Least Favorite Names


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What are the names that people should avoid? Which names grate on your ears when you hear them? We all have favorite names, and let's face it-- Not too many folks would name a child Bertha or Delmer these days-- We all have out least favorites too. This is your opportunity to vent! Be sure to check out our page on Overall Trends you Dislike, too.  PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES BEFORE YOU SUBMIT A NAME!!!!!!

Just because these names are on this page doesn't mean the names are not good, special, or otherwise valid to others out there. Whether or not you like a name is purely subjective. This page tries to allow people to express their opinions about names that THEY (and in some cases ONLY THEY) dislike. In fact, if you look on the Your Favorite Names page, most of them have been submitted there as well.  These are not necessarily MY opinions, rather those of contributors, copied and pasted verbatim, spelling errors and all. Some of *my* favorite names are even on here, too (what's wrong with Julian, Bess and Ada?!?)! Please do not e-mail me if you disagree.

Thus said... On to the Names!

Aaron....I dislike because...I get a headache when I hear it...it sounds like arrow.
  • Abigail/Abby/Abbi, etc. - as a pre-k teacher I can assure you there are enough Abbys! Yes, it's cute, but it is no longer different, and spelling it or it's nickname creatively will not change that.
  • I for one can't imagine anyone under the name of 50 with this name. Abby is nice, but Abigail is a bit too far, don'cha think?
  • I have always thought Of Abigail as a old lady name. I cant picture it on anyone who is younger than 100

Abby-a church---appropriate for a nun

  • I think of a old lady who has a huge mole on the side of her face yelling at her husband "I WANT MORE COFFEE" sitting in her rocking chair.Bleh.
  • name for an 80 yr. old grandmother
  • Have-a some lemon-ada!
Adam: Just sounds like a dippy kid, the kind who can be goaded into sticking his tongue on a frozen metal pole, not once but twice.
  • Addison's Disease. JFK had it. Not pretty.
  • I dislike the name Addison because it is a last-name and a boy name that MEANS Son of Adam. It has been taken over for girls despite what the real meaning is. I also dislike how these name book authors who I once respected are changing the traditional meanings of names to please parents who want to give names that mean son of to their daughters and tell them Addison means daughter of Adam, etc I just don't care for names for girls that have the word son in it. What's next having a son and naming him Bobdaughter or Jennidaughter?

Adelaide: Hey Adelaide, do you want some Kool-Aid or some lemonade?
Makes me think of Hitler.
Adonis: I seriously suggest not using names from Greek Mythology. You might as well name your kid Ajax or Daedalus. Unless you already used those names for his older brothers. And Adonis reminds me of the word cone.
Adrian: just seems wimpy to me.
Adrienne: Yo! Adrienne! Plus so many people insist upon ignoring the French spelling and pronouncing it Adrian.
Agatha: A witch witha big wart on her nose, cackling madly while stirring toad's eyes into her morning oatmeal.

  • If you're Irish, fine, if you're not, back off! Stop ruining their lovely names!
  • Aiden / Caiden - Everyone I know who has named their son this thinks they are being unusual ... check it out folks, these names are NOW very popular and your son will go through school being known as Aiden T. or Caiden W. - Face it, these are now common names.
  • Aidan and any names that rhyme with Aidan. There are plenty already, and putting C, K, Br, or J at the beginning adds pretention, not uniqueness.


  • Heyheyhey, it's Faaaat Albert!
  • this name makes me think of grumpy old men

Alec: Stop beinga smart-alec!
alexandra I think this name is getting to popular and you hear it a bit to much now.
Alexia So you're tired of Alexis, Alexa, Alexandra and friends, but you still want to call your child Lexi. Yawn. This name was old and tired before it even became popular. Couple that with the fact that alexia is also a neurological disorder where the patient is unable to read. It usually results from brain trauma. Not the best association for a name.
Alexia/Alexis/Alexa/etc... Way too popular, and to me it sounds snooty

  • Clack, clack, clatter, no softness to this name at all.
  • This is supposed to be a boy's name, and it's too hard-edged for my taste. It's not soft and pretty like a girl's name should be.

Alicia: This is my name and there are too many pronunciations. Is it a-LEE-sha, a-LEE-see-a, a-LISH-a, a-LISH-ee-a...(etc.). Save everyone the trouble and spell it how you want it said, even if it's not as pretty.
Alissa (and variants)

  • It's too nasally, sounds really stuck-up.
  • There are just too many ways to pronounce this name. Uh-LISH-uh, uh-LISE-sa, Uh-LISS-Uh, etc. There are also two billion variations on the name: Aleesa, Alyssa, Alisa, etc. No little girl wants to have her name mispronounced or misspelled all the time.

Allegra: Not only is it an allergy medicine, it has always made me think of a skin disease.
I cannot stand this spelling of the name. Why would you name your child All Is On? Plus I don't even think the name itself is pretty.
This has to be one of if not THE worst boy's name in existance. In addition to it just sounding horrible in a pretentious kind of way, it's hard to spell. Finally there's the matter of it being difficult to say the name without spitting.
...and the Chipmunks

  • being my name, I have heard "You're a man, duh!" way too many times. This is why I will always be Mandy.
  • My name is Amanda and there are always at least four other Amandas everywhere I go. "You're Amanda O? No... Amanda M, right?" gets really tiring.
  • Sounds like a cheerleader, and too over used. I had a high school class with five of them.


  • She and her sister Krystle's glory days were when they made the varsity cheerleading squad. Unfortunately it was downhill from there.
  • This is a lovely name. Don't spoil it with over use.
  • Giving a person the name of a stone as a name is just a little pretentious, or at least I think so. That goes for Emerald, Ruby, Pearl, Sapphire, Diamond, and other similar names as well. It's a little like naming someone Gold or Silver - it sounds kind of silly. Also, there are lots of words in other languages that have the same meaning, so there are alternatives for people that hear the names and think of beauty and elegance. Just remember, there can be gaudy costume jewelry too, and that could be another common association...

Amberleigh or any other "leigh" name: Not only are these baby names overused by yuppies with more money than sense, they're also frequently found as part of street names in pseudo-British "upscale" housing developments with huge decks, large minivans, and no trees.
Amelia: mealy sounding.

  • creepy...
  • There are more practical ways to show patriotism than naming your child after the country.

Amos: Just wait till all the kids in schoollearn about the digestive system and he can be called Anus for all eternity.

  • The baby pops out. "Crud, I didn’t think of a name! Uhh... Amy!" It's like a name you use when you can't think of anything or a name used when you really don’t care what they’re gonna be called. Talk about boring. Lots of Amy's are also psychotic. And let's face it- the name has very babyish qualities to it.
  • Okay I absolutely dispise this name for many reasons. First off its way too common. Plus when I hear the name Amy I picture a boring annoying girl. Now I have an aunt Amy and she's an execption to my beliefs as I assume there are plenty others. Finally I know way too many girls named Amy that have just been awful experiences even knowing them.
  • My name is Amy, and it sounds to babyish. I would've added another name to it.

Anais: To me it sounds too much like "anus".
I had no idea what this name even was until it was pronounced. It's a mangling of my favorite girls' name, Anastasia. If they wanted to give her an alternate spelling, they could have chosen something like Anastazija or Anastasziya.
Andy: the kind of guy that is always mooning around smiling nervously, dropping things, bumping into doors and always gets stuck fetching everybody's lunch orders.

  • snooty and pretentious without being cool. It's a nickname, like Muffin.
  • This is my name. I don't like it a lot, but not for the obvious religious connotations. It's just the fact that for as long as I can remember people have been spelling it Angle. As in "triangle". Also, whenever I tell someone my name, they automatically assume it's really Angela or Angelina or Angelica or WHATEVER. I practically have to show them my birth certificate to prove it! So, while it's a lovely name and sounds beautiful, I wouldn't wish it on anyone else.
  • Angel is about one of the most un-masculine names there are, and I've come across several boys with this name. Of course, the parents think it's cutesy, but in reality, that little boy is going to be teased every day of the rest of his life, until he's an adult who can't stand it anymore and finally ends up going by the nickname Angus.
  • what are angels? Yeah, that's right. They're dead people.
  • This name is also an adjective and no one is really an angel.
  • I don't know where people get the idea that angels are all beautiful women in white dresses hanging out on clouds with harps, that get their wings every time Jimmy Stewart rings a bell. In the bible, angels can be pretty mean; leveling cities and generally carrying out God's dirty work. Thus said, either way this name seems like an awful lot for a child to have to live up to!

Angelina: Way too cutesy. I don't like it when people as a trend name their children after a currently famous celebrity, because it just seems like you're setting yourself up to be let down. What if that celebrity is no longer famous and your stuck with a recognizable name?
a seventy-year-old Scotchman who coughs hard enough to crack his own ribs but still has that nasty pipe sticking out of his face.

  • It's just "an" with an extra N. An apple, an orange. It's a word used to replace A when the next word starts with a vowel. Who made it a name?
  • yep this is my first name. Bad enough everyone on the planet has this as a middle name and feels compelled to let me know, then people ask why my mother didn't give me a "real" first name as opposed to a middle name.

ANNA ok, it's cute... everyone loves it... lets move on. I had to change my name because I was sick and tired of being the third, fourth, and sometimes even Fifth Anna in my math or English class
Annabelle: Makes me think of a cow
Annalie/Anna-Lee/Annaliese/Annalise: All of these sound like "anally" to me!
Annie: Some poor barefoot farm girl from Oklahoma dreaming of getting to the big city so she can ride in a taxi.
Arabella: some disease of childhood that makes red spots come out on you.
Ariana: Ariana the Aryan?
Ariel: a mermaid, or else the thing that lets you pick up far-off TV stations and blows down in storms.
Art: sounds like a dog barking.
Asher: Gesundheit!
Ashley or Jenny incredibly cliché

  • Ashley/Ashleigh/Ashlee: First of all, this used to be a man's name. Second of all, it is entirely WAY too common.
  • because i really think that they are taking over the place.
  • Ashley, Ashleigh, Ashlee-Ashley and any variations. This name is actually historical and used to be a man's name (Anyone remember "Gone With the
    Wind"?), and even then it wasn't so hot. The beginning, "ash", seems to suggest a person who smokes.
  • Extremely overused, and sounds too much like a dumb blonde; besides, it was intended to be used as a man's name!
  • It is a boy's name and completely overused for girls!
  • Ashleigh/Ashley: 4% of the student population at the school I teach at (400 students) have this name - boys and girls! Snore. Not very original.

Ashlyn: Hey, who told you Ashley was Ash combined with Lee anyway?
Cultural appropriation is generally a bad idea. Parents naming their child this should know that it sounds trashy and uneducated, not "beautiful" and "exotic". Equally ridiculous-sounding are : DALLAS, DAKOTA, CHYNNA, etc.

  • When I think of Aspen, naturally, I think of mountains. Which is not altogether bad, except for when it is associated with a girl. Let's just say I hope she's not well endowed. An example of what one might hear in the boys locker room: "I saw Aspen's mountains today, guys!"
  • anytime you start a name with and "as*" sound, it's NOT good

Astrid: sounds like ass-turd.
An old Irish name, used until people realised they actually had farming on the brain and were naming their daughter 'a tractor'. Derivative of 'attractive' A lot of my relatives are named this, (incidentally i live in Ireland)
Almost as bad as naming your kid Scout. It's the name a creepy old guy should have who lives in a castle on a mountain in Scotland. And I don't usually think of "Too Kill A Mockingbird", if that's what you wanted. I think of the word "Attic", or a name that should be in a Harry Potter book. Not a good association.

  • Only name your child this if he is going to grow up to be a Scottish Laird.
  • It sounds like the reject version of "Audrey". Maybe a 70 year old lady would have this name, but I'm pretty sure no other generation under that will have a name close to that.
  • very unmanly, probably due to it sounding so similar to Audrey.
  • Currently experiencing a modest revival as well as a sex change. Does no one realize that this is in fact a male name? I mean, etymological genderbending is one thing but sheer ignorance is kinda annoying...or amusing, your choice.

August: August/Augustin/Augustine/Augustina, I don't care which one you pick, it's still got the word GUST in it and it's not even going to work unless your kid was born in August.
Augustus Gloop from the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory book. Nuff said.
tired of this name. I work with young children, and there must be 50 Austins

  • reminds me of the word Ovary.
  • rhymes with slavery?

Avis: Rental car.
Babette: somebody's fancy French poodle with pik toenail polish and pink bows in her hair.
Bailey- reminds me of a jailer---"Bailiff!"
Bambi: a deer, and a male deer at that. Tacky stripper name.
BARBARA To me, it sounds old and snooty, plus I don't care for the nicknames barb, makes me think of barb-wire and Barbie just sounds plastic.
Barbie--nor Barbara, not even Barbra, as in Striesand and I think she's great. I can just hear that Berrrrbeeee sound!
Barney: is anybody actually named this? I picture a sportscaster unable to ever lower his voice below a bellow.

  • Are you the farting, annoying, kid named "Bart" off the Simpsons? do you fart alot? a kid with name will most likely get the nickname "Farting Bart". Do You want your kids to go through that?
  • It rhymes with fart and also barf.

Bartholomew: Sounds like "barf" and we already have Bart Simpson anyway.

  • All I can think is: poor Peter McKay...
  • This name does not age well...I am unable to imagine any adult women with this name. It's the samedifference as a five-year-old named Mildred.

Bella, Belle: has a bonging, clanging sound.
Benjamin: I really don't know why people seem to like this name. To me it sounds like an old grandfather. In fact it reminds me of Uncle Ben from Uncle Ben's rice!
Bert: Bert and Ernie

  • For me this name conjures up images of beached whales.
  • bertha is one of those names that would come form down south..i may live in the south..south carolina to be exact..but come on. someone has to think of something better than that!
  • The archetypal "naming don't" name. Most people associate it with a loud old lady. Hopelessly out of date.

Bess- I know a beautiful, slender girl named Bess, but every time I hear her name I still think of a big brown and white cow chewing cud in a meadow.
Bess(-ie, -y)-
Can you imagine this name on anyone besides a cow or a girl living in a trailer park? It sounds so farmyard!
I dislike the name Beth. It sounds like a country girl that gets picked last in… ohh I don’t know, the sport of cow-milking.
Generic fifties bubblegum names. Elizabeth's all right, but their are better ways to shorten it. Judith works well on it's own.
Now this name sounds like the word "bugle" or the sound of a note coming out from a Tuba. Sounds like a name you would give to your pet
It's just trashy-sounding.
and her little brother Bullet.
It's old-man-like. It makes me think of a pudgy bald man.
Billy Joe Bob:
When I hear this name it makes me think of a hilbilly. Also at school, it was used way to much just as an example! Billy Joe Bob did this or Billy Joe Bob did that.
What if the kid ends up being really slow and not very "firey". What then? Lazy Blaze? Seems like it would be hard to have this name and not get made fun of.
I feel that this is a boring name that brings to mind a forty-year-old balding accountant.
Why are people naming their children after cities? Also there's the Boston Terrier dog... "Class, I'd like you to welcome your new classmate, Boston Barker."
All I can think of when I hear this name is the little metal brads you use to fasten papers together.
Brayden, Braden:

  • It sounds like the action Braiding pronounced Braid en'
  • To me it sounds like a verb pertaining to donkeys and mules. "What's that noise?" "Oh, it's just old Pedro braydin'."

