Unpopular Baby Name Opinions!

So, this game (originally a YouTube tag) got its start in the book community and I've also seen this for nail polishes, I'm sure it's had versions for other things, and I decided to adapt it to baby names!

1. A popular name you don't like
2. A name everyone hates but you like
3. A name that has gotten popular that you did not want to become popular
4. A name family you don't like
5. A trend you can't get on board with
6. A trend you didn't like at its peak but do now
7. A first letter you don't much care for
8. A name you like but think is overhyped
9. A name everyone else thinks is dated but you think is still fresh/ready for a revival
10. A name that doesn't get enough love

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August 23, 2017 9:27 AM

EDIT TO #6 - It can be a name or a trend you didn't like at its peak but do now.

WARNING - There will be some harsh opinions on this page.

CLARIFICATION ON #4 - I meant as in a family of names with the same root, like you don't like names that end in -lee or variants of Claude (Claude/Claudius/Claudia/Claudine/Claudette) or floral names or the feminine forms of John (Jane/Joan/Jean(ne)/Janet) or something like that.

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August 23, 2017 9:11 PM

1. It is tied between Harper, Madison and Amelia. They sounds okay but it is just too popular and not the best names in general. I think they often sound like mean-girl names. 
2. Moxie - I really like this name. I like that it means spunk or gumption but it also connects itself to a soda name, which is really unfortunate but I really, really like it. Possibly a middle name.
3. Aria- I have always loved this name even before Pretty Little Liars and Game of Thrones but it i
just too popular now.
4. Angel names like Angelina, Angeline, Angel, Angelica etc. It is just too pretentious and fussy. I also imagine a bratty girl that has these names...
5. Creative spellings. I have a name that is creatively spelled but it is just annoying. I have a family member that is named Kloie... (Chloe) and I was vocal about the spelling. ugh. Royalty names also bother me a lot too.
6. Scandinavian names, I have really been liking Freya, Anya, Astrid, Elsa, Annikah, Thora etc.
7. K- Just do not like K names too much....
8. Aubrey. I like the way it sounds, it means Elf Ruler which is fun but it is just too common now.
9. Greta- I think it is picking up populartiy but I have a lot of friends/family members that do not like this name and think it sounds too old. 
10. Cleo- I do not want it to get any more love... I want it to stay where it is at because it is potential baby name in the future.

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August 24, 2017 9:58 AM

1. Aidan

2. Myrtle

3. This doesn't bother me so much, I enjoy watching the trends.

4. The rhymes with Aiden family.

5. Seeking a unique name for every child, particularly by spelling

6. Sophia/e  This name just grows on me.

7. K, I have a hard time writing K's in correct proportion to the other letters.

8. Olivia is a lovely name with too much air time

9. & 10.  I love the name Linus and think it is ready to fly.

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August 24, 2017 1:52 PM

 

