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Names you love but can't use

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Thought this would be fun and a good source of names for anyone who is looking for some fresh ideas - what are some names you love but can't use?  Here are mine, all ruled out because they were either ex boyfriends names, names I gave previous or current pets, or names of children already in our family or close group of friends:

Boys:
Harrison
Jefferson
Asa
Franklin
Lincoln

Girls:
Clara
Laurel
Beatrice
Clementine
Jane
Margaret

Anyone else care to share?

Edited: spelling error 
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Re: Names you love but can't use

  • Hmmm. 

    Boys 

    Johannes - h isn’t sold
    Horst - a bit awkward in English 
    Lyle - I love this name, but I'm about to gain a Kyle as a BIL, so I'm afraid it might be too close. Probably will middle name it if we ever have a boy.
    Alistair - love it, but we're not Scottish.


    Girls
    Lenore - I love Leona more, and feel like it's too close.
    Yui - we're not Japanese. 
    Adeline - too popular, too many spelling variations (and pronunciations ) and I am absolutely a snob.
    Emma - loved it since high school, way too popular.
    Rosalind - my current D&D character is named Rosalind, feels weird to consider.   Maybe if the campaign ends before we have a girl or she dies I can use it?
    Zelda - I'm too much of a fan girl for the video game series,  not fair too a kid.


    Those are the ones I can think of now anyway. 
  • Boys:
    Daniel- DH
    Benjamin- BIL
    Matthew- BIL
    Joseph- BIL
    David- BIL's middle name that DH is iffy on because of
    Mitchell/Mitch- DH thinks the nn is too close to a curse word- I *love* the name and nn both!
    Gideon- DH thinks his nn will be "Giddy"
    Peter- both our dad's name, no thank you.
    Andrew- WAY to many friends
    Michael- DH's best friend
    Nathan- DH's best friend's son
    Christopher- DH's best friend's son's mn
    Joshua- DH knows a couple bad ones
    Seth - DH cousin
    Conner- DH says it's too close to Cooper which is not only DH's mn, but one of the few boy name's he's agreed to let us use (though we both prefer it to be a mn)!

    Girls:
    Emma- DH's sister's name is Emily and it's too close
    Anne- DH's sister's name is Anna and it's too close
    Penelope/Penny- DH doesn't like it 
    Adeline- DH doesn't like it
    Felicity- DH may let me have this one if I keep working on it
    Evie- DH: "that's the name of a pokemon and we're not using it" (plus with a "W" last name - anything beginning with "E" makes her initials "EW" which SIL hates.
    Ashley- DH just doesn't like it

    Trying to work around my husband's tendency to not be ok with the name of anyone we know has been exhausting.... Doesn't help that he prefers super plain names where I love the "pretty/whimsical" ones.

    The one name we both agree on is Samantha. <3  Fx we can agree on a boy name!
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  • I feel like there are sooo many names off the table for me, since I have a huge family and tons of friends with babies. Oliver, Grant, Graham, Lincoln, and Henry are my top "bummer" names for boys. Girls I actually am okay on (for now!) except for Elena, since a best friend just used Alaina.

    I think my bigger issue is my own set of criteria: nothing that people automatically shorten or nn (I love Thomas, Daniel, and Timothy, but wouldn't use them), and no other disciple names (love Peter and Andrew, but DS1 is Simon).
  • Boys:
    Mark (DH's cousin/former uncle/my uncle...this is my #1 boy's name but it has a lot of family history already)
    Reid (DH's cousin)

    Girls:
    Georgia (DH dislikes it)
    Tilly

  • Grace, Kelsey, Ellen - last name issues.  
    Oliver, Arthur, Thomas, Rosie - Past & Present Pet's names
    Benedict - DH gets hung up on Benedict Arnold.
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    Girls:
    Olivia
    Rosemary/Rosalie/Rose
    Aurora, Alice - DD's name is that of a Disney princess, so I don't want to choose any more major Disney characters

    Boys: (not that it matters, since we're having a girl)
    Gabriel, Charlie, David - all names already taken by cousins
    Jack/John - it's my dad's name, and his dad's name. I adore my dad and I loved my grandpa but my dad didn't get along well with my grandpa and doesn't want any grandkids named after him.

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  • Elliott- my cats name.

    Harrison- I have a nephew named Harry.

    Maxwell- love it but doesn't work with ln. Too similar sounding. 
     

    DD: Ophelia 5/18/15
  • Matthew, Lucas, Benjamin, Samuel, Timothy, Jacob, Joshua, James

    Holly...I can't think of any girl names that I love and can't use. Can you tell we had a boy? lol

  • I have friends named Charlotte and Clara, so those are out. Friends or family have kids named Eleanor, Layla and Gianna. H's uncle is named William. I like Ruby but H says it makes him think of a horse I used to ride- she wasn't even my horse. Plus she was really cute. Hmph. I like variations of Rose but we already have a ferret named Rosie. Lots of names ruined by the fact that H is a teacher and has bad associations with them, lots of names that I think are neat but are from different cultures and are therefore inappropriate for us to use. 



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  • Girls - 
    Felicity 
    Lily
    Jane
    Adeline


    Boys - 
    Everett
    Jack
    Joseph
    Henry

  • Girls:
    Lilah - Doesn't work with our last name
    Caroline - Close friend named her baby that a couple years ago
    Brynn - DH hates it
    Makenna- DH hates it

    Boys:
    Cullen - Associated with Twilight
    Brady - Too close to an exboyfriend's name
    Owen - DH says it sounds like a fat kid name (?)
    Ezra - DH says it sounds like a girl's name (also ?) 
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  • Boys:
    Elijah
    Gerard
    Hector
    Louis
    Samuel

    Girls:
    Bernice
    Bronwyn
    Imogen, Imogene
    Fiona
    Florence
    Laurel, Lauren
    Naomi
    Paulette, Pauline
    Salome
    Simone
    Stella
    Sylvia
  • Girls:
    Felicity-name of a character in a story I'm writing.
    Emily: I know one I don't like, and it's my nieces middle name.
    Laura-WAY too close to my boyfriend's ex's name.
    Leia-last name issue
    Anything that starts with L: Last name issue.

