What do YOU think is the worst name ever, and why? One of my worst-evers is Bertha, maybe because my poor misguided grandmother changed her name to that from the lovely Bridget because of anti-Irish prejudice. And to Linda, almost any sound with the -erv sound is like fingernails on a blackboard.
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on May 20th, 2010 at 1:42 am
I’m a preschool teacher, and several years ago I had a child in my class named “Lucifer.” Awful! And ironically, his mother was named Angelica. I will never understand her name choice…
on May 20th, 2010 at 2:57 am
My friend wanted to name her baby Tempany-Tepanga if it was a girl, I think thats a bit much! Luckily he’s Dylan instead!
on May 20th, 2010 at 3:57 am
Wow Lucifer is unpleasant and I recently heard of a child named Sin…But as regards more ‘normal’ names that I’ve never been fond of – Morag and Nigel would be top of my list 🙂
on May 20th, 2010 at 4:27 am
I hate Madison with the fury of a thousand suns, but pretty much anything made up or misspelled makes my skin crawl. Perhaps Braydon could top my most hated list.
on May 20th, 2010 at 4:35 am
Madison would be near my top too – or anything, for that matter, that starts with ‘Mad’. Actually, I think I dislike Addison even more. Sloane is another particular dislike of mine.
on May 20th, 2010 at 4:46 am
my mother works at a pre-school and taught a child named Budweiser, nicknamed “Bud”…I pity that poor poor boy.
on May 20th, 2010 at 4:57 am
From the moment I heard it there was just something about it I disliked greatly.
I like Logan and I love Brody but the two should not be combined.
Kim W Said
on May 20th, 2010 at 6:35 am
I agree, Abbey. Braydon is at the top of my worst list. Along with Bryleigh (or however you spell it).
Mackenzie’s up there too.
on May 20th, 2010 at 7:52 am
anything that ends in any for of ‘ayden’ jayden, bayden, brayden. ick.
on May 20th, 2010 at 8:02 am
I tend to dislike a lot of the trending Br- names, like Brianna, Braydon, Brielle, Brody, Brogan, Brynlee, Brennan, Brendon, Braxton, Brynn, Braylon, Bryson, Brady, Brooklyn, Brie/Bree etc.
I just can’t make myself see the appeal!
I like Brigid, Briar and Bryony along with Bravery, but that’s the extent to which I can agree…
I’m also quite opposed to Bertha. Ethel is much better to me!
Samantha, Tiffany, Kimberly, Lorraine and other 80’s favourites make me gag.
And I don’t think I could ever like Blanche. Just no.
Looking around a bit I find there are a lot of short names for boys, a lot of them starting with B I can’t stand either.
Blane/Blaine, Brock, Brett, Bryce, Blade, Blaise, Brad, Bray, Brent, Brook, Chase, Cole, Kyle, Cash, Cage, Dean Drake, Cade, Chris, Grant, Kai, Lane, Jace, Shane, Shawn, Zane, the list goes on! With exceptions of course, but I just find them very, very, very dull….
on May 20th, 2010 at 8:32 am
The worst name ever… hmm that is a tough one to choose. I know someone who named their daughter Alanta. I am convinced they were trying to name her Atlanta but just didn’t know how to spell it.
One name I very much dislike is Emily. It it probably just me, but I have never liked this name. I think it is horrible.
I really like the name Caius but I don’t like Kai on it’s own. Kai just seems to be the latest trend, I don’t see it as a name that will stick around. I think a lot of people 10 years from now will be like what was I thinking? I think there are a lot of Hawaiian names that are just better for lack of a better word.
Miley/Maile – oh the Miley’s I don’t get this name.
I think there are some ‘old lady’ or ‘old man’ names that won’t ever be ready for a come back. Rudy, Ethel, Bertha, Cecil.
Jacob, Ethan, Ava, and Isabella are all lovely names don’t get me wrong but does the world really need another child with these names? Let them have a well deserved rest PLEASE.
on May 20th, 2010 at 8:35 am
Worst names EVER: Ursula & Veronica!!
on May 20th, 2010 at 8:45 am
The name Esu (I don’t know how to spell it, but its pronounced E-ju) is really horrible! I actually met someone named that! I also reeeeeeally have Nevaeh. It is the worst!!!!!!!!
on May 20th, 2010 at 8:47 am
There are so many. The worst name I have ever seen in a birth announcement was Python Grip. The poor little boy would be in elementary school by now. There was also a poor child in one of the schools here whose parents named her Tyranny, probably thinking it sounded pretty and not realizing what the word meant. Maiden for a boy is pretty darned bad too. My mother went to school with a guy named Aloysius Fuchs and said people laughed every time a new teacher stumbled over the name. She usually got the last name wrong.
There are a lot of names I really dislike but don’t think qualify as child abuse. That would include most of the cutesy spellings I’ve seen as in Kaytlynn or names like Halliegh (pronounced Hayley, which makes zero phonetic sense) or Tayten (sounds like Tater Tots.) Give me Bertha or Myrtle any day over those.
on May 20th, 2010 at 8:53 am
Oh, and I must add Nevaeh. Every kid I’ve encountered with this name is running shrieking through the laundry mat or hitting her brother or doing something else decidedly unangelic and her mother always introduces her by saying “It’s heaven spelled backwards.” It is usually pronounced na-vay-uh or na-vay but I’ve heard na-vigh-uh too. If people can’t agree on how to spell or pronounce it, there might be a problem.
I have yet to see a Renesmee but I saw articles about the births of two of them earlier this year, one in the U.S. and one overseas. I’m sure there are more of them. I suppose I’ve heard worse but …
on May 20th, 2010 at 8:53 am
@ Sellons- I have bevef liked Emily either. I think the reason for me is because thr was a girl in 4th grade named that and she was a mean girl. Also I don’t like Michael, not sure why but I have never liked that name.
on May 20th, 2010 at 8:54 am
I actually met a little boy named Rowdy. That’s his given name. Why, why???
I’ve also heard of kids named Rebel and Rogue.
I’m pretty picky, so there are tons of names I can’t stand. For example, all the “-ayden” names (other than Aidan, which in my mind is an actual name.) I think Madison is horirble too.
It makes my life more difficult, frankly. 🙂
on May 20th, 2010 at 9:02 am
I was just thinking the other day of which “old lady/man” names would be too horrible to ever come back, and it was tricky! I was thinking Myrtle was pretty unlikely to have a resurgence. Then again, I’m with Linda: pretty much any names with an -er sound in the middle makes me cringe!
I also really can’t imagine a little Agnes, Ethel, Ursula, etc. But who knows!
on May 20th, 2010 at 9:07 am
Nevaeh is my #1. But anything cr8tivlie spelled would also rank up there. I also like real names. I do not consider names like Brinley, Kayleigh, Caden, Jaxon, etc. to be actual names. Anything with a “Mc”: McKenna, Makayla, McKenzie, McKinley, McBrinley. I agree that Myrtle and Helga would be better than any of the above.
on May 20th, 2010 at 9:08 am
I have names that I don’t like. My all time worst female name is probably Maude
& the male names are tied at Dick,Wilfred,Egbert & Gavin
Names that make me twitchy: Julia, Susan/Suzanne/Susannah (all variants),Stephanie,Helga/Hilda/Zelda,Bertha,Celeste,Maude,Bernadette,Beatrice,
Hester, Eunice, Gertrude ,Katherine,Margaret (and all variations),Frances,Dorothy, Winnifred,Agatha,Hagatha,Saffron,Esther,Camilla,Roberta,Edna,Ida,Myrtle,Mildred,
REGINA! Helen,La-A,Abcde (ab-suh-dee),Lillian,Lillth,Mary,Sophia,Melusine,Marlena,Collen,Dianne/Dianna
Nicknames like Lottie,Hattie & Dottie. Dottie is a slang word for a crazy person
MALE: Vincent,Julian,Brody,Walter,Theodore,Arthur,Horatio,Andrew,Drew,Timothy,Thaddeus,Lance,Richard,Steven,JOHN!!!, Robert,Frances,MILES, Julius,Ira, Jeffrey,Ronald, Roger, Rodney,Lucian, Vernon,Harold,Stanley,
I basically don’t like the geriatric names.And there is a difference between vintage and geriatric to me. Those & some of the ‘classics’. I honestly have always found something of them to have harsh, grating sounds & don’t find them appealing at all
No offense meant to anyone who likes or has these names!
on May 20th, 2010 at 9:11 am
My grandpa was named Ursulo….luckily, the worker issuing his birth certificate didn’t understand his parents (weakly spoken English) and issued him a different name!!!
on May 20th, 2010 at 9:26 am
P.S. My personal worst name is Aidan (along with all the -aiden variations) simply because of the overexposure. It’s really a shame because it’s a beautiful name with a nice history and a very attractive sound (Obviously! Hence the mass appeal!).
The worst part is that one of my best friend’s sons is named Aiden and I can’t even say his name without cringing a little inside.
on May 20th, 2010 at 9:31 am
My cousin married a chick named Yoshi. Full name Yoshibel. I read the name on the wedding invitation and thought “Why?” They’re naming their baby girl Charis (another name I don’t understand).
on May 20th, 2010 at 9:34 am
I really don’t like the Kyla/Kayla/Kaylee names and any of their (many) spelling variations. For boys I have to agree with previous comments about names that rhyme with -aydon. The geriatric names hold much more appeal!
on May 20th, 2010 at 9:48 am
Thanks for reminding me, Dearest!
