are the names that people should avoid? Which
names grate on your ears when you hear them?
We all have favorite
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or Delmer these days-- We all have out least favorites too. This is your
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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.
said... On to the Names!
Aaron....I dislike because...I get a headache when I hear it...it
sounds like arrow.
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
church---appropriate for a nun
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.
- 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?
Hey Adelaide, do you want some Kool-Aid or some lemonade?
ADOLPH, ADOLFO 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
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
- this name makes
me think of grumpy old men
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
- 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.
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.
Not only is it an allergy medicine, it has always made me think of a skin
Allison: 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.
Aloysius: 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.
Alvin: ...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...
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.
- There are more
practical ways to show patriotism than naming your child after the
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 didnt 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 dont care what theyre 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.
To me it sounds too much like "anus".
Anasta-Jah: 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
- 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!
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?
Angus: 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
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"
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
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.
Ashley or Jenny incredibly cliché
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!
4% of the student population at the school I teach at (400 students)
have this name - boys and girls! Snore. Not very original.
Hey, who told you Ashley was Ash combined with Lee anyway?
ASIA 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
sounds like ass-turd.
Attracta: 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)
Atticus: 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
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: Augustus Gloop from the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory book.
Austin. tired of this name. I work with young children, and there
must be 50 Austins
- reminds me of the
- rhymes with slavery?
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Beth: I dislike the name Beth. It sounds like a country girl that
gets picked last in
ohh I dont know, the sport of cow-milking.
Betty/Judy: Generic fifties bubblegum names. Elizabeth's all right,
but their are better ways to shorten it. Judith works well on it's own.
BEULAH 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
Beyoncé: It's just trashy-sounding.
Bibi: and her little brother Bullet.
Bill- 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.
Blaze- 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.
Bob- I feel that this is a boring name that brings to mind a forty-year-old
Boston: 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."
Bradley: All I can think of when I hear this name is the little metal
brads you use to fasten papers together.
- 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'."
Its a name of a city for one thing, also a surname. It just
doesnt sound good as a first name at all. It sounds like Branded,
- 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"
Also, sounds like a hillbilly name .
- Did the mother
misread her medical chart? Welcome to the world, Braxton Hicks.
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
- 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.
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.
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.
a SHOE, and a big clunky one at that.
Brooklyn: Charmless. What's next, Bronx?
Bruno: strong-arm man who terrorizes the shopkeepers ito paying protection
Buddy: 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
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
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.
etc.-over used in places like america, australia, england. says
cheap to me whereas the irish caitlín is 'catch-leen' and much
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
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.
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
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.
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!
Another messed up version of Caitlin that was bestowed upon my little
sister. It looks too trendy, very misspelled, and makes people doubt
It means dog in the language it came from. Who would want to name
there little kid dog? Its 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!
Campbell: 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?
thirty-eight-year-old Wal-mart cashier who hasn't gotten over her cheerleader/homecoming
Candida: 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.
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
Carly: I cannot think of a less feminine name than one that starts
with Carl. I picture a post-op transvestite who didnt
want to print new business cards, so he just added a y onto
Carson -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
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
Cathy, Kathy, Catherine, Katherine, Cathryn, Kathryn, Kathleen
... get it?? Is that with a C or a K? Who knows??? Also ... Sounds like
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
- I can't imagine
this name on anyone under 80.
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
- 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
- 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.
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.
Christopher/Christian/Christina... 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.
The name is very boring
Another name you just have to string out a bit, Clauuudia. Nauuuusea.
clod sound just makes the name unattractive. It sounds clumsy and
It's short for Clayton but I just can't help but think of play-dough,
red clay, and all variations of clay.
Cleo/Clio: For some reason, this name just looks very (sexually) suggestive.
Cletus This name has too much of a sexual similarity to a familiar
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
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.
It's what Santa brings you when you're bad. A hard black lump used
Colin: Sounds too much like colon. Not a nice thing to be associated
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
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
- 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
It sounds like a crew of sailors to me. Being my name I constantly get
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).
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.
Cynthia: 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
- "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
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.
- '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.
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.
- 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.
Daphne: Makes me thing of Daffy Duck
Debra- (this spelling) Because, as someone who speaks pretty fluent
Spanish, it makes me think, "of (the) bra!"