1. A popular name you don't like - EMMA. The worst thing that happened in the entirety of last year? Emma still being number 1. Ugh. This name was in the top 10 when I was born! And I'm an adult now! At least Emily is a pretty name! Emma is hideous on top of being oppressively popular. The last time there was any preschool class without an Emma anywhere in the entire US was probably around 1985. GO AWAY EMMA. Dishonorable mentions: Mia, Caroline, George/Georgia/Georgina, Paisley (It’s like naming your kid plaid! Come on!), Bruno, Evie (evil Evie!), Elijah/Elias (too old Testement), Owen (I’m so sick of this. I’m in a long time Owen pocket and there’s been six Owens in every grade in every school for fifteen years. Please let this name die. I’m surprised when Oliver came in it didn’t knock out Owen more.)
2. A name everyone hates but you like – I’m going to stand up for Heidi, I don’t know, I think it’s cute. Honorable mentions – Brandy, Brenda (It just sounds so sweet; admittedly it must not have been popular in my neck of the woods in the ‘40’s-‘60’s), Tammy (ditto), Sandra/Sandy (ditto), Janet/Janice (also ditto), Carol (I just really like mid-century names), Katrina (no one bats an eye at all the Andrews under 25!), Wyatt,
3. A name that has gotten popular that you did not want to become popular - Penelope, I still think this sounds so old, stodgy, and dated. Dishonorable mentions: Clara, Mabel, Mavis, Benjamin (this just had a huge hit in the '80's! Why is this getting gigantic again?!)
4. A name family you don't like – I LOATHE GEORGE. And all of its female counterparts. I can’t picture a George being cool or handsome or anything but blah and whitebread and I can’t picture a Georgia or a Georgette and especially not a Georgina not being a Queen Bee alpha b****. Also I'm not really big on any "Charles" names. The original Charles is nice but a little blah but I really don't like the girl versions of Charles at all. Caroline is so overrated and I've never met a Caroline who wasn't tasteless and trashy, Charlotte's getting everywhere and I've always thought of it as being super snobby (I like Lottie quite a lot though)), and Carolina's a little blah. The only one I can stand is Carlotta, although it's a bit pretentious. Dishonorable mention: The Rose family of names (I'm just bored with them)
5. A trend you can't get on board with - The -axton names. All of these just sound so dumb. These all kind of sound like hick names. Same with the Aidens. Also super masculine sounding names on girls – I’m looking at you, Hadley. Dishonorable mentions – Italian & Spanish names on non-Italians/Spaniards (why is it only cultural appropriation if you’re not white? You’re doing it to sound exotic, shouldn’t that be cultural appropriation?.), Rock star last names (ie. Hendrix, Lennon, Presley) (wouldn’t it be ironic if your kid really hated their musical namesake? “So, Cobain, you a big Nirvana fan?” “No, I despise that talentless hack band! My tasteless parents liked them”. Guaranteed to happen.)
6. A trend or name you didn't like at its peak but do now - I've kind of grown to love Heather as it starts to fall back into obscurity. I think it’s absolutely beautiful and I feel like every Heather I’ve known has been okay to really nice. Honorable mentions – Courtney, Emily, Samantha, Michelle, Cheyenne, Dakota, Sierra, Alison/Alicia (I’m going to miss these when we’re all knee deep in Alices.)
7. A first letter you don't much care for – I’m not a huge fan of G names. Along with the aforementioned Georges I’m totally bored of Grace/Gracie and I used to really love Gabrielle and Gabriella but now I’m really bored with them. I still like Gloria but I loathe that song (not the Van Morrison one but the Laura Brannigan one). As for boys, what other names are there that start with G? There’s Gregory, but Gregory’s pretty blah (although not quite as blah as George). There’s Gus but I hate Gus, sooooo hipstery. I guess Gabriel’s the only one I even kind of like.
8. A name you like but think is overhyped – I love Chloe but yeah, it needs to take a break for a long time. Honorable mentions: Lydia, Mason, Evelyn, Alice (the next Emma, I’m calling it now), Ethan, Victoria, Scarlett, Aria, Oliver
9. A name everyone else thinks is dated but you think is still fresh/ready for a revival – I don’t know why Flora hasn’t caught on yet – it’s beautiful, a rare floral name, in the same boat as Stella (in style), and it’s like Fiona without that pesky ogre association! Honorable mentions: Lance (I’ll admit it’s a tiny bit dated but that’s not as much of a problem for boys’ names), Jason (ditto), Derek (Ditto), Philip (ditto), Troy (ditto) The -lene/leen names (Arlene/Darlene/Charlene/Colleen/Marlene. I’d also like to formally disagree with the main blog page – Marlena sounds like an old cleaning lady but Marlene sounds fresh and glamourous.), Cynthia, Crystal/Krystle, Monica, Irene (Iris is getting big, why not?), Elaine, Rhonda, Sonia, Yvonne/Yvette, Gilda (It’s got that old school Hollywood glamour), Lisa, Stacy, Tracy
10. A name that doesn't get enough love – For boys, I’ve really been liking Hector lately. He’s a cool and noble Greek hero (one of the only characters from the Iliad that’s really sympathetic), a cool H name, and just an all around great name. Instead of another Owen, how about Hector? For girls, I’d really like to see Rita get big again. Rita’s in the same boat as Cora and Alice, and it has a whole lot more spunk and fire than either of them. Honorable mentions (boys): Roland, Valentine, Flynn, Lyle (So much fresher than Kyle), Sterling. (Girls) Mona (No one’s going to care about PLL in a few years), Belinda & Melinda, Rochelle, Rhoda, Bonnie, Charity, Jolene

