Cutesy baby names

All babies are cute, and that's why cute baby names suit them so perfectly! But babies grow up, and names should grow with them. Beware of giving your little one a name that won't be taken seriously when he or she grows up.

Baby names that
are too cutesy

Girl names that end with the "ee" sound

The cutest baby girl names are those ending with long E sound, which is spelled in a variety of ways: -y, -ie, -ee, -eigh and more. Unfortunately, that cuteness factor tends to hang on way past childhood. Is it possible that some girly names are just too cute?

Girl names that get no respect

Can a girl — no matter how learned or professional she is — be taken seriously if her name is Daisy? These names, actual names from the Social Security Administration's list of the nation's most popular, are off the cuteness chart:

Going straight for the boy's nickname

To prevent confusion with family names like Robert Jr. or John III, more and more parents are going straight for the nickname. Names like Bobby and Johnny are among the nation's most popular, but can they stand the test of time?

Instead of putting a cute nickname (e.g. Charlie, Danny, Jimmy) on your son's birth certificate, consider giving him a name he can grow into (e.g. Charles, Daniel, James):

Boy names that might not be taken seriously

Where boys are concerned, it's not just nicknames that might be considered "too cute." Some of the trendier baby names for boys (Aiden, Braeden, Caden, Hayden, Jaden, Zayden) might not translate into names that suit a grown man, such as these monikers from the Social Security Administration's Top 1,000 Baby Names for 2012:

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Comments on "Cute baby names to avoid"

Katie November 05, 2013 | 3:50 PM

The part that was funny was that two of these names were Sarah palins kids, piper and willow

Brandi October 27, 2013 | 8:54 PM

Girls tend to be very jealous of them.

Hayley October 14, 2013 | 5:58 PM

I agree that parents often name their kids things that sound unique and cute at birth but are not feasible for when they grow up. But some of these I don't agree with. Then again, people are inherently going to get offended when they read this because, "Oh my gosh! That's my child's name!" or "I know someone who has a perfectly divine little cherub named Braylee! How dare you!" Anyway, this still got my attention and made me think, so thank you. :)

Susan G. October 09, 2013 | 11:51 AM

I so totally DISagree with your 'cutesy' names for the girls along with your reasons that some of the girls names will not be 'respected'. I was expecting to see really dumb names like "Apple" or "Mooncake"! Looks like we all could put our own ideas to this article and it would be just as 'interesting'...ho hum.... Disappointed...

Michelle October 09, 2013 | 10:00 AM

You know a sure fire way to sound pretentious? Saying that a personal choice like this is a "parenting mistake". What did you even base your lists on? Just a basic example, but the names Ashley, April, Brady and Heather (???) have been fairly popular names for a LONG time. What would you have people name their kids, "Bob" and "Jane"? What IS acceptable to you judgemental people?

Ignatius October 09, 2013 | 8:50 AM

When these kids grow up, there will be tons of fellow 40-year-olds also named "Ashley" so it will seem like a grown-up name. It always happens that way.

Kristen Fitzgerald October 09, 2013 | 8:27 AM

Disagree &this is just RIDICULOUS.

Kallista September 30, 2013 | 6:25 PM

I agree with this, there are too many parents who want "cute" names when they don't think about how a kid growing into adulthood might want more than just a nickname as their legal first name. I know a few people who go by their middle names to be taken more seriously.

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