Brandon- It’s a name of a city for one thing, also a surname. It just doesn’t sound good as a first name at all. It sounds like “Branded”, “Brandumb”.

  • Sure, I'll name my child after an alcoholic beverage! Her brother is Martini!
  • Any time you use the name of a type of alcohol to name your child, you should wonder where the motivation comes from? What's next? "Come here, Rum"


  • "Braxton-Quackston". Also, sounds like a hillbilly name .
  • Did the mother misread her medical chart? Welcome to the world, Braxton Hicks.

Brenda: Sounds too much like "benda". Or "blenda".
Brey- I just think it's strange...Sounds like gray, and that certainly isn't cheerful. Also, it reminds me of barnacles for some odd reason, Brey, brackish water, boats...
Brianna: Very popular in my town and very unappealing, read or spoken. Is this the female form of Brian? Is the nickname Brie or Anna?
Brice or Bryce. While it's gained some popularity in the past few years, my husband is in his 30's and until I met him I had never ever met another human being with this name. Why would anyone torture their child with this horrid name? Growing up, his name was always mispronounced. People see Brice and assume there has been a typo somewhere and what we meant was Bruce or Brian. Think about your kid being picked on "Brice Brice Baby" and other little annoying nicknames. Or for the rest of their lives people asking for Bruce and having to constantly correct them.


  • This is a nice name, but do not attempt to use it outside of Ireland.
  • Sounds like birdsh*t or "bridge it." Not at all pretty.

Brie: As with Colby, this is CHEESE.
Brielle: sounds like a brioche only softer. I'd like a crabcake on a brielle with tartar sauce.
Britney, Britni, Brittnie etc.

  • There's way too many of them. Definently a cheerleader name. Can you imagine Brittany as an old lady? Didn't think so.
  • WAY to many of them and putrid to boot.
  • Brittni- I dislike this name; it sounds like a snobbish cheerleader who's obsessed with makeup. Besides, it is butchering the spelling of the name Brittany, which is beautiful in itself.
  • This is my name...*sigh*. First of all, it's way too common. In one of my sixth grade classes a long while ago I was known as "Brittany E." because there were three of us in the class. Second, there are millions of different ways to spell this. We did presentations in eigth grade in which we had to give feedback on peices of paper, and 55% the kids in my class spelled my name wrong. "Brittney", "Britni", etc. The possibilities are endless. Third, over the age of twenty-five, the name'll be liked even less. It's great for little kids, but on an adult...beware, cuteness will have you puking. Fourth, the nicknames. My little sister calls me "Brat-ney". Fifth (I just keep going...) it doesn't really have a meaning. I looked up my name and all I discovered was "a region in France".
  • sounds like bratny
  • It's like, totally a cheerleader name, like, I mean, whatever ya know?
  • I feel that this name is too popular. I can name at least 20 little girls with this name. I also think that the name is too cute for a 30-year-old woman.
  • Brittney: I can't picture an older lady name Brittney either and I also think it sounds like a snobs name.

Brogan: a SHOE, and a big clunky one at that.
Charmless. What's next, Bronx?
strong-arm man who terrorizes the shopkeepers ito paying protection money.
: Since this website is directed at people naming pets as well as children, I have to beg. Please no more dogs named Buddy! Same goes for "Lady." Any all-breed rescue in the country is likely to have 6 of each at any given time.
Buffy: It sounds like a dog's name, it ceases to be cute after the age of five, and she's going to get bad jokes about vampire slaying for the rest of her life.
Burt - sounds like somebody burping - "buuuurt...."
Buster, for a boy (that would seem obvious, but...). The name seems a concerted effort to force machismo on a child or to indicate the machismo of the parents (suggesting that one of said parents feels less than manly). On the other hand, the name also is used as the beginning of an admonishment. Hey, buster, what are you doing to my car with that coin? The name substitutes for not knowing someone's name, as in "Hey, Buster, what are you doing?" Also, Buster is a nickname, an awful nickname but a nickname none-the-less. This name should never appear on a birth certificate as anything other than a last name (and even then should be changed as soon as possible!).
Buzz: Sounds like someone who sits in front of the TV in their underwear all day
Camden: nobody who's ever been in or passed through Camden New Jersey would want to use this one. Two words: urban blight.
Cadence: It's what military marching songs are called ("I don't but I've been told..." you get the drift). That's not a horrible association, but when I see the name, all I see is Kay- DENSE, the emphasis being on DENSE. So it makes me think of a bubbly blond airhead. As with all the overpopular "Kay" names (Kayla, Kaylee, Makayla, Kaylynn, etc.), I can't seem to say it without slipping into an exaggerated hick accent, so I can't picture this name on an intelligent, elegant young woman.

Cailin, Kaylin, Kailyn,Q'haellynne etc.:

  • the actual irish is cailín and pronounced kinda 'kyle-ye-een' (most people cant get the 'ye' in there without sounding like their having a seizure but irish pronunciation is difficult)
  • (1). a child named this spends half of her life telling people her name is not KATELYN. (2). It's a flash-in-the-pan made up name riding the coattails of Katelyn. It has no substance, merely made up of syllables. (3). Today's adorable little trendy name will die out as quickly as it came in. Kaylin is the Myrtle and Irving of the new millennium. (4). baby name books list it as being Irish, so everyone thinks it is... but they are all totally wrong. the irish word <i>cailín,</i> is pronounced /CAW eeleen/ (see Colleen) and means "girl." It's like naming your daughter "girl," but pronouncing it like "jeerl" to make it fancy.


  • Caitlin/Katelin/Kaitlynne etc.-over used in places like america, australia, england. says cheap to me whereas the irish caitlín is 'catch-leen' and much more pretty.
  • Caitlyn- Every Caitlyn I've ever met has been a dumb blonde cheerleader.
  • Doesn't anyone realize that Caitlin is an Irish name? And that the Irish originally spelled it Caitlin. The same with all the other variations on Caitlin. Caitlyn, Catelin, Catelyn, Kaitlin, Kaitlyn, Katelin, Caitlynn, Catelynn, there are so many spellings and they are all WRONG! Plus then the kid never gets her name spelled right. I cannot stand this. It drives me crazy all the wrong ways to spell Caitlin. (and I didn't even list them all!)
  • Kaitlyn/Katelyn/Katelynn, etc ad nauseum Way too common; when you try a spelling variation on the same old name, it does *not* make it unique and fresh again.
  • Kaitlyn/Caitlin: Think of an actual spelling sometime, please. It's so overused and no one ever spells it the same way. I have actually met a Kaetliynn.
  • In Irish Gaelic, this name is NOT pronounced Kate-Lynn. It's more like cot-leen or coyt-leen. Naming a child Caitlin and pronouncing it katelyn is like naming a child Juanita and calling her jaw-nitta. It's just wrong.
  • I'm just tired of it
  • Caitlyn, etc.: Unoriginal, plus I'm a Kate who *always* gets called Kaitlyn. (My middle initial is L, too, so people think it might stand for Lynn.)
  • Katelyn, Kaitlin, Kaytelyinne... I'm over it.
  • Katelyn/Caitlyn/Kaitlin, etc. I have a friend who named her daughter this 12 years ago, before it became popular - or so she thought. Now her daughter usually has a number of other girls in her class with the same name. Whenever I heard somebody say they were going to use that name if their baby turned out to be a girl, I just cringed. You TOO!? Be a LITTLE original!
  • Caitelynne: Another messed up version of Caitlin that was bestowed upon my little sister. It looks too trendy, very misspelled, and makes people doubt the pronunciation!

Caleb- It means dog in the language it came from. Who would want to name there little kid “dog”? It’s demeaning. Add to that it sounds wimpy and weak. Cale or Kale sounds okay, but having it end with a “b” really makes it sound horrible!
Mmm mmm better!

  • It's a fine last name, but that's it: it should be kept as a last name. It sounds like camera. Last names should stay last names.
  • Kameryn etc. - All the alternate spellings of the name Cameron is getting way out of hand. I find this name to harsh for a little girl.


  • this name sounds like you are a chamelion except you are camoflaged as a flower.
  • This name just sounds like a stuck up girl, who carse about no one but herself. Why do you want you daughter to sound like she is stuck up?

Cammi: thirty-eight-year-old Wal-mart cashier who hasn't gotten over her cheerleader/homecoming queen complex.
Means yeast infection!

  • Basicly its for women who want there daughters to grow up to be strippers.
  • This name should be reserved for food. The name suggests a certain type of personality which I don't think is flattering.

Carl: This is a very mature name for a child and seems well-suited to older men (basically grandfathers are ok). I also have a distaste for Carl because it seems every time I go to a gas station or speak with a mechanic, his name is Carl, which isn't a bad thing, but I'd rather name a boy after someone more successful
I cannot think of a less feminine name than one that starts with “Carl.” I picture a post-op transvestite who didn’t want to print new business cards, so he just added a “y” onto his name.
-This name seems to have gained incredible popularity recently and I can't figure why. I believe it's Scandinavian for 'Carr's son,' and the only nickname I can think of is 'Car,' which seems very wrong to me. -I've also read of people naming their son Carson because they think it's "hip" and they like the MTV vj Carson Daly.. could this possibly be true?
Carys: Reminds me of caries (dental cavities).
Cash: This is just asking for bullies to steal your child's lunch money everyday.
Cassity, Chassity: Cassidy is a name, as is Chastity, though neither are to my taste. I dislike misspelled names in general, but this one is the worst one I've seen because it merges two completely unrelated names in a way that makes me think the parents wanted one name or the other but couldn't spell it right, or that they don't know or care that there's a great deal of difference between an Irish surname and an English virtue name, no matter how alike they sound.
Cathy: Ah yes, Cathy with a 'C'. It's never just 'Hi, I'm Cathy', it's 'I'm Cathy with a 'C'!! It's all you can do not to answer, 'And we care because....?
Cathy, Kathy, Catherine, Katherine, Cathryn, Kathryn, Kathleen ... get it?? Is that with a C or a K? Who knows??? Also ... Sounds like "Catheter".
Cathy: All I can think of is an obese woman.
Cecilia: this name sounds so old-fashioned. I can't picture anyone under the age of 60 or 70 with this name.

  • It rhymes with “molest”!
  • I can't imagine this name on anyone under 80.

Celia Way too scientific sounding for a baby! Knowing that cilia are tiny hairs on microscopic critters, how can you possibly give this to a child?
Chandler I'm not of fan of Must See names (ie Mallory) to begin with but the case of Chandler is even more ludicrous. Its supposed to be part of the joke about Chandler Bing's flipped out parents. Underscoring the humorous nature of the name have been episodes where the name Chandler is bestowed upon a girl (joke = the name is wimpy and kinda girly) and where Chandler is called Chauncey (joke = the name is hoity and silly...like Chauncey). I guess some people just didn't get it.
CHARISMA I dislike this "name" because Charisma is not a name, it's a personality trait!!!
Charlotte- Drop the “C” and the “te” and you have “Harlot”, “Charlotte the Harlot”. Plus the nick name “Lottie” is really bad.
Chase- Who wants a verb or a noun as a name? Same goes for Blaze, Summer, December, Autumn, Season, River, Coal, Piper... you get the point
Chavonne, Shavan, Chivaughan or any other bastardization of Siobhan. It says to the world: 'I can't spell and I'm too stupid to look up a name in a baby book to get it right.'

  • gives a chavvy,council-estate feel.think 14 year old mother of three, nike trainors, lots of jewellry and a white tracksuit.In the same line as 'Mercedes','Chardonnay','Beyoncé' (i actually think this is a pretty name and dont mind Beyoncé herself but it's like Madonna-the connotation would equal bullying for life)
  • This is a pretty girl's name, in my opinion...it's when it's used for a boy that I dislike it. Even if the name was originally male (I don't know if that's the case or not, I'm just using it as an example), I can't see a boy being called Chelsea, at least not with the A at the end. Maybe with a different spelling, but not like this.

CHERRI, CHERRY, CHERI It's a fine name if you want your daughter to be a porn star.
Cheyenne/Shyanne: It sounds too ugly and hard to be a name.
Cherry/Angel/Crystal/Apple/Amber/Honey: They are wonderful names if you want your daughter to become a stripper.
Cherry- Why would someone want to name their child after a food? Fairly sexually suggestive as well.
Cheryl: It seems like 90% of the time when I run across this name in books, it is associated with the flighty, spacy "other woman" in an illicit love affair.
Chester This name is really geeky sounding and it reminds me of a chess player and the word fester, which means to rot.
Chet: Like 'cheat'

  • It reminds me of chlorine, and sounds like blowing your nose.
  • In German klo means toilet. Add an "e" sound at the end and it is like saying potty.
  • This name seems so "empty". I don't understand its recent popularity. It sounds like "cloy" which is to hinder, harm, obstruct, or make weary or displeased by too much of something that is too sweet or too rich.

Chloris- I have really bad eyesight and sometimes I see letters that aren't there, if I am really tired. I read this name and thought it referred to a sexual part of the body that only females have.
... I dislike all the Chris-Names , although I've got friends who are called that way. Neither of them likes it, because it's way too overused. I personally always mix up Christoph and Christian, because I just know too many of them. This name is way too religious for me! There are plenty of pretty names in the bible, but I wouldn't have to want a "christ" in my name.

  • Ugh. It's so ugly sounding and it makes me think of a snobby, bratty girl.
  • This is my own name so I can slag it if I want to – Trust me. It’s a bad name to get saddled with. Cyndi Lauper? Cindy Crawford? I can honestly say they ruined it for all us poor Cindys out there. Please, parents – don’t name your daughter Cindy! My husband’s first dog was named Cindy – just as a side note!
  • I really do detest the name "Cindy." It is a little too popular for my taste, and the various spellings are unbearable and awkward. There have been foreign names translating "Cindy" that lose their unique touch once turned to the American "Cindy." I just can not bear this name.

Claire: The name is very boring

  • Claudia: Another name you just have to string out a bit, Clauuudia. Nauuuusea.
  • The clod sound just makes the name unattractive. It sounds clumsy and oafish.