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August 24, 2017 1:52 PM

 

1. A popular name you don't like - EMMA. The worst thing that happened in the entirety of last year? Emma still being number 1. Ugh. This name was in the top 10 when I was born! And I'm an adult now! At least Emily is a pretty name! Emma is hideous on top of being oppressively popular. The last time there was any preschool class without an Emma anywhere in the entire US was probably around 1985. GO AWAY EMMA. Dishonorable mentions: Mia, Caroline, George/Georgia/Georgina, Paisley (It’s like naming your kid plaid! Come on!), Bruno, Evie (evil Evie!), Elijah/Elias (too old Testement), Owen (I’m so sick of this. I’m in a long time Owen pocket and there’s been six Owens in every grade in every school for fifteen years. Please let this name die. I’m surprised when Oliver came in it didn’t knock out Owen more.)
2. A name everyone hates but you like – I’m going to stand up for Heidi, I don’t know, I think it’s cute. Honorable mentions – Brandy, Brenda (It just sounds so sweet; admittedly it must not have been popular in my neck of the woods in the ‘40’s-‘60’s), Tammy (ditto), Sandra/Sandy (ditto), Janet/Janice (also ditto), Carol (I just really like mid-century names), Katrina (no one bats an eye at all the Andrews under 25!), Wyatt,
3. A name that has gotten popular that you did not want to become popular - Penelope, I still think this sounds so old, stodgy, and dated. Dishonorable mentions: Clara, Mabel, Mavis, Benjamin (this just had a huge hit in the '80's! Why is this getting gigantic again?!)
4. A name family you don't like – I LOATHE GEORGE. And all of its female counterparts. I can’t picture a George being cool or handsome or anything but blah and whitebread and I can’t picture a Georgia or a Georgette and especially not a Georgina not being a Queen Bee alpha b****. Also I'm not really big on any "Charles" names. The original Charles is nice but a little blah but I really don't like the girl versions of Charles at all. Caroline is so overrated and I've never met a Caroline who wasn't tasteless and trashy, Charlotte's getting everywhere and I've always thought of it as being super snobby (I like Lottie quite a lot though)), and Carolina's a little blah. The only one I can stand is Carlotta, although it's a bit pretentious. Dishonorable mention: The Rose family of names (I'm just bored with them)
5. A trend you can't get on board with - The -axton names. All of these just sound so dumb. These all kind of sound like hick names. Same with the Aidens. Also super masculine sounding names on girls – I’m looking at you, Hadley. Dishonorable mentions – Italian & Spanish names on non-Italians/Spaniards (why is it only cultural appropriation if you’re not white? You’re doing it to sound exotic, shouldn’t that be cultural appropriation?.), Rock star last names (ie. Hendrix, Lennon, Presley) (wouldn’t it be ironic if your kid really hated their musical namesake? “So, Cobain, you a big Nirvana fan?” “No, I despise that talentless hack band! My tasteless parents liked them”. Guaranteed to happen.)
6. A trend or name you didn't like at its peak but do now - I've kind of grown to love Heather as it starts to fall back into obscurity. I think it’s absolutely beautiful and I feel like every Heather I’ve known has been okay to really nice. Honorable mentions – Courtney, Emily, Samantha, Michelle, Cheyenne, Dakota, Sierra, Alison/Alicia (I’m going to miss these when we’re all knee deep in Alices.)
7. A first letter you don't much care for – I’m not a huge fan of G names. Along with the aforementioned Georges I’m totally bored of Grace/Gracie and I used to really love Gabrielle and Gabriella but now I’m really bored with them. I still like Gloria but I loathe that song (not the Van Morrison one but the Laura Brannigan one). As for boys, what other names are there that start with G? There’s Gregory, but Gregory’s pretty blah (although not quite as blah as George). There’s Gus but I hate Gus, sooooo hipstery. I guess Gabriel’s the only one I even kind of like.
8. A name you like but think is overhyped – I love Chloe but yeah, it needs to take a break for a long time. Honorable mentions: Lydia, Mason, Evelyn, Alice (the next Emma, I’m calling it now), Ethan, Victoria, Scarlett, Aria, Oliver
9. A name everyone else thinks is dated but you think is still fresh/ready for a revival – I don’t know why Flora hasn’t caught on yet – it’s beautiful, a rare floral name, in the same boat as Stella (in style), and it’s like Fiona without that pesky ogre association! Honorable mentions: Lance (I’ll admit it’s a tiny bit dated but that’s not as much of a problem for boys’ names), Jason (ditto), Derek (Ditto), Philip (ditto), Troy (ditto) The -lene/leen names (Arlene/Darlene/Charlene/Colleen/Marlene. I’d also like to formally disagree with the main blog page – Marlena sounds like an old cleaning lady but Marlene sounds fresh and glamourous.), Cynthia, Crystal/Krystle, Monica, Irene (Iris is getting big, why not?), Elaine, Rhonda, Sonia, Yvonne/Yvette, Gilda (It’s got that old school Hollywood glamour), Lisa, Stacy, Tracy
10. A name that doesn't get enough love – For boys, I’ve really been liking Hector lately. He’s a cool and noble Greek hero (one of the only characters from the Iliad that’s really sympathetic), a cool H name, and just an all around great name. Instead of another Owen, how about Hector? For girls, I’d really like to see Rita get big again. Rita’s in the same boat as Cora and Alice, and it has a whole lot more spunk and fire than either of them. Honorable mentions (boys): Roland, Valentine, Flynn, Lyle (So much fresher than Kyle), Sterling. (Girls) Mona (No one’s going to care about PLL in a few years), Belinda & Melinda, Rochelle, Rhoda, Bonnie, Charity, Jolene

