The Top Baby Names You'll Probably Regret in 10 Years

Updated: August 2, 2019
Trends and fads come and go, and when it comes to baby names it may be best to avoid them all together or you may regret it later down the line.
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Choosing your baby’s name can be challenging to say the least. It’s a decision that will become an essential part of your beloved little one’s identity, and you want it to be a meaningful one. It is always most important to follow your own instincts and heart when it comes to choosing a baby name, but there are certain trends that can point to name choices that could lead to regret down the road.

These are the top baby names you might regret in ten years:

  • Cersei

This name - or any other name - that has been inspired by your Game of Thrones binge watching is one to stay away from. Leaving your child the legacy of being named after a violent TV show that you were once obsessed with may not be the one you ultimately want to provide.

Although this name means “glorious” and “beautiful,” this name, along with other old-fashioned Germanic names like Gertrude and Helga just don’t have the same ring of beauty that they once did.

  • Sparkle

We all want our children to let their inner light shine, but it might be wise to choose a name that is a bit more subtle in the expression of its meaning.

This name, which is “heaven” spelled backwards, can be a tough one for people to spell, pronounce, and understand. Are you naming your child what you believe to be the opposite of heaven? Hmm…

  • Bear

Yes, your snuggly baby will be like a tiny, adorable bear. It is an adorable pet name or baby nickname. It is not a name you want to saddle a person with for life.

This English name, aptly meaning “bold prince,” will see quite the boom this year thanks to Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan choosing this as the name for their first born royal baby. Not to mention that it doesn’t have quite the same ring to it if your baby is not a prince. Curious what the royal baby's name means? Find out the meaning here.

This English name meaning “birdlike” was the name chosen by Jessica Simpson and husband Eric Johnson this year. If you’re not looking for a name that drips with Southern charm and if you’d like your child to avoid having to answer the question of what her real name is for the rest of her life, you might want to avoid this one.

Oscar is a name with meanings that center around “divine” which is beautiful, but it’s hard to separate the name from the notorious Sesame Street grouch. This name could see a resurgence though thanks to the fact that it was the baby name chosen by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and his wife Tana this year.

Millie Bobby Brown is quite the inspiration this year as she’s continued her role as Eleven on Stranger Things and nabbed new leading roles, all while being an outspoken feminist and budding rapper. Still, there’s only one Millie Bobby, and there are plenty of ways to encourage your daughter to be a strong woman without copying this unique and old-fashioned name.

  • Eleven

And while we’re on the topic of Eleven, please avoid all names that are also numbers, foods (i.e. Gwyneth Paltrow’s classic name debacle choice of Apple), and animals.

Please take no offense if you’ve chosen one of the above names. There’s room for everyone and every choice in this world. The important thing is that you take the time to consider potential name choices from all angles. It is especially important to consider how both you and your child will feel about the name in ten plus years. Choose wisely.

Looking for a baby name that will never go out of style? Here are our top picks for Classic Baby Names.