50+ Names Sure To Make Your Teenager Hate You

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.

On behalf of future adolescents everywhere, we ask that you please share this list via Facebook, Twitter, and your other favorite Social Media sites.

 

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amersss Says:

February 10th, 2014 at 11:47 pm

What a mean way to frame a baby names list. I don’t think this kind of negative energy list belongs on Nameberry.

oboeplayer1 Says:

February 10th, 2014 at 11:48 pm

I know a 15-year-old named Peaches!

mill1020 Says:

February 10th, 2014 at 11:52 pm

Oooh, I shudder at the thought of living through the teen years as a Dorcas or a Cherry!

Mrs_Darling Says:

February 10th, 2014 at 11:56 pm

I actually don’t mind Shirley.

dalb Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 12:11 am

I can understand most but am quite perplexed as to why Jennifer made the list. I know so many Jennifers from teens up to grandmothers and none are that unhappy with their name.

eleminty Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 12:26 am

Jennifer, Clarence, and Shirley don’t belong on this list. Actually, this list is VERY rude and shouldn’t even be on Nameberry at all. Is this a joke? Not funny.

jtnacho Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 12:37 am

STOP hating on Jennifer. I know it was extraordinarily popular a few decades ago, but it’s a perfectly nice name. I am a Jennifer just out of my teen years and I love my name!

theb4ndit Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 12:40 am

I don’t find this list to be funny at all. I get teenagers (like myself) are raging balls of angst, but was it really necessary to point out all the names you don’t think a child will appreciate or come with some sort of teasing potential?

Adonis, Seymour, Prudence, and Ursula are all names that I really enjoy (especially my little Ursula).

I noticed Jennifer was on the list. Why? Jennifer was a big thing like 20+ years ago and parents have since started turning to other names to love an adore as much as their precious Jennifer. In fact, I don’t know any teenagers named Jennifer. The only Jennifers I know are 35+ year old adults who wished to be named something else because of the Jennifer craze.

Giinkies Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 12:41 am

Mildred and Peaches? I like both those names but my family banned me from using Mildred (I’m still holding out for it as a middle name) and I can only use Peaches as a nickname.
Seriously though, Bartlett is a cool name so Bart isn’t too bad a nickname and I know an adult Norman so idk why it is there.
Brie is a standard nickname for Briana and Brie Larson is an up and coming young actress (I watched her on the ill-fated, short-lived Bob Saget comedy ‘raising dad’ as a child).
Romeo is absolutely ridiculous to be there as it is the name of a Beckham and top 1000.
I also know a Desiree.
Why is Jennifer there? Is it because the name is too popular? I know too many Amandas my age and so I avoid top 10 names or overly popular ones as a result.

KiwiMarie Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 12:47 am

I thought quite a few of these were unfair. My close friend (age 19) is named Desiree and nobody thinks it’s weird. Candida makes me swoon. I had no idea it was a fungus and I doubt many other people would either. Titus has a lot of appeal and is growing in popularity, and Brie, while it’s spelled like the cheese, is still a perfectly acceptable name. And Jennifer?? Really?? It’s a beautiful name! How else did it get so popular? Perhaps it would be wise to be more original, given how ubiquitous it is, but no need to diss the name. It was disrespectful to include Clarence, Shirley and Seymour. Many people have relatives who have that name and may want to honor them. Besides, another friend of mine (age 20) was named Evelyn after her grandmother at a time when the name was still in ‘old lady’ territory and now voila! It’s popular again!

chi1127 Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 12:52 am

How rude! Now, I want to use one of these names just to spite the pretentious snob who put it together. I have friends with some of these names.

rainydaygarden Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 12:59 am

The instant I saw this post I started laughing. It was doomed to create public outcry regardless of what names were listed.

rainydaygarden Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 1:01 am

Candida has been defended… I’m waiting for someone to extol the virtues of Hyman. C’mon guys I don’t think we should take it SO seriously.

CocoWhite Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 1:03 am

Some of the names I can completely agree with — Gay, Fanny, Hooker, and Dick, for example. Naming your kid any of those is just setting them up for teasing and bullying later on in life. But other names on the list I actually thought were kind of pretty. What’s wrong with Jennifer, for example? And what about Clarence? Norman, Ursula, Romeo?

Liztheartist Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 1:28 am

A lot of these names are beautiful and don’t deserve to be in your “list”.

R_J Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 3:30 am

While I agree with a lot of these, but it does seem like a weird article for nameberry. No author listed either.

grackym Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 5:38 am

This blog sounds like it was inspired by a thread or something, I can understand the reasoning behind most- but Brie? It’s just a name… What embarrassment lies here?

Pam Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 6:10 am

Ahhhhh, c’mon everyone We are just having some fun

freddiethepink Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 6:45 am

I love Bart, Clarence and Trixie!

