The Frightening New Wave of Baby Names

Aggressive names from Gunner to Raider to Danger are on the rise

It’s a tough world out there, and the new cadre of aggressive, sometimes violent baby names paint a grim picture of parents’ outlook for the future. Baby names inspired by guns and other weapons, by violent behavior, and by historical and mythical warriors are all on the rise – for girls as well as boys. Here, a look at the new frightening names and the numbers that demonstrate their power.  — by Pamela Redmond Satran with research by Esmeralda Rocha

Gun Names

Names related to guns and firearms manufacturers are one of the most dominant types of violent names on the rise. The most popular of all: Gunner, given to over 1500 baby boys last year. Taken together with the 750 boys named homonym Gunnar, an authentic Scandinavian name meaning "bold warrior," places it among the Top 200 boys’ names. Cannon is also in the boys’ Top 1000. Other gun-related names chosen by US parents in 2014 include Trigger, Shooter, Caliber, Magnum, and Pistol. The names of gun manufacturers may have images that transcend their relationship to guns, but they’re on the rise for whatever reason and include Barrett, Remington, Kimber, Ruger, Wesson, Browning, Benelli, and Beretta.

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lesliemarion Says:

August 27th, 2015 at 11:35 pm

Hideous little children, hideous little names.

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Pebbles320 Says:

August 28th, 2015 at 3:17 am

I’m generally in favour of unusual names, but I can’t help but feel the 11 children named Arson will really struggle to get jobs. In fact many of these names won’t be taken very seriously by university admissions boards or prospective employers.

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Maple10 Says:

August 28th, 2015 at 6:33 am

I haaaaate most of these names! Especially Hunter, which is popular near where I live. What if your child wants to be a vegetarian or veterinarian? I think it’s best not to pigeon hole your child with a name.
However, I don’t have much of a problem with names with a dark historical past it meaning.. At least they are real names! And for the record, Severus (Snape) was a good guy in the end!

dindlee Says:

August 28th, 2015 at 6:53 am

I hardly think the children are hideous, as they had no choice in their names. A little harsh, @lesliemarion.

Some of these aren’t bad… Archer, for example. The rest aren’t really for me, but that’s the beauty of names. There is something for everyone.

augusta_lee Says:

August 28th, 2015 at 6:57 am

I think that if you name your child after or in reference to a firearm after the all horrible waves of gun murders that wave swept across the US in recent years, then I don’t really want to know you. And I worry for your child.

KayM210210 Says:

August 28th, 2015 at 7:52 am

I think that is absolutely absurd to list all of these names as “violent.” Some of them may have a negative connotation for some people, but you don’t know why people are choosing the name. Kimber may be a gun, but it also may be the name of a beloved grandfather. A parent may name their child Remington to honor the memories of hunting with his/her dad. I don’t consider that violent, and I definitely do not believe it reflects badly on the child in any way!

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

August 28th, 2015 at 8:25 am

Remember that Gunnar is a legitimate Scandinavian game. I highly doubt all who chose it were thinking about guns. It’s been popular in all the areas I’ve lived for years. Also, it’s usually pronounced GOON-ahr.

CassieHenifin Says:

August 28th, 2015 at 8:33 am

@KM210210 I totally agree! I find it odd that all the names are labeled at “violent.” My cousin’s father and husband are avid hunters (for food) and they named their daughter Kimber. I didn’t even know it was after a gun until much later but I didn’t feel like it was violent. How could it be?! My cousin is the sweetest, most gentle and loving soul. I thought it sounded more like the name of a popstar to be honest! Lol! I know guns are a hot button issue and everyone doesn’t agree, but calling parents disgusting and stupid for using *most* of these names is down right silly!

amberdaydream Says:

August 28th, 2015 at 9:45 am

Jihad is a legit Arabic name meaning struggle, survival. It is not considered religiously charged in the Arabic-speaking world at all. I brought this up last time and so did others.