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August 24, 2017 5:37 PM

1. Piper - It's an airplane people. An Airplane!

2. Ottilie This would honor my DH's side of the family, Tilley was the surname there. And Ottilie could easily be Tillie or Tilly  as a nickname.  For the boys: Cosmo. it ws my beloved GGranpa's name. I'd kill to reuse it.

3. Penelope -This is my DH's most favorite name ever and now it's too popular for me!

4. All those surnames on girls!  I hate seeing my surname on a girl (MacKe**ie) I hate all surnames on girls (Addison, I'm looking at you too)

5. Trade names for girls too. Carver, Baker & Potter belong on boys!

6. The -Linda names  Belinda in patricular is a favorite of mine.

7. F.  Except for Frances/Francis  I dislike just about every name that begins with F.

8. Lily - if I run across one more Lily, I'm gonna scream!

9. Clarence -I love, love, love Clarence and it's not very popular right now.

10. Ottilie easily. I've gotten all sorts of hate for Ottilie not nearly enough love.

 

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August 24, 2017 11:37 PM

1. A popular name you don't like: Liam. I know so many little Liams and I just loathe the name! As a nickname for William, sure, but not a standalone name. Just sooo not my style. 
2. A name everyone hates but you like: Flora! I think it's darling...hubby and entire extended family think otherwise :( I learned my lesson on crowdsourcing baby names!
3. A name that has gotten popular that you did not want to become popular: Ezra. I guess "popular" isn't what it used to be, but I still find it painful when cute unique names go "popular" and become ubiquitous. 
4. A name family you don't like: the -aiden/-ayden/-adons 
5. A trend you can't get on board with: Backwards naming. Nevaeh?! Or naming after TV characters (unless said characters are seriously significant to your life/family)
6. A trend you didn't like at its peak but do now: Hm, place names. I always thought it was so tacky to name a baby after a country/state/town, but now some of those names are really growing on me. Georgia, Brooklyn, Denver. I guess my tastes are shifting. 
7. A first letter you don't much care for: K - I can't think of a single K name I like. 
8. A name you like but think is overhyped: Elsa (oh, Frozen...)
9. A name everyone else thinks is dated but you think is still fresh/ready for a revival: Frances *heart eyes*
10. A name that doesn't get enough love: There are so many lovely underused names that are overlooked because they just seem a bit "hefty". Clementine, Tennudon, Evangeline, I have a thing for long hefty names. They could use some love. :)

