What name do you secretly like but would never name a child it?

(104 Posts)
skratta Sat 16-Feb-13 11:19:33

I like Raven. For a boy- not even for a girl. blush

And Wolf. I don't think I could name a child that, but I love the nn Wolfie!

Thor. Don't think it'd work out in real life.

Aphrodite. Again, love the name blush

Rune. I just love the name for a boy!

Btw, I wouldn't EVER name my child Raven (for a boy), Wolf, Thor, Aphorodite or Rune. But I still love them.

Does anyone else have any guilty pleasure names?

Wishiwasanheiress Sat 16-Feb-13 11:25:40


I know many lovely Sharon's and always liked the name as a child. Am embarrassed but I really couldn't as much as I still like it.... sad

willoughboobs Sat 16-Feb-13 11:28:07


nahla321 Sat 16-Feb-13 11:31:15

Dawn - I think it is beautiful but would put me off as it is a tad old fashioned ��

AlwaysHoldingOnToStarbug Sat 16-Feb-13 11:35:24

I like Raven for a boy too.

I always loved Orion, but DH wouldn't even let me use it as a middle name.

And I still love Ptolemy, and sometimes wish I was brave enough to have named DS5 it!

Thumbwitch Sat 16-Feb-13 11:37:27

Cecily - less "out there" but the repercussions if she should have a lisp!

skratta Sun 17-Feb-13 09:10:06

I love Ariadne, Zephyr, Orion, Dawn, Storm, Star and yes, Sharon. I like a LOT of names.

ShowOfHands Sun 17-Feb-13 09:21:05

I'd happily use some of these.

I LOVE Bodhi. Like the look of it, like the meaning, sound etc. But out loud it sounds American Jock. His BFFs would be Brady and Carter. Not my kind of thing sadly.

TheYamiOfYawn Mon 18-Feb-13 12:07:30

Jocasta. And (and it obviously goes without saying that I would never use it) Lucifer.

BuntyPenfold Mon 18-Feb-13 12:13:03


Convert Mon 18-Feb-13 12:14:51

Tiger. I really wanted to call DS1 Tiger.

Lottapianos Mon 18-Feb-13 12:18:46

Lucifer is a really cool name!
I like Myra but would never use for obvious reasons.
Also Tori as I'm a huge fan of Tori Amos but in UK people would just think I'm a hardcore member of the Dave and Gideon club and I would rather die!

fl0b0t Mon 18-Feb-13 12:20:28

Danger. As a middle name.

MsBrown Mon 18-Feb-13 12:24:05

Ryan - for a girl.
Dylan - for a girl.
Anastasia - for a girl.
Maple - for a girl.

Demetrius - for a boy.
Leonardo - for a boy.
Julian - for a boy.

Ebony (not least because DCs are likely to be blonde!)

Jackson (DH hates this, I love it)

Billie for a girl has been my number one name since i was 6

My sister got in there first though envy grin

Purplecatti Mon 18-Feb-13 19:04:25


ImNotaPheasantPlucker Mon 18-Feb-13 19:07:55

Dmitri and Raphael

Flojobunny Mon 18-Feb-13 19:09:27

Anastacia. But, after Miss Steele, I would never use it.

EclecticElectric Mon 18-Feb-13 19:11:15

and yes, Raven on the Wing

SorrelForbes Mon 18-Feb-13 19:15:09


BringBackBod Mon 18-Feb-13 19:17:51


Mackay556 Mon 18-Feb-13 20:40:43

Rocky. I would call my son Rocky but DH says no way. As a concession I am allowed to give the cat Rocky as a middle name ........

nilbyname Mon 18-Feb-13 20:42:33

My kids names are on here!!

BuntyPenfold Mon 18-Feb-13 22:32:44

nilby, please tell me you have a Halcyon!

mimmymouse Mon 18-Feb-13 22:42:08

Fl0b0t - love it! And ShowOfHands, I once taught a Bohdi - lovely little girl!

Juniper - but my husband says that is the gin talking.