Pansy Says:

August 28th, 2015 at 10:09 am

I find this post to be extremely ignorant and offensive. Classifying these names as violent is ridiculous. My dad was a major in the army so if I chose to honor him by naming my kid Major, that means I’m promoting violence? Really? We have Hunter on our list for if we have a second boy. You know why? It’s the name of my husband’s favorite character from his favorite tv show growing up. Also, asking would you invite a kid over to your house for a playdate based on their name is beyond immature. Not inviting a child over to your house to play based on their name is disgusting behavior and the fact that this website seems to be endorsing it is ridiculous.

There have been a lot of posts on this site that I didn’t agree with or was less than impressed with the names listed, but this is the only one that has ever actually offended me. It’s hateful, judgmental and beyond biased. I’ve been a member here for five years now but if this is the type of stuff nameberry is going to post, then I think I’m done with this site.

Pam Says:

August 28th, 2015 at 10:18 am

@Pansy, I’m sorry you are so offended and we certainly hope you are not done with the site. And many of you are right, several of these names are not intrinsically violent — of course naming your child Major or Maverick doesn’t mean you’re promoting violence. But there is an overall growth of many types of names related to weapons, aggression, and violence that is quantifiable, as the blog points out, and is not merely a spin or an opinion of Nameberry. As a trend that says something significant about society, we think it’s worth writing about.

squidly Says:

August 28th, 2015 at 10:46 am

I agree with the previous posters that it is very ignorant to classify all of these names as violent.
@Pam To point out a trend is one thing, but the slant and implication of this article is that because these names are “violent” they are bad or distasteful options, which is not the case for most of the names I saw on this list. Also, I think it is incredibly distasteful to run this article two days after the Virginia shooting of two WDBJ reporters, Allison Parker and Adam Ward, on live TV. The timing is inappropriate. Nameberry is not the place for political statements, and this article very much feels like one in light of recent events. I am incredibly disappointed in Nameberry for running this article.

Freya_1983 Says:

August 28th, 2015 at 1:21 pm

I thought the article – which pointed out a trend in American baby names – was interesting. I have noticed that I see more people openly carrying weapons lately, and there have been demonstrations scheduled in various cities with open carry laws where supporters parade down the street while packing in plain sight. Whatever your gun politics might be, the increase in such displays is notable. While it is merely my opinion, I suspect that both trends – the gun parades and the increasing numbers of children with gun-culture/militaristic names – are related to one another and reflect an atmosphere of bravado or an insecurity about whether that culture/way of life is under threat.

squidly said, “Nameberry is not the place for political statements…” and that may be true, but shouldn’t it be a place where baby name trends are analyzed in light of political/cultural trends and developments?

And surely we can all understand that headings/intro sentences like, “Would you invite this kid to your house?” are meant in good humor and are designed to get attention, not to seriously suggest you should bar some children from your home based on their names.

Pam Says:

August 28th, 2015 at 1:31 pm

There is no connection between the timing of this article and the terrible shooting in Virginia other than that both are evidence of an undercurrent of violence and aggression in our culture. Of course, a great number of these names such as Lance, Garrison, Hector and so on are not intrinsically violent BUT names such as Gunner, Shooter, Breaker, Pistol, Chaos, and many other cited here ARE violent and distasteful and alarming. These are names that were NOT used even a handful of years ago and the fact that many names with violent connections are so dramatically on the rise is most definitely the kind of thing that Nameberry should be writing about.

We pioneered a new way to think about and talk about names, as reflective of the culture around us, and that applies to negative trends as well as positive ones. The names we give our children, individually and as a society, often express our values and our hopes for our children’s futures, whether that is a trend toward more ethnically diverse names or gender-neutral names or names inspired by celebrities or movie characters, all factors we’ve written about at length. We have also written about the rise in spiritual and virtue names such as Justice and True and Destiny which may be thought of as the uplifting corollary of the trend here.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

August 28th, 2015 at 2:42 pm

Let’s be honest guys. Would you really want a kid with a name like Breaker or Vandal in your house? I know it’s not his fault, but still!

Robs Says:

August 28th, 2015 at 3:28 pm

I agree with Pam that it’s appropriate discuss this naming trend. If you can’t discuss it here, on a website about names, then where could you?

Anything that in any way barely touches on the issue of the increasing prevalence of gun related violence cannot always be met with, “it’s inappropriate.”

