Choosing the name of a baby is never easy. You have to find a balance (difficult) between your own opinions and your family’s ideas. Not to mention the perfect strangers who come to put their two cents! It would be a shame to choose something that does not stand the test of time.
You think it’s impossible? Think carefully. Bertha was the tenth most popular first name in 1890, but do you imagine a “Bertha” becoming the most popular girl in high school today? So, to avoid a potential failure, here are some baby names that will be ridiculous in 10 years.
Naming your child after a fictional character can go poorly. In 2009, Cullen was in the top 500 most popular names after languishing at 200-300 places lower for years, according to Baby Center. Its rapid surge was all thanks to Twilight. The main character Edward Cullen was suddenly a big deal and a lot of people wanted to name a child for their favorite sparkly vampire. But once the Twilight glow wore off around 2010, the moniker lost its shimmer. Usually names with a sudden spike in popularity don’t last as favorites for long.
Khaleesi, made popular by Game of Thrones, might have a similar Cullen curse. Sure, Khaleesi is great right now while everyone’s still talking about how cool it was that Daenerys walked through fire, but the show will be off the air in two seasons and you’ll be stuck with a hard to pronounce name in a made up language.