Guilty Pleasures/Names You Won't Use

Probably been done, but trying to collate a new list of name loves and in need of inspo!

Any names you love but are too scared to use? [name_m]Can[/name_m]’t use because OH doesn’t like? [name_m]Can[/name_m]’t use because of someone else?

[name_u]Willow[/name_u]
[name_f]Aurelia[/name_f]
[name_f]Cosette[/name_f]
[name_f]Lavender[/name_f]
[name_f]Edelweiss[/name_f]
[name_f]Elspeth[/name_f]
[name_f]Elowen[/name_f]
[name_f]Thisbe[/name_f]
[name_f]Tatiana[/name_f]

[name_m]Emrys[/name_m]
[name_m]Edwin[/name_m]
[name_u]Forest[/name_u]
[name_m]Caspian[/name_m]
[name_m]Tucker[/name_m]

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[name_f]Amora[/name_f]
[name_f]Arwen[/name_f]
[name_u]Briar[/name_u] [name_f]Rose[/name_f]
Daylily
[name_f]Elowen[/name_f]
[name_f]Esmeralda[/name_f]
[name_f]Fiora[/name_f]
[name_f]Hadassah[/name_f]
[name_f]Morwenna[/name_f]
[name_f]Niamh[/name_f]
[name_f]Odessa[/name_f]
[name_f]Persephone[/name_f]
[name_f]Petra[/name_f]
[name_f]Rilla[/name_f]
[name_f]Seraphina[/name_f]
[name_f]Svetlana[/name_f]
[name_f]Vashti[/name_f]
[name_f]Wilhelmina[/name_f]
[name_f]Winslet[/name_f]

[name_m]Alexei[/name_m]
[name_m]Andrei[/name_m]
[name_m]Caius[/name_m]
[name_m]Cassian[/name_m]
[name_m]Drake[/name_m]
[name_f]Merry[/name_f]
[name_u]Rohan[/name_u]

These are my “guilty pleasures”. There are also names that I can’t/won’t use for various reasons, but they are too mainstream to be considered gps, I think.

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I could end up using one of these for a middle name, but probably not.

Caiomhe (not practical in the US)
[name_u]Sailor[/name_u] (doesn’t match my style)
[name_f]Edith[/name_f] (still a little too old fashioned for me)
[name_u]Scout[/name_u] (couldn’t see it aging well)
[name_u]Everly[/name_u] (too trendy)
[name_f]Calluna[/name_f] (personal sentiment for me, but I couldn’t see myself using it)
[name_f]Zsuzsa[/name_f] (impractical in US)
[name_f]Ophelia[/name_f] (too tragic)
[name_f]Fionnuala[/name_f] (impractical)
[name_f]Wednesday[/name_f], [name_f]Tuesday[/name_f], [name_f]Sunday[/name_f], [name_f]October[/name_f], [name_u]November[/name_u] (too out there for me)
[name_f]Persephone[/name_f] (don’t like the myth)
[name_f]Hosanna[/name_f] (I’m not religious)
[name_f]Primrose[/name_f], Waterlily, [name_f]Wildflower[/name_f] (probably not brave enough? Maybe for a middle)
[name_f]Xanthe[/name_f], [name_f]Anouk[/name_f] (maybe as a middle, but pronunciation would confuse people here)
[name_f]Lilith[/name_f] (I have religious family but this is gorgeous!)

For boys…
[name_u]Bellamy[/name_u] (love it but idk if I’m brave enough, mayyybe a middle?)
[name_m]Hawthorn[/name_m], [name_u]Peregrine[/name_u] (maybe as a middle)
[name_m]Phineas[/name_m] (my siblings watched too much phineas and ferb growing up)
[name_m]Finnick[/name_m] (finnicky)

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Names that are on my list but I can’t/won’t actually use or would only use in the middle:

[name_f]Acadia[/name_f]
[name_f]Esperanza[/name_f]
[name_f]Ffion[/name_f]
[name_f]Gwyneira[/name_f]
[name_f]Lumi[/name_f]
Lunaria
[name_u]Meridian[/name_u] (one of my favorite MNs right now)
[name_f]Wisteria[/name_f]
[name_f]Yavanna[/name_f]

Arias
[name_m]Dashiell[/name_m]
[name_m]Eamon[/name_m]
[name_u]Galen[/name_u]
[name_m]Rhodri[/name_m]
[name_u]Sidney[/name_u]
[name_u]Vale[/name_u]
Wyeth

