Names you hate

Fill this with names, girl or boy, that you absolutely HATE.


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Oh… hate is a strong word. These are more of names that I don’t understand the hype of:

[name_f]Gwendalyn[/name_f] or most other [name_f]Gwen[/name_f] names
[name_f]Clementine[/name_f] (cute for a middle though)
[name_u]Quinn[/name_u] (for both genders, but I really dislike it for a girl)

[name_m]Odin[/name_m], [name_m]Thor[/name_m] and [name_u]Loki[/name_u]

Edit: I forgot Aspen. I really don’t like it for some reason.


I really don’t like these names:




Well first of all I am not trying to discourage anyone for using these names and I am not judging anyone by their name. [name_m]Just[/name_m] names I don’t particularly care for.

Names that I just really really really do not like the sound of:
[name_u]Tanner[/name_u]-ewwwww sorry no offense just no
[name_u]Rye[/name_u]-sounds sour for some reason
any [name_u]Brin[/name_u]/[name_u]Bryn[/name_u]- names.
[name_m]Casper[/name_m] - I don’t even know why I don’t like this. [name_m]Just[/name_m] sounds wrong.
[name_m]Reuben[/name_m]- this spelling is not pleasing at ALL and [name_u]Rue[/name_u] sounds sad and weird with ben…I can get into [name_m]Rueben[/name_m] tho with the right combo.
[name_m]Gaspar[/name_m](even though our deacon who is wonderful is named [name_m]Gaspar[/name_m] I just don’t like the sound. Gasp? Really? and the urr sound doesn’t help. Too harsh.)
[name_u]Dean[/name_u]-gahhh do not like this at all
Branwen - the br with anwen and bran…I don’t really think of bran as a nice sounding word and not with wen.

names I don’t like for one gender:
[name_u]Kim[/name_u]- I very much dislike this for a girl but like it for a boy
[name_u]Quinn[/name_u]- same as [name_u]Kim[/name_u]

names that are simply wayyyyyyyyyy too overused:
[name_f]Isabella[/name_f] (Though I actually quite like [name_f]Isabelle[/name_f])
[name_f]Danielle[/name_f] (ughhhhh I know at least 4 women with this name and many know eachother)
[name_f]Jessica[/name_f](same as [name_f]Danielle[/name_f])


names I just don’t get the hype about:
[name_f]Maddie[/name_f](nickname or full name; I just don’t get why it is so popular)

and [name_u]Kennedy[/name_u], [name_u]Addison[/name_u], [name_u]Regan[/name_u]/[name_u]Reagan[/name_u], [name_u]Madison[/name_u], and [name_u]Riley[/name_u] are wayyyyy too overused and I wish I could just once hear a boy with those names.

other names:
[name_u]Branch[/name_u]- I saw this was a real name and just no…please
[name_u]Bean[/name_u]- what??
I love astrid and know a little [name_f]Astrid[/name_f] but I would never use it. [name_m]Just[/name_m] think of the most obvious nickname. Not really something you want your child to be called or even say. Same with [name_u]Aspen[/name_u].
and Hunter! you really want your child to be named after a hunter? Not a horrible choice, but very violent sounding to me.

Again, no offense to anyone who likes these names. We all have different opinions and should respect others likes and dislikes.

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(No offense to anyone who likes these names!)

[name_f]Kinsley[/name_f] - I know it isn’t made up but it sounds like it is. This and [name_f]Tinsley[/name_f], [name_u]Brinsley[/name_u], [name_u]Paisley[/name_u], etc all sound unpleasant to me.

[name_u]Bergen[/name_u] - I saw a story on a Nameberry blog post where a mother named her daughter this and I just hate the way it sounds.

[name_f]Kayla[/name_f] & [name_f]Kaylee[/name_f], etc - These names seem made up and I’ve already seen a thousand variations. They’re gonna be so dated in the future.

[name_f]Chastity[/name_f] & [name_f]Virginia[/name_f] - I hate these names for the same reason- they both have to do with virginity. I think that’s a weird thing to name your child and I personally hate religious purity culture.

[name_u]Madison[/name_u] - So overused. I’m also not a fan of -son names on girls.

[name_u]Peyton[/name_u] - I just hate the way it sounds.

