10 Baby Names I Love, but Won't Be Using

I’ve been seeing a lot of mommy/lifestyle YouTubers doing this as a video, and you choose 5 girls names and 5 boys names that (as previously mentioned) you love, but won’t be using and then you explain why. You could also choose to do 10 of each.

Here’s Mine
(I don’t have 5 for each, but I put as many as I could think of. Also, I am speaking as if I already have children, but for me this is all just hypothetical since I’m 17.)

[name_f]Louisa[/name_f]- Too close to [name_f]Eloise[/name_f].
[name_f]Belle[/name_f]- Also too close to [name_f]Eloise[/name_f].
[name_f]Madeline[/name_f]- Obviously too similar to [name_f]Phoebe[/name_f]'s middle name which is [name_f]Adeline[/name_f].
[name_f]Helena[/name_f]- Terrible associations with far too similar name.

[name_m]Atticus[/name_m]- I just don’t think I’ll have enough children to use this name.
[name_m]Tobias[/name_m]- I don’t think I’ll have enough children to use this name. I also despise the nickname [name_m]Toby[/name_m], which I think he’d inevitably get at school.
[name_m]Jack[/name_m]- Horrific association that I will never get over.
[name_m]Milo[/name_m]- I do really like this name, I’ve just never been 100% convinced of it. Plus, it’s the name of the baby I nanny and I’m fairly certain I will always associate the name with him now.

Tetley - love this so much but living in the UK makes this extremely unusable & probably pretty cruel as it’s a brand of tea bags. Also the saying ‘tea bag/tea bagging’ is used to describe a *** act.

Pigeon - this is the first name I ever loved, almost ever doll of mine was always been called this for some reason lol, but it’s not exactly the most nicest bird in the world.

Kiwi - I find this so cute but I’m pretty sure the rest of the world wouldn’t & I can see there being teasing potential. Plus my names [name_f]Peaches[/name_f] so [name_f]Peaches[/name_f] & Kiwi is a bit laughable lol.

Paweena - this has been on my list for such a long time but I know I couldn’t bring myself to use it. The ‘weena’ part in it sounds to much like ‘weenier’, aka a male part & I just couldn’t do that to a child.

[name_f]Lolita[/name_f] - such beautiful & strong name [name_f]IMO[/name_f], but while it only reminds me of an incredibly strong orca everyone else associates it with the book (I’ve never read it) so I’m beginning to think it might be to hard of a name to carry. That said I haven’t completely ruled it out & it does keep slipping back into the ‘usable’ pile

[name_m]Ryder[/name_m] - perfectly usable in general but with my last name it sounds incredibly bad & dirty especially during senior/high school age.

Tilikum - another orca name & very much a GP. I love it, I love the orca however my son despite only being 8 is very anti-captivity (so am I but he’s got very strong opinions) & would be livid if I was to use a name connected to the place he’s kept (I won’t say their name - though everyone knows - & I don’t want to get into an anti-captivity debate).

[name_m]Sirius[/name_m] - I love this but I can’t get over the HP reference & I actually really dislike HP, well the films at least. Also I hate how [name_m]Sirius[/name_m] looks in the films & his mental image comes to mind when I think of the name.

[name_m]Kristoff[/name_m] - I wish this was usable. It’s a perfectly normal, handsome name to everyone but connections in my past make this unusable despite my love it it. Also I love it due to one of my favourite authors but the constant Frozen connection would annoy me.

Sonic - I find this so handsome especially with the NN [name_u]Nico[/name_u], sadly not many others do & the Sonic the Hedgehog connection is very overpowering when you hear this name.

Kenize: I love this name but won’t be able to use since it isn’t a Turkish name originally, plus I am afraid people may find it old fashioned.
Mariye: Another Arabic name I love but won’t be able to use, it is name of the Prophet’s wife and it is a sweet name too but I am afraid people may connect it with Christianity too. [name_f]Mary[/name_f] and Mariye are alike :confused:
Suvolta: Now Suvolta is a real Turkic name but time to time it sounds rough to my ears because of the Volta at the end.
Bike: In Turkish it means noble woman, in English yeah… :confused:
Umay: Same problem with Bike. It is actually pronounced closed to Oo-mai and it is a goddess name.

Aslan: It is all because of [name_f]Narnia[/name_f], I love the series, but people always associate Aslan with the character. Aslan means lion in Turkish and it is also the name of Seljuk emperor.
Bulut: Used to love it but then I read it sounds like bullet and immediately stopped my [name_f]Maysa[/name_f] and Bulut sibling set fantasy.
Çağrı: cedilla, soft g and dotless i? A nightmare. You can’t westernize it at all :confused:
Erem: I love this name alot, but I know millions of Eren’s and two names are too similar to each other’s.
Ufuk: I don’t have to write a reason right? It means horizon in Turkish. And again it is like Oo-fook though I may not spell it right too.

I [name_u]LOVE[/name_u] this tag! I watch the videos all the time, but like you don’t want to make one of my own.


[name_f]Davina[/name_f] or Evanie – I grouped these names together, because the reason I couldn’t use them is pretty much the same. I love the sound, the look, the uniqueness, everything about [name_f]Davina[/name_f]. With Evanie, I just love the way it sounds, even though I’m not a huge fan of how it looks. The reason I can’t use either of them (other than a firm veto by my BF) is that my best friend named her daughter Dayvanie. Both [name_f]Davina[/name_f] and Evanie are close enough to Dayvanie that I would feel weird using them, even though my friend doesn’t have a problem with it.