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I have a ton of them.
[name_m]Ace[/name_m]
[name_m]Apollo[/name_m]
[name_u]Arrow[/name_u]
[name_m]Bear[/name_m]
[name_f]Blossom[/name_f]
[name_f]Bluebell[/name_f]
[name_f]Charity[/name_f]
[name_u]Chase[/name_u]
[name_f]Chrysanthemum[/name_f]
[name_u]Delaney[/name_u]
[name_u]Dexter[/name_u]
[name_m]Duncan[/name_m]
[name_m]Elvis[/name_m]
[name_u]Ember[/name_u]
[name_u]Everest[/name_u]
[name_f]Glory[/name_f]
[name_m]Jacobi[/name_m]
[name_f]Juno[/name_f]
[name_u]Justice[/name_u]
[name_u]Keller[/name_u]
[name_f]Kitty[/name_f]
[name_m]Leander[/name_m]
[name_f]Lucinda[/name_f]
[name_m]Madden[/name_m]
[name_u]Maddox[/name_u]
[name_f]Mylie[/name_f]
[name_u]Noble[/name_u]
Nylie
[name_u]River[/name_u]
[name_u]Roscoe[/name_u]
[name_f]Sunshine[/name_f]
[name_f]Trinity[/name_f]
[name_u]Waverly[/name_u]
[name_f]Wilhelmina[/name_f]

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[name_f]Tigerlily[/name_f]
[name_f]Merryn[/name_f]
[name_u]Vesper[/name_u]
[name_f]Clover[/name_f]
[name_f]Cosima[/name_f]
[name_f]Apolline[/name_f]
[name_f]Capucine[/name_f]
[name_f]Madelief[/name_f]
[name_f]Viveca[/name_f]
[name_f]Saskia[/name_f]
[name_f]Leontine[/name_f]

[name_u]Lupin[/name_u]
[name_m]Dashiell[/name_m]
[name_u]Augustine[/name_u]
[name_m]Nicolai[/name_m]
[name_m]Lysander[/name_m]
[name_m]Iskandar[/name_m]
[name_u]Thaddeus[/name_u]
[name_m]Phineas[/name_m]
[name_u]Florian[/name_u] :sob:
[name_m]Maximilian[/name_m]
[name_m]Emilian[/name_m]

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[name_f]Hermione[/name_f]
[name_f]Ottaline[/name_f] (I adore this one…)
[name_u]Courtney[/name_u]
[name_f]Charity[/name_f]
[name_f]Persephone[/name_f]
[name_f]Cosette[/name_f]
[name_f]Lucie[/name_f] (the spelling is too impractical and even though they sound the same I don’t like the version with a y)
[name_f]Coraline[/name_f]
[name_u]Briar[/name_u]
[name_f]Kitty[/name_f] :sob:

[name_m]Ferdinand[/name_m]
[name_m]Maximillian[/name_m]
[name_m]Caspian[/name_m]
[name_m]Casper[/name_m]
[name_m]Ross[/name_m] (I love the way it sounds but I just can’t shake the connection to Friends)

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These are my guilty pleasures:
[name_u]Arrow[/name_u]
[name_f]Daenerys[/name_f]
[name_f]Eilidh[/name_f]
[name_f]Elva[/name_f]
[name_f]Embla[/name_f]
[name_f]Katniss[/name_f]
Lunaria
[name_f]Persephone[/name_f] (no one would be able to pronounce it and I don’t like the inevitable nickname [name_u]Percy[/name_u])
[name_f]Saoirse[/name_f] (No one would be able to pronounce it where I live, but I actually know a little girl who was just born and she was named [name_f]Saoirse[/name_f])
[name_f]Tigerlily[/name_f]
[name_u]Waverly[/name_u]
[name_f]Wednesday[/name_f]
[name_u]Willoughby[/name_u]
Xanthea

[name_m]Anker[/name_m]
[name_m]Arcturus[/name_m]
[name_m]Basil[/name_m]
Beowolf
[name_m]Decimus[/name_m]
Everwild
[name_m]Faolan[/name_m]
Hades
Jughead (I’m a huge [name_m]Archie[/name_m] Comics fan)
Seafarer
[name_m]Severus[/name_m]
[name_m]Sisyphus[/name_m]
[name_m]Warrick[/name_m]
[name_u]Wildfire[/name_u]

Girls:

Kennedy
[name_u]Aspen[/name_u]
[name_u]Blake[/name_u]
[name_u]Sloane[/name_u]