You see that refrain from NRA backed politicians when the topic comes up. If folks are so secure in their beliefs on these matters (which are, without doubt, very different than the views of the rest of the civilized first world) then why are they so defensive when it comes up?

Kupcake Says:

August 28th, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Pam, I appreciate that there was no deliberate connection between the timing of this article and the Virginia WDBJ shootings, but I do think it might have been prudent to have changed the posting schedule and withheld this discussion until a later date.

arabella77 Says:

August 28th, 2015 at 5:08 pm

While I agree with the gist of the article – many names listed like Arson are in fact undeniably violent and somewhat concerning – I don’t understand some of the choices. Navy is a color in addition to a branch of the military, for example. I feel as though that whole section seems quite disrespectful to the military in general. I understand that many may oppose militaries on principle, but I don’t feel as though it was tastefully dealt with. I also do not understand the hatred of the name Hunter. As someone who grew up in the American South, hunting is such an ingrained part of my culture that it’s not something I even think about. Although I could see the “violent” associations, nearly everyone I know hunts to eat the meat, making it no different and often more humane than most other forms of meat consumption imo. Also, it’s a surname, as is Fletcher and several others listed. Basically, I see what the authors were going for, but I feel like several of the choices listed make no sense.

nat108 Says:

August 28th, 2015 at 5:13 pm

I have noticed the increase of aggressive names. I think it reflects all the craziness going on in the world. Some people are feeling threatened & vulnerable. These names are a show of force. It also could be a reaction to the rise of boy names on girls.

And yes if I were a parent I’d be wary of a kid with an aggressive name or a name tied to something negative. I’d wonder about his/her parents & their views. River is more likely than Rykker to have parents with views I agree with.

LuMary Says:

August 28th, 2015 at 8:03 pm

Titus is a book of the New Testament, of course, and maybe parents are adopting it in the vein of Silas or other fresher biblicals. As you aptly pointed out once, biblicals go in and out of style, too. It seems Roman names with the ‘us’ ending like Atticus are catching on.

rebekah83 Says:

August 28th, 2015 at 8:21 pm

Whether or not it was meant to be political, it was. And it is obvious the writer (and perhaps the admins) of the site are doing their best to push their readers towards a certain mindset on these names (meaning, assuming the worst about the parents who would use these names). To be fair, Nameberry is their platform, and they have the right to try to convince and/or sway their readers to their line of thinking… if we, the readers, cannot handle that (or don’t realize that), then maybe we need to remind ourselves what critical thinking is all about. I’m not sure this site is touted to be unbiased or journalistic, so although it’s somewhat surprising that they would show their bias so blatantly, it does not disappoint me to the degree that many news programs do, when reporting with an extreme bias (to people who are not using critical thinking and will swallow the opinion of the news program hook, line, and sinker). I do wish not so many assumptions had been made about these names, the families who use them, etc. It’s not as if these people are staging protests, killing people, or planning terrible things. It’s the name they chose, and as we all know, names often have heavy, personal reasons for the parents who choose them.

I respectfully disagree with the military names being put into this negative-towards-these-names-article, however. Yes, it’s the writer’s (and perhaps the name berry admins) opinion, but the military of our country defend with their lives–for the citizens who do AND don’t agree with them. It is probably discoursing for spouses and family to come on to this site looking for name opinions, ideas, and communication and find the military grouped into the writer’s opinion of “violent” names. I suppose that yes–our military uses weapons. But if a terrorist was about to bomb the building your loved one was working in, or was holding a gun to your child’s head or something else dramatic—I’m sure you’d suddenly have no trouble with a policeman or someone in the military taking them out (with a weapon!). In general, the weapons used are with a noble purpose in this situation. Of course, there is weapon abuse and power abuse. But that happens in every facet, I’m afraid, and we can’t group military in with terrorist or murderers or people who use weapons for sadistic purposes.

I don’t think this site claims to be a news source. Yet, I think some careful editing and just a *tad* of objectivity could have helped here. Despite what many (biased) news stations and social media like to report, there are still quite a lot of people in this country who use weapons for a defense-purpose, and who give up their spouses, dads, and moms to years in the military. Names like “Major” and “General” could be a way to honor a fallen father, grandfather, mother, grandmother, etc. I think we should respect that, even in an opinion article. Conflating an issue never makes a solid point.

