10 Baby Girl Names We Love, But Won’t Be Using!

10 Baby Girl Names We LOVE, But Won't Be Using! We finally have our baby's name picked out, but wanted to share 10 other names we love! We won't be using them, but it's fun to think about baby names!

Baby B will be here in about 40 days, and I seriously cannot wait! The house is almost ready, her car seat is installed, and my hospital bag is packed. Spring Break really is for teachers, and I’m so glad I’ve had this time to prepare for her birth and arrival! Speaking of her arrival, it’s almost time to figure out her name. Her last name will be Ballard, but the first and middle names are still being finalized. I’ve seen a bunch of people that have shared names they love, but won’t be using online, and I thought it would be fun to join in!

10 Baby Girl Names We LOVE, But Won't Be Using! We finally have our baby's name picked out, but wanted to share 10 other names we love! We won't be using them, but it's fun to think about baby names!

We DO have her name picked out at this point, and as long as our little one fits it once we get to meet her, we’re good to go! If there are any other pregnant mommas our couples out there that are trying to figure out a name for their little girl, hopefully, this will help!

Why the Big Secret About the Name?

Everyone’s favorite question to ask pregnant ladies is…do you have a name picked out? I get asked this all. the. time. I think the only days I don’t get asked are when I lay in bed and don’t leave the house…which are becoming more and more frequent!

For now, I’m just politely saying…not yet! Then they reassure me that we’ll have one picked out once we meet her. I think there are so many ways to parent and so many choices out there, but Aaron and I are choosing to keep her name as a secret between just us at this point. We’ve not told ANYONE so far, and intend to keep it that way.

It might not be the right choice for you, and I completely respect that! We’re glad we’ve waited to tell everyone, though, since it’s given us time to think about if we really love her name or if we’d like to change it.

Our Naming Criteria

  1. No family names – we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings or make one side of the family or the other feel like they got the bad end of the deal
  2. No student names – this one is hard! I teach 200+ students every year, so there are a LOT of names I don’t want to use. Yes, I know I’ll someday probably have a student with her name, but I want to try to avoid it as much as I can.
  3. Only one way to spell – I love my name, but there are about 10,000 ways to spell Catherine. Katherine. Kathryne. Cathrine. You get my point. I always get so aggravated when I have to spell my name out for people, as common as it is!
  4. Works with her middle and last name – We want to make sure her initials all work together and don’t spell out anything funny or rude!

10 Baby Girl Names We LOVE, But Won't Be Using! We finally have our baby's name picked out, but wanted to share 10 other names we love! We won't be using them, but it's fun to think about baby names!


I seriously love this name. It was in the running for a long time! But after thinking about it for awhile, we decided against it. Something just didn’t feel right about it, and the fact that my sister was SURE it was the baby’s name kind of ruined the surprise for me. I’m not mad at her at all, but I really want it to be a surprise for everyone when she is first born!


It’s a beautiful name! Regal, royal, and very classy! Just a little long and too many nicknames are out there. I always hated being called anything but Catherine. No Cate. Cathy. Cath. Just Catherine, thank you very much! I don’t know how our little one will feel about her name and if she wants to go by a nickname or not, but we’ll let her decide!


One of Aaron’s favorite names on this list, our little one was going to be Olivia for a long time. But I just couldn’t get Olivia the Pig out of my mind. Just don’t want the first thing I think about when I see my child to be a barnyard animal! I know this show will fade with time, but it was just too much for me. Seriously love the nicknames for Olivia though – Liv is just so cute!


What a sweet name, and so southern too! This one was out of the running pretty quickly, though, since there are so many different ways to spell it. The nicknames are so cute, though! Abbie, Abby, etc.


I love this name. I used to be a nanny, and one of the kids that I watched was named Ella. She was seriously the sweetest little girl with spunk and sass and she was so funny! She’s probably in high school by now, which blows my mind. I would have nothing but happy thoughts of our little one if she shared the name with that little girl, but I promised not to name her after anyone in our family. Ella and I spent so much time together, she really felt like family to me!