[name_f]Rowena[/name_f] – [name_f]Rowena[/name_f] was one of the first names I ever loved. To me, it looks so feminine and beautiful. It’s also very unique here in the U.S. and I think that it would suit any daughter I would have. However, it has gotten a hard veto from my boyfriend, and its not worth fighting about for me.

[name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] or [name_f]Tessa[/name_f] or [name_f]Bonnie[/name_f] – [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] is such a classy name to me, and I love that there are like a million different nicknames that you can use with it. It’s not overly common where I live, and I think it would be very sweet on a little girl. [name_f]Tessa[/name_f], too, just has that balance of being perfectly feminine and cute, while also being a name that a girl could really make her own. [name_f]Bonnie[/name_f] is also a love of mine, although its fairly recent. However, all of these names are ones that my boyfriend has a very negative association with, and I wouldn’t want him to be reminded of that negative association every time he looked at our daughter.

[name_f]Claire[/name_f] or [name_f]Clara[/name_f] – I adore these names. While I wouldn’t necessarily want to use it for a first name, I think that [name_f]Claire[/name_f] is very dignified and works really well in the middle spot. [name_f]Clara[/name_f] is more my style for a first name, and I would totally use it. It is a more classic alternative to a name that I absolutely love ([name_f]Cara[/name_f]), and is more wearable than [name_f]Cara[/name_f] in a Spanish speaking area ([name_f]Cara[/name_f] is the word for face). However, my boyfriend’s sister has a daughter named [name_f]Claire[/name_f], and although she lives halfway across the country and we would never see her, the family is small enough that it would cause some drama if we used either [name_f]Claire[/name_f] or [name_f]Clara[/name_f] for our kid.

[name_f]Mercy[/name_f] or [name_f]Mercedes[/name_f] – [name_f]Mercy[/name_f] is the first name that I ever remember falling in love with. I read it in a book when I was around 8 years old, and I just thought it was the perfect name. It was sweet, easy for an English speaker to pronounce and spell, and had a beautiful meaning. I adore everything about it. The only thing that ever turned me off about using it was that it was so simple. I have always looked for names with a lot of nickname potential so that I could use the one I liked, but the options were left open for the kid to choose once they were old enough. That’s how I came up with [name_f]Mercedes[/name_f]. It’s a name that has two gorgeous nicknames ([name_f]Mercy[/name_f] and [name_f]Sadie[/name_f]), is fairly recognizable, and as a bonus can be pronounced by the Spanish speakers around me. However, my boyfriend doesn’t like [name_f]Mercy[/name_f], and [name_f]Sadie[/name_f] was the name of my grandmother’s dog, so its not really usable in my family. However, I would kill to see someone else with a daughter named [name_f]Mercy[/name_f]! So precious.

[name_f]Araminta[/name_f] – The first time I heard this name was in a book about [name_f]Harriet[/name_f] Tubman. Her birth name was [name_f]Araminta[/name_f] [name_m]Ross[/name_m], and I just thought that was such a beautiful name. I also loved that it was a way of honoring a historical figure that had done such amazing things in her lifetime. I still think the name is gorgeous, and fell in love with the combo [name_f]Araminta[/name_f] [name_f]Harriet[/name_f]. So gorgeous! But unfortunately, this is another name that my boyfriend has vetoed. He asked me if I made it up the first time he heard it, and I am afraid that might be a more common reaction than I’d like to admit. So unfortunately [name_f]Araminta[/name_f] is a no go.

[name_f]Juno[/name_f] – I adore this name. I think it is so cute and simple, not heard too often, and has a powerful mythological association. However, the first time I ever heard it as a viable option for a baby was the same time that the whole world did, when the movie came out. [name_m]Even[/name_m] though I don’t think of the movie when I hear it, I’m a name nerd and I know that most people aren’t. The pop culture association is so strong with this one that I just can’t bring myself to use it, no matter how much I love it.

[name_f]Amelia[/name_f] or [name_f]Sophia[/name_f] – When I was a teenager, [name_f]Amelia[/name_f] and [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] were both very high on my list. I loved that [name_f]Amelia[/name_f] had so many nicknames to choose from ([name_f]Amy[/name_f], [name_f]Mia[/name_f], etc.) and that it also sounded beautiful on its own. [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] was a name that just blew me away. It had the right sound, the right meaning, it was perfect. Over time, I steered away from [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] as a first name and more toward [name_f]Sophia[/name_f] with the nickname [name_f]Sophie[/name_f], but my love for it endured for a long time. However, it appeared that those names were high on a lot of people’s lists. As it stands now, both are far too popular for me to use as a first name for a future daughter.

[name_f]Louisa[/name_f] – Oh [name_f]Louisa[/name_f]! It makes me so sad to put this on the list, put I have to admit that the likelihood my grump of a boyfriend would ever consent to it is pretty much zero. When he hears it, he thinks of a great grandmother’s name but when I hear it, I think of a super cute little girl with a nickname like [name_f]Lulu[/name_f] or [name_f]Lula[/name_f]. It’s just such a great name, and its a name that would age well, I think. It’s been vetoed consistently since I brought it up to my BF a while ago, and there is probably no way I could make him see the light on this one.

