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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. Surely Game of Thrones couldn’t do anything to ruin the great name of Daenerys, right? Baby names plucked from popular culture can have a one-of-a-kind ring to them — but of course, thousands of other soon-to-be-parents are thinking along the same lines. Think of all the parents 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?

We get it: Baby girl name and baby boy names drawn from pop culture have a powerful allure; they let us 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? Here are some fad-inspired names that are better avoided.

84 Popular Baby Names to Avoid at All Costs

  1. Archie 
  2. Khaleesi
  3. Gunner
  4. Blakely
  5. Remington
  6. Oaklee
  7. Colton
  8. Tiffany
  9. Ariana
  10. Aspen
  11. Blair
  12. Dominique
  13. Charity
  14. Crystal
  15. Doris
  16. Esperanza
  17. Ivy
  18. Faith
  19. Harper
  20. Bentley 
  21. Hunter
  22. North
  23. Saint
  24. Reign
  25. Destiny
  26. Apple
  27. Elsa
  28. Royal
  29. Moana
  30. Monroe
  31. Luna
  32. Manolo
  33. Dream
  34. Stormy
  35. Chanel
  36. Lulu
  37. Gigi
  38. True
  39. Sir
  40. Rumi
  41. Mercedes
  42. Angel
  43. Duke
  44. Lucky
  45. Eleven
  46. Angelica
  47. Daenerys
  48. Sia
  49. Jonas
  50. Kygo
  51. Creed
  52. Fox
  53. Zayne
  54. London
  55. Bianca
  56. Brenda
  57. Paris
  58. Khloe
  59. Maverick
  60. Hadley
  61. Carmen
  62. Braxton
  63. Lincoln
  64. Jaxxon
  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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