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84 Popular Baby Names to Avoid at All Costs

Save yourself — and your child — from a lifetime of regret.

Popular baby names are tempting, aren’t they? At the height of their popularity, the names of celebrities, fictional characters, and cultural icons seem to have an outsize beauty, power, and influence. So what could possibly go wrong? I mean, Game of Thrones couldn’t do anything to ruin the great name of Daenerys, right? We get it: It’s tempting to pluck a baby girl name or baby boy name out of pop culture and to share in the glamor, excitement and commonality of big cultural moments. But while some popular baby names may withstand the test of time, others will inevitably lose their special charge — or take on other, unwanted associations. Will this name seem like a great idea in five years? Eighteen? What about when you see the name on a diploma, wedding invitation, or award plaque? 

I mean, think about all the people who patted themselves on the back for being one of more than 11,000 people (according to the Social Security Administration) to name their kid Gertrude in the 1880s? 

If you’re considering a name inspired by your favorite show, celebrity, or mythical creature, consider these questions: When someone hears the name, how obvious will your inspiration be? Will your child’s name bring to mind a villain? Could the way the series finale plays out alter how you think about your child? Would a public scandal involving the person with that namesake cause you to be embarrassed to say your child’s name in public? Here are some fad-inspired names that might do just that.

84 Popular Baby Names to Avoid at All Costs

  1. Archie 
  2. Khaleesi
  3. Harper
  4. Bentley 
  5. Hunter
  6. North
  7. Saint
  8. Reign
  9. Destiny
  10. Apple
  11. Elsa
  12. Royal
  13. Moana
  14. Monroe
  15. Luna
  16. Manolo
  17. Dream
  18. Stormy
  19. Chanel
  20. Lulu
  21. Gigi
  22. True
  23. Sir
  24. Rumi
  25. Mercedes
  26. Angel
  27. Duke
  28. Lucky
  29. Eleven
  30. Angelica
  31. Daenerys
  32. Sia
  33. Jonas
  34. Kygo
  35. Creed
  36. Fox
  37. Zayne
  38. London
  39. Bianca
  40. Brenda
  41. Paris
  42. Khloe
  43. Maverick
  44. Hadley
  45. Carmen
  46. Braxton
  47. Lincoln
  48. Jaxxon
  49. Gunner
  50. Blakely
  51. Remington
  52. Oaklee
  53. Colton
  54. Tiffany
  55. Ariana
  56. Aspen
  57. Blair
  58. Dominique
  59. Charity
  60. Crystal
  61. Doris
  62. Esperanza
  63. Ivy
  64. Faith
  65. Florence
  66. Heidi
  67. Hillary
  68. June
  69. Layla
  70. Nia
  71. Apollo
  72. Armand
  73. Bodhi
  74. Brock
  75. Dallas
  76. Ezra
  77. Guy
  78. Harvey
  79. Hector
  80. Kareem
  81. Kai
  82. Kennedy
  83. Shane
  84. Spencer
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