10 Baby Names That You’ll Regret In 5 Years

It’s easy to get caught up in trends. I recently considered buying overalls. But my better judgment kicked and I was reminded to stay true to my timeless style. There is a trend firestorm happening in the world of baby names. And it’s been going on for a while.


Let’s take a look at some of the top names for 2017 that you are sure to regret by your child’s 5th birthday.

1. Jax

Typically a male name, Jax is skyrocketed in popularity in the last year. Mainly in part because of the hot guy from Sons of Anarchy, but let’s not forget about the slimy reality star from Vanderpump Rules.  Really an x-ending name is trying too hard and I think you should just scrap it from the list of potentials.

2. Khaleesi

Man oh man do people love HBO’s Game of Thrones? So much so that according to nameberry, it is the 4th most popular girl’s name. This is a name that will be overused and will feel dated when GoT reign has ended.

3. Reign

Speaking of a reign ending, you should put this name on the list to be dethroned. This unisex name is just so pretentious, mostly because it is synonymous with royalty, joining the ranks of Lorde, Titan, Saint, and Nobel, but also because Kourtney Kardashian and (Lord) Scott Disick named their third child Reign.

4. Bodhi

Bodhi is actually a really beautiful name and it pains me to put it on the list, mostly because of its thoughtful meaning of awakening and enlightenment. However I just can’t get over what your child will have to live up to with a name like this. You name your son Bodhi and you better hope they are free of any anger and want only peace for the world – since Bodhi is synonymous with the state of nirvana.

5. Astrid

I love a mature baby girl name with the best of them. Give me a Pearl, Nora, Eloise, Ophelia and I will lap it up but Astrid just doesn’t sit well with me. Ass for short and too similar to Asteroid – you’re setting up your daughter for bullying if you choose this one.

6. Magnus

Another name that is going to tough for your son to live up to, Magnus, a top 100 boys name, meaning “the greatest”. In other countries like Denmark, Norway, and Sweden it is even more popular – mostly because it was the name of several Scandinavian kings. Here is America we don’t have that reasoning. And, in a few years you’ll realize Magnus is too close to Magnum and regret it.

7. Adelaide

If you like this name simply just to use the nickname Adel, just scrap the aide and name her Adel. You are sure to get lots of misspelling and pronunciations with this one.

8. Bear

Yes, you read that correctly. Bear, as in panda or grizzly. This boy’s name became more popular with celebrities like Alicia Silverstone and Kate Winslet using the name for their boys, but it’s still a don’t.

9. Alexa

Listen, I love amazon too but you don’t see me naming a girl after the amazing little device. One question – if you name your baby girl Alexa would you consider Echo for your son? Let’s just skip it and avoid the scenario all together.

10. Banjo

This boy’s name was on hiatus for a while and I really wish it would have stayed there. It screams hipster, Mumford and Sons-loving parents and that’s just not fair to your son. Picture him as an adult in a business meeting introducing himself. Would you take Banjo very seriously?

Any name that feels current or on trend now will feel dated soon. That much I can promise you. Stick to the classics and with thousands of names that have been around for centuries, you sure to pick something timeless that will suit your baby.



Liz Coyle

Liz is a Scottsdale-based writer and mom of two young children and one not so young Boston Terrier. She is a lover of cooking, travel, and any activities she can do with the kids. She loves to share her experiences of being a high-strung, type a mom in an imperfect world.

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