Clay: It's short for Clayton but I just can't help but think of play-dough, red clay, and all variations of clay.
For some reason, this name just looks very (sexually) suggestive.
Cletus This name has too much of a sexual similarity to a familiar body part.
CLEWELL (we are told the name is suppose to be Welsh version for Clarence - Teased Nickname = CLUELESS / don't put such a curse on any baby
Cody: how sickly cutesy. "Federal Reserve chairman Cody Micklewhite denies rumors that he was planning to raise short-term interest rates..." Doesn't quite work does it?

  • It's cheese! And also the COL- makes me think of "cold." I don't think it sounds like an attractive name at all!
  • This is not a name, it is cheese.

Cole: It's what Santa brings you when you're bad. A hard black lump used in grilling.
Colin: Sounds too much like colon. Not a nice thing to be associated with.
Colleen: I dislike the name Colleen ... favoured by many americans of Irish descent. Colleen means 'girl' in Irish. How many people would name their child 'girl'? In fact they'd probably get the child removed by social services if they did! We don't call children 'fille' (French for girl) or any other form ... just because it's in Irish doesn't mean you can not bother to name your child properly and just refer to her by her gender! Spare a thought for those of us who do speak Irish as it sounds quite strange!
CONCEPCION This is supposed to be religious but I can help thinking how someone is "conceived".
Connor: Lacks character, boring, no depth. Nickname “Con,” as in “to con?”
Conrad: It sounds like a reject from Hogan's Heroes.
Corey or Cory: Reminds me of wh*rey or apple core.
Cornelius: While I think Cornelia is a beautiful name, Cornelius is just horrible sounding.
Coty/Cody/Brody/Jody... and all the famously dubbed 'lil buckeroo' names. This name doesn't age well. A fifty year old Cody still lives with his mom and still doesn't own an alarm clock.
Coty - it doesn´t sound like a real name. Plus, it sounds like the Swedish word "kota", which means "vertebra"...

  • Cheerleader. 'Nuf said.
  • WAY to many of them and putrid to boot.
  • Yawn. Boring. Another one of those cutesy names. Don't make me sick. I bump into at least 15 people named Courtney a day and it is utterly annoying

Crews: It sounds like a crew of sailors to me. Being my name I constantly get puns.
Cricket If you want to name your child after a soap opera--fine. Just please pick a name that is not also an insect!
Crispin: Snap, Crackle, Crispin!

  • It's just too popular, or at least it used to be, so I wouldn't advise using it - and I'm a Crystal myself. In elementary school, there had to have been 3-5 Crystals in my grade at the same time, and all of us had to tack on our last initial or use a nickname so people could tell us apart. Even then, the nickname strategy often failed - after all, how many nicknames can you get from this name that aren't variations of Chris/Kris? And of course, whenever someone would call a Crystal for attendance, all of us would chorus "Which one?" because there was no way to tell who it was. The other potential problem is spelling. There are so many different ways to write it, yet almost all of them sound exactly the same, so even if you use a creative spelling, in the end a child with this name is still going to asked, "Are you Crystal with a C or with a K?" Trust me, it gets old fast. It is a pretty name, though...just overused.
  • I have only one word to describe this name: redneck!!!!!!!!!!! Also, it is not a name, it's a jewel, unless of course you're one of those psychic phone-line people (i.e. Madame Crystal).

Cutter: A cutter is somebody who abuses himself out of severe depression and other psychological disorders, I will never understand why somebody would name a child something so dark.
This name is absolutely hideous! This is my name and the misspellings are so annoying. And, see 'Cindy'. that's my nickname and I agree with the chic who wrote that! They spell it Syndi, Sindy, Cyndi. And I've been called Sydney so many times it's not funny.

  • Sounds like a hyperactive dog to me.
  • doesnt this name make you picture an old lady with a huge floppy garden hat with a daisy stuck in it? well it does to me. or someone who's just a bit too cheery.


  • "Hi, my name is Dakota.", "I love you Auntie Dakota!", "Here is our President Dakota Whitfield!" Please put the name you want to give your child behind Auntie or Uncle or President or Senator before you give it to them, because you never know what your child may grow up to be. I certainly wouldn't want to but the name Dakota on a college application.
  • I can see naming your kid after a beautiful place, like Paris or Vienna, but who wants to go to North or South Dakota?
  • I can live with place names in moderation, if they sound like names and the place has actual meaning for the parents. But I doubt most parents naming their children Dakota have even BEEN to ND or SD, and I also feel it's disrespectful to the Dakota Sioux nation to stick their tribal name on children willy-nilly.
  • Okay, it was cute for awhile. But it's WAY too common. And I can't see myself taking seriously anyone named Dakota. Imagine: U.S. President Dakota Henderson. Dakota Smith, Attorney-at-Law. Doesn't it sound ridiculous?
  • Is this a boy name or a girls? Have all the thousands of people who named their child this ever even been there? And if they haven't then WHY would they name their kid this?
  • there seemed to be a point when every second boy was given this name; it seems as though parents were trying to be unique but ended up being far too common.

Damon and Devin: One letter away from "demon" and "devil". I don't know why anyone would want to give their kid a name with such negative and creepy associations, regardless of their spiritual beliefs.
Danielle Without a French accent it has a most unattractive sound.
Darla. I dislike that name because it sounds so OLD! like a name someone in their 80's would have.
Darlene -

  • 'darleeeene, hitch up the trailer and get on your best pvc mini. we goin' dancin! leave the kids with bobbi-ann or bobbi-jo....' TRAILER TRASH
  • For some reason, it just sounds like a drag queen's name.
  • Dahleeeene - sounds like a window cleaning product - Windowlene - in fact any name ending in lene (leeeene) just sounds plain tacky.


  • Please world - do not name another child David! It's a bland name with the only redeeming quality of being able to call someone "Davey".
  • I keep a list of how many I know. In a year I got 49.
  • As tolerable as is the David, it should be banned. I was in a class of 15 students of various ages (from 20 to 50), five of whom were named David. This was not an all-male class (which I think would increase the odds). The name is a bit dull, and even the Estonian version of Tavi is tipping over into the too-cute arena.
D'Ann - This name screams unwrapped Jolly Ranchers at the bottom of a purse, or slapping your kids and causing a scene in the customer service line at Wal-Mart.
Makes me thing of Daffy Duck
(this spelling) Because, as someone who speaks pretty fluent Spanish, it makes me think, "of (the) bra!"
The cheerleader of the 80's. I just think it's boring due to overuse
DeeDee: Your daughter just might choose to become something other than a cheerleader. But a "DeeDee" has NO choice.
Delaney: Just sounds like the last name of the nutty family at the very edge of town, the ones in the bright green house whose mom is 300 pounds and wears fluorescent stretch pants in public and whose kids look like they never take a bath and live on Kool-aid and Skittles.
DELBERT I can't picture a little boy with this name and it simply sounds like a small-minded old man to me.
Deloris: To have a name that sounds similar to a female genital organ..that poor kid..I wouldn't be suprised if this poor kid legally changes his/her name by the age of 10!
  • I've never met a Denise I've liked more than a week. It's a nasal name, and I suppose these unfortunate women who are named Denise become whiney because they have to say and hear their names for their entire lives.
  • This is my name. I get "Dennis" ALL the time in school, waiting rooms, restaurants etc. It is also associated with the Greek goddess of wine. Great. Also, I was told by a prospective employer when I was young, "You just don't here too many young people with the name Denise, I thought you would be 50 years old before I met you!" Nice.

Desert/Journey A dessert is too hot and dry to be on and a journey is usually long and tiring so why would you want to name you child Desert or Journey:

  • Destiny, Desirae, and Sierra. These are what I call Walmart names. You know, the names you hear women in sweatpants yelling to their kids at Walmart. Same goes for Dylan, Tyler, and Logan.
  • Destinee- It is my destiny to find this name, as with most "noun names" too pretencious.
  • If you choose this name for your kid, then you're choosing her destiny as a stripper/prostitute. What sounds more like reality..."Hey, I'm Destiny, welcome to Hooters. I'll be your server for tonight." Or, "President Destiny sets new law: Prostitution is now legal!"
  • This name is waaaaaay overused. I know 13 girls named Destiny, and that was just in my first 3 period classes in high school.
  • Makes me think of predestination. I'd rather name a kid Free Will. :-)
  • Can't shake the Desitin diaper rash cream connection, for one thing. For another, I'm not into these revamped Puritan-esque names. They have a very un-Puritanical effect, if you know what I mean.
  • I don't like this name because it sounds trashy and tacky to me.
  • The Destiny I went to school with got called "density."
Donald First thing I think of - duck
Donna- It sounds so strict, and, in some cases, mean.
Dorcas Dork...A** . Need I say more? Id like to know who thought of that one?
DORIS This name brings to mind an unattractive, boring older woman.
DOT This has always seemed to me to be too short, meaningless and inconsequential. With all the beautiful girl's names out there I can't imagine having to go through life as just a Dot
Doug: oh, so macho! The handsome guy with his love handles fighting a losing and painful looking battle with his skin-tight jeans. The one who likes to start fights in bars but is always the one complaining that everybody else is out to get him.
Dustin: I know a doctor who had a patient named Dustin Thuhall. Say it out loud.
  • Dwaine: Children can be so cruel: "duh-wayne".
  • I can't picture an intelligent or attractive man with this name. I, also, just don't care for the sound of it.
  • Knock, knock. Who's there? Dwayne. Dwayne who? Dwayne the tub, I'm dwowning!


  • because it reminds me of dill pickles and it makes me hungry.
  • Oh good God, I have no idea why I don't like this name. Probably commom-ness an the dreaded "y" It's especially bad for a girl.
  • This name is overly trendy. I do not like the DILL sound it. I think it is very soft for a boy.

Earl This sounds like the noise you make when you're throwing up.
EBENEZER What can I say...Scrooge.
Ebony, the color of a wood. Do we need this as a name? 
Edith: sounds like "eat it."
EDNA This name brings to mind an unattractive, mean tempered older woman.
Eddie: This is horrible.. but when I hear the name Eddie I imagine someone who is mentally challenged. Eddie! Stop picking your nose!
Elijah: Yeah, it's got some history but.... Eee-lie-juh....sounds kind of ugly.
Ella: seems incomplete, the tail-end of redneck-sounding names.

  • Makes me think of elephants. I associate Ellie with extremely large women.
  • My own nickname yes, but I get incredibly irritated by people giving it as a name in it's own right - it isn't!! . Short sweet and unusual nicknames like this should only come about AFTER having experienced the humiliation of being christened Eleanor or variant.

Elliot\Elliott for a girl- NO! I love this name for a boy! No more unisex names! I'll give you people ANYTHING! Plus I heard of it being spelled Elliette, which is even worse to me. So it can have the nickname Ellie...so what? So can lots of other names that have been traditionally used for girls, and even a few more unique ones like Eliana, etc.
I think of the Elmer Fudd cartoon character.
Elsie: I envision this name to belong to an old lady in a nursing home somewhere – not belonging to someone who is learning how to nurse!
Elissa- Sounds too much like “elicit”, as in “elicit affair”. It’s hard to spell and pronounce because of all the variations of this name, people are sure to be constantly mispronouncing and misspelling it.
Elizabeth: The name of every third girl on the planet, and the middle name of about every other girl on the planet. And they all manage to be stuck-up. You'd think with all of them out there, you would meet a decent one, but for me that has not been the case.
ELYSSA OK, so you've changed the "A" to an "E". You've taken out the only pretty sound in that name (the Ah) and replaced it with the harshness of "E". This makes no sense! "Eeee-Lissa" sounds worse than "Ah-lissa", but either way you look at it, it's a snotty, harsh sounding name.
EMILY, ELIZABETH I classify these names along with Esther, Gladys, Alice, I also knew 3 88 year old women with these names. And the Queen's name is Elizabeth and she's pushing 80....need I say more?
Emily/Emma- It is a cute name, but for like a three year old. Once they are past five, there is no point in keeping the name. Its a baby name, nothing else.

  • way to common and i don't like the stereotype for the name- in your face. would never name my little girl emma because the would become emma h or emma b not just emma.
  • this name (as well as Amy) always makes me think of soiled, leaking diapers. I can’t help it!

Emory or Emery- An Emory board is what you file your nails with.That, to me, makes it an unattractive baby name.
It just screams "grumpy old lady!" to me. I also think the D ending is kind of harsh.
It's pronounced like Ennis, but all I can think of is what you would get if you added a P to it.
Eowyn and all other LOTR names:
if you're old enough to be having babies, you're much too old to be so enamored of the whole LOTR schtick.
: Just screams "JOCK!" in my head.
Erica: This name puts me in mind of a humongous weight-lifting woman in a really tight leotard. It seems so tough and masculine that I would never harness my daughter with such a name.

  • For some reason, Erin always makes me think of earrings.
  • sounds like the noise people make while vomiting


  • Ethan: something they make you breathe to put you to sleep.
  • This just sounds gross. Also, it conjures up an  image of a 7 year-old with sloppy brown cords, dirty hair and a snotty nose.


  • ugly. And come on, it's a stereotypical nerd name if there ever was one, and worst possible way. Obvious target for bullying here.
  • This is not a flattering name.


  • sounds like Eunuch, not a good connection.
  • I can't picture a child with this. All the Eunices have got to be over the age of 150, I swear.

Fifi: Must be a dog.
Finn- Why anyone would name their child this is beyond me. It makes me think of fish.
Fiona. This name just sounds terribly ugly to me. There's nothing at all attractive about it.
Frances: Just ugly sounding.
Freddy: Like Freddy Krueger.

  • Seems like a girl's name. a BAD girl's name.
  • woe to any boy with Gay as the first syllable of his name.

Gail: The name Gail reminds me too much of a pail of water and Jack and Jill.

  • This is a lead-containing mineral. Do you really want to name your child after something toxic?
  • This name reminds me of "chicken" in Spanish.
Gaylord -It's a name that could bring a child hatred & would make a teacher read it & say "very funny"
Genesis: She seems to have an invisible Touch!
George Sounds like an old farmer to me. Then George of the Jungle also comes to mind.
Georgia: It seems too clumsy and reminds me of a character from an old episode of the Looney Tunes who kept saying "which way did he go George, which way did he go." Not very feminine and it's becoming way too popular to be considered original anymore.
  • Ugly, old, silly name. Not good.
  • This is my husband's name, so I can speak honestly about it. I don't like it. I insist that he go by Jerry, because I dislike Gerald so much. Just the sound of it for some reason reminds me of a dirty old man. Gerard doesn't sound as bad to me, but i still don't like it.


  • This was my nickname once.. Your child will beat you with bolling balls, frying pans and anything you can think of.
  • Sounds like gherkins!
  • Never met anyone under 80 with this name, and hopefully I never will!
  • Sounds like a grumpy grandma... It doesn't fit a little girl and the suffix "-rude" is not flattering for anyone!