DEBRA / DEBBIE/ DEBORAH 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.
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:
Donald First thing
I think of - duck
- 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"
- 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."
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
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
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.
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.
ELMER 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. Its 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
or Emery- An Emory board is what you file your nails with.That, to
me, makes it an unattractive baby name.
Enid- It just screams "grumpy old lady!" to me. I also think
the D ending is kind of harsh.
Enis- 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.
Eric: 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
- 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.
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.
The name Gail reminds me too much of a pail of water and Jack and Jill.
a name that could bring a child hatred & would make a teacher read
it & say "very funny"
- 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.
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!
Giddy up, Gideon!
Gidget 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
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
- sounds like an
irritable housewife who probably wouldn't spend any extra money for
Glad trash bags!'
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?
- 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.
sounds way too close to rear.
Greg: 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
- 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.
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.
What if Happy or Joy gets diagnosed with clinical depression?
Harmony: 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
Hazel Makes me think of hazel nuts. It also reminds me of an old
- It reminds me of
feathers, heaters, and eaters. It's too trendy and sounds like the
- 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
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.
"have you been honor..." "Everyones been honor"
Hope- 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.
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
- 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
- Eeee-ihn! Eeeeewwww!
- There's two ways
to pronounce it and it's too confusing and boring.
- Idaho, as in "I
- I did this,
I did that. Sounds like a good name for a narcissist. Or alternatively,
- 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
- cranky little old
Jewish guy who yells at kids who cut across his lawn
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.
Sounds strict and mean.
Ivy: 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
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
Could parents name their child a name an wimpier than this?
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.
-- 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.
Jamie: 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,
Jane: What better way to tell a child I just dont think
youre 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
- 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
- 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.
(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 dont forget their sister,
- Here Jet....here
kitty kitty kitty! What are you going to name his little sister "Fluffy"?
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
Jim, Jimmy- Sounds like a SUV. Its too light, weak, and effeminate
sounding for a man or even a boy. Plus its 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.
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....
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
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'.
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
- Sounds like a starving
poet whos kind of lost in life. Feminine.
- Try and convince
me this kind isn't going to get beat up all the time.
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.
Juliet: 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".
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.
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
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
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?)
Keely- 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, its 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?
This is a brand of motor oil. What's next, "...and this is my
Kennedy: that's right, name the baby after America's most famous
and wealthiest white-trash family. Great.
Kenneth---don't like the "eth" sound at the end. Not
masculine to me and Ken makes be think of Barbie, the ultimate drag for
Kieran: a Midwesterner's pronunciation of Karen.
Kingston- Sounds pretentious to me, and if he doesn't like it,
what nicknames are there?
Kit 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
Kitty: i dislike the name kitty because how would you like to be named
after a cat?
Krista 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."
Kristi: (My own name) Makes me feel eternally six-years old.
Kristin/Kristen -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.
Kristina- It leaves a bad taste in my mouth and its my own
birth name! People tend to want to spell it as Christina,
it sounds just like it even though its spelt with a K so it gets
confusing when theres 5 other kids whos names start with Chris
in the same class. I dont 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 shouldnt name their children religious
names because they dont know what religion their kid is going to
end up having when they grow up.
KYLA 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
Kyla...Kayla...Kylie..Kaylee. 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 Kyle is Dwayne's slightly more stable friend. He wears plaid
shirts that strain against his stomach and is 100% unimaginative.
Kylie 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
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
Lana: I actually really like this name, but read it backwards,
and there you have the unfortunate reason why I could never use it!
Lance: 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.
Laney: "Zany Laney"
Larry So middle-aged bald guy its unreal.
Latrina: It sounds like a female version of Latrine. Who wants
to be named after a toilet??
Laura: i dislike the name laura because it is so boring and overused.
can we think of a more boring totally bourgeois name?
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.
Layla 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.
Dont get me wrong, I like Leif Eriksson, but it seems that most
folks who do name their children Leif dont 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.
Lena Growing up in Minnesota, I've heard one too many Ole &
Lena jokes to ever take the name seriously again.
Leo: 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?
Lindsay i really dislike the name lindsay. its so ugly sounding
and its too common.
Lisa: 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
Liz- 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
Lloyd 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.
