Forbidden Baby Names: Where to draw the line?
Are there some names that cross the line so far we could call them forbidden baby names?
This week’s baby name news has me wondering: what makes a name truly off limits? I don’t mean names that just aren’t your style, but names that actually strike you as inappropriate, even unfair, even illegal names to give to a child.
It’s a tough line to draw. Some names are fine until they’re paired with a specific surname, like famed Texas philanthropist Ima Hogg. Others have associations that are difficult to shake, be they positive or otherwise. Would you name a child Elmo? Adolf seems like a burden, but what if your beloved grandpa was an Adolf?
Creative respellings put many parents off, while others have negative reactions to surnames, invented names, place names … the list is endless. But when does it cross the line from not for me, thanks, into who does that?
On to the nine names in the news, some of which you’ve probably already guessed:
Zander – Good Charlotte guitarist Billy Martin and his wife Linzi welcomed a second son, Zander Jace. Xander has been catching on, and Zander makes sense as a phonetic respelling of this nickname-turned-given-name. Visit the nametalk forums and it is very clear that many parents are frustrated by respellings, regardless of the reason. Then again, the couple’s firstborn is Dreavyn Kingslee, which makes Zander seem pretty tame.
Kendrick Kurt – Actress Kelly Stables and her husband Kurt Patino welcomed a son who shares his first initial with mom and dad. Matching initials are another choice that some embrace – Jim Bob and Michelle, I’m looking at you – while others go to great lengths to avoid repetition.
Sienna – It’s a gorgeous, feminine appellation chosen by Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima and her husband, Marko Jari?. Sienna brings to mind the hills of Tuscany, the lovely Sienna Miller – and the super-popular Toyota Sienna. I suspect Sienna could almost rival Sophia if not for the minivan. Would you avoid a name if it was already in use for a popular car model?
Camden – Another place name, but this one is very different. While Sienna brings to mind the best of Italy, Camden conjures up a less-than-breathtaking industrial New Jersey town. Of course, there’s also London’s Camden Market and Baltimore’s Camden Yards – and Nick and Vanessa Lachey’s new son, Camden John, just a month younger than Kristin Cavallari’s Camden Jack. If you’re choosing a place name, does the reputation of the place itself matter?
Merida – Name Soiree reported finding a birth announcement for a Merida Marie. Odds are good that mom chose the name after Brave hit the big screens this summer. On the positive side: Merida will have an easy first birthday party theme, and the movie character is admirable. On the downside: a lifetime of being asked why your parents named you after the Disney Pixar flick.
Satine – But what if the character isn’t G-rated? Nicole Kidman’s character in Moulin Rouge wasn’t a villain, but it might be hard to explain to your eight year old that she was named after a doomed courtesan. Some parents don’t mind. A birth announcement for Satine Chantel Louise appeared at Names For Real this week. Of course, you can argue that being ill-fated hasn’t harmed Juliet. Does it matter if the character is actually a bad guy, like Bellatrix from the Harry Potter series?
Nicaya – Plenty of parents draw the line at newly invented names. A reader wrote in to Swistle to ask if Nicaya was wearable. Most objected to Nicaya’s recent coinage. Others seemed to hesitate because the name first appeared on Dance Moms. Would you be confident enough to invent a name? Would it bother you if the first place you heard your future child’s name was reality television?
Breeze – This brings us to the big kahuna of controversial names for the week. I find it easy to defend Breeze, the first name of Levi Johnston’s new daughter. Johnston is, of course, famous for being the ex-boyfriend of Bristol Palin. Breeze’s mama is Levi’s new girlfriend, Sunny Oglesby. Breeze is easy to embrace. She’s different, yes, but in our nature name-friendly age, Breeze is different in a good way, a fresh spin on Brooke.