And though it’s not for me, there’s nothing wrong with Jennifer!

I understand some of the names on the list though, I certainly wont be naming my child Fanny, Hooker or Hyman.

MaryKathryn Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 7:17 am

I totally understand and support this list! I am 17 years old and I would NEVER name my kids these names and I appreciate Nameberry for having the courage to post this and stand behind what they said. Too many parents don’t understand that the name they choose is not going to just have to be on a baby and toddler, it has to be able to age with the child. You aren’t naming your child for yourself, you’re naming your child so that your CHILD can have a name to grow old with. I know plenty of kids in my high school who absolutely hate their names and are going to change it when they graduate.

JessicaT11 Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 7:35 am

I think I am either too old or too young to get the joke behind some of these names but my immature side cringed at the majority of these. Teenagers, especially boys, will turn anything into a sex joke (No judgement that’s just how you think at that age).

And seriously everyone should know Candida is a yeast (it won’t make you swoon it’ll make you itch).

rainierloner Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 7:49 am

I know a one or two Jennifers, Jezebels, Adonises, and Lettices, and all of them are fine with their name. Some names on this list were quite funny, but I think that some could be removed. 🙂

maggiemary Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 7:51 am

Some people have no sense of humor!

hermione_vader Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 7:58 am

I do not like it when people hate on Ursula. This is because I had a classmate throughout middle school and high school named Ursula and she was (and still is) a sweet young woman whom everyone loved. I also know a very nice man named Herman, so that name now has mainly good connotations for me, too.

Also, I have had customers at my jobs named Madonna. Why? Because before Madonna Ciccone made it a one-person name, it was in the Top 1000. You might want to check the SSA list on that one.

And I agree with previous posters: stop hating on Jennifer. Yes, there were a lot of Jennifers a few decades ago, but now it’s less common and a young Jennifer would not be one of 5 in her class. Heck, I was born in the late 1980s, and I only knew two or three before college, and they were never in the same class together.

I’m sorry that I don’t get the humor behind this, but I think that it’s supposed to come from willfully not opening your mind to some of these names. A lot of them wouldn’t work, but several, like the ones I’ve listed, will.

larkub101 Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 8:08 am

I don’t see why everyone is getting so offended, it’s just for fun!

Waverly123 Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 8:17 am

This is just for fun people! Take it with a pinch of salt. Some names on that list truly are awful, but others, like Brie and Jennifer, seem perfectly fine. It’s funny because of how “serious” it sounds. I mean, come on.
Also, about knowing teenage/young Jennifers, I know at least 3-4 teenage Jennifer’s and at least 2-3 below the age of 10.

smar Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 8:32 am

I don’t understand the outrage- it is not a law. Go ahead and name your precious baby what you want. I do agree with avoiding Dick, Hyman, Gay, Woody. However, how can we predict what will induce name calling or annoyance in the future? In 15 years, Beyonce will just be a name of a has been singer. In the 70s, Jennifer was a beautiful name, and overused. Therefore all Jennifers I knew hated their name. As a teacher for 12 years, I have only met ONE Jennifer as a student. It seems like an old-fashioned name to me now, but not cringe worthy. I have also had a Peaches and a Precious in my class. The only ones to snicker at their names were the adults.

marypoppins Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 8:58 am

For those saying people just don’t have a sense of humour, it takes the humour out of it a bit seeing your own name on a list like this. What is everyone’s problem with Jennifer? It’s a perfectly beautiful name. I’m a Jennifer born in the 70s, and despite knowing several other Jennifers I’ve never hated my name or ever wanted to be called anything else!

mermuse Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 8:59 am

I knew an adolescent Prudence (okay, so she was from France), but she pulled it off!

Saracita00 Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 9:14 am

Nameberry portrays itself as an “expert” naming site. I think it’s quite understandable when people take the information offered here seriously — instead of as pop culture magazine, “for fun,” take-it-or-leave-it editorial opinion. Honestly, the latter description is only ever claimed when people get upset about a posted opinion, or when the webmasters decide to do something like feature a Kardashian name bash.

southern.maple Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 9:15 am

I’m laughing because 1) people are actually “offended” by this list and 2) I know guys named Woody, Titus, and Junior who fully embraced their names and were never teased for them. Woody was a huge hulk of a guy, so that probably helped him out a bit.