It's a name for a place, not a person.
London/Brooklyn/Dakota/ 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
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.
- 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
of the infamous poisoner
Lucian/Lucia: It sounds like luscious!
Luke = Puke!
- 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- 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.
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!
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 This 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.
I fear my child will have to memorize the last initials of all her
classmates because they will all be named 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: Maggie the haggie, maggot, faggie, magpie, gaggie... I
could go on and on. Used by parents who already have a dog named Molly.
- 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,
one letter away from calorie
MARGARET / MAGGIE 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
it is a beautiful name until I had 4 Maria's in my class
Mariah: Everyone thinks of Mariah Carey now.
Marjorie Reminds me of the word margarine.
Mark: 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.
Martha: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
Marvin: Marvin the Martian. Enough said.
Mary: 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.
Matilda: I can't imagine this on anyone younger than 80.
- Cute, but way too
popular. Also, it has the unpleasant teasing nickname of "door
- 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."
sounds like a comic book character. Max Spaceflyer, here to save the
- 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--!
melanoma, skin cancer.
- 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.
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 ))
All I can think of is taped glasses and pocket protectors.
Mercedes: 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.
Mersadez: Bad enough to name your child after a car. Worse to spell
Meredith: because it sounds very stuffy and fluffy. Plus, I despise
the nickname Mere (pronounced Mer)
Merlin. 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.
Merrill- 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.
Mia: 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
- 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.
It's a total old lady name. I can't picture anyone under the age of 75
with this name.
Milo: a cash crop, along with soybeans and sorghum.
I just can't picture a grown, old lady with this name.
Miranda- Brings to mind bananas and stuck-up private school girls.
- Missy: like the
female equivalent of Buster. "Just where do you think you're
- 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
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
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,
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.
- 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.
- 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,
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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
- Nicholas: 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
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.
I'm sorry, but having the word "cole" in your name is just depressing.
Plus, it's way over-used.
Nikita (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.
This name sounds like a chubby, big-nosed old gossip who sits at her
telephone all day.
Octavius: 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.
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.
Oliver. This has got to be the worst name EVER. It's wimpy, and
sounds terrible. All I see is "Liver."
Olivia: Reminds me of Olives, which reminds me of Olive Oyl (from
that old cartoon Popeye). Not a pleasant image!
Ophelia: 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.
Osbert: 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
- Only works if you're
green, furry, gruff-voiced and live in a garbage can.
REMINDS ME OF LEE HARVEY.....................
Pacifica: 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…)
Paisley- This is a material! What's next, "This is my daughter,
Paris: 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.)
Pat: 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.
PATIENCE 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.
Patty: 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".
The only time I heard this name, it was put with Honeyblossom, and sounds
like she belongs with Rainbow Brite.
- a guy's sexual
- Reminds me of peanut
- Just reminds me
of a saying my grandmother always says. "If you have a mosquito
on your peter, whack it off."
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.
Pippa - in Swedish,
this is slang for "having sexual intercourse" - not a very nice
name for a little girl!
- This is something
you name an elf or a bird, not a child.
- How can the poor
girl be taken seriously when shes all grown up? Too cute, not
- Like the pied piper,
- 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!
Porter: 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.
Precious: 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
- Sure, she might
be that to you. But she has to put this name on resumes someday.
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"
Rachael: Having a husband named Michael is no excuse for that extra
Racheal: This spelling of Rachel makes you want to pronounce it
Raelyn- Two words: Trailer Park.
Rain 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.
- 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
Reagan: 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.
- Rebecca: 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.
Everytime i hear this name, the word "wedgie" comes to mind.
I'd feel bad if the poor kid gets tormented everyday.."Reggie has
Renee 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
Don't you remember the song? She was a "lady of the night"! Why would
you name your child something like that??
Rhonda: 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.
- 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
too peppy, too cutesy. I dislike the "i" ending. give your child something
that distinguishes them as a person, not as a cheerleader!
Riley: 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.
Robert/Bob: 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.
Roberta: 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.
Yeah if you want your daughter to grow up and be a stripper!!
Rocky: Associated with phrases like "Rocky Landing",
"Rocky marriage" - sounds like the child is doomed to a bad
time in life.
Roxanne-dont put on your red light tonight
Roy- The kid just sounds like a dork.
