Favorite "Unusable" Baby Names?

Admittedly, most of my favorite names are a bit outrageous. However, some of them are just not usable :frowning: What are your faves that you’d like to use… but won’t?

Mine are:

[name_m]Judas[/name_m] (looove love love)

[name_f]EDIT[/name_f]: [name_m]Just[/name_m] realized this has been done! Credit to original poster, sorry for the repeat!



[name_f]Asteria[/name_f], [name_f]Valeska[/name_f], Illyria, Nomiki, [name_f]Suki[/name_f], Valkyrie.
Azula, [name_f]Ayla[/name_f], [name_f]Anya[/name_f], [name_f]Indira[/name_f].
[name_u]Orion[/name_u], [name_m]Atlas[/name_m], [name_m]Elio[/name_m].

That is all I can think of for now.



They have to be pretty far out for me to call them unusable.

Israelle is the only one that comes to mind. And maybe Samwise! Prism is a good one!


I always loved that name…
But for now I have too let it go…

I actually have a list

Other than [name_m]Lucifer[/name_m], I can’t really think of any other baby names I like that I would struggle to make usable.

Some obscure/clunky Biblical names…



Mostly names already in use by well-known characters. (I’m answering this from the perspective of a writer, not in regards to naming real people.)

[name_f]Desdemona[/name_f] immediately comes to mind for me. I have a lot of love I can’t explain for this one.

[name_m]Thorin[/name_m], not that that’s stopped me from finding a way to use it.

[name_f]Daenerys[/name_f], which I think is gorgeous but too tied up in ASoIaF/GoT, which I don’t read/watch, to use. I was able to make use of [name_f]Sansa[/name_f] because of its Sanskrit origins and the fact that I was aware of it years before I ever heard about ASoIaF/GoT, though, so there’s that.

Like [name_m]Thorin[/name_m], I’ve managed to find uses for [name_m]Oberon[/name_m], [name_f]Isolde[/name_f], [name_f]Circe[/name_f], and [name_f]Eurydice[/name_f] as well.

[name_f]Ophelia[/name_f] is a name I think is gorgeous but haven’t used yet.

I’ve heard people call [name_f]Zelda[/name_f] unusable, though I think it’s lovely and perfectly fine as a name, but I thought I’d throw it up here anyway.

Other names: [name_f]Hermione[/name_f] (too connected to [name_m]Granger[/name_m] for me), [name_f]Amidala[/name_f] (so pretty as a LN, but too connected to [name_f]Star[/name_f] Wars).

I’m sure there are others I’m missing, but these are the ones I can think of atm.

This reminds me of my favorite Biblical trio: [name_m]Shadrach[/name_m], [name_m]Meshach[/name_m], and [name_m]Abednego[/name_m]. This was back when I was 12-15, when I was still going to church; I would sit there and roll their names around in my mouth, they just flow so smoothly. I can’t imagine ever using them, but I still love saying them.

I loooove the name [name_m]Nehemiah[/name_m], but I don’t think I would ever use it. I am a [name_m]Christian[/name_m], so the religious connection doesn’t make it unusable for me. I just think it’s too out there. [name_f]Magdalena[/name_f] is another name I adore, but like [name_m]Nehemiah[/name_m], I think it’s too out there. My family would look at me like I have three heads if I used either of these names. lol.

Oh! I almost forgot [name_f]Leonie[/name_f] and [name_m]Caledon[/name_m]. I love them, but I KNOW my family would butcher the pronunciations no matter how many times I corrected them.

[name_f]Zoe[/name_f] (too popular and my parents’ cat)
[name_u]Piper[/name_u] (my daughter has a [name_f]Poppy[/name_f] and a Pappy…a sibling named [name_u]Piper[/name_u] would be complete insanity.)
[name_f]Annabel[/name_f]/[name_f]Stella[/name_f] (clash with last name)

[name_m]Miles[/name_m] (too popular where I live)
[name_m]Levi[/name_m] (someone I know used it for her son)

Oh, dear, I love the name [name_m]Thorin[/name_m]! I think I’d have to use it in the middle though.

  • Brently
  • [name_f]Poppy[/name_f]/[name_f]Pippa[/name_f]
  • Aveda
  • [name_m]Kora[/name_m]
  • Avera
  • [name_m]Louie[/name_m]

[name_f]Magdalena[/name_f] | I think this name is gorgeous but I can’t truly imagine my daughter having it.

[name_f]Zara[/name_f] | [name_u]Love[/name_u] it. But at one point my husband worked at a [name_f]Zara[/name_f] so there’s no cutting that association.

[name_f]Blanca[/name_f] | means ‘white’. Family would definitely look at me weird if I told them I liked this as an actual name for a child. I love it so much though!

Edelweiss. [name_u]Love[/name_u] it, but way too weird in English. So sad!

I wish I could use (but can’t):


*[name_m]Just[/name_m] way too popular.

Oh, for me it’s [name_f]Jezebel[/name_f]! I’d go for it in a second if it didn’t have the controversial bible character behind it.