We have acquaintances who named their baby Cash!
So horrible on so many levels. 🙁
on May 20th, 2010 at 9:56 am
Orangejello- Pronounced “Uh-Ron-juh-Low”
Lemonjello – Pronounced “Luh-mon-juh-Low”
Shithead – Pronounced “Shuh-Thee-duh”
It should be obvious! Especially the last one! None of them are pronounced as a compound word would be.
These names should be considered child abuse.
on May 20th, 2010 at 10:13 am
Gertrude…. this makes me want to regurgitate.
on May 20th, 2010 at 10:21 am
girls: Nevaeh. (I want to cry every time I hear it) Tiffany, Beatrice, Milagros, Cadence
boys: Edgar, Oscar, Jose, -ayden, and this poor kid in my daughter’s preschool class, Mystikal.
Basically, if your name sounds old enough to involve a kerchief or a girdle, or worse yet is the most common name in the trailer park, I’m probably not going to like it.
on May 20th, 2010 at 10:22 am
I hate the name Chester. All I hear is “Chester, Chester, Child Molester”. I don’t know if that’s a common saying or just is in my area, but I could never use that name.
I also dislike Rider/Ryder, Maddox, and any brand names like Hennessy.
on May 20th, 2010 at 10:26 am
I’ve taken to really dislike “Edward”, because of the whole Twilight frenzy, not that I liked it before, much too old-fashioned.
Twilight also nearly ruined Jacob to me, but it’s such a beautiful name I might just get over it 😉
Livin in Germany I can’t help hating “Kevin” and “Stephen”. It’s a shame really, because they’re both perfectly good names, I actually love Stephen, but german parents would go saying “Stieven” in the most annoying way and there’s about a milion Kevins here >.<
As for girls names: I quite dislike Paula and I'm starting to hate Fiona too. Again, Fiona is a lovely name, but it's used by the wrong people and thus becomes ugh :/
Oh, I also really dislike my own name: Sarah, so as I hate my own name am I allowed to hate every one elses?
on May 20th, 2010 at 10:34 am
I have a particular dislike of the name Anita, but only because, when pronounced with a Texas drawl, it ends up sounding like “I need a.” Pair that with many last names and you’ve got a problem. I know two Anitas, one last named Dick and one last named Mann.
on May 20th, 2010 at 10:36 am
I think the top two names I most dislike are Nevaeh and Braxton. They just make my skin crawl.
on May 20th, 2010 at 10:44 am
Agreed that Nevaeh is pretty horrendous. OMG it’s heaven spelled backwards! Barf. Other names I hate:
Girls: Gretchen (all time worst) Hannah. Imogen. Justine. Christine.
Boys: Craig, Todd, Jeremiah
on May 20th, 2010 at 10:52 am
Bruce, agatha, hagatha, angel, chloe….a few names I can’t stand!
on May 20th, 2010 at 10:54 am
Also, celebrity kids names, too many too list b/c most of them are horrible!! (Suri, bronx, moxie, pilot inspektor, …..)
on May 20th, 2010 at 10:54 am
Gwenda, those names (Orangejello, etc) are well known urban legends. Read Laura Wattenbergs excellent essay on the topic to learn more: http://www.babynamewizard.com/archives/2009/10/ledasha-legends-and-race-part-one
on May 20th, 2010 at 10:55 am
I have always been very bothered by the group of names with a “ee” sound in the first syllable: Keegan, Meegan, Tegan, etc. I don’t know why, but they set me off.
on May 20th, 2010 at 11:21 am
I think at this point, if it’s a real name and it’s spelled correctly then I don’t mind it. Honestly, I might even choose Bertha over Maddysen, or Horace over Braedyn. But if I had to choose one name that I hate the most, it’s probably Neveah. I know, not very original! But I think it’s the epitome of bad naming taste.
on May 20th, 2010 at 11:29 am
I used to work at a newspaper, and we ran an announcement for a baby named Danger. I’m not kidding. Can you imagine saying, “Hey Danger, time for dinner!” Ugh.
on May 20th, 2010 at 11:34 am
I met a kid at a party about a year ago (he was a baby at the time) whose first name was Lucky, middle name Mister, last name Johnson. That was his full name, no joke. I have thought about him many times since and I always get so irritated with his parents.
on May 20th, 2010 at 11:43 am
I hate all things ‘occupation’ Taylors, Tailors, Tylers, Carters, Brickers, Bakers, Tanners and Painters are big no-no’s!
I also don’t undertand uni-sex on a girl. Esppc. if her sister has, what we may dub, a princess name. All my girls will have the ‘princess’ sort of name, many regal, a few recognizable, many society-lady looking, but I would never top it off with a Jordan, or a Shawn. *shudders*
I also dislike the classic clunky names all but a few of us despise. I.E Irma, Bertha, Buela, Helga, Gertrude.
I have no problem with Renesmee, for the character, but the first time I meet a real live Renesmee I will laugh quietly to myself.
There is a final category that I hate, but cannot be fenced exactly. We’ve all seen ‘names’ that do not appear to be names. They lack the flow, or the proper vowels to create a life-long monkier. Now, this does not mean that the name is common, or easily recognized, it simply means we could never see using the word on our darling, for that is all it appears to be – a word.
on May 20th, 2010 at 11:45 am
Le-A. Now, if it were said Leah, or Leia I wouldn’t mind it. But it was said Le-dash-uh.
Also, any I want to cry inside for any child named after an alcohol beverage. Especially if the parents try and use a kre8tive spelling. For example:
Color names are also off limits for me:
on May 20th, 2010 at 11:50 am
I hate hate hate hate hate Nevaeh. A girl I graduated with named her child that. It’s popular around these parts (Central AL). I really don’t like a lot of the popular names. Give them a rest! I also hate Bronx Mowgli. Hands down worst celeb baby name. Even more so than Pilot Inspektor.
I also hate the different spellings that people make up!!
on May 20th, 2010 at 12:09 pm
One man’s trash is another’s treasure. Love Beatrice, Maude, Veronica, Ursula, Oscar, and pretty much every name listed by Urban Angel.
Not wild about Jezebel myself, not that I’ve ever met one.
on May 20th, 2010 at 12:14 pm
Over time I’m less likely to dislike a name… at least in the sense of hating it. Sure, I think McKenzie is not exactly a shining choice, but in the grand scheme, not so bad, I suppose… I mean it is special to that mommy, so it’s hard to hate on it. I’ve PERSONALLY known a Chinese friend whose name was Yu (refused to change it for the US audience, which I respect), but it really did cause confusion, but it’s hard to say it is a “bad” name, just a confusing one in a foreign tongue. It’s all down to personal taste with most of it, my hubby’s name and my daughter’s name is on others’ hate lists (which is completely fine with me, by the way! I happen to know a few people who hate on my name too… I like it… oh well!)… I think distasteful names like Arian are maybe a bit different, and they make me kind of sad.
on May 20th, 2010 at 12:23 pm
Wow, there’s a whole lot of hatin going on here! 😉 Funny how there are many of these that I actually like. For one thing, I’m down with clunky old lady names. Not for MY child, but… And also, I like color names (Scarlet, anyone?), and made-up names as long as they sound like real names. Jaxon, for example. I see nothing wrong with that. Renesmee, however, does NOT sound like a real name. It sounds like someone threw up on the child.
Names I hate: I’m going to go with names that mean something bad in other cultures, like Fanny and Randy. You’re basically condemning your child to never be able to live in England or Ireland. Also, Satchel. It’s a bag, not a person.
Ooh, another one for me is Egwene (pronounced egg – WAYNE). This is one of the main characters in a book series, and she’s actually my favorite character, just the right mixture of spunky and wise. But why oh why did the author have to give her such a terrible name??
on May 20th, 2010 at 12:25 pm
Also, I hate K names. They’re too kutesie. Excepting Kate, of course, that name is a beautiful classic.
Tara Beth Said
on May 20th, 2010 at 12:28 pm
Like many other posters on this blog, I hate names that sound made up or are spelled incorrectly to make them seem “unique”. Just because you could substitute a “Y” for an “i” or an “e” doesn’t mean you should.
Personal dislikes include–
Landon or Brandon
Paisley / Paizlee (very popular baby name in my home town…yuck!)
on May 20th, 2010 at 12:33 pm
I don’t have any names I particularly hate. But two examples from real life:
I have heard of a woman whose first name was Sherwood. That is a terrible, terrible name to give a baby girl. Fortunately she was adopted and her adoptive family changed her name to Margaret.
My sister is a physical therapist for children and she had one little boy whose named was Shihade. Nothing wrong with that, but his mother had this very strong New Jersey accident and every time she pronounced his name it sounded like Shithead.
Vikki K Said
on May 20th, 2010 at 12:34 pm
I can’t stand any name that is completly overused… I named my 3rd daughter Madison back in the 90s when I didn’t know of any other Madisons…. I never thought that it would be such a popular name!!! I really wish that I had named her something different!!!
on May 20th, 2010 at 12:35 pm
I have always hated the name Mildred. I grew up with a dear aunt with the name, but it reminds me of the words mildew and dread. Gertrude is awful, too.
