The Weirdest Baby Names

With over 33,000 baby names on the new national roster – a full 50 percent more than were in common use a quarter century ago – you figure there have to be some weird choices among them.  Our friend Brooke Dowd Sacco at KidCrave gathered the 102 weirdest names on the 2011 baby name list, and we cherry-picked the strangest of the strange.

Here, our nominations for the weirdest baby names of 2011:

Corleone

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This gives a whole new meaning to Family Names. Corleone, the name of six babies last year, joins future troublemakers named Capone, Gotti, Bates, and Juvenal. Potential sister names include Sicily and Sicilia.

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Demi Says:

May 24th, 2012 at 11:26 pm

I saw a teenage girl named Swayze on MTV’s True Life. It’s a cool name but I can’t imagine doing that to a baby.

dillonsfan01 Says:

May 24th, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Wrigley is not too bad. I guess I can see the appeal. I would never use it, but it really does not stick out to me as that weird.

I really feel sorry for Moo and Tank, especially if they ever become overweight!! 🙁

NataleeMJohnson Says:

May 24th, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Wrigley makes me thing of wriggly, like jiggly and hyper. Moo is silly

esrever88 Says:

May 25th, 2012 at 12:46 am

I have a friend with a younger brother Corleone, who’d be about 19 or so by now. I always thought it was pretty strange.

LJandRL Says:

May 25th, 2012 at 4:08 am

Eh?

notsoclevername Says:

May 25th, 2012 at 5:46 am

I realize some of your reasoning behind raising an eyebrow at these names is because they are weird here in the US but are you seriously incapable of recognizing names outside of (and even some within) Western culture? You’re essentially calling other cultures weird that are perfectly within the bounds of not being weird. I won’t defend all of these names but maybe consider talking to some people from these cultures before labeling them.

Corleone is Italian for “lion heart” and you guys love the lion names don’t you? I don’t know how this name would go over in Italy itself but it’s something to keep in mind.

I think you’re being a little misleading with Cougar. Yes, there are more and more fierce animal names showing up and Cougar is definitely a little on the weird side. But you have a picture of a woman, obviously referring to “cougar” in its colloquial usage when there aren’t any girls named Cougar. A GIRL names Cougar would definitely be weird.

Are you SURE Don Draper was the inspiration for this name? Did you find and speak to all six of these parents and ask them what their inspiration was? I’m not saying the name isn’t a bit strange, but don’t assume things.

I’m at a bit of a loss myself with Eh but it must have some meaning in some culture since 28 boys and 14 girls got the name. Someone else may know better that me (better than I?) but my guess is that is comes from an East Asian language like Burmese, Chinese, or Indonesian, maybe.

Graceland, definitely a little on the weird side but as you pointed out yourselves, it fits in well with Grayson, Gracelyn, et al.

As far as “Kingsolomon” is concerned, I think someone pointed out before that the SSA list doesn’t acknowledge hyphens so some of these name may in fact be hyphenated names. That doesn’t make it any less weird.

You were so close to being intelligent about the name Moo. But then you go and outright insult these people by implying the intention behind the name was after the animal sound. Yes, here in the states, spelling it as Moo is going to cause some trouble and would be slightly less prone for teasing if it had been spelled Mu. However, don’t forget name origins come from more than just the European countries! I’m pretty sure this is a Chinese name meaning “dream.” Mu (or Moo) has several other meanings and it’s possible the name is in other languages and cultures too.

Notorious is weird. Just seems like it’s asking for trouble.

Penisimani is weird BUT as you said is an established name. It’s just a bad choice here in the states.

Hmmm, yeah. Swayze is strange.

Tank is weird but awesome!

Tequila is an awful awful choice. However, Abeer is an Arabic name meaning “fragrant.” Also, were we looking at the same list? I can’t find Abeer in the boys’ names. I found Abir, which you might call an “alternate spelling” since Arabic doesn’t have a set transliteration to English, but the only Abeers I found were 12 girls.

Tomorrow is definitely on the weird side but has a hopefulness to it. I actually kinda like it.

Wrigley – I first thought of the gum but then I think the field is called that because of William Wrigley Jr. in the first place. Anyway, it’s another weird choice and may or may not be because of having baseball fans for parents. Once again, let’s not assume. There may have been family members to honor, etc.

Rachaol Says:

May 25th, 2012 at 5:53 am

I know a little 2 year old Peniel. I assumed it was a Biblical name, and thought it was a pretty way to get to the nn Penny. I hope the mean girls and boys don’t catch on.

I wonder if Eh and Moo could be Asian names given by parents who are clueless?

pam Says:

May 25th, 2012 at 6:55 am

Obviously there is a light-hearted spirit behind the way this is written, with an acknowledgment of some of these name’s ties outside our culture. But whatever their meanings in Italian or Chinese, these names are going to be perceived as weird in the US — and much weirder beyond the broad-minded land of Nameberry!