[name_f]Genevieve[/name_f] – This name is a fairly recent addition to my list, but its one that was pretty much instantly shot down by my BF. Neither of us are [name_m]French[/name_m], we live in an area where [name_f]Genevieve[/name_f] might be hard to pronounce or spell by the average person, and he doesn’t like that it kind of close (at least in the first part) to my mom’s name ([name_f]Jennifer[/name_f]). I like that it has the nickname possibilities of [name_f]Gigi[/name_f] and [name_f]Evie[/name_f], that its unique for our area, and that it is close enough to [name_f]Jennifer[/name_f] that I could swing it as an honor name, but not so close that it wouldn’t be original.


[name_u]Hunter[/name_u] – This is my dad’s middle name, and for as long as I can remember, its been my top middle name for a boy. From day one, all of my favorite combos had [name_u]Hunter[/name_u] as a middle, and I never really thought that would change. Then I met my boyfriend. His brother is named [name_u]Hunter[/name_u], and he is not the type of person I would ever want to name a baby after. Because its his first name, and only my dad’s middle name, it would kind of seem like we were giving the name to our baby for [name_u]Hunter[/name_u] rather than my dad. Sadly, I’ve had to face the fact that using this name would probably not be the best idea.

[name_m]Elijah[/name_m] – I love this name. I practically swoon every time I hear it. It is so perfect for a little boy, and works well with my boyfriend’s last name. In reality, there isn’t really any reason why I wouldn’t want to use this, except that it is rather popular for my taste. Still, that wouldn’t deter me that much if it weren’t for how much my boyfriend dislikes this name.

[name_m]Alaric[/name_m] or [name_m]Alistair[/name_m] – I heard the name [name_m]Alaric[/name_m] on a TV show, and immediately fell in love with it. It was so unique, edgy, and masculine that I couldn’t help but to adore it. [name_m]Alistair[/name_m], similarly, was the name of a character on a video game that I loved (my absolute favorite game), and I thought that giving my son such a dignified and unusual name (in the U.S.) would really be nice. However, I don’t think I will be using either, as my boyfriend isn’t a huge fan, and I think any siblings would have to be named similarly unusual names.

[name_m]Ford[/name_m] – This is a recent love, heard while watching baby name videos on YouTube. It’s a bit out there for me, which is why I would never use it, but I think it is so cute!!

[name_m]Duncan[/name_m] – This was my mother’s maiden name, and I have entertained the idea of using it for a while as a way of really honoring her. Sadly, my boyfriend’s last name is very short and starts with D, so it becomes a little much said out loud.

[name_m]Dashiell[/name_m] – I love this name! [name_m]Dashiell[/name_m] with the nickname [name_u]Dash[/name_u] is so cute, but it doesn’t go well with the potential last name. It becomes an alliterative tongue twister when said out loud.

[name_m]Wyatt[/name_m] – I love how this name sounds. It’s not over used, in my opinion, and it is very southern, which I like. The only reason I wouldn’t use it is that my friend recently had a baby that she named [name_m]Wyatt[/name_m].

[name_m]Wesley[/name_m] – I like this name, but there are two reasons I probably wouldn’t use it. First, my best friend has had this name on her list for a while as a potential sibling for the kids she already has. Because I know how hard it is to come up with a name that your spouse likes, I would feel bad if I used it. Secondly, my boyfriend has a bad association with this name, so its not like I could use it anyway.

[name_u]Finn[/name_u] – I adore this name, but it sounds really dumb with the last name. I would consider finding a longer alternative to it, but I’m not really as into any of them as I am into the simple cuteness of [name_u]Finn[/name_u].

[name_m]Nathaniel[/name_m] – This was the first boy name that I was set on using, and I probably would use it if I was given permission. As it stands now, though, this is the top name on my sister’s list and because I like names so much, finding another one to use isn’t really that big of a deal to me.

[name_f]Gaia[/name_f]- I absolutely think this name is beautiful and I [name_u]LOVE[/name_u] the meaning and power that comes with it. I have loved this name for a long time. A close friend of mine confided in me that her one and only baby, (she can no longer have children), that died in utero, was named [name_f]Gaia[/name_f]. I feel it would be disrespectful to use the name now.

[name_f]Anouk[/name_f]- it’s one of those names that I love, but it sounds a whole heck of a lot better when said with a [name_m]French[/name_m] accent lol.

[name_m]Vero[/name_m]- yes, with an ‘o’. And yes, for a girl. When I was in South [name_u]America[/name_u], many of the girls named [name_f]Veronica[/name_f] are called [name_m]Vero[/name_m]. I think it s so cool and exotic and such a fun name. With that being said, it’s just isn’t organic when it comes out of my mouth. It doesn’t flow right when I say it.

[name_f]Athena[/name_f]- I just love the name, and obviously [name_f]Athena[/name_f] is the best goddess. It really just doesn’t fit in with my other names that I like… and I guess I feel weird using it as it’s not really a part of my own culture.

[name_m]Alejandro[/name_m]- I’ve always loved this name, since I was little. I apparently always thought I would marry a Latin man lol. It isn’t usable with 2 very white parents.

[name_f]Nova[/name_f]- (yes, for a boy) I think this name is awesome. One of my patient’s name was [name_f]Nova[/name_f], and I thought it was so fun. He would always go, “Super [name_f]Nova[/name_f] to the rescue!” Lol. Most people think of it as a girls name but I like it for a boy. I don’t think I could ever bring myself to use it though… it doesn’t really fit with the other names that I like.