I love names in general, and I can’t really imagine hating a whole group of names just because they start with a certain letter!
on May 20th, 2010 at 12:40 pm
I went to school with a guy named Nimrod. Yes, really. (Nice guy, did not deserve the name.) His brother was named Noam.
I also went to school with a guy named Myrddin. That guy mostly went by his middle name, but let’s face it, once that one gets out on the first day of school roll call…
on May 20th, 2010 at 12:59 pm
OK, so I have a gazillion pet peeves about certain baby names/naming styles…but one stands out: Braxton – as in Braxton-Hicks?! Ick.
on May 20th, 2010 at 1:02 pm
The first name that comes to my mind is Bianca. I used to hate it when I was younger, but now it doesn’t seem too awful, and on the right girl it could actually be cute. For boys, Chase is a pet peeve of mine, just because in my area it seems that every other person I meet has this name.
I have to respect parents’ name choices for their children. Hopefully, a parent wouldn’t choose a name unless it was special to them. I know when my husband and I announce our choice, not everyone will love it, but that’s okay because we do. So when another friend decides to name their baby Olivia, Madeline, Tyler or Aiden, I will gush and say “what a beautiful name!”. I wouldn’t choose it, but it’s not my place to judge. Parents who name their children objectively awful names should be punished though (Adolph Hitler, Aryian Race, no no NO).
on May 20th, 2010 at 1:07 pm
Ugh. Nevaeh, Brianna, Ainsley, Analee, Craig, Keith, Brayden….
on May 20th, 2010 at 1:13 pm
Rory…you are asking for your child to need speech therapy in order to pronounce his own name. I love the name Joel, but I think it also has an awkardness in shaping that oh-wl sound.
I like old school names, but names like Arthur, Irving, Nancy, and Frances don’t need to make a comeback. I really don’t get the Francis/es appeal for boy or girl.
on May 20th, 2010 at 1:24 pm
By the way, I don’t judge people with these names. A person & their name are two different things for me.
I.E. I’m not a fan of Vincent as a name, but my feelings towards the name & any Vincent I know are two different things
If I look at the name itself & go according to sound, then I may or not find it vocally pleasing.
on May 20th, 2010 at 1:48 pm
I was about to post anything that rhymes with “aiden” myself but someone already did.
The trend blew up so much I’ve started to make sour faces when I hear those names. Esp. Braden and Jaden or any other similar inventions like Jaylen or Bryson.
on May 20th, 2010 at 2:07 pm
I greatly dislike Emma. It doesn’t seem like there is enough there to make a name, it is so soft and squishy, only seems fitting for a baby. It also doesn’t help that I hear it all the time. I don’t like most girl names that start with E, not sure why.
All they Kylee/Kyla/Kayleigh… type names drive me nuts. They all sound the same and are all spelled wrong. The only one that should be used is Kayla, that is a real name, although overused.
I also dislike Brad.
on May 20th, 2010 at 2:19 pm
I was once asked what name I’d least like to be named, and I answered “Brunhilda”. Awful name. I also don’t like the names Kayla and Edmund.
British American Said
on May 20th, 2010 at 2:52 pm
Another vote for Nevaeh. There are so many prettier established names if you want something Biblical or spiritual. Plus when I type it I want to spell it Neveah to be more like “Leah” – which doesn’t make it “heaven backwards” anymore. And the whole ‘heaven backwards’ thing makes me think ‘opposite of heaven = hell’ which isn’t a nice association.
I’ve yet to actually meet a Nevaeh though.
Locally I spotted a preschool girl called Liberal (nickname Libby) which just makes me think “Woah, way to be political with your child’s name. She’s probably going to grow up and be really conservative now.” Though I don’t know the story behind their pick and Libby is cute – though I prefer it as a nickname for Elizabeth or Liberty.
I also know of a couple of girls called Delaney and I have a random dislike of that name.
on May 20th, 2010 at 3:01 pm
The worst name I ever heard in real
life was Clishay
on May 20th, 2010 at 3:01 pm
someone i know named her son Beckham because “it’s just so GQ” (seriously). and his last name starts w a B and has another B in the middle! and his sister’s name is a well known city in the UK.
the worst part is she told me after he was born she didn’t realize the UK city/Beckham connection and that she hadn’t even thought of his first name with his last name. “aren’t i so mean?”, she said as the 5-month old Beckham was looking up at me. i still feel guilty for not doing more to prevent that name!
also, a friend with the last name Diamond almost named her son Carter, but luckily had a girl. really? you don’t see the connection there?
what i hate the most is when parents just don’t think it through. it’s like some of these people don’t even picture the full name written on a resume or how it will sound when he has to introduce himself for the first time in front of his peers.
you should need a license to name a baby!! ha
on May 20th, 2010 at 3:49 pm
My own personal dislikes:
Girls- Hannah, McKayla, Madison, Emily, Tiffany, Crystal, Cherish
Boys- Melvin, Chester, Hunter
British American Said
on May 20th, 2010 at 3:52 pm
I remembered another one…A friend of a friend named their son Cholen and later realized it sounds just like colon, as in your digestive system. So they actually did rename the baby.
on May 20th, 2010 at 4:06 pm
Addison and Madison get my vote since almost every baby girl I know gets named that! Any of the K-derivatives such as Kaylee, Kayla, Katelyn, Kyla I am getting sick of hearing. And it’s a really BIG peeve of mine when a “unique” spelling is thrown in the mix. It just makes it harder on the kid in the long run. I also don’t like Kyle for a boy nor any name that someone tries to rhyme with Aiden. Aiden is a great name though. A little overused, but nice to my ears nonetheless. Neveah is just AWFUL and ridiculous to my ears also. I love the granny names. I don’t like Beulah or Bertha though. That’s taking it a little too far!
on May 20th, 2010 at 4:11 pm
I agree with all the “-aiden” and “-aylee”‘s & I also DESPISE Veronica, Madison, Logan, Jason and “McAnything”. McKenzie, Mckinley, Makynsii, and Kennedy. And Caitlin. (Or Caitlyn, Catelyn, Caitlynn, Catelynn, Katelyn, Kaitlyn, Kaitlin, Katelin, Katelynn, Katlyn…) and of course Bertha, Myrtle, Hildegard, Hortense and the likes. SURPRISINGLY, I quite like Ethel, although I think anybody under 70 with that name would get teased beyond measurement so I would never use it, I actually think it’s kind of pretty.
on May 20th, 2010 at 4:13 pm
Cheyllynne. ‘Nuff said.
on May 20th, 2010 at 4:14 pm
Brayden, Jayden, Cayden, Kayden, Hayden. I don’t dislike Aidan, as it is a legitimate, pleasant-sounding name, but it’s seriously overused.
Any made-up name with a ransom ‘y’ where another vowel should be – Madisyn, Mackynzie, Jordyn, etc. These just sound so tacky and juvenile to me.
I also have always hated Emily! To me, it sounds prissy, spoiled and ‘wet’ – that’s just my hang-up though – probably a bad association from school!
on May 20th, 2010 at 4:20 pm
I hate Beatrice/Beatrix more than anything. Also Elspeth, Morgan, Lauren, Aubrey, and any girls name that starts with Jo. I don’t really have problems with boys names.
on May 20th, 2010 at 4:32 pm
It’s a tough pick between Veronica and Bianca. I just can’t find a nice nickname for the first, and the second just makes me picture a girl whom everyone hates, and is incredibly mean. I don’t know why. I’ve never met one, I just dislike the name. I apologize to all the nice Biancas out there. 🙁
on May 20th, 2010 at 4:32 pm
The name Peyton absolutely makes my skin crawl.
Boston Girl Said
on May 20th, 2010 at 4:33 pm
Ooo, just my kind of blog entry. 🙂 I’m pretty picky about names myself, and to be honest, I hate nearly everything that’s currently popular. Here’s yet another thumbs-down for Nevaeh (eeccccchhhh!!). I don’t care for Ava and I’m pretty sick of Madison, but my all-time least-favorite female name is Sarah. Yuuuuckkk!! And it’s not even as ugly as Eunice, Hortense, and Beulah, the three (well, four with Sarah) worst names that anyone could ever give a girl.
I’m also reaching the limits of my tolerance for surnames used as first names for boys. My younger stepson is named Logan, which I don’t mind…for now…but he has another Logan in his class; there are several Logans scattered throughout their baseball league; and one of my friends named her newborn son Logan. I’m hoping the trend for this name dies pretty soon, or I’ll find myself avoiding calling my stepson’s name!
I don’t really care for geezer names either. Inevitably they always bring to my mind an image of an impossible old man who has no tolerance for “young whippersnappers” or an overweight old woman wearing support hose and a net over her hair. 😉
on May 20th, 2010 at 4:34 pm
Seth. Makes me throw up a little bit in my mouth.
on May 20th, 2010 at 4:42 pm
I’d have to say I really hate Tia -but that’s only because that’s the name that invariably comes up when others misprnounce my name.
on May 20th, 2010 at 4:54 pm
Hate for sure: Nevaeh or Neveah (for those who can’t even spell heaven backwards!). Selfishly, I think it has tarnished my very decent name, Neva.