LuMary Says:

August 28th, 2015 at 8:59 pm

The first time I heard of Gunnar was in reference to one of Ricky Nelson’s twins. I think the other is Matthew.

Breaker reminds me of the ocean, or The Breakers mansion in Newport, RI.

sixpomegranateseeds Says:

August 29th, 2015 at 12:22 am

I completely agree with Pam. As for those who contend that the timing of the article is offensive, when exactly would be an inoffensive time to run it? Extreme violence, particularly gun-related, is constantly in the news in the U.S.

I’ve noticed a few instances of the name Cannon lately and find it so startling. Perhaps parents don’t know the meaning of the word? It does sound like Carson, Landon et al.

SoDallas3 Says:

August 29th, 2015 at 5:26 am

Quite frankly whether being posted just after the recent Virginia shooting or not, the whole article is once more proving the judgemental attitudes that exist on this site, and I’m beyond tired of it. Yes, gun culture and violence are unfortunately something the US is dealing with heavily at this present time, but it’s as though you’re implying these names are making it worse. And I say that as an Australian. Do some names have imagery/attitudes attached to them? Of course and of course everyone will have an opinion on it.

Still not only is it in severally poor taste, but it just shows how quick y’all are to jump to conclusions. Why is a couple who name their son Gunner doing so because their breeding their children to be cold-hearted criminals? The fact of the matter is they aren’t, maybe they heard of the character Gunnar on Nashville and feel in love with the name. Neither are Hunter’s parents or Lance’s parents, . Not everyone who names their child a name that you find “Frightening”/ “trendy”/”troublesome”/”modern-invented” or otherwise is doing it merely to imply their social consciousness. Funnily enough, as a well educated, Australian woman I actually adore Hunter and Gunnar (pronounced Gun-ner rather than Goo-nar), I’d probably never use them because I don’t really want wordy first names. But I have never held a gun, never been to a firearm store, never even been in the presence of a gun being fired. Never even been hunting. I just really like the names and if that makes me an enabler then so be it. I don’t even think of violence when I think of the names, I think of cowboys sitting on split-row fences in the late afternoon sun.

I don’t deny what you where trying to do with this article, however, I’m genuinely saddened by it as a whole because while you’re trying so hard to show the issues in your own pond, all you’ve done is once more shown the issues on your own site, and your polarizing people with these articles and attitudes. If it doesn’t fit into your supposed social constraints and expectations, if it isn’t classic or somewhat unusual, if it’s also a nickname – then clear it isn’t worthy of being a name or so I’m starting to realise. Not every name here is appropriate, but it’s simply not your choice and bringing down parents for names they give their children seems counter-productive to me. I think I’m just out, clearly there is no objectivity and I tend to feel like there’s always a finger pointed at someone’s back for not being part of an assumed reasoning or social norm.

Mirimouse Says:

August 29th, 2015 at 6:41 am

I felt like this could have been better researched. Evander, for instance, is a genuine historical Greek name, the bearer of which was a scholar not a warrior. He bought law and religion from Greece to Rome, and didn’t use warfare to do so.
A few of the old Gods listed are also not considered “dark Gods”.

As others have stated, Navy is a colour, archery can be a sport not just a way to kill things and over all individual parents are going to see deeper meanings behind some of the names than what is apparent. For example, I considered Hunter for a girl for a good while. I abhor hunting, and I’m vegetarian, but it’s a good name to honour some of the old Goddesses whose names aren’t really wearable for a 2015 baby (imo only, of course!)

I do think violent names are a reflection of our times, and it’s an interesting article to run. But I also think more work could have gone into it to make it less divisionary and offensive.

Toronto87 Says:

August 29th, 2015 at 8:36 am

So they’re supposed to wait until it’s not within a month of a violent shooting in the US? When would that be?

I thought the article was interesting and most of the language was to be taken with a dose of humour.

