20 Names I Would Never Give My Baby

Babynames.com has released their list of the 20 most popular names for 2010 and it is the list I view as my personal Do Not Name List.

It is not that the names are bad. They are perfectly fine, featuring the usual round-up of Aidan and Olivia. This year, Sophia is the new number one. It is a beautiful name, but it would not come within 10 feet of my child's birth certificate.

I like the idea of my children having unusual names. Not weird, mind you, but not the same one every other child has. Case in point: there are two Sophias in my daughter's preschool class alone. I really don't want her going through life known as "Big Sophia" because the other two are slightly smaller.

I say this from expereince having known two "Big Kristis" back in the day. Can you imagine?


So, while these names are perfectly lovely, I consider this the top 20 list of names I will never give to my child.

They include:


  1. Sophia
  2. Charlotte
  3. Ava
  4. Addison
  5. Olivia
  6. Amelia
  7. Lilly
  8. Isabella
  9. Chloe
  10. Bailey


  1. Aiden
  2. Liam
  3. Noah
  4. Jackson
  5. Ethan
  6. Caden
  7. Mason
  8. Logan
  9. Landon
  10. Oliver

Expect at least 10 of each in your baby's classes going forward!

Names are such a complicated things, but to pick a name off the most popular name list just strikes me as lazy. Think outside the box! You may get some flak for it, but hey, it is better than being called "Big" anything.

Did you use a top name for your baby?

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