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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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