Varro- I think this name is so so cool. I heard it in some HBO show about gladiators, and I thought it was such a great name. I think it is a little too unrecognizable for my husband’s liking. I’m also hesitant about names with Rs, just because I had a horrible speech issue and could not say my Rs for about 12 years of my life lol.

[name_m]Ansel[/name_m]- it’s one of those names that I love, but it just doesn’t flow out of my mouth very well.

For the girls:
[name_f]Eleanor[/name_f]: I love this name, but I pronounce it [name_f]Ell[/name_f]-e-a-nor, unlike everyone else I’ve ever heard.
Alily: I once met a girl called Alily, and I love the name. I’m just not sure if it is too “made-up”.
[name_f]Hermione[/name_f]: I love Greek myths, and [name_f]Hermione[/name_f] is a name that I love for its [name_m]Ties[/name_m] there, and for its sounds. But I also turn out to be a huge HP fan, so I think everyone would just assume it was for the book reference.
[name_f]Primrose[/name_f]: I just love this name! It’s soft, sweet, and can be shortened to cute Prim. But I’m a Hungergames fan as well, and again I fear everyone wil assume I chose it for the book reference.
Gwenllian: I love the name, but I think the aspiraties ll will be a problem here.
[name_f]Maeve[/name_f]: [name_u]Love[/name_u] the name, the only problem is that our last name starts with a V.

[name_m]Park[/name_m]: [name_u]Love[/name_u] the name, but it doesn’t feel excatly right.
[name_m]Huxley[/name_m]: [name_u]Love[/name_u] the name, but bad assiocations with it.
Tadashi: Beautiful name, I just think too much about BigHero6 with this name.
[name_u]Stanley[/name_u]/[name_m]Stanford[/name_m]: Awesome names, it’s just that my brother is called [name_m]Stan[/name_m], it might end up as middle though!

Ten -mmm
[name_f]Raina[/name_f], [name_f]Reine[/name_f], Hélène, [name_f]Helena[/name_f], -rhyme or vowel rhyme with surname :frowning:
[name_f]Rose[/name_f], [name_f]Rosalind[/name_f], [name_f]Rosamund[/name_f], [name_f]Rosalie[/name_f] & [name_f]Roisin[/name_f] - clash with surname

Let’s see…

  1. [name_m]Cassius[/name_m] - one of my favourite boy names ever, but it means “hollow”, and that brings unpleasant imagery into my mind, so… no. :frowning:

  2. [name_u]Tristan[/name_u] - meaning sad, oh my. I know many berries don’t care that much about meaning, but personally I prefer to avoid ones with obviously bad meaning/connotation.

  3. [name_m]Thibault[/name_m] - I like the name, just can’t imagine it on my future son.

  4. [name_m]Aramis[/name_m] - same as above.

  5. [name_m]Stellan[/name_m] - I know this is the masculine variant, but somehow still looks kinda feminine to me.

  6. [name_m]Jose[/name_m] - not sure it works cross-culturally, which is an absolute requirement to me.

  7. [name_u]Luca[/name_u] - unusable due to my native language.

  8. [name_m]Frederick[/name_m] - not as a first name. I have a cousin with this name and it’s just weird since I hardly ever see him.

  9. [name_m]Icarus[/name_m] - not sure if I am ok with the mythology story behind this name.

  10. [name_m]Perseus[/name_m] - still a possibility for a middle too, but really, is this too much?

  11. [name_f]Narcissa[/name_f] - for the very obvious reason.

  12. [name_f]Lucia[/name_f] - still on the list for a middle, but not as a first. Why? Because I love the italian pronunciation the most and I am not italian nor living in [name_f]Italy[/name_f]. All people I know will pronounce it Loo-see-a instead.

  13. [name_f]Cecilia[/name_f] - the meaning “blind” and the cilia part that reminds me of my good old biology lesson. [name_f]Cecelia[/name_f] removes that connotation, but the meaning still bothers me.

  14. [name_f]Iris[/name_f] - unusable due to my native language.

  15. [name_f]Isolde[/name_f] - one of the names I love on other people but not on my child. Plus I am not sure it really works cross-culturally, which is my absolute requirement.

  16. [name_f]Calliope[/name_f] - I think I just never like -pee sound in the end.

  17. Celandine - still a possibility for a middle. I love the name, but not sure it’s substantial enough since I am not into the flower that much.

  18. [name_f]Magdalene[/name_f] - I have some names with religious connotation on my list, but I feel like this one is even more religious, and I am agnostic.

  19. [name_f]Behati[/name_f] - can’t imagine it on my kid, plus cross-cultural thing.

  20. [name_f]Grace[/name_f] - I used to find this “meh” but I appreciate it now. However, I have a cousin I rarely see with this name…

[name_f]Cindy[/name_f] - I would love to use this name to commemorate my nan who went by [name_f]Cindy[/name_f] (her name was [name_f]Cynthia[/name_f], but no one ever called her it, always [name_f]Cindy[/name_f]). But it just feels so out of date and like a name given to a teenage girl living over 30 years ago, so I can’t use it. I would love to, though.

[name_f]Mercy[/name_f] - I think this name sounds so beautiful but I don’t like how virtuous it is. I thought of [name_f]Mercedes[/name_f] to get to [name_f]Mercy[/name_f], but it’s your typical chav name where I live and I wouldn’t want to bestow that on my child, lol. There’s also the [name_f]Mercedes[/name_f] cars.

