Craziest Baby Names Right Now
By Linda Rosenkrantz
A look at the year’s Craziest Baby Names has become a Nameberry tradition.
Every year, after we’ve parsed the most popular names, we dive deep into the extended popularity list to names given to only five or six babies in the past year to find the names that have moved from creative to crazy.
The 12 names below, all of them—believe it or not—given to at least five American babies in 2016—win the dubious honor of being our picks for the craziest of this year’s crazy baby names.
There was an old song that started ‘A, you’re adorable’, but we just have to wonder how well this would suit its bearer beyond her adorable childhood years. In the same category we find 13 little girls named Beauty, 7 Prettys, and 13 ID’ed as Gorgeous.
- Bird names are flying high these days—Birdie, Wren, Dove and Lark for girls, Hawk, Finch and Falcon for boys. So why not embrace the whole darn Aviary?" >
- Story), but several boys were lucky enough to enter this previously female territory." >
- Royal and other aspirational names continue to proliferate, and this year five Emperors joined the Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses, Dukes and Duchesses, Counts and Countesses, Kaisers, Czars and Czarinas already enthroned." >
- Star Wars names from Luke and Leia to Anakin and Kylo dominating the charts, this should be no surprise. Some other word names include Carbon, Brace, Ledge, Paradise, Tin, Trance, Excel, Million, Ski, Tomorrow and Whisper." >
- Luv is a sweet nickname, if it's the 1960s and you're in London and you're the Beatles talking to Twiggy. But it's not nearly enough for a name, even if you "formalize" the spelling to Love. The girls do not totally escape here, with five girls each names Luvia and Luvina." >
- Koal, Nohl—and that’s just a drop in the bucket." >
- Glad this is not in the middle, preceded by Idiot; on its own, it has the positive French meaning of “a learned man.”" >
- Mason, Cooper, Sawyer, Tucker and Thatcher. But sometimes they wander over the line into not such aspirational (there’s that word again) territory. Warden is one, Jester is another. There is a video game character named Warden, more likely the inspiration here than your friendly local prison guard." >
- Zoe/Zoey/Zoie/Zhoe. A few other girls’ names that venture into that mercifully sparsely populated terrain: Symphanie, Dayzi, Moxxi, Promyce, Myami, Dzire, Pipper (a personal fave), Cerinity" >
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on June 2nd, 2017 at 8:42 pm
Always reminds me of the 30Rock episode when one of the young colleagues wants to hurry up and have a baby before all the good names are taken, like Bookcase!
on June 2nd, 2017 at 9:57 pm
How did Mylz and Zoeigh make the list? While those spellings are pretty bad, Miles and Zoe definitely aren’t weird names.
on June 2nd, 2017 at 10:21 pm
It was worth reading for the crazed baby photos.
on June 2nd, 2017 at 10:53 pm
LOL @ Excel and Idiot Savant.
on June 3rd, 2017 at 1:29 am
I like them all in their own way. Maybe the family has some great story behind it or just really liked it. Adorable could totally go by Addy when she’s older.
on June 3rd, 2017 at 6:01 am
Coven? Can’t wait for sister Wicca and brother Warlock.
on June 3rd, 2017 at 1:28 pm
These children have to grow up and put these names on resumes someday.
on June 3rd, 2017 at 5:09 pm
To be fair, Keizer is the Dutch spelling of “emperor” – I actually kind of like it!
on June 5th, 2017 at 7:40 am
I’m willing to bet that some of the parents that picked Aviary for their daughters didn’t know it was a word name, they are just going with popular name sounds
on June 6th, 2017 at 5:03 am
And just a few days after reading this, Reality, courtesy of Ms. Reality Winner is all over the news.
on June 6th, 2017 at 5:07 am
Need to add Reality to your database.
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