I also hate male names being stolen by girls, like Elliot, Emerson (son!), even Ashley, etc. A shame.
Mia Elle Said
on May 20th, 2010 at 5:03 pm
Possibly the most ridiculous names ever:
Espn – (yes like the tv channel) pronounced like es-pin and Abcde – (yes the beginning of the alphabet) pronounced ab-sid-ee
on May 20th, 2010 at 5:07 pm
Mildred! It is an awful mixture of two words – mildew and dread! How can anyone stand this name? Also Bertha, Helga and Olga because they all have the unpleasant referrence to… over wieght Russian ladies… and Bertha remindas me of a cow. I truly don’t mean offense to anyone with these names, they are just not my taste, though I’m sure there are many skinny Helgas in the world!
I als can’t stand any name that is purposely mispelled…. take Madysyn for example. People – THIS DOES NOT CHANGE THE SOUND OF THE NAME!!!!!!
on May 20th, 2010 at 5:14 pm
Honestly? I like a lot of the names mentioned so far. Sure, there are names that I dislike, but not very many that make me want to throw up or anything. Also, there are quite a few names that I would like, if I didn’t hear them so often on both name boards and real life.
I second a lot of these (Nevaeh, the -aydens, etc.) because I’m too lazy to think of my own. 🙂
on May 20th, 2010 at 5:35 pm
I love most names, so I really don’t have any that I hate. I agree with Cecily that there are names I don’t like, but not at all hate. Mostly the names I hate are the names of people I actually have met or at least know the name of.
Khrystyan (It’s prn like Christian. ???!!!)
Rybeka (As in Rebecca.)
Klymidya (This is an actual newborn baby girl in my church. How scary and sad.)
Twins Brytenni and Tyfenni. (This is just scary. The spellings of these names remind me of medicine.
Abbygayle—I already know two. How sad.
Envy—I saw this on Y!A. I forgot what the middle name was, but it was pretty awful.
Ashtrolita—another ugly Y!A find.
Auroara—Aurora, I assume?
Greed Avarice—brother to Envy.
Geordan—This name makes me laugh. It’s prn like Jordan, but its so funny because it looks like the parent was trying to make Jordan classier by adding the beginning of George. NOT cool.
Breighdon—As in Braydon. Ew. I honestly don’t like either, and Braydon may be the one name I actually hate.
on May 20th, 2010 at 6:03 pm
Drayden! Ugh….I’ve met three little Drayden’s so far. Also, I just noticed on an acquaintances blog that her youngest daughter is named…wait for it….SkotLynd! Seriously, I try to be open-minded about names, but there are just some that are truly awful no matter how you look at them.
on May 20th, 2010 at 6:13 pm
Simone. Beyond revolting.
on May 20th, 2010 at 7:32 pm
@Serenity– I agree, “SkotLynd” sounds like something you might purchase at Ikea. Poor kid.
on May 20th, 2010 at 7:57 pm
Lesbia. It’s just…kind of awful. I have nothing against lesbians, but I feel like the association with the name is going to prove a little rough for the poor girl (she must be about 3 now…)
It must be just me, but all O- names; Olivia, Octavia, etc. They all look beautiful written, but I hate the O- noise.
Augustus also makes me think Gloop from Willy Wonka, and the u-heaviness is too much for me.
on May 20th, 2010 at 8:04 pm
I once met four sisters each with what I called combo names.
The oldest was Ashleighanna (Ashley and Anna), Saraline (Sara and Jacqueline), Kaitary (Kaitlyn and Mary) and Rachecca (Rachel and Rebecca). Each of the kids names were honour woman in the family, but still.
I also once met a boy named Qwest at my nieces 4th birthday party. His older siblings were Journee and Voyage.
on May 20th, 2010 at 8:46 pm
I read this on a birth announcement for a little boy and was appalled, really generally shocked that someone would name their child Dragon! Really that was the child’s name, that is the worst one for a boy that I have heard.
I also used to teach pre-k and I had a little girl in my class and her name was Carousel, just awful!
I don’t generally like names that aren’t really names, hence the dislike for Dragon and Carousel!
on May 20th, 2010 at 8:48 pm
I agree Bronx Mowgli is awful.
However, I think I’m going to be the first person here to say I totally dislike my own name. I think its awful and I’ve always wanted to change but it I think its too late for that. My name is Yohanis (pronounced Jo-Ann-ees). I am hispanic and where I’m from there was a trend in the 80s (still is to a certain extent) to make up names, specially names starting with the letter Y. So there are alot of Yohannas, Yadiras, Yahairas, Yomara, and Yomarie my age. I hate it! I hate people not being able to spell it! I hate it that no one can pronounce it in English. I seriously wish I had a normal name but at this point I know its too late to change it, plus my parents would feel super offended. I used to get teased in high school. The best i’ve been able to do is come up with a nickname (annie) but it hasn’t really stuck. Very few people call me Annie.
All my life I’ve been obsessed with baby names and its mostly because I hate mine!
on May 20th, 2010 at 9:04 pm
Everyone I’ve ever known named Brandy/Brandi, Brittany, or Anna has been super rude and annoying, so I don’t really like any of those names anymore. Also, Bertha and Tamar both grate on me. Tamar just has too many unfortunate Biblical associations. Naming your daughter after someone that was raped by her stepbrother?! Not the best connotation.
Christina Fonseca Said
on May 20th, 2010 at 9:30 pm
Cows moo, dogs bark and donkeys BRAY.
I cannot stand Brayden, Braden, Braydyn or any variation of it. It’s fine as a last name, but I don’t understand why you would name your kid after a sound a donkey makes.
on May 20th, 2010 at 10:12 pm
I have never liked the name Tristan. Every child I’ve ever met names Tristan was a little brat. Same with Logans and Nathans and little Christinas. I’m sure there are many people with these names who are lovely people, but I have not yet met them.
on May 20th, 2010 at 10:38 pm
Spotted this one on Facebook – a friend of a friend named her daughter: Jjolexys.
on May 20th, 2010 at 11:00 pm
Crystal! Perfect name for a trailer park stripper.
on May 20th, 2010 at 11:09 pm
I know a girl by this name who is possibly the most obnoxious one I have ever met. But she has an awful name, so I guess I get the last last. (Also, it gets mixed up all the time with Cheyenne. This gives me an odd satisfaction.) >:-)
on May 20th, 2010 at 11:18 pm
I just read some of the above posts–
Tara, Klymidya made me laugh out loud! But now I’m thinking I might just want to send the kid a sympathy card.
What happens when she takes Sex Ed??? I think I’d go by Mimi and ask for a legal change until my parents either agreed or I turned 18!
How can one punish a newborn so cruelly and unusually?
on May 20th, 2010 at 11:33 pm
Worst name I have ever seen, a women named Lloyda! It’s very hard to pronounce and just strange.
I also had a friend in school named Rhea Lein. Rhea is not to bad, but she went by her middle name, pronounced ‘lean’ like ground beef or against something.
on May 20th, 2010 at 11:38 pm
I think Abigal and Charles are absolutly horrible.
Kim W Said
on May 21st, 2010 at 7:17 am
Beyond the -aydens, -aylies, etc., I strongly dislike Megan, Celeste, Jackson, Walker, Tamara, Kristin, Kendall, Greg, Ashley, Jeremiah, Don/Donny, and names that end is -issa (Melissa, Clarissa, etc.)
Kim W Said
on May 21st, 2010 at 7:19 am
Oh! And Diane/Diana. All I can hear is “die, Anne.”
Kim W Said
on May 21st, 2010 at 7:20 am
Oh and Diane/Diana. All I can hear is “die, Anne.”
on May 21st, 2010 at 11:23 am
Taytum. Seriously? Sounds like tater-tots to me.
on May 21st, 2010 at 11:23 am
I personally dislike any names that start with B, K or J. Not for others but for my own children.
Random names I don’t enjoy: Noel, Paul, Ainsley, Ashley (one of my own names), Crystal, Renee, Unique (or any variant).
on May 21st, 2010 at 12:04 pm
Not a fan of kreativlee spelled names, personally. Caitlin is lovely, so I don’t see the point in Keightlynne, or whatever spelling you’re going to use. You may think it stands out from the norm, but when you call Keightlynne’s name out in the playground, every Caitlin/Kaitlyn/Katelen is going to come running too!
Or, for that matter, spelling foreign names to make them “more easily pronounced” – I’ve noticed this a lot with Irish names, recently. I’m sorry, but we all know how to pronounce Siobhan. There is no need to change it to “Shavon”. It drives me insane!
I’m also not a fan of this trend for giving girls traditionally male names… unisex ones I can understand, but Ryan? Kyle? Even Aubrey! I wonder when it stopped being okay for girls to have girls names.
Also – I agree, Nevaeh is pretty awful!
Same with Renesmee, but I can’t believe that people will actually choose to give that name to their daughter. It’s laughable even for a book character, and I think if I ever meet a real Renesmee… I’ll probably cry, haha.
on May 21st, 2010 at 12:52 pm
I hate Carla 🙁
on May 21st, 2010 at 2:10 pm
Tony=hate!!! I can deal with Anthony, but the nn Tony just inspires complete and udder revulsion!
on May 21st, 2010 at 2:16 pm
I know someone who used Cheyenne, but spelled it ShyAnne. I think that is incredibly mean to do to your child.
on May 21st, 2010 at 2:25 pm
I don’t mean any offense to people who name their kids this…I just want to stop more peope from doing it. 🙂
Neveah, Nuvaya, Nevaya or any misspelled versions of an already “I can’t believe that’s a name” name.
on May 21st, 2010 at 4:12 pm
I knew a 20-something with the name…Vajonica.