Male or gender neutral names have always been some of my favorites. Charlotte would probably go by Charlie, which is just so cute. It didn’t really flow with her middle name, though, and as much as I love gender neutral or male names for girls, I’m not sure if she would like that or not. If I was her, I would probably get tired of being confused for a boy just how I always get aggravated over people spelling my name wrong.


What a cute and very sweet name. So southern and fresh! I’ve always loved it, it’s used in the Walking Dead, and makes me so happy! But it’s long, quite uncommon, and Aaron wasn’t in love. On to the next!


I’m going to be completely honest. I just like the way this name looks on paper. Calligraphy fascinates me, and Lexi has two of my favorite letters in it: L and X. They’re just so pretty! I would feel super shallow if I named our daughter based on the way her name looked on paper, though, so we decided against this one.


Seriously adorable. This one was out of the running because it didn’t work with her middle name. Maybe a future baby? Aaron isn’t in love with it (he says we’re from Austin, not Alabama!) but I might have to convince him!


I also love this name for the same reason as Lexi. I love the way the letter L looks in calligraphy! Again, we decided against this one because I want her name to have a little more meaning than it looking pretty on a piece of paper.


  1. My little one’s name is Elizabeth. While she’s not named after a family member, I wanted her name to be a royal one since my son’s name is Nicholas. So now I have two of my favorite royals and my little family is complete. I know exactly how you feel about naming little ones. Too bad, I’m terrible at keeping secrets. My family knew almost add soon as we did.

  2. Naming your baby can be so hard. We decided not to even tell most people the names we were thinking of until ours were born, and the last one we had two first names picked out but didn’t officially pick one until she was born.

    These names are so cute, one of my daughters names is on the list and many of them were on our list too!

  3. This was a fun read. As a mom of an infant and toddler I can certainly relate to the constant questions about names I received from strangers while pregnant. I think sometimes people just don’t know what else to ask! Hang in there, Mama. The next 40 days will go by quickly. Best wishes for an easy delivery and speedy recovery.

    1. Thank you so much! I know they just don’t know what else to ask – it’s nice that they want to talk about it! 🙂 Looking forward to meeting my little one. Thanks for the well-wishes!

  4. Congratulations a little girl is such an amazing gift! I have an Ella and she is just as you described spunky and sassy and she is very funny, it must be the name. I agree that sharing the name is not necessary, I loved being able to decide once I saw their beautiful little faces. I knew the moment I saw both my babies what their names were, it just feels right. Good luck!

  5. Congrats on your little girl to come! I just a had a baby girl in October, and Olivia is one of two baby girl names we had in mind for the first two girls my husband and I had. We picked the other name (actually a Star-Wars themed variant lol), and we are saving Olivia for our second girl. I love that name for some reason. Anyway, sending prayers for you and you family, before, during and after your delivery. Love this post!

  6. Loved this post! Naming is SO hard. I’m 26 weeks now and just thinking about names…it is definitely not easy 🙂 Thanks so much for this wonderful post. Cheers, Mary Jane

  7. Such a great, sweet post! I love how in depth you went into all the options y’all have. There’s something so amazing about being a mama that makes you look at the world differently. I wish you tons of happiness, love, and luck on your adventure into parenthood!

  8. I really love these names. All of them are quite easy to say in different languages as well , especially Olivia and Lily. I love the criteria 😀 I havent thought much about those before. All I can say is my name Vibeke is quite hard outside of Norway, English and Spanish speakers really struggle to say it right and i just end up being called Vibbs and Vivi hehe 🙂


    1. Your name is so interesting! I bet a lot of people do struggle to say it correctly outside of Norway. But you know what? It’s you! And that’s all that matters 🙂 I love it!

  9. Just a thought! Mt grandmother’s BFF was names Eleanor Frances (poor thing) but everyone just called her Ella. Or Ellie-Frances is they didn’t know her well. LOVE those Southern double-names! Her husband was a master carpenter, made the table both you and Dina used a while, and all my grandmother’s kitchen cabinets. (I think the cabinets are what’s still holding the house up!) Don’t know what your middle name plan is, but one of the songs on Aaron’s lullaby playlist (since I can’t sing) was Julia, a song from the White Album for John Lennon’s mother.

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