JazzDalek Tue 19-Feb-13 18:21:04

Leaf for a boy. I gave serious thought to Leif (pronounced Layf) for ds, but dp said no sad

Pasiphae for a girl.

madamecake Tue 19-Feb-13 18:26:08

Atticus for a boy, love love love it. But it rhymes with our surname (unusual itself), so it's not to be.

Coconutty Tue 19-Feb-13 18:31:27

Queenie and Wolfie.

ShowOfHands Tue 19-Feb-13 18:36:52

My DS's name is on here, as is DD's best friend and a friend's dc.

Bodhi for a girl? Well I never.

scarlettsmummy2 Tue 19-Feb-13 18:38:56

Araminta. Not posh enough to ever use it though!

Coconutty Tue 19-Feb-13 18:40:50

You have to tell us which ones are your DCs names, not just say that they are on here! grin

chocolatecheesecake Tue 19-Feb-13 18:41:03

Bean (middle name girl)

McKayz Tue 19-Feb-13 18:48:22

Persephone. I absolutely love it but whenever it's mentioned on here everyone says its awful.

HeartShapedSaw Tue 19-Feb-13 18:53:42

My ds's name is on here too!

Littlefish Tue 19-Feb-13 19:01:13


MamaMimi Tue 19-Feb-13 19:04:38

Grover for a boy (have 2 dds and not having anymore, plus dp wouldn't have allowed it!)

Rowan for a girl (although we almost used it for dd2)

MamaMimi Tue 19-Feb-13 19:06:05

Ther's a Spike at dds' school

MamaMimi Tue 19-Feb-13 19:07:30

I also know an adult Thor.

BasicallySFB Tue 19-Feb-13 19:08:51

If we had a girl she was Anastasia smile

We had a boy - I was vetoed on both Denver and Devon as 'We're not the frigging Beckhams, and neither are we having a little VGA être baby' ... I'm still seething two years on smile

BasicallySFB Tue 19-Feb-13 19:09:25

VGA être? WTF?? 'Chavette'...

Delphine; Delphie for short. But it got the spousal veto and our cat is called Elphie.

DizzyHoneyBee Tue 19-Feb-13 19:20:38

I love Persephone but got really put off it when somebody kept on mispronouncing it...or maybe I was but I think it is per-seph-o-knee not
purs-e-phone ?

McKayz Tue 19-Feb-13 19:21:42

Oooh yes Delphine is gorgeous. I had a thread about Delphine and the general consensus was that it was a donkey in peppa pig

Varya Tue 19-Feb-13 19:40:16

Salome, for a girl. I knew a man called Raven and thought it was great. My mum and aunt knew a Canadian called Rocky. Sabrina appeals to me for girls and Sabre for boys.

fruitypie Tue 19-Feb-13 20:10:54

I used to really love Claudia and Veronica....when i suggested these to DH he laughed like it was some sort of sick joke. needless to say i laughed along too like it was all a joke but in fact i was crying inside!! ;)

ShowOfHands Tue 19-Feb-13 21:26:27

DS is Raphael.

Teladi Tue 19-Feb-13 21:28:58


mrmump Tue 19-Feb-13 22:35:46

Loving Eponine after Les Mis, but I feel there might be a few of them in the months to come!
I always wanted Blue for a boy, "little boy Blue...."

LineRunner Tue 19-Feb-13 23:17:09

There will be a rash of Cosettes, Cozettes, Kozettes...

eggso Tue 19-Feb-13 23:27:18

I was desperate for Rocco for DS.DP wanted Liam... [hmmm] we eventually compromised on a middle ground for DS.

DD's - Iwouldn't of been ableto chose,there are so many more ridiculous options for girls smile I love Julia,after watching something with JodieFoster in a few years ago. DS is a J, so wouldnt ever double initial!

Iago for a boy
River for a girl

hmc Tue 19-Feb-13 23:30:59

Anastasia - I see that I'm not the first

DizzyHoneyBee Wed 20-Feb-13 08:18:19

I love the name Cassiopeia, I suppose you could always go with Cassie as a NN.
How do you pronounce Persephone, I need to know if I have been doing it wrong all this time!

