Names You Love, But Can't Use

Hi, everyone! I absolutely adore the name [name_m]Dominic[/name_m], I love everything about it… unfortunately, so did my sister about a year before I was born, so I grew up with my nephew [name_m]Dominic[/name_m] whose around my age, so I can never use it.

So, question time: what’s a name you love, but can’t use? And why?

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Me with [name_m]Louis[/name_m] :unamused: [name_f]My[/name_f] brother and sister-in-law thought it first. Though [name_m]Louis[/name_m] says I can use it as a honour name.

Because of my siblings:
[name_m]Maximilian[/name_m] (:sob:)

Because of my cousins:
[name_f]Leona[/name_f] (though I’d use it as a mn)
[name_f]Margot[/name_f] (:sob:)



[name_f]Saskia[/name_f], which is my husband’s cousin’s name. It’s been a favourite of mine forever :cry:

[name_m]Felix[/name_m], which is my husband’s cousin’s son’s name (phew!)

[name_u]Pippin[/name_u], used for an acquaintance’s daughter and I immediately fell in love! :heart:

[name_u]August[/name_u] and [name_m]Maxim[/name_m], my husband and his brother have variants of these names.


Florence - my cousin named her baby this a few months ago, I love it so much but can’t use it as a first now.


I really like [name_u]Connor[/name_u] and [name_m]Nicholas[/name_m], but they both sound too similar to my brother’s name.

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Celementine - our last name is really long so this would just be a lot.

Auden - I love it as a soft sounding middle name, but it seems to close to [name_u]Aidan[/name_u]. Personally I’m not a fan of the [name_u]Aiden[/name_u]-type names.

Maple - my husband says he can only picture a tree haha. Fair, but I still think it’s cute.

Flora - it sounds less cute with my accent, unfortunately.


A bit of a long list:
[name_f]Jessica[/name_f]-my neices name
[name_f]Natalia[/name_f]-i had a bully called [name_f]Talia[/name_f] and though they are different names, they sound similar
[name_f]Sofia[/name_f]/Sophie-knew a bratty girl named [name_f]Sophie[/name_f]
[name_f]Dawn[/name_f]-knew a really annoying woman called [name_f]Fawn[/name_f] and they sound too similar for me to like
[name_f]Magnolia[/name_f]-my mum said it was a cows name and it put me off
[name_f]Amanda[/name_f]-[name_f]My[/name_f] sister put me off after saying it only made her think of “A man duh” and “I need a man da hug and kiss”
[name_f]Theresa[/name_f]-reminds me of [name_f]Theresa[/name_f] [name_f]May[/name_f], though I still like [name_f]Tessa[/name_f]
I work with children/teenagers and some of them put me off names like [name_f]Lydia[/name_f] and [name_f]Georgina[/name_f]
[name_m]Henry[/name_m]-mentioned this name to sister and she said it is a bratty name so that kind of ruined it for me
[name_m]Zachary[/name_m]-same as [name_m]Henry[/name_m]
[name_m]Alexander[/name_m]-my sister called “dips” on it
[name_u]Carter[/name_u]-abusive ex boyfriend
[name_m]William[/name_m]-my horrible biological dads name, never met him but don’t want to name my child after him
[name_m]Thomas[/name_m]-my mum has a rabbit named this
[name_m]Edward[/name_m]-reminds me too much of Jedward so it put me off
And like I said kids I worked with put me off names like [name_u]Noah[/name_u] and [name_u]Timothy[/name_u]


[name_m]Hi[/name_m] there.

[name_f]My[/name_f] dh has a bunch of siblings w/a bunch of kids who mostly used beautiful Irish names for my little nephews. I especially love:

[name_m]Ciaran[/name_m] (he’s actually [name_u]Kieran[/name_u]), [name_m]Eamon[/name_m] & [name_m]Seamus[/name_m]. Obviously, all off limits because we live in the same town & see them often.

Then I have a little step-nephew called [name_m]Patrick[/name_m]. I love the name [name_m]Patrick[/name_m], & especially the nn Patch. But I couldn’t use it because the sweet little nephew is already [name_m]Patrick[/name_m]. And I especially couldn’t use it because dh has a not so awesome guy uncle called [name_m]Patrick[/name_m] too.