Beretta – Alas, Levi and Sunny didn’t go for Breeze Elizabeth or Breeze Seraphina or Breeze Juniper. Nope, their baby girl is Breeze Beretta, and the middle name is no Italian heritage choice. It’s apparently a reference to the gun. My reaction? Gorgeous sound, staggeringly inappropriate. Jordanna pointed out that if we can have boys called Gunnar and Cannon, why not girls with equally tough names? It’s a good point. I can appreciate Breeze Beretta’s gutsy, no-nonsense style. That said, I’m really hoping that Beretta is not the next Brianna.
Where do you draw the lines? What names are completely unthinkable for you? Which ones do you love, but wouldn’t dare use?
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on September 16th, 2012 at 11:01 pm
Last week I was looking at class lists from the Head Start where I was about to do hearing screenings. They were full of hilariously misspelled gems (Bry’ana, SiRinity, Meya, etc.).
But one name stood out as actually bordering on child abuse: D’Viance. That’s deviance!!! Who would do that! Poor baby has no chance.
on September 16th, 2012 at 11:33 pm
I actually know a girl called Nikaya. She’s 18, she’s in my college class. My first reaction was ‘Is that even a real name?!”
on September 16th, 2012 at 11:46 pm
Oh boy, I am NOT looking forward to all the urban legends people pull out in response to these sort of posts on the forums (I knew a girl named Oranjello! I knew a guy named Sh*th**d! No you didn’t).
Anyway. For me Jemima is still a no-go, despite the love it gets on Nameberry. Nice sound, cute Beatrix Potter association, horrible racist history (at least in the US). And Adolf? Absolutely not.
Then again, Delilah’s hit the mainstream despite her saucy Biblical history and PG-rated meaning…but Jezebel is still off-limits. Perhaps in another twenty years Jemima might creep back into favor. I don’t see Adolf ever recovering, though.
on September 17th, 2012 at 1:20 am
I don’t think Adolf will recover either! I think Delilah came into usage because it has a pretty sound, and I guess more atheists would use it. I’m an atheist, so the Biblical association doesn’t concern me in any way.
on September 17th, 2012 at 4:03 am
I actually know an adorable little boy named Damage. It’s pronounced da-maj and I think there’s an apostrophe in it somewhere, but it’s still pretty sad. (Glad to see someone else hates hearing the same urban legends over and over again as much as I do Augusta_lee. Sadly this one is all too true.)
on September 17th, 2012 at 4:31 am
I think all these names are okay (Sienna is Top 10 in Australia, so naturally it seems boringly normal to me). Camden is a classy area here.
Beretta is, to me, like you said, staggeringly inappropriate, because they actually named her after the gun. (The surname is harmless enough, and means “hat maker”, related to the word beret). But we had a bit of a discussion about this online, and decided (after foaming at the mouth for a bit) that very stupid people just don’t think the same way normal people do, and it’s not fair to hold them to the same standards. At least it’s a middle name.
I still think the name Satanica from my blog seems quite wrong, as in I just couldn’t recommend it to anyone, and I found it upsetting.
Naming babies after drugs or other illegal activities is something I personally can’t stomach, although I accept that doesn’t mean the person’s life is ruined or anything.
Negative names like Loser or Vanity don’t appeal to me either.
It’s hard not to get a bad reaction to some names, and I mean more than just, “That name is not for me”. Sometimes you do think – “Why would you do that?”
on September 17th, 2012 at 4:51 am
Even normal names become a no go when you hear the last name. My brother goes trouble school with River Snow. My friend wants to name his sons Dick, Gavin & Gibbs but put them with his last name of Head.
One friend suggested Bangladesh & India for sisters. My fiance loved Ninja & Claymore. My sister has a habit of taking traditional male names giving them a respelling an wanting them on a daughter (Devynn, Shaine, & Tylyr are a few).
