Unpopular opinions?

Here on NB, we all have different tastes & styles, but we are nonetheless united by our love of names!

I want to know, what is your “unpopular opinion” - What is a name or name trend you love that seems to get a lot of bad press? On the flip side, what is a name that most people seem to adore, but you don’t like it?

For me, I see a lot of positivity about [name_u]Kit[/name_u] and [name_m]Bodhi[/name_m], but I don’t know why I just can’t get behind them!

All (respectful) opinions welcome!

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I’ve seen that [name_f]Mia[/name_f] has gotten a lot of slack on nameberry. I think [name_f]Mia[/name_f] is so short, sweet and simple. I have changed it on my list from a standalone name to a nn for [name_u]Maria[/name_u], but I still love it!

So sorry, but I’m really not into [name_f]Beatrice[/name_f]/[name_f]Beatrix[/name_f]. I know they are hugely popular with nameberies, but something about them doesn’t click with me. Maybe it’s that they feel too old fashioned, or it may just be an unappealing sound to me.

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I’ve never heard of the name [name_m]Bodhi[/name_m], but it sounds foreign to me, and that’s probably why. (I live in central [name_u]North[/name_u] [name_f]Carolina[/name_f], and hail from [name_m]Columbus[/name_m], Ohio.) So, I don’t think I have a right to judge that name, but would certainly feel uneasy if it’s on someone not of its culture.

I love the name [name_u]Kit[/name_u], as a nickname for [name_f]Katherine[/name_f].

I’m not really a fan of [name_u]Kit[/name_u] or [name_m]Bodhi[/name_m] either. I’d assume [name_u]Kit[/name_u] is popular because of Game of Thrones actor [name_u]Kit[/name_u] Harington. Not sure about [name_m]Bodhi[/name_m] - it’s just not a name I’m familiar with.

Unconventional word names (e.g. [name_u]Snow[/name_u], [name_m]Bear[/name_m], [name_f]Reverie[/name_f]) seem to be very popular on Nameberry but they just aren’t my style.

I agree that Bohdi isn’t a name for me, but I really like [name_u]Kit[/name_u]. I’ve never seen GoT, so that’s not an association for me. The first time I heard [name_u]Kit[/name_u] on a boy was in the live action [name_f]Cinderella[/name_f] remake, which is one of my mom’s and my favorite movies. [name_u]Kit[/name_u] feels very rugged and handsome to me.

I strongly dislike the name [name_u]James[/name_u] which seems to get positivity here

I also dislike [name_f]Winifred[/name_f]

I do however like [name_f]Chloe[/name_f] and [name_f]Amy[/name_f] which i don’t see get much love


I love [name_f]Amy[/name_f] also! It was definitely in my top ten for awhile!

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[name_f]Gwyneth[/name_f] Paltrow got so much flack for [name_f]Apple[/name_f], which is a sweet name IMO. I don’t understand why all kinds of plant names - flower names, tree names, even herb names - are socially acceptable but fruit names aren’t. Why does a girl named [name_f]Rose[/name_f], [name_f]Lily[/name_f], [name_f]Daisy[/name_f], [name_u]Rowan[/name_u] or [name_f]Ivy[/name_f] surprise no one, but an [name_f]Apple[/name_f] raises eyebrows and is considered a “crazy celebrity name” ? Why do [name_f]Marigold[/name_f], [name_f]Jasmine[/name_f] and [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f] get a stamp of approval but [name_f]Plum[/name_f] doesn’t?


I’m just not a fan of [name_f]Matilda[/name_f], which gets a lot of admiration. The [name_m]Roald[/name_m] Dahl namesake is cool…but the sound is totally unappealing to me. I like all the potential nicknames though, and I recommend it to people because everyone else seems to love it.

Speaking of which…I also don’t plan out nicknames, which seems to be a popular practice here—I’m more in favor of letting the nickname happen naturally (in part because I know that even if I planned something, I’d probably end up saying whatever rolls off the tongue easiest).

I do adore [name_u]Kit[/name_u] :slight_smile:

I agree about [name_f]Matilda[/name_f]! It really doesn’t jive with me for some reason…

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@MG1257 I think [name_f]Mia[/name_f] is lovely, and it can stand on its own just fine. It is pretty without being overly flowery, and it ages well. I like it!

Personally, I am a fan of short versions of names such as [name_u]Laurie[/name_u], [name_u]Teddy[/name_u], [name_u]Ollie[/name_u] and [name_u]Drew[/name_u], and I don’t think you need to use a long version if you prefer the nickname.

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Thank you! I’ve found that [name_u]Maria[/name_u] is very special to me also, so I figure I’ll keep [name_f]Mia[/name_f] as a nn. :blush:

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The best of both worlds!

