Attention TwiHard: Please Don’t Name Your Baby Renesmee

I’ve seen a second baby named Renesmee. This is starting to worry me.

The first was born in Scotland last year. The second was born in Plymouth, New Hampshire on New Year’s Day.

I think it’s time for an intervention.

If you’re an expectant TwiHard who believes Renesmee might just make a good baby name, please stop and think about these three questions first:

1. “Renesmee” is rather inelegant, isn’t it? Yes, it is. It’s the baby name equivalent of a car crash. Stephenie Meyer at the wheel, taking out innocent bystanders Renée and Esmé. If you like the sounds in the name, untangle it and simply use Renée Esmé or Esmé Renée.

2. What’s wrong with all the other female names in Twilight? Nothing at all. Isabella (Bella), Rosalie, Alice, Heidi, Leah, Katrina (Kate), Esmé, Renée…all great names that weren’t invented for–and therefore won’t always be associated with–Twilight. That’s a good thing.

3. Is the name of a fictitious vampire/human hybrid baby in a poorly written YA book really more important to you than, say, a family name? I hope not. Try using the Renesmee formula instead of the name itself. If the baby’s grandmothers’ names are Anne and Isabel, for instance, go with Annabella.

Naming under the influence can be dangerous. Please forward this to anyone you know who, due to a Twilight addiction, may be considering giving the name Renesmee to a real-life, non-vampire baby.

(In the meanwhile, let me know if you hear about or meet any other babies named Renesmee.)

IMPORTANT UPDATE TO THIS DISCUSSION: “I Would Never Name a Real Child Renesmee” -Stephenie Meyer

135 thoughts on “Attention TwiHard: Please Don’t Name Your Baby Renesmee

  1. Right on. Awhile back, you had a poll about whether or not we would ever tell a friend that the name they were choosing/considering for their child was BAD. I voted that, no, I would never do that. My own children have ‘unusual’ names for my area, and I really would’ve been offended if a friend had shown their dislike for them. You’ve shown me the exception to my own rule. I would have to have a serious sit-down with a friend or family member considering ‘Renesmee’ for her child. ‘Car crash’ is right!

  2. what really sucks if that I had named my 6 year daughter Ranessa may… which is close to the name renesmee. ( however I didnt even know about the name renesmee until later). So now i’ll have to constantly explain that renesmee is not her name..
    I mean dont get me wrong, I like the name but not for my daughter…


  4. i am sorry but i am in love with the namr renesemee ever since i read it and i am going to name my daughter renesmee when i have one.

  5. If you think about it, all names had to be made up at some point. So what’s wrong with combining Renee and Esme? Nothing. It’s just a new name. And while I wouldn’t use it as a first name, it works beautifully as a middle name, which is what I will be using for.

  6. @Laura – The big issue here is that the name is from Twilight. Unmistakeably so, unlike most of the other names in the series. And affiliating your child with the books–and the craze–is what I’m trying to warn people about.

  7. I understand what you’re saying, but I still plan on naming my child Renesmee. It’s beautiful and I see no reason why I shouldn’t.

  8. I really hope all these people who are saying they’re going to name their child “Renesmee” are just teenagers who will rethink it once this Twilight phase is over. Renesmee is a horrible name, and I can’t believe people would name their child after a fictional vampire/human hybrid.
    I’m 5 1/2 weeks pregnant with my first, and if it is a girl, her name most certainly will NOT be “Renesmee!”

  9. I am 6 mnths pregnant its a girl and I am naming her Renesmee. I love the name and no i am not some teenager I am 23 yrs old. I personally dont care that some of you dont like it but you shouldnt try to discourage those that want to name their children ANYTHING did you ever think your post might be offensive to some ppl? Because this is OUR CHILDREN your talking about

  10. @Jess – I don’t mind offending parents. What I do mind parents giving their children bad names. If I have to offend someone to get them to think twice, so be it.

  11. I think Renesmee is an awful name for a child, it’s ok for like a pet cat or a goldfish, but not your kid!

  12. What these people don’t realize is that in 5 or 10 years times, this fad will be over, and they will either be kicking themselves for naming their kid after a stupid fad, and/or everyone else be going “wtf kind of stupid name is that?!” Furthermore, the poor kid is going to be the one to suffer the most. Imagine having to explain to everyone just WHY your name is so retarded? If it was me, I’d say my mom was high when she named me. Not only that, they will be a prime target for bullies.

  13. Oh yeah, meanwhile, where are the fathers in all this? My BF would never let that name fly. Batman maybe, but never Renesesmasmama or whatever.

  14. Renesmee… What was Stephanie Meyer thinking? Fangora would have made a better name for a half-breed fictional vampire baby. But, alas, what can you expect from the dimwitted author of a trite and poorly written series?
    Anyway, I am glad I happened to find this post which I have already forwarded to a friend who had seriously been thinking of naming her child Renesmee. Her boyfriend, the bay’s father, would not hear of it. The Twlight fad will wane and eventually pass into pop culture oblivion… and with it will go the silly name of Renesmee. I feel sorry for the children being born today and being branded with that name as they will have to carry through life with a fad name that will be forever linked to a poorly written, bullshit, corny, love story.

  15. …. And I just had to say one more thing: The people here who have been offended like Jess and Isabella, lol, how much would you all like to bet that they are nothing more than teeny boppers possing as expectant mothers?
    It’s sad, but I have seen it on many sites all these little girls coming to the defense of their beloved leader, I mean Stephanie Meyer, and defending a stupid name. They go on to pretend they are having babies, baby girls conveniently, and they will be naming them renesmee… It’s so sad and pathetic. One girl on YA even defended the name as far as saying that her great-great-aunt from Scotland was named Renesmee and she was naming her baby after her aunt whom she loved soooo much. Some people are so vapid.


  17. I don’t even like the books or movies but truthfully, Renesmee? It could be much worse. I mean there are so many worse names out there that Renesmee seems ugly and tacky like Chastity and Navaeh but not to horrible that the girl will have to get her name changed. She can go by Renee or Esme and many other nn if she hates the name.