I also know an Adolph however he pronounced his A-dolph kinda like he stopped midsentenace of saying a dolphin.
on September 17th, 2012 at 4:53 am
And I forgot a name that as far as we can tell is made up, T’Chanie. Sounding especially odd when paired with brother Christian.
on September 17th, 2012 at 5:14 am
Sometimes it’s a cultural thing, so names might be ‘forbidden’ in one country, but fine in another. A family friend here in the US called their daughter (born 2008) Myra, which family I have in UK were horrified by, because of an association the name has in the UK.
on September 17th, 2012 at 5:21 am
Lucifer is banned in NZ, and there was an occasion where a child called Adolf Hitler had to be renamed. I think Adolf is unusable, yet my best frend has an uncle called Adolf and had never considered it’s awkwardness as a baby name. I too think Jezebel is an awful name for a child to be burdened with, despite its pleasant sound.
L in Boston Said
on September 17th, 2012 at 6:12 am
The Tuscan city is Siena (one N), isn’t it? I always think of Sienna as a color name, because I associate it with the clay/pigment. Or the Toyota Sienna, I suppose.
on September 17th, 2012 at 6:39 am
I know a girl named Breezy, which I like, as well as Breeze. There are some names too far gone, but others that can still be stretched back into shape, I think.
on September 17th, 2012 at 7:02 am
The worst babyname I know of is Female. Pronounced fee-mall-lay.
Yes, somewhere there is an actual baby named that.
on September 17th, 2012 at 8:25 am
A hate the MTV show & so Beavis is totally unusable! So is Bessie…every farmer I know has a cow named Bessie.
on September 17th, 2012 at 10:11 am
I always see such unusual names in the “Names Searched Right Now” bar on this site. I guess I’m a bit traditional when it comes to names. I’m not going to make up something too fancy and probably won’t name my future children after common words (with the exception/possibility of Holly). People get too intricate and over-the-top to give their kids rare names.
on September 17th, 2012 at 10:34 am
For me, some of the worst offending names that should never be used are: Amos, Jemima and Adolf. Also, names that have been totally misspelled in the name of “creativity”.
on September 17th, 2012 at 11:22 am
Remington, Barrett, Gunner, and Cannon all seem really inappropriate names for humans, but all are in the top 1000. There were also 94 boys called Ruger, 93 boys called Stryker, and 63 boys called Wesson. I’m genuinely curious about these parents who think it’s a good idea to name their sons for weaponry and the tools of war. Not the arguably human aspects of war like ‘courage’ or ‘bravery’, or for admirable human figures of war; nope, just the killing machines. I suppose Wesson and friends aren’t all that different to Roger/Hrothgar as originally heard (‘fame’+ ‘spear’), but somehow mechanized warfare just is that much more horrible, and that much less human. Much better to call a son Elmo. At least it’s a human name (muppet only for the moment: sort of an Italian Liam, the patron saint of sailors, a really cool atmospheric condition, and the first black American to get a PhD? Definitely going back to the humans sooner or later!).
The 30+ girls each called Envy and Vanity are also a line crossed. Envy could just be misguided (a lot of parents want their daughter to be the ‘envy’ of her peers…), but Vanity?! There is no redeeming quality there! At least Jezebel (also over 30 girls in 2011) was a resourceful, intelligent, interesting queen in the OT; just too bad about the allegorical interpretation.
on September 17th, 2012 at 11:57 am
No one has mentioned Coen yet, megapopular and downright offensive to many with Jewish heritage. I have a friend who used it for her son, because she liked the sound and it fit with her naming theme. She is blissfully unaware of the names’ religious and cultural implications, and certainly didn’t mean any offense by it… but I know I would research the heck out of ANY name I was about to hang on my newborn! I belive it’s very easy to miss the (naming) forest for the trees, especially for overwhelmed new parents.
on September 17th, 2012 at 12:05 pm
I also agree about Jemima, although it is pretty. I feel like it would never really go over here in the US. Adolph/Adolf, in my opinion, isn’t even an attractive name, I can’t imagine there are too many parents that are heartbroken over the negative association.