    Boys:
    Daniel: used WAY too much in my husband's side of the family.
    James- I'd love to name a boy this, after my Grandpa but I don't want to make it look like I prefe one brother over the other 2.
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  • Ivy - love but hubby hates it!
    Azalea (NN: Aza) love but I'm afraid people we named her after Iggy Azalea???
  • Boys:
    Mark (DH's cousin/former uncle/my uncle...this is my #1 boy's name but it has a lot of family history already)
    Reid (DH's cousin)

    Girls:
    Georgia (DH dislikes it)
    Tilly

    i had the same problem with the name Mark......so I used Marcus and call him Marc occasionally . Win win for us!
  • Boys- Spencer, John, Morgan, Aaron, Caleb, Brody, Corbin, Jack, Tate
    Girls- Zoe, Alice
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    My furchildren, Dorothy and Johnny :)
  • @Bringmemylongswordho - My husband feels the same way you do about Zelda!  Can't separate it from the game.  I love it and would totally use it, but you're both probably right about that association being strong.

    Love Felicity, which has come up a couple times!  Definitely adding that to my future girl names list!  :)
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  • @Bringmemylongswordho - My husband feels the same way you do about Zelda!  Can't separate it from the game.  I love it and would totally use it, but you're both probably right about that association being strong.

    Love Felicity, which has come up a couple times!  Definitely adding that to my future girl names list!  :)

  • All biblical names have been used 5 times on each side of our family! MN spot only as an option. Sucks because they are so timeless and perfect.

    Max, Stella, Oliver, Scarlett, James...everyone seems to name their fog my favorite baby names. So annoying! 

    Jack...it's just so beyond over used and a few in our family already. I just love it. 
  • Hmmm. 

    Boys 

    Johannes - h isn’t sold
    Horst - a bit awkward in English 
    Lyle - I love this name, but I'm about to gain a Kyle as a BIL, so I'm afraid it might be too close. Probably will middle name it if we ever have a boy.
    Alistair - love it, but we're not Scottish.


    Girls
    Lenore - I love Leona more, and feel like it's too close.
    Yui - we're not Japanese. 
    Adeline - too popular, too many spelling variations (and pronunciations ) and I am absolutely a snob.
    Emma - loved it since high school, way too popular.
    Rosalind - my current D&D character is named Rosalind, feels weird to consider.   Maybe if the campaign ends before we have a girl or she dies I can use it?
    Zelda - I'm too much of a fan girl for the video game series,  not fair too a kid.


    Those are the ones I can think of now anyway. 
    We named our daughter Rosalind. It's awesome!  My D & D character is Freya, so we couldn't use it for our babe. 
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    Hmmm. 

    Boys 

    Johannes - h isn’t sold
    Horst - a bit awkward in English 
    Lyle - I love this name, but I'm about to gain a Kyle as a BIL, so I'm afraid it might be too close. Probably will middle name it if we ever have a boy.
    Alistair - love it, but we're not Scottish.


    Girls
    Lenore - I love Leona more, and feel like it's too close.
    Yui - we're not Japanese. 
    Adeline - too popular, too many spelling variations (and pronunciations ) and I am absolutely a snob.
    Emma - loved it since high school, way too popular.
    Rosalind - my current D&D character is named Rosalind, feels weird to consider.   Maybe if the campaign ends before we have a girl or she dies I can use it?
    Zelda - I'm too much of a fan girl for the video game series,  not fair too a kid.


    Those are the ones I can think of now anyway. 
    We named our daughter Rosalind. It's awesome!  My D & D character is Freya, so we couldn't use it for our babe. 
    Rosalind is such a great name, I'm kinda kicking myself for using it! I should have used a name that H hated instead. 

    Since both of my groups are on a bit of a hiatus I have to ask, what's your class? What edition do you use? (Rosalind is a half-elf knowledge cleric, and we use 5e.)
  • Love these but just can't! 

    Girls: 
    Joy - rhymes with last name, ha
    Iris - too similar to DD
    Anna - my cousin's DD
    Grace - close friend's DD
    Names that end in -ana - husband vetoed all of them :(

    Boys: 
    Leo - relative's son
    Seth - bad association
    Gus - means balls in husband's language but is a family name for me :(
  • Not many off the table for me.... these are due to another person in our circle already having or sounding horrible with last name.

    Annabel
    Louise
    William 
    Miles
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    I love the name Maria, but it's my husband's old ex-girlfriend's name. So...yeah. Super bummed because I do love that name.
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  • I love Rose, and I love Anne. I think Roseanne is pretty, but...

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  • Cole, Kate, Phoenix, Riley - dogs and cat
    Julian - I love it, DH hates it, so I named my car Julian
    Andrew, Ella, Bradley, Alaina - friends' kids
    Brock, Brody, Bronson - our last name starts with "Br" 
  • I have a very generic last name so most of the simple/common names that I love are just out. My top faves -

    Benjamin
    Matthew
    Charlotte

    and then because of family, friends, pets -

    Clara
    Oliver
    Laurel
    Lucy
    Molly
    Cole
    Luke/Lucas
    Eloise




  • Also, just realizing with my daughter being named Rose, alllll of the floral names are out, because it'd be too matchy matchy for me.  

    I'll be sad about:

    Iris
    Daisy
    Ivy
    Dahlia
    Lily 
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