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September 7, 2017 4:11 PM

1. Madison- It's not a girls'name and doesn't sound like one. It's just not pretty.

2. Marian- Pretty and classic, not overused, and has awesome literary associations, but no one else seems to appreciate it! ;)

3. Ruby- It's elegant, young but mature, simply beautiful, but I fear it's getting too popular to be appreciated.

4. Bodhi/Bodie Variants- It's a spiritual word, not a baby name. The sound is strange and too close to body.

5. Ammunition-Inspired Names (Remington, Caliber, Etc.)- Naming our children after weapons is just encouraging the violent culture we see everyday, and that's something we should always stand against.

6. Arya/Aria- It's still sort of at it's peak, but I hated it when it was first introduced to the charts (on account of I thought it was too close to area). Now I think it's gorgeous, and has a unique air among liquidy girls' names.

7. Y- The sound is awkward, and of the names strike me as strange.

8. Jacob- It's a great, manly, classic name with a nice sound, but it's definitely over hyped.

9. Fallon- I absolutely love it, but I hear it's 80s dated. I'll have to take your word for it.

10. Luna- It's soo gorgeous, and it even means "moon." It's perfect.

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October 1, 2017 2:10 PM

1. A popular name you don't like

There are plenty of them... but I'll say CHLOE. It doesn't sound pretty, and the spelling is really awkward and ugly, in my opinion. Reminds me of chlorine and chloroform and Clorox bleach. The kree8iv spellings are even worse.

2. A name everyone hates but you like

HARRIET - I know it's hard to get away from the "hairy" sound, but I've liked it ever since I read "Harriet The Spy" as a kid...

3. A name that has gotten popular that you did not want to become popular

VIOLET. This was my great-grandmother's name and I've always thought it was elegant and beautiful, but hearing it all over the place now has sort of cheapened it. It really sounds awful when screamed across a playground...

4. A name family you don't like

The BREE names (Brianna, Brielle, Aubree, etc.), it's just such an unattractive sound to my ears.  Honorable mention to all the KATE names, and all the ALEX names. Both so-o-o-o-o boring and so overdone.

5. A trend you can't get on board with

The "pick a random WASP surname and slap it on your kids regardless of gender" school of naming. So many kids full names sound like law firms nowadays.

6. A trend you didn't like at its peak but do now

Back in the 80's and 90's, when I was young, I really hated the name JOSHUA, but I guess I've gotten used to hearing it, so it doesn't bother me at all anymore.

7. A first letter you don't much care for

Z. Z names are nearly always trying too hard to stand out.

8. A name you like but think is overhyped

SOPHIE. It's cute, but way, way overdone now. And for a boy, OLIVER.

9. A name everyone else thinks is dated but you think is still fresh/ready for a revival

MIRANDA. It's always been a personal favorite, but it seems to be datestamped 1970's/1980's for most people.

10. A name that doesn't get enough love

SIMON. One of my favorites for a boy, beats me why so many people are so averse to it.

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October 25, 2017 2:45 AM

I love Marian!  Aria has grown on me, too.  Originally the Arya spelling just seemed way too uncomfortably close to "Aryan."

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October 25, 2017 2:43 AM

1. A popular name you don't like:

Chloe. It sounds like a cleaning product.

2. A name everyone hates but you like

Ingrid. A lot of people seem to find it unpleasant-sounding, but I like Germanic sounds and it reminds me of Ingrid Bergman.