Plutophelia Says:

August 29th, 2015 at 9:28 am

I really haye these aggressive names. Its just backwards and reinforces the thought that boys are violent and reckless.

elifsu Says:

August 29th, 2015 at 10:54 am

I don’t like the fact Jihad, Khalid and Attila is on the list. Attila is popular in Turkey and Hungary, Jihad is a real name. Khalid is also an important figure for Muslims. They aren’t violent names IMO. Attila the Hun, might be a bad reference to you bad the name itself means Father of Itil and he is a respected/important figure for Magyar and Turkish people.

elifsu Says:

August 29th, 2015 at 10:55 am

*but the name itself

ashbee Says:

August 29th, 2015 at 1:40 pm

I like Evander and nothing wrong with Archer. Thor is a guilty pleasure of mine along with Thora (not so guilty about that one). Isn’t Fletcher a really old name, or at least an old surname?

There’s gun violence every day in this country so unfortunately there’d be no ideal time to post this.

ashbee Says:

August 29th, 2015 at 1:41 pm

I also don’t think there’s anything inherently violent about animal names like Wolf. In fact, I think of them as peaceful nature names.

gmdx Says:

August 29th, 2015 at 3:04 pm

This doesn’t apply to every name on this list, and I think most of the names are perfectly fine and appropriate, but there are some names that I would hesitate to invite over. I think if you are going to name your son something like Breaker, it says a lot about your parenting style and what you are going to let your child get away with. There are other names listed here that I think are in bad taste, but I don’t see them having an effect on your child’s behavior.

chi1127 Says:

August 29th, 2015 at 5:37 pm

From the title, I was expecting something horrifying, but this article seemed to be trying to make violent connections to names that may not even be there to the namers. The obviously violent names were buried under a bunch of names I wouldn’t even consider inherently violent.

mckaylalove Says:

August 29th, 2015 at 6:51 pm

I’m not American so maybe I have a different idea of what’s “offensive” or not. But I’ve never understood popularity of gun names and, admittedly, some of the military influenced names. Some don’t bother me – like Sailor or Navy or General because they don’t inherently link to violence. But names like Garrison, which is a troop of soldiers, is a name I find odd. And the gun names are just disturbing. The purpose of a gun is to harm a living thing. Why is that worthy of naming your kid after? As an outsider, it kind of does sort of re-enforce the idea that there’s this crazy culture of gun worship surrounding within your culture.
Anyway, some of the other names didn’t bother me as much – Archer and Arrow for instance. Both for me are more associated with the Olympic sport rather then war and murder, probably because they aren’t used as weapons these days.

Bobcat108 Says:

August 30th, 2015 at 12:33 am

My two cents’ worth: I think that many of the names referenced in the article are pretty awful. Many of them, though, are referenced positively if you look at their definitions on Nameberry (e.g., take a look at the Nameberry information on Archer). As I’ve read lists of names (“Cool Unisex Names,” e.g.) over the last nine months or so, I’ve noticed that on multiple occasions the lists will include a name that, when you actually read the information about the name, is mentioned in a derogatory name: the name’s dated, frumpy, etc. So why include it on a list of names that are being promoted? This is the case in reverse for many of the names here: grouped into a “scary” list, but really referenced positively in the actual information w/the names.

As far as the awful names here, I’m not sure if the uptick in the use of names such as Breaker, Vandal, Danger, etc., is actually tied to the problems w/violence that the U.S., at least, seems to be enduring at this time. I’m more inclined to blame the idiocracy that’s ruling pop culture these days, epitomized by the Kardashians (& I find it really sad that my spellcheck knows the correct spelling of the name). There’s a real atmosphere of wanting to be more outrageous & over the top than the last person, just to get attention, & there are hordes of people that blindly follow whatever the celeb du jour is doing, including naming his/her baby.

nativoyoung Says:

August 30th, 2015 at 12:39 am

You can say what you want in defense of this poorly written article but anyone with half a brain will realize that the article was written to deride parents who think differently than the writer. Listing Sylvester as a violent name??? Are you kidding me? Hunter is such a common name that almost no one links it to violence. It is firmly in the cowboy camp. Kimber is from Gem and the Holograms, Navy is a color, and Bear sounds beyond cute and cuddly. Haven’t you ever watched Franklin? Yes, there were a few names that you listed that do sound violent, but you listed them alongside so many more names that do not that you completely undermined your whole hysterical-sounding premise. There are so many cultural layers surrounding every name that categorizing any as “violent” is absurd. Shame on nameberry for this article. If you wanted to discuss this issue than address it without the chastising and overly dramatic tone.

nat108: Most people who hear Rykker think of Star Trek and worry that the kid will be a nerd, if they worry at all.

