally boring or bad I just say domething like “well such and such is so adorable!” and a few occasional obscure lies. Or instance if someone asks me if Charlotte is a good name I just say that it is a very vintage classic and won’t stand out and create weird looks at all instead of saying ‘I love it!’ I also hate Cordelia, snobbies name EVER. On Nameberry I don’t hold back and let out my true thoughts. Of course I’d never diss a name in the birth announcements.
on January 14th, 2015 at 7:40 am
Noah and Imogen
on January 14th, 2015 at 8:35 am
When someone asks my opinion on a name, I tell the truth. Otherwise I keep my mouth shut. When my sister asked for my opinion on the name Tinsley, I said that I thought it was tacky and wouldn’t age well. When my best friend announced that her baby would be named Imogen Anabella, I told her it was pretty, even though I think it’s hideous. I only give my opinion when asked.
on January 14th, 2015 at 9:05 am
My sister-in-law is contemplating TTC and brought up the names Madison, Blake and Riley for girls and Ed, Albert, and Oscar for boys. I don’t like ANY of them! But, as she is a very “Trendy” sort of person and her partner is equally hipster-ish, the names certainly reflect their tastes IMHO. Regardless, my future niece or nephew is basically guaranteed to be adorable regardless of their name 🙂
on January 14th, 2015 at 9:28 am
I agree with axps123 and Zoey_Artemisia, even if I don’t like a name I never discuss my thoughts with the parents! Nameberry is almost a way for me to vent my name-nerd frustrations, I feel like I can come here and say my opinions without being judged.
The absolute worst name that I pretend to like is Vanilla. A friend of mine LOVES this name and hopes to use it for a future daughter, any tips on how to artfully talk her out of this while not hurting her feelings are appreciated!
on January 14th, 2015 at 9:48 am
Isabella, I know most people like this name but I just can’t STAND it and it’s my nieces name. I obviously told them it was a pretty name when they told us what they picked but I just don’t care for this name and it still hasn’t grown on me even though she is almost one (and she is adorable!) but my husband and I call her Izzy all the time, which I like considerably better.
My best friend is newly pregnant and mentioned liking Madison for a girl and Noah for a boy. Both popular names, and I despise Madison. I just find it so harsh and unappealing. But I told her they were cute names as I don’t want to hurt her feelings and also it’s her choice ultimately and unless she asks for suggestions I will keep my nose out of it.
I also don’t like Jackson, which another friend chose, I just think its so trendy and sounds like a surname still to me. Again, told them it was a nice name though 🙂
on January 14th, 2015 at 10:10 am
Bo(sie). My lovely niece, whose name is Cassandra and who has been called Cassie for most of her life, has decided she is gender neutral and this is her new name. Apparently she likes “Beauregard” (which has terribly racist connotations here in the South) but has decided to go with Bo or Bosie.
I keep my comments to myself, but — yuck.
on January 14th, 2015 at 10:10 am
Like others, off nameberry I try to keep my opinions to myself and yes I lie about names if asked for an opinion on an already named baby. For example, my best friend named her son Aiden. I really hate all the trendy Aiden, Cayden, Jayden names. What makes it worse is my friend thinks this is a unique name because she has never met anyone named Aiden. She is pregnant with her 2nd and if it’s a girl, she will be Madison. I’m prepping myself for some more white lies!
on January 14th, 2015 at 10:31 am
One of my sister’s kids is named Jackson. I don’t like it, although I’m cool with the (super popular) Jack, which he mostly goes by. My sister doesn’t know this and she never will. As someone who follows name statistics and usage, depending on who I’m with I smile and nod when parents say that a name “got super popular after I used it” or “wasn’t that common when we chose it,” when I know full well it was already very popular or trending upward.
Like another poster, I’ll put names I don’t love/like on suggestion lists on Nameberry, but only if they seem like they might be what the parent is looking for.
on January 14th, 2015 at 10:43 am
I agree with some above posters, mostly just white lies about friends’ name picks. A friend of mine mentioned she was considering the names Gordon and Ford. I’m really not a fan of either, but of course I didn’t say anything! Luckily I think she’s changed her mind about those.