Another name that I think falls into this category are Ebeniezer. It’s one of the few “old man” names that I think will never come back.
Names like Remmington, Gage, Gunnar….I mean, I get it and they’re not TOO offensive, but NMS. I also think parents that use them WANT to project that image. I mean, they have to know.
As far as celebrity baby names, am I the only one that finds Satyanna creepy? Too close to Santana/Satan….just me? Ok.
I DO, in fact, know a family with a son named Ajax and a girl named Maxima. I hope they got some product placement royalties for that….
on September 17th, 2012 at 12:26 pm
Gunnar I really don’t have a problem with. I just don’t think of guns when I hear it, although I guess I see why others do. It’s an old Scandinavian name that predates the weapon! I don’t care for the respelling of “Gunner,” though.
on September 17th, 2012 at 12:47 pm
As beautiful as I think the name Jemima is if you live in the US it is out of bounds for at least one more generation if not more, anywhere else it’s fine.
Hortense is out! Not only would it be a burden for a little girl but it’s ugly sounding. Honoria also presents it’s own set of problems, mostly with pronunciation, best to go with simple Honor.
Another name I really like but could see being rather tough for a young boy is Jubal. A fine name but kids would no doubt tease him no end.
on September 17th, 2012 at 2:11 pm
I know a woman named Charmin (like the toilet paper). That’s even how she introduced herself to me! It sounds pretty, but..ya know. Ajax? Geez. I’m not a parent, but I really don’t understand why people pick these names. Naming a child “Angel” or “Christian” seems like it might be a burden for some kids. I like Damon and Damian. I know they don’t mean devil, but I still associate those names with that meaning sometimes.
on September 17th, 2012 at 2:16 pm
1. Zander – This one actually doesn’t both me too much for any reason. I wouldn’t pick it, but I have nothing specific against it, just not a favorite.
2. Kendrick – The actual name itself again is not a favorite, but I see nothing wrong with it. However, I’m not a fan of matching initials.
3. Sienna – This is a gorgeous name! I love it! Since it’s just a model of a car, and not a make like Toyota itself, I don’t think of the car right away. Mercedes, on the other hand, might be too much of a car.
4. Camden – If it were an “ugly place” I was familiar with, I wouldn’t use it, but if I lived far and didn’t know much about it I wouldn’t. That being said, Camden itself isn’t a bad name.
5. Merida – I love this name, and the Pixar connection doesn’t bother me. Princess names like Ariel and Aurora are being used, so why not Merida? I love Disney, and it’s a good connection.
6. Satine – I’m not a fan of this name, nor the villain idea, although that can be very subjective, so I couldn’t say much if someone else did it.
7. Nicaya – I don’t like “made-up” names, and reality TV might not be the best place to go looking.
8. Breeze – Not my favorite, but maybe it could be tolerable.
9. Beretta – It’s a pretty sound, but why name your child after a gun? I don’t agree with it being ok if it’s ok to name your son Gunnar or Cannon, because I don’t like those either.
on September 17th, 2012 at 2:21 pm
I like the point about Ebenezer, I don’t think old Scrooge could ever be used.
on September 17th, 2012 at 2:44 pm
Oh dear…wasn’t one of the firstborns this year named Envy Essence Faye?
Over here in the UK Lucifer and Adolf aren’t exactly popular either although there was a BBC article earlier this year, to which the Nameberry founders contributed, on the subject of taboo names in which Lucifer was mentioned.
Sien(n)a here will call to mind the actress. Clio is a car (Renault) and Camden an area of London. Similar to how David Beckham did with Brooklyn, I guess, as Camden is also a vibrant area for some but not all.
Coen (or Koen) is a good Dutch name, despite its associations for the Jewish readers among you.
Merida sounds dangerously close to the French word ‘merenda’, which I’m told has x-rated meanings.
Variants on Alexander and Alexandra are one of the most popular names in this country, so I can see X/Zander/ra catching on.
