Skip to comments.The Most Hated Baby Names in America
Posted on 04/29/2011 4:07:30 PM PDT by decimon
When it comes to names, everybody's got an opinion. But while figuring out what names people like is pretty simple -- the U.S. Social Security Administration keeps a list of the most popular baby names each year -- figuring out what people hate is trickier.
It turns out that in the case of names, love and hate aren't mutually exclusive. A new informal survey of the most disliked names in America finds that popularity often breeds backlash, as a quick track to baby-name fame seems to also trigger hate for that name. Among the most-hated "trendy" names are Jayden, Brayden, Madison and Addison.
The most commonly cited name that put people's teeth on edge was Nevaeh, or "heaven" spelled backward. That name didn't exist until the 1990s, but it took off in popularity in 2003, shooting from the 150th most common baby name in that year to the 31st most popular in 2007 (as of 2009, it stood at No. 34).
The survey also turned up a few interesting trends. The first is that people hate gender-bending names, particularly when a masculine name becomes feminine, as with Madison (which tied for second-most-hated for boys with 16 separate mentions) and Addison (which tied for sixth with eight mentions). They also hate names they can't spell, including Kaitlyn, which got eight mentions and tied for sixth. (People say "Caitlin" is fine because it's traditional, Wattenberg said, though the original Irish pronunciation of that spelling would be closer to "Kathleen.")
...The most hated boys' names -- Jayden, Brayden, Aiden and Kayden -- all rhyme and all shot up from obscurity during the last decade. Among girls, a spate of "Mc"-names sparked annoyance: Mackenzie, McKenna and Makayla all made the top 10.
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But Michael? Really? I have a couple of Michaels in the cousin category, not to mention friends.
Never could stand all the girls names with the “-la” on the end... Kayla, Carla, Layla.... etc. Eck.
What about Tanesha, T’nequa, Tebesigwa, Latisha, Lateefah, Makeisha, Darnesha ...
Denise and Danephew..
I was going to name my kid “Portnoy”, but everyone complained...
George Carlin on boy’s names:
I see Caligula-Wolfgang didn’t make the list again this year
Michael means "Who is like God?" (gift from God) in Hebrew.
True story: Lady in maternity ward...”Placenta? That’s a pretty name!”
I once worked with a guy whose daughter was named LaTrina.
I really got in trouble with my mother in law the other weekend trying to help her work in the garden. She asked me to get her a hoe and when I showed up a couple of hous later with a girl Shamika she got all upset.
Good thing she didn’t ask for a spade.
I prefer Nebuchadnezzar.
And also for the similarity in color and consistency.
Now you've done it! Opened yourself up to yetta nuther bad pun.
I went to school with a girl named Dorcas. I always giggled when I saw her.
What about Tanesha, Tnequa, Tebesigwa, Latisha, Lateefah, Makeisha, Darnesha ...
John seems to have gone away with the DoDo. I haven’t met anybody under thirty with that name.
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