Gideon: Giddy up, Gideon!
My best friend in elementary school actually had a cousin named Gidget. We thought it was hysterical...and we were too young to even remember the TV show! It just sounds hysterical, like "midget," only funnier.
Gil I Dislike the name Gil because it reminds me of a fish.
Ginger- I like it, but that's because I named my girl rabbit this. It does not sound human to me at all. Annie's stepmother on 7th Heaven was named Ginger,and I found her to be annoying, even though I really like that show.

  • It's a confusing name for other children to spell or read (speaking from personal experience I always thought it was pronounced "gladies" as in ladies not "laddies.
  • sounds like an irritable housewife who probably wouldn't spend any extra money for Glad trash bags!'

Godfrey- Frey is the name of a Norse god, so when I see this name I think “The God Frey”. Methinks this would be in the category of over the top and over powerful.
Grace: What if Grace is everything but graceful?
Grayson -

  • It's a last name! I hate when people give their kids last names as first names. Dick Grayson, anyone? Robin from Batman?
  • It sounds too much like "Grease-son" or "greasy". I don't know. It just reminds me of grease.

Greer: sounds way too close to rear.
Doug's best friend whose big mouth is always getting them in trouble. Too dumb to get out when the chairs start flying.
Greta, Gretchen, Margaret
: These are all fine, classic names which normally I would like. But something about the "gret" sound they share sounds unattractive, harsh, and grating to me.
Gretchen: I dislike the name Gretchen because it sounds like retching...like vomiting. Yuck. Retchin Gretchen.
Gunther -This seems like an awful heavy and violent name to pin on a young one. I believe it means something like "war-army" in German, and even in English it sounds violent with the blatant word "gun" in it.
GUS Every movie or cartoon gives this name to the nerd.
Guy: I really don't like this name. It is so unoriginal! It's like someone just couldn't think of anything else to name thier son. Would you name your daughter Girl?

  • go backeth from whence thou came thou fiend from the middle-ages.
  • I can't say it without wrinking my face up. It's just horrible sounding.
  • I think this is the most boring name in the world

HAIDEE - it's my name, but I dislike it because most people find it difficult to remember, let alone spell and pronounce it correctly. It always gets confused with Haydee, Heidi, Haide, Hiedi and a myriad other spellings.

  • Hailie-in fact Kailie, Bailie etc.theres something....incomplete about those names, that spelling is just....wrong.
  • I never liked this name. It's everywhere now and it's not even that cute. It sounds like an old lady name to me.
  • I used to think this name was cute until everyone started naming their daughters this. I just want to vomit whenever I see this name now, spelled alternately as Hayley (the correct spelling), Hailey, Hay-Lee, Hailie, Heylee, Haylie, etc. You could always use the similar-sounding name Hallie/Halle/Haley, or the Greek name Haidee.

Halcyon-name of a prescription drug
Hank: sounds like trying to get a goober out of your throat.

  • This name sounds like you are saying "hand a". It's just really nasally sounding and grating. I knew a German girl named Hannah, but she pronounced it like "Haun-a," which sounded nicer and more feminine to me than the American version...
  • So many people like this name and I don't know why. It sounds like a very old lady name to me.
  • This just seems kind of empty, having heard it so many times.

Happy/Joy: What if Happy or Joy gets diagnosed with clinical depression?
is your trouble-making kid named this? doesn't go well, does it? this name makes people expect your child to be good at music. don't pick this name! DONT DO IT!!! they will get teased!
Harry (Harold)
This name is very old-fashioned and sounds like a grandfather's name. Harry is also an adj. and kids could be made fun of with a name like that.
Hazel Makes me think of hazel nuts. It also reminds me of an old woman.

  • It reminds me of feathers, heaters, and eaters. It's too trendy and sounds like the girl's easy
  • Immediately when I meet another Heather, I can't even take them seriously because there have been like 13 others that I have just talked with. -- I dislike this name because it sounds like the name of a color, not a person! Also, I went to 5th grade with a girl named Heather Gray. I coulden't help feeling sorry for her.
  • Looks like "heater"
  • This is the most mundane name, if you like this name, you like every other name out there, it's that boring, and it's also outdated

Heloise: Too ominous sounding. Eloise has a much prettier sound and isn't so heavy. The "H" weighs it down.
Henrietta That annoying kitten puppet on PBS's "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood" who always said "meow-meow" this, "meow-meow" that. Plus I always think of chickens; there is no way around it.
Herman I absolutely dislike this name to the maximum. Its just plain "ugly." And it sounds like "her man."
Holly-  While Christmas related it's old and do you have any idea how many Hollies are out there.

  • I find it insulting that someone would say the name Honey would not be taken seriously. My name is Honey (from birth), and I have had no problem being taken seriously by anyone because of my name. There are prejudicies concerning my name, and of course there are women who misuse it, as in the case of porn stars, and strippers. But I don't live up to that. I have grown to appreciate why I was named Honey. And I am proud of who I am. Most men I've met like my name, it's mostly women who have had a problem with it.
  • This woman will never be taken seriously.

Honor: "have you been honor..." "Everyones been honor"
I've never met a Hope that wasn't suicidal.

  • Come on, it has 'whore' in it (when said aloud, obviously), for God's sake. That's a terrible association.
  • Sounds like a stuffy, mean old lady with no friends.
  • Not only is this name ugly in the way it rolls off your tongue, it reminds me of horse, and why would anyone want to be named after an old nag? This name seems to be only appropriate on 80-year-old-plus old ladies.


  • it is a spanish name which means great garden. Not properly pronounced it never sounds good. also Hortense and Hortensia.
  • I know two people with this name and it sounds just as unpleasant each time I hear it.

Horton-its even my own last name! it sounds too British & has kept me from telling my friends my last name 4 years.

  • Please don't name your kids unless they plan on being a Hunter and killing neighborhood squirrels.
  • This kid will grow up wearing all camo and being a redneck who goes out and shoots squirells.
  • That's putting way too much pressure on the poor kid to be manly. What if he doesn't want to kill things?
  • What if your child grows up to be a ballet dancer? Hunter is way too violent a name to give a child, in my opinion.


  • It sounds ugly and whining - EEE-AAN! Say it over and over again and it sounds so weird.
  • Eeee-ihn! Eeeeewwww! that nasal.
  • There's two ways to pronounce it and it's too confusing and boring.


  • Idaho, as in "I da 'ho!"
  • “I did this, I did that”. Sounds like a good name for a narcissist. Or alternatively, “I dunno?”.
  • I think of a very grumpy old lady!

Ireland: When there are so many beautiful Irish names, Irish county names that work as names (Kerry, Clare, etc.), and poetic names evocative of Ireland (Erin, Tara), why name a baby Ireland? And spelling it Irelynn, as I've seen a few times, only makes it worse.
Irene: I was unfortunately named this. Too many people have used nicknames for me, such as Rene, Arlene, Aileen, etc. It is annoying and too me it sounds too old fashioned. Plus it supposedly means "goddess of peace" in Greek. I assure you that a child named this will never be able to live up to a goddess nor always be peaceful. I know I am not.

  • This is the perennial boring name.
  • cranky little old Jewish guy who yells at kids who cut across his lawn

Isabelle/Isobel/Isabella: These names translate to "Where is the sh*t" in Hebrew. Why would you want to give your child a name that basically means 'crap'?. My friend who is Jewish, informed me about the translation of this name a while back. I know a few people with these names and I wonder if they would consider changing them if I told them what it meant in Hebrew!

  • I am Jewish, not fluent in hebrew, but know a few words and "Where is the" is translated phonetically as "Ayfo ze ha" perhaps with some imagination one might make a connection to "Iso be la" but there is no reference to poop, there are probably a number of words for poop in Hebrew as there is in many languages. I hope you will post my correction as it would be an injustice to sway someone from naming their girl with such a pretty sounding name.

Ivan- Sounds strict and mean.
Poison Ivy. Enough said.
Jack -
very common now, between Jacks and Jacksons. Not to mention the kids who are named John on the birth certificate! For Pete's sake, in this day and age if you wanna call him Jack, just name him Jack! It's like named your daughter Jane and calling her Jessica. Huh?

  • ick! my name is Jaclyn, and just because there are 50 million other Jackies people assume that's what i want to be called, and there's absolutely no correcting them. Plus, it just sounds ditzy and stupid, a cheerleader name.
  • It manages to insult the nice names Jack, Jacquie, and Jacqueline. Whoever decided that Jackie is a valid nickname for Jacqueline must know a Jacqueline that they dislike.


  • Seems to work best in the younger years...Doesn't really stand the test of time..I think it sounds pretty good if you are 2 years old!
  • An okay name for a boy if you want half the neighborhood to come running when you call him.

    Jacqueline/Jacalyn/Jaclyn etc.: 
  • Jacquelyn/Jacqulyn/etc.- I knew a girl in school whose name was Jacquelyn. Now when I hear the name, I think: Prep/Cheerleader.
  • I think the worst spelling I've ever seen is Jackalyn-- because when I hear this name, all I can think of is "jackal" or "jack o' lantern." Pronouncing the Q, as in jack-wuh-lin sounds even worse.

Jacques: First of all: what teacher is gonna read this name without a grin appearing on his/her face? This name reminds me of a ghost that would haunt a hotel somewhere in Canada or something.
Jade - This sounds like a stripper's name.

  • Jayden, Braydon, Caden, etc. - Too trendy, and there are too many ways to spell it. No one wants to go through life having their name misspelled (I know that from my own experience). And they just sound like brats. I can't picture a grown man with this name.
  • Jaden/Braden/Caden, also Cailin and Jaylen.These are the names of spoiled, bratty boys, to me. As a teacher, these sound like the slackers with too many video games, who get mostly Cs, and whose mothers will call me at home, asking if their darling boys can retake the test for which they “forgot” to study.
  • Jayden. Could parents name their child a name an wimpier than this?
  • Jaden/Braden/Caden... Trendy to the nth degree. Lacking form, soul and substance. Take the suffix -aden and throw the latest trendy starting letter at the beginning. The Garanimals of the naming world.

Jailyn -- this name actually appears on the Social Security Administration's top 1000 baby names for 2003. Did the parents not see that the first four letters are J-A-I-L? Not exactly setting high expectations for the kid. Plus all names ending in -lyn are just TOO trendy.
James -
this is on its way to becoming another Matthew. It's classic and pleasant sounding, but the sheer number of them is on the rise, and almost none of the parents want nicknames used. So it's either Jim, Jimmy, Jamie... or the dreaded last initial to tell your son apart from the others in his class.
: Not good because it is so clearly unisex that it's too hard to distinguish if it's a boy or a girl
Jamison: how do you say this? jam-I-sun, JAME-ih-son, jame-ihs-OWN, jam-EEE-sone. what will be their nickname? jam, jammin, james (boring), jammy, jamson, sonny, or maybe even amy! its a TOO long name.
Jamiroquai : I don't know why the singer guy chose that name because I can't spell it and it sounds like a disease.
JAN This makes me think of Jan Brady, a constant, fighting, jealous little twerp. It also seems to belong to people with ugly last names, too.
Jane: What better way to tell a child “I just don’t think you’re special in any way” than to name her plain Jane.
Janet-sounds like a snobby always gets what she wants little girl!!!
Jared- I dislike this name because it sounds like “Jar head”, it also makes me think of the Star Wars character “Jar Jar Binx”. It just plan sounds trashy.
Jasmine Too many cross dressers and strippers use this name.
Jason: Entirely too common.
Jean: This is a name that should be made illegal. It's my middle name and I loathe it. It's harsh and makes me think of a woman with a crewcut. No I don't have a crewcut.. but then again, I rarely acknowledge any sort of association with this name.
Jenna- Jenna Jameson anyone, anyone??? Everytime I hear it I automatically think of the porn star.

  • There are way too many Jennifers out there. What appeal does that name really hold, anyways? It's really kind of..blah.
  • This is my name. It was also the name of half of the girls born in 1971. Furthermore, my last name began with a "W", so by the time the teacher got to me every year all the nicknames were gone. Jennifer, Jenna, Jenny, Jen, Jen Anne, Jay and finally me. I got to be "Fer". Most annoying for the child of vegetarians. Also, all the personalized tacky items you want to buy as souvenirs as a child were always sold out. I don't let anyone use this name or any variation of it anymore except in official capacities where I need to show ID. Sometimes in doctor's offices I forget what it is when they call me.
  • WAY too common! Why would you name your kid that? To have the same name as every other girl in school? These are America's Mohamad.
  • This is my name. Though I like my name fine, the fact that it is so overused that it's often unbearable to me really turns me off to the name. I went to school with plenty of Jennifers. I go by Jenn now just to distinguish myself. The thing that's sad is, this name was too popular 26 years ago, and it's still in the top 30 today! I just want to shout from the mountaintops to parents DON'T NAME YOUR DAUGHTERS JENNIFER! As I say on my site 'Your child is an individual - let her be so!'
  • It's been so common for so long, it's a cliché. And it's not even pretty. If you really like the name, use Jenny or the original version Guinevere instead.
  • I think I must have known 100 different ones in each class all through school. Very unoriginal.


  • It's a word for a female donkey. Also it's way too common.
  • I dislike the name Jenny because i know like 5 of them.


  • When I was in fifth grade, there was this kid named Jeremy who was mean to me and my friends, so we called him Germy, Jerky Jeremy, or Jerkamy.
  • My sister used to say it "Jermy" so now I always think of germs and unsanitary conditions.


  • This name has always grated my ears with the hard "J" and "K" contrasted with the hissing "s". Whenever I hear people say it they always put a flat "a" sound at the end, too.
  • Very common and with the nicknames that go along with it, its confusing. You never know if you should call them Jessica, Jess, or Jessie.

JESUS (the Hispanic name pronounced "hey-sues") Why on earth would you want your child to walk around with the name of Christ? They will never live up to this name.

  • “This is my son Jet and his brother Cab. Oh, and don’t forget their sister, Boat.”
  • Here Jet....here kitty kitty kitty! What are you going to name his little sister "Fluffy"?

Jill I really dislike the name Jill. It reminds me of a person I use to know in school who was very strange. Also, it sounds like Silly and Gel combined.
Jim, Jimmy- Sounds like a SUV. It’s too light, weak, and effeminate sounding for a man or even a boy. Plus it’s way too common.
Joan Just strikes me as boring.
JoAnn: It's the same big smelly lady at the bingo hall, on a name tag at every pancake house...except when it's a kid trying to figure out what exactly their initials are.
Joaquin, Rico: They sound like you're burping or throwing up.
JOHN / MICHAEL / MARY These three names are faceless, emotionless, just very empty of everything, even though classic they are all so overused have lost all appeal in my eyes

  • With all the names in this world, it seems a pity to choose one so mundane. Just because his father/grandfather/greatgrandfather was named John doesn't mean you have to pass it on. It's like letting your mother-in-law choose your child's name.
  • This name is way too boring and way too popular. It's also a nickname for a toilet.

