6 Baby Names That Probably Can’t Be Used Again

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I love baby names, and while I likely won't be having the big decision to name a new human anytime soon, I still love to hear new and unique baby names.

When choosing my children's names, I took many things into consideration, from how they'd play out with my kids' last name, any potential nicknames that could come out of it, to whether or not the names themselves may have bad feelings behind them.

It would be nice to be able to have a clean slate every time we hear a new name, but let's be honest–sometimes we meet someone who has the same name as someone you just can't stand, and you can't help but push views on this new person. It happens. It does.

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Or the opposite can be true, too. Someone has the same name as someone so historically famous for being amazing that you just can't help but wonder why their parents would put so much pressure on them to be awesome, too.

If you're looking for a baby name for your next child, I hate to say it, but these baby names are probably off limits:

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Oprah

There is nothing wrong with this name. I mean, when you hear it, you can't help but think of the inspirational Oprah Winfrey. But, that's where the problem lies. It will always be assumed you've named your child after the one and only, and it could be hard to live down.

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Beyonce

Another powerful amazing woman, but Beyonce Knowles is on a league all of her own. It would be hard to need to live up to that as a child with the same name. Even if you don't ever tell your child they need to be a super-mega star, it's kind of implied with such a strong name.

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Adolf

I probably don't need any explanation here, but we can probably agree this name just probably won't fly around these parts of the world.

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Lolita

On its own, it's a beautiful name. But when you remember the book and movie with the title character of the same name, which follows a young teenager in, well, compromising situations, it's a name that will always be questioned now. 

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Katrina

It's certainly difficult for anyone to forget Hurricane Katrina, which happened back in 2005. It was one of those storms we aren't going to be forgetting anytime soon due to its devastation. And unfortunately, when I hear that name, Katrina, the hurricane always comes to mind.

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North

Unless you're the world's biggest Kimye fan, this name is just not going to fly for anyone else. Sorry. I know it's an adorable, cute name, but unless you and your child are fans for life, I say you'll need to look at the other direction-inspired names. 

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Are there any baby names that you'd consider to be “off limits”? Share in the comments!

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6 Baby Names That Probably Can’t Be Used Again

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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2 comments

  1. Lauren says:

    If Adolf or Adolph ( a family name for us) can’t be used why isnt Joseph on the list for Joseph Stalin who killed more people? Or any dictator through out history? I think Napoleon would be higher on the list.

  2. sayhola says:

    How about Elvis? And Madonna? Well, maybe not in the US at least. 🙂 I know a little boy named Linus, and although I really do love the name, can’t help but to always think of Charlie Brown!

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