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The Most Hated Baby Names in America
Live Science ^ | April 28, 2011 | Stephanie Pappas

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).

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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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TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: babies; babynames; names
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Nothing about my name, Ickybod.
1 posted on 04/29/2011 4:07:33 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon; martin_fierro; mikrofon

So I guess Tiglath-Pileser is still good.


2 posted on 04/29/2011 4:13:13 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson ("mikrofon" must be a stage name.)
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To: decimon

Mohammed any way you spell it.


3 posted on 04/29/2011 4:13:26 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: decimon

I work with a guy with 2 young kids: Aiden and MacKenzie.


4 posted on 04/29/2011 4:17:21 PM PDT by DallasDeb
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To: Charles Henrickson
So I guess Tiglath-Pileser is still good.

Those traditional names never really go out of style.

5 posted on 04/29/2011 4:20:00 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

Identical twins. Juan and Amal. But if you’ve seen Juan, you’ve seen Amal.


6 posted on 04/29/2011 4:20:43 PM PDT by sappy
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To: DallasDeb
I work with a guy with 2 young kids: Aiden and MacKenzie.

Is either kid a boy or girl?

7 posted on 04/29/2011 4:21:08 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon
I always liked Bledwin.
8 posted on 04/29/2011 4:21:22 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: decimon

Going on the current economic conditions,Gotta bet that Barrak will be at the TOP of the next list.


9 posted on 04/29/2011 4:22:18 PM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (The United States Marine Corps, your greatest friend or your worst enemy. YOU choose.)
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To: sappy
Identical twins. Juan and Amal. But if you’ve seen Juan, you’ve seen Amal.

But Amal is never the loneliest number.

10 posted on 04/29/2011 4:22:30 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon; Charles Henrickson

LOLing at you guys! Too funny!


11 posted on 04/29/2011 4:23:22 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: decimon

Then there were the twin sons of my fireman friend: Jose and josb


12 posted on 04/29/2011 4:23:45 PM PDT by oneolcop (Lead, Follow or Get the Hell Out of the Way!)
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To: decimon

especially in this lonleydice.


13 posted on 04/29/2011 4:23:52 PM PDT by sappy
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To: decimon

I thought it would be Barack.


14 posted on 04/29/2011 4:25:48 PM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Is Beltashazar still ok too?


15 posted on 04/29/2011 4:26:27 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: decimon
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).

The problem being that neither of those names are masculine.

16 posted on 04/29/2011 4:26:27 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("It's hard to take the president seriously." - Jim DeMint)
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To: decimon

What, no Nimrod?


17 posted on 04/29/2011 4:29:59 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Le Parti du The'. Ne marchez pas sur moi!)
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To: decimon

However, Amiss is as good as Amal.


18 posted on 04/29/2011 4:30:11 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: decimon

Jaden. You are assured that anyone with this name will grow up to hang in the Castro and skip to work.


19 posted on 04/29/2011 4:31:46 PM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: decimon

We named our children with the intention that their names must look good on a college application and a resume’. :)


20 posted on 04/29/2011 4:32:33 PM PDT by Gman (Anglican Priest)
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To: rfp1234

Or Dorcas?


21 posted on 04/29/2011 4:32:53 PM PDT by DryFly
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To: decimon

***Is either kid a boy or girl?***

Yes, both of them.


22 posted on 04/29/2011 4:33:27 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: decimon

No one names their daughters “Yetta” any more.

What a world, what a world...


23 posted on 04/29/2011 4:34:22 PM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: rfp1234
What, no Nimrod?

Well, Hunter.

24 posted on 04/29/2011 4:34:27 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

I prefer classic names, like “Skippy” or “Turd”. Easy to remember and very descriptive.

My boys are Karl and Tan. Karl because of his great-Grandfather who came from Germany in 1895. Tan is a Thai name (it was my wife’s turn) and literally means “instead of”. Instead of what, I don’t know but at least we don’t have to shorten it and it suits him.


25 posted on 04/29/2011 4:35:47 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Gman
We named our children with the intention that their names must look good on a college application and a resume’. :)

Sat, Act and Gre?

26 posted on 04/29/2011 4:36:25 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

I dislike names that are variation of Islamic names like Rahaim


27 posted on 04/29/2011 4:36:32 PM PDT by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: Gman

my boy’s names had to be dignified on an adult.