  18. To anyone who is thinking of naming their baby Renesme cause the name seems so beautiful to them…well, opinions may vary, but does it really sound like such a good idea to you if you consider that there might be tons of Renesmes walking around in ten years time? And there will be no uniqueness to them, all just “Oh, right, I see your parents were Twilight fans too.” Don’t you want something a bit more personal for your child?

  19. I personally think that renesmee is a beautiful name, I also think that just because someone wants to name there kid renesmee then no one has the right go ahead and call the name bad because it is a gorgeous name, I also think that they might have heard the name from someone else like a friend and just simply fell in love with it like many parents do with baby names. Anyway nanny personally I think that you are being extremely rude to the parents who have or who are going to call there child that. Laurenna

  20. Look, your child is your child… your child ISN’T YOU. Naming your child off of an obvious fictional character- beautiful name or not- is dangerous. They could grow up and hate the book twilight. I’m not saying it’s a bad book, but they could have a different opinion than you. They might get picked on in school because some people don’t like the book.

    You might think the name is beautiful, but your child might grow up and not appreciate it. There are many fictional characters I love, but I would never name my kids after them.

  21. I personally think that Renesmee is a beautiful name. I’m not saying that anyone who doesn’t like the name is wrong, but aren’t people entitled to their own opinions? If you like the name, okay. If you hate the name, okay. IT DOESN’T MATTER!

  22. Are you serious? A nice name? It doesn’t even scan well. Ren Es May. It makes me cringe. And lol @ the person who claimed to have a great aunt from Scotland named Renesmee. I’m Scottish, I’ve lived here my whole life, and that most certainly isn’t a Scottish name. Apart from that one chav who named her child that, but to be fair I’ve seen Scottish children named things such as ‘Pebbles’. Yep, heroin is a biiiiiig problem here.

  23. I personally think that Renesmee is a pretty name with a nice meaning. BUT the point is if you name your child this it’s obvious that you got this from a book, a book that many people hate! Do you really want to put your child through that! I’m fourteen and even I would never name my child after a series that I personally find very cliche and gives young girls such as myself a very unreal out look on how a real relationship is, although I’ve never been in one. Anyway i just don’t like the book and don’t agrre with naming your child something a name you read in a book, but if you do I can’t stop you. It’s your choose and you’r child. i have no right to tell you what to name you’r child. Just giving my opinon on th matter.

  24. To the author of that article, I understand what you’re saying, but you guys have to stop attacking the name. I’m not going to lie… I am a teen and I love Twilight. But you have no right to tell people that Renesmee is such a horrible name, and that it’s a car crash, and it’s just a stupid fad. Parents can name their kids whatever the hell they want. My cousin had a baby named Rosalie Renesmee, and I personally believe that it’s beautiful. You don’t have to agree, but stop attacking the name. Some people have kids that are named that and this is offensive.
    PS: No, I did not just put my name as Bella because it’s from Twilight. It’s my real name.

  25. Renesmee is a beautiful name, you people should mind your own business and take care of your own child, you people have nothing else to do have you ever thought that maybe your own child’s name is ugly or maybe even your name is ugly!

  26. I myself am am a teenager, fan of twilight yadayada, but don’t you think naming your kid after a vampire-human hybrid that almost killed its own mother is a bit much? and let’s face it, there’s always going to be people who will look down on your child for being named after a vampire craze and at some point, that’s going to hurt your child. did you know that there are kids who’ve been psychologically damaged because they hate their names. And parents have been sued because they named their kids stupid things.
    Besides this, does the name renesmee have much meaning to you? Aren’t there names out there that would mean more to you, your family and ultimately, your child? Would you rather be named after a character in a book, or somebody who you value and love? who’s looked after you? names have a history and if you want to give your child the history of a book about a girl falling in love with a vampire and having a kid, then that’s up to you. I’m not saying don’t name your child renesmee, I’m saying think about it, because it won’t be you living with that name for the rest of your life, it will be your child.

  27. It’s not a BAD name. I mean, it works a midle name: Carlie Renesmee Cullen
    I think that should have been the charcaters name from the beginning…

  28. How about Claudette and that would honor Claudia the eternally five year old vampire child from “Interview with the Vampire.” Or how about Celeste or Estelle which are two names Anne Rice used in the book as well.

  29. Renesmee is a lovly name for the fictional character is acts to play. The name Renesmee is very calm and relaxing. Don’t think it’s a bad decision to name your child Renesmee because it is not. Most people think its stupid to name ur child after a fictional character, but if you think Renesmee will be a good fit for ur daughter, the go for it! Don’t let other people put you down because they dont like the name. It’s your choice and only yours!

  30. Just remember, at least we have the right to name our children no matter what we want. In Iceland, they have a list of Icelandic names that they have to choose from. This way they can keep their heritage. In America, we can name our kids whatever without penalty. Renesmee, hard to say, may have meaning to people and to others it represent something else; i.e. a lame corny love story vs. romantic symbol of ones’ eternal love. Or whatever, it’s no different if some names their child Chandler after the FRIENDS character vs. if it was their uncles name.

  31. @Kate – Not exactly. The U.S. has naming restrictions as well, though the restrictions vary from state to state. It’s a much more liberal system than you’ll find in other places, but it’s still not anything-goes.

  32. How come everyone who defends the name Renesmee can’t spell and has major problems with grammar? I think it might indicate a certain intelligence level is linked to the liking of the name Renesmee. A name which is by far, the most uncreative, ridiculous mistake of a name that would NEVER EVER be accepted in any creative writing class or seminar. EVER. I thought it was a joke when I read it. The fact the Meyer was serious about the name just proves her lack of creative writing knowledge. Interesting plot, TERRIBLE name. It actually made me hate the book more than all the grammatical errors and typos. C’mon editor, fix that stuff!