Johnette: I don't like the name Johnette. It is mine. Usually female derivatives of male names don't work.

  • This is an okay name for a boy, but there is no reason for it to become a girl's name. Some of the names that converted from male to female a long time ago really do sound feminine. There is NOTHING feminine about Jordan.
  • it sounds like your going to grow up as a basketball player. when it is a girls' name, the boys say you are going to marry the boy named jordon who is in your class. this is not a girl's name.
  • There are two problems with this name. First of all, this is a boy's name, isn't it? Why name a girl Jordan? Even if it was a feminine name originally, most people would see the name on paper and think the person with the name was a boy. Second, this is also the name of a brand of shoes, so I wouldn't really choose this as a boy's name, either.
  • Despite this being my name I TOTALLY dislike this name.It sounds nothing like what I am, and it reminds me of fat peeps (of course im not fat). Im also 1 one of the fastest peeps in my school and i dont know how to deal with money very well....

Joseph This name has far to adult sounding for a little boy. The nickname Joey reminds me of a kangaroo and the nickname Joe is just too plain.
Josephine It's so old lady-ish and long. You start off writing it, and you think you're spelling a boy's name... Then you realize, it's a female name. I would never put my child through this. She would be Fanny before she was Josephine.
Josh: Osh Kosh My Gosh it's Josh! do you have the name of those overalls? josh sounds like you are sloshing through a puddle! this is a little kid name. its not good for older people.
Jude: All the Jude's I've know have been shortenings of Judy. I can't understand why anybody would want to call a wee boy by such a girly name.
Judith: It's just plain frightening. Like when you get a note that says 'Judith wants to talk to you', or 'You need to go to Judith's office'. Yikes!
Judy: Judy cutie! Judy patootie! Nudy Judy with the tutti-frutti booty! My name is Judith, thank you very much. If you need to add anything to that, you may call me Queen Judith the Magnificent.

  • glaringly effeminate goth guy who holes up in his room painting the walls black and cutting himself, thinks Trent Reznor's way more than a middle-aged self-absorbed teenager.
  • Sounds like a starving poet who’s kind of lost in life. Feminine.
  • Try and convince me this kind isn't going to get beat up all the time.

Julie: Ugh, what a spine chiller. Ya just gotta say Juuuulie, like, "d'youuu leave?" I dunno, it's something about that Dj syllable that djeww sound that makes it unbearably jewwy, like chewwy or ooeee gooee, I could go on and on.


  • This is my name. I really like being the only Juliet I know, but am constantly getting the french spelling 'Juliette". I wouldn't really care if my name was spelled the other way, but I do wish people would spell it the same way all the time! Of course, I'm always getting the Romeo and Juliet reference. Although, it would make it really easy if some guy ever wants to ask me to prom ;) And there is always my favorite song, Check Yes Juliet. I refuse to go by any nicknames, I'm not Jules, Julie, Julia, or any other 'Jul' names. Then, of course, there's the ever occurring love connection with Juliet. Even though it's such a lovey-dovey name, I'm actually a lot more edgy than my name suggests. But, I can't get anything with my name on it that isn't custom made. My name is actually sort of a funny story; my family was having dinner with some friends when my mom suggested 'Julie', but my dads-friends-girlfriend misheard and said that she really liked the name Juliet. In a way, my dads-friends-girlfriend named me :) Amazingly enough, my parents missed the Romeo and Juliet connection when they name me. Even better, my older sister is Victoria, so we're like Queen Victoria and Princess Juliet! It's a very pretty and unique name, but not overly snobby or outrageous. Perfect for little girls and adults. Plus, when I played soccer, the coach could yell out my name and have the emphasis hang perfectly on the end (Juli-ET!). In the end, I like my name but dislike the references, spellings, and nicknames. Parents, if you're going to name your girl Juliet, know she will likely be the only one you know and have the constant Romeo and Juliet thing hanging over her head. If you hate people misspelling your kid's name, don't name them Juliet OR Juliette.

  • Actually, I like this name quite a bit...but the Romeo and Juliet associations are still there, so I wouldn't consider using it for an actual person's name.


  • ...and Mr. and Mrs. Case thought it would be cute to name their kid Justin. Plus it's already overused.
  • This name is overused, too. It also makes me think of the (horrible) song "Just In Time".

Kale: Have 2 students with this name and both a little odd. Also, who would ever want to name their boy after a leafy green vegetable?
Kaleb, Kody, Kourtney, etc.: I've heard it rumored that back in the days of segregation, businesses with a KKK affiliation used to advertise it to those in the know by replacing C's with K's in the business names. I always think of that when I see a name that's traditionally a C name spelled with a K. Aside from that, it doesn't look Kute to me at all--more like Korny and illiterate.
Kara: Now c'mon mothers, Kara? As in the cooking syrup or the country? I take it they've noted the wonderful melodics of the word-argh. I can't imagine the supper time call through the hood...Kaaaarrraaaa. Way harsh and unfeminine. Not even masculine. No one knows what it is, which is the best reason to stop using it.
kasey this name really annoys me it sounds too girly.

  • dont dislike it but prefer Kate, more grown up,prettier plus Katie is more of a nickname.
  • Katie: pudgy kindergartner with fat pink chimpmunk cheeks, always giggling and simpering. Fast forward ten years: the same thing. Fast forward twenty more years: a transformation! Katie has lost thirty pounds, gotten a boob job and a nose bob and dyed her hair platinum blonde, but she's still got the chipmunk cheeks and the girlish giggle!
  • It's just sort of plain. And anywhere you go, there'll be at least 5.

katy: this version of the shortened katherine/katrina/kate/katie is far too popular. it's my name, and everyone mispells it "katie," "catie" or any other form possible. there's at least 4 other girls in my school who's name or nickname is katie, and when people are talking to them, i think they're talking to me. also, nobody believes that my name is really katy. they call me katherine all the time and i tell them my birth certificate says "katy". i love my name, but also, i can't picture even myself being called katy when i'm over 30. much too cutesy...
Kathy Reminds me of "catty", and funny, every Kathy I've ever known was catty
Katie/Megan/Mike/Ryan -I know at least 10 people of each of these names. I feel bad for children who have to go through life as "Katie D." or "Megan without an h" and luckily for me I have only met one other person with the same name as me.


  • I dont think anyone will use this for a while because of the connection to Hurricane Katrina but the spelling 'Caitríona' is much nicer.
  • sounds like the cat got stuck in the latrine (which is a proper word for 'toilet')


  • I dislike the name Kayla because it is becoming to common a name.
  • So overused it’s not even funny. Plus, it’s a little too “cutesy” for my taste.
  • This name sounds so childish, its like you want your child not to live to see adulthood when you give someone this name.
  • the world is overflowing with them now

Kaylee, Bayleigh, Hailea, etc.: I feel like parents who give these names aren't taking their daughters seriously enough--they're just pretty sounds with no meaning or tradition behind them, and I have a hard time picturing a President Kaylee Lastname or a Nobel Prize winner in medicine named Bayleigh Lastname.
Kayleigh (or any other spelling variation) I just can't imagine a grown woman with this name. It sounds made-up and is way too popular. (What are people thinking?)

The only thing I think of when I hear this name is "keel over", which means to faint.

  • My cousin named his girl dog this, so every time I hear it on a person it is difficult not to laugh, especially because this cousin had ADHD and often made up funny songs about his dog.
  • Too over used, sounds too much like Chelsea, it’s too cutesy. It may work for a little 5 year old, but what about when the kid is an adult?
  • For a boy it's outdated and think before giving a girl a boy's name because you think it sounds cute. You aren't the one having to use it for the next eighty years. It's like you being named Gertrude because your own mother thought it sounded nice at the time...how would you like it?

Kendall: This is a brand of motor oil. What's next, "...and this is my daughter Pennzoil?"
that's right, name the baby after America's most famous and wealthiest white-trash family. Great.
---don't like the "eth" sound at the end. Not masculine to me and Ken makes be think of Barbie, the ultimate drag for a name.
a Midwesterner's pronunciation of Karen.
Sounds pretentious to me, and if he doesn't like it, what nicknames are there?
It rhymes with zit and something else equally unpleasant. What if the poor kid has a serious amount of acne? I don't like this name because in every state I move to there is a news anchor named Kit. The child has only one future: News Coverage
i dislike the name kitty because how would you like to be named after a cat?
My name is Krista, and people always think it's Kristen, Kristy, Carissa, Christina, etc. And if they get it right, they usually spell it "Christa."
(My own name) Makes me feel eternally six-years old.
-I know far too many Kristins too ever like this name. I also dislike the sound of it, it begins with Kr- which sounds very harsh. It also sounds like a stripper or a cheerleader or perhaps a stripper who dresses up as a cheerleader.
It leaves a bad taste in my mouth and it’s my own birth name! People tend to want to spell it as “Christina”, it sounds just like it even though it’s spelt with a K so it gets confusing when there’s 5 other kids who’s names start with “Chris” in the same class. I don’t care for the meaning either, it would be fine if I was a Christian (as the name means follower of Christ), but I am not. I think parents shouldn’t name their children religious names because they don’t know what religion their kid is going to end up having when they grow up.
This sounds like an ailment that would cause spots on your goldfish's fins. Nobody with this name will ever rise above "office manager." It's especially awful when she's named after her father Kyle.
Barf...I just tough a class of first, second and third graders two summers ago and every other girl has one of these ubiquitous "K" names. Poor kids. I do not particularly care for kre8tive names, but to make your daughter just one in a sea of these choices is beyond lame. So unimaginative.
Kyle is Dwayne's slightly more stable friend. He wears plaid shirts that strain against his stomach and is 100% unimaginative.
it would be crazy to get your child stuck sharing a name with Kylie (the singer). I mean what if she took up the same profession and had the same terrible voice?

  • It's an adjective, most often used when describing underwear.
  • The name Lacy seems to be a name that would characterize a ditz of a girl. Example: Loopy Lacy

Laken I think this name is from a soap opera. I think it is way too masculine to be used for a girl (it is normally a girls' name), yet too wimpy for a boy.
I actually really like this name, but read it backwards, and there you have the unfortunate reason why I could never use it!
My wife wanted this name until came up with some great other names to go with it - Lance Hung, Dick Lance, Max Lance, Seymore Lance, Harry Lance, Lance Payne, Able Lance. It sounds too much like a male porn star. I think it means spear or rod.
"Zany Laney"
So middle-aged bald guy its unreal.
It sounds like a female version of Latrine. Who wants to be named after a toilet??
i dislike the name laura because it is so boring and overused.

  • Please, can we think of a more boring totally bourgeois name?
  • entirely too common. I'm in four classes at college, and theres 2 or 3 different Laurens in each of them. I've heard the name so often now that it means absolutely nothing to me. I honestly think I involuntarily roll my eyes when I meet a new Lauren.

I think I heard that Eric Clapton song way too many times when forced to listen to Lite Rock at work.
Leif, Leaf-
First thing I think of are trees, then I think of Vikings. Don’t get me wrong, I like Leif Eriksson, but it seems that most folks who do name their children Leif don’t have a Scandinavian last name to go with it, so it looks rather odd.
Leigh Or anything that ends with Leigh.
It sounds like a pair of pants. Meet my daughter Leigh and my son Tuffskins.
Lemuel -
It sounds pretty bad and when I hear it I picture a hick with a piece of straw sticking out of his mouth.
Growing up in Minnesota, I've heard one too many Ole & Lena jokes to ever take the name seriously again.
i dislike this name cause it makes me think of the word liar.Plus,it's an astrological sign,why would you want to name your child after a lion?
i really dislike the name lindsay. its so ugly sounding and its too common.
Waay too nasally, Leeeesa. A what? Car? House? Boat? Lease a... the name just leaves ya hangin'. Not to mention every fourth child born from 1960-75 was gifted it. Ugh, it's a strange sound and when you're introduced to one for the thousandth time, makes your shoulders instantly slump.
Lizard. Most people don't like lizards or other reptiles. Why name the kid Liz when you know they'll just get called Lizard or some variation?
This name is too old fashioned for me and it conjures up the image of a cantankerous old man.
Logan -
I dislike this name because it was so common (it seemed everybody named their son this). Also, even though its not a long name it is a cumbersome name. I can't imagine having to say this name on a daily basis. Paired with a equally trendy middle name and shivers are going down my spine. PS - I hope your child isnt' named Logan and if he is than I'm truly sorry for being so down on it.

  • (1) The male expectation for someone with this name usually lead to disappointment (2) People react to this name rather strangely “really?” “ are you a prostitute?” (3)People ask if you “know the song?” if they are from the 50’s it’s “what ever Lola wants” portraying a she devil, or the 70’s where the Kinks immortalize the name , “LA< LA< LOLA<” as a transvestite, then in the 80’s Barry Manilow killed the name with “Cococabana”s drunk show girl…..or I hoped he had, but no such luck, Madonna had to bring the name back to life! (4) The recent trend to use the name is too bad, it should die a quick death – I know I’ve lived with it for over 50 years. (5) It’s a four letter word and people can’t spell it! You end up LOLO (6) It sounds like the word used at Girl Scout Camp for the latrine, the LALA (7) No child can pronounce it until they have undergone speech therapy
  • It just sounds like a stripper or showgirl name.
  • This name sounds like a trashy, ugly old woman to me. It also rhymes with "bowl", and "mole", among other things.

London: It's a name for a place, not a person.
pretty much any place name because it just doesn't make sense. Why can't you choose a real name?

  • Lor what? It's like it stops in mid air. Lor...oh, ee. OKaaay. Anything that starts with Lor I would keep my children away. Poor Lori sounds like bad words that are spelled a little different-lurking & luring, not to mention it's a rip off of Laurie--and I can't even go there.
  • Lori, Lory- Makes me think of “Lorikeet” a type of parrot.
  • I don't care for Lori, Lorie, Laurie ... how do you spell it?? Because I don't like names that can have a variety of "correct" spellings. Why would you always want someone misspelling your kid's name? Same goes for Kathy, Cathy, Debbie, Deborah, Debi, Debra, etc. Drives me nuts.

Lorraine: Yet another name people probably thought sounded classy, but is more likely to be pinned to the smock of the cashier down at Wal-mart.

  • It's pronounced the same as "Loo" which is the British word for toilet.
  • the father in the stands at the Little League ball game who cusses out the coach and the ump and all the other team's players and throws a fit when his boy is benched for bad language.


  • In French, lourd means heavy and that's the image I get when I hear this name, a heavy little girl... no offense to Madonna's daughter!
  • Too hard to pronounce.

Lucas - Mucus, Pukus.