[name_u]Hunter[/name_u] - I’m from the American south and I’ve met so many guys with this name. It screams “redneck” to me.

[name_u]Braydon[/name_u]/[name_m]Brandon[/name_m]/[name_m]Brendan[/name_m]/[name_u]Brennan[/name_u] - So many guys with these names and none of them sound nice to me.

@al_exander if I had been a boy, my parents were going to name me [name_m]Brendan[/name_m]. I really, really dislike it (thank goodness I was a girl!) It also means “smelly hair,” so that’s nice.

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I’m so sorry to everyone who loves these names, but I would never consider the following options:

[name_f]Lula[/name_f] - “squid” in Portuguese
Laundry - dirty clothes?

[name_u]Cove[/name_u] - similar to couve and cova (kale and grave in Portuguese)
[name_m]Castor[/name_m] - “beaver”
[name_u]Bristol[/name_u] - [name_u]Bristol[/name_u] scale

I think “hate” is way too strong of a word, but I really don’t care for:



I dislike the following names, although it’s obviously a personal thing and there isn’t anything objectively wrong with them.



These are just off the top of my head.

A lot of the names I dislike tend to be names that are very dated (think [name_f]Bertha[/name_f] and [name_f]Gertrude[/name_f]) or I have a negative personal association with them. Or they’re names that might sound fine in other countries but would sound strange/unpleasant where I live ([name_u]Randy[/name_u] comes to mind, and [name_u]Sloane[/name_u] might fall into this category too).

I also dislike the trend for “cutesy” nicknames as formal names - I just can’t imagine putting [name_u]Teddy[/name_u] or [name_u]Ollie[/name_u] (two very popular names where I live) on a birth certificate.

This is just my opinion - I just don’t see the appeal of these names, personally. But if you love them, that’s fine.

Gertrude, [name_f]Myrtle[/name_f], [name_f]Mildred[/name_f], [name_f]Phyllis[/name_f], [name_f]Linda[/name_f], [name_f]Cathy[/name_f], [name_m]Doug[/name_m], [name_m]Bodie[/name_m], [name_m]Herman[/name_m], [name_m]Hubert[/name_m], [name_m]Harold[/name_m], [name_u]Brady[/name_u],

Amaryllis is a crazy choice to me lol.

The Norse gods kill me too.

AND KYLO. [name_m]Don[/name_m]’t get me started.

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I go through phases of hating names. But the ones I always hate are ones that have negative and or harmful meanings/associations.

Lillith - a female demon in Judaism
[name_m]Lucifer[/name_m] - yes this one comes up sometimes. [name_m]Don[/name_m]’t do it. I don’t care if you’re an atheist. You’re child’s life will be H.E. double hockey sticks no pun intended.
[name_m]Adolf[/name_m]/[name_m]Adolph[/name_m] - no comment
[name_f]Jezebel[/name_f] - again, negative biblical presence
[name_f]Delilah[/name_f] - same here
[name_f]Dahlia[/name_f] - the black dahlia oh boy
[name_m]Aryan[/name_m] - if you aren’t remotely [name_f]Indian[/name_f], it shouldn’t be allowed due to its Nazi associations.
[name_f]Ophelia[/name_f] - She drowned everyone!

As you can see, some are more harmless associations that I hold and others don’t. But, some are actually really negative to a lot of people.


I find [name_f]Lilith[/name_f] pretty empowering for women actually :slight_smile: but my religious family would disagree unfortunately

These threads where you list names you “HATE” make me sad as hate is such a strong strong word. Some names that are common either in real life or nameberry that I don’t see the appeal of include…



Honestly as I’ve gotten older the less names I dislike. I can basically see the appeal of every name at this point.


also everyone and their brother is named [name_m]Kevin[/name_m]

@juliem1912, I have these same issues! When [name_f]Delilah[/name_f] started getting really popular, I honestly couldn’t believe it! I do understand that most people don’t have these associations, but I didn’t think it would get that popular. I have the same reservations with the name [name_m]Jacob[/name_m], which seems to be widely popular, even in [name_u]Christian[/name_u]/Jewish communities.

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Wait…[name_u]Bean[/name_u]’s a real name???


nb lists it as a name, soooo

Ones I strongly dislike:


[name_m]Angus[/name_m] (sounds like fungus)