  33. @Nancy- Thank you for the clarifcation. You are right that we can’t name our child (in my own words) whatever. There are limitations and I do hope that each parent has serious considerations when naming their child.
    What I was trying to say is if someone wants to name thier child Renesmee then they have the right to. Personally, I would not because it’s just simply too hard to pronounce, but if it holds meanings to others then we don’t need to bash them.

  34. Renesmee is quite possibly the worst name ever in human existence. Thank you for bringing attention to that fact. Even Katniss from The Hunger Games is a better name. At least it is an actual plant name and not just some made up drivel from a wannabe writer who couldn’t write a decent book if her life depended on it.

  35. I like it. It’s like a litmus test. If I ever run into a Renesmee I’ll know straight off the bat that her mother is a loony.

    Yes, if you name your child that I, and many others like me, will judge you. I don’t care how beautiful you think it is, I will always think you are a moron. If you don’t want to be judged pick a better name. If you REALLY REALLY OMG love that name, then use it, it is your kid after all, but be prepared to be laughed at behind your back for the rest of your life.

  36. I have a beautiful granddaughter who is 2 and her name is Renesmee RayeLynn AnnaLee and i call her renneraye for short I don’t have a problem with the name and I haven’t watched any of the twilight sagas

  37. I absolutely LOVE the name Renesme (I like it better with one E at the end though!) I am only 18 but I am dead set on naming my first daughter Renesme. It is honestly the most gorgeous name I have ever heard, and I think that a lot of people hating on the name are doing so only because it was created for Twilight. Now don’t get me wrong I am a huge Twilight fan, but that is not at all why I want to name my daughter that, it is just such a beautiful name. I also want to name my son Emmett, but not at all because of Twilight, I just so happen to like that name.

  38. What’s wrong with renesmee? It’s just a combination with two traditional names, both of which apper in all baby naming books….
    As far as it being “dangerous” to name a child after a character in a book/film, would it not be true to admit that most people do infact choose to name a child after something that inspires them, this may be a real life person, relative,celebrity, book, film, soap….. Whatever…

    My point is, I doubt it very much most people Give their child a name pure and simply because they like it. There usually is some sort of inspiration behind it somewhere. Choosing a name from a novel ain’t a bad thing.. I’ve heard of far worse. So what if it dates a little? Most names end up going that way. I named my daughter Scarlett after Scarlett Ohara from gone with wind, only I added rose to it. She gets nothing but compliments!

  39. I really love the name Renesmee i think it is unusual and is it not peoples right to name their baby what they want. I will call my daughter Renesmee and not because of twilight but because it is so different. Id much rather hear more names like this, rather than Daisy-may and other boring names of this nature. I really dont think you should have a website telling people not to choose this name. I will love this name years after the twilight films are forgotten.


  40. Recent comic from xkcd: Baby Names. If you hover over the panel, the tooltip says: “I’ve been trying for a couple years now but I haven’t been able to come up with a name dumber than ‘Renesmee’.”

  41. This is the best post and thread of responses EVER!

    I love the name Esme but am hesitant to use it because I don’t want my child to forever be pegged as being named after a Twilight character. (I am 26 and loved the books when they first came out.)

    I noticed some buzz about Esme a year after finishing the series and think it’s lovely. At least with Esme there is the arguement that it is a name that has been around forever.

    But Renesmee…? Seriously…?

  42. I do like the name Renesmee. I can understand some concerns people may have but putting it down as the worst name ever is a little harsh. It literally is just Renee and Esme put together which I think works beautifully.. And after all the parents are the deciders.
    P.S. You could always spell it differently like Renesme or Renezmee or Renesmai x

  43. Hahahaha I am laughing!! My 25 year old sisters name is Renesmé I’m going to post this site on her facebook wall just to wind her up.
    I remember when we were kids (I’m 22) we used to always get complimented on our unusual names as Amelia wasn’t that popular then either but mostly they loved “Renesme”. My mother made the name up at the time, it was a mix of “Ren” and “esme” as my mum wanted Ren but my dad thought it was too I dno hipster hahaha. My dad liked Esme. Hence the little amalgamation.
    Anyway I find it beyond hilarious that its now this big name NO-NO.
    Word to the wise future parents of little Renesmee’s my sister now hates her name because of this whole twilight thing. she just gets called Rens now anyway. AND I guess its not as bad for her as she’s 25 and when she was named and the book hadn’t been published obviously.. But my point is she finds it annoying.
    But hey its better than some of these celeb craze names! Aka bluebell madonna (Geri Hallowell) Apple and Moses!!! I mean if it came down to it I’d rather be called Rens/Renesme than Moses 100 times over. Let’s give my sister a break and bitch about celebs being ridiculous in the let’s compete for the most “unique” name game! Nahh actually I find it quite funny so.. TREAT YOURSELF ETC.

  44. Also just to add maybe my sister should go to the tabloids or at least “pick me up” mag and she could have a front page TWILIGHT RUINED MY LIFE. I reckon they might print it. Nah its probably not tragic enough maybe if she was knocked up as well….

  45. When I was younger, around 13, 14, 15, I always told myself I was going to name my future son Ferdia Mac Damon. I outgrew it of course. Now that I’m older it doesn’t sound as nice to me, and it no longer has the same meaning for me as when I was younger. I’m not saying it’s a bad name, just that I outgrew it, even though I was dead set on it a few years back. Eventually Twilight won’t have the same meaning for you anymore either. You’ll move onto other fandoms and you’ll feel differently about Twilight and the name probably won’t have the same appeal to you anymore. Do you really want to saddle your kid with that name forever? A name they can’t escape?

  46. I’m three months pregnant and if it’s a girl, I’m naming her Renesmee, and Nancy you can’t offend me. I absolutely love the name and no one can make me change my mind!!

  47. Hi everybody!! I just got my tests back to me and…… It’s a girl!!!!!!!!! I’ve never been so excited on all my life!! Ever since I saw breaking dawn, I’ve always wanted to have a daughter and name her Renesmee! Her middle name is gonna be Zakari because the baby’s daddy is named Zach. Renesmee Zakari Dodd, because that’s the daddy’s last name. I can’t wait to have little Nessie and I’ll keep u posted in my pregnancy!! :)

  48. I love the name and would welcome a grand daughter with the name! New name are rare and wonderful!
    The writer who hates the name should get a life and leave others alone. When I was expecting my 2nd child a lady had just named hers LUV. A name should reflect the parents!
    Grand Mother of 7 with another on the way.