Pam Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 9:15 am

OK, everybody, due to popular demand, I’m taking Jennifer off the list. My thinking was that a teenager of tomorrow might say — Why couldn’t you be more original than to give me the most popular name of your own generation? But if you have to explain the joke…

And Mermuse, yes, it’s amazing that the French can pull off names an American may struggle with….even Prune!

jayden101 Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 9:21 am

I think you’re taking the list a bit too seriously. I’m a teenager and throughout my school years I’ve known about 2 Jennifers. One is called Jennifer because people picked on her for having a Vietnamese name that’s pretty hard to pronounce, but even she wishes that she’d picked something a bit less common for women in their 30s. The other Jennifer has the same issue with her name. Brie is a smelly cheese(which is probably why most people spell it Bree). Prudence has the word Prude in in it. Dick and Gay are pretty obvious. I don’t see the issue with Desiree (is it on the list because the word Desire is in it?). I might be biased though, since I live in an are where it’s a very common first and middle name. I think Diamond should make the list. I actually know a couple of Diamonds, and to a lot of people(including me) the name screams ghetto or stripper.

indiefendi Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 9:38 am

I’m a teen myself. I knew a lot of Desirees as a child and they seemed pretty fine with it. I don’t see what’s so bad about Jennifer besides the popularity.

nat108 Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 9:41 am

Wow, people are way too sensitive! I can see issues with every name listed (including Jennifer which apparently was removed because of some of you complaining). I know Jennifers who hate their name, so is your experience more valid than theirs? Just because you like a name or know someone with that name who loves it, doesn’t mean that there aren’t others who disagree.

lesliemarion Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 9:45 am

Oh my God, you are so right! Some of these names I like, but I teach high school juniors and seniors, and I have to say, right on list!

Personally I don’t even see the first three letters of Titus, which I love, but oh, they so would!

CsprsSassyHrly Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 9:51 am

I definitely can agree with some of these. Hyman? Lucifer? Bluebell? Do people actually name their kids these things?!

But there are some that I’m not sure I can agree with. Prudence, for starters, is a favorite of mine.

My cousin said if the tradition in her family wasn’t names that begin with J’s, she’d actually use Mildred.

Ursula, I’m surprised that name didn’t get more popular in the 90’s, what with Friends character, Phoebe, having a twin sister with that name.

I actually knew a little girl named Eunice, she was the younger sister of a classmate (and the classmate of my younger brother). The name suited her so well and, even though it’s not a favorite, I do like it.

Trixie, I can agree with on not making it a first name, but I do like it as a nickname… Unfortunately, I don’t like Beatrice/Beatrix so I’m not sure what else it could be a nickname of.

katybug Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 10:11 am

My (male) 6th grade social studies teacher’s first name was Hooker, and I can attest that a room full of 12 year olds will not be able to contain themselves when given that information!

I wish Ursula wasn’t so divisive, but I agree that many teenagers would hate having that name.

dindlee Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 10:38 am

Clearly some of the commenters haven’t spent a lot of time around teenagers 😉 High schoolers would have a field day with some of these names….

It’s tongue-in-cheek fellow Berries. Let’s not get all riled up.

dramagrl19 Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 11:28 am

Is this blog post really necessary?

nicky Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 11:48 am

Excuse me, Hedwig? This is a very old European name with a ton of history, the name of saints and a lot of noble people. Putting this in
the same list as Babe or Puma, is just ridiculous and shows a lot of ignorance and lack of knowledge from the writer of that blog.

MaryKathryn Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Hedwig is also the name of the owl in Harry Potter, and I’m pretty sure the idiots that go to my school will not know that Hedwig belonged to a saint, but they will know that it belonged to an owl.

Lo Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

I so wish that Madonna hadn’t ruined such a lovely Catholic name.

lightsea Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Sure it’s funny… If your name isn’t on the list.

Dantea Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 1:26 pm

I agree with some and don’t get why others are listed. I also know a good number of people with these names. I know:

Jennifer — It’s not popular or heard everywhere now and teen Jennifer isn’t all that interested in the history behind the name. No one cares
Adonis — This name seems to be pretty popular with the black population here (as does names like Ulysses and Odysseus)
Brie — I know it’s cheese, right, but for the teens, this is just Bree
Chastity — I’ve known tons of them. I get the joke here, but I’ve never heard anyone (with the ones I know now or the ones I grew up with) get made fun of or anything for it
Desiree — I actually don’t get the issue here and I’ve never seen teen Des made fun of or have problems
Jezebel — Spelled Jessabell but still. I don’t think anyone’s ever noticed that it’s Jezebel and she goes by Belle often
Junior — went to high school with one of these. Football player and really popular guy
Lucifer — he’s a teen now and I know people probably say things behind his back, but it was chosen for his father’s religion and he knows the story behind and his name and wears it very proudly, even insists on not using a nickname.
Rumer — It’s not for me, but she’s a teen with tons of girls named things like Star, Honey, Whisper etc and no one bats and eyes because that’s the age of names they’re grown up in

And I don’t understand why these ones are on the list:

Ursula — What’s wrong with this one? I don’t know any little girl who knows what the sea witch is called let a lone cares when they get older. And I know an Ursa who doesn’t have problems. This is on my own list.
Titus — With the surge in Roman names and the several baby Titus’ I’ve seen in birth announcements here where I live, and that the beginning isn’t pronounce like Tit.
Shirley — Sally, Mary, Poppy, Tillie, Millie, Ellie….why not Shirley?
Prudence — Faith, Temperance, Hope, Grace, Amity, Verity…why not?
Candida — After reading the comments, I get it, but I never knew it was a yeast or whatever. I was never taught it and it just makes me think of Candide by Voltaire.
Clarence — George, Robert, Richard, Eugene, Charles…why not Clarence?