  • This means bearer or bringer of light. Satan has not been called by this name since he was kicked out of heaven. He was renamed to Satan, or Devil, due to him not deserving such a beautiful name.
  • someone I was talking too was thinking of calling there son Lucifer, why would you want to name your son after Satan

Lucrezia-connotations of the infamous poisoner
It sounds like luscious!
Luke =

  • Some spacey girl up in a tree, eating magic brownies and saving her menstrual blood to make a collage to sell at the Feminazi Flea Market and Craft Show and Drumming Day.
  • It brings to mine someone who's either incredibly spacy or a preachy feminist who is always going on about "the power of women" and how evil men and the mass media are.
  • I know it relates to women and the moon, both lovely connotations, but if I were in elementary school with a girl named Luna I just know I would call her Looney Luna. Plus it is becoming a popular brand name- there are Luna health bars for women, and, I kid you not, re-washable maxi pads with the brand name Luna. A great association, huh?

Lynn/Lynne -

  • Every girl my age's middle name that isn't Ann or Marie. Yawn.
  • stressed mother of 5 kids and the name's even worse added to the end of something like Julie-Lynn or something
  • It sounds like a 45 year old woman who has 7 cats and looks like she's 75. Lynn's face is full of wrinkles and she is more than slightly insane.


  • harsh sounding
  • This conjures up the image of a snooty sorority chick, a college girl obsessed with nail polish and sweaters.
  • or any version of. I dislike the surname-as-a-first-name trend and I dislike boyish names for girls. This is a double MacWhammy of the worst kind.

Maddigan: I heard about some poor baby that recently got stuck with this name. I severely dislike it - its like its meant to be "Maddison" but got crossed with "cardigan". It's also an Irish family name. A family name for a first name = no! Yuck all round!


  • Don't name your kid from a landmark in New York City.
  • What's the deal with giving your daughter a name with -son at the end? A daughter is not a son! Plus it's so common that the next time I hear it I know I'm going to scream!
  • colorless, dull
  • I dislike the name Madison. I feel like asking the mother of a little girl with that name, "Is your child's last name 'Wisconsin';?"
  • This has got to be one of the ugliest names on Earth.
  • Too popular, yes. Also: As a teacher, I can tell you that most of the Madisons call themselves Maddie or Maddy. These nicknames sound “ratty” and downtrodden. Maybe you think you won’t use the nickname. But other people will!
  • This name is not pretty at all.
  • Every person I know seems to have a child named Madison. It's the mermaid name! It just reminds me of the movie "Splash" where Daryl Hannah's character pointed out Madison Avenue and made that her name. Everyone seems to forget this!
  • Madison/Addison: Maddy is a very unattractive nickname for a little girl. It sounds way too harsh. And Addison always makes me think of an Adder (snake).
  • Madison is the "Jennifer" of the future. I think most people probably loved this name the first time they heard it (that is how a name becomes popular). By the tenth time they probably thought it was o.k.. But by the twentieth time, I for one became pretty tired of it. I think the over use of a Classic or Traditional names is alright. But does anybody still like the name Jennifer?
  • Every other little girl is named Madison and all I can think of when I hear the name is MAD AT SON!
  • it's a last name and a boy's name for that matter. I just don't get what people see in this name. It's so unimaginative.
  • MADISON/MADYSON/MADY: I fear my child will have to memorize the last initials of all her classmates because they will all be named Madison!

Madison/ Zoe/ Sky/ McKenna: Um, has everyone forgotten that there are many other girls names and you're not limited to these four? Seriously, every little girl I meet under the age of 3 is named one of these names.
Maggie the haggie, maggot, faggie, magpie, gaggie... I could go on and on. Used by parents who already have a dog named Molly.

  • I've seen it spelled Malarie, which is just one letter away from Malaria.
  • My name is Mallory, but I prefer to be called Stacey. I'm writing because I wanted to write about the dislike of my name Mallory. I read a submission on Mallory, and I agree with that person. This is my name, and I can be honest about this, I don't like the name Mallory. I don't like it for several reasons:
    1. It's sounds like malady which means sickness or disorder. Who would name their child sickness?
    2. It also sounds like Malaria which is a disease. Why would you want to name your child after a disease?
    3. The prefix "Mal" means bad.
    4. Mallory means misfortune. Why would you want to give your child a name that means misfortune? Often times, I introduce myself as Stacey.
    One of the students I went to school with is named Stacey and I like that name way better than Mallory.
  • Total valley girl who only cares about make-up and cute boys. Either that, or at the total other end of the spectrum, a complete nerd with frizzy red hair, freckles, and big thick glasses.
  • malorry, mally, any name with "mal" in it: the prefix mal=bad, ie. malodorous, malevolent
  • malorie: one letter away from calorie

I dislike these names because they have no ring to them. MAGGIE reminds me of a chubby person, or the baby from the Simpsons, and MARGARET reminds me of an elderly lady, or the word "regret."

  • Marie as a middle name - why not be an original? How many people do you know that have this middle name. As a joke and tounge in cheek, my daughter calls her male friends .. "Justin Marie", "Carson Marie", etc. when she is mad at them. Because when your mom gets mad, she uses your middle name and Marie is the epitome of a middle name.
  • Makes me think of a crotchety old hag. Ah yes, and it does mean “full of bitterness and sorrow”.

Maria: it is a beautiful name until I had 4 Maria's in my class
Everyone thinks of Mariah Carey now.
Reminds me of the word margarine.
which is my name. Me and just about every other man my age who isn't called David. There were seven Marks in my first grade class. And frankly I would have killed to have been called Dweezil.
Every time I hear this name I can't help but picture an unhappy homemaker waiting for her husband George to come back from the mill
Marvin the Martian. Enough said.
Way too over used plus it means “ full of bitterness and sorrow”. Who would name their child “bitter” or “sorrowful”?
Mary Lynn, Mary Alice, Mary Joe, Mary Sue, Mary Beth, Mary Ann, etc.:
apparently unbeknownst to the parents who give their children double-name first names, such monikers go on to haunt their offspring in ways they hadn't even thought of. Most notably the fact that rarely does the general public ever remember the second half of the name, relegating the poor girls to "Mary" for the rest of their lives. Or, to make matters worse, the last half of the name is slaughtered beyond the point of recognition of the bearer.
I can't imagine this on anyone younger than 80.

  • Cute, but way too popular. Also, it has the unpleasant teasing nickname of "door mat."
  • Yeah, the world really needs 15 more Matts in every class. 
  • Sometimes it seems that Matthew is the emergency name for new parents who can't think of any other name. In itself it's a nice name, but there's too many Matthews.. and what's the deal with the two T's anyways??
  • Good old-fashioned name, except for the fact that there's at least 20 in every graduating class. Ditto for "David."

Maud: Old-lady names are getting fashionable now, but this one is just awful.
sounds like a comic book character. Max Spaceflyer, here to save the Earth!

  • The parents couldn't settle for Kayla, so they had to put a big ugly Mc in front of it. Mc should be reserved only for last names, and McDonalds.
  • Michaela used to be a perfectly nice name until the people who can't spell discovered it and took it away to the trailer park.

McKenna: My cousin just named her newborn daughter this but spells it Mackena. When I got the birth announcement, I thought the name was pronounced Mack-ena. It just doesn't sound like a real name to me.
Meg, not Megan or Meghan,
is a less-than-desirable name. It sounds like someone is cutting you off mid-sentence. Meg--!

  • Another very unfeminine name. It sounds too sharp and angry. Plus, the most dominant sound is “egg,” and who wants to sound like breakfast?
  • I dislike this name because it reminds me of a dog, Megan's beggan
  • Lost its funky charm about a billion Megans ago.
Melanie- Like melanoma, skin cancer.
Melina/ Malina/ Melena :
I dislike this name as it is a medical term refering to the passage of blood in the feces.
  • Sounds too much like the word molest.
  • my name- sigh! my parents named me this because it was 'unusual'- yes- ok- not!
  • This name is way too common. My name is Melissa, and I don't really like being known as 'Melissa H.' In fourth grade, there was another Melissa with an 'H' last name. We both ended with the same letter too! (( a 't' )) We had to write out our full name on tests since we had the same middle names. (( Ann ))

Melvin All I can think of is taped glasses and pocket protectors.
PLEASE don't name your child after a car! My friends name is Mercedes and when she first met us everyone would walk past her and say vroom vroom and make car noises.
Bad enough to name your child after a car. Worse to spell it phonetically.
because it sounds very stuffy and fluffy. Plus, I despise the nickname Mere (pronounced Mer)
Merle: I know it is the Latin word for a songbird, and probably sounded beautiful to parents 100 years ago. Now it's just ugly for a boy or a girl.

A child should not be saddled with the name Merlin. I know a child named Merlin, and I feel the parents have cruelly chosen a name that will draw the animus of other kids and that sounds like a man in his late fifties-early sixties who bowls two or three times a week in a league. Even with the medieval interest in that ole magician, Merlin cannot be redeemed and should magically disappear.
I have an uncle named this, but he must not like it either, because he uses his middle name. I do like it, but for a GIRL, probably because of Meryl Streep.
sounds like a meow.
Michael and Sara -
These have to be the two most overused names in the English language, because they are very common for people of all ages. Please give them a rest and name your kids something more original.
Michaela/Mikayla/Makaila, etc.:
This name does not suit anyone over eight. Somehow I can't picture Prime Minister Mikayla, or even Mrs. Mikayla. It's childish and silly.

  • The name seems to breed backstabbing and fake tans and peroxide blonde hair.
  • is a name I dislike and it's my own. I'm hearing impaired so I dislike Rochelle even more. It rhymes with my name and I can't hear the difference. It's bad enough that there are over half a dozen Michelle's at my work, six more in class, and now we have "Rochelle's"? Plus, nowadays we like to change the spelling of everything: nobody spells my name right. So I urge parents to not use this name, especially if the child is hearing impaired, the name is too soft sounding, everyone has it, or they are Rochelle.


  • Two Words “Mildew” and “Dreadful”.
  • This name could be considered a synonym for dowdy! This name is drab and lifeless and should be happily filed away into the list of forgotten names.....
  • This name calls to mind a severe, plain, boring older woman. Also, I think the DRED sound is very unpleasant in both sound and association.

Millie- It's a total old lady name. I can't picture anyone under the age of 75 with this name.
a cash crop, along with soybeans and sorghum.

  • Mork!
  • Anyone want a breath mint?

Mikayla: I just can't picture a grown, old lady with this name.
Brings to mind bananas and stuck-up private school girls.

  • Missy: like the female equivalent of Buster. "Just where do you think you're going, Missy?"
  • When my mom or teacher was mad at a girl, she would say "LOOK HERE, MISSIE!..." It just doesn't sound like a name--it's like naming a child "young man" or "Lady Jane"


  • I missed you, Misty! This doesn't sound like a full name, more like a nickname.
  • This is more of a unicorn name than a people name.
  • I dislike this name, because it's mine to dislike. My name is Misty Dawn as if Misty wasn't bad enough. First of all, "hello grandma Misty" ugh. Second, no one seems to know how to spell Misty (Misti, Mistie, Mystie, etc). Third of all, everyone had a dog, horse, or cat named Misty, and feel compelled to tell me about it. Lastly, in the early 80's Porn Star Jon Holmes dated a woman named Misty Dawn, and I have also been told it sounds like a strippers name.
  • There is already a submission for Misty. I am writing b/c this is also my name and like the existing entry mine is also Misty Dawn and have encountered all the same things like having a horse or dog named Misty or sounding like a porn star. I wish I could meet this other Misty Dawn so we could commiserate together about it. Anyway, I want to add one thing…I met a German girl at a party once and she told me Misty (actually spelled Mistie) in German means “lots of crap from farm animals”…lovely, isn’t it!

Misty, Crystal, Amber, Mindy, Dawn, Krissy, and Tammy. These names should be strictly reserved for people who plan to raise their children in a trailer park and appear on The Jerry Springer Show. They also remind me of fat, data processors with acrylic nails and crusty bangs, wearing ill-fitting, faded clothing.
Mitchell To me,
Mitchell rhymes with too many derogatory words to ever give credit to nick names, like b*tch, witch, and even itch...Pronouncing it, it sounds like a gurgle. It's also Dennis the Menace's last name. Nuff' said.

  • Molly- I know too many people who have named their dogs this.
  • I picture a drug using nasty teen who is contantly playing the victim. Better suited for a dog anyways.

Monty -

  • ...Python?
  • It's one of those names that no one under the age of eighty has, and your kid is going to get jokes for the rest of his life.
  • An old man's name, or neighborhood bully. I wanted to use the name Montgomery if I had another son, but then my husband said, "Yeah and we can call him Monty!" It just turned me off completely.


  • Isn't that a kind of horse? Sounds like "mortgage," too.
  • Sounds to much like morgue, mourning, organ and organism. I wouldn't want my kid to sound like a liver or stomach.
  • Too "old-fashioned-but-trying-to-be-new". Makes me think of cheerleaders.
  • in the morgue, no doubt.

Myrtle This name rhymes with "girdle" and "turtle" which is a perfect set-up for a child to be teased. Plus it's a little too old-fashioned and outdated. I can't imagine anyone in the new millennium naming their daughter this.

  • Makes me think of someone who is homosexual. i.e., the phrase “Nancy Boy”.
  • Nancy A very common name for people over 40! Too dated. Maybe it’ll come around again in time for your grandkids, but for now it’s just stale.
  • the name reminds me of a not very nice person, someone cynical

Naomi --

  • My stepdaughter's name. I didn't mind it until a friend pointed out that it was "I moan" backwards. It also bothers me when mispronounced.
  • I also hate my own name, Naomi. It sounds like a wimp and I am a very strong person. Also, everybody mispronounces it. Even though the second letter is a
    long "a" sound, everyone changes it to a long "i" and calls me Niomi. I have never understood why people do this, but I loathe it.
  • Although this lovely sounding name trips off of the tongue nicely, all I can think of is "Naomi cried for her children," from the Bible. Too dark.


  • Sounds like an adverb to me, as in "he was nattily dressed." Not that that's a bad thing, but it just doesn't sound like a name.
  • Makes me think of those pesky little flying insects that get into your eyes
  • The name always seemed awfully nasal-sounding to me. Kind of whiny.
  • I admit this my name and most the time I love it but I always got stuck with Nat as a nickname. Kids DON'T like being named after Bugs. Gnat


  • On Sesame Street, there was a little baby monster named Natasha. I don't like the whole "tash" sound. It's ugly.
  • I've never ever met a nice or smart girl named this. They've all been dumber than a brick and "witchy."
  • Boris, the moose and the squirrel are all the reasons why, it just sounds like a joke to me because of that show.

Nevaeh: First of all, it's heaven backwards. Isn't that sort of like naming your child hell? Second, it's way too popular. Everyone who names their child this thinks they are "so original" but in reality there are thousands of unfortunate girls with this name. Third, I just can't imagine a successful working woman or old lady with this name.