I’ve also been trying hard to like the following names since I joined Nameberry:
Faye, Freya, Stella, Magnolia, Walter, Agnes, Astrid, Edith, Esther, and Maeve but I just can’t do it! Sorry to fellow berries who like these names :/
on January 14th, 2015 at 10:46 am
Oh gosh… There are so many. The ultra-popular ones bother me a lot. I can’t sand Sophia/Sofia, but I still think Sophie is adorable. I hate Jayden but since 5 out of 10 people have one I never say anything. I realize that people have different tastes and a lot of them hate my kids’ names. I always keep my mouth shut, because so many of them DON’T when they’re talking to me. I smile, tell them no, I didn’t “make up” my son’s name (Beckett), and then lie through my teeth as I say that Paizlee is cute.
on January 14th, 2015 at 10:48 am
I will never understand people’s love of the names Stella, Zoe, and Phoebe. Just not my style in any way. I’ve had to pretend to like a lot of the names that friends have chosen for their children (Brynlee, Audri, Charlee, Jullian) but I would never ever offer my opinion up unless they asked, and even then, I would be very gentle about it.
on January 14th, 2015 at 11:07 am
My husband’s friends have kids named Sophie and Zoe. They’re not terrible at all but, because they’re so popular I cringe when I hear them.
on January 14th, 2015 at 11:19 am
I really dislike when people name their children after themselves: e.g. John Doe & John Doe Jr. It’s unoriginal, it’s boring, and a bit narcissistic. The worst is when the parent has a name that’s nickname proof, e.g. Cory. What are you supposed to call them? Big Cory and Little Cory? Ugh. Also not a fan of Peyton, Paisley, Tate, Henley, Easton, Hayes, Jayden, etc.
on January 14th, 2015 at 11:43 am
I really don’t like Aurora, Aria, and Arabella. Unpopular opinions on this website.
on January 14th, 2015 at 11:58 am
I’m getting to the age where it’s hard to remember names, so having to remember an unusual spelling of that name is frustrating. Granted, people can’t help the way their last names are spelled (e.g. if it’s Ashly, not Ashley). But why have people gone nuts inventing so many spellings for names such as Michaela or Caitlin? They take away from the loveliness of those names. I try to include people’s kids’ names in Christmas cards, but when I remember that the spelling of a name is different, it puts me off including it on the card.
And if it’s an unusual name to boot, it’s embarrassing to run into the child’s family at a grocery store, when I remember everyone else’s names except the unique name. I say “Hi, [name_of_Mom] and Hi, [Name_of_Older_Child]. The younger child in the grocery cart is looking up at me and all I can remember is that the child has an unusual name (that no one else I know has) and it starts with M but it won’t come to mind.
Some people are drawn to uncommon names. There are some good reasons to use them, especially when it’s to honour a grandparent with that surname, such as “Witton”; I honestly think that’s great. What I didn’t think was so great was when one family member named her daughter Meigan, pronounced MEE-gan. She actually waited a couple of days after the birth to announce her baby’s name because she couldn’t decide on the spelling. I adore the name Megan, but Meigan? To me, it screams, “Look at my special kid with the special name and spelling.”
on January 14th, 2015 at 12:02 pm
A family member named her daughter Kora (yes, with a K)… pretty much everyone in the family hates it but no one would dare say so. It’s certainly not the worst name in the world but I don’t know why she chose this spelling over the prettier C spelling. She’s almost two and no one has gotten over this name.
On the other hand my best friend named her baby Jacob, which I didn’t love at first because it’s sooo incredibly popular, but now that he’s here I love him so much that I’ve completely forgotten about the popularity and I love his name. He’s HER Jacob, you know? So I know no one will care if he’s the sixth Jacob in his class because he’s her Jacob and we love him.
