Revealed: The Baby Names Mums WISH They Had Used

There are literally thousands of usable and adorable baby names out there. Most new parents will have a list of at least a few dozen names they love. Most of us don’t get a chance to use them all unless we have a tribe of children or we succumb to naming our pets these names.

But we want to know, which baby names do mums love but haven’t been able to use. So, we asked you! We recently asked our Mum Central community this very question.

With over 1,000 replies, we count down some of the most common names and trends that made the list:

What baby name do you love but haven’t been able to use? 

Most loved unisex names

By far the most popular unisex name was River, followed by Noah/Noa then Darcy.

  1. River
  2. Noah/Noa
  3. Darcy
  4. Charlie
  5. Jordan

Most loved girls’ baby names

Surprisingly enough, the most popular names for girls included ones that don’t even top the charts, including Nova/Novalee, Eloise and Savannah.

Below are 30 of the most loved girls’ names:

  1. Willow
  2. Evie
  3. Eden
  4. Charlotte
  5. Eloise
  6. Lily
  7. Isla
  8. Ava
  9. Bobbie
  10. Chloe
  11. Hannah
  12. Mackenzie
  13. Adeline
  14. Harper
  15. Novalee/Nova
  16. Violet
  17. Lexi
  18. Stella
  19. Grace
  20. Arabella
  21. Scout
  22. Poppy
  23. Frankie
  24. Molly
  25. Bridie
  26. Lena
  27. Stevie
  28. Abigail
  29. Grace
  30. Everly/Everleigh

A few other names that cropped up on the girls’ list include flower names such as Ivy and Jade, colour names like Hazel and Indigo, gemstone names such as Sapphire and Ruby, and nature-themed names including Ocean and Rain.

What about the boys?

Here are 20 of the most loved boys’ names.

Again, you can see that none of the top ten most popular baby names is anywhere near the top! Instead, we see names like Josiah, Tristen and Ace.

  1. Tristen
  2. Sebastian
  3. Josiah
  4. Dean
  5. Arlo
  6. Benjamin
  7. Jackson
  8. Ace
  9. Atticus
  10. William
  11. Jack
  12. Toby/Tobias
  13. Silas
  14. Nathanial/Nate
  15. Wesley
  16. Archie
  17. Remi/Remington
  18. Angus
  19. Pheonix 
  20. Caleb

Many unique names too

With over 1000 comments, we were also surprised to see some of the more unique names that never made it to the birth certificate including these 10 unusual names:

  1. Minnow
  2. Avicii
  3. Kestral
  4. Lakota
  5. Eilish
  6. EmJay
  7. Kacen
  8. Anika
  9. Drazic
  10. Nulla

Why not the name?

Plenty of our mums commented on the reason why they opted against the name. In some instances, it was because someone else in the family already used the name. In other cases, it was because their partner didn’t agree. Or, they didn’t have a baby of the fave name gender.

In a few cases, it was because the name wouldn’t work with the surname, such as the name Paige, submitted by a mum with the last name Turner.

You can check out the entire thread below – it’s a great resource if you are on the hunt for a baby name.


I love the name Bobbie for a girl, what about you?

Posted by Mum Central on Monday, May 3, 2021


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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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