Overrated names!

Which names do you feel are incredibly overrated ?

Mine are the following,


Margot- I just cannot unsee the Maggot in [name_f]Margot[/name_f] so for me it’s quite ugly on paper, which is a real shame as it’s not a bad name in itself.

I know there are so many lovely [name_f]Emma[/name_f]’s on here! so I feel particularly bad for putting this on the list, but to me it’s really quite bland. I also grew up with a few [name_f]Emma[/name_f]’s and I feel like it’s sooo popular for no particular reason.

Claire- I put this into the same bracket as [name_f]Emma[/name_f]. I feel like, again, it’s a bit unimaginative, almost a filler name and I associate the name with a lot of women who are in their 40s. This isn’t a bad thing, it just has that vibe about it, so it feels a bit expected.

Beatrix- I really don’t understand the appeal at all. To me I want to say wheetabix and I think it’s really harsh sounding.


Oliver- This name has honestly been in the top boys name spot for way too long. It’s losing its appeal as a result and I think there should be a new king in town lol.

Rory- This name seems to be climbing up the charts, in particular in the UK. I really dislike the double R sound, it’s awkward and I think of the word raw, which makes me think of raw meat, so it’s not the most pleasant imagery in my mind.

Logan- I really cannot pinpoint why I dislike this name. I feel like it’s a name that is trying so hard to be very macho to the point where it feels a bit obnoxious. There are a lot of names out there with similar endings that I dislike, like [name_u]Mason[/name_u]/Jayden etc.

Ian-This is perhaps the most insipid male name ever.

These are all just a personal opinion so I don’t mean to cause any offence to anyone.



I don’t dislike it, it’s nice, just can’t see why it’s so much loved.

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Ok don’t mind it but I much prefer [name_f]Ivy[/name_f]


Sophia / [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] / [name_f]Sofia[/name_f] - I don’t strongly dislike the name [name_f]Sophia[/name_f] or any of the variations (and I get the appeal of its meaning) but it just sounds a bit …meh to me. I don’t understand why it’s so well loved.


Sophia - I used to like this name as a child, when it wasn’t nearly as popular as it is now. But it’s no longer my style, and it’s so common. What’s worse is that I know a really irritating child with the name, which doesn’t help at all.

Iris - One of the few vintage comebacks that I can’t get on board with. There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just really not my personal style.

Jasper - I really don’t understand why this is so loved. I don’t like the sound, and it’s very posh to me. I’m not from one of the most well-to-do parts of [name_f]England[/name_f], so if anyone where I live was to use it, the poor child would be bullied incessantly.

Olivia/Amelia - I don’t like names of this style, they’re too frilly for my liking, yet these two are so popular. Again, nothing wrong with them, but really not my style.


Isla… as much as I try to like it, it’s just not appealing to me.

I agree with [name_f]Beatrix[/name_f] and [name_u]Oliver[/name_u].


No offense to anyone with the names! [name_m]Just[/name_m] my opinion.
[name_f]Ava[/name_f]: I really don’t get it. It feels very insubstantial to me. It sounds like a cleaning product, it has no nicknames and I think [name_f]Eva[/name_f] is much cuter than it is.
[name_f]Isla[/name_f]: Same as [name_f]Ava[/name_f]. I prefer [name_f]Ella[/name_f] or [name_f]Lilah[/name_f] or [name_f]Iris[/name_f]. [name_f]Isla[/name_f] feels very forgettable and bland.
[name_u]Jayden[/name_u] (b) - I’m surprised this is still so popular considering how overused it became in the 2000s.
[name_m]Jaxon[/name_m] - [name_m]Just[/name_m]… :grimacing: I really dislike the harsh sound and don’t get the appeal over [name_u]Jackson[/name_u]
[name_m]Colton[/name_m] - I just think ‘‘cotton’’ and cult-on


[name_f]Clementine[/name_f] - I much prefer [name_m]Clement[/name_m]. This “feminisation” just sounds quite masculine to me. I don’t even know why. Plus, no nickname option appeals to me, because again, [name_u]Clem[/name_u] seems like a masculine nickname.