Now the rest, I totally get those. Some of those would definitely be made fun of. Though I will say, having been working with children for years, I’ve never once seen anyone bullied for their names and I’ve worked with some terribly named children. Heck, I went to high school with a Harry Mann the 3rd and the worst he got was “that’s weird.” People on here constantly say “Angel’s a stripper name, people will make fun of her…” and I’ve never once in 23 years been made fun of for being an Angel.

*shrug* I get why some people are upset and I get what the joke was supposed to be. I also can see the opinion of that this website is billed as being experts on the subject so a lot of people do come here an take things very seriously. I think the joke was a miss, really. Sorry : /

nwwoodsymom Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 2:17 pm

I think Shirley is about to get popular. I also like Ursula.

LuMary Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

“Babe” reminds me of turn-of-the-century baseball. Maybe Nameberry will someday research the sociology of nicknaming patterns for boys in the late 19th to mid 20th century:

Chip
Skip
Sonny
Buster
Buddy
Whitey
Blackie
Skinny
Fats
Pee Wee
Slim
Red

It was refreshingly non-PC, all-American.

TarynAmber Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Some of you people take this list way too seriously. SO WHAT if a name you love [or even your own name] is on this list. My own name has been slammed, both on Nameberry and to my face, as ugly and manly and tacky. I didn’t go cry in a corner about it. Some of you need a little backbone if you can’t handle someone disliking a name that you like.

And the author never said these names are horrible and ugly. She said these are names that TEENAGERS will hate you for. It’s a joke. Because teenagers are silly and ridiculous and *will* make fun of you for your name.

And if you’re a teenager and you love the name Candida, you’ve probably never had a yeast infection. Just sayin.

Why Prudence deserves to be on the list: “Prude.” That is all.
Why Ursula deserves to be on the list: She’s the fat, ugly sea witch from The Little Mermaid. Who doesn’t know that?
Why Titus deserves to be on the list: Can you not see the vulgarity that teenagers would see here? I can guarantee he’d be nicknamed after a part of the female body.

If you can’t handle some tongue in cheek humor, maybe at the expense of your own taste…you probably shouldn’t have clicked on an article that was titled “50+ Names Sure To Make Your Teenager Hate You”

It’s not like the content was shocking, given the title.

thiswastheirworld Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 2:37 pm

I think the point of this post was that while you may love a name and the history behind it, if you show this list to a group of teenagers, they will definitely find it hilarious, which is just unfair on your child. As a pp said, you’re not naming yourself, you’re naming a child, who will go on to be a teenager and an adult. Stop getting so worked up, it was a light-hearted post, purely for fun (and maybe to stop a few disasters down the road – I mean Dick? Seriously?)

jem Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Jennifer? Really?
Prudence – I know a 13-year-old Prudence and a 16-year-old Prudence (Prue and Prudy respectively) who absolutely own their names.
Brie – I know several.
Mildred – just another nice way to get to Millie. This is on my family tree, and I hope to use it (at least in the mn spot) some day.
Rumer I secretly think is kind of cool.
Trixie I hope to use as a nn for Beatrix someday. I don’t understand why a teenager (and I am one) would hate this name?
Clarence – I really like it. Why is it so terrible?
Junior – I know a couple and it’s always seemed preppy to me.
Remus and Romeo – cool literary associations. What’s so bad about being named after a character?

This list seems really petty and spiteful.

lalala__lauren Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 2:58 pm

What’s wrong with Uriah!? It’s probably going to get some more popularity soon because of the character in the Divergent books/films.

encore Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 3:36 pm

nobody seems to have a sense of humor anymore. I don’t agree with every single name of this list, but I like the blog! We all have different opinions, and some have to be negative. If you like every name then there is no point on being on this site. It is about sharing opinions

encore Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

and for those of you sticking up for Ursula, it’s the villain in The Little Mermaid. That’s all children will associate it with.

KatieNana Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

What’s wrong with Titus?

hollyrose Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 4:35 pm

I’m 15 and I would love to be called Peaches, Bluebell, Jezebel, Lettice or Rumer.

In fact my nickname is Peaches, my mum calls me it out in public and I don’t mind! I wish it was my real name 🙂

LuMary Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 4:38 pm

LuMary Says:
February 11th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

““Babe” reminds me of turn-of-the-century baseball. Maybe Nameberry will someday research the sociology of nicknaming patterns for boys in the late 19th to mid 20th century:

Chip
Skip
Sonny
Buster
Buddy
Whitey
Blackie
Skinny
Fats
Pee Wee
Slim
Red

It was refreshingly non-PC, all-American.”

