Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Guilty Pleasure Names

What is a guilty pleasure name you ask?  It's a name that I love but would never use for my own child(ren) for one reason or another.  Or a guilty pleasure name could just be names that you love that you know no one else would like. Do you have any guilty pleasure names?  I would love to hear them and the reasoning as to why you wouldn't use them!

Let's start with the girls...

Esme:  I LOVE this name so much.   This name means "loved".  I love the "z" sound in this name, I love how short it is, and I love the nick name "Ez".  But I wouldn't use it because of the association it has with the ever popular "Twilight" series. 

Tallulah:  Tallulah means "jumping water".  This is just such a cute name to me, but I would never use it because it's bit "too out there" for me.  Plus, I'm not a huge fan of the nick name "Tully" or "LuLu".

Belle:  Belle means "beautiful" and that's exactly what it is, such a pretty name.  But...all I can think of is the Disney princess when I hear this name.  I wouldn't use this for a first name but I would consider it for a middle name.

Daphne:  I don't even know what it is that I love about this name...perhaps it's the uniqueness of it?  Daphne means Laurel or Bay tree.  I wouldn't use it because it reminds me of Scooby Doo...but for real, this name is so stinkin' cute.

Sutton:  Meaning "From the south farm"...I love this name for a girl or boy actually.  But I don't like or at least can't think of any nickname for this name that I like.

Laurel:  I love this name, it's just gorgeous.  And anyone I have never known to have this name has also been incredibly gorgeous!  But it goes horribly with  my last name and I'd never be able to use it.

Story:  I just think this name is super cute and though unusual, not difficult to pronounce.  Totally qualifies as a name I love, but I just don't think I'd use it.

Sparrow:  I love animal names...seriously, you'll see the trend going on here, but I just don't think I'm cool enough to pull something like that off.  It totally speaks to me though.

Winter:  I actually really enjoy the winter season.  I love snow.  I love hot chocolate and being bundled up under blankets with candles glowing. And when I think of this as a name it immediately makes me feel cozy.  I also really dig the nickname "Winnie"...so okay, maybe this isn't a GP name, maybe I'll keep this one on my list of favorites.

Here are my boy guilty pleasure names...

Bear:  Seriously this is A-freaking-dorable. But, we call my dog Bear, so that would just be weird now if I used it to name a child.

Cal:  It's origin is Hebrew meaning "Devotion."  I would 100% name my son this if my name wasn't Kyle.  It sounds like I'm saying my name with a southern accent.  Just would be too close to mine to seem different.

Fox:  Imagine meeting a little boy name Fox.  Is that not the cutest thing?!  Unfortunately, I couldn't imagine it on an adult, and so it will remain here, forever, on my GP list.

Dawson: Okay, so I once had a cat named Dawson (I named him).  And I still love that name so much.  It's English, it means Son of David.  It reminds me too much of Dawson's Creek the 90's hit TV show.  I haven't completely thrown this name out the window...it's usable.  And no one I know (besides my family) would associate with my deceased kitty.

Ethan:  I have loved this name for so long.  Unfortunately, it got a bit too popular for my taste, and though I still love it so, I wouldn't use it, in fear that my son would be Ethan L for his entire school-age life.

Haven: This name means "sanctuary/safe place" and I just love it.  I actually would love this name on either gender.  However, it sort of sounds like "Heaven" and I wouldn't to have my child having to correct everyone they meet their whole life.

Hayes: The reason I love this name so much is because of the spelling...but if someone called me on the phone and said, "Hi this is Hayes" I would think that they are saying "Hi this is Haze" and I don't like the image "haze" evokes.

Hue: I also like this name for either gender.  The definition of the word Hue is a gradiation or variety in a color or tint.  So cool right?!  But if I hear "Hue" as a name I think of "Hugh" and then  I think of "Hugh Heffner"...I definitely love the name Hugh as well, but I think everyone would think we named our kid after the starter of a porn business.  So...yeah.

Arrow:  This is name is so hipster...I love it.  However, it doesn't go well with my last name and I think I'd have a really hard time getting my hubby to agree with me on this one.

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