  • Niamh/Caoimhe/Aoife: yes, these are actuall names in Ireland, but we ain't in Ireland, see? And nobody who isn't first-generation Irish or have a degree in Celtic linguistics is going to understand why they're spelled so strangely for the way they sound.
  • (in relation to first comment)
    Niamh- Neev, keeva, Efa.
    true- most americans/australians dont have a hope in hell of getting these so if not in ireland stick to the phonetic thing.(even some people here dont get them because of the relgious divide catholics traditionally gave their children irish names and protestants avoided them like the plague.even now i know niamhs who get neem, caoimhes who get ceemHA and aoifes who get offee (think toffee)

  • No one, other than naming nerds like myself, will every pronounce this right. It's completely impossible.


  • Sounds like Nickel - As*, yet tons of people still manage to like this name and use it on their kids. And the nickname Nick is boring. Heck, the name Nick's in NICKname it's so common! And "Nick" reminds me of "Scar".
  • It's just ugly sounding.
  •  I never liked this name, the nickname Nick is even worse. Every 2nd boy's name is Nick, Nicky, Nicholas. I wonder why people don't choose to use a more interesting version like Nikoli, Nicoli. This sounds better to me.
  • nicholas/Christopher I should like them, they're well established classics...yet they have such a childish feel to them that I have a hard time taking an adult Nicholas or Christopher very seriously. The short forms are equally unappealing -- Nick is a ding in a piece of wood and Chris is very fem. That they are ubiquitous does not help their case.

Nicole I'm sorry, but having the word "cole" in your name is just depressing. Plus, it's way over-used.
(for a girl). I know this sounds feminine because it has the "ita" at the end, but it's a Russian male name!

  • My name is Nina but for some reason people always insist on calling me Nikki. It drives me crazy. After 20 years, I just don't like the name anymore.
  • Over the years, I've come to dislike the name Nikki (short form of Nicole, Nikita,ect.) because it sounds all cutesy and makes me think of an attention seeking dolly girl (no offence). Also, whenever I watch a soap or programme aimed mainly at young people, there seems to be someone called Nikki.

Norma This name sounds like a chubby, big-nosed old gossip who sits at her telephone all day.
You know those parents who despise "creative names" yet still want to be original and classy? Well, this is what they name their kid, and it usually doesn't go over too well.

  • One of the few Russian names I dislike. It reminds me of the word "ogre".
  • First of all it sounds like a old Russian queen, or a hag or something. It sounds old and musty. Also, there is a girl at my school called Olga and everyone calls her Old Guy. Lovely.
  • Olga/Helga- Brings to mind a huge blonde masseuse from Norway or one of those countries and she has huge scary muscles and a mustache and is saying, "Olga/Helga break your back now!" or something frightening like that. Very manly.

Olivia/Olive/Oliver Reminds of olives
(I think they're good as food, but as a baby name, yuck!). Olivia is getting to be too popular. 
This has got to be the worst name EVER. It's wimpy, and sounds terrible. All I see is "Liver."
Reminds me of Olives, which reminds me of Olive Oyl (from that old cartoon Popeye). Not a pleasant image!
A name that seems to be chosen when the parent thinks Olivia is too common but still insists on an O name. It seems to be the only other option.
So bad it's actually funny. No really, I literally crack myself up whenver I think of this name. I have no idea, and it's not even remotely common, but the name just sounds so weird and stupid that you can't help but laugh at how bad it is.

  • Hot dogs and the Grouch
  • Only works if you're green, furry, gruff-voiced and live in a garbage can.

OSWALD  REMINDS ME OF LEE HARVEY.....................
I know a poor unfortunate girl with this name. Poor little girl – named after a car! (Besides, YOU try figuring out a nickname for this poor thing! Paci??? Fic??? Ciffie? Way too humiliating…)
This is a material! What's next, "This is my daughter, Silk?"
It's originally a man's name, people who have read the Illaid know why, and naming your kid after a place (e.g. Dakota, Asia, etc.) sounds trashy.
A female Pat should be illegal. Making Patricia 'Tricia' is even more of a crime. But no female should claim 'Pat'. It's just 'Pat'. What? Pat a cake, what?? Way to brief the name Pat. It's has to be in the top 10 plain names on earth.
I'm sorry, but the first time I heard this name it belonged to a Patience Whipple and now I think of toilet paper when I hear it.
an invitation to tease - Fatty Patty, Cow Patty, Hamburger Patty, Peppermint Patty, Patty Duke, etc. ad nauseum
Payne :
this can only be used once in the case of the late Payne Stewart the golfer guy. Payne the Pain is not good.

  • Peyton- wait a minute..seyton-macbeth's assistant...satan-the devil...pay-the bill?...the choices are endless.....
  • I don't like this name because it is a last name. It also sounds like patent (long "a") which means "open".

Peaches: The only time I heard this name, it was put with Honeyblossom, and sounds like she belongs with Rainbow Brite.

  • a guy's sexual organ.
  • Reminds me of peanut butter.
  • Just reminds me of a saying my grandmother always says. "If you have a mosquito on your peter, whack it off."

Phineas: sounds like a small bone in your nose.

  • If I hadn't heard it spoken on "Friends" before seeing it written down in a synopsis of the show, I would still be pronouncing it "Phobe" as in "Phobia"
  • Doesn't this name make you think of the word "fetus"? I can't imagine any woman under the age of sixty to have a name like this!!


  • Probably the ugliest name I can think of. A Phyllis was born to be a cafeteria lady. "Fill us with lunch, please!"
  • Super ugly-sounding. Total "old lady" name, and for some bizarre reason, immediately makes me think of horses. I doubt anyone would actually want their name associated with Mr. Ed and the like.


  • This is something you name an elf or a bird, not a child.
  • How can the poor girl be taken seriously when she’s all grown up? Too cute, not pretty.
  • Like the pied piper, only female.
  • I dislike the name Piper, it's not very attractive and all I can think of is the wrestler named Rowdy Roddy Piper. I also can't help thinking of Peter Piper and his pickled peppers, and also The Pied Piper of Hamlin playing his tune and all the rats following him. They are all Not very pleasant images for a sweet little girl!
Pippa - in Swedish, this is slang for "having sexual intercourse" - not a very nice name for a little girl!
Yes, I have heard this name before, and I intensely dislike it. It's the name of the guy who takes your luggage up to your hotel room, NOT for a baby.
Appropriate for little yappy dogs donning rhinestone collars, and owned by rich, old ladies.
  • Any child named Princess will probably think she is one and have the worst attitude...at least, the Princesses I know do. Save yourself years of grief and don't name your kid that. You'll end up with a royal pain.
  • See Precious, only larger dogs.
  • Sure, she might be that to you. But she has to put this name on resumes someday.

Priscilla sounds like Priss to me.
Purificación -
a Spanish name. I think it´s horrible to call a little girl "purification", as if she were dirty. Plus, it makes me think of "purée"
Having a husband named Michael is no excuse for that extra A.
This spelling of Rachel makes you want to pronounce it Rah-CHEE-ull.
Two words: Trailer Park.
In my opinion rain is too depression to name your child after.

  • some greasy guy at the gas station who tries to sneak looks up ladies' skirts while they pump gas. Has cut a peephole in the ladies' bathroom too.
  • OK so it might be alright in the USA but here in Australia he'd be teased relentlessly. Randy means horny. I wouldnt bestow that on any child.

Rayne - We knew someone who named their kid this. It's been almost a year, and we still have trouble saying it with a straight face. It's bad enough to name your kid Rain, but spelling it like this makes it look like you didn't even know how to spell the word "rain" correctly. Sad to say, but it seems very "trailer trash"... like Krystal. And having a videogame character called BloodRayne makes the name even more ridiculous!
Either the little girl in the Exorcist who twists her head all the way around while vomiting green slime or a US president who drifted through his administration letting his wife, his advisors and an astrologer make his decisions for him.

  •  All right, this name is beautiful, but Becky is not, and it is almost inevitable that Rebeccas end up as Becky.
  • especially Rebecca Ann- are we all from the trailer park? Everytime I hear it I picture barefoot, redneck children playing in the dirt.

Reggie: Everytime i hear this name, the word "wedgie" comes to mind. I'd feel bad if the poor kid gets tormented everyday.."Reggie has wedgie!"
Has always struck me as the least attractive of the French names. Also, the accent is usually placed over the wrong 'e' and that annoys me to no end.

  • Nice meaning (wolf, I think), but sounds like barfing.
  • It's similar to barf.

Rhiannon. Don't you remember the song? She was a "lady of the night"! Why would you name your child something like that??
Reminds me of a Jersey Cow as opposed to a charming little girl...also, sounds too similar to, "Honda", especially not appropriate for a heavy set child.
Richard (Dick)

  • It's an ugly name, and most of the Richards I have met were arrogant and mean.
  • You may not choose to call him "Dick," but someone assuredly will!
  • Richard -- Way too stiff-feeling! And it makes me think of Richard Nixon who was corrupt and ugly besides.
  • Need I say why? It's a nice name but with that Dick connection, you're just asking for trouble

Rikki too peppy, too cutesy. I dislike the "i" ending. give your child something that distinguishes them as a person, not as a cheerleader!
Sounds like "rile", meaning "to anger". Or rifle, which is almost as bad. It's too masculine to be a girl's name, but doesn't quite sound like it should be a boy's name either.
I cannot stand the name Robert; it reminds me of a balding, businessman who sits in a cubicle all day long! But the nickname is way worse; Bob is a haircut for women, not a cool nickname.
It sounds so corny and strange. It's also kind of stuck up.

  • Nickname: birdbrain.
  • Just can't see this as a name; it's too cute.

Rochelle Yeah if you want your daughter to grow up and be a stripper!!
Associated with phrases like "Rocky Landing", "Rocky marriage" - sounds like the child is doomed to a bad time in life.
dont put on your red light tonight
The kid just sounds like a dork.
Rudolph -
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. Enough said.
Why name a kid after a civilization
Last I heard, rumors were bad things, vicious lies spread about people and just not nice.
Try and convince me they aren't going to get beaten up daily.

  • This has to be one of the most unflattering names I can think of. The “eww” combined with the “th” sound make it unbearable. It sounds too much like “Roof”.
  • I know it's Biblical, but it sounds like the noise a dog makes while barking. "RUTH!! RUTH!! ROOOOTH!!!"
  • I can't think of a worse name to call a baby, it's so harsh and tongue-twisting


  • Sounds like a cross between Ryan and Nylon.
  • "Oh, I bought this great new winter jacket, it's down-filled, bright blue, made of 75 percent Rylan and 25 percent Gore-tex."

Sabina: Why not go for Sabrina and save yourself the aggravation of mispronunciation for the rest of your life (and your child's).
It sounds too much like some really popular names. And it would be really bad for your child to be called "Sab". It's a car brand. I could see her classmates now, calling her the newest brand of Saab car, whatever it would be.
Sadie, sade, etc.:
Reminds me of sadistic

  • It's just stupid! It's like naming your kid "Driver" or "Trucker" or "Pilot" or "Cabbie" or something equally stupid. It's an occupation. How about "Secretary" or "VIP" or maybe "Burgerflipper" because that's all they'll ever be.
  • What if Sailor fears the water?
  • because it's a TITLE NOT A NAME.

Saira: A withering bellydancer, missing a tooth, displaying nappy hair, and sporting an array of gold items that outweighs her.
WAY overused--it seemed like every other person in the 60's -80's was named Sally

  • It has MAN in it. Not even the masculine, Samuel, has man in it, so why should the feminine? And Sammy is not the least bit feminine sounding/looking, even if you spell it Sami or Sammie or Samee.
  • (My name, go figure) Its used so much. I greatly dislike sitting in my highschool class rooms, surrounded by three, or four other Samantha's. For your daughters sanity, name her something else. I once had 5 Samantha's in one class, two in which had the name letter to their last names, (one of them being me) and, we ended up coming up with ridiculous nick names (Sam, Samantha, Sammy, Chica, And that one girl). I'm not saying Samantha isn't a pretty name, it is, but it's used so much I don't understand how I (or anyone else with this name) holds onto their own mental conditions. Its just frustrating trying to figure out who your boss/employee/peer/friend/acquaintance is talking to when there's more than one Samantha in a room. You know what I mean?
  • Samantha, Sabrina, Tabatha - Reminds me of witches. Who wants to be named after TV witches, no matter how pretty they are??? I certaninly wouldn't name my daughter that. I also think they sound "trashy".

Sandrine: looks a bit like sardine to me.
as a girls name. It is a masculine name originating from Alexander, as in Alexander the Great, a man. The female version is Sandra. I wish people would get this right. I've never personally known a woman named Sandy. I have a cousin named Sandra, no one in our family has ever called her Sandy!

  • It's my name and it's not really the name I dislike, it's the pronunciation. I saw a Bible movie once about Abraham and Sarah and they pronounced it SAH-rah. (Just FYI the movie was filmed in Iran or somewhere) I think that sounds MUCH more attractive than SARE-uh...but who's going to remember, unless you're from a foreign country?Spanish\Mexican girls named Sara (no H) pronounce it SAH-rah, and even have nicknames sometimes (Sarita, Sarina, etc) but no matter where you go in America and no matter what spelling it seems to be "SARE-uh." I do dislike that no matter what spelling it's common, but I think I might be able to live with that if I could just get people to say it the way I want!
  • Sounds babyish. A princess in their parents eyes, very SPOILED. One of those kids who sucks their thumb till they are 9, later sucks their dad's money away, gets a $4000 drum set or whatever without second thought as a teenager because their parents are so afraid of the baby tantrums she throws when she doesn't get her way.
  • all through middle school and high school there were two Sarah's with the same last name, so they went by "Sarah brown" and "Sarah blonde" for their hair color.
  • WAY too common! Why would you name your kid that? To have the same name as every other girl in school? These are America's Mohamad.
  • one word- common! there are 6 sarah's in my year alone!!!!!!!!!!!!! enough said
  • People use this name because it means princess. and okay so who doesn't want their little girl to be a princess, but it just gets so annoying! Everyone is naming their daughters Sarah!
  • Sara/Sarah: Again, it's really overused. I'm friends with about 4 different Sarahs right now, and there is really no convenient way to tell them apart by name unless you know them. When someone talks about some girl with this name, you always have to tack on her last name, or at least the last initial. Though I have nothing against the name itself, the probability for someone else having the same name and the same spelling is very high, so it should probably be avoided. For example, right now I know two girls called Sarah K. And yes, they're both Sarah-with-an-H...so when they're in the same room, people always call them by their last names instead. They don't mind, but I'm sure it gets annoying to be one of many people with the same name.
  • WAY too common. Even if you absolutely love it, your kid won't. They'll have to be Sara B. or 'Sarah with an h.'