Jemima Khan is the ex-wife of cricketer/politician Imran, and daughter of music impresario Harvey Goldsmith, so would potentially be quite popular here.
Remington is known as a surname, but every man of that first or surname is nn Remington (of) Steel!
Gunnar with an ‘a’ is Scandinavian in origin so not too unheard of here.
Ebenezer is probably going to go sky high soon, thanks to Eben Upton, designer of the Raspberry Pi computing device.
Jubal would run in certain areas of the UK, but not everywhere.
Lots more I could think of if I didn’t have to go off and work (shock horror) but deadlines are against me so I must fly…
on September 17th, 2012 at 3:36 pm
Iphigenia, Cordelia and other names that alienate daughters from their fathers in classic literature are off the table.
Also names of major demi gods make me wary- Freya, Artemis & Athena are amazing, but I really hate some of the things the idols preside over, such as witchcraft!
This is always when it’s nice to be a writer- I can use all of those names!
Jemima’s blacklisting makes me sad. I’m so in love with that name, but I was raised southern and my whole family would have a stroke.
on September 17th, 2012 at 4:07 pm
For me, the only names that would be “forbidden” are names that really put a child down. I saw on a list of “Illegal Baby Names” that apparently parents from some country tried to name their child Sexfruit, which is entirely inappropriate (and the country made it illegal to use the name). I may personally opt for a more traditional name, but names that are asking for teasing are just cruel. Imagine trying to get a job with the name Sexfruit?
Otherwise, its all fair game. I personally greatly dislike seeing “creative spellings” (ie Madduhlynne). And I dislike a lot of trendy names (ie Nevaeh). But it doesn’t make it a bad name… just not one I prefer.
on September 17th, 2012 at 5:13 pm
I saw someone in a forum suggest the name Shylock. My reaction to it was not “eh, to each his own,” but “absolutely not!”
on September 17th, 2012 at 5:14 pm
Just to clarify–Shylock is off the table because he is a big mess of trouble in so many ways (historical implications and associations with Elizabethan antisemitism included)
on September 17th, 2012 at 5:21 pm
People ruin names. Adolf has a great meaning of noble wolf, but Adolf Hitler was a less than noble man.
Anything misspelled to make it more feminine (Madison to Madysen)is just plain silly to me. Addison is already such a popular girl’s name that Adesynn isn’t going to do much favors.
However, no name is technically forbidden, even Puritan names like Humility. Names that trolls ask about, however, should be. Naming your daughter SexyKnickers or TickieTockie is wrong.
on September 17th, 2012 at 6:27 pm
totally agree about Jemima, but i wonder if Jemima Kirke’s increasing fame could affect whether or not parents consider it forbidden. (Jemima Kirke is on HBO’s ‘Girls’ & is currently pregnant with her second child).
on September 17th, 2012 at 7:53 pm
Cougar. I kid you not…someone named their child this. A family friend heard a mother calling her son at the pool this summer and his name was Cougar. I think this is a serious error in judgement.
on September 17th, 2012 at 8:40 pm
Gotta say, I’m pretty disappointed by this blog entry. None of the names listed fit into the “forbidden” or “taboo” category. The names that people are bringing up in the comments section are much more controversial and would have made for a much more interesting post.
on September 17th, 2012 at 9:23 pm
maple_blythe: What’s wrong with Remington and Barrett? Remington makes me think of typewriters, which though kind of a strange association isn’t bad. And I know an English teacher who named her son Barrett after Elizabeth Barrett Browning- I think that’s awesome.
For me, “forbidden” names would be the names tied to one particular unpleasant, bad or immoral literary character. I’m okay with names of characters who died if he/she was honest and good, but I wouldn’t use a villain’s name.