Theodore and Bruce


29 posted on 04/29/2011 4:37:51 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: EGPWS
I always liked Bledwin.

You would. :D

30 posted on 04/29/2011 4:37:59 PM PDT by LUV W (GOP? You need to fight like a GIRL!!~~Sarah Palin)
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To: USMCPOP
My boys are Karl and Tan.

For Carlton? Siamese twins?

31 posted on 04/29/2011 4:38:53 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

Aiden’s the boy and MacKenzie’s the girl.


32 posted on 04/29/2011 4:39:33 PM PDT by DallasDeb
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To: decimon

We won’t be seeing “Barack” in the top 10 any time soon. In fact it may make an appearance as an alternate term for economic depression.


33 posted on 04/29/2011 4:39:39 PM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: sappy

Har.


34 posted on 04/29/2011 4:39:57 PM PDT by arfingcat
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To: decimon

“And i’m getting really sick of guys named Todd. Hi, what’s your name? Todd. I’m Todd. And this is Blake and Blaire and Blaine and Brent. Where are all these goofy f&@#!*g boys names comin’ from? Taylor, Tyler, Jordan, Flynn. These are not real names. You wanna hear a real name? Eddie. Eddie is a real name! What happened to Eddie? He was here a minute ago. Jackie and Johnny and Tommy and Bill. Danny, Larry, Johnny, and Phil. What happened? Todd and Cody, and Dillon, and Cameron, and Tucker. Hi Tucker, I’m Todd. Hi Todd, I’m Tucker. F&@# Tucker! Tucker sucks. And f&@# Tucker’s friend Kyle. Thats another soft name for a boy. Kyle. Soft names make soft people. I’ll bet you ten times out of ten, Nicky, Vinnie and Tony would beat the s*!t out of Todd, Kyle, and Tucker!” —George Carlin


35 posted on 04/29/2011 4:40:53 PM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: Mr. Jazzy

BARF!!!


36 posted on 04/29/2011 4:41:07 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: DallasDeb
Aiden’s the boy and MacKenzie’s the girl.

Okay. Just trying to be humorous.

37 posted on 04/29/2011 4:42:06 PM PDT by decimon
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To: Caipirabob
We've been baracked!

LLS

38 posted on 04/29/2011 4:42:53 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!!!)
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To: decimon

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.


39 posted on 04/29/2011 4:43:45 PM PDT by tbpiper
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To: rfp1234

I remember one of our Israeli freepers saying that Nimrod (pronounced Neem-ROHD) was quite popular in Israel.


40 posted on 04/29/2011 4:44:41 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Obama brand toilet paper.


41 posted on 04/29/2011 4:46:29 PM PDT by unkus
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To: TruthHound
How about Michael? #9 on the list. What's up with that? Probably doesn't help that #10 is "Jackson"...

But Michael? Really? I have a couple of Michaels in the cousin category, not to mention friends.

42 posted on 04/29/2011 4:48:45 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: decimon

Never could stand all the girls names with the “-la” on the end... Kayla, Carla, Layla.... etc. Eck.


43 posted on 04/29/2011 4:50:03 PM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: decimon

What about Tanesha, T’nequa, Tebesigwa, Latisha, Lateefah, Makeisha, Darnesha ...

nevermind.


44 posted on 04/29/2011 4:51:55 PM PDT by maggief
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To: Reddy; Shimmer1

Denise and Danephew..


45 posted on 04/29/2011 4:53:31 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 827 of our national holiday from reality. - What 3 AM phone call?)
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To: decimon

I was going to name my kid “Portnoy”, but everyone complained...


46 posted on 04/29/2011 4:55:29 PM PDT by FrankR (A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.)
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To: decimon
I guess Smeagol wouldn't be too popular, either.


47 posted on 04/29/2011 4:56:17 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: decimon

George Carlin on boy’s names:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oo8CrY_ZfFk


48 posted on 04/29/2011 4:57:25 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: decimon

I see Caligula-Wolfgang didn’t make the list again this year


49 posted on 04/29/2011 5:00:52 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: Calvin Locke
But Michael? Really? I have a couple of Michaels in the cousin category, not to mention friends.

Michael means "Who is like God?" (gift from God) in Hebrew.

50 posted on 04/29/2011 5:01:22 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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