Bridie Says:

May 25th, 2012 at 7:00 am

My brother goes to school with a boy called Notorious! What’s even stranger is that this kid is fifteen now. Alcohol names are especially popular in some regions. My cousin goes to school with a Bacardi and a Champagne. Often turns out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy…

Dove14 Says:

May 25th, 2012 at 7:29 am

I think I must be a little weird because the “weird” name lists rarely phase me. Yep, there are some on here that I cringe at (Tequila?) but most of them don’t bother me at all!

thrallamanda89 Says:

May 25th, 2012 at 7:36 am

How do you find this out? My son’s name is Pilot so I was curious as to how many we’re born.. Is there a full list you can look at?

AlfieJoe Says:

May 25th, 2012 at 9:00 am

My family has a family friend whose son is Wrigley, he is about 14 now, I never thought of it as weird and actually Wrig and his dad take a trip to Wrigley field ever summer. I believe he was named after the field and his middle name Alton is family. His sisters are Daisy Lynn and Emma L(can’t remember just remember her initials spell ELF)

Sarah.Jane Says:

May 25th, 2012 at 9:26 am

Wrigley is really popular in Chicago for dogs. Lol.

nikkiolle Says:

May 25th, 2012 at 9:39 am

I have a friend named Nortorious .. yep with an extra r (her mom didnt know how to spell it)… and she is a girl. She was named after the original song by Duran Duran. From what I can tell in her younger years she went by Tori.. but now she goes by her full name.

Mischa Says:

May 25th, 2012 at 9:41 am

@notsoclevername: The term “Eh” is a favourite Canadian expression which is used in asking a question or in seeking confirmation of a statement (eg. “These names on this blog are weird, eh”?). I’ve never heard of it among the Burmese, Chinese or Indonesian cultures.

Poppy528 Says:

May 25th, 2012 at 10:06 am

Ok I can’t even pronounce Penisiman, I keep thinking “pen is mightier” and keep giggling. Amanita is my favorite mushroom name. My husband worked with a lady named Rehab.

daisy451 Says:

May 25th, 2012 at 10:34 am

Weird is definitely subjective. I find Clementine at least as weird as Draper.

GoodHope Says:

May 25th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I kind of like Tomorrow. It sounds hopeful, like “there’s always tomorrow” or “tomorrow is another day.” On the other hand, it also makes me think of procrastination, so there’s a negative.

ksheja Says:

May 25th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Some pretty weird names there. I tend to think Eh and Moo are names from other languages. They may be parts of names (SSA does not count the second part if not written together, as it would seem to be a middle name).

Draper? Sounds pretty normal. No stranger than Cooper, Tanner and all the other surname/occupational names.

Wrigley made me think of the gum or “wriggly.”

Mandilouwho Says:

May 25th, 2012 at 1:13 pm

I have a friend who just named her baby Draper. It was her mothers maiden name and you should have seen how happy her Grandparents were when they were told the baby would be named after them.

OliviaSarah Says:

May 25th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I really really like Eh. Honestly, I do.

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shinysarah11 Says:

May 25th, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Moo is hilarious! Why would anyone ever think to name a child that??

lagilliana Says:

May 25th, 2012 at 11:37 pm

I must agree with notsoclevername in that this is culturally insensitive in places. I get that these names are humorous to you. Yes, some of these names will be perceived as strange to your “average” white and English speaking American. Nameberry, you are venturing into “Long Duck Dong” territory and it’s making me uncomfortable.

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Flick Says:

May 26th, 2012 at 10:15 am

I’m very disappointed in this post – it’s insensitive and a little ignorant. I won’t lie, I’m losing a little respect over here. Cougar, Graceland? Yes – I can get on board with those being weird, but I think more investigation should be put into posts before making yourselves out to be ignorant. The United States is a melting pot of cultures, to deem them “weird” is not something I want to be a part of.

Michelle427 Says:

May 26th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

My cousin, who by the way is named Johnnie Marie, went to pre-school with a girl named Tequila. Years later she attended the same church and went to the school their that we attend. Her parents just liked the sound of it.

Thuanh Says:

May 27th, 2012 at 3:34 am

@ rachaol why could it only be culturally clueless Asians who may of come up with the names of Eh and Moo? Could be anyone from any race, my Caucasian sister in law nicknamed her daughter Moo.
Btw in the Vietnamese language neither Eh or Moo are names.

KaylaRenae Says:

May 27th, 2012 at 11:21 am

Hate to say it, but Wrigley reminds me of..gum. And Moo & Tank are truly unacceptable.. Graceland and Swayze aren’t that bad, though I definitely wouldn’t use either, and I do know someone who named her daughter Gracelyn this year.

Rachaol Says:

May 28th, 2012 at 7:45 am

@Tuanh you are absolutely right. I have no way of knowing who used those names or why they chose them. “Clueless” was a disrespectful word, and it over shadows my original intent which was to point out that while either of those names may sound strange to me they are perfectly lovely names to the parents who chose to use them. I expressed myself very poorly.

MeganElizabeth Says:

May 29th, 2012 at 9:43 am

For those interested, Moo and Eh are both names of people who work in my building, oddly enough (there is also a Pie and an Ah). They are recent immigrants. I’m not exactly sure what country they grew up in but I believe it was somewhere in southern Asia.

C in DC Says:

May 30th, 2012 at 9:45 am

Trek – there was a character on a Nick Jr show named Trek, nn Trekkie. Strangely, it only reminded me of taking a trek, not Star Trek. It worked pretty well on the show. It’s also the actor’s given name.

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