I have a few random acquaintances that have given their kids names I hate, but they don’t really effect me that much lol
on January 14th, 2015 at 12:05 pm
I dislike the name Violet, i think of the word violent.
My husband’s tia named her daughter Lakshmi, with their Mexican accent it sounds like lash me. Just terrible. Thank goodness everyone calls her by her middle name Victoria.
My friend is pregnant and if it’s a boy, she’ll name him Josh. It’s okay I just think it’s kinda boring.
I don’t usually give my opinion unless asked.
I also agree with Larkspur, dislike when parents name their kids after themselves.
on January 14th, 2015 at 12:06 pm
I have always extremely disliked the name Amanda. I cringe when I hear it sometimes. Also, the more recently revived Olive is another name I just can’t stand. Olive is not a pretty color or a pretty name. It just sounds dowdy and unattractive.
on January 14th, 2015 at 12:26 pm
Nevaeh. I know people were going CRAZY for it when I was pregnant with my first almost 3 years ago now and I still cringe when I see/hear it. UGH. I just think its silly all the way around but I try to keep my mouth shut when the name is explained to me for the millionth time that it’s Heaven spelled backwards.
Also any name that is excessive with ‘y’s. We plan on naming our current baby Vivian Joy if she is a girl. I was looking at alternative spellings and Vyvyen is listed. HUH?? That’s just ridiculous.
on January 14th, 2015 at 12:36 pm
Silas. My husband really likes this name, so I pretend to keep it on our boy list, but there is no way I will ever have a child named Silas. I just can’t stand it for some reason.
on January 14th, 2015 at 1:08 pm
Amelia and Charlotte. I always thought Amelia sounded like a disease. Turns out it is! Amelia is a congenital birth defect where one or more limbs is missing. There’s something pompous and stuffy about the name Charlotte, in my opinion. I would never want to offend anyone who uses these names (or any other name) because I understand that naming your children is a very personal decision, so I keep quiet.
on January 14th, 2015 at 1:11 pm
Paisley, Payton, Jayden, Jayce, Brezina. My husband’s family picks names that just sound like they belong in a trailer park. It doesn’t help that they add all these extra Ys and Es to things to make them a “special”. But they’re such nice people and they’re good kids! We just don’t have similar taste.
on January 14th, 2015 at 1:34 pm
I love all these responses! Though there are some on this list that I do like, the honestly and realness of how each person feels and their opinion is great! I can predict with certainty that quite a few of you would hate the names I have chosen for my children, but I love the realness of being able to express your opinions on here.
on January 14th, 2015 at 1:49 pm
Like many of the pp, I rarely give my real opinion of a name…I can usually find something at least reasonably positive to say (“I’m such a name nerd…I love the way the letters in the name look together” or “[insert name here] has lots of great options for nn if you want to go that route”). Everyone has his or her own taste & I’m sure many/most of the names I like aren’t to most people’s taste. It’s been interesting hanging out here on Nameberry to see what names are popular here & comparing them w/what’s popular in the general population (like on the SSA lists), as well as seeing where my name likes fall (generally my likes aren’t popular on either NB or the SSA 😉 ).
on January 14th, 2015 at 1:55 pm
I know a Brystle. As in, Bristol, but not. I’m not a fan of Bristol anyway, so this one grates on me a little. But I would never ever say anything, obviously.
on January 14th, 2015 at 2:00 pm
My niece’s name is Madison and it just sounds so harsh and boyish to me. She’s still really young so she goes mostly by Maddie which is better in my opinion but I wish her name was instead Madeline (however you spell it). Also I know someone who just named their daughter Paisley. Barf. It sounds so whiny, trendy, and childish. I hate it but of course I keep my opinion to myself and vent here instead haha
on January 14th, 2015 at 2:03 pm
Brayden, Braylee, Peyton (g), and Ryan (b).
on January 14th, 2015 at 2:16 pm
If my opinion is asked, I will give my honest answer for the most part. There have been a few acquaintances and cousins that have had children (Brentlee, Jaxon, Payzlee, etc.) that I cringe inwardly and try to deflect any queries about the name. When they ask, I comment on the “unusual” spelling or how well it sounds with the middle/last name.