Serendipity1 Says:

August 30th, 2015 at 9:09 am

American society hasn’t been LESS violent in decades.

Pew had some great research come out about a year ago. Gun violence in particular has dropped almost 50% since the 1990s. But people aren’t aware of it, because they spend all their time clicking on scary Facebook articles and watching screaming headlines on TV. The research showed women in particular were misinformed.

Did you know your child is more likely to be struck by lightning than to die at school (whether via homicide or suicide)? It’s true. Check out the DOE stats.

Crime in general has been declining since the 1960s. Our current trend will have us back to 1950s levels soon.

So I don’t think most people who choose Gunnar are referencing a pistol. They probably chose it because they are Scandinavian.

Everyone needs to educate themselves, turn off the TV and actually interact with their community. And remember to breathe. If you get so worked up, you don’t breathe, your brain is starved of oxygen and you start thinking there is a violent baby names trend…

Bobcat108 Says:

August 30th, 2015 at 4:20 pm

To make more apparent my thoughts on the first paragraph of my previous post, I would suggest that, if an article on Nameberry is going to discuss a group of names in a positive way, the researcher/writer should check out the name’s information to ensure that it fits the theme of the article, & vice versa. Had that been done in this case, many/most of the names referenced would not have been included, & IMO the article would have been more on-point.

roseymaam Says:

August 30th, 2015 at 5:17 pm

If they waited for an “appropriate” time to post this article, they’d be waiting an awfully long time, given the number of people who are murdered in the US every day.

mckaylalove Says:

August 31st, 2015 at 7:01 am

The fact that a few people have tried to defend minimise the fact that on average 30 people die by gun shootings in America per DAY, by saying “but that’s 50% less then the 1990s”, sort of proves the weird gun worship point.
Canada has less then 200 deaths by guns annually; Germany, Italy and France have less then 150 and Japan has less then 50. And “your child is less likely to die at school then be struck by lightning” doesn’t change the fact that America has had more school shootings then any other developed country in the world. Just because apparently “it isn’t as bad anymore” doesn’t mean it’s become okay??? And it inadvertently justifies the deaths – so what if you’re apparently more likely to die by lightning then get killed at school? How is that meant to to make the families of the 20 kids and 6 teachers who died in Sandy Hook feel? Like “sorry your kid died but hey, at least it doesn’t happen as often anymore.” It literally happens nowhere else in the world and you could take steps to fix it but for some reason, a persons right to own a ridiculous number of guns and carry them down the street is more important then another persons right to not get shot by a deranged person who has easy access to an easy to use killing device on the way to work or at a grocery store.

I do think this article was a bit of a stretch in some places, but I still find it utterly incomprehensible that some people don’t think it’s weird to name a person after what is effectively a tool to harm or kill other living things. And I find it weirder that people have dismissed gun violence on this post because it’s apparently not that bad as people think or it’s not as bad anymore. People are still dying avoidable deaths. It’s bizarre.

VirginiaLark Says:

August 31st, 2015 at 12:48 pm

I’ll refrain from commenting on the article as a whole, aside from one point. Although it’s easy/convenient to blame name choice on cultural trends in violence (or at least violence in the news), let’s not forget the many other factors that may be at play here. Perhaps parents are looking for distinctly masculine names for their boys so they aren’t confused with girls? With so many surnames and traditionally male names being used on girls, it shouldn’t be surprising when parents branch out a bit for boys names.

nat108 Says:

August 31st, 2015 at 2:09 pm

Nativoyoung: “most people” are choosing the name because of Star Trek? Doubtful. Some people, maybe. Most people are choosing Rykker because it sounds tough. A more pertinent association would be Rikers Island, a notoriously violent prison complex

nativoyoung Says:

August 31st, 2015 at 10:34 pm

nat108 Never heard of the prison. Actually, I think most people pick the name because they like how it sounds. If you are right that they pick it because it sounds tough then the question becomes do all tough names sound violent? The premise of the article wasn’t against tough names, it was labeling a whole slew of names as violent, which is a different thing in my mind. Of course there are people who want tough boyish sounding names. It is a tough world. Plus, cowboy cool has had that tough thing going on for years now.