Winifred - I don’t hate it but don’t particularly love it either. The “fred” suffix just makes me kind of see it as clunky. I prefer other options to get to [name_f]Winnie[/name_f], like [name_f]Winika[/name_f], [name_f]Winona[/name_f], [name_f]Winslet[/name_f] or [name_u]Winslow[/name_u].

Thalia - Sounds kind of harsh to me. People on NB seem to swoon over how soft and feminie it is, I just do not see it.

Sylvia/Sylvie - Where I live, it’s a name for women in their late 40s and early 50s. [name_m]Can[/name_m]’t picture a young girl wearing it well.

Boy names:

Rory - It’s just a fun nickname for [name_f]Aurora[/name_f] to me. Cannot picture it as a good boy name

Ambrose - I much prefer [name_u]Penrose[/name_u] because it seems way more modern and wearable.

Ezra - It’s incredibly meh. I would put [name_m]Atticus[/name_m] in the same category.


Most common/popular names seem pretty bland and overused to me. It could be a generational thing. I wonder if [name_f]Gen[/name_f] X parents are more likely to use names like [name_m]Jack[/name_m] and [name_f]Sophie[/name_f], which have been popular for 20+ years. While Millennial parents might be more likely to use fresher/less common names.


in the UK i’m getting super fed up of [name_f]Evie[/name_f], I feel like I know so many and it’s just lost any charm. And also [name_u]Darcy[/name_u]/Darcey/Darcie for a girl (although I love it for a boy).

oh and also ellie - i know soooo many ellie’s

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Bartholomew. [name_f]Ophelia[/name_f]. :confused:

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Anna - i really want to like it :sob: but it just seems so ordinary to me, even [name_f]Anya[/name_f] or [name_f]Alma[/name_f] feels more substantial

Ezra - i used to love this but i feel like it has lost its original meaning in the Bible due to trendiness now

Harriet - something about this feels unpleasant, although i feel like i should like it

Atticus - it sounds and looks awkward to me, maybe if i met one it would change my mind haha

Wren - its nice but it feels like a filler middle name most of the time, like a new, more gender neutral [name_f]Rose[/name_f]


On nameberry:
[name_f]Eleanor[/name_f], [name_f]Beatrice[/name_f]/Beatrix, [name_f]Alice[/name_f], [name_f]Mabel[/name_f]
[name_u]Laurence[/name_u], [name_m]Theodore[/name_m], [name_m]Sebastian[/name_m]

In general:
[name_f]Hazel[/name_f], [name_u]Scout[/name_u], [name_f]Ava[/name_f], [name_f]Amelia[/name_f], [name_u]Olivia[/name_u]
[name_u]Beckett[/name_u], [name_u]Fox[/name_u]

i agree with most of the names posted so far, cant stand the sophias sophies, emma emilys jayden kayden aidens , anything ending in SON like addison maddison mason.
i was surprised to see [name_u]Ezra[/name_u] on here, i love that name but more so for a girl. I love ezra elijah and the [name_u]Eli[/name_u]’s …eliah elias
my pet peves that are different are
[name_u]Rowen[/name_u] , [name_m]Ronan[/name_m]
[name_u]Laken[/name_u], [name_u]Layne[/name_u]
[name_u]Hunter[/name_u], [name_m]Rider[/name_m], i feel like every couple chooses these now for their first baby boy.
gabriella and isabella , tell me theres not one in every family
and Mels, melanie ,melody, melena


I agree with people that [name_f]Emma[/name_f] is overused. I’m not the biggest fan of the sound, but it has such a special meaning in my family that I just had to include it in my user card. It fits well with my other names so it’s growing on me. But I wouldn’t use it as a first, and it does feel like it’s lacking something on it’s own.


not a fan of really any names ending in -elia/ilia other than [name_f]Amelia[/name_f], and even that i’m not in love with. [name_f]Emily[/name_f] is one of my least favorite names; i feel that at least [name_f]Emma[/name_f] has a classic feel to it. [name_f]Emily[/name_f], on the other hand, just feels horribly dated to me. i also don’t really care for any names starting with Mad- or [name_m]Ad[/name_m]- or even Av-. they all eventually turn into Maddies and Addies and that’s just. sigh.