Her parents were trying to honor relatives named Veronica and Jon and forgot to take a step back and really think. Hence, we had a “step back” team to review our kids’ names while we were pregnant to avoid such a terrible mistake.
on May 21st, 2010 at 5:03 pm
I also forgot…Blandi. Why would someone do this? And how can someone with this name live anything but a bland life? (I actually know a girl named this. Our poor world.)
on May 22nd, 2010 at 2:33 am
Eunice, Myrtle, Bertha, Ursula, Helga, Mildred, Minerva, etc.
Chastity, Destiny, Brandy, and other stripper names…
Isabella, Annabella, Arabella, Sarabelle, Christabel, Gabriella, Jezebel, Priscilla, Clarissa, etc. (To me, they are way too frilly and almost the equivalent of naming your child Cinderella, Jasmine, or Pocahontas)
on May 22nd, 2010 at 11:47 am
Ugh, where to begin?
I hate the names Dakota, Montana, Mackenzie, Marissa, Melissa, Madison and anything that rhymes with it, Nevaeh, Alexandra or Alexandria, Kristen, Whitney, Brittany, Alyssa, Chase, and Jaden.
on May 22nd, 2010 at 11:50 am
Oh yes, and my most hated name of all, the name I hate with the burning passion of a million forest fires and a million suns, and would be tortured to death before i even THOUGHT about naming my child the abominable: Renesmee.
on May 22nd, 2010 at 7:12 pm
Ecstasy. Those parents should be arrested for child abuse. It’s a porn star waiting to happen.
Shitass (pronounced ‘shih-TOSS’). In her parents’ defense, they weren’t native English speakers.
Coming in close behind are ‘Truly-Yourz’, ‘God’s Blessing’ and ‘Princess’ (who is now in her 40s).
I never hear of boys with horrific names.
on May 22nd, 2010 at 11:49 pm
I CAN’T stand the name Sophia – it always reminded me of poodles and suddenly it became SO popular that it seems to be the most cliche name for this generation – isn’t there ANY other girl name for parents to use???
Other names that I utterly dislike: Brayden, Nevaeh, Brody (along with most Br- names), Colin (reminds me of colon), boy names used for girls, creative spellings and anything too popular.
on May 23rd, 2010 at 4:11 am
The names that I really dislike are
Madison and Savannah just do not work in an Australian setting.
James and John are names that are you give your child when you can’t think of another name.
I also do not like unisex names.
Charlotte Vera Said
on May 23rd, 2010 at 2:26 pm
Some names that people seem to hate but I love:
I cringe when I hear:
Neveah (actually, this makes me want to gag)
A new baby whose name rhymes with “aiden”
I also strongly dislike nicknames as given names.
on May 23rd, 2010 at 2:28 pm
Here we go… Can’t stand tryndee spellings or non-names. I know of a Braydee, Cayla and Kenzie. Can’t stand the overused surnames, from Logan and Jordan to Carson and Addison. Plus all the McK surnames: McKinzie, McKenna, McKinley, McKinney.
All the Kayla names have ruined the original: Michaela.
All the -aiden/-ayden names have ruined Aidan.
I had a coworker who wanted to name a daughter Baron, until I pointed out that it sounds like “barren” and she would be saying what sounds like “I’m barren” for the rest of her life. Her baby turned out to be a boy, whom she named the over-popular Jacob.
Really tired of all the -elle and -ella names: Bella, Ella, Isabella, Gabrielle/-ella, Ariella
Can’t stand many of the word names: Cash, Chance, Trip, Track, Trig, Chase, Brick
Hate all of the old-lady and old-man names, especially plant/jewel names: Myrtle, Olive, Ruby, Fern, Pearl, Opal, Chester, Cecil, Donald, Ronald, Gerald, Harold, Alvin, Melvin
The occupation names are WAY overused: Tanner, Tyler, Taylor, Carter, etc.
I can’t stand Robert or Richard.
Likewise for any name that came out of a romance novel: Tristan, Alexandra, Calista, Lancelot, Tatiana, Drake, etc.
All the girls’ names from the 80s: Ashley, Brittany, Tiffany, Halley, Haley, Brandy, Crystal, Allison
Any name that sounds sci-fi: Juno, Hera, Ariadne, Cassian, Mingus, Maximus, Javan, Zolton
Weird biblical names: Zebediah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Shadrach
Also hate all the boy nicknames on girl names. Oh aren’t I cute, my little girl is going to be Charlie, Danni, Teddy, Frankie, Andie, Alex, Toni, Billie, Chris, Bobbie, Sam, Tomi
Most hated “normal” name: Leah, including Lea and Leia. She was the ugly sister in the Old Testament! Jacob was tricked into marrying Leah, before he was allowed *seven years later* to marry his true love Rachel.
on May 23rd, 2010 at 10:45 pm
on May 24th, 2010 at 2:01 pm
Most of my naming pet peeves regard female names. There are several popular names that I absolutely love, like Fiona and Olivia, but refuse to use simply because of their popularity.
However, on that list of popular names are names like Jayden and Jaylen and Kylie– none of which I can get behind. I don’t like made-up names that seem like fads and are likely going to be dated in the child’s adult life. I also really can’t stand creative spellings
My name is a great example. Just because you spell Caitlin like Kaytelyn, doesn’t make the name more unique or interesting. It sounds exactly the same when you say it, and there are so many “K” Caitlins out there that my name is almost always misspelled.
I also really don’t like names that SOUND infantile. These names usually end in an “-ee” sound. How can a parent expect their child ever to be taken seriously as an adult with a first name that sounds like a pet name? *sigh*
Also, if your son’s name makes them sound like a cartoon character, it probably isn’t a good idea.
And finally, one of the worst names I’ve encountered was Airwind. Wonder if they had siblings named Raindrop and Dirtrock? 😛
on May 24th, 2010 at 9:45 pm
Tara, love your addition of Klymidya! It made me laugh out loud. This was a family joke with my cousins growing up. We thought it sounded pretty, like a real name, but of course there was the actual meaning. Highly entertaining to 12 year olds. I can’t believe someone would actually do this to their child!
Not very original, but my vote would be for Nevaeh. I was actually looking at the top 1000 names for 2009 last night and somewhere near the bottom was Neveah. It’s almost worse, you can’t even say that it’s ‘heaven’ spelled backwards!
on May 24th, 2010 at 10:21 pm
Personally my worst ever girls’ names are Eulalia, Minerva, Chardonnay and Mildred. And I can’t understand the appeal of Millie/Milly. I just can’t take it seriously. To me it seems like a doll’s name, or a dog’s name, but not the name of a grown-up woman.
For boys, I really dislike Arvo, Wayne and Dwayne. Awful.
on May 25th, 2010 at 11:25 pm
Well, how nice. Both my name and my best friend’s name are on here. Although mine is actually a nickname for my very long and complicated Greek name, and hers is the American spelling of an Indian name.
As for my most hated names:
I know it’s what everyone else already said, but my worst one is Nevaeh. It epitomizes the trendy, made-up names that I can’t stand. And as someone else said: Heaven backwards? Isn’t that like naming your daughter Hell?
Secondly, the Aiden/Brayden/Jaden/anything else ending in -den craze has made me detest all of those names with a fiery passion.
Anything grossly misspelled. Katherine vs. Catherine and such is fine, but I fail to see the appeal of monstrosities like Maddasyn, Kyeleigh, Kaetlynn, Alicksandyr, Makayla, ShyAnn etc. People do realize that they sound exactly the same out loud right? Makayla in particular annoys me, because Michaela is actually a really pretty name when not spelled illiterately.
Nicknames as legal names really annoy me. Nick, Emmy, Alex, Cece and such are all fine, but when parents put that on the birth certificate I shudder. Just name them Nicholas, Emily, Alexandra, and Cecelia for God’s sake!
I used to love the name Isabella, but the frenzy over it and its counterparts has completely ruined it for me. In fact, most trendy names piss me off (see Madison, etc).
Random adjectives or nouns that people delude themselves into thinking will make good names (i.e. Fancy, Blanket, Novella, etc)
Completely ridiculous, made-up names. I met a Brenntleigh the other day and died a little inside.
“Stripper” names like Destiny, Desiree, Divinity, Brandy, etc.
On the other hand, I actually really like most vintage names like Agnes, Hortensia, Charles, Henry, etc.
on May 26th, 2010 at 4:11 pm
I also feel the hatred for all the -ayden names, McKenzie and Madison (in every misspelled variation) and the “trying to hard” names like Finley, Parker, Cooper, Ryder, Tanner, etc.
I am also SO OVER the rash of Isabellas, Olivias, Emmas, Sophias and Avas — really, why have your child be known as Olivia B. for the rest of her schooling?
I also hate the super phony italian names – Gia, Enzo, Gianna, Audrianna, Gabriella, Lucianna, Milania. Maybe its because I live in NJ, but the name combined with the accent that drawls it out kills me.