  49. The popularity of Renesmee has dropped!

    2011: 33 baby girls named Renesmee
    2010: 47 baby girls named Renesmee
    2009: 18 baby girls named Renesmee

    People are coming to their senses. :)

  50. I don’t really care what anybody thinks. I love the name Renesmee and I have a 14 year old named Edward, a 2 year old Jacob and a little girl on the way who will be named Renesmee. I wanted Isabella but my husband wouldn’t go for it. Therefore Renesmee it will be. No, I’m not a teenager, I’m almost 40 years old and I love those names.

  51. Honestly, I don’t get why people are bashing this name so severely! Renesmee is far better than naming your kid Crayola, or one of those names. Maybe some people choose not to associate it with Twilight, they just like it because it’s pretty. People come up with way weirder combinations. Let people name their kid Renesmee, who cares? If she really hates the name later on in life, let her get a legal name change. Or call her by her middle name. So what if S.M. made it up? I think she’s a talented writer.

  52. Hahaha the people protecting the name wtf why do you feel the need to defend it. If its so great then why not just dismiss the other comments? I think its f***ing awful and feel like i may throw stones at women who are thinking it is actually okay to name a kid that like imagine you met a kid called buffy… She was all the rage when i was a kid but now id lmfao if i met a chick with that name… Its good for the story in but it holds no significance to me and to me its messed up that people are so obsessed with a fad!!!

  53. I have one son, named Xion, who’s two years old, and I adopted him. I’m now pregnant with my first baby girl, who I’m gonna name Genisis Lynn. I name my kids unique names, and renesmee is a unique name, but it just doesn’t sound like a good name to actually name your child! And this is coming from a 19 year old!!! :D so, does anybody know of good nicknames to call Genisis, because I HATE the name Jenny, and I will not call her that! These are the ones I like: Gen, Jeanae, and………. That’s all. Please please tell me if you have any other good ones, because she’s due on June 23rd!! Thanks!!

  54. Funny how they say this name was made up for twlight. Im 28 years old and my friend of the same age has a great grandmother with this name. Just because u nvr heard it means nothing. I dont like twlight, but have always loved this name even before that horrid book or movie.

  55. Get ready for more Renesmees in 2013, warns Vanity Fair.

    “The fifth film in the franchise, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2 arrives in theaters on November 16.”

    A photo of the fictional vampire/human family — Edward, Bella, and Renesmee — can be seen on the cover of the June 22 edition of Entertainment Weekly.

  56. I am a teacher, and when I’m out on yard duty, I look around and wonder how many kids out there will be legally changing their names as soon as they can.

    And naming your kid after a Twilight character is worse than being in your 40s and getting a Twilight tattoo. But lol @Michelle as it being a litmus test for loony mothers 0 to true!

  57. Personally, I do think that it is a beautiful name and fitting for the book character, who is half-vampire and half-human. But, I don’t think that it is AS fitting for anyone else.

    I’m a teenager and having to constantly tell people “Grace with a n” and people calling me Grace or Gracie can get a little old. Don’t get me wrong, I do love my name. I think that it’s neat how my parents used Grace (as in God’s grace) and added an n to it. While Renesmee is even more unusual than Gracen, your daughter might get a little annoyed with constantly reminding people of the spelling and the pronunciation of it. Nessie is a cute nickname if you don’t think of the Loch Ness Monster, but if you haven’t read the series you probably won’t think of it that way. So be careful with nicknames if you go for this name. Ren is cute.

    If you want to use the name because you love the series so much, maybe you could use the name Mackenzie instead. (As in the 11 year old who played Renesmee.) Or use Renesmee as a middle name instead. (Carlie Renesmee would’ve made a great name in the series.) Or as suggested in the article make up a name of your own. For example Trinity+Elise=Trinilise or Hannah+Beth=Hannabeth or whatever name you can make up. It doesn’t neccesarily have to be your mother’s and mother-in-law’s names.

    I think Stephenie used great names and Renesmee is one of them, but if you really want to use one of the names from it I would suggest waiting until the fade has passed a bit and then name a child that, so that they won’t be marked as a Twilight Saga kid, or use one of the more subtle names, like Kate, Bella, Isabella, Jessica, Angela, etc.(subtle being names used before Twilight made them popular.) Because, chances are, in about ten years nobody going to look at the 10 year old named Bella and think “I bet she was named after Bella from the Twilight Saga!” Isabella Renesmee or Kate Renesmee are pretty names.

    So anyways, I agree that Renesmee is a beautiful name, and it’s not my decision on what you will name your baby, and if Renesmee is your choice, I’m very happy for you. I just wanted to give you some ideas of other names and stuff like that.

    Jesus loves you! God bless you!

  58. I have 2 daughters one named Kirstyn Laurena after my sisters Kirsty and Lauren. My second Juliet Esme simply because I liked the names. I saw Esme in the first Twilight film and thought it sounded really pretty and unique. I don’t mind that people will associate my daughters middle name with Twilight and I think Renesmee is quite cool and treny although not for me. If I do have another child which is doubtful as I did only want two then their name would be Caleb for a boy the name I’ve always wanted for a boy or Quinn for a girl as I love Glee. Caleb Joshua and Quinn Elise. I think people should be able to call their child what they wish though be the name made up, trendy or even related to some pop culture it’s a parents choice what to call their children!

  59. The best part is that everyone in the book makes fun of the name constantly. Why would you want to name your kid something that the book itself makes fun of?

