General guidelines if you're having a hard time deciding:
Don't use it if...
- it is hard for the majority of people you know to say
- it is hard to remember how to spell
- it was used in an extremely negative light (like Adolph)
- it is the name of something like a well known brand, company, product, or food (examples include Nivea, Siri, Apple and Kale)
- it is a one-person name, like Oprah or Lucifer
- it is overly sweet, like something you'd see on a child's fairy doll (Pixie, Fairydust, Honey)
- it is excessive or made-up without regard to phonetics
- it is too theme-y with the middle name (like Liberty Justice)
- the overall name sounds like a pompous fictional character (Leocadius Bartolomeo) and/or reaches a ridiculous amount of syllables
Use it if...
- you really love it
- you're alright with its history and associations
- it is not offensive
- you don't plan on making it any longer than it has to be (Aaliiyaah instead of Aaliyah)
- if it is in the top 1000 (which is a good indicator that other people definitely like it enough to use)
Examples of names that could be thought of as "over the top" and outrageous: Frostine, Princess, Ptolemy, Sugar, Alucard, Marcantony, Buttercup, Chrysanthemum, and certain double-barrelled names like Dixie-Belle, Altagracia-Lisette or Lulu-Lexie. Certain smush names could also fit the description, such as Sadiebelle or Izabeth.