Everyone faces moments in their lives when they have to make important decisions. There are some that people think are the absolute hardest and most important decisions, like choosing a spouse or buying their first home. Every decision seems harder than the last, and then comes the decision to start a family and have children.
With all these overwhelming thoughts, there is one important decision that often gets overlooked. That decision is what to name the little bundle of joy! Once mom and dad find out if it is a boy or a girl, they immediately realize they have to think of a name for this little baby. Even if they are waiting to find out at birth what the gender is, they will still try and have a name for a boy or girl already picked out.
Everyone is now trying to find the most uncommon and unique name, those end up being ‘out there’ sometimes, which can lead mom and dad back to more original and traditional names. However, sometimes the names are so cliché. A name is considered a cliché when it is overused and lacks any form of original thought. I am sure everyone can think of a few right off the top of their head, but we have 30 of them. 30 names for baby girls that have either been severely overused or are just so plain and ordinary we wonder if any thought went into them.
Now, everyone has the right to name their baby girl whatever they want, but we just want to give everyone a heads up that the name they are thinking of may not be the best fit after all. If mom or dad doesn’t care about any of that, then this may be the list where they find the name of their future princess.
No matter how you spell this name, it is completely overused and plain. It was once a beautiful name and was a big hit with anyone who was born in the early 90’s, but it has been heard so often that a lot of people are just sick of it.
The name is of English origin and it derives from a region in France called “Bretagne.” According to NameBerry, it ranked in at #712 in 2017. So, while it may be overused it is still being used fairly commonly today.
If you love the name Isabella, then you are defiantly not the only one. We can see the charm, it has an adorable nickname ‘Bella’ which is French for beautiful. The name Isabella is actually the Italian version of the name Elizabeth. It means “Pledged to God.”
If you thought the name was overused before, it is still being used. In 2017 it was ranked in at #4 on the popularity chart. The name actually saw a large spike in popularity after the Twilight craze took over, and people choose to name their girl after the main character.
Following very closely to Isabella is the name Sophia, I would bet money that everyone knows someone who just named their baby Sophia, I know at least 4 people in the last 2 years. It has almost reached the point where we have to fight back rolling our eyes when we hear this name.
The name Sophia is of Greek origin and it means “wisdom.” So, we do see the charm in giving your little girl this name. In 2017, the name ranked in at #5 on the popularity list.
Madison may not be as common as Isabella or Sophia, but it is another name that is over used and doesn’t strike anyone as being original or unique. There are always names we hear, and in our heads, we think ‘oh great, another one.’
The name Madison is of English descent and it means “son of Maud.” Not the most interesting meaning either. In 2017, the name ranked in at #17 on the popularity chart, so it is being used quite frequently. There is also a good chance that there will be more than one in the same classroom.
Emily is a sweet name, most of these names are, it is just sweet to a lot of people. The name Emily is of Latin origin, and it is the feminine version of the male name Emil, which means “rival.” To show how popular the name is, it ranked in at #12 in 2017.
Believe it or not, this is a popularity drop for the name, because it helps the top spot as most popular girl’s name for over ten years. We can see the appeal. The name is feminine, classic, simple, pretty and strong.
Ava and its sister name, Eva, are both very common and overused. It is a name that sounds like the parents were trying to be unique, but they ended up selecting one of the most popular names of all time right now. The name Ava was #3 in 2017.
The name Ava means “life” and it is of Latin origin and is related to birds. Again, we do see the charm as birds are free and gentle and why would we want anything else for our little girls?
Whether it is spelt with a Mac or a Mc, the name Mackenzie is one that you will hear almost everywhere you go. It seems like everyone and their neighbour is naming their little girl Mackenzie. The name is of Scottish origin and it means “son of Kenneth.”
In 2017, the name ranked in at #99, so while it is not as popular as Sophia, it is still up there when you take into consideration all the possible names for a little girl.
Of course, Nevaeh is on our list, it is heaven spelt backwards. There is no origin or meaning to this name, it is simply listed as a “modern invented name.” There are a lot of people who are inventing names or altering the spelling of names, and there is nothing wrong with this as long as the name isn’t given to every other little girl.
Despite the name being invented and having no real place of origin, the name is still ranked at #77 in 2017. Pretty impressive.