And also swear words or names with very obvious sexual references that couldn’t be interpreted any other way. E.g. I’d be okay with Cougar which someone else mentioned, because it’s also an animal. But NOT, say, Contraceptive or something like that.
on September 18th, 2012 at 11:57 pm
I love the feminization of Adolf, but would spell it Adolpha. I think it’s on trend with Addison/Adeline/Adelaide/Adele but affords to adorable nickname Dolly. I especially like the association with “wolf” as that’s my surname. I hate that I would have to consider history and other people’s opinions when naming my own offspring… but I understand the reality of it. But sometimes someone has to be brave enough to reclaim a name!
I also believe that Jemima is primed for resurgence! My first association is the puddle duck, not the maple syrup. It also sounds a lot like the popular Gemma and can shorten to the sweet & shimmery Jem.
I also don’t have a problem with Jezebel, Beretta (I actually love the sound!), Breeze, or Kendrick. My own partner loves the firearms and sees them in the same way a computer geek views technology. While I don’t think he’d want to name our child after a gun, we’ve talked about naming our future German dog, Luger (nickname Lou) are the pistol. I don’t see it as anything different than an artist naming their child Painter or a musician naming the child Lyric. To each their own, I suppose.
on September 20th, 2012 at 11:32 am
I suppose so. People are always going to disagree about names. Parents should really think about what the names mean and how their child will feel branded with that name for the rest of his/her life though. Vixen, Butterfly, Sunshine, Breeze.. not for me.
on September 20th, 2012 at 2:22 pm
All the Adolfs I know go by the nickname Addy (till the day they die). It will take a long time until Adolf is acceptable again imo.
on September 21st, 2012 at 7:14 pm
Mrs Sofa was new to the US. She didnt speak English very well and when she had her twins she thought, oh they must name children here. These kids are in their 30s now, A and B.
on September 27th, 2012 at 9:15 am
Just wanted to point out that Camden is also a gorgeous and charming coastal town in Maine.
on September 29th, 2012 at 1:49 am
At the hospital I have seen people named Conception and Sentual…….
on September 30th, 2012 at 3:00 pm
I am not into name bashing. My husband is a public defender and has many clients with names that I consider a ridiculous burden, names that seem to be instant signifiers of poor ignorant ghetto trash. But I try to remember that their mothers chose these names with love and that they are appropriate and acceptable within their subculture.
Some foreign names don’t work well in English, like Ishita. And some names strike me as culturally insensitive, like Gypsy. And some people name their children to further their own ideology, like little Adolph hitler on the birthday cake. But Concepcion is actually pretty common in mexico and a reference to the virgin Mary. Doesn’t seem so risqué now, does it? It’s just not fair to stand in judgment of a name, or the person who bears that name, when there is so much more to any name and why a person was named something than you can know.
on October 30th, 2012 at 9:45 am
Personally I love made up names as long as their not totally out there. Though some names can be very offensive and some people need to think before they name their kids. i love my first and middle names which are Mikasta Larane Jazzelle. My mother thought that combination up and I’ve gotten many complements over the years. 31 years to be exact.
on November 14th, 2012 at 2:46 am
haha I heard of a girl called La-Na, pronounced La Dash Na.
Awesome, her parents must be mad, but I guess it makes a bit of sense 🙂
on December 26th, 2012 at 7:08 pm
*sigh* Would that I could get away with Lucifer. It has a lovely sound. The meaning is even nice – “bringer of light.” But… It’s the name most people associate with the Christian devil.
I also like Mordred, which has been vehemently vetoed by everyone I know. My friend from work, who is a Christian and a conservative, actually was fine with Lucifer – but not Mordred. I think she thought it was too… Nerdy? I don’t know. And, as my husband pointed out, Mordred was the incestuous son of King Arthur, who eventually killed his father. *sigh*
Okay, so I like bad boy names!
So I’ll just be sticking with Lucifer the kitty and Mordred the doggie. *siiiiiigh*
on January 15th, 2013 at 2:18 pm
I think it depends very much on where you live. The law can be different and what’s acceptable can also be different.