Boys:

Arlo
[name_u]Cameron[/name_u]
[name_u]Ellis[/name_u]
[name_u]Reese[/name_u]

Girls:
[name_u]Cassidy[/name_u] (name of a guy I had a huge crush on in secondary school)
Astatine
[name_f]Sonnet[/name_f]
[name_u]Sunset[/name_u]
[name_f]Velvet[/name_f]
Cascada
[name_f]Promise[/name_f]
[name_u]Sparrow[/name_u]
[name_u]Forever[/name_u]
[name_f]Whisper[/name_f]
[name_f]Answer[/name_f]
[name_f]Obedience[/name_f]
[name_u]Starling[/name_u]
Therapy

Boys:
[name_u]Quest[/name_u]
[name_m]Hawthorne[/name_m]
[name_m]Hawk[/name_m]
[name_f]Antimony[/name_f] (poisonous element)
Cavalier
[name_u]Arrow[/name_u]
[name_u]Halo[/name_u]
[name_m]Prosper[/name_m]
[name_u]Frost[/name_u]
[name_u]Everest[/name_u]
[name_u]Truth[/name_u]
[name_f]Honesty[/name_f]
[name_m]Dante[/name_m]

Girls:
[name_u]Winter[/name_u]
[name_f]Saga[/name_f]
[name_f]Magnolia[/name_f]
[name_f]Mercy[/name_f]
[name_f]Cassia[/name_f]
[name_f]Eris[/name_f]
[name_f]Lilia[/name_f]/Lilias
[name_f]Magdalen[/name_f]
[name_u]Tempest[/name_u]
[name_u]Artemis[/name_u]
[name_f]Evangeline[/name_f]
[name_f]Violet[/name_f]

Boys:
[name_u]Alden[/name_u]/Alder
[name_m]Ansel[/name_m]
[name_u]Auburn[/name_u]
[name_m]Callum[/name_m]
[name_m]Cassander[/name_m]
[name_u]Glenn[/name_u]
[name_m]Evander[/name_m]
[name_u]Jude[/name_u]
[name_u]Kit[/name_u]
[name_m]Senan[/name_m]
[name_m]Soren[/name_m]

I love [name_f]Daisy[/name_f] almost irrationally, but I can’t really use it due to SO’s last name starting with [name_f]Du[/name_f]-

I also feel an overwhelming passion for the name [name_f]Ophelia[/name_f] but SO won’t use it due to it’s proximity to the -ophilia suffix and because it sounds like “I feel ya” in the aussie accent :frowning:

[name_m]Ambrose[/name_m]… It makes me swoon to the end of time and SO would consider it but I’m not sure I have the guts to saddle a little boy with such a flowery name…

Oh and [name_u]Oleander[/name_u] of course! It happens to be my SO’s favourite name for a boy and honestly I love it too but I don’t think I could use it because of the poisonous plant element.

[name_u]Roscoe[/name_u]… I just love the way it looks and sounds, but hate the nickname [name_m]Ross[/name_m].

Raimy, [name_m]Enoch[/name_m], [name_m]Caspian[/name_m], [name_m]Ambrose[/name_m], [name_m]Remus[/name_m], [name_m]Sirius[/name_m], [name_u]Saxon[/name_u], [name_u]Madigan[/name_u], Owlan, and [name_m]Oswin[/name_m] are all GP’s I don’t have on my list.

Makeda, [name_f]Dorienne[/name_f], [name_f]Faye[/name_f], Téah, [name_f]Amaris[/name_f], [name_u]Hayes[/name_u], [name_m]Emrys[/name_m], Pyrs, [name_u]Asher[/name_u], [name_m]Noland[/name_m], [name_u]Orion[/name_u] and Tôllver are the GP’s I put on my list, but am not sure if they’d actually get used. [name_f]My[/name_f] family aren’t big fans of them. I’d want my (future) SO to like them too, so if they didn’t I’d put them off the table without a fight.

Some people in my family don’t like [name_f]Luna[/name_f], [name_u]August[/name_u], [name_u]Jude[/name_u], [name_m]Cillian[/name_m], [name_m]Alistair[/name_m], [name_m]Graham[/name_m] or [name_m]Millard[/name_m] either, but I don’t view them as guilty pleasure names. To me they’re just plain old names, nothing guilty about ‘em!