[name_f]Zelda[/name_f] - In my opinion, this has to be ONE of the most badass female names out there. But I don’t think I am ‘edgy’ enough to get away with using it, although I wish I could. And I’m not a video game fanatic so I don’t think I could get away with it, which sucks, as it has to be one of my favourite Z names (alongside [name_f]Zara[/name_f] and [name_f]Zinnia[/name_f]).

[name_f]Lolita[/name_f] - One of my favourite names but no, I wouldn’t do that to my child. I also love the book and the movie but I wouldn’t want my child to search her own name and find out that, because of the book, the name is now in the dictionary meaning a “sexually precocious young girl” - I don’t think they’d ever forgive me!!

[name_f]Nirvana[/name_f] - This is one of my favourites, it’s so beautiful and the meaning is wonderful. But it’s way too tied to the band and I assume everyone who met a [name_f]Nirvana[/name_f] would think her parents are massive fans of [name_m]Kurt[/name_m] Cobain.

[name_f]Persephone[/name_f] - I love how this name sounds but I hate how it looks, especially the ‘phone’ part (I mean, before I was knowledgeable on it I pronounced it percy-phone… I don’t think I’d be the only one who makes the same mistake if I were to call my daughter it). I also think it’s too fancy and long and I’m not fancy so it would look really out of place. I love the combo [name_f]Elle[/name_f] [name_f]Persephone[/name_f] though!

[name_m]Lucifer[/name_m] - Yep, I am one of those who love this name. I think it’s a banned name in [name_f]England[/name_f], not too sure, but I can’t say I’d be surprised if it was. I also love the TV show by the same name and it’s extra special to me. If it wasn’t banned or so known with the devil, I’d use it. I’m not religious but I’m not blind to the fact it’s basically calling your child Satan.

[name_m]Romeo[/name_m] - I think this name sounds so great, and it looks it, too, but I think it’s way too tied to [name_m]Shakespeare[/name_m] and the Beckhams. It just wouldn’t work for anyone else, I don’t think. Which sucks. Not to mention [name_m]Romeo[/name_m] from [name_m]Shakespeare[/name_m] had a tragic ending.

Aslan - I had this on my list so briefly because of the [name_f]Narnia[/name_f] lion, I thought it was super badass but cute at the same time, but then I took it off my list for that exact reason… The only association I have is the [name_f]Narnia[/name_f] lion, and I doubt anyone else has any other association with Aslan. I wish it was usable.

6 girl names and 3 boy names, I’m stumped now!

[name_f]Edith[/name_f] - I could possibly use the full name, but [name_f]Edie[/name_f] is so cute for a little girl but [name_f]Edie[/name_f] sounds exactly like the Serbian word “go”
[name_f]Mildred[/name_f] - I know, hate me, but [name_f]Mildred[/name_f] is a nice name, if you don’t force all your emphasis on the -dred. But, my friend’s mom is named [name_f]Mildred[/name_f] and she hates her name, so I think i’ll have to avoid this one.
[name_u]Artemis[/name_u]- I love this name, it’s strong, unique. But for some reason I just don’t know if I’ll be using it. (and some of these names might be on here because they wouldn’t work in [name_f]France[/name_f], where I might to move to).
[name_f]Aoife[/name_f] - [name_u]Love[/name_u] this name immensly, but i feel like if i were to live anywhere else but [name_f]Ireland[/name_f], pronunciation troubles would be very common.
[name_f]Clara[/name_f] - this name is one of the most perfect vintage names out there, but in Serbian, if you take out the L, you get a nasty swear.

[name_m]Atlas[/name_m] - I love it, but I feel like I would feel nervous when my kid goes to school and the teacher asks them to get an atlas from the shelf.

[name_m]Grayson[/name_m] - I love this name for both genders (maybe a bit more for girls) but again, can’t see myself with one. Or can I?

[name_m]Hank[/name_m]- God, how I adore [name_m]Hank[/name_m]! I would really really want a son named [name_m]Hank[/name_m]! Or at least [name_m]Henri[/name_m] or [name_m]Henry[/name_m] called [name_m]Hank[/name_m]. But I feel like it would get vetoed.

[name_m]Ignatius[/name_m] - Extravagant, but can’t see myself with one


  1. [name_m]Nicholas[/name_m] - My husband vetoed this because we have a nephew named [name_m]Colin[/name_m], which is a diminutive of [name_m]Nicholas[/name_m], and he doesn’t like the idea of cousins having related first names. It’s kind of a moot issue anyway now that we have a [name_f]Veronica[/name_f], who we call [name_u]Nico[/name_u] on occasion.

  2. [name_m]Dominic[/name_m] - Also won’t be using because of similarity to [name_f]Veronica[/name_f].

  3. [name_m]Gabriel[/name_m] - I love [name_m]Gabriel[/name_m]; he loves [name_f]Gabrielle[/name_f]. Thus, we’ve decided not to use either. (Besides, my sister also loves [name_f]Gabrielle[/name_f].)

  4. [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] - Another name my sister loves, and I hate all the nicknames for it anyway, so I don’t mind letting her have it.

  5. [name_m]Crispin[/name_m] - I only wanted to use it as a middle name, but DH can’t get over the similarity of the word “crispy”.