Lucia2013 Wed 20-Feb-13 08:39:34

To be honest... One syllable names, made up names, silly names like Paris, Brooko, Rocky and names that people can make silly nicknames with such as Luky Dukes!!! My husband creates nns all the time that sound absolutely ridiculous hence why choosing the name of our first baby boy is so difficult ...Luky Dukes is actually named Lucas which is a nice name!!!!

MothershipG Wed 20-Feb-13 11:30:34

Myfanwy and Meironwen, etc - love Welsh names for girls & boys, unfortunately despite being born on Anglesey, and grandparents with Welsh sounding surnames, I have no Welsh blood and just didn't feel we could get away with it! wink

LulaBear Wed 20-Feb-13 12:45:59

I have a secret fantasy to have twin boys and call them Hunter and Gunnar grin I'm very anti-hunting and I've never held a gun, either

NaturalBaby Wed 20-Feb-13 12:50:32


AbbyCat Wed 20-Feb-13 12:57:10

I wanted Hani for dd and her nn would have been honey-bunny. Also wanted Sabeena for her. Nn beanie baby. Both vetoed by dh. sad

almapudden Wed 20-Feb-13 13:05:52

Tennessee. For a boy.

Alabama. For a girl.

JambalayaCodfishPie Wed 20-Feb-13 13:26:33

Adelaide, for a girl.

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Wed 20-Feb-13 13:31:37

Paris for a boy, would be awful with our surname.
Pagan and Jezebel for girls.

MothershipG Wed 20-Feb-13 15:57:36

Oh yes! Jezabel & Lilith, like both oh those.

Meredith, too, having Merry as a nickname would be a complete pain wink

LineRunner Wed 20-Feb-13 16:09:16

Antigone for a girl

DizzyHoneyBee Wed 20-Feb-13 16:09:29

I love the name Meredith, I have no idea why I didn't use it when I had the chance.

MothershipG Wed 20-Feb-13 16:56:24

Because Dizzy when your little Meredith turned into a grumpy teen she would hate you for all the (100's of) people who would say - So Merry by name but not by nature then! hmm

At least that's why I didn't and my pre-teen is glad I didn't! grin She is also very glad I didn't hear the name Tegwyn until she was already named, I love that name, she hates it!

zingally Wed 20-Feb-13 17:33:11

I really like the name Rain (for a girl, but might be tempted to use spelling Rayn)

Also like Dorian for a boy.

Would never use them though, as - although I love the names - I'd rather my kids had more traditional names that they can live with easily.

Also have a tendency to like boys names for girls. But that would be a bloody nightmare for the child growing up!

Bronwen. I think it's beautiful, but I don't think it would work sad.

DizzyHoneyBee Thu 21-Feb-13 08:00:26

MothershipG, yes, that would be a very good reason smile My grumpy teen proclaims to hate her name but nobody dares to abbreviate it - her wrath would descend from a great height, good luck to them - they would need it!

Rain would be one that would hate their name when ever it rained!

HeartShapedSaw Thu 21-Feb-13 09:18:21

Argh now my name is on here as well as ds's!

CheeseStrawWars Thu 21-Feb-13 09:28:34

Angharad is my all-time favourite girl's name, but it doesn't sound right in my non-Welsh accent.

GreatGooglyMoogly Thu 21-Feb-13 09:39:28

Cassandra (Cassie)

spaghettina Thu 21-Feb-13 11:29:07

Salome for me too -but it's too much like salami! I also like Sabine, Sabrina, Severine. And "Selvaggia" for a girl which means "Wild" in Italian, generally only very posh people could get away with it use it.
Also Tempest and Rain for a girl, and names like Autumn, Summer, January, Tuesday...and lots of Greek names.

ButterPopcorn Thu 21-Feb-13 11:34:12

Ariadne, Digby, Yolanda, Rudy grin

ButterPopcorn Thu 21-Feb-13 11:35:28

Oh, and Saoirse ("seer-sha")

williaminajetfighter Sat 23-Feb-13 16:17:01

Goldie or Golda. Loved it but DH said it was too 'Fiddler on the Roof'!

jollygoose Sat 23-Feb-13 19:05:44

genevieuve - love it but too much of a mouthful

mrscog Sat 23-Feb-13 19:24:04

Melody - there is no way DH would sanction this for a DD!