Names like Hope, Grace and Faith are so incredibly cliché, but that doesn’t stop people from blessing their little ones with these names. Hope is a charming name, and we want our children to be full of hope, which may be where the appeal came from.
The name has no listed place of origin, but it is categorized as a “virtue name.” The name ranked in at #253 in popularity in 2017, which makes it one of the least common names on our list.
The name Emma spiked in popularity when two of our favourite TV characters had a baby. Ross and Rachel from the popular 90’s sitcom, Friends, had a child and named her Emma and it inspired everyone to do the same.
The name is of German origin and it means “universal.” If you are looking for a name that is common, but not too mainstream, do not pick the name Emma. In 2017, the name was number one across the board for names for little girls.
Destiny is much like the names Hope and Grace, and it is one that may get an internal eye roll from anyone who hears it. It just appears to be a name that has had little thought into it. When looking up the meaning of the name Destiny, all that comes up is that it is a “word name.” Meaning, it is simply a word that has been turned into a name.
Most like to choose family names for their children because there is meaning involved and they are carrying on a family legacy.
Olivia is seen as a feminine, elegant and classic name so it is no surprise that it falls in the cliché category because it doesn’t seem very original at all. It seems like the parents put no thought into the name at all, and while that may not be the truth it is what people are thinking.
The name is of Latin origin and it means “olive tree.” In 2017, the name came in at the second spot for most popular names for little girls.
Hannah is a name of Hebrew origin and it means “grace.” So, it is easy to see why this has been a very popular name for little girls for a long time. In 2017, the name was ranked at #32 for popularity and the craze does not seem to be ending.
The name Hannah is also a biblical name, and it is one of the top biblical names that are being used today. If you are looking to the bible for inspiration on a name, you may want to steer clear of Hannah, as it is being used enough as it is.
A lot of people like to use flowers to name their children, and Lily is one that is most popular. The name has no place of origin because it is simply the name of a flower that has been turned into a name for a little girl. In the year 2017, the name ranked in at #33 in popularity and it is only raising.
The lily itself is a symbol of purity and innocence and has such been seen as a lovely name for a little girl. The problem is everyone thinks that, and it has become one of the most cliché names for little girls.
Charlotte is one of the regalest sounding names, and this may have something to do with the fact that there is a princess named Charlotte. The origin of the name Charlotte is French, and it is actually the feminine form of the name Charles. The name Charles means “free man” so it would be “free woman” in this case.
The name is quite popular, probably due to the young princess, and in 2017 it ranked in at #7 on the popularity chart.
If you grew up in the '90s or early '00s chances are you probably had one or two friends named Jennifer, or you at least knew someone who had this name. The name does have an interesting back story and origin. It is a Cornish variation of the Welsh name Guinevere. Its meaning is “white shadow, white wave.”
The name is not as popular as it once way, in 2017, the name ranked in at #310. However, there are still a lot of little girls being born today who are named Jennifer.
The name Tiffany can be spelt many different ways, but each of them will still be as cliched as the original spelling. The name reminds people of a ‘valley-girl’ type and it was very popular in the '80s and '90s.
The name Tiffany is of Greek origin and it means “God’s appearance.” It has a strong meaning and place of origin, so it is easy to see the appeal of the name for a lot of people. Thankfully, the popularity has died down as it was only ranked at #580 in 2017, though it still carries a cliché attachment.
Along the same line as naming your child after a flower, is naming them after a colour. The name Violet is so plain that its literal translation or meaning is “purple.” Pretty simple and unoriginal. It is of Latin origin and is actually more common than people think.
The name ranked in at #48 in 2017, which may come as a shock to some people as the name does not appear to be as popular as one may think. Even if it is overused, the name is very soft and sweet.
I can almost guarantee that there are a lot of people out there who have either though about naming their baby Abigail, or they know a handful of them. Even myself had that as a potential name for my current unborn baby, luckily, he is a boy.
The name Abigail is Hebrew in origin and it means “my father is joyful.” It is also rounds out the top ten most popular names for girls, coming in at #10 in 2017 and it is on pace to go even higher on the list in the years to come.