  6. [name_m]Casper[/name_m] - We’ve already used a [name_f]Magi[/name_f] name ([name_m]Balthazar[/name_m]), and I don’t want to use another.

  7. [name_m]Zephaniah[/name_m] - We have a bit of a theme using “ph” in our girls’ middle names, and I wouldn’t want our first son to feel left out.

  8. Melchizedek - DH said no way, even as a middle name; I still kinda love it.

  9. [name_m]Sebastian[/name_m] - [name_u]LOVE[/name_u] this name; don’t like any of the nicknames. Sometimes I think we should go ahead and use anyway if we have another boy, but the nickname problem really bothers me.

  10. [name_m]Nathaniel[/name_m] - Because it would be too cheesy to have a [name_f]Cate[/name_f] and a [name_m]Nate[/name_m].


  1. [name_f]Zoe[/name_f] (as a formal name) - Hubby vetoed due to a bad association with a student, but says he doesn’t mind if I use if as a nickname for [name_f]Isobel[/name_f] if I want.

  2. [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] - Another too close to a cousin’s name ([name_f]Elena[/name_f]).

  3. Scholastica - DH laughed when I suggested it as a middle name…

  4. [name_f]Persephone[/name_f] - Too pagan for a Catholic girl.

  5. [name_f]Artemisia[/name_f] - Ditto.

  6. [name_f]Aurelia[/name_f] - Sounds too similar to [name_f]Ophelia[/name_f], which we’ve already used. (In fact, it was one of the finalists for [name_f]Cate[/name_f]'s middle name.)

  7. [name_f]Victoria[/name_f] - I don’t like the idea of having both a [name_f]Veronica[/name_f] and a [name_f]Victoria[/name_f] in the same sibset (especially the possibility that they may become [name_f]Vicky[/name_f] and [name_u]Nicky[/name_u]).

  8. [name_u]Vesper[/name_u] - It’s a style outlier for us, but I still really love it.

  9. [name_f]Alexandra[/name_f] - Because we love [name_m]Alexander[/name_m] more.

  10. [name_f]Charlotte[/name_f] - Sounds too similar to my name ([name_f]Margaret[/name_f]).


[name_u]Sullivan[/name_u]- Vetoed by husband but might still have middle potential

[name_m]Caspian[/name_m]- Vetoed by husband

[name_m]Felix[/name_m]- [name_u]Love[/name_u] it, just not as much as others we’ve looked at… also lacking any sort of significance to us

[name_u]Avery[/name_u]- too popular among girls

[name_m]Amos[/name_m]- unfortunate rhyme.


[name_f]Mabel[/name_f]- friend’s dog’s name :frowning:

[name_u]Eloise[/name_u]- becoming too popular especially with all the [name_f]Ella[/name_f]'s and [name_f]Ellie[/name_f]'s

[name_f]Evangeline[/name_f]- good friend’s daughter’s name

[name_u]Francis[/name_u] “[name_u]Frankie[/name_u]”- just many other names we prefer more and have more significance

[name_f]Lenora[/name_f]- same as above.

[name_m]Crispin[/name_m] - can’t get past crispy
[name_m]Sirius[/name_m] - love the name, love the character, will use for a dog
[name_m]Ezra[/name_m] and [name_m]Elijah[/name_m] - what a close family member named her twin boys before she gave them up for adoption, still refers to them by these names
[name_m]Perseus[/name_m] - maybe? I would use it as a middle name but see how it could be too much

[name_f]Alabama[/name_f] - my family’s home state, but I’m not cool enough to pull this off
[name_f]Leah[/name_f] - a close cousin who would think I was naming my daughter after her
[name_f]Octavia[/name_f] - love but can’t actually imagine myself using
Alifair - maybe too unusual/old-fashioned?
[name_f]Athena[/name_f] - love the name, not a fan of the goddess

[name_f]Salome[/name_f]: bad connotation. Head and such.

[name_f]Persephone[/name_f]: [name_f]Goddess[/name_f] of Death.

[name_f]Ophelia[/name_f]: Tragic heroine.

[name_f]Delilah[/name_f]: Sadly, doesn’t sound very professional to me, more like a stripper name

[name_f]Laila[/name_f]: same as [name_f]Delilah[/name_f]. Super sad, BC gorgeous meaning.

[name_f]Eleanor[/name_f]: love it, but not part of my cultural heritage…

[name_f]Isolde[/name_f]: love it in [name_m]German[/name_m], but would surely be mispronounced in the US

[name_m]Idris[/name_m]: [name_u]Love[/name_u] it, but another very similar name made the cut instead and i wouldn’t use both.

[name_f]Iris[/name_f]: Got an evil relative w that name, otherwise I’d use it, but my husband would never approve.

[name_f]Anastasia[/name_f] - I think it’s an elegant and sophisticated name, and I love the Russian pronunciation. But I used to be friends with an [name_f]Anastasia[/name_f] at primary school who changed for the worst when she started secondary school, and we haven’t spoken in about 6 years (I’ve been avoiding contact with her, because she cyberbullied me the last time I talked to her on social media).

[name_f]October[/name_f] - I’ve liked the idea of [name_f]October[/name_f] as a name for a long time, and it’s also my birth month so it’s meaningful for me (and my late grandmother’s, too). But I’ve never been brave enough to transfer it to my usable list!

Vespertine - I think it’s beautiful, but too out there for me to imagine it on a real life child.

