Namenerds: What "trendy" name do you like? What are your "guilty pleasures"?

What “trendy” names do you, personally, like? I really like [name]Baylor[/name] but everyone files it into “trendy” and I was wondering what names do you love even though they break from your usual style? I am a fan of the dreaded smoosh, too, at times. I love [name]Marybeth[/name], [name]Bethanne[/name]… I also have a couple guilty pleasure names that end in ‘lyn’ like [name]Iolyn[/name] and Irelyn. I love the obscure nature name [name]Chrysanthemum[/name] (so romantic!) but I don’t think I’ll ever actually meet one. What are your guilty pleasures? Would you ever actually use a trendy or guilty pleasure name on a baby [name]IRL[/name] or should they stay secret?

I think my definition of “trendy” is very different than other berries. A lot of them put “trendy” on a name just because it’s popular. I think a name can be popular without being trendy and a name can be trendy without actually being super popular.

That being said - No, under my definition, I would never use a trendy name, not in a million years.

The one that I love that might fall under that umbrella is [name]Piper[/name] - but it brings to mind [name]Piper[/name] [name]Laurie[/name] back in her old Hollywood days - so beautiful and classy. I don’t think I would ever use it, though.

I like [name]Elodie[/name] and [name]Hadley[/name], they feel pretty trendy. [name]Lexie[/name] and [name]Lois[/name] are cute as little buttons. And I’m guilty of finding [name]Madison[/name] rather sweet as well… I wouldn’t use any of these though, they don’t fit my style. But I like them.
My nature name loves are Meadowsweet and Datura. And Honeysuckle…

Guilty Pleasure Name: [name]Kensington[/name]. I love this for a little girl but EVERYONE online hates it. I am forced to not use a name that is my #1.

I love [name]Kylie[/name], Lexington and [name]McKinley[/name], though everyone might find that trendy.

[name]Isobel[/name] would be the “trendy,” popular name that I like. But I prefer this spelling to the usual [name]Isabelle[/name] or [name]Isabel[/name]. I’m not sure if it would cause pronunciation issues or not… As for a guilty pleasure, [name]Allison[/name]. Most berries hate a name with the -son ending to be used on a girl. But the [name]Alli[/name]- prefix makes it sound so girly and feminine to me.

[name]Isobel[/name] and [name]Allison[/name] are so not trendy. [name]Isobel[/name] is a legit spelling variation, not made -up and [name]Allison[/name] has literally been around for ages and has been popular for a long time and probably continue to be. Besides, [name]Allison[/name] does not come from the same stock as the other -son names, it came about as a pet form of [name]Alice[/name].

The trendy names that I love are [name]Chloe[/name], [name]Isabelle[/name], and [name]Tessa[/name]. My guilty pleasures are [name]Philomena[/name], [name]Francine[/name], [name]Wilhelmina[/name] and [name]Theresa[/name]. :slight_smile:

Thanks! That makes me feel much better about them, then. (: Maybe they’ll get added to the list now.

I love [name]Allison[/name]! Probably more dated at this point.

[name]Elle[/name] is lovely

A lot are pretty. Popular for a reason!

Brennadee is a name I came up with when I was playing with sounds. It has the spunk of [name]Kennedy[/name] but isn’t masculine. Never would use it, though.


I love [name]Paisley[/name], [name]Piper[/name], [name]Clover[/name], and Irelyn! Had I been a teenage mother I can almost guarantee these woud have been my children. I still love the sound of them now but I realize that they won’t age well and really don’t have enough substance to them. So now I wouldn’t use them on a child and I’m glad I never did. I have toyed with the idea of using the for a dog or a horse though, so I could still here the name without worrying about how well the age or sound to the rest of the world.

I like some trendy surname-names like [name]Sawyer[/name], [name]Hudson[/name], [name]Archer[/name] etc.

