Monday, March 17, 2008

Worst names ever? Who'd do that to a kid?

So, the creators of Ancestry.com have published a list of Bad Baby Names featuring their selections of the worst names ever chosen for children. Among the potential choices are Fanny Large and Wanna Towell. ( see the article here http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/23631411/?GT1=43001). In the spirit of this, I'm listing the goofiest what-were-they-thinking names I've come across, and I've known some. Please feel free to vote on the worst one...
  1. Ivy Herb
  2. Cherry Redd
  3. Pepper Roney
  4. Merry Christmas
  5. Misty Bridges
  6. Xan Y. Ziegler

So what crazy,goofy, silly names have you come across?

Happy naming conventions!


18 Comments:

At 2:01 PM , Blogger Sam said...

gosh i feel sorry for these kids..these parents have got to be on something when they were choosing names...

 
At 2:47 PM , OpenID jasimd said...

My vote goes for #4. :D

Yeah, imagine you're named Toffa7a (Apple), or Mozeh (Banana), like those in gulf countries. :D

 
At 2:58 PM , Anonymous Leo said...

WEIRD names are such a great ice-breaker, i use them all the time when i meet some1 for the first time. I use a stupid weird sad name and introduce my self and come out with my real one later :P, i have to try those out :S

 
At 4:18 PM , Anonymous معقول يا عوض said...

my grandmother's name is ذيبة (Female wolf!)

that tops them.

 
At 4:30 PM , Blogger Batoul A. said...

Merry XMAS?!!?!?! someone must really like pepperoni! and Misty Bridges (sorry) sounds like a name you would find while drunk at a club lol. I've came across a "Myasse". Beautiful Arabic name but should be given to only girls never to be destined to a Western country.

 
At 10:26 PM , Blogger Hani Obaid said...

Probably thought it was cute for a kid's name, and didn't have the foresight to determine how it will affect the kid's future.

I keep getting called honey :(

 
At 12:32 AM , Blogger UmmFarouq said...

How about Lemonjello and Orangejello, the twins my Mom knew back in school? (say it with a nice French accent, but it's still jello flavors)

 
At 12:35 AM , Blogger UmmFarouq said...

Oh yes! Also, a friend of the family's was a family counselor for underprivileged kids. She was interviewing the mother of a large family, whose names were:
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Psalmsiv, pronounced (pa-salm-siv), as opposed to (salms Four). That one makes us laugh to this day.

 
At 2:37 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks MommaBean , this is hilarious, and I made a search of google for weird names , and I found this amazing westite:

http://www.funnynames.com/

See below some names of people:
Amanda Hugenkiss, Amanda Reckonwith ,Barry Abone , Bea Sting


Mansour

 
At 8:58 AM , Blogger MommaBean said...

Sam and Jasim, thanks for dropping by. The things people do to their kids. Leo, sounds like you must be a very interesting person... What names do you pick?

Ma3quul, I agree, that IS a bit odd. But, was her maiden name someting that would combine in an unfortuante manner? That would be even mre noteworthy.

Batoul, I came across a gal named Rehab the other day. Until I saw in written in English, it never occurred to me that she was named after a place Americans go to get clean... And the Christmas family all had names that went with the theme. I don't recall the rest, but they were all rather ridiculous.

Hani, I think some people do this intentionally (lik Merry Christmas) and I do wonder what they were thinking. Honey, LOL. I like that.



UmmFarouq, thanks for the additions. You brought to mind a few that I didn't think of...
1. Straight from volunteering with underpriveleged kids, Fredtonio (yes the Mom couldn't decide on Fredrick or Antonio and came up with this gem).
2. Frozenia (can you imagine?) (pronounced Fro-zeen-yuh
3. Last but certainly not least, we had a State Representative in office for MANY years in AL named June Bugg. And it was her married name (so she picked a guy the last name bug!).

Mansour, Thanks for the comment and glad you enjoyed the post. I love people who gather aweful names together. But, then I realize how many of these I actually have known...

 
At 2:10 PM , Anonymous Ziad d. said...

My buddy's father-in-law's name is Aleef. It can mean domestic or familiar depending on the context in Arabic. Everytime I hear it, it makes me smile. :)
By the way, number 6 Xan Ziegler sounds awesome. It sounds like Max Power, or Vin Diesel. I sort of like it. :)

 
At 9:45 PM , Blogger Nicole said...

How about Aquanetta?! I can't say that without laughing.

 
At 3:12 AM , Blogger MommaBean said...

Ziad, thanks for dropping by. Domestic would be an interesting name. And Xan was interesting. But, to name her just so her initial would be XYZ...

Nicole, awesome one! Aquanetta... THAT's a name.

 
At 4:15 PM , Blogger XanZB said...

Hi! Xan Y. Ziegler here. Also known as #6. I was googling myself (and not ashamed to admit it), and I found my maiden name on your list! I laughed. I think my mom cried. I know she apologized several times and blamed my dad. Anyway, for those interested, I wanted you to know that I turned out pretty normal inspite of being named for entertainment value. I have gone on to marry into a last name beginning with B, but I am still having fun with the name. I'm just doing it from the front of the alphabet now. Thanks for noticing:-) -Xan

 
At 8:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, I am Xan's mom. So what do you do with a last name like Ziegler (other than divorcing it)? Xan has lived up to her unique, forceful name in every way and I am proud we had the foresight to name her something extraordinary and powerful. (The Y middle initial was NOT my idea, but I take full credit for XAN. Love all those angles! She's the best kid ever...and will always be my superhero. - Lynn, the namer

 
At 2:25 AM , Blogger MommaBean said...

Okay, so I just HAVE to say, how cool is the internet?! Someone that I didn't know well in JUNIOR high school, but whose name just plain stuck with me googles herself and finds my blog. How cool is that! Xan, I google myself alot as well. Don't usually find much and certainly haven't found myself in a blog, but... How funny. Xan's mom, I'm actually with you on Xan as a name. It IS certainly unique and who can argue with a name beginning with X? There certainly aren't many of them. But, the XYZ thing definitely stuck with me (obviously since it's been like 1000 years). And, allow me to say, I've always appreciated the sense of humor it must take to do that. Me, I stuck with unusual but not terribly unusual names. And the initials are nothing at all :). After all, living in a country where one parent is local and one is SOOO not and you look like the one who's not? Well, how could I do that to my kids?

 
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At 11:57 AM , Blogger Pepper Roney said...

So my name is Pepper Roney and it has been a lot of fun. Everyone laughs when they hear my name and it brings smiles and a funny conversation to what could be awkward silence!

 

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