I once heard that the US doesn’t have any laws for baby names, so anything is acceptable. But I guess childhood protection services will be all over you when you call your child “Shit”. Or even “Adolf”.
In my country, the Netherlands, up to the 1960s the name had to be on the official name list or else you had to prove that it is an existing name. Following the hit ‘Dance with me Colinda’ the name ‘Colinda’ was refused in some cities but accepted in others.
Nowadays a name will only be refused if it is a burden to the child. This is still open to interpretation. A few years ago, the name ‘Jihad’ for a girl was refused because it means ‘Holy war’. The city employee did not know that it is a religious term with various meanings, and that it is also a normal girls’ name among Arabic speaking muslims.
Why is ‘Amos’ an insulting name?
on January 16th, 2013 at 10:18 pm
I worked @ a school where a boy was named Yourhighness. He was in the Behavior Disorder class, imagine that. The school where I work now has a little girl named Tearanny. My children are named James & Mary,can’t get any more solid than that. I’m just waiting for someone to name their kid God.
on January 16th, 2013 at 10:35 pm
I work w/ a woman named Lover. It’s very akward calling her by name, ie; “Good morning Lover”. Also know 2 boys, one named Jihad & the other is Kadafi.
on January 20th, 2013 at 9:13 am
My grandsons name is Camden and i love it.I also have a grandson who’s name is Stone
on January 26th, 2013 at 10:17 pm
I did a cake a few weeks ago for a Mya and a Ryly. The fewer letters the better right? I guess thats better than Xzaviour.
When my DH and I named our son, we went with Zavier instead of Xavier because we didn’t want him called x-Zavier like people want to do. Well it didn’t work, people still sometimes call him x-Zavier, but he corrects them.
My cousins name is Brianna but she has had the nickname Breezy since she was a baby. Just a little odd to me as a given name.
on February 16th, 2013 at 10:55 pm
I’m a pharmacy tech. I’ve seen kids named Pleasurance, Sir-Samari, Princess, Pretty Princess, Africana, Queenie, and Queen. In 3 years I have only ever seen 1 person named Adolf.
on May 9th, 2013 at 7:49 am
As I teacher, I got so sick of seeing kids named after brands. I have seen Nautica, Sony, Nike, Biore (like the pore cleaning strips!), Adidas, Chevy, Lear and twins Lexus and Mercedes who had siblings named Porsche and Infiniti.
on June 18th, 2013 at 1:04 pm
I named my son Jamin from the Bible and after daddy Benjamin. It means “the right hand.” I still got a lot of flack from people. They wanted to know if I created it, and it got mis-pronounced quite a bit. Go figure. Anyway, you can’t please all the people all the time. I draw the line with swear words or off color, bad, slang words.
If you like Lucifer, how about Lucius?
on June 24th, 2013 at 1:41 pm
I don’t get why Merida would be out of the question because it comes from a Disney movie. Jasmine is around number 85 right now and I nanny a little 4 year old with that name. Not that I like it or think it’s wearable. There’s also little girls running around with the names Belle, Ariel, Aurora and all the other disney characters. Why would this be any different? It’s not like Disney originally created the name Merida.
on July 7th, 2013 at 1:27 pm
This was a very cute article. Yes, I agree some names are very unsavory but then again, who are we to judge. Some names can bring back memories of a kid you didn’t like in grammar school while others are cherished family names. Take for instance my grandson. He is named after both of his grandfathers – Jack Daniel. Most people love it and some don’t. Personally, Its one of my favorite of all time!
on July 15th, 2013 at 9:13 pm
wooh, why all the firearm hate? I’m a huge sports shooter and hunter, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Most firearm brands are take from surnames of the original makers and I don’t see anything inappropriate with naming your child Remington, Berretta, Smith, Wesson, Kimber etc. But hey, I’m a gun loving Canadian redneck and I’m the first to admit it!
on July 16th, 2013 at 10:46 pm
I loved and hated “Jezebel” all in one fifth grade religion class.
