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84 Popular Baby Names to Avoid at All Costs

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

It’s tempting to name your child after an author, character, or public figure you admire. But will you think it was such a great idea in five years? Eighteen? When you see the name on a diploma, wedding invitation, or award plaque? Think long and hard about whether or not the baby name that you adore is really just a fleeting fad.  

I mean, think about all the people who patted themselves on the back for being one of over 11,000 people (according to the Social Security Administration) to name their kid Gertrude in the 1880s (more than 2,000 baby girls were named Mildred, so, hey, maybe the Gertrudes got off easy).

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 goes 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.

  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. Angelica
  27. Angel
  28. Duke
  29. Lucky
  30. Eleven
  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