With my friends, I normally prod about what their favourites are and what they are considering for each child. Three out of four of my closer friends like plain “vanilla” names like Anna, Seth, Avery, Colleen, and Ryan. So I always end up “adoring” some plain, normal sounding name when in fact I find it boring.
As others have said, I am a lot more open about my feelings than in real life. I don’t like to step on feelings though, so if I feel negatively towards a name I either don’t say or try and do it as amiably as possible.
on January 14th, 2015 at 3:03 pm
I cannot stand the name my in-laws have chosen for their soon to be born son. The first name or the middle name. Hubs calls him by name, I’m calling him Junior as long as I can. His first name is a famous vampire’s last name and his middle name is an obscure name of a family member they never met but want to honor and they plan on calling him that. I just smile and say its nice.
However I can’t stand Jaxon (I know two), actual Juniors and the inevitable PJ, DJ, CJ etc., that comes with it and when people use a noun with an occupational or noun surname.
on January 14th, 2015 at 3:29 pm
A member of my family has sons called Wyatt and Ethan, which are two of my least liked names, but obviously when each name was announced I nodded enthusiastically and with approval.
on January 14th, 2015 at 3:38 pm
When my friend was pregnant with her son she wanted to name him Donald and I didn’t say anything until she asked me my opinion and I told her it reminded me of the cartoon duck thankfully she changed her mind to Gabriel and then finally to Daniel.
I honestly can’t stand Adriana/Adrianna because is really popular and I hear it a lot same with Aryanna/Ariana/Arianna
on January 14th, 2015 at 4:55 pm
The question was, “which name do you pretend to like,” not “which name do you hate and politely refrain from saying so (except here on Nameberry).”
No Nameberry user has ever pretended to like Nevaeh. Guaranteed.
on January 14th, 2015 at 5:02 pm
Pretty much every name my friends have chosen for their children I pretend to like. I’m not like, “Oh that’s a great name!” if they ask for an opinion. I just say, “Oh that’s a cute name” even if I absolutely hate it. Thankfully, I haven’t had to say that to any on my friend’s faces (just on Facebook). They would know I was lying if that happened. lol
Some of the names are: I’m going to replace some of the letters with symbols for privacy.
on January 14th, 2015 at 6:06 pm
Emmeline! I see this quite a lot on nameberry and I used to think it was kind of cute but now I just dislike the sound of it. Also a friend of my mum’s called her baby Boyd which I think is awful.
on January 14th, 2015 at 7:14 pm
Ava! I don’t care about the popularity issues, but I dislike the sound, the look and there’s just something I dislike.
On nameberry, I can’t stand Doris, Sybil, Dolores, etc.
on January 14th, 2015 at 7:20 pm
My best friend named her son Jayden 14 years ago. Right before she did it I told her it was about to explode. (It did.)
She later told me she wished she had gone with her second choice Samuel (Sam), and that she would have except she announced the name early in her pregnancy and at her baby shower people gave her loads of stuff with JAYDEN all over it and she felt bad about changing it. (Bless her heart, she’s always been a people pleaser.)
To this day she and I occasionally discuss what a great Sam he would make.
This taught me two things:
1. If you’re torn between two names, go with the more classic and timeless.
2. Wait til the baby is born to announce the name.
Just my opinion. 🙂
Since that time before he was born, when I told her Jayden was going to get popular, I have never again mentioned my total dislike for the name (and all names that rhyme with it, actually).
Also anything rhyming with -aylen or -aylee. And anything beginning with Mc. But I always err on the side of politeness.