  60. You people who are offended because of what others are saying about your choice to name your child after a fictional vampire/human character should consider what your child is going to feel like when the same comments and worse get made to them…

  61. I personally don’t like the name Nancy…. my daughter is almost 3 and her name is Renesmee Jordynn. PROUD. It doesn’t matter what you name your child … I didn’t get to pick my name and I was named after a fictional character that my mom liked. Why you think you have some authority over what others name there children is crazy. I’m sure at one point in time Ashley was a unique name but how many Ashley’s do u know

  62. I was a huge Twilight fan from like 2007-2010. I bought posters, clothes, watched the movies multiple times in the theater, I’ve read all of the books numerous times. However recently, I really dont care much about it. I grew out of it. I was 14 when I got into it and now I’m 18. Anyway, I always thought Renesmee’s name was… Unique? Yeah. Weird? DEFINITELY! Never really bothered me though, just thought it was an unusual name. But now that I’m hearing people want to name their children this… No. Just no.
    Stephenie Meyer HERSELF is advising against this. Why you you do this to your child? If you name your daughter Renesmee, there is a absolute certainty she is going to come home crying to you about how kids are harassing her because your stupid, fantasy obsessed ass just HAD to name her after that character.
    If my mother ever named me Renesmee I wouldn’t know what I ‘d do. Except wonder “Why?” and then proceed to beg her to let me change it.
    Expecting mothers please, think about your child, they will have to live with that name. Name your f***ing pet Renesmee if you must, no one cares, but for the love of God don’t subject your child to such embarrassment.
    I swear people who go this far are almost as bad as the ones who tattoo the entire fucking cast of the film on their back…. At least the child can change it’s name.

  63. PeoPle have their own opinion on it but personally I think the name is beautiful an it’s not because Im a fan but it’s because I love names barely used for my kids and I’m pregnant now with a little girl and plan on naming her renesmee elizabether peers trost my oldest her name is Anastasia and when I named her that there was only one I knew of and spelled different but really is this neccessary??? Anyone can name their kids whatever they want I have one family member who hates the name but it’s not stopping me u can down me all u want for naming my daughter this but it’s because I fell in love with the name and other names in the movie I see around a lot and I don’t want a common name and renesmee isn’t popular yet but either way it will eventually

  64. I mean, think about that child’s future. Regardless if you think it is a beautiful name or not, Stephenie Meyer makes a good point. Not only will there be incessant teasing, but will someone want to hire a Renesmee? People’s feelings about Twilight may interfere with the child’s future. I don’t think it’s an awful sounding name, but people will associate it with Twilight, forever. And Twilight is so divisive and so many people hate it. Your child will be associated with that. I have a weird name, and it is hard enough without it being associated with something so despised and looked down upon.

  65. you can all kiss my ass. my daughter and her name ; pronounced ‘ Re-nes-me’.. not ‘ Re-nes-may ‘ , are both beautiful. i dont need you approval.

  66. Our 2yo is Bella Rue Renesmee. We are Italian, our other daughters have two middle names as well we chose from pop culture at time of birth. Our oldest’s second middle is Rowling (JK) and the next was tagged with Trinity (Matrix and Blade…it was also the 3rd name of our 3rd child I had to lol)…and unless being yelled at no one hears them. It is a family thing…Rue btw is from the Hunger Games but I have never regretted it, and idk maybe b/c she bites it fits. Incidentally, it all fits on her social security card. So neat to see this is still being hashed out. Ciao!

  67. So, I haven’t read all 75 responses to this post, just the last two. It’s true, you get to name your baby whatever you want. You get to spell it however you want. You don’t have to care what anyone thinks or if someone disapproves of your name. You don’t know me and have no reason to care what I think of your name choice. I’ve tried to think of a nice way to say what I think of this name, and I can’t. But I can tell you that I have a name that was hard to grow up with but at least as an adult I was able to fall back on the history of the name, the family significance, the fine role model I was named after, the deep love it reflected that my mother felt for hers. I’m not sure what a name like Renesmee offers a child. Maybe you can enlighten me. If she hates how other people respond to her name, what can she love about it? Cuz I just don’t see it.

  68. I had my daughter five months ago and named her after Renesmee Carlie Cullen I don’t see the problem. Yes I named her after the Twilight character so what? I have named my older children after Keanu Reeves, Keifer Sutherland and Miley Rae Cyrus because the names sound unique. I live in Yorkshire and I am 28 years old.

  69. Ive never seen anything so stupid in my life. Nevermind what I think about the name, but nameing your child after a fictional character, especially from Twilight (that everyone knows of, and is hated by so many) is a STUPID thing. Think of your child!?! How fun will it be for him/her growing up?! And the ones who are saying “I LOVE IT BECAUSE IT IS SOOOOOOOOO UNIQUE!”. Please, ITS NOT! Not since EVERYONEs heard of it through Twilight. Ur kidding urself. If you are SO crazed about it, name it as a middle name. Some names from twilight are common, like Edward and Isabella, but naming it Renesmee will certainly connect back to Twiligt.
    AND TO THE TWI-FAN WHO IS 40 AND NAMED ALL HER CHILDREN AFTER TWILIGHT CHARACTERS: OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOUR POOR CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!!!! LEave it at Edward and Jacob, maybe no one will notice. My prayers for ur childrens sake.

  70. I personally think everybody who is talking smack about the name Renesmee should shut their mouth. Everybody has their own damn opinion about that name. If you don’t like it then seriously, get the hell over it. I hate twilight with a passion, & I completely think its ridiculous but I think the name is beautiful. So quick running your mouth about other people’s kids. Let them name THEIR kids what ever they want. Its not like you know any of these people anyway.

  71. my daughter nameis renesmee brooke was born on the 16th January 2012 she really gose with that nameim a massive twilight fan and eva since i seen that name i was ganna name my 3rd little girl renesmee so i did and i dont see the problem withthe name renesmee really itsa beutiful name

  72. i am pregnant with my 6th and its a girl. all my kids have unique names you won’t hear on anyone else. i really want to name #6 renesmee…but i realize when she goes to school she will most likely be in a class with five other renesmees.