Here are others:

Moose
Dusty
Rusty
Scooter
Butch
Spike
Shorty
Lefty

Pam Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Thank you, gallant defenders. My name may not be on this list but my husband’s is: Dick. And I can tell you, it makes his life miserable. If its use for a male body part weren’t enough, it’s now the epithet of choice for everything negative about humanity.

Anotherkate Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Omg, jessit11 I almost snorted up my drink at the line, ‘candida won’t make you swoon, it’ll make you itch’ so funny!!
I love this list and the idea of it, even if there ARE a few names on there I love!

LuMary Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 5:14 pm

My mother said how pretty the name Gay was at one time. Eunice is actually a New Testament name. I like Eugenie, Eugenia, and Euphemia. (Eugenia Victoria is the formal name of Rhett and Scarlett).

I know I’ve been off-topic, but add ‘Sparky’ to my recent post of late 19th to early 20th nicknames for boys. There is a photograph (c. 1877) of evangelist Dwight L. Moody’s Sunday school class of street urchins in Chicago. Here are some of their nicknames:

Black Stove Pipe
Indian
Billy Bucktooth
Green Horn
Red Eye
Rag-breeches Cadet
Old Man
Madden the Butcher
Billy Blucannon
Smikes
Darby the Cobler
Butcher Kilroy

LuMary Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 5:16 pm

LuMary Says:
February 11th, 2014 at 5:14 pm

“(Eugenia Victoria is the formal name of Rhett and Scarlett).”

I meant Eugenia Victoria is the formal name of Rhett and Scarlett’s daughter Bonnie.

tori101 Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Hahahaha such a funny read, even though I knew it would cause offence amongst some berries despite the fact that some of these names like Gay and Dick for example I wouldn’t want as an teenager. However some of these names are fine!

LuMary Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 5:32 pm

lalala__lauren Says:
February 11th, 2014 at 2:58 pm

“What’s wrong with Uriah!? It’s probably going to get some more popularity soon because of the character in the Divergent books/films.”

In Scripture, King David had Uriah the Hittite murdered because Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba, conceived a child by David. Other than the association, it’s not that bad. I’m warming to ‘U’ names like Ulysses and Ulrika.

LuMary Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 5:43 pm

It’s too bad about what’s happened to the nickname Dick. I can see Richard being revived along with Robert. I guess we’ll have to use the long form of Richard, or use Rich, Richie, Ricky, Rick, or maybe even Hitch.

I quite like Prudence as a virtue option.

LuMary Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 5:54 pm

I’ve always like Chastity and Rainbow. Names tend to blend in with the person with time, and the meaning or association is diluted. Rainbow is actually a symbol of hope to man after the Noahic flood in Genesis. I’ve seen it spelled Reignbeau, too, but that works against the meaning.

lesliemarion Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Had a few minutes with my high schoolers and asked what they thought of these names. From the horses’ mouths:

Adonis: Only if you were a good, god-like specimen!
Babe: As in the pig?????
Bluebell: Cow’s name! Horrible!
Brainard: BRAINARD? Nooooo… Bernard, yes.
Buck: A hick kid.
Candida: class-wide snickers
Dorcas: What??
Experience: Weird tripper parent name
Hamlet: Is he gonna kill everyone then himself?
Hyman: No! No! No!
Lettuce: LETTUCE?
Mildred: Ugh. Mildew. Milk.
Phlox: Too complicated, maybe in 50 years.
Salmon: HA HA HA
Swanhilde: Blot it out!
Zelig: ZELIG?

etc.

Some did like Shirley, Clarence, Elmer, Enos, and Herman (“Savage!”).

And one male, in the true Nameberry spirit, did say, “Maybe for middle names?”

miloowen Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 6:46 pm

I laughed, because the kids that I teach — high schoolers in Florabama — have the most outlandish and bizarre names and if anyone’s teased, it’s in a good-natured way. The Roman names are very popular in our African-American population here, such as Adonis, for example, who was a star football player for our school and was Adonis IV. (We also had a Lecomas.) Romeo, Precious, Diamond, Chandelier, you name it, we’ve had it. I’ve a student whose father goes by Big Wendell so his parents put Little Wendell as his name on his birth certificate, so that every teacher asks for Little — his legal first name — and his surname. We also have quite a number of virtue names, including Patience, Prudence, and Chastity — although there is a subset of girls named Chasity….The kids used to joke with Chandelier that her brother should have been called Bureau and she thought it was funny.

It is a shame about Dick, though. When I was growing up, every Richard I knew was either Dick or Dicky. I don’t know when “dick” suddenly became the go-to word in the US for the male phallus. It was after I was at university, I’m sure.