Bloom - I love the imagery I get from it and it makes me think of spring, which is one of my favourite seasons. Like Vespertine and [name_f]October[/name_f] though, I find it too adventurous for a real child.

Téa - I love the pronunciation and aesthetics but I have a bad feeling that here in [name_f]England[/name_f], people would just pronounce it like the word “tea”. And particularly in [name_f]England[/name_f], because we’re known for being tea-drinkers, I feel like a Téa would get a lot of references to the hot drink.

[name_m]Cristobal[/name_m] - It was one of the first names I added to my GP list when I first joined the forums, I think it has quite a mysterious sound to it and I love that. But once someone pointed out to me that it sounds like “crystal ball”, that’s all I ended up in thinking of! Despite the fact that it’s a legit Spanish name.

[name_m]Atlas[/name_m] - I think [name_m]Atlas[/name_m] is such a cool name, but it also makes me think more of the word.

[name_m]Boone[/name_m] - I think [name_m]Boone[/name_m] has such a cute sound, but I’m meant to hate surnames as first names so it’s not within my usual taste and I feel like that it would sound like the odd one out with my other future children’s names.

[name_m]Wenceslaus[/name_m] - I think it sounds cool and magical, but it makes me think of the carol.

[name_m]Zadok[/name_m] - I think it’s an awesome name, but I can’t imagine it on a real little boy as I feel like it’s a lot to wear and therefore only a certain personality would be able to pull it off. It also reminds me of the albeit beautiful coronation anthem, [name_m]Zadok[/name_m] the [name_m]Priest[/name_m].

[name_m]Ebenezer[/name_m] - I think it has a cool and mystical sound to it, but it makes me think of Scrooge too. I love [name_u]Christmas[/name_u] too much to name a real child [name_m]Ebenezer[/name_m]! :stuck_out_tongue:

These have been so fun to read! After all, most of the names that berries discuss or make combos for will never be given to real children

[name_m]Rufus[/name_m]- I think this name is so rakish and charming, but am very aware that it seems very pretentious to very many people. I would hate for my son to be judged on meeting for his entire life. I can see that as much as I love it, it wouldn’t be that fun to be named it yourself

[name_m]Odhran[/name_m]- this has been one of my absolute favourites since I started making lists, but it’s just too difficult outside of [name_f]Ireland[/name_f], and I don’t like it nearly as much spelt [name_m]Oran[/name_m] or [name_m]Oren[/name_m] (although [name_m]Oisin[/name_m] has stayed on, for some reason I think I can get away with this one)

[name_u]Darragh[/name_u]- a lovely friendly handsome name that I have hesitations about because my mum hates it. It’s become quite popular in [name_f]Ireland[/name_f] and she sees it as very trendy, and I can kind of see what she means

[name_m]Domingo[/name_m]- I’m not Spanish so this would just be very strange for me to use, although I think it’s one of the most handsome names I’ve ever heard. I also dislike the nickname [name_m]Dom[/name_m], which would be bound to spring up at school etc

[name_m]Jeremy[/name_m]- why isn’t this more popular? [name_m]Jeremiah[/name_m] is so countryfied to my ears, whereas [name_m]Jeremy[/name_m] is energetic and handsome, but still cute. I adore the nicknames [name_u]Jem[/name_u] and [name_u]Remy[/name_u]. But too much of a dad name (at least in the U.K.) to give to a baby

[name_u]Royal[/name_u]- I have loved this ever since reading the [name_m]Little[/name_m] House in the [name_u]Prairie[/name_u] series as a child, it seems so manly and I love the sounds. However, it’s very unfamiliar to most people and seems like a trendy word name to many, and doesn’t particularly mesh with my usual style. Still, I may end up using it in the middle somewhere

[name_m]Drummer[/name_m]- I don’t know if I can take the gamble and see if my kid is cool enough to wear [name_m]Drummer[/name_m] in [name_f]England[/name_f]. It is a seriously lovely name though. It must be the only name on my list that I really hope massively gains popularity

[name_m]Rafferty[/name_m]- isn’t this so charming and unusual? I would so love to know a [name_m]Rafferty[/name_m]. I think it’s out of bounds for me though, I don’t think I could use an ‘Irish’ name that completely wouldn’t be used as a given name in [name_f]Ireland[/name_f]

[name_u]Shiloh[/name_u]- again, I don’t think I’m quite cool enough. Both this and [name_m]Drummer[/name_m] will probably be given to dogs rather than kids!

Rossa- I would like to use this as an Irish patriot name, but sounds quite girly to people’s ears and is too similar to higher ranking names on my lists to ever use is. My Rossa [name_m]Frederick[/name_m] combo will stay on my list, but won’t be used

I’ve ended up with 11 boys’ names. I must not really have any girls names I’m attached to but can’t use

  1. [name_f]Beth[/name_f]. I’m not sure if we would prefer it as a stand-alone name or short for [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f], but we won’t be using it. This is my [name_f]MIL[/name_f]'s middle name and she just isn’t a person who we’d like to honor, name-wise. I really love this name though. DH doesn’t mind it, but moreso loves to point out that it was the name of my favorite character on a TV show I no longer watch, who was killed off.

  2. [name_f]Claire[/name_f]. I so love this name. It is simple, sweet, intelligent, and versatile. I came across the name in a book, which really comforted me in hard times. However, DH doesn’t like it. Not even for a middle.

  3. [name_f]Lydia[/name_f]. I’ve loved it since I was 14 or so. DH doesn’t like it. Sigh. Common theme, here.