IAmLouisWalsh Sun 24-Feb-13 13:24:03


Raphael or Rafferty

Mara - I adore this, but it means 'bitter' and wouldn't suit DS1 or 2


skratta Sun 24-Feb-13 13:31:34

I love Rafferty! And Ariadne and Rudy and January!

I also like Alabaster for a boy, Fint for a boy and Sola for a girl

xigris Sun 24-Feb-13 13:41:54

I like Topaz for a girl and WOULD use it except that DH thinks it's dreadful and in any case we have 3 boys!

IAmLouisWalsh Sun 24-Feb-13 16:00:34

Rafferty sounds stupid with our surname. And is too close to the name of our old dog, sadly.

Rudy is ace

stickygingerbread Sun 24-Feb-13 17:40:43

oooh I am really liking Araminta and Digby.



But irl my kids have very regular serviceable names. My dh had a very unusual name and legally changed it.

ErrorError Mon 25-Feb-13 18:26:42

Sherry (too obvious as it's my fave drink!)
Coralie (not a French bone in my body, sounds wonderful in a French accent)
Marina (yes, from 'Stingray'!)
Bonita (not a Spanish bone in my body)
Lilu (Love it but not sure why I couldn't use it, just too 'cartoon character-ish' maybe, but I know a real life Lilu and think it's gorgeous!)

Finch (too cruel? bird jokes?)
Inigo (lifetime of mispronunciation and Princess Bride jokes!)
Theo (pronounced 'tay-o' the German way. Not a German bone in my body!)
Rivers (after Rivers Cuomo from Weezer, not Joan! Would that be copying!?)
Immanuel (but shortened to Manny makes me think of the villain Manny Rat from 'The Mouse and His Child'.)

As you can see, I quite like foreign names, but would feel too much of a fraud if I used one!

OddFrog Mon 25-Feb-13 18:31:22

I've always loved Gladys. I knew a wonderful lady with this name, but she was ancient. Never met a young Gladys, but with Cerys / Carys etc. becoming more popular, you never know! Still couldn't do it.

CheeseStrawCraving Tue 26-Feb-13 01:37:28

Dizzyhoneybee you are right, it is pronounced the 'knee' way not the 'phone' way!

GiannaK Tue 26-Feb-13 10:44:54

Ah it is most likely that DD will be Anastasia (love the name plus family connections) so I am ardently staying away from 50 shades.

There are some names I love which would pass in Greece, where DH is from, but would go down like a ton of bricks here.
E.g Lamprini / Labrini - sounds light and shiny and airy in Greek but sounds like cheap booze and labia here (according to brutally honest friend) gross.
Also love Afrodite - again awful in English, especially with that spelling. Oh well.

Pitfalls beset us in reverse translation too. I love the name Alexandra. Though it is quite popular and passes without question in Greek, everyone there knows that the literal meaning is 'repeller of men' which is a bit unfortunate.

Misfit13 Tue 26-Feb-13 10:58:37

Elvis. I very nearly did, but compromised as his dad really really really hated the idea. Wish I had tho.

skratta Tue 26-Feb-13 16:48:54

Ooh, my niece is called Gladys, and my grandmother! Unconnected though, niece is from DH's side. Also know a baby Gladys. Might be coming back slightly, as, like I said one is a baby, and my niece is a toddler?

I like Alethia a lot! And Inigo is such a great name!

It reminded me of Indigo. For a boy. Indy/Indie for a nickname!

skratta Tue 26-Feb-13 16:50:59

Anastasia is a beautiful name, GiannaK!

I agree, the meaning is a bit unfortunate. We had something similar, with Swedish to English.

skratta Tue 26-Feb-13 16:51:25

The meaning for ALEXANDRA. If I didn't make that clear.