  73. I have 5 kids, and all of them have Twilight names. My first is Anthony Masen( Edward’s real last name and middle name), then Rosalie Collin, then Alice Isabella, then Edward Jacob(EJ), and last but not least our two month old baby girl……. Renesmee Carlie!!! I don’t see any problem with the name Renesmee! And we even call her Nessie! :)

  74. I’m 42, well educated and LOVE the name Renesmee! Ten years from now, nobody will even care. Like it or not that name is here to stay.

  75. K Ricco u rock! I totally agree…that name is here to stay! I wonder if there was this much chaos over the name Wendy from Peter Pan. Nancy Man stop criticizing folks and stop causing so much drama! Lol

    P.S. I’m 36 and I also have a daughter named Renesmee…She will be 2 in April :)

  76. I’m a hiring agent for a company and I know if I saw something with a Twilight name, that would hurt them right off the bat. Believe it or not, names matter more than you think. It would never stand in the way of hiring someone truly qualified, but, say…two people applied for the job. They were equally qualified and their demeanor is equally pleasant. Most of the time in situations like this, the person with a “unique” name doesn’t get hired. It happens more often than you’d think.

  77. Why are you people getting in other peoples bussiness if they want to name them that let them i mean they arent naming you or your child so leave people alone and leave people alone take care or your child because you dont kn ow if people be saying the same things about your child so….. MIND YOUR OWN DAMN BUSINESS DANG… you wouldnt like if they talk about your name or ypur child RENESMEE is a beautiful name

  78. To those who are offended by people not liking the name Renesmee – you might want to get used to it because it is clearly going to happen.
    For those that don’t like it (me included) – we might have to get used to seeing/hearing people named Renesmee because it is clearly going to happen.
    This post made me smile as I recently saw the latest twilight film and I found the named Renesmee so irritating and uncomfortable to hear. At the time I made a passing comment to my husband ‘I wonder how many kids will end up with that name’. While I personally really don’t like the name, I have to say I have defintely heard worse. I worked in a medical centre for 3 years and saw/heard some terrible names. Most of which I can’t remember but warranted a roll of the eyes and a passing ‘poor kid’ comment. This is the catergory I think this name will eventually fall into.
    One of the worst names (in my opinion) that I came across whilst working at the medical centre was a baby named Tequila…. TEQUILA! I kid you not… Seriosly, WTF?! 3 guess for what her parents were drinking when they picked her name. Poor kid.

  79. Well I don’t know where to start. I’ve read almost all the post. And find it rude that you feel you have the right to tell someone what they should or should not name their little girl. And NO I’m not a Child/Teenage I’m a 36 year old woman whom has happen to love all the Books. I’m not saying that I would name My child Renesmee when I have one. But I do love the name Esmee and we’ve talked of using that name along with The Middle name given to the Character in the book which happen to be Carlie. Course if you’d taken the time to read the book you’d known that.

  80. I’m no fan of the series and think that its reputation isn’t really one you’d wish to saddle your child for life with. If you like it, fine. But it could be incredibly difficult for your child to grow up and then become an adult known as her-mother-loved-Twilight. If you include the fact the series has been branded as rather bad in the literature and writing department, it really is not the best idea.

    However, if you wish to be inspired by the name Renesmee, why not go with Renée S. (Stephenie if you’re truly a big big fan, I guess) May instead? It’s a balanced way to cling to the name while not compromising your child’s future.

  81. More Renesmees than ever in 2012:

    2012: 59 baby girls named Renesmee
    2011: 33 baby girls named Renesmee
    2010: 47 baby girls named Renesmee
    2009: 18 baby girls named Renesmee

    Also, variants Renesmae and Renezmae have popped up on the 2012 list.

  82. Friend of mine just named one of their twins Renesmee.

    I do have to add, that the father already has 3 daughters all named after Disney Princesses.

  83. I would like to point out to all the people complaining that Nancy should mind her own business that they are under no obligation to read this. It is her opinion, and just because it differs from yours does not mean that it is her fault. You can express your opinion, but to do so by getting angry at Nancy for doing the same thing does not help your case for being mature and civilized. Also, taking care to use correct punctuation and grammar improves your case exponentially.

  84. i think that the original poster on here is just a twilight hater who has to much time on there hands. i think there is going to be at least one name that each person thinks would he a bad name for a child and no one has the right to critize any name. if thats the case it should be family not a complete stranger trying to dictate peoples thoughts. i love the name renesme i would name our daughter that if my husband agreed but thats not my case. twilight rocks and if rosalie or any of the other names would be acceptable to the original poster then why not renesme..ladies if thats what you want to do please dont let any of these posts influence your decision. either way for that matter..

  85. What is so wrong with the name Renesmee? I named my daughter because the name was new and unique and my husband and I liked it but not because we are huge fans of the twilight saga. This is a little offending to some of us parents because you dont choose how we name our children.

  86. While I probably wouldn’t name my daughter Renesmee, I actually think it’s a kind of pretty name. It’s definitely not the weirdest thing people have named their child, like Hashtag, or a person I saw on Yahoo Answers who suggested Bookcase-Jade

  87. I’m Currently Pregnant & Was Considering ‘Renesmae’ For A First Name If I Had A Girl (Still Might). I Did Get The Name From Twilight But I Like Name Because Its Extremely Unusual & Thats What I Am Looking For. The Child In Twilight Might Be Half Vampire & Half Human But Whats That Matter For A Full Human Child To Have That Name? I Think Its Beautiful.

  88. Renesmee is the name of my daughter whom I found out I was pregnant with after going to see Breaking Dawn Part Two with my eldest daughter Brooke who was sixteen at the time and my niece Rowan who was eighteen. Brooke actually came up with the idea when I declared I was fresh out of name s and nothing sounded good to me. I have nine children in total so you can see my predicament. I don’t regret naming my daughter Renesmee I believe her name fits well with her siblings… Brooklyn, Ophelia, Isolde, Verity, Lachlan, Joaquin, Solaris and Griffith.