And anybody named Hyman today would use the original Hebrew Chaim, rather than the Anglicised version of the name.

Oh, and I taught a female student named Uriah. I thought it was a poor choice, not just because of the Biblical association but because of Uriah Heep, but allusions like these are mostly over our students’ heads. It ended in the “ah” sound; that makes it a female name down here, I’m afraid.

IcedChai Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

What’s embarrassing about Desiree?

labelo Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

I really dislike these sorts of lists. While they might be written in jest or with the intent of saving some poor parent from choosing an awful name, in reality they usually just come across as mean and self-righteous.

All in all, I guess I’m just disappointed to see Nameberry sponsor such a list on their main page and I don’t think it sets a good tone for first-time visitors to the site.

Mack_Dogg99 Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

How did Bichette not make the list…? Lol some of these names are just clear NOs but others are actually not that bad.

KickinKay Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 7:59 pm

I loved this list! Maybe it’s because I wasn’t hurt by seeing one of my favorite names up there, I’m sure if you’ve been planning your whole life to name your child Hedwig this was a bit of a downer for you. As a younger person on Nameberry, I think the problem is most mothers here miss what connotations these names give to the average teenager of today.

Ursula will be the terrifying sea octopus/witch monster to the average 16 year old. Imagine showing The Little Mermaid to your dear daughter Ursula, this one does not have to wait until high school to start being hated by your child.

Brie is a cheese guys! I actually know a girl named Brie who absolutely hated the association and started going by Brielle.

Romeo is a wonderful name that I personally like, but I know adolescent Romeo will be facing a lot of pressure to find himself a girlyfriend, and his crush Chastity will feel obligated to run in the other direction. Maybe Romeo will find some luck with Desiree….

Sorry fellow namers if you were offended, but I sincerely hope your eyes were opened to the deep, scary minds of teenagers.

sarahmezz Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Not really sure why these names are considered “embarrassing”. Some aren’t great names, I’ll grant you, but I think they’re still wearable: Bart, Brie, Bronx, Clarence, Desiree, Duscha, Enos, Eunice, Hamlet, Hedwig, Herman, Hortense, Hurley, Jezebel, Junior, Lettice, Mildred, Mungo, Norman, Peaches, Prudence, Remus, Rod, Romeo, Rumer, Seymour, Shirley, Trixie and Ursula.

Personally, I adore Ursula. I get why some people don’t like it, but I don’t get why someone would think it’s “embarrassing”. I think it’s a gorgeous name.

jacquigirl Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 8:17 pm

I agree with KickinKay. I am a teenager, and most of the names on this list would be cause for teasing for your entire life. Ursula is a nice name, if it weren’t for the monster in the Little Mermaid. Gay, Fanny, Dick, Hooker, and Babe are on there for obvious reasons. Some of these names sound like names for a cat or a cow like Bluebell and Jezebel. Chastity and Prudence are a lot to live up to, what if you have a rebelling teenager? They certainly wouldn’t want to be called Chastity. Hedwig is too associated with the owl from Harry Potter. Some of these are way too old fashioned like Mildred and Norman, and really, what teenager would want to be called Rainbow or Experience? From a teenager’s point of view, these names have all earned their spot on this list.

mill1020 Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 8:51 pm

What’s controversial about saying that it would annoy a teenager to be named Jennifer? Teenagers are annoyed by everything; that’s the normal developmental task of the teen years–breaking away from (psychologically), questioning, and resenting the heck out of their parents’ decisions (past and current). An “uncool” and hugely overused name could definitely fall under that umbrella. So could ALL of the others, for one reason or another.

Doesn’t anybody (who hasn’t chimed in as a teen) remember being a teen? I blamed my parents for everything that p!ssed me off, from my own name and nicknames to the fact that there were often too many cars on the freeway to easily merge. These days I have grown up and love my name. Teenaged tastes are flighty and highly arbitrary by definition.

I didn’t write the article but totally get the humor. People need to calm right down and realize that they aren’t in charge of approving all content of every “for entertainment” website.

mrs_anton_yelchin1990 Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 8:56 pm

While some of these names aren’t terrible,and might have good meaning…or a good story behind it (like the roman names for instance)…the point of this list was that teenagers may hate you because of the negative connotations. The teasing potential.

I mean sure…Prudence isn’t some horrible name. But it has “Prude” in it. There’s the teasing potential.

Ursula…again the name itself isn’t bad. But its the name of ugly sea witch from “The Little Mermaid”. See the teasing potential.