Savannah: The name Savannah is undesirable to me; it reminds me of a monkey people pay 50 cents to take a picture with at the county fair.
My English teacher named her daughter this. It sounds like a video game character.
it sounds like seaweed to my ears and it reminds me of mental wards!
Scarlett -
What happened? When my peers' mothers became obsessed with Gone With the Wind, they just named their daughters Tara (or occasionally Melanie)! Now little Scarletts abound. Maybe I just don't sympathise with everyone's favorite procrastinating southern belle. Plus, I can't warm up to a name that starts with "scar." And, I automatically think of The Scarlet Letter.

  • All the Scotts I went to elementary school with got called "Snott."
  • My name is Scott and I always disliked the name. A hard time in school with the rhymes like, "Scotty went Potty on an Enchilade". It also sounds like a brainless blonde surfer dude.
  • I actually like this for a boy, but I've heard rumors about it being used for a girl, and that just doesn't work

Scout: If you are not in To Kill A Mockingbird, then name your daughter that.
Shamus is an old-fashioned term fora private detective.
when i read this name, in my mind i hear "SEEN." Spell it Shawn/Shaun PLEASE! Same goes for Seamus. SHAMUS is better.
The same people who name their kids Atticus and Gideon like this name. It's like a combination of Sara and Josephina, and it's supposedly "original" and "unique".
Ladies, please! This is a SANITARY product! A very good one but that's no excuse!

  • Shawn/Sean: I don't know how to explain it, but it sounds nasely and wimpy in a way. And whenever I see Sean, I always pronounce it as Seen.
  • Rhymes with “yawn” (as in boring!), “pawn” (as in pawn shop) and “con” (as in con-artist). It just strikes me as a trashy low class name.

Shelby- I think this is one of the ugliest names I've ever heard. I read a children's book once about a turtle named Shelby, and I can't believe someone would name a baby that. It's just ugly.
SIDNEY (for a girl) -
This is originally an English name, and it is definitely originally a BOY's name. The same goes for Adrian, Ryan, Robin, Lesley and many others, but Sidney is certainly the silliest example.
Sir :
What if he is knighted? Sir Sir?

  • Sierra/Cierra: This is a perfect name-- for an SUV.
  • Sierra, Ciarra, Cyerra, etc...I can't stand hearing these names any longer! I don't think it is a "cute, uncommon name" I have never liked it.
  • This name is not that popular but its getting there.
  • I'm sorry, I can't imagine a grandma with this name, and every time I meet a little girl with it I think "ooh... over-trendy parents."

Simon: crooked lawyer who brags about getting child molesters and slumlords off the hook. Always sporting a thousand-dollar suit, unshined shoes and an oily smile.
or any form of it (i.e. Skye, Skyie, Skylar, Skylee) I did really like this name when it was weird and unusual but, it to me is the new Jennifer or Caitlyn... I have heard of at least 10 kids named Sky in the last year and a half. and even worse if it is paired with a witticism like Sky Blue, Sky Balou, Etc...
My name is Skyler Smith and I'd like to apply for a job here." Do you want your child to have the name Skyler when they are 80 or even 25 and looking for a job? I think it's cruel and they may never forgive you. I wouldn't.
as in soapy.
This name always makes me think of sofa. Or soap. Neither of them something I'd want associated with my name.
Soren (without the umlaut) -
This is my favorite Scandinavian name, but there is supposed to be an umlaut making the first syllable sound kind of like the word "sir", otherwise it sounds like "sore" with an N at the end and it doesn't sound right.
It sounds like a porn star's name, along with Lance.
reminds me of the Barbie doll's little sister.
as a name is also bad because it suggests that the parents are fame-seeking. It seems to promise a certain Hollywood mentality. That can't be good.
my own name, don't like it because when I worked as a dispatcher at a trucking company I'd answer the phone by stating the company name followed by "this is Starla." They all thought I'd said my name was Darla.

  • I've always thought this name is really ugly. It makes me think of stuffing, which I can't stand.
  • It sounds like "Step On Me", and it's too ugly.
  • It’s a ugly name period. Think of the possible nick names child will come up with: “Step-on-me” or calling her “fanny”.
  • This is my name, but I am changing it. I have always thought this name is ugly- sounding and weird. Having the "st" and "f" sounds so close 
    together is bizarre, and the "uh" sound makes it even worse. I don't understand why so many people think this is a pretty name.

Steven- Horrible name. It’s makes you have to move your mouth in awkward ways. The “St” sound is creepy. Think of the words that start with the same sound like “stupid”, “stink”, “stingy”, “stuck-up”, “stifle” . Add to that, it’s way too over used. Any name that is over used is going to end up being associated with negative things.
Stuart/Stewart -
This name, to me, sounds like fart. Also, the nicknames "Stu" and "Stuie" sound like stew. As in a big pot of chunky stew. It's pretty common, too.

  • Sounds like a law suit.
  • This name is so common especially for women born in the 40's and 50's that it means nothing.

sue anne- ok people who puts 2 names together to sound like they came from the trailor park..i mean no offence, but sue anne and names like bobby jan, mary ray, and other names that go together just shouldn't be allowed anymore. that was meant for back in the day when people could only work on farms.
Nice or not, giving a child the name of a season seems unoriginal to me, especially if they were born in the season they're named after. (A Spring being born in April, a Summer being born in June, and so on.) Also, Summer where you come from might be nice, but someone else's might be hot and humid, or storm season, or any other number of things, so there are lots of possibilities for negative associations...not to mention how easy it would be for this girl's classmates to tease her.
this is the word my aunt gave us girls to use to refer to our womanly parts in polite society.
obvious scary movie connotations
Sydney, Sidney:
a crooked used-car salesman. The IRS is panting to see his records.
A puddy-tat! I tought I taw a puddy-tat!
Isn't that candy? This is my other daughter, Snickers, and my son, Rolo.
This is my name and I have been unhappy with it for years. I have been told (by my husband) that he thinks of it as a name for strippers or trailer trash. I would change it in a minute if I wouldn't have to hear about it from my mother for the next twenty years. I can't even imagine being in my 50s or 60s with this name.
I don't understand the appeal of this name. Aside from the fact that it sounds wussy, its a word for someone who tans hides for a living.
Just go ahead and buy the child a stripper pole for her 1st birthday. She may as well embrace her destiny and start practicing. The association with Tonya Harding doesn’t help either.

  • Sounds like a sex toy
  • It's like you were eating Tater Tots and then got heartburn...and had to take Tums.


  • I like it better as a boy's name. Girls have really taken over this one! Seems very generic, and with no soul.
  • Taylor/Tyler Now girls are being named this too. This is just so popular and totally over-used.
  • Taylor and Tyler: These two weren't particularly great presidents, both of them pro-slavery, and Tyler joined the Confederacy as an old man. So why name your baby after them? They are especially bad for girls, for whom they sound snooty.
  • Taylor/Tyler: Cheesey and so extremely common. Don’t parents think about the 10 other male and female versions of each that will be in class with them some day?
  • This is a place you get your clothes hemmed, not a name!

Tequila-I asked the NICU staff one day what was the worst baby name that passed through their department and this was the answer,
Terence the pterodactyl? And the nickname Terry seems totally unmasculine. I can only image a "Terry" to be a wuss, apart from Hulk Hogan.
Thomas :
An important man in producing the modern toilet; Thomas Crappa. And it's used to much. Thom-as*?
It means aunt in Spanish. What if she never has nieces or nephews? And if she does, “Timmy, Aunt Aunt is coming to visit.”
Even snobbier sounding than Tiffany.

  • Tiffany or any variant thereof: It sounds to me like a pom-pom princess and for some reason makes me think of cotton candy, all pink and fluffy but with no real substance.
  • So over.
  • This originally became a name because of the lamps. Someone decided it would be a cute name. Why would you name your child after a lamp? Or a jewelry store, for that matter?
  • I can't picture an old lady named Tiffany and I personally think it sounds like a snob's name.

Tillie. It's just too old-fashioned. And it sounds too silly. I can't take you seriously if you're named Tillie. It also sounds like one of those loner-type girls who get picked on by Tiffany's because they are wearing plaids with checks.
Timmy/Tim/ Timothy--
too weak sounding. Brings Lassie dogs to mind and I always thought Lassie was obviously smarter than her master.
This name doesn’t look or sound appealing. And the word "moth" is in it, right in the center of the name! Lovely. And I can’t help but think "Timmy the toilet" when I hear the nickname Timmy.
Todd, or Tad, or any T__d name there is.
That name simply reminds one of an under-developed frog.
the body of Tony (Tony the Turk) Turciotti was found today stuffed into a drainage pipe behind the Mama Mia Pizzeria. Mr. Turciotti made headlines last year when he was acquitted on federal racketeering and wire-tapping charges.
Sounds like someone sneering or talking through their nose

  • It's the capitol of New Jersey!! I can't think of a less romantic or interesting place on the planet to name a child! OK, maybe Cortland (NY). It also has the unfortunate side effect of sounding like "trench mouth" to me.
  • Why anyone would name their child after a city in New Jersey is beyond me. The shortened form, Trent, is unattractive and abrupt.


  • hard to say distinctly, comes from a dumb movie, and it was the name of the company I used to work for.
  • I would assume that someone named Trinity has very religious parents. So maybe you ARE religious, but do you need to advertise that fact through your child’s name?
  • The meaning of the name aside, it can sound very pretty...but think about it for a moment. After the popularity of the Matrix series, how many people will meet this little girl and immediately think of Neo's girlfriend? But in general, I think naming people after popular characters is a bad idea - others will see the name and think of that character and his/her traits whether you want them to or not.
  • Depending on the way you look at it, this is either a name of God or a theological concept. Would you name your child Jehovah, Allah, or Transubstantiation? Didn't think so.
  • Its either over-the-top pious or borrowed from a movie where it served as someone's screen name. What's next? RedDogg482? What's worse is that in spite of its heavy religious overtones its tends to bestow upon its wearer a more tasseled and g-stringed sort of a feel. 

Trixie: fifty-year-old once-glamorous prostitute missing all her important teeth.
It's one of those names used by yuppies who want a "down-home" kind of name. Hello? It rhymes with "Sucker" and another word that his fellow 5th graders would be all-too happy to use.

  • I know at least twenty Tylers, meeting a few more each month. I espsecially hate it when it's used for a girl, b/c it sounds so masculine. It doesn't sound like a name, more like a job. "Honey, when's the Tyler (tiler) coming to tile our new bathroom floor?"
  • I'm a little more lenient with Tyler because a while ago I met a Tyler who I fell crazy in love with. I still don't like the name though. It makes me think of an 8-year-old boy on a skateboard thowing stuff at his neighbors.
  • hyperactive four-year-old who loudly demands some neon-colored sugary cereal in the store and when he doesn't get it, falls over on the floor, banging his head and screaming fit to wake the dead.
  • Tyler/Cody/other little kid names: They sound like Wild West book characters.
  • I dislike this name because it makes me think of, well, someone who tiles floors for a living and what not. In other words, someone who has a low paying job, lower class. Names ending with the “er” sound as if the parent is illiterate and can’t speak or right properly. Plus it’s too over used.
  • There are way to many Tylers around
  • for a boy or a girl. I don't like the "er" sound at the end of names. I grew up in the South and Edna was Edner, Wilma was Wilmer, etc. Get the picture.
  • Tyler/any variation thereof: Pure white trash

Tyson: Mike Tyson, the boxer who likes to chomp people's ears off.
How cruel, your boy's going to be associated with cupids and Valentine's day the rest of his life.
Venus is an overplayed and silly name. Now that we have the tennis player, this should be the last we hear of this name. Venus is a fiery goddess, a fiery planet, and a injury prone tennis star. The name begins with "ven," the beginning of venial, which is not a good quality to promote in a child. There a venial sins and mortal sins. There shouldn't be venial children. 
Rhymes with “icky”, “yicky”, “picky”, “quicky”, “hickey”, “dicky”, “sicky”, etc… you get the idea.
It sounds so old-fashioned and snobby and sounds like a British royalty name.
The attorney general's office announced today that they are charging Vinnie Spumoni, 46, with the execution-style slaying of Mafia rival Tony the Turk Turciotti last month. mr. Spumoni maintains his innocence.
Waldo -
Although there was the famous transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson, Waldo itself is, although unique, a quite odd name. I know a Waldo, and everyone always laughs to no end if someone asks where he is. "Where's Waldo?" Please. This is too common a problem for someone named Waldo.
You might not even consider this a name. Is it enough to say it USED to be mine? perhaps I should explain - remember the "where's wally" books? so does everyone else
It starts with the word war. I can't think of any nicknames and in my opinion, everyone should have a nickname; it makes them more approachable.
Reminds me of Mr. Ed - "WILLL-BURRRRR!" Will is fine, but that BERR or MERR sound is really vile.
William (Bill/Will)
This name is way too popular and boring at the same time. It's also a word used in everyday language. And getting bills isn't a good thing.
Slang for penis.

  • The person who wanted to make a feminine for William probably had good intentions, but somewhere something went terribly wrong.
  • The nasal-voiced wife on the Flintstones........it is the archetypal name of a nagging wife.

Winifred: How feminine is it to have “Fred” in your name?
Conjures images of either Winnie the Pooh or the annoying girl from the Wonder Years. I’m not sure which connotation is worse.
I don't think a name gets any more white trash, other than maybe Bubba.

  • sounds like something green and slimy you try not to step into.
  • Oh no, another child named Zachary! But don't worry, there are so many nickname options, including Zach, Zack, Zak, and Zac!
  • -It sounds very childish, and also like the main character of Saved By The Bell. 'Nuff said.

Zephyr. Seriously, can you picture a normal person named Zephyr. This one should stay on zebras.

  • Sounds too much like "zoo."
  • Picture little Zoe as a 60 year old woman. Also, it looks like toe, which isn't the best connotation. And it just sounds stupid.
  • I personally find this name very empty and uninteresting.
  • I find this name to be unoriginal and way overused. -It is derived from the Greek Zoi, meaning life, but I never see it spelled that way, I only ever see these common spelyngs: Zöe, Zoë, Xoe, Zowie and Zoey. Zoe, however it is spelled, is like the next Kayla, MacKenzie or Madison. It gained popularity for being unique, and now it's just common.

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DISCLAIMER: Just because these names are on this page doesn't mean the names are not good, special, or otherwise valid to others out there. Whether or not you like a name is purely subjective. This page tries to allow people to express their opinions about names that THEY (and in some cases ONLY THEY) dislike. In fact, if you look on the Your Favorite Names page, most of them have been submitted there as well.  These are not necessarily MY opinions, rather those of contributors, copied and pasted verbatim, spelling errors and all. Some of *my* favorite names are even on here, too (what's wrong with Julian, Bess and Judy?!?)! Please do not e-mail me if you disagree.