i also really don’t like any names ending in -son. especially [name_u]Emerson[/name_u] and [name_u]Carson[/name_u] on girls, though i will say i like them alright on boys. any spelling of [name_m]Jack[/name_m] or [name_u]Jackson[/name_u] is just so tired as well, in my opinion. same goes for [name_u]Noah[/name_u] and most biblical boys’ names (have to say i’m partial to [name_u]Ezra[/name_u] though :wink: i think it still feels fresh!).

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I love [name_u]Beckett[/name_u] and [name_u]Fox[/name_u] :rofl:

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I just wanted to say I find your [name_u]Logan[/name_u] comments really interesting! I think of [name_u]Logan[/name_u] as cutesy and unisex, probably because I know both girls and boys with the name. It isn’t my personal style but it doesn’t feel overly macho to me.

I agree with [name_f]Claire[/name_f], [name_f]Sylvie[/name_f], [name_u]Oliver[/name_u], [name_u]Olivia[/name_u], [name_f]Sophia[/name_f] (but not [name_f]Sofia[/name_f] or [name_f]Sophie[/name_f]), [name_f]Harriet[/name_f], [name_u]Fox[/name_u] (and [name_u]Wolf[/name_u]), [name_f]Hazel[/name_f] and [name_u]Rowan[/name_u].

Winter has also lost its charm after so many years on NB.
[name_m]Fletcher[/name_m] and [name_u]Dexter[/name_u] have always sounded very aggressive to me.

Honestly, and perhaps a bit controversial, most NB-ish word middle names are also just as one-and-the-same to me as any classic names. Whether it’s the old NB favourites [name_u]Poet[/name_u], [name_u]Story[/name_u] and [name_u]Fable[/name_u] or even bolder ones such as Snowlily, Moonshine or Redwillow (have not seen any of those one here), they just read “different” to me without a personality of their own.

Emma is also super popular here but not to the point that every other kid is named [name_f]Emma[/name_f]. I also feel it pairs well with many styles of sibling names and most importantly to me: travels well.

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Sophia - I have never liked the sound of this name. I think part of my dislike is that ‘fear’ is basically the ned of the name it sounds like ‘so fear’ I think [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] is sweet and gorgeous and having grown up with [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] being normal and [name_f]Sophia[/name_f] being unheard of when it first became popular my reaction was always why would you do that to gorgeous [name_f]Sophie[/name_f]?

Olivia/Oliver - For me Olives are not a good association and I have never been able to see why you would want to basically name your child ‘[name_f]Olive[/name_f]’ However [name_f]Livvy[/name_f] and [name_f]Livia[/name_f] are ok. Also like the [name_u]French[/name_u] [name_m]Olivier[/name_m] and [name_u]Harry[/name_u] [name_m]Potter[/name_m]’s Olivander maybe because they just sound fresher.

Atticus - I really dislike the sound and feel of this name, I couldn’t understand the popularity

Lilith - really not a fan of this one

Everly - I just think [name_u]Evelyn[/name_u] is so much nicer, and [name_u]Everly[/name_u] sounds like a cheapened tacky version (sorry)

Jackson - just not appealing to me

Aidan, [name_u]Elliott[/name_u] and [name_u]James[/name_u] for a girl - for me these are some of my favourite boys names and I can’t understand why you would want them on a girl.

Isidore - again personally just not a fan.

I agree completely with [name_f]Sylvia[/name_f]/Sylvie and for me [name_u]Julie[/name_u]/Julia is the same

Also completely agree with [name_f]Ellie[/name_f], it’s become such a meh common name, also [name_f]Ellie[/name_f] [name_f]Mae[/name_f] etc. [name_f]Millie[/name_f] has also become this way in the UK.

Yes to [name_u]Scout[/name_u]

I love [name_f]Emma[/name_f], [name_u]Rory[/name_u], [name_f]Beatrix[/name_f] and [name_f]Claire[/name_f] though

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