If you love the names that were on the list, then you can still use them if you wish. Nothing is stopping you.

mrs_anton_yelchin1990 Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Also I want to point out that Jezebel is basically another word for “slut”.

mill1020 Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Oh, and I have to say, if you cannot imagine why a girl named Bluebell would be teased, you’ve never heard high-school boys’ constant talk about their anatomy. Make the word plural and say it a few more times to yourself, sloooowly. LOL! I’d have really appreciated my parents for that one!

taliesin Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Except for Jennifer, I totally agree with this list and I can give you a few others.

As for the people who want to name their child ‘Uriah’, read David Copperfield. As in Uriah Heep. It is the sleeziest, slimiest name possible. Except for Obadiah, as in Obadiah Slope. Your teenager doesn’t want that either There are a lot of people named Chastity, or as many spell it, Chassidy. When Cher named her daughter Chastity there was a lot of controversy. It was the first of the tricked-up celebrity baby names (besides all the stupid hippie names). I can honestly say that I would rather name my daughter Jennifer and have her be one of ten million or so than something oddball just to be different. Teenagers have a herd mentality. They don’t want to be different from each other, they want to be different from their parents

CharacterNamer Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

I got a laugh out of this, but have one question: What in the world is wrong with Trixie??

KateMP91 Says:

February 11th, 2014 at 10:18 pm

Alright, calm down, everyone. It’s just a name list.

I agree with most of them, although some names that have been commented on were removed before I looked at this list.

The ones I don’t think belong:
Bluebell- It is cutesy, but I SO would have been jealous of a girl named blue when I was 15…and now, in my early twenties!

Buck- I know a young man, and knew of him through his teen years. Never once have I ever heard anyone refer to his name negatively, or give him a rude nn…he is always Bucky or Buck!

Desiree- I went to highschool with several Desiree’s and Desirae’s. They usually went by their full name, but sometimes Desi or Des. I don’t see anything bad about this, albeit not my style.

Junior- This one is really common where I grew up. Maybe due to the majority of the population being Latino…

Mildred- Yeah, I can see a Mildred being teased by her friends, but only in an affectionate way. There’s nothing wrong with Millie.

Norman- This one really isn’t that bad…

Romeo- I know a few, they are normal, not made fun of more than anyone else..

liviajoan Says:

February 12th, 2014 at 1:16 am

Some of these names would cause trouble. But here are the ones I think will be okay; maybe they’ll thank you later for such a unique, cool name.

Brie- There are a lot of girls with this name; why would anyone get mad at this? Its a cool name.

Bronx- This name is really cool; its got the -x ending going on and that’s catching on fast. This kid is going to be cool and he’ll thank you for the kickstart at his coolness. Hey if kids in my class can own the names Scepter and Boston, I think Bronx will be okay.

Desiree- This name isn’t one I particularly enjoy, but its not unusual, still pretty unique. I don’t know why a teen would hold a grudge against you if you named her this.

Hurley- Harley, Harlow, you know its not so much a stretch.

Norman- Nora is popular so Norman should be okay. Norm is a quirky nickname that he can make his own.

Rumer- With Rumer Willis walking around and the name Rue catching on, I think she’ll be okay with this.

Shirley- Again, not a name I’m particularly into, but what’s wrong with it? Pretty normal.

Titus- This name is cool, sorry. Ty is a great nickname and with names like Miles, Milo, Tobias, and Otis growing in popularity, Titus is going to be okay. Spelling alternatives for those faint hearted about the Tit- beginning: Tydus, Tidus, Tytus.

Trixie- With the name Beatrix booming, having a girl with just the name Trixie isn’t bad at all.

Uriah- This could very well be the next Josiah or Judah. Who knows?

KjStormy Says:

February 12th, 2014 at 2:54 am

Some of these names I actually really like, and I’m a teenager. I absolutely love the name Psyche! However some I understand like Gay and Fanny, that could be a cause for years of bullying. But I also like Rumor and Brie.
Remus is also a really cool name. What about the name princess? In my personal opinion that is a name teenagers would hate.

namefan Says:

February 12th, 2014 at 10:58 am

@Pam: Is your husband’s full name Richard? If so, did he ever think about going by a different nickname if Dick gave him grief?

Pam Says:

February 12th, 2014 at 11:13 am

Yes he tries @namefan. But
Nothing else really seems to stick

LuMary Says:

February 12th, 2014 at 11:43 am

Mildred – I think it’ll be revived. Not much different than Matilda or Winifred.

Norman – A name I once thought atrocious, but am warming to along with Howard.

Desiree – I actually like the English Desire as a virtue name. One of the Mayflower passengers was a Desire, and it relates to a desire for God, not obviously readily apparent to anyone, let alone a teenager.

LuMary Says:

February 12th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

I like Bluebell as a flower alternative to Rose, Lily, and Violet, and it certainly works as a middle name. Blue or Belle are good nicknames.

Like Dick, we almost flushed John away, save for Jack.

theb4ndit Says:

February 12th, 2014 at 8:41 pm

It still breaks my heart seeing Ursula on the list.