There are many NB faves I don’t like, but the only time I pretend to like a name I don’t like is if it’s someone’s child. A bad name is no excuse for bad manners.
on January 14th, 2015 at 7:52 pm
I agree with SeaZuno86 I don’t like Isabella much…but their are few names I truly hate! Fortunately, none of my friends are pregnant, and don’t ask for any opinions. I know I’ve mentioned names to people who don’t like my style, so when it comes to the real deal, I’ll probably just not ask. I feel its best to wait til a cute baby is wearing it then I can decently say aww she’s so cute and never directly mention any names. Another one thats Nameberry fave that I don’t like is Imogen. It just doesn’t sound right to me.
on January 14th, 2015 at 7:56 pm
I don’t suppose there is a name a pretend to like…but pretty names which are TOO copious it hurts to hear the announcement ; Emma, Isabella/Bella, Sophia, Olivia, Ava, and Lily. As sad as it is to say it, these are my generations equivalent to Jennifer, Melissa, Sara/h, Michelle, Stephanie and Heather, and my mom’s generation equivalent to Mary, Linda, Susan and Kathy.
on January 14th, 2015 at 8:04 pm
I quite dislike the name tatum. Especially on a girl and i also dislike james/jaymes on a girl. Their are so many beautiful names for girls why steal such a classic for a girl. My friend named their son dominic which i love but i cringe as the last name starts with a D. They laughed and said haha he can be called DD and put a bra on their newborns head. I couldnt believe they had done that to the poor boy.
I actually quite dislike my daughters name, Savannah, i know this sounds bizarre but i think its long and not at all feminine like my elder daughters name (emilia) i remedied my husbands pick by nicknaming her annie while in the hospital
on January 14th, 2015 at 8:09 pm
@miloowen: Just saying, if your cousin is gender-neutral, you should use their desired pronouns.
on January 14th, 2015 at 8:12 pm
My sister in law just named her baby Randall and all I can think of is the bad guy from Monsters Inc. It’s a family name though. I pretend to like that one for sure. My sister went to school with two girls who were twins named Pink and Purple. WHY!?!?!?
on January 14th, 2015 at 8:22 pm
I’ve known two people to name their little girls Sloane. I of course smiled and said how cute! But thought really, Sloane? I just don’t personally see the appeal.
I also agree with rbj84 with Rafferty. It’s the last name of a child murderer from around where I’m from, so the name has been ruined for me. I’m just glad I haven’t met a little Rafferty as that is the first thing that would come to mind…
on January 14th, 2015 at 8:48 pm
A friend named her daughter a unique spelling of Chloe, a name I dislike and I dislike unique spellings. She is a complete doll and as she has grown through toddlerhood has become one of my favoritepeople. But I still cringe at her name, and its my fault because i prayed she would change her mind when she originally picked one of my favorites. LOL
on January 14th, 2015 at 10:03 pm
Truth be told, I don’t like Harper. TKAM is a great book and everything, but I don’t see the appeal of having a daughter named Harper.
on January 14th, 2015 at 10:24 pm
Oh another name i dislike is Linc. I love love love lincoln but i hate just linc. My best friend named her son linc and as we were both pregnant at the same time i actually blurted out but its a video game characters name u cant just call him linc. Our friends atill call my daughter (emilia) Zelda when they are together 😛
on January 14th, 2015 at 10:28 pm
There are very few names I truly dislike and for the most part the thing that bothers me is the ridiculous spelling thing. So you chose a popular name that you loved, so what! They’re unique already, they dong need some alternate spelling. I also recognize though that their parents LOVE the name and my opinion really means very little in the grand scheme of their decision. I know a little girl named AnnaLiz and it kind of bothers me that her young mum didn’t go with Annaliese or Anna Liz to honour her mother and mother in-law. Its still pretty just something I’ve noticed I guess. My younger cousin loves Amelia and Nova, which really aren’t my cup of tea, so typically I just say their pretty. A high school friend of mine really wanted to use Jack on a girl – that made me cringe!
on January 14th, 2015 at 10:40 pm
I would never tell anyone that I didn’t like their child’s name. If someone asks for an opinion before naming a baby, I will be honest. But if I am meeting a new baby, no one is asking for an opinion on the name. I don’t think you have to lie most of the time, though.
You say: “What is your baby’s name?”