Nevaeh is simply a name that reflects ignorance rather than sounding divine or angelic, just as most “status” names (Mercedes, Bentley) sound anything but upperclass.
Lastly, I HATE PLACE NAMES – Brooklyn, Dakota, Cheyenne, Paris. Truly awful!!
on May 28th, 2010 at 7:44 am
Hannah, Paris and Madison are my pet hates for girls. For boys I love the name Nate but it should not be spelt Nayte. I hate that! Any name that has been used over and over like Jett and Cruz bug me to no end.
on May 28th, 2010 at 4:51 pm
I met a girl named Mammie while I was a sub, that is what it said on the roll…
Also, there was a kid named Bullet. Bullet.
on May 28th, 2010 at 4:58 pm
Many years ago I worked in a call center. The craziest name that ever popped up on my computer screen was Aquanetta. That was really her name. Ugh.
on May 29th, 2010 at 7:52 am
I hate all “Mc” varieties of girl names: Mackenzie, Makayla, etc. All “iley”s, as well: Kiley, Riley, Miley, etc. I actually tend to dislike any trend where you stick a new letter on the front of the same name and call it good. Particularly for girl names, but the Jayden/Hayden/Ayden trend is also starting to grate on me.
I don’t know if the nameberryites are generally aware of the naming trend in Utah of making up names. Sometimes they do this by combining two family names (Renesmee style). One of the worst I have heard is Kaidrei (pronounced Kay-dree) as a combo of Kailee and Andre. Terrible. I also knew someone who just decided to drop the “r” in Travis and christen her son Tavis. Every time I hear it I think people are just saying it wrong.
on June 1st, 2010 at 5:38 am
The worst: Ulrika
Almost as equally bad: place names like Finland, Alabama, Paris, Bronx or similar.
My grandmother’s name is Helga, perhaps I am the only one that actually likes that name.
on June 1st, 2010 at 6:12 am
– Old lady / Old man names
– Overly common names
– Strangely spelled names
– Alphabet soup names
– Ayden / Aylee names
– Product names
– Disease names
– Just plain ghetto names
AND MY LEAST FAVORITE…
– Mommy’s and Daddy’s names smashed together names!
Anecdote: I had a childhood friend who went by the name Irma. When I was about 8 or 9, she disclosed to me that Irma was one of her middle names, and her full name (minus her awfully common last name) was ALOHA. IRMA. DARLING. I did NOT believe her!! Sure enough, she was telling the truth! She is now mother to a little boy, and thank goodness, his name is wonderful – Xavier Jeremiah. Thanks for breaking the cycle! :]
on June 1st, 2010 at 8:15 pm
Personally, I can’t stand names that have weird cultural connections that the parents clearly didn’t understand/care about when naming their kids. For example, I know a child named Kohl. There are so many things wrong with this. 1) it is a made up spelling for Cole 2) It is obviously derived from a discount department store 3) It means cabbage in German 4) It was the last name of one of Germany’s most famous Chancellors. Ok, so maybe the last one isn’t something to be avoided, but the first three are, in my opinion.
Another one that blows my mind with its awfulness is Cohen, and here are my reasons 1) I just don’t care much for surnames as first names 2) Its obviously ripped off from the OC–a dubious cultural connection 3)Most of the parents naming their children this seem to have no idea that it is clearly Jewish last name, which makes them look dumb.
Okay, I guess I’ve snobbed out enough for today.
on June 1st, 2010 at 8:29 pm
Also, I love legaleagle’s comment about “trying too hard” names–totally agree
on June 2nd, 2010 at 8:14 pm
I hate James and Chairlie for girls
on June 3rd, 2010 at 12:00 pm
Anything common made to look original. For instance, Brittany spelled Brytanee. It’s still Brittany!!!
on June 3rd, 2010 at 12:01 pm
Anything common made to look original. For instance, Brittany spelled Brytanee. It’s still Brittany!!! (I do realize my name is Brandi-Lee, with an ‘i’ instead of a ‘y’ but I didn’t name myself…)
on June 3rd, 2010 at 12:30 pm
I have been thinking and thinking for several days after I first read this post for the worst name ever. What a hard decision- there are so many 🙂 It just came to me though as I was daydreaming at work:
– Blakesley (not sure of the spelling) most famous I guess as the new daughter of former Bachlorette Trista. I HATE this name. It may be the worst name ever. It sounds like either the name of a dog (like Barkley) or the name of a butler. I like the name Blake for a girl, it is fine although kind of country club-y. But Blakesley?? Its even hard to say, too many Ss. Terrible.
on June 5th, 2010 at 6:56 pm
I kinda hate my own nephews name >.< Jacob is SO over done that I'm almost embarrased to call for him in public. Somehow Jake is less so.
i HATE the name Emily though. HATE it. I have no idea why but its just UGH to me.
on June 6th, 2010 at 11:38 am
You know what? I once met a kid in my old school named… Wait for it….
ANUS! Isn’t that horrible!
on June 6th, 2010 at 6:41 pm
I do not like Ashley because I’m so used to it… Going to the emergency room to be birthed, my mother and father STILL were thinking of names to give me! I would imagine it to be hilarious waching that real of tape. Anyways, I was to be named Delia Josephine. I would’ve LOVED that named, but they decided on Ashley at the last moment.
on June 8th, 2010 at 1:32 pm
My high school health teacher taught in a Southern state. The first day’s roll call ended like this:
Mrs. F: “Umm… is…. Vagina… here?”
Girl student: “Um, excuse me, my name’s vuh-GINA.”
Yes, because the prn makes it so much better.
on June 8th, 2010 at 1:36 pm
Also, I greatly dislike my own name, Danielle, because it was so popular in the 80s so I knew 7 other Danielle’s growing up. Additionally, people always mispronounce my name. You’d think it’s pretty straightforward but I have heard the following prns of my full name:
Dan-yerl (Southern guy I met once called me that)
Don-yell (very upper-class English woman I met in London said my name that way… Don? So degrading).
I plan to change my name legally to Danni soon – can’t wait!
on June 19th, 2010 at 3:25 pm
This is the first time I’ve seen anyone express dislike for the name Sophia. Normally I get “Oh, that’s a pretty name” or someone telling me it means wisdom in greek. Curiously I’m not keen on the name “Sophie” and make a point early on to tell people that only my grandma gets to call me that, I occasionally get called “Soph” which I don’t mind so much.
One thing I’ve never understood is the “Scottish surname as first name for a girl” thing. Do people not know that Mc/Mac means “son of”? Or do they just not care?
I went to school with a boy named Lance, when I first heard it I had to try really hard not to laugh.
Other than that, it’s not the name that tends to bother me, but when people spell it incorrectly to make it unique. I saw a Sabhanugh once (prn Savannah) which must have puzzled a lot of people, especially those not familiar with the name Siobhan or the Irish language and given that the name itself is from the Arawak for “grassland”. I don’t get why you would lumber someone with a name that they have to constantly correct the spelling of.
Actually another bugbear of mine is taking a word from another language without checking what it means, I know that sometimes it can’t be avoided if the name is actually a proper name in one language and the word for toilet roll in another, but most of the time there isn’t an excuse!
Zolton looks like a variation of the Hungarian name Zoltan, which is pretty common there. I agree with the sci-fi thing though, it looks like the name for some Space Wizard!
on July 8th, 2010 at 1:06 am
Not to chime in again, but today did it. Worst name EVER. I took my daughters to visit my old coworkers while Im on Mat leave and one of the women in HR named her son, wait for it…….
Beastur Jeremiah Rain
I was floored. She said it was a mix, of Sebastian, August and Tristan. All I think about is the bad monster in My Pet Monster. Beaster loves Monster…
on July 19th, 2010 at 3:25 pm
i read on the blog: tales fo labor and delivery: Meconium Phoenix. i also heard of people wanting to call their kids Chlamydia
on July 20th, 2010 at 1:06 pm
Worst name EVER: Vision O’YHWHI (I kid you not, that’s what someone actually named their daughter. Oh, and Jinger. I loathe that spelling. (See Duggar Family for that one) Also; Ursinus, Lakwentah, Exima (yes, like the skin condition, but spelled differently), Tyndale Faith, Saje (instead of Sage…my friend’s mother must’ve been tripping when she named her youngest daughter) The name Destiny is ok I guess, but my friend’s little sister’s name is spelled Destanee Roz (Destiny Rose…ugh) In all honesty, I DO think that Renesmee Carlie sounds like a trashy pagent kid name, but I don’t mind it at all. I actually like the name Carlie. (And I loathe twilight) Renesmee is odd, but if you read above, it sounds like a GEM compared to the named above!