Sacha/Sasha is also a GP of mine, but it’s one I’d fight tooth and nail for. I’m not willing to give him up and I don’t care what anybody else thinks lol. (And when it comes to his mn, [name_u]Aydan[/name_u] is my GP spelling of [name_u]Aidan[/name_u].)

Cain
[name_m]Lazarus[/name_m]
[name_m]Enoch[/name_m]
[name_m]Remus[/name_m]
[name_m]Nehemiah[/name_m]
[name_m]Hezekiah[/name_m]
[name_m]Quintus[/name_m]
[name_m]Balthazar[/name_m]
[name_m]Melchior[/name_m]
[name_m]Valerian[/name_m]
[name_m]Titus[/name_m]
[name_m]Shadrach[/name_m]
[name_m]Algernon[/name_m]

Arabella
[name_u]Briar[/name_u] [name_f]Rose[/name_f]
[name_f]Hermia[/name_f]
[name_f]Henrietta[/name_f]
[name_f]Hestia[/name_f]
[name_f]Eurydice[/name_f]
Lillium
[name_f]Lumi[/name_f]
Alumina
[name_f]Isolde[/name_f]
[name_f]Beretta[/name_f]
[name_f]Zuzanna[/name_f]
[name_f]Theophania[/name_f]
[name_f]Trinity[/name_f]
[name_f]Andromeda[/name_f]
[name_f]Raelynn[/name_f]

I have a few! Some of the big ones:

Edgar - I absolutely love this name, but it’s just associated with too many dark things (Thanks [name_u]Poe[/name_u], lol)

Montague “[name_m]Monty[/name_m]” - I don’t know why, but the nickname [name_m]Monty[/name_m] is a favourite of mine, but I could never name my son [name_m]Montague[/name_m], and I don’t like [name_m]Monty[/name_m] as a name by itself

Hermione - I highly relate to the character, but this name is so connected to her that it would be the first thing everyone thought of

Finnick - Great name, especially with the nickname of [name_u]Finn[/name_u], but the Hunger Games association makes me say no

Darcy (m) - I love this name for a male, and the character doesn’t bother me for this one, but most people hear it and automatically think it’s a female name, and I’m not sure if I would use it now because of that

Some others:

Ambrose, [name_u]Benjamin[/name_u], [name_m]Nathaniel[/name_m], [name_f]Edith[/name_f], [name_f]Juliet[/name_f], [name_f]Persephone[/name_f]

GPs:

Albertine
[name_f]Josepha[/name_f]
[name_f]Ermentrude[/name_f]
[name_f]Ethelinda[/name_f] (but [name_f]Ethel[/name_f] is an option)
Süreyya
Nikolaus (but [name_m]Klaus[/name_m] is an option)
Airell


Used by close family:

Isadora
[name_f]Aveline[/name_f]
[name_f]Sophie[/name_f]
[name_m]Louis[/name_m]
[name_m]Isidore[/name_m]
[name_m]Alexander[/name_m]
[name_m]Maximilian[/name_m]
[name_m]William[/name_m]

Thanks mum and dad for stealing 4 of my favourite names for my 4 siblings

For boys:
[name_m]Romeo[/name_m]
[name_u]Beck[/name_u]
[name_u]Brady[/name_u]

For Girls:
[name_f]Sadie[/name_f]
[name_f]Dixie[/name_f]
[name_f]Summer[/name_f]
[name_f]Amber[/name_f]
[name_f]Elle[/name_f]
[name_u]Paisley[/name_u]

I don’t have many that are complete no-gos but these are the ones I can’t see myself using…

Girls:
[name_f]Aphrodite[/name_f]
[name_f]Iolanthe[/name_f]
[name_f]Morag[/name_f]
[name_f]Tigerlily[/name_f]
[name_f]Edelweiss[/name_f]
[name_f]Tuppence[/name_f]
[name_f]Wisteria[/name_f]
[name_f]Chrysanthemum[/name_f]
[name_f]Leopoldine[/name_f]
[name_f]Kismet[/name_f]
[name_f]Ithaca[/name_f]

Boys:
[name_m]Adonis[/name_m]
[name_m]Gwydion[/name_m]
[name_m]Errol[/name_m]
[name_m]Huckleberry[/name_m]
Endeavour
[name_m]Geraint[/name_m]
[name_m]Michelangelo[/name_m]
[name_m]Endymion[/name_m]
[name_m]Buzz[/name_m]

It absolutely breaks my heart that I can’t use [name_u]Christmas[/name_u] as a first name.