Choosing a baby name can be one of the most exciting and daunting parts of becoming a parent. Every expectant mother and father want to choose a name that fits their child and makes them stand out from the crowd. However, sometimes parents can make a misstep and choose a name that leaves others scratching their heads or, even worse, losing respect for them.
We will be sharing 25 stories from people who have encountered cringe-worthy or downright offensive baby names that made them lose respect for the parents. These names range from trendy names that shouldn’t be to the downright bizarre. So, if you want to avoid committing a baby-naming faux pas, read on to hear what not to do.
A Touch of Heaven and Some Vice
“Nevaeh is the most obnoxious to me (please explain that it’s heaven backward again, so clever),” one person shared of their baby name pet peeves. “However, I’ve met a baby named Felonee, and that takes the cake.”
“When AL Gore was VP, I had a meeting with him,” one person recounted. “There was a lawyer speaking on the panel. Her name was Baby Girl Smith. She had not let a dumb name hold her back.”
This Name’s Gotta Go
“Worked at a hospital for many years,” another individual shared. “One of the obstetric nurses had to talk a new mom out of naming her child ‘Urethra.'”
An Inflammatory Appellation
“Candida,” one person submitted. “Cool, you essentially named your child ‘yeast infection.'”
A Worldly One
“When I was working at a motel, I took a phone reservation from a woman for her daughter: Sri Lanka, S R I space L A N K A… is the name of a woman. Me: Oh, like in the country! Woman: What do you mean, country?!”
Mike Is Short for What!?
“Mike but short for Micycle,” another person said. What were these parents thinking?
Cheers and Fears
“Any name as alcohol. Chardonnay, Tequila, etc. Saw those a lot as a teacher. Had a male student named Crash Danger. Not kidding.
A Parent With a Sweet Tooth
“When I were younger, I had a girl in my class named Cookie,” one person explained. “Only to find out she had younger siblings named (I kid you not these are their real names) Candy, Honey and Skippy.”
“Reighfyl, pronounced ‘rifle,'” another individual said of their least favorite baby name. Who would name their baby after a weapon? Oh, right. Someone who wants to spell a name Reighfyl. That’s violence.
“My neighbors named their new baby, Master,” one person said. “They are white,” they added. That context is really necessary to understand just how bad this baby’s name is.
“I know someone who named their kid Chozyn,” a person shared. “The kid wasn’t adopted either.”
Not So Tasty
“A guy running for some office near me is named Rocky Rhodes,” a person submitted. “How does one look at their tiny newborn and think…. ‘Rocky! Looks like a Rocky to me. And you know how much I love ice cream!'”
“Got a student named ‘Yeyson,’ one teacher said. “The mom got pissed when I was saying ‘Yay-son.’ She yells at me ‘It’s Jason like English!’ Well lady, maybe f*****g spell it like English then.”
“Any of Nick Cannon’s kids’ names,” one person pointed out. “They are all so over the top bad. Moroccan, Monroe, Golden Sagon, Rise Messiah, Powerful Queen, Zion Mixolydian, Zillion Heir, Beautiful Zeppelin, Legendary Love, Onyx Ice Cole and Zen. Why?”
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“My brother once had clients named Jerry and Mary Derryberry,” a person put forward. “We didn’t believe him so he took a picture of whatever account papers. (Don’t even remember what his job was at the time, who gives a s**t). But the series of events to have a married couple be named Jerry and Mary Derryberry is just so delicious.”
Mother of Dragons
“Khaleesi,” one person shared. “You absolute morons.” Fun fact: Khaleesi is currently a more popular baby name in the US than Florence, Bridget, or Martha.
“I work in health care so looking at 40-70 charts everyday I see so many ridiculous a*s spellings for normal names,” a healthcare worker wrote. “You’re not creative you’re an idiot. If you’re creative pick a creative name don’t butcher the spelling of a normal name. Example: Avery spelled Aevuhree.”
“Renesmee,” one person shared their least favorite name. “If you name your child that, I don’t trust you.”
“Tom, but it’s short for Tomothy. And Tim, but it’s short for Thimas,” one person said. Yikes!
“All the names with X thrown in the middle or even two,” a person wrote. “Jaxxtley. Braxxton. Braxley. I hate them.”
From One Generation to the Next
“I knew a girl just out of high school, her name was Dymond, her daughter was Safire (diamond and Sapphire for those playing along at home),” a person wrote. “This is the result of multiple generations of teen pregnancy, and non participation in spelling bees.” We don’t know if we agree with that reasoning, but we can agree that Dymond and Safire are stupid baby names.
Many People Take Issue with Unconventional Spellings
“Anything spelled unconventionally,” said another. “My cousin named her kid Micaiah. It’s pronounced like Micah, but the kid’s going to have to spend his whole life telling people it’s not ‘Mike-ay-uh.’ Or he could just go by Mike.”
“Joaux (Joe) is a personal favorite,” another person wrote. What is happening, parents?
“Any name after a car or luxury brand,” one individual shared. “I see a girl name Lexus and imagine IS300 tattooed on her lower back.”
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Like Father, Like Son
“There’s a kid who goes to a daycare near where I work named ‘Stone Blaze’ but answers to ‘Hunter,’ one person explained. “The worst part is that he’s a junior; his father has the same name.”
We hope this list has given you some insight into how certain baby names can be perceived by others and, ultimately, how they may affect your child throughout their life. While it’s important to choose a baby name that feels special and unique to you, it’s worth considering how that name might be received by the people around you.
Remember, your child’s name is a reflection of you, and it’s important to choose one that honors and celebrates who your family is. As you embark on this exciting journey of choosing a baby name, may this post serve as a cautionary reminder to think carefully before making a decision that could impact your child’s life.
Andrew is an Assistant Editor for Mamas Uncut with over ten years of experience as a writer in the creative, marketing, and blogging spaces. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a passion for telling stories in a variety of mediums. Obsessively making lists, reporting celebrity news, and diving into emerging pop cultural topics are a few of his interests.
- 1 A Touch of Heaven and Some Vice
- 2 How Affectionate
- 3 This Name’s Gotta Go
- 4 An Inflammatory Appellation
- 5 A Worldly One
- 6 Mike Is Short for What!?
- 7 Cheers and Fears
- 8 A Parent With a Sweet Tooth
- 9 Pow Pow
- 10 Unfortunate
- 11 Choices!
- 12 Not So Tasty
- 13 Yay
- 14 Celebrity Beef
- 15 Rhymes With
- 16 Mother of Dragons
- 17 A PSA
- 18 Nonsense
- 19 Almost There
- 20 The X-Factor
- 21 From One Generation to the Next
- 22 Many People Take Issue with Unconventional Spellings
- 23 It’s French
- 24 Lux
- 25 Like Father, Like Son
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