‘…and Jezebel (“oh, that’s a pretty name”) did this and this and this (“oh, nevermind”)”
I think that since the naughty bible Jezebel is pretty much the only reference keeping it from being a “made-up name”, it should be avoided for naming actual children.
on July 21st, 2013 at 7:35 am
You people need to take a chill pill. I love and per not so uncommon names. I chose not so common names so my kid isnt stuck in school with a whole bunch of other kids with the same name as him or her. I have a son who is ten and very popular at school he is also autistic. His name is Elmo. I also have a four year old daughter named Dakota and a 16 month old daughter named Phoenix.
on July 26th, 2013 at 11:54 pm
A number of the brands mentioned above were actually names to begin with:
Nike – Greek god of victory
Lear – King Lear (Shakespeare)
Mercedes – the car was named after the daughter of its creator
The car family is a bit much though…
on October 10th, 2013 at 6:06 am
For me Remington reminds me of a neighborhood in Baltimore, my hometown,
on October 21st, 2013 at 8:32 pm
At the hospital I saw a Sweet Tea Baby Jesus (two of the moms favorite things) her words and in that order. And Le-a you’re thinking Leah right, no it is pronounced Le dash uh.
on November 18th, 2013 at 9:28 pm
For all the people on both sides of the Adolf aisle, I think Adolphus is a really classic name! It shies away from Adolf while honoring that lovely family name or even just being a unique name for your little man.
on December 9th, 2013 at 10:50 pm
Okay, the reference to car names, especially luxury-lined vehicles, like mercedes potria ect… these were origanally names of the creators daughters. Also, if Barrett is a SN that has now become a unisex name why not beretta? I went to school with a girl named Breezy Brianna, this is not a new phenominone. Infact, British BabyNames blog, has shown women pre-1900’s born with the name Breezy, including a Breezy Briana. If we can expet seasonal names, month names, solstice names, heathen/pagen god names, animal names both has sn, fn, mn, and nn, why not an element of weather conditions like sunny or stormy, or windy. I really don’t think women fret over their name Katrina just because hurricane Katerina did damage. Im sure the same is with hurricane Irene. I have ran into people with Sn of Polar, Pigs, Beaver, Whitekiller (who were white) Winter, and Rose. In Germany where German names are banned, their culture once prized animals to the point of creating the surnames like pigs and beaver. Rose meaning horse, was orignally Rosa or Hros, now reconized as rose, which is a given as a first name with Shaksperean floral roots.Winter was an English Sn, before it became a fn, all because men liked the pretty pictures painted in winter. My
mn is Swedish for water under the bridge, Flodmanson, also seen as Flottmanson. Now, I wouldnt see my mn be used as a first like given name winter is, but it does show you that history and mindsets evolve. Nook of names writes an awesome article on peoples ignorances towards names such as animals as first name i.e. bear, fox, wolf ect… He explain how our predessors views on animals were honorary to the point of fn to sn. I think the gun name barretta, with its feminine sounding vibe works. Ive personally have liked ruger for a dog. You may say “yeah, but Winter, that is for a dog, not a person.” My question for you, isn’t maxwell a dogs name as well as a persons name? My dog was name McTavish, and Tavish is an old rare name, While McTavish was a sn, and I heard a family named their son McTavish and called him Macky for a nn, which is what I called my dog. Earl is a title, a sn, a fn, a mn, a name of a tea, and my next door neighbors cats name. I think it determines the parents mindset, the era they live in, and image it promotes. Look at phrynne, its rarely used. Its clunky, how to pronounce, and was a name of whore or bared herself in front of a senate. I think images like that plague a child more than a high quality well functioning realiable firearm. Plus, keep in mind our 2nd amen. it is a knod toward it and the founding fathers beliefs on the subject matter. So it might be more workable than presummed, just don’t live in an anti-gun neighborhood or a gun-regulated state and you might not have to worry.
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