The Craziest Baby Names in America
It’s a strange honor to be among the craziest baby names of the year. These wild and wacky choices push the boundaries of what could even be considered a baby name — Demon, really? — and make us want to get inside these parents’ heads.
To qualify, the names had to be listed in the Social Security Administration’s extended data, which lists all the names given to five or more babies of a single sex in a given year. Meaning that not just one, but multiple sets of parents chose these crazy baby names for their children in 2020.
Below, our picks for the craziest baby names in America right now.
Tough guy (or rather, Tuff guy) names are the antidote to the soft, vowel-heavy boy names we’ve been seeing lately, and both sets are on the rise — albeit, among very different groups of parents.
The classics of this genre have paved the way for these newer, more aggressive options. Hunter transforms into Shooter, Gunner leads to Trigger, Maverick becomes Lawless.
These are the craziest bad boys (and girl) to chart in 2020:
Names that reference money or wealth was one of the breakout mini-trends of the year, with the debut of Currency and Kurrency on the charts, reemergence of Money, and rise of the -illion names.
The recent arrival of Nick Cannon’s son Zillion Heir — one of the craziest celebrity baby names of the year so far — will likely only intensify this trend.
Vices and Sins
It’s generally wise to stay away from names with obvious negative connotations. You can get away with calling your child Beriah, meaning “in envy,” because its meaning is concealed, but to actually name them Envy? Now you’re pushing it.
In 2020, parents named their children after anti-virtues such as Envy and Vanity as well as their own vices — whether it be to Gamble at the Kasino in Vegas or imbibe in Kush Indica or Sativa.
Everyone wants the best for their child, but these parents take it to another level. These not-so-subtle word names reveal parents’ greatest hopes and dreams for their children, whether it’s for them to be Famous and Superior or Pretty and Perfect.
Aspirational names can be a lot to live up to — with these names, probably too much. And yet some of the names listed here could be future hits. The class of aspirational word names is rising quickly with help from star power. Recent celebrity babies with names in this category include Bindi Irwin’s Grace Warrior, Nick Cannon’s Powerful Queen, and Usher’s Sovereign Bo.
People and Characters
Typically, parents who choose to name their child after a famous figure — real or fictional — do so with the hope that the namesake will influence or inspire their child. And perhaps the parents who named their children Maleficent, Lucifer, and Stalin did want their sons and daughters to take away a certain message from their names, although we can’t imagine what that might be.
Positive namesakes are also included on this list — those that are so tied to a single person, it’s difficult to picture them on anyone else, such as DaVinci, Madonna, and Rambo.
One of the biggest baby name questions going into 2021 was if we were going to see babies named Covid and Corona reflected in the 2020 data. The answer? Not exactly.
Those names were deemed too on-the-nose but alter the spelling or a syllable and suddenly, parents become more willing to consider a name that references the pandemic.
Indeed, there were no American children named Covid in 2020, but seven boys now answer to Kovid. Nine girls were given a more feminine variation, Kovie. Coven may be a reference to the word, as in a witch’s coven, but it rose in use between 2019 and 2020, suggesting there may be a COVID effect involved.
Another debut was Krown, although again, not Crown — the meaning of the word “corona.”
While only a handful of American babies were given COVID-related names, there were numerous instances around the world last year. There are reports of newborns in India given names such as Lockdown and Sanitiser, while the Philippines is now home to a Covid Bryant, Covid Lorraine, and Coviduvidapdap — perhaps the craziest name of 2020.
The Best (Craziest) of the Rest
These crazy baby names eschew the aforementioned categories but were too wild to leave out altogether. We have wacky new food names (Acai, Barley), animal names (Minnow, Phox), names for STEM babies (Matrix, Quantum), an exclamation (Eureka), a natural disaster (Tsunami), and more.
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