THERE’S a lot of pressure on parents to pick the perfect name for their newborn.
That’s why some expecting parents opt to get help from professional name consultants like Steph Coffield.
But despite her positive attitude towards most names, there are some even she doesn’t like.
Posting on TikTok the name expert shared some of the picks she can’t stand – and they’re not as unusual as you might expect.
According to Steph, Mary and John are some of the names she doesn’t personally like.
“I have to be careful because my father-in-law’s name is John, my husband’s name means John,” she joked.
In a previous video, she also explained why Mary isn’t one she loves.
“We all know Mary gotta be one of my least favourite classic names”, she said.
“I know great people named Mary, but the name is boring to me.
“It has zero whimsy and if you’ve been following me for a while you know we love whimsy here”.
She gave the name Mary a harsh score of just 2 out of 10, adding that it is “just very forgettable and common”.
But it’s not just the classic Mary and John she doesn’t like, there are some more modern ones too.
Names with unique spellings, like Jaxon, or Payton and Nevaeh are also not favourites for her.
“Those are not my vibe,” she quipped.
She continued: “I also used to not like vintage-y names like Edith, Edgar, Florence and Felix.”
But despite not being keen on them for a long time, Steph admitted they’ve grown on her a lot and now she loves them.
Steph explained that it sometimes takes her a while to warm up to some names.
With more unique ones she might not hear very often, the pro said she needs to hear them again and again before she actually starts to like them.
After sharing the names she doesn’t like, Steph clarified: “Please don’t be hurt, I love all names but of course I have ones that aren’t my favourites!!”
Some of the names Steph does love that are more classic include Elizabeth and Margaret, which said said are both stunning.
But if you do want something a bit more modern, Steph also revealed more people are choosing one name pre-birth, which works for a girl or boy.
She reckons parents will become “more adventurous” with their choices, and predicts Fisher, Huxley andwill be big in 2024.
According to Steph, these names also conform to the growing gender neutral trend which she thinks will continueyear.
The mum-of-three said: “I’m seeing a lot of whimsical, gender neutral surnames being given as first names.”