[name_u]Charlie[/name_u]-dh has a handful of unpleasant relatives (big family), & unfortunately [name_u]Charlie[/name_u] is one of them.

[name_u]Nolan[/name_u]-dh just hates it. But who knows if there were a real baby, perhaps I could change his mind.

[name_f]Lilia[/name_f]-my mom named her cat this about 13 years ago. I’m not too sore about it. She’s a very beautiful [name_f]Lilia[/name_f]/Lili. :grin: :cat:

[name_f]Felicity[/name_f]-dh hates this one too. [name_f]May[/name_f] be harder to convince, since he said it sounded like a porn star name?!? :roll_eyes:

[name_f]Josephine[/name_f]-I feel like it’d be hard to avoid [name_u]Josie[/name_u]. And I’m actually starting to come around to [name_u]Josie[/name_u], even though I love just [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] way more. I just think it’s awkward, because sometimes it’s ‘[name_m]Joe[/name_m]-zee’ & sometimes it’s ‘[name_m]Joe[/name_m]-see’. It bugs me!

[name_f]Miriam[/name_f]-our ln starts w/an ‘M’ & has some ‘r’ sound, & it just doesn’t flow at all.

I think that’s it. :slight_smile:

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Calliope ~ it’s lovely and one of my favourites but simply unusable with my surname.

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Ella, [name_m]Will[/name_m], [name_f]Caroline[/name_f] and [name_f]Anastasia[/name_f] - all names of cousins
[name_f]Clementine[/name_f]- love this name but everyone keeps mentioning the fruit association so thats all I can think of now


Madeline- my cousin just named her baby [name_f]Madilynn[/name_f]

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I love [name_u]Benjamin[/name_u], but it’s the name of my annoying neighbor.
I love [name_m]Reuben[/name_m], but I know someone with that name and it completely ruined it for me.
I really wanted to put [name_f]Amy[/name_f] on my list, but someone I don’t like is named [name_f]Amy[/name_f].

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I have a handful of GP names; but the main ones because of close relatives/negative personal associations are:


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Asher! My cousin named her son this. I only see her once a year (if that), so I’m still debating on using it, but I do follow her on social media so I think it’d be kinda weird if our kids had the same name.

Also Artemis (g). It was my top girl name for a while until I had a foster puppy and I named her Artemis who we called Artie. Well my mom started calling her Artie Farty so that’s all I can think of now :pensive:


I really like [name_f]Stella[/name_f] but I have a cousin called [name_f]Ella[/name_f] on my dads side and one called [name_f]Bella[/name_f] on my mums.

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I feel like I have to leave [name_f]Rose[/name_f] behind I have loved this name for YEARS then when my best friend became pregnant she asked what my favourite girl name was I said [name_f]Rose[/name_f] she jumped on it & a few months later [name_u]Peyton[/name_u]-[name_f]Rose[/name_f] was born and I just feel it’s to much having [name_u]Peyton[/name_u]-[name_f]Rose[/name_f] & [name_f]Rose[/name_f] now as me & her are in each other’s pockets

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My cousin’s name is [name_f]Ayda[/name_f] which pretty much gets rid of [name_f]Ida[/name_f], [name_f]Ada[/name_f], [name_f]Adelaide[/name_f] etc. although I’d still use [name_u]Addison[/name_u] as it’s different enough ([name_f]Ayda[/name_f] is pronounced the same as [name_f]Ida[/name_f]). I don’t really have too many unusable names yet as I’m only 15 so none of my friends have kids.

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Isla- doesn’t work with our last name
[name_m]Cole[/name_m], [name_f]Lena[/name_f], [name_f]Lila[/name_f], [name_f]Luna[/name_f] are too rhymy with my DH and DS’s names

names taken by close friends and family:

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[name_f]Daisy[/name_f] :broken_heart: I love it but it sounds like a comic book character with SO’s surname.

[name_u]Ocean[/name_u], [name_u]Owen[/name_u] and [name_f]Emma[/name_f] are already taken by family members. I also took [name_f]Elowen[/name_f] off my list to avoid confusion with [name_u]Owen[/name_u], and I wouldn’t use [name_u]Orion[/name_u] due to a close family member called [name_u]Ryan[/name_u].

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I’ve worked in childcare for my whole life so there are lots of names I can’t use. Here are some off the top of my head.



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