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25 Names Other Parents Love But Don’t Have The Courage To Use (Part 2)

Coming up with that perfect name for a newborn can definitely be a challenge. Whether it is a decision made by one parent or both, the decision will not get any easier. There is so much to consider when trying to find that perfect name and with this, parents may find that they go through many more obstacles than they first expected.

Some parents believe in choosing the chart-topping name of the year, thanks to its popularity and the love it is receiving from the wider public. Then, there are some people that are truly looking for a unique name that stands out from the crowd and has certain characteristics of strength and/or subtle beauty. Choosing a name is definitely an individual choice, whichever path a parent is willing to take. However, there are some choices that simply do not get the love they truly deserve.

With so many wonderful names to choose from, there are many names that parents love but do not have the courage to use. Whether they are too "unique" or do not have the popularity that other names have, it is a shame that they get missed and lost within the crowd. With 25 names already discussed, we have provided another 25 names that parents love but don’t have the courage to use. Who knows, one of these names may stand out from the crowd and be the choice a parent has been truly looking for.

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25 Channing

With its strong tones and unique features, this masculine name has parents loving this choice, however, do not have the courage to use it. Deriving from English and Irish origin, Channing has only hit the top 1000 names for boys. Although many of us are aware of its celebrity presence as the name of actor Channing Tatum, we still aren’t convinced that it's a name that will have the power to stand the test of time and continue to be modern. However, we should not underestimate this name as we can’t help love its unique tones and style that is definitely a standout.

24 Fleur 

Not commonly used in English speaking countries, this feminine beauty has been a popular name choice across the waters in Holland. Deriving from French origin, meaning flower, how can you not fall in love with this name instantaneously? This botanical beauty has all the right tones with European flair, however, parents don’t have the courage to use this name for their little girl. This unique botanical name may not have the presence it deserves shying away from the baby naming charts in English speaking countries, however, it definitely turns heads when said out loud. This is an exotic name choice that parents should embrace and have the courage to use.

23 Nahla

Deriving from Arabic, unfortunately, this exotic name has not made the baby naming charts in English speaking countries. Although it is a pretty and soft name, parents do not have enough courage to use this name for their little girl. Meaning ‘a drink of water’, this is a fresh name that provides a Middle Eastern feel. Maybe too close to the Disney character from the much-loved movie The Lion King, its soft tones are absolutely stunning and should be considered for a newborn. No matter its association, this two-syllable feminine name needs more love than it has received in the modern era.

22 Hart 

Hart is a fun one syllable masculine name that many parents are loving, however, do not have the courage to call their little boy. Deriving from English origin, this cool name is also the surname of American comedian and actor Kevin Hart. Due to its use as a surname, many may not have the courage to use it as a given name as it has not been seen within the baby name charts. However, its strength cannot be missed and should not be underestimated. This is a beautiful and unique masculine name that has definitely gone under the radar far too long.

21 Soleil

Another French name on our list, Soleil is a name full of vibrancy that people will instantly fall in love with when they hear it. Pronounced so-LAY, meaning sun, you cannot miss the vibrant tones of the name that will light up the room. Thanks to its French association, its chic and sophisticated tones are easily loved by English speakings countries, however, it may sound a little too foreign to be used for their newborn. Its European vibes instantly grab the attention of foreigners, however, using this name may seem a little too exotic and chic with a spelling that many will not know how to pronounce out loud.

20 Maeve

This vintage beauty has found love with many parents, however, its old-school associations may not have the modern tones that many parents look for in a name. Pronounce MAYV, this feminine beauty continues to get love from parents as it is ranked within the top 1000 baby girl names, however, it does not have the strength to reach the top of the charts anytime soon. Deriving from Irish origin, its meaning ‘she who intoxicates’ is a very interesting one! Soft and sweet, this feminine name definitely has old world glamor that people are loving, but parents do not have the courage to use compared to other vintage names.

19 Madonna

How can you not love this name? Filled with so much strength and exotic tones, parents don't have the courage to use this name for their little girl. Deriving from Spanish origin, meaning ‘my lady’ this name has not been ranked within the baby naming charts, however, it has definitely be publicized throughout the world thanks to the 80’s pop singer. With its love all over the world, many parents may consider this name for their little girl, however, many parents may only believe that there is only room for one Madonna in the world - or maybe two!