Parent says: “Arabella Amelia Arianna Adycyn”
You say: “Well, hello, Arabella! Oh, she is so beautiful! How old is she?”
This is the same as meeting any new person. If you particularly love the name, say so. But sharing negative opinions of a name someone is already bearing would be uncouth. If you know a baby whose name you hate, consider how few friends you could have if you only made friends with people whose names you approve of.
If the parents seem keen on garnering compliments on the name, you can try, ” I love hearing how the stories of how people come up with their children’s names! How did you decide on her name?” Usually there is a nice story, you can compliment that. But this is not the same question as “Oh. How did you come up with THAT?” Or my favorite question we have gotten for my son’s name “Is that a family name?” which has a definite undertone of “I certainly hope his inheritance was dependent on you using that.”
on January 14th, 2015 at 10:50 pm
Tanner. Our friends named their son Tanner, and I smiled and said what a great name it was when really I was thinking how thin it sounded and had images in my head of someone tanning a hide. I just thought of ALL the named on earth, THAT’S the one you love the most for this child? But once it’s chosen, you can’t tell someone anything negative about the name. It’s like you can’t tell someone you don’t like their new tattoo because it won’t change anything, except maybe how they feel about YOU!
on January 14th, 2015 at 11:14 pm
I pretend to like my nieces name when I’m talking to my sister. My mom and my husband’s family know I hate it. It’s not so much the name as it is the fn mn combo that my sis chose for the meaning. She has an obsession with vampires and the poor child’s name means “life resurrected.” Also I didn’t object when my husband wanted to use his grandpa’s name as our sons middle. Hate it in English but international variation he used wasn’t horrible so I went with it
on January 14th, 2015 at 11:57 pm
I have two seasons with name Zofia nicknamed Zosia and even though the name honors grandmas in both cases I hate the name personally.The z sound is just so weird.
My aunt, the one who has Zofia wants to have Gabriel Junior and all I can think of is poor boy, he won’t have a nickname because his dad has been called the nn.Gabe his whole life and he is not going to change.
I also have another friend who gave her daughter Grace and I really dislike that name because it it sharp grrr!
On nameberry I don’t pretend, I either love, like, or hate the name and I tell them.My opinion is wanted here!
on January 15th, 2015 at 12:13 am
Paisley, Ainsley, and Jackson. I cant like any of these names.
on January 15th, 2015 at 3:19 pm
In most cases it’s not the name itself as much as the spelling that makes me cringe. When I was told about a friend’s baby to be named Zachary, I thought it was handsome, until I saw that she planned to spell it Zackery. The poor kid will forever be correcting people on the spelling. Same with a beautiful little girl called Ivey. I love the name Ivy and will tell them that, but then I see the nursery with the extra ‘e’ and I’m like Why?!
I also hate gender bending names with unique spellings like Macyn, Jaymes, or Bradlee for girls (these are just a few recent births). Gross. But, even though I detest these names or their spellings, I will nod in agreement when everyone tells the mother how original her choice is.
I’ll take a classic–some would say “boring”– name over one of these any day!
on January 16th, 2015 at 8:50 am
Aidan, Emma, Olivia, Jackson/Jaxon, Mason, Sophia, Isabella, Ariana, Madison
on January 17th, 2015 at 3:06 pm
I absolutely hate the Aiden, Caden, Braeden, Jaden phase that everyone in America went through. I have 3 nephews with basically the same name, “but they’re different,” my sister tells me; Caden, Jaden, and Aiden, are all the same in my book. And she’s pregnant with her 4th son and she’s planning on naming him “Braedon.” What makes it even worse is the fact that her Husband can’t stand the names either. He’s just agreeing to get her to shut up, basically.
on January 17th, 2015 at 4:16 pm
Some friends have chosen these names that I pretended were cute: Clancy, Angel, Bear, Ace, Ami William (will i am? William jumbled? Am I William? Pronounced Amy?), All of which would be fine as nicknames. Or even middle names.