My husband said I should have written, “We were going to name our son Brass Knuckles, but then we read this article and changed our minds.” The man makes me laugh.

nativoyoung Says:

August 31st, 2015 at 10:38 pm

mckaylalove The problem with what you wrote is that Canada has more guns per person than the United States. I know, I’m Canadian. I don’t understand what constitutes “gun worship.” Owning them? I still don’t understand how Sylvester is a violent name, or Saylor for that matter, even if Americans worship guns.

Fox Says:

September 1st, 2015 at 1:08 am

Bit mean to call “Fletcher” a violent name. It’s not more a violent word than, say, “smith”.

Bobcat108 Says:

September 1st, 2015 at 10:27 pm

Today’s list is of “werewolf” names. Why is it okay to look for werewolf names? Werewolves are pretty violent & scary.

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September 2nd, 2015 at 1:01 pm

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September 2nd, 2015 at 2:00 pm

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September 2nd, 2015 at 4:18 pm

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Please Stop Naming Your Children After Guns | Gizmodo Australia Says:

September 7th, 2015 at 3:15 pm

[…] Nameberry, a baby names site, says names related to guns and their manufacturers in the US are among the most dominant “violent names on the rise.” The site also notes that the name Cannon made the boys’ Top 1000 list. There are more names that parents apparently chose for their children — though, they’re not nearly as popular — in 2014, including Trigger, Shooter, Calibre, Magnum, and Pistol. The manufacturer names Barrett, Remington, Kimber, Ruger, Wesson, Browning, Benelli and Beretta have also started to crop up as of late. […]

dgedr4016 Says:

September 8th, 2015 at 8:00 am

This article lacks any supporting evidence or research into how these names are associated with violent or aggressive people. To me, this seems like more of a libel statement.

That is an article about a woman named Pamela that was sentenced as an accomplice in first degree murder. Am I to assume that Pamela is a violent and aggressive name?

I bet if there was actual research done on this, some of the most common violent names throughout history would be tied to ordinary names. Regardless of that, to assume that someone will be violent based on their name shows a great deal of ignorance in understanding the factors that determines a child’s behavior.

I am open to changing my mind after reviewing any documented research, but from my personal experience….my son’s name is Remington, and even at 18 months old, he loves sharing his food and toys with the dog and his friends. He is very helpful (tries to be). He loves being outdoors and really studying things and how they work.

I also live with the effects of gun violence every day because my wife is paralyzed after being shot when she left an abusive relationship with a POS named Fred.

Should we add that name to the list of violent and aggressive names?

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moxielove Says:

September 12th, 2015 at 6:41 pm

So many factual issues with this list:

Perseus is not a god – he was a hero and his name should be considered like Hercules, which is NOT on this list.

How is Odin a “dark god”? – he is the father of the gods in Norse mythology, akin to Zeus. Was he associated with death? Yes, but also healing and knowledge and poetry.


Breaker is rising in popularity here in Hawaii where it is associated with surfing, not violence.

Khalid, Jihad and Attila might just reflect people’s desires to use names associated with their heritage, or might be used by recent immigrants.

I’ve heard Kimber used as a tomboyish version of Kimberly.

While I get the point you are trying to make, and certain names like Chaos or Arson seem undisputedly aggressive, too many of the names here have associations that are NOT necessarily violent (Remington, Major, Titus — also the name of a saint for the record) that it undermines the credibility of the entire list.

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Haids1987 Says:

July 7th, 2016 at 9:29 am

Actually, I like a good number of these names. Not all, of course (Arson? Seriously?), but a lot of these aren’t unusable. My husband is named Colt, for example, and “gun names” are the first listed category there. I don’t know, maybe I just like overly masculine names?

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