Branleuse Tue 26-Feb-13 16:53:16


Dinosaurdrip Tue 26-Feb-13 23:35:15

2 of my children's names are on here Rowan (boy) and Dylan (girl) and there was a similar thread a few months ago where about 5 people said they loved my other child's name (Sebastian) but they could never use it as it sounded like a gay hairdressers name.

skratta Wed 27-Feb-13 14:25:50

How does Sebastian sound like that? It's my DS' name! (We obviously have good taste grin) His nickname is Tian. I love the name!

I know five girls called that (very popular here, we are in the US btw) but three spell it Dillon?

Bounty is the name of my great grandmother's cat! Although its quite cute!

skratta Wed 27-Feb-13 14:26:20

Aargh, BUNTY not Bounty.

AyeOopMoose Wed 27-Feb-13 15:11:41

Lettice for a girl. DH laughed and said why not carrot?!

Wolfie for a boy.

To be fair had DDs been DSs then I think Wolfie would have been used!

Brugmansia Wed 27-Feb-13 15:14:14

I have an Inigo. So far we've had quite a lot of complements in RL on his name (though lots of queries on how it's pronounced, where it's from and what it means).

curryeater Wed 27-Feb-13 15:14:34


We have no dss.

MsAkimbo Wed 27-Feb-13 18:09:54

Chloe for a girl- I love it but we know several cats anddogs named Chloe.

Damien-I love it, Dh hates it.

manicinsomniac Wed 27-Feb-13 20:25:59

So, so many. I am obsessed by names (this is still my favourite forum and my youngest child is 5!)

Names I love but would never use are grouped into 4 quite different 'trends' I think.

Araminta, Adrielle, Anastasia, Benedict, Bartholemew, Cassius, Christabel, Cordelia, Elisaveta, Ferdinand, Genevieve, Georgiana, Giselle, Henrietta, Hermione, Isadora, Julianna, Jocasta, Julius, Josephina, Katerina, Leonardo, Marianna, Montgomery, Mortimer, Ophelia, Octavia, Orlando, Persephone, Seraphina, Sebastian, Veronica, Zephaniah, Zipporah.

Austin, Ashton, Avery, Addison, Adelyn, Aubrey, Brooke, Brooklyn, Briley, Brynn, Brogan, Cassidy, Camryn, Carter, Cole, Cody, Dakota, Delaney, Emery, Emerson, Ellis, Eden, Fitch, Genesis, Harris, Harrison, Harper, Hadley, Hayden, Harley, Jordan, Jayla, Jada, Kayla, Kyla, Kyra, Kaelyn, Logan, Macey, Mallory, Morgan, Mason, Mitchell, Madison, Mackenzie, Makenna, Nia, Peyton, Payson, Piper, Preston, Parker, Riley, Sutton, Sabrina, Shawna, Spencer, Sydney, Tegan, Trent, Talon

Nature/'Out there':
Arwen, Star, River, Phoenix, Meadow, Winter, Skye, Serenity, Blaze, January, Electra, Blue, Rainbow, Eriskay

Trendy (or once trendy):
Hayley, Kaylie, Callie, Casey, Tyler, Kayden

meddie Wed 27-Feb-13 23:29:14

I loved Tilda (swedish pronunciation teel-da)
But my son was already called Ben and it would just have looked like I had an unhealthy obsession with rice brands

OddFrog Fri 01-Mar-13 22:50:48

skratta I'm pleased that Gladys is being used. Our DD is Sylvia, which I think of in the same name group. DH vetoed all my others as too old lady. Now I can tell him he was wrong! grin

ErrorError Sat 02-Mar-13 01:46:07

Oh I really like Sylvia! Makes me think of the pretty young mum from Three Men and a Baby, not old ladyish at all IMO. I had a great Auntie Nancy and think it's oddly cute for a small girl, but there's not-so-nice connotations with the term 'Nancy' so I just couldn't do it.

PuppyMouse Sat 02-Mar-13 20:12:50

I'm new to Mumsnet but I had to comment. I used to go to uni with a Lysander and have had a secret thing for the name ever since. I hope it wasn't viable just because he was Swiss and really wealthy blush

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