As a teacher, I have come across just about every name imaginable (I once had a student named Peterking Kong. You can’t make that up). So, every time I read a book, if the name is unique and I had a student with that name that stood out in my memory, its hard to separate that in my mind. So, here are a few names I love and wish were more used and a few I wish authors wouldn’t use (and why).
Names I want more of:
Maren: Ok, its my middle name but I LOVE it! Its unique and not over used.
Kennedy: I love this as a girl’s name. Emma Chase used it in Appealed (my favorite book)!
Mateo: This is another name that isn’t used widely, but its such a great name! Cora Carmack used it All Played Out (another favorite of mine!)
Roman: This is a strong name and you can give them the nickname Rome. Cambria Hebert used this in #Nerd!
Reagan: As a girl’s name, this is so catchy! I love it!
Keir: This is a unique Irish boy’s name and I love it. I also knew a boy named Keir and he was a genius!
Names I want to see LESS of (like, never again):
Griffin: Another full disclosure-this is my younger brother’s name. Its so unique that its impossible NOT to think about him when I read. And the last thing you want to think of when you read a romance book is your brother. Ick.
Sam (as a boy’s name): All right, this is totally selfish. As a female named Samantha, I hated when people called me Sam when I was younger (honestly, I’m still not a fan but try telling my husband that!). So, when a book’s hero is named Sam, I kind of cringe from the get go and tend to pass on the story.
Emma, Bella, Beckett, Katie/Kaitlyn, Noah, Sophia/Sophie, Josh: I’m so tired of these names. They are super common, so I can think of at least 10 kids I know named these, plus at least 5 book characters.
Jacob/Edward: This goes for any book that takes the world by storm. Those names should just be retired because the reader will ALWAYS make the connection back to the ‘original’. Its like the names of hurricanes-the ones that make a HUGE impact are retired as names.
Grace/Hope/Faith/Angel/Heaven: These are all a bit overused and also I find them a bit too sappy for my taste. It creates a bit of an expectation for the character that may or may not be intended (they are wholesome, religious, etc).