Isa B Said
on August 4th, 2010 at 3:16 am
I hate the -aiden names, Nevaeh and anything that just isn’t spelled right!
these are some real names I’ve seen at the clinic I work at:
on September 28th, 2010 at 9:04 pm
Worst name ever: I have a client named Hiroshima right now. She has a twin sister and I am trying to discreetly find out the twin’s name. It is all I can do to not outright ask if she’s named Enola Gay. My coworker has a client named Panda right now. I can’t think of an acceptable reason to do that to a child. Worst twin names ever: one of my best friends named her twins Cory and Cody. Those names sound to me like ham fat tastes, especially together like that. I also hate (but recognize that other reasonable people like) boy names for girls, like Riley, Avery, Charlie, etc. It seems like the popular consensus here is that Neveah is just wrong and I completely agree. Renesme is pretty unforgivable, too.
on September 28th, 2010 at 9:06 pm
Worst name ever: I have a client named Hiroshima right now. She has a twin sister and I am trying to discreetly find out the twin’s name. It is all I can do to not outright ask if she’s named Enola Gay. My coworker has a client named Panda right now. I can’t think of an acceptable reason to do that to a child. A girl I went to high school with named her daughter Vanity. That was pretty awful.
Worst twin names ever: one of my best friends named her twins Cory and Cody. Those names sound to me like ham fat tastes, especially together like that. I also hate (but recognize that other reasonable people like) boy names for girls, like Riley, Avery, Charlie, etc. It seems like the popular consensus here is that Neveah is just wrong and I completely agree. Renesme is pretty unforgivable, too.
on October 5th, 2010 at 6:20 pm
the worst name(s) ever… Helga, Olga, Mable, Sarah, Tossy, Shanaenae, Shawnquiqui, Fifi,
on October 13th, 2010 at 5:59 pm
I personally hate the sound of Breccan for a name, and I dislike all the names that end with -da, like Amanda and Linda. It just sounds like you are adding ‘duh’!
on October 15th, 2010 at 1:02 pm
Mine are, like everyone else’s, the Adens of the world. I guess what happens with the made up names is that everyone thinks it is creative to merge a strong consonant with the -aden.
The old lady/old man names are much more preferable to the made up Kreatives, because at least they are real names! I like a lot of the ones people don’t like. I’d rather be a Mabel or a Bertha than a MaKynLyn.
Maybe I’m biased because I named my daughter Margaret Beatrice. They were family names, so they meant something to us. We also wanted her to be able choose what nickname she likes rather than have us brand her with an “original” name from the get go.
on October 17th, 2010 at 12:02 am
Like the majority of posters I hate the Aiden, Jayden, Brayden, Kayden, Hayden, Kalen, etc, etc. thing.
Can’t stand the 80s names like Tiffany, Brittany, Chrystal, Brandi – the names remind me of the ads I see in the sports sections for the hottest strippers in town.
I LOATHE Clementine – it’s an incredibly ugly name. I also don’t like Josephine, Ruby, Ivy or Abigail. None of those names are appealing the in the least. Yuk. Just thinking of them gives me the shivers.
Hate Jacob, Austin, Derek, and Drake.
Add me to the list of people who hate made-up names of names that are spelled in a weird way – Addysen, Madysen (hate the name Madison to begin with), Kristoffer, Mackinzee, Rebekka, Raychelle, etc.
As for the worst name I’ve ever encountered. Latrina. Poor woman. Her mom named her after a toilet.
Next worst — twins from my hometown: Cinnamon and Ginger.
on October 17th, 2010 at 12:04 am
I forgot to add Bailey for a girl. This name is incredibly popular right now and I do not find it appealing in the least. It’s a horrid first name – I always think “Bay Leaf’?
on November 11th, 2010 at 4:35 pm
I’ve always hated my own name. At the time I was born it was really unusual. For the longest time I thought my mother had made it up. Now it’s really common. I also greatly dislike Candace/Candice. Maybe because the only Candice I personally know is the skankiest slut I’ve ever met. Apologies to any nice, non-skanky Candices out there.
on November 20th, 2010 at 7:12 pm
My real name is Samantha,It is never popular alot of kids i used to know were named (the most names i heard)
on November 20th, 2010 at 7:15 pm
I have a twin named McKay-la And she hated it she hated how to spell it and everything.She never heard of anyone that had her name,She thought her mom made it up
on November 20th, 2010 at 7:20 pm
I always liked the name McKenzie or Mackenzie but i like both there cute and popular.Also i like Madi,Kayle,Julie,Anna,Ted,Max,Noah etc.I always like to meet people with the name i like,Cause then i dont know i just like it.Maybe i also like Lily it has a spark that makes me like it.
I hate Danna Jo (D.J),Hallie,Allie.
on November 22nd, 2010 at 3:06 am
Maynard!!!!! I really dislike this name i dont know Y exactly but it just dosent settle right with me!!!!!
on November 22nd, 2010 at 6:37 pm
MacKayla/McKenna/McKenzie/M’kayla (all versions)
combine two fads that will make names look dated: the Kay fad and the Mc fad.
on December 3rd, 2010 at 11:48 am
I hate when people name their kids after objects, like Trey, or I saw on a list somewhere on this website Satchel?? What is that?
Also I agree with everyone saying Nevaeh. Heaven spelled backwards…. whats opposite of heaven? Is that what you want to name your kid after?
Also just when people name their kids something weird that you’ve never heard of.. that kind of gets annoying.
on December 4th, 2010 at 2:54 pm
Have an old friend named his son rollin’ last name stone, combined is a bit messed up.
on December 7th, 2010 at 8:37 am
Tavis is actually a Scottish name that means “Son of Dave”. I went to school with one. His father was Dave the third and his parents named him Tavis to honor that family tradition while still giving him a name that was his.
on December 7th, 2010 at 8:39 am
I really hate the kre8tives too. I kind of wish that we had name laws like France and Scandinavia with lists of acceptable and unacceptable names.
Oh and I LOATHE the name Brody. It rhymes with grody and if I, a 31 year old woman thought of that, than odds are a 9 year old boy on the playground will too >.>
on December 7th, 2010 at 1:01 pm
I once overheard a woman saying that she liked the name “Felonie” for her unborn baby girl. I hope to God that the baby has a different name now!
on December 16th, 2010 at 10:44 am
Krayzee Tryndeigh spellings.
on December 26th, 2010 at 10:09 pm
Denise– which happens to be my mn!
on January 2nd, 2011 at 8:41 pm
i prefer to be called Vonnie but my name is Veronica, meaning true image and everyone thinks of Veronicas as jerks and b-witches. i hate Bertha and Jenny. Jennifer is a good name though. i dont really like the names like Hope and Faith cause it takes away the meaning of the real word. Frank is a weird name. ive always hated the name Kayla but now i have a friend named Kayla and shes awesome and now i like that name. Maynard sounds like mayo and mustard mixed and that makes me wanna vomit. What do you think of the name Vonnie? i wont be offended.
on February 17th, 2011 at 3:36 pm
I heard of a girl called Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii! That was her name no joke! Plus also my name >:( it’s pronounced han el leese
on February 18th, 2011 at 11:45 am
I’m a teacher so I’ve seen so many weird names in my school but these sibset got me everytime I think about their names … the big sister names Gluligo ( japanese snack brand name ) and her little brother Vodka !!!
OMG what’s wrong with her mom ??? and like mother, like daughter. Her mom is the weirdest mom ever !!!
on February 18th, 2011 at 4:16 pm
While I generally agree with the annoyance of trendy names, I mostly can’t stand names that aren’t names. Certainly, my tastes aren’t always the same as everyone else’s, but shoot, if most people have never heard it before (and it’s not a cultural thing), it’s not a name.
Also, as a teacher, I can’t imagine going with an odd spelling of a “normal” name for a child. All you’re doing is cursing your child to a lifetime of having to spell her/his name for everyone.
If you wouldn’t like it for yourself, why do it to a child?
on February 18th, 2011 at 11:34 pm
Worst names I’ve ever heard– Gentrie and Geniesis.
I heard the named Gentrie through the news. Not sure why parents would do this to their daughter. Reminds me of a beer brand, which brings me to my next name hate. Geniesis. Parents of one of the kids on my son’s tee- ball team, named their baby this last April. I about died when I heard it.
Other names I generally don’t care for are
-boy names on girls (ie: James, Michael… Etc
– unique spellings
Individual names I detest
-Gretchen (reminds me of retch)
– Alex (on a girl)
– Raven (umm… bird of death)
-Finn (reminds me of fish)
There are more that I don’t particularly care for… Too many to list. (:
on February 21st, 2011 at 5:42 pm
on February 26th, 2011 at 3:37 am
I was told of a woman who named her daughter Female! (It was pronounced “fa-mall-ay), but still! That’s just wrong! I agree with everyone about the name Neveah, too! Why would anyone do that to an innocent little baby?!?!
on February 28th, 2011 at 9:19 pm
Batman bin Supaman…. yeah someone really has that name!
