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2014 Worst US Baby names - what do we think ??

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BackforGood Fri 18-Dec-15 21:26:43

This data is from the US department of social security. You'll find the list of strangest names in use in the US last year - as well as the unfortunate amount of babies who received them - below


1. Lucky - 54

2. Zeppelin - 42

3. Alias - 28

4. Captain - 26

5. Styles - 19

6. Harsh - 18

7. Chief - 16

8. Boss - 12

9. Chaos - 9

10. Awesome - 8


1. Remedy - 27

2. Savvy - 25

3. Goddess - 24

4. Apple - 19

5. Kindle - 16

6. Honest - 15

7. Holy - 15

8. Sham - 14

9. Sway - 10

10. Eliminate - 5

BackforGood Fri 18-Dec-15 21:30:34

Another Reddit thread had users fervently sharing stories of the worst baby names they'd ever heard - and the results are, unusual, to say the least!

One user wrote: 'Hellzel. According to her, her mother liked Hazel but her dad was a biker and loved hells angels, so they came up with this mess.'

Another said: 'I taught swimming to a poor kid named "*Baby Boi*," again, all first name.'

Children of former hippies tend to have names that are a bit quirky by default, but one contributor really took the biscuit with this gem.

'*Love-child Ermengarde*. The parents were hippies, but still wanted to include the mother's grandmother's name.'

Meanwhile, a writer in America revealed: 'I work at a bank in North Florida and have been keeping a list of names I come across. My favorite so far is definitely "*I'munique*." It was on her ID and everything.'

However, it's still not quite as unique as this spelling of a popular name:

'*Airwrecka*, worst spelling of Erica I ever saw.'

Descriptive names were popular, with one person writing:

'Some years ago, I ran into an ex boyfriend at the gas station with his new girlfriend, her little boy in the back seat.

His name was Rage.'

Celebs proved to be a strong influence too...

'*Britney Shakira Beyonce*, and they would call her by the full name every time.' did beauty products, on more than one occasion.

'My mom knew a lady in the 1980s who named her kid Aqua Net, after the hair spray.'

'*Revlon*. Yes, like the cosmetics company. This was a boy.'

Some were even lucky enough to have TWO names to share with the group:

'I knew a girl named I'adorher. Pronounced "I adore her." She was really nice. It's funny, actually, I had heard that she existed in my city (she went to a different school) from a friend and ended up meeting her later through totally unrelated circumstances.

I also knew a girl whose name was just the letter E.'

We're hoping that this set of parents didn't quite realise the connotations when they named their little one:

'There is a girl in my school named Gennah Tyles. With a G. It's like her parents wanted to name her genitals.'

But we've definitely saved the best (or should that be worst?!) until last, with this response:

'"*Orgasm*": As the daughter of a Labor and Delivery nurse, I've heard an abundance of terrible baby names, but I'd have to say this is by far the worst! Sadly, I'm not kidding.'

And if you can top THAT, we definitely want to hear about it!

CherryPits Sat 19-Dec-15 01:07:59

I rather like "Lucky", "Chief" and "Zeppelin"

Better than boring old Nigel and Brian, any day.

Jw35 Sat 19-Dec-15 11:27:50

I like Zeppelin. The rest are awful

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sat 19-Dec-15 11:33:39

Chaos has a nice sound to it when you say it, but no, not a great name.

Yes agee Zeppelin is ok. Zep could be a cool nn.

OddSocksHighHeels Sat 19-Dec-15 11:57:41

I used to work with a Harsh. He was a very quiet guy.

SilentBob Sat 19-Dec-15 12:02:11

Chief and boss are 2 words I hear from my Scouse partner A LOT. If he wanted a child called either of those he'd be out on his ear. smile

I like Zep though, wonder what he would think to that...

Vixxfacee Sat 19-Dec-15 12:03:43

I like remedy.

KoalaDownUnder Sat 19-Dec-15 14:08:06

I am struggling with the concept of FIVE people choosing to name their daughters 'Eliminate'.


cigarsofthepharaoh Sat 19-Dec-15 14:48:06

I'd be careful about saying "worst". Some names might be cultural - Goddess, Honest and Holy may well be given to children of African descent. Chief could be a nod to Native American heritage.

I'm sure some of them (Apple and Awesome particularly) are just parents influenced by celebrity/TV culture, but labelling cultural names the "worst" is a little iffy.

NervousEnergy Sat 19-Dec-15 16:12:12

Well this is awkward...I have a Lucky!

CherryPits Sat 19-Dec-15 16:18:17

I agree with you Cigarsofthepharaoh. I live in the US and had a friend at school called Youngblood. No prizes for guessing his heritage and I would be horrified to see it mocked on here.

Creatureofthenight Sat 19-Dec-15 16:22:02

Does Harsh mean something else in another language?
I cannot fathom why anyone would name their baby that.

OddSocksHighHeels Sat 19-Dec-15 23:53:03

Creature the Harsh I knew was Asian so I'm guessing it's a name with another meaning in his country.

honeysucklejasmine Sat 19-Dec-15 23:56:03

Why does the op sound like an article? Is it a copy paste, or is someone actually researching something?

Yy to cultural differences.

BackforGood Sun 20-Dec-15 00:16:00

Just a copy and paste.
One of those 'when I read it is made me think of all the comments on the baby names threads on MN' moments.

It's the names that are in the comments in the 2nd post that are the oddest, IMO.

cigarsofthepharaoh Sun 20-Dec-15 01:39:24

The second post is also most likely to be cultural names. Names spelt as their sounds dictate are often from non-native speaker. Parents who move here and don't understand words like "genitals" which don't really come up in general conversation so might not be known. Or names like "Britney Shakira Beyonce" which mirror a culture known for naming kids after people high up in that tribe/culture. In America Beyonce might replace that person. It really isn't anything to mock.

You used to the word "worst" so MN isn't really to blame.

cigarsofthepharaoh Sun 20-Dec-15 01:41:52

Tbh the "worst" names ever are pretty much white Puritan names. But they decided to convert because of their hiteness ages ag so they don't feature on these lists. I'adoreher could've easily been Ihatethisbitchforsinningsomuchfuckherthedevil if it was just a different culture. Yet one is worthy of mocking on the internet and one isn't.

mammmamia Sun 20-Dec-15 09:43:58

Harsh is an Indian name. Girls are Harsha. It's pronounced slightly differently but I'd still be surprised at anyone in a western country using these names.

mammmamia Sun 20-Dec-15 09:45:42

There's no cultural reason for Eliminate though. Sorry. I will stand corrected if someone can provide one though!

RamblingRedRose Sun 20-Dec-15 09:54:31

DS has a friend called Anon, she's a girl. She's from another culture though. At first I was hmm but it's actually grown on me now.

Lizziedripping1 Sun 20-Dec-15 18:58:19

My mum taught a girl called Cardin....when mum asked her where she got her name from she replied...oh my mum got it off some scent bottle (Pierre Cardin)

A doctor friend also treated a family whose son was called 'Gooey' at least that's how they pronounced it, but when she asked them to spell it they said G-U-Y....they picked it out of a book but didn't realise how it was actually pronounced

TheWoodenSpoonOfMischief Sun 20-Dec-15 19:02:55

I know an Indian girl with the nickname Sham so that doesn't seem too bad to me.

LumelaMme Sun 20-Dec-15 19:07:30

I come across Alias as a given name in Malaysia: I don't know if it's Arab or Malay but it's not uncommon.

Pigeonpost Sun 20-Dec-15 19:08:34

I am re-naming DS3 Chaos forthwith. Never has a name been more apt...

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