Mumsnet Logo
Please
or
to access all these features

Get updates on how your baby develops, your body changes, and what you can expect during each week of your pregnancy by signing up to the Mumsnet Pregnancy Newsletters.

Baby names

Names you've stopped yourself from using

35 replies

Zipadeebooyah · 25/01/2023 13:28

When pregnant with my son I flirted with the idea of calling him Kerouac after the writer Jack Kerouac. We didn't go with Jack as he has a cousin very close in age with that name.

I stopped myself from calling him Kerouac and stuck with a sensible name which I also love.

I'm pregnant again and still considering Kerouac if it's another boy! My sensible side will win through. Especially as the name would sound daft next to his brother's traditional name.

Which names have you been very tempted to use but stopped yourself?

OP posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

unpocoloco23 · 25/01/2023 14:12

Boys:
Denver
Lockie
Apollo
Cosmo
Laith

Girls:
Goldie
Coco
Jovie

still love them all, but not sure I could pull them off!

Please
or
to access all these features

Toomuchinfor · 25/01/2023 14:14

Atticus

It's just too much for where I live.

Please
or
to access all these features

SquigglePigs · 25/01/2023 14:17

I love the name Arabella but we already have a very "posh" sounding surname (even thought we aren't) that I thought I was asking for trouble putting them together.

For boys I loved Phoenix but I didn't think we could get away with a non-mainstream name so our short list was more of the Daniel, Matthew spectrum. In the end we had a DD so it didn't matter.

Please
or
to access all these features

SingingSands · 25/01/2023 14:17

Reminds me of when my mum phoned to suggest we use Jacques for our firstborn. "It's just like Jack, but fancier" she said, whilst I pissed myself laughing.

Please
or
to access all these features

Zipadeebooyah · 25/01/2023 20:17

SingingSands · 25/01/2023 14:17

Reminds me of when my mum phoned to suggest we use Jacques for our firstborn. "It's just like Jack, but fancier" she said, whilst I pissed myself laughing.

Aw! I love this Grin

OP posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

Zipadeebooyah · 25/01/2023 20:18

Toomuchinfor · 25/01/2023 14:14

Atticus

It's just too much for where I live.

Funnily enough I'd considered Scout for a girl. I also like Ptolemy but I've seen that's actually gaining popularity!

OP posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

Junebug22 · 25/01/2023 21:22

Nico -loved it but we have zero Italian heritage which I think would’ve been the assumption. Baby has also ended up blonde haired and blue eyed so I don’t think it would’ve suited him at all.
Kit - was actually a front runner until I realised that combined with my nn we would’ve ended up a certain chocolate biscuit 😂

Please
or
to access all these features

TwoPointFourCatsAndDogs · 25/01/2023 21:24

Dilys

Please
or
to access all these features

DaisyCornflowerBlue · 25/01/2023 21:28

Genevieve. Lots of nn combos!

But it's the name of DH's ex, so it was out.

Please
or
to access all these features

Leemoe · 25/01/2023 21:31

Annakin

Please
or
to access all these features

LesLavandes · 25/01/2023 21:52

Rafferty

Please
or
to access all these features

Startuplife · 25/01/2023 22:09

Anything beginning with an A which seems to be all the names I love!
Our surname is an S-S double barrel and the initials would be unfortunate.

Please
or
to access all these features

Aftertheharvest · 25/01/2023 22:17

Also Nico and Genevieve!

Please
or
to access all these features

PurBal · 25/01/2023 22:20

I love Benedict and Augustine for boys and Caritas for a girl. Never going to happen IRL.

Please
or
to access all these features

MashedUpPotatoes · 25/01/2023 22:20

I loved Queenie and Bridie when pregnant with dd2 but didn’t think the world was ready yet 😂

Please
or
to access all these features

WordtoYoMumma · 25/01/2023 22:21

I really wanted to call my son Red. I just love it.

By baby number 3 I had convinced DH of the name Jared - DH said we would shorten to Jed but I thought I would secretly shorten to Red 😂

Baby number 3 was a girl 😂

I still want a baby Red!!

Please
or
to access all these features

PurBal · 25/01/2023 22:21

With obvious nn: Ben, Augie and Cari

Please
or
to access all these features

Teenagelament · 25/01/2023 22:25

Isolde

Please
or
to access all these features

zinch · 25/01/2023 22:29

Sky for a boy 💙

Please
or
to access all these features

Snugglemonkey · 25/01/2023 22:32

Teenagelament · 25/01/2023 22:25

Isolde

I love Isolde! I was v tempted by Iseult.

I really wanted Sadhbh, but we live in Scotland and my dp thought it would be difficult for people.

Please
or
to access all these features

HainaultViaNewburyPark · 25/01/2023 22:36

I wanted Erasmus and DH wanted Orion. We compromised on something much more ordinary.

Please
or
to access all these features

Allmyarseandpeggymartin · 25/01/2023 22:37

Loved serge for a boy, wouldn’t have suited him

Please
or
to access all these features

Zipadeebooyah · 25/01/2023 22:37

@Snugglemonkey how do you pronounce that?

OP posts:
Please
or
to access all these features

elgreco · 25/01/2023 22:42

Dubhdaire (pronounced dove dara) means "black oak", Macdara means "son of oak"

Please
or
to access all these features

WashAsDelicates · 25/01/2023 22:44

Benedict

Dh: Never heard of it. What, like the drink? Sounds pretentious.

20 years later, he loves everything that Benedict Cumberbatch has been in and thinks Benedict is an excellent name.

Please
or
to access all these features
Similar threads
Please create an account

To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account.

Sign up to continue reading

Mumsnet's better when you're logged in. You can customise your experience and access way more features like messaging, watch and hide threads, voting and much more.

Already signed up?