Rudolph - Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. Enough said.
Roman: Why name a kid after a civilization
Rumor- Last I heard, rumors were bad things, vicious lies spread
about people and just not nice.
Rupert/Giles/Milton/Albert/Gilbert/Grayson: 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!!
- 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."
Why not go for Sabrina and save yourself the aggravation of mispronunciation
for the rest of your life (and your child's).
Sabrina: 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
- t'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
- What if Sailor
fears the water?
- because it's a
TITLE NOT A NAME.
A withering bellydancer, missing a tooth, displaying nappy hair, and
sporting an array of gold items that outweighs her.
SALLY 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".
looks a bit like sardine to me.
Sandy: 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!
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.'
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.
Saxony: My English teacher named her daughter this. It sounds like
a video game character.
Sayward it sounds like seaweed to my ears and it reminds me of mental
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
If you are not in To Kill A Mockingbird, then name your daughter that.
Seamus: Shamus is an old-fashioned term fora private detective.
Sean: when i read this name, in my mind i hear "SEEN."
Spell it Shawn/Shaun PLEASE! Same goes for Seamus. SHAMUS is better.
Seraphina: 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".
Serenity: Ladies, please! This is a SANITARY product! A very good
one but that's no excuse!
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.
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?
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
- 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."
crooked lawyer who brags about getting child molesters and slumlords off
the hook. Always sporting a thousand-dollar suit, unshined shoes and an
Sky 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...
Skylar: "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.
Sophie: as in soapy.
Sophie/Sophia- 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.
Spike: It sounds like a porn star's name, along with Lance.
Stacie/Stacy-reminds me of the Barbie doll's little sister.
Star 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.
Starla: 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
- I've always thought
this name is really ugly. It makes me think of stuffing, which I can't
- It sounds like
"Step On Me", and it's too ugly.
- Its 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.
Horrible name. Its 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, its 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
- This name is so
common especially for women born in the 40's and 50's that it means
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.
Summer: 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.
Suzie: this is the word my aunt gave us girls to use to refer to
our womanly parts in polite society.
Sybil-obvious scary movie connotations
Sydney, Sidney: a crooked used-car salesman. The IRS is panting
to see his records.
Sylvester: A puddy-tat! I tought I taw a puddy-tat!
Taffy Isn't that candy? This is my other daughter, Snickers, and
my son, Rolo.
Tammy: 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.
Tanner: 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
Tanya/Tonya/Tawny: 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 doesnt help either.
- Sounds like a sex
- 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.
Now girls are being named this too. This is just so popular and
- 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
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!
asked the NICU staff one day what was the worst baby name that passed
through their department and this was the answer,
Terence: 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*?
Tia: It means aunt in Spanish. What if she never has nieces or
nephews? And if she does, Timmy, Aunt Aunt is coming to visit.
Tiffney: 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
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
Timmy/Tim/ Timothy--too weak sounding. Brings Lassie dogs to mind
and I always thought Lassie was obviously smarter than her master.
Timothy: This name doesnt look or sound appealing. And the
word "moth" is in it, right in the center of the name! Lovely.
And I cant 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.
Tony: 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.
Tracey/Casey/Stacey: Sounds like someone sneering or talking through
- 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
- 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.
fifty-year-old once-glamorous prostitute missing all her important
Tucker: 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.
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 cant speak or right properly. Plus
its 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
Mike Tyson, the boxer who likes to chomp people's ears off.
Valentin: How cruel, your boy's going to be associated with cupids
and Valentine's day the rest of his life.
Venus 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.
Vicky- Rhymes with icky, yicky, picky,
quicky, hickey, dicky, sicky,
you get the idea.
Victoria It sounds so old-fashioned and snobby and sounds like a British
Vinnie: 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
Wallace/Wally 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
Warren 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
Wilbur/Wilmer/Wilma: 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.
Willie: 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
How feminine is it to have Fred in your name?
Winnie: Conjures images of either Winnie the Pooh or the annoying
girl from the Wonder Years. Im not sure which connotation is worse.
Xander. I don't think a name gets any more white trash, other than
- 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
Seriously, can you picture a normal person named Zephyr. This one should
stay on zebras.
- Sounds too much
- 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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