What is your LEAST favorite girl's name?

An unnamed character that started out as very minor has become more of an important-to-the-plot secondary character, and I haven't been able to name her.  She is about 30-years-old, quite gorgeous (and knows it!)  She has her sights set on our hero, so is a bit conniving.  I don't want her to be evil, but I don't want people to like her, so I thought I'd give her a name I didn't like.  Trouble is, there are very few names I don't like!  As a working name, I'm using my own, Donna, but that will not be the final name.

So-o-o-o, I thought I'd check out here what names are your least favorite?  Maybe it's from a bad association, or maybe you just don't like the flow?  I'm a little afraid that someone with be insulted if she finds her name listed, but I hope not. 

I was trying to find inspiration by remembering the antagonists of one of my favorite romance writers, and they are lovely names like Louisa and Claudia.  So maybe I don't need an "unfavorite" name, but I thought I would see if you have any ideas?


March 13, 2013 5:47 PM

I know two women that seem similar to your character that have the same name: Nicole. In theory, it's a fine enough name, but because of my experience, I could never use it for a child of mine!

March 13, 2013 8:47 PM

Actually, I think Nicole might work!  Thanks.

March 13, 2013 6:03 PM

I don't think it will be possible to signal unlikeability with her name unless you pick something really uncommon that would be seen as stuffy or old-fashioned for someone born in the 1980s. Gertrude or Myrtle come to mind. You could certainly signal class with her name (Rebecca vs. Krystal, for example), but that's totally different from desiring merely to signal that someone is unlikeable. I'd just pick a name from the era that doesn't particularly appeal to you and make her personality come through your writing.

March 13, 2013 8:51 PM

Yes, you're right.  At first, I thought of Bertha, nn Bertie, but I thought "Her parents wouldn't have NAMED her that!"  Thanks!

March 13, 2013 10:44 PM

A vaguely-masculine nickname like Bertie could actually work to signal some of the character's conniving, agressive nature, but you're right that 30-some years ago, Bertha was not on parents' radar -- but maybe Alberta was?

But then again, Drew Barrymore's character in E.T. is Gertie. As in Gertrude. Talk about not on the naming radar! And yet, people accept the character's name, and most never think twice about it. So you could do Bertha, with Bertie to keep it from being too over-the-top.

March 14, 2013 3:25 PM

I had to laugh at the first post, because my name is Nicole. I am an Aries and can definitely be aggressive and strong headed. I think Nicole would fit the part, and I am glad that my name can be put to use. You don't hear the name very much any more.

March 14, 2013 9:54 PM

Nicole it is!