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Over on the message boards, Yael asks: What’s your strangest, craziest name crush?

We love this question — thanks, Yael! — and so we’re opening it to the wider group.

What name do you love that just doesn’t make sense?  What weird and wonderful name speaks to your heart, even when your mind says no no no?

Can you make any sense of your wacky name crush?  Or would you just blame baby name craziness?

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Angry-Teen

Babies don’t care what you name them.  Abe or Zephyrine, whatever: any name is  fine as long as you deliver plenty of food and love.

But your teenager?  Your teenager is a different story.  Your offspring is going to dislike you for a lot of reasons during adolescence, but picking the wrong name 15 years ago is apt to be very high on the list.

We know some of these names are cool, in a name nerd kind of way.  But in anticipation of adolescent rage, try to avoid giving any of them to an actual baby.

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What are you favorite unusable names?

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A berry named Iamamiam gets credit for this question: What are your favorite unusable names?

Over on the forums where this question was first posed, answers include Hypatia and Paine, Alaska and Aristotle, Lucifer and Lucrezia.

Reasons people wouldn’t use the names they love? Association with a tragic story or character is one problem. Difficulty of spelling or pronunciation is another. And then there are those high-drama names that feel like they wouldn’t fit into the modern world.

What are your favorite names that nevertheless can never be used?

Bonus points for telling us why not.

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The Most Unusual Name You’ve Ever Heard

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Forget Oranjello and Lemonjello: We’re not talking about bizarre baby name urban legends here. We don’t want to know that your sister-in-law’s cousin’s best friend works as a delivery room nurse and swears some clueless mom named her daughter Female.

Nor are we noting strange celebrity baby names, as it’s not just you alone who’s heard of starbabies Moxie, Apple, and Bronx Mowgli. Names from movies, books, and television don’t count either.

What we want to hear are the most unusual real-life names you’ve ever heard. As in: I shook this person’s hand. Lived next door to her. Maybe even gave birth to him and chose his incredibly unusual name myself.

Any details you can give us about the name’s origins and meaning would be appreciated because, you know, we can never get enough.

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Baby names seem to get stranger every day, but what are the weirdest baby name tales of all time?

Crazy baby name stories come from Hollywood and beyond, stem from misguided parents, illogical bureaucracies, and influences beyond human understanding.  They involve money, ego, publicity, lawsuits, and the forces of destiny.

Here, the top ten weirdest baby name stories we know.

1. The Family Named George

George Foreman may be multi-dimensional in his professional life, but the championship boxer/food grilling visionary has a one-track mind when it comes to baby names. Foreman named all five of his sons George after himself – they’re George Jr. and Georges III, IV, V and VI — and also named one of his six daughters GeorgettaHow does the family tell all those Georges apart?  Georges III through VI are called Monk, Big Wheel, Red, and Little Joey.

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