  89. My daughters name is Renemsee I didn’t use the exact name from the book and I did also switch her middle name just like in the book for her middle name of both my mother and grandmother and I have yet to have heard any bad remarks. I didn’t get it because of the book I got it because I THE MOTHER found it very pretty and unique but didn’t want to copy the exact name. What does it matter where the name came from? Id much rather name my child after something I found beautiful than what most people do and use a family name then later on that family member turns into a murder or rapiest then how proud would you be that you named your child after that? I don’t get offended anymore about it because its my child, I didn’t use the exact name, its nobody elses business and like I said before it shouldn’t matter where the name came from. My daughter and everyone that knows us loves her name and that’s all that matters. Please mothers don’t let others who are not apart of your babies life make an influence on what you choose. Have it be something YOU have meaning for, you know that later on you wont regret. :)

  90. I personally don’t really watch twilight movies. I am going to use it as a middle name for my daughter because of the fact that I like the whole concept of putting Rene and Esmee together meaning reborn and loved. For someone who had a previous miscarriage that’s a beautiful name beautiful meaning and will be explained to my daughter. Not because I was in love with the twilight movie

  91. My mom wants to name her upcoming baby Renesmee, I know there is no way to change her mind about it (She has made it Facebook official and everything) but I am trying to come up with a way to change her mind about it. I am going to send her this plus write about it on my blog and send it to her (she doesn’t know its my blog)I think it is a very pretty name though but the fact that it is from Twilight could cause a lot of issues in school for her such as bullying, and I don’t want her to have to go through that.

  92. To the Author of this post. Get a life! Whatever people what to call their children it is up to them. You have no right. If people dont like it it is their opinion. If a woman has carried her child 9 months she can call it whatever the hell she likes. who are you tell tell her otherwise. Worry about what you will call your own children. Your entitled to your opinion, but dont slate other people who call their kids a name which they obviously like!!!!

  93. I think the fact that so many people dislike the name shows the problem with naming your child Renesmee (how do you even pronounce that?). Heck, even the author said that she wouldn’t name an actual child Renesmee! Even if you yourself don’t have a problem with Renesmee, a lot of people *do*. Your daughter is going to get ridiculed, bullied, all of that, because she has a weird name. And even if she doesn’t, she probably will be called something else anyway, because who wants to figure out how to pronounce “Renessmee”? Probably not her kindergarten classmates.

    (Also: don’t rag on the author stating her opinion. You’re doing the exact same thing. :I)

  94. I actually quite like the name Moses, Amelia. It sounds biblical for me. Still, I won’t name my daughter Renesmee if I had one, but for names, I do like Amelia. I think of Earhart when I hear that name.

  95. This topic has kind of grown old now, but I’m surprised that there aren’t more comparisons to other similar naming inspirations.

    Take for example hippie/LOTR-liking parents who would name their children things like “Galadriel Moonchild Starbright” and then bitterly regret it/their children bitterly regret it when the hippie era wore out and later the girl power/tomboy era took over.

    That said, names invented by authors for fictional characters can actually make decent real names for babies. In Sweden there was the much beloved book/film “Ronja Rövardotter” made by one of our greatest authors Astrid Lindgren in the early 80s. Several little girls were indeed named Ronja, though it is without the controversy baggage that Meyer drags around as Ronja is a human character and a decently good aspiration for a child. Ronja thinks for herself, make active decisions and is compassionate despite growing up among robbers – even if there’s absolutely no mistaking that the girls named Ronja are named after the fictional character I don’t think anyone would fault the parents for it.

    What I’m trying to get at is that it isn’t the source of the name that is the problem. It’s the attitude of the parents that is. If you’re naming your child something controversial, make damn sure you think it through on all levels first. Are you really TRULY naming your child the way you are because you think it’s a genuinely good name or because you’re high on fandom? On that note, stay the fuck away from whatever inspired the name for the rest of the pregnancy. You want to connect the name to the actual child, not an ongoing fandom. James, for example, is a nice name, but it would be mean to your child to think of the Harry Potter character(s) when you should be thinking of your child. The same goes for Twilight names, mundane and “special” alike.

    Bonus tip for first time parents considering a name: children aren’t always going to be adorable little angels and certainly not always innocent. Expect to at one point or another have to scream and/or yell at them when they’ve turned the living room upside down, painted on the walls or played with scissors. Try to imagine these scenarios and shout out an improvised lecture to your currently unborn child, using the full name of the child. If the name is so complex or unusual that you stumble halfway through the name or loose steam because it’s too long, consider using a different name.

    I’m NOT telling parents-to-be “name you child this” or “don’t name your child that”, because there are exceptions to every rule. Just try to be PRACTICAL about it. Even little details like spelling and pronunciation has a huge impact on the children. Make sure that when your child ask you about the origin of the name you have a better answer than “Oh, it was the first name we heard that no one else in the family already had” (which is how one of my cousins was named) or “[insert relative] suggested it, we had no clue what it even meant” (how I was named, thank you grandma).

    Think. Before. You. Name.

  96. @Helena – Thanks so much for your thoughts on this! Such a great comment.

    “Are you really TRULY naming your child the way you are because you think it’s a genuinely good name or because you’re high on fandom?”

    Excellent question. I’m not sure if the “high on fandom” people would be able to recognize the difference, though. They might be too close to the material to realize it’s a passing phase.

  97. For the record, the 40-year-old with Edward, Jacob, and Renesmee is likely lying because if she has a 14 year old, he’d have been born in 1998. Twilight was published 2005.

  98. My mom loves Twilight and, while I was obviously born before Twilight, I still somehow ended up with the name Isabella.

  99. “Right”? Nancy has no right to write these things on her own website? If any of you saying this are Americans, in America people have the right to say whatever they want. You of course have a right not to read it (which begs the question, why are you reading it for long enough to comment on it?). But people always have the right to say things. And tell you things. Even if it’s things you don’t want to hear. Regardless of whether Renesmee is from Twilight, it’s still a bad idea. No daughter of mine is going to be, as Helena pointed out, “Galadriel”. No son of mine is going to be “Draco”.