There are lots of trendy names I like (if you define ‘trendy’ as having an unusual spike in popularity at the moment, either in [name]North[/name] [name]America[/name] or in [name]Britain[/name])–[name]Florence[/name], [name]Claire[/name], [name]Audrey[/name], [name]Iris[/name], [name]Oliver[/name], [name]Jude[/name], [name]Theo[/name]- and I genuinely like [name]Aidan[/name], as in the Northumbrian saint and in the company of folk like [name]Cuthbert[/name], [name]Bede[/name], [name]Oswald[/name], and [name]Hilda[/name] of Whitby.

As for guilty pleasures, I don’t know where to start. Maybe with [name]Amaryllis[/name] and [name]Bartholomew[/name], and moving on to [name]Mehitabel[/name] and [name]Fiorella[/name], [name]Llywelyn[/name] and Alberic, [name]Clemency[/name], [name]Tybalt[/name], [name]Christabel[/name], Diggory, [name]Artemis[/name], Nicander, [name]Thomasine[/name], [name]Ianto[/name], [name]Leocadia[/name]…

I like trendy unisex and surnames ([name]Avery[/name], [name]Harper[/name], [name]Quinn[/name], [name]Emerson[/name], [name]Grayson[/name], [name]Addison[/name], [name]Sawyer[/name], [name]Jameson[/name], [name]Logan[/name], and [name]London[/name]) on both genders.

I feel like my “guilty pleasure” names are the norm on nameberry. They would be names I love the sound and look of but wouldn’t give my child (mostly because saying them over and over would eventually get tiresome or they might get teased)
[name]Silas[/name], [name]Linton[/name], [name]Sinjin[/name], [name]Fritz[/name], [name]Eugene[/name], [name]Ernestine[/name], [name]Emmeline[/name], [name]Polly[/name], [name]Barbara[/name] (love the nn [name]Babs[/name]), [name]Lola[/name], [name]Valentine[/name].


I am absolutely in love with the name [name]Brennan[/name]! I’m not really sure if you would count it as trendy or not, but either way I love it! I would still consider using it though. I also love [name]Emerson[/name], [name]Sutton[/name], [name]Josie[/name], [name]Kenzie[/name], and [name]Ellery[/name] just to name a few!

I thought of a couple more guilty pleasure names: [name]Ishmael[/name], [name]Sterling[/name], [name]Colette[/name].

To me, trendy refers to names that follow a certain sound trend that is popular.

ADEN names, Aidan, Brayden, Jayden, Caden.
EM names, such as Emma, Emerson, Emily, Emmalin.
MCK/MACK names, Mackenzie, Mckenna, Mckinley.

A name that garners different, yet all too similar variations because of it’s sound.

Also, names that become popular because of celebrities, or other pop culture. Pippa would be a name that I would cast in that category. Same with C names transformed into K names, a la the Kardashians.

I can’t name any trendy names that I like off the top of my head, except for maybe Aidan. I do have a secret crush on Aidan though, but it’s more cultural than it is because of the way it sounds. I wouldn’t use it because I feel like it’s been degraded because of all the different spelling variations/ letter additions.

I love [name]Isobel[/name] with the nickname [name]Izzy[/name], but could never bring myself to use it as a first name, since she would only get lost in the sea of [name]Isabelle[/name]/[name]Isabel[/name]/Bellas. I do think it’s such a pretty name though.

Girls: I tend to gravitate towards the very popular girly names like [name]Charlotte[/name], [name]Claire[/name], [name]Grace[/name], [name]Sophia[/name], [name]Stella[/name], but all are too popular for my liking.
Boys: I love names like [name]Elijah[/name], [name]Noah[/name], [name]Liam[/name], [name]Mason[/name], [name]Samuel[/name], but again, as with the girls all are too popular and common for me to ever consider using as a first name.

Growing up with an name in the top 10 for the year I was born has really put me off using names that are so common. I wouldn’t want my daughter or son to have to be [name]Sam[/name] X or [name]Chloe[/name] #4 for their whole life. If I find a name that I really fall hard for then that might make me reconsider, but for now I just stash them away in my guilty pleasure pile, maybe for use as a middle name.