Our next two names are incredibly popular, and it is due to a certain Disney movie that took the world by story. A movie that every parent had to watch at least once a day and are certainly sick of it by now. The movie is Frozen, and Anna is the first name that screams cliché.
The name Anna is actually categorized as a version of Hannah and it is of Hebrew origin. The name means “grace” so there is a lot of appeal there for moms and dads. In the year 2017, the name ranked at #53 on the popularity chart.
If Anna is popular, then her sister Elsa may be even more so. Elsa has a name that seems exotic, so parents everywhere were choosing this name thinking it would be unique, but everyone did that making it not so unique anymore.
The name Elsa is German in nature, and it is their form of the name Elizabeth. The name means “pledged to God.” The frozen queen is coming back for a sequel soon, so we may see even more of this name as time goes on.
Avery is the kind of name that sounds like it would be fairly uncommon, but that is not true. Avery came in at #14 in 2017, so it is being used pretty often which makes it pretty cliched name. If you gave your little girl this name last year, chances are she won’t be the only Avery in her class.
The name is of English origin and it means “ruler of the elves.” Did you know that Avery was once considered a unisex name? It is not routinely known as a girl’s name, so if you love the name and want it to be truly uncommon, you may want to give it to your little boy.
It is easy to see why the name Chloe is so popular. It is short, easy to spell and easy to say. It has a feminine charm to it with just a touch of sass. The name is of Greek origin and it means “young green shoot.” Now, I don’t know if that is the strongest meaning.
The name is pretty popular, even though it seems old-fashioned. It ranked in at #22 in 2017 for popularity and it continues to rise slowly, so this name is not going anywhere soon.
The name Audrey is not to be confused with the name Aubrey, which is slightly less common and definitely more original. The name Audrey is English in origin and it means “noble strength.” So, it definitely has a stronger meaning than some of our previous names, which could explain the appeal to this feminine name.
The name ranked in at #46 in 2017, but it is growing in popularity fast, so you may want to rethink your choice if this is one on your list.
If you are a fan of Ariana Grande then you may be automatically drawn to this name, but that is not very original. The name Ariana is of Latin descent and it is actually a variation of a Latin name, Ariadne. This name means “most holy.” So, it does have a very powerful meaning and one that would attract a lot of people.
In the year 2017, the name ranked in at #66 on the popularity chart. The name is raising in popularity because more and more people are seeing just how smooth and exotic it sounds.
Zoe is a charming name, so it is no surprise that it is overused and very popular. The name is Greek in origin and it means “life.” Something we want all of our daughters to be full of. In 2017, the year ranked in at #41 on the popularity charts.
It is also a name that has always been popular. It has been in the top 1000 since the 1880’s, but it has only recently seen a shot towards the top spot. In the next year or two it is projected to be in the top ten of baby names for little girls.
It doesn’t matter if you pronounce this name LEE-ah or LAY-ah, the name will still have a certain edge of cliché attached to it. The name is Hebrew in origin and means “weary.” So, again it does not have the most positive and loving meaning attached to it.
In the year 2017, the name ranked in at #40 on the popularity list. The name is seeing a slight drop in popularity, but it is happening slowly so there is still plenty of time left to consider this name overused and very common.
Amber was very popular in the late 80’s and 90’s and I know this because I went to school with a lot of girls named Amber, and my name is Ashley so that is saying a lot. The name does not have a place of origin or a meaning other than the fact that it is considered a word name.
The name is not ranking too high on the popularity charts at the moment, coming in at only #401 in 2017. However, if we look at the trends, the name is rising faster than any of the other names on our list, so it is about to make a comeback.
Addison is considered a unisex name, but it is much more common when given to a little girl, so it may be best to save this name for your little boy. The name is English in origin and it means “son of Adam.” In 2017, the name ranked in at #34 on the popularity charts.
The name does seem to be dropping in popularity, so if you love this name, it may make sense to save it for a future child.
The name Stephanie is another name that is way to common and has been used for little girls for decades now. The name is Greek in origin, and it is actually the feminine form of the name Stephen. It means “garland, crown.”
The name is not as popular, coming in at #287 in 2017, however, that does not stop people from still thinking it is overused and not very original. It also won’t matter how you spell it, so be careful with any variations you choose.