3. A name that has gotten popular that you did not want to become popular

Zoey.  I don't like that this spelling outranks the traditional spelling.

4. A name family you don't like

The "-ayden" name family.

5. A trend you can't get on board with

Using a 'y' to make a name more girly.

6. A trend you didn't like at its peak but do now

...I've got nothing!

7. A first letter you don't much care for

K.  It has been used for so many creative spellings.  Also, according to handwriting analysis, an oversized letter K indicates defiance/rebellion.

8. A name you like but think is overhyped

Lily.  It's nice but just a bit of a tongue-twister.

9. A name everyone else thinks is dated but you think is still fresh/ready for a revival

Franklin

10. A name that doesn't get enough love

Edmund.  So much better than Edward!

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October 25, 2017 5:27 AM

1. I've never really cared for Ava or any of its variants.

2. AGATHA. It's gotten a bad wrap, and I get that it sounds harsh, but I dig it. 

3. Evelyn. I didn't realize until recently how popular this one had gotten. Still planning to use it because its a family name, just wish it wasn't also trendy. 

4. I have to second disliking the -ayden family of names. I like Aiden itself, but I don't get adding letters to the beginning (Jayden, Kayden, etc.). 

5. I'm not a fan of adding x's to names for no reason. Jaxson is the main culprit of this; Jackson is perfectly fine the way it is. 

6. I was on the fence about nn's as given names, but in the age of social media I think it's almost better to just name the kid what you want them to be called. 

7. I guess I don't really care for 'big impact' letters here either: X. 

8. LIAM. I used to like Liam sooo much, but it's just sooo popular. 

9. I'm apparently a 100 year girl. All the names I feel this way about ARE coming back in a big way. 

10. I'm going with Elizabeth. I feel like it gets shoved into the middle name spot so often, but I love when I hear the full name used in the first name spot. 

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October 25, 2017 6:14 AM

1) Olivia. It goes on for too long, somehow. Just keeps going. 

2) Prudence, I guess. I like virtue names, and this one is just weird/clunky/actually good advice enough for me.

3) I could live without Mason.

4) I don't like names ending in -i. 

5) the "x" and "z" trend. Jaxon? Really? 

6) this is hard, because I'm only fifteen and I've only been into names since, like, 2013. Those trends are still happening. I guess I could say that I really like Jennifer, which everyone else seems to think is dated.

7) N, I guess. I don't like any N- names, now I come to think of it.

8) Harper. It's cute, but it doesn't need to be in the US top ten.

9) again, Jennifer! It's so cute. 

10) Jane. It deserves more love!

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October 25, 2017 11:45 AM

1. A popular name I don't like: Amelia. 

2. Constance. Virtue names as a whole are not necessarily a trend I can get behind wholeheartedly, but I've always liked Constance, and not just for the Connie nickname.

3. Leo. Same goes for Theo actually. I must like the boy names which end in 'o' trend. I'd probably still use them. I also really wish Cohen as a first name had never become an option, it was never one I would've picked anyway, but now that I know all the significance behind it, even hearing it as an option for a first name makes me uncomfortable. 

4. -line/lyn names. Either pronunciation, I just don't tend to like them. 

5. -axson, axton, axon, etc names. Any letter substitution tends to annoy me, so this trend was always going to aggravate me no end. 

6. Nicknames as full names. I must've gotten used to this, doesn't really bother me anymore.

7. P. As a Charmed fan I shouldn't say this, but... With both boys and girls names there aren't any I can think of right now I would use.