Others: Amelia/Emilia, Eva, Evelyn, Sophia, Ella, all the Jackson and Jayden varieties.
on January 17th, 2015 at 4:31 pm
Also, moving in Christian circles I cringe when people are named overtly Biblical or religious names, or quality names like Hope, Joy, etc. often because it doesn’t suit them (I know a Joy who is the most melancholy person) and also because as an adult there is no hiding they came from a super religious background as soon as they meet someone, and that might not be something they as individuals believe in
on January 17th, 2015 at 4:55 pm
I really don’t like the name Eva, Ava… but I pretend to cause i know four of them.
on January 18th, 2015 at 9:30 am
I really dislike the names Hailey & Kayla. I probably know about 6 Hailey’s & I just can’t stand the name Kayla
on January 18th, 2015 at 9:28 pm
I have a terrible hiding my dislike for Beatrice and Victoria. They’re great names, but I’ve got such terrible associations with those names that now, when I hear them, I have to force myself to smile.
Names I don’t understand the appeal of are Freya and Aubrey (on girls). They’re just wrong to my ears.
The only boy name I genuinely can’t stand is Jaxon. Jackson is fine, but spelling it with an x is just terrible. It’s like “Brandi with an i” or some other creative spelling people come up. I just want to yell “stick to the original spelling!”
on January 18th, 2015 at 11:32 pm
Not a fan of Bailey. I knew a lot of dogs named Bailey before I ever met humans with that name, so it kind of ruined it for me. In my mind, it’s a dog name.
on January 19th, 2015 at 3:59 pm
I’ve always hated the trend of naming baby girls after dead presidents: Madison, McKinley, Reagan, Kennedy… I’m just waiting for Coolidge, Fillmore, and Bush to catch on.
Also, tacky Pinterest names with too many y’s and ee’s. This picture sums up all those bizarre names perfectly: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PfB-r3f7ejk/TyWiVMFaejI/AAAAAAAAC78/wu32a70AeXI/s1600/015.JPG
on January 19th, 2015 at 10:18 pm
@Mollyandollie: Fillmore could catch on for boys, but hopefully not girls. I highly doubt Bush and Coolidge wilk, though (I’m praying that they don’t).
Anyway, on topic, one name I pretend to like would be Addison.
My reason? A couple of my friends like the name because of Grey’s Anatomy (a show those two friends love). I don’t like Addison or Grey’s Anatomy (don’t judge me, fans, pretty please with a cherry on top?). I have nothing against Grey’s Anatomy (except for the habit of the creators for attacking the doctors’ kids), it’s just not my thing.
Funny thing, even though I don’t like Grey’s Anatomy, I like How To Get Away With Murder XD
on January 27th, 2015 at 3:20 pm
Mason. I immediately think the kid should have a nickname of Jar.
on January 31st, 2015 at 12:30 am
Gretchen. My recent niece received the name, and I pretend to like it. All I hear is a harsh name reminding me of Wretch or Grinch or Kitchen. They call her Gretch, I hear Wretch. And Gretchen Weiners. 🙂
on December 3rd, 2015 at 2:20 pm
“My friend named her son Quagmire. After the character from Family Guy.”
That is SO MEAN. He’s the grossest, dirtiest one of all! That is truly terrible.
Names I have grown to hate? Madison, Olivia, Sophia, Ava, and Emma for girls. For boys, all the members of the “-ayden” family: Aiden, Jayden, Caden, Brayden, Hayden. I was a preschool teacher for a long time, so I have known all these children. With maybe 2 exceptions, all of these kids have been brats and the names have been so overdone that I could never get onboard with them. Ever. Especially Emma! Dear lord, parents, just because Rachel on Friends named her baby Emma it doesn’t make you original!
on January 4th, 2016 at 6:20 pm
I really don’t like Gertrude or Imogen or Edith or some old-lady names that lots of berries seem to love. There are just some names that make me gag because it sounds like an eighty-year-old, not a baby. Gertrude may be my least favorite name ever. Plus there are some nameberry favorites such as Atticus or Ezra that I don’t really like.
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