  100. Just NO… Never name your child RENESMEE. If you’re really a Twilight fan then there are far more common names in twilight than Stupid Renesmee like Rosalie,Isabella,Bella,Alice and more. And for those who are saying Renesmee is unique, just think if there are many stupid mothers who will name their child Renesmee then after many years it is Already NOT UNIQUE because many people named their daughter Renesmee. Or use the way Renesmee is made like Amy + Miranda = Amanda, Anna + Belle = Annabelle. YOUR CHILD IS NOT YOU If you want then legally change your name to RENESMEE.

  101. I’m naming my daughter Renesmee and it’s not just because of the movie but because its really pretty. The name doesn’t have to mean anything. As long as you like how it sounds is what’s important. Everyone tries to take it to the next level by saying it’s a vampires name or means car crash. Relax its not that serious there’s worst names out there.

  102. I will say I an a Fan of Bella Edward Alice Jacob an Jasper. I will say it’s not a bad name but I named my son after Jasper and I spell my sons name with a “z” intend of a “s” so it will be different. Know if anyone wants to name there daughter Renesmee They would but I don’t see it ever happing anyways. I just hope u guys come out with a new one with Jake an renesmee together an everyone that would be cool too see..

  103. You can name your children anything you want. But the constitution says as long as you don’t use offensive words like Hitler. There’s even other worse names . Rayella which is a protozoa, Veruca from a wart or the Chocolate Factory. I personally like flower names.

  104. …the U.S. Constitution?

    I’m reasonably certain that the Founding Fathers did not address the issue of bad baby names in the U.S. Constitution.

    (It would have been effing epic if they had, though.)

  105. At the age of 60, I do have both input and a bit of experience. First, please keep in mind that even in a much more ‘warm and fuzzy’ environment that the one I grew up in, kids can still be down right evil little jerks. And, naming children after idols, stars or characters is nothing new. I went through school in a sea of Lindas, Susans, Linda Susans, and Susan Lindas. Why? Because Shirley Temple named her baby girl Linda Susan. I was named after Marilyn Monroe. Mom was a fan. I spent my entire childhood denying the source of my name, but the teasing was relentless. My oldest, now near 40, is asked on a daily basis, if she was named for Natalie Wood. She wasn’t. I simply thought the name was lovely and feminine. Roughly 10 years later, it became very common, but still comes up in conversation. My second daughter, Samantha, loves her name, but is pretty much fed up with the witch comments and jokes.

    I guess my point is that you should name your child as you wish. But, DO take a moment to consider the child’s future, not just your gratificaton with a cutsey or trendy name. Like I mentioned above, kids make torture an art form, give them as little ammunition as possible.

  106. “kids make torture an art form, give them as little ammunition as possible” — I think this is a good thing to keep in mind. Thanks, Marilyn.

  107. I love the name Renesmee and my husband aswell. I also love the name Roseline but my husband dont like it as a first name. My mom made my name 27 years ago out of family names. Widene. Me and my husband desided we are going 2 call our daugter Wineschmé (say it as Winesmee) Roseline Taljaard.

  108. when I had my daughter in 2011, I got the name Renesmee from a friend of my sister, who got it from another friend, who had got it from another friend and I love the name and it’s meaning. I was also 28 when I had her. My daughter loves her name. She started spelling her name at 1yr 7 months. She’s a brain box and everyone who hears her name loves it. Every name will always have an origin. Even Damian has an evil origin and I know a lot of awesome men named Damian. No need to spread all this hate.

  109. I’m 36 and I love the name Renesmee, only for my sister to tell me it’s actual origin but that still doesn’t bother me. My partner is mid 20’s and she actually doesn’t like the name at all so you can’t say it’s just the younger generation. We already have 2 boys called Noah & Theodore. If you like the name and want to call your child it then it’s your prerogative. It doesn’t matter what you call your child as any name will be open to ridicule at school, I’m sure you all remember yourselves that any name can be picked apart! Maybe all the Renesmee haters should post their own children’s names and see what the reaction there is or are they just following the crowd for the last how many hundreds of years and calling their children the same old boring names another billion children have been called already? I don’t know what’s worse but I don’t think anybody should be hating on what someone wants to call their child. Maybe they should just grow up and get a life???

  110. Also whilst I’m still here I didn’t even know the name originated from the films, I had heard it and liked it. you don’t have to name your children from fictional characters also you don’t have to name your child something you don’t like just because it’s traditional and sits well, a name is a name and in this day and age I think people are rather accepting of most things. Are some people trying to say that a George or a William will do better than me in life because I was called Kevin? Really??? Well I’m doing just fine, thanks. They are your children and as long as they are loved and cherished I’m sure they will be fine and I think it’s about time there were some fresh new names out there, I also like Paloma, Tallulah, Tally, Maisey, Molly/ie, Cressida but my partner thinks I’m crazy! Haha

  111. I’ve got two things to say:

    1.) Naming your daughter Renesmee is arguably the dumbest thing you can do for your kid. Not only would it cause them to be ridiculed at school but no one would hire them anywhere.

    2.) I’m upset I’m not a lawyer, since in a few years they’ll make a small killing from all the kids looking to legally change their name.

  112. I love the name. Does the world really need another of any of those over used and boring names like Sue, Jane, Katherine, Jessica and Nancy? I think not.

  113. I’m tired of people saying “Oh, don’t name your kid (insert name here), because people will associate them with (insert movie title here).” It’s the most unintelligent and arrogant thing I’ve ever seen. In about 5 or 10 years from now, no one your child goes to school with will probably have even heard of these movies. That’s like telling people not to name their kid ‘Lina’ because people will associate them with Singin In The Rain, which came out in 1952. I guarantee, give it a few years or so, Renesmee will just be another name.

  114. My two year old Granddaughter is called Renesmee.
    I love the name. It suits her.
    She gets called many names from the name Renesmee.
    People call there kids Blade or Storm or River and dont they seem more strange.
    Renesmee is a beautiful name and i couldnt imagine her being called anything else

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