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I love matchy twin names! If I had girl/boyl twins born in [name_u]December[/name_u], I would totally name them [name_u]Meredith[/name_u] and [name_u]Brighton[/name_u], aka [name_f]Merry[/name_f] and [name_u]Bright[/name_u]! :smile:


I don’t really see the appeal of [name_f]Sylvie[/name_f]. I don’t hate it, I just don’t really like it. It could just be that I’ve never encountered it in real life though.

Also not a fan of [name_m]Bodhi[/name_m].

I don’t understand how names people give their children are because “ooohhh, you’re into (insert tv show name here)” or “you must really like (insert celebrity name here)”. Or my favorite is “you shouldn’t name you child for (insert public figure name here), he/she is a terrible person” or you shouldn’t name your child after (insert character here), he/she is not someone your child should emulate". So what if I want to name my child a specific name… I have a love of that name for reasons other than what you believe (i.e. Dønąłd was my papa’s name, but people would automatically assume Dønąłd Trûmp if I were to name my son Dønąłd). I don’t get it. I don’t have to show anyone my family tree or defend my child’s name to you, please don’t judge it based on a misconstrued (and totally incorrect) reason for me choosing the name. It’s not the names that drive me bonkers, it’s people’s judgments of names when they have no real understanding or desire to learn the truth of a situation before passing said judgment.

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Frumpy girl names along the lines of [name_f]Gertrude[/name_f], [name_f]Brunhilda[/name_f], [name_u]Vesper[/name_u], [name_f]Walburga[/name_f] are just awesome, in my opinion. [name_u]Strong[/name_u], distinctive, legitimately unique and memorable - what’s not to love? A lot of people would disagree but I honestly think they’re charismatic and ultimately fabulous!

On the other hand, lots of folks on NB seem to be into what I feel are ‘over the top’ girl names. Wildrose, [name_f]Antigone[/name_f], [name_f]Proserpina[/name_f] etc. They’re the type of names I would have loved as a try-hard 15 year old, but as an adult I struggle not to roll my eyes at them. To clarify, I don’t think they’re necessarily bad names, just sort of… silly and unrealistic.

I love top 100 names like [name_f]Zoey[/name_f] and [name_f]Savannah[/name_f] and outdated 1970s/1980s names like [name_f]Stephanie[/name_f], [name_u]Kelly[/name_u] and [name_f]Heather[/name_f]. Neither style is particularly popular on NB I’ve found unless it’s vintage top 100 names (like [name_f]Violet[/name_f], [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f], [name_f]Stella[/name_f], [name_f]Audrey[/name_f], [name_u]Evelyn[/name_u]).

I haven’t seen either mentioned in quite a while but [name_u]Sloane[/name_u] and [name_u]Wren[/name_u] were huge on the site at one point and I’ve never really gotten the appeal of either name. Same with [name_f]Luna[/name_f]! They’re just not my thing :woman_shrugging:t3:

I’m also not into the frillier names that are found a lot on NB - there’s certainly nothing wrong with them, but they’re just not something that appeals to me! Different strokes for different folks and all that.

OMG same! I understand why people don’t like them I guess but I think matching twin names are so cute, especially when it’s something really fun and out of the box!

I love matching twin names as long as they’re not too matchy matchy (e.g. [name_u]Michael[/name_u] and [name_f]Michaela[/name_f], or names that just sound really similar like [name_f]Emma[/name_f] and [name_f]Bella[/name_f] as examples); but I really like the idea of floral names for twins or names starting with the same letter!

I’m not a huge fan of nature names for boys like [name_u]Fox[/name_u] which seem to be popular on here. I love a lot of girl’s nature names but most of the boys ones have never really cut it for me. I also don’t like [name_m]Dashiell[/name_m], [name_m]Bodhi[/name_m], [name_u]Bennett[/name_u], [name_u]Ash[/name_u]/er, [name_f]Florence[/name_f], [name_f]Daphne[/name_f], [name_f]Frances[/name_f], [name_f]Jane[/name_f], [name_f]Claire[/name_f], [name_m]Edward[/name_m], [name_f]Willa[/name_f]/[name_f]Wilhelmina[/name_f], [name_m]Conrad[/name_m] and [name_u]August[/name_u] which seem to get a lot of positive mentions on Nameberry.

Popularity also doesn’t bother me much. I’m in the if you love it, use it camp and think it’s a shame when people go so far as to avoid the top 50 or even top 100 - I think we need to think about it realistically for our respective areas as a name that’s on the national list may not be as popular where you live locally, or vice versa. There are only a few names where I think “oh, another one” ([name_m]Jack[/name_m] and [name_f]Emma[/name_f] are the two I can think of).