18 Isa

Seen as a gender-neutral name, many parents are instantly drawn to this beauty, but they do not have the courage to use it. Seen more as a nickname for names including Isabella, it has not had popularity as a given name. Besides it German background, this feminine name meaning 'strong-willed' has also seen as an Arabic masculine name known as the variation of the name Jesus. Pronounced eye-sa, you cannot underestimate the beautiful tones of this name. With so many stunning unisex names available to use, parents are opting for other choices, even though this name has so much going for it.

17 Zuri

Deriving from Kiswahili and African origin, this is a stunning feminine name that many parents do not consider as their first choice. Although it is a stunning name and has all the characteristics of a unique and cool name for the modern era, parents just don’t have the courage to choose this name for their baby girl. Meaning ‘good' and 'beautiful’, you definitely cannot deny the beauty of this name, however, it seems to fall short to other names charting on the baby name charts. This is definitely a unique name starting with ‘z’, however, its sister name Zara is grabbing more of the limelight. With many parents not having the courage for this beautiful name, it still continues to turn heads whenever said out loud.

16 Bowie 

From Scottish heritage, this name has been seen as the surname of well known '80s singer David Bowie. Meaning 'blond', this is a perfect name for a fair-haired little boy or girl, however, this is not enough for parents to opt for this name. For those music-loving parents, this may be a possible name choice, however, many other parents are not considering this choice and giving it enough credit it deserves. Cute, sweet and simple, people love the vibrancy of this name, however, there are not enough parents taking the risk and finding the courage to use this cool name perfect for the modern era.

15 Arden 

Another unisex name on the list, this English name is full of strength and substance which many parents look for in a name. However, with so many other names that have the same characteristics, many people are opting for other choices even though they love this one. Meaning ‘valley of the eagle’, this name has so much to offer and receiving so much love when heard out loud. However, the love it receives is not enough for parents to choose this name for their newborn. With chic and sophisticated tones attached to this name, all that is needed is a little bit of courage.

14 Calla

Deriving from Greek origin, this name is not commonly used in English speaking countries, however, when heard out loud, people are instantly drawn to this feminine name. Meaning, ‘beautiful’ there is no other fitting meaning for a little girl, however, this name is still being neglected. With delicate beauty, parents are opting for the similar well-known girl’s name Carla instead. This unique name is finding love even though it is not commonly heard today, however parents are still not brave enough to choose this name for their little bundle of joy. This distinctive name will hopefully have more acceptance in English speaking countries in the years to come.

13 Amethyst

This stunning gem and colour name has had a large presence in the English speaking world. Also accepted as a feminine given name, it has never been in the top 1000 baby girl name charts. This is beautiful name choice thanks to its associations to gems and stones, however, it has not received the same attention like the name Ruby. Amethyst has a unique tone that people are loving but are not brave enough to use it as the namesake for their newborn. However, this is truly a hidden gem, that deserves to get more acceptance, and people should find the courage to use it in the modern era.

12 Frankie

Originally a nickname for Frank, Frankie has now been accepted as a stand along gender neutral name. Deriving from Latin, meaning ‘from France’ and ‘free man’, there is no denying its strong masculine associations. With this association, many parents have not found the courage to use this name, especially for their little girl. However, in our modern world, where we are looking for gender equality, this is definitely a fitting name that should be considered. Frankie is cool, sweet and on trend and has all the attributes to fit into the 21st century. There is no denying the love people have for the name, now we just need people to have the courage to choose this name for their baby boy or girl.

11 Ezra

This biblical name has seen a great deal of acceptance as a male name, however, it has not had the same acceptance as a female name choice. Deriving from Hebrew origin, Ezra has been typically known as a male name but thanks to its ‘a’ ending, many English speaking countries have taken this name for a little girl. Meaning ‘help’ this is a beautiful biblical name that people love to hear but does not have the star factor like Noah, Jacob, and Rebecca. With people not having the courage to use it in the modern era as a feminine name choice, it still receives so much love when heard out loud.

10 Cortez

You cannot help hear the exotic tones of this masculine beauty. Full of strength and charisma, this name is typically known as a Spanish surname, however, it has found acceptance as a given name. Meaning ‘courteous’ it has a great meaning behind it along with European flair that many people look for in a name. With it slowly moving into the English world, parents are still not sold on using this name for their little boy. Parents love to hear this name that has so much flair, however, it does not have the strength to rank within the naming charts.