8. Sophia. I still like this name, would tell anyone it's a nice choice, but I know too many.

9. Irene. This must be almost ready for revival, right? Even if it's not, I really like it. 

10. Naomi. Maybe this is still in the top 100, but I never hear it and am pleased when I do.

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December 20, 2017 1:29 PM

1. It‘s a tie between Henry, Jackson, Amelia, Charlotte, & Olivia.

2. I would never use it, but I like the name Dakota for a girl.

3. Esme and Sebastian 

4. All variants of Kate (Kathryn, Katie, Caitlin, etc.), and any names that start with Mc/Mk/Mck/Mack.

5. I’m not sure exactly what it would be called, but names like Bentley, Tinsley, Kaylee, etc.

6. Not a trend, but I used to hate the name Sasha; I really like it now! 

7. K

8. Noah and Elizabeth 

9. Marie

10. Jonah and Cleo 

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February 18, 2018 6:33 PM

1. Emma

2. Alexei

3. Harper, for girls

4. The "ayden" family. Aidan, Jayden, Hayden, Caden...

5. Royal names. Royalty, Majesty, Princess, Reign, and so forth.

6. Using boy's names for girls. I am still not 100% for this, but I am starting to like a few of them, including Emerson, Emmett, Ari, and Aspen.

7. H or Q

8. Lucas

9. There are lots of these! Augustus, Ansel, Oswald, and Seymour, to name a few.

10. Sebastian

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February 19, 2018 7:09 PM

1. For a girl, Florence. How is this a popular name? People describe it really cute and the most beautiful name they've ever heard. Really? This name sounds so old fashioned and not very cute to me. Also, I heard one person using this name only so they could use the nickname Flora. Why not just name her Flora?!? For a boy, Archie. Old, sleazy man's name in my opinion.

2. Girls name - Samantha. I love the unisex nickname Sam - I have always liked it for a girl. People tell me it's an 80s name but I don't care. I seem to love a lot of 80s names! Boys name - Eugene. I know it's old fashioned and not a cool name but I think it's adorable!

3. Ivy - mainly because I wanted to use it for my daughter as I thought it sounded unique and edgy. 

4. Pretty much most of the names ending in "son" being used on girls! (except for Allison - again with the 80s!)

5. Location names. Never liked them but recently I've discovered people in America naming their children after places in the UK such as Bristol, Brighton, Lincoln and Kingston. As a Brit, it just sounds ridiculous, especially if they've never been there. If they had been to some of those places, they may not have named their babies those names to be honest!

6. Bird names. I wasn't keen on Robin and Wren to begin with but now I kind of see the appeal of them.

7. There's not many names I like that begin with P, apart from Phoebe and Phoenix.

8. For a girl, Charlotte. It's nice but it's not that special really. Maybe it's just because I knew a load when I was growing up. For a boy, Oliver (my surname ironically enough!) It's nice but I don't it's the best name in the world.

9. Well, I've already mentioned my love 80s names and my love of Eugene, but I'll suggest a couple more. For a boy, I think Winston is a great name for a revival. People like old vintage names like Wilfred and Wilbur, why not Winston? For a girl, I'm going to suggest another great 80s classic - Heather. Botanical names are in at the moment with Fern, Ivy, Hazel, etc. Heather could be another great addition to that list.

10. Ingrid - a scandinivian name that means "beautiful"

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February 19, 2018 11:44 PM

1. A popular name you don't like:  Noah (or any boy name ending in ‘a’sound);  Sophia (just don’t see why it became so popular)

2. A name everyone hates but you like: Boys: Steven (very traditional)   Girls:  Serenity (virtue names)…not everybody in America hates it, but my family sure does.

3. A name that has gotten popular that you did not want to become popular. ?????

4. A name family you don't like:  Kree8tyv spellings!!!!  Payton, if you must, but certainly not Paitynn!

5. A trend you can't get on board with: Surnames for girls, unisex names

6. A trend you didn't like at its peak but do now.  Gaelic names, like Siobhan and Declan

7. A first letter you don't much care for.  “P”, if unless if sounds like “F”  (No to Peter, okay to Philip; no to Penelope, okay to Phoebe)

8. A name you like but think is overhyped.  Girls:  Ella         Boys:  Sebastian

9. A name everyone else thinks is dated but you think is still fresh/ready for a revival:  George and Sylvia

 

10. A name that doesn't get enough love:  Christian (dang you, 50 shades!) and Isla (I’m crossing my fingers that my son’s future daughter might be this instead of Ella)