*curls into corner muttering to self* Stupid Disney movies. Always ruining the beauty of my lovely Ursula. Wish they’d named the stupid sea-hag something stupid… like Stupid. Stupid Disney. Stupid witch. Ursula needs more love.

jame1881 Says:

February 13th, 2014 at 11:10 am

Dang…I actually like Mildred and Duscha…(but I know how much flack I’d get so I probably won’t use them)
Such a pity about Dick! I always joke that I’m going to name my kids Dick, Molly, Willy, and Mary Jane. Which are all perfectly good names.
😉

degrasswizkid Says:

February 14th, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Mostly all true…yet again, I knew teenagers that got mad at their parents for naming them Jennifer, Jessica, Ashley, and Lauren…ya can’t really please teenagers ever

RosieMay Says:

February 16th, 2014 at 7:59 am

I think some of those names are perfectly fine! What’s wrong with Romeo?

bootsie Says:

February 20th, 2014 at 11:15 am

Speaking as a teenager, I don’t think a lot of these names are all that bad. I also don’t know many teenagers that hate their parents for trivial reasons? Maybe I’m just hanging with the wrong crowd.

wickedjr89 Says:

February 24th, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Why are Desiree, MIldred and Shirley on the list? My best friend in elementary school’s name was Desiree. It’s a beautiful name and I also knew a Mildred when I was in school (i’m only 25) and I didn’t know her that well but the name is fine and I see no issue with Shirley either.

rook476 Says:

March 7th, 2014 at 11:42 am

I’m not going to hate on the list or its poor authors 🙂
But I would like to say that maybe times are a-changing, at least as far as some of these nicknames go. We had a Robert in our school who went by Bart. Even better was Richard, whose classmates called him Dick with straight faces, but whose teachers insisted on using his full name. We all thought they should grow up! And I’m only 25.

DoctorWho Says:

May 27th, 2014 at 3:29 am

@mill1020: “Teenagers are annoyed by everything; that’s the normal developmental task of the teen years–breaking away from (psychologically), questioning, and resenting the heck out of their parents’ decisions (past and current)… I blamed my parents for everything that p!ssed me off, from my own name and nicknames to the fact that there were often too many cars on the freeway to easily merge. These days I have grown up and love my name. Teenaged tastes are flighty and highly arbitrary by definition.”

Umm… we’re not all like that, thank you! I can understand the huge teasing potential for many of these names. Gay and Fanny are always going to be picked on. While Ursula is a sweet name, everyone at school would immediately associate the name with the sea monster from The Little Mermaid. Everyone.
I don’t understand why some of these names are/were on this list. Jennifer is perfectly fine, and I doubt many people in my school would be aware of its popularity in the past.
Also, Mildred could go by Millie, which is a lot better than some of the other full names which are masked by a common nickname.
I’m not throwing hate at this list, just discussing it!

DoctorWho Says:

May 27th, 2014 at 3:29 am

@mill1020: “Teenagers are annoyed by everything; that’s the normal developmental task of the teen years–breaking away from (psychologically), questioning, and resenting the heck out of their parents’ decisions (past and current)… I blamed my parents for everything that p!ssed me off, from my own name and nicknames to the fact that there were often too many cars on the freeway to easily merge. These days I have grown up and love my name. Teenaged tastes are flighty and highly arbitrary by definition.”

Umm… we’re not all like that, thank you! I can understand the huge teasing potential for many of these names. Gay and Fanny are always going to be picked on. While Ursula is a sweet name, everyone at school would immediately associate the name with the sea monster from The Little Mermaid. Everyone.
I don’t understand why some of these names are/were on this list. Jennifer is perfectly fine, and I doubt many people in my school would be aware of its popularity in the past.
Also, Mildred could go by Millie, which is a lot better than some of the other full names which are masked by a common nickname.
I’m not throwing hate at this list, just discussing it!

DoctorWho Says:

May 27th, 2014 at 3:30 am

Oops, sorry for posting that twice, darned phone!

Rush1986 Says:

May 29th, 2014 at 9:45 am

this is a pretty great list and some of the names should definitely not be used on a child who will have to deal with the name in adulthood.

JezebelLilithMckay Says:

December 22nd, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Speaking as a teenager, some of these names are actually awesome. i really take offence at Jezebel being on there. i love my name! yes it is a devilish name but who really cares? Even my middle name is devilish! it’s a fun name to be called. And excuse me @mrs_anton_yelchin1990? I am not a slut! Also, my friend is called Uriah and loves his name. Jennifer and Romeo are awesome too. Did you even survey teenagers on whether they like the names or not or did you just say ‘oh, that’s a crap name, i’ll put it on here’. Okay, Gay, Dick, Fanny and Titus would get stomped on in a high school but some of these names are perfectly fine!

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