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on March 8th, 2011 at 4:30 pm
i dnt like a bunch of names a bunch i have read that was up here is awful!!! im sorry but its true!!
i dislike — brody chris cody keith hank hannah brittany emily and alot more!!
there just not my favorite
i like — eli jacob cole drew emmett isabella zoey bree and alot more!!!
some names are just awful so choose your name for your kids careful soon to be parents
on March 28th, 2011 at 4:54 pm
My mom and my SO wanted me to call my daughter Oceana- They were so in love with this name and I must have been on some good painkillers because I wrote that name down in the hospital, even though I really didn’t like it! I don’t know if it deserves to be on a worst name list, I think it’s o.k if maybe it had a different spelling (like Ocianna)? But every time I see a can of tuna I laugh and wonder what I was thinking… I really wanted to name her Carly (one of my cousins names) or Sadie (apparently a dog’s name?). After 3 weeks I ordered her birth certificate and changed it to Lindsey, which I like but I’m not in love with like my first choices! I guess some people like to have shock value when choosing a name (or unique like my mom would say) but I prefer simple, cute, & classic names
Some boy names I dislike are Braxton (reminds me of Braxton Hicks) & Oscar.
on March 30th, 2011 at 3:38 pm
I hate the current trend of giving boy names to girls. Madison, Addison, Morgan. Gross! Why would you give a beautiful baby girl a name that means “son of a mighty warrior?” Like all trends, this will eventually vanish and she’ll be left with a clunky, unfeminine name that sounds SO 2010.
on March 31st, 2011 at 9:44 am
Virgil (too much like virgin for a 13 yrold boy), Jennifer (I grew up with SO MANY in the 80s and 90s), Chester (Chester child molester), Bart (fart), Ralph (puke), Nevaeh (16 and pregnant, anyone??), Dick (PENIS). ACTUAL NAMES: Colon (boy, pn similar to Colin… FAIL), Asshole (ash-OH-lee; girl, foreign parents); Manatee (little girl). I vote Manatee as the WORST NAME EVER. I mean, really? A Manatee is a SEA-COW. Shudder.
on April 4th, 2011 at 1:38 am
I have an unexplained and irrational dislike for the following names
Girls: Matilda, Mabel, Martha
Boys: Julian, Miles
I also dislike Bailey, Taylor/a and almost all -aiden type names
on April 28th, 2011 at 3:09 pm
I’d like to put in a good word for a few of the unpopular ones: Chase, Carly, Zane, Diana, the -issa names, Austin… don’t know why, but I’ve never disliked these names. (Zane is on my potential baby names list, actually.) I’m also not so bothered by made-up names. Shaniqua and Jaden are two favorites. Adding a ‘y’ into an -aden name (to make -ayden) wouldn’t be my choice, though.
But Nevaeh and Renesmee… I’ll pass. One name I don’t covet is Bertha Bumpass (never met the owner of this name; only heard of her). And although alternate spellings generally don’t bug me, ones that contain unpleasant words do, such as Clawdeen.
My own name gets misspelled all the time. I’ve come to find it entertaining. I love seeing what Starbucks baristas come up with when they ask me my name and write it on the cup.
on May 10th, 2011 at 11:19 am
I actually know a young couple that named their kid Winfield. That’s awful! what is he, a wind mill or a town? Jeez. Terrible….
I do hate:
Heaven, Nevaeh, Raynbau, Cynthia, Sophia, Beatrice, KAYDENCE!!!, Agatha, Kaylyn, Mae, KAYDEN!!!!, Abby, Katherine, Kathleen, Patience, Christine, Lupe, Lorretta, Lois, Kassandra, Kaitlyn, Kaya, Tiffany, Reneseeme (IT’S MADE UP!), Karissa, Bethenney, Burtha, Claire, Gracelynne, Summer, Wynter, Spring, Ashley, Margret, Helga, Brianne, Nancy, Peggy, Destiny, Juanita, Patrice, Patricia, Jenny, Kyla, Hannah, Brianna, Sarah, Samantha, Holly, Heather, Isabella, Faith, and other crap!
Hortance, Milo, Brayden, Aaron, Brice, Bruce, Michael, Devin, Garald, Horace, Douglas, Jacob, Edward, Joseph, James, Angalo, Brenden, Luca, Frank, Peter, Samuel, Dominick, Justin, Dustin, Allan, William, Zack, and others.
on May 26th, 2011 at 2:38 pm
I have heard names that i dont care for, BUT make no judgement. Some people say that trailer park people have cetain names or stripers …ect ect..which is not true.
My little girl is named Nevaeh…Sounds like NaVay…she is a very pretty and SMART little girl who is in a gate class and is very talented in baseball…drawing..and many other things. She is also VERY polite…and those who say since her name is heaven backwards it stands for hell…she goes to a christian academy and probably knows more bible verses than MOST of the people on here. SO before you judge think about if you would like someone to say something about your childs name.
on May 28th, 2011 at 9:34 pm
Hannah (even more barf)
Skyler (it’s sister Skye is nice)
Dick (Do I even have to say it?)
Hayley/Bailey (sounds like an american southern farm girl with a gap in her teeth)
Lindsy/ Lynsey (Lindsay Lohan anyone?)
Helga (Everyone hates THAT one.)
Baby (search it! It exists! I’M NOT KIDDING, THE NAME BABY EXISTS!)
Sebastian (Unda duh sea! OH unda duh sea!)
Carly (Not child abuse, but disgusting)
on May 29th, 2011 at 11:47 am
Oh, and common names suck.
What if your Katie/Sarah is average height average build average attractiveness and does Ok in school? There’s no personality in names like that!
I only started to like Gabby when a met a Gabby, and I would still never use it.
Most ‘K’ names make me cringe, Kathy, Katy, Kate, Kathleen and Katherine don’t roll for me.
I know two sisters named Jessylyn and Aimee. Gross! I wasn’t to fond of them as people but their names are disgusting! “Aimee” is sometimes almost average, but “Jessylyn” is DISGROSSTING!
Leshauna– Just screams “Ghetto girl” to me. Berty, Bertha Berta and Berthy aren’t my favourite. And names like “Gaye” and “Gaylord” are urban myths but I hate ’em anyway.
on May 29th, 2011 at 12:05 pm
I LOLed when I saw “Kaitary”
But I have to say another man’s Mae or Neo is another one’s Miley… Or Hannah, or Justice or Baby.
I love the name Morag and I’m not ashamed to say it!
on May 30th, 2011 at 6:34 pm
Wow. Kristen, defensive much? And can we really trust your opinion on your child? If your child was rude and unintelligent you would still say she was a little angel. A little angel named Nevaeh. And what you said about different people having different names is true, but their parents personality reflects on the child’s name.
on June 10th, 2011 at 1:41 pm
I can’t believe Jacob is on this list 🙁 I’ve always loved the name Jacob… My son’s name is Jacob 🙂 and my daughters name is Kathlyn… I was keeping the tradition of the first born girl on my husband side is to be named Kathryn, Kathy, or have the middle name Lynn… So i just combined the two ( which is her grammie’s name mushed together, Kathy Lynn) I love it, I just hate that no one can pronounce it.
I HATE the name Abigail. I think it is theeee ugliest name ever.
But the worst names I have ever heard were twins
on June 16th, 2011 at 10:08 pm
Ransom – worst name I ever heard for a baby! It’s like a sack of money! I have no idea what they were thinking… or a guess maybe they weren’t…
on July 6th, 2011 at 11:53 am
LOL! Ransom? That’s hilarious!
on October 22nd, 2011 at 6:19 am
I despise the names:
The most horrible name I’ve ever heard for a baby was EVANESCENSE, I feel extremely sorry for this poor boy. Yes, a boy.
on February 4th, 2012 at 5:34 am
With Rebel there is an australian actress named Rebel Wilson (from bridesmaids). I hate Unique, Nevaeh, Heaven, Haven, Honour, Margaret, Bertha, Free, Satchel and Scout
Sonny Emery Said
on February 12th, 2012 at 5:28 pm
Yeah Rebel is a tough one , Not a fan of those kinda names…
Umm, when i think of names I always put pictures in my head like a name to a picture and a classy name has a classy image all that, i mean that literally… so I reckon in my books.
Irene, or Ilene. Not a fan,
Keith, or Heath ..
on May 16th, 2012 at 6:14 am
For girls I hate:
Jeanette, Claudette and anything else ending in -ette
Rose (this is my name, but I’ve never liked it. Who wants to be named after a flower?)
Elizabeth (well, it’s not the worst, just really really boring and sounds ugly)
Skyler/Sky (I hate this on both genders, just find it slightly more annoying on a girl)
Temperance, Prudence and any other of those virtue names
And for boys:
Zebedee (yes, this is a name…)
on February 17th, 2013 at 8:28 pm
Ok here’s my list
Olivia: No. Just no. You are asking for your child to ba a brat ok don’t do it.
Renesme: Ok your childs not a freaking princess so give her a real name.
Nevaeh: Ok first things first when i meet your kid i already know that her name is heaven spelled backwards and how its such an original name blah blah blah. Secondly imagine if your child grows up and becomes an aethist like how ironic would that be?
Seth: it rhymes with meth for starters. It’s like you want your child to wear all black and peirce himself while high in your basement.
Robert: You can choose for all these wonderful names an you pick robert really?
mispelling perfectly fine names to be “creative”: Go home you’re drunk
Emma: its one of those names that shouldn’t be a name
Names that i like: Isabella(overused but sounds nice), elizabeth, amelia, julia, amanda,samantha, jacob, maxwell, rory, david, daniel,
on December 13th, 2018 at 9:43 am
Can we all agree that ABCDE (apparently a misspelling of Absidee) is the worst name ever? My heart goes out to that five-year-old little girl from Texas, whose mom got bashed on the Internet and her child got bullied at an airport. FIX THE SPELLING!! Unless you want her to be bullied for the rest of her life!
on December 13th, 2018 at 9:51 am
Also the name Plectrude. All my respects to Amelie Nothomb, but I think she pulled off a Stephenie Meyer by naming her main character Plectrude.
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