9 Saint

Originally an adjective describing ‘a person of great holiness, virtue, or benevolence’ it has since found a place as a given name. Before Kim Kardashian an Kanye West decided on this name for their son, people would not have imagined choosing this name for their little bundle of joy. When I first heard it, I wasn’t totally convinced on the name but, along with many other people, we have come to accept it and love the diversity of it. Unless you are a celebrity, parents have not found the courage to use this name yet as it may be a little too unique.

8 Katniss 

With soft and sweet tones, it simultaneously has the strength that makes people fall in love with it instantly. For many, this eclectic feminine name is best associated with the heroine in the blockbuster movie The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen. With this being the namesake of a strong and powerful character, many people have fallen in love with this name in a world where feminism and equality are integral. Besides the name of a strong heroine, for many, this name is known as an unusual botanical name like Primrose and Posy. For this reason, many find it challenging to choose this as the namesake for their daughter, but hopefully, this will change and the love it receives will showcase on future baby naming charts.

7 Paxon

A variation of the name Paxton, this name is a unique choice that hits all the right tones of the modern era. With parents looking for unique names that are out of the ordinary, this definitely ticks all the boxes. With no information behind the name, a meaning and origin seem to be unknown, however, people are loving these traits about the name. Although it is chic and on trend, parents are still not finding the courage to use the name for their newborn. With masculine strength, this is definitely a name that deserves more credit to be seen as a chart-topping baby name in the years to come.

6 Huxley

From English origin, this cool and trendy name has all the right tones for a masculine name. With its use of ‘x’, its sounds are unique and draw attention whenever it is said out loud. With people intrigued and in love with this name, people still find it difficult to choose this name for their newborn. Meaning ‘inhospitable place’ parents may begin to deter from this name due to its meaning, even though its sounds are stunning and on trend. Ranking just within the top 1000 boys names, it still has a long way to go to reach the number one spot, however, let's hope this name gets more use in the years to come thanks to its beautiful sounds.

5 Zeke

Pronounced ZEEK, this is a unique masculine name that parents may not have heard of before, however, fall in love with it instantaneously. This one syllable word provides a great deal of strength that parents look for in a name, however still do not have the courage to use as often as other one syllable boys names. Known as the diminutive of the Hebrew name Ezekiel, meaning ‘god strengthens’ it has strong associations with religious beliefs. This name has never been independently used as a given name in the United States of America but its sounds are enticing and loveable from the moment it is said out loud.

4 Dex 

Known originally as the nickname for Dexter, this is a masculine name that is cool and definitely on trend. Pronounced DEKS, this one syllable name is gaining attention and love by many parents, however, they have not been brave enough to use this as their first choice for their baby boy. Meaning ‘dyer’ and ‘right-handed’, Dex is a unique name that should definitely receive more credit than it gets. Unfortunately not found in the baby name charts, however, it may find some more acceptance thanks to the growing popularity of its diminutive Dexter. With fun an trendy tones, Dex will definitely find its place in the years to come.

3 Pascal

Known as a common French name, you cannot miss the exotic tones this name provides. Common in other French-speaking countries including Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands, it has not found common ground in English speaking countries. Although parents love the European flair and sophisticated tones, they still do not have the courage to use this beautiful name for a little boy. This chic masculine name has a great deal of strength that many parents look for in a name, however, it is still trying to receive the attention it deserves in the English world. Let's hope it gains more love on birth certificates sooner rather than later.

2 Uma

There is no doubt that people love hearing this unique name, however, they have not has the courage to choose this as a namesake. Deriving from Sanskrit, the language of Ancient India, there is no doubt that you can hear the exotic tones of this short and sweet name. Meaning ‘the nation’ this feminine beauty has been publicized in Hollywood as the namesake of American actress Uma Thurman. However, with parents in the English speaking world being exposed to this beauty, there have not been many parents that have been brave enough to use it for their little girl. Unfortunately not ranked in the top 1000 baby girl names, let's hope there is a change of popularity in the near future.

1 Arlo

This is a stunning name choice that parents are still not having the courage to use in its full capacity. This gender-neutral name has found its place within the baby boy name charts, however, has not been ranked for a girl. With many people associating it with a boy’s name due to it ending in ‘o’, parents do not seem brave enough to use this name their little girl even though they are loving it. Not only striking, it is sweet and soft, perfect for any little newborn. Its characteristics tick all the right boxes for a modern name, and hopefully, parents find the courage to use this name and give it more credit it deserves.

Resources: dictionary.com, disneybaby.com, momjunction.com, nameberry.com

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