  4. [name_f]Anna[/name_f]. I’ve loved this name since I was a child. Unfortunately, it is the name of my husband’s aunt, who is DEFINITELY not someone we’d name someone after. It’s such a beautiful name…

  5. [name_m]Louis[/name_m]/[name_m]Lewis[/name_m]. My dad’s and older brother’s name ([name_m]Louis[/name_m], prn. like [name_m]Lewis[/name_m]). Dad and I have a rough history, but we’ve come a long way in restoring our relationship. My mom’s side would give me crap for using this name. So I had to scrap it.

  6. [name_m]Brian[/name_m]. I really like this name a lot. It is very professional, has a nice guy sound, and is strong. However, it is also the name of one of my mom’s exes, whom she really fell for.

  7. [name_m]Oscar[/name_m]. He was my first step-father and we didn’t get along much when I was younger. Having divorced/remarried parents can be so hard. Anyhow, my mom would just about skin me alive if I used this for a mn for my son. We’re talking she may single-handedly start World War 3, 4, and 5, then hail in the apocalypse. Shame. This man stepped up and took care of my mom’s 4 children she already had by my dad.

  8. [name_m]Paul[/name_m]. I love it, DH doesn’t.

  9. [name_u]James[/name_u]. I swear everyone in our circle has boys named [name_u]James[/name_u].

[name_f]Stella[/name_f]-As much as both me and my boyfriend love this name I just can’t see it on my baby girl.
[name_f]Samantha[/name_f]-If I did use this name the only acceptable nickname for it would be [name_u]Sam[/name_u] and there’s already a [name_u]Sam[/name_u] in the family.
[name_u]Teagan[/name_u]-I adore this name however, I just can’t picture it on my child.
[name_u]Harley[/name_u]-[name_m]Just[/name_m] doesn’t feel quite right with my boyfriend’s last name.
[name_f]Estee[/name_f]-Too out there for my baby.
[name_f]Caroline[/name_f]-I’ve loved this name because of [name_f]Caroline[/name_f] Ingalls on [name_m]Little[/name_m] House on the [name_u]Prairie[/name_u], but it just sounds funny with my boyfriends last name.

[name_m]Liam[/name_m]-My cousin just had a baby named [name_m]Liam[/name_m]. My boyfriend also has a nephew named [name_m]Liam[/name_m].
[name_m]Kellin[/name_m]-As much as I love [name_m]Kellin[/name_m] [name_u]Quinn[/name_u] from Sleeping with Sirens, sadly I can never use this, name. My boyfriend’s last name is way to close to [name_m]Kellin[/name_m]. In fact, the first four letters of his last name are the same as the first four letters of [name_m]Kellin[/name_m]'s name.
[name_m]Jonah[/name_m]-I picked [name_u]Noah[/name_u] over this name.
[name_u]Tyler[/name_u]-Could have been a tribute to [name_u]Tyler[/name_u] [name_u]Oakley[/name_u] and [name_u]Tyler[/name_u] [name_m]Joseph[/name_m], but I just don’t like it enough.
[name_m]Louis[/name_m]-[name_f]Every[/name_f] person on the planet would pronounce it wrong. I prefer the [name_m]Louis[/name_m] [name_m]Tomlinson[/name_m] pronunciation.
[name_m]Landon[/name_m]-I know someone named [name_m]Landon[/name_m] and even though their sister thinks there a pain in the butt I still like the name.

I love this tag. Let me think, and i will get back to you!

[name_f]Lila[/name_f] - I think this name is so beautiful but my partner has a cousin names [name_f]Isla[/name_f] and I just feel like it’s too similar.
[name_u]Raven[/name_u] - I think this name is so spunky on a little girl but everyone in my age bracket goes straight to thinking of “That’s So [name_u]Raven[/name_u]” and I also knew a guy named [name_u]Raven[/name_u] in school who kind of tainted the name for me.
[name_f]Raina[/name_f] - I love the strong, slightly exotic feel of this name, but a cousin I’m quite close to is engaged to a man named [name_m]Rainier[/name_m]
[name_f]Beverly[/name_f] - I think this name is super classic and it’s a namesake to one of my aunts but everyone I’ve talked to about it says it’s too old fashioned and it’s made me to self conscious to ever use it.
[name_f]Marlo[/name_f] - I think this is super cute but I’ve been meeting more and more boys named [name_f]Marlo[/name_f] and I’m worried people will think it’s too masculine for a little girl. My partners last name also begins with M and I don’t think it flows all that well.

[name_m]Kellin[/name_m] - [name_u]LOVE[/name_u] this name and love [name_m]Kellin[/name_m] [name_u]Quinn[/name_u]'s music (in fact I plan to walk down the aisle to his cover of [name_f]Iris[/name_f]) but it’s super super close to my partners name
[name_m]Beauregard[/name_m] - I think this is super cute on a little boy, and I think it’d age well, and the nn [name_u]Beau[/name_u] is cute too but my partner hates it.
[name_u]Tracy[/name_u] - I love it on a boy but my partner is convinced it’s writhe with teasing potential
[name_u]Noah[/name_u] - very cute but far too popular for my liking
[name_m]Tadhg[/name_m] and [name_m]Laoghaire[/name_m] - Both really strong Irish Gaelic names which I love because they go back to my heritage but pronunciation problems would be a nightmare