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The Craziest New Baby Names

Oh No They Didn't!

By Pamela Redmond Satran
There were 1393 new baby names coined by creatively-inclined parents – and it’s safe to say that at least 1350 of them would have been better left as words, misspellings, celebrity surnames, or pure flights of fancy.

But no, these names were given for the very first time to at least five American babies, earning a place on the Social Security’s extended name popularity list.

The craziest of the crazy new names? Here are our picks for the Top 12, plus a handful of other new names that should never have been:

BILLION

Cash is an up-and-coming baby name, and Rich has been around for decades. So how about coming out and naming a number? Billion was used for five baby boys for the first time this year, though there were also 11 boys named Million and babies of both sexes named Amillion. And down the road, maybe we’ll see Trillion or even Kazillion, neither of which have yet reached the five-baby threshold. But at least with Billion, you can call him Bill or Billy.

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colls39 Says:

May 22nd, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Another awful spelling of Kennedy for you to enjoy: Kennadee. Because apparently not everyone passed Hooked on Phonics back in the day.

ziggywiggy Says:

May 22nd, 2015 at 2:58 pm

wow some of these are really bad (especially Swastik!!!) but I actually kind of like Dagger..

findemaxa13 Says:

May 22nd, 2015 at 4:34 pm

I went to elementary school with a girl named Wimberly, so there’s at least one out there prior. We called her Wim. I honestly always thought her name was pretty, it was an early real-life name crush of mine.

mill1020 Says:

May 22nd, 2015 at 5:59 pm

Don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

LuckyT Says:

May 22nd, 2015 at 8:17 pm

I don’t think Wimberly is bad.

Lo Says:

May 22nd, 2015 at 8:20 pm

Wemberly Worried is a sweet children’s book by Kevin Henkes.

indiefendi2 Says:

May 22nd, 2015 at 9:02 pm

CALL ME CRAZY! hahaha but I’ve liked Billion for a while. Preferably spelled Bilian like Killian or Gillian. But I honestly do like it LOL. William is too normal for my taste and Billie is too short. I swear on my life I’d use it! Oh my gosh haha

joel613 Says:

May 22nd, 2015 at 10:20 pm

More proof that some people just shouldn’t have children. They think they are being so avante garde but all they are doing is burdening those poor kids for the rest of their lives or at least until they are old enough to change their names themselves.

Giinkies Says:

May 22nd, 2015 at 11:51 pm

Royalty is the name of Chris Browns daughter so that may be an inspiration of some of the creative spellings.

findemaxa13 Says:

May 23rd, 2015 at 6:46 am

^^Chris Brown has a daughter?? Hell no, and also how’d I just find out about this?

strangeasang3ls Says:

May 23rd, 2015 at 9:53 am

Swastik IS an authentic name though! It is Hindu in origin, meaning lucky pr auspicious (and yes, the girls’ version would be Swastika). The swastika (Sanskrit: ‘svastika’) is an important religious symbol that was stolen by the Nazis but is still widely in use in India, so probably none of those 5 boys are actually neo-nazi juniors, and their is no hate behind their names at all.

I also like to think that the 7 girls names Rocket and the 7 girls named Excel are the same 7 girls – all named either Rocket Excel or Excel Rocket!

ruolan Says:

May 23rd, 2015 at 6:29 pm

thank you @strangeasang31s, for reminding us all that first associations and misappropriated meanings do not have to completely negate the original, auspicious meanings!!!

KickinKay Says:

May 23rd, 2015 at 8:56 pm

At a children’s program I worked for there was a little boy named Dagger. His father was the stereotypical biker dude and the son was often dressed with child-sized work boots, half-tucked shirts, and a backwards baseball hat. It was quite the picture, but he was absolutely the sweetest and most friendly little boy you’d ever met. He stopped coming to the program when he was four, I’d love to know how the name fits him now that he is probably in middle school or beyond.

As for the creative spellings, my real pet peeve is when the new spelling isn’t even phonetically pronounced like the name they were attempting to emulate. I once met a kid named Qw’lix (pronounced kwalicks) , at rough as the spelling is, at least reading it the first time the pronunciation made sense to me. On the other hand, I recently met a little girl named Hazzle, pronounced Hazel. I could barely hold a conversation with her mother I was so busy wondering how the family had decided that was a good idea.

bluejuniper Says:

May 24th, 2015 at 12:09 am

Its more likely Ruckus was used by fans of the tattoo show ‘Bad Ink’. It can be easy to forget it’s a word when you see it on a person every week, and he makes it seem cool, fun and wearable….

SoDallas3 Says:

May 24th, 2015 at 7:09 pm

In terms of the name Dagger, I don’t actually find it that bad, it feels like it’s in the same vein as Hunter, Hart, Rebel etc. I knew a guy at my high school named Saber.

meggilyweggily Says:

May 25th, 2015 at 7:21 am

What’s a bulut?

CaitlinBrittin Says:

May 26th, 2015 at 7:42 am

some of these spellings make me cringe!

strangeasang3ls Says:

May 26th, 2015 at 8:57 pm

@meggilyweggily, Bulut is a Turkish male given name meaning “cloud”. Sadman is a Kurdish male name, possibly related to the Persian unisex name “Shadman” (and mainly female names Saduman/Sadiman) meaning “glad, cheerful, joyful”. Bulut is also a common surname, and I even found someone named “Şaduman Bulut”!

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elifsu Says:

July 9th, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Bulut is actually a Turkish male name means cloud, there is nothing bad about it, it is a nature name. I used to love it, my sister watches a cartoon Maysa and Bulut I think the names are cute together

Haids1987 Says:

December 3rd, 2015 at 12:48 pm

When I hear names like this I cringe, not just because the poor child is being burdened, but because the parents seem so desperately trying to show the world “Look how edgy and cool I am!” There was a kindergartner named Tuff at one of the schools I used to work at and all I could think was, “How thirsty are his stupid parents?!”

Sherlocked330 Says:

May 6th, 2017 at 7:20 pm

This is funny, but my name is Alyza……

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